The lead in the Premier League now stands at 22 rather ridiculous points.
Liverpool’s 24th win in 25 games – this time thanks to a second half tour de force that was too much for Southampton – took them to 73 points from a possible 75.
Along with Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s men now only need six wins to win the title; that is, assuming that Pep Guardiola’s team does not let go of other points, of course.
Leicester and Chelsea faced off in a third battle against the fourth and played a fun 2-2 draw. Manchester United and Wolves, fifth and sixth at that time, played a much less enjoyable deadlock.
At the other end, there was a much needed victory for Bournemouth, Watford threw away points in a 3-2 defeat against Everton, Norwich drew in Newcastle, while Brighton struggled to claim some of the spoils from West Ham .
With that said, here are 10 weekend talk points …
1. Leicester 2-2 Chelsea: is it time for Lampard to trust children less?
Frank Lampard was more than happy to trust the experience on goal when he decided to abandon Kepa Arrizabalaga for Willy Caballero, and perhaps he should think about doing the same forward soon.
A clearly unsuitable Tammy Abraham and an out of shape Mason Mount were unable to profit from the good work done by the talented Callum Hudson-Odoi at King Power Stadium.
With Willian on the bench and Olivier Giroud not fully involved, maybe it’s time for Lampard to use some of his older heads to help his young talents.
2. Bournemouth 2-1 Aston Villa: Fraser finally finds his feet
It was no surprise to see Eddie Howe make a final joke for Ryan Fraser after Cherries had made another vital home win.
Earlier this week the Scottish winger admitted he fought for his form this season, adding that he hadn’t “played for the team” amid constant speculation about his future.
He did just that in an energetic show at Vitality Stadium, and it was particularly impressive when the cherries dropped to 10 men when Jefferson Lerma was sent off at 2-0.
3. Crystal Palace 0-1 Sheffield United: the end of Hodgson?
We have reached the point of their extraordinary season in which results like this are no longer a surprise for Sheffield United. As Roy Hodgson must wish he could say similar.
The Blades – and the club’s new record signing Sander Berge – prolonged a feeling of unease in Palace that pervaded the transfer window while the club was unable to do the business Hodgson wanted.
With a firm even stopping betting on its impending departure on Saturday night, the feeling that the oldest Premier League manager may be next to leave is now very real.
4. Liverpool 4-0 Southampton: Henderson cuts the noise
Such is the tribalism of the world of modern football, it seems that for everyone who praises Liverpool’s remarkable improvement over the past two years there is someone else ready to tell you that that improvement is * not actually * so good because of … reasons.
But surely, surely surely those people will be able to see the current form of Jordan Henderson, a man who is almost sent to Fulham with some money in exchange for Clint Dempsey after a season in Liverpool, and to greet a transformed man and player ?
This is a captain who, when he raises the Premier League trophy, will absolutely and undoubtedly deserve that moment which will be broadcast all over the world.
Its shape and its push in recent times have been remarkable.
5. Newcastle 0-0 Norwich: Canary Islands too straightforward to survive
The gap between Norwich and security is now seven points, with none having conceded more Canarian goals and only an almost unassailable Crystal Palace and a Watford team on their third manager of the season have scored less than them this season.
There is still the possibility of an unlikely awakening, but they have given up on several opportunities here.
They look down.
6. Watford 2-3 Everton: Ancelotti has his starting point
“I haven’t been able to run. If I run, I’m dead.”
Carlo Ancelotti’s 60-year-old legs would never have been involved in the #limbs at the end of Vicarage Road when Theo Walcott got the winner in the 90th minute, but this victory could serve as a definition in his Everton term.
At 2-2 and with Fabian Delph expelled, Everton got stronger and found enough to go ahead and take three points that had seemed distant.
They may already be looking forward to next season, but this may be a line in the sand for Ancelotti’s regime.
7. West Ham 3-3 Brighton: hammers are a cause for great concern
When it seems like you’re starting to find more and more inventive ways not to win soccer games, then you know things are going pretty badly.
After David Moyes’ West Ham opted for the “please don’t hurt us” approach when siding against Liverpool during the week, Hammers fans would have expected to see their team lead in this, and they did it.
But finding a way not to win somehow from 2-0 to 3-1 is certainly as devastating as things are for the Hammers this season.
Their next seven games? Manchester City, Liverpool, Southampton, Arsenal, Wolves, Tottenham, Chelsea.
8. Manchester United 0-0 Wolves: There is not much to say
Bruno Fernandes made his Manchester United debut. There were some touches, some clever passages through the lines and a couple of remote efforts.
However, Ruben Neves was probably the best Portuguese player on the pitch.
Other than that, there was little to say to Old Trafford. A game in which both sides wanted to do more.
9. Burnley 0-0 Arsenal: no joy for the Gunners
A fourth consecutive draw on the rotation makes reading Arsenal uncomfortable.
Yes, this season has actually been canceled as Mikel Arteta enters the Emirates. But the ranking does not make the stellar vision, whatever your point of view.
After 25 games, the Gunners have won only six times; only the lower two, Norwich and Watford, won less. They sit in tenth place, with a negative goal difference, closer to the relegation zone (seven points) than the first four (10 points).
There have been some game passes at Turf Moor, but in recent times they have lost a lot of their lead and have been lucky not to lose in the end. When Arsene Wenger left in 2018, we all knew that things were going to be pretty strange in North London for a while.
But did anyone expect it entirely?
10. Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City: Mourinho kicks xG
“It was a good weekend,” said Jose Mourinho, after seeing his Spurs side jump into fifth position, while those around them dropped points and closed the gap on the fourth or four points.
Spurs are now unbeaten in all competitions in the last five games, but the way they came out alive is staggering.
Fully beaten for 60 minutes, he didn’t have an 11 on 11 shot on goal and scored with two of his three shots. The city hit the wood, missed a penalty, fired the goalkeeper out of his goal and wasted countless other opportunities.
A reporter mentioned on social media that it had been a Mourinho lesson. Honestly, it had been anything but, as an Expected Goals (xG) score line of 0.42-3.23 shows.
Spurs’ “good weekend” was due to City’s failures, Oleksandr Zinchenko’s idiocy and a moment of genius for the new boy Steven Bergwijn. They took advantage of it, but problems remain.