Leicester City moved level on points atop the Premier League table, while Everton and Manchester City were both blanked. The fun didn't stop there as Diego Costa faces more disciplinary action after his antics vs. West Bromwich Albion. After an eventful midweek Premier League night which saw goals galore at Anfield between Liverpool and Arsenal, here are five things we learned from a brilliant day in England's top flight. -- FOXSoccer.com's Jamie Trecker.
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The Foxes are going nowhere
Takeaways: Midway through a three-game stand against Tottenham, Leicester could have been forgiven for letting a trick slip. Instead, on a night in which Jamie Vardy was kept silent, they got production from the unlikely Robert Huth, and lo and behold, the Foxes remain atop the table. Spurs, looking to make a statement, had to be bitterly disappointed by the result. They will look to avenge the result next week in their FA Cup replay.
Jurgen Klopp and Co. can thrill
Takeaways: Erratic, manic and defensively suspect, this Liverpool side isn’t going to win a title. But, in flashes, they can show you real flair, and behind Roberto Firmino’s two goals, the Reds showed that entertainment many times over. A draw was not what Arsene Wenger wanted, but after the game even he had to admit it was both fair and just. This was a game of the highest caliber, and it will give the Reds hope for the future. They can thrill but they still need to find steel.
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Manchester City’s ire misplaced
Takeaways: City were aggrieved not to be given a penalty at the death of their tight goalless draw aginst Everton. To be sure, it did appear as if Raheem Sterling clashed with John Stones, and match referee Roger East appeared to have got it wrong. That aside, City had wasted so many chances on the night they can hardly be surprised by the end result. Despite some buccaneering play, they ran into a blue wall and failed to score for their first time this season at home. This could eventually could be two big points lost.
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Swansea City dragged into the mire
Takeaways: The Welsh side have rightly been criticized for dismissing Garry Monk, a decision that looks more foolish by the day. Winners of just one game in five, Swansea were hit for a hat-trick by Jermain Defoe en route to a big win for embattled Sunderland. It’s time to start thinking about staying up for Swansea. Swans fans will blame referee Graham Scott, a late replacement for the ailing Andre Marriner, and they will have a point. Still, Swansea don’t seem capable of winning games. Until they do, they need to look at themselves.
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Chelsea, Diego Costa frustrated again
Takeaways: The Blues have yet to lose under Guus Hiddink, but they’re not winning many games, either. Wednesday night saw more of the same, with Diego Costa looking to brawl anyone at the close of play, and a very happy West Bromwich heading home with a share of the points. It was a deserved share as well, as the defending champions still look well behind the pace of this league and have yet to recover any sense of defensive competence. You suspect a clean-out is coming this summer.