The Premier League resumed on Boxing Day with the second round of fixtures starting off. The matches produced a few surprise results and a whole lot of brilliant goals. Here are our top picks from this week’s fixtures:
Trent Alexander-Arnold(Liverpool FC) vs Swansea City:
The Scouse teenager has been featuring on a more or less regular basis in Jurgen Klopp’s side this season. The local lad, who had already scored in the UEFA Champions League Play-Off against TSG Hoffenheim, scored his first in the league on Boxing day. With Liverpool leading 2-0, Andrew Robertson’s cross was headed out by Swansea defender Alfie Mawson. When the ball was exiting the penalty box towards a waiting Jordan Ayew, the 19-year old outrun the Ghanaian to get to the ball first. After a neat first touch that set him up, Alexander-Arnold fired the ball past the goalkeeper with a neat finish.
3.) Jesse Lingard(Manchester United vs Burnley FC):
Manchester United dropped back to back points after coming back from 0-2 down to salvage a point at home against Burnley. Former academy product Jesse Lingard scored twice to save his team’s blushes after coming off the bench for Zlatan at half time. His first goal made our list. While trailing 0-2 in early second half, Ashley Young sent a decent cross into the Burnley penalty area en route to the substitute striker. The 25-year old calmly slotted the ball home with a neat back heel, with Burnley defender Kevin Long on his shoulders.
2.) Steven Defour(Burnley FC) vs Manchester United:
Burnley FC maintained their reputation of being a bogey for the top 5 clubs with their impressive performance at Old Trafford. After taking the lead as early as the 3rd minute, they doubled their lead 9 minutes before the break. Burnley midfielder Steven Defour curled in a sublime free-kick from 30 yards out. The Belgian’s neatly taken effort into the top right corner was so accurate that even David De Gea could do absolutely nothing to stop that.
1.) Philippe Coutinho(Liverpool FC) vs Swansea City:
In amidst the ongoing transfer saga surrounding the “Little Magician”, the Liverpool number 10 keeps on delivering time and again for his club. His goal against Swansea is our top pick of the game week. After dispossessing Jordan Ayew off the ball, Roberto Firmino quickly passed onto Mohamed Salah, who in turn found Coutinho. After taking a deft first touch to set himself up, the 25-year old launched in another of his trademark right footed curlers. The impeccable shot crashed into the top right corner keeping Fabianski rooted to the spot.