Schwarzer sits atop the EPL

It may be early days but Mark Schwarzer's Fulham can say they are top of the league... at least for a day.

Day one of the English Premier League season provided plenty of surprises, as is usually the case and while Mark Schwarzer and Fulham are enjoying the view from the top of the league, it wasn-t such a grand day for any of the other Aussies, or for that matter anyone associated with Liverpool.

While Schwarzer stood tall as his side thumped Norwich 5-0, Australia-s number two keeper Adam Federici had a return to the Premier League, he would like to forget, after his mistake allowed Stoke to take a 1-0 lead in their encounter, but it didn-t cost Reading, who hit back late to secure the draw.

Still, Federici-s day was likely better than that of Brad Jones, who could do little but watch from the bench as Liverpool were thrashed 3-0 by the usually lowly West Bromwich Albion, getting the Reds season off to a poor start.

Fellow top club Arsenal didn-t fare much better either, in their first match without Robin van Persie they were unable to trouble the scorer, held to a goalless draw by a stoic Sunderland.

Elsewhere, Bret Holman failed to receive a dream Premier League debut, with Aston Villa going down 1-0 to West Ham, Chris Herd sat on the bench for Villa.

Other results saw Swansea thrash Queens Park Rangers 5-0 to join Fulham at the top of the league, while Newcastle defeated Tottenham 2-1 in a battle of two teams who will want to challenge for European spots this season.