Six-goal City goes top, Liverpool held by Burn­ley

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LON­DON: Manch­ester City stormed to the top of the Premier League as Ser­gio Aguero’s hat trick in­spired a 6-0 de­mo­li­tion of Wat­ford, while Philippe Coutinho’s re­turn could not lift Liverpool in a 1-1 draw against Burn­ley on Saturday.

With pre­vi­ous lead­ers Manch­ester United not in ac­tion un­til Sun­day’s clash with Ever­ton, City had a chance to move three points clear of their ti­tle ri­vals.

Aguero en­sured they did just that as the Ar­gen­tine for­ward main­tained his mas­tery of Wat­ford at Vicarage Road.

Pep Guardi­ola’s side took the lead in the 27th minute when Aguero headed in from Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick for his sev­enth goal in five games against the Hor­nets.

Aguero was not fin­ished in­flict­ing pain on Marco Silva’s men and he struck again four min­utes later, tap­ping in af­ter Wat­ford goal­keeper Heurelho Gomes could not hold David Silva’s cross-shot.

Hav­ing notched his fifth goal of the sea­son, Aguero turned provider in the 38th minute, slip­ping in Gabriel Je­sus for a non­cha­lant fin­ish.

It was City’s 12th goal of a mem­o­rable week that also in­cluded a 5-0 thrash­ing of Liverpool and a 4-0 win at Feyeno­ord.

Ni­co­las Ota­mendi added to that tally when he headed in the fourth from Silva’s cross in the 63rd minute be­fore Aguero com­pleted his 10th City tre­ble with nine min­utes left.

There was still time for Ra­heem Ster­ling to win and con­vert an 89thminute penalty to cap City’s swag­ger­ing dis­play.

At An­field, with Sa­dio Mane sus­pended, Coutinho made his first Liverpool start since his failed at­tempt to force a move to Barcelona.

Brazil for­ward Coutinho missed the first five games of the sea­son with a back in­jury be­fore com­ing on in Wed­nes­day’s 2-2 Cham­pi­ons League draw against Sevilla.

But de­spite his re­turn, Jur­gen Klopp’s team were rocked when Scott Ar­field put Burn­ley in front in the 27th minute.

Liverpool drew level three min­utes later through Mo­hamed Salah’s cool fin­ish from Emre Can’s pass, but the Reds couldn’t find a win­ner with Coutinho sub­sti­tuted in the clos­ing stages.

Roy Hodg­son was un­able to stop Crys­tal Palace hit­ting a his­toric low as Steven Davis sealed Southamp­ton’s 1-0 win at Sel­hurst Park.

For­mer Eng­land boss Hodg­son was tak­ing charge of Palace for the first time fol­low­ing his ap­point­ment on Tues­day as suc­ces­sor to the sacked Frank de Boer.

But Hodg­son could not in­spire an im­me­di­ate up­turn in Palace’s for­tunes, with Davis’s goal con­demn­ing the Ea­gles to a piece of un­wanted his­tory.

Palace sit bot­tom of the ta­ble af­ter be­com­ing the first English top-tier team to lose their open­ing five fix­tures with­out scor­ing a sin­gle goal.

Jamie Vardy res­cued Le­ices­ter City as his penalty se­cured a 1-1 draw at Hud­der­s­field Town.

Lau­rent De­poitre, on his full Premier League de­but, put Hud­der­s­field ahead in the 47th minute, only for Eng­land striker Vardy to equal­ize with a spot-kick three min­utes later fol­low­ing Chris Lowe’s foul on Andy King.

Ja­maal Las­celles was New­cas­tle United’s hero again as he clinched a 2-1 win over Stoke City at St. James’ Park.

Rafael Ben­itez’s side took the lead when Chris­tian Atsu volleyed home for his first Premier League goal in the 19th minute.

Xher­dan Shaqiri equal­ized for Stoke with an im­pres­sive strike, curl­ing home af­ter a pen­e­trat­ing run in the 57th minute.

But New­cas­tle cap­tain Las­celles, who also bagged the win­ner at Swansea City last week­end, earned the hosts’ third suc­ces­sive vic­tory with a header from Matt Ritchie’s 68th minute cor­ner.

Manch­ester City’s Ser­gio Aguero cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing their fifth goal com­plet­ing his hat trick against Wat­ford on Saturday. (Reuters)

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