Klopp enjoying best Liverpool run - the Premier League Data Diary

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool continued its fine unbeaten run, while a trio starred for Manchester United in Romelu Lukaku's absence.

Jurgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool’s win over Burnley.   -  AP

Liverpool continued its brilliant run in the Premier League with a dramatic 2-1 win at Sean Dyche's Burnley on Monday.

That result consolidated its place in fourth ahead of Tottenham - which has a game in hand - despite its 2-0 win at rock-bottom Swansea City a day later.

The Reds were not the only top-four side to emerge victorious, though, as Manchester City cruised to a 3-1 win over Watford and Manchester United beat Everton 2-0 away, with Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard starring in Romelu Lukaku's absence.

United moved into second place as Chelsea could only draw 2-2 at Arsenal in a thrilling London derby, Alvaro Morata spurning a number of chances as wing-backs Marcos Alonso and Hector Bellerin both struck in a classic encounter at the Emirates Stadium.

Towards the bottom of the table, Crystal Palace continued its strong recent form by coming from behind to beat Southampton 2-1, West Ham defeated fellow struggler West Brom by the same score and Stoke City dropped into the bottom three as a result of its 1-0 home loss to Newcastle United.

Here, we look at the key Opta stats from the latest round of Premier League action.


Liverpool's commendable 2-1 win at high-flying Burnley extended its unbeaten run to 16 games across all competitions, the Reds' longest such streak under Jurgen Klopp. Thirteen of those matches were in the Premier League, making it its best run without defeat in the top-flight with Klopp as manager and its most impressive since seeing a 16-match unbeaten record in the division end in April 2014.

Ragnar Klavan got the winner for Liverpool with his first Premier League goal, making him Estonia's maiden scorer in the competition.

Sadio Mane also scored for the Reds, with the Senegal international involved in five goals (two scored, three set up) in his last four Premier League away games, as many as he managed in his previous 15.


Shane Long scored his first Premier League goal in 1320 minutes for Southampton against Crystal Palace, with his last coming 26 matches prior at Sunderland in February 2017.

It was ultimately for nothing, though, as Palace came from behind to secure a 2-1 win, meaning it has claimed 11 points from losing positions this term. Only Everton (12) has taken more.

The victory was also Palace's first away to Saints in 10 attempts, with its last coming at The Dell in November 1990.

Palace is now unbeaten in five Premier League games on the road (won two, drawn three), its best run since February 2015.


What initially looked as though it would be a tough game for Manchester United turned into a pretty comfortable 2-0 victory over Everton, the 35th defeat it has inflicted on the Toffees - a Premier League record.

Anthony Martial got the opening goal with a delightful finish from just outside the area, meaning he has been involved in six goals (four scored, two assisted) in his last five against Everton.

Jesse Lingard wrapped things up with a similarly impressive strike, taking him to six goals since the start of December. Only Tottenham striker Harry Kane (eight) has more than the midfielder.

But it was Paul Pogba who really stole the show, setting up both goals to move onto 10 goal involvements (three goals, seven assists) in 12 top-flight appearances, one more than he managed in 30 games last season. Not a bad way to silence the critics.


Jack Wilshere was perhaps lucky to be on the pitch, but his stunning opening goal was a memorable one and his first in the Premier League since netting against West Brom in May 2015.

Chelsea turned the score around but Bellerin levelled in stoppage-time with a similarly delightful strike, the wing-back ending a 22-match wait to find the back of the net in the top flight.

Another wing-back caught the eye for the Blues. Marcos Alonso was on target once again and has now been directly involved in 16 Premier League goals (scored 12 goals, assisted four) since the start of last season, which is four more than any other defender.

Although Antonio Conte has a terrific Premier League record, he appears to have a blind spot when it comes to this fixture. The Italian has met the Gunners six times in all competitions since joining Chelsea at the start of last term, winning just once in that run.

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