Twenty-year-old defender Conor Bradley had an unforgettable Wednesday evening. In the jersey of his mother Liverpool, he shone with a 1+2 record in the thrashing with Chelsea, significantly contributing to the demolition of the Blues and maintaining first place in the table. This feat surpassed, among others, Elijah Adebayo’s hat trick from Luton or the heart attack drama in Wolverhampton, which was decided in the seventh minute of stoppage time in favor of Manchester United by teenager Kobbie Mainoo.
The Reds thus won the second game after the unexpected announcement of coach Jürgen Klopp, who will end his highly successful tenure on the bench of the Liverpool team after the season.
Bradley was first involved in Diogo Jota’s accurate strike and six minutes before the break he netted the net for the first time in his career at Anfield Road. Even Klopp appreciated his cool-headed finish. “It was a fantastic shot,” stated the German strategist. “Overall, he played a great game. It’s not easy to face Sterling, but he did it perfectly. I’m really happy for him.” he added.
In the 65th minute, the talented back set up a goal for Dominik Szoboszlai and earned a celebratory chant from the hopelessly packed stadium. Substitute Christopher Nkunku was able to make an adjustment shortly afterwards, giving the visitors a glimmer of hope, but the home side’s Luis Díaz had the last word, taking advantage of a pass from underdog Darwin Núñez, who stamped the goal post four times.
Manchester City also claimed their fourth victory in a row. Julián Álvarez, who celebrated his 24th birthday in such an ideal way, earned the scalp of Burnley with two hits. The Argentinian world champion scored in the 16th and 22nd minutes – first with a close-range header and then with an eye-popping free-kick brilliantly designed and executed by Kevin De Bruyne. The lead of the defending champions was then increased by Rodri and the final score was 3-1 with a set-up by Ameen Al-Dakhil.
Adebayo directed Brighton’s destruction, Mainoo saved United
Adebayo started Luton’s stunt after just 20 seconds, doubling Chiedozie Ogbene’s lead in the 3rd minute. Just before leaving for the cabins, the Fulham stalwart struck a third blow for ambitious Brighton after Ross Barkley’s unselfish pass to complete a hat-trick in the 56th minute. The competition’s newcomers won their third consecutive competitive fixture to leave the relegation zone, where Everton returned after a 0-0 draw at Craven Cottage.
Luton’s next opponent will be Newcastle on Saturday, who stopped the Villans’ phenomenal streak. Fabian Schär scored two goals in the 3:1 win in the opening act. In the 52nd minute, Alex Moreno unintentionally added an own goal. The team from Birmingham could only manage to reduce Ollie Watkins and did not score in front of their own supporters after 17 games. The Magpies, on the other hand, ended a streak of four defeats and are in eighth position.
Tottenham also improved, scoring three times in eight minutes in the second half against Brentford (3:2) and thanks to a better score pushed their way to fourth place, one point ahead of Aston Villa. Sixth-placed West Ham have seven points less after a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.
Seventh is Manchester United, who managed a crazy shootout at Molineux. The visitors already led 2-0 in the 22nd minute after Marcus Rashford – Rasmus Højlund scored, and then by the same margin a quarter of an hour before the end 3-1, but the Wolves took a breather and equalized in the fifth minute thanks to Pedro Neto. Another two minutes later, however, the eighteen-year-old Mainoo “danced” with the defenders and got the visiting sector into a boil with a technical blow.
Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka also set the visiting sector on fire as they rattled the net for a valiantly defiant Nottingham. In the end, he reduced it thanks to Taiwa Awoniyi, but the reigning vice-champions kept a narrow lead, followed up on the controlled demolition of Crystal Palace and succeeded in the away league after three matches. They are therefore still third in the table with a five-point loss to Liverpool, whom they will welcome to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The aforementioned Crystal Palace made up for it after a beating in a small London derby against the last Sheffield United. The 3-2 victory was directed by the two-goal Eberechi Eze and his best friend Michael Olise, who shone with a goal and two assists. You can cheer on exclusive Eagles supporter action in our traditional video section.
TOP 3 players according to Sofascore.com:
1. Conor Bradley (Liverpool) – 9.50 / goal, 2 assists, 8 successful fights.
2. Fabian Schär (Newcastle) – 9.50 / 2 goals, 7 stopping the opponent’s offensive action, 3 blocked shots.
3. Elijah Adebayo (Luton) – 9.10 / 3 goals, 3 shots on goal, 3 successful dribbles.
TOP players according to Fantasy Premier League:
1. Conor Bradley (Liverpool) – 21 points.
2. Elijah Adebayo (Luton), Fabian Schär (Newcastle) – both 17 points.
3. Michael Olise (Crystal Palace) – 16 points.
22nd round line-up:
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