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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:


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

Arsenal's 22-game unbeaten run ends with defensive lapses at Southampton

A Danny Ings brace and a late Charlie Austin winner helped Southampton triumph over Arsenal, ending the Gunner's four-month unbeaten run.
A Danny Ings brace and a late Charlie Austin winner helped Southampton triumph over Arsenal, ending the Gunner's four-month unbeaten run.
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.
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.

SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Three thoughts on Southampton's 3-2 win over Arsenal in the Premier League.

1. Saints stun Arsenal to end unbeaten run

There should not be any panic for Arsenal, given this was their first defeat since August, and their first to a team not called Manchester City or Chelsea.

But defeat it was and to a side in real danger of relegation who, at times, have looked a hopeless cause. A brace from Danny Ings and a late clincher from Charlie Austin gave the crowd at St Mary's the...

Man United battle back to salvage a draw, but fail to put Saints to the sword

Man United fought back from two goals down in a chaotic first-half but fizzled out in an uneventful second period at St Mary's.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from Southampton's 2-2 Premier League draw with Manchester United at St. Mary's on Saturday.

1. United come back to earn point on mixed night

On the one hand, this was a point gained for Manchester United after a disastrous start against relegation-threatened Southampton. On the other, it does not seem enough that, having dug themselves out of a hole, they rarely threatened to swing the match decisively in their favour. Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera...

Liverpool maintain perfect start as Jurgen Klopp reaches managerial milestone

LIVERPOOL, England -- Three quick thoughts from Liverpool's 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

1. Liverpool show no signs of complacency as they cruise past Southampton

It was game No. 600 in management for Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool boss will have had few more straightforward matches than this one.

Liverpool had their sixth-straight Premier League win sewn up at half-time to maintain their flawless start and reclaim top spot from Chelsea.

A Wesley Hoedt own goal after 10 minutes...

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, Southampton's Danny Ings have bet on who'll score more goals

Danny Ings has described Mohamed Salah as 'a good friend' and said their bet on goals is 'a bit of a laugh'
Danny Ings has described Mohamed Salah as 'a good friend' and said their bet on goals is 'a bit of a laugh'.

Danny Ings has revealed he has entered into an ambitious wager with former Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah over which player will end the season with the most goals to their name.

Salah amassed 44 goals in just 52 appearances for the Reds in 2017-18, while Ings scored just one goal for the club in a frustrating, injury-blighted campaign.

However, the latter has since left Anfield on loan to return to boyhood club Southampton, where he has hit the ground running with two goals in his first four...

Premier League: Man City, Liverpool fight for title; Man United uncertainty under Mourinho

After a record-breaking campaign in 2017-18, the FC crew assess the expectations for Manchester City in the Premier League this season.
With Jose Mourinho's antics reaching a tipping point this preseason, the FC panel examine the effect it's having on Man United's dressing room.
Jurgen Klopp contends his top players 'don't use Liverpool and then go,' but Shaka Hislop explains why that's not a sure thing.
The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Man City's Champions League chances, Milan's top-four hopes and Herc's questionable wardrobe selection.

The Premier League is back! A new season brings fresh optimism and hope for the campaign ahead -- but how are the clubs shaping up?

ESPN FC's club correspondents, bloggers and staff run the rule over all 20 teams and predict their final position in 2018-19. 

Using last season's table, with the three promoted teams at the bottom, here's a look at each club's season ahead.

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Biggest signing and biggest loss: It's hard to think that there was too much missing from Manchester City's...