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Jim Files

27 Sep 2016 - 11:12 AM  UPDATED 27 Sep 2016 - 11:12 AM

Are Liverpool the real deal?

Liverpool claimed their third straight Premier League victory with a 5-1 thumping of 10-man Hull over the weekend. The reds were dominant all game having 74% possession and managing 32 shots to Hull’s 2. Liverpool’s work ethic was particularly impressive when they didn’t have the ball, pressing Hull strongly to force turnovers and win back the ball. Hull couldn’t handle Liverpool’s pressure only managing to get one shot on target for the match, which they scored, courtesy of David Meyler. Liverpool now sit fourth on the table and look to be thriving under Jurgen Klopp. Since Klopp took charge, the Reds have scored 71 Premier League goals, more than any other team in that time.

City still perfect

Manchester City have kept up their perfect record to start the season with a 3-1 win at Swansea. Sergio Aguero returned from suspension a scored two goals taking his season total in all competitions to 11 goals in only six appearances. Despite being a fairly even contest where Swansea managed to get five shots on target to City’s four, it was the incisive finishing of Aguero and Sterling that ensured City didn’t drop points to a spirited Swansea. The result was Swansea’s fourth loss in six games this season and leaves the club just one point above the relegation zone. Pressure is mounting on manager Francesco Guidolin with Manchester United legend Ryan Giggsbeing linked to the job.

Chelsea struggling

Arsenal picked up an important win over London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates stadium. The Gunners won 3-0 after a scintillating first half display where their passing and pace were too much for Chelsea’s defence to handle. Sanchez and Ozil were outstanding for Arsenal, with Sanchez once again playing as striker for the injured Giroud. Antonio Conte now has a challenge on his hands to turn Chelsea’s fortunes around after a second straight loss. Some of the problems that haunted Chelsea last season still remain with Ivanovic and Cahill being exposed in defence by fast attacking players and Eden Hazard struggling to have an impact. Chelsea visit Hull next weekend in the Premier League.

Where’s Rooney?

Wayne Rooney was left out of the starting 11 by Jose Mourinho as Manchester United cruised to a 4-1 over Leicester City at Old Trafford. The move to leave Rooney on the bench also came with a tactical change as Ander Herrera played as a defensive midfielder allowing Paul Pogba and Juan Mata to play together in the centre of the park. It was Pogba’s best performance of the season so far for United. He played a key part in Mata’s second goal and then scored his first goal for the club with a header. Rooney came on as a substitute in the 83rd minute for Marcus Rashford. Leicester are struggling to find the defensive stability that won them the title last season conceding four goals in the first half, three of them from corners.

Stoke and Sunderland

Sunderland and Stoke are the only two teams yet to win a game this season in the Premier League. Both teams led their opponents on the weekend but couldn’t complete the win. Sunderland were 2-0 up against Crystal Palace thanks to two goals from Jermain Defoe but surrendered three second half goals to lose the game. While Stoke where 1-0 up but an injury time goal from West Bromwich Albion left them gaining only their second point of the season. The game was West Brom manager Tony Pulis’ 1000th game as a manager, giving him a record of 361 wins, 301 draws, and 338 losses.