Hitting the ground running – the early frontrunners in the Premier League

The Premier League is now four gameweeks into the season.

We’ve entered the first international break of 2019/20 so there are 10 days before the next game. Being honest, we all hate these breaks in the domestic season. However, it does give us the opportunity to quickly take stock of how teams are shaping up at this early stage of the campaign.

Liverpool

The only club in England’s top flight to still have a 100% record after just four games. Jurgen Klopp’s side proved last season that they are the real deal, pushing Manchester City all the way for the title while also lifting the club’s sixth European Cup.

There were concerns when The Reds didn’t add more strength-in-depth to the squad over the summer. Only time – and injuries – will tell if they live to regret that decision.

Next up, Liverpool welcome Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United to Anfield where The Reds will be looking to make it five wins from five.

Manchester City

A 2-2 draw at home to Spurs is the only ‘blemish’ on Pep Guardiola’s 2019/20 sheet so far. His side has scored 14 goals in its four games with Argentine international Sergio Aguero grabbing six for himself already.

Kevin De Bruyne has started the season brilliantly and new signing Rodrigo seems to be settling in very well.

There are some injury concerns for Guardiola at the moment, however. Leroy Sane, Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte are all long-term absentees with Sane and Laporte both expected to miss the lion’s share of the season.

City are away to Norwich on Saturday week.

Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester team is third at the moment with no defeats from its first four fixtures.

Jamie Vardy, in particular, looks to be playing some of his best football of the last couple of years. Harvey Barnes, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison have also looked impressive in the first month of 2019/20.

Rodgers brings his men to play Manchester United at Old Trafford after the international break.

Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace have been the surprise outfit so far. Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew and co are fourth with two wins from four games. Yet, they did lose away to newly-promoted Sheffield United suggesting that this early-season form may be something of a false dawn for the Selhurst Park club.

They will learn a lot about their level after they travel to face Spurs on Saturday week.

 

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