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Jota breathes life into the fairytale Klopp ending

Diogo Jota celebrates with Cody Gakpo after scoring third for Liverpool
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Diogo Jota celebrates with Cody Gakpo after scoring

Jurgen Klopp played down the concept of ‘scoreboard pressure’.

Manchester City are too old, he countered, to worry about seeing their lead at the top end disappear on a weekend in which they were in FA Cup action.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal are back in action before Pep Guardiola’s side can resume their assault on a fourth straight Premier League title. This enthralling race could still come down to goal difference, with Arsenal still on top as they are eight better off than Klopp’s men.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s win against Fulham in the Premier League

The fact that Diogo Jota is back up to speed and back on the scoresheet therefore comes at a crucial time.

Once again there were opportunities to make this a better victory over a Fulham team that lost its way after the break. But as Klopp noted: “We have won our last two away games, can I ask for more?”

The win in Atalanta helped ease the frustration of the week before. At Fulham, Klopp changed his players out of necessity. “We made these changes because we were 100 percent convinced that we had to. It wasn’t a gamble,” the Liverpool boss said.

Klopp remains positive about the title race and still believes that if his side win all their remaining five games they will become Premier League champions again.

The fact that the clean sheet eluded them will not worry him too much at this stage. Liverpool have scored in 31 of 33 games, more than any other team in the Premier League this season.

Judging from the festive celebrations, Klopp still believes there is time to add to his legacy.
Ben Grounds

Palhinha needs to tone down his yellow

Palhinha picked up his 13th yellow card of the campaign
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Joao Palhinha picked up his 13th yellow card of the campaign

Joao Palhinha could use some advice from Bruno Guimaraes. The Newcastle midfielder walked a tightrope having received nine yellow cards and avoided one for 11 games in a row, which therefore prevented him from receiving a two-match ban. It showed that he could still play with restraint, but still not lose any of his edge.

Meanwhile, the Fulham midfielder picked up his 13th yellow card of the Premier League season with a mistimed tackle about 25 yards out from Liverpool. You all know the rest. Trent Alexander-Arnold shot the ball into the top corner. Palhinha was punished for his lack of discipline. No player has received more yellow cards than him in the Premier League this season and it is starting to become a problem.

In addition to his fourteen yellow cards last season, he is only the second player to receive more than thirteen yellow cards in two separate Premier League campaigns – after Olivier Dacourt (1998-99, 2000-01) and Robbie Savage (2001-02, 2003 ). -04).

He is a great player, but something needs to change about his lack of discipline.
Lewis Jones

Watkins doesn’t need a goal to shine for Villa

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Ollie Watkins did not score in this match, but he had his name sung after the second and third goals as the home support recognized his key role in turning the tide. He was outstanding in Aston Villa’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth at Villa Park.

His constant search for the back line is central to Villa’s attacking play, stretching the opposition’s defense and opening up space for others – and on 12 occasions already this Premier League season, which has directly led to a teammate being scored between the goals .

With twelve assists now, that is the second-best total by a Villa player during the Premier League era. His clever footwork and unselfish use of the ball set up Moussa Diaby for the second goal, before his run and cut-back set up the third goal for Leon Bailey.

Ollie Watkins has scored a total of 31 goals and assists for Aston Villa this season, the most of any player in the Premier League this season
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Ollie Watkins has scored a total of 31 goals and assists for Aston Villa this season, the most of any player in the Premier League this season

What makes this so remarkable is that Watkins himself also scored 19. He is only the ninth Englishman to record a total of 30 goals and assists in a 38-match Premier League season. But this is a player whose contribution goes beyond numbers.

That was a point made by Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola afterwards: “He attacks space, he’s very good at pressing, he created a lot today. With players like this he finds a way to create things. He was really good.” .

“He’s been great all season, not just looking at the numbers, it’s about what he gives to the team. He’s very good in possession, in possession, facing his goal, he doesn’t lose the ball, he can attack.” the spaces. He is very complete.”

Watkins has worked on his game to become a complete striker, but that is exactly what he is now. He has always had pace. Now he is strong enough to keep the ball high and smart enough to make good decisions when in possession. No goal, but one brilliant display.
Adam Bate

West Ham’s season is in danger of coming to an end

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West Ham are in the curious position of being just two points outside the top six after conceding five or more goals in the Premier League this season.

The effect is that the Hammers can still qualify for Europe for a fourth successive campaign – and yet the end of David Moyes’ reign feels ever closer.

The manager has given no indication of an extension to a contract that expires at the end of the season as he targeted his own side following the 5-2 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Moyes admitted he was “embarrassed” by his side’s display, adding there were no “excuses” for what they produced at Selhurst Park.

They have reached new depths in south London, but West Ham have won just one of their last eight games in all competitions, and their top six rivals all have games in hand.

The Hammers’ campaign is in danger of failing. Moyes does not deserve to see his time at the helm end the same way.
Joe Shread

Glasner proves a smart appointment for Palace

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Crystal Palace have won consecutive league games against Liverpool and West Ham

Oliver Glasner has certainly silenced all his doubters after giving Crystal Palace supporters two of their most memorable victories in eight days.

After beating Liverpool at Anfield, the Eagles tore West Ham apart in front of their own fans and recorded back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time in a year.

Palace have now won two games by three goals under Glasner, who only arrived in February. The team had won just one game by that margin in its previous 71 games before his arrival.

The Austrian admitted he has benefited from the returns of Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze – whose injury problems undermined Roy Hodgson’s final months in charge – but their improvement is about so much more than just the talented duo.

Glasner’s ideas are already taking hold and are making Palace not only harder to play against, but also much easier on the eye.

Hiring a manager who had won the Europa League less than two years ago felt like a coup for Palace – and Glasner is showing what a shrewd appointment he could be.
Joe Shread

The breakaway from Everton has begun again

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Everton are becoming the league’s most skilled breakout artist.

If Sean Dyche could have imagined the ideal afternoon, it would have looked something like what actually unfolded at Goodison Park on Super Sunday. Almost perfect.

Everton weren’t brilliant, they didn’t need to be, but two goals and a clean sheet against direct relegation rivals would have been high on the manager’s wish list – both were awarded.

The Toffees were aided by questionable leadership, with three generous decisions awarded in favor of Ashley Young, who was fortunate not to receive multiple penalties for various fouls.

The fallout will undoubtedly have to do with match referee Anthony Taylor and VAR official Stuart Attwell, who had some loss of concentration in letting Young off the hook, but gave two long-range strikes – from Idrissa Gueye and Dwight McNeil – both of which came in off the post Everton the most timely boost.

That fact might get lost in the noise. Dyche won’t mind that either. Everton’s off-field trials have attracted enough headlines for one season, so some subtlety to round out the campaign in relative comfort would probably be welcome.

Say it calmly: Everton seems to be staying upright.
Laura Hunter

An unprecedented response from the forest will not help the fate of PL

Nottingham Forest post on X: 'Our patience has been tested"
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Nottingham Forest posts on X: ‘Our patience has been tested’

What might have started as sympathy from the majority of the football world will have quickly turned into apathy.

Nottingham Forest are not helping themselves. And yet there was legitimacy in their claims about the poor performance in their 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park. Most would empathize.

But that’s before an ill-advised statement was posted on their

Attwell, labeled a “Luton fan” by Forest, was essentially accused of cheating.

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Jamie Carragher has criticized Nottingham Forest’s social media post after they were denied three possible penalties against relegation rivals Everton during their 2-0 defeat.

Air sports pundit Jamie Carragher – who believed both of Forest’s penalties should have been awarded in the first half – described the statement as “shameful”, while Gary Neville called it “appalling”. Forest lovers might agree.

Such a knee-jerk reaction feels misplaced. Forest isn’t asking for a favor by acting like the world is out to get them. Their job of staying in the Premier League is difficult enough without making enemies of the PGMOL.

Explanations will not change the results. And in their situation, languishing a point above the drop zone, it’s results they desperately need.
Laura Hunter

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