The pick of the best statistics from gameweek four of the Premier League, featuring Liverpool’s devastating 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur mashing Manchester United, and the meeting of Manchester City and Leeds United.
Villa’s strong start
It wasn’t that long ago that Liverpool had accumulated 106 points from 108. We were talking about them being unbeatable and going an entire season without losing. Whatever happened to that Liverpool?
Losing is bad enough, but losing 7-2? That’s catastrophic. Liverpool hadn’t conceded seven in a single match in 57 years and they’re the first reigning top-flight champions to do so in 67 years. This was a historically bad defeat for the Reds.
I mean, it's irrelevant in the chaos of today, but today was the first time in 44 games in all competitions that Mo Salah scored for Liverpool without winning – ending what was, by far, the longest winning streak when scoring by a player in Liverpool's history. #LFC #AVLLIV
— Michael Reid (@michael_reid11) October 4, 2020
But enough about them, and more about Aston Villa, the victors of this tale. This was the first time they had scored seven in a single match since 1995, when they thrashed Wimbledon 7-1.
Ollie Watkins, whose 29 goals since the beginning of last season is more than any player in the top four tiers of English football, became the tenth player to score a hat-trick versus Liverpool and the first in a decade.
Ollie Watkins is the first player to score a hat-trick against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) October 4, 2020
Villa’s form, given how poorly they played for the majority of last season, is something to behold. The last time they won four consecutive Premier League matches was all the way back in 2007, while it’s also the first time they’ve won their opening three league matches since the 1962/63 campaign.
Kane and Son’s telepathic connection
It doesn’t get much worse than losing 6-1 for Manchester United, their joint-heaviest defeat of the Premier League era. The last time they lost that badly was that famous clash with Manchester City in 2011.
It’s only the third time Man United have conceded six goals in a Premier League match and the fourth time they have lost by a five goal margin – all of which have come in October.
Man Utd's heaviest Premier League defeats:
October 1996: Newcastle 5-0 Man Utd
October 1999: Chelsea 5-0 Man Utd
October 2011: Man Utd 1-6 Man City
October 2020: Man Utd 1-6 Spurs
Why Always October? 👻 pic.twitter.com/HqC84HK2A9
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 4, 2020
Harry Kane and Heung-min Son continued their blossoming relationship at Old trafford by combining for two goals, the 26th time they have done so together. That’s the most of any current pair in the league and puts them fifth on the all-time list.
Kane has confirmed that rumours of his demise were greatly exaggerated with his excellent start to the season. His nine goal involvements (three goals and six assists) are the second-most in the first four games of a Premier League campaign – Thierry Henry holds the record with ten in 2004/05.
Guardiola 1-1 Bielsa
The last time Manchester City and Leeds United met in the Premier League both clubs were in very different circumstances to what they find themselves now.
On 22 March 2004, Leeds won 2-1 at Elland Road. They were the ‘big’ club of the two at the time, but were on their way down to the second tier following financial mismanagement. City, having rode the tide of relegation and promotion many times in the preceding decade, stayed up eight points ahead of the Whites.
Nowadays City are one of the richest and most successful clubs in the world, while Leeds are on the ascendancy after 16 years away from the top flight. And yet, judging by the game and the result, the gap did not appear all that wide.
The 1-1 draw ensured City’s indifferent record at Elland Road continued, having won just two of their eight Premier League matches at the ground. United have now lost just one of their last six meetings with the Manchester outfit.
2 – Rodrigo Moreno has scored his second Premier League goal and first since January 2011, nine years and 272 days ago. It’s the second longest gap between a player’s first two goals in the competition after Andy Johnson (9 years, 276 days). Wait. pic.twitter.com/djtLpn3zMC
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 3, 2020
The result did at least maintain Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten record against Marcelo Bielsa, winning two and drawing two of their four meetings to date.
Raheem Sterling’s goal was the eighth time he has scored the opening goal of a league match since the beginning of last season and his 34th overall in all comps, making him the top goalscorer in that time.