Mohamed Salah’s early second-half penalty was enough to see off Brighton 1-0 in a tightly fought game, as the Reds made an instant return to winning ways after their FA Cup exit.
Manchester City meanwhile continued their recent revival after seeing off Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 to remain four points behind, through a Gabriel Jesus brace and Conor Coady own goal.Embed from Getty Images
Third placed Tottenham Hotspur saw their title hopes take a huge dent after Marcus Rashford’s strike proved the difference for Manchester United in a tightly fought match, which saw Harry Kane suffer ankle ligament damage to rule him out until March.
Chelsea therefore closed the gap to Spurs down to a single point after seeing off Newcastle 2-1.
For the Magpies, that defeat saw them slide into the relegation zone due to Cardiff holding basement club, Huddersfield to a goalless draw as the Bluebirds moved out of the bottom three with a valuable point.
As for the Terriers, the point wasn’t enough to save David Wagner who departed by ‘mutual consent’ 49 hours after the final whistle.Embed from Getty Images
Fulham remain second bottom after own goals from Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi handed Burnley a 2-1 win, having initially led through Andre Schurrle’s second minute dipping screamer into bottom left.
Arsenal remain sixth but ahead of Man Utd on goal difference after Declan Rice’s close range blast handed West Ham victory to go ninth.Embed from Getty Images
Elsewhere, Southampton stunned Leicester at the King Power Stadium with first-half goals from James Ward-Prowse and Shane Long, either side of Yan Valery seeing red after two separate fouls. Wilfred Ndidi however netted an early second-half consolation for the Foxes, who drop to eighth.
Watford move up to seventh after Craig Cathcart cancelled out his own goal with a header before Tom Cleverley’s volley downed Crystal Palace in a comeback 2-1 win.
Finally, Everton went tenth after seeing off Bournemouth through Kurt Zouma’s header and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s close range shot as .