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Five talking points from this weekend's Premier League action

Five talking points from this weekend's Premier League action
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Jose Mourinho got one over his old rival Pep Guardiola on Saturday.

There were big wins for Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea while VAR took centre stage again in the Premier League this weekend.

Meanwhile, it seems tactically fouling Fulham players in the penalty area will not prove costly.

Here, the PA news agency looks at five things we learned from the top-flight action this weekend.

Reds shrug off injury blues

Crisis? What crisis? Liverpool may have been without key men Virgil Van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah, but they still swatted aside a Leicester outfit who previously boasted a 100 per cent record on the road this season, and who were looking to go top. Instead it is the Reds who joined Tottenham at the summit. And what a gem they have signed in Diogo Jota, who became the first player in Liverpool's history to score in his first four home top-flight appearances.

Nice little Werner

Newcastle United v Chelsea – Premier League – St James' Park
Timo Werner gave Newcastle a tough evening (Lee Smith/PA)

Frank Lampard's decision to move Timo Werner out wide in a front three is starting to pay dividends, and could play a major part in keeping Chelsea among the title challengers. Werner missed a couple of chances but still had a big hand in Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Newcastle, setting up Tammy Abraham to score the visitors' crucial second goal of the evening.

No way, Jose's back

It seems reports of Jose Mourinho's demise may have been premature after the perfect counter-attacking display from Tottenham saw the Portuguese get one over on rival Pep Guardiola and move to the top of the table. Manchester City had 67 per cent of possession and 22 shots to Spurs' four. But goals in each half from Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso were the only stat that mattered. It was classic Mourinho – you keep the ball, I'll take the points.

Fulham's spot of bother

Fulham have now missed three penalties this season after Ivan Cavaleiro became the latest addition to the spot-kick hall of shame, slipping as he skied one in the 3-2 defeat by Everton. Add in Ademola Lookman's calamitous Panenka at West Ham and Aleksandar Mitrovic's miss against Sheffield United and that is potentially five points dropped by Scott Parker's side, which would have left them in a far healthier position.

Referees do change their minds

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion – Premier League – Old Trafford
David Coote overturned his decision to award West Brom a penalty at Manchester United (Catherine Ivill/PA)

When Michael Oliver and David Coote overturned their own penalty decisions after checking the pitchside monitors, it sort of felt like a step in the right direction for VAR. However, with both decisions – Solly March catching Trezeguet after the ball and Bruno Fernandes bumping shins with Conor Gallagher – firmly in the 'seen them given' category, it was hard to argue there was a clear and obvious error with either. So once again we are none the wiser.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Tottenham HotspurSpurs96212191220
2Liverpool96212116520
3Chelsea953122101218
4Leicester CityLeicester96031812618
5Southampton95221713417
6Everton95131916316
7Aston Villa85031911815
8West Ham UnitedWest Ham94231510514
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves9423910-114
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
11Crystal Palace94141213-113
12Arsenal9414910-113
13Manchester CityMan City83321011-112
14Leeds UnitedLeeds93241417-311
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle93241015-511
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton92341315-29
17Burnley8125412-85
18Fulham9117918-94
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom9036618-123
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd9018415-111

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