Liverpool love playing away, Chelsea can count on Mount and Fernandes shows there is more than one Portuguese star Man Utd can rely on… 10 THINGS WE LEARNED from the midweek’s action

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  • Liverpool is proving to be a tough opponent on the road for either side this season
  • Bruno Fernandes marks his 100th Manchester United appearance with a goal
  • Mason Mount is Chelsea’s top goalscorer since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival in London

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The first round of midweek fixtures in the Premier League this season finally arrived and it’s safe to say it didn’t disappoint.

Liverpool demolished their Merseyside neighbors Everton in a performance of round one, while Manchester City and Chelsea also maintained their strong form at the top end of the table, beating Aston Villa and Watford respectively.


Thursday was also time for Manchester United and Arsenal to play one of 14 matches on match day as Michael Carrick ended his caretaker spell in charge with a 3-2 win at Old Trafford.

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Here, sportsmail Let’s take a look at what we learned from Round 14 in the top flight…

1. Rangnik must fix the Old Trafford leak

When Ralph Rangnick sat in the Old Trafford stand on Thursday evening, one thing would have become completely clear to the Germans.

Manchester United have been sending goals to the left, right and center, and did so once again against Arsenal. The first may be unfortunate from the home side’s point of view, but it doesn’t take away from the statistics.

It was the 15th consecutive home game in all competitions in which United had bulged the back of the nets. The only time the club has suffered a worse performance is 1959.

This is something the Germans can’t stand for and if they are to make an impact during their six-month tenure, then fixing things backwards isn’t a bad place to start.

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2. Red likes to play away

Liverpool certainly enjoyed themselves against Everton on Wednesday night. The Reds put up their best performance since 1982 against their local rivals at Goodison Park.

For the time being, playing away from Anfield does not affect Jurgen Klopp’s men.

In fact, leaving four behind their Merseyside rivals, the Reds set a new Premier League record for most goals scored in their first seven away matches.

Diogo Jota’s late strike was the 25th strike for Liverpool this season. The last top-flight club to match was Burnley in their 1961–62 campaign.

Liverpool's current goal away from home broke Premier League records on Wednesday

Liverpool’s current goal away from home broke Premier League records on Wednesday

3. You Can Trust Mt.

With Chelsea making money in recent years from the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, it is safe to say that Thomas Tuchel is nothing short of firepower.

The German, however, has a more reliable source when it comes to sticking the ball to the back of the net. And one that was not even worth the earth.

Mason Mount won once again for the Blues against Watford on Wednesday night. In doing so he reached double digits under the German boss – the first to do so since his arrival last January.

It was the England international’s seven-goal partnership in the Premier League, this season as well. The 22-year-old has scored four goals and scored three goals in his 11 matches.

Mason Mount is Chelsea's top scorer under Thomas Tuchel, reaching double digits

Mason Mount is Chelsea’s top scorer under Thomas Tuchel, reaching double digits

4. Silva Has That Golden Touch

Few goals this week were as aesthetically pleasing as Bernardo Silva’s ripper against Aston Villa.

The Portuguese star produced a brilliant first volley after seeing the ball off the left to prevent a sensational counter-attack and ensure all three points for Pep Guardiola’s men.

It was his fifth Premier League goal of the season, and his fourth in his last seven. Before that he had taken 55 top flight performances to reach that point.

With Guardiola suggesting he is the ‘best’ in the league, his form is also getting praise from his boss. Looking at his recent performances, the Spaniard may just have a point.

Pep Guardiola heaps praise on Bernardo Silva after brilliant strike against Aston Villa

Pep Guardiola heaps praise on Bernardo Silva after brilliant strike against Aston Villa

5. Rising Son Important for Spurs

For so long, Tottenham could have called on Harry Kane to save them from difficult situations. Now they are in the most difficult position, however, as their main man has gone missing.

After a long summer transfer saga, the England captain is no longer the same player and Spurs are in need of a new hero. Son Heung-min.

Often due to Kane’s adventures, Son has provided continuity this season where other white men struggle to find it.

His strike against Brentford was his fifth of the season. No other Spurs player has managed more than two.

It will be noted by Antonio Conte that there is at least one person he can count on as he describes turning the Tottenham ship around as one of his toughest challenges.

Son Heung-min is fast moving on to the tag of Mr Reliable at Tottenham after scoring once again

Son Heung-min is fast moving on to the tag of Mr Reliable at Tottenham after scoring once again

6. Brighten light fading fast

Jurgen Klopp clarified his feelings on Tuesday when asked by Brighton fans about booing Graham Potter.

‘They should be happy to be’ [Graham Potter] There because I really consider him a really special manager,’ he said at his press conference on Tuesday after being asked about Brighton fans booing after the draw with Leeds.

As special as Potter is, and as good as football is, it’s still a results business.

And on Wednesday night Brighton failed to win for the ninth time in a row.

Neil Maupay’s strike to equalize with West Ham may be one to remember, but it’s now just seven points from his last nine, and early-season optimism is starting to dwindle a bit on the south coast.

Saturday’s win in Southampton will provide some much-needed excitement.

7. Foxes Make Great Entertainment

One thing you can’t deny about Brendan Rodgers and his sides is that he knows how to entertain.

Prior to Liverpool and Celtic, his brand has always been one of free-flowing attacking football.

It’s a pleasure to watch when it works, but it’s also incredibly frustrating when it doesn’t pay off.

Wednesday was again one of those evenings as they were hosted at St Mary’s Stadium by the struggling Saints of Ralph Hasenhuttel.

This is becoming an unwanted feature for Rodgers, who celebrated his 100th league game in charge of the Foxes and saw his side score on the road to his 14th consecutive outing.

It’s a combined Premier League record, and one that could be improved in the form of a trip to Aston Villa later this week.

8. Fernandez Toon Can Speed ​​Up Defense

As the saying goes, there is a silver lining in every cloud, but few Newcastle fans could have predicted what a blessing it was in Ciaran Clarke’s early departure against Norwich.

The Irishman’s moment of madness forced Eddie Howe to shuffle from behind, Argentine Federico Fernandez brought things to the sidelines. And so did the boy.

In what was the best central defensive performance of any Newcastle player this season, the 32-year-old steered the Magpies to their first clean sheet, only to be denied a sensational Teemu Pukki strike after Martin’s mistake. Dubravka.

Howe was thrifty in praising the defender before his clash with Burnley on Saturday.

‘I thought he was excellent. A model professional who prepared well, trained well and was ready for his moment when it came. He is going to be invaluable,’ the Newcastle head coach said.

It’s safe to say that Toon’s supporters will be watching Fernandez a lot more.

Federico Fernandez came off the bench and performed brilliantly against Norwich

Federico Fernandez came off the bench and performed brilliantly against Norwich

9. Bruno’s bulk in United

While Cristiano Ronaldo made goals and headlines against Arsenal on Thursday night, another Portuguese star was also marking his importance for Manchester United.

Bruno Fernandes found the bottom corner at the stroke of half-time to restore parity after Emil Smith Row’s bizarre opener, which was a good way for the Red Devils to mark their 100th competitive appearance.

It was a timely reminder that he is still one of the most influential stars in the Old Trafford dressing room.

This is evidenced by the fact that since making his debut for United, no Premier League player has scored more goals in all competitions than the former Sporting midfielder.

Fernandes has scored 45 goals and 34 assists in all competitions for United, for a total of 79. There is certainly much more to come.

10. Very Late Plays of Vieira

Not for the first time this season, Patrick Vieira got to blow it up at the last minute on behalf of his Crystal Palace.

The Eagles looked on course to score a crucial point at land Road until Mark Guhy was judged inside his box to handle the ball in the fourth minute of extra time.

Rafinha did the rest of the damage from the spot, becoming a very familiar torment for Palais and their owner.

This is the third time this season that he has scored in the 90th minute and has got points on every occasion. They’ve already dropped a total of five in this campaign’s stoppage time.

Patrick Vieira sees his Palace side drop point for the third time in the 90th minute of the game

Patrick Vieira sees his Palace side drop point for the third time in the 90th minute of the game


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