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Premier League champions Liverpool eased past Chelsea to move joint top of the table on Sunday night, putting the pressure on Manchester City to respond with a win away at Wolves in their opening fixture on Monday.

The Reds beat the 10-man Blues at Stamford Bridge thanks to Sadio Mane’s brace while Thiago Alcantara made his debut off the bench.

Andreas Christensen’s red card before half-time changed the game and allowed Liverpool to completely control proceedings, though they were the team on top in the first 45 too.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “This is a proper team performance, everybody had to work hard, we did and we deserved the three points. I am overly happy with that.”

While Chelsea manager Frank Lampard admitted: “I don’t think you can make judgements on a game which is tight for half a game and then becomes a 10 vs 11. The result and the game changes.

“I was actually really pleased with the spirit and work ethic of some of the performances, especially defensively. There is a lot for us to look forward to. We have players coming back who are injured.

“We will have more tie and days to work together and the way we want to play. There were flashes of it today, we will see a lot more of it.

“It’s not a time for judgement. It’s game two, we had ten men against Liverpool and we almost could come away with a 1-1 if circumstances change.”

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Liverpool’s title rivals City meanwhile travel to Wolves on Monday night for their opening game of the campaign,starting a week later after their involvement in the Champions League last month.

City face a tricky trip to Molineux, with Wolves doing the double over them last season.

Pep Guardiola will also be without Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte for their Premier League opener.

Similarly, Manchester rivals United hosted Crystal Palace in their opening game on Saturday night.

The Red Devils fell to a 3-1 defeat to Palace with Wilfried Zaha scoring a brace at Old Trafford courtesy of some VAR drama.


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United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reflected: “You can see we are short and they deserved the points.

“[Palace] were sharper than us in challenges, tackles. We started off slowly and that had a knock-on effect for the rest of the game when they got the first goal.”

Elsewhere on Saturday Leeds and Arsenal both won, the Whites involved in another seven-goal thriller as they got the better of fellow Premier League newcomers Fulham.

The Gunners came out on top against West Ham despite a poor performance thanks to substitute Eddie Nketiah’s late strike.

On Sunday, Brighton hammered a dire Newcastle 3-0 at St James’ Park and the goalfest continued with Leicester’s 4-2 defeat of Burnley, coming from 1-0 down to win on home soil.

Tottenham were also involved in a thriller as Heung-min Son scored four in a 5-2 defeat of Southampton.

Spurs had fallen 1-0 down to the Saints and were well below their best in the first half before Son fired them level before the break, adding three more after the interval with Harry Kane setting up all of his quadruple.

Jose Mourinho said: “Son was on fire and for me Harry Kane was the man of the match, what he did for the team.

“Some people think the striker is to score goals but the striker is to give a big dynamic to the attacking organisation.

“With him dropping back and connecting the game between the lines for Sonny to attack, the space they created was a problem they couldn’t resolve.”

In addition to City’s match on Monday night, Aston Villa kickstart their season at home to Sheffield United.

Premier League upcoming fixtures

Saturday, September 26

12:30 Brighton vs Man Utd (BT Sport)

15:00 Crystal Palace vs Everton (Amazon Prime)

17:30 West Brom vs Chelsea (Sky Sports)

20:00 Burnley vs Southampton (Sky Sports)

Sunday, September 27

12:00 Sheffield Utd vs Leeds (BT Sport)

14:00 Spurs vs Newcastle (Sky Sports)

16:30 Man City vs Leicester (Sky Sports)

19:00 West Ham vs Wolves (BT Sport)

Monday, September 28

18:00 Fulham vs Aston Villa (Sky Sports)

20:15 Liverpool vs Arsenal (Sky Sports)

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