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Premier League: Liverpool crushes Chelsea and consolidates its leadership position, City unwinds and Tottenham overwhelms

No Mo Salah, no problem.

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Premier League: Liverpool crushes Chelsea and consolidates its leadership position, City unwinds and Tottenham overwhelms

No Mo Salah, no problem. Despite the absence of their Egyptian star, the Liverpool Reds crushed Chelsea (4-1) this Wednesday, at Anfield, during the 22nd day of the English championship. Jota, Bradley, Szoboszlai and Diaz scored for Mauricio Pochettino's players, with Nkunku at one point bringing the score to 3-1. More than ever at the top of the standings, Jurgen Klopp's men have a five-point lead over their runners-up Manchester City, winners against Burnley (3-0) earlier this Wednesday. Chelsea are still 10th.

Is there a link to Klopp's departure announcement at the end of the season? In any case, the Reds were very diligent against an overwhelmed Chelsea. After a rhythmic start, Diogo Jota lit the first fuse. Served at the edge of the area, he slipped between Thiago Silva and Badiashile before opening the scoring (1-0, 23rd). Already a passer on the first goal, young Conor Bradley, taking advantage of Trent Alexander-Arnold's injury, stood out. Launched deep by Luiz Diaz, the Northern Irishman crossed his shot into the side net to double the lead (2-0, 39th). Nunez also tried by all means to make his contribution, and even had the opportunity to score from the penalty spot before half-time. Alas, the Uruguayan opened his foot too much and hit Petrovic's post. He hit the Anfield posts three more times in this meeting. Cursed (2-0 MT)!

At the break, Pochettino changed almost everything, making three changes. The former PSG coach notably launched the French Christopher Nkunku and Malo Gusto. Wasted effort. The Reds hit the nail on the head thanks to young Bradley. The full-back tumbled down the right side, before centering precisely on the head of Dominik Szoboszlai (3-0, 65th). Nkunku briefly revived the suspense by playing Van Dijk and Konaté before beating Alisson with the left (3-1, 71st). Not for a long time. Nunez had fun with Thiago Silva before finding Luiz Diaz (4-1, 79th).

Two other matches on the menu for this evening of English football, first with Manchester City's clear victory against Burnley (3-1). Served by Matheus Nunes and Kévin de Bruyne, Julian Alvarez scored twice to put the English champions in orbit (2-0, 16th and 22nd).

Returning from the locker room, it only took 15 seconds for the Citizens to kill the match, with Foden serving and Rodri finishing (3-0, 46th). City calmly managed its lead during a second half marked by the return to business of Erling Haaland, out for many weeks. Al Dakhil scored for the honor, in stoppage time (3-1, 90 3), but the mass was said long ago (3-1 final score). With this success Manchester City returns to level with Arsenal (2nd with 46 pts). Remember that Pep Guardiola's players have a game in hand.

Last but not least, Tottenham got the better of Brentford (3-2). Spurs with two faces: they were first mishandled by the Bees, who opened the scoring by a self-confident Brentford team, who opened the scoring through the Frenchman Neal Maupay (0-1, 15th), the latter showing himself opportunistic after a rush from Ivan Toney. The score didn't change again before halftime. In the space of eight minutes, Destiny Udogie, Brennan Johnson and Richarlison, however, changed the face of the match and allowed Tottenham to take the reins (3-1, 48, 49, 56th). Toney further reduced the score, taking advantage of an oversight by the London defense (3-2, 67th), in vain. Postecoglou's players held on (3-2 final score) and climbed back into the top 4.

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