Liverpool’s German supervisor Jurgen Klopp (R) embraces Liverpool’s English defender Trent Alexander-Arnold (L) on the finish of the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on December 29, 2019.
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Liverpool wanted the help of VAR to re-establish their 13-point lead on the high of the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Wolves on Sunday as a late Chelsea fightback inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Arsenal in Mikel Arteta’s first dwelling recreation in cost.
Manchester City stay 14 factors adrift of the runaway league leaders, however closed the hole on second-placed Leicester because of second-half objectives from Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne to beat Sheffield United 2-0.
Sadio Mane scored the one objective of a controversial conflict at Anfield as Liverpool prolonged their unbeaten run at Anfield within the league to 50 video games.
“It was a tough test and rightly so. We play for big stakes, and try to be successful and be as good as possible,” stated Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Mane’s strike three minutes earlier than half-time was initially dominated out for a handball by Adam Lallana within the build-up, however a VAR evaluate overturned referee Anthony Taylor’s on-field choice.
Moments later Wolves thought they’d levelled when Pedro Nieto fired low previous Alisson Becker, however once more the VAR evaluate went in opposition to the guests because the objective was dominated out for a fractional offside in opposition to Jonny.
“We feel massively hard done by, I can’t get my head around it. It is ridiculous,” stated Wolves captain Connor Coady.
“For me it is not working. Some people are saying it gets the right decision but we’re the players on the pitch and it doesn’t feel right to me.”
Wolves had lower than 48 hours to recuperate from an exciting 3-2 victory over City on Friday, however nonetheless had loads of possibilities to safe at the very least some extent after the break as Becker denied Diogo Jota earlier than Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore had pictures deflected broad within the closing levels.
Just a second league defeat in 15 video games means Wolves fall 5 factors behind Chelsea within the struggle for a top-four end after Frank Lampard’s males staged a dramatic turnaround on the Emirates.
‘Awful’ Chelsea Beat Arsenal
Arsenal appeared set to present Arteta a primary dwelling win within the league since October as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener was simply reward for one of many Gunners’ finest performances of the season.
However, the defensive blunders which have blighted Arsenal’s season underneath three completely different managers value them once more when goalkeeper Bernd Leno got here and missed a Mason Mount free-kick to permit Jorginho to faucet dwelling an equaliser seven minutes from time.
Chelsea capped the comeback 4 minutes later when Tammy Abraham led a counter-attack from one finish to the opposite earlier than ending from Willian’s cross.
“We were so awful for 30 minutes; slow, lethargic, nervous,” stated Lampard, who made a tactical change to deliver on Jorginho after simply 34 minutes.
“The second half was nothing to do with tactics, it was all to do with spirit and desire.”
However, Arsenal have been livid Jorginho was nonetheless on the sector to equalise as he escaped a second yellow card at 1-0 for a foul on Alexandre Lacazette.
VAR additionally had a giant function to play on the Etihad the place City have been once more removed from convincing however did sufficient to inflict a primary away defeat in almost a 12 months on Sheffield United.
The Blades had a objective dominated out by a VAR evaluate earlier than half-time for an additional shut offside name in opposition to Lys Mousset.
The Frenchman additionally wasted one other good probability when one-on-one with Claudio Bravo and the guests have been punished by a characteristically medical end from Aguero as he rifled dwelling De Bruyne’s by ball.
De Bruyne then doubled City’s benefit eight minutes from time with a wonderful low end.