Harvey Elliott grew to become Liverpool’s tenth youngest Premier League starter in Saturday’s win over Burnley – however he did not look misplaced in any respect as Jurgen Klopp’s aspect made it two wins from two.
The 18-year-old has repeatedly impressed on each step up in stage he is made since he burst onto the scene three years in the past at Fulham. And after starring for Blackburn within the Championship final season, the place he recorded seven objectives and 11 assists in 41 appearances, he appears set to make his mark within the Premier League this time period.
Beginning on the fitting of Liverpool’s midfield three at Anfield, the left-footed teen seemed assured, composed and fashionable on the ball, drifting huge or tucking inside to make room to hyperlink up with Alexander-Arnold and repeatedly tried to set Salah free down that aspect.
Certainly, he thought he had an help for Salah when he threaded a high-quality cross by means of Burnley’s defensive position for the Egyptian to complete halfway by means of the primary half however an offside flag dominated the strike out. Elliott was concerned in Liverpool’s second, although, bringing down Virgil van Dijk’s crossfield cross completely earlier than feeding Alexander-Arnold to tee up Sadio Mane.
Jurgen Klopp on Elliott’s efficiency…
“Harvey was a part of this efficiency. Everyone needs to speak to me about Harvey and I perceive completely – when an 18-year-old boy performs such a mature recreation I can perceive why everybody was asking, however I used to be not stunned he performed like this. That’s precisely how he has educated now for six or seven weeks since we’re again, since he’s again from mortgage. Sure, it was a superb.”
He was fouled twice inside the primary 10 minutes, which illustrated how onerous it was for Burnley to become familiar with him, and by the ultimate whistle he’d received extra free-kicks than another participant on the pitch. All that was lacking from the efficiency was a of completion, with a few glimpses at aim evading him.
However he has proven his taking pictures high quality up to now and Saturday’s show confirmed he might be getting a lot extra possibilities to impress in a Liverpool shirt this season…
Very similar to Villa’s signing of Danny Ings, the striker’s gorgeous acrobatic volley on Saturday got here from nowhere. The truth is, so a lot of Ings’ objectives come out of the blue, and that’s precisely why Villa splashed the money on the striker
Up till the third minute of first-half stoppage time in opposition to Newcastle, Villa created subsequent to nothing, however Ings’ medical edge makes up for inactivity elsewhere – Ings had simply 18 touches and made 9 passes within the recreation – and crucially turns uninteresting potential attracts into victories.
Of gamers to have scored no less than 15 objectives because the begin of the 2019/20 season, Ings additionally tops the charts for shot conversion (32 per cent) and is joint-top with Bruno Fernandes for large probability conversion (61 per cent).
There are slight issues for what Ings’ signing means for Ollie Watkins, who scored 14 objectives in his debut Premier League season.
Watkins has performed huge left for big chunks in his profession, notably at Brentford, however that will have a knock-on influence on the place of summer season signing Leon Bailey. Not for the primary time, supervisor Dean Smith was adamant each can and can play collectively.
“I do know what Ollie [Watkins] can do, he stretches defences, Danny is a unique sort of participant. I believed he performed as a lone striker right this moment differently that Ollie does, however I am excited to see them collectively.
“I imagine, and that is why I introduced Danny in, is that they will actually complement one another.”
After 17 months of ready, Elland Highway lastly performed host to a day 17 years within the making.
Could 8, 2004 was the final time Leeds hosted a Premier League recreation at dwelling in entrance of a capability crowd, after they performed out a 3-3 draw with Charlton earlier than their painful and protracted relegation to the second tier of English soccer.
Leeds’ rollercoaster experience by means of the tiers of English soccer over the next 16 years starved their iconic stadium of top-flight soccer for a technology, and so as to add insult to harm, the agonising wait cruelly coincided and was prolonged by the coronavirus pandemic.
However, virtually twenty years on, a second many Leeds followers would have been forgiven for pondering would by no means come truly did, and what an excellent second it was.
The stands and terraces have been a hive of exercise hours earlier than kick-off, awash with a sea of yellow flags, and reached an virtually overwhelming crescendo because the gamers made their method out of the tunnel to a deafening refrain of ‘Marching On Collectively’.
Very similar to Leeds’ lengthy, arduous journey again to their Premier League reunion with supporters, there was adversity all through Saturday’s entertaining contest with Everton, as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Demarai Grey twice put Everton into the lead.
After their opening-day trouncing at Manchester United, Leeds may effectively have caved below the strain, however equalising objectives from Mateusz Klich and Raphinha earned a well-deserved and gutsy first level of the season for Marcelo Bielsa’s males.
It was a contest and efficiency worthy of the event, and one that may stay lengthy within the reminiscence. Elland Highway is again.
Graham Potter might be counting down the times till the switch window shuts. If any membership within the high six are searching for a central midfielder who can do all of it then Yves Bissouma might be excessive on their lists.
Tottenham and Liverpool are among the many golf equipment rumoured to have an interest within the 24-year-old, whereas a attainable change to hitch former Seagulls team-mate Ben White at Arsenal has additionally been reported.
Bissouma was a driving drive within the midfield, pushing Watford again at each alternative with a show full of sophistication that packed a punch. Every thing he does, he does with nice pace which makes him a really difficult buyer to take care of as Tom Cleverley came upon when he was pressed out of possession for Brighton’s second aim. No participant made extra tackles (5) or interceptions (5) over the 90 minutes.
His efficiency might be remembered for that nice help however an equally essential intervention got here simply earlier than half-time when his goalkeeper Robert Sanchez performed a horrible ball out straight to a Watford participant – however who was there to win the ball again at an important time? Sure, Bissouma.
The sport’s excellent participant was dancing to the tune of his music to the beat of “Tequilla” by The Champs at full-time together with his adoring public. They’ve a star of their ranks and are having fun with watching him up shut.
Watford marked their return to the Premier League with a 3-2 win over Aston Villa at a buoyant Vicarage Highway final weekend however Saturday’s 2-0 reverse at Brighton confirmed the true dimension of the duty they face to remain within the top-flight this season.
The Hornets have been outplayed on the south-coast, the harm achieved in a one-sided first half by which they’d simply 31 per cent of the possession and did not muster a single shot on track.
Brighton have been effectively organised, with Graham Potter utilizing his wing-backs to take advantage of the house behind Watford’s huge gamers, however they have been helped by simply how straightforward the guests made it for them. There was a scarcity of depth and an absence of strain on the ball.
Brighton capitalised on Watford’s passive first-half displaying and punished their naivety. Shane Duffy’s headed opener was brilliantly taken however he was given a free run at it. The second aim, when Yves Bissouma robbed Tom Cleverley, underlined the pace of thought required at Premier League stage.
Watford did rally within the second interval, producing an improved efficiency, however having been carved open too simply at one finish, they struggled to create clear openings on the different.
“We have to be taught shortly in regards to the Premier League,” mentioned supervisor Xisco afterwards. It may be an unforgiving place.
Patrick Vieira is up and operating as a Premier League supervisor, together with his first level on the board as Palace boss coming within the goalless draw with Brentford on Saturday. Nonetheless, the Frenchman might be effectively conscious he and his crew might want to step up their ranges over the approaching weeks, with a frightening run of fixtures forward.
Chelsea away on the opening day was a brutal begin however newly-promoted Brentford at Selhurst Park was a possibility for Palace to kick begin their season. They did not take it. The followers have been again with flags and banners, making a particular ambiance, however on the pitch their aspect have been lacking a spark within the ultimate third.
Debutant Conor Gallagher mixed effectively with Wilfried Zaha, particularly within the first half when he rifled a shot in opposition to each the put up and bar, and had that effort gone within the recreation may have been totally different. However Palace completed the match with simply two pictures on track to their title and 7 pictures total, in comparison with Brentford’s 14.
All through the competition, they struggled to open up their guests they usually should be sharper within the powerful run of video games they’ve arising.
Subsequent within the Premier League Palace have West Ham (away), Tottenham (dwelling), Liverpool (away), rivals Brighton (dwelling), Leicester (dwelling), Arsenal (away). By mid-October, Vieira could also be ruing this primary level as a possibility missed.
May Gabriel Jesus nonetheless have a future at Manchester Metropolis even when Harry Kane, presumably the world’s greatest quantity 9, ousts his hopes of changing into the membership’s first-choice striker after August 31?
That is as a result of in opposition to Norwich on Saturday the Brazilian, making his first begin of the season after the Copa America, was the champions’ greatest participant from a large place, registering a hat-trick of assists and tearing the Premier League new boys aside down the fitting flank.
Jesus managed just one shot in his extra withdrawn function however with that form of output, neither the participant nor Pep Guardiola might be bothered. The truth is, the Metropolis boss claimed he prefers taking part in out huge than in a central function – and should get his probability if he retains up this return.
“He has a lot significance for me,” mentioned Guardiola. “It isn’t simply when he makes an distinctive efficiency like right this moment, it is every single day. He deserves to proceed taking part in, when a man performs on this method he deserves to play once more.”
The one query over Jesus’ place within the crew stays the identical on the wing as by means of the center, although. Metropolis are already overloaded with gamers who can play out huge in Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Ferran Torres, Jack Grealish, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden.
Though solely Foden, Torres and Mahrez are prone to see vital recreation time on the fitting, it’s nonetheless stiff competitors for the 24-year-old who is not any teen any extra, and wishes recreation time at this stage of his profession.
It is very early days, however a efficiency like this does lay down a seed for Jesus to press his declare to characteristic extra closely down that proper flank. And may Kane arrive on the Etihad, that versatility could afford him far more of the gametime he craves than by attempting to unseat the England captain.
The one query requested of each promoted crew is: are you able to make the leap as much as the rigours of the Premier League?
In latest seasons, we have now seen Leeds achieve this efficiently, and Sheffield United for a time. And the subsequent to observe might be Brentford, who’ve exploded onto the Premier League scene.
Opening the season at dwelling at all times had magic within the air, however they confronted an actual check on their brief journey to Selhurst Park. It’s well-known for a passionate dwelling crowd – with the stadium at full capability for the primary time since March 2020 – and a crew with loads of top-flight expertise.
However as soon as once more, Thomas Frank’s aspect held their very own. Crystal Palace rode the wave of a sensational pre-match welcome from the house help, however after 25 minutes, Brentford pegged them again into their very own half.
The second half was additionally dictated by Brentford they usually held their very own in a tough-tackling London derby. That they had extra pictures (14), half of which got here contained in the field (seven) and made extra tackles (24).
“Standing right here, I am barely disillusioned that we did not get extra out of the sport. I believed that we barely edged it,” Frank informed Sky Sports activities after the sport.
“I believe it reveals there’s a perception within the group that may go to a really troublesome away floor in opposition to a really skilled Premier League aspect and we would have liked to defend in spells, however the best way we ended within the first half reveals every part about this group.”
Because it stands, Brentford sit within the high 4 with solely Brighton and Liverpool having higher begins. It ought to fear these groups that at all times appear to out-run relegation – Newcastle, Southampton, Brighton and even Crystal Palace themselves – as a result of the Bees look able to struggle for his or her Premier League place this season.