Aaron Connolly Reflects On Premier League Tussle With Virgil Van Dijk

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Man of the Match: Virgil van Dijk - Dominant at the back, especially late on, and popped up with two headers in the first half. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Phil Foden admitted that it is a "big challenge' for Manchester City to catch Liverpool".

Liverpool finished the match with 10 men after goalkeeper Alisson Becker was sent off in the 76th for handball outside the area, from which Brighton scored its goal at a free kick.

Trossard then tried to chip the onrushing Alisson who instinctively raised his arm to block the ball looping over his head.

Hours after City's shaky defence conceded an 88th-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Newcastle, van Dijk ventured forward to power home two headed goals from set pieces and lead Liverpool to a 2-1 win over Brighton at Anfield.

Klopp said; 'We brought on a frozen goalkeeper. We just need to focus on Arsenal now because the games are going to come quick now.

Jonjo Shelvey, the former Liverpool man, scored a late equalizer for the Toon Boys to cancel out De Bruyne's late goal, which Pep Guardiola certainly would have thought was the victor for his side.

It's worrying something Liverpool have done three times already throughout their history, but with an 11-point gap at the top of the table already the club should be confident that they'll finally get their hands on a first-ever Premier League title.

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Premier League - Newcastle United v Manchester City - St James' Park, Newcastle, Britain - November 30, 2019 Manchester City's Raheem Sterling in action with Newcastle United's Isaac Hayden. "We're completely concerned with different things and don't fool ourselves that we're favourites in certain games".

If they make it through the backlog of festive fixtures though, fans might be able to enjoy a handful of record-breaking achievements from their team before the new year.

Having taken charge with Tottenham in 14th place and in some disarray, Mourinho has led the team to fifth - and the Champions League qualification positions are suddenly in sight.

That's because fourth-placed Chelsea lost surprisingly at home to out-of-form West Ham 1-0, thanks to a second-half goal by Aaron Cresswell.

"None of these 13 games we won were easy, we didn't feel that for a second".

While Liverpool have made a habit of winning games when not at their best, City let points slip away not for the first time this season to further dent their title chances.

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