Liverpool continued their perfect start to the 2019/20 season, defeating Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. Despite going down to a Jetro Willems 7th minute strike, the Kops responded with a Sadio Mane brace and Muhammad Salah icing on the cake to ensure they win their 5th game of the season.
Defending champions Man City succumbed to a first loss of the season as they went down 2-3 away to Norwich City on the same day. Kenny McLean and Todd Cantwell put the host 2-0 up inside 27 minutes before Sergio Aguero pulled one back for Pep Guardiola’s side. In-form Teemu Pukki scored a third for Norwich at the start of the second half and despite Rodri scoring with two minutes to play, City could not get anything out of the game. They now have 10 points from five games and are 5 (points) behind leaders Liverpool.
On the same day, both Man United and Spurs snapped their three-game winless run with victories over Leicester City and Crystal Palace respectively. United beat the Foxes 1-0 thanks to a Marcus Rashford 8th minute penalty while Spurs ran riot, defeating Palace 4-0 at home. Son Heung Min scored twice with Eric Lamela and Patrick Van Aanholt (OG) scoring the other goals.
The results mean Spurs climb into third with 8 points, level with United who are in 4th.
Still on Saturday, Chelsea powered to a 5-2 victory at Wolves thanks to goals from Tammy Abraham *3, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori. Wolves saw Patrick Cutrone and Abraham (OG) score their consolations.
On Sunday, Arsenal blew a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 away to Watford. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace for the Gunners before Tom Cleverly and a late Roberto Pereyra penalty ensured the two sides share spoils at the end of the day.
Elsewhere, Southampton were 1-0 winners at Sheffield United, Bournemouth beat Everton 3-1 at home while Brighton and Burnley drew 1-1. The game between Aston Villa and West Ham United will be played on Monday night.
Here are the 11 best performers on Premier League match-day 5 as compiled by Shaban Lubega.
GK: Hugo Lloris (Spurs)
Struggled to find a keeper for my team this week but had to settle for the Spurs captain who managed a clean-sheet in his side’s 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday. On top of managing the clean-sheet, the custodian also made six saves on the day.
RB: Sam Bryam (Norwich)
Stopping Raheem Sterling is no easy fate these days and that is what Bryam did as Norwich stunned Man City on Saturday evening. It is surprising to know that Bryam was only playing because Max Aarons is currently injured.
CB: Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea)
Fikayo was one of the stand out performers as Chelsea defeated Wolves 5-2 away from home. The youngster capped his brilliant day with the opening goal, his first for the Blues.
CB: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth)
Another one who impressed me with his performance this weekend despite not scoring. Cook halted whatever Everton threw at Bournemouth in the 3-1 win on Sunday.
LB: Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)
Robertson has made 17 assists in the Premier League since the start of the 2017-18 season, the most of any defender in this period. On Saturday, he assisted Sadio Mane’s equalizer as Liverpool defeated Newcastle United 3-1.
MF: Moussa Djenepo (Southampton)
Against Sheffield United on Saturday, Djenepo netted his second Premier League goal for Southampton courtesy of just his third shot on target in the competition.
MF: Kenny McLean (Norwich)
McLean scored against Man City, while also completing 87% of his passes and won all six of his duels.
MF: Son Heung Min (Spurs).
Son was the chief tormentor as Spurs defeated Crystal Palace 4-0 on Saturday. The South Korean scored a brace in the game.
FW: Sadio Mane (Liverpool).
Sadio Mane has never lost a Premier League home game in which he’s found the net, winning 33 and drawing two of his previous 35 games in the competition when doing so. On Saturday, he scored a brace as the Kops came from a goal down to defeat Newcastle 3-1.
FW: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Aubameyang scored twice in the 2-2 draw away to Watford on Sunday evening.
FW: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)
Tammy Abraham (21y 347d) has become the youngest ever Chelsea player to score a Premier League hat-trick. He did so as the Blues beat Wolves 5-2 away from home on Saturday afternoon.