Quadruple chasing Liverpool are top of the Premier League after a 4-0 hammering of Manchester United at Anfield last night, to go with their 5-0 win at Old Trafford in October. Two goals from Mohamed Salah, an early effort from Luis Díaz and a second half Sadio Mane goal put Liverpool two points ahead of Manchester City, who play Brighton tonight (kick-off 8pm). City’s Catalan manager Pep Guardiola has refused to comment on reports of a deal for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland nearing completion. Two goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic, taking him to 40 for the season, and another from Liverpool-bound Fabio Carvalho gave Fulham a 3-0 win over Preston North End and sealed their Premier League return.
Gordon D’Arcy explains in his column this morning that the message on brain injuries is still not sinking in: “There is no doubt that the majority of the foul play instances are accidental rather than laced with malice but until tackle technique improves then everyone who transgresses gets tarred and feathered in the same manner. There will be some unlucky players but there cannot be a let-up in trying to eradicate as much as possible the high shot from the game.”