|Darwin Nunez celebrates after completing Liverpool's comeback win against Newcastle at St. James's Park on Sunday. Liverpool won 2-1. (Photo credit: GOAL)|
Weekend games in the English Premier League are done and dusted, and as expected, Manchester City remains the only team with a 100% record, but they expended tears, sweat, and blood against the Blades.
The champions must have expected an easy ride at Bramall Lane, but after Erling Haaland missed a penalty, the Blades grew into the game, and conceding a goal from last season’s goal machine didn’t break their spirit; they hit back against expectations.
It took the introduction of Phil Foden, who started the game on the bench, to hand City a lifeline. News broke out that Foden didn’t travel with the team, and the FPL community got worried, but he came on very late in the game and set Rodri up for the win, keeping his 100% record intact.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Aston Villa moved up the ladder with an emphatic win away at Burnley. For all the hard work the Clarets put in against the champions on their return to the Premier League, a loss of concentration and uncultured ambition left them exposed against Villa.
Matty Cash grabbed a brace, both goals from a momentary moment of madness from the Burnley defence, and you wonder what would happen when they play a team higher than Aston Villa. Musa Diaby is proving to be everything folks thought he was; watch out for him.
Liverpool and Newcastle rounded off the game week, and boy, didn’t that fire impress you? A game that had everything: a league debut goal, a red card, a brace, and ultimately, a comeback win from a team that was dead and buried... What a game!
Virgil Van Dijk saw red for what was deemed to be a professional foul on Alexander Isak as he was through on goal. He was not sure the Kops would get this one rescinded as it wasn’t clear if the Dutchman got the ball while going through the Swede.
The former Everton gem Anthony Gordon fired past Alison to send the St. James’s Park crowd into a frenzy. It felt like they were getting the better of Liverpool until Klopp made changes and Darwin Ninez struck twice in the closing stages to give Liverpool a 2-1 win.
It was a stoppage time winner from William Carvalho last time out that helped the Reds past Newcastle; it’s another late substitute with a late win that did the damage. Liverpool ended the weekend in the top four, joined by West Ham, Tottenham, and, of course, the 100% record team, Manchester City.