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PublishDate: Sunday, January 12, 2020 04:21

Liverpool beat Tottenham in Premier League

Chelsea and Manchester United secured comfortable wins in the race for the top four but 10-man Arsenal fell further off the pace after a limp draw at Crystal Palace.
Jurgen Klopp´s Liverpool secured their 20th win in 21 Premier League matches thanks to Roberto Firmino´s 37th-minute goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs had their chances to take at least a point as Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso missed the target with the goal gaping in the final 15 minutes.
The European champions have won 61 points in the Premier League -- the most any side has ever registered after 21 games in a single season across Europe´s big five leagues, assuming three points for a win.
Their scarcely credible lead over second-placed Leicester means they are almost certain to claim their first English top-flight title for 30 years barring a calamitous collapse.
"We played super football in their box, but for 90-95 minutes you have to be ready," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports. "We were, but we still have to do better."
Speaking about Liverpool´s record he said: "It´s special. To win the number of games, to always be ready to fight, that´s what the boys do.
"The only thing is that you don´t get anything for best starts. The only thing we´re interested in is what we can get in the summer. This league is so strong. We have to be ready."
- Leicester lose -
Earlier, Southampton claimed their fifth win in their past six games in all competitions as they came from behind at the King Power Stadium to beat Leicester 2-1.
Dennis Praet fired the hosts into an early lead, but Stuart Armstrong´s deflected effort quickly pulled Hasenhuettl´s men level.
Danny Ings then scored his 10th goal in 11 games eight minutes from time and the visitors survived a late scare when Jonny Evans´s header was ruled out by VAR for offside.
Chelsea put their struggles at Stamford Bridge behind them with a 3-0 win over Burnley, who slid ever closer to the bottom three.
Jorginho opened the scoring from the penalty spot and Tammy Abraham gave Frank Lampard´s men breathing space before half-time.
Callum Hudson-Odoi then scored his first Premier League goal by converting Cesar Azpilicueta´s cross at the back post.
United ended a three-game winless run in style with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial once again leading the way for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer´s men in a 4-0 demolition of bottom-of-the-table Norwich.
Rashford marked his 200th appearance for the club with two goals and Martial and substitute Mason Greenwood were also on target.
Solskjaer was delighted with this team´s performance, which leaves them in fifth spot in the table, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
But after the match he took fans at Old Trafford to task after angry protests aimed at unpopular owners the Glazer family and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
"As a club we´ve got to stick together, we´ve got to be united, we are a family," said the United boss.
"I can only say from when I´ve been here I´ve been backed by the owners, I´ve been backed by Ed and they´re supporting me, so for me, make sure they stick together."
Woodward has become a particular target for supporters in recent months, given the club´s on-field problems and his record in the transfer market.
- Aubameyang sees red -
Arsenal are now 11 points off the Champions League places as their revival under Mikel Arteta was halted by a red card for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.
Aubameyang gave the Gunners a deserved first-half lead but the Eagles levelled thanks to Jordan Ayew´s deflected effort before a VAR review turned a yellow card for Aubameyang into a red for a reckless challenge on Max Meyer.
Wolves were held 1-1 at home by Newcastle while Everton bounced back from an embarrassing FA Cup exit to a youthful Liverpool side thanks to a moment of magic from Richarlison to beat Brighton 1-0.
During Spurs´ match against Liverpool, injured Tottenham forward Harry Kane tweeted an image of himself in his hospital bed following successful surgery on his damaged hamstring. He wrote: "First day of recovery starts now!"
Defending champions Manchester City travel to Aston Villa on Sunday, 17 points behind Liverpool.

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