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ESPN FC - Liverpool News 28 Oct 22:40

Ryan Giggs: Liverpool now consistent contenders in the Premier League

Jurgen Klopp admitted that Sir Alex Ferguson was a friend ahead of Liverpool's match against Crystal Palace. David James believes Jurgen Klopp's team must stop conceding goals to mount a serious title challenge. Ryan Giggs has backed his former rivals at Liverpool to be consistent challengers in the Premier League this year and beyond. Liverpool, currently level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal atop the table, have won 18 first-division titles but haven't been named champions since 1990, before the Premier League era. But Giggs, who haunted Liverpool for decades as a Manchester United winger, says that if Liverpool can break through this season, a string of trophies could soon follow. "Liverpool...

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 28 Oct 21:57

Premier League frontrunners: Where the slip-up and winning streaks could lie

With just a point separating the top five, the Premier League's leading lights are already looking ahead to where the gaps could open up in the coming weeks — or close up for those following.

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 28 Oct 20:48

Liverpool winning Premier League is something Ryan Giggs 'dreads' as he admits they are strong contenders

Ryan Giggs admits he dreads the thought of Liverpool winning the Premier League and fears this could be the season the Anfield club win their first top division title in 27 years.

Liverpool – 28 Oct 20:17

What will the EPL fixture list look like at Xmas and how should you bet?

The Premier League season is entering an interesting stage and now is perhaps the best time to bet which team will be on top of the table at Christmas.

This English Premier League season has entered its second quarter and everything indicates that it is going to be a remarkably interesting year. Last season we witnessed something that could’ve been described as a miracle. Namely, Leicester won the title despite the fact that the odds for that to happen prior to the beginning of the season were 5,000/1, the club remained stable at the top of the table throughout most of the season.

This season things seem to be different and there are a lot of club fighting for the top four positions. It will definitely be a tight season and it’s hard to predict who will be on top at Christmas, let alone win the title. This season will be as thrilling as a spin on the slot machines. If you like sound and the feel of a slot spin, click here.

It has been an interesting season so far However, it isn’t all too unpredictable. Most pundits were predicting that Manchester City, under the guidance of Pep Guardiola is the club that has the best chances of winning the title this year. It seems that he might do so and beat his arch-rival Jose Mourinho. City being on top of the table throughout most of the first quarter of the season isn’t surprising.

But there are few things that turned out to be quite surprising this year.

  • Arsenal’s form – Most of their victories were just by one goal difference, but victories nevertheless. Many suggested that Arsenal couldn’t cope with City, United, Liverpool and even Tottenham and Leicester, but it turns out that they can.
  • Liverpool’s clinical attack – The Merseyside Red are just deadly in attack this year. They create a lot of chances and they score a lot of goals. Moreover, they have so many great players, practically everyone who’s on the pitch can score.
  • Jose Mourinho and United – Everybody expected more from Mourinho, not just United fans. So far, he hasn’t been able to deliver. Even though the club’s position on the table isn’t that bad, the team’s performances, or at least a great deal of them, have been quite poor. Paul Pogba definitely doesn’t play like he is the most expensive player in the world.
  • West Ham – After last year’s great season, everybody expected the Hammers to at least be in the top half of the table. Instead, they are struggling. Some argue that they players are unadjusted to the new stadium and while that could be one of the reasons, the club’s fans are certainly disappointed.
  • Stoke City FC – Another disappointment. Stoke managed to finish in the top half for three seasons in a row. However, this year they are currently in the relegation zone. Definitely not what the fans expected, but there’s still enough time to turn things round.

Teams on top at Xmas win the league almost always

Even though we are at an early stage of the season, bookies offer betting on which team will be at the top of the table at Christmas. Statistics show that, at least in the past several years, the teams that were on top of the table at Christmas managed to win the title in most cases.

Based on what we’ve seen so far, our prediction is that there won’t be any significant changes in the top of the table. West Ham and Stoke will probably manage to go few spots up, Everton and Southampton will be struggling to remain in the top 8, whereas United will keep on struggling and won’t be able to get in the top four.

This is who is going to be on top

Kelechi Iheanacho: Striker celebrates equaliser

The odds for City to be on top at Christmas are only 4/7, which means that with a £25 bet you will earn less than £15 and frankly, that’s not a risk worth taking. Especially since City were totally outperformed by rivalling Tottenham. Also, we should not forget that the club also competes in the Champions League, and there’s pressure on Guardiola to perform well in the competition as well.

Therefore, the 7/5 odds for Liverpool to be on top of the table at Christmas look a lot better. The team’s cohesion is improved with each game and they create a lot of chances in every match. Furthermore, their defence is getting better. On top of that, Liverpool have a fairly easy schedule until Christmas and they are not competing in Europe. We think that Liverpool are most likely to be on top.

Arsenal will most likely remain in the top 4, but they won’t have the necessary strength to push hard enough to secure the first place at Christmas. They too play in the Champions League. The 23/10 odds on Arsenal might look appealing, considering that the club is currently tied with City and ahead of Liverpool, but they won’t be top at Christmas.

Tottenham might stand a better chance than their North London rivals, even though the odds on them are somewhat higher at 14/5. If you are a fan of the Spurs or simply think they are the best team this year, then you might consider betting a small amount of money on them being top at Christmas.

And if you’re willing to take a long shot, then consider betting on Chelsea at odds 18/1. It’s a long shot, but it is a risk worth taking, considering the reward. After all, you would win £180 with a £10 bet. Let us remind you that Chelsea too aren’t in Europe and they’ll be able to focus on the Premier League. They are only 3 points behind right now, so who is to say that they can’t be on top.

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Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 28 Oct 19:49

Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp: Am I allowed to say I like Man Utd legend Sir Alex Ferguson?

Jurgen Klopp has revealed his admiration for Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson – even if, as Liverpool manager, he admits he may have to keep it quiet.

ESPN FC - Liverpool News 28 Oct 19:24

Klopp wants 15-year-old target left alone

Jurgen Klopp refuses to discuss the potential interest in 15-year-old Bury defender Emeka Obi.

ESPN FC - Liverpool News 28 Oct 18:19

Alan Pardew expects Christian Benteke will haunt Liverpool

Crystal Palace Liverpool 4:30 PM UTC Game Details Home: 19/5  Draw: 3/1  Away: 3/4  Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter GameCast Lineups and Stats Jurgen Klopp believes that Christian Benteke needed to move on for the good of his career as well as Liverpool. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes Christian Benteke is going to excel when he faces Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday. The 25-year-old forward joined the Eagles in the summer from the Merseyside club on a four-year deal after falling out of favour under Jurgen Klopp. Since joining Palace, Benteke has scored three goals in nine appearances in all competitions for the club and Pardew believes he has fitted in well at the London club. He said: "When you have not had the opportunities...

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 28 Oct 17:14

Premier League team news, odds and stats from every match from October 29-31

Ahead of this weekend's matches in the Premier League, Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news, odds and stats on every top flight fixture as it breaks.

ESPN FC - Liverpool News 28 Oct 17:02

Will Liverpool regret Benteke transfer?

Jurgen Klopp believes that Christian Benteke needed to move on for the good of his career as well as Liverpool.

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 28 Oct 16:14

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Christian Benteke needed 'space' to find form

Jurgen Klopp says it is no surprise to find Christian Benteke back to his peak powers ahead of Liverpool's reunion with his former striker at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

ESPN FC - Liverpool News 28 Oct 15:25

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: Christian Benteke is a quality player

David James believes Jurgen Klopp's team must stop conceding goals to mount a serious title challenge. LIVERPOOL -- Jurgen Klopp insists he is not surprised that Christian Benteke is flourishing at Crystal Palace as the striker prepares to face Liverpool for the first time since leaving in the summer. The Belgium international departed Anfield in August for a deal worth £32 million after just one season at the Merseyside club. Liverpool's second most expensive signing -- at £32.5m -- failed to adapt to Klopp's system when the German took over, but he did go on to find the back of the net...

Liverpool – 28 Oct 14:40

Former team-mate tips Rooney to make Everton return

Leon Osman thinks Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney could be tempted to return to his former club Everton if the opportunity arose.

Rooney has found himself on the bench or injured in recent weeks at United after taking a lot of criticism from pundits and fans over his performances this season.

And recent reports have suggested that Jose Mourinho has told Rooney that he can leave if he wants to find first-team football.

RK hints he could be interested in Wayne Rooney if he became available.

— Phil Medlicott (@pgmedlicott) October 28, 2016

Osman, who played with Rooney at Goodison Park, reckons the England international could move back to Merseyside after repairing the damage left by his 2004 departure.

“It would not surprise me,” Osman told Sky Sports.

“I think he has been mending bridges for a couple of seasons now and you know he is an Evertonian at heart.

“I am pretty sure he would love to come back and I hope it happens.”

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Liverpool – 28 Oct 14:12

Liverpool boss Klopp responds to Ferguson praise

Jurgen Klopp was pleased that Sir Alex Ferguson had “positive” things to say about Liverpool during a recent interview and expressed his admiration for the Manchester United legend.

The former Red Devils boss praised Klopp’s work at Anfield and reckons the German has turned them into genuine Premier League title contenders.

When asked about Ferguson’s comments, Klopp was unsure how to answer at first, saying: “Is it allowed for me to say I like Alex Ferguson?”

Klopp: "Is it allowed for me to say I like Alex Ferguson? I met him before I was Liverpool manager. Nice for him to say something positive."

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) October 28, 2016

Before adding: “I knew him before and he did what he had to do at Manchester, which automatically isn’t good for Liverpool.

“But it’s better he says something positive than negative about Liverpool.

“I’m sure he didn’t go out of his house and think ‘I’ll say some things about Liverpool’, he was asked a question!”

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Liverpool – 28 Oct 13:53

Liverpool boss Klopp hails feelgood factor around Melwood

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp feels there is a “positive atmosphere in and around Melwood” at the moment.

The Reds are currently on a ten match unbeaten run in all competitions and they sit third in the Premier League table, level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal above them.

Klopp’s side travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in the evening kick-off on Saturday and the German has revealed that the players are buzzing behind the scenes.

“One reason for football is we can win together, we can lose sometimes together, but you can always have an optimistic view,” Klopp said.

Klopp: "There's a positive atmosphere around #LFC. That's how football should be." #CRYLIV

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 28, 2016

“Maybe we had to change the minds of fans about the past, but while I don’t know too much about enthusiasm I feel there is a positive atmosphere in and around Melwood at moment.

“That’s good. It’s not cool when you always think about football that you’re 20% more upset, you should be feeling better. That’s our job to do.

“Until now it’s worked somehow. It’s really, really intense even when football isn’t the most important thing.”

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 28 Oct 13:37

Crystal Palace v Liverpool

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

Liverpool – 28 Oct 13:15

PL Team News: Arsenal triple worry; key West Ham return?

Check out all the team news ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, as Arsenal have three worries, while West Ham’s record signing could make his full comeback.



Sunderland v Arsenal
Stadium of Light, 12:30pm

Sunderland boss David Moyes will make late decisions on Adnan Januzaj and Jason Denayer ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Winger Januzaj (ankle ligaments) and defender Denayer (adductor) are both back in training, but the game might come too soon with the Manchester United loanee the more likely to make it.

Midfielder Lee Cattermole is back running as he attempts to shake off a back problem, but he remains a doubt, while keeper Vito Mannone (fractured elbow), midfielders Jan Kirchhoff (hamstring) and Sebastian Larsson (knee) and striker Fabio Borini (groin) are still out.

Lucas Perez: Struggled on Arsenal debut

Arsenal are set to be without Lucas Perez for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Sunderland after he was ruled out for up to two months with an ankle injury.

The Spaniard was forced off in the EFL Cup win over Reading and faces a spell on the sidelines along with long-term absentees Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck (both knee).

Granit Xhaka is still banned and Theo Walcott (hamstring), Nacho Monreal (muscular) and Santi Cazorla (Achilles) all face late fitness tests to be in contention at the Stadium of Light, although Aaron Ramsey could be back after recovering from a hamstring injury.


Manchester United v Burnley
Old Trafford, 3pm

Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Burnley.

The duo missed Wednesday’s EFL Cup tie against Manchester City, as did forward Anthony Martial, and could return at Old Trafford.

United defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones miss out through knee issues, but Jose Mourinho confirmed Henrikh Mkhitaryan is fit and available for selection.

Andre Gray

Burnley welcome striker Andre Gray back into the squad for Saturday’s trip to Manchester United.

Gray served a four-game ban after historic offensive social media posts came to light, but he is now vying for a recall.

There will be a late decision on Steven Defour (hamstring) but George Boyd and Stephen Ward are expected to be fit.


Middlesbrough v Bournemouth
Riverside Stadium, 3pm

Defender Calum Chambers will return to the Middlesbrough squad for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth at the Riverside Stadium.

Chambers was ineligible for last weekend’s 0-0 draw at parent club Arsenal under the terms of his loan agreement, but is in contention once again as head coach Aitor Karanka reaches 150 games in charge on Teesside.

Only midfielder Grant Leadbitter remains on the casualty list as he works his way back from hernia surgery, but he has been pencilled in for a return to action with the club’s under-23s after making good progress.

Calum Chambers

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will check on the fitness of Junior Stanislas before his squad travel to Middlesbrough.

Stanislas, so impressive against Hull earlier this month, missed last weekend’s goalless home draw with Tottenham due to a calf injury but Howe hopes the forward will be back in contention and available at the Riverside.

Midfielder Andrew Surman was another absentee against Spurs but he has recovered from a bout of illness and rejoins the group.


Tottenham v Leicester
White Hart Lane, 3pm

Tottenham will once again be without Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Leicester.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes striker Kane and defender Alderweireld could both make returns from knee problems for the north London derby at Arsenal on November 6.

Pochettino looks set to make several changes for the White Hart Lane visit of champions Leicester, following Tuesday’s EFL Cup defeat at Liverpool, though Moussa Sissoko remains suspended.

Nampalys Mendy Leicester

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri should have an unchanged group of players to choose from for the trip to Tottenham.

The champions head to White Hart Lane on Saturday without both Nampalys Mendy and Ben Chilwell. Midfielder Mendy has not featured since injuring his ankle on his Premier League debut against Arsenal in August, while Chilwell picked up a muscle strain on international duty with the England Under-21 side earlier this month.

Fellow defender Yohan Benalouane is nearing full fitness after getting some valuable minutes under his belt for the development squad in recent weeks.


Watford v Hull City
Vicarage Road, 3pm

Daryl Janmaat is likely to return to the Watford side when they host Hull in the Premier League on Saturday.

The defender has been missing with a shoulder problem but manager Walter Mazzarri expects the Holland international to at least make the bench for the clash with the struggling Tigers.

Record signing Isaac Success is absent once again as he struggles for match fitness and Craig Cathcart (groin) also misses out.

Isaac Success: Grabs Watford equaliser

Hull will be without suspended striker Adama Diomande for their Premier League game at Watford after opting not to appeal against his charge of violent conduct.

Diomande allegedly struck Bristol City midfielder Marlon Pack in the closing stages of Tuesday night’s EFL Cup win at Bristol City and will start a three-game ban.

The Tigers are already without Robert Snodgrass (ankle), Dieumerci Mbokani (hamstring) and Andrew Robertson (calf), while Moses Odubajo (fractured patella) and Alex Bruce (Achilles), plus goalkeeper Allan McGregor (back) remain sidelined.


West Brom v Manchester City
The Hawthorns, 3pm

Jonny Evans will return from suspension for West Brom against Manchester City.

The defender missed last week’s 2-1 defeat at Liverpool but Claudio Yacob is banned after collecting five yellow cards this season.

Boss Tony Pulis agreed a one-year contract extension at the club on Friday and still will not select Saido Berahino as the striker continues to regain fitness after being ruled overweight by the club.

Saido Berahino: Deemed overweight

Manchester City will give fitness tests to Kevin De Bruyne and Pablo Zabaleta ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to West Brom.

Playmaker De Bruyne suffered a calf injury in last weekend’s draw against Southampton while defender Zabaleta has missed the last two games after needing stitches to repair a foot injury.

Captain Vincent Kompany is in contention despite being withdrawn at half-time at Manchester United in midweek due to tiredness but right-back Bacary Sagna (hamstring) and midfielder Fabian Delph (muscle) remain on the sidelines.


Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Selhurst Park, 5:30pm

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has a doubt over Jason Puncheon ahead of the Premier League game against Liverpool on Saturday.

The 30-year-old midfielder missed the Eagles’ 3-1 defeat to Leicester last weekend due to a calf strain but trained with the squad on Friday.

Captain Scott Dann is expected to regain his place in the starting XI after overcoming a hamstring injury, but Loic Remy (thigh strain), Pape Souare (broken leg) and Jonathan Benteke (knee) remain long-term injury absentees.

Sadio Mane Christian Benteke

James Milner is a doubt for Liverpool’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The left-back missed Tuesday’s EFL Cup game through illness and manager Jurgen Klopp is waiting to see whether he will have recovered in time.

Captain Jordan Henderson returns from suspension while Klopp is hoping to arrange a match for defender Joe Gomez after the international break as he steps up his return from a long-term knee injury.


Everton v West Ham
Goodison Park, 1:30pm

Leighton Baines and James McCarthy will both miss Everton’s Premier League home clash with West Ham on Sunday.

Full-back Baines has not been involved for five games due to a hamstring problem, while midfielder McCarthy, who sat out last Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Burnley, has recently developed a similar issue.

Forward Enner Valencia, who is on loan at Everton from West Ham, is ineligible against his parent club.

Andre Ayew

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic must decide whether Andre Ayew is fit enough to start against Everton on Sunday.

The £20.5million summer signing from Swansea made his comeback as a substitute against Chelsea in midweek after recovering from the thigh injury he sustained on the opening day of the season.

Arthur Masuaku, Sam Byram, Gokhan Tore, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are still out through injury.


Southampton v Chelsea
St Mary’s, 4pm

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand could return from a hamstring injury for the visit of his former club Chelsea.

But Jay Rodriguez is a doubt after going off following a clash of heads during Wednesday’s EFL Cup win over Sunderland and fellow striker Shane Long is still out with a hamstring problem.

Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk, Steven Davis and Charlie Austin will be among the players who return after being rested against the Black Cats.

John Terry: Chelsea career set to end with a red card

Captain John Terry could return to the substitutes’ bench when Chelsea play in the Premier League at Southampton on Sunday.

Terry made his first start in more than six weeks following an ankle injury as the Blues made seven changes for Wednesday’s EFL Cup loss at West Ham, but Antonio Conte is likely to recall many of the players involved in last Sunday’s comprehensive win over Manchester United.

Defender Branislav is available, but Kurt Zouma is nearing a return from his long-term knee injury, while playmaker Cesc Fabregas (thigh) remains out.


Stoke City v Swansea City
bet365 Stadium, 8pm

Stoke are waiting on the fitness of Geoff Cameron ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash with Swansea.

The American hyperextended his knee during the victory over Hull, while full-back Phil Bardsley is also a doubt following the death of his grandfather on Tuesday.

Glen Johnson (thigh) and Jack Butland (ankle) remain sidelined but there was some good news for the Potters this week with Ibrahim Afellay (knee) back at the club and on course to return before Christmas.


Jefferson Montero has an outside chance of making Swansea’s Premier League trip to Stoke on Monday.

The Ecuador winger is back in training after six weeks out with a calf problem and could be included among the Swansea substitutes in the Potteries.

Fernando Llorente is fit to start after making his return from rib and knee injuries from the bench in last weekend’s goalless home draw with Watford.

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 27 Oct 17:57

Liverpool serious contenders - Ferguson

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says Liverpool are serious Premier League title contenders this season.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 27 Oct 01:18

EFL Cup a rip-off for fans - Waddle

The EFL Cup is a "total rip-off" for fans because Premier League teams play weakened sides, says ex-England winger Chris Waddle.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 26 Oct 00:51

'Sturridge not in Reds' best XI'

Daniel Sturridge must do more to get into Liverpool's first-choice XI, says the club's former player Mark Lawrenson.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 25 Oct 23:17

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Daniel Sturridge scores twice as Liverpool overcome Tottenham 2-1 at Anfield to reach the EFL Cup quarter-finals.

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