Newcastle win again, Liverpool close the gap on City and Eriksen leaves for Brentford

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrated his team’s individual defense after beating West Ham 1-0 to move within three points of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Sadio Mane scored the only goal in the 27th minute of Saturday night’s game at Anfield, converting from close range after a shot was fired in the face of goal by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool will now seek favor with their biggest rivals, Manchester United, who face City in the derby at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

If City lose, Liverpool will be within easy reach of Pep Guardiola’s side with one game less.

Right-back Alexander-Arnold was the architect of Liverpool’s victory.

The England defender not only provided a 16th career assist but also produced a brilliant clearance to deny Pablo Fornals.

Full-back Andy Robertson and midfielder Naby Keita also delivered goal-preventing tackles.

“All those situations were like scoring a goal,” Klopp said.

“When you get 12 wins in a row you can’t just get the ones where you steal and today we weren’t stealing we had to dig deep and that’s what the boys did.”

Chelsea put a turbulent week behind them as they roared to a 4-0 win over struggling Burnley in the Premier League.

All of the goals came in a 21-minute flurry early in the second half on Saturday, with Kai Havertz scoring a brace with one each from Reece James and Christian Pulisic.

It allowed the European champions to put aside any off-field drama caused by their Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, who put the club up for sale this week.

Newcastle continued their remarkable Premier League revival with victory over Brighton – their fifth win in six games.

Ryan Fraser and Fabian Schar struck as Eddie Howe’s side fought off a concerted fightback at Brighton, winning 2-1 after Seagulls skipper Lewis Dunk reduced the backlog on Saturday.

Newcastle’s day was even better as a host of clubs in the relegation battle slipped to defeats.

A precise strike from Harvey Barnes saw Leicester beat Leeds 1-0 in Jesse Marsch’s first game in charge of the Yorkshire club after Marcelo Bielsa was sacked.

And Ivan Toney scored a hat-trick to sink bottom club Norwich 3-1 as Brentford picked up their first win since January 2.

Christian Eriksen took another positive step in his remarkable recovery as the Denmark international played the entire game for the Bees.

He also contributed to the first two goals, almost nine months after his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 last summer.

It was Eriksen’s corner that helped set up Toney’s opener before a second free-kick forced a penalty early in the second half.

Elsewhere, Aston Villa built on a win at Brighton last week by beating Southampton 4-0 at Villa Park.
A fine finish from Ollie Watkins put the hosts on their way before Douglas Luiz ended a good team move on the stroke of half-time.

The result was concluded when Philippe Coutinho and Danny Ings struck within two minutes of each other.

Crystal Palace secured just a third away league win under Patrick Vieira with a 2-0 success against Wolves.

The visitors were rewarded for a quick start when Jean-Philippe Mateta broke the deadlock, with Wilfried Zaha netting a 34th-minute penalty to secure victory.

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