Liverpool go top as Man City slip to first defeat
The Reds had kept the pressure up with an impressive display at the Vitality Stadium in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, with Mohamed Salah plundering a hat-trick.
City failed to make the most of early possession as Chelsea produced the required clinical response from last weekend’s loss at Wolves.
With 13 minutes left, David Luiz headed in from a corner to seal Chelsea’s win and leave City a point behind Liverpool.
The Reds had earlier equalled their club-record run of 17 unbeaten Premier League matches after Salah opened the scoring at the Vitality Stadium on 25 minutes, although replays confirmed the Egypt hitman was offside.
There was no argument around his second soon after the restart when Salah rode an attempted trip from behind by Steve Cook to go on and slide the ball into the far corner.
It was 3-0 on 68 minutes when Bournemouth defender Steve Cook turned Andrew Robertson’s low cross into his own net before the rampant Salah completed his treble with 13 minutes left.
Third-placed Tottenham moved to within six points of top spot – and remained two points ahead of Chelsea – thanks to a 2-0 win at Leicester.
Son Heung-min’s brilliant long-range left-footed effort opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time and Dele Alli headed home a cross from the South Korean to make it two in the 58th minute.
Fulham pulled a goal back with a penalty on 67 minutes through Aboubakar Kamara, but the Cottagers were soon reduced to 10 men when midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa collected a second yellow card.
England forward Marcus Rashford scored a fourth for United with seven minutes left.
Arsenal left it late to beat Huddersfield 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium with an acrobatic goal from Lucas Torreira on 84 minutes, which extended their unbeaten run to 21 games in all competitions.
West Ham came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at the London Stadium.
Javier Hernandez put West Ham ahead from close range on 62 minutes.
Before Palace could regroup, they were 3-1 down on 65 minutes as Brazilian Felipe Anderson clipped the ball into the top corner.
Substitute Jeffrey Schlupp’s header gave the Eagles hope with 15 minutes left, but there was to be no dramatic finale.
Burnley moved out of the bottom three with a 1-0 home win over Brighton, with defender James Tarkowski getting what proved a crucial breakthrough five minutes before half-time.