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Liverpool recorded a historic victory in their seven-goal blitz against Crystal Palace and unwanted records kept coming for Arsenal in their loss to Everton.
The reigning Premier League champions opened a five-point lead at the top, with Merseyside’s Everton as their closest rivals after beating an Arsenal side that sank further into the abyss with each passing game.
Manchester City also returned to winning ways thanks to a Raheem Sterling-inspired success at Southampton, while Newcastle United and Fulham played a draw at St James’ Park in the late start.
Here is Opta’s selection of data from Saturday’s action in the Premier League.
The story of Saturday pic.twitter.com/JxeSAV01HD
– Premier League (@premierleague) December 19, 2020
Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool: Reds are unleashed when Klopp takes over Rafa
Jurgen Klopp recorded a historic victory in a historic victory for Liverpool at Selhurst Park, as the Reds won a top flight away game by a seven-goal margin for the first time in their history.
German manager Klopp edged Rafael Benitez (126) for the most wins as Liverpool manager in the Premier League with his 127th win.
It was the first time the Merseyside side had scored seven goals in a league game, each assisted by a different player, since the 9-0 win over Palace in September 1989, when the Eagles conceded seven in a game at home for the first time.
Substitute Mohamed Salah scored a double and provided an assist for his two-goal teammate, forward Roberto Firmino, the seventeenth time the pair have combined for a Premier League goal for Liverpool, placing them behind only Robbie Fowler and Steve. McManaman (24).
Takumi Minamino, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane were also on the score sheet, the latter becoming the fourth player in Premier League history to score in seven consecutive appearances against an opponent.
127 – This was Jürgen Klopp’s 127th league win for Liverpool, surpassing Rafael Benítez (126) as the winningest Reds manager in Premier League history. Icon. pic.twitter.com/NR7AM7o51N
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 19, 2020
Southampton 0-1 Manchester City: Sterling returns to sink the Saints
Sterling’s sweeping finish proved to be enough to get City back on track to triumph at St Mary’s Stadium as they became the first team to prevent Southampton from scoring in the Premier League since the first weekend of the season. .
Match winner Sterling has been directly involved in 11 goals in 16 Premier League encounters with Southampton; only against West Ham (14) has he participated in more.
Kevin De Bruyne set that goal and now has 15 assists in the Premier League in 2020, which is three more than anyone else. The only time the Belgian playmaker scored more goals in a single calendar year in the competition was in 2017 (18).
City held off their opponents from that point on and now have the best defensive record in the division, conceding the fewest goals (12) and keeping a clean sheet (six) than any other team.
Important 3 points against a strong team this year. we go aheadpic.twitter.com/CapnGMaXQQ
– Raheem Sterling (@ sterling7) December 19, 2020
Everton 2-1 Arsenal: Arteta holding on after last defeat
Two days before the first anniversary of his appointment at Everton, Carlo Ancelotti celebrated the victory over Arsenal to guarantee the Toffees a place in the top four at Christmas for the first time since 2004-05.
Rob Holding’s own goal, the third by an Arsenal player in the Premier League this season, gave Everton the lead before Nicolas Pepe converted from the penalty spot for an eighth goal, the team’s highest. in this season.
But Yerry Mina scored what turned out to be the winning goal just before the break to inflict an eighth defeat of the campaign on Arsenal, whose return of 14 points from 14 games is the fewest since 1974-75 (12 points when they become three for a win).
Each of Mina’s last four goals came in the 45th minute; Only Chris Eagles has scored as many consecutive goals in the same minute before, scoring four times in the 90 between 2007 and 2011.
Goals meanwhile are something Arsenal are still struggling for, as they have now failed to score in open play in their last five Premier League away games, and their only two goals in that run came from spot. penalty.
Yerry Mina’s last four #PL goals:
45 + 1 ′
45 + 4 ′
45 + 2 ′
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– Everton (@Everton) December 19, 2020
Newcastle United 1-1 Fulham: visitors pay penalty in St James draw
Newcastle benefited from another penalty, their third in six Premier League home games, as they rallied to earn a point against an improving Fulham at St James’ Park.
Callum Wilson made no mistakes from 12 yards when he brought his season count to eight in 12 top flight appearances, matching his 35-game comeback with Bournemouth last season.
Fulham have conceded five penalties this season, the most in the league, including three in their last four games, and Joachim Andersen was sent off for the incident leading to a penalty, the third Danish player to see Fulham red in the competition since by Leon Andreasen. and Claus Jensen.
However, Scott Parker’s men, who led Matt Ritchie’s own goal in the first half, held on to score at least one point by finishing a 10-man Premier League game for the first time since beating QPR 3-2 in April 2013 having lost each of the five subsequent occasions.
Newcastle have failed to keep a clean sheet in their most recent 11 Premier League matches at home, their longest streak since February 2005 (also 11 matches), but they still rose two spots to 12th.