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EPL: Liverpool Back On Top, Chelsea Win Thriller

Football – FA Premier League – Liverpool FC v Sheffield United FC LIVERPOOL Copyright: IMAGO / xDavidxRawcliffex

Despite Sheffield United battling hard, Liverpool came out on top 3-1 on Thursday night, returning back to the top of the English Premier League standings. Liverpool is now two points ahead of Arsenal and three ahead of Man City after 30 games played by all three teams. With only 8 matches left in the season, The Reds are the clear favorite now to lift the trophy.

The win didn’t come as easy as many thought it would against a team which was at the very bottom of the EPL table. They were however handed a gift in the 17th-minute when Darwin Nunez charged down goalkeeper Ivo Grbic’s clearance and the ball rebounded into the net. The goal put Liverpool up 1-0 which held until halftime. 

It should be noted that despite having 84% of possession in the first half and a number of great opportunities, Liverpool only managed one goal.

The hosts then conceded an equalizer in the 58th minute that tied the game up unexpectedly. Gustavo Hamer’s header bounced off Conor Bradley and into his own net to give Sheffield an own goal that had the Reds worried for a minute.

In the end Liverpool was just too much for the 20th placed Sheffield United, as Mac Allister put them back in front with 14 minutes left. It was a glorious strike from out of the box and one of the goals of the season, calming the home fans’ nerves and returning the momentum to his team. From there substitute Gakpo was able to head one past the keeper in the 90th minute to seal a vital victory.

Liverpool’s title destiny is still in their own hands. If they can win out by beating Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Everton, West Ham, Tottenham, Aston Villa and the Wolves, they will secure their 20th Premier League title.

The one concern they might have is their star striker Mohamed Salah who hasn’t been able to find the mark in tha last few games for his team. 

The struggling Sheffield United on the other hand seem destined to be relegated this season with only three wins and 6 draws to their name. 

Chelsea Wins 4-3 Thriller Against Manchester United

Meanwhile at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea secured a thrilling victory against Manchester United 4-3, moving them into 10th place in the standings. Cole Palmer was the hero of the match, scoring twice deep into stoppage time to complete his hat-trick on the day. 

Chelsea had previously given up a two-goal lead and required something special from one of the best players to overcome a United team which was surging back. 

United held all the momentum late into the match, with a goal lead through nine minutes of injury time but Palmer scored twice. First with 99 minutes 17 seconds on the clock, and then at 100 minutes 39 seconds, to stun their opponents.

Chelsea started the match off strong, with their Captain Conor Gallagher putting them in front in just the fourth minute. Palmer then doubled the hosts’ lead from a spot-kick after Antony fouled Marc Cucurella.

It was then time for United to mount a comeback as Alejandro Garnacho pounced on Moises Caicedo’s poor pass to cut the lead to 2-1. Bruno Fernandes then pulled his team level five minutes later when he headed in a Diogo Dalot cross.

Man United then took the lead when Garnacho scored his second goal after heading in an excellent ball from Antony past goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic. The goal happened in the 67th minute and looked like the game winner at that point. 

There was no quit in Palmer and the rest of the team however, battling to the very end and scoring two dramatic goals in the final few minutes. Substitute Noni Madueke was brought down by Dalot in the box and Palmer stepped up to tie the game 9 minutes into extra time. Then in the 100th minute, Palmer absolutely drilled a skimmer which was deflected past United goalkeeper Andre Onana to take the match.

The stadium erupted in celebration, giving Chelsea something to cheer about despite a lackluster season.