19 things we loved this weekend: Rodri, Kovacic, Salah, Neville & more

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Manchester City's Rodri celebrates his winning goal against Arsenal. Emirates Stadium, London. Saturday January 1, 2022.

After we waved goodbye to 2021, the new year got off to a brilliant start with plenty of drama and controversy in the Premier League.

Elsewhere. La Liga leaders Real Madrid fell to a surprise defeat against Getafe and Luuk de Jong’s goal against Mallorca gave Barcelona a winning start to 2022.

We’ve rounded up the best of the action on and off the field.

Pep Guardiola

Uncharacteristically chipper in 2022.

Patrick Vieira

Vieira has lost none of the bite that defined his playing career.

Mateo Kovacic

His goal was alight and this was pretty special too.

Hugo Lloris

Lloris has been the first choice at Spurs for almost a decade. This is why.

Son Heung-Min

It’s fair to say that Son enjoyed Spurs’ late winner against Watford.

Mohamed Salah

These numbers are just ridiculous.

Edouard Mendy

Excellent reflexes from the Chelsea goalkeeper.


David Soria

Breathing life into the La Liga title race.


This year’s Fallon d’Floor award has been sewn up early.

Jamie Carragher

Carragher couldn’t believe it when he got interrupted by Graeme Souness.

Gary Neville

We’re getting flashbacks to that Torres goal against Barcelona.

Atletico fans

El Tigre was a force of nature for Atleti back in the day.

Bukayo Saka

Things went swiftly downhill after this moment.


You have to admire the shithousery.

Michail Antonio

Another brilliant celebration from the West Ham striker.

James Milner

From 2002 to 2022. Some bloke.


Elland Road hasn’t had enough of this since fans returned.

Reece Hall-Johnson

To think Ryan Reynolds was probably celebrating this strike somewhere in Hollywood.

Elliot Simoes

Jorginho’s penalty technique isn’t as easy as it looks.

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