Van Dijk calls for Reds focus

Liverpool central defender Virgil van Dijk has urged his team-mates to remain focused on their own jobs and not worry too much about Premier League title rivals Manchester City.

The Reds are currently second in the top-flight standings and are unbeaten in their first 12 league games of the campaign, having dropped just six points to date.

They are two points behind reigning champions City, but Netherlands internationals Van Dijk has warned that taking too much notice of how the Citizens are doing could be counterproductive.

He told reporters after a 2-0 Anfield win over Fulham on Sunday: "That is something we still need to see (if we can catch them). They are the champions and the best team in the league, but we will try everything to be as good as we can.

"We don't have to look at others, we want to look at the games we have and the next challenge we have is Watford away, which is going to be tough.

"For us, the challenge is to win or try to win every game that is ahead of us. We need to look at what we have ahead of us and that is more important than looking at someone else.

"It is the only way forward."

Following the international break the Reds return to action with a trip to Vicarage Road to take on Watford on the afternoon of Saturday 24th November.

Last season this fixture ended in a 3-3 draw, with Miguel Britos bundling home a last-minute equaliser for the hosts.

Liverpool can be backed at 4/9 to defeat the Hornets and are 15/2 to secure a 2-0 victory, with a 2-1 final scoreline in favour of the visitors priced at 15/2.

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Sarri sees room for improvements

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri says he has work to do to change the way his side have started in recent games, despite the Blues remaining unbeaten in the Premier League.

Sarri was speaking after seeing his team held to a goalless draw at home to Everton on Sunday, a result which left the Londoners six point off the pace being set by reigning champions Manchester City.

And the Italian was clear where he felt the problem lay, being unhappy with the tempo set in the early stages of several recent games.

He told reporters: "I think we have to sort out the problem of the approach of the match, because in the last two or three matches we haven't been approaching the games right.

"At the beginning we moved the ball too slowly, so it is easy for the opposition to defend and impossible for us to be dangerous. I think we played better in the second half with more intensity, we moved the ball faster.

"We have to accept the draw, at the end it's a good point and we are still unbeaten. I am happy with everything, but I would have preferred the three points.

"We have to think day by day and match by match and we have to be focused."

The result against Everton meant that former Napoli boss Sarri claimed a new record by being unbeaten in his first 12 games as a Premier League manager.

Chelsea are priced at 20/1 to win the Premier League title this season, while they are 7/1 to lift the FA Cup and 5/1 to triumph in the Europa League.

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Guardiola cool after derby win

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola refused to get too carried away after seeing his side defeat Manchester United 3-1 to preserve their Premier League lead.

Having seen Liverpool see off Fulham earlier on in the day, Guardiola was delighted to see his players respond with a deserved derby victory at the Etihad Stadium, but was not reading too much into a single result.

He told reporters: "It is November so we haven't even finished the first round (of games). A lot can happen in football.

"City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal – they have numbers to be champions. We are just two points ahead, it is nothing.

"When you win (the league) with 100 points, people can think we’ll maintain our level. The key is the depth (of the squad). Everybody knows they have to maintain their level if they want to stay in the team.

"The important thing is that we are consistent and that we play well most of the time, but I see a lot of things we can improve."

The Citizens are currently two points clear at the top of the table, with Liverpool their closest challengers, while Chelsea are now four points off the pace after drawing 0-0 at home to Everton on Sunday.

City are currently priced at 1/4 to retain their Premier League crown, with Liverpool available at 4/1 and Chelsea 20/1.

Guardiola's side return to action after the international break with a trip to West Ham on Saturday 24th November, with City having won their last five meetings with the Londoners – scoring 18 goals in the process.

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Mourinho rues defensive errors

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho warned his side that they must cut out the mistakes, having been beaten 3-1 in the derby clash with City at the Etihad Stadium.

The Red Devils were 2-0 down to the Citizens shortly after half-time, before pulling a goal back through an Anthony Martial penalty, before Ilkay Gundogan put the game to bed four minutes from time.

And Mourinho felt that his team had given a decent performance, but had been punished heavily for their defensive mistakes.

He told Sky Sports: "I think it is not a bad performance at all. It was a performance with mistakes and we paid for it – all three goals are our mistakes. Against a team like City, if you make mistakes you will get punished."

Of his side's Premier League hopes for the rest of the season he added: "We are outside the top four, how can we speak about the title?

"Let's fight to close the gap to jump into the top four. If we jump into the top four, then let's see the difference."

United are currently priced at 7/2 to finish in the top four, with Arsenal 6/4 and Tottenham Hotspur 1/2.

Meanwhile, Mourinho also admitted that his plans had been upset by the absence of midfielder Paul Pogba due to a slight knock.

The Portuguese concluded: "It is not for me after defeat to speak about a player who is not here. Of course we missed him, it did affect our plan because Marouane Fellaini had to start.

"He is not in a condition to play 90 minutes. His effort was magnificent, but he is not in a position to play all 90 minutes."

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Sticky Toffees hold firm

Everton held Chelsea scoreless at Stamford Bridge, denying their hosts the chance of briefly returning to the top of the Premier League pile.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri extended his unbeaten start to a record 12 Premier League games but his side were frustrated in a bad-tempered encounter with the Toffees.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was impressive as he denied Marcos Alonso, Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard clear goalscoring chances, while there were seven bookings dished out in what became a tempestuous contest following an off-the-ball incident between Bernard and Antonio Rudiger on the stroke of half-time.

Chelsea's Jorginho and Alonso were perhaps fortunate in escaping with yellow cards for challenges which caught the ankles of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Theo Walcott respectively.

The home side had to wait 41 minutes to register a shot on goal, Alonso denied by Pickford.

Morata went close after the interval, with the visiting stopper again alert amid a scramble, while Sigurdsson stung the palms of Chelsea's goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga at the other end.

Alonso hit the post late on as Chelsea looked to steal all three points, but the Merseysiders held firm for their point at a ground where they haven't won a league game in 24 years.

Chelsea are 13/8 to win their next game against Tottenham at Wembley on 24th November. Spurs are 8/5 while the draw is 12/5.

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City deliver champion performance

Manchester City were too good for rivals United in the derby at the Etihad Stadium, the champions running out deserving 3-1 winners.

David Silva scored early on for the hosts and Sergio Aguero doubled the advantage shortly after half-time.

The Red Devils had come from 0-2 down in April to spoil City's title party and, briefly, the visitors threatened to rally when Anthony Martial scored a penalty before the hour following a rash challenge from goalkeeper Ederson on sub Romelu Lukaku.

Pep Guardiola's side quickly re-established their dominance however and with the clock ticking down Ilkay Gundogan scored the insurance goal and gave City some daylight.

The Etihad Stadium milked the moment as City played keep-ball in stoppage time before referee Anthony Taylor called a halt, leaving the champions 12 points clear of Jose Mourinho's side after 12 games.

The win ensured City regained top stop in the table, having been overtaken earlier on Sunday when Liverpool beat Fulham 2-0 at Anfield.

Mourinho felt his side were made to pay heavily for their mistakes by a ruthless City team.

"I think it is not a bad performance at all. It was a performance with mistakes and we paid for it. All three goals are our mistakes. Against a team like City, if you make mistakes you will get punished," he told Sky Sports.

"We had two matches away [Juventus and then City], it is not the physical effort but the mental pressure. I think some of the boys felt it a little bit."

Man City are now 1/4 to retain the Premier League crown, with Liverpool 4/1 and third placed Chelsea 20/1.

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Gunners work hard for point

Arsenal were forced to dig deep to earn a slightly fortuitous 1-1 draw with Wolves at the Emirates Stadium.

A mistake from Granit Xhaka early in the game helped Wolves grab the lead, Ivan Cavaleiro and Raul Jimenez combining before the former scored from close range.

Arsenal, unbeaten in ten league games going into this clash, enjoyed large swathes of possession thereafter but rarely threatened to get themselves on terms.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck a post from close range midway through the second half as the Gunners appeared destined to suffer a frustrating day.

With four minutes left, Henrikh Mkhitaryan's attempted cross beat everyone and crept into the net beyond Rui Patricio.

Arsenal have now failed to establish a half-time lead in any of their 12 league games under boss Unai Emery – a feat only Cardiff City have also failed to achieve so far this season.

Sub Adama Traore came within inches of scoring for Wolves on the breakaway in stoppage time at the end when his shot beat Bernd Leno but cannoned down off the crossbar to safety.

The Arsenal goalkeeper admitted it had been a 'difficult' day at the office.

"It was a hard game for us, in the first half we didn't play our best and in the second half we had many chances and Wolverhampton had some chances as well," he said.

"They were very deep and had fast players for the counter attack so it was very difficult for us.

"It was a difficult start because we conceded so it was easier for Wolverhampton to defend and they played on the counter so it was more difficult."

Arsenal are 10/11 to win their next league match away at Bournemouth on 25th November. The Cherries are 13/5 while the draw is 14/5.

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Reds ease past Fulham

Goals from Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri either side of half-time saw Liverpool ease to a 2-0 win over Premier League basement boys Fulham at Anfield.

The win hoisted Jurgen Klopp's side top of the table, at least until after Chelsea and Manchester City play later on Sunday afternoon.

Slavisa Jokanovic will be cursing his luck after Fulham had an effort controversially disallowed for offside just before Salah scored.

Aleksandar Mitrovic's header beat Alisson in the Liverpool goal but the offside flag went up. Replays showed the decision borderline at best, with Andrew Robertson appearing to be in line with the Serbia forward when the ball was crossed.

While Fulham were looking to celebrate, Liverpool were quickly re-starting the game and Trent Alexander-Arnold's pass sent Salah scampering through on goal. Just 13 seconds after Mitrovic had headed home, Liverpool were in front.

Shaqiri's cushioned finish early in the second half ensured victory for the Reds, with Fulham content to avoid further damage thereafter.

Liverpool have now equalled their best start to a Premier League season, matching their previous best which came in 2002-03.

Klopp felt his side deserved all three points, despite the doubts around Mitrovic's effort being chalked off.

"It's a good result and we have 30 points – that's perfect. I only saw it once [Fulham's offside 'goal']. Maybe it was offside, but we scored a good first goal and our second was brilliant," he told BT Sport.

"I expected this kind of game. It was harder but Fulham have a lot of quality and changed their approach. They didn't give us any chance to press them and made life a little bit uncomfortable."

Liverpool are 4/9 to win their next game away at Watford on 24th November, while Fulham are 15/8 to beat Southampton at Craven Cottage on the same day.

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Dyche lauds Clarets defence

Manager Sean Dyche was pleased to see his Burnley side get back to doing the basics right as they secured a goalless draw at Leicester City.

The Clarets ended a run of five Premier League games without a clean sheet as they defied the Foxes, which was even more creditable given that they were without centre-back James Tarkowski after he underwent surgery on a hernia on Friday.

Dyche told his club's official website: "We had to get something from the game, which we did in the end. They key thing is getting back to basics.

"We spoke to the team this week about getting back to what we're about, working hard, blocking and defending properly as a team and then still having those moments to go and attack.

"It's tough away from home in the Premier League. A point and clean sheet is always welcome.

"It was back to what we want to be about when we have to defend, particularly away from home."

Following the international break, Burnley return to action on Monday 26th November when they play host to a Newcastle United outfit who have won their last two league games.

The Clarets won this fixture 1-0 last season, with Jeff Hendrick the matchwinner with the only goal of the game 14 minutes from time at Turf Moor.

Burnley can be backed at 7/4 to defeat the Magpies, with a 1-0 home win priced at 7/1 and a 1-1 draw available at 11/2.

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Spurs wait on Trippier injury

Tottenham Hotspur are waiting to find out the seriousness of the groin injury sustained by defender Kieran Trippier during the 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace.

The 28-year-old England wing-back had to be replaced after 24 minutes of the Saturday teatime clash at Selhurst Park, which was eventually decided by a Juan Foyth header midway through the second half.

Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino said after a hard-fought victory: "I hope that it's not a big issue. We don't know.

"The medical staff is going to assess and the medical staff with England will assess as well. It was his groin."

Meanwhile, Pochettino praised the spirit shown by his side against the Eagles, adding on BT Sport: "It was a very competitive game. It was an even game and it was tough.

"I'm so pleased because the team fought well under difficult circumstances and got the three points. That is football, it's always about suffering.

"I’m pleased with the performance of the whole team. That is the way to be, fighting with the hope that we're fighting for big things at the end of the season. The character and the personality of the team is fantastic."

Following the international break, Tottenham are back in action on Saturday 24th November, when they play host to Chelsea.

Last season this fixture ended in a 2-1 win for the Blues, with Marcos Alonso scoring both goals for the victors.

This time around a 2-1 win for Chelsea is priced at 10/1, with a 1-1 draw available at 6/1 and a 1-0 victory for the hosts 10/1.

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