Liverpool Go Six Points Clear As City Lose At Leicester; Spurs Second

Liverpool took advantage of another surprise slip-up from champions Manchester City to open up a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Boxing Day.

Liverpool beat Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield but City were beaten 2-1 at Leicester, dropping them behind Tottenham, who went second after they thumped Bournemouth 5-0.

Dejan Lovren, Mo Salah, Xerdan Shaqiri and Fabinho scored the goals as Liverpool eased to a 3-0 win over Newcastle at Anfield.

Lovren opened the scoring with a stunning half-volley from just inside the box on 11 minutes as Liverpool led 1-0 at half-time.

Salah scored from the spot after he was fouled by Paul Dummett, and Shaqiri and Fabinho completed the rout with late goals.

Champions Manchester City suffered a second straight defeat, following their loss at home to Crystal Palace by going down 2-1 at Leicester.

Bernardo Silva put the visitors in front but Marc Albrighton equalized and Ricardo snatched the winner nine minutes from time.

City ended the match with 10 men after Fabian Delph was sent off in the dying moments, the result allowing Tottenham to leapfrog them into second place after they smashed Bournemouth 5-0.

Having put six goals past Everton last time out, Tottenham were clinical again, with Son Heung-min scoring twice.

Christian Eriksen started things going and Lucas Moura and Harry Kane scored between Son’s two strikes to lift Spurs one point ahead of City.

Paul Pogba scored twice as Manchester United made it two wins out of two under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 3-1 victory over bottom side Huddersfield.

Nemanja Matic got the opener before Pogba grabbed his two goals, the second a superb long-range effort, lifting sixth-placed United to within five points of Chelsea and Arsenal.

Fulham moved off the bottom after a hard-earned 1-1 draw with Wolves in the day’s early game.

Substitute Ryan Sessegnon put Fulham in front 15 minutes from time but Romain Saiss bundled home an equalizer on 85 minutes to clinch a point for the visitors.

The draw was enough to lift Fulham one point above Huddersfield.

“I am a little bit frustrated but the draw is right,” Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri said.

“Yes we missed the opportunity, but it’s OK. It was a good performance from my players, everyone understood the problem and was working for the problem.

“When you are bottom, you have to fight, take chances, continue to fight, I am satisfied with the performance. It was only the second match we have played with this system.”

Burnley remain in the bottom three after they were humbled 5-1 at home by EvertonLucas Digne scoring two goals for the visitors.

Cardiff earned a point in a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace, lifting them three points ahead of the relegation zone.

Chelsea were due to play at Watford later on Saturday while Arsenal were scheduled to take on Brighton.

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