If you coach a youth soccer team, you may tell your kids:
When in doubt, get your head on the ball—good things might happen.
A scramble in the box, in the final seconds of the first half at Liverpool.
Maddison takes the free kick, Ndidi attempts a shot, and then, the ball in the air…
Ben Chilwell gets a head on it.
Can we take a moment to appreciate Chilwell's headed assist? To get the requisite elevation and direction on that was mightily impressive. #bbcfootball
— Craig Dobson (@CraigDobbo) January 30, 2019
We may need to contact the folks over at Statcast, to deliver an all new metric:
RE—Requisite Elevation. Measured in soccer-ball heights above [nearest defender’s uppermost vertical leap] + [sea level].
The ball springs out of the box at an awkward height, too difficult for a cross back in, and Chilwall devises this little idea:
Whipping his neck forward and up, getting his RE on the ball…
And it sails over seven Liverpool defenders, to the feet of Harry Maguire, and in.
Talk to me about that Chilwell 25 yard headed assist though.
Blokes come on leaps and bounds since he shit himself at Milwall Away.
— Harry Taylor (@mad_hazz) January 30, 2019
Just look at the head on that boy!
One of the best header-assists you’ll see, the kind of thing only ever attempted in the desperate last moments of stoppage time.
Which is where we were.
Leicester City down by a goal, trying to steal one here from Liverpool.
In a crazy, bizarre week of Premier League soccer.
I never seen such crazy results in the @premierleague like tonight
— Paul W (@MisterpaulW) January 29, 2019
Manchester City lost to Newcastle.
Bournemouth beat Chelsea 4-0.
Man United pulled off a wild comeback to tie Burnley 2-2.
Tottenham dug out a win after playing from behind in the 80th minute.
Fulham came back down 2-0 to score four goals unanswered and win.
And tonight, on a day Liverpool could’ve gone up seven points in the EPL table…
Leicester City got this goal, and hung on for a draw.
A halftime-distracted defense at the back, a screw-it head ball from Chilwell, and an unexpected result from Leicester, moving up to 11th in the table with 7th-place Wolverhampton in range.
For all the lavish praise Van Dijk receives, you won't see very many pointing out that he stood and watched Maguire follow Chilwell's header back in to score that goal.
— Adam Lunn (@AdamLunn08) January 30, 2019
The Premier League, officially, is all shook up.