Was it ever in any doubt? Saturday saw Jürgen Klopp‘s Liverpool brush aside a brave Newcastle United. Steve Bruce’s team were lined up to stifle Liverpool and managed to nick a goal on the break when Jetro Willems fired an unstoppable effort past Adrian.
However, the Magpies were no match for a classy Liverpool attack. The 3-1 victory extended Liverpool’s run to 14 consecutive wins, collecting 15 points from a possible 15 this season. As Manchester City fell victim to a brilliant Norwich display, Liverpool may have just won the league in September.
The Reds are now five points clear after five games. An all-time Premier League record for this stage of the season, as pointed out by Gary Lineker.
Despite a sensational display from Liverpool, the key moment for the Reds this weekend was Norwich’s embarrassing of City. The importance of the Canaries’ victory stretches beyond just pushing Jürgen Klopp’s men a further three points clear at the top. Norwich’s victory has exposed the Citizens’ frailties as well giving encouragement to other sides facing the champions.
By coming out and playing openly against Pep Guardiola’s side, they have showed other clubs that sitting back against the Blues is not the best plan of action and you can nick a result if you expose them with a high press. Aymeric Laporte‘s absence was glaring when Nicolas Otamendi was dispossessed for the newly promoted team’s 3rd goal.
With Liverpool looking unbeatable and City looking shaky without key first team members, the Reds look set to run away with it if the rest of the league study Norwich’s performance.