London, 4 February 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Manchester City restored their three-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win at Burnley on Wednesday but champions Liverpool stumbled again.
Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling scored the goals to lift City back above Manchester United, who had joined them following their 9-0 thrashing of Southampton on Tuesday.
Leicester are two points further back in third after a 2-0 win at Fulham, while Liverpool are fourth, two points further back after a shock 1-0 loss at home to Brighton.
Jesus opened the scoring for City after three minutes and Sterling’s second extended their winning streak in all competitions to 13 matches, leaving Burnley 17th.
“It’s good to get another win and keep a clean sheet,” said Sterling, who finished things off after a good pass from Ilkay Guendogan.
“We’ve been on a good run and we need to continue that. (It’s about) togetherness. It’s about grinding results out week by week. The more you win, the better you feel.”
Leicester moved third after their 2-0 win at Fulham, James Maddison setting up both goals.
First he crossed for Kelechi Iheanacho to head the opener on 17 minutes and then he set up James Justin for the second just before half-time.
Leicester also had three goals ruled out and manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted with the performance after losing to Leeds in their previous game.
“I thought we were excellent, two outstanding goals,” he said.
“Showed real moments of quality, second half we controlled the game without the ball and managed the game really well.
The result left Fulham third-bottom, still seven points from Burnley in safety.
“The cold hard fact is that we’ve lost a football match today and we know what we need to do – we need to win,” he said.
“We huffed and puffed at times and the main focus for us is the next game, West Ham and a run of games that we need to win.
“This group of players know what we need to do and we will come out fighting they were clinical the quality was there. We are where we are.”
Liverpool are now seven points behind leaders City after suffering their second straight home defeat, the first time they have lost twice in a row at Anfield in the league since 2012.
Steven Alzate scored the only goal of the game as Brighton won at Liverpool for the first time in the league since 1982.
Missing Sadio Mane through injury and goalkeeper Alisson through illness, Liverpool lacked the edge they showed in back-to-back away wins at Tottenham and West Ham.
And after Alzate bundled the ball home 11 minutes into the second half, Juergen Klopp’s side never really looked like getting the goals they needed.
Full back Andy Robertson admitted “the better side won.”
“In the last three games at home we have been really disappointing and we have to get back to it, we are a long way off it,” he said.
“Brighton played four centre-backs and they were all outstanding but we have been disappointing. We are not finding the way to win.”
Jesse Lingard scored twice on his debut for West Ham as they won 3-1 at Aston Ville, while Everton won 2-1 at Leeds.
Tomas Soucek put West Ham ahead early in the second half, Lingard made it 2-0 five minutes later and after Ollie Watkins pulled one back for Villa, Lingard sealed the win with his second.
The result left West Ham fifth, while Everton are sixth after victory at Leeds, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring the goals.