Signing Stan Collymore in October 2000 was seen as the final throw of the dice for manager Chris Hutchings, who badly needed a result to save his position in the post. Bradford were bottom ahead of this Yorkshire Derby with Leeds United.
Collymore made an instant impact on his debut with this glorious goal. Leeds presented the opportunity to the home side with some sloppy passing. Benito Carbone picked out Collymore with a brilliant cross and the forward produced an instinctive overhead kick which was straight out of the top-draw.
His stay at Bradford was largely forgettable apart from this moment and although Leeds did recover to earn a share of the spoils on this Sunday afternoon, this remains one of Collymore’s finest Premier League efforts.
Manchester United arrived at Anfield in March 2015 just one point clear of their greatest rivals as the two teams were fighting over fourth spot in the Premier League table. The Merseysiders hadn’t lost in the top-flight since being beaten 3-0 at Old Trafford before Christmas. They were the form team but it was Louis van Gaal’s side that turned up and put in a performance.
Juan Mata scored an early opener and Liverpool’s efforts at recovery were made harder when Steven Gerrard was sent off within a minute of the second half resuming. This was to be Mata’s day and the Spaniard’s second goal of the game was simply world-class.
He played a neat one-two with Angel di Maria. The Argentine clipped the ball into Mata’s path and he swivelled on it superbly, producing a fantastic bicycle kick that left Simon Mignolet completely stranded.
Manchester United won the game 2-1 and would finish well clear of Liverpool in the final standings. It was a classy goal that won the day and a crucial one in the season for the Red Devils.
Eidur Gudjohnsen scored 78 goals in his six-year Chelsea career which included two Premier League titles.
This was one of his finest against Leeds United in January 2003. Leeds were leading the match 1-0 but were pegged back in amazing fashion by this piece of glory from Gudjohnsen. The move began when Frank Lampard made a surging run down the right-hand side. His cross was a fraction behind Gudjohnsen for a header.
So the Icelandic international used a piece of instinctive quick-thinking. He produced a terrific bicycle kick which defeated Paul Robinson in the Leeds goal. Chelsea would end up winning this entertaining contest 3-2. Had it not been for this moment of magic from Gudjohnsen, they might have not found a way back into the contest.
This London derby was an important one for both sides. West Ham were still trying to find their feet at the London Stadium whilst Sam Allardyce was returning to one of his former clubs. He was also trying to stamp his authority on his new side, Crystal Palace.
West Ham were 1-0 ahead going into the final quarter of the match. They launched a breakaway and Michail Antonio, who had been battling the flu all week, lifted a cross into the box. Slightly behind him for a trademark header, Andy Carroll decided to improvise – in spectacular fashion.
He produced an incredible scissor kick that almost burst the net. Crystal Palace goalie Wayne Hennessey barely saw it. It was a moment of majestic skill and a wonderful way to win a London derby. This is what Carroll is capable of. Unfortunately, injuries have often interrupted a career that promised so much from the Newcastle United days.
With Wayne Rooney struggling for form after a difficult summer at the World Cup in South Africa, Manchester United turned to Dimitar Berbatov to fill the goalscoring void. Seen as a misfit after struggling to find any serious form in 2009-2010, the Bulgarian could be brilliant on his day. In September 2010 against Liverpool FC, he was outstanding.
Berbatov had already put the home side infront, evading some slack marking from Fernando Torres to head home from a corner. In the 58th minute, he made it 2-0 with a sublime bicycle kick. Darren Fletcher started the move with a long ball that found Nani out wide. Paul Konchesky backed off the winger, allowing the Portuguese to cross the ball into the Liverpool box. It found Berbatov who controlled it superbly in the air. Still with his back to goal, he produced a special overhead kick that left Pepe Reina completely stranded.
A quick-fire double from Steven Gerrard pulled Liverpool FC back into the contest but it was Berbatov’s day. He headed home a late winner to complete his hat-trick. This was his match and a vintage moment from a player who was always capable of the spectacular.
Liverpool FC travelled to Watford needing three points to keep themselves in control of their own destiny in the fight to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Things didn’t go to plan early on for the visitors. Jurgen Klopp’s side lost Philippe Coutinho to a knock early in the first half. With the game petering out to a goalless conclusion at half-time, something special happens at Vicarage Road.
Lucas Leiva chips the ball into the box. It is slightly behind German midfielder Emre Can. He decides to attempt the spectacular from the 18-yard box and it comes off; a beautifully-judged overhead kick that flies into the top corner. Heurelho Gomes could only stand and watch; beaten by undoubtedly the best goal Can has ever scored.
Liverpool FC won the game 1-0 and it needed something of world-class ability to take the three points. Can delivered the goods and it was a crucial goal ultimately in the club’s quest to return to the forefront of European club football.