In this week’s #HitTheTarget podcast, our panel discusses Man United’s historic 7-0 defeat at Anfiled, Arsenal’s title aspirations and City’s recent form.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool outdid themselves with that historic 7-0 thrashing of Man United at Anfield last weekend, recording one of the Red Devils’ worst ever moments in the Premier League. The defeat mean United equalled their heaviest-ever defeat and worst since 1931
The heavy defeat provoked rage from the club’s former stars and legends, with some even condemning the players’ conduct and display.
Now, lies the big question of where they go to from drubbing. What doe Erik Ten Hag have up his sleeves? They needed to bounce back against Spanish opponents Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday night, comfortably beating them by 4-1 in their last 16 tie.
Arsenal’s bid to pull off a surprise Premier League triumph continues with Mikel Arteta’s men maintaining a five-point gap between themselves and the reigning champions.
The Gunners keep getting better and better this season and secured the latest of late wins on Saturday to restore their gap. They were facing a shock defeat when Bournemouth took a 2-0 lead but Reiss Nelson’s 97th minute strike ensured all three points – just hours after City had beaten Newcastle.
Second on the log with 45 points is not at all a bad return for PL club. But Pep Guardiola and Man City have set a certain standard in England, and not living up to that standard can be seen as a worry. City are eight points worse off than last season’s total after 21 games.
In fact, this is their third-lowest points tally at this stage of the season under the Spanish manager – the two campaigns where they ended up with fewer points saw them fail to win the league. But I don’t expect them to lose again this season.