Liverpool kept their momentum rolling with yet another victory, while their closest Premier League rivals had mixed fortunes over the weekend.
It was a result which saw records continue to tumble as Liverpool’s tally of 61 points in the first 21 games of a season was the best-ever start by any side across Europe’s top five leagues ever.
Brendan Rodgers’ side started the week as Liverpool’s closest rivals but found themselves further adrift after ex-Red Danny Ings continued his rich vein of form by netting his 12th league goal of the season to clinch a win for the Saints at the King Power.
It was retribution for the 9-0 defeat Leicester inflicted in October and it was another step in the right direction for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, who have now collected 13 points from their last five games – a return which has seen them move into 12th in the table.
Pep Guardiola’s side had four on the board before the conclusion of the first half, with Sergio Aguero notching a hat-trick to break the Premier League record for most goals by a foreign player.
But another week ensured more VAR drama reared its head, with Sheffield United the benefactors as they moved ahead of Wolves, who drew 1-1 with Newcastle, into sixth place as they secured a 1-0 win over West Ham after Robert Snodgrass’ last gasp equaliser was ruled out due to a handball in the buildup.
A result which sees the Clarets sit just four points above safety while the Blues maintained their five-point lead in fourth place, with Man United remaining their closest rivals after piling further misery on bottom-placed Norwich.
Everton, meanwhile, bounced back from their humiliating defeat at the hands of Liverpool last time out with a narrow 1-0 win over Brighton, while Watford lifted themselves from the bottom three after handing Bournemouth their 12th defeat.
Premier League Results, Matchday 22
Sheffield United 1-0 West Ham
Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool