Welcome to our experimental new weekly feature, the Premier League in four easy seconds. Today, Liverpool equalled the number of defeats they suffered all last season in their first three games of this campaign, falling six points behind, uh, Tottenham Hotspur as they lost at home to Aston Villa. It was not, shall we say, a good day for Rafa Benitez.
In the 48th minute, Benitez turned to face the fourth official after the goal that had put Aston Villa 2-0 up at Anfield, apparently questioning the call of the referee to award the preceding corner-kick. It was a few seconds that captured Rafa’s current mood of limp frustration, as he half-heartedly gesticulated in a rather dubious projection of his team’s failings onto officialdom. It was almost as unconvincing and lame as Liverpool’s performance, and here it is summing up the surprising state of the Premier League this week.