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Premier League Awards: Anfield epic, brilliant Brighton

Our weekly Premier League awards honour the best – and worst – of the football action from the weekend.

Moment of the Week

An incredible conclusion to a chaotic clash.

Tottenham had showed spirit to recover from a nightmare start at Liverpool, with the north Londoners three goals down inside the opening 15 minutes. Just a week after the club’s capitulation at Newcastle, several Spurs fans headed for the exit doors fearing another embarrassment.

Spurs fought back through goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, before Richarlison’s stoppage-time equaliser looked to have rescued the visitors the unlikeliest of points.

The drama was far from done, however, as Diogo Jota scored a late Liverpool winner just seconds later, capitalising on Lucas Moura’s mistake to fire past Fraser Forster and ensure eruption at Anfield.

Two teams full of defensive faults and firepower provided an absolute spectacle on Merseyside, with Jurgen Klopp even pulling a hamstring during his late celebrations.

Player of the Week

It’s taken longer than some expected, but has Billy Gilmour announced his arrival at Brighton?

Gilmour’s move to Brighton from Chelsea last summer has not led to the greater opportunities he anticipated, with the Scotland international restricted to just two Premier League starts before this weekend. Gilmour was included in the XI to take on Wolves on Saturday as Roberto De Zerbi rotated his options and the 21-year-old produced an eye-catching performance at the heart of the midfield.

Gilmour was not on the scoresheet as Brighton romped to a 6-0 win at the Amex Stadium, but was central to all of the Seagulls’ best work in their biggest ever Premier League win. He led the game for ball recoveries (9), accurate final third passes (12) and pass accuracy (92%) on the South Coast, with perhaps the greatest compliment to his performance that Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister were not missed.

As transfer speculation surrounds the future of that duo, Brighton already appear to have a ready made replacement suited to the demands of De Zerbi’s pass-and-move football.

Goal of the Week

Brighton produced the best performance of the Premier League weekend to thrash Wolves and reignite their push for European football.

Deniz Undav – who is unfortunate to miss out on this accolade – Danny Welbeck and Pascal Gross all scored twice as Roberto De Zerbi’s side ran riot on the south coast, with the latter’s second of the afternoon a sublime strike.

Gross is now Brighton’s joint-leading scorer in the Premier League this season (8) in what has been the midfielder’s best goalscoring campaign for the club. His technique for this goal was sensational, as he lashed home on the volley after his first touch sat the ball up invitingly to hit.

Gross has now played almost every position on the pitch for Brighton and has performed in each with the same level of creative class. What a signing he has proven to be for a team who have made a happy habit of unearthing bargains.

Stat of the Week

Manchester City are charging towards a fifth Premier League title in six seasons and moved ahead of Arsenal at the top of the table after beating Fulham this weekend.

Julian Alvarez proved the hero at Craven Cottage with a fantastic winner for Pep Guardiola’s side, as the Argentine continued his impressive debut season in English football.

Alvarez’s goal was his 15th in all competitions for Manchester City this season, with the 22-year-old having proven to be a more than capable back-up or support for Erling Haaland.

There’s scary depth in Guardiola’s squad.

Tweet of the Week

Jhon Duran signed for Aston Villa during the January transfer window and it appears the Colombian is having a little trouble getting to know his new teammates.

With three Ramsey brothers – first-team regular Jacob and younger brothers Aaron and Cole – on the books at Villa, Duran took to Twitter to seek help in telling apart the look-alike siblings.

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Quote of the Week

Eddie Howe was full of praise for Callum Wilson after the forward’s match-winning brace off the bench against Southampton.

The forward has had to settle for a shared role with Alexander Isak at centre-forward in recent fixtures, but has produced his best form during a scintillating April. It’s now five goals in three games for Wilson and eight this month alone, a record for a Newcastle player in a single month.

“He’s always had the desire to score, it’s what he lives for, the team has got him in good areas and it’s his job to finish that off. I’ve managed him for a long time and it’s great to see him get the rewards his performances deserve.”

Howe might just want to find a way to include both of his in-form forwards in the same starting side.

Donkey of the Week

Wolves were woeful during their 6-0 defeat at Brighton, with Julen Lopetegui apologising to the club’s supporters for their embarrassing loss at the Amex Stadium.

There was no shortage of disasterclasses from Wolves, but perhaps none more so than Matheus Nunes. The midfielder – linked with Liverpool – has struggled to produce consistently during his debut season in the Premier League, but this was comfortably his worst performance in a Wolves shirt.

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The Portugal international was uncomfortable in a role off the left and careless in possession, consistently giving the ball away and making two errors which directly led to Brighton goals. Like many of his teammates, Nunes was all over the place in a horrible performance from Wolves.

Read – Premier League weekend: Five things we learned

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