One week removed from the horror of blowing a 2-0 lead to Sunderland, Liverpool rebounded with the type of performance that would make the free-flowing ghosts of the Anfield's attacking past quite proud. Not only was the 6-0 destruction of Aston Villa nice on the eyes, but the team finally has players returning to full health, which is a refreshing twist of fate after a brutal last couple of months on the injury front.
Last week, action elsewhere in the Premier League served as a welcome distraction from problems at Anfield. This week it was simply entertainment in the purest form with all members of the top four playing one another on the same day.
The action at the top of the table lived up to the hype. In Sunday's early game, league leaders Leicester City set out to maintain their position against Arsenal. James Vardy forced a tough right-handed save from Petr Cech on a close-range header in the early exchanges, and not long after, an Olivier Giroud goal was disallowed when he was correctly judged to be offside.
Nacho Monreal tripped Vardy inside the box just before half time, and Vardy sent Cech the wrong way with the ensuing spot kick to put Leicester City up 1-0.
But Arsenal hit back after Danny Simpson saw a second yellow, first scoring through Theo Walcott in the 71st minute and then Danny Welbeck, who won it in stoppage time with a header. The result opened the title race wide open once again.
In the match up between Tottenham and Manchester, Harry Kane and Kelechi Iheanacho traded second half strikes to set up a scintillating finish. Tottenham grabbed all three points when Christan Eriksen slipped past the City defense and slid his shot around Joe Hart.
The upset of the weekend was a pleasing result to Liverpool fans who enjoy the misery of rival teams. Sunderland beat Manchester United 2-1 at the Stadium of Light on a late David de Gea own goal, costing United precious points on a weekend when they could have closed to three points away from a Champions League position. Everton also lost, falling to West Brom 1-0.
Aside from the Sunderland result, this week was less fruitful for the bottom of the table than the last slate of games. Newcastle were thrashed 5-1 against Chelsea, Aston Villa lost 6-0 to Liverpool and Norwich scrapped a point against West Ham in a 2-2 draw to escape the relegation zone for the time being.
There will not be any Premier League matches next weekend.
|1||Leicester City||53 PTS|
|4||Manchester City||47 PTS|
|5||Manchester United||41 PTS|
|7||West Ham||40 PTS|
|10||Stoke City||36 PTS|
|13||Crystal Palace||32 PTS|
|14||West Brom||32 PTS|
|16||Swansea City||27 PTS|
|17||Norwich City||24 PTS|
|20||Aston Villa||16 PTS|