In game week 25, Liverpool kept their title hopes alive. Fabinho struck to help them to a 1-0 win versus Burnley.
Playing away at Turf Moor, Fabinho’s late goal in the first half did the job for Liverpool. It helped them to win their fourth game on the trot.
City keep win record going
City, on their part, are not in a mood to let Liverpool reduce the gap. They won their 14th out of the last 15 Premier league matches. They owed it to Raheem Sterling who helped himself to a hattrick versus Norwich.
City’s manager Pep Guardiola refuses to become complacent. He believes that Liverpool will stay on City’s heels until game week 38. Liverpool’s ground-out win over lowly Burnley justifies Guardiola’s attitude.
Klopp wary of challenge ahead
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is wary of City’s dominance in the league. As City usually play ahead of Liverpool, the latter are usually playing catching up. According to Klopp, a nine-point lead could easily become a 12-point lead if Liverpool let down their guard.
Liverpool began shakily, almost letting Burnley score the first goal. However, Fabinho’s strike five minutes ahead of the interval would have had a soothing effect in the Liverpool camp.
Fabinho’s 5th goal in his last seven appearances for Liverpool came off a header from Mane. The headed goal followed a corner taken by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Wolves shock Spurs
A shock 0-2 defeat to Wolves hurt Tottenham’s hopes of a top four finish.
After Wednesday’s loss to Southampton, Tottenham went down a second successive time at home. This time, it happened against Wolves, on the weekend.
With their hopes of a top four finish damaged, Spurs fell to eighth on the points table.
Their manager Conte lamented the lost chances and admitted that his side would have to work hard. Barring that, they would not finish within the top four to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Wolves took a sixth-minute lead thanks to Jimenez. The forward took advantage of a mistake by Spurs goalkeeper Lloris to volley the ball home.
Another Lloris error – a weak pass in minute 18 to defender Ben Davies — was latched on to by Daniel Podence. After Podence’s deflected shot struck the post, Dendoncker bundled the ball in.
Wolves’ win was their 4th successive away victory against a top-half team. It helped them leap-frog Spurs into 7th place on the table.
Leicester hold West Ham
West Ham drew 2-2 against Leicester on the back of a last minute score-leveller. On 10 minutes, the Hammers drew first blood, thanks to clinical execution by Jarrod Bowen. A few minutes before the interval, Leicester drew level via a penalty conversion by Youri Tielemans. The referee awarded the spot kick after Aaron Cresswell handled the ball in the area.
Leicester took the lead 12 minutes after the break. The Hammers had to wait till stoppage time for Dawson’s equaliser – a deflection of a corner kick taken by Bowen.
The goal was subjected to a VAR review. The ball appeared to have touched Dawson’ upper arm en route to the goal.
Newcastle continue to stay out of relegation zone
Teetering on the edge of the relegation zone, Newcastle helped their cause of staying in the Premier League with a 1-0 home victory over Aston Villa on the back of a free-kick on 35 minutes from Kieran Trippier. It was Trippier’s 2nd successive set-piece effort in as many games.
The Magpies are now four points adrift of relegation, having won three league games on the trot. This is a feat that they last accomplished in 2018.
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Game week 26 is a double game week for Liverpool.
Jota’s injury is a worry for Liverpool. However, Salah is expected to compensate in his team’s matches against Norwich City and Leeds.
Meanwhile, City will fancy their chances when they host Spurs at Etihad Stadium. Can Liverpool reduce the gap at the top of the table?