Liverpool end 30-year wait for PL title

English Premier League

Liverpool's 30-year wait for the Premier League came to an end after Manchester City suffered defeat at Chelsea.

Ross Barkley and Christian Pulisic were back in for the Blues, whereas Aymeric Laporte, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling returned for City who looked to maintain their slim title hopes.

City received the encounter’s best opportunity after 18 minutes with a powerful header from Fernandinho forcing Kepa Arrizabalaga to tip over the crossbar.

Pulisic broke the visitor’s resilience when he skipped past Benjamin Mendy to go through on goal for a bottom corner finish in the last ten minutes of the half.

City gathered steam after the break and hit the leveller when De Bruyne send a 30-yard free-kick over the wall and into the far corner, leaving Kepa with no chance.

Sterling had a golden chance to add a second shortly though after racing onto a through ball, cracked the post with only Arrizabalaga to beat.

Chelsea had a big chance to go ahead again following the waterbreak, but a last-ditch goal-line clearance from Laporte denied Pulisic a brace.

The Blues weren’t denied again as Fernandinho gave away a penalty with a handball on the goal-line, earning a straight red before seeing his compatriot Willian fire home in the last 12 minutes.

City attempted to save face afterwards, but victory belonged to the Blues and Liverpool who inadvertently clinched the title after 30 years.

Southampton 0-2 Arsenal

Arsenal returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-0 success over Southampton on Thursday evening.

The Gunners looked for a quick opener with six minutes on the clock, but Eddie Nketiah sadly had his effort disallowed for offside after getting on the end of Bukanyo Saka’s low cross from the left.

Persistence from the away side continued as Pierre Emerick Aubameyang caught Jack Stephens square from the left before hitting the underside of the bar off a long ball after three minutes.

A moment of pure craziness from Alex McCarthy gave the Gunners the lead as his stray pass outside his area after 20 minutes landed straight at Nketiah, who raced forth for an easy finish.

Danny Ings went close to bringing the hosts level before halftime with a shot from a tight angle, but the effort failed to struck the far corner whilst flying across the face of goal.

The Saints flooded the other end of the pitch with a number of bodies before calling Emiliano Martinez to stretch low for a smart save off Long’s first-time attempt on 71 minutes.

Stephens was sent packing in the final eight minutes after upending Aubameyang’s path to goal, conceding a free-kick in the process.

The set-piece earned the Gunners a second as Joe Willock fired in off the rebound after McCarthy spurned Alexandre Lacazette’s initial strike, seeing the away outfit to victory regardless.

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