Premier League champions, Liverpool received a rude awakening in an thrilling round of action as races for Europe and survival continue to throw surprises.
Outgoing champions, Manchester City gave Liverpool a guard of honour pre-match but it was Kevin De Bruyne who struck first for City, scoring from the penalty spot after Joe Gomez had fouled Raheem Sterling.
Sterling added a chipped in second from Phil Foden’s pass before the latter then scored himself, following a nice one-two with De Bruyne on the cusp of half-time.
City then completed a four goal rout midway through the second-half when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deflected Sterling’s chipped shot into his own goal, whilst Riyad Mahrez had a fifth chalked off by VAR in stoppage time.Embed from Getty Images
Kelechi Iheanacho’s 51st minute goal wasn’t enough for Leicester as they fell to defeat at Everton, who secured the win through early first-half goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Chelsea also suffered a surprise defeat at West Ham after Andriy Yarmolenko struck a late winner, despite Willian scoring twice for the Blues in a five goal thriller.
A brace from Bruno Fernandes alongside Mason Greenwood’s opening strike proved enough for Manchester United to stay fifth, as the Red Devils battered Brighton in a dominant away performance.Embed from Getty Images
Down in the relegation zone, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a brace as Arsenal thrashed rock-bottom Norwich in a four goal display at the Emirates, with Granit Xhaka and Cedric Soares scoring the opening and closing goals respectively.
Bournemouth’ struggles continue as they fell to a brutal 4-1 home loss against Newcastle, despite Dan Gosling netting a 94th minute consolation against his former team.
Aston Villa round out the relegation spots after losing a tight contest against Wolves through Leandro Dendoncker’s 62nd minute effort, as the latter stay sixth but now sit three points off third.Embed from Getty Images
Elsewhere, Watford continue to linger above the relegation zone after Danny Ings netted a brace as Southampton snatched a solid 3-1 away win at Vicarage Road.
Sheffield United ended a four match winless run in all competitions, as they stunned Tottenham in a 3-1 home win to climb to seventh.
Finally, Ben Mee’s strike from Ashley Westwood’s free-kick proved enough for Burnley to edge past Crystal Palace in a tight encounter at Selhurst Park.