Liverpool edge past Norwich
Second-half goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz helped Liverpool come from behind to claim a 3-1 victory against relegation-battlers Norwich City at Anfield on Saturday.
An upset looked to be on the cards when Milot Rashica handed Norwich the lead on 48 minutes as he skipped past Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before striking home. However, Mane struck back with a superb acrobatic effort shortly after, and Salah put Liverpool ahead just three minutes later with his 150th goal for the club.
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January arrival Diaz ended doubts of a Norwich comeback on 83 minutes when he opened his Liverpool account with a delightful chip over opposing goalkeeper Angus Gunn.
The result put a dent in Norwich’s hopes of staving off relegation, with Dean Smith’s side failing to keep pace with 17th-place Newcastle United, who earned a draw away to West Ham United earlier on Saturday.
Liverpool remain in second place on 57 points after 25 games.
Arsenal bag full points
Arsenal returned to winning ways at the Emirates with a comfortable 2-1 victory against Brentford.
Mikel Arteta’s men had failed to win their last three matches on home turf, against Manchester City, Liverpool and Burnley, but the result of this game was never in doubt as soon as Emile Smith Rowe scored the opener three minutes after half-time.
Arsenal dominated the opening 45 minutes, but couldn’t find a way through the Brentford defence. There were a couple of appeals for a penalty for handball, but both the referee and the VAR turned them down.
Emile Smith Rowe ? Bukayo Saka
Arsenal's academy stars put them one point behind fourth-place Manchester United with two games in hand ? pic.twitter.com/vAKMZqrTaw
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But Arsenal did take the lead soon after the restart, Smith Rowe collecting a pass from Alexandre Lacazette, then cutting inside from the left-wing and bending a low shot beyond the reach of goalkeeper David Raya.
The result was put beyond doubt 11 minutes from time courtesy of Bukayo Saka.
Brentford grabbed a goal deep into stoppage time through Christian Norgaard.
Late Ziyech strike helps Chelsea beat Crystal Palace
Hakim Ziyech scored a late goal to give Chelsea a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace in their first Premier League game since the end of January.
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Palace looked to be on course for a point until substitute Marcos Alonso found Ziyech with a cross in the 89th minute and he fired home from close range.
That victory consolidates Chelsea’s position in the top four. They are eight points ahead of West Ham United in fifth place.
Chelsea host Lille in the Champions League round-of-16 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday before facing Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley next Sunday.