Absolutely no excuse for drawing with Tottenham say bookies as Liverpool’s title odds drift

Reds out to 10/3 to win the Premier League following 2-2 draw, while Manchester City get the job done with minimum fuss at Newcastle to shorten further.

The bookies were quick to react to Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sunday, pushing Jurgen Klopp's side out to 10/3 to win the Premier League, from 5/2.

The Reds went into the game on the back of six successive wins but were pegged by goals from Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.

While Klopp blamed Paul Tierney (with some justification) for Liverpool's failure to beat Antonio Conte's side, his criticism of Spurs' tactics were totally unwarranted and perhaps reflected a vulnerability that is absent from title rivals Manchester City.

Klopp was frustrated by several key decisions, including the absence of a red card for Harry Kane following an ugly lunge on Andy Robertson and the failure to award a penalty when Diogo Jota was bundled over in the Spurs box. His sense of injustice was further inflamed when goalscorer Robertson was later sent off for a scything down Emerson Royal.

Andy Robertson red card Liverpool vs Tottenham Paul Tierney Dec21

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was also feeling hard done by after his side played out a second successive stalemate. However, it was off-field events rather than what happened on the pitch which angered Tuchel.

The Blues lost Jorginho, Kai Havertz and Ruben Loftus-Cheek before the game to COVID but saw a request to have the game postponed refused by the Premier League.

"We talk about protecting players and a safe environment but it is not safe," he said.

The 0-0 draw meant Chelsea have won just three of their last eight top-flight games, a run of form which has seen them drift out to 11/1 for the title with Planet Sport Bet.

While all around them were losing their heads, Manchester City calmly racked up their 34th Premier League win of the calendar year to move three points clear at the summit.

Ruben Dias header goal Manchester City vs Newcastle Dec21

Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling were on the mark in a comfortable 4-0 win at Newcastle, prompting the layers to cut their title odds from 8/15 to 1/3.

Newcastle, who felt they should have been awarded a penalty at 2-0 down, remain three points from safety having played at least two games more than the two teams immediately above them. Eddie Howe's side are 4/7 for relegation.

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