Liverpool midfielder James Milner netted the late winner against Leicester Photo: AFP
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Milner sends Liverpool eight points clear; Spurs rocked at Brighton

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By Steven GRIFFITHS

James Milner scored a stoppage-time winner as Liverpool moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Leicester, while Mauricio Pochettino's problems mounted after Tottenham's 3-0 loss at Brighton on Saturday.

Liverpool won for the 17th consecutive league game thanks to Milner's dramatic contribution to a thrilling clash at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp's side ruined Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers' first return to Liverpool since being replaced by the German in 2015.

By extending their remarkable winning streak, Liverpool have piled pressure on second placed Manchester City ahead of their home game against Wolves on Sunday.

Liverpool took the lead in the 40th minute when Milner's long ball was misjudged by Leicester defender Jonny Evans and Sadio Mane clinically slotted in his eighth goal of the season.

Mane has scored exactly 50 goals in 100 Premier League games for Liverpool, making the Senegal winger the 10th player to reach that milestone for the Reds.

James Maddison snatched third-placed Leicester's equaliser in the 80th minute when he collected Ayoze Perez's pass and drove his shot under Adrian's weak attempted save.

But five minutes into stoppage-time, Marc Albrighton took the ball away from his own goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and then clipped Mane, with Milner converting the penalty after a VAR review.

At the Amex Stadium, Tottenham's crisis deepened as they turned in a desperate performance, while Hugo Lloris suffered a serious arm injury after another howler.

Tottenham keeper Lloris dropped the ball on the goal line and hurt himself in the process in only the third minute, allowing Neal Maupay to open the scoring.

It only got worse after that as Aaron Connolly's double gave the impressive Seagulls a deserved three points.

It ranked as one of the worst performances of Pochettino's reign and, following on from Tuesday's 7-2 Champions League humiliation to Bayern Munich, the dark clouds are mounting over the club.

Pochettino was forced to emphasise his commitment to Tottenham this week amid speculation he has grown distant from a squad distracted by several players who have been linked with moves.

"We have to keep going. I have to say thank you for the fans. I feel sorry for them, it is massive effort to come and support us," Pochettino said.

"Now you cannot find any words to console them and our players because I think we are living a tough moment."

Last season's Champions League finalists have won just three of their opening 11 games of the campaign and five of their last 19 dating back to when these sides last met in April.

An 11th defeat in 2019 left Tottenham without an away league win in 10 games dating back to January.

Everton manager Marco Silva is also under mounting pressure following a 1-0 defeat at Burnley that left his team fourth bottom.

Jeff Hendrick got Burnley’s 72nd minute winner after Everton had right-back Seamus Coleman sent off early in the second half for a crude lunge on Dwight McNeil.

It is the first time Everton have lost four successive league games in four years.

Aston Villa's 5-1 demolition of Norwich was given a royal seal of approval with Villa fan Prince William in attendance with wife Kate and his young family at Carrow Road.

Dean Smith's side took a 14th minute lead through Wesley and the Brazilian forward struck again for his fourth goal of the season in the 30th minute.

Wesley wasted a chance to complete his hat-trick when his penalty was saved by Michael McGovern late in the first half after Kenny McLean fouled Conor Hourihane.

It didn't prove a problem for Villa as Jack Grealish got their third goal in the 49th minute and Conor Hourihane made it four.

Douglas Luiz's 83rd minute goal completed Villa's biggest away Premier League win for 11 years despite Josip Drmic's reply for Norwich.

Watford remain bottom after a goalless draw with Sheffield United.

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Milnoid! What a man! Again we were lucky but we'll take it. Some nice early kick offs on Sunday to round off the weekend, what a treat.

Arsenal v Bournemouth (10pm)

Man City v Wolves (10pm)

Southampton v Chelsea (10pm)

Newcastle v Man Utd (00:30am)

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Liverpool vs Leicester was a tight, tense affair sadly decided by a Harry Kane style dive from Mane to win a penalty that the referee was only too happy to award. Leicester were well worth a point and are developing a very tidy team under Rodgers.

Pochettino was forced to emphasise his commitment to Tottenham this week amid speculation he has grown distant from a squad distracted by several players who have been linked with moves.

The word on the street (well, Twitter) is that one of those moves was made by Jan Vertonghen on Christian Eriksen's wife, which led to a spot of fisticuffs involving Sir Harry Kane who apparently gave the bounder Vertonghen a black eye. Unfortunately it isn't known whether Kane flung himself to the ground and appealed to the referee after punching Big Jan.

Either way, Spurs are in meltdown along with Everton. October is the start of the sack race season; who's first for the chop?

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Good game. Only Mane will know if he made a dive or not but I was ok with the penalty because the Leicester plays made several dangerous fouls against Salah would had to pimp. They couldn't stop him so they dragged him down and kicked him. These dangerous fouls which can seriously hurt a player should be an automatic red card.

Mane scored a great goal and grandpa Milner put the penalty in the net. Brendan Rodgers threatened to increase Klopp's rent on his house. Rodgers got a warm welcome from the fans.

17 straight wins, 18 next to equal the Man City record.

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Most modern players would hit the deck in that situation. Mane made a meal of it but that’s the way the game is now.

Everton in free fall. Silva looks lost. We concede too many goals from set pieces and have terrible discipline.

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Great post alfie, telling it like it is. How refreshing!

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