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Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has been fined 25,000 pounds ($25,200) and banned from driving for one year after admitting to driving under the influence of alcohol.

The 25-year-old Brazilian was pulled over in Liverpool city centre on Christmas Eve as he was driving in the opposite direction after having dinner with friends, reports Efe.

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A fantastic showing in goal from Hull City stopper Eldin Jakupovic earned the relegation strugglers a deserved point at Old Trafford, much to the disappointment of Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho, who witnessed his side drop another two crucial points, thus missing out on a golden opportunity to close the gap on the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool, who had all dropped points on Tuesday night.

United had the best chances, but in the end were perhaps a little lucky to leave with a point with Liverpool loanee Lazar Markovic almost stealing all three points for the visitors, only to see his effort hit the post with David de Gea well beaten in the Red Devils' goal.

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Manchester City made the most of a midweek series of games that saw all of their rivals in the top 6 in the Premier League drop points, thrashing West Ham United 4-0 at the Olympic Stadium with Gabriel Jesus opening his account for the Citizens after star striker Sergio Aguero was left on the bench.

City, one of the few teams now to make mass changes from the side that won them their FA Cup game away to Crystal Palace at the weekend, earned the rewards of consistency with their cracking front five dovetailing beautifully as they tore a poor West Ham side completely to shreds.

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Bayer Leverkusen have sealed the signing of Leon Bailey from Belgian outfit Genk, the Bundesliga football club confirmed in an official statement. The 19-year-old Jamaican international, who received jersey No. 9, has put pen to paper on a deal until June 2022.

"He is an exceptionally fast and skilled player who will add more momentum to our offense. We are sure that Leon Bailey will be a big win for us," Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller said on Tuesday.

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Chelsea's 1-1 draw away against Liverpool placed them comfortably atop the English Premier League amid disappointing results for closest rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

With 56 points from 23 matches, Chelsea has a nine-point advantage over Tottenham and Arsenal, while Liverpool sit in the fourth place, 10 points behind the leaders, reports Efe.

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Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte was largely in a positive mood despite seeing his side miss the opportunity to extend their lead in the Premier League title race to double digits as striker Diego Costa's poorly struck 76th minute penalty was saved by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, thus earning Liverpool a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Conte shared after the game, "I think at the end of the match we could have won. It was a very tough game, both teams tried to play with intensity. I'm pleased. We saw a different game to when we played Liverpool and lost at home."

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Simon Mignolet may have redeemed himself in the eyes of Liverpool's fans with his good save in the second half to keep out Diego Costa's penalty, a crucial outcome in tonight's game as it earned the Reds a 1-1 draw at home against Chelsea, but in the eyes of his Manager, there was not much that Mignolet could have done to keep out David Luiz's first half effort.

Brazilian defender Luiz, usually behind compatriot Willian in the Chelsea freekick pecking order, took a quick freekick that beat Mignolet in the 24th minute even as the Reds' keeper was preparing his wall as Chelsea drew first blood in the game.

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