Durable Liver­pool keeps Man City in its sights in ti­tle race

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport -

MANCH­ESTER City just can­not shrug off Liver­pool in what is look­ing in­creas­ingly like a twohorse race for the Pre­mier League ti­tle.

Three days af­ter scor­ing a win­ner six min­utes into in­jury time in the lo­cal derby against Ever­ton, Liver­pool needed rested stars Roberto Firmino and Mo­hamed Salah to come off the bench and help rally the team to a 3-1 win at Burn­ley on Wed­nes­day.

Liver­pool moved back to within two points of City, the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, and the top two re­main un­beaten af­ter 15 of 38 games.

Fewer and fewer sides look ca­pa­ble of keep­ing touch with them

Chelsea lost for the sec­ond time in three matches, squan­der­ing an early lead in a sur­prise 2-1 de­feat at Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers. The Lon­don club’s 10-point gap to City could grow fur­ther at the week­end, with the lead­ers vis­it­ing Stam­ford Bridge.

De­feat for Chelsea al­lowed Tot­ten­ham to climb into third place — six points be­hind Liver­pool — af­ter a 3-1 win over Southamp­ton.

Manch­ester United dropped Paul Pogba and was held to a 2-2 draw with Ar­se­nal in a bruis­ing match at Old Traf­ford, leav­ing Jose Mour­inho’s team 18 points be­hind City. Even the bare min­i­mum of Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion could be be­yond United, which is in eighth spot and eight points adrift of fourth-place Chelsea. KLOPP’S GAM­BLE Liver­pool man­ager Juer­gen Klopp gam­bled by chang­ing his en­tire for­ward line at Burn­ley, with Salah and Firmino dropped to the bench and Sa­dio Mane out in­jured. It looked like that de­ci­sion might back­fire when Burn­ley took the lead in the 54th minute through Jack Cork. Klopp sent on Salah and Firmino soon af­ter James Mil­ner equal­ized in the 62nd, and they made an im­me­di­ate im­pres­sion.

Firmino scored with his first touch to put Liver­pool in front be­fore Salah set up Xher­dan Shaqiri for the third goal in in­jury time. The one neg­a­tive for Liver­pool was the sight of Joe Gomez leav­ing the field on a stretcher be­cause of an an­kle in­jury. – AP

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