Liverpool's Sadio Mane, centre, celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Liverpool's Sadio Mane, centre, celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Rampant Liverpool smash West Ham

LIVERPOOL are outright second in the Premier League after a 4-1 rout of West Ham overnight, while Mat Ryan copped a horror deflection in a routine win over Swansea.

 

The Reds leapfrogged Manchester United to nab second billing on the ladder, however Jose Mourinho's men will have the chance to regain the advantage when they face Chelsea on Monday morning.

 

Bournemouth came from two down to salvage a draw against Newcastle, a Jack Butland howler saw Leicester steal a point against Stoke while a late Manolo Gabbiadini strike earned Southampton a point at Burnley.

 

 

Watford's Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis (R) saves from a close-range header from Everton's Turkish striker Cenk Tosun
Watford's Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis (R) saves from a close-range header from Everton's Turkish striker Cenk Tosun

 

Huddersfield beat West Brom despite the continued absence of Aaron Mooy, while Watford enjoyed a 1-0 victory over Everton care of a Troy Deeney goal.

 

LEICESTER 1-1 STOKE CITY

 

An own goal by Stoke City keeper Jack Butland has gifted Leicester City an equaliser in a 1-1 Premier League draw at the King Power Stadium and denied Paul Lambert's side a rare win on the road.

After Stoke took the lead through Xherdan Shaqiri's third goal in successive league games just before the interval on Saturday, Butland parried the ball into his net when under no obvious pressure from Marc Albrighton's 70th-minute cross. Although the keeper partly redeemed himself with a subsequent save from Riyad Mahrez, his glaring error meant Stoke remain in 19th place.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, centre, celebrates his side's first goal of the game with team mates after Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, right, scored an own-goal
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, centre, celebrates his side's first goal of the game with team mates after Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, right, scored an own-goal

It could have been even worse with the visitors grimly hanging on in the final quarter when Mahrez, who was starting his first league game since failing to secure a move to Manchester City, spurned another chance and Harry Maguire and Matty James both hit the post.

Butland's mistake was made all the more embarrassing by the presence of former England, Leicester and Stoke hero Peter Shilton in the stands although manager Paul Lambert refused to blame his keeper for the dropped point. "He is the best goalkeeper in Britain," said Lambert. "Since I have been at the club he has been huge. The mistake will be the making of him because it is all about how you deal with these things." Lambert was also pleased with the performance of Shaqiri, who is on his hottest scoring streak since joining in 2015.

"Overall, we were outstanding," said the Scot, who gave a debut off the bench to Tyrese Campbell, 18-year-old son of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell.

 

Watford's Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis (R) saves from a close-range header from Everton's Turkish striker Cenk Tosun
Watford's Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis (R) saves from a close-range header from Everton's Turkish striker Cenk Tosun

BOURNEMOUTH 2-2 NEWCASTLE UNITED

Dan Gosling struck a late equalizer against his former club as Bournemouth fought back from two goals down to draw with Newcastle 2-2 in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Midfielder Gosling converted into the roof of the net in the 89th minute after Cherries substitute Adam Smith set up a tense final 10 minutes by halving the deficit.

Bournemouth's Dan Gosling, centre, celebrates scoring his side's second goal
Bournemouth's Dan Gosling, centre, celebrates scoring his side's second goal

Magpies striker Dwight Gayle looked to have earned the visitors three precious points on the south coast with two simple, first-half finishes, but they were made to pay for their profligacy, which included Jonjo Shelvey missing an open goal at 2-0.

Newcastle dropped to 15th in the 20-team league and is only two points from the relegation zone.

Mid-table Bournemouth has three more points than Newcastle.

 

BRIGHTON 4-1 SWANSEA

 

Glenn Murray scored twice as Brighton beat Swansea 4-1 on Saturday to boost its hopes of another season in the English Premier League. Murray's double was followed by goals from Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia as Swansea's 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end. Making England's World Cup squad seems unlikely for 34-year-old Murray, but the striker has 10 Premier League goals this season and only three Englishmen - Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy - have more.

Brighton & Hove Albion celebrate
Brighton & Hove Albion celebrate

Brighton, which is unbeaten in its last five matches, moved four points clear of the relegation zone in its first season as a Premier League team but still faces Tottenham, Manchester United, and Liverpool in the run-in.

Swansea's consolation was a fourth own-goal of the season by Brighton defender Lewis Dunk, making the score 3-1 at the time.

 

BURNLEY 1-1 SOUTHAMPTON

Manolo Gabbiadini scored a contentious 90th- minute equalizer for Southampton to draw at Burnley 1-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Referee Bobby Madley inadvertently blocked Burnley's Ashley Westwood to allow Southampton to break clear, and Gabbiadini smashed home from Guido Carrillo's cut-back.

Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates
Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates

Burnley was as high as fourth in December, but its dreams of qualifying for Europe have diminished thanks to an 11-match winless run in the league. Ashley Barnes looked to have propelled Burnley to victory with a close-range goal in the 67th.

The draw lifted Southampton out of the relegation zone, on goal difference.

 

LIVERPOOL 4-1 WEST HAM

 

Mohamed Salah scored for the sixth straight game as Liverpool took advantage of being the only Premier League top six side in action on Saturday to move into second with a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp's men still trail runaway league leaders Manchester City by 15 points, but strengthened their case to finish in the top four and make the Champions League next season as Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were also on target.

Liverpool edge a point ahead of bitter rivals Manchester United, who host fourth-placed Chelsea on Sunday.

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (R) scores a cheeky no look goal
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (R) scores a cheeky no look goal

Salah also drew level with Harry Kane on 23 Premier League goals in an outstanding debut season at Liverpool in the battle for the golden boot.

The Egyptian was inches away from opening the scoring inside three minutes when he struck the post, but did have a hand when Can's bullet header from Salah's corner broke the deadlock on 29 minutes for Liverpool's 100th goal of the season in all competitions.

Salah doubled Liverpool's lead when he steered a shot into the far corner on his favoured left foot after the break from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's through ball.

Moments later it was Firmino who beat West Ham goalkeeper Adrian to Can's pass before slotting into an empty net.

Substitute Michail Antonio pulled a goal back for the Hammers just a minute after coming on, but Mane ensured all of Liverpool's prolific front three were on target when he converted Andrew Robertson's cross 13 minutes from time.

 

WEST BROM 1-2 HUDDERSFIELD

 

West Bromwich Albion slipped closer to relegation by losing at home to fellow struggler Huddersfield 2-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Last-placed West Brom was seven points from safety with 10 matches left, and has lost five straight games in all competitions.

Strikes from Rajiv van La Parra in the 48th minute and Steve Mounie in the 56th put Huddersfield 2-0 ahead.

Huddersfield Town's Steve Mounie, right, celebrates scoring
Huddersfield Town's Steve Mounie, right, celebrates scoring

Craig Dawson replied with a header in the 64th, but West Brom could not muster anything further as the pressure increased on manager Alan Pardew. In a contest where Albion fans made their frustration heard in various ways, there were chants of "You're getting sacked in the morning" directed at Pardew toward the end. Loud boos rang around The Hawthorns at the final whistle. West Brom has won one of 14 league games under Pardew, who took over in November as the replacement for Tony Pulis.

 

WATFORD 1-0 EVERTON

In the late kick-off, Watford moved six points clear of the bottom three after defeating Everton 1-0 at Vicarage Road.

Troy Deeney scored the only goal of the game 11 minutes from time, taking a touch before turning and firing into the roof of the net, beating Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at his near post.

Watford's Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis (R) saves from a close-range header from Everton's Turkish striker Cenk Tosun
Watford's Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis (R) saves from a close-range header from Everton's Turkish striker Cenk Tosun


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