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Liverpool Rout Southampton as Arsenal Cruise

Liverpool crushed Southampton 4-Zero on Saturday to place stress on Premier League leaders Chelsea as Arsenal bought again on monitor with victory over Newcastle handy Eddie Howe his first defeat as Magpies supervisor. Steven Gerrard made it two wins out of two as Aston Villa boss with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace whereas the matches between Norwich and Wolves and Brighton and Leeds each ended goalless. Diogo Jota scored twice for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool — together with one aim after simply 97 seconds — to heat the Anfield trustworthy on a bitterly chilly afternoon on Merseyside. Liverpool’s third consecutive victory in all competitions since shedding at West Ham lifted them to second within the desk, one level behind Chelsea, who host Manchester United on Sunday.

Third-placed Manchester City would go transfer again into second place in the event that they beat West Ham, additionally on Sunday.

Free-scoring Liverpool have now scored 39 targets of their 13 Premier League video games this season, their highest aim complete at this stage of a top-flight marketing campaign, and Klopp welcomed their return to high type.

“We didn’t solely lose at West Ham, we drew two video games earlier than as effectively,” said Klopp. “So, all of a sudden, we were in a bad moment. Now we look like we are in a better moment.”

He added: “The issues that occurred to this workforce in the previous few years had been particular and that’s principally due to the excellent mindset and mentality of the boys.”

Liverpool wanted lower than two minutes to take the lead when Sadio Mane performed in Andy Robertson and the Scot’s cross was completely weighted for Jota to complete from shut vary.

Jota netted once more within the 32nd minute with a easy end from Mohamed Salah’s cross for his eighth membership aim this time period.

Thiago Alcantara had ended a prolonged aim drought within the midweek Champions League win over Porto and the Spain midfielder was again on the scoresheet within the 37th minute earlier than Virgil van Dijk bagged Liverpool’s fourth shortly after half-time.

ARSENAL BACK TO WINNING WAYS

Arsenal’s 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions come to a painful finish in final weekend’s 4-Zero thrashing at Liverpool.

But second-half targets from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli on the Emirates Stadium made it 4 wins from their previous 5 league video games with a 2-Zero success over Newcastle.

Written off after their poor begin to the season, Mikel Arteta’s aspect are fifth, stage on factors with fourth-placed West Ham, as they chase a berth in subsequent season’s Champions League.

Howe was in command of Newcastle in individual for the primary time after lacking final weekend’s 3-Three draw in opposition to Brentford following a optimistic coronavirus check.

While the Saudi-led consortium that lately purchased Newcastle have spoken about emulating the success of Manchester City beneath Middle Eastern possession, Howe’s solely focus is saving the Magpies from relegation.

The former Bournemouth boss might want to drag much-improved performances from his winless workforce if they’re to keep away from a catastrophic slide into the Championship.

Already languishing six factors from security, bottom-of-the-table Newcastle face essential video games in opposition to fellow strugglers Norwich and Burnley over the approaching week.

“Momentum in soccer is so vital,” mentioned Howe. “We must get that win as shortly as we are able to.

“I’m a optimistic man. I’ve seen sufficient from the 2 video games to see we are able to compete. A impartial watching right now wouldn’t assume we had been within the place we had been in. It’s as much as us to get the outcomes we want.”

Gerrard earned his second successive win since taking cost of Villa as the previous Rangers boss masterminded a victory at Crystal Palace, courtesy of targets from Matt Targett and John McGinn.

Dean Smith, the person Gerrard changed at Villa, stays unbeaten as Norwich boss after the second-bottom Canaries drew 0-Zero with Wolves at Carrow Road.

Brighton drew 0-Zero with struggling Leeds in Saturday’s late match, with Seagulls supervisor Graham Potter ruing his workforce’s lack of killer intuition.

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