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Results, scores, Liverpool v Brentford, West Ham United v Leeds, news, updates, Jack Harrison hat-trick, video

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Liverpool are doing everything within its power to keep the title race alive after a scintillating 3-0 victory over Brentford, while Leeds have winger Jack Harrison to thank as the flyer’s hat-trick helped Marcelo Bielsa’s side complete a comeback over West Ham United.

Harrison’s haul also lifted Leeds further away from the relegation zone, with the gap to them and 18th-placed Norwich City now at nine points.

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Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino scored the goals as the Reds coped without the absence of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made just two changes from the Arsenal stalemate as Curtis Jones and Oxlade-Chamberlain were recalled to add extra creativity and dynamism to the midfield.

He was rewarded with a bright start as Diogo Jota headed over, Trent Alexander-Arnold flashed a shot just off target and Alvaro Fernandez made a brilliant save to deny Virgil van Dijk.

However, the Anfield crowd were growing restless until Brentford allowed Alexander-Arnold’s corner to bounce inside the area and Fabinho headed in at the back post.

“We were unbelievable in the first half against one of the best teams in the world,” said Brentford boss Thomas Frank.

Liverpool celebrate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)
Liverpool celebrate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)Source: AFP

“We kept them quiet. If we had gone to half time 0-0 it would have been a different story, but if we want to get points here we can’t concede from set pieces.”

But the visitors only created one big chance to get back in the game when Bryan Mbuemo turned Joel Matip and shot inches wide.

Jota hit the post and then should have scored when firing too close to Fernandez in a one-on-one.

There was no doubt over the outcome, though, once Oxlade-Chamberlain’s diving header turned Andy Robertson’s perfect cross into the bottom corner.

Brentford were architects of their own downfall for the third goal as Fernandez’s pass out from the back was seized upon by Roberto Firmino and he teed up Minamino to slot home from close range.

Victory lifts Klopp’s men up to second, within 11 points of the runaway leaders, but they also have a game in hand on City.

“We don’t have to convince anybody outside (the club). People who are with us, they want to enjoy the ride,” said Klopp.

“This is not the situation to talk about a title race, 11 points with one game in hand. In a normal world (City win the league), but what is normal nowadays?”

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HARRISON THE HERO IN LEEDS THRILLER

Jack Harrison hit a hat-trick as Leeds boosted their bid for Premier League survival with a 3-2 win against West Ham on Sunday.

It was sweet revenge for Leeds, who were knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round at West Ham just a week ago.

“It was a beautiful game and very representative of the Premier League. It was a very tight triumph but it was deserved,” Bielsa said.

“I’m very happy for Jack he puts in a lot of effort.”

West Ham had won three consecutive league games and four in all competitions, but their bid to finish in the top four suffered a major setback thanks to Harrison as the Hammers are now just two points ahead of Arsenal, who have two games in hand.

Jack Harrison’s hat-trick helped Leeds beat West Ham. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Leeds had scored just eight goals in nine away league fixtures this season, but Bielsa’s men made a flying start and took the lead in the 10th minute.

Adam Forshaw found Harrison in the West Ham area and he drilled a fine finish that gave Lukasz Fabianski no chance.

Leeds’ weakness at set-pieces was exposed in the 34th minute as Bowen headed West Ham’s equaliser from another corner.

But Harrison had the perfect response three minutes later.

Luke Ayling headed the ball into Harrison’s path and he bundled home from close-range.

West Ham equalised in the 52nd minute as Michail Antonio found Fornals, who got behind Ayling and guided a clinical finish past Illan Meslier.

But Harrison wasn’t finished yet and the midfielder restored Leeds’ advantage on the hour.

Raphinha slid a defence-splitting pass towards Harrison, who calmly clipped his shot over Fabianski to bag his treble.

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