Liverpool kept up their recent goal scoring form that saw them dispatch of Premier league champions Manchester City out of the champions league in mid-week with a 3-0 win over AFC Bournemouth at the weekend. Sadio Mane opened up the scoring early in the first half, the Senegal striker following up his own header to toe poke the rebound past the keeper. Despite their dominance Liverpool had to wait until late in the second half before they secured victory, Summer signing Mohammed Salah, connecting with Trent Alexander-Arnolds cross to net his 30th Premier league goal of the season and 40th in all competitions making him the first Liverpool player to do so since Ian Rush over 30 years ago.
Brazilian maestro Roberto Firminho, then notched up his 15th of the season with an injury time effort that made it 3-0 making it 5 wins out of their last 6 games as they close in on Manchester United in 2nd spot.
On the south coast Chelsea need three goals in 10 second half minutes to overturn a 2-0 deficit as look to keep their faint hopes of a top four finish alive. Their opponents Southampton who are still to win a league game under new boss Mark Hughes, took a first half lead thanks to Dusan Tadic’s 20th minute opener. When they doubled their lead on the hour thanks to Defender Jan Bednarek’s effort they looked to have the 3 points they need in the bag. However, they didn’t count on Chelsea substitute Olivier Giroud who clawed a goal back, his first league goal since joining the blues in January. This seemed to wake the sleeping giant and five minutes late Eden Hazard drilled in a left footed effort to equalize before Giroud again was on hand 3 minutes later to send the visitors home with the three points.
On Sunday Manchester United handed the League title to rivals Manchester City with a 1-0 defeat to relegation threated West Brom at Old Trafford. Jay Rodriguez scoring the only goal in a poor game that typifies United season after the fantastic come back against City last week, Jose Mourinho’s side looked like they couldn’t get out of first gear for large parts of the game, with their only notable effort on target being a header from Romelu Lukaku which required a decent save from West Brom keeper Ben Forster.
- Man United Stay 2nd, while Liverpool turn on the form.
- City extend winning streak to 15 Premier league games
- Liverpool and Tottenham must settle for a draws, while United made to fight
- Man City crusie to victory, while Arsenal keep the pressure on Liverpool
- Manchester United retain second place with victory over Liverpool