Liverpool restate EPL credentials

Tuesday March 12 2019

Arsenal’s English midfielder Ainsley

Arsenal’s English midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles (right) and Manchester United’s English defender Luke Shaw during the English Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium in London on Sunday. PHOTO | AFP 

London. Liverpool cut Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League to a single point on Sunday as Manchester United slipped to their first domestic defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Arsenal.

Chelsea earlier needed a last-gasp equaliser from Eden Hazard to earn a 1-1 draw against Wolves as the race for the four Champions League qualification spots heats up. Just four points separate third-placed Tottenham, on 61 points, and Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in sixth, with Arsenal in fourth position and United in fifth.

A disappointing run of results has badly dented Liverpool’s bid for a first English league title since 1990 and fans’ nerves were jangling after they fell behind against struggling Burnley at Anfield on Sunday.

But Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane both scored twice as Jurgen Klopp’s team battled back to win 4-2, lifting them to 73 points, one behind Pep Guardiola’s City, who saw off Watford on Saturday.

“The message from today is that nobody gets rid of us,” said a defiant Klopp, whose team had won just two of their previous six Premier League matches. (AFP)

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