Alli a genuine superstar
Another game, another goal - and a pretty stupendous one at that. Dele Alli continues to demonstrate his extraordinary ability, and inspire Tottenham as they refuse to let their Premier League title dream die. Only four players have scored more goals in the Premier League this season than Alli, whose tally of 16 from midfield is quite astonishing.
The fact that Alli has been directly involved in 14 goals in 13 Premier League games for Tottenham in 2017 alone demonstrates his remarkable ability to come to life where it really matters: in the final third. With 10 goals and four assists in the calendar year, the England midfielder has been instrumental in sparking Spurs' title push. At the age of just 20, Alli has an incredibly bright future ahead of him, both for club and country. He's a genuine superstar.
Klopp's major gamble almost a major disaster
It was almost so bad for Liverpool. Going into the match with a six-point lead over fifth-placed Arsenal having played two games more, it was another crucial clash for the Reds in the race for a top-four finish and Jurgen Klopp, somewhat inexplicably, took an almighty risk by fielding a seriously experimental line-up. Unbelievably, Klopp handed 17-year-old Ben Woodburn and 18-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold shock starts with his side needing victory.
Klopp essentially acknowledged his mistake by swiftly bringing on Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino at half-time, and the German was promptly bailed out by his two Brazilian stars, who each scored late on to give the Reds all three points. Liverpool fans breathed a big sigh of relief, but would surely have been absolutely furious if needless tinkering with a side only focused on the league had resulted in precious dropped points.
Ancelotti has got a good thing going
Bayern Munich hit four to claim a Der Klassiker victory over Borussia Dortmund, and in so doing Carlo Ancelotti's side cemented their place at the top of the Bundesliga table. The 4-1 win was pretty emphatic and the way everything flowed around Robert Lewandowski demonstrated just how perfectly the Italian has set his team up with the top players able to really perform at their best (take note, Jose Mourinho). Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, in particular, thrived playing just off the Pole.
This Bayern team may be built to win immediately with Dortmund possessing more young talent, but frankly when you have experienced stars playing at their best like Ancelotti does at the moment, it's hard to quibble. With a 10-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table, Ancelotti can afford to now focus on the upcoming Champions League tie against Real Madrid, where Bayern really do have to step things up.
Sterling still on the rise despite critics
Raheem Sterling is a lightening rod for abuse but even his harshest critics can't deny that he has taken his game up a level this season. He demonstrated this again versus Hull, where he created the second and third goals, the former being the result of great footwork and balance that took him past three defenders on the edge of the box.
The Pep Guardiola revolution hasn't quite been as advertised but one thing he has done is get through to Sterling, who now has six goals and six assists in the league. That's a decent return, albeit not an elite one, but as he continues to develop and learn Guardiola's system those numbers will only increase.
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