The premier league is well and truly underway and despite only being a few games in, it’s looking like a season to remember.
So, let’s start with the obvious.
Despite storming the league last year, Liverpool looked far from solid in their opening game, edging out Leeds United in a seven-goal thriller.
The reigning champions snatched the win late on thanks to a Salah hattrick and a powerful header from Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
The Elland Road outfit came so close to winning themselves a well-deserved draw in their first game back in the Premier League after a 16-year absence but were their own undoing after making two costly defensive errors resulting in two scored penalty’s.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports after the game that he thought it was a ‘proper spectacle’, claiming that he ‘loved’ it. An odd statement after his team narrowly beat what should have been a much easier three points all considered.
Everyone knew that Marcelo Bielsa’s Championship winners would be a team to watch this season, but I doubt anyone would have thought they would have out passed and possessed the 2019 Champions League winners in their first game back.
It seemed Klopp’s trophy-laden team had a lot to improve going into their second game of the season away at Stamford Bridge.
However, this time round they made no mistake of showcasing why they are the reigning champions of England, comfortably dealing with Lampard’s new-look Chelsea team and making it two wins from two.
So, was the Leeds game a rusty start or a sign of trouble brewing in paradise for Jurgen’s juggernauts? The Chelsea game would contradict the latter but then again, they seem to be having issues of their own don’t they.
How about we check that out?
Chelsea your up.
Seven new players, a fresh-looking team and all for the sum of around £222 million and signs suggest they haven’t finished yet. Sounds positive doesn’t it? Four upcoming stars, one serial winner and a couple of other additions to a team already finishing in the top four. A recipe for success you could say.
Well, not all recipes make for a tasty dish and this meal looks to be overwhelmingly disappointing.
I’m sure when Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich gave Lampard a war chest of that magnitude, he wasn’t expecting to see his side 3-0 down after 28 minutes to newly promoted West Brom. But that they were.
Granted, they did fight back to at least gain a point, but with a squad of that price, a draw isn’t what they are being paid for.
Lampard’s new-look Chelsea team currently lie eighth in the Premier League, recording a win, a draw and a loss so far this season, a feeble four points from 12.
A 3-1 win over Brighton in their first game is the best it’s got so far.
So why despite the poor start to the new campaign, aren’t the hunters out for Lampard’s head? I mean Man United have the same amount of points from their first two games as the blues and Ole is already under pressure and that’s with spending nearly £180 million less.
They were last year’s fairy tale story. From promotion one season to European contention the next, Sheffield United’s meteoric rise was probably the most noticeable surprise in the Premier League since Leicester’s shock title win in 2016.
But three games into the new season and the roller-coaster ride has taken a whole new turn and this time for the worst.
The Blades find themselves sitting bottom of the pile in the Premier League, with three losses from three.
An opening day 2-0 lose to the hands of Wolves and two consecutive 1-0 defeats to Aston Villa and Leeds respectively, the Yorkshire-based club needs to find form quickly.
Boss Chris Wilder hasn’t been shy in recent interviews about the clubs need to sign new players, with the club on the lookout for a new striker and centre-back after the loss of injured club favourite Jack O’Connell’s.
But with only a week left of the summer transfer window, time is running out for deals to be made, deals that could make or break their season so early on.
And with the club facing four of the so-called top six in their next five games, things look dim for the Blades after such a promising first season back in the top division.
Many will tell you that early form in a season is key for a successful season all round, and Sheffield United will need to find form quick for any chance of repeating last year’s heroics.
Their best bet seems to be Fulham in just under three weeks’ time, a team also yet to pick up a point and a team that Wilder would be hoping to be an easy three points.
For now, I reckon Arsenal will strike while the irons hot in the Blades next game.
THREE’S THE MAGIC NUMBER
From one end of the table to the next, Everton are flying high in second place, sitting just below Leicester on goal difference.
With Carlo Ancelotti at the wheel, a revived midfield and a goal-hungry Dominic Calvert-Lewin spearheading the front three, Everton have taken nine points from nine in their unprecedented start to the season.
The summer transfer window saw star quality flood through the doors at Goodison Park, in the form of Champions League winner and ex-Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, manager favourite Allan and a more familiar Premier League face in the shape of Watford’s Doucoure.
All three new signings have started every league game to date and all have been instrumental in the club’s early rise in the table.
Toffees manager Ancelotti himself has expressed his surprise at their unbeaten start to the season, claiming he didn’t ‘expect’ to have nine points.
So where now?
With rumours circulating that the club haven’t finished in the market just yet, Everton look set to improve on their already seemingly perfectly balanced squad.
Whether any new faces join the new-look Everton outfit or not, this squad looks to mean real business this time around and with the Merseyside derby only next month, Liverpool could face trouble.
But with three wins from three and three superb new signings, three really is the magic number for Ancelotti and his roaring Toffees.