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Liverpool move to within one point of Manchester City

Second half goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino were enough for Liverpool to take all three points from Wednesday's visit to Arsenal and close the gap on City.

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A clinical Liverpool beat Arsenal 0-2 at the Emirates on Wednesday to reduce Manchester City's once double-digit lead at the top of the Premier League table to just one point and leave the title race wide open.

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal, who had won their last five league games, rode out the early pressure from the visitors and later had chances of their own during the first half with Gabriel Martinelli proving a constant menace for the visitors' defence. But the game tipped in Liverpool's favour shortly after the restart to ensure that Klopp's team extended their relentless winning run to nine games. They last dropped points on 2 January after being held 2-2 by Chelsea with their most recent league defeat just a few days before that, against Leicester.

Jota sets Reds on their way

The breakthrough came just minutes after a misplaced backpass had almost gifted Arsenal a goal, when Portuguese forward Diogo Jota got ahead of the London side's defence on 54 minutes to beat goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale at his near post with a low finish from a tight angle.

The result was effectively sewn up eight minutes later by substitute Roberto Firmino, who somehow squeezed the ball under the Arsenal goalkeeper with the deftest of touches.

Liverpool remain second on 69 points with City now just a single point ahead - both teams have played 29 games. Both clubs will be involved in this weekend's FA Cup action - City travel to Southampton and Liverpool face Nottingham Forest in the quarter finals. They return to the league on 2 April when Anfield plays host to Watford while City are guests of Burnley on the same day.