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The Alternative Power Rankings: Probably 7 of the best Premier League moments this month

We choose some of our favourite bits from the English top flight in January.

2016 IS IN full flow and one of the most wide open Premier League seasons in memory continues to throw up shocks and surprises.

Leicester City are still riding high, Chelsea haven’t yet rediscovered their groove despite Jose Mourinho’s departure, a lack of consistency has hindered Liverpool and Manchester United and Aston Villa remain stuck to the foot of the table.

Here are some of our moments from this month…

7. All dressed up for the big day

Pictures of die hard Arsenal fan Barry Jenkins vent viral after his wife agreed to let him wear his full Gunners kit (shin pads and all) for their wedding day.

That’s true love for you.

arsenal-fan-wedding-full-kit-650x488 Source: Facebook via WhoAteAllThePies

6. Debut to forget

Winner of the Jonathan Woodgate Prize For Embarrassing Debuts goes to Sunderland’s new German defender Jan Kirchhoff.

The former Bayern Munich man entered their recent game with Tottenham on 59 minutes and showed no urgency whatsoever to close down Christian Eriksen before the Dane’s shot deflected in off him.

Minutes later, he hauled down Danny Rose to concede a penalty in the 4-1 defeat.

5. Unusual training techniques

Leicester defensive pair Christian Fuchs and Robert Huth take to the training pitch to play a game we remember fondly from our childhood — Red Ass.

Source: John Walker/YouTube

4. Away days

Manchester United defender Phil Jones celebrated their 1-0 win over Liverpool with travelling fans at Anfield.

Source: SportingMoments/YouTube

Team-mates Marcos Rojo and Michael Carrick were also in the crowd.

 

3. Messi finally answers that question

Spain Soccer Copa del Rey Source: AP/Press Association Images

“But could he do it on a cold Wednesday night at the Britannia Stadium?”

Football fans have been making the joke about whether five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi could hack it playing against a physical team like Stoke City on a rainy winter’s evening in England for a couple of years now.

Well Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has revealed that he actually put the question to the Barcelona star, to which he responded:

Those people should realise that I played in awful conditions in Rosario when I was 11-years-old, with glass on the pitch, with holes and everything.”

So there you have it.

2. Mad skillz from Stones

Everton’s much-coveted defender John Stones is not your typical centre-half. The young Englishman will more often than not opt to play his way out of danger instead of booting the ball into Row Z — as this clip shows.

With Toffees fans roaring at him to clear his lines, Stones shows off his dribbling ability inside his own box before eventually winning a free-kick.

Not something you see very often in the Premier League.

Source: VYRAL Football/YouTube

1.  Unbelievable Jeff!

There were more laughs than usual on the first Soccer Saturday of the year as presenter Jeff Stelling’s phone rang live on air.

Source: SportingMoments/YouTube

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