Liverpool’s Premier League title defence suffered a harmful blow as Brighton made a shock 1-0 win at Anfield, while Manchester City moved 3 points clear on top with a 2-0 victory against Burnley on Wednesday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side paid the price for a careless display screen as Steven Alzate’s 2nd half strike provided having a hard time Brighton a remarkable success at the expense of the injury-hit champions.
Brighton’s first away league win versus Liverpool since 1982 was protected in the 56th minute when Dan Burn headed a cross towards Alzate and the Colombia midfielder snapped his shot inside the far post.
Liverpool are suffering in 4th place and path Manchester City by seven points, with the leaders holding a video game in hand.
The Reds’ miserable defeat leaves them in desperate requirement of three points when in-form City go to Anfield for an essential clash on Sunday.
Klopp’s men had reflected on track after wins at Tottenham and West Ham last week.
But Liverpool have now lost successive house league games for the very first time considering that 2012 and haven’t won a top-flight match at Anfield in 4 attempts.
Their abrupt collapse on house grass is exceptional offered they had not lost a house league game considering that 2017 prior to Burnley won at Anfield on January 21.
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (R) celebrates with Gabriel Jesus POOL/ Gareth Copley
” An actually difficult week, two away video games, 2 extremely intense video games and tonight we looked like we weren’t fresh enough mentally and physically,” Klopp stated.
” A lot of moments where we offered the ball away too easily. In minutes the boys looked exhausted mentally.
” We didn’t look convincing. We make more modifications and then we have no rhythm so it’s a problem.”
Pep Guardiola’s side had actually seen Manchester United draw level on points with them on Tuesday after their bitter rivals crushed Southampton 9-0.
However City underlined their decision to keep top spot with a composed, fully grown display at Turf Moor.
Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring after an error from Burnley keeper Nick Pope and Raheem Sterling grabbed the second before half-time.
After a spluttering start to the season that threatened to thwart their title hopes, City, who have a game in hand on 2nd placed United, remain in pole position to dismiss Liverpool.
So bleak was City’s position at one phase that Guardiola expected to be thinking about receiving the Europa League rather than winning the title.
Brighton’s Steven Alzate (2L) celebrates scoring at Liverpool SWIMMING POOL/ PHIL NOBLE
” We need to do our job. It’s a huge error to consider other sides,” Guardiola said of the title race.
” When we were 12th we were thinking ignore the Premier League, if we can achieve remaining in Europa League next season.”
City head into the Liverpool face-off on a club record run of 13 successive success in all competitions, consisting of 9 in the league.
With Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne still sidelined by injuries, City’s surge to the top is even more amazing.
Last crowned champions in 2019, they are unbeaten in 20 matches in all competitors extending back to November and have actually conceded simply four goals during that run.
Their most current rock-solid effort at the back equated to the club league record of 6 successive clean-sheets.
Leicester beat having a hard time Fulham 2-0 to improve their superb away league record.
Despite the absence of injured leading scorer Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho opened the scoring for Brendan Rodgers’ males and James Justin doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time.
Leicester now have 8 wins out of 11 on the road.
Jesse Lingard scored two times on his West Ham debut to clinch a 3-1 victory at Aston Vacation home.
Tomas Soucek opened the scoring after 51 minutes when he latched into Said Benrahma’s pass and drilled into the corner.
Lingard, who signed on loan from Manchester United last week, struck in the 56th minute.
Rental property’s Ollie Watkins scored in the 81st minute, but Lingard bagged his second two minutes later on as 5th put West Ham won for the fifth time in their last 6 league games.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored in Everton’s 2-1 victory at Leeds, the very first time the Toffees have won 4 successive away league video games since 1985.