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02-Nov-2020, 10:17 pm

Liverpool set 28-year Premier League record as champions top table despite leaky defence

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Liverpool have equalled a 28-year Premier League record after reaching the top of the table in spite of their leaky defence.

Leeds United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Sheffield United and West Ham have all been seen off, but flaws at the back were ruthlessly exposed during a stunning 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa and a 2-2 draw in the Merseyside derby against Everton.

Jurgen Klopp is also facing something of an injury crisis at the back, with Virgil van Dijk expected to be out for severalmonths due to ananterior cruciate ligament injury and his stand-in Fabinho currently nursinga hamstring issue.

Joel Matip has also been unavailable for selection since suffering muscle damage in the 2-0 win at Chelsea on September 20, with NatPhillips asked to step up to the plate in Liverpool's 2-1 home victory over the Hammers at the weekend.

West Ham were unfortunate not to go in at half-time at Anfield with a 1-0 lead after Pablo Fornals well-struckopener, having caused the home side plenty of problems in the final third over the course of the first 40 minutes.

Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty just before the interval which shifted the momentum of the match, and substituteDiogo Jota grabbed a late winner to complete a seemingly inevitable turnaround for the reigning champions.

However, Liverpool have matched an unwanted record in returning to the top of the league, becoming the first club since Norwich in 1992 to reach first place with the highest number of goals conceded in the division.

The Reds have a goal difference of +2at the moment, having shipped a total of 15 goals, one more than struggling duo Brighton and West Brom.

Klopp will hope his side can record a rare clean sheet when they take in a trip to Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday, before preparations begin for a huge showdown against Manchester City.

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