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Liverpool set European record after outclassing Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool set European record after outclassing Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool's march to the Premier League title continued unabated Saturday in a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, but the Reds also made European history Saturday in North London.

With 61 points after 21 matches, Liverpool set a record for points at this stage of a season in one of Europe's top five leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue Un). Paris Saint-Germain (2018-19), Juventus (2018-19), Manchester City (2017-18) and Bayern Munich (2013-14) shared the previous record with 59 points in 21 games.

The reigning kings of Europe fittingly set the record against the foes they vanquished in June's UEFA Champions League Final. Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 on June 1 in Madrid, and the Reds dominated Spurs from beginning to end Saturday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

Liverpool knocked on the door for the entirety of the first half, completely pinning Tottenham in their own half. Roberto Firmino's 37th-minute opener was a long time coming and happened as Spurs' back line -- featuring 20-year-old Japhet Tanganga on his Premier League debut -- finally wilted under the Reds' pressure. 

Spurs struggled to get the ball out of their own half in the first 45 minutes. Squakwa Football noted that Liverpool central defender Virgil van Dijk completed more passes in Tottenham's half than any Spurs player even attempted on the other end. 

Tottenham managed to fight back in the second half, with Son Heung-Min skying a shot over the bar in the 75th minute on a counter-attack sprung by second-half substitute Giovani Lo Celso. Lo Celso missed a volley in the 83rd minute on Spurs' best opportunity to equalize.

Spurs manager José Mourinho wasn't mad. It was just funny to him.

Liverpool laughed last, however, and have more history in their sights en route to the club's first-ever Premier League title. The Reds are 12 matches away from setting the league record for the longest unbeaten streak, and they've now played the equivalent of an entire Premier League season without dropping a match.

A legendary season for Liverpool, indeed.

Crystal Palace-Chelsea live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

Crystal Palace-Chelsea live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

Chelsea have won three of four since the Premier League's "Project Restart" began at the end of June, and they will look to keep the good times rolling Tuesday when they travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.

The Blues (17-6-10; 57 points) recently have been led by American sensation Christian Pulisic, who has scored two goals in four games since the restart. The 21-year-old has seven goals this season.

Chelsea enters the match in fourth place in the Premier League table, one point behind Leicester City, who play Arsenal on Tuesday.

Palace (11-9-13; 42 points) have lost their last three Premier League matches, and sit in 14th place in the table.

Here's how to watch Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea live online and on TV:

When: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 12:55 p.m. ET/9:55 a.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Stream: NBCSports.com

Arsenal-Leicester City live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

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Arsenal-Leicester City live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

Arsenal will be looking for some revenge when they host Leicester City on Tuesday morning, as the Foxes have defeated the Gunners in three of their last four matchups.

Jamie Vardy and Leicester City enter the contest third in the table, just four spots above Arsenal. Vardy has nine goals in his last nine league matches against the Gunners.

Here's how to watch Arsenal vs. Leicester City live from Emirates Stadium.

When: Tuesday, July 7 at 3:15 p.m. ET/12:15 p.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Live stream: NBC Sports