Both Liverpool and Chelsea secured three maximum points on Sunday afternoon/evening to reduce the gap between them and league leaders Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s side continued enjoying life without Mohammed Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane who are away on international duty.

Liverpool raced into the lead as early as the eighth minute when an unmarked Van Dijk rifled home the ball with his head having met a Robertson corner.

There was total dominance from Liverpool for the first thirty minutes of the game, a spell which saw them go two goals up two minutes past the half-hour mark.

Robertson lofted a diagonal cross from the edge of the box which found Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who slotted the ball past Vincente Guaita.

However, Crystal Palace grew into the game after conceding the second goal and pushed to reduce the deficit.

The Eagles missed two chances towards the end of the first half. The Second half began in a similar fashion as they took the game to their visitors.

They would go on to be rewarded a goal when Odsonne Edouard tapped home into an empty net after Jean-Philippe Mateta had drawn out Liverpool goalie Alisson before pulling the ball to Odsonne.

Crystal Palace pushed for a potential equalizer but were undone after Diogo Jota won a penalty having collided with Palace goaltender Vincente Guaita inside the box.

Fabinho netted his fourth goal this year from the spot to lock the three points secured.

10 – Only Chris Smalling (11 at Man Utd), Ryan Babel (11 at Liverpool) and Ashley Young (12 at Man Utd) have won 100% of the Premier League matches in which they’ve scored in for a team more often than both Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Liverpool (10). Charms.

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Elsewhere at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea made it three wins in three games against Tottenham Hotspurs led by former manager Antonio Conte.

It was imperative for Thomas Tuchel’s side to pick all three points from the game no matter how difficult it would be if they still want to be a part of the title race.

Spurs could have gone ahead through Karry Kane who slotted the ball home but was adjudged to have fouled a Chelsea defender hence the goal was ruled out.

Hakim Ziyech put Chelsea into the lead two minutes after restart with another outside the box worldie as he hung his world-class curler into the top left corner. Hugo Lloris, Spurs keeper was rooted to the spot.

Chelsea doubled the lead eight minutes later off a Free kick from Mason Mount which was flicked on by Thiago Silva.

With City having dropped points against Southampton, Liverpool are still second placed but have reduced the gap to nine points with a game to spare while Chelsea are still three points behind Liverpool and 12 behind Manchester City.