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Liverpool’s Mo Salah reaches milestone in gritty win; Aston Villa stun Arsenal

Liverpool claimed the summit in the Premier League as Mo Salah scored his 200th goal for the club, securing a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace. Meanwhile, Aston Villa upset Arsenal in a 1-0 win, halting the Gunners’ bid to reclaim the top spot.

In a nail-biting encounter, Liverpool faced staunch resistance from a determined Palace side. Salah’s milestone goal, alongside a late stunner from Harvey Elliott, secured a crucial win. Klopp, though pleased, acknowledged their stroke of luck, admitting, “If you only win your really good games, you have no chance to be really successful.”

John McGinn’s early goal steered Aston Villa to their 15th consecutive home victory, setting a new club record. Manager Unai Emery expressed delight, emphasising the team’s connection with their supporters. “Today we needed it because we were tired after the game on Wednesday,” said Emery.

Arsenal’s hopes of an equaliser were dashed by VAR’s intervention, with manager Mikel Arteta acknowledging the decision as “clear and obvious.”

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However, the mood was contrasting at Manchester United, who suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth, leaving them ten points adrift of Liverpool in the league standings. Manager Erik Ten Hag voiced disappointment, emphasising the need for drastic improvements.

Sheffield United secured only their second win of the season, triumphing 1-0 over Brentford under the guidance of Chris Wilder. Despite a draw, Burnley and Nottingham Forest struggled to break their winless streaks.

Forest’s fast start against Wolverhampton Wanderers saw Harry Toffolo score, but Wolves swiftly responded, ending the match in a 1-1 stalemate.

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