Liverpool have been cut to 5/2 in bwin’s Premier League winner odds after going top of the table with Saturday’s 4-0 triumph at Bournemouth.
Manchester City remain hot favourites at 2/5, but the defending champions slipped a point behind the Reds following a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea.
Mohamed Salah bagged a stunning hat-trick for Liverpool at Vitality Stadium, as they stretched their unbeaten start to the season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side capitulated to a 4-3 Premier League defeat at Bournemouth in December 2016, but the German coach hopes his players are now far more robust than that.
“We are really more controlled in these situations now,” commented Klopp. “It was a big step for us; very important.
“Last year, we were really flying and everything was brilliant, until we were not flying. The difference between flying and not flying was quick last year.
“It was something we wanted to work on. It’s worked out. That’s good. A few new players have come in and other players are more mature.”
Goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz saw Chelsea inflict City’s first loss of the season, as the hosts absorbed the visitors’ pressure and pounced to claim a triumph many did not expect.
Defender John Stones told City’s website: “We were top of the league coming into the game and everyone wants that spot. Now we have something to look back on and we will take everything out of it.
“It is never easy to digest it after the game, but it is the harsh reality of the league. To be where we are – we should be proud. The best way to get over this is by winning the next game.”
City can climb back to the summit when hosting Everton on Saturday, with Liverpool not entertaining Manchester United until Sunday.
Chasing pack all pick up maximum points
Chelsea are eight points off the pace following a superb display and can be backed at 50/1 in bwin’s Premier League winner odds.
According to Luiz, the result was due to the preparation of manager Maurizio Sarri, with the defender telling Chelsea TV: “It was a team with humility, but also a team with the right planning.
“We’re happy because we did great against the best team in the league. I think it can give us a lot of confidence.”
Tottenham are six points adrift of Liverpool after Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli netted in a 2-0 victory at Leicester, with Spurs quoted at 28/1 for the title.
“The reality is we are there, fighting Liverpool, City, Chelsea and Arsenal – that’s the reality,” said Mauricio Pochettino.
“The three points are massive to keep our position in the table. It’s a massive win for us.”
Arsenal are two points behind Spurs after scraping a 1-0 win over Huddersfield thanks to Lucas Torreira’s late strike, with the Gunners available at 66/1 to be crowned champions and Evens to finish in the top four.
“We have a lot of things to improve and do better, but we can be happy,” said Granit Xhaka.
“It’s not normal that we are 21 games unbeaten, but we have a good team, a good spirit and this is what’s most important. We will keep going like this.”
Manchester United are a further eight points adrift and quoted at 6/1 to make the leading quartet after beating Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford.
Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku netted in an impressive first-half display, with Marcus Rashford ending hopes of a Fulham fightback after they had pulled one back from the penalty spot.
“It was a shame that we couldn’t keep the clean sheet, but it was a very good performance,” beamed Mata.
“A performance that the fans I think they have been waiting for and we know that we have to do this more often.”
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