The Premier League once again provided plenty of goals and drama, as Game Week 11 saw Liverpool moved to the top of the league, but Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City are hot on their heels, read our review of all the action.
Liverpool thrash Watford to go top of the Premier League
You’ll Never Walk Alone sang the Anfield army … but Watford must have felt very alone as they were battered 6-1. It meant Liverpool went top of the Premier League for the first time under manager Jurgen Klopp.
It has been coming, with the home side’s attacking prowess thrilling supporters – the fifth time Liverpool have scored four goals or more in the league this season.
They are now highest scorers with 30 goals from their 11 matches.
Yet they can’t seem to complete a clean sheet and others, like Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have far greater financial clout. Not something which deterred Leicester last season of course.
But a long way to go.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 7, 2016
Sadio Mane’s flicked header put the Reds ahead before Philippe Coutinho threaded a shot through a host of defenders for number two. Adam Lallana crossed for Emre Can to head home, Roberto Firmino tapped in a Lallana cut-back before the Brazilian turned provider and Mane secured a fifth.
Georginio Wijnaldum completed the scoring in the 91st minute with his first goal for the club, after substitute Daniel Sturridge had struck the bar twice.
Watford got a late consolation through Daryl Janmaat.
Hazard sparkles again as Chelsea trounce Everton at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea are getting their act together and trashed the other half of Merseyside 5-0. Eden Hazard scored twice, Marcos Alonso put through Maarten Stekelenburg’s legs, Diego Costa got his customary goal, and then Pedro tapped into an empty net.
As conclusive as it gets. Put Everton, on something of a revival, firmly back in their box. Chelsea were just brilliant and must on this form be real contenders to be champions.
‘When you have this type of performance you are very happy, I’m pleased above all for my players.’ – Antonio Conte pic.twitter.com/sngRQcNgmo
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 6, 2016
Hazard and Costa had blinders.
Manchester City drop points against Middlesbrough and lose Premier League top spot
A totally different story at Manchester City – another hiccup for Pep Guardiola. Marten de Roon’s injury-time headed equaliser secured a draw for Middlesbrough.
Sergio Aguero put City ahead, stabbing in Kevin de Bruyne’s cross for his 150th City goal, but it wasn’t enough. City were utterly dominant, Aguero and de Bruyne missed big opportunities.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 5, 2016
One wonders whether Guardiola and co would know where Middlesbrough was … or is that harsh. “A pity,” he commented through clenched teeth. So, 1-1 the final score.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur share the spoils in North London Derby
It was pumped up as the big one but the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur never quite reached the heights.
Kevin Wimmer’s own goal three minutes before the interval gave Arsenal the advantage but Harry Kane, back from injury, scored from the penalty spot
It wasn’t the win we wanted – but there’s still a long way to go
Thanks for your tremendous support
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 6, 2016
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 6, 2016
Both sides crashed balls against the post, but neither could make it count in the Premier League race. Honours even.
Pogba and Ibrahimovic shine as Manchester United return to winning ways
Manchester United beat second bottom Swansea 3-1, as some of their goal-shy forwards finally found the net.
Paul Pogna smacked a beauty while Zlatan Ibrahimovic squeezing one in at the near post, the 25,000th scored in the Premier League.
The Swede struck again in the 33rd minute for his 400th career goal. Mike van der Hoorn pulled a goal back for Swansea – new manager Bob Bradley is still waiting for his first win. Swansea were abject.
A #PL landmark
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 6, 2016
Jose Mourinho almost featured a second team against the Welsh strugglers, inclusive of Darmian, Jones, Carrick, Rojo and Fellaini, the sort of names pundits have cited when speculating who might get shown the door by the Portuguese coach.
None of them his own signings. Rooney was back starting and played with a smile on his face – perhaps there is life in the old dog yet. But United remain a very long journey away from scaling the heights of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
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