World champions less than a week ago, Liverpool took advantage of their return to the Premier League to increase their lead at the top of the table.
On Thursday (26), on Boxing Day, the traditional English League round played the day after Christmas, coach Jürgen Klopp's team thrashed second-placed Leicester 4-0 and went to 52 points, extending to 13 to 13. difference in leadership.
Hero of the conquest over Flamengo in Qatar, Roberto Firmin scored two in the rout. Milner and Alexander-Arnold closed the scoring.
Having played in the Club World Cup, Liverpool have a game less than their competitors. The duel against West Ham is not yet confirmed.
Earlier on Saturday, Manchester United thrashed Newcastle 4-1 at home in a corner. With two goals from Martial, one from Rashford and one from Greenwood (Matthew Longstaff cashed), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team went 28 points to one of Tottenham, fifth.
Not to be outdone by United, Jose Mourinho's team had to turn their clash with Brighton in London. Adam Webster scored the first goal of the game for the visitors. Top scorer Harry Kane and Dele Alli gave the London team a 2-1 win.
Who did not give a good Christmas gift to their fan was Chelsea. Even playing at Stamford Bridge, Frank Lampard's team were beaten by Southampton and, despite not losing fourth, saw Tottenham approach – the gap between London rivals narrowed to three points.
This Friday (27), Manchester City, last season's champion, could take on the vice-leadership of the league. To do so, Pep Guardiola's team, currently with 38 points, must beat Wolverhampton away from home.
Still on Boxing Day, Arsenal visited Bournemouth and got a 1-1 draw at the debut of their new coach Mikel Arteta. The result leaves the team stationed in 11th place, with 24 points and quite far from the Champions League qualifying zone.
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