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