Gameweek 24 would see yet another action-packed round of Premier League action as we edge towards the end of January and the transfer window. Liverpool would play twice this gameweek, facing both Wolves and West Ham as they look to catch up following a packed winter schedule for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Other notable clashes included Chelsea’s clash with Arsenal and Manchester United’s match against Burnley. Anyway, here’s the FPL Updates gameweek review…
Dean Henderson – Sheffield United knew they were up against it as they faced Manchester City on Tuesday night, in the knowledge that Pep Guardiola’s side won’t be in the mood to drop any more points after recent struggles. At 0-0 Dean Henderson saved Gabriel Jesus’ penalty and it looked like the Blades may take a point until Sergio Aguero, as he so often does, struck a decisive goal for the Champions.
Florian Lejeune – There was a quite remarkable game at Goodison Park as Everton hosted Newcastle United on Tuesday. Moise Kean’s first goal for the Toffees and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s finish looked to have given the three points to the home side. That was until Newcastle introduced central defender Florian Lejeune, who netted twice in second half stoppage time to spark wild scenes as Steve Bruce’s side rallied to claim a point.
Ricardo Pereira – Brendan Rogers’ Leicester City side have played some stunning football at times this season and were at it again against West Ham United. One of the standout performers was wing-back Ricardo Pereira, who scored and assisted in the 4-1 win. The former Nice and Porto man is proving to be one of Europe’s best full backs this season, having been a real star for a Leicester side that have defied the odds.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – A unique full back, Trent Alexander-Arnold has cemented his status as one of the world’s best defenders over the past couple of seasons with Liverpool, and he recorded yet another assist as Liverpool struck late against the odds to take all three points against a Wolves side that deserved more from the game. It was Roberto Firmino’s brilliant late finish that sparked scenes among the away fans.
Jack Stephens – Southampton look a different side over the past six weeks. Having looked destined to be embroiled in a relegation scrap early in the season, their form has improved dramatically over recent weeks, and they’ll be looking to cement a comfortable mid-table finish come May. Having loaned Cedric Soares to Arsenal, they’ll be hoping for minimal interest in any other first-team squad players.
Jordan Henderson & Mo Salah – Liverpool look simply unstoppable in the Premier League this season, and after netting a late winner at Wolves they travelled to West Ham to face David Moyes’ side. Yet again they recorded a comfortable win on the road, winning 2-0 courtesy of a Mo Salah penalty and a brilliant run and finish from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. There are thoughts of an invincible season in the heads of some fans.
Ayoze Perez – After a slow start to life with the Foxes, Ayoze Perez is starting to become somewhat of a fan favourite, with his excellent work rate and ability to be in the right place at the right time making him a real asset to Brendan Rogers’ side. He was at the double as his side dismantled West Ham United 4-1 at the King Power stadium on Wednesday night. They’ll undoubtedly be hoping for a Champions League spot come May.
Nathan Redmond – Former Birmingham City winger Nathan Redmond has been at the heart of Saints’ upturn in form of late. A player with undoubted ability, it may have taken until now for Redmond to find some form of consistency. He scored a lovely goal to put his side in front away at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, before Stuart Armstrong arrowed in a brilliant strike from range to make the points safe for Saints.
Dele Alli – Spurs have been a real mixed bag under José Mourinho, with decent runs being marred by poor results against sides they should be beating. They feared the worst when Norwich went in front in North London, with groans greeting every misplaced pass. In the end it would be okay for the home side though, with goals from Dele Alli and Heung Min-Son being enough to edge past the struggling Canaries on the day.
Chris Wood – Result of the week undoubtedly goes to Burnley, who travelled to Manchester United most likely in search of a point. However, they were buoyed when Chris Wood opened the scoring for the Clarets. As the game wore on, Old Trafford became noticeably hostile, and things got worse when Jay Rodriguez thundered in a stunning strike from the corner of the penalty area, much to the delight of the travelling fans, who would see a brilliant 2-0 win.
Written by Ryan Nevin (@RNevin7)