16 things we loved this weekend: Klopp, Messi, Emery, Hutton…
The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final may have been postponed – but there was still plenty of wonderful football to keep us entertained over the weekend.
Manchester City and Liverpool pulled clear in the Premier League as Tottenham thrashed Chelsea, while Real Madrid lost 3-0 at Eibar to slip even further off the pace in the weirdly competitive La Liga.
And, as always, there were some wonderful goals and pieces of skill from elsewhere around the world, too…
Luuk de Jong
You can’t really knock a bicycle kick, can you?
We love him. We absolutely love him.
Roberto Firmino has received a bit of criticism for his lack of goals this season. It’s fair to say Klopp was happy to see him bag at Watford. This Firmino turn was ridiculous by the way.
An excellent goal for England against the USA followed by an excellent free-kick for Liverpool at Watford. It’s been a decent fortnight for Alexander-Arnold.
We really hope this means Emery talks in a Brummie accent.
Unai Emery on how he's improving his English:
"Now I am watching English series to improve my English. Peaky Blinders. It is good but it is difficult (to understand), from Birmingham. And it’s very aggressive. But it’s good, it’s good."#afc pic.twitter.com/pFwoS747qe
— LTArsenal™️ (@ltarsenal) November 25, 2018
Games taken to reach 20 goals for Arsenal:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 31
Thierry Henry – 40
Ian Wright – 40
Respect man, respect. pic.twitter.com/3qy2whMllE
— Gally ™ (@AFCGally) November 25, 2018
This was funny.
Messi sending Antoine Griezmann to collect his dry cleaning. pic.twitter.com/Mfp67TxYVQ
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 25, 2018
Lionel Messi again
And this was just ridiculous.
A 93rd-minute equaliser to complete your hat-trick at Bayern Munich? Yes please.
He’s off the mark and feeling incredibly relieved, no doubt.
First win as AS Monaco coach: ✅@ThierryHenry 👏👏👏
— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) November 24, 2018
Just the nine goals in 262 Bundesliga minutes this season. Plus another excellent pass from Jadon Sancho.
Dortmund’s winner wasn’t bad either.
As Rudyard Kipling wrote: ‘If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, do a few kick-ups to trick a defender then volley it into the back of the net.’
The Scottish Cafu.
A more satisfying goal you will not see.
This was pretty impressive, too.