LIVERPOOL STAY IN CITY'S WAKE
The Straits Times|January 24, 2022
Klopp’s men cut leaders’ edge to nine points with gritty win; Gunners fire blanks again

LONDON Despite claims that Manchester City have the English Premier League title “sewn up”, the race is far from done and dusted after Liverpool yesterday closed the gap to leaders Manchester City to nine points.

The Reds still hold a game in hand – at home against lowly Leeds – on Pep Guardiola’s men and if they win that clash at Anfield, that will turn the business end of the season into an intriguing affair.

Liverpool had to withstand a spirited second-half fightback from Crystal Palace before emerging with a 3-1 win at Selhurst Park.

Virgil van Dijk gave the visitors an early lead with a powerful header from a corner, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added a second in the 32nd minute, controlling a superb cross-field pass from Andy Robertson before thumping the ball home.

Such was Liverpool’s dominance before the break that it appeared the second half would be more of the same.

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