Liverpool and Arsenal off to flying starts in new Premier League season

Liverpool and Arsenal off to flying starts in new Premier League season

<p class="">Liverpool and Arsenal got off to winning starts with victories over promoted sides on the opening day of the new English Premier League (EPL) season on Saturday.</p>

<h1>Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick, including two penalty kicks, as champions Liverpool won a seven-goal thriller against the hugely impressive Leeds United at Anfield.</h1>

<p class="">The Egyptian grabbed the win from the penalty kick spot in the 88th minute of a 4-3 victory.</p>

<p class="">Arsenal enjoyed a more comfortable opening day with a 3-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.</p>

<p class="">Crystal Palace beat Southampton 1-0 with Wilfried Zaha on target.</p>

<p class="">Liverpool took just four minutes to get on target.</p>

<p class="">Leeds United debutant German defender Robin Koch was ruled to have handled a Salah shot and the Egyptian blasted home the penalty kick.</p>

<p class="">Jack Harrison equalised for Leeds United eight minutes later with a fine solo goal before Liverpool restored their lead in the 20th minute.</p>

<p class="">Virgil van Dijk was left unmarked to head in an Andy Robertson corner kick.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/YTE7MDA_/473a8f03ceaeb880fe473c9f15160b66.jpg" alt="Virgil van Dijk scores Liverpool’s second goal. (Chinaorg)"> <figcaption>Virgil van Dijk scores Liverpool’s second goal. (Chinaorg)</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">Marcelo Bielsa’s side, back in the top flight after a 16-year absence, rallied again with Patrick Bamford slotting home after Van Dijk had failed to deal with a ball over the top.</p>

<p class="">Salah blasted Liverpool back in front, 12 minutes before the break, but Leeds United hit back for a third time through Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich who made it 3-3.</p>

<p class="">Liverpool secured the points in the 88th minute with another Salah penalty kick after substitute Rodrigo Moreno clumsily brought down Fabinho.</p>

<p class="">“What a game, what an opponent, what a performance from both teams. A proper spectacle, I loved that,” said Klopp.</p>

<p class="">“It is pretty rare you see that many goals in a game and we have left space for improvement in our defending. But that is not unusual for a first game,” added the German.</p>

<p class="">Liverpool are now unbeaten in 60 straight league games at Anfield —– the kind of consistency Mikel Arteta must dream about at Arsenal.</p>

<p class="">But the Gunners at least took care of business in West London.</p>

<p class="">Alexander Lacazette fired the visitors ahead in the eighth minute after poor defending by the home side, before new signing Gabriel made it 2-0 in the 49th minute.</p>

<p class="">Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the icing on the cake with a superb shot into the top corner.</p>

<p class="">Crystal Palace forward Zaha scored his 50th league goal for the club as they beat Southampton 1-0.</p>

<p class="">The win secured a home victory on the opening day of a Premier League campaign for the first time.</p>

<p class="">The hosts went ahead against the run of play.</p>

<p class="">Zaha, who had managed only one goal in his previous 21 games, met Andros Townsend’s pin-point cross from the right with a side-footed volley past goalkeeper Alex McCarthy in the 13th minute.</p>

<p class="">Southampton defender Kyle Walker-Peters was shown a straight red for a high challenge before referee Jon Moss changed it to a yellow following the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).</p>

<p class="">In Saturday’s late game, new signings Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick both got on the scoresheet for Newcastle United as they won 2-0 away to West Ham United.</p>

<p class="">Hendrick set Wilson up for the opening goal in the 56th minute with a clever flick, before thumping home a shot shortly before full time to secure all three points.</p>

<p class="">On Sunday Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur take on Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, while West Bromwich Albion take on 2016 champions Leicester City in the day’s early kick-off.</p>

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