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Premier League Recap As Liverpool Close In

Premier League Recap as Liverpool Close in

One down, two to go

When Callum Wilson controversially put Bournemouth ahead after nine minutes at Anfield, questions were again being asked if Liverpool were becoming the victims of an incredible curse.

A foul in the build-up wasn’t looked at by VAR and consequently the goal was allowed to stand, a decision that infuriated Jurgen Klopp.

The German was later caught on camera pumping his fists at the assistant referee as Sadio Mane put the hosts into a 33rd-minute lead, after Mo Salah had equalised on 25.

Though the passing and possession stats will show that the Cherries were well beaten, anyone watching the game will tell you otherwise, and were it not for an incredible goal-line save from James Milner, Eddie Howe’s side would’ve headed back down south with a well-earned point.

As it is, the win (and Manchester City’s defeat) means that Liverpool now need just two more to lift their first English top-flight title since 1990.

Ederson hands three points to United

Liverpool fans everyone will be raising a glass to their eternal rivals after Manchester United won the derby against Pep Guardiola’s misfiring City side 2-0.

The defeat was due in no small part to two mistakes made by Ederson, gifting United both goals.

Debate raged as to whether the free-kick that led to United’s opener was deserved, but Bruno Fernandes’ inventive play saw Anthony Martial in behind Sergio Aguero to smash home the opener.

Given that the ball was virtually straight at Ederson, there’s an argument that it was an easy save for the custodian.

CIty would go on to dominate the latter stages of the game, but David De Gea came to the Red Devils’ rescue on the odd occasion they were looking likely to concede.

In time added on after injury time, City were looking for one last attack, but Ederson inexplicably threw the ball into no man’s land, and from 40 yards out, Scott McTominay curled the ball into an empty net to send Old Trafford delirious.

Misfiring Gunners edge out the Hammers

Though this defeat in no way helps West Ham in their desire to stay in the top flight, David Moyes and the club’s supporters can’t be unhappy with the visitors’ performance.

Just like at Liverpool, the Hammers took the game to their opponents but, ultimately, came away with nothing… again.

Moyes will be wondering if Lady Luck has deserted his side at the most crucial time, for they were good value for a victory.

Fourteen shots in total (and six on target) compare to Arsenal’s nine, of which only two were on target.

The difference being that one of those, from Alexandre Lacazette, was the match winner, with just 12 minutes to play.

Mikel Arteta is unlikely to be happy with the manner of victory but grinding out wins is something that Moyes would take right now.

West Ham now have Wolves, Tottenham and Chelsea as their next three fixtures. 

That relegation trap door is beginning to creak a little louder.

Magpies flying thanks to Saint-Maximin

Their longest away trip of the season is rarely a pleasurable experience for Newcastle, but on this occasion, Steve Bruce’s side never looked like losing at Southampton.

New deals for Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie had seen some of the gloom at St. James’ Park lift during the week, and the Magpies played with confidence at freedom at St. Mary’s.

Their cause was made a little easier when Southampton’s Moussa Djenepo got himself sent off on 28, though it wouldn’t be until the 79th minute when Allan Saint-Maximin scored the goal which eventually won the match.

Despite the uncertainty behind the scenes regarding a club takeover and players such as the Longstaff brothers being tied down to longer term deals, Newcastle are getting it together on the pitch, and that can only bode well for the remainder of the campaign.

The win sees them leapfrog Southampton in the table, and Ralph Hasenhuttl will be keeping one eye on those clubs just below his side, because they’re not out of the woods yet and they’re on a wretched run of just one win in the last seven in all competitions.

Alli on the spot to save Spurs

Things aren’t really looking good for Tottenham at the moment.

In many respects, a point away at Burnley should be seen as a decent one, but the manner in which the visitors managed it says an awful lot about how they’re shaping up under Jose Mourinho.

And the answer is not very good at all.

From a free-flowing exciting outfit, they now resemble a timid XI, devoid of any sort of confidence in attack. 

The Special One was brought in to inspire, but he’s done anything but, and two shots on target, one of which was Dele Alli’s penalty to earn them the draw, isn’t anywhere close to being good enough.

Chris Wood had given Burnley the lead, and their 21 shots at goal dwarfed the output from their more celebrated opponents.

It does mean that Sean Dyche’s side are now only two points behind Spurs, and if Mourinho isn’t careful, they could end the season in the bottom half.

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