You could be forgiven for thinking yesterday was Xmas in the UK with snow falling nationwide and gifts being given out to your neighbours, but as we all know it isn’t yet the 25th December, merely the fact that Romelu Lukaku (£4.58) and Dejan Lovren (£0.54) were in a giving mood! Derby day was certainly dramatic!
First up in yesterday’s fixtures was Liverpool welcoming Everton to Anfield in the first Merseyside Derby of the season. A fine strike, by who else, Mohamed Salah (£4.04) had given Jürgen Klopp’s men a half time lead that Everton never looked like pegging back. The Reds dominated the match with stacks of possession and rarely looked troubled, but they never stuck away that crucial second goal and it was as this point that Dejan Lovren (£0.54) cane over all full of Christmas spirit.
As Wayne Rooney (£1.40) floated a teasing ball over the top, it was a straight race between Lovren and youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£0.97), the Croatian decided to put his hands on the back of the young striker and down he went, penalty. It was another gift handed about by Liverpool’s centre back and one that Rooney gobbled up with a driven penalty down the middle. Everton were certainly the happier at the end of the game as Jürgen Klopp’s feisty after the match interviews can attest! A gift welcomed on the Blue side of Merseyside.
Then it was over to Old Trafford where United V City battled it out at the top of the table. It was no surprise that Pep Guardiola’s men dominated the ball but United looked secure at the back until a Kevin De Bruyne (£3.75) corner wasn’t dealt with at all by Romelu Lukaku (£4.57) and David Silva (£1.37) slammed the ball home to give City the lead. It was then City’s turn to join in with the season of goodwill as Nicolas Otamendi (£1.70) and Fabian Delph (£1.18) contrived to give Marcus Rashford (£4.01) an immediate equaliser. 1-1 at the break!
The second half began in much the same way with City dominating and then Lukaku was at it again! Skewing a clearance into a teammate found Otamendi all alone to put the rebound past De Gea and make it 2-1! Christmas had well and truly came early for City! United came back at City and Ederson’s (£1.01) heroics meant City took home the three points to extend their gap at the top of the table.
The gifts from Lukaku are now of course what the media is taking about and he finds himself atop of the media dividends table as I write. Will this performance lead to more expectations about being dropped for Zlatan (£3.36)?
One thing for sure though is Xmas came early yesterday thanks to Lukaku and Lovren!