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Liverpool stretch Premier League lead to six points

Chelsea's Eden Hazard (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with Mateo Kovacic during the Premier League match against Watford on Wednesday evening. Hazard went on to score again, with his second half penalty the winning goal in a 2-1 victory
By Damian Spellman, Press Association Sport

MOHAMED Salah struck from the penalty spot as Liverpool increased their lead at the top of the Premier League table to six points on a dramatic Boxing Day.

Jurgen Klopp's men ran out 4-0 winners over Newcastle at Anfield as second-placed Manchester City lost for the second successive game to slip to third.

Dejan Lovren fired the leaders ahead with just 11 minutes gone when he dispatched a sweet half-volley past keeper Martin Dubravka.

Salah doubled their advantage from the spot after being dragged back by Paul Dummett two minutes after the break, and Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho extended the Reds' lead further as time ran down.

Ricardo Pereira dented Manchester City's title challenge with a stunning winner as Leicester gained revenge for their Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat over the reigning champions.

Bernardo had given the visitors an early lead at the King Power Stadium, but Marc Albrighton headed the Foxes, who won at Chelsea at the weekend, level to set up a grandstand finish.

They got their reward nine minutes from time when Ricardo smashed a long-range effort into the top corner with Fabian Delph's late red card ensuring City lost 2-1.

Tottenham did their best to prove it will not be a two-horse race for the title as they romped to a 5-0 win over Bournemouth.

Mauricio Pochettino's men raced into a 3-0 lead inside 35 minutes as goals from Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura left the Cherries, who then lost skipper Simon Francis to a potentially serious injury, in deep trouble.

Harry Kane increased Spurs' lead shortly after the hour mark and Son helped himself to a second with 20 minutes left as Spurs leapfrogged City into second place.

Paul Pogba's double ensured new Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it two wins from two as his side fought past stubborn Huddersfield.

Nemanja Matic fired the home side in front after Victor Lindelof's 28th-minute header had been cleared off the line, but it was Pogba's two goals after 64 and 78 minutes which wrapped up the points.

Mathias Jorgensen pulled one back for the Terriers with two minutes left on the clock, but United eased home 3-1.

Lucas Digne scored twice as Everton responded to their 6-2 drubbing by Spurs at Goodison Park by condemning struggling Burnley to a 5-1 home defeat.

Yerry Mina's header, a Digne free-kick and Gylfi Sigurdsson's penalty left the Toffees in complete control with just 22 minutes played.

Ben Gibson's first goal for the Clarets reduced the deficit before the break, but further efforts from Digne and Richarlison completed a bad afternoon for the hosts.

Cardiff emerged from their trip to Crystal Palace with a hard-fought 0-0 draw, while Fulham climbed off the bottom of the table despite conceding late on against Wolves at Craven Cottage.

Substitute Ryan Sessegnon had given them a 74th-minute lead, but Romain Saiss secured a 1-1 draw with five minutes remaining.

In the tea-time kick-off, Jurgen Locadia ended Brighton's three-game losing streak as Arsenal were frustrated on the South Coast.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the Gunners ahead after just seven minutes gone, but Locadia levelled before the break to clinch a 1-1 draw.

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