22 Nov 2015

Leicester go top as Liverpool thump City

12:24 pm on 22 November 2015

Leicester City are top of English football's Premier League after winning 3-0 at Newcastle, while Manchester City slip to third after copping a shock 4-1 thrashing at home by Liverpool.

Liverpool climb up to ninth.


Liverpool players celebrate a goal. Photo: Photosport

Manchester United are second after a 2-1 win at Watford, while Arsenal are fourth after losing 2-1 at West Brom.

Liverpool far too good for clumsy City

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool defeated struggling champions Chelsea 3-1 last month but an own goal from Eliaquim Mangala and two beautifully worked goals from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, all in the first 32 minutes, put Liverpool on their way to an even more impressive triumph on the road.

Sergio Aguero, a minute before half-time, produced a brilliant curling effort to threaten the possibility of a comeback win that could have put erratic City back on top of the table.

Yet Liverpool, whose impressive Brazilian Firmino squandered a couple of other opportunities to seal the emphatic triumph, completed the rout with a thunderous, if unlikely, 81st minute strike from Martin Skrtel.

Having lost just once in eight matches since Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool are just six points behind former leaders City on the table with 20 points to the Mancunians' 26, behind cross-town rivals United on 27.

Foxes top as Vardy scores for 10th straight game

Surprise leaders Leicester are a point clear with 28, becoming the third team to top the table on Sunday morning after Manchester City started the day in first place and Manchester United briefly led after their 2-1 away victory over Watford in the early kickoff.

Leicester's England striker Jamie Vardy also equalled a Premier League record by scoring for the 10th straight match.

While Vardy equalled former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy's 12-year-old record for scoring in consecutive Premier League games, Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki also scored for Claudio Ranieri's unfashionable Leicester side.

Dutchman Van Nistelrooy had set the record in the last eight matches of the 2002-03 season and the first two of 2003-04.

The top-flight record is held by Stan Mortensen, who scored in 11 successive matches for Blackpool in the old Division One in 1950-51 and Vardy will equal that if he scores against Manchester United next week.

Van Nistelrooy had tweeted a good luck message to Vardy prior to the game.

"I'm pinching myself every day," Vardy told Sky Sports. "I've matched his (Van Nistelrooy's) record and we have got the three points and a clean sheet.

Leicester going top was the highlight of a memorable afternoon when 'La Marseillaise', the French national anthem, was played at grounds throughout England as a mark of solidarity with France following last week's Paris attacks.

Arsenal slipped to fourth after missing their chance to hit the summit when they lost 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion.

Frenchman Olivier Giroud put Arsenal ahead before West Brom struck back with a goal from James Morrison and an own goal from Mikel Arteta, while Santi Cazorla missed a late penalty for the visitors.

Champions Chelsea ended their slump with a 1-0 win over Norwich City that leaves them in 15th place on 14 points, but still a long way behind the leaders.

The London Blues' French defender Kurt Zouma led a rendition of the anthem at Stamford Bridge where a huge French flag was also displayed, before the hosts ended a run of three successive league defeats with victory over Norwich thanks to a second-half goal from Diego Costa.

Everton were the highest scorers of the day, crushing bottom-placed Aston Villa 4-0 with Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku both scoring twice to leave Villa with only five points from 13 games.

Swansea City and Bournemouth shared four goals in a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium. Bournemouth led 2-0 but have now gone seven league matches without a win and are 18th.