Where are we?
With matchday 21 being played and matchday 22 right around the corner, let us take a look back at where we stand. Liverpool leads the pack, sitting 4 points clear at the top, followed by the Champions Manchester City. JurgenKlopp has improved an already great side that showed signs of brilliance last year and has looked cover up the cracks. With the signing of central defender Virgil Van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson, Liverpool has not taken any chances in improving the weakest link in the side, the Defense. With the addition of Naby Keita and Fabinho in midfield as well as forward XherdanShaqiri, who might turn out to be the steal of the season, Liverpool has come out all guns blazing in hope of ending their silverware drought this season. Alisson has already proved himself to be a crowd favourite by keeping the cleanest sheets as Liverpool have conceded just 10 goals till now. Just as we thought that the league might be slipping by Christmas with City slipping twice, 2019 brought back the fire to the league as City beat Liverpool at the Etihad and blew the league wide open. Can Liverpool hold on?
The Manchester City defeat against Crystal Palace at the Etihad at the end of last year has to be the shock of the season till now. City took the lead early and Palace drew it level in the 33rd minute. Palace won a free kick near the box which was cleared by Bernardo Silva. It fell to Andros Townsend who hit a thunderous volley the first time that flew into the top corner of the City net like a rocket. It has to be the best outside the box goals this season.
Tottenham ran riot against Chelsea at the end of November at the Wembley. Two quick fire goals by Dele Alli and Harry Kane in the first 15 minutes game them the early lead and some breathing space. Spurs carried their form into the second half as a long ball played forward to Son Heung-min on the right wing. He raced through at full speed, dribbling through the entire Chelsea defence and making his way into the box into the box on his own and finished his incredible run with a sublime finish to the far post curled in from his left foot.
Arsenal has seen some major improvement with the arrival of Unai Emery at the Emirates. They went away to Anfield against Liverpool at the end of 2018 and took an early lead against all odds. Their hopes were short-lived as Liverpool equalized through Firmino in just 3 minutes. Liverpool took the lead just two minutes later as Firmino literally danced through the Arsenal defence and put one past the German keeper to complete his brace. Firmino ended up with a hattrick as Liverpool destroyed Arsenal 5-1 and there is no doubt that Firmino enjoyed his day against the North London club.
Going back all the way to August, when Watford won 2-0 against Brighton thanks to a worldie by Pereyra. The corner was taken short and delivered as a left-footed ball curling away from the keeper. Pereyra positioned himself in the box, and with eyes always at the ball, hit a ferocious volley the first time that flew into the goal. The keeper had no chance.
Fulham came against Tottenham at Wembley on matchday 2 and the match gave us not one but two wonderful goals. Spurs took the lead through Lucas Moura’s first goal for the club. Across from the byline was scrambled away only as far as the edge of the box. Moura capitalized on the loose ball by running in full speed and curling a glorious effort into the top left corner from his supposedly weaker foot to give Spurs the lead. Spurs doubled their lead through a beautiful free kick by Trippier who continued his cracking form from the World Cup and curled and dipped the ball into the bottom left corner from roughly 25 yards out.
Liverpool came against Chelsea and it turned out to be a nail biter at the end of September. Chelsea took the lead through Hazard but was denied the 3 points by former Chelsea player Daniel Sturridge who came on as a sub in the 86th minute. With Chelsea holding on to their 1 goal lead, the ball came to the Englishman who had a look at the keeper and fired a curling effort just away from the keeper Kepa into the far corner of the goal from outside the box in the 89th minute to draw things level. The game ended 1-1.
West Ham came against Bournemouth midway through August and Wilson brought out the Messi in him. He received the ball on the halfway line, and with no support or runners by his side, took it all on himself. He managed to dribble his way through the entire West Ham defence and slotted the ball through the West Ham keeper as Bournemouth won the game 2-1.
Manchester City has scored the most goals this season, no surprise there, and some of them have been marvellous. David Silva scored a marvellous freekick from 25 yards out as he curled in his effort into the top right corner as City won comfortably against Huddersfield with a 6-1 scoreline in August.
City Striker Aguero rose to the limelight in the Manchester Derby and scored a scorcher. David Silva gave them the lead when he met in November in the first half, and Aguero doubled the lead. He made a run through the United defence to meet a perfectly weighted pass by Mahrez. The Argentine hammered an effort at the goal from a very tight angle and it fizzed through the hands of De Gea and City doubled their lead.
Surely there were many goals that were equally as good but didn’t make the list as this season has already brought us some mind-blowing goals, and with 17 match-weeks still left to come, who knows what we might get to experience in the coming weeks. But if there is one thing to be sure of, is that the fans will surely be entertained!