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Premier League Weekly Awards: Klopp vs Dyche, charismatic Maddison, and sublime Pogba

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

This week we look at two managers butting heads, James Maddison’s enjoyable interview and Paul Pogba’s statement goal. There’s also Bertrand Traoré’s excellent displays, Karl Darlow’s howler, and Frank Lampard’s beef with a journalist.

Moment of the Week

What’s not to love about managers beefing on the sideline? It’s a dying art form that needs to be resurrected. Whatever Sean Dyche said to Jürgen Klopp on his way down the tunnel for halftime, it instantly enraged the Liverpool manager. Round two should be on pay-per-view.

Player of the Week

Bertrand Traoré had the added advantage over most other players by having two games this week, but the Burkinabé winger was brilliant in both fixtures. The former Ajax man was threatening against Manchester City and can consider himself unlucky not to be involved in a goal, but he made up for that against Newcastle United with a first-half goal.

Traoré begins the move with a good pass to Jack Grealish, but his run into the box to meet the ball again was excellent, while the finish was superb. One of the underrated signings of the season so far.

Goal of the Week

A left-footed stunner from outside the box to win the game against Fulham for Manchester United. Was this a statement goal from Paul Pogba?

This alternate angle is even more satisfying. Although it must be asked what were the Fulham defenders doing letting him have all that time and space to shoot.

Quote of the Week

There is so much to love about James Maddison‘s post-match interview with Sky Sports, but remarking how Frank Lampard was one of the best at arriving late into the box when the Leicester City midfielder had just done that very thing to Chelsea and bigging up Jack the analyst were two highlights for us.


Save of the Week

Alphonse Areola bundled Bruno Fernandes’ cross which led directly to Edinson Cavani’s goal, but the Fulham goalkeeper made a series of top class saves to keep the home side in the contest. His stop from a close-range Cavani header in the second-half was the pick of the bunch.

Miss of the Week

Divock Origi made his first Premier League start for Liverpool this season on Thursday, and reminded us all why that was the case when missed a golden opportunity to score from a one-v-one situation.

Far too much power in the finish and it cost the Reds dearly, as an Ashley Barnes penalty won it for Burnley in the second-half, ending their 68-game unbeaten run at Anfield.

Another miss that wasn’t quite as galling but still should have been finished was this Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempt against Newcastle United.

The French-Gabonese striker ended the match with a brace in a 3-0 win for Arsenal so he’s probably not too beat up about it.

Stat of the Week

Here is a selected list of players who have scored more Premier League goals than Liverpool in 2021: Andy Carroll, Toby Alderweireld, Jeffrey Schlupp, Lewis Dunk, Michael Keane, Ivan Cavaleiro, Serge Aurier, Wilfred Ndidi and, obviously, Ashley Barnes.


Howler of the Week

For some reason Karl Darlow forgot he was able to use his hands when Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins contested a high ball in the box. What was he thinking?

Donkey of the Week

During his pre-match press conference on Friday, Frank Lampard bizarrely went in two-footed on The Athletic’s Liam Twomey after the reporter asked him a pretty soft question. The Chelsea boss said Twomey was “like a social media pundit” with his writing.

Managers are, of course, perfectly entitled to take issue with something a journalist writes about his team, but this felt like an incredibly unnecessary jibe. It also showed that he is clearly feeling the pressure and his players will know he’s rattled, if they didn’t already before now.

Dishonourable Mention: Tyrone Mings for not understanding what the offside rule is.

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