PREMIERSHIP ROUND-UP: Rampant Reds go six points clear as City slump to third
MANCHESTER City’s miserable Christmas continued as Pep Guardiola’s team slumped to their second successive defeat and to third place in a Premiership race many predicted they would comfortably dominate at the beginning of the season.
Instead, Liverpool are now perched firmly at the top at the halfway point in the season, seven points clear of City, and six ahead of Tottenham, who leapfrogged Pep’s team into second place with another emphatic victory, this time courtesy of a 5-0 drubbing of Bournemouth at Wembley.
The Reds’ continued their unbeaten form with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle at Anfield, with goals from Dejan Lovren, Mo Salah, Firminho and a first Liverpool goal for Brazilian midfielder Fabinho.
It was a much happier day for the red side of Manchester, as caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrated a 3-1 victory over Huddersfield, with goals from Nemanja Matic and a brace from a Mourinho-absent rejuvenated Paul Pogba. The United legend has now taken as many points in five days as his predecessor managed in his last 45 in the job.
In a day of drama at the top half of the table, Everton bounced back from recent defeats to put Burnley to the sword by a 5-1 margin.
Elsewhere, Crystal Palace were held to a goalless draw at Cardiff.