Jurgen Klopp, the self-proclaimed ‘Normal One’, left White Hart Lane “satisfied” with what he labelled a “normal result” as his new Liverpool side drew 0-0 with Tottenham.
Much had been made of the German’s arrival in the Barclays Premier League as replacement for Brendan Rodgers but, with main striker Daniel Sturridge not risked due to a minor knee injury, he could not start his much-heralded reign on Anfield with a victory.
Klopp insists he was satisfied with his introduction to English football as his Liverpool side left Tottenham with a point.
“I’m satisfied,” Klopp said of the draw.
“This is not the worst sign as I hadn’t got the biggest expectations for the game as we only had three days together and Tottenham are a strong and tuned team.
“It could have been difficult yet I’m really satisfied. The start was brilliant and we surprised them a little bit.
“Football is a result sport. We need all the results, we have to try and improve, work together and do the things together we want to see. The nil on the right side is okay, the nil on the other side doesn’t give you the same feeling.”
Raheem Sterling hit his first senior hat-trick as leaders Manchester City swept aside Bournemouth 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
The winger opened the scoring in the seventh minute and netted twice more before the interval.
Wilfried Bony was also on target in either half, while Glenn Murray briefly gave his side hope at 2-1.
Manchester United kept within two points of their neighbours, Wayne Rooney capping a 3-0 win over Everton with his 187th Premier League goal.
That put him level with Andy Cole in second on the league’s all-time list, behind only Alan Shearer.
Morgan Schneiderlin got things started with his first goal for the club after 18 minutes, followed by Ander Herrera’s effort soon after. Rooney benefited from a Phil Jagielka error to net his second league goal of the season against his former club.
At Stamford Bridge, Diego Costa returned from suspension to ease the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho.
Costa netted both goals in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
The Sam Allardyce effect yielded no immediate rewards for Sunderland, who remain winless this term following a 1-0 loss at West Brom.
Saido Berahino poked home the winner in the 54th minute.
West Ham scored twice in the closing moments to see off ten-man Crystal Palace 3-1 and grab a fourth away win of the campaign. The score was tied at 1-1 after Carl Jenkinson’s opener and Yohan Cabaye’s twice-taken penalty when Dwight Gayle collected a second yellow card just before half-time.
The Hammers’ laboured without result until the 88th minute when Andy Carroll’s knockdown was finished by Lanzini before Dimitri Payet made it 3-1.
Jamie Vardy’s stellar start to the season continued as he hit the target twice to salvage a point for Leicester in a 2-2 draw at Southampton.
Saints looked safe after first-half goals from defenders Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk, but Vardy pounced in the 67th and 90th minutes.