Late present for Liverpool as title rivals drop points on Boxing Day – Liverpool FC,
Liverpool aren’t in motion till Sunday, however the Boxing Day fixtures within the Premier League had completely happy outcomes for these of a Crimson persuasion.
Jurgen Klopp‘s staff have been prime of the desk over Christmas for a 3rd yr operating, with a 4-level cushion which means we’d be prime at kick-off towards West Brom no matter outcomes elsewhere.
Even so, with all 4 of the groups instantly under the Reds in motion on Boxing Day, the expectation could be on a bunching-up on the prime of the league desk, placing the strain on the Reds to win at Anfield 24 hours later.
As a substitute, what we’ve seen is perceived title rivals handing Liverpool a late Christmas present, with all three groups in motion up to now having dropped points.
Within the day’s early kick-off, second and third fought out a draw, with Leicester twice coming from behind towards Man United, with the spoils shared in a 2-2 draw.
That implies that the Foxes stay three points behind the Reds having performed a recreation extra, whereas Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s in-type aspect are 4 adrift of the champions after 14 video games apiece.
Later on, fifth-place Chelsea travelled to Arsenal who’ve been totally woeful this season – with out a league win in seven – and a victory for Frank Lampard’s staff would have put them second.
They, too, didn’t discover a a lot-wanted three points, with an abject Chelsea soundly overwhelmed 3-1 by the Gunners – who themselves rise to the heady heights of 14th within the desk.
The opposite prime-5 staff in motion on Saturday evening are Everton, with Carlo Ancelotti’s aspect away to Sheffield United at 8pm.
Whether or not Reds followers genuinely think about any of these groups to be title ‘rivals’ is as much as every particular person, however they actually stay the closest challengers by way of league positions and points.
Extra realistically over the long run, Man Metropolis will nonetheless be the largest risk to retaining the Premier League trophy, however they spent Christmas in ninth place, eight points off the tempo with a recreation in hand.
Pep Guardiola’s staff face Newcastle United on the similar time as Everton are in motion – the Toffees will go second in the event that they win and keep fourth in the event that they draw, whereas Metropolis will rise to a most of fourth with three points and keep in ninth with a degree.
Both approach, a Sunday night win for Klopp and his gamers would put Liverpool a minimal of 5 points clear, additional extending the hole between the most effective and the remainder.
UPDATE: Man Metropolis and Everton each picked up three points within the late kick-offs – our Merseyside rivals are as much as second, two points behind the Reds, with Metropolis into fifth an extra three points again.
Let’s make it 67 within the league unbeaten at Anfield!