Original article published 17 October 2022
Mohamed Salah's strike proved to be the difference as Liverpool battled to a 1-0 victory over Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.
City's loss, their first across all competitions this season, means they trail leaders Arsenal, who edged to a 1-0 win at Leeds, by four points, while Liverpool have moved up to eighth after ending a three-game winless streak in the Premier League.
We've become accustomed to seeing Salah scoring goals with great regularity in the Premier League since he joined Liverpool from Roma in the summer of 2017, but that hasn't been the case this term.
Salah had scored just twice in the top flight prior to Sunday's visit of City but he stepped up when it counted to beat Ederson after creating his own one-on-one opportunity.
His form has been trending in the right direction and his latest strike in the league came off the back of a quickfire hat-trick in the Champions League.
It was a frustrating afternoon for City who had a Phil Foden goal ruled out after Erling Haaland was adjudged to have fouled Fabinho in the build-up and they just didn't quite click often enough in the final third.
Liverpool will hope the win can prove to be a much-needed catalyst in their season but they face another stern test and a quick turnaround when they host West Ham on Wednesday.
City were due to be facing Arsenal on Wednesday but the Gunners are playing their rescheduled Europa League game with PSV so Pep Guardiola's men, who are to win the title, will have the opportunity to recharge their batteries ahead of hosting Brighton on Saturday.
Arsenal remain the side to catch at the top of the standings after they made it four wins on the bounce at the expense of Leeds at Elland Road.
The Gunners earned all three points courtesy of Bukayo Saka's first-half strike but some would suggest they were fortunate to get over the line.
Patrick Bamford came on at halftime and appeared to have made an immediate impact when he netted in the 46th minute but the goal was chalked off for a foul in the build-up.
The Leeds frontman also had the chance to strike from the penalty spot but he fired wide and the hosts were unable to find a route back into the game.
Arsenal now have daylight - a four-point cushion - to second-placed City and Tottenham in third after winning nine of their opening 10 games.
Due to their re-arranged game against PSV on Thursday, Tottenham have the chance to cut that gap but Arsenal, to win the title, will still be at the summit when they return to league action against Southampton on 23rd October.
The defeat for Leeds has left them sitting 15th and just a point clear of the relegation zone after failing to win any of their last six games.
Tottenham have been going about their business quietly and they remain firmly in the mix for a potential title challenge, albeit after just 10 games.
They were pushed hard on home soil by Everton but managed to take their chances when it mattered with goals from Harry Kane and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg sealing a 2-0 win.
Spurs are four points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea and could prove to be the big winners next midweek as they attempt to take advantage of Arsenal and City not featuring.
Everton have slipped to 14th after their second successive defeat but those two losses have come against United and Spurs.
A trip to Newcastle on Wednesday doesn't look easy on paper but Frank Lampard will be demanding a response from his side.
At the other end of the table, Wolves recorded just their second win of the season to climb out of the relegation zone when beating Nottingham Forest 1-0 on Saturday.
Interim boss Steve Davis was in charge for the second successive game and he managed to end Wolves' three-game losing streak.
It was billed as a relegation six-pointer, even at this early stage of the campaign, but could prove to be crucial over the coming weeks as the Molineux outfit look to build some momentum.
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