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Swansea damage Liverpool's title ambitions with 3-2 victory at Anfield

Sigurdsson proved Swansea's matchwinner as he pounced on a poor defensive clearance from Ragnar Klavan, the Iceland international securing Paul Clement's maiden win and Liverpool's first league loss at home since January 2016.

Adam Lallana and Tom Carroll had the best chances of a lacklustre opening half, but that all changed after the restart as the game burst into life.

Llorente struck his first goals away from the Liberty Stadium to put Swansea 2-0 ahead before Roberto Firmino lifted some of the gloom with his seventh in the league this season.

Plymouth Argyle 0 Liverpool 1: Rare Lucas goal sees Klopp's men through

The Premier League side had not lost any of their last 19 FA Cup games against teams from the fourth tier or lower, but they were pushed hard in a competitive clash at a packed Home Park.

Jurgen Klopp's men earned an early lead through an unexpected source as Lucas headed home a left-wing corner from compatriot Philippe Coutinho.

But the visitors were unable to convert their domination of the ball into further goals despite Daniel Sturridge, Coutinho and Divock Origi all being named in an attacking line-up, the latter seeing a late penalty saved. 

Ibrahimovic's late goal earns United 1-1 draw vs Liverpool, City lose 4-0 at Everton

Paul Pogba had looked like being the villain of the piece for United, but Ibrahimovic's header – his 10th goal in 10 top-flight games – prevented a damaging defeat.

James Milner's 27th-minute penalty and sixth league goal of the season – awarded after a handball from Pogba – had looked like it would prove to be the winner at Old Trafford.

EPL ROUND-UP: Arsenal rout Swansea to go third, Stoke and Burnley also secure full points

Goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez, sandwiched between two deflected Alex Iwobi strikes — credited as own goals to Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton — put Arsenal in cruise control and sent Swansea tumbling to the bottom of the league.

Paul Clement, Swansea's third manager of a troubled season, had promised and the end of the defensive disarray which had marked the end of his predecessor Bob Bradley's short reign last month.

For the first half Swansea was as good as Clement's word as it fought tenaciously and stopped Arsenal having a meaningful sight of goal.

VIDEO: I know my players better now - Mourinho

Mourinho was speaking ahead of his team’s English Premier League fixture against Liverpool on Sunday.

Manchester United are on their longest winning run in eight years. They have won nine straight victories in all competitions since December 8.

He deployed defensive tactics to grind out a 0-0 draw at Anfield on October 17, bringing the free-scoring Liverpool juggernaut to a halt. 

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Chelsea drop Costa amid rift, unsettling Chinese interest

The league top-scorer has not traveled with Chelsea to Leicester following a dispute with the coaching staff, and won't be playing in Saturday's game against the champions, a person familiar with the situation told The Association Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Friday because they were not authorized to discuss Costa being dropped from the team.

The discord between Antonio Conte's side and Costa follows the striker becoming aware of interest from China, the person said, referencing the country's wealthy and ambitious Super League.

Momentum with Man United as Liverpool heads to Old Trafford

Some perspective is needed, however, when assessing United's nine straight victories in all competitions since Dec. 8.

Only one of their opponents in that one-month period could be classed as a major rival: Tottenham. And that 1-0 win came on Dec. 11, when Spurs weren't showing the kind of form they are at present.

Otherwise, United have proved to be ruthless in sweeping aside teams who most likely won't finish higher than mid-table in the Premier League or were plucky underdogs in cup competitions, like Reading in the FA Cup or Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League.

Mourinho: Ibrahimovic will be ready to face Liverpool

Ibrahimovic sat out Tuesday's first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against Hull City at Old Trafford, where second-half goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini secured a 2-0 win for United.

Veteran striker Ibrahimovic, who has 18 goals in 28 games across all competitions this season, was laid low through illness, although Mourinho does not foresee this being an issue when he attempts to take a chunk out of the five-point gap between Jurgen Klopp's second-place side and his own men in sixth on Sunday.

Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-0 to end 13-match EPL winning run

Alli scored twice for the third Spurs game in succession, converting Christian Eriksen crosses either side of half-time as Antonio Conte's league leaders tasted defeat for the first time since September.

Tottenham are up to third place, above Manchester City on goal difference, and now within seven points of Conte's men, who lead Liverpool by five.

Mauricio Pochettino's side is enjoying a purple patch of their own, having won five from five since losing at Manchester United on December 11 and scoring 15 times in the process.

Title-chasing Liverpool pull clear of Man City with 1-0 win

While Guardiola is discovering just how competitive the English Premier League is in his first season at City, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp will start the second half of the season only six points behind Chelsea.

The 18-time English champions are mounting their strongest challenge for the trophy in three years, predating Klopp's arrival from Borussia Dortmund, as they seek to deliver league silverware to Anfield for the first time since 1990.