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Der FC Liverpool ist neuer Tabellen-Zweiter der Premier League, West Ham patzt.

Premier League deal: Liverpool break into second – West Ham stumble

Liverpool is the new second in the English Premier League table. The Reds around coach Jurgen Klopp finally won the home game against newly promoted Brentford club 3-0 (1-0) after initial problems. Still without star strikers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in the Liverpool squad, who were in the Africa Cup of Nations, it took until the 44th minute before Liverpool scored for the first time with a Fabinho header. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the other goals (69) and substitute Takumi Minamino (77). Thanks to the first trio of the year, Liverpool outperformed Chelsea, who lost 1-0 to league leaders Manchester City the day before. With fewer matches played than ManCity, LFC is eleven points behind in first place.


During the match, former Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez was greeted with cheers at Anfield. The Spaniard, who coached the team from 2004 to 2010 and won the Champions League with them, took a leave of absence from rivals Everton on Sunday.

There is an important game for Liverpool on Thursday: Klopp’s side are battling in the second leg against Arsenal for a place in the League Cup final. The first leg match at Anfield ended 0-0. The winner meets Chelsea on February 27 at Wembley Stadium.

West Ham United suffered a setback in their race to qualify for the Champions League. The Hammers lost 2:3 (1:2) to Leeds United at London’s Olympic Stadium and they have to worry more than ever about being kicked out of the top four in the league. The goals of Jarrod Bowen (34 minutes) and Pablo Fornals (52 minutes) were not enough as Jack Harrison managed to score a powerful kick in Leeds and scored a hat-trick (10, 37, 60). Leeds climbed to 15th place after their second successive win, West Ham remained fourth with 37 points but played far more matches than the competition. After matches to catch up with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United, there is a risk of falling to seventh place.