19 Nov 2017

City continue winning run

8:56 am on 19 November 2017

Manchester City enjoyed another satisfying afternoon in the Premier League, brushing off Leicester City 2-0 for their 16th consecutive win in all competitions and seeing one of their closest pursuers Tottenham Hotspur lose ground.

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

City moved nine points clear of Chelsea, who went second after thumping West Bromwich Albion 4-0.

Gabriel Jesus and a stunning strike from Kevin De Bruyne provided the goals for City against a Leicester team who have often troubled them in the past.

The home side went close to equalising when Harry McGuire hit the post after the break, but City went straight up the other end and put the result beyond doubt with a stunning counter-attack that De Bruyne rounded off with an unstoppable 20-yard shot in the 49th minute.

The only concern for Pep Guardiola was an injury to John Stones, who hobbled off before the break. The successful return of Vincent Kompany from injury will provide compensation although the Belgian was fortunate to escape with a booking for a foul on Jamie Vardy in the third minute.

Liverpool gaining ground

Liverpool continued their push towards the Premier League's top four after Mohamed Salah scored two superb goals in a 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday and broke former striker Robbie Fowler's club record.

The result left Liverpool fifth on 22 points from 12 games, one behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and third-placed Manchester United who were at home to Newcastle later in the day.

Juergen Klopp, who was taken to hospital after a health scare on Wednesday and returned to work on Thursday, was able to sit back with no jitters as a flawless Liverpool performance drew praise from their manager.

"It was an open game, we had more chances before we scored," Klopp told the BBC. "We need to be patient in a lively way.

"The first goal, wow, I have nothing to do with the goal and the second was a fantastic pass and Mo Salah makes great runs. We could have scored more but it was a perfect day for us."

Salah became the first Liverpool player to score nine goals in his opening 12 league games, eclipsing Fowler's tally of eight, after two strikes in the first half.

The Egypt forward capitalised when Southampton's Dusan Tadic lost possession in a dangerous area and curled a delightful effort past visiting keeper Fraser Foster to fire the home side ahead in the 31st minute.

Ten minutes later, Salah tucked the ball home with plenty of composure after Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who also enjoyed a fine afternoon at Anfield, released him with a defence-splitting pass.

With Southampton subdued, Coutinho made it 3-0 midway through the second half when he swept home a rebound after Foster parried a fierce Roberto Firmino shot into his path.

Liverpool, who maintained their unbeaten run at Anfield in all competitions this season, missed several chances to win by a bigger margin as Southampton dropped to 14th place on 13 points, four above the relegation zone.