LIVERPOOL MOVE 10 POINTS CLEAR AT THE TOP

LIVERPOOL MOVE 10 POINTS CLEAR AT THE TOP

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool tightened their grip at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 home win over bottom club Watford.

The Egypt forward broke the deadlock with a curled finish after 38 minutes.

Sadio Mane then saw his headed goal disallowed for offside following a VAR review.

Salah eventually flicked home a second during the final minute to seal victory and hand new Watford manager Nigel Pearson a defeat for his first match in charge.

The Reds moved 10 points clear of Leicester, who were held to a 1-1 home draw by relegation battlers Norwich, while the Hornets remain adrift at the foot of the table.

Leicester had been looking for a ninth consecutive top-flight win.

The Canaries, though, went ahead through Teemu Pukki in the 26th minute after the Finland forward latched onto Emi Buendia's pass.

Leicester were level after 38 minutes when Jamie Vardy's header from a corner at the near post went in off the arm of Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul for an own goal.

During an entertaining second half, Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi headed wide from a free-kick before Vardy's close-range effort was saved by Krul.

Pukki's goal-bound shot was blocked by Caglar Soyuncu, who later cleared a header from Christoph Zimmermann off the line.

Sheffield United climbed to fifth in the table following a 2-0 home win over struggling Aston Villa as John Fleck scored twice.

The Blades went ahead against their fellow promoted side early in the second half when Fleck converted a cross from John Lundstram.

With 15 minutes remaining, Scotland international Fleck doubled the lead for Chris Wilder's men when he slotted in a flick-on from David McGoldrick.

Villa had the chance to set up a tense finale after a penalty was awarded for handball, but Jack Grealish saw his spot-kick come back off the crossbar.

Chelsea lost 1-0 at home to Bournemouth through a late goal by Dan Gosling - given following a VAR review.

Blues forward Tammy Abraham headed over from a corner late in the first half.

Then, with just six minutes left, the deadlock was finally broken.

Gosling flicked the ball in from close range, with the offside flag going up before being overturned by VAR, as the Cherries ended a five-match losing streak.

Burnley halted their own poor run with a 1-0 home win over Newcastle, who had won their last two league games.

New Zealand forward Chris Wood put the hosts in front from a corner after 58 minutes.

Newcastle substitute Dwight Gayle fired a late chance wide.

Saturday's late kick-off saw West Ham beat Southampton 1-0 to ease the pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The Irons, who had lost five of their last six games in the Premier League to sit just above the relegation zone, went ahead through Sebastien Haller after 37 minutes as the French forward ended his goal drought.

Michail Antonio saw a goal early in the second half ruled out by VAR for handball before Saints striker Danny Ings rattled the crossbar, but West Ham closed out a much-needed victory to move four points clear of the hosts, who stay in 18th.

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