LONDON (AP) — Liverpool cut the gap at the top of the Premier League to nine points with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Virgil Van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored in the first half, but Patrick Vieira’s side cut the lead with a strike from Odsonne Edouard after half-time.
It took a series of saves from Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker for the visitors to hold the lead before Fabinho scored an 89th-minute penalty to seal victory and take advantage of leaders Manchester City drawing with Southampton on Saturday.
It was Liverpool’s fifth game without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane due to the African Cup of Nations.
Cab Dijk scored a header in the eighth minute following an Andrew Robertson corner kick. It was a mistake for the home team who had to endure the incessant pressure from Liverpool in the first exchanges. Oxlade-Chamberlain fired twice in succession.
Robertson spotted Oxlade-Chamberlain’s drive into the box and sent him a fantastic cross shot. The midfielder, who returned from an ankle injury, controlled the ball with his chest and fired on goal in the 32nd minute.
Palace finally scored in the 55th minute.
Burnley returned to Premier League action for the first time in three weeks and held on to a 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.
Several Burnley fixtures have been called off due to understaffing due to injuries and coronavirus cases and they fell to last position as their rivals continued with the schedule.
Wins against rivals Norwich and Newcastle only increased the pressure on Burnley. But Sean Dyche’s side moved within four points of remaining with four games fewer than 17th-place Norwich.
Danny Welbeck regained a point for Brighton after Leicester let another lead go.
With a header, the striker beat goalkeeper Kaspar Schemichel after a pass from Neal Maupay in the 82nd minute to seal the 1-1 draw.