The 2015/16 Premier League season continues to surprise and excited fans up and down the country. The 23rd round of matches saw more heart stopping drama and wonderful goals as Leicester City continued their remarkable season to stay top of the table.
Liverpool play out Premier League game of the season
Liverpool FC are making a habit of being involved in thrilling encounters of late. Many thought their 3-3 draw with Arsenal a couple of weeks ago was the game of the season, well Saturday’s encounter with Norwich City may have topped it.
This was a game which had everything you could ask for in football match and almost summed up the Premier League season so far. The visitors made the perfect start to the game when Brazilian Roberto Firmino made a superbly timed run inside the box and saw his trickle in off the far post.
It would take the hosts just ten minutes to level the scores after a superb back heel from striker Dieumerci’s Mbokani. Just before half-time record signing Steven Naismith made the perfect start to his career at Carrow Road with a powerful finish into the bottom corner. After the break things got worse for Jurgen Klopp’s side as Wes Hoolahan calmly dispatched a penalty, which looked to have secured Norwich all three points.
But Liverpool came roaring back into the game with a 20 minute flurry of goals. Skipper Jordan Henderson swept in from a low cross to make it 3-2. Firmino then added his second of the game, after a flowing counter-attack which was finished with a delicate chip over the keeper. The goals didn’t stop there as James Milner latched onto a back pass to score and put Klopp’s men 4-3 ahead.
There was more drama in the tale, Sebastian Bassong looked to have rescued a point with a thunderous long-range strike in injury time. But Adam Lallana stole all three points for Liverpool with a volley in the dying seconds. A breathless encounter. Game of the season? Definitely.
Tottenham Hotspur continue Premier League charge
Tottenham Hotspur reinforced their Premier League title credentials with a comprehensive 3-1 victory away at Crystal Palace. Despite falling behind to a Jan Vertonghen own goal, Mauricio Pochettino’s side showed all their class.
Harry Kane continued his tremendous run of form as he headed home from Nacer Chadli’s cross to level the scores. Spurs then went ahead thanks to a goal of the season contender from Dele Ali. The young star, flicked the ball over his head before firing a low volley into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. A truly remarkable strike.
Chadli completed the scoring with a well-placed shot in the dying moments. Tottenham Hotspur now just five points of the top of the Premier League.
Premier League big guns slip up
Spurs were delighted to see one of their title rivals drop crucial points as Chelsea took all three points away from Arsenal. Per Mertersacker saw a red card inside the opening 20 minutes and it was a struggle for the Gunners after that. Diego Costa pounced on Branislav Ivanovic’s low cross to make it 1-0 and that is how it stayed, as Chelsea maintained their unbeaten run under Gus Hiddink.
Manchester United suffered another set-back at Old Trafford as Charlie Austin sealed all three points with a late strike. Could Louis Van Gaal’s days at Manchester United be numbered after this latest defeat left them ten points behind leaders Leicester City.
After the game Van Gaal said “They have – or they had – great expectations of me, and I cannot fulfil them, so I am very frustrated because of that.”