The final week of May is the moment of heartbreak for English football fans. As the goal nets are dismantled, club players take their summer holidays, and the domestic season comes to an end – let us rediscover some of the most unforgettable moments of the Premier League season just gone.
Certain moments will be cherished by fans, whilst others will hold memories that supporters will want to erase.
Continue reading for the highest of highs or perhaps the lowest of lows during the most recent edition of the most famous football division on the planet.
The 20/21 EPL season ended with Manchester City claiming their seventh league title victory, but with domestic action wrapped up – let us remember the most unforgettable moments we experienced.
Aston Villa 7, Liverpool 2
One of the most surprising results throughout the entire English domestic schedule came when Aston Villa treated Liverpool as a lower league calibre of opponent. A truly unforgettable 90 minutes of football action left the entire Aston Villa and Liverpool fan base stunned. The Villains held no remorse towards the Premier League defending champions defeating them 7-2 at Villa Park.
It had been a twenty-year wait for Villa to defeat Liverpool on home soil, but the West Midlands side finally removed their jinx in the most assertive form.
Man of the match, Ollie Watkins, sailed three goals past Adrian San Miguel del Castillo to claim his hattrick and well deserved MOTM award.
Tottenham Hotspur Defeat Manchester United 6-1
Who remembers the month of October during the EPL 20/21 campaign? Manchester United was in 15h place, just two positions above the relegation zone, and Manchester City was in 13th. Everton was looking to be a dominant force, and in general, the year ahead was seemingly unpredictable.
It could have been a worse time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when Tottenham handed the Red Devils a 1-6 defeat inside Old Trafford.
Spurs had not defeated United with such a goal difference since 1932, but an in-form Harry Kane partnered with Son Heung-Min was a deadly force that claimed two goals each. No Premier League Odds could have predicted this outcome.
Remember the Name – Phil Foden!
20-year-old Phil Foden is undoubtedly the standout youngster of the 20/21 EPL season, with a mentor like Pep Guardiola guiding the English star to an unforgettable season.
One of his most memorable moments of play was his cerebral performances at Anfield back in February, hitting home the goal that led City to their first victory inside the stands of Anfield since 2003.
Manchester City could well own the hottest footballing prospect on earth, and England fans must be chomping at the bit to witness his skills take place during the Euro 2021 international campaign.
One Head to Save Them All
He was left in tears post-match, but the emotional Alisson Becker had every right to open the flood gates when securing Liverpool’s Champions League hopes for 2022.
During the final seconds of an unfortunate 1-1 encounter versus West Brom, a corner was awarded in what must have been their last chance of the game.
Alisson met the ball with his forehead in a moment Liverpool fans probably had not felt since claiming the title during the previous year. A top-four finish for Liverpool was now thanks to this beautiful goal.
Did Somebody Say Super League? I Don’t Think So; The Fans Are Back!
Football remains the most popular sport on the planet for a reason, and when push comes to shove, nobody makes this sport more important than the fans.
Two key moments of this season should give football fans a trophy of their own.
The big six clubs of England combined with Europe’s most enriched clubs attempted to push for a European Super League.
However, the overwhelming denial of the idea was quickly put to bed by fan protests. The Super League sideshow could have ruined football as we know it, but fans from all the big six clubs saw their fanbase become disgraced at the idea.
With the pandemic restrictions removing fans from the stadiums, perhaps the most unforgettable moment of the entire season was the returning attendance crowds over the past month.
Club results have been proven to take dramatic effect without the presence of fans, and as we take a look back, not on just the Premier League but all of Europe’s elite football leagues – the lack of fan presence has undoubtedly taken its toll. The fans provide a passion for the game and an atmosphere that cannot be replaced.