Liverpool went top of the Premier League after a Sadio Mane landmark goal helped the Reds sink Burnley.
The Senegal forward struck for the 50th time at Anfield in the competition, becoming just the fifth Reds star to do so in the Premier League era, as Liverpool swept to a 2-0 win.
Danny Ings joined notable company as he scored a stunning goal in Aston Villa’s victory over Newcastle United, while Manchester City hit five goals in a game, which is becoming almost routine for Pep Guardiola’s champions.
Using Opta data, we take a look at the key statistics from across four of Saturday’s standout fixtures.
115 – Liverpool remain unbeaten in their last 115 Premier League games at Anfield when leading at half time (W103 D12), with their last such defeat coming back in December 2009 against Arsenal. Ascendancy. #LIVBUR pic.twitter.com/YTKRmggGPJ
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 21, 2021
Liverpool 2-0 Burnley: Mane joins Salah in Anfield 50-goal club
Mane’s clincher against Burnley was his 50th Premier League goal at home for Liverpool. The only players to have achieved that feat previously have been Robbie Fowler (85 goals), Steven Gerrard (69), Michael Owen (63) and Mane’s team-mate Mohamed Salah (56).
Given their strong finish last term, Jurgen Klopp’s team have won each of their past seven Premier League games now. That is as many victories as they enjoyed in their previous 20 games in the competition (D5 L8) and their longest winning streak in the league since a run of 18 ending in February 2020. Their run of fourth clean sheets in the league is their longest since a run of seven between December 2019 and January 2020.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s assist for Mane was the ninth time he has teed up a goal for the former Southampton man, four more than he has for any other Liverpool player.
Virgil van Dijk made his 48th home Premier League appearance with Liverpool and has lost none of those games (W43 D5), with the team’s dip last season coming in his injury-enforced absence. Only Lee Sharpe has played more home games for one club in the competition without losing any of them (59 with Manchester United).
As Liverpool celebrated, Burnley were left to lick their wounds after losing five games in a row in the Premier League for the first time, last doing so in any division in the 2008-09 Championship campaign. The Clarets have lost 11 of their 15 Premier League matches against Liverpool (W2 D2), more defeats than they have suffered against any other side in the competition (losing 10 against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City).
Manchester City 5-0 Norwich City: A first for City, but a familiar outcome
For the first time in Manchester City’s 25 Premier League campaigns, their opening goal of the season was an own goal, Tim Krul the unlucky man.
But if that was irregular, the final outcome surely surprised very few as the champions put the promoted Canaries to the sword.
Since Pep Guardiola joined Manchester City ahead of the 2016-17 season, there have been 49 Premier League games won by a margin of five or more goals, and the Catalan’s team have been responsible for 23 of these (47 per cent).
City have now won their past four home league games against Norwich by an aggregate score of 19-1 since a 3-2 reverse in May 2013.
Jack Grealish became the first English player to score on his home Premier League debut for City since Frank Lampard netted against Chelsea in September 2014, while there was a collector’s item from Aymeric Laporte. The defender scored his ninth goal for City in all competitions, but it was his first to come at the Etihad Stadium.
Norwich have had a brutal start, with a 3-0 home loss to Liverpool followed by the torture of City away. In Premier League history, only Leicester City in 2001-02 (-9) and Wigan Athletic in 2010-11 (-10) have ever had a worse goal difference from their opening two games of a season than Norwich’s current -8.
Given their awful finish to the 2019-20 season, Norwich have now lost 12 consecutive Premier League games, the outright second-longest losing streak in the competition’s history, behind only Sunderland’s run of 20 from 2003 to 2005.
A win, a goal and my home debut what a day pic.twitter.com/m1LvuyaXWZ
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) August 21, 2021
Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United: Diamond Ings shows his class
Former Southampton frontman Ings is looking like a smart signing by Villa already, and his bicycle kick that stunned Newcastle was a special goal.
Going back to last season with Saints, it means he has been directly involved in seven goals in his past eight Premier League starts, scoring six and assisting one. Ings also became just the fourth player to score in his first two Premier League appearances for Villa, after Dalian Atkinson in 1992, Dion Dublin in 1998 and Ross Barkley in 2020.
Villa have not lost in seven top-flight games in a row against Newcastle (W3 D4), doing so for the first time since a run of seven victories between 1955 and 1958.
The Magpies are having a tough time of it again, having lost their first two games of a league campaign for the fourth time in the past six seasons, after winning or drawing at least one of their first two fixtures in each of the 16 campaigns before that.
Their slow starts in the Premier League are becoming habitual and problematic, with Newcastle having won just two of their past 19 Premier League games in August (D6 L11), beating West Ham at home in 2017 and Tottenham away in 2019.
“It’s great to get the three points, especially in front of our own fans.”
Dean Smith’s thoughts following Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle. pic.twitter.com/QYgvFbd4EK
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) August 21, 2021
Leeds United 2-2 Everton: Toffees extend Premier League scoreline record
This was Everton’s 70th 2-2 draw in Premier League history, and they have contested at least 15 more matches with that outcome than any other side in the competition.
If that was an all too familiar outcome, there was a first occurrence of note for the Toffees, too. Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s opener was his 55th goal in all competitions for Everton, but his first scored from the penalty spot for the team who are now bossed by Rafael Benitez.
Demarai Gray scored his first Premier League goal for Everton, becoming the 34th different player to score both for and against the Toffees in the competition. Only West Ham (46), Aston Villa (42) and Liverpool (39) have had more players score for and against them in the competition.
Mateusz Klich and Raphinha earned a point for Leeds. Klich has now scored two goals in his past three Premier League games for Leeds, more than he had in his previous 32 (one). Klich has now scored five Premier League goals in total, as many as all other Polish players in the competition combined.
Since the start of last season, only Patrick Bamford (17 goals, eight assists) has been directly involved in more Premier League goals for Leeds United than Raphinha (seven goals, nine assists).