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Faes own goals help Liverpool close in on top four

30 Dec 2022
Premier League - Liverpool v Leicester City

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Liverpool moved within two points of the top four after a pair of own goals from Wout Faes helped them secure a 2-1 comeback win over Leicester City.

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Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall gave Leicester a fourth-minute lead when, after a surging run, he slotted past Alisson.

However, Faes put the ball into his own net twice in seven minutes to turn the match around.

The Belgian first diverted a cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold past his goalkeeper Danny Ward on 38 minutes.

Then on the stroke of half-time, Darwin Nunez's shot hit a post and went back in off the unlucky Faes.

A fourth win in a row puts Liverpool on 28 points in sixth, two places and points behind Tottenham Hotspur. Leicester are 13th with 17 points.

The top six

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Manchester City MCI 38 +61 89
2 Arsenal ARS 38 +45 84
3 Manchester United MUN 38 +15 75
4 Newcastle United NEW 38 +35 71
5 Liverpool LIV 38 +28 67
6 Brighton & Hove Albion BHA 38 +19 62
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Brentford five matches unbeaten 

Ivan Toney scored one goal and created another as Brentford earned a 2-0 win at the London Stadium and hand West Ham United a fifth consecutive defeat.

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Having scored against Spurs on Boxing Day, Toney was on target again, netting the opener in the 18th minute.

His 12th Premier League goal of the season puts him one behind second-placed Harry Kane in the Castrol Golden Boot race and equals his tally from 2021/22.

Toney then turned provider two minutes before the break, as he played in Josh Dasilva to double Brentford's lead.

Unbeaten in five matches, Brentford move up to ninth on 23 points but suffered a late injury blow as Toney was taken off on a stretcher after an awkward fall.

West Ham drop to 17th on 14 points and could be in the relegation zone by the end of the weekend.

New Year's Eve action

On Saturday, Manchester United can move into the top four when they visit Wolverhampton Wanderers in the day's first match, while Julen Lopetegui will aim to build on his winning start with the hosts.

The top three teams are also in action. Second-placed Manchester City and third-placed Newcastle United are both at home against bottom-six clubs, entertaining Everton and Leeds United respectively.

Leaders Arsenal face a tricky test at seventh-placed Brighton & Hove Albion, who have won three of their last four matches. 

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