Palace win away as Spurs make it three under Mourinho

          Liverpool create 11 point gap to City as West Ham beat Chelsea

          2019/11/30 18:01
          By Connor Andrews

          Liverpool made hard work of extending their lead over title rivals Manchester City to 11 points with a nervy 2-1 win over Brighton at Anfield.

          Liverpool dominated the first half with Matt Ryan in goal putting in an impressive display to keep Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino at bay, but it was an unlikely source who broke the deadlock.

          Virgil van Dijk netting two headers from two Trent Alexander-Arnold crosses to put the Reds up within 25 minutes, ahead of the Dutchman’s potential Ballon d’Or win on Monday.

          But in the second-half Brighton came back into things, and survived a spree of Liverpool counter attacks before drawing Alisson Becker out of his goal for a clear handball and red card.

          Adrián took his place in goal and Lewis Dunk cleverly quickly dispatched the resulting free-kick, and Brighton went close again with the Spaniard looking shaky in goal. Liverpool though, held on to make it 13 wins and one draw on the season, putting them in a commanding position after City’s earlier draw with Newcastle.

          Chelsea’s impressive start to the season under Frank Lampard came crumbling down as West Ham took all three points at Stamford Bridge ending their eight game winless streak whilst making it back-to-back league defeats for Chelsea.

          Aaron Cresswell’s beautiful cut-in and strike was enough to settle a game where 33-year-old David Martin made his first ever Premier League start and kept an emotional clean sheet that he was able to celebrate with his father, coming in for a much-criticized Roberto in goal.

          ©Getty / Mike Hewitt

          Elsewhere in London, José Mourinho picked up his third win on the bounce, and a second 3-2 Premier League win in as many games with a Dele Alli inspired performance at home to Bournemouth. 

          The Englisman netted twice to put Tottenham two up, before Moussa Sissoko made it three, Harry Wilson netted two late goals for Eddie Howe’s side but Spurs held on to move up to fifth in the table, from 14th when Mourinho took over.

          Elsewhere, Crystal Palace continued their impressive start to the season with a 2-0 win away at Burnley, with Wilfred Zaha and Jeffery Schlupp scoring to end Palace’s run of recent poor form  against five of the top six moving them into the top 10, joining Burnley on 18 points.

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