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Premier League Recap As Liverpool Win Again

Premier League Recap as Liverpool Win Again

Mane to the rescue

Liverpool secured yet another three points, making it 103 won from the last 105 available! 

But they were made to work for it by an outstanding Norwich City side who, on that performance, certainly don’t deserve to be propping up the table.

It took a lightning quick turn and shot from Sadio Mane with just 12 minutes left for the Reds to get the win which means they need a maximum of 15 for their first ever Premier League title.

The wind played its part, but Norwich were good value at 0-0, and conceivably would’ve earned their point had the score stayed the same.

However, as Jurgen Klopp’s side have done so often this season, they kept knocking at the door until it eventually caved in.

Once again, both Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, integral to how Klopp wants his team to play, were excellent.

It may not have been the best 90 minutes of the season for Liverpool as a collective, but that won’t be of too much concern because results are the only thing that matter to them now.

Go on my Son!

In an exciting game at Villa Park, a catalogue of errors ultimately decided the outcome.

After Toby Alderweireld’s own goal had given Aston Villa the lead, the same player atoned for his error with a smart shot on the turn just before the half hour, to bring Spurs level.

Then it was Bjorn Engels’ turn to take centre stage, his mistake gifting Son Heung-min a goal in first half injury time.

Eight minutes into the second half and Engels would get Villa right back in it.

Some decent passages of play by both sides came to nothing and with the referee about to blow for full time, Engels again made a catastrophic error to allow Son in to win it in the 94th minute.

A draw was probably the fairer result, but the win for Spurs puts them right into European contention whilst making Villa’s lives a misery down at the foot of the table.

Gunners firing on all cylinders in second 45

As much a ‘game of two halves’ as you’re ever likely to see. 

Not on a par with the 4-4 draw between Arsenal and Newcastle, granted, but with a 0-0 score at half-time, no one could’ve predicted the final scoreline of 4-0 to the Gunners.

Perhaps Mikel Arteta’s half-time team talk did the trick again.

Something clearly clicked because the hosts came out like a team possessed, and were 2-0 up within 12 minutes of the re-start, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe scoring within three minutes of each other.

The game was over as a contest at that point, but Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette put the gloss on an acceptable performance during the last knockings.

Middle of the road Midlands derby

It was being billed as a titanic clash between Midlands rivals Wolves and Leicester, but the reality was it was nothing of the sort.

Both teams cancelled each other out from the beginning, and even when it appeared that the deadlock had been broken, Wolves’ Willy Boly looking like he’d scored a perfectly legitimate goal, VAR intervened again for the most miniscule of infractions.

The odd chance notwithstanding, this wasn’t a game for the purists, and the draw does neither side any favours whatsoever.

Wolves can be overhauled by Manchester United should the Red Devils win their game against Chelsea, whilst Manchester City can pull four points clear of Leicester with an expected victory over West Ham.

Opportunity missed.

Saints far from heavenly against Burnley

Southampton can only have themselves to blame for not securing the three points at home against Burnley.

Ashley Westwood’s freak second-minute opener set the tone, but Danny Ings, who’d been at fault for the goal, equalised with a low drive on 18.

Thereafter, although they had the majority of the ball, and at time gave the Clarets the runaround, they rarely did anything of note.

Indeed, just one other shot on target in the entire game tells its own story.

Try as they might, Southampton couldn’t get through a well-drilled Burnley defence, and they were made to pay the price.

And how!

A magnificent piece of skill from Matej Vydra gave the striker enough room to get his shot away and find the back of the net on the hour.

Despite having half an hour left to play, Southampton never threatened again. 

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