First-half goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino put Liverpool in control at the King Power Stadium before the hosts hit back thanks to Alisson’s gaffe. His error, which saw him robbed of possession by Kelechi Iheanacho and resulted in Rachid Ghezzal slotting home, was the first goal the Brazilian has conceded since his £67million summer move from Roma.
But Liverpool survived to record their fourth straight win and continue their flying start to the campaign. Leicester battled well and worried the visitors but failed to cash in once they had Liverpool on the ropes Kyle Walker’s first goal in almost three years broke Newcastle’s dogged resilience as Manchester City returned to winning ways.
While normal service was not quite resumed in the 2-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium – this being their lowest winning margin at home since beating Chelsea 1-0 in March – it at least put Pep Guardiola’s side back on track after last week’s hiccup at Wolves.
They remain two points behind Liverpool and Chelsea, who both have 100 per cent records after four matches, but it needed a bolt from the blue to do so. Despite Walker’s prowess as a marauding full-back, his last goal came in November 2015 so to see him rifle home a 25-yard winner early in the second half was something of a surprise.
Raheem Sterling’s eighth-minute opener on his 100th Premier League appearance for the club was cancelled out by DeAndre Yedlin – another defender not known for his aptitude in front of goal.
Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth: Second-half strikes help Maurizio Sarri’s side keep up winning run Pedro and Eden Hazard scored the goals as Chelsea extended their 100 per cent start to the Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth. Callum Wilson missed a fine opportunity for the Cherries in the first half and Marcos Alonso struck the post before half-time.
The Blues broke the deadlock against Bournemouth in the 72nd minute after great play between Pedro and Olivier Giroud enabled the Spaniard to fire into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Crystal Palace’s reliance on Wilfried Zaha was again laid bare as Southampton secured their first Premier League victory of the season in his absence at Selhurst Park.It will soon be two years since Palace last won without their finest player, as second-half goals from Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg demonstrated how vital it was that they again recently persuaded him to sign a new contract.