It was weekend of huge results at the top and bottom of the Premier League, as Liverpool’s unbeaten run came to a crashing halt, while Leicester, Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs all dropped points in the race for the top four.
Here’s a look at who the main heroes and villains were from across this weekends action.
Hero: Ismaila Sarr
The Senegal international well and truly put to bed his Anfield nightmare from earlier in the season as he punished the league leaders with a well-taken brace and an assist for Troy Deeney during a famous win for Watford.
The Hornets finally ended Liverpool‘s unbeaten league run of 44 games, and their club-record signing finally has some serious credit in the bank with the Vicarage Road faithful. The 22-year-old was in a lethal mood to punish some slack defending by the visitors and was creating problems all night for a normally stoic defence.
Sarr’s Saturday double helped lift Watford out the drop zone as they look to survive the most serious of relegation scares.
Villain: Dejan Lovren
A collective shudder must have gone down the spines of every Liverpool fan in the land when they saw that their calamitous number six was being thrown into action against Watford on Sunday, and rightly so as it would turn out.
The man who once dubbed himself the best in the world had only recently been served up a lesson by the mighty Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup, so it was no surprise to see him duly obliging to Watford’s aggressive attacking play.
Carragher: “You have to look at it defensively and Liverpool weren’t right. I mean, the decision of the manager playing Lovren, I think everyone felt before the game that was a strange one.
“You never want to pick individuals out but it was a really poor performance from him.” pic.twitter.com/fnosBwXlTg
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) March 1, 2020
The experienced centre half wasn’t at fault for everything on the night, but he did help to open the floodgates with a bemusing piece of defending for the opening goal. The Croatia international somehow opted to allow a routine ball to float over his head and land firmly in the path of Sarr’s bold run. The rest was history as the Red’s lost their winning run.
Dejan may be heading for a summer exit after this latest chapter of ineptitude.
Hero: Marcos Alonso
The tricky Spanish full-back was at hand to spare Chelsea from yet another painful defeat as their grip on the top four remains loose at best. The Spain international more resembled a penalty-box poacher than an overlapping wing-back as he steered in two close-range efforts to bag Chelsea a point during an eventful game with Bournemouth.
The 29-year-old has now scored 19 Premier League goals for his club since the start of the 2016/17 season, more than any other defender in that time – though describing Alonso as a ‘defender’ is a bit of a stretch if we’re being totally honest!
19 – Marcos Alonso has scored 19 goals in the Premier League for Chelsea; the most of any defender in the competition since the start of the 2016-17 season. Resource. pic.twitter.com/pWkWOFm6Ha
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 29, 2020
Villain: Alex McCarthy
If you’re of the opinion that goalkeepers get way too much protection from officials than go take a look at Alex McCarthy’s antics against West Ham on Saturday.
The Southampton keeper was far too easily out jumped by Sebastian Haller in the build-up to the Hammer’s second goal. The big Frenchman was simply too quick and strong for the English ‘keeper who should have done much better to prevent the goal. It was a routine ball in and he should have claimed it, instead he tried to claim he had been fouled, but to no avail.
Southampton fans were not happy with their current number one after the match and rightfully so.
Hero: Diogo Jota
Wolves have been a fantastic addition to the league since their return to the top flight. They are a team full of star quality and have carved out some pretty fantastic results since the start of the last season.
One of the standout players since Christmas has been their young Portuguese forward Diogo Jota. The 23-year-old was in the thick of it again this weekend with a well-taken goal and a beauty of a threaded through ball to Raul Jimenez against Spurs.
Wolves may well struggle to keep hold of their talented young forward if he keeps this up any longer.
Wow, the winning Wolves goal from yesterday.
Diogo Jota’s initial touch and turn is just 🔥.. entire video is golden.
Have a watch ⬇️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/h8J68AhcMx
— Próxima Jornada (@ProximaJornada1) March 2, 2020
Villain: David de Gea
Goodison Park has not been a happy hunting ground for the Spaniard of late and Manchester United‘s number one may well have had last season’s error on his mind as he dwelt on a routine Harry Maguire back pass for way too long before smashing the ball against the on-rushing Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the opening goal. Think Loris Karius in the Champions League final but with the faux concussion and tears.
This was a clanger from de Gea who looked suitably miserable in the aftermath.