But the Scot, 32, returned to the court after hip resurfacing surgery and beat fellow veteran Stan Wawrinka in the final of the European Open in October.
Van Bommel was still upbeat after Sunday's loss in Rotterdam, saying "even though I have to fight the whole world I won't give up."
"It was a big game for both teams and I'm glad we got back in it - if you can't win, don't lose," Zaha told Sky Sports.
Another side who have been top at Christmas, in the 1999-2000 season, Leeds have also been second at the same point in 1993-94 and fourth in both in 1997-98 and 2001-02. Financial mismanagement saw them drop to the second tier and the side who reached the semifinals of the Champions League in 2000-01 are still in the Championship. They are favorites to come up under the charismatic Marcelo Bielsa, though.
EvertonMaster batsman Steve Smith ground out an unbeaten 77 Thursday as he zeroed in on yet another century, putting Australia in the driving seat after the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand.
"AS Roma was very surprised to see what appears to be an anti-racist campaign from Serie A featuring painted monkeys on social media today," said Roma on their English-language twitter feed. "We understand the league wants to tackle racism but we don't believe this is the right way to do it."
Assuming that Klopp can get his side over the line this campaign to end their run, what of the other teams who have been top at Christmas and failed? Going further than that - and paying a nod to success now given to the top-four UEFA Champions League places - what has happened to the sides, Liverpool aside, who have been in the top four during these last 26 seasons but are also yet to win the league?
Van Bommel's team however was knocked out in the Europa League group phase after being eliminated from the Champions League in the preliminary qualifying rounds in July.
"Sometimes the ball happens that way."
Barcelona will play Napoli for the first time as the Catalan giants, five-time European champions, attempt to move on from last season's painful semifinal loss to Liverpool.
On Tuesday, they paid a visit to Canada House, in London, to thank officials for the hospitality shown to them while they were there.
"SACA will not participate in this committee until the existing restructure decision is formally withdrawn."
Comeback of the year
Democratic Tsunami, the protest group in favor of Catalan independence, has called publicly for its supporters to gather at the stadium four hours before kickoff at 19:00 GMT.
India — which is home to more than 450 million smartphone users and maintains relatively lax laws to support an open market — has naturally emerged as an attractive battleground for developers worldwide.
PSV Eindhoven axed former Dutch international Mark van Bommel as manager Monday following a string of disappointing results which came to a head after a 3-1 loss against arch-rivals Feyenoord.
"This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity," they wrote.
The clubs immediately below them, Leicester City and champions Manchester City, clash at the Etihad Stadium.
"We also again reiterate our call for the leadership of the CSA board to accept accountability for the position in which cricket has been placed. We repeat our call for that leadership to step down," said Irish.