That Was The Week That Was

Welcome to this week’s TWTWTW, your Saturday dose of funny football news.

On Thursday, Ivorian Pierre Emerick Aubameyang celebrated his goal in the 3-0 win over Rennes by wearing a Black Panther mask. I know what you’re thinking, why is a soon to be 30-year-old man playing dress up after scoring a goal?

However, if you’re a Spurs or Manchester United supporter, may I remind you that your players have been performing choreographed handshakes for a few years now.

When Schalke returned to Germany following their 7-0 hammering by Man City, the rest of the Bundesliga teams were adamant they had no connections to Schalke. Nobody could have predicted that scoreline, except for that one bloke who bets a fiver on the most unlikely scenarios and ends up winning a fortune.

The best thing about Liverpool dropping points is I get to enjoy what gets pulled out next in the mystery box of excuses said out loud in the mellifluous, honeyed tone of Jurgen Klopp.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t so lucky this week as they ran out 4-2 and 3-1 winners over Burnley and Bayern Munich respectively.

Where would Liverpool be without Virgil Van Dijk? Without a single clean sheet, probably. But the real question that I would like to know is where would Virgil Van Dijk be if Neil Warnock’s scout at Crystal Palace hadn’t deemed him too slow back in 2014?

The Dutch star was at his sparkling best once again on Tuesday night at the Allianz Arena, scoring the deciding goal after Sadio Mane had put the Reds in front with a wonderful chip in the 26th minute.

Not to take anything away from what was a brilliant performance from Liverpool, but the fact that Serge Gnabry was Bayern’s best player over the legs shows how far Bayern are in decline.

While Gnabry has clearly improved since he left Arsenal, he was once kept out of Arsene Wenger’s side by Theo Walcott.

Hunk Olivier Giroud’s outstanding facial beard and all-around devilish good looks appeared to be too much of a distraction for Dynamo Kiev’s defence, as he bagged a hat trick in the Ukrainian capital during Chelsea’s 5-0 victory. Left-back Marcos Alonso and Europa League goal-scoring hotshot Callum Hudson Odoi finished things off for Saari’s men.

My favourite bit of news this week was Declan Rice being named in England squad less than 24 hours after being crowned as Ireland’s Young Player of the Year. Dig of the season by the Irish FA? Not quite.

Former One Direction member Niall Horan tweeting “No one likes Leeds” prompting Leeds United’s Twitter admins to delicately respond “No one likes your solo career – #BringBack1D” just about edges it.

Simple and effective. It’s the social media equivalence of a 1-0 win at the Hawthorns on a wet Tuesday night.

Have a great weekend everyone.