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Chelsea beat Liverpool to go 4th in EPL table

London, Mar 5 (AFP) | Publish Date: 3/5/2021 1:41:41 PM IST

Mason Mount fired Chelsea into fourth place in the Premier League as the midfielder’s superb strike clinched a 1-0 win against troubled Liverpool, while Everton boosted their top four bid with a 1-0 victory at West Brom on Thursday. Mount’s first half goal was enough to see off lacklustre Liverpool and extended Chelsea’s impressive renaissance under new boss Thomas Tuchel. Chelsea are unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions since the former Paris Saint Germain boss replaced the sacked Frank Lampard in January.

The Blues sit one point clear of fifth placed Everton, who have a game in hand on the west Londoners. While Chelsea are on the up, injury-hit Liverpool crashed to a fifth successive home defeat for the first time in their illustrious history, leaving the spluttering champions without a win at Anfield since before Christmas.

Jurgen Klopp’s team are languishing in seventh place, four points behind Chelsea after losing five of their last six league matches.After Chelsea’s Timo Werner was denied by the narrowest of offside decisions, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane missed a sitter.

Chelsea took the lead in the 42nd minute when N’Golo Kante launched a high pass towards Mount and the England midfielder cut in from the left, leaving Fabinho trailing in his wake before curling a superb finish into the bottom corner.

Liverpool didn’t have an effort on target until the 85th minute as Klopp surprisingly hauled off leading scorer Mohamed Salah. Everton made it three consecutive victories thanks to the in-form Richarlison, while their improving defence recorded a third successive clean-sheet. Richarlison headed home from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 65th minute cross as the Brazilian netted for the fourth time in as many games after scoring just twice in the league this season before that run.

Second bottom Albion, who had a late Mbaye Diagne effort disallowed for offside, remain nine points adrift of safety as they slide towards relegation.Dele Alli delivered in his first league start since the opening day of the season as Tottenham won 1-0 at Fulham. Alli was not credited with his first league goal for just short of a year as his effort deflected off Tosin Adarabioyo into his own net. Fulham’s Josh Maja saw his effort harshly disallowed for a handball by Mario Lemina, but eighth placed Tottenham held on to move within five points of the top four with a game in hand.

EPL TOP 10 
Team P GD Pts
Man City 27 39 65
Man Utd 27 21 51
Leicester 27 15 50
Chelsea 27 17 47
Everton 26 6 46
West Ham 26 9 45
Liverpool 27 12 43
Tottenham 26 15 42
Aston Villa 25 11 39
Arsenal 26 7 37
 

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