Liverpool reasserted their Premier League title credentials with a breezy 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, while Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Leicester City.
Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno scored the goals for Liverpool at White Hart Lane to give Brendan Rodgers victory in his 100th game as manager and end Tottenham’s 100 percent record.
“Overall, our quality was exceptional. We got three goals and could have had more,” Rodgers said.
Mario Balotelli made his Liverpool debut after his ￡16 million (US$26.5 million) move from AC Milan on Monday last week and he produced an enterprising display before being withdrawn in the 61st minute.
“I thought he was excellent,” Rodgers said of the maverick striker. “He’s bought straight into our team ethic. He’s trained well and has put all that background noise about him to one side. He’s been brilliant.”
The result saw Liverpool bounce back from a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City in their previous outing and means they have now scored 12 unanswered goals in their past three encounters with Spurs.
In the day’s other game, Aston Villa won 2-1 at home to Hull City to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign and climb to third place.
Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann put the hosts two up at half-time at Villa Park, with Nikica Jelavic replying for previously unbeaten Hull in the 74th minute.