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The Apprentice's final four talk about the first-ever female semi-final

The Apprentice's final four contestants, Stephanie Afflek, Brittany Carter, Harpreet Kaur and Kathryn Burn, discuss reaching the first-ever all-female semifinals (Author: Gardener)

ApprenticeOn Thursday's penultimate episode of The Apprentice, the final four contestants - Stephanie Afflek, Brittany Carter, Harpreet Kaur and Kathryn Louise Burn - will make history in the first-ever all-female semifinal. In last week's episode, both Aaron Willis and Akeem Bundu-Kamara received their marching orders, meaning the four women will go head-to-head in the exciting interview stages to become Lord Sugar's newest business partner. In a candid chat, the ladies opened up about their strong friendship, almost getting fired, business women and "amazing" boardroom talks with Lord Sugar, while quipping earlier this year, "The girls were hungry for it!" Discussing their clandestine connection with the business mogul, she added added: “I'm aware I haven't had the smoothest runs and some might wonder why I'm still there, but I think Lord Sugar sees something in me. We had some great boardroom conversations about family and business and I just think he gets me, he gets what I'm talking about and can relate to that. “Lord Sugar reminds me a lot of my father. To calm my nerves in the boardroom, I would just pretend I was talking to my dad! This tactic has usually helped when things went wrong - and as we can see for me, they definitely did... A LOT! I'm far from the perfect end product, but I'm willing to learn and I think Lord Sugar appreciates anyone who's willing to show themselves, make mistakes to improve." The TV star continued to express , how strong this year's group of female candidates was, adding that she hopes there will come a day when her gender is irrelevant to business and success. Stephanie explained: "I think this is definitely the year of the girls on 'The Apprentice' and I'm so proud to be a part of it. To stand here as one of the top 4 women and knowing how strong the top 8 women were, I hope we made them all proud! We're all strong, smart, perceptive women who know what we want and we're not afraid to get it. "Tough to be honest I think it just reflects society because women definitely have more hurdles to overcome when it comes to business, be it limited funding, gender inequality etc. The other three girls and I are smart and perceptive businessmen who fully deserve to fight for Lord Sugar's investment. Sheryl Sandberg remarks, 'In the future there will be no female leaders, only leaders', and I'm glad the four of us are standing here today to prove that we can be just as good (if not better) than men !) and equal counterparts are. I look forward to being in a society where being a female founder is no longer considered amazing as we are just as capable as the boys!" Meanwhile, Brittany shared her thoughts on what made this year's girls stand out: " I think all the girls on this series are so strong and what's particularly good is that we all just seem to complement each other - we all have different strengths and no matter what team we were placed on we just got really good worked together. "And I think it's that mix of teamwork, specific skills and complementarity that has resulted in these last four strong women." When asked if the collective strength of women in competition reflects today's times, front of house manager Brittany replied, "You know what, I think it reflects today's times. As we continue to evolve year after year you see more and more women are being celebrated in the business world, there are more women entrepreneurs to look up to and I think that's inspiring for the next generation of women. "It's only going to get better and women will be even more represented as the years go by - it's a great direction to move in." Sharing her thoughts on the development of women in business, she said: " I honestly believe we can never be over-represented and it's fantastic to see so many women in the business world, especially in high-profile situations. If you watch business shows on TV now, we see the women are absolutely smashing it. “More generally, I think women's representation has improved so much in many industries. I've been fortunate in my own career to have young, ambitious, female managers and that has really inspired me to be where I am today. While sharing her pride at being one of the last four women in the competition, dessert parlor owner Harpreet said she's always felt equal among her male colleagues, adding that any animosity lingers in the boardroom. She explained: "I just think we all hit it off really well as a group when we had tasks - we were focused on just winning as a team. I never felt there was mind games and that mentality from the candidates other than my competitors - we all just acted with real professionalism and when things needed to be raised in the boardroom they weren't said viciously. "Obviously it's difficult because when you're sitting there you want to shout about your own highlights, which I found difficult - and so often I just want to celebrate the achievements of the other contestant. Yes, I've come a long way because of my own abilities, but I honestly believe it's also because of the good teamwork, collaboration, and people I've had around me. On perceptions of women in business being different from reality, she shared: "It's a tough question to answer, really, because I know there are a lot of different perceptions out there. "That said, I find that when a woman is in charge and has a certain leadership style, she can be accused of being bossy - I know I've been on the show a few times myself. I lead my team and if I have a vision that I believe in then of course I will try to get everyone on board to achieve the end goal. Online pajama shop owner Kathyrn, meanwhile, shared her thoughts on the girls' passion for winning at the start of the competition, explaining: "The girls were hungry for it and I could see that from the first task. There are many strong personalities and I thought “Wow, this isn't going to be easy” once I talked to everyone. “I think one good thing that we're all good at is adaptation and we've shown that throughout the process. On her happiness to still be in competition, she continued: "It feels absolutely incredible and I'm just so lucky to be doing it with my closest friends. It's been one hell of a journey and there were definitely times I thought I was going to get fired so I'm so proud to be standing with 3 strong incredible girls and there's nobody I'd rather be there with. She said: "It's weird because at the end of the day it's a competition but there's a lot more to it when you really care about each other. I know I went into the process thinking, "I'm not here to make friends," and I really wasn't... "And of course, when you're spending so much time together and in such a different environment, special loans are made. I think that's the great thing about the interviews, you're no longer directly competing with each other's abilities. “You have your business idea, you have already written your business plan and now it is up to you and only you. Lord Sugar either sees potential in your business or he doesn't. Whether you're friends with the other candidates or not, it won't make any difference."

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Jota's gesture for Arsenal fans and other moments missed in Liverpool clash

Diogo Jota scored seven goals from seven games for Liverpool against Arsenal to open the scoring before Roberto Firmino bagged the three points for the Merseyside club (Author: Gardener)

JotaDiogo Jota scored seven goals from seven games for Liverpool against Arsenal to open the scoring before Roberto Firmino scored the three points for the Merseyside club. Diogo Jota relished his role as a Liverpool villain as he continued his winning streak against Arsenal. The Portuguese star scored the decisive goal at the Emirates when the game was at stake to increase the Reds' title chances. The Gunners were on the up after a brilliant first half but Liverpool are doing what great teams do by soaking up that pressure and hitting Mikel Arteta's men with a slob. Jota scored seven goals from seven games in a red jersey against Arsenal to open the scoring before Roberto Firmino added the three points for the Merseyside club in a 2-0 win. There were a lot of big talking points from today's game. Martin Odegaard was in the form of his life for Arsenal and the Emirates crowd expected something of him every time he was on the ball against Liverpool. They showed their appreciation for the Norwegian with his first touch of the game as fans let out a tremendous roar. Liverpool failed to calm support as Arsenal fans stood behind their team for the remainder of the game. It was a brilliant atmosphere and Arsenal fans played their part as the 12th man. Odegaard in particular thrived and continued his impressive game. Gabriel Martinelli has been a revelation this season, but he faced one of his toughest tests yet against Trent Alexander Arnold. The Brazilian's pace proved difficult for Alexander-Arnold, especially in the first half, which weakened the Reds' power at the other end of the field. The defender had to respect Martinelli's pace and was unable to make his usual attacking runs should he be caught by an Arsenal counterattack. Arsenal fans noted that Martinelli was delighted with Alexander-Arnold and was pleased that their youngster was not out of place against one of the world's best at his position. Granit Xhaka struggled last time he faced Liverpool when he was sent off in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. Arsenal players chased Andre Marriner as he conceded a free-kick to Jurgen Klopp's men in what they felt was a soft decision. However, Xhaka didn't let go as he begged Marriner to put his hands together in a prayerful motion. Jürgen Klopp also took on the officials. This time it was the fourth official who took the brunt as the Liverpool boss infuriated Andy Madley. Sadio Mane was bowled over by Cedric Soares as he chested the ball forward, but Marriner didn't think it was a free-kick. Klopp went through on the touchline and it was Madley who was on the receiving end. The German didn't let it go even after play resumed, but it was all in vain, the decision had already been made. Arsenal fans got on Marriner's back from that point on, feeling that Liverpool made the majority of decisions. Diogo Jota loves playing against Arsenal. The winger had scored six goals out of six for Liverpool before today's game and made seven out of seven with a powerful opener. The Arsenal goalkeeper will be disappointed not to make it this season given his form but he just couldn't come down fast enough and be strong enough. Jota celebrated in front of the Liverpool fans before turning to Arsenal support to his left as they handed him Pelter. The Portuguese star appeared to be enjoying himself as he continued to keep his hand in the air while letting his emotions run wild. Jota was immediately substituted for Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino along with Luis Diaz and he looked slightly dejected at not being able to count on his goal.

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Young Bucks refer WWE Hall of Famer to Dynamite.

Last night on AEW Dynamite, The Young Bucks made a subtle reference to a WWE Hall of Famer during a promo with FTR. (Author: Gardener)

WWE Hall of Famer to DynamiteYou can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. From the Young Bucks' personalities and their social media antics, it's clear that they love to troll and make little references to get the wrestling community excited. Last night was no different when Matt and Nick Jackson went back to their old tricks at AEW Dynamite, while mentioning a catchphrase from a certain WWE Hall of Famer. When FTR was interviewed backstage because they split from former manager Tully Blanchard last week, The Young Bucks decided to rush their interview and poke fun at FTR. Matt Jackson would go on to say: This reference could be a little jab at Dax Harwood's recent Twitter activity where he has been mentioning a lot and even asking about the services of WWE Hall of Famer, Brett "The Hitman" Hart. FTR have made it clear that without Brett there would be no FTR as they see him as a mentor and role model and idolize the work he has done within the square circle. This wouldn't be Brett's first time in an All Elite wrestling ring as he unveiled the AEW World Championship at the inaugural Double Or Nothing show. It's still unclear if Brett will return to AEW, but stranger things have been happening in the world of pro wrestling and managing FTR could take the tag team to new heights.

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Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino bring the Reds within a point of leaders Man City

Report and free highlights as Liverpool hit nine wins in a 2-0 win over Arsenal and come within a point of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table (Author: Gardener)

Diogo JotaLiverpool defeated Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to secure a huge three points in the Premier League title race. Diogo Jota's breakthrough goal early in the second half was soon followed by a second from substitute Roberto Firmino to put Jurgen Klopp's side within a point of Manchester City. Arsenal had chances of their own, none clearer than when Martin Odegaard failed to defeat Alisson Becker after a sloppy back pass from Thiago Alcantara from close range. But while the Liverpool goalkeeper was executing that try Aaron Ramsdale should have done better than let Jota's low shot past his near post. It was tough for Mikel Arteta's side, who started the game with real intensity, their performance marked by an outstanding display from Gabriel Martinelli on the left wing. But they failed to convert their effort into goals and their winning streak ends at five. Not long ago, the absence of Mohamed Salah from Liverpool's starting line-up would have been a cause for concern, but this squad is robust now. Having previously won away at the Africa Cup of Nations without him and Sadio Mane, Jota scored the goal here which ended up being the winner while Salah was on the bench. That Klopp could turn to Salah and Firmino moments later - with Firmino soon adding the second - underscores the depth now at the Liverpool manager's disposal. As Klopp celebrated with the away fans at full time, you could feel just how big a result Liverpool had as they put the pressure on leaders Manchester City. The Liverpool boss applauded the magnitude of the win, telling Sky Sports: "It's really special. Coming here in our situation and theirs and not having a brilliant first half and then turning the game in the right direction is very special. In the title race he added: “We had a good time. We're a point behind, but we can only win football games. No game is easy in this incredible league and we have to keep going. "The only thing that really interests me is how we can prepare for the next game, how we can get through this. It's so difficult - I think it's game number 13 since we met Arsenal in the Carabao Cup. For them it's seven." - that's six more games for us.” Do you think that in 10 years someone will say that you should be proud [of second place with a point]? A visibly disappointed Arteta, meanwhile, was proud of his players' performance. "From box to box we were at least at their level or better," he told Sky Sports. "But in the boxes, they won the game." on whether his players can handle the pressure to fight for the top four, he added: "I think they showed that tonight." There was a buzz, an anticipation as Arsenal welcomed title challengers Liverpool into form. After a run of five straight Premier League wins, were the Gunners finally ready to make a big statement in the race for the top 4? In the first half, that expectation grew as Arsenal caused Liverpool many problems. Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka looked really dangerous behind Liverpool's highline. However, Arsenal lacked penetrating power in the final. Then came the big moment: early in the second half, Alexandre Lacazette pounced on Thiago's sloppy back pass before hitting Martin Odegaard, who was thwarted by a crucial save from Alisson, as weak as the first half , then he showed how disciplined you have to be in these big games. Where Alisson came to Liverpool's rescue, could Aaron Ramsdale join Arsenal's? Diego Jota's shot squeezed past the near post before Roberto Firmino's deft touch ended the game. In reality, it was another false dawn for Arsenal when it comes to challenging the Premier League's big boys. Mikel Arteta will have to work hard to get an answer from his side, starting at Aston Villa on Saturday, as they try not to let that result derail their Champions League push. Arsenal visit Aston Villa in Saturday's lunchtime game, kicking off at 12.30pm at Villa Park. They are then live on Sky Sports Premier League on Monday Night Football after the international break on April 4; Kick-off at 4.30 p.m. Liverpool play in the FA Cup this weekend and travel to Nottingham Forest on Sunday night. Kick-off at 6 p.m. They then host Watford at Anfield after the international break on 2 April, kick-off is 12.30pm before their exciting title clash against Manchester City live on Sky Sports Premier League on 10 April from 4pm; Kick-off at 4.30 p.m.

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Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino bring the Reds within a point of leaders Man City

Report and free highlights as Liverpool hit nine wins in a 2-0 win over Arsenal and come within a point of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table (Author: Gardener)

Diogo JotaLiverpool defeated Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to secure a huge three points in the Premier League title race. Diogo Jota's breakthrough goal early in the second half was soon followed by a second from substitute Roberto Firmino to put Jurgen Klopp's side within a point of Manchester City. Arsenal had chances of their own, none clearer than when Martin Odegaard failed to defeat Alisson Becker after a sloppy back pass from Thiago Alcantara from close range. But while the Liverpool goalkeeper was executing that try Aaron Ramsdale should have done better than let Jota's low shot past his near post. It was tough for Mikel Arteta's side, who started the game with real intensity, their performance marked by an outstanding display from Gabriel Martinelli on the left wing. But they failed to convert their effort into goals and their winning streak ends at five. Not long ago, the absence of Mohamed Salah from Liverpool's starting line-up would have been a cause for concern, but this squad is robust now. Having previously won away at the Africa Cup of Nations without him and Sadio Mane, Jota scored the goal here which ended up being the winner while Salah was on the bench. That Klopp could turn to Salah and Firmino moments later - with Firmino soon adding the second - underscores the depth now at the Liverpool manager's disposal. As Klopp celebrated with the away fans at full time, you could feel just how big a result Liverpool had as they put the pressure on leaders Manchester City. The Liverpool boss applauded the magnitude of the win, telling Sky Sports: "It's really special. Coming here in our situation and theirs and not having a brilliant first half and then turning the game in the right direction is very special. In the title race he added: “We had a good time. We're a point behind, but we can only win football games. No game is easy in this incredible league and we have to keep going. "The only thing that really interests me is how we can prepare for the next game, how we can get through this. It's so difficult - I think it's game number 13 since we met Arsenal in the Carabao Cup. For them it's seven." - that's six more games for us.” Do you think that in 10 years someone will say that you should be proud [of second place with a point]? A visibly disappointed Arteta, meanwhile, was proud of his players' performance. "From box to box we were at least at their level or better," he told Sky Sports. "But in the boxes, they won the game." on whether his players can handle the pressure to fight for the top four, he added: "I think they showed that tonight." There was a buzz, an anticipation as Arsenal welcomed title challengers Liverpool into form. After a run of five straight Premier League wins, were the Gunners finally ready to make a big statement in the race for the top 4? In the first half, that expectation grew as Arsenal caused Liverpool many problems. Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka looked really dangerous behind Liverpool's highline. However, Arsenal lacked penetrating power in the final. Then came the big moment: early in the second half, Alexandre Lacazette pounced on Thiago's sloppy back pass before hitting Martin Odegaard, who was thwarted by a crucial save from Alisson, as weak as the first half , then he showed how disciplined you have to be in these big games. Where Alisson came to Liverpool's rescue, could Aaron Ramsdale join Arsenal's? Diego Jota's shot squeezed past the near post before Roberto Firmino's deft touch ended the game. In reality, it was another false dawn for Arsenal when it comes to challenging the Premier League's big boys. Mikel Arteta will have to work hard to get an answer from his side, starting at Aston Villa on Saturday, as they try not to let that result derail their Champions League push. Arsenal visit Aston Villa in Saturday's lunchtime game, kicking off at 12.30pm at Villa Park. They are then live on Sky Sports Premier League on Monday Night Football after the international break on April 4; Kick-off at 4.30 p.m. Liverpool play in the FA Cup this weekend and travel to Nottingham Forest on Sunday night. Kick-off at 6 p.m. They then host Watford at Anfield after the international break on 2 April, kick-off is 12.30pm before their exciting title clash against Manchester City live on Sky Sports Premier League on 10 April from 4pm; Kick-off at 4.30 p.m.

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Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino bring the Reds within a point of leaders Man City

Report and free highlights as Liverpool hit nine wins in a 2-0 win over Arsenal and come within a point of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table (Author: Gardener)

Diogo JotaLiverpool defeated Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to secure a huge three points in the Premier League title race. Diogo Jota's breakthrough goal early in the second half was soon followed by a second from substitute Roberto Firmino to put Jurgen Klopp's side within a point of Manchester City. Arsenal had chances of their own, none clearer than when Martin Odegaard failed to defeat Alisson Becker after a sloppy back pass from Thiago Alcantara from close range. But while the Liverpool goalkeeper was executing that try Aaron Ramsdale should have done better than let Jota's low shot past his near post. It was tough for Mikel Arteta's side, who started the game with real intensity, their performance marked by an outstanding display from Gabriel Martinelli on the left wing. But they failed to convert their effort into goals and their winning streak ends at five. Not long ago, the absence of Mohamed Salah from Liverpool's starting line-up would have been a cause for concern, but this squad is robust now. Having previously won away at the Africa Cup of Nations without him and Sadio Mane, Jota scored the goal here which ended up being the winner while Salah was on the bench. That Klopp could turn to Salah and Firmino moments later - with Firmino soon adding the second - underscores the depth now at the Liverpool manager's disposal. As Klopp celebrated with the away fans at full time, you could feel just how big a result Liverpool had as they put the pressure on leaders Manchester City. The Liverpool boss applauded the magnitude of the win, telling Sky Sports: "It's really special. Coming here in our situation and theirs and not having a brilliant first half and then turning the game in the right direction is very special. In the title race he added: “We had a good time. We're a point behind, but we can only win football games. No game is easy in this incredible league and we have to keep going. "The only thing that really interests me is how we can prepare for the next game, how we can get through this. It's so difficult - I think it's game number 13 since we met Arsenal in the Carabao Cup. For them it's seven." - that's six more games for us.” Do you think that in 10 years someone will say that you should be proud [of second place with a point]? A visibly disappointed Arteta, meanwhile, was proud of his players' performance. "From box to box we were at least at their level or better," he told Sky Sports. "But in the boxes, they won the game." on whether his players can handle the pressure to fight for the top four, he added: "I think they showed that tonight." There was a buzz, an anticipation as Arsenal welcomed title challengers Liverpool into form. After a run of five straight Premier League wins, were the Gunners finally ready to make a big statement in the race for the top 4? In the first half, that expectation grew as Arsenal caused Liverpool many problems. Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka looked really dangerous behind Liverpool's highline. However, Arsenal lacked penetrating power in the final. Then came the big moment: early in the second half, Alexandre Lacazette pounced on Thiago's sloppy back pass before hitting Martin Odegaard, who was thwarted by a crucial save from Alisson, as weak as the first half , then he showed how disciplined you have to be in these big games. Where Alisson came to Liverpool's rescue, could Aaron Ramsdale join Arsenal's? Diego Jota's shot squeezed past the near post before Roberto Firmino's deft touch ended the game. In reality, it was another false dawn for Arsenal when it comes to challenging the Premier League's big boys. Mikel Arteta will have to work hard to get an answer from his side, starting at Aston Villa on Saturday, as they try not to let that result derail their Champions League push. Arsenal visit Aston Villa in Saturday's lunchtime game, kicking off at 12.30pm at Villa Park. They are then live on Sky Sports Premier League on Monday Night Football after the international break on April 4; Kick-off at 4.30 p.m. Liverpool play in the FA Cup this weekend and travel to Nottingham Forest on Sunday night. Kick-off at 6 p.m. They then host Watford at Anfield after the international break on 2 April, kick-off is 12.30pm before their exciting title clash against Manchester City live on Sky Sports Premier League on 10 April from 4pm; Kick-off at 4.30 p.m.

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Premier League result, final score and reaction as Jota and Firmino win it for the Reds

Arsenal vs Liverpool LIVE: Premier League Result, Full Time Score and Reaction if Jota and Firmino win for the Reds – Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool: Follow all the reactions and updates from the Emirates Stadium (Author: Gardener)

JotaArsenal vs Liverpool LIVE: Premier League result, full time score and reaction as Jota and Firmino win it for the Reds on the summit. Liverpool continue to win, this 2-0 victory making it their ninth consecutive Premier League campaign to retain the initiative in this title race as well. Arsenal once again failed to beat any of the elite teams. It can't hurt given the quality of the opponent and it doesn't hurt their top four chances much but the real pain will come when they know how close they came. Martin Odegaard had a great chance to put the Gunners ahead and give them the leadership they deserve. Aaron Ramsdale didn't show the Brazilian's safety when he was hit at his near post, but Jota's decent but saveable effort. As if to hammer home the point, there was then a moment of genuine desire from Andy Robertson. Arsenal had just managed to clear a Tormaul scramble, only for the full-back to pursue a losing cause, pinching the ball from a trembling Bukayo Saka and effectively winning the game. He met Roberto Firmino, who flicked the ball gloriously into the goal. Follow the action as the Gunners take on Liverpool in the Premier League: FULL-TIME! Liverpool win 2-0 to move a point behind Man City at Premier League summitGOAL! 54' - Jota puts Liverpool ahead by beating Ramsdale at near post (0-1) SAVE! Cagey sees the teams down 0-0 in the first 45 minutes Liverpool just a point ahead of Manchester City in a 22-25 win over Arsenal Michael Jones Liverpool scored twice in eight minutes of the second half to win at Arsenal and to take a point lead from Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. After City held a goalless draw at Crystal Palace on Monday night, Liverpool took advantage and won their game in hands 2-0 as Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino scored the goals. The pair have history against the Gunners - this was Jota's seventh goal in as many games against Arsenal for Liverpool, while Firmino now has nine goals against them, his best return against a single opponent. The City-Liverpool clash at the Etihad Stadium April 10 will now be crucial in deciding whether Pep Guardiola's side retain their crown or the Reds clinch two trophies in three years. Liverpool are just a point away from Manchester City with a 22-22 win over Arsenal Michael Jones Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson said his team could have played better but the smarter team up front is the goal . He said: We played a little better in the second half. We started the game very well and had a couple of chances, but then they surpassed the first half. "We knew we could play better and find the half-spaces a little better. In the second half we were much more dominant and sober.” Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka are really hard work. It was great to keep a clean sheet and I'm really happy that Bobby [Roberto Firmino] scored. We have another big game on Sunday - a chance to get to Wembley. But if we keep winning games we're there for the moment or something.” Liverpool are looking to beat Arsenal and are just a point behind Man City 22-19 Michael Jones. It's the way you were, yet a show of how you seize a moment. Liverpool keep winning, this 2-0 win makes it nine straight in the Premier League to retain the initiative in this title race as well. Arsenal once again fail to beat any of the elite teams. It can't hurt given the quality of the opponent and it doesn't hurt their top four chances much but the real pain will come when they know how close they came. Martin Odegaard had a great chance to put Arsenal ahead and give them the leadership they deserve. Aaron Ramsdale showed nowhere near the Brazilian's safety. As if to hammer home the point, there was then a moment of genuine desire from Andy Robertson. Arsenal had just managed to clear a goalmouth scramble only for the full-back to pursue a losing cause and effectively win the game. He met Roberto Firmino, who flicked the ball gloriously into the goal. Liverpool went all out to beat Arsenal and were just a point behind Man City 22-16, Michael Jones Trent Alexander-Arnold (11), Mo Salah (10) and Andy Robertson (10) all have 10+ assists this season in the Premier League, the first time a team has had three players do so since 2019-20 when the same three men also made it for Liverpool. 22:13 , Michael Jones As things stand, Liverpool are a point behind Manchester City in second place, having now played the same number of games. Arsenal remain in fourth place, two games ahead of Manchester United, who they lead by a point. Tottenham are in seventh place, just three points behind the Gunners, with a game in hand against West Ham and Man Utd above them. 22:10 , Michael Jones Despite not having scored in this game since 2018, Roberto Firmino has now netted nine goals against Arsenal in all competitions, more than against any opponent since joining Liverpool. 22:05, Michael Jones 90 + 3 minutes: Liverpool marches on! They win their ninth league game in a row and move up to a point behind leaders Manchester City. It was always going to be a difficult game for Mikel Arteta's Arsenal and for 54 minutes they were up to the task. Diogo Jota's opener changed the dynamic of the game and Roberto Firmino's second ended the Gunners. They fought well to keep it to two but Liverpool's game management was too good for them to get back into the game. 22:01, Michael Jones 90 min: Curtis Jones replaces Thiago Alcantara for Liverpool and a few crucial seconds are lost. At the end of the game there is three minutes of stoppage time. 10:00 p.m., Michael Jones 88 min: Close! Liverpool defend a free-kick into the box and try to get out quickly, but Arsenal regain the ball. Granit Xhaka turns the ball back towards goal and slides a pass into the left side of the box for Martinelli. 21:58, Michael Jones 86 mins: Liverpool have now slowed down the aisles and the area giving Arsenal time on the ball but the Gunners haven't created much. It will be a big win for them if they get over the line. They will be just a point behind Manchester City at the top of the table. 21:54, Michael Jones 83 minutes: Thomas Partey is brought down by Liverpool in the last third, but the referee allows the game to continue. The ball is chipped over to Emile Smith Rowe, who wins a throw-in for the home side. 21:51 , Michael Jones 80 minutes: 10 minutes left at the Emirates Stadium and Liverpool are in full control. 21:49 , Michael Jones 77 minutes: Alexander-Arnold sends a swinging corner into the penalty area and selects Van Dijk. He nods the ball into the penalty area, where Gabriel shoots the ball away. They need a phase on the ball, Liverpool manage the game well. 21:46, Michael Jones 74 mins: More reinforcements for Arsenal as Nicolas Pepe replaces Bukayo Saka. Pepe should provide fireworks when he has time on the ball. Cedric flicks a cross from the right into the penalty area and looks for a substitute. Alisson comes off his line and bats the ball away but collides with Pepe who is then flagged for offside. 21:43, Michael Jones 71 minutes: Matip steps forward and receives the ball from Salah. Partey tries to get the ball in midfield but Firmino brings it down from behind and gives Arsenal a free kick. 21:39, Michael Jones 68 mins: Mikel Arteta makes his first change as Martin Odegaard is replaced by Emile Smith Rowe. Odegaard had a quiet second half except for that one chance when he should have beaten Alisson. 21:37 , Michael Jones 65 min: It's a long way back for Arsenal now. Jurgen Klopp's changes worked for him and now the visitors have a comfortable lead to go into the game. An Arsenal goal would keep things interesting though. 21:34, Michael Jones 62 min: bang. Firmino starts the ball by bringing the ball into the penalty area from the right. The ball comes to Robertson, whose cross is also defended. Saka tries to drive the ball down the field but Robertson snaps it up and plays a low pass into the six yard box where Firmino gets the ball ahead of Ramsdale and puts it in the net! 21:30 , Michael Jones 60 minutes: One hour played at the Emirates Stadium. Liverpool wins a corner nodded to Mo Salah. He can control the bouncing ball well, but spoons his shot on goal well over the bar. Still, it's an early shot on goal for the Liverpool substitute. 21:29, Michael Jones 57 mins: Jurgen Klopp makes a double substitution, with Luis Diaz and goalscorer Diogo Jota dropping out to be replaced by Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah. Is there a way back for Arsenal in this game or will Klopp's moves increase Liverpool's lead? 21:26, Michael Jones 54 mins: Jota beats Ramsdale at the near post and Liverpool have the lead! Huge goal for Liverpool. Thiago Alcantara threads the ball into the left side of the box where Diogo Jota takes the ball away from Ben White. Aaron Ramsdale dives to his right and gets a good chunk of the ball but can't save it! 21:24, Michael Jones 53 minutes: Save! Joel Matip initiates a clearance to Thiago Alcantara, who mistakes a pass back to Alisson. He doesn't stop Alexandre Lacazette and knocks it straight to the Arsenal captain. Lacazette puts the ball down to Martin Odegaard, who fires from just inside the box, only for Alisson to reach out and flip the ball over the bar! 21:22, Michael Jones 51 minutes: Oh stop it, Gabriel Martinelli! He dribbles the ball around Trent Alexander-Arnold, nutmeg Jordan Henderson and puts the ball in the box before pulling it back in the middle. Alexandre Lacazette doesn't expect his run to go that far and Andy Robertson intercepts the pass, making it clear for the Reds. 21:19, Michael Jones 48 min.: Goal not recognized! Sadio Mane takes a position on the left but shoots inside as Liverpool play the ball into Jordan Henderson. He threads it through the Arsenal defenses, where Mane collects it after running after it. He carries the ball into the penalty area and shoots it home only to be flagged for offside in the build-up! 21:17, Michael Jones Kick-off: No personnel changes for either coach at half-time. Arsenal restart game at Emirates Stadium It comes back to Aaron Ramsdale pumping the ball long. Virgil van Dijk wins the first header but sends it to Cedric Soares. He shoots the ball into the box for Bukayo Saka, who is flagged for offside. 21:09 , Michael Jones Arsenal (5) v Liverpool (8) is the first Premier League game between two teams with more than 5 winning streaks in competition since Liverpool 4-4 against Arsenal in April 2009. 21:01 , Michael Jones 45 mins: Lacazette shoots from long range but has his attempt blocked and Liverpool's counterattack. Sadio Mane flies through the center of the field and receives the ball after an air pass from Alexander-Arnold. Pressured by Arsenal centre-backs, he fires his shot over the bar. 20:57, Michael Jones 42 minutes: Cedric deals with a cross from Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool wins a corner. The right-back takes the set piece for Liverpool and swings the ball into the center of the box. Gabriel wins in the air and Thiago's header back into the box is cleared by the Gunners. 20:55, Michael Jones 39 mins: Jürgen Klopp looks frustrated on the sidelines. Arsenal play with compact, solid form when Liverpool have the ball and there aren't many routes into the box for the visitors. 20:52, Michael Jones 36 mins: Cedric Soares comes across the field and knocks the ball away from Sadio Mane, who goes down looking for a free kick that doesn't come. Martinelli then blows past Alexander-Arnold again but slices into the right defender and flicks the ball down the right wing to Saka. 20:49, Michael Jones 33 mins: Lacazette does a brilliant job of spinning the ball around Matip and rolling it away from the defender. He gives it to Martinelli, who slides a pass into the box for Odegaard. Odegaard tries to send it back to Lacazette - now in space on the left side of the area - but the pass outclasses it and the attack flags after Granit Xhaka boots one up and wide. 20:46 , Michael Jones 30 minutes: Strange game this one. It's played at a very fast tempo, which feels exciting, but not much really happened. I don't think Alisson has had to make a save and Aaron Ramsdale has only made one so far. 20:41, Michael Jones 26 min: The referee lets duels go. Jota is taken out for Liverpool who respond by Robertson shouldering Saka to the ground. Neither challenge warrants a free-kick until the ball gets to Fabinho, who is wedged in his own half between Lacazette and Odegaard. The free-kick is then called, much to the displeasure of the Arsenal players who were about to counterattack. 20:38 , Michael Jones 23 min: Granit Xhaka switches the game on with a diagonal pass over to Bukayo Saka on the right side of the penalty area. He plays it to Cedric Soares, who is encouraged to shoot by Arsenal supporters. 20:36, Michael Jones 20 mins: Robertson mislays a pass across the field towards Sadio Mane and passes the ball straight to Aaron Ramsdale right in the Arsenal box. It was a pretty even opening 20 minutes here. 20:34 , Michael Jones 17 min: Liverpool tries to use the wide areas to get the ball into the penalty area. Andy Robertson and Lus Diaz initially combine on the left, but find no joy, so the ball is switched to the right. Jordan Henderson leaves it to Trent Alexander-Arnold, whose cross is blocked and Thomas Partey completes the clearance. 20:30, Michael Jones 14 mins: Aaron Ramsdale's foot on the field gets to Bukayo Saka but Andy Robertson gets between him and the ball and nods it safely back to Alisson in Liverpool's goal. Gabriel Martinelli runs well down the left wing and flaps around Trent Alexander-Arnold. He shoves a pass into the six-yard box, but Alexandre Lacazette can't quite get there before Andy Robertson removes the hazard. 20:25, Michael Jones 11 mins: Thomas Partey threads a fine pass through Bukayo Saka down the right wing and the Arsenal striker drives towards the box. He takes on Van Dijk and manages to play a cross to Gabriel Martinelli, who arrives on the opposite side of the field. Martinelli nods the ball back to the center of the box but can't find Alexandre Lacazette and Joel Matip manages to clear the ball away. 20:23 , Michael Jones 8 mins: Odegaard pushes high on the pitch and wins a round of applause from the home fans as he chases the ball down Liverpool's final third. However, the visitors manage to play it out from behind and send it to Thiago Alcantara in midfield. He tries to chip the ball into the box for Diogo Jota but Ben White intercepts with a header. 20:20, Michael Jones 5 minutes: Martin Odegaard tries to feed Bukayo Saka into the right side of the box but misses his pass, allowing Andy Robertson to take over the ball. Odegaard tries to win the ball quickly and is penalized after a foul on Liverpool left-back. 20:18, Michael Jones 3 mins: Liverpool wins the first corner of the game, which Andy Robertson swings towards Joel Matip. Trent Alexander-Arnold delivers the second set piece and perfectly singles out Virgil van Dijk. He runs for a powerful header and nods it to Aaron Ramsdale's left, but the keeper manages to come over and turn it wide of the post. 20:16, Michael Jones kick-off: Jordan Henderson opens the game for Liverpool, who fires a long ball at Diogo Jota. He wins in the air and nods the ball into the box for Luis Diaz. Diaz is slapped on the ball by Ben White clearing the Arsenal lines. 20:11 , Michael Jones Here come the players. This is a big game for Arsenal. They are more than capable of taking points away from Liverpool tonight. 8:08 PM , Michael Jones 8:08 PM , Michael Jones 8:06 PM , Michael Jones Mo Salah has scored 20 goals in a single season in the Premier League for the fourth time in his career but starts tonight on the bench for Liverpool. 20:02 , Alexandre Lacazette of Michael Jones Arsenal has been involved in 10 goals in 11 Premier League games, scoring three goals and providing seven assists. (Arsenal FC via Getty Images) (Arsenal FC via Getty Images) 19:58, Michael Jones Jurgen Klopp talks about the impact of Lius Diaz since his arrival in January: “It's good. It's just cool how he settled in as a young player. 19:54 , Michael Jones Liverpool have kept three straight league clean sheets for the first time this season. They have scored 34 Premier League goals away from home, more than any other team in the top flight. 19:50 , Michael Jones Only Liverpool have picked up more points than the Gunners in their last six games. Arsenal are unbeaten in all eight midweek Premier League home games under Mikel Arteta with five wins and three draws in the final we play,” said Jurgen Klopp of Manchester City's challenger for the Premier League title. "We're less than 10 points ahead with ten games to go. We have to win our games, you know that, but we're very ambitious and determined to do great things. “We have 10 games to play and there are some really tough ones. Can we win all 10 games? It doesn't sound likely but we'll try." 19:43 , Michael Jones Liverpool have won eight straight Premier League games for the first time in an 18-match streak that ended in February 2020. They have 21 goals scores goals and conceded just two during their current winning streak 19:40 , Michael Jones Arsenal are looking to win six straight games for the first time in seven straight games under Unai Emery in 2018 and fourth straight home win in the league if they beat Liverpool tonight Much improved Arsenal faces crucial game for Premier League title and Top 4 Liverpool's litmus test 19:37 , Michael Jones Jurgen Klopp quit Manchester City's game before the end on Monday but not because of the nervousness or the fan expectation that Pep Guardiola's side would of course score ith, and doing his own work. That was enough. Klopp admitted he was "practicing "Surprised" was Crystal Palace drawing 0-0, but it didn't really change their mood. He's much more keen on keeping his Liverpool team focused. It's one of those small twists before a big game at Arsenal that could spell a big turn in both the title race and the fight for Champions League spots. Arsenal face Liverpool's litmus test in the decider of the title and the top 4 19:33 , Michael Jones Arsenal's Mikel Arteta was asked in his pre-match press conference if his side were playing as well as they had under the Spanish boss , and he replied, "I think with the consistency throughout the games, I'd say, 'We're playing better. Everything clicks better and faster.” 7.30pm, Michael Jones Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he watched just 65 minutes of Manchester City's Premier tie against Crystal Palace on Monday night and was surprised to hear the results. When asked if the tie had boosted spirits in his squad, he replied: "I watched City for exactly 65 minutes for analysis, believe it or not. I don't have time to watch them in real time." Palace did well, but so did City – they just didn't end situations. We're playing against Arsenal and we can't expect to score points at Arsenal now. We have to play this game. If we want to achieve something in this Premier League and you're not top, you have to win games and drop other [points]." 19:26 , Michael Jones Arsenal have won just one of their last 18 games in total competitions, drawing eight and drawing nine Defeats.They beat Liverpool 2-1 at home in July 2020. The Gunners have not scored in their last five meetings and Liverpool have won three consecutive away games against Arsenal for the first time.This will be their third meeting of 2022 after Liverpool won the two-legged EFL Cup semi-final in January Bernardo Silva says Man City are still better placed than Liverpool 19:23 in 'exciting' Premier League title race Michael Jones Bernardo Silva believes Manchester City are still in the lead despite a disappointing Draw at Crystal Palace giving hope to Liverpool, still best placed to defend Premier League crown City have up to 14 points clear f Liverpool this season, albeit skewed by the different number of games played, but now just four ahead of their closest challengers, who have also played a game more. Pep Guardiola's side couldn't get past Palace on Monday night and had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park. Bernardo Silva says Man City are still better placed than Liverpool 19-19 in the title race, Michael Jones Mikel Arteta names an unchanged Arsenal side while the Gunners look for their sixth consecutive Premier League win. Emile Smith Rowe starts back on the bench but there is no place in the squad for Takehiro Tomiyasu, who continues to recover from injury. Jurgen Klopp makes two changes. Diogo Jota replaces Mohamed Salah and Thiago Alcantara takes Naby Keita's place in midfield. Salah starts on the bench after suffering a foot injury against Brighton and can feature later in the game if needed. 7:16 PM , Michael Jones — Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 16, 2022Here's how we line up against @Arsenal tonight! 👊— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 16, 2022 7:12 PM , Michael Jones After Arsenal's win over Leicester City, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers named the Gunners' goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale as England's current best goalkeeper. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta responded to those words, saying: "Thank you Brendan for thinking that way. I've always said he's been exceptional since the day we signed him." 19:09 , Michael Jones Arsenal are unbeaten in their last six games since losing 2-0 at home to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. They have won their last five league games, scoring 10 goals and conceding just four. They put in a confident performance to sweep Leicester City 2-0 aside last time out and appear poised for Liverpool's challenge tonight. For their part, Liverpool have won their last eight league games and their only defeat of the calendar year came in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg against Inter Milan. They lost 1-0 at Anfield but still won the tie on aggregate after a 2-0 away win. Luis Diaz and Mo Salah both got on the scoresheet in Liverpool's last game against Brighton as they won 2-0 at the Amex Stadium. 19:00 , Michael Jones There are two Premier League games tonight when Arsenal take on Liverpool and Tottenham travel to Brighton. The north London rivals are both hoping to finish the season on Champions League spots and tonight could prove crucial to their chances Liverpool could be an opportunity for Tottenham to gain some ground tonight. Spurs are six points below eighth place but will level on points with West Ham if they beat Brighton tonight. On the other hand, Arsenal would move within five points of Chelsea if they beat Liverpool after playing a game fewer than the Blues. 18:57 , Michael Jones Jurgen Klopp says Arsenal will take a step in the right direction if they finish in the top four and can guarantee Champions League football this season. The Liverpool boss said: Arsenal are a huge club. European qualification in recent years hasn't been quite what they'd like, but finishing in the top four would be a step in the right direction. “They are an exciting team. That's exactly how it is.” 18:54 , Michael Jones Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists uncertainty about Mohamed Salah's future will not create disharmony within the squad. The Egypt international's contract expires at the end of next summer and the club and his agent are currently at an impasse with the £400,000-a-week deal reportedly being demanded, well above the existing pay structure. Within hours of Klopp saying the future was in Salah's hands last week, the player's rep tweeted seven crying/laughing emojis. But the Reds boss said there was no problem with the player even in the dressing room. "I don't have to remind any player - and certainly not Mo - about that. 18:48 Michael Jones Jurgen Klopp has been asked for an update on Mo Salah's foot injury after Liverpool's talisman was substituted off the field in their win against Brighton. "Mo is a tough guy," said Klopp. We'll see how that looks. Crucial parties are in touch." 18:43 , Michael Jones Mikel Arteta spoke ahead of tonight's clash with Liverpool and the Gunners boss says his team needs to be at their best tonight to challenge the Reds to be at their best be to beat them," said Arteta, "You're up against a team that dominates every single aspect of the game, so you have to do your best in this case." 18:40 , Michael Jones Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu is behind is back in training after suffering a calf injury and will be tested to see if he can play tonight.Emile Smith Rowe has also recovered from illness and is pushing for a start after coming on as a substitute in the Leicester win.Liverpool's Mo Salah suffered one in the win against Brighton Foot injury and will face a fitness test before the game ah's future will not cause disharmony within the squad The Egypt international's contract expires E The end of next summer and the club and their agent are currently at an impasse with the £400,000-a-week contract reportedly demanding far from the existing pay structure. Within hours of Klopp saying the future was in Salah's hands last week, the player's rep tweeted seven crying/laughing emojis. But the Reds boss said there would be no problem with the player himself in the dressing room "I don't need to remind any player - let alone Mo - of that. No chance," said Klopp. No chance," said Klopp. 16:38 , Michael Jones Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the Premier League game between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium. Mikel Arteta's Arsenal are playing some of the best footballers of the season and have the second-best record in the Premier League since the turn of the year. They are dealing with the hottest ticket in town tonight, however, as Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have won all eight league games since a 2-2 draw with Chelsea on New Year's Day. If the Gunners are victorious tonight it will be a sign of their progress under Arteta who is looking to take them back to the Champions League with a top four result. They are currently fourth, just a point ahead of Manchester United, but a win could give them a four-point lead over their closest pursuers. Liverpool, meanwhile, are trying to capitalize on a slip-up by leaders Manchester City. City drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace on Monday night, opening the door for the Reds to narrow their lead at the top to just one point. With a potentially title-winning clash between the top two sides still to come, Liverpool are hoping to continue their winning streak tonight and pick up those vital three points.

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Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino bring the Reds within a point of leaders Man City

Report and free highlights as Liverpool hit nine wins in a 2-0 win over Arsenal and come within a point of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table (Author: Gardener)

Diogo JotaLiverpool defeated Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to secure a huge three points in the Premier League title race. Diogo Jota's breakthrough goal early in the second half was soon followed by a second from substitute Roberto Firmino to put Jurgen Klopp's side within a point of Manchester City. Arsenal had chances of their own, none clearer than when Martin Odegaard failed to defeat Alisson Becker after a sloppy back pass from Thiago Alcantara from close range. But while the Liverpool goalkeeper was executing that try Aaron Ramsdale should have done better than let Jota's low shot past his near post. It was tough for Mikel Arteta's side, who started the game with real intensity, their performance marked by an outstanding display from Gabriel Martinelli on the left wing. But they failed to convert their effort into goals and their winning streak ends at five. Not long ago, the absence of Mohamed Salah from Liverpool's starting line-up would have been a cause for concern, but this squad is robust now. Having previously won away at the Africa Cup of Nations without him and Sadio Mane, Jota scored the goal here which ended up being the winner while Salah was on the bench. That Klopp could turn to Salah and Firmino moments later - with Firmino soon adding the second - underscores the depth now at the Liverpool manager's disposal. As Klopp celebrated with the away fans at full time, you could feel just how big a result Liverpool had as they put the pressure on leaders Manchester City. The Liverpool boss applauded the magnitude of the win, telling Sky Sports: "It's really special. Coming here in our situation and theirs and not having a brilliant first half and then turning the game in the right direction is very special. In the title race he added: “We had a good time. We're a point behind, but we can only win football games. No game is easy in this incredible league and we have to keep going. "The only thing that really interests me is how we can prepare for the next game, how we can get through this. It's so difficult - I think it's game number 13 since we met Arsenal in the Carabao Cup. For them it's seven." - that's six more games for us.” Do you think that in 10 years someone will say that you should be proud [of second place with a point]? A visibly disappointed Arteta, meanwhile, was proud of his players' performance. "From box to box we were at least at their level or better," he told Sky Sports. "But in the boxes, they won the game." on whether his players can handle the pressure to fight for the top four, he added: "I think they showed that tonight." There was a buzz, an anticipation as Arsenal welcomed title challengers Liverpool into form. After a run of five straight Premier League wins, were the Gunners finally ready to make a big statement in the race for the top 4? In the first half, that expectation grew as Arsenal caused Liverpool many problems. Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka looked really dangerous behind Liverpool's highline. However, Arsenal lacked penetrating power in the final. Then came the big moment: early in the second half, Alexandre Lacazette pounced on Thiago's sloppy back pass before hitting Martin Odegaard, who was thwarted by a crucial save from Alisson, as weak as the first half , then he showed how disciplined you have to be in these big games. Where Alisson came to Liverpool's rescue, could Aaron Ramsdale join Arsenal's? Diego Jota's shot squeezed past the near post before Roberto Firmino's deft touch ended the game. In reality, it was another false dawn for Arsenal when it comes to challenging the Premier League's big boys. Mikel Arteta will have to work hard to get an answer from his side, starting at Aston Villa on Saturday, as they try not to let that result derail their Champions League push. Arsenal visit Aston Villa in Saturday's lunchtime game, kicking off at 12.30pm at Villa Park. They are then live on Sky Sports Premier League on Monday Night Football after the international break on April 4; Kick-off at 4.30 p.m. Liverpool play in the FA Cup this weekend and travel to Nottingham Forest on Sunday night. Kick-off at 6 p.m. They then host Watford at Anfield after the international break on 2 April, kick-off is 12.30pm before their exciting title clash against Manchester City live on Sky Sports Premier League on 10 April from 4pm; Kick-off at 4.30 p.m.

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Premier League result, final score and reaction as Jota and Firmino win it for the Reds

Arsenal vs Liverpool LIVE: Premier League Result, Full Time Score and Reaction if Jota and Firmino win for the Reds – Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool: Follow all the reactions and updates from the Emirates Stadium (Author: Gardener)

JotaArsenal vs Liverpool LIVE: Premier League result, full time score and reaction as Jota and Firmino win it for the Reds on the summit. Liverpool continue to win, this 2-0 victory making it their ninth consecutive Premier League campaign to retain the initiative in this title race as well. Arsenal once again failed to beat any of the elite teams. It can't hurt given the quality of the opponent and it doesn't hurt their top four chances much but the real pain will come when they know how close they came. Martin Odegaard had a great chance to put the Gunners ahead and give them the leadership they deserve. Aaron Ramsdale didn't show the Brazilian's safety when he was hit at his near post, but Jota's decent but saveable effort. As if to hammer home the point, there was then a moment of genuine desire from Andy Robertson. Arsenal had just managed to clear a Tormaul scramble, only for the full-back to pursue a losing cause, pinching the ball from a trembling Bukayo Saka and effectively winning the game. He met Roberto Firmino, who flicked the ball gloriously into the goal. Follow the action as the Gunners take on Liverpool in the Premier League: FULL-TIME! Liverpool win 2-0 to move a point behind Man City at Premier League summitGOAL! 54' - Jota puts Liverpool ahead by beating Ramsdale at near post (0-1) SAVE! Cagey sees the teams down 0-0 in the first 45 minutes Liverpool just a point ahead of Manchester City in a 22-25 win over Arsenal Michael Jones Liverpool scored twice in eight minutes of the second half to win at Arsenal and to take a point lead from Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. After City held a goalless draw at Crystal Palace on Monday night, Liverpool took advantage and won their game in hands 2-0 as Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino scored the goals. The pair have history against the Gunners - this was Jota's seventh goal in as many games against Arsenal for Liverpool, while Firmino now has nine goals against them, his best return against a single opponent. The City-Liverpool clash at the Etihad Stadium April 10 will now be crucial in deciding whether Pep Guardiola's side retain their crown or the Reds clinch two trophies in three years. Liverpool are just a point away from Manchester City with a 22-22 win over Arsenal Michael Jones Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson said his team could have played better but the smarter team up front is the goal . He said: We played a little better in the second half. We started the game very well and had a couple of chances, but then they surpassed the first half. "We knew we could play better and find the half-spaces a little better. In the second half we were much more dominant and sober.” Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka are really hard work. It was great to keep a clean sheet and I'm really happy that Bobby [Roberto Firmino] scored. We have another big game on Sunday - a chance to get to Wembley. But if we keep winning games we're there for the moment or something.” Liverpool are looking to beat Arsenal and are just a point behind Man City 22-19 Michael Jones. It's the way you were, yet a show of how you seize a moment. Liverpool keep winning, this 2-0 win makes it nine straight in the Premier League to retain the initiative in this title race as well. Arsenal once again fail to beat any of the elite teams. It can't hurt given the quality of the opponent and it doesn't hurt their top four chances much but the real pain will come when they know how close they came. Martin Odegaard had a great chance to put Arsenal ahead and give them the leadership they deserve. Aaron Ramsdale showed nowhere near the Brazilian's safety. As if to hammer home the point, there was then a moment of genuine desire from Andy Robertson. Arsenal had just managed to clear a goalmouth scramble only for the full-back to pursue a losing cause and effectively win the game. He met Roberto Firmino, who flicked the ball gloriously into the goal. Liverpool went all out to beat Arsenal and were just a point behind Man City 22-16, Michael Jones Trent Alexander-Arnold (11), Mo Salah (10) and Andy Robertson (10) all have 10+ assists this season in the Premier League, the first time a team has had three players do so since 2019-20 when the same three men also made it for Liverpool. 22:13 , Michael Jones As things stand, Liverpool are a point behind Manchester City in second place, having now played the same number of games. Arsenal remain in fourth place, two games ahead of Manchester United, who they lead by a point. Tottenham are in seventh place, just three points behind the Gunners, with a game in hand against West Ham and Man Utd above them. 22:10 , Michael Jones Despite not having scored in this game since 2018, Roberto Firmino has now netted nine goals against Arsenal in all competitions, more than against any opponent since joining Liverpool. 22:05, Michael Jones 90 + 3 minutes: Liverpool marches on! They win their ninth league game in a row and move up to a point behind leaders Manchester City. It was always going to be a difficult game for Mikel Arteta's Arsenal and for 54 minutes they were up to the task. Diogo Jota's opener changed the dynamic of the game and Roberto Firmino's second ended the Gunners. They fought well to keep it to two but Liverpool's game management was too good for them to get back into the game. 22:01, Michael Jones 90 min: Curtis Jones replaces Thiago Alcantara for Liverpool and a few crucial seconds are lost. At the end of the game there is three minutes of stoppage time. 10:00 p.m., Michael Jones 88 min: Close! Liverpool defend a free-kick into the box and try to get out quickly, but Arsenal regain the ball. Granit Xhaka turns the ball back towards goal and slides a pass into the left side of the box for Martinelli. 21:58, Michael Jones 86 mins: Liverpool have now slowed down the aisles and the area giving Arsenal time on the ball but the Gunners haven't created much. It will be a big win for them if they get over the line. They will be just a point behind Manchester City at the top of the table. 21:54, Michael Jones 83 minutes: Thomas Partey is brought down by Liverpool in the last third, but the referee allows the game to continue. The ball is chipped over to Emile Smith Rowe, who wins a throw-in for the home side. 21:51 , Michael Jones 80 minutes: 10 minutes left at the Emirates Stadium and Liverpool are in full control. 21:49 , Michael Jones 77 minutes: Alexander-Arnold sends a swinging corner into the penalty area and selects Van Dijk. He nods the ball into the penalty area, where Gabriel shoots the ball away. They need a phase on the ball, Liverpool manage the game well. 21:46, Michael Jones 74 mins: More reinforcements for Arsenal as Nicolas Pepe replaces Bukayo Saka. Pepe should provide fireworks when he has time on the ball. Cedric flicks a cross from the right into the penalty area and looks for a substitute. Alisson comes off his line and bats the ball away but collides with Pepe who is then flagged for offside. 21:43, Michael Jones 71 minutes: Matip steps forward and receives the ball from Salah. Partey tries to get the ball in midfield but Firmino brings it down from behind and gives Arsenal a free kick. 21:39, Michael Jones 68 mins: Mikel Arteta makes his first change as Martin Odegaard is replaced by Emile Smith Rowe. Odegaard had a quiet second half except for that one chance when he should have beaten Alisson. 21:37 , Michael Jones 65 min: It's a long way back for Arsenal now. Jurgen Klopp's changes worked for him and now the visitors have a comfortable lead to go into the game. An Arsenal goal would keep things interesting though. 21:34, Michael Jones 62 min: bang. Firmino starts the ball by bringing the ball into the penalty area from the right. The ball comes to Robertson, whose cross is also defended. Saka tries to drive the ball down the field but Robertson snaps it up and plays a low pass into the six yard box where Firmino gets the ball ahead of Ramsdale and puts it in the net! 21:30 , Michael Jones 60 minutes: One hour played at the Emirates Stadium. Liverpool wins a corner nodded to Mo Salah. He can control the bouncing ball well, but spoons his shot on goal well over the bar. Still, it's an early shot on goal for the Liverpool substitute. 21:29, Michael Jones 57 mins: Jurgen Klopp makes a double substitution, with Luis Diaz and goalscorer Diogo Jota dropping out to be replaced by Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah. Is there a way back for Arsenal in this game or will Klopp's moves increase Liverpool's lead? 21:26, Michael Jones 54 mins: Jota beats Ramsdale at the near post and Liverpool have the lead! Huge goal for Liverpool. Thiago Alcantara threads the ball into the left side of the box where Diogo Jota takes the ball away from Ben White. Aaron Ramsdale dives to his right and gets a good chunk of the ball but can't save it! 21:24, Michael Jones 53 minutes: Save! Joel Matip initiates a clearance to Thiago Alcantara, who mistakes a pass back to Alisson. He doesn't stop Alexandre Lacazette and knocks it straight to the Arsenal captain. Lacazette puts the ball down to Martin Odegaard, who fires from just inside the box, only for Alisson to reach out and flip the ball over the bar! 21:22, Michael Jones 51 minutes: Oh stop it, Gabriel Martinelli! He dribbles the ball around Trent Alexander-Arnold, nutmeg Jordan Henderson and puts the ball in the box before pulling it back in the middle. Alexandre Lacazette doesn't expect his run to go that far and Andy Robertson intercepts the pass, making it clear for the Reds. 21:19, Michael Jones 48 min.: Goal not recognized! Sadio Mane takes a position on the left but shoots inside as Liverpool play the ball into Jordan Henderson. He threads it through the Arsenal defenses, where Mane collects it after running after it. He carries the ball into the penalty area and shoots it home only to be flagged for offside in the build-up! 21:17, Michael Jones Kick-off: No personnel changes for either coach at half-time. Arsenal restart game at Emirates Stadium It comes back to Aaron Ramsdale pumping the ball long. Virgil van Dijk wins the first header but sends it to Cedric Soares. He shoots the ball into the box for Bukayo Saka, who is flagged for offside. 21:09 , Michael Jones Arsenal (5) v Liverpool (8) is the first Premier League game between two teams with more than 5 winning streaks in competition since Liverpool 4-4 against Arsenal in April 2009. 21:01 , Michael Jones 45 mins: Lacazette shoots from long range but has his attempt blocked and Liverpool's counterattack. Sadio Mane flies through the center of the field and receives the ball after an air pass from Alexander-Arnold. Pressured by Arsenal centre-backs, he fires his shot over the bar. 20:57, Michael Jones 42 minutes: Cedric deals with a cross from Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool wins a corner. The right-back takes the set piece for Liverpool and swings the ball into the center of the box. Gabriel wins in the air and Thiago's header back into the box is cleared by the Gunners. 20:55, Michael Jones 39 mins: Jürgen Klopp looks frustrated on the sidelines. Arsenal play with compact, solid form when Liverpool have the ball and there aren't many routes into the box for the visitors. 20:52, Michael Jones 36 mins: Cedric Soares comes across the field and knocks the ball away from Sadio Mane, who goes down looking for a free kick that doesn't come. Martinelli then blows past Alexander-Arnold again but slices into the right defender and flicks the ball down the right wing to Saka. 20:49, Michael Jones 33 mins: Lacazette does a brilliant job of spinning the ball around Matip and rolling it away from the defender. He gives it to Martinelli, who slides a pass into the box for Odegaard. Odegaard tries to send it back to Lacazette - now in space on the left side of the area - but the pass outclasses it and the attack flags after Granit Xhaka boots one up and wide. 20:46 , Michael Jones 30 minutes: Strange game this one. It's played at a very fast tempo, which feels exciting, but not much really happened. I don't think Alisson has had to make a save and Aaron Ramsdale has only made one so far. 20:41, Michael Jones 26 min: The referee lets duels go. Jota is taken out for Liverpool who respond by Robertson shouldering Saka to the ground. Neither challenge warrants a free-kick until the ball gets to Fabinho, who is wedged in his own half between Lacazette and Odegaard. The free-kick is then called, much to the displeasure of the Arsenal players who were about to counterattack. 20:38 , Michael Jones 23 min: Granit Xhaka switches the game on with a diagonal pass over to Bukayo Saka on the right side of the penalty area. He plays it to Cedric Soares, who is encouraged to shoot by Arsenal supporters. 20:36, Michael Jones 20 mins: Robertson mislays a pass across the field towards Sadio Mane and passes the ball straight to Aaron Ramsdale right in the Arsenal box. It was a pretty even opening 20 minutes here. 20:34 , Michael Jones 17 min: Liverpool tries to use the wide areas to get the ball into the penalty area. Andy Robertson and Lus Diaz initially combine on the left, but find no joy, so the ball is switched to the right. Jordan Henderson leaves it to Trent Alexander-Arnold, whose cross is blocked and Thomas Partey completes the clearance. 20:30, Michael Jones 14 mins: Aaron Ramsdale's foot on the field gets to Bukayo Saka but Andy Robertson gets between him and the ball and nods it safely back to Alisson in Liverpool's goal. Gabriel Martinelli runs well down the left wing and flaps around Trent Alexander-Arnold. He shoves a pass into the six-yard box, but Alexandre Lacazette can't quite get there before Andy Robertson removes the hazard. 20:25, Michael Jones 11 mins: Thomas Partey threads a fine pass through Bukayo Saka down the right wing and the Arsenal striker drives towards the box. He takes on Van Dijk and manages to play a cross to Gabriel Martinelli, who arrives on the opposite side of the field. Martinelli nods the ball back to the center of the box but can't find Alexandre Lacazette and Joel Matip manages to clear the ball away. 20:23 , Michael Jones 8 mins: Odegaard pushes high on the pitch and wins a round of applause from the home fans as he chases the ball down Liverpool's final third. However, the visitors manage to play it out from behind and send it to Thiago Alcantara in midfield. He tries to chip the ball into the box for Diogo Jota but Ben White intercepts with a header. 20:20, Michael Jones 5 minutes: Martin Odegaard tries to feed Bukayo Saka into the right side of the box but misses his pass, allowing Andy Robertson to take over the ball. Odegaard tries to win the ball quickly and is penalized after a foul on Liverpool left-back. 20:18, Michael Jones 3 mins: Liverpool wins the first corner of the game, which Andy Robertson swings towards Joel Matip. Trent Alexander-Arnold delivers the second set piece and perfectly singles out Virgil van Dijk. He runs for a powerful header and nods it to Aaron Ramsdale's left, but the keeper manages to come over and turn it wide of the post. 20:16, Michael Jones kick-off: Jordan Henderson opens the game for Liverpool, who fires a long ball at Diogo Jota. He wins in the air and nods the ball into the box for Luis Diaz. Diaz is slapped on the ball by Ben White clearing the Arsenal lines. 20:11 , Michael Jones Here come the players. This is a big game for Arsenal. They are more than capable of taking points away from Liverpool tonight. 8:08 PM , Michael Jones 8:08 PM , Michael Jones 8:06 PM , Michael Jones Mo Salah has scored 20 goals in a single season in the Premier League for the fourth time in his career but starts tonight on the bench for Liverpool. 20:02 , Alexandre Lacazette of Michael Jones Arsenal has been involved in 10 goals in 11 Premier League games, scoring three goals and providing seven assists. (Arsenal FC via Getty Images) (Arsenal FC via Getty Images) 19:58, Michael Jones Jurgen Klopp talks about the impact of Lius Diaz since his arrival in January: “It's good. It's just cool how he settled in as a young player. 19:54 , Michael Jones Liverpool have kept three straight league clean sheets for the first time this season. They have scored 34 Premier League goals away from home, more than any other team in the top flight. 19:50 , Michael Jones Only Liverpool have picked up more points than the Gunners in their last six games. Arsenal are unbeaten in all eight midweek Premier League home games under Mikel Arteta with five wins and three draws in the final we play,” said Jurgen Klopp of Manchester City's challenger for the Premier League title. "We're less than 10 points ahead with ten games to go. We have to win our games, you know that, but we're very ambitious and determined to do great things. “We have 10 games to play and there are some really tough ones. Can we win all 10 games? It doesn't sound likely but we'll try." 19:43 , Michael Jones Liverpool have won eight straight Premier League games for the first time in an 18-match streak that ended in February 2020. They have 21 goals scores goals and conceded just two during their current winning streak 19:40 , Michael Jones Arsenal are looking to win six straight games for the first time in seven straight games under Unai Emery in 2018 and fourth straight home win in the league if they beat Liverpool tonight Much improved Arsenal faces crucial game for Premier League title and Top 4 Liverpool's litmus test 19:37 , Michael Jones Jurgen Klopp quit Manchester City's game before the end on Monday but not because of the nervousness or the fan expectation that Pep Guardiola's side would of course score ith, and doing his own work. That was enough. Klopp admitted he was "practicing "Surprised" was Crystal Palace drawing 0-0, but it didn't really change their mood. He's much more keen on keeping his Liverpool team focused. It's one of those small twists before a big game at Arsenal that could spell a big turn in both the title race and the fight for Champions League spots. Arsenal face Liverpool's litmus test in the decider of the title and the top 4 19:33 , Michael Jones Arsenal's Mikel Arteta was asked in his pre-match press conference if his side were playing as well as they had under the Spanish boss , and he replied, "I think with the consistency throughout the games, I'd say, 'We're playing better. Everything clicks better and faster.” 7.30pm, Michael Jones Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he watched just 65 minutes of Manchester City's Premier tie against Crystal Palace on Monday night and was surprised to hear the results. When asked if the tie had boosted spirits in his squad, he replied: "I watched City for exactly 65 minutes for analysis, believe it or not. I don't have time to watch them in real time." Palace did well, but so did City – they just didn't end situations. We're playing against Arsenal and we can't expect to score points at Arsenal now. We have to play this game. If we want to achieve something in this Premier League and you're not top, you have to win games and drop other [points]." 19:26 , Michael Jones Arsenal have won just one of their last 18 games in total competitions, drawing eight and drawing nine Defeats.They beat Liverpool 2-1 at home in July 2020. The Gunners have not scored in their last five meetings and Liverpool have won three consecutive away games against Arsenal for the first time.This will be their third meeting of 2022 after Liverpool won the two-legged EFL Cup semi-final in January Bernardo Silva says Man City are still better placed than Liverpool 19:23 in 'exciting' Premier League title race Michael Jones Bernardo Silva believes Manchester City are still in the lead despite a disappointing Draw at Crystal Palace giving hope to Liverpool, still best placed to defend Premier League crown City have up to 14 points clear f Liverpool this season, albeit skewed by the different number of games played, but now just four ahead of their closest challengers, who have also played a game more. Pep Guardiola's side couldn't get past Palace on Monday night and had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park. Bernardo Silva says Man City are still better placed than Liverpool 19-19 in the title race, Michael Jones Mikel Arteta names an unchanged Arsenal side while the Gunners look for their sixth consecutive Premier League win. Emile Smith Rowe starts back on the bench but there is no place in the squad for Takehiro Tomiyasu, who continues to recover from injury. Jurgen Klopp makes two changes. Diogo Jota replaces Mohamed Salah and Thiago Alcantara takes Naby Keita's place in midfield. Salah starts on the bench after suffering a foot injury against Brighton and can feature later in the game if needed. 7:16 PM , Michael Jones — Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 16, 2022Here's how we line up against @Arsenal tonight! 👊— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 16, 2022 7:12 PM , Michael Jones After Arsenal's win over Leicester City, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers named the Gunners' goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale as England's current best goalkeeper. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta responded to those words, saying: "Thank you Brendan for thinking that way. I've always said he's been exceptional since the day we signed him." 19:09 , Michael Jones Arsenal are unbeaten in their last six games since losing 2-0 at home to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. They have won their last five league games, scoring 10 goals and conceding just four. They put in a confident performance to sweep Leicester City 2-0 aside last time out and appear poised for Liverpool's challenge tonight. For their part, Liverpool have won their last eight league games and their only defeat of the calendar year came in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg against Inter Milan. They lost 1-0 at Anfield but still won the tie on aggregate after a 2-0 away win. Luis Diaz and Mo Salah both got on the scoresheet in Liverpool's last game against Brighton as they won 2-0 at the Amex Stadium. 19:00 , Michael Jones There are two Premier League games tonight when Arsenal take on Liverpool and Tottenham travel to Brighton. The north London rivals are both hoping to finish the season on Champions League spots and tonight could prove crucial to their chances Liverpool could be an opportunity for Tottenham to gain some ground tonight. Spurs are six points below eighth place but will level on points with West Ham if they beat Brighton tonight. On the other hand, Arsenal would move within five points of Chelsea if they beat Liverpool after playing a game fewer than the Blues. 18:57 , Michael Jones Jurgen Klopp says Arsenal will take a step in the right direction if they finish in the top four and can guarantee Champions League football this season. The Liverpool boss said: Arsenal are a huge club. European qualification in recent years hasn't been quite what they'd like, but finishing in the top four would be a step in the right direction. “They are an exciting team. That's exactly how it is.” 18:54 , Michael Jones Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists uncertainty about Mohamed Salah's future will not create disharmony within the squad. The Egypt international's contract expires at the end of next summer and the club and his agent are currently at an impasse with the £400,000-a-week deal reportedly being demanded, well above the existing pay structure. Within hours of Klopp saying the future was in Salah's hands last week, the player's rep tweeted seven crying/laughing emojis. But the Reds boss said there was no problem with the player even in the dressing room. "I don't have to remind any player - and certainly not Mo - about that. 18:48 Michael Jones Jurgen Klopp has been asked for an update on Mo Salah's foot injury after Liverpool's talisman was substituted off the field in their win against Brighton. "Mo is a tough guy," said Klopp. We'll see how that looks. Crucial parties are in touch." 18:43 , Michael Jones Mikel Arteta spoke ahead of tonight's clash with Liverpool and the Gunners boss says his team needs to be at their best tonight to challenge the Reds to be at their best be to beat them," said Arteta, "You're up against a team that dominates every single aspect of the game, so you have to do your best in this case." 18:40 , Michael Jones Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu is behind is back in training after suffering a calf injury and will be tested to see if he can play tonight.Emile Smith Rowe has also recovered from illness and is pushing for a start after coming on as a substitute in the Leicester win.Liverpool's Mo Salah suffered one in the win against Brighton Foot injury and will face a fitness test before the game ah's future will not cause disharmony within the squad The Egypt international's contract expires E The end of next summer and the club and their agent are currently at an impasse with the £400,000-a-week contract reportedly demanding far from the existing pay structure. Within hours of Klopp saying the future was in Salah's hands last week, the player's rep tweeted seven crying/laughing emojis. But the Reds boss said there would be no problem with the player himself in the dressing room "I don't need to remind any player - let alone Mo - of that. No chance," said Klopp. No chance," said Klopp. 16:38 , Michael Jones Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the Premier League game between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium. Mikel Arteta's Arsenal are playing some of the best footballers of the season and have the second-best record in the Premier League since the turn of the year. They are dealing with the hottest ticket in town tonight, however, as Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have won all eight league games since a 2-2 draw with Chelsea on New Year's Day. If the Gunners are victorious tonight it will be a sign of their progress under Arteta who is looking to take them back to the Champions League with a top four result. They are currently fourth, just a point ahead of Manchester United, but a win could give them a four-point lead over their closest pursuers. Liverpool, meanwhile, are trying to capitalize on a slip-up by leaders Manchester City. City drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace on Monday night, opening the door for the Reds to narrow their lead at the top to just one point. With a potentially title-winning clash between the top two sides still to come, Liverpool are hoping to continue their winning streak tonight and pick up those vital three points.

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'Relenting Liverpool throw down the gauntlet to Man City'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's triple punch after Wednesday's 2-0 win at Arsenal might as well have been the sound of a gauntlet being thrown down in front of Manchester City. (Author: Gardener)

Man City'Liverpool's nine straight wins have reignited a Premier League title race that began to resemble a Manchester City procession in January. It's still an advantage for City as they are a point clear while Liverpool still have to go to the Etihad Stadium in April, but make no mistake, the Premier League landscape has changed dramatically in recent weeks. When Liverpool beat Brentford 3-0 at Anfield on January 16, they were still eight points behind a seemingly unstoppable City, who had beaten Chelsea the day before. It was assumed, perhaps dangerously, that it was all over, even after Klopp said: 'If you're with us you'll enjoy the ride and we'll give it our all. And now, after a win that has Liverpool City breathing right down the back of their necks, with nine games to go, Klopp and his players are really giving it their all: they're waiting for the Champions League quarter-finals draw on Friday, they're playing an FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday at the Nottingham Forest Championship, and the race for the title is livelier than it has been at any stage this season. They have relentlessly gained momentum while City have occasionally stumbled, left the door ajar as they drew at Crystal Palace on Monday and recently lost at home to Tottenham. And Liverpool could be top of the table when City play their next league game. Liverpool face Watford in Saturday's midday game at Anfield before City travel to Burnley, another team desperate to avoid relegation. Guardiola's side will still find themselves c feel confident they can watch Liverpool as they have been successful front runners in recent seasons and managed to keep their nerve when pursued, most memorable from Klopp's side in 2018-19. Anyone who takes Liverpool's form will result in an inevitable City overtake, doing the reigning champions a great disservice, but make no mistake this will be a serious nail biter of a Premier League final. Liverpool, as they have proven on many occasions this season, can find multiple ways to win such is the all round quality they possess. They weren't at their best but stayed in the game, confident that they would produce quality that would give them a level of control that they wouldn't give up. They endured a serious 45-minute test here against an Arsenal side who, while far from challenging Liverpool and Manchester City, are improving under manager Mikel Arteta. They still need the kind of ruthless marksmanship that Arteta decided Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wasn't going to give them when they parted ways in January. Gabriel Martinelli was great but there was no cutting edge and when Diogo Jota put Liverpool ahead, helped by Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale's feeble shot at the near post, it was game over. Roberto Firmino's skillful flick completed the formalities to reduce the gap to just that one point. The defining moment arguably came just moments before Liverpool took the lead when Thiago held his head in fear after playing a back pass straight to Alexandre Lacazette. He fed Martin Odegaard but Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson kept his nerve, form and position to form a block that will be fondly remembered at the end of the season. While Arsenal regretted missing their big opportunity, Liverpool have plenty of cutting edges, as Klopp demonstrated in the moments that shifted the focus of that game and took it away from the Gunners. Klopp, sensing the power lay with Arsenal and Liverpool needed a spark, called Mohamed Salah - only on the bench after suffering a foot injury at Brighton on Saturday - and Firmino to the sidelines. Many managers could have changed the plan, reacted more conservatively. Klopp was unmoved and removed the man who had just scored. Firmino then showed the wisdom of that decision by finishing off Arsenal. Manchester City are in the lead. This is a long-standing rivalry in the Premier League that will continue well beyond this season. For now, all that matters in the league context are those final line games. It's close enough that a single draw could decide the game – the game at the Etihad Stadium on April 10 could certainly do it.

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