Check out our review of the 37th Premier League round, as we list the three things we learned from the midweek action in English football.
What a week it was! The Premier League never fails to disappoint and this round was no exception, with 25 goals scored in the 10 fixtures and plenty of shock twists and turns.
The obvious talking point was Liverpool finally getting their hands on the Premier League trophy after winning the title on June 25. And what better way to do so than after a 5-3 thriller against Chelsea? They may be champs already, but Jurgen Klopp’s men intend to go out with a bang!
Aside from the big moment at Anfield, however, what else happened in the English top-flight? Here we list the 3 big talking points.
Firmino breaks his duck
Roberto Firmino is one of the most underrated Premier League players and a key cog in the Liverpool frontline. Although one could be forgiven for thinking otherwise with this freakish stat.
Before Wednesday’s encounter with Chelsea, the Brazilian hadn’t scored a league goal at Anfield since March 2019. Sounds insane, right? But what Firmino lacks in goals, he more than makes up for in other aspects.
The 28-year-old works exceedingly hard on the pitch and is tactically crucial for Liverpool, which Klopp has acknowledged himself.
But Firmino’s celebration after scoring the Reds’ fourth goal against Chelsea showed just how relieved he was to end that bogey run. He may not be the main goalscorer in the team, but he’s still a striker at the end of the day.
Aston Villa steal a march in the relegation battle
Arsenal’s loss was Villa’s gain, as Dean Smith’s side climbed out of the relegation zone following a shock 1-0 win over the Gunners on Tuesday.
The Lions produced a brilliant display against a lacklustre Arsenal, taking the lead through Trezeguet in the first-half. They then became more organised and more difficult to break down.
It wasn’t any an easy win by any means for Smith’s side, as they had to work extremely hard and constantly shift throughout a very intense match. But their spirit and tactical ability were enough.
Now Villa are above 18th-place Watford, who lost 4-0 to Manchester City on the same day, based on superior goal difference ahead of Sunday’s season finale.
Are the Foxes down and out?
You have to feel for Leicester, they’ve been in the top-four spots almost all season and barely put a foot wrong. Two defeats in their last three games, however, has cost them big time.
The latest loss came away to Tottenham on Sunday, where Jose Mourinho’s men stormed to a 3-0 victory.
From dreaming about knocking off Man City for second a few months ago, Leicester are now fifth and in serious danger of failing to finish in the top-four. That Champions League dream is almost out of their hands.
Although hosting Manchester United, who sit a point above in third, may have come at an opportune moment for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
If they can beat the Red Devils at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, Leicester will secure a top-four spot and Champions League football for the first time since their historic 2015/16 title-winning campaign.