Four controversial learnings after Everton 4-0 Man City and Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool

Yes, it's that time of the week when knee-jerk reactions and wild accusations are key in the footballing world


Get ready for some knee-jerk reactions. Don't @ me.

Everton 4-0 Manchester City. Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool

1. Pep is a fraud

He might have won three La Liga titles, three Bundesliga titles and two Champions League crowns, but this guy is a fraud. Now that he’s not walked into a world class team he’s been found out, and Pep has to deal with being a whopping 10 points behind Chelsea in the Premier League. He still hasn’t solved his goalkeeping problem – Bravo has now conceded 12 goals from the last 19 shots he’s faced – and Pep can boast of taking just seven points from a possible 21 against the top seven. Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are all more likely to win the league according to the betting and that speaks volumes. Fraud-iola has been found out.

2. Lukaku is God

After 169 Premier League games Romelu Lukaku now has 72 goals. For a bit of context, Cristiano Ronaldo had 84 goals after 196 top flight games in England. It certainly isn’t hard to see Lukaku scoring another 13 goals in his next 28 games and beating that record. Plus the Belgian striker is just 23 years old. While it feels like he’s been playing Premier League football forever (since August 2011 to be exact) Lukaku has arguably still not reached his full potential. Three years ago his conversion rate in the league was 10 per cent, last year it was 15 per cent, and this year it’s up at 22 per cent. If you don’t appreciate just how good he is, you’re probably doing football wrong.

3. Hashtags are bad

It is a well known fact that Sir Alex Ferguson hated ‘Brand Beckham’. So God only knows what he would have said about #Pogba and the little emoji that comes with it on Twitter. Not only did Pogba become the first footballer with his own hashtag, it was displayed around the advertising hoardings at Old Trafford during the defeat to Liverpool. How did the United midfielder follow up the hashtag hype? By missing a glorious chance from 14 yards early in the game and then handling the ball in his own box from a corner to present Liverpool with a penalty. Pog-sh*te.

4. Liverpool are worth backing for the title

Seven points separate Liverpool and Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title, with Antonio Conte’s side still odds-on to lift the trophy at 8/13. But dig a little deeper and Jurgen Klopp’s side could still be a value bet to run Chelsea all the way.

Liverpool have already played five of the top seven away from home, picking up 11 points in the process. While Conte’s side still have to play seven of the bottom eight at Stamford Bridge, they’ve got away trips to Man United and Everton in April that could trip them up. Not to mention the clash between the two sides at Anfield on January 31. If the Reds win that the gap goes down to four and with some whispers of discontent in the camp (we’re looking at you Diego Costa) Liverpool might finally put an end to the drought that has plagued their fans since 1990. At 6/1 they are a tempting bet, especially with Philippe Coutinho almost back to full fitness.

What do you think?