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And that, my Premier League friends, is all for today. Thank you very much for following. That's it from here until 10:00 GMT on Boxing Day, when we'll bring you all the build-up to the day's matches. If you celebrate Christmas, have a good Christmas. If you don't... well, catch you later!
It's Stoke v Chelsea next up in the Premier League on Monday night, and then we have a bumper lot of TEN fixtures coming our way on Boxing Day.
Chelsea v West Ham
Burnley v Liverpool
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Everton v Stoke
Leicester v Tottenham
Manchester United v Newcastle
Sunderland v Hull
Swansea v Aston Villa
West Brom v Manchester City
Arsenal v QPR
It doesn’t matter that his side went on to snatch a point, this one is going to Fabio Borini. The guy was on a matter of minutes before picking up a petulant yellow card. That was bad enough, but it got worse minutes later when a high boot saw him sent off. Are his Anfield days coming to an end?
No honourable mention this week, this award can only go to one man: Charlie Austin. The striker was playing non-league football five years ago but has climbed his way up the divisions to become one of the most clinical finishers in the top flight. His hat-trick on Saturday moved QPR out of the relegation zone.
Burnley, Hull and Leicester occupy the bottom three after losses on Saturday, but any one of nine could realistically end up there when the festive schedule is over. Five points separate 12th from 18th as Aston Villa, Stoke, West Brom, QPR, Sunderland and Crystal Palace hover just above the drop zone.
Newcastle are the only top-half team to lose this weekend, but both they and Swansea remain on the fringes of the European places. Liverpool and Everton’s best hope of making the Champions League look to be through winning the Europa League. It's gonna be a looooong season.
Manchester United and West Ham retained their places in third and fourth, respectively, on Saturday but Southampton, Arsenal and Tottenham all picked up points this weekend to stay within touching distance.
One more Manchester City goal yesterday and they would have overtaken Chelsea at the top for the first time since August. Jose Mourinho’s side are now level on points with City and will top the table at Christmas if they get at least a draw against Stoke on Monday night.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "At some stage in January, we'll look to get Dan back. That will be really exciting for this team. We'll put him into the mix again and go back to that flow of our game and results, hopefully."
The general feeling around The Twittersphere is that Brendan Rodgers is WRONG to say Alexis Sanchez dived in the build-up to the Mathieu Debuchy goal and Arsene Wenger, despite his side being four points off fourth (#HolyGrail), is still under pressure.
Graeme Bailey reports: “A late strike from Adam Johnson gave Sunderland yet another win at St James' Park over arch-rivals Newcastle United. With the game looking destined for a goalless draw, Johnson led a late counterattack and finished off the move to break Newcastle hearts as he struck for a third successive Tyne-Wear derby clash.”
Match Report: Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland
More from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to Sky Sports: “We were a bit deflated at half-time and then to fight back from 2-1 with 10 men shows the character in the team, and if we continue to work this way with players coming back we’ll have a much better second half to the season.”
Fabio Borini: Came on in place of Markovic and looked eager to impress, testing Szczesny with a header. Two quick-fire yellow cards resulted in an early bath, though, and summed up his miserably inept career at Anfield so far.
Philippe Coutinho: Drifted into pockets of space, drove at the back-line and tried to thread passes in behind the Arsenal defence. His plotting resulted in the opening goal, driving the ball in off the far post, and he was at the heart of everything good Liverpool did. Perhaps should have added to his tally.
Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to Sky Sports: “Firstly, it was an outstanding performance. The quality of passing and movement on this pitch, which is awful here... the players put that to one side and some of our stuff was fantastic. We make bad decisions – I didn’t think it was a free kick [for the Debuchy goal]. I think Sanchez dived to win the free kick and the referee bought it.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to Sky Sports: “It was an intense game – we have the regret to concede a goal to a set piece in the last minute but overall it was fair result. We had problems. Last year was a bit in our mind, we didn’t play enough and lost too many balls. Our flow was not there. Second half was better, we were 2-1 up – they had a few chances and it was a fair result.”
- Liverpool only conceded six fouls, the fewest they’ve conceded in a Premier League game this season
- This was the first Premier League match since April that there were two goals scored in the 45th minute of a single game
- No Premier League side has shipped more goals via indirect free-kick situations this season than Liverpool (3, level with Leicester)
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