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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 25 Aug 20:16

French club Nice interested in Balotelli

French club Nice express an interest in signing Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Aug 19:53

Liverpool FC striker Mario Balotelli heading to France for Nice talks

The Liverpool striker is travelling to France to hold talks - with the Ligue 1 side confident of concluding a deal after meeting the Italian's agent. Balotelli cost Liverpool £16million in 2014.

ESPN FC - Liverpool News 25 Aug 19:22

Nice interested in deal for Liverpool's Mario Balotelli

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted he does not want to player Daniel Sturridge out on the wing. Jurgen Klopp expresses his dislike of constant questioning over Liverpool's transfers, rather than their play on the pitch. Mario Balotelli has endured a nightmare of a time with Liverpool. Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is attracting interest from French side Nice, coach Lucien Favre confirmed on Thursday. Balotelli was not at Liverpool's training ground, Melwood, on Thursday, according to a source, with the Liverpool Echo reporting that the 26-year-old is travelling to France for discussions with the Ligue 1 outfit. However, the source made it known to ESPN FC that there is currently no agreement between to the two sides for the former Italy international. And Favre has certain...

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Aug 18:11

Liverpool FC looking to bounce back from Burnley defeat at Tottenham

Liverpool striker Divock Origi was part of the squad put through their paces ahead of Saturday's crunch clash at Tottenham - despite being an injury doubt for the match.

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Aug 18:09

Premier League to have four automatic Champions League qualification spots

Currently there are automatic spots for three English clubs, with a fourth having to qualify through a play-off, as Manchester City did this week after finishing fourth in the Premier League last term.

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Aug 18:05

Ajax and Burton Albion make it... but who comes out on top in our list of the 20 greatest badges in football?

In April, Sportsmail picked the worst crests in football, which caused a stir on social media. Now it is time to look at the best badges - with style and history coming into consideration.

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Aug 17:58

Transfer news LATEST: Manchester City sign Joe Hart while Arsenal steal march on Everton for Lucas Perez

With the clock ticking towards the closure of the transfer window, Premier League clubs are racing to get their final business done. Stay up to date with all the transfer news with Sportsmail.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 25 Aug 17:54

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 25 Aug 17:37

Vale sign Liverpool youngster on loan

Port Vale sign teenage defender Sam Hart on loan from Liverpool until the end of the season.

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 25 Aug 15:26

Premier League to gain extra automatic Champions League place

England is set to have four guaranteed places in the Champions League group stage from the 2018-19 season, Press Association Sport understands.

Currently there are automatic spots for three English clubs, with a fourth having to qualify through a play-off, as Manchester City did this week after finishing fourth in the Premier League last term.

It is understood a revamp will see the top four nations in UEFA’s rankings for club competitions – currently Spain, Germany, England and Italy – each get guaranteed places for the teams finishing in the top four in those leagues.

An announcement on the matter is expected from European football’s governing body on Friday, with a series of meetings having taken place on Thursday after several months of UEFA consultations with stakeholders.

It comes at a time when the threat of a breakaway European Super League has appeared considerable.

Five of the English game’s established powers – Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool – denied they were involved in discussions for such a tournament earlier this year.

Representatives from the clubs had met in London with Relevent Sports, organisers of the pre-season friendly competition the International Champions Cup, which it was said the talks were primarily about.

Adjustments to the current format of the Champions League can only begin in 2018 as that is when the next three-year commercial cycle starts.

It is understood the biggest push for change has come from Spain and Italy, the nation that looks set to benefit the most from the alteration.

While currently Spain, Germany and England each have guaranteed group stage spots for their top three finishers with the fourth-placed team going into a play-off, in Italy only the top two qualify automatically with third contesting a play-off.

This week saw Roma lose their play-off against Porto – the third straight year an Italian club has been eliminated at that stage.

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ESPN FC - Liverpool News 25 Aug 15:07

Klopp: Can doubtful for Spurs clash

Jurgen Klopp addressed a few injury concerns within the squad ahead of their match versus Tottenham.

ESPN FC - Liverpool News 25 Aug 15:00

Trending: Clubs await UCL draw, Cillessen and Bravo complete moves

Man City supporters at the Etihad gave Joe Hart some much-needed appreciation during the second half of their UCL playoff match. Manchester City's Joe Hart spoke on the situation between him and manager Pep Guardiola after their match against Steaua Bucuresi. Here are the latest stories for Thursday. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Rostov eliminated Ajax to reach the group stage with a 4-1 rout to claim a 5-2 aggregate win overall. Borussia Monchengladbach, Copenhagen and Dinamo Zagreb completed the group stage line-up after Wednesday night's second leg ties. - The pots for Thursday's group stage draw are now set. - When and what time is the Champions League draw. BARCELONA: Jasper Cillessen has completed his move...

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 25 Aug 14:27

Your Says of the Day: Perez underwhelming, Sturridge correct

One Arsenal fan isn’t pacified by the potential signing of Lucas Perez, while Daniel Sturridge’s best position is also up for discussion.

Perez underwhelming

And just like that comes a transfer completely out of the blue. Not a single link to him all summer and then BAM! it’s all but done according to MARCA and other Spanish outlets. These are always the ones that are more believable with Arsenal as well – totally under the radar throughout. The fee is believed to be in the region of 17 million.

Apparently he was all but set on Everton but changed his mind when he heard of our interest.

Underwhelming was the word that came to mind initially. He turns 28 very soon and when you look back over his career, he is something of a journeyman striker. He has played in Spain, Ukraine, Greece and then back to Spain again and averages a goal every 3 games at Deportivo. Not that bad when you consider they aren’t a particularly good side.

I have only seen him on TV a couple of times in La Liga. He is one of those players where, if you watch a compilation of his goals, you would think, wow, we might have ourselves a player here! Not lightening quick but speedy enough – certainly more so than Giroud, but then again, most people are. Quite strong as well even though he doesn’t have the same height – quite stocky in build. He strikes me as a grafter who will run the channels all day long and having a more mobile target in front of them, might bring the best out of Ozil and Alexis again. Very tidy left foot but its a complete ‘who knows’ as to whether he could cut it in the PL. He hasn’t played in a ‘top league’ for any great length of time.

Not final yet but this has a very Arsenal feel to it, mainly because no one saw it coming! Does he fall into the ‘top top top top top top player’ category that Wenger likes to talk about? Hmmmmmmm…….

andy528

 

Daley Blind: Wanted by Inter Milan

Blind to United star’s class

Daley Blind gets absolutely no respect on this forum. I haven’t seen a more consistent player for us since his arrival other than De Gea. No matter where he’s slotted he does a damn good job.

alex_the_red

 

Baggies’ frustrating

Old Father Time marches on relentlessly, whilst we remain inactive. Five more players says the boss two weeks ago. We still need five players with less than seven days til the door slams shut. That’s one player every 30 hours or so. Bearing in mind we took 12 months to sign Philips it doesn’t bode well. We are now linked with Ofori, a defensive midfielder because that’s clearly what we need at the club – NOT!! And a 21-year-old winger from Palermo, that hasn’t made a single appearance for their first team. He was on loan at Brescia last season. Barrel and scraping springs to mind. Or penny pinching if you will. Where are the creative players we so need, and strikers to score the goals. Why are we linked with players for months, yet nothing seems to materialise? We have been linked with Slumani at Sporting Lisbon for weeks, and we allegedly know the asking price, so either pay the money or move on. Yet we wait in the hope that the selling club get pressured into letting their player leave a bit cheaper. Not that he would ever sign. Bony is available from City for around 15m allegedly, would he be good enough?

sludgy

 

 

Daniel Sturridge: Unhappy with his position

Sturridge’s best position

I firmly believe that he is our best centre forward,and should be playing there. Forget the injuries. On his day,he will score us goals,guaranteed. Yes,he played out wide for Chelsea (he even scored against Liverpool playing out wide in one game if I remember rightly) but,like he’s done here,he told Villas Boas that he didn’t like playing out wide. He’s not a wide player. Playing him out there is like cutting off one of his legs. It’s crazy that Sturridge is out wide,and yet Firmino is so inconsistent,and plays up front. Crazy. Move Firmino or Coutinho out wide,and play Sturridge through the middle. It’s where Klopp will get the best out of him

suarezsteeth

 

Sakho loan rumours

There’s one of two things happening here: 1. Klopp is sending him out to prove a point and discipline him, or: 2. Klopp wants rid – I presume for problems of which maybe we are only aware of some of the issues. We just don’t know everything that has gone on.

Sakho was not signed by Klopp and perhaps doesn’t rate him/prefers his other players. Is he keeping Lucas as cover for the defence in the same way as he is using Milner? At present it could be that Gomez will be Klopp’s preferred LB or CB.

redrob

 

Marcus Rashford: Could see game time limited this term

Rashford’s limited role

Mourinho will not be starting Rashford in the league for the foreseeable future. I am convinced he wants to try steal a march on the title race and will therefore not rotate the current eleven as long as we continue to win. I can only see Rashford, Memphis, and Fosu Mensah getting gametime in the league if we have a 3 goal lead.

I expect Rashford to get starts in the cup competitions. Mourinho’s challenge is to keep him (Memphis, and Fosu Mensah) motivated while they sit on the bench.

hatters

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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 25 Aug 14:08

Klopp: Liverpool ?working? on cutting back ?big squad?

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he is trying to trim his “big” squad as he attempts to create a positive atmosphere.

Mamadou Sakho and Mario Balotelli continue to be linked with a move away from Anfield, and Klopp is ready to choose quality over quantity this season.

“You have to make decisions about your squad. When it is 1 September we then have to analyse the situation and see what we do then,” said Klopp.

“Our squad should not be too big. We don’t have 60-something games and to have a good atmosphere all players need to see their perspective and that is what we are working for.

“There is no reason at this moment to think about what could happen if we have too big a squad because we are working on this side but I cannot say anything about it until 1 September.”

As the Reds gear up to face Tottenham this weekend, Klopp also responded to Daniel Sturridge’s complaint about being played out of position.

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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 25 Aug 13:05

All the transfer ins and outs in the Premier League this summer

ARSENAL

INS: Granit Xhaka (£33.8m, Borussia Monchengladbach), Takuma Asano (undisclosed, Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Rob Holding (£2m, Bolton)

OUTS: Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky (all released), Isaac Hayden (£2.5m, Newcastle), Wojciech Szczesny (Roma, loan), Joel Campbell (Sporting Lisbon, loan)

 

BOURNEMOUTH

INS: Lys Mousset (£5.4m, Le Havre), Emerson Hyndman (free, Fulham), Nathan Ake (loan, Chelsea), Lewis Cook (£7m, Leeds), Jordon Ibe (£15m, Liverpool), Brad Smith ( £3m, Liverpool), Marc Wilson (£2m, Stoke)

OUTS: Lee Tomlin (undisc, Bristol City), Glenn Murray (loan, Brighton) Tommy Elphick (£3.6m, Aston Villa), Jayden Stockley (free, Aberdeen), Shaun MacDonald (Wigan, undisclosed), Sylvain Distin, Stephane Zubar, Josh Carmichael, Josh Wakefield, Mason Walsh and Jon Muleba (all released).

 

BURNLEY

INS: Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£2m, Charlton), Nick Pope (£1m, Charlton), Jon Flanagan (loan, Liverpool), Steven Defour (£7.5m, Anderlecht)

OUTS: Joey Barton (free, Rangers), Matt Gilks (free, Rangers), Luke Conlan (free, Morecambe), David Jones (undisclosed, Sheffield Wednesday), Rouwen Hennings (loan, Fortuna Dusseldorf).

 

CHELSEA

INS: Michy Batshuayi (£33m, Marseille), N’Golo Kante (£32m, Leicester)

OUTS: Papy Djilobodji (£8m, Sunderland) Stipe Perica (£3m, Udinese), Mohamed Salah, (undisclosed, Roma), Bertrand Traore (loan, Ajax) Nathan Ake (loan, Bournemouth), Nathan (loan, Vitesse), Lewis Baker (loan, Vitesse), Joao Rodriguez (loan, Santa Fe), Charly Musonda (loan, Real Betis), Mitchell Beeney (loan, Crawley), Baba Rahman (loan, Schalke), Tammy Abraham (Bristol City, loan), Reece Mitchell (free, Chesterfield), Marco Amelia, Tika Musonda and Kevin Wright (all released), Izzy Brown (Rotherham, loan).

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CRYSTAL PALACE

INS: Andros Townsend (£13m, Newcastle), Steve Mandanda (£3m Marseille), James Tomkins (£10m, West Ham), Christian Benteke (£27m, rising to £32m, Liverpool)

OUTS: Dwight Gayle (£10m, Newcastle), David Gregory (free, Cambridge), Alex McCarthy (undisclosed, Southampton), Mile Jedinak (£4m, Aston Villa), Emmanuel Adebayor, Reise Allassani, Andreas Breimyr, Marouane Chamakh, Connor Dymond, Spencer Forte, Matthew George, David Gregory, Brede Hangeland, William Hoare, Christopher Kettings, Adrian Mariappa, Patrick McCarthy, Oliver Pain and Christian Scales (all released), Yannick Bolasie (Everton £25m).

 

EVERTON

INS:Maarten Stekelenburg (undisclosed, Fulham), Idrissa Gueye (£7.1m, Aston Villa), Ashley Williams (£12m, Swansea), Yannick Bolasie (£25m, Crystal Palace)

OUTS: John Stones (£47.5million, Everton), Tim Howard (free, Colorado Rapids), Luke Garbutt (loan, Wigan), Steven Pienaar (free, Sunderland), Aidan Graham, Tony Hibbert, Leon Osman, Felipe Rohde, Jindrich Stanek and  Jordan Thorniley (all released), Brendan Galloway (loan, West Brom), Ryan Ledson (undisc, Oxford)

 

HULL

INS: Jonathan Edwards (free, Peterborough),

OUTS: Max Clark (loan, Cambridge), Ben Clappison (free, York), Mohamed Diame (£4.5m, Newcastle)

 

LEICESTER CITY

INS: Ron-Robert Zieler (£3m, Hannover), Luis Hernandez (free, Sporting Gijon), Nampalys Mendy (£13m, OGC Nice), Ahmed Musa (£16.6m, CSKA Moscow), Bartosz Kapustka (£7.5m, Cracovia)

OUTS: N’Golo Kante (£32m, Chelsea), Ritchie De Laet (£2.5m, Aston Villa), Joe Dodoo (undisc, Rangers), Andrej Kramaric (undisclosed, Hoffenheim), Jacob Blyth (free, Motherwell),  Paul Konchesky (free, Gillingham), Liam Moore (undisclosed, Reading), Kyle Bailey, Jack Barmby, Dean Hammond, Aaron Hassall, Michael Kelly, Keenan King, Jonathan Maddison, Harrison Panayiotou, Mark Schwarzer, Max Smith-Varnam and Ryan Watson (all released).

 

LIVERPOOL

INS: Sadio Mane (£34m, Southampton), Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m, Newcastle) Loris Karius (£4.7m, Mainz), Joel Matip (free, Schalke), Ragnar Klavan (£4.2m, Augsburg), Alex Manninger (free, Augsburg).

OUTS: Jordon Ibe (£15m, Bournemouth), Joe Allen (£13m, Stoke), Martin Skrtel (£5m, Fenerbahce), Jerome Sinclair (£4m, Watford), Jordan Rossiter (£250,000, Rangers), Joao Carlos Teixeira (£250,000, Porto), Kolo Toure (free, Celtic), Christian Benteke (£27m, rising to £32m, Liverpool), Allan (loan, Hertha Berlin), Jon Flanagan (loan, Burnley), Tom Brewitt, Daniel Cleary, William Marsh, Ryan McLaughlin, Alex O’Hanlon, Kristof Polgar, Jose Enrique, Samed Yesil (all released)

 

MANCHESTER CITY

INS: Ilkay Gundogan (£20.3m, Borussia Dortmund), Nolito (£13.8m, Celta Vigo), Aaron Mooy (free, Melbourne City), Oleksandr Zinchenko (undisclosed, FC Ufa), Leroy Sane (£37m, Schalke), Gabriel Jesus (£27m, Palmeiras), Marlos Moreno (£4.75m, Atletico Nacional), John Stones (£47.5million, Everton), Pablo Mari (undisclosed, Gimnastic Tarragona)

OUTS:  Marlos Moreno, (loan, Deportivo La Coruna), Seko Fofane (£3.8m, Udinese), Jack Byrne (loan, Blackburn), Manu Garcia (loan, Alaves), Charlie Albinson, Martin Demichelis, Nathaniel Oseni, Sam Tattum, Richard Wright (all released).

 

MANCHESTER UNITED

INS: Eric Bailly (£30m, Villarreal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free, PSG), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26m, Borussia Dortmund), Paul Pogba (£89million, Juventus)

OUTS: Tyler Blackett, (£1m, Reading) Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (loan, Wolves), James Wilson (loan, Derby) Adnan Januzah (loan, Sunderland), Paddy McNair, (undisc, Sunderland), Donald Love (undisc, Sunderland) Ashley Fletcher (free, West Ham), Oliver Rathbone (free, Rochdale), George Dorrington, Nick Powell and Victor Valdes (all released).

 

MIDDLESBROUGH

INS: Viktor Fischer (£3.8m, Ajax), Bernardo Espinosa (free, Sporting Gijon), Marten de Roon, (£12m, Atalanta), Jordan McGhee (loan, Hearts), Victor Valdes (free, Manchester United), Antonio Barragan (undisc, Valencia), Alvaro Negredo (loan, Valencia), Brad Guzan (free, Aston Villa), Fabio da Silva (£2m, Cardiff)

OUTS: Jonathan Burn (loan, Kilmarnock), Rhys Williams (free, Perth Glory), Luke Coddington (free, Huddersfield), Jordan Jones (free, Kilmarnock), Jonathan Woodgate, Damia Abella and Andre Bennett (all released).

 

SOUTHAMPTON

INS: Nathan Redmond (£11m, Norwich), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£13m, Bayern Munich), Alex McCarthy (undisclosed, Crystal Palace), Jeremy Pied (free, Nice)

OUTS: Sadio Mane (£34m, Liverpool), Victor Wanyama (£11m, Tottenham), Graziano Pelle (£13m, Shandong Luneng), Juanmi (£2m, Real Sociedad), Jason McCarthy (loan, Walsall), William Britt, Kelvin Davis, Gaston Ramirez (all released), Sam Gallagher (loan, Blackburn).

 

STOKE CITY

INS:  Ramadan Sobhi (£5m, Al-Ahly), Joe Allen (£13m, Liverpool)

OUTS: Steven Sidwell (free, Brighton), Marc Wilson (£2m, Bournemouth), Yusuf Coban (free, Hoffenheim), Mark Waddington (loan, Kilmarnock), Benjamin Barber, Edward Dryden, Bobby Moseley, Ryan O’Reilly, Peter Odemwingie, Petros Skapetis and Mason Watkins-Clark (all released).

 

SUNDERLAND

INS:  Papy Djilobodji (£8m, Chelsea), Paddy McNair (undisc, Manchester United), Donald Love (undisc, Manchester United), Adnan Januzaj (loan, Manchester United), Steven Pienaar (free, Everton), Javier Manquillo (loan, Atletico Madrid)

OUTS: Emanuele Giaccherini (£2m, Napoli), Liam Bridcutt (£1m, Leeds Utd), Danny Graham (free, Blackburn), Will Buckley (loan, Sheffield Wednesday), Martin Smith (free, Kilmarnock), Wes Brown, Steven Fletcher, Mikael Mandron, Liam Agnew and Steve Harper (all released), Jordi Gomez (undisclosed, Wigan), Younes Kaboul (undisclosed, Watford).

 

SWANSEA CITY

INS:  Borja Baston (£15.5m, Atletico Madrid), Leroy Fer (£4.75m, QPR), Mike van der Hoorn (undisclosed, Ajax), Mark Birighitti (free, Newcastle Jets), Fernando Llorente (undisc, Sevilla)

OUTS:  Ashley Williams (£12m, Everton), Alberto Paloschi (£5m, Atalanta), Eder (£4m, Lille), Raheem Hanley (free, Northampton), Kyle Bartley (loan, Leeds), Oliver Davies (loan, Kilmarnock), Matt Grimes (loan, Leeds), Andre Ayew (£20.5million, West Ham), Daniel Alfei, Kyle Copp, James Demetriou, Stephen Fallon, Alexander Gogic, Henry Jones, Lee Lucas and Gareth Owen (all released), Bafetimbi Gomis (loan, Marseille)

 

TOTTENHAM

INS: Victor Wanyama (£11m, Southampton), Vincent Janssen (£18.6m, AZ Alkmaar)

OUTS: Federico Fazio (loan, Roma), Christopher Paul (free, QPR), Emmanuel Sonupe (released), Grant Ward (undisclosed, Ipswich), Alex Pritchard (£8m, Norwich), (DeAndre Yedlin undisc, Newcastle), Nabil Bentaleb (loan, Schalke).

 

WATFORD

INS: Jerome Sinclair (£4m, Liverpool), Christian Kabasele (£5.8m, Genk), Isaac Success (undisclosed, Granada), Juan Camilo Zuniga (loan, Napoli), Brice Dja Djedje (undisc, Marseille), Younes Kaboul (undisclosed, Sunderland), Roberto Pereyra (£10.4m, Juventus), Daryl Janmaat (£7.5m, Newcastle)

OUTS: Miguel Layun (£4m, Porto), William Byers, Josh Doherty, Joel Ekstrand, Uche Ikpeazu, James Johnson, Javion Martin, Ayitey Mensah Jnr, Thomas Simpson and Mac Young (all released), Almen Abdi (undisc, Sheff Weds), Daniel Pudil (undisc, Sheff Weds)

 

WEST BROM

INS: Matt Phillips (undisclosed, QPR), Brendan Galloway (loan, Everton)

OUTS: James Chester (undisc, Aston Villa), Callam Jones (loan, Accrington), Victor Anichebe, Samir Nabi and Stephane Sessegnon (all released).

 

WEST HAM

INS: Manuel Lanzini (£9.4m, Al Jazira Club), Toni Martinez (£2.5m, Valencia), Havard Nordtveit (free, Borussia Monchengladbach), Domingos Quina (free, Benfica), Sofiane Feghouli (free, Valencia), Gokhan Tore (loan, Besiktas), Ashley Fletcher (free, Manchester United), Andre Ayew (£20.5million, Swansea), Jonathan Calleri (loan, Deportivo Maldonado)

OUTS: Stephen Hendrie (loan, Blackburn), Elliot Lee (free, Barnsley), Antonio Brown, Alexander Chambers, Nathan Mavila, Lawrence Nasha and Martin O’Brien (all released), Martin Samuelson (loan, Blackkburn)

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ESPN FC - Liverpool News 25 Aug 13:04

Liverpool's Emre Can, Divock Origi injury doubts ahead of Tottenham trip

Jurgen Klopp expresses his dislike of constant questioning over Liverpool's transfers, rather than their play on the pitch. The ESPN FC crew recap Liverpool's 5-0 win over Burton Albion in the EFL Cup. Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack said Jurgen Klopp has the mental strength to lead Liverpool to the EPL title. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Mark Donaldson tap into Liverpool's defensive woes and transfer market conundrums. LIVERPOOL -- Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Emre Can and Divock Origi are injury doubts for Liverpool's trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. The pair picked up knocks in the Reds' 5-0 win over Burton Albion in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, with Can coming off midway through the second half at the Pirelli Stadium having landed awkwardly on his ankle, and Origi sitting out the closing moments of the tie due to cramp. Speaking at a news conference to preview Saturday's game at...

ESPN FC - Liverpool News 25 Aug 12:34

Jurgen Klopp would prefer not to play Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge wide right

The ESPN FC crew recap Liverpool's 5-0 win over Burton Albion in the EFL Cup. LIVERPOOL -- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that he does not "want" to play striker Daniel Sturridge on the right wing, but the system his side play does not mean a position is "fixed." Sturridge has said he prefers to play up front rather than in a position he is unaccustomed to, having made his two appearances this season on the right-hand side of a forward three. The England international looked off the pace away at Burnley last weekend and Divock Origi started up top in the EFL Cup...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 25 Aug 12:11

Klopp has 'no problem' with Sturridge

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has "no problem" with Daniel Sturridge after the striker said he was unhappy playing in a wide position.

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 25 Aug 11:29

Opta stats: Mignolet?s ropey run since penalty save

Check out all the relevant stats ahead of the Premier League weekend, including a worrying run of form for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Tottenham v Liverpool

Saturday, 12:30pm, White Hart Lane

Simon Mignolet: Saves Theo Walcott's penalty

  • Tottenham Hotspur are without a win in their last seven Premier League meetings with Liverpool, losing five and drawing the last two.
  • Liverpool have bagged 19 goals in their seven game unbeaten run against Tottenham, an average of 2.7 per game.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in three league visits to White Hart Lane (W2 D1), scoring eight goals and conceding none.
  • This fixture has seen 136 goals scored in Premier League history, only three fixtures have seen more: Newcastle v Tottenham (138), Liverpool v Newcastle (138) and Tottenham v Arsenal (137).
  • There have been more own goals scored in Premier League matches between Tottenham and Liverpool than any other fixture (9).
  • Liverpool (31 games) and Spurs (26 games) have gone longer without a 0-0 draw in the Premier League than any other clubs currently in the competition.
  • Liverpool have scored the most Premier League goals in 2016 so far (45), but they have also conceded 33 (the sixth most).
  • Harry Kane has never scored a Premier League goal in the month of August, despite playing nine games and 545 minutes on the pitch in this month.
  • Simon Mignolet has conceded the last five shots that he has faced on target in the Premier League since saving the penalty from Theo Walcott against Arsenal on MD1.
  • Liverpool are the first team to play their opening three top-flight league games away from home since Chelsea and Bolton Wanderers in 1997-98.
  • Overall, there have been 12 previous cases of a team playing their first three league games away from home in the top-flight (Accrington & Burnley in 1888-89 had their first four away) and just four of these have been in the post-war era.

 

Chelsea v Burnley

Saturday, 3pm, Turf Moor

Diego Costa: Striker celebrates Chelsea winner

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their four Premier League meetings with Burnley, winning three and drawing one.
  • Burnley have found the back of the net in all but one of their last eight clashes with the Blues in all competitions (a 3-0 top-flight defeat to Chelsea in August 2009).
  • Branislav Ivanovic scored in both league meetings in 2014/15, the last season the two sides met.
  • Chelsea have won the Premier League title in both of the previous seasons Burnley were in the division.
  • Burnley have conceded just one goal in their last five Premier League matches (three of which were in May 2015, the other two in August 2016).
  • The Blues have lost just one of their last 45 Premier League home games against newly-promoted opposition, but this came last season versus Bournemouth (0-1).
  • Diego Costa has scored seven goals in nine Premier League appearances for Chelsea in the month of August.
  • Costa is one of 38 different players to have scored 10+ goals for Chelsea in the Premier League, but he has the best minutes per goal ratio of all these players; netting a goal every 137 minutes on average.
  • Burnley have picked up just two points from 11 previous visits to London in the Premier League (W0 D2 L9), scoring six times and conceding 28 goals.
  • Antonio Conte is currently unbeaten in 29 successive league home matches as a club manager (W27 D2 L0), last suffering a home defeat in January 2013 (Juventus 1-2 Sampdoria).
  • George Boyd has run the furthest (24.9km) and made the most sprints (166) in the Premier League so far this season.

 

Crystal Palace v Bournemouth

Saturday, 3pm, Selhurst Park

Christian Benteke: Signs four-year deal with Eagles

  • Crystal Palace are without a win in their last four league meetings with Bournemouth, losing three and drawing one.
  • The Cherries have won on each of their last two league visits to Selhurst Park, winning 2-1 last season and 3-2 in the second-tier back in 1989.
  • Eddie Howe’s side have won three of their six away trips to London in the Premier League (W3 D0 L3).
  • Bournemouth are on the longest current run without a Premier League victory – seven games (W0 D1 L6).
  • Crystal Palace have won just two of their 21 Premier League games in 2016 (W2 D5 L14).
  • Bournemouth (22) have twice as many Premier League points from their 21 games in 2016 than Crystal Palace (11).
  • The Eagles have made the most tackles in the Premier League this season (56), six more than any other side.
  • Christian Benteke scored the winning goal in his only previous Premier League appearance against Bournemouth, as Liverpool prevailed 1-0 at Anfield in August 2015.
  • The Belgian striker scored on his Premier League home debut for both Aston Villa (September 2012) and Liverpool (August 2015), with the latter coming against the Cherries.
  • Should Benteke score on his debut for Crystal Palace, he’ll be the 14th player to score on their Premier League debut for the club.
  • Bournemouth currently find themselves bottom of the Premier League after two matchdays – they were not bottom at any point of 2015-16.

 

Everton v Stoke

Saturday, 3pm, Goodison Park

Romelu Lukaku: Looks set to stay at Everton

  • Everton have scored exactly three goals in their last two Premier League contests with Stoke but have won only once, losing the other 3-4 in this exact fixture in December.
  • Stoke have won three of their last five visits to Goodison Park in the Premier League, including the last two (L2).
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals in his last two Premier League appearances against Stoke City, this after netting just one in his first six versus them.
  • Lukaku has not scored or assisted a single goal in any of his last 10 Premier League appearances for Everton, a run stretching back to March 19th.
  • In fact, this is Lukaku’s longest goal drought in his Premier League career (10 successive appearances).
  • Mark Hughes’ side have secured just two wins in their last 12 Premier League fixtures (W2 D4 L6), picking up only 10 points from a possible 36.
  • Jonathan Walters has appeared 11 times against Everton in the Premier League without scoring; his joint-longest such run against an opponent in the competition.
  • Stoke have scored just one first half goal in their last seven Premier League matches, with five of their six goals in this period coming after half-time.
  • Glenn Whelan could make his 250th Premier League appearance in this match – only the 18th Irish player to reach this landmark in the competition.
  • Kevin Mirallas has scored in three of his last five Premier League appearances for Everton; more than he scores in his previous 24 apps in the competition (2).

 

Leicester v Swansea

Saturday, 3pm, The King Power Stadium

Leonardo Ulloa: Celebrates his late penalty

  • Leicester City have won their last three Premier League matches against Swansea City, scoring nine and conceding none.
  • Swansea are winless in their last 12 games away to Leicester in all competitions (D3 L9), losing the last six in a row.
  • Riyad Mahrez scored in both Premier League meetings with Swansea last season, netting a hat-trick at Liberty Stadium in December 2015 and one goal at the King Power Stadium in April 2016.
  • Leonardo Ulloa has netted three goals in his last three Premier League appearances against Swansea City, all coming at the King Power Stadium.
  • Claudio Ranieri is still looking to secure his 100th Premier League win as a manager – he will be only the fifth non-British/Irish manager to reach this landmark if he guides the Foxes to victory in this match.
  • If Leicester City lose this match, they’ll be only the sixth defending top-flight champions to win just one point in their first three games of the following season (no sides have 0 points).
  • The previous lowest tally by a defending champion in the following season is one point, set by Sunderland in 1913-14, Portsmouth in 1950-51, Arsenal in 1953-54, Ipswich in 1962-63 and Arsenal in 1991-92.
  • Wayne Routledge has created more chances than any other player in the Premier League this season after two matchdays (9).
  • Jamie Vardy has only scored in three of his last 12 Premier League appearances for Leicester City.
  • Since 2007-08, 47 of Fernando Llorente’s 104 league goals have been from headers (45%).

 

Southampton v Sunderland

Saturday, 3pm, St Mary’s Stadium

Dusan Tadic Southampton

  • Southampton have won just two of their last 10 league games against Sunderland (D5 L3), although those two wins have arrived in the last four meetings.
  • Sunderland have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last seven Premier League matches against Southampton (15 conceded).
  • Southampton have seen a player sent off in two of their last three Premier League meetings with Sunderland (James Ward-Prowse in May 2015 and Jose Fonte in March 2016).
  • Dusan Tadic has had a hand in six goals in just three Premier League games against Sunderland, scoring two and assisting four more.
  • Saints earned their record top-flight victory in this fixture in October 2014, winning 8-0.
  • Sunderland registered three own goals in that defeat, a joint-record for a Premier League match (Sunderland also three against Charlton in February 2003).
  • David Moyes is unbeaten in his last eight Premier League games against Southampton, though five of these have been draws (W3).
  • Southampton have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 14 Premier League matches; a run stretching back to February. Before this run, they’d kept six in a row.
  • Sunderland have won just one of their 19 Premier League matches in the month of August since 2010-11 (W1 D9 L9).
  • This is the seventh successive season that Sunderland have opened a Premier League campaign without winning either of their opening two games.
  • Sunderland have failed to win a game in their opening three matches of a Premier League season in each of the last five Premier League campaigns.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored in five successive Premier League away apps – only five players have scored in 6+ away appearances in a row, with Robin van Persie’s nine game streak in 2010-11 the record.
  • David Moyes needs one more point to reach the 700-point mark as a Premier League manager. The only managers with more points in the competition are Alex Ferguson (1752), Arsene Wenger (1490) and Harry Redknapp (875).

 

Watford v Arsenal

Saturday, 3pm, Vicarage Road

Alexis Sanchez: Compared to Luis Suarez by Wenger

  • Watford have lost all six of their games against Arsenal in the Premier League, although they did beat the Gunners last season in an FA Cup quarter final match (2-1).
  • Arsenal have won seven of their last eight matches against Watford in all competitions (L1).
  • Indeed, Watford haven’t beaten Arsenal in league competition since a 1-0 win in April 1988, courtesy a goal from Rick Holden.
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored two and assisted one more in his two previous Premier League appearances against Watford.
  • Watford have been leading at some point in each of their two Premier League matches this season, but have won just a point from these games (W0 D1 L1).
  • Étienne Capoue has scored in both of Watford’s Premier League games this season – no Watford player has scored in each of their opening three top-flight matches within a season.
  • Arsenal have collected one point from their opening two Premier League matches of 2016-17; their lowest tally at this stage since 2011-12 (also one point).
  • The Gunners’ lowest points tally after three Premier League matches in a season is one point, also set in 2011-12. They finished that season in third place.
  • Watford have had the fewest shots on target (3), fewest total shots (11) and lowest number of touches in the opposition box (20) so far in the 2016-17 Premier League.
  • Only two Premier League starting XI’s have seen an average age of 30 or older in the Premier League this season – both by Watford: 30y 5d old v Southampton and 30y 12d old v Chelsea.

 

Hull v Manchester United

Saturday, 5:30pm, KC Stadium

Wayne Rooney: Can sense something special at Man Utd

  • Hull City have lost 10 and won none of their last 11 contests with Manchester United in all competitions. The Tigers’ last victory over United came back in November 1974 (2-0).
  • Man Utd have won three of their four previous Premier League visits to the KC Stadium (D1) but have had a player sent off in the last two.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last five Premier League games against Hull City. Overall, Rooney has been involved in 10 goals in six league appearances against the Tigers (seven goals, three assists).
  • Hull City have won their opening two Premier League games of 2016-17 – the only newly-promoted side to have won each of their first three games in a Premier League season are Bolton Wanderers in 2001-02.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has ended on the losing side in just 19 of his 185 top-flight league appearances since 2010-11 (Milan, PSG and Man Utd combined). To put this in to perspective, Hull City lost 19 games in their last Premier League season in 2014-15.
  • Ibrahimovic has scored three goals in his first two Premier League appearances. The record for goals scored in a player’s first three PL apps is five – Pavel Pogrebnyak – while 8 players have scored four goals in their first three PL games.
  • Only eight players have scored in each of their first three Premier League appearances: Michael Ricketts, Brian Deane, Adrian Mutu, Dalian Atkinson, Mick Quinn, Diego Costa, Pavel Pogrebnyak & Michu.
  • 49 of Jose Mourinho’s 58 league defeats as a manager have come away from home (84%).
  • Mike Phelan was Manchester United assistant manager between September 2008 and May 2013 – during this time, United won three Premier League titles.
  • Ahmed Elmohamady has appeared in every one of Hull City’s 78 Premier League matches since the start of 2013-14.

 

West Brom v Middlesbrough

Sunday 1:30pm, The Hawthorns

Cristhian Stuani: Scored twice

  • West Brom have won their last four league clashes with Middlesbrough, scoring 11 and conceding none.
  • Middlesbrough have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine visits to the Hawthorns in all competitions – a 2-0 win in February 2006.
  • David Nugent has scored in both of his league games against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns (December 2006 and April 2015).
  • Cristhian Stuani scored twice on his Premier League debut for Middlesbrough last weekend – only Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink, Alen BokÅ¡ić and Mido have scored on their opening two Premier League apps for the club.
  • Boro last won successive Premier League away games in February 2006, with back-to-back wins against Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion (who they face in this game).
  • Alvaro Negredo has been involved in all three of Middlesbrough’s Premier League goals so far this season (one goal, two assists).
  • Middlesbrough (634) have completed double the number of passes that WBA (317) have so far in the Premier League this season.
  • West Bromwich Albion have scored 55 goals in 58 Premier League matches under Tony Pulis (0.95 per game).
  • Saido Berahino has just one goal and no assists in his last 26 Premier League appearances for WBA (1420 mins played).
  • Middlesbrough have conceded only 33 goals in 48 league games since the start of last season – the fewest in the top four tiers of sides to play in both 2015-16 and 2016-17.

 

Manchester City v West Ham

Sunday, 4pm, The Etihad Stadium

Sergio Aguero: In deadly goalscoring form

  • Manchester City have lost only one of their last 10 Premier League meetings with West Ham on home soil (W8 D1), though it did come last time out in September 2015 (1-2).
  • West Ham have beaten Man City just twice away from home in the Premier League (D2 L11), 1-0 at Maine Road in 2003 and 2-1 at the Etihad in September 2015.
  • Sergio Aguero has been involved in eight goals in his last seven Premier League matches against West Ham United (six goals, two assists).
  • Aguero has scored 37 goals in 47 Premier League games against London teams and six in eight league apps against West Ham United.
  • The Argentine striker is the fourth player to score a penalty in each of the first two matchdays of a Premier League season (Duncan Ferguson in 2001/02, Frank Lampard in 2012/13 and Roberto Soldado in 2013/14). None of those players managed to continue the run into MD3.
  • Since the start of 2014-15 in the big five European leagues, only Lionel Messi (35) has provided more assists than Kevin De Bruyne (30) – Luis Suarez & Angel Di Maria also on 30.
  • West Ham have now scored in 15 successive Premier League matches – the longest such current run in the competition.
  • Michail Antonio has scored a joint-high seven headed goals in the Premier League since the start of 2015-16 (level with Olivier Giroud).
  • Since August 2015, West Ham have won 48.4% of their Premier League games (15/31) when Dimitri Payet has played compared to 22.2% when he’s been absent (2/9).
  • Pep Guardiola has only ever lost eight of his 128 top-flight home league matches as a manager, winning 110 and drawing 10 (win ratio of 86%).

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