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Manchester City remain in pole position for the Premier League title after a 4-0 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as the Canaries dropped into the relegation zone. 

Phil Foden scored City’s second goal as City stay 12 points clear of Liverpool who have games in hand of the league leaders. Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in the league since October. 

“Norwich were in their best moment of the season, our fans came here five or six hours by car or train and I am very happy we could win for them,” Guardiola told BBC MOTD.

Liverpool came through tricky wintry conditions at bottom-of-the-table Burnley where a Fabinho goal just before half-time secured the win at Turf Moor.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports: “The balls in the air were so tricky to defend because the wind came from all directions. We played the circumstances rather than suffered from them.”

Burnley boss Sean Dyche was not despondent, he told BBC MOTD: “Sometimes you have to forget where you are in the table because that performance will lead to more.”

Chelsea were not in league action as they picked up more silverware with a 2-1 triumph over Brazilian side Palmeiras after extra time in to lift the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi. 

A 117th minute Kai Havertz penalty after a clinical Romelu Lakaku header completed a clean sweep of every club trophy available for the Blues. 

Manager Thomas Tuchel dedicated the win to owner Roman Abramovich.

In the race for Champions League places Manchester United moved into fourth spot with a 2-0 midweek win over Brighton. Cristiano Ronaldo and an injury time Bruno Fernandes goal sealed the points against the Seagulls who had skipper Lewis Dunk sent off.

The win was welcome following a disjointed display in a 1-1 draw against Southampton at Old Trafford at the weekend. Che Adams levelled for the Saints after Jadon Sancho opened the scoring. The Reds are two points clear of West Ham and three ahead of Arsenal who have games in hand on both sides. 

The Hammers shared the spoils with Leicester City courtesy of a Craig Dawson’s injury-time header at King Power Stadium.

Jarod Bowen opened the scoring for the visitors, Youri Tielemans levelled from the penalty spot before Ricardo Pereira converted just before the hour prior to Dawson’s late goal.

West Ham boss David Moyes told BBC MOTD: “When you are not playing as well as you can do, we dug in deep and keep picking up the points. 

Wolves are in the Champions League mix after a 2-0 away with a Tottenham Hotspur.

Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker scored inside 18 minutes to inflict a painful win over Antonio’s Comte’s team. Wolves are in seventh place four points adrift of fourth-placed Hammers. 

In the battle to stay up Brentford picked up an important point at Crystal Palace while Everton eased to an impressive 3-0 win against Leeds United at Goodison Park.

Manager Frank Lampard was relieved after an important victory against Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Goals from captain Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane and Anthony Gordon moved Everton to within a point of Leeds and two of Brentford. 

Newcastle United are a point back from the Merseysiders after skipper Kieran Trippier fired home a free-kick to defeat Aston Villa at St James’ Park.

The Geordies’ third consecutive win moved them out of the relegation zone. Trippier though suffered a broken foot in the game for his new team which is a huge blow in their battle to avoid relegation. 

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe told MOTD: “We defended heroically at times but I feel we have a lot to do still.”

Watford remain deep in trouble a point ahead of Burnley after goals from Neal Maupay and Adam Webster at Vicarage Road solidified Brighton’s place in the top-ten. 

Hornets boss Roy Hodgson called for “mental strength” from his relegation-threatened team.

“The only people who will get us out of this are the players,” Hodgson told BBC MOTD.

Among a number of attractive looking fixtures in the coming days Manchester City host Tottenham, Manchester United travel to Leeds and West Ham entertain Newcastle.