Liverpool beat Southampton 4-0 to put pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea, while Arsenal got back on track with a 2-0 win over Newcastle following their first defeat as manager of Eddie Howe Macbeth. Diego Jotta scored twice for Jurgen Klopp’s team to warm up the Anfield believers on a bitterly cold afternoon. It was Liverpool’s third consecutive victory in all competitions since their defeat at West Ham. The Reds are one point behind Chelsea, who run Manchester United on Sunday.
Third-placed Manchester City will advance to Liverpool if they beat West Ham on Sunday.
It took just two minutes for Liverpool to take the lead when Sadio Mane played for Andrew Robertson, and the Scots’ cross ended very close to Jotta.
Jotta easily completed his eighth club goal this season from Mohamed Salah’s pass in the 32nd minute.
Liverpool have refused to take their feet off the air after scoring at least two goals in 17 consecutive games in all competitions.
Diego Alcandara ended a long goal drought in the Midweek Champions League victory over Porto, and the Spanish midfielder returned to the scoresheet in the 37th minute when Lianco’s shot was deflected.
Liverpool’s fourth goal was scored by Virgil van Dijk in the 52nd minute, with Dutchman Trent Alexander-Arnold scoring his first goal in 14 months from a corner.
Arsenal have lost 10 of their last four games, 4-0 at Liverpool last weekend.
But Pugo Saga and Gabriel Martinelli’s second-half goals at Emirates Stadium saw them win four of their last five league games.
Written after a poor start to the season, Michael Arterta’s team is in fifth place with fourth-placed West Ham points out as they chase down Perth in next season’s Champions League.
“I’m glad you got the points after the loss to Liverpool. You have to win immediately,” Arteta said.
Gerrard makes his mark
Howe took charge in person for the first time since missing out due to a positive corona virus test in a 3-3 draw against Brentford last weekend.
When the Saudi-led federation, which recently bought Newcastle, talked about pursuing Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain’s victory under the Middle East, Hoe’s only focus was on saving Macbeth.
Howe, the former Bournemouth captain, will have to pull the most advanced performances from his undefeated squad if he is to avoid a devastating slide to the championship.
Newcastle, who are already five points behind on defense, face crucial games next week against fellow fighters Norwich and Burnley.
“The game was decided in the incident with Callum Wilson and the penalty a tough call against us then they scored later,” Howe said.
“Speed is very important in football. We need to get that win as quickly as possible.”
The former Rangers boss won 2-1 at Crystal Palace, his second consecutive win since Steven Gerrard took charge of Aston Villa.
Revealing the Palace’s set-piece weakness, Villa went ahead 15 minutes later after Matt Target failed to clear Ashley Young’s corner for his first league goal since 2019.
Villa’s Douglas Lewis missed a red card in the 72nd minute for a late tackle on Seikou Coyote, before the midfielder was sent off early before the result was overturned after a VAR test.
John McKinn added to the palace’s frustration in the 86th minute when Anwar El Ghazi’s capture Villa’s killer for the second time from the pass.
The goal scored by Mark Cuehi in the 95th minute was a bit of a consolation for the palace.
Dean Smith, who replaced Gerrard at Villa, remained unbeaten as Norwich boss after the second-level Canaries drew 0-0 with the Wolves at Caro Road.
The Brighton Host battled with Leeds in a late match on Saturday.
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