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    What we learned in the Premier League this week

    After a dramatic week in the premier league there is really only one place to start our review of the weekend. 

    Leicester City began the post-Claudio Ranieri era with a stunning 3-1 over a Liverpool side who simply couldn't compete with the work rate and sheer effort that was nowhere to be seen in recent months under Ranieri. The performance bore all the hallmarks of last seasons title winning side in the direct and relentless approach that hasn been completely absent in this campaign. Two typical Jamie Vardy goals and a wonder strike from Danny Drinkwater put the foxes 3-0 up inside an hour and, despite Phillips Coutinho's consolation goal, Liverpool were never in the game. Serious questions will be asked of the Leicester players, considering the vast contrast in performance and effort levels given compared with the recent performances under Ranieri. If they can continue to play like this then they will surely escape relegation and, if so, they will feel that the decision to sack Ranieri will be entirely justified. For Liverpool there will be huge concerns over how poorly they played yesterday and in 2017 in general. On current form, Liverpool will be genuinely worried that they could miss out on the top four.

    Chelsea continued there march towards the title with a hard-fought 3-1 win over an ever improving Swansea side. Chelsea took the lead through a Cesc Fabregas goal before Fernando Llorente equalised just before the break. Swansea competed valiantly but ultimately fell short as two late goals from Pedro and Diego Costa respectively, gave the blues the win.

    Tottenham kept there faint title hopes alive with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over a poor Stoke City side. A first half hat-trick from Harry Kane, his third in nine games, and a Dele Alli strike meant that the game was over by half time and left Stoke manager Mark Hughes in shock at how poor his side had played. It was an impressive response from Mauricio Pochettino's side, following their hugely disappointing European exit in midweek.

    It was an unhappy return to Goodison Park for David Moyes as his Sunderland side lost 2-0 to an ever-improving Everton team. Everton closed on the top six as Idrissa Gueye scored his first goal for the club and Romelu Lukaku then netted his 60th league goal for the club, equalling the record held by current toffees coach Duncan Ferguson. The result leaves Sunderland rooted to the bottom of the table.

    There was relief for Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce as his side gained a vital 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Middlesbrough. New signing Patrick Van Aanholt scored his first Palace goal as Boro failed to win for the ninth consecutive league game, leaving them perilously close to the relegation zone.

    It was honours even at the KCOM stadium as Hull and Burnley played out a tight 1-1 draw. City took the lead through a Tom Huddleston penalty but were unable to hold on as Michael Keane levelled just four minutes later. Despite Ashley Barnes being sent off for Burnley, Hull failed to take advantage and find a winning goal. The draw keeps Hull in the bottom three and means Burnley have failed to win away from home in the league this season. However, Clarets manager Sean Dyche will be hugely pleased by the fact that his side are nine points above the relegation zone and conceivably just three wins away from being assured of Premier League safety.

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