There has been no shortage of fantastic matches setting the Premier League alight this season. This has made it very difficult to narrow them down, but here are my best games in the 2015/16 season of the Premier League so far.
5. Leicester City 2 West Ham 2 (17th April 2016)
As with every match Leicester have played this season, there were the usual discussions and debates about whether they would drop points, how difficult the game would be and how Claudio Ranieri’s side would cope. I thought they would beat West Ham, no problem.
When Jamie Vardy scored in the 18th minute, it seemed like it would be Leicester’s day yet again. However, this time, it was not meant to be. Leicester’s top scorer was given a second yellow card in the 56th minute after an atrocious dive and this proved to be the turning point.
For the next 20 minutes, Leicester were still defending very well with 10 men and West Ham couldn’t get past them. That was until the 84th minute when West Ham were awarded a penalty which Andy Carroll converted to level the scoring. Two minutes later, Aaron Cresswell gave West Ham the lead with a superb strike.
Leicester were on course to suffer only their fourth defeat of the season until the 95th minute when they too were awarded a penalty which Leonardo Ulloa converted to ensure the match ended 2-2. The game had everything: penalties, questionable refereeing, bookings and late drama. Leicester now only need eight points to be crowned Premier League champions.
4. Liverpool 3 Arsenal 3 (13th January 2016)
Liverpool dominated the game and if they had won it would have been justified. Roberto Firmino scored his first goal of the game in the 10th minute and it seemed like Arsenal would crumble. Somehow they equalised just four minutes later thanks to Aaron Ramsey.
Liverpool did not take this lying down and Firmino gave Liverpool the lead once more with a spectacular 20-yard drive. Arsenal came back again and Giroud made it 2-2 in the 25th minute. Seeing Arsenal come back once in a game is rare, never mind twice.
Things got even better for the Gunners when Giroud scored his second goal of the game and Arsenal took the lead for the first time. Even though there was 35 minutes left to play, it seemed the Gunners would claim a vital victory.
Cue Joe Allen to burst Arsenal’s bubble in the 90th minute with an equaliser for Liverpool. The Reds deserved the point but it was another match that Arsenal should have won yet didn’t.
3. Everton 2 West Ham 3 (5th March 2016)
Everton were 2-0 up and one man down after 56 minutes. They had played very well up to that point and they looked in control thanks to goals from Lennon and Lukaku. That was until Romelu Lukaku missed a penalty for the Toffees in the 69th minute, which was the catalyst for West Ham’s comeback.
The Hammers scored three goals in 12 minutes to win the game in dramatic fashion and leave Everton devastated. Even though they were playing against 10 men, West Ham’s comeback was something special. Antonio scored the first in the 78th minute, Payet assisted Sakho’s equaliser in the 81st minute and then he went on to score the winner in the 90th minute.
2. Southampton 3 Liverpool 2 (20th March 2016)
After 45 minutes, Liverpool were 2-0 up thanks to strikes from Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge. Surely that was game over.
Not for Southampton who had other ideas. The Saints were a completely different side in the second half and they stunned Liverpool when they came back to win 3-2. Mane bagged a brace and Pelle got the other goal. What a great birthday present for Ronald Koeman who would celebrate his 53rd birthday the day after Southampton’s victory.
Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp were left to wonder how they managed to squander such a promising lead.
1. Norwich 4 Liverpool 5 (23rd January 2016)
This was definitely a game of blink and you’ll miss it. Nine goals in 90 minutes is not something we see often in the Premier League, but when it happens, it’s nothing short of fantastic.
At half-time, Norwich were 2-1 up with Dieumerci Mbokani and Stephen Naismith getting the goals for the Canaries. Wes Hoolahan scored a penalty in the 54th minute to give Norwich a two-goal cushion, but a minute later Jordan Henderson made it 3-2. In the 20 minutes that followed, Roberto Firmino scored his second goal of the game and then James Milner put Liverpool ahead for the first time in the match.
It was 4-3 to Liverpool at the 90 minute mark and that should have been that. However, Sebastian Bassong equalised for Norwich in the 92nd minute and probably thought he had secured a point for Alex Neil’s side. Adam Lallana made sure Liverpool had the final word as he scored the winner in the 95th minute. This led to all of the Liverpool players celebrating wildly with their manager on the touchline and Christian Benteke accidentally breaking Jurgen Klopp’s glasses. As the German said, “It’s really difficult looking for glasses without glasses.”