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Are Liverpool the title favourites now? 2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Newcastle. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Newcastle. The bookmakers still have reigning champions Manchester City as the favourites to retain the title but that is a bold call given the run that Liverpool are on. After winning their final nine games of last season, the European champions have extended that sequence by a further five matches and sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League table.Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle – Match report and highlightsThe Premier League tablePremier League fixturesEven if Manchester City put a run of their own together, it could be a while before Liverpool surrender those five points – they only gave up four at Anfield all last season and for all the talk of their defensive shakiness in recent weeks, no team has conceded fewer goals. Even after going behind against Newcastle on Saturday, there was no cause for panic. Sadio Mane put his frustrations from Burnley behind him with two goals, Mohamed Salah found the net yet again, and Roberto Firmino gave another reminder that his selflessness is the cog that makes Jurgen Klopp’s red machine the slickest around.Liverpool might not be the favourites but who could really be surprised if they are the champions come May?Adam BateArsenal still lack leaders 2:44 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Watford’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Watford’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal. It’s nothing new to see Arsenal struggling with the mental side of the game but the unwelcome return of an old malaise was as frustrating as ever for Unai Emery in their draw with Watford. Throwing away a two-goal lead to the side bottom of the Premier League, new manager or not, is not the sign of a top-four team and highlighted the fragility that remains a feature of the team.Watford 2-2 Arsenal – Match report and highlightsAnalysis: ‘Arsenal played like semi-pros’Find out more about Sky SportsThe problem predates Emery but if David Luiz was brought in to bring some experience to the backline, giving away two penalties in three games and looking lost at sea when the chips are down offers little suggestion that he has the characteristics needed for that job.It’s f

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