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Leaders Liverpool down Chelsea, West Ham extend Man United’s blues in EPL




London: First-half goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino helped leaders Liverpool defeat Chelsea 2-1 to extend their winning streak to 15 Premier League matches.

Liverpool went ahead after 14 minutes from a cleverly-worked free-kick, Mohamed Salah back-heeling the ball to Alexander-Arnold who fired into the top corner.

Chelsea thought they had equalised through Cesar Azpilicueta but the goal was overturned by VAR after Mason Mount was adjudged to be offside during the build-up.

It was 2-0 moments later, Firmino heading in Andrew Robertson’s cross.

Chelsea pulled a goal back on 71 minutes after N’Golo Kante worked some space and found the top corner from just outside the penalty area but Liverpool held on to maintain their 100 per cent record.

Liverpool are five points clear of second-placed Manchester City. Chelsea fall to 11th place, on eight points.

West Ham woes for Man United

West Ham inflicted more away-day pain on a poor Manchester United side on Sunday, lifting themselves to fourth with a comfortable 2-0 win at the London Stadium.

Andriy Yarmolenko’s goal shortly before half-time and a wonderful late Aaron Cresswell free-kick extended United’s barren run on the road.

United, who started the season by thumping Chelsea 4-0, have lost twice already in their opening six league games and lie seventh, without an away win in any competition since March.

Injury-hit United were without midfielder Paul Pogba and forward Anthony Martial and huffed and puffed but failed to break down their dogged opponents.

West Ham are riding high under Manuel Pellegrini, unbeaten since a 5-0 drubbing in the first match of the season and this victory followed a home win last season against United at the London Stadium.

But it was a chastening day for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, just a day after champions Manchester City came close to matching United’s Premier League record for margin of victory — 9-0 against Ipswich in 1995.

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