Premier League talking points: Can Pukki silence City and can Klopp win again?

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Top flight returns this weekend.

Premier League action returns this weekend after the international break.

All top-flight clubs will complete their fifth round of fixtures and here the PA news agency takes a look some of the main talking points.

Red machine to march on

Liverpool and Newcastle have served up some humdingers down the years. Who can forget those two 4-3 wins for the Reds at Anfield in successive seasons in the mid-90s? But, despite Newcastle’s win at Tottenham in their previous away game, few expect anything other than a fifth straight Premier League win for manager of the month Jurgen Klopp’s side as they bid to maintain, or extend, their two-point lead over champions Manchester City at the top of the table. Steve Bruce’s side are currently 14th, but should find themselves closer to the bottom three after Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off.

Pukki versus Sterling at Carrow Road

The goals keep coming for Teemu Pukki
The goals keep coming for Teemu Pukki (Joe Giddens/PA)

Sanchez Flores answers Hornets’ SOS


Watford have reappointed Quique Sanchez Flores as head coach and he will take charge of his first match since returning to Vicarage Road against Arsenal on Sunday. The Spaniard, who spent one season at the club before leaving at the end of the 2015/16 campaign, faces a tough task. The Hornets are bottom after taking one point from their first four games and face Arsenal and Manchester City in their next two matches. The Gunners will be buoyed by their second-half fightback against Tottenham, which earned them a 2-2 draw before the international break.

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Will Mauricio Pochettino be smiling this weekend
Will Mauricio Pochettino be smiling this weekend (Bradley Collyer/PA)

In-form Foxes full of fire

Brendan Rodgers goes to Old Trafford
Brendan Rodgers goes to Old Trafford (Richard Sellers/PA)

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