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Erling Haaland couldn't do anything about his team's defeat

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Manchester City have once again dropped points in the Premier League title race and continue to slide into crisis. After three draws in a row, Pep Guardiola's team lost 0-1 (0-0) at Aston Villa after a disappointing performance.

City are now six points behind Arsenal and had to concede third place in the table to their opponents. Former Leverkusen player Leon Bailey (74') scored the goal of the evening for the surprise team from Birmingham with a deflected shot.

"My job is to find a way out of this situation. For many years we have found a way together and now we have problems," Guardiola said afterwards. We need to change the dynamics."

Liverpool with must-win

Liverpool, on the other hand, have consolidated their second place in the table behind Arsenal. Liverpool won 2-0 (1-0) against bottom club Sheffield United.

Jurgen Klopp and his team faced a new man on the touchline in Sheffield. After a disastrous start to the season, the newly promoted team fired team manager Paul Heckingbottom and brought back club legend Chris Wilder. But the hoped-for effect fizzled out.

Liverpool dominated the game for long stretches despite some defensive problems. Captain Virgil van Dijk (37') with a header and ex-Leipzig player Dominik Szoboszlai (90'+4') scored for the Reds. Klopp will have to do without Joel Matip for several months. The former Bundesliga player tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

In the table, Liverpool are two points behind Arsenal (15 points) after 36 games. They are followed by Aston Villa (32), coach Pep Guardiola's team has 30 points. Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are behind with 27 points.

United won 2-1 (1-1) against Chelsea. Scott McTominay (19th/69th) scored twice for United, Cole Palmer's goal (45th) was not enough for the overwhelmed Londoners.

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