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Liverpool Suffers First Premier League Loss; Everton Wins

Southampton Player Dejan Lovren
Southampton player Dejan Lovren clelebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield in Liverpool, England, on September 21, 2013. Photographer: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Liverpool suffered its first loss of the season in English soccer’s Premier League as West Brom won for the first time and Everton rallied to stay unbeaten.

Dejan Lovren scored the goal that gave Southampton a 1-0 win at Liverpool. Chelsea defeated Fulham 2-0, West Brom beat Sunderland 2-0 in a matchup of the league’s only winless clubs and Everton scored two late goals to beat 10-man West Ham 3-2. Hull City and Aston Villa also won away games.

Southampton continued its recent success against Liverpool with the away win. Lovren headed in a corner kick from Adam Lallana in the 53rd minute as the Saints beat the Reds for the fifth time in the past seven league meetings.

The loss allowed Chelsea to move above Liverpool at the top of the standings on goal difference with its win over Fulham. Oscar gave the Blues the lead early in the second half and John Obi Mikel clinched the victory with his first goal in 185 career Premier League matches.

Stephane Sessegnon, Liam Ridgewell and Morgan Amalfitano scored as West Brom handed Sunderland its fourth loss in five games. Two of the goals came in the final 12 minutes after Sunderland went down to 10 men as Stephen Fletcher was injured with his team having made its three substitutions.

Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku scored in the final seven minutes to give Everton the victory at West Ham.

Ravel Morrison put the Hammers in front in the first half and Baines tied the score with a free kick in the 62nd minute. West Ham regained the lead on a penalty kick from Mark Noble, who was later sent off for a second yellow card after a foul on Ross Barkley.

Three Draws

Baines once again tied the score with the resulting free kick and Lukaku scored with a header three minutes later. Everton’s second straight win after three draws moves it into a tie for third place on nine points with Arsenal and Tottenham, who both play tomorrow.

Hull came from behind twice at Newcastle, sealing a 3-2 win with Sone Aluko’s goal in the 76th minute. Robbie Brady and Ahmed Elmohamady also scored for the Tigers, while Loic Remy got both Newcastle goals.

Libor Kozak scored the goal and Brad Guzan saved a penalty kick as Aston Villa beat Norwich 1-0.

Kozak scored in the 30th minute after replacing injured leading scorer Christian Benteke. Guzan saved Robert Snodgrass’s first-half penalty and also made a lunging one-handed save against Gary Hooper with two minutes remaining.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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