It is hard enough to play multi-millionaires Manchester City at the Etihad with 11 men on the pitch never mind 10.
So Liverpool found it tough, would most probably have been beaten however well they played, but, given a lacklustre performance, City smacked five past them.
Liverpool were already trailing to Sergio Aguero’s cool finish when Sadio Mane was sent off eight minutes before half-time for a high challenge on Ederson that left City’s keeper requiring lengthy treatment before being replaced by Claudio Bravo.
Gabriel Jesus made it two, Aguero set up Jesus for his second after the break before substitute Leroy Sane added a late brace.
Under pressure Arsenal, after defeats to Stoke and Liverpool, got the show back on the road, beating Bournemouth 3-0 at the Emirates.
The visitors are yet to register a point after a fourth successive defeat.
Danny Welbeck headed the Gunners in front after six minutes, record signing Alexandre Lacazette doubled the lead before Welbeck added a third just after half-time.
It was comfortable for Arsenal and Bournemouth already look like they are in a relegation battle.
As per usual, Harry Kane failed to score in August.
As per usual he is up and running in September, notching two as Tottenham secured a comprehensive 3-0 away win at Everton.
Kane got lucky for the first, his 100th Premier League goal, as an attempted cross from the right looped over home keeper Jordan Pickford.
Christian Eriksen scored Spurs’ second from close range before Kane sealed the game with a neat finish immediately after the break.
For Everton, it could have been even worse and follows their loss at Chelsea in their previous game.
They aspire to be a top-four side, but, despite a summer of heavy spending in the transfer market, are still to make that step up.
Tottenham, however, who have been right there challenging for the last two seasons, will hope that this time they can reach the mountain top.
Chelsea march on, winning 2-1 at Leicester and in the process sending out a message that the Champions are intent on retaining their crown.
Alvaro Morata nodded in before half-time and N’Golo Kante made it two, declining to celebrate out of respect to his old club.
Jamie Vardy got one back from the penalty spot but Leicester couldn’t find an equaliser.
Stoke are immensely strong at home and managed to thwart yet another big name visitor.
It ended 2-2 as Manchester United’s 100 per cent start to the season came to an end.
For Stoke, new signing Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting struck twice.
Marcus Rashford got lucky, scoring with a fluke, and Romelu Lukaku netted another.