MONDAY BREAKFAST SPORTS NEWS: LIVERPOOL FINISH THE YEAR WITH A 13 POINT AT THE TOP
EPL – Liverpool finish the year with a 13-point lead at the top with a 1-0 win over Wolves amidst more Video Assistant Referee controversy at Anfield. Sadio Mane scored the winner in the first half, slotting it past keeper Rui Patricio after it bounced off Adam Lallana’s shoulder in the box. There was a lengthy VAR review for handball from Lallana before referee Anthony Taylor eventually confirmed the goal.
Wolves then had a goal disallowed by VAR for a marginal offside by Jonny after Pedro Neto had drilled his shot into the bottom left corner on the stroke of half-time.
MCI beat SHU 2-0 with Sergio Aguero’s scoring after a Kevin de Bruyne assist. Sheff United were upset the goal was allowed to stand as referee Chris Kavanagh appeared to get in the way of John Fleck who miscontrolled the ball which allowed De Bruyne to set up Aguero. De Bruyne got the second goal.
Chelsea staged a late comeback win 2-1 away to ARS in Mikel Arteta’s first home game as Arsenal manager. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early header put the Gunners in front, but the Blues equalised seven minutes from time through Mason Mount, and Tammy Abraham got the winner with 3 mins left.
STANDINGS LIV 55 game in hand LEI 42 MCI 41 CHE 35 MUN 31 TOT 30 WOL 30.
West Ham have confirmed the re-appointment of David Moyes as manager on an 18-month deal and he will get straight to work against Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.
The 56-year-old returns to the London Stadium just 18 months after he was overlooked for the permanent role in favour of Manuel Pellegrini, who was sacked on Saturday following defeat at home to Leicester.