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It was the Premier League weekend that saw Liverpool show their batting qualities to continue their perfect start, Chelsea finally claim a home league win and Leicester City burnish their top four credentials.

We also saw further evidence that both and Arsenal will struggle to make it into the Champions League spot.

ADAM SHERGOLD looks at the things we learned this weekend.

There's no way Sheffield United are going down

Very few sides can claim to have kept Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool at bay until the 70th minute but that's precisely what Sheffield United did on Saturday.

That was the time Georginio Wijnaldum registered the league leaders' first shot on target, the longest Liverpool have had to wait in almost four years.

John Fleck and Oli McBurnie leave Sadio Mane floored during the match at Bramall Lane

John Fleck and Oli McBurnie leave Sadio Mane floored during the match at Bramall Lane

Unfortunately for the Blades, Wijnaldum's effort proved to be the winning goal, aided by a howler from prospective England goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

But there was more than enough in a United performance of old-fashioned bloody mindedness to suggest they won't be sucked into a relegation scrap this season.

It wasn't just their strength and organisation at the back, it was the way they matched Liverpool's game plan with a high press, flying wing-backs and passing style of their own.

Manager Chris Wilder said he wanted such occasions at Bramall Lane to be the norm and on this evidence, they are undoubtedly of Premier League calibre.

United deserved more for their performance against Liverpool than a narrow defeat

United deserved more for their performance against Liverpool than a narrow defeat

But Aston Villa will go straight back down if they can't hang on to a lead

Burnley may be the most cussed team in the Premier League but when you take the lead against them twice, you really would expect to win.

That's what Aston Villa did on Saturday but found themselves pegged back on both occasions, forcing them to settle for a wholly unsatisfying 2-2 draw.

Manager Dean Smith described it as a 'mental block' and it's seen them chuck away eight points from winning positions in seven league games this season already.

They're 18th at the moment with five points but would be fourth if they hadn't surrendered leads against Tottenham, Arsenal and Burnley.

It's something Smith needs to work on urgently over the international break otherwise it'll be a return ticket to the Championship.

Chris Wood scores for Burnley as Aston Villa are guilty of chucking away another lead

Chris Wood scores for Burnley as Aston Villa are guilty of chucking away another lead

Yarmolenko is like a new signing for West Ham

Having missed the bulk of last season with a ruptured Achilles, Andriy Yarmolenko is finally able to show West Ham fans what he can do.

The Ukrainian's class has never been in doubt but his career lost its way after he left Dynamo Kiev to join in 2017.

His departure from the German club came after just one season and to suffer the misfortune of such a major injury just nine games into his West Ham career must have been another body blow.

Andriy Yarmolenko is starting to show his class for West Ham following injury setbacks

Andriy Yarmolenko is starting to show his class for West Ham following injury setbacks

But Yarmolenko is now making up for lost time - having scored against last weekend, he was excellent in the Hammers' 2-2 draw at Bournemouth.

'He is carrying us at times,' admitted team-mate Ryan Fredericks. 'We want to give him the ball as much as possible.'

Yarmolenko scored West Ham's first goal at the Vitality Stadium and was influential in Aaron Cresswell's second and is starting the repay his £18m transfer fee.

Manuel Pellegrini suddenly has a wealth of creative talent at his disposal and West Ham could well surprise a few this season.

Lampard will have to manage Kante carefully

Chelsea kept a clean sheet for the first time in 11 matches as they defeated Brighton 2-0 on Saturday.

But while it was a dominant performance and a deserved three points, one talking points was a man who was missing.

Their talismanic midfielder N'Golo Kante missed the match after suffering a hamstring injury, another setback after the Frenchman had just returned from a sprained ankle.

Frank Lampard needs to wrap N'Golo Kante in cotton wool to prevent further injuries

Frank Lampard needs to wrap N'Golo Kante in cotton wool to prevent further injuries

And that followed his knee troubles last season which culminated in him playing through the pain barrier in the Europa League final against Arsenal.

It's clear that such an important player needs to be carefully managed by Frank Lampard if he's to make it through a busy season in one piece.

This is something Lampard acknowledged after the Brighton win, saying: 'We just need to get it right. We are just careful and it is my duty to work with him.'

There is talk of Kante returning to action against Lille on Wednesday night but it may make more sense to give him a rest for a few weeks. Chelsea have far more important games ahead.

Palace's resolute defence will see them to safety

Roy Hodgson makes no secret of the fact he wanted Crystal Palace to sign a new striker over the summer, but at least there's no issue with their defence.

Saturday's 2-0 win over Norwich was their third clean sheet at 'Fortress' Selhurst Park this season and that record would have been better but for Wolves' 95th-minute equaliser.

Martin Kelly (left), Gary Cahill (middle) and Wilfried Zaha celebrate Palace's second goal

Martin Kelly (left), Gary Cahill (middle) and Wilfried Zaha celebrate Palace's second goal 

The summer signing of Gary Cahill from Chelsea, for nothing, has proved a good one as he brings natural authority, experience and leadership.

He's formed a strong partnership with Martin Kelly, while Hodgson also has options such as Mamadou

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