Liverpool slip up to Chelsea, City win and join title race

Liverpool slip up to Chelsea, City win and join title race Photo: TT

The tables have turned on Liverpool after an exciting weekend in the English Premier League and the Reds no longer control their own destiny. Third placed Manchester City have the impetus now and their much superior goal difference could see them pip Liverpool for the Premier League title if they continue their winning form..

In a classic twist in the tale, Chelsea got all three points against Liverpool on Sunday evening at Anfield. A Steven Gerrard slip let in Chelsea striker Demba Ba with a clear sight of goal and only the Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to beat, and the Senegalese would not miss from that opportunity. Chelsea led 1-0 going into the halftime break.

The upset was complete in the stoppage time at the end of the match when a Chelsea counter put Fernando Torres and Willian in a two-on-one situation against the keeper, and Torres calmly squared the ball to Willian who put it in an empty net.

Manchester City, who were due to play Crystal Palace, knew that a win at Selhurst Park would put them in the driving seat for the league championship. Yaya Toure, coming back from injury, provided the fillip to his team, assisting for the first goal by Edin Dzeko and then scoring himself to give his team a 2-0 lead.

Now as the teams stand, Liverpool are still top, two points ahead of Chelsea and three ahead of Manchester City. However, City have an extra game in hand and with an eight-goal superior difference, will go top of the table if they win their next fixture against Everton, and if they follow it up with more wins, the title is theirs.

Drama ensued at the bottom half of the table too, where Sunderland removed itself from the relegation spots after an extended period of time at the bottom of the league. Showing signs of belief, Sunderland held Manchester City to a draw and then beat Chelsea away from home, and completed their rejuvenation when they beat fellow strugglers Cardiff City 4-0 yesterday.

Connor Wickham led his side with a brace, [[Fabio Borini</a> scored from the penalty spot and Emanuele Giaccherini added one to his name.

Fulham drew with Hull City 2-2, and Norwich lost their match against Manchester United led by new interim manager Ryan Giggs 4-0, making them the new entrant in the dropping zone. Cardiff City are now bottom of the table with little chance to survive.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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