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Liverpool’s 2-0 loss to Everton rocks their title hopes

Apr 26, 2024 | Sports

Liverpool’s aspirations for the Premier League title were dealt a significant blow as they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Merseyside rivals Everton, while Manchester United salvaged a 4-2 victory against struggling Sheffield United on Wednesday.

In a match marked by Liverpool’s first loss at Goodison Park in 14 years, Jarrad Branthwaite gave Everton the lead in the 27th minute. Despite Liverpool’s efforts to clear a free-kick, Branthwaite capitalized on a defensive error, slotting the ball past goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

Despite numerous chances, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah failed to convert, leaving Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin to seal the win with a header in the 58th minute.

With the defeat, second-placed Liverpool remain three points adrift of leaders Arsenal, who maintain a considerable goal difference advantage with four games remaining. Meanwhile, Manchester City, currently in third place, could clinch their fourth consecutive English title with six wins in their final matches.

Reports suggest that Liverpool have initiated discussions with Feyenoord’s Arne Slot as a potential replacement for Jurgen Klopp, whose departure appears imminent amidst the team’s fading title hopes.

Klopp’s final season, initially poised for glory after Liverpool’s League Cup triumph over Chelsea, has veered off course. Knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and eliminated from the Europa League by Atalanta, Liverpool’s once-promising campaign now seems destined to end on a disappointing note.

Meanwhile, Manchester United faced a tough challenge against the league’s bottom club. They twice trailed before Bruno Fernandes rescued Erik ten Hag’s side with a commanding second-half performance.

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