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‘Liverpool MUST BE Brave Against Man City’- Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged his side “to be brave” ahead of their top-of-the table Premier League clash with reigning champions Manchester City on Sunday.
Klopp’s side hold a six-point lead over City after 11 games going into the match at Anfield, live on Sky Sports Premier League, with a chance to move nine points clear of their title rivals heading into the international break.
The Liverpool boss acknowledges the rivalry between the pair is “getting bigger and bigger” following a string of close games between the two sides.
“It’s a big game, two really good teams facing each other at Anfield, under the floodlights,” Klopp said.
“The last three games we played 0-0 at home, then lost 2-1 at the Etihad where we nearly scored a goal and then the last one was a draw in the Community Shield, before we lost the shootout.”
“It will be a good football game – I’m not sure whether it will be just from a coaches and tactical point of view or a spectacle one for supporters.
“But everything is on a plate and no one hides anything, we cannot only be offensive but you have to be brave against Manchester City – even for a point.”
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EPL: Carragher blames one Man City player for shock 3-2 loss to Norwich

Former Liverpool star, Jamie Carragher, has slammed Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi following the club’s shock defeat against Norwich at the weekend.
Carragher claimed that the defender has never been good enough for the club.
Man City suffered a surprised 3-2 defeat to Norwich on Saturday being their first loss of the season.
The Argentina centre-back struggled as Pep Guardiola’s side suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat at Carrow Road on Saturday night.
The loss also saw the defending Premier League champions fall five points behind leaders Liverpool , who are yet to drop a point.
31-year-old Otamendi has played in all-but one of the club’s games this season following the summer departure of former captain Vincent Kompany
“He dives in, he has done it all his career,” Carragher about the defender on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“He will never change and that’s why he’s not good enough to play for Manchester City.
“I have never believed it from day one and nothing I have seen in the last four or five years has changed my mind.”
Carragher added that Aymeric Laporte’s injury combined with the summer departure of Kompany, has left Pep Guardiola’s without a leader in defence and vulnerable at the back
“John Stones, in some ways, over the next three or four months, is almost fighting for his Manchester City career in that, if it doesn’t go well for him they are going to buy someone.
“I think what City have now in terms of centre-backs is what I call big brother and little brother.
“Now at Liverpool, Virgil van Dijk is the big brother and Joel Matip is the little brother. Matip without Van Dijk does not look the same.
“With Van Dijk, he’s calm and he’s confident with the big fella next to him. It’s like when your ma lets you go to the shops with your big brother, you’re OK, you’re safe.
“Pep Guardiola has got two little brothers playing at centre-back. They have got no help. Laporte is not there to help. Kompany is not there to help.
“At this moment, I don’t think Guardiola wants to put those two on the pitch together but he has got no option because he has not gone big in the summer.”
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Dani Ceballos: I never played for Real Madrid as I am for Arsenal

Dani Ceballos admits he needs to sharpen up to succeed with Arsenal.

To play behind Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, Ceballos might need a discipline that he has sometimes struggled to find. His appraisal of his own style is brutally honest.

“There are coaches that like it and coaches that don’t,” he told the Daily Mail. “I know I need to be able to identify the moments in a game when it’s right to be the player who does something different and the moments when I have to be the player who holds his position.

“I try to get at the opposition and make the difference. It is true though that sometimes the desire to be near the ball gets the better of me and I can lose my position. But I am young and I can improve.

“I have to be self-critical.

“The two good games that I have played so far for Arsenal, I never played that well in two years at Real Madrid.”

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EPL: Solskjaer sweating on fitness of five players ahead of Leicester City clash

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is facing an injury crisis ahead of Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Leicester City, the UK Mirror reports.
The Red Devils are sweating on the fitness of five stars, including Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Paul Pogba.
There are also concerns about the fitness of Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.
Right-back Wan-Bissaka was forced to withdraw from the England squad, after picking up a back problem. His club team-mate Jesse Lingard was also sent home from the England camp with illness.
Left-back Shaw is struggling with a hamstring problem, while Pogba withdrew from the France squad with an ankle problem.
Martial missed United’s last game against Southampton after picking up a knock in the defeat to Crystal Palace last month.
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Mane vs Salah: Fowler takes side, reveals what Liverpool star will keep doing

Liverpool legend, Robbie Fowler, has launched a staunch defence for forward, Mohamed Salah following his squabble with fellow teammate, Sadio Mane in the Reds’ 3-0 win over Burnley last month in the Premier League.

Mane was taken off for Divock Origi, shortly after failing to receive a pass from Mohamed Salah when the score was 3-0.
When he was taken off, the Senegal forward could be seen walking past manager, Jurgen Klopp and shouting at a member of Liverpool’s staff on the bench.
He was then comforted by fellow goalscorer Roberto Firmino, who had also just been replaced.
But Fowler has now said that Salah will continue to be selfish when he sees the goal because it makes him a ‘great goalscorer’.
“It’s the noise surrounding Mane and Salah that I can’t believe,” Fowler wrote in his UK Mirror column.
“Everyone commenting and talking nonsense about being “greedy” or destroying team spirit, have they never watched football before?
“Because you can’t be a ­top-class goalscorer without total belief you will score.
“One of my more famous goals was at Old Trafford where I smashed one past Peter Schmeichel through a sliver of a gap at his near post. Made him look stupid, made me look brilliant – ­classic striker’s goal.
“Yet Rushie was unmarked in the middle, and the gap was TINY. Should I have passed? Those people ­slagging off Salah would have you believe so. They’d say I was selfish, was jealous of Ian Rush and the goals he scored.
“Thing is a few ­minutes before that, I was in the same position – and did pass. And Rushie missed a sitter, from three yards!
“But I was never going to pass anyway.
“I saw Schmeichel had just drifted to his left, had the weight on his left foot, and I ­believed I was good enough to hit that gap between him and the near post. I always believed.
“That’s what goalscorers do. They train for it, their whole week on the ­training ground is spent practicing, visualizing, working out how to score for every position and the best always believe they can score – from five yards, from 20, from 40. Wherever. Even if it’s easier to pass for a tap-in.
“I look at Salah’s record and it tells me he’s going to keep doing it.
“You don’t score that many goals without being what people say is selfish. But what the hell do people want?
“Do they want him to be a goalscorer or do they want him to be someone who’s always looking to pass? You can’t really have both.
“And the other ­nonsense I’ve heard is people saying he’s not passing ­because he’s ­jealous, he doesn’t want Mane to score.
“If anyone can slow down the game so much they have time to think, ‘Oh, I’m not passing to him because he’s scored more than me’, well they’re the best who’s ever played. Yes, Salah can be ­selfish when he sees the goal, but, to me, that makes him a great goalscorer.
“And it’s not as if he doesn’t create chances for others. Mane knows that, and what he did was just frustration at being taken off.
“There was a moment in the 2001 FA Cup final late on when I was criticised for not passing to Michael Owen. Pass? I believed I’d score and no way was I going to miss out on it.
“He did it to me, too. I had frustration in my career that I never had a partner who was a creator, with the team built to provide me with chances. I was always alongside another scorer – Rushie, Stan Collymore, Michael.
“But we still played well ­together, played off each other. I understood them, they understood me, even if we didn’t always get along.
“And it did my head in far more when a midfielder had one of those shots from 40 yards that never go in!.”
Liverpool will take on Newcastle United this weekend at Anfield in their next Premier League fixture.
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EPL: Vidic reveals toughest striker he faced while at Man Utd

Nemanja Vidic has revealed that Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, was the toughest opponent he faced while at Manchester United.
The Serbian also admitted a 4-1 defeat to City, was his worst game for the Red Devils.
Vidic enjoyed a glittering career at Old Trafford after joining from Spartak Moscow in 2006, making a total of 300 appearances for the club where he lifted five Premier League titles, three League Cups and a Champions League trophy.
But the 37-year-old has spoken of his displeasure in coming up against Aguero in September 2013.
Speaking to The Athletic, Vidic said: “I played against Aguero when they beat us 4-1 in the Moyes season.
“He (Aguero) looks like he’s not interested in football on the pitch. He doesn’t look like a guy who will run 10 metres and then — bang — he makes the sprint.
“I’m convinced that Aguero was born as a defender. He knows where the ball will come and where he can attack. But in the box, he has a low centre of gravity, which helps him change direction quickly — especially against the big English defenders.
“That was my worst game for United. I know I’m supposed to choose those two final defeats to and they were horrible to lose. That one in Rome, and Wembley was even tougher.”
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EPL: Van der Sar set for Manchester United return

Edwin van der Sar looks the clear favourite to be Manchester United’s new director of football, the UK Mirror reports.
The Red Devils executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, is keen on the Ajax chief executive’s expertise and impressive contacts.
Former United players Darren Fletcher, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra have all previously been linked with the role.
John Murtagh and Paul Mitchell were also believed to have been in the frame.
Van der Sar, 48, has garnered praise for his work at Ajax and he is a powerful figure on the board of the European Club Association.
Woodward is looking for someone who can help manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer realise his transfer targets.
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EPL: Chelsea star gives update on his injury ahead of Wolves clash

Chelsea left-back, Emerson Palmieri, has provided an update on his injury ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against Wolves this weekend.
The 25-year-old limped off after just seven minutes of Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifier at Finland on Sunday night.
Emerson, who has been in good form for Frank Lampard’s side so far this season, started alongside Blues team-mate Jorginho.
But he was replaced by Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi with the game in its early stages.
Providing an update on his injury, Emerson wrote on his official Twitter page, “Very important victory today guys.
“Unfortunately I had a small injury, but nothing serious. Let’s continue like this!”
Meanwhile, Italy coach, Roberto Mancini has already confirmed that Emerson’s injury was not serious.
Mancini told reporters after the match: “It was nothing serious, he stopped to ensure it didn’t get any worse.”
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EPL: Van Dijk agrees new six-year deal with Liverpool [Details]

Virgil van Dijk has agreed a massive new contract with Liverpool, the UK Mirror reports.
The Dutch defender, who was recently named European Footballer of the Year, said yes to fresh terms this week.
Van Dijk’s current deal was not due to expire until 2023, after his switch from Southampton for £75m just 20 months ago.
But the fresh terms will give him a considerable rise on the £125,000-a-week basic he secured when moving from the south coast club.
Van Dijk will now earn closer to £200,000-a-week and tie him to the Reds until 2025.
The two parties had been discussing improved terms for Van Dijk, even before the £80m world-record fee for a defender, that was secured when Harry Maguire left Leicester for Old Trafford.
That transfer gave Van Dijk’s representatives the target for what they needed to ask for a big contract.
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EPL: Chelsea midfielder beaten up by 6 men at nightclub for trying to take another player’s girlfriend home

Chelsea midfielder, Danny Drinkwater was beaten up by six men outside a nightclub after flirting with another footballer’s girlfriend, last night, according to The Sun.
Drinkwater is currently on loan at Burnley and is out of action for six weeks due to injury.
The newspaper revealed the England international was the victim of an assault at Manchester’s Chinawhite club in the early hours of Sunday.
Drinkwater clashed with Scunthorpe United’s Kgosi Ntlhe after trying to take the League Two defender’s girlfriend home.
It is claimed the pair were kicked out by security, before six men reportedly pounced on Drinkwater and beat him with a blunt object.
A source told The Sun: “At one point he was curled up in a ball on the ground, as they repeatedly jumped up and down on his ankle and shouting, ‘Break his legs’.
“They knew he was a Premier League star and it was his livelihood. There was blood everywhere, and it was all incredibly nasty.
“He will address the concerns of those at the club privately, and honestly.”