Liverpool stay stop
Jurgen Klopp was at it again with his chest bumping antics and who could blame the Liverpool manager. He was able to mastermind a well deserved victory which saw his team go back to the top of the summit albeit against a very very very poor United side. We can criticise Manchester United for not turning up and having a defensive approach to the game.
However I think it is only right and fair to actually praise Liverpool for their recent performances and achievements (ok smarty pants they haven’t won anything yet……but that’s besides the point). The Reds (Liverpool not United) are consistently proving week week in week out why they are City’s nearest rival and after the resilience shown against Manchester United, don’t be surprised if they are crowned premier league champions in May.
Mane got Liverpool off to a flyer after neatly taking his chance in the 24th minute giving De Gea no chance as he calmly slotted the ball in the net. United equalised through Lingard in the 33rd minute of the first half and for a moment looked like we could be in for a classic encounter. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case as Klopp’s boys stepped it up a gear and literally played United off the park.
They were first to every ball, challenged with intent, decisive in their passing and fully committed. Their endeavour payed off when Shaqiri came off the bench and netted twice for Liverpool given them a 3-1 win. The result ensured Liverpool would start the new week at the top of the league and possibly stayed there throughout the Christmas holiday.
Manchester City are only a point behind the leaders and won’t give up their title without a fight. They comfortably saw off Everton 3-1 after two goals from De Jesus and a Sterling header. Calvert-Lewin grabbed a goal for Everton but City were just too strong and held on for all 3 points.
Arsenal have finally lost a game after their long unbeaten run came to an end by Southampton. The saints won the game 3-2 through goals from Danny Ings (2) and Charlie Austin (1). Arsenal didn’t play badly but it was easy to see that Southampton wanted the game more (especially in front of their home supporters). It’s a great win for new saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl who would have been delighted with that victory.
Tottenham left it late against Burnley at Wembley after Eriksen came off the bench to give Spurs the much needed 3 points. These are the kind of wins Spurs will need if they are to keep pace with both Liverpool and Manchester City. Chelsea also won 2-1 away to Brighton (Pedro and Hazard grabbing the goals) and sit 4th in the table.