Only after 10 games can you make a proper judgment about how the Premier League season is going to unfold: that is the line that is often trotted out. Now, Liverpool and the rest of the teams in the top flight have played exactly that number.

So what have we learned so far? Liverpool, had Darren England been concentrating, could have been top of the pile, but instead, that is Tottenham, seemingly benefiting (in addition to that VAR mistake) from only having league games to play. Ange Postecoglou could have been under a lot more pressure and scrutiny if his side had dropped a few more points, having been knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Fulham, with the wait for a trophy set to be extended again.

But for Liverpool, while its performances might be going a little under the radar, there is plenty to be excited about. Only one point behind Manchester City and with a trip to the Etihad Stadium coming up, there is a real chance that the Reds may not be able to quietly go about picking up points regularly for much longer.

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Here's what spotted in the latest round of Premier League action. While Spurs and Arsenal both won again, they face Chelsea (H) and Newcastle (A) respectively next weekend, which should represent bigger tests.

Stand-out performance

Few would have expected Everton to go to West Ham United and win but a goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin early in the second half was enough to get the points for Sean Dyche's side. The Toffees are going to need more wins to ensure that they are safe this season but it increasingly looks like there are three teams who are worse than Everton.

Sheffield United, for instance, has just one point from its opening 10 games. Burnley is only one win better off on four points, and something will have gone very wrong if Luton stays up but Everton goes down.

Shock of the weekend

Aside from Everton winning, most things went as you would imagine, with Manchester City very comfortably strolling to a win at Old Trafford and Arsenal hammering Sheffield United by five goals to nil.

Brentford winning at Stamford Bridge was a surprise, but only because Thomas Frank's side has been inconsistent this season. Chelsea losing has long since ceased to be a shock, with that upturn against Arsenal seemingly a one-off for Mauricio Pochettino and his players.

Goal of the round

Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola really needed the three points against Burnley and it was midfielder Philip Billing who got the goal in spectacular fashion. Vitinho lost the ball cheaply and then Billing spotted Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford was off his line, opting to chip him from about the halfway line. Trafford got a touch on it but couldn't keep it out.

What we learned from a Liverpool perspective

It seems very, very unlikely that Liverpool will be finishing outside of the Champions League places this season. While it never really looked that the Reds would make it there for much of the last campaign, so much would have to go wrong this time around.

Liverpool is collecting points regularly and playing with a level of control and dominance. Where last season's win over Nottingham Forest was a tight, 3-2 game, this one was similarly unspectacular but with another level of assurance that made it comfortable, just like the win over Aston Villa at Anfield a few weeks ago which now looks even more impressive.

At the same time, Manchester United has reverted back to what it was before Erik ten Hag arrived, whether you blame the man in charge of spending the money or those providing it. Chelsea lost 2-0 at home to a Brentford side that has struggled this season and Newcastle United could only draw at Wolves.

Quite what will happen to Spurs remains to be seen but Liverpool should be feeling very content about where it is. A signing or two in January could really fuel a title charge.

Liverpool player of the week

Dominik Szoboszlai was good and the Liverpool attack was once again impressive, with Diogo Jota continuing to show that he has the perfect knack of being in the right place at the right time in the penalty area, but another player stood out the most. This was arguably Alexis Mac Allister's best showing for the Reds to date — a template for playing home and away against the bottom 10.

Liverpool midfielder Alexis Mac Allister impressed against Nottingham Forest.
Liverpool midfielder Alexis Mac Allister impressed against Nottingham Forest.

Mac Allister has been criticized at times for his performances as the deepest-lying Liverpool midfielder but here, he showed exactly why he is being deployed there. In possession, he constantly took several Nottingham Forest players out of the game with one incisive pass into the final third.

The Argentine was strong in the tackle (though he is now only one more yellow card away from a suspension) and excellent in possession, with passing and dribbling. Mac Allister is the man for the number six role for the time being and against the lesser sides, this was the perfect example of why that is the case.