Liverpool extend lead …Arsenal humbled


Mohamed Salah’s second-half penalty was enough to give Premier League leaders, Liverpool, a 1-0 win away to Brighton on Saturday that saw them go seven points clear at the top of the table.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were enduring a frustrating afternoon on the south coast until Egypt forward, Salah, converted a spot-kick after being brought down in the box by Pascal Gross at the Amex Stadium.

Second-placed reigning champions Manchester City, fresh from a 9-0 rout of Burton Albion in the first leg of a League Cup semi-final, will look to close the gap at home to Wolves — who knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup — today.

Saturday’s early kick-off saw teenage midfielder, Declan Rice, score his first West Ham goal in a 1-0 win at home to London rivals Arsenal.

Victory, in front of a London Stadium record crowd of over 59,000, cemented the Hammers’ place in the top half of the table.

Rice’s 48th-minute strike saw the midfielder give himself an early present ahead of his 20th birthday on Monday.

West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic waved to home fans when substituted in the 71st minute which suggested the Austria forward, linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, may have played his last game for the club.

“We will see what happens in the next days,” Manuel Pellegrini, the Hammers manager, told Sky Sports when asked about the future of Arnautovic.

Defeat dented Arsenal’s bid for Champions League football ahead of next week’s clash at home to Chelsea, who beat New Castle 2-1 to get a firm hold of the 4th position.— AFP

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