Aston Villa continued their perfect opening to the 2020-21 Premier League season with a comfortable win over Fulham.
Meanwhile, Liverpool became the first defending champion since Manchester United (2011-12) to win their first three games.
Read on for a full conclusion of both games.
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LIVERPOOL THE TEAM TO BEAT AFTER THE TRIUMPH OF ARSENAL
Liverpool came in comeback to maintain a perfect start in their Premier League title defense with goals from Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota delivering Arsenal’s tough 3-1 at Anfield.
The Gunners had also won their first two league games of the season and hit the champions on the break to take the lead with Alexandre Lacazette.
But while Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and now Arsenal all lost in the first three weeks of the new campaign, Liverpool took maximum points to establish a starting scorer who remains the team to beat in the Premier League this season. .
The outcome of the match could have been very different had Mane not escaped with a single yellow card for an elbow on Kieran Tierney after just three minutes.
Arsenal followed the game plan that had brought them two wins over Liverpool in recent months as they went deep and then looked to play with the Reds press when they were in possession.
However, unlike when they met in the back-end of last season’s Premier League, when Jurgen Klopp’s men had already won the league or Community Shield in August, Liverpool have been much more keen in pulling out the Gunners. .
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Mane was the first to threaten with a clear shot from a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross that was too close to Bernd Leno before Alexander-Arnold’s deflected shot hit the crossbar.
The one time Arsenal managed to punch Liverpool’s press before half-time, they opened the scoring completely against the game sequence.
Robertson made a mistake when he spooned Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross into Lacazette’s trajectory, who failed to establish a proper link, but the ball bounced to the ground and passed defenseless Alisson Becker.
Liverpool immediately responded to the equalizer within three minutes as Salah overtook Tierney and when his shot was saved on goal by Leno, Mane turned into an empty goal.
Robertson made amends for his earlier mistake when Liverpool flying full-backs joined as Alexander-Arnold’s cross was this time converted by the Scotland captain.
However, where Arsenal teams in recent years may have collapsed, as they did by losing 4-0 and 5-1 at Anfield in 2018 and 2019, Mikel Arteta has instilled a newfound confidence in FA Cup winners.
The visitors were more expansive after the break and created a huge chance to equalize when Dani Ceballos put Lacazette in goal, but Alisson held out well to block the French striker’s shot.
Klopp introduced Jota for his league debut with 10 minutes remaining and the Portuguese international should have sealed victory when he fired into the side net from Salah’s excellent through ball.
The Egyptian was less generous moments later when he stole the ball from Jota’s toes and failed to beat Leno.
But Jota didn’t have to wait long for his first Liverpool goal when a softly hit volley found the bottom corner to show why the Reds spent £ 41m ($ 52m) to sign him from the Wolves.
VILLA CONTINUES STRONG START IN 20 YEARS BEFORE
Aston Villa extended their perfect start to the Premier League season with goals from Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Tyrone Mings wiping out a Fulham side, struggling to adapt to life in the top flight, 3-0 on Monday .
Scott Parker’s men conceded 10 goals by losing their first three games and their defense never allowed them to gain a foothold in the match as they were 2-0 down in 15 minutes.
John McGinn’s well-thought-out pass allowed Grealish to pass behind the Fulham back line and the England international shot home from a tight angle.
McGinn was again the creator for Villa’s second as his skillful firing perfectly prepared Hourihane to enter the far corner.
A weaker defense allowed Mings to turn Hourihane’s free-kick at home on the three-minute stretch in the second half and even when Fulham garnered a response, the VAR denied them.
Bobby Decordova-Reid slammed home the rebound after a rare mishandling by Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez in his second game for the club after a £ 20m ($ 36m) move from Arsenal.
However, Aleksandar Mitrovic was punished for a foul on Ezri Konsa after a review of the VAR.
The win brings Villa to fourth place, squeezed between Arsenal and Liverpool, who face off later on Monday at Anfield.