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Alex Mott·3 December 2023

🔬 The Debrief as TAA stuns, Chelsea do enough and Watkins scores again

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Sunday’s Premier League fixtures delivered as always.

Here is a lowdown on what you may have missed from the four fixtures which took place so far.


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What happened?

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And breathe.

There were 18 goals scored in the quartet of early Premier League kick-offs in what was one of the best days we can remember.

The headline result came at Anfield as Liverpool won a genuine classic.

Bobby De Cordova-Reid gave Fulham a 3-2 lead on 80 minutes with plenty wondering if Jürgen Klopp’s side were about to drop some crucial points at home to the Cottagers.

But Wataru Endo and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s double salvo in as many minutes later on endured a sensational 4-3 win.

Elsewhere, Chelsea held on with 10 men to beat Brighton 3-2 but a late refereeing decision that saw the Seagulls denied a penalty caused a ruckus after the final whistle.

Ollie Watkins was the hero for Aston Villa as his header saw the Midlands club draw 2-2 at Bournemouth, whilst Crystal Palace earned a 1-1 draw at West Ham.

You can catch up on all the results here.


Player of the Day

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Who else could it be but Trent Alexander-Arnold?

The Liverpool defender has found a new goalscoring dimension to his game in the last few weeks, even if the goals panel has robbed him of the opening goal against Fulham following a wicked free-kick, with it ultimately going down as a Bernd Leno own goal.

There was no denying who got the last of the game though and it truly showed all of Alexander-Arnold’s class.

The 25-year-old found space on the edge of the area and fired in low past the Cottagers goalkeeper for an 89th-minute winner.

The local boy is properly world class.


Key Detail

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It was a moment that would have broken this Chelsea side six months ago.

In fact, it might have altered the match for this Chelsea side six weeks ago.

Instead, Conor Gallagher’s sending off in the first half of injury time saw the Blues batten down the hatches and go into survival mode.

The second half wasn’t pretty, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side held out for a 3-2 win that must now act as a springboard for a push toward the European places over Christmas.


Stats of the Day

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With his second-half assist, Mohamed Salah has now gone level with Steven Gerrard for goal involvements at Anfield.

Salah has caught up with Gerrard, getting his 33 assist and 120th involvement in total.

What a player.


What this means

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Liverpool have now gone second in the Premier League and will stay there if Manchester City fail to beat Tottenham.

Chelsea are finally in the top half of the table, going into 10th place and have the exact same record as Brentford so far this season.

Aston Villa’s late draw at Bournemouth keeps them in fourth place but Newcastle are now only three points behind Unai Emery’s side.

Bournemouth, however, go further clear at the bottom of the table sitting in 16th place on 13 points.


What comes next?

After Manchester City host Tottenham later on Sunday, there’s a full midweek fixture list coming in a few days time with Chelsea travelling to Manchester United.

Liverpool go to bottom club Sheffield United as Fulham host Nottingham Forest.

Bournemouth go to Crystal Palace with West Ham taking on Tottenham on Thursday.