Klopp ignoring Liverpool's lead at the top

Ross Houston
December 2, 2019

Hours after City's shaky defense conceded an 88th-minute equalizer in a 2-2 draw at Newcastle, Van Dijk ventured forward to power home two headed goals from set pieces and lead Liverpool to a 2-1 win over Brighton at Anfield.

Liverpool FC are now top of the Premier League table and they are on course to win their first ever Premier League title under Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool went into the final 15 minutes of the game two goals up thanks to a pair of first-half headers from Virgil van Dijk, but Alisson Becker was then shown a red card after he handled outside of his box, with Lewis Dunk taking the resulting free-kick quickly to beat substitute goalkeeper Adrian. All we can do is win every game.

"The boys threw everything on the pitch", said a delighted Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

By contrast, when the going has got tough, City have not got going. After a tricky trip to Burnley on Tuesday, City face five of the top nine before the new year.

Kelechi Iheanacho's 94th-minute victor ensured Leicester continue their rich vein of form, having now won six games straight.

Mourinho's men are now within six points of his old side after a 3-2 victory over Bournemouth that was far more convincing than the scoreline suggests.

"It kept it interesting but in the end the most important thing is we won the game".

Now the Portuguese smells blood and has two of his former employers in his sights.

Spurs travel to Manchester United, who sacked Mourinho 11 months ago, on Wednesday and host Chelsea in three weeks' time.

With a packed December schedule looming for all Premier League clubs, maintaining the form and fitness of key players is even more vital than ever for those chasing honours.

"They were bringing a lot of players between the lines, which is good, but when it happens like it happens with us and we can win the ball in these moments, there was some chances for us as well. All we can do now is to try to win all our games and see where it takes us".

Just over a week after Mourinho replaced the fired Mauricio Pochettino, there was also change across north London as Arsenal sacked Unai Emery on Friday. Harry Wilson netted twice late on but Spurs held on for a win that lifted them to fifth place, having been in 14th place when Mourinho took over. The Reds seem to have an unassailable lead with Leicester City now posing the greatest threat - Manchester City just keep dropping points.

Aaron Cresswell's third goal of the season made this his highest-scoring top-flight campaign to date and earned West Ham their first Premier League away win at Chelsea since September 2002, ending a run of 13 without a league victory at Stamford Bridge.

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