London - Manchester
City brushed aside Burnley 5-0 on Saturday but Liverpool kept pace with
the champions after Mohamed Salah rediscovered his scoring touch to
fire his team to victory against lowly Huddersfield.
Earlier, Chelsea - who had been level with City and Liverpool before
the weekend - needed a last-gasp equaliser to grab a point against
Tottenham moved into the top four after a 1-0 victory at West Ham, with Arsenal not in action until Monday.
Pep Guardiola's side, who missed a late penalty which would have
given them victory over Liverpool at Anfield earlier this month, made it
seven wins from nine league games as Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart
endured a miserable return to his former club.
Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in the 17th minute before
second-half goals rained in from Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad
Mahrez and Leroy Sane.
With the defending champions slipping ominously into gear, midfielder
Kevin De Bruyne came on for just his second appearance of the season
following a knee injury he suffered in August.
"After we scored the second goal and third it was much easier," said
Guardiola. "And of course it's good news that Kevin De Bruyne is
back... The goals were so outstanding, beautiful, beautiful goals and
three more points."
The result leaves City with 26 goals already this season, even though
that is fewer than the 30 they hit in the first nine games last year,
it still puts them on schedule to beat the Premier League record 106
they totalled over the whole season, and Guardiola is urging his team to
be even more ruthless.
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool were forced to tough it out against
Huddersfield in the late game, with Salah scoring the only goal of the
game midway through the first half.
Liverpool, gunning for a first top-flight title since 1990, are level
with City on 23 points but trail their rivals on goal difference.
Chelsea, in third, have 21 points - level with Tottenham.
All of the top three remain unbeaten.
In Saturday's early game,
Ross Barkley scored in the sixth minute of injury time at Stamford
Bridge to level the match at 2-2 after Anthony Martial had scored twice
in the second half to cancel out Antonio Rudiger's opener.
It was a bitter blow for under-pressure United boss Jose Mourinho,
returning to his former club after a poor start to the season and he
lost his cool in emotional scenes in the final seconds.
Mourinho took exception to the celebrations of one of Chelsea's
backroom staff, Marco Ianni, who ran in front of the Portuguese on the
touchline, as United were deprived of a desperately needed win.
But after the final whistle the United boss played down the incident, saying Ianni had apologised.
"(It was) not celebrations, but bad education. But I also made
mistakes in football matches and I will make more, so after the game
when he came to offer his apologies, I accept," added Mourinho.
The United boss, who has a tough run of fixtures coming up, including
games against Juventus and Manchester City, described the draw as an
"awful" result for his team, who roared back from 2-0 down to beat
Newcastle United in their last match.
Erik Lamela struck with a cool header late in the first half at the
London Stadium to give Spurs their fourth successive league victory.
That made it five goals in just eight appearances this season for Lamela, who was making his first league start of the campaign.
Mauricio Pochettino praised the Argentine, who has faced many injury
problems since he joined the club, and hailed Hugo Lloris as "one of the
best goalkeepers in the world" after his display.
Elsewhere, Cardiff beat Fulham 4-2 to lift themselves off the foot of the table.
Newcastle are languishing in bottom spot after a 1-0 home loss to
Brighton while, Watford beat Wolves 2-0 and Bournemouth played out a
goalless draw with Southampton.
Brighton striker Glenn Murray was discharged from hospital after being knocked unconscious during the match at Newcastle.