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The Premier League table is starting to take shape after this last round of fixtures, as the main contenders for the title began taller than the rest, while those with problems saw them exacerbate.

It was also the first game of Newcastle’s new regime, although while there may be different faces in the board room, it is the same faces in the dugout and on the pitch – for now at least.

Here’s everything we learned from this weekend’s fixtures…

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Spurs defender saves a man’s life | 01:13


Remember when Liverpool’s front three were done, they were all approaching their 30s and they needed replacing and rejuvenating with a big transfer window overhaul? Questions were being asked whether it was worth giving Mohamed Salah the contract he wanted, whether Sadio Mane’s slump was terminal and whether Roberto Firmino was going to spend the season watching from the bench after the emergence of Diogo Jota.

How wrong could we be? Firmino’s hat-trick against Watford this weekend brings him to four goals for the season, while Mane scored again for his fifth and Salah reinforced the now broadly-held opinion that he is the best player in the world.

The trio have scored 17 of Liverpool’s 22 goals in the Premier League this season and together have scored more than any other team in the league – one more than Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United’s total of 16.

Salah has seven of them himself and after scoring a second wonder goal in two games against City and Watford – as well as two assists – it is hard to argue with Jurgen Klopp’s current assertion of him.

“His performance was massive today. The pass for the first goal was great and the second goal was special. He is top. We all see it. Who is better than him? We don’t have to talk about what Messi and Ronaldo have done for world football and their dominance. But right now, he is the best.

“He’s in the top, top five since he is at Liverpool pretty much. And now he is the best in that moment. The big thing between Cristiano and Messi was that nobody had a doubt about it for years, but Mo is already on the top level for years as well and there’s still a lot to come from him because of his desire. He just wants to perform on a top-class level.”

Bobby’s Reds run riot against Watford | 01:31


When the fixture schedule was released before the season, there was one stretch of fixtures which would have made all those involved with Manchester United fans wince.

A stretch of six games where United would face Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, Watford, Chelsea and Arsenal consecutively in the Premier League. There would also be key Champions League games sprinkled in between them, so it would be imperative to get off to a good start in both competitions.

Eight games into the season the two into the Champions League has left United in exactly the position they didn’t want to be in. Two defeats and a draw in their last three games going into this stretch is not ideal preparation with the players looking directionless and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking at a loss of how to solve it.

Unfortunately for Solskjaer, who has done a brilliant job at improving the mood around Old Trafford and making it a club players want to be at again, this may be as far as he is able to take them unless he overhauls his coaching staff.

Players clearly love playing for him, which is hugely important at a club with so many big egos and personalities, but ultimately happiness and winning goes hand in hand. If ones goes then soon enough, the other one will too.

Saying the next nine games will decide his future at the club seems strong, but it’s not too far away from the truth.

Foxes dash by Red Devils in goalfest | 01:28


Is this the moment Harry Kane finally clicks into gear and causes everyone to question themselves for ever doubting him?

It happens every season, where he starts slowly and then explodes into life, albeit this time around it was has taken a bit longer than usual to get to his first goal of the season.

He has endured an emotionally and physically tough offseason, with the highs of reaching the final of Euro 2021 and believing he was on his way to Manchester City shortly afterwards, to the lows of losing on penalties and being forced to stay at Spurs after a drawn out transfer saga.

He had been looking unfit and unmotivated but hopefully for him this is the moment that he accepts his fate and drives himself on to become a Spurs legend and the best goalscorer the Premier League has ever seen.

City put a pair past Clarets | 01:29


St James’ Park was bouncing. Newcastle fans had finally seen the end of previous owner Mike Ashley’s tenure and their new owners, as controversial as they are, have made them the richest club in the world.

And it got even better just minutes after the kick-off, with Callum Wilson stunning Spurs and everyone watching to put the Magpies ahead early on.

But that’s when reality set in. Newcastle haven’t won a game all season and have conceded more goals than anyone else in the Premier League so far, so it’s no surprise what happened next.

Newcastle are in a relegation dogfight and no amount of money is able to change that until the transfer window opens in January, when they will have to do some serious spending to ensure they’re not suddenly the richest club in the Championship and having their new regime stall before it even gets into first gear.

Steve Bruce will likely get the sack imminently, as a great thank you for being the man who kept them in the Premier League long enough to be seen as a viable club to purchase in the first place.

There’s still a long way to go on what promises to be a bumpy road for Newcastle United.

New Saint nabs first goal to sink Leeds | 01:26


Second-season syndrome really is a thing for promoted clubs who spend their first year in the Premier League riding the crest of a wave of excitement before coming crashing back down to Earth the following year. And Leeds have caught it.

They’re languishing just three points above the relegation zone with just one win from eight games proving a huge concern. The goals are being conceded with the same alarming regularity as they were last season but this time around there isn’t the abundance of goals at the other end to counterbalance it just yet.

There are a lot of poorer teams than Leeds United in the Premier League and they should have more than enough to be safe from relegation, but Marcelo Bielsa would have been hoping to see more progress this term after a brilliant first year.

There are plenty of opportunities for more points coming up in the next few weeks and taking as many as possible will be crucial ahead of a tough-looking December which involves trips to Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool and a home game against Arsenal in the space of two weeks.

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