Liverpool won the big game against title rivals Manchester City 3-1 but for one or more of the rest named above this weekend could well be their last in the Premier League. Owners of struggling clubs are notorious for getting trigger happy as an international break looms large as it gives their new charges a tiny bit of breathing space to bed in.
Everton increased the pressure on Southampton manager Hasenhuttl with a 2-1 victory at St Mary’s as Tom Davies and Richarlison scored either side of Danny Ings’ equaliser.
The Saints, who stay 19th, were booed off at full-time as some home fans threw their scarves on to the pitch. Poor old Hasenhuttl’s life can’t fall apart as he never had it together in England. And his nickname of ‘The Alpine Klopp’ is looking more and more ridiculous as the weeks go by.
West Ham’s winless run extended to seven games in all competitions as they were beaten 3-0 at Burnley and they are just two places above the relegation zone.
The Hammers resume after the international break at home to Tottenham who are having equally a bad time of it – worse really considering it was just four short months ago they reached the Champions League final.
Their tally of 14 points is their lowest after 12 games of a Premier League season since 2008/09 and after their lucky 1-1 draw with Sheffield United it meant Mauricio Pochettino’s men have now lost more points from winning positions than any other Prem side this season (12).
Spurs have won a paltry six of their last 24 Premier League games – and none of their last five – and should have lost against the brilliant Blades as Chris Wilder’s side had a perfectly good goal ruled out by yet another abysmal VAR call.
It is now 94 games in all competitions since ‘Tinkerman II’ last named an unchanged team, which might go some way to explain their inconsistency. It seems the Argentine gaffer is so confused as to what is his best team he doesn’t know whether to check his ass or scratch his watch!
North London rivals Arsenal might sit sixth – eight places about Spurs but only three points separate them.
And on Saturday this Gunners side were as wet and woeful as the downpour in Leicester. The conditions made it more the King Shower not King Power Stadium but the hosts ran out deserved 2-0 winners.
Arsenal have taken 87 points in their 50 Premier League games under Emery (W25 D12 L13) – one fewer than they managed in their final 50 under Arsene Wenger (W27 D7 L16). It is regression like this that starts whispers of the Spaniard being handed his P45 sooner rather than later.
“Are you Tottenham in disguise,” chanted the Leicester fans, in full taunting mode. Come on guys and gals, it’s bad but not THAT bad.
Also wearing a frown that Melania Trump would be proud of was Pep Guardiola who watched his champions lose a game they really had to win at Anfield.
He had some key injuries, not least keeper Ederson, but this is what one of the costliest squads in the world was designed to handle. Yet despite the gaps in personnel he has to shoulder some of the blame for starting Angelino.
His selection ahead of World Cup winner Benjamin Mendy and Joao Cancelo who he spent £60-sodding-million on this summer was baffling and it was cruel to give a 22-year-old who cost just £5.3m only his second start in a game of such magnitude.
Klopp has spent big on a handful of players but it was some of his more shrewd acquisitions that shone in this massive victory. Between them, £8m bargain buy Andrew Robertson, 25, and freebie Trent Alexander-Arnold, 21, provided 24 league assists, ranked second and third at Liverpool for chances created and provided 257 crosses from open play last season.
The pair of them are on a mission to better those incredible numbers this term and combined brilliantly for the killer second goal. Alexander-Arnold’s instinctive 60-yard switch pass with his weaker foot to Robbo was followed by an equally sumptuous cross that was brilliantly headed home by Mo Salah. It was a team goal that took the breath away.
Fabinho’s rocket and a brave header by Sadio Mane from a quite brilliant Jordan Henderson cross won it for the Reds with Bernado Silva sweeping home a consolation.
Guardiola was furious two penalties decisions went against his side but both were borderline handballs with Silva handling the ball before Alexander-Arnold on the first occasion.
Rival supporters who snidely call Klopp’s team lucky LiVARpool conveniently forget Bobby Firmino recently having a goal ruled out by his armpit and Manchester United scoring despite a blatant foul on Divock Origi.
Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper – and Guardiola was the epitome of that this weekend.
AND finally Raheem Sterling has been axed by Gareth Southgate ahead of England’s European Qualifier against Montenegro.
The Manchester City winger was obviously still be smarting over the defeat by his former side when he went for Liverpool defender Joe Gomez – first in the match when he squared up to him and again days later in the England canteen.
You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist but at least when he calmed down Sterling was man enough to admit his mistake and apologise for letting his ‘emotions get the better’ of him. It’s just a shame a player who has done so much on and off the pitch for football and his nation will miss England’s historic 1000th fixture.