The Premier League is Back!

Yes, it is back and yesterday was the first match of the season.

League runners-up Liverpool hosted promoted side Norwich City at Anfield for the first match of Matchday 1.

Liverpool got the first goal of the season after just 7 minutes, but it was through no effort of their own.

Norwich City’s Grant Hanley tried to clear the ball but sliced it past his own keeper instead.

Firmino celebrates; Grant Hanley crouches dejectedly

Grant Hanley (left) looks dejected as Bobby Firmino celebrates Hanley’s own goal. (Photo: REUTERS)

Liverpool went on to score 3 goals before halftime, showing absolutely no mercy to the new kids on the block.

However, it came at a cost. Liverpool goalkeeper, Alisson slipped while trying to get the ball and sustained an injury to his calf. He had to be substituted by new signing Adrian.

The visitors managed to get one back near the end of the game, but by then, the damage was already done.

Liverpool won their first match of the season with 3 goals difference and the first goal of the new season was an own goal. A sign of things to come or can this ominous beginning be changed by future matches?


Liverpool 4

G. Hanley (O.G) 7′

M. Salah 19′

V. van Dijk 28′

D. Origi 42′

Norwich 1

T. Pukki 64′

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Premier League Matchday 38 of 38

And it’s all over. The Premier League season is done and what an interesting season it has been.

We’ve gone through managers and players, some even switching teams during this season, and we’ve had happy times and heartbreaks.

There are some major talking points from this season, the most important being…

  • MANCHESTER CITY WON THE LEAGUE!!

And by only one point over Liverpool. But the Reds have assured the second time champions that they are still very much around and will be coming back with a vengeance. This makes it City’s 4th Premier League win and their second one in a row.

  • MANCHESTER UNITED WAS BEATEN BY A RELEGATED TEAM

Winning has really not been United’s forte these recent times, as they’ve only won 3 out of 23 league fixtures. They decided to end the league by losing 2-nil at home to 18th placed Cardiff City who won’t even be here next season. Well Ole has a whole summer to sort his squad out so let’s hope next season is better.

  • EPL GOLDEN BOOT WON BY THREE AFRICAN PLAYERS
Aubameyang (left), Salah (top right), Mané (bottom right)

Three African players shared the top-scorer title: Mohammed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool), Sadio Mané (Senegal, Liverpool) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Arsenal) all scored 22 goals to emerge as the joint winners of the EPL Golden Boot. Great news for Jürgen Klopp to have two of his players as top goal scorers at the end of the season. It just goes to show how close Liverpool was to winning the league.

  • There were other Premier League awards given on Sunday, like the Golden Glove which went to Liverpool’s Alisson Becker who had 21 clean sheets this season and the EPL Playmaker Award went to Eden Hazard from Chelsea for his high total of 15 assists this season.
Liverpool’s Alisson Becker (left)
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard

Yesterday all teams played their final matches and here are all the scores:

Tottenham 2

E. Dier 3′

C. Eriksen 75′

Everton 2

T. Walcott 69′

C. Tosun 7′


Manchester United 0

Cardiff City 2

N. Mendez-Laing 23′ (Penalty), 54′


Watford 1

G. Deulofeu 46′

J. Holebas 48′ (Red Card)

West Ham 4

M. Noble 15′ (Penalty), 78′

M. Lanzini 39′

M. Arnautović


Southampton 1

N. Redmond 44′

Huddersfield 1

A. Pritchard 57′


Leicester City 0

Chelsea 0


Fulham 0

Newcastle 4

J. Shelvey 9′

A. Peréz 11′

F. Schär 61′

J. Rondón 90


Liverpool 2

S. Mané 17′, 81′

Wolves 0


Crystal Palace 5

M. Batshuayi 24′, 32′
J. Simpson 37′ (OG)

P. van Aanholt 65′

A. Townsend 80′

Bournemouth 3

J. Lerma 45′

J. Ibe 56′

J. King 73′


Brighton 1

G. Murray 27′

Manchester City 4

S. Agüero 28′

A. Laporte 38′

R. Mahrez 63′

I. Gündogan 72′


Burnley 1

A. Barnes 65′

Arsenal 3

P. Aubameyang 52′, 63′
E. Nketiah 90+4

PHOTOS: REUTERS & Getty