There was no shortage of action in the Premier League this past weekend, as vital points were up for grabs at both ends of the table. Liverpool continues flying and, although there was a glimpse of hope that they would lose points this weekend, Klopp’s men once again shown why they are the best side in the world right now.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho saw his former captain Frank Lampard take the best out of his ‘master’, while Arsenal clinched an important 3 points against Everton.
All this and much more in this weekend’s Premier League table round-up.
Liverpool 3 X 2 West Ham United
It was a nervy evening at Anfield on Monday as they were made to work incredibly hard to get the win they needed to match Manchester City’s record of 18-straight wins.
The win for the Reds also means that they now only need four more wins to be crowned top-flight champions for the first time in 30 years.
Jurgen Klopp’s side took the lead inside ten minutes through Georginio Wijnaldum, but Issa Diop equalized three minutes later.
Liverpool went behind within ten minutes of the restart when Pablo Fornals capped his cameo with a goal. The lead didn’t last long however as Mohamed Salah equalized with 20 minutes remaining.
The Reds got their winner 13 minutes later as Sadio Mane was left with the goal at his mercy after being teed up by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool will now know that they could win the Premier League title on the 21st March against Crystal Palace. It was also a relief for the club, after the loss at Madrid midweek that turned on some alarms.
Arsenal 3 X 2 Everton
Mikel Arteta continued his strong run of form at the helm at the Emirates by beating Everton in an entertaining game on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners went behind after a minute as Dominic Calvert-Lewin pounced on some lackluster defending.
Arsenal hit back before the break to go ahead after goals from Eddie Nketiah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. However, the Gunners were made to go in level after Richarlison equalized on the stroke of half-time.
Carlo Ancelotti was left fuming with his team’s defending early in the second half, as Aubameyang was allowed a free header within the opening minute of the restart. That would ultimately be the game-deciding moment.
Chelsea 2 X 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea bounced back from their defeat against Manchester United by getting a much-needed win against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues took the lead after 15 minutes through Olivier Giroud, before Marcos Alonso doubled their lead three minutes into the second half.
Tottenham set up a grandstand finish after Antonio Rudiger put the ball into his own net, but Spurs couldn’t make it any more interesting as they struggled to mount an attacking threat.
This is the second time that Frank Lampard defeats his former coach José Mourinho. The Blues had already won to Spurs in December (2×0).
Manchester United 3 X 0 Watford
Manchester United got themselves back into the race for a top-four finish with their win at Stamford Bridge, and they made it two wins on the bounce this past weekend against Watford.
Bruno Fernandes scored his first goal for United to open the scoring, before Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood added further goals in the second period to make it a comfortable afternoon.
Leicester City 0 X 1 Manchester City
The teams in second and third met on Saturday evening, with the winner likely to be the closest team to Liverpool come to the end of the season.
Manchester City worked hard to get the win, as Gabriel Jesus struck ten minutes from time. It gave City the perfect result in preparation for Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 X 0 Norwich City
Wolves got themselves within five points of Chelsea on Sunday afternoon with a comfortable win over rock-bottom Norwich City.
Diogo Jota scored a brace in the first half before Raul Jimenez added a third five minutes into the second period. The Portuguese winger makes it up for a perfect week after he scored a hat trick too against Espanyol in the first leg of Europa League round of 32 knockouts.
Southampton 2 X 0 Aston Villa
Southampton moved further away from the drop-zone with a comfortable win over Aston Villa.
Shane Long scored within the opening ten minutes to give the Saints the lead. They were made to wait until the final stages of the game for the second, as Stuart Armstrong raced through on goal after Villa had pushed everyone upfield for a corner.
Villa only managed one shot on target in the game, which wasn’t the ideal warm-up for their League Cup final against Manchester City next weekend.
Burnley 3 X 0 Bournemouth
Bournemouth remains two-points outside of the relegation zone after Burnley inflicted a second defeat in a row on them.
All three of the Clarets goals came in the second period, as Matej Vydra, Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil found the net.
The Cherries have reasons to complain besides the result, as goals from Harry Wilson and Joshua King were overturned by VAR. Both times the cause was a millimetric offside.
Crystal Palace 1 X 0 Newcastle United
Crystal Palace moved up to 13th in the Premier League after winning their first game in seven against Newcastle United.
Patrick van Aanholt scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time, with a well-placed finish. Newcastle finished the game with ten after Valentino Lazaro was sent off in the closing stages.
Does not seem like the Austrian winger is improving on his loan spell with the Magpies. After he was humbled by Saka in the game against Arsenal last week, now he added up one red card. If he continues to disappoint, it is likely Newcastle returns him back to Inter Milan in Summer.
Sheffield United 1 X 1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Sheffield United missed their opportunity to close the gap on the top four after they were held at home by Brighton & Hove Albion.
Enda Stevens put the Blades ahead after 26 minutes, with a volley from a tight angle. However, Neal Maupay leveled the scored four minutes later.
The point means Brighton remain outside the bottom three by four points.
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