Premier League: Six-Goal Manchester City Go Top, Liverpool Held By Burnley

Updated: 17 September 2017 00:20 IST

Sergio Aguero's hat-trick inspired a 6-0 demolition of Watford.

Premier League: Six-Goal Manchester City Go Top, Liverpool Held By Burnley
Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring a goal for Manchester City. © AFP

Manchester City stormed to the top of the Premier League as Sergio Aguero's hat-trick inspired a 6-0 demolition of Watford, while Philippe Coutinho's return couldn't lift Liverpool in a 1-1 draw against Burnley on Saturday. With previous leaders Manchester United not in action until Sunday's clash with Everton, City had a chance to move three points clear of their title rivals. Aguero ensured they did just that as the Argentine forward maintained his mastery of Watford at Vicarage Road.

Pep Guardiola's side took the lead in the 27th minute when Aguero headed in from Kevin de Bruyne's free-kick for his seventh goal in five games against the Hornets.

Aguero wasn't finished inflicting pain on Marco Silva's men and he struck again four minutes later, tapping in after Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes couldn't hold David Silva's cross-shot.

Having notched his fifth goal of the season, Aguero turned provider in the 38th minute, slipping in Gabriel Jesus for a nonchalant finish.

It was City's 12th goal of a memorable week that also included a 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool and a 4-0 win at Feyenoord.

Nicolas Otamendi added to that tally when he headed in the fourth from Silva's cross in the 63rd minute before Aguero completed his 10th City treble with nine minutes left.

There was still time for Raheem Sterling to win and convert an 89th-minute penalty to cap City's swaggering display.

"It was so good. Especially after an away game in the Champions League. The way we played as a team, we are so happy," Guardiola said.

"I was lucky to manage Barcelona with many outstanding performances but this week has been a lot of goals. We have found our game."

At Anfield, with Sadio Mane suspended, Coutinho made his first Liverpool start since his failed attempt to force a move to Barcelona.

Brazil forward Coutinho missed the first five games of the season with a back injury before coming on in Wednesday's 2-2 Champions League draw against Sevilla.

But despite his return, Jurgen Klopp's team were rocked when Scott Arfield put Burnley in front in the 27th minute.

Liverpool drew level three minutes later through Mohamed Salah's cool finish from Emre Can's pass, but the Reds couldn't find a winner with Coutinho substituted in the closing stages.

"I'm not happy, I'm angry with the result but pleased with the performance," Klopp said.

"It's our fault. We were dominant but only scored one goal."

- Historic low -

Roy Hodgson was unable to stop Crystal Palace hitting a historic low as Steven Davis sealed Southampton's 1-0 win at Selhurst Park.

Former England boss Hodgson was taking charge of Palace for the first time following his appointment on Tuesday as successor to the sacked Frank de Boer.

But Hodgson couldn't inspire an immediate upturn in Palace's fortunes, with Davis's goal condemning the Eagles to a piece of unwanted history.

Palace sit bottom of the table after becoming the first English top-tier team to lose their opening five fixtures without scoring a single goal.

Jamie Vardy rescued Leicester City as his penalty secured a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town.

Laurent Depoitre, on his full Premier League debut, put Huddersfield ahead in the 47th minute, only for England striker Vardy to equalise with a spot-kick three minutes later following Chris Lowe's foul on Andy King.

Jamaal Lascelles was Newcastle United's hero again as he clinched a 2-1 win over Stoke City at St James' Park.

Rafael Benitez's side took the lead when Christian Atsu volleyed home for his first Premier League goal in the 19th minute.

Xherdan Shaqiri equalised for Stoke with an impressive strike, curling home after a penetrating run in the 57th minute.

But Newcastle captain Lascelles, who also bagged the winner at Swansea City last weekend, earned the hosts' third successive victory with a header from Matt Ritchie's 68th minute corner.

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Gareth Barry equalled the Premier League appearance record in a 0-0 draw against West Ham at the Hawthorns.

Barry, 36, is now level with Ryan Giggs' mark of 632 games, having made his top-flight debut in 1998.

-Tottenham Hotspurs stalemate adds to Wembley woes-

Tottenham were held to a goalless draw by Swansea as Mauricio Pochettino saw his side's Wembley woes continue on Saturday.

Pochettino's team have now gone three Premier League games without a win at their temporary home after losing to Chelsea and drawing against Burnley and Swansea. 

The Welsh side rode their luck at times as Tottenham hit the woodwork and had three penalty appeals turned down, but the hosts had only themselves to blame for failing to kill off Paul Clement's men. 

Tottenham hoped they had banished talk of a curse at Wembley, which is their base this season while White Hart Lane is redeveloped, by beating Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek.

But that proved wishful thinking and even Harry Kane, who scored twice against Dortmund, couldn't save them. 

Topics : Manchester City Watford Burnley Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Swansea City Football English Premier League
Highlights
  • Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick
  • The way we played as a team, we are so happy, said Guardiola
  • Angry with result but pleased with performance, said Klopp
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