Liverpool become the first team this season to defeat the Sky Blues! It was billed as the game of the weekend, probably the game of the season and maybe even (as it turns out) the game of 2018. Manchester City travelled to Anfield, to take on the mighty reds and suffered their first defeat of the season.
This game fully lived up to the hype and saw Liverpool leading City by 4 goals to 1 at one stage. City though showed their mettle in coming back to 4-3 and came close to equalising in the dying seconds of the game.
It was Liverpool’s finest hour and despite having sold Coutinho to Barcelona for £142 million hours earlier and new signing Van Dijk being sidelined it was a dominant display from the Reds. The closing 25 minutes were nervy though as Manchester City fought to avoid the inevitable and came close to doing so. Klopp’s Liverpool hung on though for a deserved win in what was a very, very good match.
They love their ‘clackers’ at the Kirklees stadium. Clackers if you don’t know are those contraptions that make an awful noise and that are handed out in the family stands for the girls and young children to wave around above their heads at every opportunity. Whatever happened to singing fan anthems eh? Huddersfield seem to especially love them. It seems, as though the entire crowd (except the visitors) have one in their hands. They are Huddersfield’s equivalent of the Vuvuzela.
Clackers didn’t help them this week though as they got ‘hammered’ 4-1 by West Ham in a display that will have pleased new manager David Moyes. West Ham are now unbeaten in their last four games and have climbed to 11th in the league.
Arsenal took on the Cherries at Dean court and were well and truly given the pip. Arsene Wenger said after the game that he could not understand how his team lost. The reality was it was because they were terrible.
Arsenal did take the lead with a goal from Hector Bellerin after 52 minutes but a spirited fight back from Bournemouth saw them score two goals in the space of four minutes to heap more misery on Arsenal. Wenger who is probably having a tough enough time as it is trying to keep his squad together seemed uncertain of the fate of their star striker Sanchez. Will he be City or United bound? The next 48 hours should see an answer to this conundrum.
Alan Pardew picked up his first win in the Premier League with a 2-0 home victory against Brighton. This saw the end of a 20-match streak without a win for the Baggies and was a joyful moment for perennially ‘under pressure’ Pardew.
Sadly, many West Brom fans will still have been celebrating this victory when news of the death of local favourite Cyril Regis was announced at the age of only 59. Regis scored 112 goals in 297 appearances for the Baggies.