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Liverpool And Arsenal Show Title Credentials

BR-ShanksTwo really big wins for Liverpool and Arsenal on Sunday, away from home, and against bitter rivals. Liverpool heaped more pressure on David Moyes with a convincing 3-0 win at Old Trafford while Arsenal increased the pressure on Tim Sherwood with a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane.

With the win, both club moved to within four points of leaders Chelsea, and they both have a game in hand. Both clubs still have to play Jose Mourinho’s side in what will be pivotal games in the title race.

In the first game Steven Gerrard scored twice from the penalty spot and Luis Suarez scored his 25th goal of the season in a march that highlighted two teams going in very different directions.

Liverpool completely dominated the match Brendan Rodgers game plan seemed to completely befuddle the United manager. This was a game where the score did not flatter Liverpool as it Liverpool could have scored five or six. Gerrard missed a penalty and David De Gea made a couple of late scores to keep the score respectable.

While everyone is talking about the title race being between Chelsea and Man City, do not overlook Brendan Rodgers’s side. They have to have home games against Manchester City and Chelsea on 13 April and 27 respectively, and wins their could give Liverpool their first league title since 1990.

As for David Moyes it was another miserable day. He seems totally devoid of ideas these days. He stubbornly is sticking with a formation that isn’t working and nobody is given United much of a chance to overcome a 2-0 deficit against Olympiacos on Wednesday, a result that will in effect end United’s season. If United lose on Wednesday and then get thumped by Man City in ten days, will David Moyes even survive the season?

Down in London, Arsenal showed a defensive strength that few felt they had in beating Spurs 1-0. A thunderbolt from Tomas Rosicky after just 72 seconds proved enough for the Gunners to earn a first victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane since September 2007.

Tim Sherwood’s hosts should have taken something from the match after they dominated possession for long spells and saw midfielder Nacer Chadli spurn a glorious chance to equalise following a mistake by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

But the hosts survived and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will now take his side to Chelsea for his 1,000th match next weekend only four points off the leaders and with a game in hand.