Liverpool were denied a cathartic victory against Premier League leaders Everton on Saturday when Jordan Henderson's late strike was controversially ruled out for offside as Chelsea shared the spoils with Southampton in a six-goal thriller. "I think this game is going to help us to make a step forward".
City returned to winning ways after an indifferent start to the season, courtesy of a first-half goal from Raheem Sterling, who condemned Arsenal to their seventh straight defeat in league matches between the two sides.
Pep Guardiola came up against his former assistant Mikel Arteta at The Etihad and perhaps not surprisingly it was a tactical encounter won by a calm finish from Sterling.
A late burst of goals gave Manchester United a much-needed 4-1 win at Newcastle United, with Bruno Fernandes making up for a missed second-half penalty by putting his side ahead in the 86th minute. He had a couple of hard weeks since he last played for us. "We have come up to the speed of the game and that showed today".
Virgil van Dijk suffered a scary injury during Liverpool's 2-2 Merseyside derby draw with Everton on Saturday afternoon and reports emerging on Saturday evening suggest he could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
But the pivotal moment in the match came when Van Dijk was on the receiving end of a unsafe late lunge from Pickford early in the game, which forced the Dutchman off.
"The picture I saw now once on the laptop, there is no armpit, there is nothing, we are just not offside", said Liverpool's bemused manager Juergen Klopp.
Klopp told his post-match press conference: "When I left the pitch, Thiago told me in the red card situation with Richarlison he thinks he got injured".
Mohamed Salah restored Liverpool's lead in the 72nd but early season pacesetters Everton drew level nine minutes later with a header by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the England striker's 10th goal in seven games in all competitions this season.
However, no penalty was awarded after a VAR review because Van Dijk had been marginally offside and Pickford was lucky to avoid a red card.
Richarlison was shown a straight red card for a unsafe tackle on Thiago in the 90th minute before the VAR drama in the final seconds.
Van Dijk and Thiago will have scans on their knees, as Liverpool seek to assess how severe their injuries are.
Chelsea were in control courtesy of two superb Timo Werner goals - the first courtesy of a sublime dummy which bamboozled Jan Bednarek before drilling in, and the second as he lobbed the ball over goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and nodded home.
Frank Lampard's rallied immediately to regain the lead, Werner teeing up Kai Havertz for a neat dinked finish to make it 3-2.