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Sport Three things we learned from the Premier League

00:26  26 october  2020
00:26  26 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Liverpool's 44-game unbeaten run in the Premier League was ended in spectacular style by a 3 -0 defeat at Watford on another weekend when those hoping to join the Reds in the Champions League next season stumbled.

Liverpool, Leicester and Tottenham were the big winners of the Premier League weekend as the only three sides in the top half to win. The gap between Liverpool and Leicester at the top remains eight points, but the Foxes are now three points clear of Manchester City in second and six ahead of

Liverpool unveiled their 'fab four' as the Premier League champions moved within touching distance of first place.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola © PAUL CHILDS Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Manchester United and Chelsea's goalless draw showed the flaws in both teams, while Manchester City are still searching for their peak form.

AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the weekend's Premier League action:

Liverpool on song with Jota

Diogo Jota staked his claim to become part of Liverpool's 'fab four' as the Portugal forward capped their comeback in a 2-1 win against Sheffield United.

Jurgen Klopp's side had fallen behind to Sander Berge's penalty at Anfield, but Roberto Firmino equalised before Jota headed the winner to move Liverpool level on points with leaders Everton.

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AFP sports looks at three things we learned from a midweek round of Premier League action. Lesser sides than the European champions would have wilted under Wolves pressure on a misty January night in the Midlands.

AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the English top-flight this weekend: Liverpool let loose. Not until Mohamed Salah sealed another For a side that have taken 91 points from the last possible 93 in the Premier League , and won a Champions League in that time, that is an advantage

a football player on a field: Liverpool's Diogo Jota (C) celebrates scoring against Sheffield United © Peter Byrne Liverpool's Diogo Jota (C) celebrates scoring against Sheffield United

Jota has scored twice in four league games since signing from Wolves for £45 million in September.

He was deployed as the right-sided forward in a 4-2-3-1 system as Klopp fielded all four of his main attackers together for the first time.

In the hometown of The Beatles, Jota's contribution conjured memories of the period when Philippe Coutinho played alongside Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in Klopp's original Anfield 'fab four'.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard (R) © PHIL NOBLE Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard (R)

"The player he is: he is quick, he has the physicality, he is strong, he is good in the air, he is good on the ground," Klopp said.

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AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the weekend’s Premier League action. VAR ‘risks ruining’ football. Frank Lampard was furious after VAR is making its debut in the Premier League this season but fans have become frustrated by inconsistencies and the time it takes to make decisions.

Liverpool moved to within six points of winning the Premier League as they bounced back to beat Bournemouth, while Manchester City slipped to Liverpool steady the ship. Liverpool's remarkable consistency in romping towards a first league title in 30 years made a series of defeats in three

"A lot of good things. He has exactly the quality we need, so that helps a lot."

No joy for United, Chelsea

As rain lashed down on Old Trafford, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard looked as gloomy as the conditions that left them drenched on the touchline.

A dour goalless draw showed the problems both men have to resolve if they are to turn their teams from top four contenders into title challengers.

Solskjaer and Lampard finished last season with reasons for optimism after taking their clubs into the Champions League via top four finishes.

But there have been precious few signs of progress this term, with United failing to win any of their first three home league games for the first time in 48 years.

Even the debut cameo from Edinson Cavani, who nearly scored with his first touch after coming off the bench, couldn't inspire United, who looked a pale shadow of the team that surprisingly beat Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League in midweek.

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The Premier League returned with a bang as title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool enjoyed goal sprees, while VAR controversies hogged the headl Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the opening weekend of the English top-fight season

The Premier League 's decision to impose an extremely high bar to overturn a referee's initial ruling is under fire as is the reluctance of referee's to review their decisions on a TV at the side of the pitch. Amazingly, VAR is yet to award a penalty 89 games into the season. Salah-less Liverpool lack spark.

United's inconsistency will irk Solskjaer and while Lampard took pride in Chelsea's second successive clean-sheet, the Blues weren't much more impressive.

Set out to contain United after conceding far too often in recent weeks, Chelsea needed two fine saves from Edouard Mendy to hold onto their third successive draw in all competitions.

It was hardly the kind of swashbuckling performance many expected from Chelsea after Lampard spent over £200 million on a host of new signings in the close-season.

Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech are all still finding their feet and Chelsea look lost at times as a result.

Guardiola needs answers

Pep Guardiola's frustrated expression told its own story as the Manchester City manager fended off another round of questions about his team's struggles.

City's underwhelming 1-1 draw at West Ham left them languishing well behind the Premier League pace setters and underlined the growing feeling that Guardiola is struggling to find answer to the problems that ail his team.

After surrendering the title to Liverpool with barely a whimper last season, City were expected to bounce back this term, but they remain defensively frail and inconsistent in attack.

"I would prefer to have results but we have to analyse where we are. Many injuries, a lack of preparation, no recovery time, and tough games we've played so far," Guardiola said.

Adding to Guardiola's problems, Sergio Aguero was forced off against West Ham with a muscle injury.

It took the second half introduction of 20-year-old Phil Foden to spark some life into City at the London Stadium and the dynamic England midfielder's equaliser suggested it is time Guardiola finally leans more heavily on his brightest young talent.

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Panthers re-sign defenseman MacKenzie Weegar to three-year, $9.75M deal .
The 26-year-old has turned into one of the more underrated defensive defensemen in the league over the last few seasons, spending a good amount of his ice time alongside Aaron Ekblad in Florida. Though he doesn’t give you much offensively — he has just 41 points in 172 career games — Weegar has consistently posted strong possession numbers and is a staple on the penalty kill.Standing just 6-0 and without exceptional speed, Weegar does a little bit of everything on the ice. He’ll hit when needed but will never lead the league in that category and isn’t going to blind you with any 100-foot stretch passes.

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