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Following the closure of the January transfer window, teams in the Premier League headed into their first match since deadline day with the squads they hope can bring them success in the second half of the campaign.

In terms of the Premier League table, with the exception of the title race, we were left with more questions than answers as the race for Champions League places and the battle against relegation took many twists and turns throughout the weekend.

That doesn't mean we had nothing to take away from a weekend of drama though as we look at the 10 things we learned from the latest round of fixtures.

Steven Bergwijn scored on his Tottenham debut as they defeated Manchester City 2-0

Steven Bergwijn scored on his Tottenham debut as they defeated Manchester City 2-0

Blades have cutting edge for top four 

The primary target for the season for Sheffield United was to stay up and even after a fantastic first half of the campaign that saw Chris Wilder's side in and around the European positions, survival would have still been priority.

But as talk now starts to look towards 'remaining fixtures' opportunity knocks for Blades supporters to dream big. A gritty win at Crystal Palace leaves them just five points behind Chelsea in the race to reach the top four.

With supposed bigger rivals stumbling over each other this term, Sheffield United may perhaps never have a better chance to capitalise on the current feel-good factor around Bramall Lane and push for a Champions League place. They are by no means favourites but a perhaps once in a generation opportunity must be targeted now.

Sheffield United in their first season back in the Premier League continue to impress

Sheffield United in their first season back in the Premier League continue to impress

Bowen must instantly hammer in goals

The table makes grim reading for supporters. A failure to hold onto a 3-1 win over relegation rivals Brighton means they now flounder in the relegation zone.

On show was the total loss of confidence after the Seagulls, from looking well beaten with 15 minutes to play, suddenly swarmed all over the Hammers to secure a 3-3 draw.

But more of a concern is the striker crisis at the club. No forwards on their books have scored since New Year's Day. David Moyes moved on deadline day to sign Hull's in-form Jarrod Bowen, but he must make an instant impact upon stepping up from the Championship to get West Ham out the relegation mess they find themselves.

It is really a case of being thrown in the deep end for the £22m striker, with three of West Ham's next four games coming away from home at Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Jarrod Bowen will be vital to West Ham's attack in their battle against relegation

Jarrod Bowen will be vital to West Ham's attack in their battle against relegation

The 40 points mark may not be enough

Traditionally, 40 points is the pre-season target for any team whose aspirations are just staying in the Premier League.

Over many years it has been more than enough, with West Ham the last team to go down with a points total greater when they were relegated with 42 way back in 2003.

But right now 40 points does not look a safe bet. Watford, despite their loss against Everton, have looked competitive under Nigel Pearson down in 19th and are still in with a realistic chance of hitting the 40-point mark. Even Norwich below them are still showing fight in what is looking like the most competitive battle against relegation in years.

Despite defeat Nigel Pearson's Watford look capable of beating the drop despite residing 19th

Despite defeat Nigel Pearson's Watford look capable of beating the drop despite residing 19th

Liverpool already over Cup blip

While the destination of the Premier League title has looked pretty much certain since Christmas, the swashbuckling way in which Liverpool have been picking off opponents had shown signs of decreasing after they were held at Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.

Was it tiredness that saw them chuck away a 2-0 lead, maybe complacency? Or maybe it was simply a one-off result with a weak team?

Despite a battling display from Southampton, Liverpool still managed to rip them apart to record a 20th straight Premier League victory at home. In the history of the English top flight only Bill Shankly's own Liverpool side have bettered that back in 1972. There is no stopping the Reds who are now 22 points clear at the top.

Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring during Liverpool's 4-0 win over Southampton at Anfield

Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring during Liverpool's 4-0 win over Southampton at Anfield

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