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Liverpool clicked back into form to thrash Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates on Saturday and rekindle their chances of a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Diogo Jota came off the bench to score twice either side of Mohamed Salah’s 26th goal of the season as Jurgen Klopp’s men closed to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea.

The manner of the victory will be just as pleasing as the scoreline for Klopp as Liverpool looked far more like their old selves ahead of a trip to Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday.

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Chelsea’s shock 5-2 defeat at home to West Brom earlier on Saturday opened the door for both sides to close in on their target of a top-four finish.

However, it was only Liverpool who showed any ambition as Arsenal were thoroughly outplayed.

Sky Sports Gary Neville described Arsenal as “shabby” and “alarming” as they registered just one attempt on goal while Piers Morgan branded the Gunners “pathetic.”

The visitors pressed the Gunners high and quickly recovered possession, but lacked the killer edge up front to turn their dominance into goals until Jota was introduced on the hour mark.

Roberto Firmino flashed a shot just wide from outside the box before James Milner also failed to hit the target with the best chance of the first period.

Arsenal got to half-time without any damage done on the scoreboard, but suffered a major injury blow as Kieran Tierney limped off just before the break.

Tierney’s outstanding form for club and country has seen calls for Liverpool’s Andy Robertson to be dropped by Scotland to allow the former Celtic left-back to play in his favoured role.

With success for Arsenal this season now dependent on winning the Europa League, Tierney would be a big miss for Thursday’s quarter-final, first leg against Slavia Prague.

Like Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold has failed to hit the heights of his stunning season as Liverpool romped to the title last year.

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On Friday, Klopp expressed his shock that Alexander-Arnold had been dropped from the England squad by Gareth Southgate and the right-back showed his international manager what he is missing by creating the opener on 64 minutes.

Jota had only been on the field three minutes when he met Alexander-Arnold’s cross with a powerful header at the back post.

Four minutes later, Salah wrapped up the three points as the Egyptian outmuscled Gabriel Magalhaes before coolly slotting underneath the advancing Bernd Leno.

The loss of centre-backs Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to injury has been attributed as the principal reason for Liverpool’s slide down the Premier League table this season.

However, Jota’s absence for three months due to a knee injury between December and March also played a major part.

The Portuguese pounced again at the back post for his sixth goal in four games for club and country to round off a miserable night for the Gunners eight minutes from the end.

Arsenal remain in ninth, nine points adrift of the top four.

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MAN CITY GO 17 POINTS CLEAR

Manchester City moved closer to the Premier League title as the runaway leaders won 2-0 at Leicester.

Pep Guardiola’s side are 17 points clear of second placed Manchester United after a remarkable 15th successive away win in all competitions.

United can close the gap with a win against Brighton on Sunday, but it is only a matter of time before City celebrate their third title in four seasons.

Goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus killed off third placed Leicester in the second half at the King Power Stadium.

City, chasing an unprecedented quadruple, will go into their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in confident mood after avenging the 5-2 thrashing they suffered against Leicester in September.

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“It is a big step to winning the Premier League,” Guardiola said. “Today I trust some of my players who haven’t played for a while. There is good solidarity between the players.

“The Premier League is the nicest competition to win. It is 11 months and it is so tough. We are close. We need three more wins.”

City controlled possession and their dominance was rewarded in the 58th minute. Mendy cleverly eluded Marc Albrighton in the Leicester penalty area before curling a fine finish into the far corner with his weaker right foot.

The French left-back’s second goal of the season was followed by Jesus’s fifth in his last seven games in the 74th minute.

Raheem Sterling poked the ball towards Jesus, who stretched to tap into the net as he marked his 24th birthday in style.

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CHELSEA STAR RAGES AT ‘WORST REF’ DURING SHOCK LOSS

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea boss Tuchel saw his 14-game unbeaten run since replacing the sacked Frank Lampard come to juddering halt.

Christian Pulisic gave Chelsea the lead in the first half, but Blues defender Thiago Silva was sent off two minutes later for a second booking.

Second bottom West Brom made the most of that gift in first half stoppage-time as Matheus Pereira struck twice in quick succession.

They were the first home league goals conceded by Chelsea since Tuchel arrived in January, also ending a run of seven successive clean-sheets in all competitions.

Frustrations boiled over with Mateo Kovacic raging at David Coote’s refereeing after he was booked, with football reporter Adam Newson tweeting that the Chelsea star said: “Shame on you. Yeah, yeah, well done. Worst ref ever” after he was booked.

Shell-shocked Chelsea capitulated in the second half as Mbaye Diagne got Albion’s third before Callum Robinson made it four.

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Mason Mount’s reply was no consolation for Chelsea, who conceded five at home in the league for the first time since 2011 when Robinson grabbed his second in the final moments.

Chelsea remain in fourth place after their first home league defeat against West Brom since 1978.

But West Ham and Tottenham would both go above them if they win their games in hand.

It was the worst possible preparation for Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Porto on Wednesday.

“We cannot lose our heads now and take away the trust we have in these players,” Tuchel said.

“It was the moment after the game to be honest, be calm and to tell everybody to breathe. This is my responsibility. I trusted this line-up.”

SHEFFIELD UNITED EDGE CLOSER TO RELEGATION

Leeds pushed bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United closer to relegation with a 2-1 win against their Yorkshire rivals at Elland Road.

Jack Harrison put Leeds ahead with a 12th minute tap-in from Raphinha’s cross. The Blades equalised in first half stoppage-time, with Ben Osborn nudging Oli McBurnie’s deflected shot over the line despite Luke Ayling’s attempt to block.

In the 49th minute, Blades defender Phil Jagielka turned Harrison’s cross into his own net, leaving the visitors 14 points from safety with only eight games left.

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