Liverpool took a huge step forward towards a top-four spot on an action packed Wednesday in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have beaten Burnley 3-0 and with all teams in the division now having 37 appearances, they head to the final weekend in fourth – ahead of FA Cup winner Leicester City unlike goals.
There have also been away wins for Arsenal and West Ham as two former England managers bid farewell, while the current Three Lions captain has seen Tottenham’s season take another turn for the worse.
Joe Willock also claimed a piece of history for himself and here we take a look at that and some of the other best facts at the end of the final midweek round of a condensed campaign.
Burnley 0-3 Liverpool: Klopp’s men go fourth and thrive
Liverpool needed goalkeeper Alisson to return home, an unlikely last-breath winner at West Brom last weekend, although that latest win was more comfortable and came by conventional means.
Roberto Firmino became the second player to score in three consecutive Premier League games at Turf Moor after Anthony Martial. After a difficult season, the Brazilian striker’s last three league appearances have netted as many goals (three) as the 19 before.
Three days after Alisson, Nat Phillips also directed his first goal for Liverpool, while Andy Robertson claimed his second assist of the game when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed the points with two minutes remaining.
Scotland left-back Robertson has provided 35 assists since the start of the 2017-18 season. Only Kevin De Bruyne (49) has more in this period.
Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal: Gunners’ late show ruins Roy’s farewell
Roy Hodgson received a guard of honor and an enthusiastic reception for his last home game in charge of Palace and Christian Benteke continued his recent hot streak to keep hopes for a memorable victory.
The Belgian striker called Nicolas Pepe’s first game after the hour mark, meaning he scored in four consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time since April 2013.
Benteke is also set to double the numbers for the first time since scoring 15 times in 2016-17, although saves goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Pepe stole the points.
Martinelli’s strike, 19, means the Gunners are now 60 times unbeaten (W50 D10) in Premier League games where a teenager has scored.
West Brom 1-3 West Ham: Moyes sends Allardyce through the exit door
Arsenal won’t finish in the top six, however, as West Ham’s brilliant season continued with a 3-1 win over relegated West Brom – after which Sam Allardyce announced he would be leaving the Hawthorns.
West Ham’s 31 points away from home are their best in a top-flight season as they compiled the same amount in 1985-86, although victory didn’t necessarily seem likely when Declan Rice recorded the first missed penalty in Premier League history after two minutes. and four seconds.
Matheus Pereira put the Baggies in the lead. His 17 goals (11 goals, six assists) are the most important in a single campaign since Romelu Lukaku in 2012-13 (21).
Tomas Soucek’s 10th goals of the season leveled things and Angelo Ogbonna started from a corner kick from Aaron Cresswell – the eighth full-back assist of the season – before Michail Antonio made sure David Moyes takes advantage of his eighth consecutive victory over the starting Allardyce.
Tottenham 1-2 Aston Villa: Spurs slip again
Harry Kane was warmly applauded by Spurs loyalists despite reports of his desire to leave, which a sixth home loss – the biggest since 2014-15 – has a lot to explain.
Steve Bergwijn’s four goals at Tottenham came in as home opener but Sergio Reguilon’s own goal brought Villa up to the level.
It was the 1,000th own goal in Premier League history, of which 41 were Spurs.
A familiar face turned out to be the winner of Villa. Ollie Watkins’ 14th goal of the season means he has scored the most by an Englishman on his Premier League debut since Charlie Austin for QPR in 2014-15 – something that probably did not escape the attention from Gareth Southgate.
Newcastle United 1-0 Sheffield United: Six of the best for Willock
Willock led the lone first-half stoppage goal for Newcastle, becoming the youngest player in Premier League history to score in six straight games at 21 years and 272 days old.
The loaner from Arsenal is the third player to complete the feat for Newcastle in the division after Papiss Cisse in 2012 and Alan Shearer in 1996.
It is not out of habit of trying on the part of Allan Saint-Maximin that Steve Bruce’s men could not add to their advantage. The winger has completed 15 dribbles, the most successful by a player from Europe’s top five leagues this season alongside Lionel Messi against Celta Vigo.
Sheffield United hope to avoid an unwanted record when they host Burnley on Sunday. It was their 29th loss of the season, matching the traits suffered by Derby County (2007-08), Sunderland (2005-06) and Ipswich Town (1994-95). No team has ever lost 30 games in a Premier League campaign.
Everton 1-0 Wolves: Richarlison lifts Goodison Park blues
Richarlison’s winner ended a poor home season on a high for Everton.
Their 22 points accumulated at Goodison Park in 2020-21 are their lowest of any league campaign in their history when they convert to three points for a win.
Gylfi Sigurdsson was a familiar local supplier. Since his competitive debut in January 2012, only Chris Brunt (25) and Christian Eriksen (24) have managed more assists.
Everton’s 14 headed goals are the most important of any Premier League side this quarter.