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  • Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game with Philippe Coutinho (right) (PA Wire)Source: PA Wire
9 Nov 2016 - 7:49 AM  UPDATED 9 Nov 2016 - 8:06 AM

Klopp on top

Liverpool went to the top of the Premier League table with a 6-1 thumping of Watford on the weekend, the first time they have reached the top of the table under Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool knew that a win would take them top after Manchester City and Arsenal both drew in their home games the previous day, but Liverpool showed no signs of pressure, putting on ruthless display with 17 shots on target for the match. Liverpool’s title credentials are starting to look stronger as the side’s impressive form continues. They have already travelled to title rivals Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea, picking up seven points from those games and they don’t play anyone else in the current top six until they host Manchester City on the 1st of January, 2017. But while their fluid attacking play is creating plenty of goals, they would still be disappointed to again concede an easy goal as Watford’s Daryl Janmaat dribbled into the box and scored under little pressure. Liverpool’s 14 goals conceded this season is the most of any of the top seven teams and they have only kept one clean sheet.

Hazard alert

Two goals from Eden Hazard has propelled Chelsea past Everton and into second place on the Premier League table, passing Arsenal and Manchester City as they both dropped points. It was a stylish win for Chelsea as they completely dominated Everton scoring 5 goals with some brilliant moments of flair and skill while still maintaining control in defence and not allowing Everton to have a single shot on target. Eden Hazard was the man who stole the show, wowing the crowd with silky touches, long dribbles and lethal finishing. It was the type of performance that Hazard showed so much of two season ago when he won the Premier League player of the season. After a disappointing season last year, Hazard seems to be enjoying his football again and ready to show his talent on a weekly basis.

Burnley looking solid

Burnley beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Turf Moor thanks to injury time winner from Ashley Barnes who was playing just his second game of the season after recovering from a knee injury. The win puts Burnley ninth on the Premier League table with four wins and 14 points from the first 11 games. In 2014 Burnley won promotion to the Premier League only to finish 19th and be relegated in their first season in 2015. They then won promotion again straight back to the top flight and this time are looking a better chance at staying in the Premier League. Two season ago in the Premier League, Burnley had only one win, seven points and six goals scored after 11 games. At the same stage this season The Clarets have doubled that points haul with 14 from four wins and also scored 11 goals. Strong home form and some good signings like Icelandic winger Gudmundsson and Belgian midfielder Defour have helped Burnley give themselves a good platform to stay in the Premier League this season.

Palace crumbling

The late winner for Burnley meant that Crystal Palace slumped to their fourth straight loss and dropped to 16th on the table, just one point above Hull City in the drop zone. It was a heartbreaking result for Palace who could just as easily won the game with a number of shots in the closing stages before Burnley’s winner. Scoring goals was Crystal Palace’s trouble last season with only two teams scoring less, however this season goals have been easier to come by with Palace scoring the most goals out of any team outside the top four, helped by club record signing Christian Benteke. Defensively however the Eagles are struggling to stop conceding goals, failing to keep a clean sheet in 16 Premier League games, the longest run of any current top flight team. Palace host Manchester City after the international break.  

Sunderland finally win

Sunderland finally broke through for their first win of the season against Bournemouth despite finishing the game with ten men. Bournemouth had 70% possession and 22 shots to Sunderland’s 9 and looked to be in control of the match after Dan Gosling gave them a deserved lead. After Anichebe levelled, the Cherries continued to create opportunities but couldn’t get past Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who despite being only 22 is having a very good season and continued his exceptional form stopping a number of Bournemouth’s shots. When Steven Pienaar got sent off for a second yellow, things were looking grim for Sunderland but when Anichebe won a penalty, Defoe cooly converted it to give the Black Cats an unlikely first win of the season. Perhaps the spirited performance can be attributed to manager David Moyes who took his players to a factory during the week to show the players that “it is much better to be a footballer than working in a factory” as Moyes told the BBC.