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Five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

Liverpool searching for Rodgers successor

In 2012 Brendan Rodgers said: “Judge me in three years.” Well, I suppose the old adage ‘be careful what you wish for’ rings true here. Rodgers was dismissed  by Liverpool on Sunday, following a 1-1 draw away to Everton in the Merseyside derby. That point left the Reds in 10th in the league table, six points behind leaders Manchester City. Speculation is rife that former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp will be approached by the Reds this week and offered the job at Anfield. Carlo Ancellotti and Frank De Boer have also been linked, but it seems as though Klopp is the first preference.

Advocaat walks away from Sunderland

The Black Cats were left reeling on Saturday when manager Dick Advocaat resigned from his position with immediate effect. The announcement came just hours after Sunderland had let a 2-0 lead slip and ended up drawing with West Ham United, leaving the North-East club without a win this season. Advocaat said: “I have made the decision to go after only eight games as I felt it was important to give everyone time to turn things around.” The club’s chairman Ellis Short told the BBC: “I am truly saddened by Dick’s decision, but I respect him for his honesty. “It is also a testament to his character that he has foregone any kind of a financial settlement, something which is very unusual in football.” Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has already been linked with succeeding the 68 year-old, as has Sam Allardyce.

Enigmatic Arsenal very much in contention

The Gunners put in their best performance for some time to thrash title rivals Manchester United 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The win lifts Arsene Wenger’s men above United into 2nd place in the table, reigniting the North Londoners title hopes. Sunday’s victory was all the more impressive given that it followed a disastrous midweek defeat to Olympiakos in the Champions League, which leaves the Gunners on the brink of elimination. However, that might not be a bad thing; without the distraction of midweek European matches the Gunners may be able launch a full-scale assault on the Premier League, unlike rivals United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Chelsea’s woes continue

It seems each week Chelsea get a mention in this piece, and after losing 3-1 at home to Southampton on Saturday evening, this week is no exception.  Manager Jose Mourinho is coming under increased pressure as his side is languishing down in 16th place in the table, having lost four of their eight league matches. This latest defeat condemned the Blues to their worst start to a Premier League season in 36 years. Chelsea’s off-colour start to the new campaign is all the more astonishing given they only lost three times in the whole of the last campaign on their way to winning the title. However, Mourinho has the ‘full support’ of the club, according to a short club statement.

Five-star Aguero compared to Messi and Ronaldo
Sergio Aguero bagged himself five goals as Manchester City thrashed Newcastle 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saagueroturday. The Argentina international’s quintet came in a 20 minute period either side of the break, and has left his manager comparing him with the two best players in the world: Lionel  Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Manuel Pellegrini said: “After what we have seen today, of course Kun is at that level,” he said. “You remember at the beginning of the season I told you that we would see a different Kun this year? He’s more mature, a better professional, he’s seeing all kinds of different things how he can improve.” The 27 year-old had only netted one goal in the league before Saturday’s game, but is now the league’s second highest scorer.

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