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Premier League 2018-19 alternative awards: Jurgen Klopp, Neil Warnock and Lerma among winners

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Premier League 2018-19 alternative awards: Jurgen Klopp wins Excuses of the Year, Neil Warnock scoops Best Boss while Jefferson Lerma's screamer earns him Own Goal of the YearManchester City ended up winners in the best title race in a generationPFA have dished out their official awards to players for their efforts this seasonHowever, Sportsmail wants to highlight some of this season's unsung heroesAmong the categories are best celebration, funniest quote and worst excuse

So there we are, finally Manchester City have claimed the Premier League title, pipping Liverpool in arguably the best title race in a generation.

Liverpool's colossus Virgil van Dijk scooped the PFA Player of the Year gong, while Raheem Sterling was awarded Young Player of the Year – but what about everyone else?

Here, Sportsmail dishes out the alternative awards this season, including the best commentary moment, the Emmanuel Adebayor award and, of course, the worst own goal.

Perhaps 'best' is the wrong word to etch into this trophy – but the celebration award goes to West Ham's Michail Antonio.

Antonio's dubious dance after netting against Tottenham last month garnered much reaction due to the eye-popping nature of his bizarre gyration.

He later explained that his questionable moves were inspired by Instagram star Dan Rue. 

Antonio also revealed he had been busting out the moves in night clubs – odds have shortened on him to feature on the next instalment of Strictly Come Dancing.

Michail Antonio scored for West Ham against Spurs at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Antonio revealed he got the idea for his bizarre celebration from an internet personality


Hammers are the first away team to win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Watch #THFC v #WHUFC reaction now on Sky Sports PL or follow here:

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 27, 2019

Remember Martin Tyler's effervescent commentary to Sergio Aguero's goal which won City the title back in June 2012? 

Now, substitute the Argentine's name for 'Lermaaaaaaaaaaa!' and the tone would be about right for this screamer. 

Alex Iwobi feeds Sead Kolasinac down the wing before the left back squares it dangerously across the box. Jefferson Lerma slides and rifles it home past the hapless Asmir Begovic in the Bournemouth goal. 1-0 Arsenal.

If Lerma had donned the Arsenal away strip that day, many would have hailed it as one of the best goals of the weekend. What a hit, son, what a hit.

Jefferson Lerma smashed home an own goal during the clash with Arsenal back in November

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NB - Honourable mention

It would be remiss not to at least mention Kieran Trippier's marksman-like finish past Hugo Lloris to gift Chelsea the equaliser back in February.

With Willian bearing down on him, the Spurs right back looked up, saw Lloris rushing out to clear it before giving him the eyes and clinically slotting it past him into the bottom corner. Ruud van Nistelrooy eat your heart out.

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Jurgen Klopp, take it away. OK, let's start with the wind which, curiously, affects only one side when Klopp's Reds are in action.

WIND: 'First half, it was difficult – the wind was really strange, it was difficult to handle,' he said after a match against Southampton in 2017.

'You saw one or two balls when the ball stopped in a moment when nobody knew about it. That was difficult for a football-playing side.'

This year, admittedly in an FA Cup clash against Wolves back in January, that pesky breeze came back to haunt them. 'The wind didn't help,' Klopp said. 'Players struggled to control the ball.'

Klopp also blamed the wind for a frustrating 0-0 draw at Everton in March. When will they learn?!

'It was a very, very difficult game for different reasons,' he said. 'A wild opponent... I know people don't like it when I say that, but the wind came from all directions. It's not exactly what we wanted.' 

SNOW: In fairness, against Everton, his players had probably only just shaken off the chills which had caused them to draw against Leicester back in January. 

'You saw that the ball didn't roll really,' Klopp said of the snowy conditions after the 1-1 draw with Leicester. 'If you then have the ball pretty much for 70 to 80 per cent of the time it makes life really uncomfortable.

'The only problem is if it stays on the pitch and that was actually the case.'

PITCH: Thank heavens Klopp's side managed to beat Cardiff last month, otherwise the pitch was in for a withering attack.

The manager was unhappy with the 'dry' nature of the Cardiff City Stadium turf, but was jovial following the win.

'The ball didn't roll like normal. Everybody saw it,' he said. 'It doesn't make football easy when the pitch is dry. It makes it dangerous as well because of injuries.

'Dry pitches are dangerous for players injury-wise. I don't know exactly why the pitch was dry – the ball doesn't roll that quickly.

'It's difficult for the fluency of the game. If you ask footballers what they want, they would say a wet pitch, let's go, let's pass, let's play football.

'You can slide better, everything is better. But we were prepared. I am happy with the outcome.'

Klopp even criticised the dry grass at the Cardiff City Stadium following Liverpool's 2-0 win

This one divided the nation. Unprofessional or an inability to contain genuine passion and excitement?

It came at the end of March when Liverpool looked to have been held to a 1-1 draw against Tottenham at Anfield, only for Mohamed Salah to bundle in the winner. 

The goal was eventually attributed to Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld, who turned the ball into his own net, but for Carragher, the damage was already done. 

'Mo Salah you little dancer!,' he exclaimed after Salah's contribution earned the Reds a vital three points in the race for the title. 

The clip went viral, with Liverpool fans lauding the commentator for his animated reaction. Others, however, were less impressed.

'My fellow colleague has turned professional commentating into nonsense,' Neville has jokingly said since.

Whichever side of the fence you sit on, it was certainly the commentary flashpoint of the campaign. 

Sky Sports commentator Jamie Carragher provided the commentary moment of the season

Carragher screamed 'Mo Salah you little dancer!,' after the Egyptian appeared to have scored


“Mo Salah you little dancer”

Jamie Carragher’s reaction to Liverpool’s injury-time win vs Spurs ?

— GiveMeSport Football (@GMS__Football) March 31, 2019

The bookies stopped taking bets for this one months ago – it was almost branded the Neil Warnock award and next season it might well be just that.

The Cardiff City boss has lit up the Premier League this season with his witty one-liners, scathing rants and unwitting Liam Gallagher impressions.

Following Cardiff's defeat by Chelsea, largely owing to a dodgy decision which allowed Cesar Azpilicueta to score, Warnock was incensed. He claimed the Premier League had some of the 'worst officials' in the world and endured a bizarre stand-off with them after the final whistle.

Neil Warnock launched an incredible rant after Cardiff City's controversial defeat by Chelsea 

The 70-year-old had a stand-off with the officials after the game in a bizarre exchange 

He even claimed he would have had to fine his wife a week's wages for her comments following the defeat by Liverpool.

He said: 'My wife said to me "darling, if you had wanted to thump the referee and linesman, I wouldn't have stopped you".' Cardiff's controversial defeat by Chelsea even left Mrs Warnock fuming.

'I had to tell her off. I fined her a week's wages because she can't say things like that.'

And let's not forget his views on Brexit: 'I can't wait to get out of it (Europe), if I'm honest. I think we'll be far better out. In every aspect. Football-wise as well, absolutely. To hell with the rest of the world.'

The 70-year-old then went viral earlier this month for his bizarre interaction with a BT Sport camera, which appeared to mimic the iconic mannerisms of the Oasis frontman. 

It has been a difficult season for Warnock, given he has seen his side relegated and was clearly affected by the tragedy of Emiliano Sala's passing, but his disarming honesty and matter-of-factness which is so often absent in this media-trained era of elite football has gained him innumerable supporters. 

Warnock stares right into the camera lens and emulates Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher

Neil Warnock, ladies and gentlemen ?

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 4, 2019

Roll up, roll up, it's the Mike Dean show! Admittedly, Dean is a Marmite character whom some football fans love to loathe – but you can't deny his highlights reel is bound to entertain.

And give the man his due, he brought up a very important milestone this season – his 100th red card. 

Ashley Young was given his marching orders by the 50-year-old during the clash between United and Wolves back in April. Dean raised his card aloft, as if to acknowledge the crowd at Lord's after reaching a century, and sent Young on his way.

Mike Dean sends Ashley Young on his way after brandishing the 100th red card of his career

And it wouldn't be a Premier League season without a cringe-filled Dean episode. This year's came at the expense of Sergio Aguero.

Dean hid the ball from the Argentine's view after the striker scored a hat-trick and was seeking his reward. The official stuffed it up the back of his shirt as if to hide it from him. Awkward laughter ensued. 

Mike Dean. Hiding match ball from Hattrick Hero Aguero. He is WHY WE WATCH ?

— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) February 10, 2019

And then, of course, there was this.


The Premier League referee cannot hide his excitement at The New Lawn as his side secure their place in the play-off final! ?

— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 13, 2019

(He event went full-on David Brent when awarding this penalty.)

People will talk about the penalty but it’s Mike Dean who is the star of the show here

— Chris Renwick (@ChrisRenwick) February 10, 2019

The Emmanuel Adebayor award goes to the player who was caught offside on the most occasions this season.

The former Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City striker was adjudged offside an incredible 328 times in just 242 games. An admirable ratio of being offside 1.36 times per game.

This year's gong goes to Burnley's Chris Wood, who erred on the wrong side of the defender 53 times.

Chris Wood was adjudged offside more than any other player this campaign

The Gareth Barry award goes to the worst tackler in the Premier League this season.

Barry tops the list for the most yellow cards (123) and fouls (633) in the history of the competition. Granted he also holds the appearance record (653), but the award has to be named after someone, doesn't it?!

Etienne Capoue tops the list of yellow cards with 14, two clear of nearest rivals Ryan Bennett, Jose Holebas, Jefferson Lerman, Sokratis, Fabian Schar.

However, he must share the award with Brighton's very own leg-hacker Glenn Murray, who, with 80 fouls, committed 19 more than second-placed James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic.

So honours shared with this one. 

Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue was booked the most times this season 

While Brighton striker Glenn Murray (top) committed an astonishing 81 fouls this term

Now, we have a few contenders for this one. Let's go through the nominees, shall we? 

JOSE MOURINHO: Former United manager Mourinho waited until Arsene Wenger had left the Emirates before he unleashed this zinger. 

'I've won more titles alone than the rest of the managers in this league combined,' he said, before storming out of the press conference. 

MARKO ARNAUTOVIC:  West Ham striker Arnautovic looked destined to leave east London this January.

All the talk was pointing towards a lucrative move to China, but no such deal materialised. Upon his return, he said: 'I'm back. I'm happy to be back.'

Someone should have told him he didn't actually go anywhere... 

CLAUDIO RANIERI: The former Fulham boss did not mince his words after Aboubakar Kamara's penalty miss against Huddersfield.

The striker refused to allow Aleksandar Mitrovic take the spot-kick and ended up missing from 12 yards.

Ranieri's verdict? 'I wanted to kill him.'

Claudio Ranieri was furious after Aboubakar Kamara missed a penalty against Huddersfield


TROY DEENEY: Many have waxed lyrical about Van Dijk this season, but perhaps Deeney's assessment of the Dutchman tops them all.

'I've said it many times, I hate him,' Deeney told BBC Radio 5. 'I hate going up against him. He's too big, too strong, too quick, too good on the ball, loves fighting, a good head of hair.

'[He is] One of those guys that sprays on his top as well, so it smells lovely! When he runs past you, it's like "I can't catch you, but…"'

Troy Deeney said he hated coming up against Virgil van Dijk because he 'smells so lovely!'

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