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Liverpool striker Divock Origi celebrates scoring against Everton. AFP

Arsenal have improved their prospects of a long-awaited return to the Champions League, while Burnley are dreaming of a great escape.

AFP Sport looks back at three things we learned from the Premier League over the weekend:

Man City sparkle as Liverpool show courage

As leaders Manchester City showed all their attacking talent in a ruthless 5-1 demolition of Watford, Liverpool had to dig deep 24 hours later to end a turbulent Merseyside derby with a 2-0 win over Everton.

Fueled by four goals from Gabriel Jesus, Pep Guardiola’s side threw down the gauntlet at Liverpool on Saturday, temporarily moving four points clear at the top.

For 62 minutes at Anfield on Sunday, it looked like Everton could be doing City a massive favor by frustrating Liverpool with a defiant defensive performance.

But Jurgen Klopp’s side finally broke Everton’s stubborn resistance when Andrew Robertson headed home after Mohamed Salah’s cross.

Substitute Divock Origi netted his sixth career goal against Everton five minutes from time, giving Liverpool a 12th victory in their last 13 league games.

With five games to play, City hold a one-point lead over second-placed Liverpool.

Few would argue that City and Liverpool are the two best teams in the world right now, so it’s only fitting that they’ve been fighting for the title for ages.

Arsenal ‘confident’ in top four

Arsenal took a major step towards a first Champions League campaign since 2016-17 as Mikel Arteta’s side capitalized on their chance to beat Manchester United 3-1.

After a damaging three-game losing streak, Arsenal moved up to fourth place by winning 4-2 at Chelsea and beating United at the Emirates Stadium.

Nuno Tavares and Bukayo Saka took Arsenal to two before Cristiano Ronaldo reduced the deficit.

Ralf Rangnick’s men missed a host of chances to equalize and Bruno Fernandes hit the post with a penalty before Granit Xhaka’s long-range flare shattered United’s top-four ambitions.

There was an added bonus hours later as fifth-placed Tottenham were held 0-0 at Brentford, leaving Arsenal two points ahead of their north London rivals with five games to play.

“We lost three games in a row, a lot of people started talking about us again,” Xhaka said.

“But this week has helped us a lot, six points against Chelsea and United gives us confidence and gives us a lot of power for the next games.

“We still have the last five games to play and we have to keep it going.”

Fighting Burnley out of the relegation zone

Burnley exited the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory over Wolves, prompting caretaker boss Mike Jackson to joke that he would be celebrating with a night on the beers.

When Jackson left the Under-23 coaching role at Burnley following the surprise dismissal of long-serving Sean Dyche, the Clarets looked set for relegation.

But a 1-1 draw at West Ham was followed by Thursday’s 2-0 home win against Southampton, before Matej Vydra’s second-half strike sealed a vital 1-0 win over Wolves on Sunday.

Burnley are finally out of the relegation zone, two points clear of third bottom Everton, who have one game less.

“It’s a great result, a really good performance again,” Jackson said. “It’s the third game in a week, so we had to dig deep into the areas of this game.

“It’ll be a big boost for the band. My plan? I’d like to say eight pints but, no, I’m going to go home, sit on the sofa and see my family!”

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