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Premier League winners and losers: Liverpool remain perfect after Man City shambles

Three weeks in and the Premier League is as dramatic as ever.

The latest set of fixtures delivered 36 goals – but that only tells part of the story.

Factor in controversial VAR decisions, including a Manchester United winner after the final whistle and late heartbreak for Tottenham, and there was no shortage of action.

But not everyone came away from the weekend happy.

For some, such as Leicester City, Liverpool and Everton – the three teams still perfect – there was plenty of cause for celebration.

For others, including the two pointless teams Fulham and Sheffield United, there are plenty of reasons to be concerned.

Here’s a look at the winners and losers from the latest round of the Premier League.

Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick for Leicester City at the Etihad

WINNER – Jamie Vardy

Like a fine wine, Jamie Vardy seems to just keep getting better.

Many felt Vardy had peaked when he helped Leicester win the Premier League title some four years ago.

Yet he has continued to be one of the Premier League’s most prolific finishers and shows no signs of letting up.

The 33-year-old, who won the Golden Boot last year, put Manchester City to the sword with his hat-trick in a 5-2 thrashing.

Whilst two of his goals came from the penalty spot, his deft touch for the second was the moment which changed the game and he was a menace all afternoon for a scrambled Manchester City defence.

On what was a memorable weekend for the Foxes, Vardy proved he has plenty left to offer as Brendan Rodgers’ side harbour high hopes this campaign.

Honourable Mentions

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi has had a miserable 12 months since injury wrecked his Chelsea first-team breakthrough.

Hudson-Odoi has struggled to get back to his best and found himself shuffled down the pecking order with Frank Lampard’s summer spending spree.

Callum Hudson-Odoi helped spark a dramatic Chelsea fight back

But, with his team 3-0 down after a first-half horror show at West Brom, Lampard turned to the young winger for inspiration at half-time.

He duly delivered as the catalyst for a dramatic comeback, scoring a fine second goal in a 3-3 draw to salvage a point.

Much has been made of the arrivals of the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech but Hudson-Odoi proved he can be a key man for the Blues and will now look to kick-on.

Everton

Everton entered the new season with high expectations – and they are so far being proved right.

The Toffees beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park to make it three wins from three to begin their campaign.

Everton are in fine form with three wins from three

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are one of only three sides still perfect along with Liverpool and Leicester City.

There’s a long way to go, but the signing of James Rodriguez has seemed inspired with Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin also on target and looking dangerous again at the weekend.

So far, so good at Goodison Park.

Diogo Jota


Diogo Jota was a surprise signing for Liverpool this month.

His £45million move from Wolves came out of the blue but, in many ways, makes plenty of sense.

Diogo Jota got off the mark for Liverpool against Arsenal

Jota is expected to provide back-up for the Reds front-three – and he showed he can do exactly that on Monday night.

The Portuguese playmaker came off the bench to put in a lively display against Arsenal, capped off with his first goal for the club.

His precise and timely strike put the game to bed and it will hopefully be the first of many at Anfield

LOSERS – Sheffield United

Last year’s surprise package have endured a miserable start to the Premier League campaign.

The Blades were downed by a late Patrick Bamford header in their Yorkshire Derby clash with Leeds and are pointless after three games.

Patrick Bamford’s late header condemned Sheffield United to a third straight defeat

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Whilst Illan Meslier was inspired in the Leeds goal, it is hard to see where the goals are coming from at Bramall Lane.

Manager Chris Wilder will look to strengthen before deadline day, but second season syndrome could strike with what looks like a hard season in prospect after being brought back down to earth.

Honourable Mentions

Scott Parker

Scott Parker is short on experience as a manager – and now he faces a mountain to climb.

After taking Fulham back into the Premier League via the play-offs, he has witness three straight defeats to kick-off the season.

His side were second best again with a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Monday and have now conceded 10 goals in their opening three games.

Scott Parker already has a mountain to climb to save Fulham

It is hard to see how Fulham will turn things around after a truly dismal start.

Is Parker the man to turn things around?

We’ll have to wait and see, but he already looks to be facing an impossible task.

Man City

The title race was over before it began last year after Manchester City’s early wobble.

Pep Guardiola’s side are now already in danger of a similar scenario after a humbling defeat at home to Leicester.


Guardiola’s side looked in cruise control after an early Riyad Mahrez strike.

But defensive frailties again came to the fore as they were simply unable to stop the rampant Foxes.

Guardiola has splashed the cash to land Ruben Dias from Benfica, but unless fundamental defensive problems are addressed it is hard to see how they can compete with a Liverpool side already six points clear of them in the table.

Wolves

Like Sheffield United, Wolves have been a Premier League surprise package.

Nuno Espirito Santo has guided the club to two seventh placed finishes in the top flight and barely put a foot wrong.

But, this weekend, they suffered their heaviest ever defeat under the Portuguese boss.

Wolves were thrashed 4-0 being rampant West Ham

Wolves were second best from the off against an inspired West Ham side at the London Stadium.

Whilst David Moyes’ side will take great pride and confidence from a 4-0 win, Wolves will feel they made life far too easy for the Hammers.

A stunning day for West Ham was equally disappointing for Wolves, who will be looking to an urgent return to their recent high standards.

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