Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he is “excited” to unleash his new four-man attack now that all are available.
Sadio Mane is free from domestic suspension and Philippe Coutinho match fit after a back injury forced him to miss the start of the season.
Klopp can now combine the pair with six-goal Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in a fearsome front four from the off for the first time this season in the Champions League Group E clash with Spartak Moscow.
The difficulty he may have is fitting them all in, though, as Klopp admits he has to work out whether he can knit them all together. Read more... (259 words, 1 image, estimated 1:02 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger is famous for never seeing controversial incidents involving his Arsenal players, but the eyesight of the Gunners manager must be improving after saying it was the correct decision not to award Jay Rodriguez a penalty in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Brom on Monday.
The forward was felled in the area by Shkodran Mustafi in only the eighth minute at the Emirates Stadium, before he got to his feet and saw a shot tipped onto the post by Petr Cech after referee Bobby Madley allowed play to continue. Read more... (449 words, 1 image, estimated 1:48 mins reading time)
Antonio Conte may have signed a new two-year contract at Chelsea in the summer, but he admits he misses Italy and plans to return in the future.
The former Juventus coach made an instant impact in his debut season at Stamford Bridge last term, guiding the Blues to the Premier League title and FA Cup final.
Conte was rewarded for his efforts with a new contract ahead of the current campaign, which has started with four wins and a draw after a shock opening day defeat to Burnley. Read more... (261 words, 1 image, estimated 1:03 mins reading time)
In an announcement that speaks volumes about what a terrible decision in the first place, Jose Mourinho will face no further action from the Football Association following his sending-off against Southampton on Saturday.
The Manchester United boss was sent to the stands by referee Craig Pawson for encroaching on the pitch during stoppage time of his side’s 1-0 win at St Mary’s.
The incident occurred deep into injury-time, as United frantically sought to defend their one-goal lead, Mourinho became increasingly animated as he directed his team into shape. Read more... (300 words, 1 image, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
Manchester United have announced record revenues and profits in their latest set of annual figures as TV revenues soared in the first season of the current three-year UK broadcasting deal.
The Europa League winners reported turnover of £581.2m and profits of £80.8m. Both figures smash previous records of £515.3m turnover and £191.9m profit, which were set last year.
United are projecting that revenue for 2018 will be somewhere between £575m and £585m. To put that in perspective. In the next 12 months, United will generate £150m more in revenue than most of their Premier League rivals. Read more... (282 words, 1 image, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
Diego Costa is to undergo a medical with Atletico Madrid on Thursday after the agreement of a €60m deal with Chelsea, say reports in Spain.
The reported fee – which is said to include add-ons – would make the 28-year-old would Atletico’s most expensive ever signing and would allow him to begin playing for the club in January 2018.
However, the Spain international will be able to train with his new teammates immediately and can be officially unveiled by the club, as reported by Diario AS on Thursday. Read more... (230 words, 1 image, estimated 55 secs reading time)
Barcelona have overtaken rivals Real Madrid in having the largest wage budget in La Liga, according to data released this week. According to the numbers from the Spanish league, the money available for Barca’s bills are up to €507million.
Their main title rivals, Real, meanwhile have a cap on overall salaries that comes in at €199m, or £442m – making it the first time since the introduction of centralised TV rights in Spain that Barca can outspend the Bernabeu side.
The data comes from strict La Liga measures to prevent clubs from overspending on wages. The caps, which are made public each season in September, are linked to the total income of each club. Read more... (411 words, 1 image, estimated 1:39 mins reading time)
A record number of 13 Real Madrid players have been nominated for long list of the FIFPro World XI, while Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez lead the pool of Premier League nominees.
A total of 25,000 professional footballers were asked to select a team of 11 players – one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers – from across the world, and the 55 players with the most votes have now been revealed. Read more... (498 words, 1 image, estimated 2:0 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger was keen to cool expectations over Jack Wilshere after the midfielder made his first start for the club in over a year on Wednesday.
Wilshere spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and has only recently returned from a broken leg.
He put in an encouraging display as Arsenal beat League One Doncaster 1-0 in the Carabao Cup, completing 90 minutes for the Gunners for the first time since September 2014.
But Arsenal boss Wenger was keen to “put this game into perspective”. Read more... (319 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho was pleased to see Manchester United’s attacking players enjoying their football as they kicked off their League Cup defence with a 4-0 victory over Burton.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial starred as United eased past the Sky Bet Championship club in the Carabao Cup third-round tie, and Mourinho hailed a professional performance.
When asked how impressed he was with 19-year-old England international Rashford, Mourinho told Sky Sports:
“Yes, but Martial was good, (Juan) Mata was good, (Jesse) Lingard was good.
“I think everybody in attacking areas gave a good dynamic to the team and especially happiness. We look happy playing football in this moment and that’s what I want. Read more... (209 words, 1 image, estimated 50 secs reading time)