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EPL-topping Spurs & Liverpool held

Tottenham have kept their noses in front of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League despite both sides dropping points.

Spurs drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace but stayed top on goal difference when champions Liverpool could later only draw 1-1 at Fulham.

The top two will now meet on Wednesday at Anfield.

Meanwhile, Southampton moved up to third after a 3-0 win over bottom side Sheffield United.

At Selhurst Park, Spurs took the lead on 23 minutes when Harry Kane’s 35-yard shot fooled Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and Jose Mourinho’s team dominated the first half.

Palace came into the match in the second half and earned a deserved equaliser when Eberechi Eze’s cross found Jeffrey Schlupp, who scored from four yards out.

Ben Davies almost won it for Spurs with a mis-hit cross that hit the bar and Guaita saved well from Kane and Eric Dier.

“In the last 15 minutes we could have won it,” felt Spurs’ manager Jose Mourinho, while reckoning it was a fair result.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson thought his side were good value for their draw.

At Craven Cottage, Liverpool were outplayed by Fulham in the first half and fell behind to a stunning strike by Bobby Armani Decordova-Reid after 25 minutes.

Goalkeeper Alisson, who was back from injury, kept Liverpool in the hunt but their injury problems grew when they lost Joel Matip to a back problem at halftime.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were much-improved after the break and Mo Salah scored from the penalty spot after Aboubakar Kamara handled Gini Wijnaldum’s free kick seven minutes from time.

Curtis Jones almost won it for Liverpool after a brilliant run but Fulham held on for a well-earned point, keeping them 17th.

“It took us half an hour to find our feet,” Klopp said. “First half an hour we could have lost it; next 60 minutes got a goal, could have won it.”

At St Mary’s, Che Adams, Stuart Armstrong and substitute Nathan Redmond scored the goals as Southampton moved to within two points of Spurs and Liverpool.

“It was a job very well done,” Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said. “It was not as easy as it looked, especially against a team that had nothing to lose and sits very deep.”

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