5 things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

Tottenham blew a three-goal lead in 12 minutes, but Manchester City proved that decent defending is still a thing.

5 things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

Liverpool’s title defence suffered a huge blow after Virgil Van Dijk was left needing knee surgery following an awful challenge from Jordan Pickford, which went unpunished.

Elsewhere, Tottenham blew a three-goal lead in 12 minutes, but Manchester City proved that decent defending is still a thing.

Here, the PA news agency looks at what we learned from the Premier League this weekend.

Pickford: The good, the bad and the ugly

Everton v Liverpool – Premier League – Goodison Park
Jordan Pickford lunged into Virgil Van Dijk during the Merseyside derby (Peter Byrne/PA)

No Bale-out for Spurs

It appeared to be the perfect 20-minute run-out for the returning Gareth Bale, with Tottenham 3-0 up and cruising against West Ham. The Hammers pulled two back before Bale almost capped his return with what would have been the clincher. But his shot flew wide and at the other end Manuel Lanzini rifled in an equaliser. It just goes to show that not even a three-goal lead with 81 minutes on the clock is safe during this most bizarre of seasons.

Case for the defence

Manchester City v Arsenal – Premier League – Etihad Stadium
Ederson kept Arsenal at bay (Michael Regan/PA)

Happy as Harry

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VAR. What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing, if you are of a Liverpool persuasion. The most pedantic of offside calls robbed Henderson of a late winner. Yet Pickford’s challenge on Van Dijk went completely unpunished. The PA news agency understands video official David Coote did not check for a potential red card despite having the power to do so, calling ‘check complete’ once he had ruled the Dutchman had been offside. Baffling.

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