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James Milner had to rescue Liverpool from conceding a late equaliser in the second-half with this superb goal-line clearance.

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Ahead of tomorrow’s derby clash between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford, on the rebound Premier League leaders, Liverpool, took another major step towards a first league title in three decades with their 22nd successive Premier League win at Anfield, breaking the English top-flight record set by Shankly's team in 1972.

Following their come from behind 2-1 win over Bournemouth, Coach Jurgen Klopp said - "We didn't think about that number before the game, but after we can," said Klopp. "It's nice, it's special, but today is a very good example that we have to fight."

Game in hand Arsenal boosted their hopes of a top four finish with a late lone goal win over West Ham, Dele Alli salvage a point for Tottenham Spurs in a disappointing one-all tie with Burnley, and Sheffield United boosted their hopes for a top four finish with a lone goal home win over Norwich.

EPL Week 29 Standings

EPL Week 29 Standings

Elsewhere on Saturday, Newcastle distanced themselves from the bottom places with an impressive performance at 10-man Southampton that handed the latter a second straight defeat, Crystal Palace recorded a third successive victory as they beat relegation-threatened Watford for a spot in the top half with Jordan Ayew scoring a crucial eighth league goal, and Wolves managed a dull goalless tie against out-of-form Brighton.

And on Sunday, Manchester City’s fleeting hopes of catching up to Liverpool in the title race crumbled as United completed the Premier League double over them, effectively leaving Liverpool just six points shy of winning their first title in three decades. Carlo Ancelotti endured a miserable return to Stamford Bridge on Super Sunday as Chelsea thrashed his Everton side to boost their top-four Premier League hopes.

Leicester City thrashed woeful Aston Villa by four goals to nothing on Monday Night Football.

 

 

 Sadio Mane fired Liverpool into the lead after Virgil van Dijk's incisive pass allowed the attacker to race through and slot home.

Sadio Mane fired Liverpool into the lead after Virgil van Dijk's incisive pass allowed the attacker to race through and slot home

Liverpool 2-1 Bournemouth

Liverpool came from behind to beat Bournemouth as a 2-1 victory at Anfield moved them to within three wins of the Premier League title.

Liverpool's bid to arrest a run of three defeats in four matches got off to the worst possible start as Callum Wilson's contentious ninth-minute opener - allowed to stand after VAR ruled the Bournemouth striker's shove on Joe Gomez was legal - left Anfield stunned.

But Liverpool produced the response of would-be champions as Mohamed Salah, on his 100th Premier League appearance, and Sadio Mane punished costly Bournemouth defensive errors to turn the game around in the space of eight minutes before half-time.

A stunning goal-line clearance from Captain James Milner and a late offside flag prevented Ryan Fraser and Wilson from rescuing a priceless point for the Cherries' survival bid.

But Liverpool avoided paying the price for a lethargic second-half performance as they held on for a record-breaking 22nd consecutive top-flight home victory that moves them 25 points clear at the top of table and to within nine points of the title.

Arsenal 1-0 West Ham

Alexandre Lacazette stepped off the bench to boost Arsenal's Champions League qualifying hopes with a VAR assisted winner in a 1-0 victory over West Ham.

The Frenchman fired in from Mesut Ozil's headed cross (78) and, after a long VAR check, the initial offside flag on Ozil was overruled to put Arsenal on course for their third straight Premier League win, which moves them to within five points of fourth place.

It was a tough blow for David Moyes' battling West Ham, who had hit the woodwork in the opening moments through Jarrod Bowen and seen Michail Antonio spurn a glorious close-range chance before forcing a superb stop from Bernd Leno in the second half.

But Gunners manager Mikel Arteta will feel entitled to this valuable victory over his former Everton boss after Arsenal had two penalty appeals denied by VAR and hit the bar themselves through Sokratis in the first half.

They are now closing in on fourth-placed Chelsea, while West Ham - who have lost six away games on the spin - remain out of the relegation zone on goal difference alone.

Ayew celebrated after scoring with Palace's first shot just before the half-hour mark

 

Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford

Crystal Palace won for third game on the bounce to move into the European qualification picture by seeing off Watford 1-0 at Selhurst Park.

In a bitty and niggly encounter with eight yellow cards, including one for Wilfried Zaha who was in the thick of things not for the first time against Watford, Jordan Ayew's stunning first-half goal (28) separated the teams.

After three successive wins, Palace are up to 10th and are just four points off fifth position in the Premier League, which may yield a Champions League place this season.

For Watford, they remain in 17th, only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Sheffield United 1-0 Norwich

Sheffield United closed in on the Premier League's top four after Billy Sharp's first-half header and Dean Henderson's superb late save secured a 1-0 victory over bottom side Norwich at Bramall Lane.

After Teemu Pukki struck the upright from close range in the 14th minute, the Blades took control and Sharp headed home John Lundstram's brilliant cross in the 36th minute for his third in four games.

It proved to be the only goal of the game but only because of a remarkable piece of goalkeeping from Henderson to deny Ben Godfrey, Mario Vrancic and Josep Drmic from close range as the Blades stayed firmly in the hunt for European qualification.

Southampton 0-1 Newcastle

Allan Saint-Maximin was the hero after the winger's late strike gave Newcastle a much-needed 1-0 win over 10-man Southampton in a VAR-dominated clash at St Mary's.

The hosts' task was made all the harder when Moussa Djenepo was sent off after referee Graham Scott was urged to consult the pitch-side monitor to decide the Mali international's dangerous tackle on Isaac Hayden warranted a straight red card just before the half-hour mark.

The Video Assistant Referee was involved again on the cusp of half-time when judging Sofiane Boufal had handled the ball in the box, only for Alex McCarthy to keep out Matt Ritchie's penalty.

However, that miss was forgotten by the visitors when Saint-Maximin - recalled to the starting line-up after a recent knock - took advantage of Yan Valery's mistake to score the winner 11 minutes from a time, a victory that lifts Steve Bruce's side above their opponents into 13th in the Premier League table.

Wolves 0-0 Brighton

Brighton held Wolves to a goalless draw at Molineux as the home side missed the chance to move fourth.

It was a game of few openings in which Solly March went closest for the away side, while Leander Dendoncker spurned an opportunity to win it late on.

For Brighton, the draw brings a valuable point in their fight against relegation even while Graham Potter's wait for a victory in 2020 continues.

Burnley 1-1 Tottenham

Dele Alli's penalty earned Spurs a 1-1 draw at Burnley but a third winless game saw them miss the chance to cut the gap to the top four to two points.

Spurs - coming into the game on a run of four defeats in a row - were perhaps fortunate to escape Turf Moor with a point after a lacklustre opening period during which the hosts deservedly took the lead through Chris Wood's goal after a Hugo Lloris fumble (13).

Jose Mourinho made his feelings clear at the break by introducing Giovani Lo Celso and Lucas Moura, and within five minutes of the restart they were level as Alli converted from the spot after Ben Mee had caught Erik Lamela (50), netting his 50th Premier League goal in the process.

Moments later Burnley were denied a penalty themselves when Davinson Sanchez barged into the back of Chris Wood and they missed a golden chance to restore their lead when substitute Matej Vydra shot straight at Lloris from clos range.

 

Sunday

Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City

Manchester United punished two goalkeeping errors from Ederson to inflict a 2-0 derby defeat of Manchester City at a resplendent Old Trafford on Super Sunday.

Anthony Martial volleyed Bruno Fernandes' exquisite free-kick past Ederson half an hour into the 182nd Manchester derby, an effort the City goalkeeper got two hands to and should have saved.

Scott McTominay then settled the contest deep into stoppage-time, pouncing on Ederson's wayward throw from the back with a superb long-range strike into the unguarded City net that sparked scenes of jubilation from the home crowd.

City had dominated possession but crucially lacked the cutting edge as United registered the eighth clean sheet of a now 10-game unbeaten run, Sergio Aguero's second-half equaliser - ruled out by VAR by the finest of offside margins - the closest the champions came to scoring.

The victory sees United secure a first league double over City in a decade and leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side just three points behind fourth-place Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification, while the champions stay second after their five-game winning run was brought to an end.

 

Chelsea 4-0 Everton

A dominant Chelsea thrashed Everton 4-0 in the Premier League on Super Sunday, making it an unhappy return to Stamford Bridge for Carlo Ancelotti.

The Everton boss had never faced Chelsea before in his managerial career and returned to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his sacking from the club in 2011, but it got off to the worst start when Mason Mount produced a fine, swiveled finish in the 14th minute.

Chelsea continued to dominate throughout - with 18-year-old Premier League debutante Billy Gilmour impressing once again - and the hosts doubled their lead seven minutes later as Pedro (21) slotted home.

But the game was ultimately decided just after the break, when Willian (51) and Olivier Giroud (54) hit Everton with two quick goals, leaving Ancelotti and his assistant Duncan Ferguson stoney-faced on the touchline.

Everton remain in 12th with 37 points and Chelsea in 4th on 48 points.

Leicester City 4-0 Aston Villa

Leicester returned to form in a spectacular style with a 4-0 thrashing of Aston Villa at the King Power Stadium that keeps Dean Smith's side in the relegation zone.

Harvey Barnes capitalised on Pepe Reina's goalkeeping error to give the home side a first-half lead before Jamie Vardy came off the bench to score twice in the second half.

Barnes added his second and Leicester's fourth late in the game as Villa capitulated to their fifth consecutive defeat in all competitions.

Villa could have moved out of the drop zone with a victory but this defeat, in which they mustered only one shot on target, means they remain one place off the bottom. For Brendan Rodgers' side, this ended a four-game winless run and strengthens their grip on third spot by restoring their eight-point advantage over Chelsea in fourth.

 

 

EPL Week 29 Scores At A Glance

Liverpool 2-1 Bournemouth

Arsenal 1-0 West Ham

Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford

Southampton 0-1 Newcastle

Wolves 0-0 Brighton

Burnley 1-1 Tottenham

Sunday

Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City

Chelsea 4-0 Everton

Monday

Leicester City 4-0 Aston Villa

Game day reports from BBC and skysports were used in this compilation.

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