Reds close in on City

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

LON­DON. — Liver­pool closed back to within two points of English Premier League soc­cer lead­ers Manch­ester City by com­ing from be­hind to beat Burn­ley 3-1 as Manch­ester United and Arse­nal shared the spoils in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Old Traf­ford on Wed­nes­day night.

Wolves also over­turned an early deficit to in­flict just Chelsea’s se­cond de­feat of the sea­son in a 2-1 win at Mo­lineux, al­low­ing Tot­ten­ham to move back up to third with a com­fort­able 3-1 win over Southamp­ton. Chelsea and Arse­nal are now tied on 31 points in fourth, still eight clear of United in eighth.

Given the re­lent­less pace be­ing set by City at the top of the ta­ble, Liver­pool couldn’t af­ford any slip ups at Turf Moor de­spite Jur­gen Klopp mak­ing seven changes with Mo­hamed Salah and Roberto Firmino left on the bench and Sa­dio Mane miss­ing through in­jury.

Their fire­power was badly missed as Liver­pool laboured in the first-half and went be­hind early in the se­cond.

A huge er­ror by £67-mil­lion goal­keeper Alis­son Becker for Burn­ley’s shock opener when Jack Cork bun­dled home af­ter the Brazil­ian fum­bled in the wet con­di­tions. How­ever, the vis­i­tors quickly ral­lied to stretch their un­beaten start to the league sea­son to 15 games.

James Mil­ner lev­elled just af­ter the hour mark and then turned provider for Firmino to turn the game around just three min­utes af­ter com­ing on as a sub­sti­tute be­fore Xher­dan Shaqiri sealed the three points late on. — AFP.

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