Liverpool cruise to EPL’s top spot

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Liverpool FC tops EPL Table
Liverpool FC tops EPL Table

By Victor Okoye

Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw in the much anticipated fierce north London derby at the Emirates Stadium on match day 11 of the English Premier League.

The Gunners, who were looking to go on top of the league table after Manchester City’s stutter took the lead in the 42nd minute through Tottenham’s Kevin Simmer’s own goal.

However, Arsenal were pegged back by Tottenham in the 51st minute after the referee had spotted an infringement in the Arsenal’s box.

Laurent Koscielny was adjudged to have fouled Moussa Dembele in the box and Harry Kane stepped up to score the equalizer for Tottenham.

Following Manchester City’s slip up at home to Middlesbrough and Arsenal being held by Tottenham, Liverpool’s players knew victory would send them a point clear of Chelsea at the top of the league.

If there was pressure following the Blues’ statement win when they defeated Everton 5-0 on Saturday, Liverpool certainly did not show any signs of suffering from it.

The Reds went top of the Premier League for the first time under manager Jurgen Klopp with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Watford at Anfield.

Sadio Mane’s acrobatic header finally put the Reds ahead after a host of missed chances, before Philippe Coutinho drilled in a second from 20 yards three minutes later.

Adam Lallana crossed for Emre Can to nod home before half-time and underline the home side’s clear superiority – and the story was much the same after the break.

Watford were abject and Liverpool masterful as Roberto Firmino tapped in a Lallana cut-back before the Brazilian turned provider and Mane slotted in a fifth amid slack defending.

Georginio Wijnaldum completed the scoring in the 91st minute with his first goal for the club, after substitute Daniel Sturridge had struck the bar twice.

It is the fifth time Liverpool have scored four goals or more in the league this season, and made them the top flight’s highest scorers with 30 goals from their 11 matches.

But Watford’s consolation through Daryl Janmaat means Klopp’s side have only kept one clean sheet in the league this season.

Also, visitors Manchester United got their premier league campaign back on track after trouncing hosts Swansea 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Defending champions, Leicester City suffered a shocking 2-1 defeat in the hands of West Bromwich Albion at the King Power Stadium, while Hull City came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1.

At the end of Match day 11, the top four saw table-toppers Liverpool finish on 26 points, while Chelsea (25), Manchester City (24) and Arsenal (24) are second, third and fourth respectively.

Tottenham on 21 points and Manchester United on 18 points are fifth and sixth.

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