Liverpool's defensive frailties are exposed once more as Aston Villa give themselves some hope of survival
The 2015/16 Premier League season continues to astound, and Saturday's action was no different.
Leicester City's dominance of England's top tier continues. They were comfortable winners over Manchester City in a top of the table clash. At the opposite end of the table, Aston Villa gave themselves a glimmer of hope of survival with a win at home to Norwich.
A run of three games against Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal was expected to derail Leicester's fairytale. Two games down, six points gained.
Before the start of Saturday afternoon's game, Leicester were third favourites to win the League despite starting the day with a three-point advantage. They are now just under 2/1 to win their first league title ever.
The 3-1 win did not flatter Claudio Ranieri's side in Manchester either, as the Foxes regularly split open the Manchester City defence and were unlucky not to score four or five before City earned a consolation goal. Manuel Pellegrini's side may have underestimated Leicester ahead of the game, but Arsenal will not be in a position to do so next weekend.
False hope is the worst kind, but that's what Aston Villa fans will be experiencing on Saturday evening as their side defeated Norwich 2-0 in Villa Park.
Remi Garde's side are now eight points behind 17th place Newcastle as they look to perform what may be the greatest of great escapes. A goal on the stroke of half-time from Joleon Lescott gave Villa hope, before Gabriel Agbonlahor guaranteed the points early in the second half.
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Villa's next three home games are against Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham. They will have to produce season-defining performances against those teams to have a chance at survival. Remi Garde and his side don't have to look too far back in the history books for inspiration however, as this day last year a certain Leicester side were bottom of the Premier League.
Maybe Liverpool's fans should have known it was not to be their day when they heard the news about Jurgen Klopp before the game, as he missed the game due to the fact that he was suffering from appendicitis.
Jurgen Klopp was supposed to write a new chapter in Liverpool's history and the best he can come up with is an appendix— Neil O'Riordan (@noriordan) February 6, 2016
Liverpool looked on course to record a comfortable 2-0 win against Sunderland before an estimated 10,000 fans walked out of the stadium in protest in the 77th minute. The protest was due an increase in ticket prices next season.
While fans left, assuming victory was all but assured, Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe spoiled the party to cost Liverpool three points. Simon Mignolet helped Johnson's free into the net, which set the wheels of doom in motion, but the second goal was helped by some poor defending from Mamadou Sakho. Klopp in his hospital bed will not have been pleased.