Arsenal ends Liverpool’s hope of breaking EPL record
Costly errors from Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker gave Arsenal a 2-1 victory as Liverpool’s hopes of breaking the Premier League points record were dashed.
Sadio Mane looked to have set the champions on course for one of the three victories they needed to surpass Manchester City’s record 100-point haul with the opener on 20 minutes at the Emirates.
But the bedrocks of Liverpool’s title triumph handed Arsenal a half-time lead, as rare Van Dijk and Alisson mistakes were ruthlessly punished by Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson’s first Premier League goal.
And, despite a commanding second-half performance, Liverpool were unable to prevent a third defeat of the season as Arsenal climbed to ninth after their first victory over Jurgen Klopp’s side in five years.
Also on Wednesday, Harry Kane’s double took him past 200 club career goals as Tottenham earned a hard-fought 3-1 win at Newcastle to keep their Europa League qualifying hopes alive.
Spurs weren’t at their best and, following Heung-Min Son’s first-half opener (27), Matt Ritchie (56) deservedly pulled Newcastle level with a powerful strike.
But Kane was perfectly placed to nod home Steven Bergwijn’s cross just four minutes later to bring up a personal landmark and, after a flurry of Newcastle chances, another close-range Kane header (90) ensured a boost to Spurs’ chances of playing in Europe next season. Tottenham has now moved above Sheffield United into seventh position.(goal.com)