Top 10 Premier League players of 2018

Top 10 Premier League players of 2018

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham Hotspur will be in the Premier League title race by the end of April if they continue playing as they did in their demolition of Everton.

Following Leicester, City do not play again until the 30th when they have another away game, at Southampton and now sit four points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool. "That's the challenge for us". We did really well so far, and we have to do even better from now on.

Yet despite that quality, avoiding the fate of the 2008/09 Liverpool team, managed by Benitez, might still need a little luck to go the way of Klopp's men. These type of things happen in the game.

"I keep the door open because if something happens then we will need to have a look, as there are monstrous numbers of games coming and that's really important that we can react", said the German.

Pickford had built up a lot of credit with his first season at Everton and in the summer at the World Cup, but many more displays like this one and he could soon begin to run out of it.

Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal in their shock 3-2 win over Manchester City at Etihad Stadium
Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal in their shock 3-2 win over Manchester City at Etihad Stadium

We saw on Saturday what United's extremely talented team of players can do now that Mourinho isn't there to "hold them back". No decision is made, why should it be? Why should it be that somebody feels safe or somebody feels out of the race or whatever?

'In my opinion it's between City and Liverpool and I think Van Dijk is the big difference this time to what Liverpool have had in previous years, ' Rooney told BT Sport.

"For me they [Spurs] were never out [of the title race] so why should I be surprised that they are in again?" If you are a professional football player, it just takes 10-15 percent away.

Klopp confirmed that Trent Alexander-Arnold has returned to full training following a recent foot injury and will be in contention for Newcastle's visit to Anfield on Boxing Day. "If we are able to be consistent and play in the way we did tonight I think yes maybe we could then be a real contender but there is still a long way", he added.

"I'm very happy with the players I've got but I've always said, you don't know", Liverpool's German coach said as he prepared for Wednesday's home game with Newcastle. "That's good for all supporters".

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