Football fans have been voting for the standout player of the Premier League opening weekend

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It was a very successful transfer window all-round on Merseyside.

Liverpool's additions of Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Naby Keita, and Xherdan Shaqiri have significantly boosted their title credentials.

Everton made four new signings on Deadline Day, but it was the arrival of Richarlison in July for a fee potentially rising to £50million that most caught the eye.

The Brazilian made an immediate impact with a brace in their 2-2 draw with Wolves.

Meanwhile at Anfield, Keita played a starring role and yet it was the familiar face of Sadio Mane who was the driving force, also scoring twice, as they thrashed West Ham 4-0.

GiveMeSport ran a poll asking fans who they believed had enjoyed the more successful opening day of the season out of Mane and Richarlison.

Over 11,000 fans had their say and a huge 67% opted for Mane as the standout performer of the weekend, compared to just 33% voting for the ex-Watford forward.

Value, of course, is relative and it may well prove that the 21-year-old becomes an indispensable part of the Toffees' attack.

Their spending will be met with caution too, given the £152.9million splashed out last summer, yielding few results.


Toffees fans will want to see more from Richarlison before making any judgements, bearing in mind that his last Watford goal came back on November 19 and much of his reputation is based on his first few months in the Premier League.

It's a very different story when it comes to Mane. The Senegal international has consistently reached double figures for goals in each of his four seasons in English football.

Quietly going about his business in the shadow of Mo Salah, the 26-year-old provided Jurgen Klopp with a gentle reminder of his importance as he coolly picked apart the Hammers' defence.

Perhaps that goes some way towards explaining the results, with Liverpool looking the more convincing overall in the very early stages of the new campaign.

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