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Weekend numbers: Messi's 43rd hat trick for Barcelona; Ronaldo gets Juve's 5000th

The FC crew answer your tweets on Liverpool's chances of winning the Premier League, Jose Mourinho's ability to manage a top side again and more.
Are too many Liverpool stars excluded from Gab Marcotti's Premier League team of the weekend after their win over Manchester United?
Gab Marcotti believes the personality issue between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho is merely the Man United manager's attempt to create a scapegoat.
Manchester United's Jose Mourinho believes he can still reach the top four in the second half of the season despite trailing fourth-placed Chelsea by 11 points.
Following Manchester United's resounding defeat at Liverpool, Craig Burley slams the club's lack of leadership, from the boardroom to the pitch.
Jose Mourinho was happy with his team selection and has no regrets about not playing Paul Pogba
Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp rated the 3-1 win over Manchester United as one of the best performances he has seen since he has been at the club as he reflected on what he called a perfect night.
Jose Mourinho did not appreciate getting asked if he has the backing of the dressing room following Manchester United's loss to Liverpool.
Chelsea's Mauricio Sarri admitted that Eden Hazard's injury is not a serious one and that he was substituted as a precaution during their win over Brighton.
With Liverpool getting their first league win over Manchester United since 2014, FC's Shaka Hislop examines the gulf in class between the two sides.
Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop break down Arsenal's surprising loss to Southampton, and determine if more defensive struggles are on the horizon for the Gunners.

Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 3-1 win over Manchester United, while Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to yet another milestone with a goal in their 1-0 derby win against Torino. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi did Lionel Messi things (scored three, assisted two) as Barcelona thrashed Levante 5-0. Here are the best numbers from the weekend's action:


Lionel Messi is the first player to reach double figures for both goals (14) and assists (10) in the top...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi's free-kick record, Romelu Lukaku ends home rut

Craig Burley was surprised to not see a reaction from Manchester City to N'Golo Kanté's first-half goal, in Chelsea's 2-0 win over the title-holders.
Gabriele Marcotti outlines Lucien Favre's tactics in Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Schalke.
Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match.
Pep Guardiola insists anyone can win the Premier League title and there is no favourite after Man City's loss to Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho praised Paul Pogba and outlined what he needs to do to get back into the starting XI.
Jurgen Klopp insists he isn't surprised by Mohamed Salah's desire to score after he stayed on his feet during Liverpool's second goal.
Mauricio Pochettino has immediately switched his focus to Barcelona after Tottenham's 2-0 win in the Premier League over Leicester.
Niko Kovac admits Borussia Dortmund would have to make mistakes in order for Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga title.
Jose Mourinho feels Man United fans cannot point the finger at any of his players following their 4-1 win over Fulham.
Maurizio Sarri was quick to rule out Chelsea's title chances after their victory over Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference.

Chelsea stunning Manchester City and Liverpool thrashing Bournemouth to go top have made the Premier League title race exciting again. In Spain, Lionel Messi eviscerated Espanyol with a display of supreme skill, while in Italy, Juventus continued their remorseless march to an eighth straight scudetto with a 1-0 win over Inter. Here are the best numbers from an action-packed weekend of football.


Here's a ridiculous Messi stat: Messi has more free-kick goals over the last four La Liga seasons (15)...

Liverpool's Mo Salah silences critics as hat trick beats Bournemouth

With Man City not playing until later, Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table after sweeping aside Bournemouth thanks to a Mohamed Salah hat trick.
With Man City not playing until later, Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table after sweeping aside Bournemouth thanks to a Mohamed Salah hat trick.
Jurgen Klopp insists he isn't surprised by Mohamed Salah's desire to score after he stayed on his feet during Liverpool's second goal.
Jurgen Klopp's post-match press conference after Liverpool's win at Bournemouth was interrupted by an emergency evacuation alarm.

BOURNEMOUTH, England -- Three points on Liverpool's 4-0 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League, which saw Mo Salah (seventh on the ESPN FC 100 list of Forwards) bag a hat trick.

1. Liverpool march on

Liverpool finished their latest victory not knowing how long their spell at the top of the Premier League would last, with Manchester City facing Chelsea later in the day. But more than transient league positions with not even half a season gone, it's extraordinary that Liverpool are even keeping...

Bournemouth's success under Eddie Howe through the eyes of his top players

Jermain Defoe discussed how he has tried vegan and pescatarian diets to try help maximize his performances and try to extend playing career in the Premier League with AFC Bournemouth.

When Steve Cook and Charlie Daniels finished a post-training gym session this week, they wandered up a small flight of stairs to get some lunch at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth's modest but modern home. When they both first arrived, about a month apart in the winter of 2011, that journey would have taken about half an hour.

Back then, the team would train at Canford School, about nine miles north of the city, and then have to drive back to the ground (then simply known as Dean Court) for meals...

Unai Emery has work to do as Arsenal show grit and flaws in Bournemouth win

English Premier League: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (67') Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal

BOURNEMOUTH, England -- Three points from Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

1. Emery momentum continues

After three draws in a row, Arsenal are back to winning ways in the Premier League and on balance, Sunday's 2-1 victory against a lively Bournemouth side was deserved. They took the lead through a bizarre Jefferson Lerma own goal but were pegged back on the stroke of half-time by Josh King. But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's winner brought them back to within a point...

LIVE Transfer Talk: First England, now Chelsea for Bournemouth's Callum Wilson?

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno assesses the latest transfer rumours around Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly, Jadon Sancho and many more.
Mauricio Pochettino shrugged off rumours he rejected Real Madrid, indicating he's solely focused on Tottenham.

The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around to find out who will be moving where come January.

TOP STORY: First England, now Chelsea for Callum Wilson?

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has had a pretty good week, given that he's just landed his first call-up to the senior England squad.

The 26-year-old's good form hasn't gone unnoticed by Chelsea either, with seven goals in 13 games propelling him to the top of their...