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Liverpool’s juggernaut rolls on as 10-man Everton stun Watford

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He is back… Everton’s Alex Iwobi (right) shields the ball from Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah during their English Premier League match. Yesterday’s match was Iwobi’s first game since he copped an injury late last year. PHOTO: AFP

Premier League leaders, Liverpool, opened up a 22-point gap at the top of the table with second-half goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and a Mohamed Salah brace giving them a 4-0 home win over Southampton yesterday, reports Reuters.

It was Liverpool’s 20th successive home win dating back to last season, matching Manchester City’s record set between March 2011 and March 2012. It left them miles clear of second-placed champions City, who visit Tottenham Hotspur today.

Missing the injured Sadio Mane, Liverpool looked disjointed in the first half with goalkeeper Allisson Becker twice denying Danny Ings after Southampton’s Alex McCarthy made an excellent double save at the other end.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who also came close in the first half with a deflected shot, fired the home side ahead in the 47th minute when he cut inside and left McCarthy wrong-footed with a fine low drive from 18 metres.

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Henderson doubled the lead on the hour when he drove the ball into the roof of the net from 10 metres out thanks to some good work by Roberto Firmino, who broke down the left flank and squared the ball back to his skipper.

Salah put the icing on the cake with two late goals – a dinked 72nd-minute finish as Henderson turned provider, followed by a scrambled stoppage time effort after he was released by Firmino.

Elsewhere, Everton fought back from two goals down at Watford to earn a remarkable 3-2 win with just 10 men, just as West Ham’s nemesis, Glenn Murray scored a controversial late equaliser as Brighton snatched a 3-3 draw at the London Stadium.

Sheffield United temporarily moved up to fifth in the Premier League after more success in the capital, this time a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace.

Teemu Pukki passed up the chance to fire bottom-of-the-table Norwich to a priceless Premier League win at Newcastle as two points went begging.

In the event, poor finishing and the heroics of Magpies keeper Martin Dubravka, who made key saves from Sam Byram and Pukki, ensured the game finished 0-0 with Steve Bruce’s men grateful for a point on a day when they scarcely deserved it.

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