LONDON: Liverpool’s Premier League name bid suffered a blow as Tottenham earned a 1-1 draw towards the quadruple chasers, whilst Manchester United crashed to a “humiliating” 4-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s facet fell in the back of to Son Heung-min’s second-half target at Anfield earlier than Luis Diaz equalised within the remaining levels. Son tapped in Ryan Sessegnon’s move within the 56th minute after excellent paintings from Harry Kane within the build-up. Diaz bagged Liverpool’s fortuitous equalizer when his 20-yard power went in off Rodrigo Bentancur.
Liverpool, who’ve already gained the League Cup and feature Champions League and FA Cup finals to return, moved to the highest of the desk above Manchester Town on target distinction. However champions Town will pass 3 issues transparent of Liverpool in the event that they beat Newcastle of their recreation in hand on the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. That will be a large spice up to Town’s hopes of preserving the name with simply 3 video games left for each groups after this weekend.
“It’s extremely tricky to play towards an opponent with world-class gamers and a world-class supervisor when they’ve had per week to organize and we play each and every 3 days,” Klopp stated. “The dressing room isn’t flying, come on, however there are different video games to play. We simply must stay going.” The draw was once additionally now not sufficient for Tottenham within the race to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League by the use of a top-four end. Tottenham stay 5th and can fall 4 issues adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal if the Gunners beat Leeds.
United fall to new low
Manchester United have continued a bunch of humiliations in one among their maximum embarrassing seasons for many years and their lacklustre loss at Brighton was once some of the very worst. Ralf Rangnick’s facet have been routed by means of objectives from Moises Caicedo, Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard on the Amex Stadium.
6th-placed United are sure to pass over the Champions League for simplest the 5th time in 30 seasons. With 58 issues and just one recreation left, United’s 5th successive away defeat approach they’ll end with their lowest issues overall within the Premier League generation. “It was once a horrible efficiency. From the primary till the closing minute it was once now not sufficient, we will simplest apologise for this efficiency and a humiliating defeat,” Rangnick stated.
It was once an afternoon of combined feelings at Stamford Bridge, the place Chelsea blew a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with Wolves in entrance of potential proprietor Todd Boehly. Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Boehly and his consortium have gained the struggle to shop for Chelsea from Roman Abramovich in a £4.25 billion ($5.2 billion) deal. Boehly’s consortium nonetheless want to fulfill the Premier League’s homeowners’ and administrators’ take a look at and achieve approval from the United Kingdom executive, however Chelsea be expecting the sale to be finished by means of the tip of the month.
After the protracted sale sparked fears for Chelsea’s long run, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel welcomed the takeover, announcing: “It provides us an outlook, if phrases are agreed and confidently the method will likely be streamlined and pass ahead once conceivable. Excellent information.” However Tuchel’s third-placed crew have been not able to rejoice the care for a victory as they squandered a possibility to transport nearer to qualifying for the Champions League.
Watford pass down
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku scored his first Premier League objectives since December 29 within the 56th and 58th mins, the primary from the penalty spot and the second one a long-range effort. However Francisco Trincao hammered house within the 79th minute and Conor Coady nodded a close-range equalizer in stoppage-time to depart Boehly shaking his head in frustration. Watford wanted a win at Crystal Palace to stay alive their faint hopes of warding off the drop, however Wilfried Zaha’s Thirty first-minute penalty clinched a 1-0 victory that condemned them to relegation.
“I’ve by no means given a press convention answerable for a top-flight crew that has been relegated. This is a first I wasn’t having a look ahead to claiming,” Watford supervisor Roy Hodgson stated. Burnley wasted an opportunity to spice up their survival possibilities as Aston Villa cruised to a 3-1 victory at Turf Moor. Brentford overwhelmed Southampton 3-0 at their Group Stadium, with the objectives coming from Pontus Jansson, Yoane Wissa and Kristoffer Ajer. – AFP