Was this past weekend the moment which revealed a turning point in the Premier League? Liverpool lost for only the 2nd time this season and the Reds have now gone without a win for the last 3 games. However it was also a weekend which cemented the rise of the Manchester teams and both clubs have now made a genuine threat for Liverpool's title.
Liverpool's 1-0 defeat at Southampton means that Manchester United would go ahead of Jurgen Klopp's team if they won their game in hand. It also means that Manchester City would leap frog Liverpool if they won their 2 games in hand. Whilst there are a lot of ifs, United and City's form is brilliant and you get the sense that Liverpool are getting crowded out.
It's the number of draws which have set back Liverpool, they have had six so far and they will be kicking themselves for dropping points against the likes of Fulham and Brighton for example. Against Southampton Liverpool were limited to a couple of shots on target as the Saints were tactically brilliant and such was the win that manager Ralph Hasenhuttl dropped to his knees and cried at the final whistle. It would be ironic that the game would be settled by a Danny Ings goal- Ings being a former Liverpool player.
Perhaps the biggest fixture of the weekend was over in 45 minutes as Manchester City looked back to their brilliant best as they beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. The score was 3-0 at half time. Kevin De Bruyne proved once again why he's one of the best midfielder's in the world and the result felt like a statement win for Guardiola's team. As for Chelsea the pressure is on Frank Lampard. The Blues finished 4th last season but they have spent heavy in the summer and they are now 9th. The good news is that there is only a 3 point gap to 4th but a possible challenge for the league title is really hanging in the balance.
Manchester United and Leicester have won more games than Liverpool and United beat a very good Aston Villa team in an entertaining game 2-1. Bruno Fernandes scored the winner from the spot and he now has 11 goals so far. Leicester beat Newcastle away 2-1 and James Maddison who has been so impressive this season grabbed one of the goals. Everton disappointingly lost to West Ham- one team in glorious form and one struggling and yet the away side were able to win 1-0 in an otherwise poor game and a setback for Everton.
Arsenal look to have turned a corner with a brilliant 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion and the Gunners have now won 3 in a row and climbed to 11th place. The hero of the hour was Alexandre Lacazette who scored a brace. As for West Brom surely the latest spate of results confirms that Slaven Bilic wasn't the problem at the club, it's the players. Since park the bus Sam Allardyce has arrived at the Baggies they have conceded 13 goals in just four games. West Brom have slipped six points from safety and their next game is Wolves away.
The Premier League takes a weeks break now for the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
Premier League: Team of the week:
Leno, Alderweireld, Holding, Schlupp, Tierney. De Bruyne, Fernandes, Maddison, Maupay, Foden, Lacazette