To many football lovers all over the world, the international break is a poor distraction from the main staple; the European leagues and specifically, the Barclays Premier League.
After one week of inactivity, the Barclays Premier League returned with its usual verve. Liverpool captured the mind during the international break as they unveiled the charismatic Jurgen Klopp as their new head coach.
After parting ways with Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool fans had the anticipation of a proven winner and looked forward to see how Klopp would set up his team.
Liverpool kicked off away to Tottenham at 12:45. Tottenham are understandably on a high after their head coach, Mauricio Pochettino was named manager of the month for September.
The game promised much as it was played at a high intensity but eventually delivered no goals.
Elsewhere, Van Gaal’s Manchester United looked to bounce back from a horrendous loss to Arsenal in their last encounter and the prospect could not have been more daunting. Facing a familiar foe away from home, few people would have predicted that Manchester United would pick up a point from their encounter at Goodison Park with Everton.
By the end of 90 minutes, Everton found themselves on the wrong end of a proper thrashing as they crumpled like a pack of cards. Roberto Martinez’s frustration was understandable as he was subjected to an evening of watching 19 year old Anthony Martial bossing right back Seamus Coleman.
Manchester City continued their strong start to the season with a 5-1 demolition of newly promoted Bournemouth. The highlight of the game was a first premier league hat-trick for record signing Raheem Sterling. Wilfried Bony bagged a brace to quell worries of a goal drought.
Elsewhere, Chelsea looked to put a disappointing loss to Southampton behind them as they faced Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa. Chelsea had Brad Guzan to thank for being generous enough to gift them two easy goals as Chelsea moved up to 11th position on the log.
Crystal Palace could do precious little to prevent Dmitri Payet from sinking their ship as Pardew’s team lost 3-1 to West Ham. Jamie Vardy rallied a Leicester comeback against Southampton as they drew 2-2.
Jamie Vardy becomes the highest goal scorer this season, with 9 goals from 9 games.
After putting up a solid resistance for half an hour and spurning several chances, Watford paid for their profligacy when Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring for Arsenal.
It didn’t take long for Arsenal to add two more to sum up a comprehensive victory for the North London club.