Chelsea condemn Liverpool to latest defeat; Gordon Elliott hearing to begin

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Liverpool fell to a club record fifth-consecutive home defeat on Thursday night. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/EPA

Liverpool fell to a club record fifth-consecutive home defeat on Thursday night. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/EPA

Liverpool slumped to a club record fifth-consecutive home defeat last night, with Chelsea the latest side to emerge from Anfield with all three points. Thomas Tuchel’s side outplayed their beleaguered hosts on Merseyside, with Mason Mount’s finely taken first-half goal setting up an ultimately comfortable 1-0 victory. The result moves Chelsea up to fourth place in the Premier League, with Liverpool languishing in seventh. Earlier in the evening Everton edged out West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns to reemphasise their own top four credentials. Richarlison scored a headed winner against the Baggies, who saw Mbay Diagne’s late effort cruelly ruled out for offside. There was also a narrow win for Tottenham - Jose Mourinho’s side edging out Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage. Tonight, Championship form side Cardiff City are in action as they travel to play Huddersfield Town - a fixture which will be Mick McCarthy’s 1,000th as a manager, writes Emmet Malone.

Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board’s referrals committee is to meet at 9.30am this morning to begin the hearing of Gordon Elliott. The Co Meath trainer has been heavily criticised this week after a picture of him sitting on a dead horse circulated on social media last weekend. Elliott is currently banned by the BHA from saddling any runners in the UK, and has seen horses such as Envoi Allen and Quilixios leave his Cullentra yard in the fall out. Whatever punishment the IHRB decide to give Elliott following his hearing, he will not be seen at the Cheltenham Festival, which gets underway in less than two weeks.

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