If the seven goals that Liverpool conceded against Aston Villa in October revealed a surprising vulnerability in last season's runaway Premier League champions, the seven goals that Jurgen Klopp's side scored in thrashing Crystal Palace looked to draw a line under it. Virgil van Dijk or no Virgil van Dijk, that victory at Selhurst Park put Liverpool five points clear at the top of the table with an inviting festive fixture list that served up games against West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle.
Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan struck late to secure three points and take Manchester City top of the Premier League.
This Manchester United team still do plenty wrong - but one thing they have down to a tee is being able to take a punch. They have a strong chin. Ademola Lookman was the latest opposition player to...