Liverpool maintain their impressive form in the Premier League after thrashing Watford 6-1 at Anfield on Sunday. Sadio Mané scored twice, while Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino produced stellar performances to fire the Reds to the top for the first time since May 2014.
This ruthless dominance under Jurgen Klopp shows that Liverpool are ready for a gruelling title challenge this season and a far cry from the performance-roulette of past seasons. Failing to beat weaker opponents has been a weakness that has plagued Liverpool for so long. We are witnessing something new here, and Liverpool are suddenly several bookmakers’ favourites – including European gambling sites such as http://www.spelautomater.se/ – for the Premier League title.
The fact Mané, Coutinho and Firmino’s stats are this close to Messi, Suarez and Neymar’s really is exciting. pic.twitter.com/fPbSRculwu
— ᴛᴏᴍ (@FutboIFirmino) November 6, 2016
Mané, the summer arrival from Southampton, has once again proved to be the fulcrum of the Red’s attack. However, it was Coutinho, the Brazilian maestro, who once again stole the show with a scintillating all-round performance.
In Wales, Zlatan Ibrahimović ended his scoring drought with two goals against Swansea City. Paul Pogba, the club’s record signing, scored a stunner with a volley from outside the box, but it was the Frenchman’s overall impact on the game that stood out as the main positive for United.
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Harry Kane marked his return from injury with a goal as Tottenham held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw in the north London derby at the Emirates. While Arsenal took the lead in the first half after Kevin Wimmer diverted a header into his own net, the visitors were awarded a penalty when Mousa Dembélé was tripped down in the box by Laurent Koscielny.
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On Saturday, Middlesbrough scored a late equaliser to frustrate Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad. Sergio Agüero gave City the lead just before the break, meeting a superb cross from Kevin De Bruyne.
150 – Sergio Aguero has now scored 150 goals in just 223 appearances in all competitions for Manchester City. Icon. pic.twitter.com/LBxkarcpyc
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 5, 2016
Boro, who barely threatened in the opening 45 minutes, improved after the break and created a few good chances. City dominated the possession but paid the price in the end. They failed to take their chances, but Martin De Roon took his and gave Boro an unexpected point with a late header.
Chelsea produced arguably their best performance of the 2016-17 season, humiliating Everton 5-0 at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard continued his great scoring form, giving the Blues an early lead. And 23 seconds later, the Belgian turned into a provider for Marcos Alonso’s goal. Diego Costa went on to score his 9th goal of the season to make it 3-0 at half time.
Eden Hazard second goal… he’s just unreal pic.twitter.com/Q5AcLfLz0S
— liam (@Iiamf) November 5, 2016
The onslaught continued after the break with Hazard scoring a stunning solo goal. Pedro made it 5-0 to cap off a memorable night for the Blues.
Elsewhere, Sunderland grabbed the first win of the season after beating Bournemouth 2-1 on Saturday. Ashley Barnes scored the winner for Burnley against Crystal Palace and Bojan Krkić scored late to earn Stoke City a 1-1 draw against West Ham.