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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League

Manchester City dropped to third in the Premier League as Leicester City made it back-to-back defeats for Pep Guardiola's men - Ricardo Pereira's spectacular 81st-minute strike securing a 2-1 triumph. 

The reigning champions have lost three of their past four top-flight outings and lie seven points behind Liverpool, whose closest challengers are now Tottenham - six points back of the leaders. 

As in their weekend defeat to Crystal Palace, Manchester City took a first-half lead but were quickly pegged back – Bernardo Silva's goal cancelled out by Marc Albrighton, who also equalised when the sides met in the EFL Cup quarter-finals last week.

The Reds destroyed Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield, while Spurs hammered Bournemouth 5-0 at home to leapfrog Pep Guardiola’s side into second place.

'The unbeatables' - the stats
  • Liverpool are only the fourth Premier League team to be unbeaten at the halfway stage of a season, along with Arsenal in 2003-04, Manchester United in 2010-11 and Manchester City in 2017-18.
  • This was Newcastle's heaviest league defeat at Anfield since December 1987 (also a 0-4 loss).
  • Mohamed Salah has been involved in 35 goals in 28 home Premier League games for Liverpool (25 goals, 10 assists).
  • Newcastle have now lost their last nine away league matches against the 'big six' teams and have been beaten in all six games those sides this season.
  • Xherdan Shaqiri has scored four goals in his past four Premier League matches - one more than he managed in the 20 before that.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their past 20 matches in December, winning their past nine in a row.
  • This was the Reds' seventh victory this month - their most in a calendar month since September 1996 (also seven).
It’s the first time since 2002 that the Merseysiders have held a six or more point lead at the Premier League summit.