Liverpool humiliates Manchester United, Arsenal paints London red, and more…￼
The 2021/22 Premier League points table was tweaked time and again throughout this week, but interestingly, it has somehow reverted to what it was before the midweek fixtures. Liverpool claimed pole position with a win over Manchester United, but Manchester City’s win over Brighton & Hove Albion demoted the Reds to the second position once again.
Check out what happened in the midweek Premier League fixtures:
Liverpool 4-0 Manchester United
Given how the two teams have performed this season, Liverpool was always likely to get the better of their arch-rivals Manchester United. The Red Devils’ fanbase did not expect a lot from their side, but even then, the way Ralf Rangnick’s team surrendered to the Reds without a fight has angered many.
Jurgen Klopp’s team dominated from the very first minute, and though the 4-0 scoreline in humiliating in itself for Manchester United, it could have been much worse if Liverpool had played in the fifth gear throughout the 90 minutes. Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah scored for the Reds in the first half, whilst in the second half, Sadio Mane got his name on the scoresheet and then Salah scored his second and his team’s fourth goal.
Everton 1-1 Leicester City
Everton managed to dodge the relegation zone for another week at least since they secured a 1-1 stalemate against Leicester City. The Foxes drew first blood in the game courtesy of Harvey Barnes’ 5th-minute strike.
Brendan Rodgers’ team maintained their slender lead for 91 minutes but could not see the day off, as Brazilian attacker Richarlison’s 92nd-minute strike gave Frank Lampard’s team a point that could prove to be very crucial in the relegation battle.
Chelsea 2-4 Arsenal
Arsenal handed themselves a major boost in the race for 2022/23 UEFA Champions League places with a comprehensive 4-2 win over rivals Chelsea in the London Derby. The Gunners broke the deadline in the 13th minute through Eddie Nketiah’s strike, but Timo Werner restored parity in the game just four minutes later.
Mikel Arteta’s men took the lead once again in the 27th minute when Emile Smith Rowe got his name on the scoresheet, but Chelsea drew level this time as well through Cesar Azpilicueta’s 32nd-minute strike. However, the second half was all about Arsenal as Nketiah and Bukayo Saka scored to secure a resounding win that the Gunners fanbase will cherish for a long time.
Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace
There is absolutely no stopping Newcastle United at the moment since they registered their third consecutive triumph in the Premier League by handing Crystal Palace a 1-0 defeat. The Magpies opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, courtesy of a sublime strike from Miguel Almiron.
Patrick Vieira’s men played much better in the second half and created quite a few chances, but Eddie Howe’s backline was too resilient to be breached. With this win, the Magpies have climbed to the 11th position.
Manchester City 3-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Liverpool temporarily claimed pole position by beating Manchester United, but their stay at the top was cut short by defending champions Manchester City who registered a convincing 3-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Seagulls did really well to keep the scoreline at 0-0 in the first half but Pep Guardiola’s men ran riots in the second half. Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring in the 53rd minute before Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva joined the party to take the Cityzens back to the top.
Burnley 2-0 Southampton
Given that Everton had previously secured a draw against Leicester City, fellow bottom-dwellers Burnley needed to produce a result against Southampton and they did oblige, securing a crucial 2-0 victory.
Connor Roberts’ strike opened the scoring for the Clarets in the 12th minute, whilst Burnley doubled their lead in the first half itself courtesy of Nathan Collins’ 44th-minute goal. Though the Clarets are still in the relegation zone, they are now just one point behind the Toffees.