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Saturday, 19 January 2019

Liverpool extend lead in seven-goal thriller


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Liverpool have worked hard to extend their English Premier League lead by holding off Crystal Palace in a 4-3 thriller at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah scored twice on Saturday as Liverpool moved seven points clear of Manchester City, who face Huddersfield on Sunday.

All of the Liverpool goal came in the second half as they pushed their home winning run in the league to 32 games.

"The result is massive, we have 60 points now it's crazy, it's an important number," manager Juergen Klopp said.

"I'm really proud."

Elsewhere, Manchester United maintained their winning run by beating Brighton 2-1 while Newcastle United moved out of the relegation places with a convincing 3-0 win over Cardiff.

Crystal Palace, who had won three of their past four league visits to Liverpool, led 1-0 at half-time thanks to Andros Townsend's goal.

Salah pulled Liverpool level a minute after the re-start and Roberto Firmino put them in front moments later.

Palace equalised through James Hopkins' header but then gifted Liverpool the lead when keeper Julian Speroni deflected a cross back towards his own goal and Salah easily put it home.

Liverpool's James Milner was sent off in the final minute for a second yellow card but Sadio Mane still added their fourth goal in stoppage time.

And it proved to be a crucial one as Max Meyer scored a late consolation for Palace.

Manchester United's win over Brighton was their seventh straight overall and sixth on the bounce in the league since interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over last month.

Paul Pogba put United in front from the penalty spot and Marcus Rashford made it 2-0 before half-time.

Pascal Gross pulled Brighton close with 20 minutes left but United held on to move within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea, who play at Arsenal later.

"We are delighted to get seven wins under Ole," United's Ashley Young said.

"When you are full of confidence you think you are going to win every game."

Fabian Schar scored twice as Newcastle United climbed out of the relegation zone and dropped Cardiff into the bottom three.

Ayoze Perez also scored as the Magpies scored three times in a league game for the first time this season.

"We did good," Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez said.

"We scored three goals so everyone has to be happy.

"The team were giving everything and this kind of game you know you have to work hard."

Callum Wilson and Jose King scored as Bournemouth beat West Ham 2-0, Southampton held on to beat Everton 2-1 to move three points above the drop, and Watford drew 0-0 with Burnley.

Diego Jota completed a hat-trick in stoppage time to give Wolverhampton a 4-3 win over Leicester.

Jota's winner capped a wild six-goal second half and came just six minutes after Wes Morgan looked to have rescued a point for Leicester, who twice battled back to equalise.

Arsenal revived their hopes of a top-four finish in the English Premier League. with first-half goals by Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny securing a comfortable 2-0 derby win at home to Chelsea.

The victory on Saturday, only Arsenal's third at home in the league against Chelsea in 10 years, left them in fifth place but cut the gap on their fourth-placed London rivals to three points.

A scintillating first half saw chances galore for Unai Emery's side who began the match in sixth spot after Manchester United's earlier win against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Liverpool have worked hard to extend their English Premier League lead by holding off Crystal Palace in a 4-3 thriller at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah scored twice on Saturday as Liverpool moved seven points clear of Manchester City, who face Huddersfield on Sunday.

All of the Liverpool goal came in the second half as they pushed their home winning run in the league to 32 games.

"The result is massive, we have 60 points now it's crazy, it's an important number," manager Juergen Klopp said.

"I'm really proud."

Elsewhere, Manchester United maintained their winning run by beating Brighton 2-1 while Newcastle United moved out of the relegation places with a convincing 3-0 win over Cardiff.

Crystal Palace, who had won three of their past four league visits to Liverpool, led 1-0 at half-time thanks to Andros Townsend's goal.

Salah pulled Liverpool level a minute after the re-start and Roberto Firmino put them in front moments later.

Palace equalised through James Hopkins' header but then gifted Liverpool the lead when keeper Julian Speroni deflected a cross back towards his own goal and Salah easily put it home.

Liverpool's James Milner was sent off in the final minute for a second yellow card but Sadio Mane still added their fourth goal in stoppage time.

And it proved to be a crucial one as Max Meyer scored a late consolation for Palace.

Manchester United's win over Brighton was their seventh straight overall and sixth on the bounce in the league since interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over last month.

Paul Pogba put United in front from the penalty spot and Marcus Rashford made it 2-0 before half-time.

Pascal Gross pulled Brighton close with 20 minutes left but United held on to move within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea, who play at Arsenal later.

"We are delighted to get seven wins under Ole," United's Ashley Young said.

"When you are full of confidence you think you are going to win every game."

Fabian Schar scored twice as Newcastle United climbed out of the relegation zone and dropped Cardiff into the bottom three.

Ayoze Perez also scored as the Magpies scored three times in a league game for the first time this season.

"We did good," Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez said.

"We scored three goals so everyone has to be happy.

"The team were giving everything and this kind of game you know you have to work hard."

Callum Wilson and Jose King scored as Bournemouth beat West Ham 2-0, Southampton held on to beat Everton 2-1 to move three points above the drop, and Watford drew 0-0 with Burnley.

Diego Jota completed a hat-trick in stoppage time to give Wolverhampton a 4-3 win over Leicester.

Jota's winner capped a wild six-goal second half and came just six minutes after Wes Morgan looked to have rescued a point for Leicester, who twice battled back to equalise.

Arsenal revived their hopes of a top-four finish in the English Premier League. with first-half goals by Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny securing a comfortable 2-0 derby win at home to Chelsea.

The victory on Saturday, only Arsenal's third at home in the league against Chelsea in 10 years, left them in fifth place but cut the gap on their fourth-placed London rivals to three points.

A scintillating first half saw chances galore for Unai Emery's side who began the match in sixth spot after Manchester United's earlier win against Brighton and Hove Albion.

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