It was all about the Premier League on Thursday morning with all of the top six in action.

Liverpool maintained their one-point advantage at the top of the table, with a 5-0 demolition of Watford at Anfield.

Sadio Mane was the star man in the first half, opening the scoring in the just the ninth minute before scoring one of the goals of the season with an outstanding back heel to double his side’s advantage.

Divock Origi did his confidence a world of good with a goal in the second half, before defender Virgil Van Dijk scored a quick-fire brace in the game’s latter stages.

Manchester City ensured the gap did not increase on Thursday morning, as they navigated a tricky fixture at home to West Ham.

Substitute Bernardo Silva provided an immediate impact on the clash, winning the penalty which Golden Boot leader Sergio Aguero then converted.

Chelsea ensured they remained very much in the hunt for Champions League football next season, after they accounted for Tottenham 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

In a game which the hosts largely controlled, Pedro broke the deadlock in the 57th minute before Kieran Tripper put the ball into the back of his own net with a horribly misplaced backpass.

Arsenal maintained their grip on fourth place with a 5-1 demolition of Bournemouth at the Emirates.

Mesut Ozil made the perfect start to his return to the starting XI, after opening the scoring in the fourth minute before setting up Henrikh Mkhitaryan to double his side’s advantage.

Lys Mousset pulled one back for the visitors but that was the end of their challenge as the Gunners pulled further ahead courtesy of second half goals to Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and substitute Alexandre Lacazette.

Manchester United remain undefeated under the tenure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after they secured a 3-1 victory away to Crystal Palace.

Romelu Lukaku returned to United’s starting line-up with a brace, scoring either side of half-time before Joel Ward gave the hosts a glimmer of hope.

That’s all it turned out to be however as Ashley Young put the game to bed with a goal in the 83rd minute.

At the other end of the table, Southampton moved out of the drop zone with a 2-0 victory over fellow relegation candidates Fulham.

Oriol Romeu gave his side the lead at St Mary’s in the 23rd minute, before James Ward-Prowse gave the Saints breathing room shortly before half-time after completing a rebound from Nathan Redmond’s original effort.

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