We are 500 days into the Jurgen Klopp reign at Anfield and the Liverpool boss insists that the club have a bright future ahead of them despite enduring a wretched start to 2017.
Last month was torturous for the Reds as they won just one of the nine games they played, fell further behind in the Premier League title race and were knocked out of both the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. That was followed with a league defeat to Hull early this month.
However, Klopp is determined for Liverpool to use that miserable run of form as a learning experience. Read more... (329 words, 1 image, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
According to The Mirror, former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez is on the shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager if the Gunners long-term boss decides to call it a day at the end of this season.
Benitez is reportedly one of four names that have been identified by the Arsenal hierarchy as suitable for the job, along with Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim.
Benitez is said to be interested in having Gunners’ legend Thierry Henry on his coaching staff and the current Newcastle United boss refuses to rule out replacing Wenger the Emirates on Friday saying: Read more... (283 words, 1 image, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli is keeping quiet over a potential summer switch to Barcelona. The Argentine has impressed since taking charge at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last summer, with his side sitting third in La Liga, just three points off leaders Real Madrid.
Barca were humbled in midweek, thrashed 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain, and most Barca fans expect that Luis Enrique will walk way from the club at the end of the season when his contract runs out.
Sampaoli leads his side into Champions League last-16 action against Leicester this coming week, and the ex-Chile boss has been mentioned as a potential successor, with some members of the Camp Nou hierarchy having pinpointed him as the No.1 choice. Read more... (274 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge as Manchester United have been drawn away to Chelsea in a mouthwatering FA Cup quarter-final tie.
Lincoln City’s reward for being the first non-league side to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in over 100 years will be an away tie against either Sutton United or Arsenal. Imagine if Sutton upset Arsenal on Monday and we have two non-league sides meeting for the right to play an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley?
Millwall will travel to Tottenham in a London derby after Neil Harris’s side got past Claudio Ranieri’s hapless Premier League champions Leicester City. Read more... (322 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
When he signed for Manchester United on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer all the so-called football experts unanimously called Zlatan Ibrahimović a wasted signing. That the then 34-year-old striker was past his prime and that he would struggle to get 10 goals in the best league in the world.
Yet here we are in mid-February and Ibrahimović has 24 goals in all competitions, including 18 in his last 20 games. In the last four days he has single-handily kept United’s treble dreams alive by scoring a hat-trick against St Etienne on Thursday in the Europa League and the winner against Blackburn in the FA Cup on Sunday. Read more... (305 words, 1 image, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
Despite winning the treble in his first season and the double last season, Barcelona fans never really took to Luis Enrique and it will not be a surprise when he leaves Barcelona at the end of the season.
The players will not fight for him to stay because many have lost faith in him. And the board of directors know that if the coach doesn’t change then the spotlight will shine on them.
So who will be the new man in the dug-out for the 2017-18 season? Here is a look at the top five candidates to replace Luis Enrique at the Camp Nou this summer. Read more... (637 words, 1 image, estimated 2:33 mins reading time)
A defiant Arsene Wenger says that he will not retire and will remain in management next season, either at Arsenal or elsewhere.
The Arsenal manager’s future is under the microscope after a 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday, but it does not seem as though the 67-year-old is willing to give up on management just yet.
‘No matter what happens, I will manage next season, whether here is elsewhere.
‘On a night like that, I hate defeat and I want to do extremely well for this club. I feel a big responsibility. Read more... (282 words, 1 image, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho slammed his players’ attitude despite them securing a 3-0 victory over St Etienne in the Europa League.
United won the last-32 first leg at Old Trafford thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick, but the hosts survived some nervy moments, particularly in the first half.
When asked about the game afterwards, Mourinho admitted he was pleased with the result but was not so happy with his team’s focus in the build-up and during the clash.
Asked if he was happy with the scoreline, the Red Devils boss said: Read more... (496 words, 1 image, estimated 1:59 mins reading time)
It’s mid February and once again Arsenal are heading out of the Champions League at the Round of 16 stage for the seventh consecutive season after losing 5-1 to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
Technically Arsenal can attempt a Tom Brady like comeback and beat Bayern Munich 4-0 in the second leg, but even the most ardent Arsenal fan knows that is not going to happen.
Arsene Wenger can talk all he wants about the Gunners record of reaching the knockout stages, but the facts are clear that as the level of competition improves in the competition, Arsenal cannot compete. Read more... (544 words, 1 image, estimated 2:11 mins reading time)
Angel di Maria scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain ripped Barcelona to shreds in Paris, in a stunning team performance that left the Spanish champions shell-shocked and facing elimination from Europe at the last-16 stage.
Things started badly for Barcelona when Samuel Umititi upended Draxler on the edge of the area on 18 minutes and Di Maria stepped up to take the free-kick. It wasn’t his greatest, but it was enough to beat Suarez’ jump and fly past a static Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Read more... (528 words, 1 image, estimated 2:07 mins reading time)