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Late Drama For Liverpool, Man City Cruise To Top Spot

Manchester City will end the weekend top of the Premier League standings after cruising to a 3-1 victory over Watford on Saturday night.

The Citizens were given a good incentive ahead of kick-off as a win would see them finish the weekend at top after Chelsea's loss at West Ham United earlier in the day.

Pep Guardiola's charges wasted no time in stamping their authority after opening the scoring on four minutes as Raheem Sterling nodded a cross from Phil Foden.

The Citizens dominated the opening exchanges, but Watford did look lively on the counter attack with the pace of Emmanuel Dennis and Joshua King.

However, City got their second goal on 30 minutes when Bernardo Silva scored for the second straight game from a tight angle after Illkay Gundogan's initial strike was saved.

Claudio Ranieri responded with a double change at the start of the second half as Cucho Hernandez and Juraj Kucka replaced Tom Cleverley and Imran Louza.

However, City went on to bag a third goal just after the hour mark as Silva sent a fine curling strike into the far corner to complete his brace.

Watford did pull a goal back in the 74th minute as Hernandez got his second goal of the season with an acrobatic finish after his first strike had struck the upright.

Hernandez's strike proved to be nothing more than a consolation as the Citizens saw out the final 15 minutes with relative ease.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool climbed up to the top of the English Premier League table after a last-gasp 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday evening.

The Reds were unchanged from the side that thrashed Everton, as Diogo Jota continued up top against his former side, while Ruben Neves returned from suspension for Wolves.

It took up until the half-hour mark for Jurgen Klopp's charges to have threatening chances, as Trent Alexander-Arnold struck a shot over the bar after a through ball by Thiago Alcantara and Jota guided a header over the bar from Alexander's cross.

The visitors gained attacking momentum in the closing phase of the first stanza and came close to breaking the deadlock as Andrew Robertson played a dangerous cross that needed a tap-in from Salah at the back post but Romain Saiss made a timely interception to keep the score goalless at half-time.

Liverpool were giving Wolves problems early in the second stanza and Jota had the biggest chance of the match on the hour-mark after a mix-up at the back led to him getting past shot-stopper Jose Sa and clear on goal but with only two defenders guarding the net, he fired his shot straight at Conor Coady.

With the match opening up and Wolves threatening on counter-attacks, Klopp made a tactical change 22 minutes before time, as Divock Origi replaced Jordan Henderson.

Mane had a big chance three minutes before time after going through on goal but with only Sa to beat, the Senegalese sliced his effort over the bar.

However, Origi snatched the winner for the Reds in stoppage time with a close-range finish after a brilliant turn from Salah's cut-back as, Liverpool topped the log by one point.

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