EPL Table: 2018 Premier League Standings After Sunday's Week 23 Matches

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2018

Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane (R) takes on Manchester City's English defender Kyle Walker (L) and Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho (C) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on January 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /         (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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Manchester City suffered their first defeat in this Premier League season after finishing on the wrong end of a seven-goal thriller against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. Familiar scorers Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were among the goals as the Reds went above Chelsea into third.

Earlier, Bournemouth moved away from relegation trouble by heaping more misery on struggling Arsenal. The Gunners, who are now winless in five games in all competitions, stay sixth but look increasingly adrift in the pursuit of a top-four finish.

Here are the scores from Sunday's matches:

  • Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal
  • Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City

Here's what those results mean for the updated standings:

1. Manchester City: 62

2. Manchester United: 47

3. Liverpool: 47

4. Chelsea: 47

5. Tottenham Hotspur: 44

6. Arsenal: 39

7. Burnley: 34

8. Leicester City: 31

9. Everton: 27

10. Watford: 26

11. West Ham United: 25

12. Crystal Palace: 25

13. Bournemouth: 24

14. Huddersfield Town: 24

15. Newcastle United: 23

16. Brighton & Hove Albion: 23

17. Southampton: 21

18. Stoke City: 20

19. West Bromwich Albion: 19

20. Swansea City: 17

Full standings available, per BBC Sport.

Liverpool were fast out of the blocks on home soil, going in front after just nine minutes thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's low drive. The Reds spent the rest of the half looking dangerous on the break but ceded too much possession to City.

As he often does, Kevin De Bruyne pulled the strings for the visitors, teasing in several dangerous crosses, but to no avail. In the end, the Citizens required a more direct route to goal in the form of Leroy Sane's vicious strike that beat Loris Karius at his near post.

Sane got City back on terms in the first half.
Sane got City back on terms in the first half.OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

The equaliser put Sane in select company among the most prolific sources of goals in the division, per Sky Sports Statto.

City had earned their equaliser, but it didn't stop Liverpool from staying on the front foot after the break. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Salah went close, but it was left to Firmino to restore the lead just shy of the hour mark.

It was 3-1 when Mane slashed a shot into the top corner, as City's resolve crumbled in the face of Liverpool's relentless pressing. BBC Sport noted how it had been almost a full year since the Citizens were breached this many times in England's top flight.

Salah made it four when he turned in after a poor clearance from City goalkeeper Ederson. The leaders had lost their composure and became mistake-prone.

Mane was in electric form during the second half.
Mane was in electric form during the second half.OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

Things should have been done and dusted, but City battled back superbly with goals from substitute Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan.

Arsenal were left to rue missed chances and the absences of marquee attacking talents Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. The latter didn't make the squad amid heavy speculation he will transfer to one of the Manchester clubs this month.

Manager Arsene Wenger revealed why he'd left Sanchez out, per Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph: "He's been vague at the moment. The situation is not completed decided one way or another so I left him at home."

Without the industry and flair of Sanchez, Arsenal struggled to get going. There was plenty of intricate passing in midfield between Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka and Alex Iwobi but no cutting edge up top.

Sanchez was left out amid rumours he will leave Arsenal this month.
Sanchez was left out amid rumours he will leave Arsenal this month.Frank Augstein/Associated Press

For all their struggles, the Gunners were in front on 52 minutes when another exchange of passes between Wilshere, Xhaka and Iwobi ended with the latter sending Hector Bellerin clear.

The raiding wing-back's shot went through Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Sadly for the visitors, it wouldn't be the first goalkeeping gaffe in the game.

Arsenal stopper Petr Cech was at fault for both Bournemouth goals, failing to beat Callum Wilson to a low cross as Bournemouth equalised. As Sky Sports Statto pointed out, the striker has made a habit of scoring against the Gunners.

Cech was also culpable for Bournemouth's winner when he let Jordon Ibe's straight shot beat him. The 'keeper had dived the wrong way.

High-profile errors leading to goals have become too frequent from Cech this season, per WhoScored.com.

Cech struggled mightily in the Arsenal goal during the second half.
Cech struggled mightily in the Arsenal goal during the second half.ADRIAN DENNIS/Getty Images

Another defeat is grim news for an Arsenal side looking short of confidence and quality at a crucial time in the season.

The same cannot be said of Liverpool, who are looking irresistible at the moment. It's difficult to believe this team won't finish the season sitting comfortably in the top four.

City still hold all the cards in the title race, but the manner of this defeat could knock the confidence of a squad previously unaccustomed to losing.