With the ninth round of the English Premier League having been played over the weekend, we have some talking points from the fixtures which saw Liverpool lead at the top of the table cut to six points after their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. The Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR) caused havoc after a controversial goal was allowed giving Manchester United an early lead in the game. The following are some of the observations made in the opening stages of the 2019/20 league campaign.
The Talking Points
- Salah-Less Liverpool Struggle
With Liverpool’s main star Mohammed Salah sitting out the Manchester United clash due to injury, it was evident that Liverpool struggled in front of goal. Liverpool maintained an impressive 70% possession throughout the game but were only able to score one goal in the match, with the in-form Sadio Mane having to shift to the right-wing while Roberto Firmino struggled to make his much-needed influence on the field.
- More To Come From Chelsea
Chelsea moved to the top four positions over the weekend after their 1-0 win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. Marco Alonso, who scored the 73rd winning goal, said that he was impressed with the progress so far under new manager Frank Lambard but that more needs to be done to restore the glory days at the Bridge.
Zaha’s failed summer move may be affecting his form after the Crystal Palace striker marked his 10th game without scoring a goal at Selhurst Park. Zaha’s last home goal was back in February against West Ham, which was his only home goal during the entire season. Crystal Palace’s next game is against Arsenal, where the forward is expected to show the Gunners manager, Unai Emery, what he missed out on.
The 2019-20 season is tipped to be one of the most competitive seasons in the recent past with teams such as Liverpool and Manchester City competing to be crowned champions of England.