EPL Champions Manchester City begin campaign with win at Arsenal, Liverpool pound West Ham 4-0

Posted by News Express | 12 August 2018 | 1,193 times

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•Liverpool’s goal king Mo Salah

Manchester City began the defence of their title with an impressive win away to an Arsenal side playing under new Spanish manager Unai Emery on Sunday.

City romped to Premier League success by 19 points last season and seem to have continued where they stopped.

Attempting to become the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to retain the title, the champions were good value with goals by Raheem Stirling and Bernardo Silva.

Sterling went past two weak challengers to put City ahead in the first quarter of an hour with his 50th league goal.

Soon after debutant Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City was substituted, Bernardo Silva added the second in the 65th minute.

Last season’s top goalscorer Mo Salah was on target again on Sunday as Liverpool began their campaign with an easy win at home to West Ham United.

The Egyptian gave Juergen Klopp’s side the lead after 19 minutes from Andy Robertson’s precise low cross.

West Ham’s new manager Manuel Pellegrini gave debuts to five of their 10 close-season signings, but his revamped team rarely threatened Liverpool’s expensive new Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson.

Poor defending cost them a second goal just before the interval, to Sadio Mane, who added a third after 53 minutes from an offside position.

Substitute Daniel Sturridge made it four just seconds after coming on.

Salah’s goal featured an important contribution from new signing Naby Keita of Guinea, who cost 50 million pounds ($63.84 million) from RB Leipzig and was excellent throughout.

Liverpool’s other debutant, Alisson, was much less involved as the London side struggled to make chances.

Their best one followed a lucky bounce off the referee but Marko Arnautovic miscued his shot.

By the interval they had conceded again after leaving three attackers unmarked in front of goal, and Mane was the one who knocked in James Milner’s pull-back.

He scored Liverpool’s third, which might have been disallowed for offside.

Sturridge then came off the bench in the final few minutes to score at the far post from a corner with his first touch.

The result continued West Ham’s dreadful record at Anfield, which now extends to one win in 46 league games.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have not conceded a goal in their last six home games in the league — since West Ham scored against them in February.

Pellegrini gave debuts to Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Fabian Balbuena, Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere, then introduced a sixth newcomer Andriy Yarmolenko as a substitute.

Anderson and Yarmolenko had their moments but overall the visitors were comprehensively outplayed. (Reuters/NAN)


Source: News Express

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