Says European absence no big advantage

Klopp plays down the advantages of Liverpool’s absence from Europe this season. The side is currently level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table and, along with fourth-placed Chelsea, will not have to play any Champions League or Europa League football this season. I’m not sure but 80 […]

FA awaiting Mourinho referee report

The FA is awaiting referee Clattenburg’s report before deciding on any further steps to take regarding Mourinho’s conduct in Manchester United’s 0-0 draw against Burnley. Mourinho had been incensed by the failure to award Matteo Darmian a penalty after he had fallen in the box following a touch from Jon Flanagan.

Scores against Southampton

Hazard scores the first goal against Southampton, capitalising on poor marking before cutting inside Steven Davis and powering a shot through the legs of keeper Fraser Forster. It is his third goal in three consecutive Premier League games for the first tim. He also provides the pass from which Costa added Chelsea’s second.

Calls for cool heads against Inter Milan

Puel has instructed his players to stay calm as they aim to take advantage of the turmoil surrounding Inter Milan at Siro. It’s important to stay calm. Perhaps it’s a big occasion for Inter to react as they need points but for us it’s the same thing. They have good players and a good team to have […]

Rumour: Kompany out at Man City

Kompany is left out of the squad for the Champions League defeat in Barcelona. Despite Kompany being fit and available to face Barcelona following a brief comeback against Everton, Guardiola put teenage defender Pablo Maffeo on the bench instead. Kompany is understood to have grown increasingly frustrated and was involved in an angry confrontation with Aleksandar Kolarov in training […]

Koeman: Barkley snub a ‘wake-up call’

Koeman says Barkley’s omission against Manchester City should act as a “wake-up call.” Barkley, who has already lost his place in the England squad, was an unused substitute in the game. He was okay, very disappointed but you need to be disappointed if you don’t start. In my opinion it was the best lineup to have the […]

Marotta: We didn’t have to sell Pogba to Man U

Marotta claims Juventus would have signed Higuain for £75.3m even if they had blocked Pogba from joining Manchester United for £89million. I know [Napoli President] Aurelio [De Laurentiis] well. He is a passionate man and with Higuain there was a lot of controversy surrounding his move to Juventus. It’s not true, though, that this move was closely linked to […]

Out for six months

Odubajo may miss the whole season after sustaining his second serious knee injury in just over three months. He will have surgery next week after fracturing a kneecap during a non-contact training session. Hull says Odubajo had been making “excellent strides” after dislocating the same kneecap. The ligaments he had reconstructed then “remain intact” and he would be out for […]

Coach: Fabregas not right for AC Milan

Coach Montella says Fabregas is not the right type of player to replace Montolivo, who is expected to be out of action for the next six months after suffering knee ligament damage. Montella has ruled out making an approach for the player when the transfer market reopens in January. We are looking for a player who […]