(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.

READ MORE: Some Liverpool fan reactions to the passing of Ray Kennedy in tribute of five-time League winner and three-time European Cup winner

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

Sergino Dest’s future at Barcelona is on the line

Since his arrival as manager, Xavi Hernandez has had several players out through injury. The manager used his resources finely to grind out two wins in his first three games.

Now, Xavi has some injured players returning to fitness. With the squad returning to full strength slowly but surely, one would expect his plan to get on track.

One player who the former Al Sadd manager could not count so far was Sergino Dest. The USMNT defender was injured right from the manager’s arrival, but is now said to be closer than ever to his return.

In his absence, Xavi gave opportunities to Oscar Mingueza before reverting to a three-man defense against Benfica. In the last game, Barcelona were seen using Eric Garcia as a right-back in the opening period.

One would expect Dest’s return to fill the void instantly upon his return. However, according to reports from MARCA, the … Read the rest

“Jeddah is probably the biggest unknown we face all year” – Pirelli’s Mario Isola

Formula One is back this weekend for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the penultimate round of this breathtaking season which takes place at the only recently built Jeddah Street Circuit, giving Pirelli plenty to think about.

Many believed the circuit wouldn’t be ready in time to host this weekend, amazingly though with just days until the event kicks off, the track is ready and it looks stunning. Saudi Arabia is the thirty-fourth country to host a Formula One Grand Prix, for which Pirelli have decided to bring their middle range of tyres, the C2, C3 and C4 compounds.

This weekend is a complete step into the unknown similar to the Qatar Grand Prix last time out, except with the massive difference being that many forms of racing had taken place at the Losail International Circuit before. With Jeddah the only data that has been gathered is from … Read the rest

Rocket League Sideswipe Is Out Now on iOS and Android Worldwide

Rocket League Sideswipe, Psyonix’s new mobile game, is officially out now on iOS and Android across the world. This is a 1v1 free-to-play game based on the company’s wildly successful car soccer game Rocket League.

Sideswipe was announced earlier this year and began to roll out to a small number of Oceania countries within the past few weeks. Now, everyone worldwide with a compatible device can join in on the fun.

You’ll want to get in on the action as soon as possible—the Pre-Season has already begun.

Throughout the Pre-Season period, you’ll be able to start practicing the mechanics of the game while unlocking customization items.

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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.

READ MORE: ‘Plain disrespectful’ – Liverpool fans slam ‘joke’ Ballon d’Or award as Mo Salah snubbed

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

On a tightrope: Three budget strikers Barcelona can sign in the summer

Xavi Hernandez has come back to Barcelona in a new capacity — as the head coach. And he comes in with some (read several) problems to solve, most of them on the pitch.

To do that, he’s looking to bring in some reinforcements with multiple positions in mind. And it is no new news that the striker position is one that drastically needs some reinforcements.

During Barça’s game against Alaves, Sergio Aguero went down injured with chest pains. Later, it was revealed that he had been diagnosed with a heart condition, which had come to haunt him again, also eventually ruling him out for three months.

This now leaves the club with just Memphis Depay as an option up top, leaving the centre-forward position very shallow.

The financial situation is another problem that lingers on. Reportedly, Barcelona only has about €10 million to spend in the January window, so if the … Read the rest

2022 FIA World Rally-Raid Championship schedule, Dakar Rally route revealed

When the 44th Dakar Rally launches on 1 January 2022 in Saudi Arabia, it will mark the start of a new era. On Sunday, the route map for the race was announced in conjunction with the inaugural schedule for the FIA World Rally-Raid Championship; Dakar will serve as the first of five rounds.

For the third straight year, the Dakar Rally will take place in Saudi Arabia. The 2022 edition boasts the longest distance of the three layouts at 8,375 km, with 4,258 being Special Stages. By comparison, the 2020 race which ran from Jeddah to Al-Qiddiya was 7,900 km (5,000 in Special Stages) and the 2021 event‘s loop around Jeddah was 7,646 km (4,767 SS).

The twelve-stage 2022 Rally will begin in Ha’il, which was the midway point of the 2021 race. Riyadh will serve as the halfway mark and rest day on 8 January, while Jeddah is … Read the rest

Muv-Luv Alternative Anime Episode 9 First Screenshots & Details Revealed

Avex revealed the first screenshots and the synopsis of the ninth episode of the ongoing Muv-Luv Alternative anime series.

The episode will be aired on Wednesday, December 1, and you will be able to watch it on Crunchyroll if you live in one of the regions in which the service is available.

Below the gallery, you can read about the plot, but keep in mind that it includes spoilers. if you have not played Muv-Luv Alternative, I advise you don’t read it and just take a look at the images.

“The 207th Platoon, temporarily formed under the command of instructor Jinguuji, is assigned to the defense of the Togashima Fortress in Hakone as rear-guard duty. In the isolated castle, they meet Koubuin Yuuhi, the shogun who has escaped from the Imperial capital when it became a battlefield. The 207th Platoon begins an operation to escort her to Yokohama base.

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