Who doesn’t love an action-packed holiday weekend in the Premier League?
Matchweek 4 saw ten high-quality matches played out in the space of two days, with another 30 goals scored. Remarkably, half of that tally comes from just two of the fixtures, with Liverpool’s ruthless 9-0 thrashing of Bournemouth and Manchester City’s remarkable 4-2 win over Crystal Palace underscoring why these two sides set the standards in this league. for over four years now.
Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion maintained their stellar start to the season with both sides securing a third win in four games, while Manchester United’s tentative revival continued with a 1-0 away win against Southampton.
Here are our five stars of the week.
Stars of the Week – Matchweek 4
Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Manchester United)
After enduring a nightmarish start to the campaign, Manchester United’s week of recovery continued with a solid road win over Southampton, a result that propelled the Red Devils into the top half of the table.
With the margin of victory narrow, it was necessary for United to stay strong at the back and goalkeeper David De Gea contributed to the win with some important saves. Southampton’s attacking threat was worrying for United throughout the game, and De Gea did well to save Che Adams’ snapshot before making an excellent reaction save on Joe Aribo’s header later in the game.
The Spaniard made four saves in all to keep his first clean sheet of the season, and he needed it.
Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Much like their North West rivals, Liverpool have also had a tough start to the season, but hammered home their quality in Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth at Anfield, coming away with a record 9-0 league win.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is a player who epitomized Liverpool’s sticky start, but against the Cherries he reminded everyone of his quality with a thunderous, all-out display. The right-back hit an absolute rocket of a strike to put the Reds 3-0 up and end the game as a contest, and in the second half his wicked cross was deflected away by Chris Mepham for the number six.
Later, it was Alexander-Arnold’s sweeping pass to Tsimikas that set up Fabio Carvalho for Liverpool’s eighth, with Bournemouth simply having no answer to their passing range.
With multiple attacking contributions and a first clean sheet of the season in the bag, it was a fine afternoon of work for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool.
Midfielder: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
Nine goals at Anfield were scored in parallel and six more at the Etihad, Manchester City and Crystal Palace playing a classic on Saturday afternoon.
For the second time in a week, City made an incredible recovery from two goals down, this time going even further to claim victory with a 4-2 scoreline.
Much of the attention will inevitably be on star striker Erling Haaland after his hat-trick winner, but it was midfielder Bernardo Silva who came off firing on all cylinders in the second half and made the comeback possible . Ten minutes after the break, the Portugal international brilliantly worked the space before driving home a deflected effort that brought the hosts back into the game. Within 70 minutes, Bernardo’s 1-2 with Julian Alvarez created a chance for John Stones, who inadvertently put Haaland in place to make it 3-2 in favor of City.
Amid rampant speculation over his future, Pep Guardiola must be relieved that Bernardo looks set to stay put for at least a year.
Striker: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
It seems very difficult to leave out Erling Haaland after his exploits for Manchester City, but as there is only room for one striker, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino instead claims the place with a sublime display against Bournemouth.
We’ve already talked about the nine goals Liverpool scored, but instead of Mohamed Salah or Luis Diaz, it was instead Roberto Firmino who orchestrated his side’s attacking brilliance.
Within six minutes of the opening whistle, the Brazilian had already dug in a cross for Luis Diaz and set up Harvey Elliott to claim two quick passes. A lay-off from Trent Alexander Arnold gave the Brazilian his third assist, before finally scoring with an opportunistic volley from close range. Firmino completed a vintage display with another close-range finish in the second half, for an incredible five goal contributions in one game.
There have been questions about his continued value to Liverpool heading into the new season, but it was a emphatic statement that Firmino can still be as important to the Reds as he ever was.
Coach: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
How’s that for a rebound? After overseeing Liverpool’s worst start to a Premier League season in a decade, questions began to be asked of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, questions answered in barely credible fashion when his side hammered Bournemouth 9 -0 at Anfield.
After being plagued by weak midfield and defensive turmoil in the first three matches, Klopp’s side replaced that with their best attacking ruthlessness against the Cherries, scoring five goals in the first half alone. Although Bournemouth might not be the toughest challenge on paper, for Liverpool to win the way they did, with notable absentees in midfield and up front, was a huge statement. .
The turnaround in Klopp’s side between Monday and Saturday was magnificent, and now their season is finally underway.