Riyad Mahrez scored his first Manchester City hat-trick in a 5-0 thrashing of Burnley on Saturday’s Premier League game.

The Algerian curled two first-half efforts into the corner to ease any concerns about a perceived City scoring drought.

Benjamin Mendy drove home Kevin de Bruyne’s cross for his first City goal before half-time and Ferran Torres turned home his first Premier League goal after the break following a brief period of Burnley pressure.

Mahrez steered the hosts to their biggest win of the season by completing his first treble since scoring all three for Leicester City in a victory at Swansea City in December 2015 as the Foxes marched towards the title.

In another fixture, Pascal Gross’ controversial injury-time penalty rescued a point for Brighton, against Liverpool.

It was Brighton’s second penalty of the game after Neal Maupay fired a first-half spot-kick wide at the Amex Stadium.

The Reds thought they had taken the lead when Mohamed Salah latched onto a Roberto Firmino ball before firing home, but it was disallowed for offside by the video assistant referee.

Diogo Jota broke the deadlock, with his ninth goal since joining the Reds, as he received Salah’s pass before going past two defenders and firing into the bottom corner.

Substitute Sadio Mane believed he had sealed the game with a late header for Liverpool but that was also ruled out by the VAR for offside.

And they were made to pay when Andy Robertson kicked Danny Welbeck’s boot – with Stuart Attwell awarding the penalty after viewing the screen – and Gross slamming the equaliser down the centre.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was furious with the officials as they walked off the pitch and captain Jordan Henderson said he would like to see VAR scrapped.

The visitors lost James Milner to a hamstring injury, while Brighton had to replace both Maupay and Adam Lallana, who had only been on the pitch for eight minutes.

Meanwhile, Liverpool remain top of Premier League with a point against second placed Tottenham Hotspur who visit Chelsea on Sunday. 

Brighton remain 16th, five points ahead of 17th-placed Burnley.