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Liverpool open up six-point lead as City lose again

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Liverpool moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League as the leaders eased past Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield and Manchester City were beaten for the second time in five days, 2-1 at Leicester.

Tottenham leapfrog City into second after thrashing Bournemouth 5-0, while Manchester United’s perfect start under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued with Paul Pogba scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Huddersfield.

United remain eight points off the top four as Eden Hazard scored twice in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Watford, but fifth-placed Arsenal could only manage a 1-1 draw at Brighton.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has tried in recent days to stress that it is still far too early for his side to be talking of ending a near three-decade wait to win the title in December.

However, another routine win and a 12th clean sheet in 19 Premier League games will do little to dampen expectations ahead of a huge week for Liverpool with Arsenal visiting Anfield on Saturday before a visit to City on 3 January.

“The six-point lead means nothing,” insisted Klopp. “We play Arsenal and City. It’s good that we have six points more than other teams, or seven, but that is pretty much all.

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“What we wanted to do all the time was create a basis for the rest of the season. Now the first part of the season is over. We want to create our own history.”

After a slow start Liverpool went in front through an unlikely source when Dejan Lovren volleyed home after 12 minutes.

It was a far more familiar marksman who made the game safe when Mohamed Salah scored from the penalty spot before Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho’s first Liverpool goal rounded off the scoring.

Source:Goal.com

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