Chelsea lose interest while City lose ground

A full midweek Premier League programme and a transfer deadline – what a feast for Natalie Sawyer, Gab Marcotti, Oli Kay, James Gheerbrant and George Caulkin.

Liverpool miss the chance to go 7 points clear but do extend their lead to 5 points at the top of the Premier League. Did the Reds show weakness and has it been coming? And are we being too harsh on Manchester City given the points total they are on course to reach?

Maurizio Sarri was shamed by his players once again as Chelsea were humiliated 4-0 at Bournemouth. Do Chelsea players lose interest? Or is Sarri playing too many of them too often?

Elsewhere we’ve got the low-down on Newcastle’s new boy and we close the curtain on the Fellaini era.

Paddy von Behr provides advice ahead of the fantasy football weekend. For free Fantasy Premier League tips from The Sweeper, visit thetimes.co.uk/fantasyfootball 

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