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Premier League table: Liverpool in control after Boxing Day rout

Premier League table: Liverpool in control after Boxing Day rout

Boxing Day is the highlight of a jam-packed slate of matches in the English Premier League, as over 30 are played during this festive week, including nine on Dec. 26.

As the holidays continue, it’s a good time to re-examine the Premier League table with the new calendar year fast approaching.

The featured match of Thursday’s program far and away was the showdown between the top two teams: Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield.

It’s been a great season for the Reds, as Liverpool have won all of their matches outside of one draw, and own a commanding 52 points after Thursday’s 4-0 win over Leicester.

With a 13-point lead, an epic collapse from Jurgen Klopp’s side would be necessary for the squad to fall short of the club’s 19th league championship.

The Foxes kept it close for the first half, but fell apart in the second, allowing three goals over a five-minute stretch. Leicester remains in the No. 2 position in the table with 39 points, just one point ahead of Manchester City FC. 

Man City was off on Boxing Day but has the chance to overtake The Foxes on Friday when they visit Wolverhampton.

Chelsea suffered one of the larger upsets of the EPL season so far on Boxing Day, falling 2-0 at the hands of No. 14 Southampton at home. 

[RELATED: How Leicester climbed back into Premier League's elite]

Frank Lampard’s side has struggled inside the confines of Stamford Bridge, dropping four straight EPL fixtures in West London. The Blues stand at No. 4 in the table with 32 points.

Chelsea must get back on track quickly, as Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United are right behind them with 29 points apiece.

Premier League extends coronavirus pause, proposes 30 percent wage cut

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Premier League extends coronavirus pause, proposes 30 percent wage cut

The Premier League is pushing back its restart date indefinitely amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it announced in a statement Friday.

After bringing together the league’s top officials on a video conference, it was decided that the original hopes to begin playing again at the beginning of May were premature.

“It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May,” the statement read. “And that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so. The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.

“The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution.”

[RELATED: Best PL storylines we would've watched if season continued]

Players also are facing a wage reduction of up to 30 percent as the league deals with the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.

Until health officials declare that social distancing regulations can be lifted, don’t expect to see much in the way of live sports.

Best Premier League season storylines before coronavirus suspension

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Best Premier League season storylines before coronavirus suspension

The Premier League suspending its season last month due to the global coronavirus pandemic delayed Liverpool’s inevitable clinching of their first top-flight title in three decades by at least two months.

The Reds, who were six points from winning their first-ever Premier League title, won’t lift the trophy until May at the absolute earliest. The season is suspended through at least April 30, and league executives reportedly will discuss what the remainder of the season could look like in a Friday conference call.

There wasn’t much drama remaining in Liverpool’s title challenge, but the same couldn’t be said for the rest of the Premier League by the time it closed its doors. Every club had at least nine matches remaining, with multiple spots for next season’s European competitions, all three relegation places still up for grabs and bragging rights in some of England’s best rivalries still unsolved

Which storylines would’ve captured our attention? Here are the five we’d be most closely monitoring had the Premier League season continued uninterrupted.

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