Klopp: Last-gasp win over Everton sparked Liverpool title challenge

Arnold Nichols
March 2, 2019

Liverpool maintained their advantage over the reigning champions courtesy of an emphatic performance at Anfield, where Sadio Mané and Virgil van Dijk both scored twice and Divock Origi was also on the scoresheet.

Former Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince claims that Manchester City showed signs they were panicking during Wednesday's narrow win over West Ham, adding that Jürgen Klopp's side proved they were back to their best in their 5-0 thumping of Watford.

By that point they will have played a game more than their nearest rivals, with the trip to Fulham falling on March 17 when City have the weekend off, but could also come under increased pressure as their six opponents are now averaging 37.2 points - City's five in the same period average just 29.2 and are all in the bottom half apart from Watford.

It will be a game that City will be desperate to win as they seek to keep up with Liverpool in their chase for the Premier League title. I don't walk through the dressing room and say "You don't play, you don't play". It was an evening when everything clicked into place for Jürgen Klopp's team, when they attacked with speed, verve and incisiveness and looked like a team who are ready to go the distance. "It was the key".

I think this has paid off, he is now starting in more and more games and he deserves it. Now we have a gap with the first two with the third, we're eight points (ahead of Tottenham), nine points for the leader.

Which Everton player do you think will pose the biggest threat to Liverpool? "It's a complete different scenario from previous year. we were a bit more comfortable towards this point of the season". I have real faith the Neil Lennon cannot only get us over the line this season but also add his own twist in the process.

Southampton climbed out of the relegation zone by beating second-bottom Fulham 2-0 thanks to first-half goals from Oriel Romeu and James Ward-Prowse.

Watford, who came into the game on a high after a 5-1 win over Cardiff City, remain in seventh spot on the table.

Aguero has now scored 30 goals in his last 24 league starts at home, with every one of them ending in a City victory.

United, missing a clutch of players including Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, and with Marcus Rashford on the bench, notched an eighth consecutive away win in all competitions for the first time in the club's history.

Idrissa Gueye has possibly been the best player for Everton so far this season.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers: "If I was making this decision with my heart I would have been at Celtic for life because it is an incredible club and one I've supported all my life". Taking all three points against Spurs has suddenly meant the top-four race now looks even more interesting.

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