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Liver­pool ham­mered by Manch­ester City

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Liver­pool went from dish­ing out a hu­mil­i­a­tion to be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end of one.

A 5-0 loss at Manch­ester City on Satur­day handed Juer­gen Klopp his big­gest loss in two years man­ag­ing Liver­pool. And it quickly punc­tured the op­ti­mism gather­ing around their ti­tle chal­lenge fol­low­ing a 4-0 vic­tory over Arse­nal be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break.

Four of City’s goals against Liver­pool came af­ter Sa­dio Mane was sent off for a high chal­lenge that forced goal­keeper Eder­son off in­jured in Manch­ester.

“I am not con­cerned in the long term,” Klopp said. “It was hard for the boys but I don’t look for ex­cuses.”

Jose Mourinho did af­ter Manch­ester United’s win­ning start ended in a 2-2 draw at Stoke, ref­er­enc­ing the World Cup qual­i­fiers over the past two weeks.

“My play­ers, af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break, are not the same,” Mourinho said.

Chelsea’s only set­back so far came in an open­ing-day loss. The champions have been on the up since then, and a third suc­ces­sive vic­tory was se­cured with a 2-1 vic­tory over Leices­ter.

Arse­nal quickly re­cov­ered from its mis­ery at An­field by beat­ing Bournemouth 3-0. Danny Wel­beck scored twice and Alexan­dre La­cazette also net­ted to leave the south-coast team win­less af­ter four games.

Brighton scored its first topflight goals in 34 years in a 3-1 vic­tory over West Brom.

Harry Kane, the league’s top scorer last sea­son, is off the mark as well for the cam­paign. The Tot­ten­ham striker net­ted twice in a 3-0 win at Ever­ton, and Chris­tian Erik­sen also found the tar­get.

GER­MAN BUN­DESLIGA

Hof­fen­heim stunned Bay­ern Mu­nich 2-0 in the Bun­desliga, the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive win at home over the de­fend­ing cham­pion over­seen by coach Ju­lian Nagels­mann.

Coun­ter­part Carlo Ancelotti was left pon­der­ing how his side lost af­ter 23 ef­forts at goal.

SPAN­ISH LA LIGA

Barcelona has quickly put an an­guish­ing Au­gust be­hind it and taken the early lead of the Span­ish league.

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to lead its 5-0 win over crosstown ri­val Es­panyol, mak­ing it the only side so far to win its first three games in La Liga.

Real Madrid fell four points adrift and sits in sixth place af­ter a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive draw at San­ti­ago Bern­abeu Sta­dium. Zine­dine Zi­dane’s side may come to rue its 1-1 slip to the newly pro­moted Le­vante.

GETTY IM­AGES

Liver­pool’s Sa­dio Mane (right) is sent off for a foul on Manch­ester City goal­keeper Eder­son dur­ing yes­ter­day’s match.

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