Gabriel Jesus fires as Manchester City snatch top spot from Liverpool

The Croatia worldwide was hardly given a fair crack in the Premier League during his first year in English football and could still turn out to be a top player in the division. But it might be a while before they see themselves back in the Champions League.

De Bruyne returned from a second serious injury of the season in today's 3-1 win over Everton, replacing Riyad Mahrez with 15 minutes remaining. The win was a must to crank up the heat on Liverpool ahead of their clash with Manchester United on Sunday, and they duly delivered. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. Subs: Sterling 7, De Bruyne 6, Foden n/a.

With temperatures approaching freezing in Manchester, City were almost caught cold by a rare Everton break early on when Richarlison fired the first big chance of the game over from Lucas Digne's cross. Subs: Walcott 6, Lookman 7, Davies n/a. Everton should be looking for maximum points in at least two of those games, while they can hope to take a point from either City or Spurs. The Brazilian bullets a header beyond Pickford from Sane's sublime left-wing cross. The visitors pull one back as Calvert-Lewin nods Digne's lobbed cross into the corner.

He said: "The biggest chance until that moment was Richarlison's chance - a big, big chance - but after that it changed". Showed his quality going forward with a great assist for Sterling's header.

Sané assisted both of Gabriel Jesus' goals.

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored to cut a two-goal deficit in half but substitute Raheem Sterling, who was allegedly the subject of racial abuse from supporters at Stamford Bridge a week ago, scored the game's crucial fourth goal. Prior to the match v Everton, none of the German's 23 Premier League assists had been for Jesus.

It was a formation that appeared to be working well in the early stages, with City dominant in possession but largely kept at bay until a couple of mistakes by the Blues presented the hosts with their first clear openings after Fernandinho had fired one effort well over in the 19th minute.