EPL Gist With Steve Dede 5 things we learnt from matchday 9

On this weekly column, we highlights five of the biggest lessons we learnt from Matchday nine of the English Premier League

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  play Jugen Klopp's first game in charge of Liverpool ended in a draw but there were signs of improvement (Graham Chadwick)
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1. Tottenham 0 Vs Liverpool 0: Slow start for Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Kloop started his Liverpool career with a goalless draw away  Tottenham but there were signs of improvement.

Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers would have won the game 4-0 or lose with same margin. This is the uncertain nature of the team under the Northern Irish manager. But with Klopp the team showed cohesions and idealism. They played like they following orders and that is far cry from their days under Rogders.

Klopp biggest task is to solidify the Liverpool defence. The likes of Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke can always find a way to score.

Once the defence is okay, Klopp can achieve great things with the Kop. 4.

2. Manchester City 5 Vs Bournemouth 1: Consistent City could win the league before March

  play Raheem Sterling scored a hattrick against Bournemouth (Reuters )


Manchester City again showed why there the favourites for the English Premier League title.

The Citizens could have it easy with the league this season if they show a little bit of consistency. With Manchester United and Arsenal still flattering to deceive and Chelsea almost out of the way, City are primed to walk away with the title and be winners before Match.

Their inconsistency however, especially when the likes of David Silva and Sergio Aguero are injured has so far given hope to other contenders.

Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Bony who scored in the rout against Bournemouth should aways step up when others are injured.

That's the only way they can win the title.

3. Chelsea 2 Vs Aston Villa: Jose Mourinho needs the January transfer window to fix his problems

Diego Costa play Diego Costa celebrates his goal against Aston Villa with his Chelsea teammates (Kevin Quigley/Daily Mail)


Jose Mourinho got a breather with his team's 2-0 win over Aston Villa but there are still concerns in the team.

This is Aston Villa who have just won one in nine league games this seasons.

Chelsea were expected to win this after-all but the game also showed that Mourinho will need the Januray transfer window to savage Chelsea's season.

Going into the season, we could understand why it was hard for Mourinho to replace some of the playes. How could improve on a squad that won a League Cup and League double? It's hard.

Mourinho will have no such problem when the transfer window opens in Janaury. He has a bad run of results to thank for that.

4. Everton 0 Vs Manchester United 3: United title weight on a small shoulder

  play Wayne Rooney scores to make it 3-0 for Manchester United (Getty Images)


With the likes of Wayne Rooney, David de Gea and Juan Mata, United on paper looks a team full of winners.

It may be the case, but the weight of Manchester United's title race is on the small shoulders of Anthony Martial.

The 19-year-old is at the centre of anything good from United. Though the France international did not score, he looks like the star of the team. He now even acts it.

Manchester United have a real gem in the former Monaco forward and he will be the hero if the Red Devils get their first post-Sir Alex Ferguson title.

5. Watford O Vs Arsenal 3: Only Arsene Wenger can stop Arsenal from winning the title

  play (Arsenal via Getty Images)


Jose Mourinho once opined that Arsenal have the players to win the title.

"I don’t know why they can’t win it, but that’s my feeling — I like every player," the Chelsea manager said.

"If one of their players is a free agent and Arsenal don’t want him there, I would take every one. I like all of their players."

Watching Arsenal's win against Watford, I think I actually agree with Mourinho.

If Arsenal fail to win the league the only person to be held responsible is the manager, Arsene Wenger.

His player selection can be questionalble.

His mistake starting David Ospina over Petr Cech led to their shock home 2-3 loss against Olympacos in the UEFA Champions League.

If not for the poor finishing of Watford, his decision to play Per Mertesacker over Gabriel Paulista would have also backfired.

On two occasions, the German defender's lack of pace was exploited by the oppoistion which would have led to goals.

Arsenal's title chances rest on the decision of Wenegr, either choosing players for a game or during the January transfer window.

Wenger must get it right for Arsenal to win their first EPL title since 2004.

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