“He changed in a good direction, unfortunately!” – Klopp on the prospect of facing Lage’s Wolves for the first time

Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Bruno Lage as he faced the media ahead of the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Our manager was asked about his thoughts of the form of the side from Molineux and he was quick to credit their new boss.

The German said: “First and foremost, I have to say a big compliment to the colleague there because it’s really impressive. 

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“It was not so easy to go there after the long time Nuno has been there and everything is kind of settled and I think was mostly happy, even when the last season was maybe not the best season since Wolves were back in the Premier League.

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Christian Eriksen close to ending his association with Inter following Euro 2020 heart problem

It would appear that Christian Eriksen’s career as an elite-level player will soon be over.

The Dane, who was close to death after collapsing during the Euro2020 tournament, is unable to play at a competitive level, even after being fitted with an ICD device, according to Calciomercato.

Clearly, with Eriksen’s health the most important concern, there has been an acceptance that his contract with Inter Milan will be terminated shortly, perhaps even before the end of 2021.

Back in very light training with Odense in Denmark, it’s impossible to know what the future holds for the player.

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After the harrowing footage of his collapse was beamed worldwide in the summer, the fact that he is still with us is a huge and welcome relief.

Eriksen on a stroll in Copenhagen

Sporting success is likely to now take a very distant back seat as … Read the rest

Liverpool handed double fitness boost at the right time with heavy December fixture schedule looming

Liverpool could be set to soon welcome back both Joe Gomez and Naby Keita to the first-team squad following the pair’s return to training, as reported in a tweet from Goal journalist, Neil Jones.

With the Reds’ midfield options particularly squeezed going into the busy December period, it will be a welcome boost for Jurgen Klopp’s men as they appear to be getting over the worst of their injury blues.

Following the injury crisis in the heart of the backline last term, there are no doubts either that the sight of Joe Gomez on the training turf will be a welcome one.

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Moyes getting it right again for West Ham with pursuit of highly-rated Man City star

Ever since David Moyes was re-employed by West Ham United, the East London outfit have been in the ascendency.

It’s fair to say that the Scot had become something of a laughing stock, but no one is laughing now except for perhaps Moyes himself.

The Hammers are turning into a genuine Premier League force, and should fancy themselves of going close in this season’s Europa League after qualifying from the group stage with ease.

Perhaps the club’s only issue is strength in depth, something that’s been highlighted by Angelo Ogbonna’s season-ending injury.

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It’s clear that Moyes needs one or two more bodies signed in January in order to keep the team competitive in the new year, and with a view towards the business end of the campaign.

Nathan Ake in action for Manchester City

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(Video) “Catch him if you can” – Peter Drury’s commentary of Mo Salah’s goal after he outpaced Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne

Mo Salah was on his usual impervious form against Everton and Peter Drury’s commentary of his second goal was perfect.

Our Egyptian King latched onto a Seamus Coleman mistake on the halfway line and used his pace to get away from the nearest defenders.

Leaving the Irishman and teammate Lucas Digne in his wake, the 29-year-old squeezed the ball past Jordan Pickford to send the away end into delirium.

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The third was quickly followed by the fourth as Diogo Jota finished the night’s goals and Jurgen Klopp’s men embarrassed the Toffees.

It was our No.11’s second goal that was met with the brilliant line of “Catch him if you can!“, which illustrates the confidence everyone has in him finishing every big chance.

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No ‘new manager bounce’ at Newcastle could spell trouble for Eddie Howe

When Eddie Howe took the job at Newcastle United, he would surely have known the size of the task that awaited him. 

The North East giants have been dormant ever since the Kevin Keegan era, but with the financial backing of the new owners, there’s every reason to believe that the Magpies could become a real force in the Premier League again.

The immediate issue for the club of course is the fact that, with 14 games gone of the season, Newcastle have yet to win a game.

In fact, there’s been no ‘new manager bounce’ to speak of since Howe was appointed.

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Bizarrely enough, even with such a poor start, the Magpies are only three wins from 11th place in the table, and six points from safety.

Eddie Howe

That isn’t an insurmountable task if the team can just start picking up the victories they … Read the rest

(Video) ‘People are starting to question everything’ – Rafa Benitez gives his thoughts on the Merseyside Derby

Rafa Benitez is set to make history as he becomes the second manager to oversee both Merseyside teams in the derby.

It’s going to be a strange sight to see the former Liverpool manager pitting his wits against us, 11 years since he left Anfield.

Speaking with the media, ahead of the big game, the Spainiard gave his thoughts on his team’s current form and the likely outcome of the match.

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The 61-year-old said: “It is a massive game for us, we are on a bad run and need to start winning and a derby is always an opportunity to put things right, I am really conscious of what the derby means to everyone and excited because I want to do well.

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Barcelona been handed crucial Champions League advantage ahead of Bayern test

As long as Benfica aren’t able to overcome Dynamo Kyiv in the final round of Champions League group games, then Barcelona, despite another traumatic start to the season, will qualify for the knockout stages.

In the unlikely event that that precise scenario does occur, it will prove how lucky a coach Xavi Hernandez is for the Blaugranes.

Though nothing is ever set in stone in football, it’s more likely that the Portuguese giants will overcome their opponents, meaning that Barca will have to go to Bavaria and beat a Bayern Munich side that are in fine form.

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However, the La Liga side might just have been handed a crucial advantage.

Barcelona must beat Bayern Munich to qualify for the UCL knockout stage

Not only could Bayern, theoretically, rest all of their big stars, given that they are already through, but, according to the Daily Mail, the game … Read the rest

Liverpool fans may be most shocked by 29-year-old’s omission from top 10 Ballon d’Or list in his position

Amidst the outcry against Mo Salah’s finish at the Ballon d’Or awards, some Liverpool fans may have missed out on the omission of Alisson Becker in the ceremony’s ranking of the top ten goalkeepers in world football.

The Brazilian international was beaten to the punch by fellow English top-flight shotstoppers in Edouard Mendy, Ederson and Kasper Schmeichel, as noted in a tweet from @francefootball.

The Reds endured something of a difficult campaign last year, which undoubtedly played a significant role in the voting of Jurgen Klopp’s men.

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Whilst we wouldn’t be prepared to argue that Alisson was categorically the leading goalkeeper for the calendar year, we find it utterly inexplicable that he didn’t make the top ten.

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Man Utd are too “scared” to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo at the moment, says pundit

Manchester United’s tactics currently make them look like a team that’s too “scared” to give Cristiano Ronaldo much to work with in attack, according to Michael Owen.

The Red Devils have been in poor form recently, leading to the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Ralf Rangnick now coming in as interim manager until the end of the season.

One imagines the German tactician will change Man Utd’s playing style considerably once he’s had time with the squad, but Owen is not happy with what he’s seen from his old club recently.

The former United striker believes the team have not been making use of Ronaldo up front because their fear has led to them playing with too many defensive players.

Instead, the pundit is urging MUFC to use more of their best players and try to play to their strengths, instead of fixating so much on protecting their unconvincing … Read the rest