27 games have been played. The Premier League winner has arguably been decided. Pep Guardiola has taken City to newer, greater heights, while Arsenal’s regression after missing out on Champions League lasts season continues. Chelsea’s defence is over, Spurs have disappointed after being title contenders for the last few seasons and Liverpool have gone from strength to strength.
A certain Left footed, red-headed midfielder has taken the league by storm, putting in performances putting him in the bracket of Andres Iniesta at his best with his string-pulling display being compared with the likes of Lionel Messi and Luka Modric. Another Egyptian has shattered all records at Liverpool for a new boy, ironing outa tiny wrinkle which was the mid-season loss of Philippe Coutinho. A Chilean has swapped the Red of emirates to the Red of Old Trafford, while the little Belgian number 10 has lit up Stamford Bridge.
With dazzling performances and brilliant games coming week-in-week-out, let us take a look at the top 5 games of the Premier League season so far:
2. Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham Hotspurs
This was a huge clash. Liverpool were running riot against the top 6 sides and Tottenham had an embarrassing away record against the top 6 sides. Liverpool needed to win the game to keep put some daylight between them and Tottenham, while Spurs needed to win this game to keep their top 4 hopes alive. Both teams were in terrific goal-scoring form and one thing was certain, it was not going to be a deadlocked game.
Liverpool started strong, and immediately had the advantage. Eric Dier was culpable for selling his keeper short, while credit has to be given to Salah for staying sharp and close to the central defenders, which helped him pounce onto the loose ball. The Salah goal was about the only goal which did not have a tinge of drama about it.
Liverpool were absolutely dominant in the first half, giving Spurs very little breathing space and creating chance after chance. They were unlucky to not be 2-0, 3-0 up at HT. And it was their profligacy in front of goal, that came back to bite them. Spurs started the second half as the dominant team, neutralising the Liverpool midfield, with Dier, Dembele and Eriksen out-working Henderson, Can and Milner.
Spurs went close to bringing it level so many times, but it wasn’t until the 80th minute when Victor Wanyama, brought on for the burnt out Dembele put Tottenham level. It all started with a brilliant ball down the left hand channel to Eriksen, who’s first time cross was teasing enough to force Karius into action. Karius did well to punch the ball a good 30 yards out, hoping that it would be enough to clear the danger. But Wanyama had other thoughts.
The Kenyan blasted the clearance from Karius off the outside of his foot. The ball’s trajectory was never in the line of the goal post, until the last few yards of travel. It swerved viciously to hit the top left corner, almost throwing the net off the goal. It was a terrific goal, one that had renewed Tottenham hopes. Then in the 84th minute, something even more dramatic happened.
A nothing more than a hopeful through ball for Harry Kane was badly scuffed by Lovren, sending Kane through on goal. Kane expertly rounded Karius, only to be brought down by the faintest of touches from the keeper. Jon Moss awarded the penalty, but Harry Kane missed it!
Karius was elated, and his joy was doubled when Mo Salah scored a goalie the first minute of added time, which as described by Jamie Carragher, only Messi could have scored. Salah dribbled past what felt like the entire Spurs team before expertly finishing past the on-rushing Hugo Lloris. Liverpool were in 7th heaven. But the drama was far from over.
Virgil van Dijk, of all the defenders on the pitch, fouled Erik Lamela in the box and Tottenham had another lifeline and another penalty. It was another soft penalty and this time, Harry Kane tucked it away with aplomb, scoring his 100th Premier League goal in the process, and securing an impressive 2-2 draw for Spurs away from home.
The 1st in the list of Top 5 games of the season will be revealed tomorrow (12/02/2018) night. Look out for the notification from our indifoot app to read it.