To be sure and just to remind us that we are indeed on planet Earth, Aston Villa beat Liverpool 7-2. SEVEN goals past the reigning champions, seven goals past the team who have reached the Champions League final twice in the last 3 years, winning once, seven goals past the reigning World Club Cup holders, seven goals past a team who had gone up until the end of February last season without defeat. It was an astounding result, in an incredible game of which wrapped around it is an incredible season so far.
Liverpool were the odds on favourites to beat Aston Villa and make it four wins out of four. The script Gods had it that Liverpool would ease to victory, that the two rival Merseyside teams would be 1st and 2nd in the league, both unbeaten and would play each other next on October 17th for what would have been billed as the most important Everton-Liverpool derby in a generation. Whilst that match still remains of high interest a shine was taken off who would lose their 100% record when Villa put Liverpool to the sword at the weekend. Who could have guessed it would have been Dean Smith's side, the same team who narrowly avoided relegation last season?
Whilst Jack Grealish showed all of his potential in scoring two goals and assisting in a further two perhaps the plaudits need to go to Ollie Watkins who signed from Brentford for almost £30m. Watkins scored a hat trick in easily the greatest game he has been involved in. So Liverpool have lost already and Allison who was injured in the warm up could be out for up to six weeks, this league unlike last season has just exploded.
In 1st place is Everton after they made it four wins out of four with a brilliant 4-2 win over Brighton at Goodison Park. Indeed it was a perfect weekend for Carlo Ancelotti's side who saw rivals Leicester lose to West Ham and of course Liverpool too and it means that the Toffee's have gone 3 points clear. Who could have guessed that Everton would be 8 points clear of Manchester City heading into the 5th game of the season? Dominic Calvert-Lewin seems to have turned into a world-class striker from a decent one and he jointly heads the goalscorers charts with six goals so far this season. James Rodriguez has also started off in blazing style and he scored a brace in this game too.
The goals keep coming in the Premier League with an average rate of 3.7 per game and whilst Tottenham could have always beaten Manchester United, no one would have predicted that they would win 6-1 at Old Trafford - this after going a goal behind to a 2nd minute penalty converted by United's man of the moment Bruno Fernandes. Tottenham struck back with venom possibly exposing all of the weaknesses in United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became manager. Heung-Min Son scored twice as did Harry Kane and the duo are currently looking like the deadliest strike force in the league right now.
Chelsea got some welcome relief after an average start and destroyed Crystal Palace 4-0 as Frank Lampard will be hoping that by every week all of his new signings will start to gel consistently. Leeds drew 1-1 with Manchester City after going a goal behind in a very enjoyable end to end game which proves that Marcelo Bielsa's side have much more bite to them than the opening weekend suggested.
In transfer news the window closed shut with not too much fuss as clubs had already spent the bulk of their budget. Manchester United jumped out of signing Jadon Sancho when it emerged that the fee, plus salary and signing on fee was simply going to cost too much. They have brought in veteran striker Edinson Cavani though. Arsenal made the biggest splash by signing highly rated Atletico Madrid player Thomas Partey for £45m, Lucas Torriera has gone the other way.
All domestic leagues take a break now with the focus of international football taking over for the next 10 days.