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Premier League Review: Liverpool Thump City As Leicester Go Top

jamie-vardyIn a brilliant opening 33 minutes, Liverpool’s high pressure overwhelmed Manchester City as Jurgen Klopps’s side jumped to an early 3-0 lead, on their way to a comfortable 4-1 defeat at the home of the Premier League leaders. That defeat, combined with Arsenal losing at West Brom allowed Leicester City to take over first place in the Premier League. a

City started the late kick-off match at their Eastlands ground knowing victory would see them go top on a day when the Premier League paid tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks. But instead Manuel Pellegrini’s men found themselves 3-0 down inside 32 minutes after an Eliaquim Mangala own-goal preceded two sweeping Liverpool moves finished by the Brazilian pair of Phillippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino respectively. City pulled a goal back before the interval through Sergio Aguero’s 20-yard effort, but Jurgen Klopp’s visitors had the last word when Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel struck nine minutes from time.

England forward Jamie Vardy equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in ten consecutive Premier League games for his club by netting Leicester’s opener in a 3-0 win over Newcastle during first-half stoppage-time at St James’ Park. However, Vardy is still short of the all-time English top-flight record for goals in an unbroken run of 12 club matches set by Jimmy Dunne of Sheffield United in the old First Division during the 1931/32 season.

West Brom shock Arsenal, Chelsea win
Arsenal, who could have gone top themselves, suffered a shock 2-1 loss away to West Bromwich Albion. It was just their third league defeat this season and hardly ideal preparation for their must-win UEFA Champions League group match at home to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.

The Gunners took a 28th-minute lead through France forward Olivier Giroud but found themselves 2-1 down before half-time after James Morrison and an own-goal from Mikel Arteta put the Baggies in front. Santi Cazorla had a chance to equalise late on but blasted a penalty over the crossbar.

Champions Chelsea eased the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho with just their fourth win in 13 league matches this season as they beat Norwich 1-0 thanks to Diego Costa’s 64th-minute goal at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United made it eight games unbeaten in all competitions with a 2-1 win away to Watford in Saturday’s early kick-off. Watford captain Troy Deeney appeared to have gained a point for the home side with an 87th-minute penalty only to deflect Bastian Schewinsteiger’s stoppage-time effort into his own net after United had taken the lead through Memphis Depay.

Everton ensured Aston Villa stayed bottom of the table with a 4-0 win at Goodison Park, with Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku scoring two goals apiece.

Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic gave his side a 1-0 win away to Southampton while Swansea City came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to Bournemouth.