Assuming Tottenham and Man Utd are still in ‘big six’.

So Liverpool consolidated its 8-point lead atop the Premier League table thanks to Adama Traore’s double sinking Man City, which remarkably before this match the former Barcelona youth had scored only once out of 72 senior appearances; while Arsenal and Chelsea enjoyed the sights of Tottenham and Man Utd slain by two 19-year-olds, the newly-dubbed Irish Rooney Aaron Connolly and now–Newcastle youngest top flight scorer Matthew Longstaff on their first Premier League starts. The best stories, comments, and highlights from 2019/2020 Premier League Matchday 8 team of the week.

4-4-2 | Kasper Schmeichel (7.70, Liverpool vs Leicester City); Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.84, Liverpool vs Leicester City), James Tarkowski (7.93, Burnley vs Everton), Christian Kabasele (8.53, Watford vs Sheffield United), Marcos Alonso (7.87, Southampton vs Chelsea); Adama Traore (9.21, Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers), Matthew Longstaff (8.05, Newcastle United vs Manchester United), Conor Hourihane (8.77, Norwich City vs Aston Villa), Jack Grealish (8.76, Norwich City vs Aston Villa); Wesley Moraes (9.03, Norwich City vs Aston Villa), Aaron Connolly (9.05, Brighton & Hove Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur)

KASPER SCHMEICHEL

@hs.f11

Player rating: 7.70
Team score: Liverpool 2–1 Leicester
Individual highlights: 6 total saves

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD

@fotosdofutebol

Player rating: 7.84
Team score: Liverpool 2–1 Leicester
Individual highlights: 113 touches, 5 key passes

JAMES TARKOWSKI

@burnleyofficial

Player rating: 7.93
Team score: Burnley 1–0 Everton
Individual highlights: clearances, 3 interceptions

CHRISTIAN KABASELE

@christiankabasele27

Player rating: 8.53
Team score: Watford 0–0 Sheff Utd
Individual highlights: 8 clearances, 5 tackles

MARCOS ALONSO

@marcosalonso28

Player rating: 7.87
Team score: Southampton 1–4 Chelsea
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 5 tackles

Marcos Alonso assist N’golo Kante goal, Southampton vs Chelsea, Premier League 2019/2020
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ADAMA TRAORE

@adamatrd37

Player rating: 9.21
Team score: Man City 0–2 Wolves
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 3 dribbles

"

I played in two positions today, right wing-back and striker.

I believe Nuno Espirito Santo getting me to adapt to playing in different areas on the pitch has helped me to develop as a player."

– Adama Traore on his development from Barcelona misfit to Man City hunter with Wolves

Raul Jimenez assist Adama Traore goal, Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League 2019/2020
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Raul Jimenez assist Adama Traore goal, Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League 2019/2020
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MATTHEW LONGSTAFF

@nufc

Player rating: 8.05
Team score: Newcastle 1–0 Man Utd
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 2 interceptions

"

I found out I was in the team after training yesterday. My belly started to turn, I got a bit nervous, and then I couldn't sleep.

Eventually I went to bed dreaming of scoring the winner and when I got up I never thought it would really happen. I'm over the moon!"

– Matthew Longstaff on notching the winner against Man Utd on his Premier League debut

Jetro Willems assist Matthew Longstaff goal, Newcastle United vs Manchester United, Premier League 2019/2020
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CONOR HOURIHANE

@conor_hourihane

Player rating: 8.77
Team score: Norwich 1–5 Aston Villa
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

JACK GREALISH

@jackgrealish

Player rating: 8.76
Team score: Norwich 1–5 Aston Villa
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 2 key passes

WESLEY MORAES

@wesleymoraes07

Player rating: 9.03
Team score: Norwich 1–5 Aston Villa
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 1 assist

AARON CONNOLLY

@officialbhafc

Player rating: 9.05
Team score: Brighton 3–0 Tottenham
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 6 shots

"

When I came back from holiday I went to meet Graham Potter. I just said to him, 'I don't want to go out on loan, I want to stay here and fight for a place in the first-team'.

He reacted well. That's what he wanted to hear, I'd say, instead of me taking the easy option and go out on loan. Three weeks later I'm playing up top with Neal Maupay.”

– Aaron Connolly on 'the talk' that paved way for his big break

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