11 things we loved this weekend: Shaqiri, Messi, Dortmund, Fellaini…
Liverpool vs Manchester United took top billing in the Premier League this weekend, but there was a host of eye-catching action around Europe.
The biggest headlines from the weekend came from Anfield, where Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-1 to return to the top of the league and heap more misery on Jose Mourinho.
We’ve rounded up the best of the action on and off the pitch from around the world, starting on Merseyside.
Jamie Carragher to Shaqiri when giving him the man of the match award: "Gary Neville was going to give it to you but he didn't want to come down."
Shaqiri: "Tell him I said hello."
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) December 16, 2018
The best free-kick you will see for some time.
🎯 – Tello you what, that was a good goal. pic.twitter.com/Z3k3tG8txk
— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) December 16, 2018
Forget what we just said.
Just the hat-trick and two assists for Messi in Barcelona’s 5-0 win at Levante. Turns out he’s really good.
🇦🇷 Lionel Messi now scored…
⚽️ …50+ goals in EIGHT of the last NINE years!
🤷♂️ Voted 5th in the Ballon d’Or though.
🤯 Insane. pic.twitter.com/5G4jxdkLpv
— Football Facts (@FutbolFaacts) December 17, 2018
Playing centre-back for Barcelona looks really fun.
Playing football for Borussia Dortmund looks really fun.
This is just brilliant 🙌
Dortmund's opening goal vs Werder Bremen was a clever and well rehearsed free-kick routine…
You see Guerreiro and Reus discuss it, sell the fake so well, then deliver an inch-perfect cross for Paco Alcacer 👌
They are a joy to watch this season 💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/ATterJZqfm
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 16, 2018
No need, Marouane.
Hahahahahahahahahahaha Fellaini has just nearly killed a paramedic pic.twitter.com/PK0JrSoVqY
— Joshua (@JoshBew95) December 16, 2018
This has all the aesthetics of a struggling side upsetting one of the big boys with a late goal. Well in, lads.
Oh no, ‘keeper.
The former Chelsea striker is clearly living his best life.
Christmas drinks in Covent Garden pic.twitter.com/0P81hjPXjr
— Neil Shipperley (@neilshipperley) December 16, 2018
What we would give to see Christmas Day at Roy Keane’s.