“Did You Know” Facts

Not So Magical By Messi

Barcelona clinched a crucial 2-1 victory over Manchester City away from home and the hero of the night was former Premier League terrifying finisher, Luis Suarez who bagged both goals. The only letdown for the visitors was their inspiring striker, Lionel Messi missed the spot kick and failed to convert the rebound, which came back openhandedly for him. The Argentinian has now missed five of his last 10 penalty kicks in all competitions for the club as well as country, which includes four of his recent seven for The Catalans. It’s somewhat surprising as the manager has inflexibly stated that Messi will still be their first choice taker. Additionally, it was his third penalty miss in the Champions League.

No Heart to Secure Hart

Manchester United icon, Sir Alex Ferguson once had a chance to secure the services of Joe Hart, back in 2005-2006 season. The current England number one was attached to his childhood club Shrewsbury Town. However, something stopped him to do so. Imagine a battle for place between the fascinating David De Gea and Joe Hart at Old Trafford, even fantasy premier league managers would be cracking their head having two sublime options.

Rock-Solid Red Defensive Wall

Looking at how Liverpool have transformed resourcefully from their porous first half of the season to a potent squad is very much mesmerizing. Brendan Rodger’s men have kept five clean sheets in a row away from home in the league, for the first time since 1985. The current hard-hitting backline of Martin Skrtel, Mamaduo Sakho plus Emre Can are strong contenders for the dream team!

Smart Saints Business

Ronald Koeman’s side lost host of influential players during the summer transfer window, including Lambert, Lallana, Lovren, Chambers and Shaw. They only spent 9.75 million pounds to secure their signature, conversely sold them for 97 million pounds. Even Arsene Wenger will be giving a standing ovation for this brilliant business as Southampton are realistically stronger with the signings they made after those sales.

Cheeky Celebration by Top Notch Striker

Last weekend in the narrow 2-1 defeat to Hull City, the Queens Park Rangers forward scored their only goal at KC Stadium. Austin celebrated his goal by faking a knee injury, it puzzled many as it looked rather unglamorous. The 25-year old striker failed a medical at Hull City 18 months ago, now you know his frustration back then.

High Hopes at Anfield

Observing The Reds transforming their season around with series of victories and certainty at the back, might be surprising for others but not the fans. Only four of the 22 Premier League defeats have suffered under Brendan Rodgers have come after December.

Super Mario At Spot Kicks

Liverpool’s maverick finisher, Mario Balotelli who has been gradually finding form at Anfield has scored 27 out of 29 penalties for club and country. No wonder he was so strong-minded to take the spot kick from Jordan Henderson against Besiktas few weeks back in the Europa League.

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