sport news What will Premier League top six managers be thinking over international break?

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() We may only be four matches into the Premier League season but the first international break still offers managers the chance to take stock of what has transpired so far and plan ahead.

It's a fortnight of relative peace and quiet to think about tactical tweaks based on the evidence of the opening weeks before putting these plans into action when the players return from international duty.

The managers of the established top six will have reached the international break in differing moods about what they've seen so far.

LIVERPOOL

Position: 1st (four wins from four); Next fixture: Newcastle United (H) on Saturday

Having come within a whisker of ending their long wait for a league title in May, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have clearly set out with the intention of going one better this time around.

Four wins from four - not to mention victory over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup - meant Klopp bounded into the international break (and a holiday in Greece) in a very contented mood.

Jurgen Klopp has every reason to be smiling after Liverpool's flawless start to the league

Jurgen Klopp has every reason to be smiling after Liverpool's flawless start to the league 

There has been a pleasing fluency about Liverpool in their performances so far and in extending their winning league run to 13 matches, the European champions have clearly picked up where they left off last season.

The victories meant Klopp was even able to turn Sadio Mane's angry reaction after being substituted in the 3-0 win at Burnley into a positive.

Mane was frustrated after strike partner Mohamed Salah failed to pass to him when in a better goalscoring position and was animated when taken off with five minutes left.

Klopp laughed off the incident and suggested that Mane's response was just indicative of the hunger within the team to win the league.

Sadio Mane was left frustrated after being taken off in Liverpool's 3-0 win at Burnley

Sadio Mane was left frustrated after being taken off in Liverpool's 3-0 win at Burnley

The only real concerns came in the 2-1 win at Southampton when stand-in goalkeeper Adrian made a mistake to allow the Saints back into the match.

The good news for Liverpool is that their regular keeper Alisson, who was such a calming influence last season, is stepping up his recovery following a calf injury suffered in the opening night win over Norwich.

A return for Naby Keita from his groin injury is also on the horizon which will bolster midfield options once the Champions League group stage gets underway.

Klopp is always concerned the internationals will throw up further injury headaches but, so far at least, this hasn't happened.

And with Liverpool looking highly impressive, Klopp's dazzling smile will no doubt be seen regularly in the weeks and months to come.

Keeper Adrian, standing in for the injured Alisson, made a slip-up in the match at Southampton

Keeper Adrian, standing in for the injured Alisson, made a slip-up in the match at Southampton

MANCHESTER CITY

Position: 2nd (three wins from four); Next fixture: Norwich City (A) on Saturday

You do wonder how Manchester City can improve on the near-perfection of last season's title win but Pep Guardiola will give it a good go.

The main theme in the opening four matches of the season has been goals - they've scored 14 times already this season, two more than Liverpool.

If they continue this average of 3.5 per game until May, they'll rack up 133 goals in the league alone.

Pep Guardiola can be largely satisfied by the way Man City have started their title defence

Pep Guardiola can be largely satisfied by the way Man City have started their title defence

But that would be to get carried away. While City have been rampant against West Ham, Bournemouth and Brighton, they came unstuck in their 2-2 draw with Tottenham, their only dropped points so far.

Ironically, it was City's lack of a clinical edge that cost them that day as they created 17 chances and penned Spurs back for long periods.

And Guardiola was left furious when Kyle Walker shoved Raheem Sterling inside the Spurs box seconds before Son Heung-min scored to earn Spurs a point.

City have been banging in the early season goals, with 14 scored so far in four league matches

City have been banging in the early season goals, with 14 scored so far in four league matches

Otherwise City have been pretty much flawless and Guardiola will be satisfied they'll challenge for honours on all fronts once again this season, with Liverpool their principal rivals.

As those two disappear over the horizon already, the bad news for Klopp's side is that City still have a number of injured players to come back.

First choice defensive pairing John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are both currently sidelined, while Gabriel Jesus should be able to return soon after the international break.

Once back to full strength, expect City to once again be the team to catch in the Premier League.

City still have Gabriel Jesus to return from injury in a further boost to their prolific attack

City still have Gabriel Jesus to return from injury in a further boost to their prolific attack

ARSENAL

Position: 5th (two wins from four); Next fixture: Watford (A) on Sunday

Arsenal find themselves in the increasingly familiar position of fifth following what might be described as a predictable opening to the season.

Unai Emery's side started with hard-fought wins over Newcastle United and Burnley only to promptly come unstuck when confronted with top class opposition in Liverpool.

However, their comeback from two goals down in a frenetic north London derby with Tottenham suggested there is a useful fighting spirit in the ranks.

Unai Emery celebrates as Arsenal complete their comeback in the derby against Tottenham

Unai Emery celebrates as Arsenal complete their comeback in the derby against Tottenham

The way the Gunners dominated their rivals for most of the second-half, eventually earning themselves a deserved point will have drastically improved the mood over the international fortnight.

The good news is that their main strikers are on song - has scored three already this season, while Alexandre Lacazette has two.

And there have also been positive starts by summer arrivals Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos in what does look a genuinely exciting and threatening forward line.

But Arsenal fans will feel a distinct sense of deja-vu in the defensive shortcomings that have quickly reared their head again this season.

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Tottenham last week

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Tottenham last week

David Luiz was given a torrid time by Salah in the 3-1 defeat at Anfield, basically making it obvious to every future opponent that Arsenal's back line is highly susceptible

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