Jurgen Klopp is set to give many of Liverpool’s squad players a chance to impress against Tottenham in midweek. The Reds saw off West Brom at Anfield on Saturday and now face Spurs in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
It is Liverpool’s third game in just eight days and Klopp have indicated that he will will rest his first-team regulars. Danny Ings, Marko Grujic , Ovie Ejaria, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kevin Stewart were all left out of the Liverpool Under-23s squad for Sunday’s mini-derby with Everton as Klopp considers calling upon their services. Read more... (196 words, 1 image, estimated 47 secs reading time)
Arsene Wenger rued Arsenal’s unusual lack of creativity as they were held to a goalless draw by Middlesbrough.
The Gunners’ boss was celebrating his 67th birthday as they fought for their seventh consecutive league win but an impressive performance from Boro goalkeeper Victor Valdes and a lack of creativity in midfield kept the game goalless.
Speaking about the performance, Wenger said:
“I think I have a frustrated face and I am (frustrated).
“We had a lot of the ball but a lot of the ball in a modern game is not enough to win the game. Read more... (331 words, 1 image, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was happy to forego a clean sheet – and top spot in the Premier League table – for an electric Anfield atmosphere and three points against West Brom.
The Reds would have leapfrogged Arsenal on goals scored had they held on to a two-goal lead but had to make do with a 2-1 win after Gareth McAuley exposed their set-piece weakness in the 82nd minute.
Earlier, a wonderful first-half display had yielded goals from the superb duo of Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane, setting Liverpool up for an apparent stroll to the summit. Read more... (393 words, 1 image, estimated 1:34 mins reading time)
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has dismissed criticism of Louis van Gaal’s two-year spell in charge at Old Trafford, insisting it was a collective effort at the club.
Giggs ended a 24-year playing career at Manchester United to take up the assistant manager role alongside van Gaal in the dugout.
The much maligned Dutchman guided United to fourth and fifth placed finishes in the Premier League from 2014-16 and also delivered the FA Cup back in May.
However van Gaal was deemed surplus to requirements at the end of the season and United have since hired Jose Mourinho to take over the reins. Read more... (449 words, 1 image, estimated 1:48 mins reading time)
Arsenal summer signing Lucas Perez has admitted he expected to play more of a ‘starring role’ at the club after arriving in the Premier League in a £17 million deal from Deportivo Coruna.
The 28 year-old has only started two games – scoring twice in the EFL Cup wictory over Nottingham Forest – after netting 17 times in 35 games for the La Liga side last season.
Despite being frustrated by his lack of opportunities, Perez accepts that the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott are in good form at present as the Gunners stretched their winning streak to seven games with a 6-0 hammering of Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday. Read more... (274 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
Gareth Bale would said that we would like to stay at Real Madrid, but he and his agents appear to be in no rush to sign a new deal with the Champions League holders.
With a FIFA transfer ban hanging over their head, the Spanish giants have been busy recently signing new deals with their stars.
Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have recently renewed their contracts, committing their future to the club until 2020 and 2022 respectively while Cristiano Ronaldo is reported to have also agreed to a contract extension too. Read more... (256 words, 1 image, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)
Pep Guardiola has taken the blame for Manchester City’s Champions League defeat in Barcelona, but says he will quit and go home to Spain before changing his ways.
City were beaten 4-0 in the Nou Camp after Guardiola kept Sergio Aguero on the bench and then saw Claudio Bravo, the goalkeeper he signed to replace Joe Hart, sent off for deliberate handball.
It means that Guardiola has failed to win in four games for only the third time in his coaching career, and has brought his methods into question for the first time. Read more... (404 words, 1 image, estimated 1:37 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are finally in a position to win the Premier League title. The Gunners have won seven games on the bounce and look like they could go the distance this season.
Arsenal haven’t won the title since 2004 but Wenger – who has described the Premier League as a ‘jungle’ – believes this team is finally ready to end that drought.
“We are consistent at the moment and I feel there is more to come out from our team,’ Wenger said at his pre-Middlesbrough press conference on Friday. Read more... (374 words, 1 image, estimated 1:30 mins reading time)
Neymar signed his new five-year contract at Barcelona on Friday with a buy-out clause that will eventually rise to £225m.
The 24-year-old sat down with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to put pen to paper on an agreement that keeps him at the club until 2021.
His buyout clause was set at £171m on his original deal but now rises to £180m in the first year, £200m in the second and £225m for the last three years.
With the deal’s completion Barcelona hope they have finally managed to ward off interest from Paris Saint-Germain and the Premier League. Read more... (331 words, 1 image, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba requires more time to readjust to English football after the France international scored twice in Manchester United’s 4-1 Europa League win over Fenerbahce.
The world’s most expensive player, who returned to Old Trafford from Juventus in the summer, opened the scoring with a penalty before claiming his second with a long-range strike after Anthony Martial had doubled the lead with another spot-kick.
Jesse Lingard added the fourth early in the second half, prior to a consolation from former United forward Robin van Persie.
Speaking about Pogba, Mourinho told BT Sport: Read more... (468 words, 1 image, estimated 1:52 mins reading time)