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The Current State Of The Top Six In The Premier League (Part 2) – Football Article

As promised and continuing our last article we now conclude our look at the current state of the top six with the remaining three clubs. Manchester United Now in fourth place having just beaten Fulham by three goals to nil United are the form team of the top six at present. With a much changed team from the one expected to be facing PSG on Tuesday, Ole Gunnar Solskjær proved, yet again, that he has the tactical nous and the depth…

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The good, the bad & next up Man United – Football Article

Liverpool fought out a 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16, first leg, leaving some feeling deflated. But should they be? Bayern Munich have been one of the most consistent, successful sides in the whole of Europe over the past decade and their record of reaching the latter stages in Europe is exemplary. Against that, the Reds held their own and created by far the better sights of goal, despite never really testing Manuel Neuer.…

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Why James Milner is like a fine wine…red, of course! – Football Article

It may well be international week but that doesn’t mean every player is away on duty representing their country. One such player is Liverpool’s versatile James Milner, ex of England. And while Milner has a decent number of caps for the Three Lions — he’s made 61 appearances with just the one goal — these days he is focused on his Reds career and it’s fair to say his reliability is a factor when Jurgen Klopp chooses his first eleven.…

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Ishak Belfodil Acts As Hoffenheim Hero | Nick Bidwell – Football Article

Belfodil has helped Hoffenheim pull off a miraculous comeback against Dortmund recently. Nick Bidwell’s Notes From Germany: Ishak Belfodil Acts As Hoffenheim Hero Algerian international striker Ishak Belfodil, the purveyor of a supersub brace as his Hoffenheim side fought back from three goals down to earn a miraculous draw at Bundesliga pacesetters Dortmund, has never been one for an easy life. With his amazing cocktail of attributes – his size, physicality, vision and glorious technique – the 27-year-old should, in…

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Potential big players in the Premier League title race – Football Article

Very little separates Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table with a third of the Premier League season remaining. Neither side has had things their own way in recent weeks and there could be a few more stumbling blocks over the next three months. Embed from Getty Images Here is a look at some of the potential hazards for both teams. Tottenham Hotpsur While Tottenham still harbour title ambitions of their own, it’s hard to see them…

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United Will Probably Exit The Champion’s League But The Rest Of The English Clubs Should Be Alright – Football Article

So the bubble has finally burst! Poor little Ole Gunnar Solskjær has lost a game of football for the first time since joining the club as caretaker manager. In fairness, he managed to do it in some style choosing, as he did, a Champion’s League night at Old Trafford against PSG who won quite comfortably by two goals to nil. The mitigating circumstances would be that he lost Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial to injury and had to play entire…

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Champions League Returns Which Could Be Good For Roma – Football Article

The European competition returns this week and it could come at a good time for Roma. Paddy Agnew’s Notes From Italy: Champions League Returns Which Could Be Good For Roma The long dark winter nights are getting shorter. This can mean only one thing – that Champions League anthem is about to ring out again at grounds all across Europe, starting tonight at the Olimpico in Rome (Roma v Porto) and at Old Trafford (Manchester United v PSG). Italian interest…

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The Current State Of The Top Six In The Premier League (Part 2) – Football Article

As promised and continuing our last article we now conclude our look at the current state of the top six with the remaining three clubs. Manchester United Now in fourth place having just beaten Fulham by three goals to nil United are the form team of the top six at present. With a much changed team from the one expected to be facing PSG on Tuesday, Ole Gunnar Solskjær proved, yet again, that he has the tactical nous and the depth…

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The pros and cons of warm-weather training camps – Football Article

As Liverpool FC head to Southern Spain for a second warm-weather training camp of 2019, sports performance scientist Dr. Rajpal Brar looks at the pros and cons of such trips. Since Jurgen Klopp took the mantle as Liverpool manager in 2015, he has taken the Reds away for warm weather training camps, with trips to Marbella, Tenerife, La Manga, and most recently to Dubai. This week, they return to Marbella – where Klopp took the Reds twice in 2018. Such…

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Anfield rewarded & key men recapture form – Football Article

Liverpool got back to winning ways and returned to the top of the Premier League table with a convincing performance and a 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield. Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth Premier League, AnfieldFebruary 9, 2019 Goals: Mane 23′, Wijnaldum 33′, Salah 47′ Anfield Atmosphere Jurgen Klopp had made the call pre-game for the fans to turn up and “shout their souls” out—and the supporters certainly responded. For a 3pm kickoff, there was more noise around the start of the…

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Wolves 2018/19 better than Keegan’s Newcastle United 1993/94 – You’re having a laugh – Football Article

Phil Neville made a fool out of himself very early on this season, when claiming (see below) that Wolves were the best ever promoted team to come up out of the second tier in the Premier League era. A fair few other pundits/’experts’ joined in, as Nuno’s team made a good start to the season, including getting a few decent results against the better teams. Now we are two-thirds of our way through the season, we have a bit more…

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The disappearance of the Midfield General in today’s game – Football Article

When tactics and formations change so to can the conventional roles of certain positions on the pitch along with extra duties being assigned or certain positions becoming more specialised. The holding midfielder, the 9 ½, sweeper keeper and attacking full backs are all roles that have come to prominence over the last number of years in the Premier League and have all evolved from what was required of them a number of years ago. Just as new roles are introduced,…

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Shock axe for £180k-wk ace, duo set to return: This Liverpool XI would crush Bournemouth- View – Football Article

OPINION Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would be wise to swing a shock axe on struggling striker Roberto Firmino for the Reds’ clash with Bournemouth on Saturday after his disasterclass against West Ham United. The Brazilian, on a reported £180,000-per-week [Source: Spotrac], was absolutely woeful against the Hammers on Monday, and Klopp needs to send him a message by surprisingly taking him out the side. Xherdan Shaqiri should come in for the former Hoffenheim man. Naby Keita must also drop to the…

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Higuain Could Save Sarri’s Job | Brian Glanville – Football Article

The arrival of the Argentine forward may save Maurizio Sarri’s job at Chelsea. Brian Glanville: Higuain Could Save Sarri’s Job One swallow may not make a summer, but one star striker can assuredly transform a football team. As we have just dramatically seen in the case of Chelsea. So infuriated was Maurizio Sarri by the dreadful capitulation at Bournemouth that he refused to travel back to London with the team, preferring to be driven back on his own. Yet within…

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More On The Current State Of The Big Six In The Premier League Title Race – Football Article

Is the race for the Premier League title just between two horses? Are Tottenham good enough or consistent enough to be considered contenders? What about Chelsea, United and the other London failures Arsenal? Here we take a look at the current top three with more to follow another time.    Liverpool Having managed to achieve the lofty status, (somehow), of league leaders, Klopp’s merry men need to guard against complacency. Why, you may wonder, would they get complacent at this…

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Who Are The Unsung Heroes of Liverpool’s Near Perfect Season? – Football Article

Liverpool are well on course to win English football’s most coveted prize for the first time in three decades. It is a development which has come seemingly out of nowhere, and it seems like just five minutes ago that Liverpool were in the mire, emerging from places like Stoke and Watford soundly beaten. The Reds’ playing approach is now far more reminiscent of the golden 1977-84 period, and the main enablers of Liverpool’s ‘fear factor’ are already well-known. Sadio Mane,…

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Memories of McIlvanney | Brian Glanville – Football Article

After his recent passing, Hugh McIlvanney is the topic of Brian Glanville’s latest piece. Brian Glanville: Memories of McIlvanney Could Hugh McIlvanney, sadly deceased, have saved the Daily Express? It may seem a curious question after the demise of a supremely accomplished sports writer who did so much for the Observer and later for the Sunday Times. It seems largely to be forgotten than he briefly left the Observer for the Daily Express, then a hugely successful newspaper but with a…

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Is Pochettino Really Still In The Frame For The United Job? – Football Article

One gets the distinct impression that some Tottenham Hotspur fans would not be too disappointed if Mauricio Pochettino left for Manchester United in the Summer. One also gets the distinct impression that, if Spurs could get Ole Gunnar Solskjær to make the reverse trip, these same fans would be very pleased indeed. The Argentinean has very recently fallen foul of a few of the faithful by stating that trophies are not important, that they are just “ego-boosters” and don’t necessarily…

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Liverpool need support, not anxiety to maintain fortress Anfield – Football Article

Liverpool are unbeaten in 33 Premier League games, and almost 21 months, at Anfield, and Jurgen Klopp‘s side need support, not anxiety to keep that going. According to a search on Google—which will have tracked my clicks and soon be offering me pop-up ads for psychiatrists—the main causes of anxiety are work, finances, relationships, illness, drugs and death. By May, I fully expect ‘following Liverpool FC in a title race’ to be on that list. They’re really going to put…

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Old Lady Not For Turning | Paddy Agnew – Football Article

Despite a poor performance, Juventus still proved the cream of the crop beating Lazio recently. Paddy Agnew’s Notes From Italy: Old Lady Not For Turning At half-time in last Sunday night’s Lazio v Juventus Serie A clash, the man from Sky Italia TV grabbed Lazio’s Italian international Marco Parolo as he made his way back to the dressing room. Even though the score was 0-0, he complimented Parolo on Lazio’s splendid first half performance, asking him how the second half…

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Can Sarri solve his Jorginho problem? – Football Article

Many Chelsea supporters were relieved to see their club finally wrap up a deal for Gonzalo Higuain last week. While the jury is still very much out on whether or not the former Real Madrid and Juventus forward can fully recapture his form, it is at least, a concession from the dugout, that a striker was needed to lead Chlesea’s blunt forward line. In the recent EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Spurs, the Chelsea attack simply had more menace…

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Solskjær Is Proof That Woodward Should Stick To The Homemade Recipe And Pochettino Is Failing The Audition Anyway – Football Article

Ed Woodward likes a superstar. He likes to associate with them and he likes, whenever possible, to buy one for the club. He is typical of one suffering from “little man” syndrome. He has power at Old Trafford, of that there is no doubt, but he wields it as many little men have done over the course of history, just without the violence. He tends to be dictatorial as was shown by his immediate rush to recruit firstly Louis van…

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It’s not our game anymore – Football Article

Newcastle United and football is a business – it’s not our game anymore… Vague memories of a Panini sticker book, loads of swaps in the bottom of my school bag. This was primary school and the year was 1986. My eldest brother had started me off on the ritual of trying to complete the entire book and was seemingly trying a new tactic of sending his younger brother into the playground in search of a Diego Maradona. If my memory…

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Why Liverpool should make a wide forward the summer priority regardless of Timo Werner saga – Football Article

Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for Timo Werner, but the Reds’ summer transfer plans should include a move for another type of forward too. There’s no question that Jurgen Klopp‘s team has become a far more rounded one this year, showing strength and depth in defence as well as attack. It’s still an ongoing process to improve the side and the squad, however, and the attack will likely need significant expenditure at the end of the season,…

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Liverpool must consider surprise free exit for £35k/wk flop who is simply collecting wages- view – Football Article

OPINION Amazingly, Lazar Markovic is still a Liverpool player. The Serbia international arrived at Anfield with a lot of expectation behind him having broken through at Benfica, with the club paying £20million for his services. Things just have not worked out at all for the 24-year-old on Merseyside though, with the winger making just 34 appearances for the club in four-and-a-half seasons. Despite his failure to make an impact at Liverpool, Markovic has amazingly remained a Reds player, with two…

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How Long Will Sarri Last At Chelsea? | Brian Glanville – Football Article

Brian Glanville asks how long the Italian manager will stay at Chelsea after their dismal loss to Arsenal. Brian Glanville: How Long Will Sarri Last At Chelsea? Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea‘s voluble new Italian manager, might be reminded of an old English saying, a bad workman blames his tools. After his Chelsea team had gone down unequivocally against Arsenal he slated his players in his own Italian. Wanting he said to send “a very clear message” to his beaten players, he…

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Could Solskjær Really Get The United Job Permanently? – Football Article

Having won his first five games in charge, albeit against opposition even one of Fergie’s first three replacements may have expected to beat, expectations are high at Old Trafford. The fans, the real ones and the plastic, are starting to feel a sense of optimism about the future. It is not only the five wins which, as we said, weren’t achieved against the highest quality opponents, but it is the way in which they were achieved particularly the style of…

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How Jurgen Klopp’s latest Liverpool vintage strikes an unlikely comparison with a rival – Football Article

Liverpool’s approach this season, and its influence on their Premier League title hopes, bears a striking comparison with rivals Man United, writes Richard Jolly. It is the mirror image no one likes. The fiercest of rivals can sometimes resemble one another. And while Jurgen Klopp’s class of 2019 could relish comparisons with Liverpool’s 18 league title-winning teams, the greater similarity may lie with a side who denied them a 19th. Klopp’s Reds have already beaten United this season. They are…

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Mike Ashley ‘reluctant’ to allow Rafa Benitez to buy any players unless manager signs new contract this month – Telegraph – Football Article

Ahead of the summer 2018 transfer window, it was widely reported that Mike Ashley was refusing to give Rafa Benitez any transfer funds, unless the manager signed a contract extension. How we laughed, never heard such a ridiculous media claim, even Ashley wouldn’t stoop that low. That is, until the laughing stopped just ahead of the Premier League season kicking off. Not only did Mike Ashley refuse to give the manager any of the Premier League funds generated by Rafa…

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Why Gini Wijnaldum should be the next in line for a new Liverpool deal – Football Article

Liverpool have worked excellently to secure the long-term futures of their key players, and Gini Wijnaldum‘s name stands out as the next contract priority. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Harry Wilson, Rhian Brewster, Marko Grujic, Curtis Jones and Caoimhin Kelleher have all put pen to paper in the past year. Meanwhile Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri joined in 2018, ensuring the majority of Jurgen Klopp‘s core…

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