Four major talking points ahead of Premier League game week 24

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Manchester City have returned back to winning ways after Sergio Aguero's hat-trick led City to a 3-1 victory on Saturday evening against Newcastle United. City have been head and shoulders the best team in the league, untouchable at times which is why many tipped them to go the distance unbeaten, but Liverpool went toe-to-toe with the Champions elect and sent out the biggest statement they have under Klopp. "We are so happy for him". Salah has been one of the best signings Liverpool have made in recent windows as the Egypt worldwide has scored 18 goals in Premier League play. No words to describe him. "I think it's so close - so close that if it doesn't happen (soon) it's not going to happen". His reaction doesn't depend on the fact that one player comes or doesn't come. When Swansea won 3-2 at Anfield roughly this time past year - they were 20th before that game, too - it was regarded as a major embarrassment for the Reds rather than a brilliant performance by the Swans.

However, Aguero sealed the win and his hat-trick in the 83rd minute with a sweeping finish from 12-yards out after some superb work by Leroy Sane.

City boss Pep Guardiola expressed his delight on Friday, after Fernandinho followed in the footsteps of his team-mate Otamendi, who signed a two-year contract extension on Wednesday.

City maintained their 12-point gap over second-placed Manchester United, who had claimed three points against Burnley shortly before the kick-off at the Etihad Stadium.

Although they did their best to contain City, Rafael Benitez's side fell to their first defeat of 2018, which leaves them only two points clear of the relegation zone.

Despite the poor return of a goal and assist in 10 substitute appearances and 2 starts, Slimani could be the solution to Newcastle's goalscoring shortcomings. We're a good team in good shape. "It's not how many goals you score, it's how many chances you create, how many chances your keeper has to save". OK, two of them were in the cup, but we have two wins, two draws and one defeat which was not a normal defeat.

And Merino - who yesterday visited a Northumberland school to encourage pupils to be more active - believes he and his team-mates, beaten 1-0 by Pep Guardiola's side late last month, can get a result at the Etihad Stadium.

When it arrived, the goal was actually a simple one, with de Bruyne swinging over a cross from the left and Aguero stealing ahead of Clark to glance the faintest of headers into the far corner.

The Argentina striker then converted a 63rd-minute penalty awarded after Raheem Sterling tumbled in the box following a tug by Javier Manquillo.

"It was soft", he said.

"Now we must be positive, analyse why we lost and look to the game against Newcastle", said Guardiola.

"After we score we had a couple of chances". Against Newcastle, I have a really good average. We changed at the end and played with four at the back, the idea was to stay solid and try to regain and play counter attack. So fine was Aguero's contact that initially there were some suggestions De Bruyne's deep ball from the left may have gone straight in but replays showed the faintest of glances.

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