Sunday, December 20, 2020

76 Million Cases and the 7-0 Rout

Covid-19 has raced past the 76-million mark!

In fact, in the UK, SARS-CoV-2 has decided to stay put! And so, the planned 5-day relaxation of Covid-19 rules for Christmas has been scrapped!

Sorry, folks, but for large parts of south-east England that includes London (all 32 boroughs and the City of London), Kent, Essex and Bedfordshire, Christmas is regrettably, cancelled.

Boris Johnson (left) just introduced a brand-new Tier 4 there. Meaning, in that area of England, residents cannot mix indoors with anyone not from their household.

And for the rest of England, Scotland and Wales, it’ll be limited to only one day, i.e. Christmas Day itself. No more 5 days. 

Putting aside the fact that I'm in Malaysia and so it won't affect me  but still, I have additional grounds to be joyful.

If you’re a Liverpool fan, you’ll know what I mean. The Reds scored a magnificent seven against Crystal Palace in yesterday’s Premier League match. 

In case anyone forgot, Liverpool are the title-holders for a reason. And this particular game showed just why they are the champs.

In only the third minute, Sadio Mane set up Takumi Minamino who feinted a shot before rifling the ball into the bottom corner. That was goal #1.

Thirty-two minutes later, Mane took the ball from Roberto Firmino and then zinged an instant shot low into the corner. Goal #2.

Then, Firmino and Andy Robertson linked to beautiful effect and which led the Brazilian finishing past Eagles keeper with the outside of his foot in the forty-fourth minute. Goal #3.

Jordan Henderson scored a rare goal in the fifty-second minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold's cutback presented him with the opportunity to send the ball into the top corner. Goal #4. 

Sixteen minutes later, Mo Salah sent a perfect pass into the run of Firmino and the No. 9 lofted a delicate finish over the keeper from a tightish angle. Goal #5.

The Egyptian had to wait until the eighty-first minute for him to score, nodding in after Joel Matip headed on a corner from Alexander-Arnold. Goal #6. 

And it was another three minutes before Salah netted a reaction header and excellent curling finish for goal #7. 

Did you know this was the club’s biggest ever Premier League win and also their biggest away win in the top-flight in 106 years? The Reds are top of the league at Christmas for the third year in a row – and what a way to win your first away fixture in three months! A damn good game, that’s for sure!

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