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Liverpool 2-0 Southampton

Liverpool kept their top-four hopes alive in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday evening.

The Reds made two changes, with both Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams slotting into the heart of defence while loanee Takumi Minamino was barred from playing against his parent club and he was replaced by Theo Walcott.

Diogo Jota came the closest to breaking the deadlock in the 25th minute after cutting inside from the right side of the box to have a clear sight of goal but his thumping effort was saved by goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Che Adams had a big chance for the Saints on the half-hour mark in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Alisson after a square pass but he was denied by the Brazilian from point-blank range.

Jurgen Klopp's charges finally broke the deadlock immediately thereafter, as Sadio Mane finished off Mohamed Salah's cross with a header at the back post.

The Reds were conservative coming from the break, with Southampton probing to come back into the game but they could not carve chances as Ralph Hasenhuttl made a double change in the 66th minute, bringing on Michael Obafemi and Ibrahima Diallo for Nathan Tella and Walcott.

Diallo came close to snatching the equaliser for the Saints five minutes later with a looping strike from the edge of the box that was parried over the bar by Alisson.

However, Thiago Alcantara secured the three points for the Reds in stoppage time with a neat strike from just outside the box as Klopp's men sith six points behind fourth-placed Leicester City..

Leeds United 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur's top-four hopes in the Premier League were severly dented after a heavy 3-1 loss to Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.

Spurs were unchanged from their thrashing win over Sheffield United, with Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli and Gareth Bale playing behind lone-striker Harry Kane.

Stuart Dallas gave Leeds the lead in the 14th minute with a thumping strike from a rebound at the back post after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was forced to keep out Sergio Reguilon's poor clearance which was heading into his own goal.

Son eventually equalised for the Lilywhites in the 25th minute with a strike past the onrushing shot-stopper IIIan Meslier inside the box after a clever through bal by Alli.

Kane thought he had made it 2-1 for the visitors four minutes later after finding the back of the net with a chipped shot over Meslier after another delightful through ball by Alli but the goal was disallowed for a marginal offside.

Patrick Bamford finally restored the lead for Leeds just before the break with a first-time shot past Lloris at the near post after a low cross by Ezgjan Alioski.

Serge Aurier was unlucky not to snatch the equaliser for Spurs with a powerful strike at the near post that took a deflection but Meslier pulled off a great save.

Lamela had a good chance to snatch the equaliser for Mason's troops 12 minutes before time after a through ball by Kane towards the near post but his low curling shot was saved by Meslier.

However, Leeds put the game to bed in the last six minutes as Rodrigo made it 3-1 with a clinical finish from Raphinha's low cross.

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