Three things we learned from Gameweek 1 of PL 2020/21 season
Liverpool began their first title defense in 30 years with an unexpected goal thriller whereas Arsenal put Fulham to the sword on the opening gameweek of the 2020/21 Premier League season.
Liverpool’s propensity to gift goals to Leeds United during their 4-3 victory over the Premier League newcomers suggests that the Reds need to sign a new centre-back in this transfer window.
The reigning Premier League champions have only three senior centre-backs in their squad after Dejan Lovren left the Merseyside outfit to join Russian side Zenit. St. Petersburg last month.
His departure from the side wasn’t mourned by many Liverpool fans but their team’s shaky display on Saturday might have convinced avid Reds’ faithful that Klopp would do well not to go into the season with the centre-backs he currently has at his disposal.
The German manager has the luxury of having Virgil Van Dijk – a defender who would walk into any team on the planet, but that cannot be said of either Joe Gomez or Joel Matip. Both of them have been prone to injuries in previous campaigns and would do well to have a replacement waiting at the bench.
The high-flying Gunners, who had defeated Liverpool in the Community Shield not long ago, took apart the Premier League newcomers in a manner that was both convincing and entertaining.
What is even more encouraging for Arsenal is that both new signings Willian and Gabriel impressed on their debuts for the side. The former provided three assists to his Arsenal teammates whereas the latter impressed in the back four while also getting a goal of his own.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once again showed why he deserves everything he’s asking from the Gunners before committing his future to the North London club. Even Alexandre Lacazette, who was average last season, got himself off to a flyer.
Hence the reason why, while most Premier League watchers will dismiss the Gunners’ performance as too small a sample size to judge the capabilities of their squad, Arteta and the Arsenal fans would be taking a high degree of confidence from their side’s last weekend’s performance.
Newcastle United players showed with their performance that they don’t need the club’s ownership to change hands to put in impressive performances on the pitch.
New signing Callum Wilson was the star of the show for the home side as Newcastle secured a 2-0 victory against a dismal West Ham side that seems destined to spend one more season trying to avoid relegation.
Thoughts of avoiding the drop won’t be coming Newcastle’s way though if the Magpies are able to carry their form from the opening weekend, with the signings of Wilson, Jeff Hendrick, Ryan Fraser and Jamal Lewis seem to have injected confidence into the squad that was missing last season.
The arrival of the quartet might also have given Mike Ashley’s hope that his poisonous relationship with the Newcastle fans can still be salvaged if Steve Bruce manages to eke out similar performances from his players throughout the remainder of this campaign.
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