Trent Alexander-Arnold’s early Christmas boost as Liverpool prepare for Newcastle

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"'One of those is going to be against Liverpool, but even without that game the chances are that Liverpool will go somewhere and something like this will happen". They will go somewhere and someone will beat them against the odds.

For his part, Eagles star Andros Townsend, who scored a spectacular goal at the Etihad in Palace's win, was still full of praise for the Blues when speaking to the BBC.

The 2-0 defeat at Chelsea a fortnight ago suggested that Liverpool were not chasing Guardiola's team in vain but Saturday's shock 3-2 loss at home to Crystal Palace leaves City trailing Juergen Klopp's side by four points.

Liverpool have won just twice in six attempts against Newcastle.

City hit the 100-point mark as they won the league in record-breaking fashion last season. Some will say it is in honor of a Christmas box (what we in the states call a Christmas present).

Wins in those games could leave them very interested observers when City and Liverpool face each other at the Etihad on January 3.

The Reds will face off against Arsenal and Manchester City in subsequent games. Liverpool's crucial week and a half could lead to them being further ahead in the table.

"But rather than cursing their luck City will be focusing on a revival". If Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane are in the mood again, it's hard to see them being repelled by a middling defence.

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The late collapse to miss out in 2014 was perhaps the more immediately painful experience for Liverpool fans, but the failure of 2009, under Benitez, maybe offers more reason for regret.

Pochettino says they are in the race to be crowned champions of England for the first time since 1961 however he adds that Liverpool and Manchester City are favourites. String a run of wins together now and there could be momentum for a proper title run - although they'll probably have to start it without Dele Alli after he was taken off early on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham will not be distracted by speculation linking him with Manchester United as they are focused on becoming genuine title challengers.

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