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The last dance, Klopp vs Guardiola for the Premier League title

By Charles Cornwall

The last dance, Klopp vs Guardiola for the Premier League title

Reigning champions Manchester City are third, five points behind Liverpool

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Arsenal capitalised on two second-half errors by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker to claim a 3-1 victory over the Premier League leaders on Sunday. The Gunners climbed to second place, two points behind Liverpool, after 23 of 38 games in what is shaping up to be a three-team title race.

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Reigning champions Manchester City are third, five points behind Liverpool, but with two games in hand and will surely have been pleased with the result at the Emirates Stadium. City visit Brentford on Monday. Liverpool suffered only their second defeat of the season and the other was also in north London - at Tottenham. If that defeat was marked by refereeing controversy, this one was their own fault, particularly on Arsenal's second goal after 67 minutes that made it 2-1.

Brazil's Alisson, widely regarded as the keeper of the league, came out to cut out a through ball, but took no touch and the ball hit the back of centre-back Virgil van Dijk. Gabriel Martinelli had only to push the ball into an unguarded net. Arsenal took the lead after 14 minutes through Bukayo Saka, but Liverpool went ahead in stoppage time with an own goal from Gabriel Magalhães. Leandro Trossard made it 3-1 in stoppage time.

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The new title fight

The result left the Reds exposed to Manchester City closing in on the Premier League title race, which will offer another duel between Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola as in previous years, but will now be the last due to the German's departure at the end of the season. The closing stages of the season will be exciting, but the Reds still hold the advantage.


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