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Three Liverpool tips for Fantasy Premier League's double gamweek

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 12:05
Fantasy Premier League managers face big decisions ahead of the first double gameweek of the season.
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Kylian Mbappe describes Liverpool as 'a machine'

HEAD NEWS - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:00

Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has described Liverpool as "a machine" as they aim to clinch their first league title since 1990, and has told BBC Sport he is "100 per cent" happy in the French capital as he continues to be linked with Real Madrid.

Liverpool have also been linked with Mbappe - regarded by many as the best young player in the world - despite manager Jürgen Klopp saying the striker is out of his club's price range.

And while the 21-year-old World Cup winner, who joined PSG in 2017 in a transfer worth £165.7m, reaffirmed his commitment to his current club at the launch of his charity, 'Inspired by Kylian Mbappe (IBKM)', he says he watches Liverpool's title charge with admiration.

"What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing," Mbappe said. "They're like a machine, they've found a rhythm and are like 'we play again, we play again'.

"They've lost zero games. When you watch you think everything's easy but that's not easy. The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win.

"Now the problem is that everybody watches Liverpool, and everybody watches what we can do against them, so now they have to show they are strong again but it's a very good team with a very good manager."

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Kylian Mbappe describes Liverpool as 'a machine'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:00

Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has described Liverpool as "a machine" as they aim to clinch their first league title since 1990, and has told BBC Sport he is "100 per cent" happy in the French capital as he continues to be linked with Real Madrid.

Liverpool have also been linked with Mbappe - regarded by many as the best young player in the world - despite manager Jürgen Klopp saying the striker is out of his club's price range.

And while the 21-year-old World Cup winner, who joined PSG in 2017 in a transfer worth £165.7m, reaffirmed his commitment to his current club at the launch of his charity, 'Inspired by Kylian Mbappe (IBKM)', he says he watches Liverpool's title charge with admiration.

"What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing," Mbappe said. "They're like a machine, they've found a rhythm and are like 'we play again, we play again'.

"They've lost zero games. When you watch you think everything's easy but that's not easy. The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win.

"Now the problem is that everybody watches Liverpool, and everybody watches what we can do against them, so now they have to show they are strong again but it's a very good team with a very good manager."

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Kylian Mbappe describes Liverpool as 'a machine'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:00
Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has described Liverpool as "a machine" as they aim to clinch their first league title since 1990, and has told BBC Sport he is "100 per cent" happy in the French capital as he continues to be linked with Real Madrid.
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Watch free: Split screen of Salah and Ngog's Man Utd clinchers

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:00

Mohamed Salah's injury-time finish over Manchester United on Sunday clinched victory for Liverpool and evoked memories of another famous win against the Reds' arch-rivals.

Deep into stoppage time at Anfield and holding a 1-0 lead, Alisson Becker sent the ball upfield to play Salah through on goal. 

The Egyptian shrugged off the defensive efforts of Daniel James before calmly slotting beyond David de Gea and sparking ecstatic celebrations on the pitch, as well as in the stands.

Alisson led them as the goalkeeper dashed the length of the field to embrace the goalscorer before the rest of his teammates caught up. 

"There’s comparisons with one we scored about 10 years ago and then he’s ran up and celebrated like Pepe Reina did!" Trent Alexander-Arnold laughed post-match.

Indeed, Reina had a similar reaction when David Ngog put the finishing touches on a win over United back in October 2009.

The French forward raced through in the 96th minute at Anfield after a Lucas Leiva pass to make it 2-0 in front of the Kop.

“It was a fantastic moment for me and the team and I would say it's my best moment in football,” the French forward declared in the aftermath. 

“I was surprised because the first person to celebrate with me was Pepe but that shows you just what this victory means for us."

Watch the similarities with the goals and their celebrations in the video above.

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Watch free: Split screen of Salah and Ngog's Man Utd clinchers

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:00
Mohamed Salah's injury-time finish over Manchester United on Sunday clinched victory for Liverpool and evoked memories of another famous win against the Reds' arch-rivals.
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Joe Gomez: It's hard to measure Virgil van Dijk's influence on us

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 08:00

Joe Gomez believes Virgil van Dijk’s influence on Liverpool’s record-breaking team is bordering on immeasurable.

Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United, which extended the Reds’ lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points, was kick-started by Van Dijk’s towering early header, and the Dutchman’s latest indomitable performance duly earned him the club’s Man of the Match award. 

A central defensive partnership between Gomez and Van Dijk has now helped Jürgen Klopp’s side register seven consecutive top-flight clean sheets, with the former speaking in glowing terms about the latter following the win against United.

“I’m buzzing for Virg. Everyone knows how happy I am when he scores and it’s nice for us to put work in in training on those set-pieces and then they come off,” Gomez told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I don’t think it’s easy to measure what he does for us as a team. He’s such a dominant character, a dominant player. He’s a special player and we’re lucky to have him at the club - he’s my big brother! He’s a top player and a top person to be alongside.”

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Gomez continued his own fine form during Sunday’s success but the England international was typically modest when it came to assessing his displays since coming back into Liverpool’s team. 

“It’s been positive for me to get a nice run of games and I think the biggest thing is I’m trying to do my best to contribute to the team,” he stated.

“We know how important each game is and on a personal note and as a team, I think we just focus on the next game. 

“No-one’s getting ahead of themselves or thinking any further than the next game and that’s what’s most important about this team. We’ve got so many characters in the dressing room as well as the manager to keep it like that. It’s just about keeping our heads down, focusing and cracking on.”

Mohamed Salah’s stoppage-time strike at the Kop end finally sealed the victory over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s visitors following a largely dominant performance from the league leaders.

Gomez continued: “We would have liked to have had a bigger lead than 2-0 at the end of the game but the most important thing is that we put in a good performance as a team.

“We saw it out, rode out the pressure at the end and Mo finished it off for us, so there are positives to take from the game and we know what this game means. Onto the next one.”

There is also no temptation in the Reds’ dressing room to sit back and admire their achievements in what has been a near-flawless season to date.

“No, not at all,” Gomez replied, when asked if he and his teammates are looking at the Premier League standings.

“We just focus on each game and the three points that are ahead of us at the time, [we’re] not focusing on the points [total] or whatever. We’re in this position and it’s one that we’re focused on and just hungry to finish off.”

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Joe Gomez: It's hard to measure Virgil van Dijk's influence on us

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 08:00
Joe Gomez believes Virgil van Dijk’s influence on Liverpool’s record-breaking team is bordering on immeasurable.
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Inside Anfield: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 07:30

Go behind the scenes of Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Manchester United with Inside Anfield.

The Reds strode 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League with an impressive win against their arch-rivals on Sunday.

Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring early on, before Mohamed Salah latched on to Alisson Becker's pass and slotted in a second in stoppage time at the Kop end.

Our cameras were, as usual, granted access to areas of the ground including the players' tunnel.

Watch what they captured in the latest edition of Inside Anfield below...

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Inside Anfield: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 07:30
Go behind the scenes of Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Manchester United with Inside Anfield.
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Van Dijk: Clean sheets a collective effort

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 22:50
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Last Updated: 21/01/20 8:14am

Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson are part of an excellent Liverpool defence Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson are part of an excellent Liverpool defence Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson are part of an excellent Liverpool defence

Virgil van Dijk insists he and centre-back partner Joe Gomez cannot take all the credit for Liverpool's recent defensive improvement.

Sunday's 2-0 victory over Manchester United, which extended the Reds' lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points with a match in hand, was their seventh successive clean sheet in all competitions.

Van Dijk and Gomez featured in six of those matches - both sat out the FA Cup win over Everton - and since Gomez came into the team as a regular starter on December 14 their record is eight clean sheets in nine games.

However, the Holland captain insists it is a collective effort.

2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Manchester United in the Premier League. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Manchester United in the Premier League.

"Everyone is involved in that. We have a fantastic goalkeeper, the full-backs doing their job, our midfielders and stars obviously up front so it is a whole collective thing," said Van Dijk.

"But obviously as a defender we are very pleased to keep clean sheets because we all know that with us if we keep a clean sheet there is a big chance to win the game so it is a good feeling."

Liverpool have not conceded a goal in seven successive Premier League games, since shipping two in the 5-2 win against Everton in early December Liverpool have not conceded a goal in seven successive Premier League games, since shipping two in the 5-2 win against Everton in early December Liverpool have not conceded a goal in seven successive Premier League games, since shipping two in the 5-2 win against Everton in early December

Liverpool have lost just one of their last 61 league matches and need just 10 more victories to lift a first title in 30 years.

But for Van Dijk and his team-mates it is just business as usual.

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"We can't deny that we are in a good situation but we don't get carried away," he added.

"These things don't mean anything at the moment, only at the end of the season. Hopefully it does mean something at the end of the season.

"We all know why we are doing it. We all know why we work so hard for each other. I think the very good thing about this is that we are always trying to find a way.

"It will never be easy, we all know that, but I think the good thing is we know it is never going to be easy so you can adapt to deal with certain situations.

"Also the mentality we have we know there are going to be setbacks in games, we know there will be difficult moments in games, but if you are ready to face them it makes it a little bit easier."

The next challenge to Liverpool's invincibility comes at Wolves on Thursday.

"They give everyone a big test. Massive respect for them, how they play and how they are doing it at the moment," said the Dutchman.

"Good team, fantastic manager. It is always going to be tough. They showed it against everyone already in the league. We have to be ready again."

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Virgil van Dijk explains how Liverpool restored their clean sheet mojo

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 22:44

Virgil van Dijk insists he and centre-back partner Joe Gomez cannot take all the credit for Liverpool’s recent defensive improvement.


Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Man United, which extended the Reds’ lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points with a match in hand, was the seventh successive clean sheet in all competitions.

Van Dijk and Gomez featured in six of those matches, the pair missing the FA Cup win over Everton, and since Gomez came into the team as a regular starter on December 14 their record is eight clean sheets in nine games.

However, the Netherlands captain said praise had to be shared around.

“Everyone is involved in that. We have a fantastic goalkeeper, the full-backs doing their job, our midfielders and stars obviously up front so it is a whole collective thing,” said Van Dijk.

“But obviously as a defender we are very pleased to keep clean sheets because we all know that with us if we keep a clean sheet there is a big chance to win the game so it is a good feeling.”

Liverpool have lost just one of their last 61 league matches and need just 10 more victories to lift a first title in 30 years.

But for Van Dijk and his team-mates it is just business as usual.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“We can’t deny that we are in a good situation but we don’t get carried away,” he added.

“These things don’t mean anything at the moment, only at the end of the season. Hopefully it does mean something at the end of the season.

“We all know why we are doing it. We all know why we work so hard for each other. I think the very good thing about this is that we are always trying to find a way.

“It will never be easy, we all know that, but I think the good thing is we know it is never going to be easy so you can adapt to deal with certain situations.

“Also the mentality we have we know there are going to be setbacks in games, we know there will be difficult moments in games, but if you are ready to face them it makes it a little bit easier.”

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The next challenge to Liverpool’s invincibility comes at Wolves on Thursday.

“They give everyone a big test. Massive respect for them, how they play and how they are doing it at the moment,” said the Dutchman.

“Good team, fantastic manager. It is always going to be tough. They showed it against everyone already in the league. We have to be ready again.”

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How Man City showed Liverpool what not to do against Europe’s most dangerous dribbler

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 18:00

Liverpool have leapfrogged Man City partly thanks to an ability to deal more effectively with opposition threats, but the Reds are about to face the most dangerous player in Europe.


No sooner has the dust settled following Alisson’s length-of-the-pitch gallop to celebrate Mohamed Salah’s goal against Man United, than the Premier League is back and Liverpool face a potentially tricky trip to Wolves.

It was less than a month ago that Jurgen Klopp and his team had to work out Wolves at Anfield, emerging with a 1-0 win in the heart of a busy festive period.

Both sides had 10 shots that day but Liverpool created the better chances with Sadio Mane scoring the only goal.

Following this defeat, Wolves went on a run of four games without winning, but over the weekend they managed an impressive comeback win at Southampton, and go into this second meeting with Liverpool on a high.

Major Threat

 Liverpool's Sadio Mané (R) and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Adama Traoré during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It could be argued that the West Midlands club have one of the most dangerous players in the league outside of Liverpool.

Adama Traore is the best carrier of a football since they started collecting stats for these things.

This season in the Premier League he averages 5.7 successful dribbles per game, and only one other player has even attempted more than his 126 successful dribbles in total—more on that player later.

In total, he has attempted 169 take-ons giving him a success rate of 75 percent which, especially given the sheer amount, is an almost unbelievable number.

To take this beyond the Premier League for a moment for some context, Lionel Messi—football’s benchmark—has been successful with 79 of his 107 attempted dribbles giving him a success rate of 74 percent, and averages 5.3 take-ons per game.

When it comes to dribbling, Messi is compared to Traore, not the other way around!

Liverpool’s opposition analysts may have come up with a plan to stop Traore, and in the past Virgil van Dijk has been one of few players able to keep up with the Spanish speedster.

But it would be no surprise to see Traore leave a number of Liverpool players in his wake in the upcoming game at Molineux.

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The 23-year-old is much more settled this season and has done what every opposition team dreaded: he’s added an end product to all this dribbling fun.

He assisted two if his side’s three goals against Southampton, giving him six in total for the season to go with his four goals, three of which were scored against Man City.

Liverpool have Traore to thank for six of the points the defending champions have dropped this season, but on Wednesday they will be hoping Wolves rotate their lineup leaving him on the bench, as was the case at Anfield.

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 Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha (2nd from L) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Man City dropped points again on Saturday, drawing 2-2 with Crystal Palace.

It’s a result, combined with Liverpool’s defeat of Man United, which left the Kop singing “we’re gonna win the league” at the end of the weekend.

Credit has to go to Roy Hodgson for the way he set his side up, even though the 72-year-old was not eager to take the credit for himself after the game.

Palace did what a lot of teams do at the Etihad in terms of defending, but it was in attack that they had something more about them than most.

That something more is Wilfried Zaha, who is second to Traore in terms of his ability to take people on, having attempted more (181) but completed fewer (114).

This take-on success of 63 percent can lead to some frustration as he regularly loses the ball, but it’s better for Palace to have a player like this than not, and the partnership between him and the new signing from Everton, Cenk Tosun, was encouraging for the Eagles.

 Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The City game wasn’t Zaha’s best, either, but it was noticeable that he worked hard off the ball, often closing down high up the pitch to no avail, but still going again at the next opportunity.

It was his late surge, dribbling to the byline before crossing for Fernandinho to turn into his own net, which secured a point for Palace.

They took the lead before conceding twice to Sergio Aguero who looked like he had won the game for City, but Pep Guardiola’s side don’t have the ability in defence to hold on to anything if they are being pressured.

Man City Lose Defensive Battle

 Manchester City's John Stones during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This inability to stop opposition dangermen, even if the opposition as a whole haven’t provided much danger, has been one of the biggest problems for City this season.

The loss of their best defender Aymeric Laporte has hurt them, but they have two players in Nicolas Otemendi and John Stones who cost around £75 million combined but don’t look anywhere near the level of, for example, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, who cost Liverpool £3.5 million.

Stones and Otamendi are not bad players (contrary to popular belief, especially in the case of the latter) but something has gone wrong somewhere with both at City.

The Argentinian looked slightly more comfortable under Manuel Pellegrini in his first season, and though he has had good spells since, he has never felt like the answer.

Stones should have been the answer. A ball-playing centre-back who Guardiola can mould into his ideal defender, but somewhere along the line they seem to have forgotten about the defending part.

Zaha’s canny dribbling and Stones’ tendency to make daft mistakes combined when the City man clumsily put his foot across Zaha’s path for what looked like a nailed-on penalty, but it wasn’t given.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah appelas for a penalty during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. (Pic by Richard Roberts/Propaganda)

The excuse made was that Zaha had stepped across Stones to engineer the contact, something which would be seen as clever play if it were another player, but some such as Zaha, Salah, Mane and Raheem Sterling seem to be judged differently to others when it comes to this kind of incident.

The error was on Stones’ part, and he was lucky he was not punished, but in the end City were punished by Zaha as the dangerman did his job.

Liverpool need to do what City couldn’t against Zaha and Traore if the latter starts the upcoming game.

They will need to watch out for the most dangerous ball-carrier in Europe, and the calm, cool, unruffled and positionally astute Van Dijk might even have to break into a sprint.

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Charlie's Premier League predictions

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 16:55
Charlie Nicholas

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Charlie Nicholas returns with his latest round of Premier League predictions Charlie Nicholas returns with his latest round of Premier League predictions Charlie Nicholas returns with his latest round of Premier League predictions

The games are coming thick and fast in the Premier League, and Charlie Nicholas returns to give his predictions for the midweek fixtures.

Aston Villa vs Watford, Tuesday 7.30pm 2:19 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Brighton's draw with Aston Villa in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Brighton's draw with Aston Villa in the Premier League

Jack Grealish came to Aston Villa's rescue once again, and they earned a very decent point in the end at Brighton. They sometimes play a back five when they play away from home so are nice and compact. They have a few on the road to recovery, but Dean Smith is in the market to try to get a forward that could give them something, anything. They need Grealish to get them out of this situation once more.

Watford have been breathtaking under Nigel Pearson. I know Troy Deeney missed a penalty, but the game was there to be won [against Tottenham] and Watford did not see it through. I am finding it hard to go against Watford at the minute, although I am edging towards Aston Villa slightly, but I will play it safe and back another draw here.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

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Super 6: Hornets stinging from the same hymn sheet…

Talking of percentages, Watford have picked 60.87 of their 23 Premier League points from their last six matches (14), and the momentum has clearly swayed Super 6 entrants, with 47 per cent expecting Nigel Pearson's team to steal all three points at Villa Park. Who will you side with? Play for free.

Bournemouth vs Brighton, Tuesday 7.30pm 2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Norwich's win over Bournemouth in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Norwich's win over Bournemouth in the Premier League

Oh my goodness! What is going on Eddie Howe? What will he do to turn it around? They were in an awkward situation with 10 men and conceding a penalty, but they looked as if they were pushing on. Are there positives? There were none in the end and Bournemouth remain in the bottom three. They need to revert to being completely attack-minded.

Possession wise, Brighton are excellent, but all of a sudden, they are falling into the category of being good to watch, but being sucked into playing a differing game and not getting the results.

Bournemouth could close the gap here, especially with Aston Villa and Watford playing each other, and they have the chance to go at this one here. Howe knows he needs to force the attack more, force it from the likes of Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson. Because of that, I think they will win in a five-goal thriller

1:34 Eddie Howe says that the possibility of Bournemouth playing Championship football next season is the 'furthest thing from his mind' Eddie Howe says that the possibility of Bournemouth playing Championship football next season is the 'furthest thing from his mind'

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-2 (33/1 with Sky Bet)

Super 6: The tightest of margins?

Only 12 per cent separates a Bournemouth win to a Brighton win, with one per cent the difference between a draw and an away win, 38 and 37 per cent respectively. Will you go with your head or your heart as Bournemouth look to score for the first time in five matches, and register a Premier League point in general. Play for free.

Crystal Palace vs Southampton, Tuesday 7.30pm 2:56 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Wolves' 3-2 win at Southampton in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Wolves' 3-2 win at Southampton in the Premier League

This is another awkward one to call. We do not tend to get goals in these situations. Southampton blew it [against Wolves], but other than Danny Ings, they are starting to add goals and be a bit more of a threat in front of goal.

They may feel down but their confidence will still be up and there are positive signs for Southampton. They lie in 13th and still need points in the bank but they are suited away from home and are better than when they play at St Mary's.

Crystal Palace are not convincing. Christian Benteke may be off to Aston Villa but they need someone in as well as Cenk Tosun, who played very well at the Etihad. I'm up to my eyes in draws this week!

0:56 Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton will prioritise loan signings with the option to buy in the summer Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton will prioritise loan signings with the option to buy in the summer

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

Super 6: Eagles to stop the Saints?

It seems as though this contest may be too close to call, with 23.8 per cent of Super 6 competitors agreeing with Charlie's prediction of 1-1 at Selhurst Park. With £250k at stake, will you go against the grain? Play for free here.

Everton vs Newcastle, Tuesday 7.30pm 2:52 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Newcastle's win over Chelsea in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Newcastle's win over Chelsea in the Premier League

There have been a few games where Newcastle have not turned up. Has Steve Bruce done a better job than Rafa Benitez? I have said yes numerous times. Are they scoring more goals? Probably not, but he is getting a tune out of Miguel Almiron, while Joelinton looked like a proper centre forward at the weekend. His form has been average to say the least but he keeps getting there.

I thought Everton were fortunate to get a draw against West Ham - their team does not seem right. I am a fan of Bernard, although he does not get through the 90 minutes with consistent class. He is like Joao Moutinho, he has a lovely balance to find the pass but does not do it often enough.

0:50 Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident his striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has the quality to play for England. Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident his striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has the quality to play for England.

Anthony Gordon came on and played well on his debut, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored again. Carlo Ancelotti is not afraid to make changes, and showed an aggressive side to make those during the game. I am never overly convinced by Everton and for that reason I am going for a draw.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (13/2 with Sky Bet)

Super 6: Carlo to continue Everton push?

Everton have only tasted the solitary Premier League defeat since Carlo Ancelotti was appointed, and 94 per cent of Super 6 players expect that to be the same at the end of this match, with 71 per cent opting for an Everton victory and 23 per cent rooting for the draw. Play for free here.

Sheffield United vs Manchester City, Tuesday 7.30pm 2:55 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City's draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City's draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League

Sheffield United have been fabulous and have been tremendously successful in their first season. I thought that when Wolves came up, they were the best team to be introduced to the Premier League in some time. Sheffield United are not as good in terms of the style but they are not far away from it.

Manchester City are still in second, but I felt as though they were going to kick on with the few wins they registered. Pep Guardiola was angry and seemed to have sussed the issue out. I mentioned when they beat Man Utd in the Carabao Cup that Raheem Sterling needed to start scoring again and up his game to a degree. Everybody has blips in their form, but it seems to be Riyad Mahrez who is carrying City currently. Kevin De Bruyne is still different class and Sergio Aguero continues to score goals.

0:59 Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City are in a battle to finish second in the Premier League Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City are in a battle to finish second in the Premier League

It is time to get Aymeric Laporte back in. As much as I admire Fernandinho, he is not a centre-back - he never has been and never will be. If he plays, he plays the holding role. Rodri is not a centre-back either but he is more natural to play that role. Sheffield United will squeeze but the quality of Manchester City should get them through this.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-3 (10/1 with Sky Bet)

Super 6: Blades to deepen City wound?

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Chelsea vs Arsenal, Tuesday 8.15pm 2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal's draw with Sheffield United in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal's draw with Sheffield United in the Premier League

It is awkward watching Arsenal [against Sheffield United] and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still out too. You miss his goals but his pace and movement too, which makes the opposition have to defend 10 yards deeper. It also creates space for Mesut Ozil. I think Gabriel Martinelli is going to be a star and a real goal-getter and eventually he will be a number nine.

It is needs must at the moment. No centre-backs have been brought in yet, while Bukayo Saka is still at left-back. We are still waiting on transfers. Mikel Arteta has to get in the market and help the defence. They are not letting as many in but Arsenal do not have a clinical side yet.

2:15 The Transfer Talk panel discuss just how much influence Mikel Arteta may actually have on Arsenal’s transfer policy and what funds he may have at his disposal this month The Transfer Talk panel discuss just how much influence Mikel Arteta may actually have on Arsenal’s transfer policy and what funds he may have at his disposal this month

Chelsea have not won much at home recently, except the Burnley game, but Arsenal will need to play defensively and see where it takes them. I need so much more from Nicolas Pepe and a bit more from Alexandre Lacazette. Get the two protectors right in front of the back four, and I would still sell Granit Xhaka if the money was right. We could get by without him.

I think Arsenal will be dangerous away from home, and Nicolas Pepe can deliver in these games, which suit him. He turned up the last time I said this against Manchester United.

0:38 Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard says Edinson Cavani is a great player and admits experienced players may help the squad Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard says Edinson Cavani is a great player and admits experienced players may help the squad

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

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Leicester vs West Ham, Wednesday 7.30pm 2:56 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from West Ham's draw against Everton in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from West Ham's draw against Everton in the Premier League

I watched West Ham at the weekend and they had a very good first half but did not put the game to bed. They missed the creativity from Felipe Anderson and Sebastien Haller was better - he should have scored a couple but didn't. Mark Noble and Declan Rice were great, particularly Noble in the first half who was excellent

All of a sudden, Leicester are slumping. Brendan Rodgers has always strived for possession football, but sometimes the final pass is not executed. He needs James Maddison to stay on his feet - winning a free-kick in dangerous areas is clever, but stay on your feet and show us some of your magic.

They are caught in a weird situation at the minute. Jamie Vardy has had a few chances and missed them. The two I mention are always Vardy and Maddison. Harvey Barnes took his goal well at the weekend but the likes of him, Demarai Gray and Ayoze Perez have to start delivering and do more. They are a bit unpredictable at the minute, and this makes me want to go with a draw once more.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

Tottenham vs Norwich, Wednesday 7.30pm 2:45 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Watford's draw with Tottenham in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Watford's draw with Tottenham in the Premier League

How many teams are rebuilding? Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham all are. I do not know what Jose Mourinho is doing differently. The Harry Kane injury is a blow but Tottenham have handled an injury to Kane in the past. Dele Alli stropped when he was brought off, while Norwich grinded out a win.

It is a must-win scenario for Tottenham. Jose has been brought in to deliver the top four, and if he does not do this he will be seen as a failure. The Tottenham players do not look as though they are enjoying their time right now. They will win this one, and I see it being comfortable enough for Tottenham.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

Manchester United vs Burnley, Wednesday 8.15pm 2:58 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Burnley's win against Leicester in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Burnley's win against Leicester in the Premier League

How do we work out Burnley? They are average at best but managed to drag out a result against Leicester. Sean Dyche demands passion and commitment from his team, but this was always the fabric of what Burnley were good at. What is their reaction to the big clubs? What are we going to see and what are we going to get? This is why they are in and around the bottom three.

Man Utd were awful but came into it in the last 20 minutes against Liverpool. They probably did better than a lot expected. I think Burnley can go there and upset them. Chris Wood scored his goal and then Ashley Westwood nicked it against Leicester. I see an awkwardness around this once again.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

Wolves vs Liverpool, Thursday 8pm 2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Manchester United in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Manchester United in the Premier League

This is a cracking game and Liverpool will be on such a high. I genuinely thought Liverpool looked tired and leggy, especially at the end, against Manchester United. Have they enough to come in and cover this one up? Jurgen Klopp took Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino off in the latter stages, but it was a case of hanging in there and going a bit more defensively. I have never really seen that from Klopp but some of those players were dead on their feet

As cool as Virgil van Dijk and the back four have been, there was a vulnerability there. It was a massive game and they got the result. That being said, I see Liverpool's first defeat of the season coming on Thursday, but it will not change the destiny of the Premier League title.

0:44 John Aldridge won a league title with Liverpool in 1988. He believes the current side could go down as the greatest in the club’s history. John Aldridge won a league title with Liverpool in 1988. He believes the current side could go down as the greatest in the club’s history.

Wolves relish the games against the top-six sides. Wolves looked assured at Anfield but got nothing from it. Klopp may make some changes and it could disrupt them a little bit.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (16/1 with Sky Bet)

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Goodison or the Etihad? – When Liverpool can clinch the Premier League title

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 16:30

Liverpool are on course to wrap up the Premier League at the home of rivals Everton in March.


If the top flight’s leading teams keep up their current point averages, the Reds would clinch the trophy after their game at Goodison Park on March 14.

With eight games remaining, that would be comfortably a record for the earliest title coronation in the Premier League era as well as a chance to lord it over their neighbours.

Liverpool’s near-perfect record had their fans singing “we’re going to win the league” as they beat Man United on Sunday, though Klopp insisted he and his players “will not be part of that party yet.”

They lead by 16 points with a game in hand and average 2.9 per game compared to second-placed Man City’s 2.1—those rates have them on course to lead by 24.7 points, rounding to 25, with eight games remaining and therefore 24 to play for.

That would obliterate the record set by United in 2001 and matched by City two years ago—both of those squads won the league with five games to go.

Liverpool’s current lead is a record at this stage of the season—they have played 22 games, compared to 23 for all of their rivals—with City’s 100-point 2017/18 campaign providing the only real precedent.

Pep Guardiola’s men were 15 points clear after 22 games and though that was briefly cut to 12, they pulled away again to an eventual record winning margin of 19.

United led by 11 from surprise challengers Sunderland at this stage of their 2000/01 title win. The Black Cats faded to finish seventh, leaving Arsenal and Liverpool in pursuit as United’s lead peaked at 16 points with five games left—they finished 10 clear.

The Red Devils had won by 18 the previous season—also a record until beaten by City’s centurions—but their lead did not hit double figures until their 31st game and was constant at 13 for much of the run-in before a final flourish.

Arsenal’s “Invincibles” of 2003/04 only re-took top spot in the table by winning game 22 of their season, though they won the title with four games to spare and by an eventual 11-point margin.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah takes off his shirt as he celebrate scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Victory on Sunday also stretched Liverpool’s lead over opponents United to 30 points—just one fewer than the final margin between the two sides last season.

Liverpool’s breathtaking pursuit of champions City last term brought them 97 points, a record for a Premier League team not winning the title and 31 clear of United’s sixth-placed tally of 66.

Even then, the gap was ‘only’ 16 at this stage of the season.

For much of the Premier League era, Sir Alex Ferguson’s United teams dominated Liverpool—and most of the other competition—and it is only in recent years that the balance has shifted.

Liverpool finished 20 ahead of United in 2013/14, when Brendan Rodgers’ side were runners-up to City, but took until the 26-game mark for the margin to reach double figures.

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Shaqiri injured again & Werner wants Reds move – Monday’s Liverpool FC News

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 16:26

Liverpool are basking in the glory of yet another Premier League win and as the title inches closer, focus switches to transfers and squad fitness.


Shaqiri out again – but quick comeback expected

One senior name was missing from the squad list against Man United after only recently being back in training: Xherdan Shaqiri.

While Fabinho came on as sub and Joel Matip was on the bench, the Swiss winger has suffered another setback with yet another calf issue, a worryingly recurring problem this season.

Or, if you wish to be cynical about transfer rumours, a convenient excuse.

Shaqiri has, of course, been linked with Roma recently—but he told the club website that he picked up the latest issue in training and hopes to return some time in the next few days.

“It is just slight, I had a little problem in training. So I hope I might be back later this week. Let’s see, I cannot say now but it will be good if so.

“I didn’t have a lot of playing rhythm. I missed pre-season also and there were different reasons why I got some knocks maybe.”

Not much chance we’ll see him against Wolves on Thursday, then, but the weekend FA Cup trip to Shrewsbury might be on the agenda for our No. 23.

Timo Werner chooses the Reds…should we choose him?

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Germany international and RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner prefers a move to Liverpool out of all his reported options—that’s the line out of Germany today.

The likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich have been most often linked with Werner, along with the Reds, but Jurgen Klopp, the style of play and likelihood of trophies are all cited as reasons for opting for Anfield.

There isn’t any suggestion of whether it’ll definitely happen in the summer, as although Werner has a €60 million release clause, there’s no actual confirmation that Liverpool want the player himself.

Would he make a good addition? He certainly had a good weekend, moving to the 20-goal mark for the season in a brilliant performance for Leipzig.

Reaction to the weekend win

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mate Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A win over Man United is always to be savoured, especially when it leaves us 30 points above them, unbeaten, top, en route to a title and setting records every single game.

Here’s the best of the reaction…

Weekend catch-up

 Swansea City's Rhian Brewster during the Football League Championship match between Cardiff City FC and Swansea City FC at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Many congratulations to young striker Rhian Brewster, who scored his first-ever senior goal at the weekend, helping Swansea to 2-1 win over Wigan – in just his second appearance in the Championship.

Kamil Grabara kept a clean sheet, Nat Phillips played an hour and plenty more loanees were in action – though things didn’t go so well for Marko Grujic or Loris Karius.

Elsewhere, we’ve got all the key points you might have missed around the Premier League this weekend, including a focus on our midweek opponents Wolves.

And if you still want more about our win over United, take a look at what the national media had to say about the performance, the victory and the team as a whole.

Quickfire LFC news

 Liverpool's substitute Adam Lewis prepares to take a free-kick during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at Holmes Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • The Reds are the best, but also the cleanest, team in Europe (TIA)
  • Young left-back Adam Lewis is back after a long-term injury and desperate to make up for lost time (LFC)
  • Ex-Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had a flare thrown at him by Anderlecht fans, with Vincent Kompany coming to his rescue and berating his own supporters (Mail)
  • And Isaac Christie-Davies’ loan spell in Belgium is over without having played a game, after he needed surgery on an injury, believed to be his knee (ICD)
Around the Prem

 Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Newcastle have lost Jetro Willems to an ACL injury but are giving a medical to Nabil Bentaleb, who trains with Schalke’s reserves (BBC Sport)
  • As well as Eriksen, Giroud and having already signed Ashley Young, Inter now also want Victor Moses as Antonio Conte’s Premier League 2014 rebuild continues apace (Sky Sports)
  • Spurs want Leicester striker Islam Slimani, currently on loan at Monaco (Telegraph)
  • And Arsenal‘s Alex Lacazette has called his team-mates naive for continually dropping points from winning positions, which apparently has nothing to do with his continually missing scoring chances of late (Goal)
Stupid comment of the day

“In the last 35 to 40 minutes, we were the better side.

“But it’s hard. If you don’t score against this kind of team it’s hard to draw or to win.

“I think everyone on the pitch from our team felt that we were in control, completely in control, so that’s the model of how we should always play against top teams.”

Nemanja Matic there, blithely ignoring that “last 40 minutes” period where Jordan Henderson hit the post, Salah rolled one wide, Mane missed a couple, Ox had one saved, they didn’t score and then the Reds scored a second.

We agree: that’s the model of how they should always play against us.

Tweet of the day

Take a bow, Alisson Reina!

INCREDIBLE ?@Alissonbecker's brilliant assist, @MoSalah's superb goal… and THAT celebration ? pic.twitter.com/RHyu0ZwXsH

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2020

What we’re reading

Today we’re keeping it Liverpool: This ode to Gini Wijnaldum‘s mastery of the nutmeg, which he successfully performed twice on Sunday, from Planet Football.

And on BBC Sport, Phil McNulty explains the metaphorical uncorking of the champagne which went on as Mo Salah rolled home our second on Sunday.

Worth watching tonight

Over in Serie A, the magical Atalanta are in action against rock-bottom SPAL. Kick-off is at 7:45pm on Premier Sports 1 and don’t be surprised by a 4- or 5-0 scoreline.

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Liverpool will not let Shaqiri join Roma

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 16:08

Last Updated: 20/01/20 4:17pm

Roma had hoped to take Xherdan Shaqiri on loan  Roma had hoped to take Xherdan Shaqiri on loan  Roma had hoped to take Xherdan Shaqiri on loan

Liverpool are not willing to let Xherdan Shaqiri leave the club this month amid interest from Roma.

Sky in Italy are reporting Roma want to sign the Switzerland international, who missed Sunday's win over Manchester United with a calf injury, on loan as they search for a new winger.

Roma's alternative target is AC Milan winger Suso, who also played for Liverpool, but, according to Sky in Italy, the Rossoneri want to sell him permanently instead of a loan.

Milan are keen on a deal that would include Cengiz Under in exchange and perhaps also Juan Jesus, who could be both an alternative to Alessia Romagnoli and a deputy to Theo Hernandez.

Last week, Sky in Italy reported that Milan had two UK targets for potential young understudies to the left-back - Wigan's Antonee Robinson and Hearts' Aaron Hickey.

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Liverpool target Timo Werner prefers Reds over Chelsea

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 16:07

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has been linked with a move to both Chelsea and Liverpool.

Werner would prefer a move to Anfield than Stamford Bridge, according to a report in Germany.

Werner has been linked with a transfer to the Premier League since last season but his contract isn’t up until 2023.

Werner has scored 24 goals in 25 appearances for Leipzig this season and is impressing clubs across Europe with his all-round forward play.

But reports suggest that Chelsea and Liverpool are the frontrunners for his signature.

Frank Lampard’s Blues need a forward, with the futures of both Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi both uncertain.

According to Bild in Germany, though, Werner would prefer a move to Liverpool to play under Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp has turned Liverpool into European powerhouses and arguably the best team in world football.

And Werner seemingly wants to be part of the project that Klopp is continuing to build at Anfield.

Werner would easily fit into Klopp’s fast-paced system, and can float across the front three just like Salah, Mane and Firmino.

Klopp’s style of football is also similar to Leipzig’s, while Werner would also be linking up with a compatriot of his by joining the Reds.

Leipzig boss Oliver Mintzlaff recently admitted that it was hard for clubs not to be interested in Werner because of his brilliant form this season.

Leipzig’s Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich are also said to be in the hunt for the 23-year-old’s signature.

“If Timo continues to score goals, it is clear that not only Bavaria is interested in such a world-class player.” Mintzlaff said.

“Nothing is unsaleable in football. We have to be so honest."

Werner’s contract, which he signed last summer, currently runs until 2023 and his exit clause is thought to be around £55m.

Chelsea boss Lampard has yet to make a signing as manager but may choose to try and battle Liverpool for Werner in the summer.

Source: Daily Express

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