During a week of upsets in the Premier League, four teams in the top six dropped points. The biggest shock was Newcastle handing second place Manchester City their fourth loss of the campaign with a 2-1 result. This loss meant that first place Liverpool had a massive opportunity to go seven points clear of City if they could beat middle of the table Leicester City. To the dismay of Liverpool fans around the world, Leicester was able to earn a draw and force Liverpool to drop what could be a valuable two points.
When asked about the team’s performance, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said during the post-match interview, “It is a football game against a strong side on a difficult pitch. We controlled the game completely until we gave them one or two balls away.”
“Of course I am, but I don’t bring it together with the Man City game,” Klopp stated when asked if he was disappointed to not get a win after City’s crucial defeat. “We have a point more than before. That’s not exactly what we wanted to have, but still everything is fine in the moment.”
With Manchester City losing, this also meant that third place Tottenham Hotspur had a chance to move within two points of the citizens if they could defeat ninth place Watford. Watford took the early lead with a goal from center back Craig Cathcart after about 40 minutes of play. It appeared that Tottenham would join the list of top teams to drop points until South Korean sensation Son Heung-Min and Spaniard Fernando Llorente scored twice in the last ten minutes of play to earn a pivotal win for the London side playing without starters Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
Wednesday was a night to forget for many of the top teams around the league. None more so than fourth place Chelsea’s 4-0 historic defeat against Bournemouth on a day where the blues could have capitalized on Manchester City’s and Liverpool’s dropped points. Chelsea hadn’t lost a game in the Premier League by four goals since a 5-1 defeat at Liverpool in September 1996.
What was supposed to be an easy result quickly turned into a disaster for the London club. New signing Gonzalo Higuain made his Premier League debut but couldn’t contribute much before the Argentine striker was substituted off after an hour of play. This loss moves Chelsea out of the top four and into fifth place as Arsenal were able to beat Cardiff City by a score of 2-1.