Jurgen Klopp (Getty Pictures)
Liverpool saved the strain on Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis as Fabinho sealed a 1-0 use over Burnley, while Tottenham's top four present suffered a current blow in a 2-0 loss to Wolves on Sunday.
Fabinho struck gradual in the first half of at windswept Turf Moor to present Liverpool their fourth successive league victory.
Liverpool are nine facets in the reduction of Metropolis with one sport in hand because the Reds refuse to let the title flee turn into a prolonged coronation for Pep Guardiola's men.
Metropolis made it 14 wins from their ultimate 15 league games on Saturday as Raheem Sterling's hat-trick impressed a 4-0 use at lowly Norwich.
Nonetheless Guardiola is satisfied Liverpool will push the champions the overall ability to the attain line and the ability they ground out a laborious-fought success in opposition to bottom of the table Burnley suggests he is right no longer to depend them out.
"It's miles nine facets and then it's 12 facets on chronicle of additional most frequently than no longer Metropolis play before us. These are in actuality delicate games. That's why we don't focus on the title flee," Reds boss Jurgen Klopp acknowledged.
Klopp changed into as soon as ready to welcome reduction Sadio Mane for his first appearance since helping Senegal use the African Cup of Nations.
Burnley glean been in basically aggressive mood, with Alisson Becker compelled to effect Josh Brownhill's swirling strike before Wout Weghorst wasted a golden opportunity for the hosts.
After a shaky launch, Fabinho restored assert for Liverpool five minutes before half of-time.
The Brazilian poked dwelling a fifth purpose in his ultimate seven games after Mane headed on Trent Alexander-Arnold's nook.
"A ultimate afternoon. Raining and windy," Klopp acknowledged. "The total lot on the present time changed into as soon as blueprint as a lot as be a banana pores and skin for us.
"The balls in the air glean been so delicate to protect on chronicle of the wind came from all directions. We played the conditions somewhat than suffered from them."
In north London, Tottenham misplaced a 2nd successive dwelling sport as Wolves adopted Southampton's victory on Wednesday.
Antonio Conte's facet, loudly booed off at fleshy-time, dropped to eighth blueprint, four facets adrift of the Champions League locations.
"We created potentialities but in the cease we are speaking about but another defeat. We should always always work and to imprint it'd no longer be easy for us. It's delicate to expose the ability we started," Conte acknowledged.
Raul Jimenez gave Wolves the ultimate launch in the sixth minute, the Mexican volleying dwelling after Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris weakly spilled Leander Dendoncker's effort.
If that changed into as soon as an hideous purpose to concede, there changed into as soon as worse to reach reduction for Tottenham as they imploded in the 18th minute.
Lloris changed into as soon as enthusiastic all over again with a woeful proceed to Ben Davies, prompting the startled defender to reward possession to Wolves.
Daniel Podence's shot changed into as soon as deflected onto the post by Davinson Sanchez and Dendoncker bundled in from shut-vary.
Wolves, who climbed one level above Tottenham into seventh, glean acquired four successive top-flight away games for the first time since 1980.
Newcastle boosted their survival present as Kieran Trippier's free-kick clinched a 1-0 use in opposition to Aston Villa at St James' Park.
The Magpies, winners of three consecutive league suits for the first time since 2018, are four facets above the relegation zone.
Eddie Howe's facet glean been given a penalty when Calum Chambers brought down Joe Willock, but referee Craig Pawson changed his decision after VAR showed the scandalous took blueprint correct open air the dwelling.
It changed into as soon as most efficient a non everlasting reprieve for Villa as Trippier smashed the resulting free-kick past Emiliano Martinez in the 35th minute for his 2nd blueprint-piece purpose in successive games.
Villa glean been denied a 61st minute equaliser by the slenderest of offside decisions as VAR chalked off Ollie Watkins' some distance post header.
"It changed into as soon as a correct sport and in weeks handed by we'd no longer glean acquired it. We defended heroically but I in actuality feel now we glean got so a lot to attain quiet," Howe acknowledged.