EPL Week 7 Recap: Liverpool Continue Their Flawless Start, Man City Pull Off a Win at Goodison Park


Both Liverpool and the reigning champs Man City were helped by goalkeeper errors in their Saturday away wins. Liverpool kept their perfect record intact after squeezing a win at Bramall Lane. Sheffield Utd’s goalkeeper Dean Henderson served them three points on a silver plate after letting a volley by Georginio Wijnaldum slip through his arms and legs 70 minutes into the match.

That’s a perfect 7-0 record for the Reds this season, and 16 wins in a row in the EPL stretching back to March. If they get two more, they will equal City’s top-flight record set in 2017.

City, on the other hand, was struggling against Everton and playing below its usual high level when Riyad Mahrez found the target in the 72nd minute. It was supposed to be an easy catch for the goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, but the ball went under his hand and crept inside the far post. Raheem Sterling sealed the deal in the 84th minute for a 3-1 win.

Man City is still five points behind Liverpool, while Leicester, who dismantled Newcastle on Sunday, is a further two points adrift at the third spot.

Neither City or Liverpool was playing anywhere near their absolute best, but still found ways to win. It’s not even October yet, but it already seems that it’s going to be a two-horse race between these teams in the battle for supremacy.

Liverpool, in particular, was playing below their standards, a lot of which has to do with the intensity and work rate that Sheffield United has displayed on the pitch before Henderson’s mistake cost the home team. Henderson is currently on loan from Man United, one of Liverpool’s fiercest rivals.

Kevin De Bruyne was brilliant once again, collecting his eighth assist of the season with a curling cross to Gabriel Jesus. Everton responded with an equalizer by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but it wasn’t enough to withstand the pressure.

To make the day even worse for goalkeepers, Hugo Lloris made a terrible mistake with his Ronaldo wannabe dribble that nearly cost his team valuable three points. The Spurs managed to win 2-1 despite playing with 10 men for almost an hour and put themselves at the 5th spot on the table with 11 points.

What’s even more surprising is that West Ham is ahead of Tottenham on the rankings. After a tough away game at Bournemouth, the Hammerers managed to win a point from the 2-2 draw, courtesy of Aaron Cresswell’s 74th-minute equalizer. The London team’s only bleach in the 2019 EPL campaign was a 5-0 loss to Man City on the opening weekend. After curling in a free kick in a win against the Red Devils, this was Cresswell’s second goal in as many matches.

Chelsea finally played a noteworthy home game this season, earning Frank Lampard a first home win since he took over the team as the manager.

Jorginho converted a penalty and William scored in the 76th minute as Chelsea beat Brighton 2-0 with both goals coming in the second half.

Lampard didn’t have a warm welcome in Chelsea after two draws and a loss in his first three league games at home following his return to Stamford Bridge, where he is the all-time leading scorer.

Leicester City hammered Newcastle 5-0 on Sunday to move up to third place within two points of second-placed Man City. Ricardo Pereira scored the opening goal in the 16th minute when he sent a shot into the bottom corner, after playing a one-two with Ayoze Perez.

Any hopes of Newcastle pulling an upset were shattered two minutes before the break when Hayden was shown a red card for his tackle on Dennis Praet.

The league’s worst team, Watford, will head into October without a league win, after losing to Wolverhampton Wanderers for the fifth time in seven games. The Hornets have two points and were coming into the match with Wolves after an 8-0 thrashing by Man City last weekend.