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DIVOCK ORIGI sent Liverpool to the top of the Premier League momentarily with a late goal against Wolves.

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Bernardo Silva scored twice as Manchester City cruised to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win at Watford on Saturday.

West Ham beat leaders Chelsea 3-2 courtesy of Arthur Masuaku’s bizarre late goal on Saturday as Liverpool briefly climbed to the top of the Premier League with a last-gasp winner against Wolves.

Elsewhere, Newcastle won for the first time this season to clamber off the bottom of the table and give new manager Eddie Howe hope they can survive.

CHELSEA STUNNED

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea had lost just once in the Premier League before Saturday’s match at the London Stadium and had conceded only six goals in 14 matches.

But Masuaku’s fortuitous late winner ended the European champions’ eight-match unbeaten run in the league.

Chelsea led twice, through a Thiago Silva header and Mason Mount’s spectacular volley, but they were pegged back both times by a penalty from Manuel Lanzini and Jarrod Bowen’s strike.

And with three minutes remaining substitute defender Masuaku, lurking out on the left wing, swung a speculative effort towards the Chelsea goal, deceiving Edouard Mendy as it arched past the stunned goalkeeper.

“So, was it a cross or was it shot,” Masuaku asked on Twitter. “ (Hint: I was as surprised as you).”

West Ham United’s French defender Arthur Masuaku (L) celebrates the winner in a classic against Chelsea.Source: AFP

Tuchel bemoaned Chelsea’s individual errors and the “freak goal” that led to their defeat.

“The schedule we play and effort we play, sometimes you feel tired, but you just need to accept it and control our risk management,” he told the BBC.

“We hate to lose, we have to digest it now. It is not a performance to be mad about, but in detail we need to be better again.

“If we won the game nobody would have given us the title and if we lose it I don’t think anybody else gets it this weekend.”

West Ham, who had already ended Liverpool’s long unbeaten run this season, as well as knocking Manchester City and Manchester United out of the League Cup, consolidated their place in the top four.

But manager David Moyes urged his side to be more consistent. “I don’t see it as a statement, I want us to play these teams and give them a game — this week alone we have had the Champions League finalists (Manchester City, against whom West Ham lost 2-1) and Champions League winners. It is a good return from the two games.”

SLICK SILVA BRACE AS CITY CRUISE TO TOP

Bernando Silva was described by manager Pep Guardiola as the best player in the English top flight this week and showed why with two sumptuous finishes to back up his cushioned volley against Aston Villa in midweek.

In stark contrast to Manchester United’s 4-1 humbling at Vicarage Road a fortnight ago that ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign, City virtually killed the match as a contest within four minutes.

Phil Foden picked out Raheem Sterling at the back post for the simplest of headers to open the scoring.

Silva slotted home from a narrow angle to double the visitors’ lead and produced a stunning strike into the top corner after the break.

But the scoreline barely did justice to the dominance of Guardiola’s men, who took advantage of Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham earlier in the day to go one point clear of Liverpool at the top of the table.

Guardiola also has a clean bill of health for his squad heading into the hectic festive period as Foden and record signing Jack Grealish returned to the starting line-up, while Kevin De Bruyne made his comeback from coronavirus as a second-half substitute.

Liverpool’s Belgium striker Divock Origi (R) celebrates the winner.Source: AFP

– Last-gasp Liverpool –

Liverpool left it until the dying seconds to see off tenacious Wolves 1-0, with substitute Divock Origi firing home Mohamed Salah’s pass in the 94th minute to take the visitors one point clear of Chelsea at the top of the table.

The visitors dominated possession at Molineux and had 17 shots on goal but Wolves battled hard to keep them at bay before Origi’s late intervention.

The much-maligned Belgian has scored some iconic goals in seven years since signing for the Reds, but has never nailed down a regular starting place.

“Divock Origi, the legend, finished it off and it’s a great story,” said manager Jurgen Klopp. “He’s an incredible striker, for different reasons he did not play that often but I hope one day he finds a manager that plays him more than I do.

“He’s one of the best finishers I’ve ever seen in my life. In this great team, with our three, he doesn’t play all the time but he is a very positive boy, loves the club, wants to contribute and he did in an incredible way.”

Liverpool had scored four goals in each of their last three league games and two or more in 18 straight games, but saw that run come to an end due to a rare off day with their finishing.

(L) Callum Wilson of Newcastle United celebrates the winner that handed them a first victory of the season.Source: Getty Images

NEWCASTLE CLAIM FIRST WIN

Newcastle scrambled a vital 1-0 win against fellow strugglers Burnley to move within three points of safety.

The decisive moment came late in the first half when goalkeeper Nick Pope spilt Joe Willock’s cross as he came through a crowd of players.

Callum Wilson steadied himself before firing into the roof of the unguarded net and his strike survived a VAR check.

Brighton’s Neal Maupay scored in the 98th minute to earn his side a 1-1 draw against Southampton, who had taken the lead through Armando Broja in the first half.

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