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Two second half goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard gave Manchester United all three points at Everton.

Sam Allardyce suffered his second consecutive league loss as Everton manager in the face of a good performance by Man Utd. In the first half United pushed forward but yet again lacked a clinical edge, attempting too many shots from distance and failing to give a good final ball. Their opponents were no better. Juan Mata hit the bar after the interval before United took the lead. Mata and Pogba combined well before the latter set up Martial who finished well. Pogba's assist was duly deserved in such a fine performance where he proved a threat on Pickford's goal. He again assisted Lingard when they doubled the lead but his role was minor as Lingard's effort was successful because of stunning individual play. United's confidence will have been boosted by such a good performance and for once, they have gained points on Man City in first.
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Jan 1, 2018 02:32:00 PM

Jurgen Klopp surprised everyone by suggesting that Trent Alexander-Arnold (knee) would "be close" for the game against Crystal Palace despite media reports earlier in week ruling him out for around a month.

The unexpected boost gave those fantasy managers, still holding onto the Liverpool defender, a much-needed boost, although as it turned out, his misplaced optimism proved to be a false dawn with Klopp now cooling his chances of a quick return. "I don’t know. We have to look day to day, that’s what everybody tells me. [For] Leicester? I don’t know. Trent is a very quick healer so that gives us a little hope. That’s it. We have to see." After the 4-3 win, Alexander-Arnold was pictured at Anfield wearing a telescopic knee brace which is typically used to limit flexion/extension at the joint. While this may have been worn as a precautionary measure, in my experience, and at this stage of his recovery, a return (vs Leicester) looks highly unlikely with mid-February being a more realistic timeline for Alexander-Arnold in my opinion.
Source: Liverpool FC
Jan 23 - 4:30 PM

With no FA Cup fourth round tie to contend with, Jurgen Klopp whisked his players away to Dubai for a spot of warm weather training.

Liverpool welcome Leicester to Anfield (GW24) and the squad should be in much better shape as several players close in on a return to play. Gini Wijnaldum, who missed the win over Palace with a minor knee complaint, is expected to be fine while Klopp "is sure" Dejan Lovren (hamstring) can be involved again after missing the two previous matches. Joe Gomez (lower leg fracture) is scheduled to return in early February but it's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been warming up with the group this week, that has got supporters excited. There were fears that he would miss the entire 2018/19 campaign, but such has been his progress, that the 25-year-old could be back as early as March. "When I see him running, moving with the ball and all the stuff – which he is all doing already – it looks really good, promising, [Ox] is close to a return," revealed Klopp.
Jan 23 - 4:38 PM

Bournemouth have completed the signing of defender Chris Mepham from Brentford for a £12 million ($15.64m) fee.

The 21-year old Welsh international has signed a long term contract with Eddie Howe's side. After 28 games this season, Mepham had appeared in 26 for Brentford who sit in the bottom half of the Championship table. Eddie Howe has been pursuing Mepham's signature for the last two transfer windows, having had to more than double his initial bid to get the deal over the line. In that period, Mepham made his international debut and lined out on three further occasions for Wales. Given the player's age as well as the good form of Steve Cook and Nathan Aké, it is unlikely that Mepham will feature often for the Cherries in the PL unless he deputises due to a suspension or injury.
Jan 23 - 8:55 AM

Wesley Hoedt has joined La Liga side Celta Vigo until the end of the season.

The Dutch centre-back has been surplus to requirements since Ralph Hasenhuttl took charge at St. Mary's, appearing not even once under the new boss. He had fallen behind Jack Stephens, Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard, and Maya Yoshida in the pecking order. Celta Vigo are rock bottom in La Liga and face an uphill battle to survive in the division.
Source: Daily Echo
Jan 23 - 9:06 AM

Chris Hughton hopes that Pascal Gross' goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford will spur him on to find the net a few more times before the end of the season.

Gross' goal, a fine finish from a Davy Propper cross which went off the crossbar as it went beyond De Gea, was his first from open play since he scored against the same opposition in May 2018. Gross struggled to replicate his stunning form from last season, missing most of the early months of the season due to an ankle complaint. He then had to contend with a change in formation, as Hughton introduced him to a 4-5-1 with three centre-mids as opposed to the 4-4-1-1 which he flourished in last campaign. In comments to the media, Hughton acknowledged that the change of system has adversely affected Gross' scoring chances but expressed his delight with the German's overall contribution to Brighton's play.
Source: The Argus
Jan 23 - 9:22 AM

Tottenham was hit with more bad news on the injury front with Dele Alli being ruled out for at least six weeks with a hamstring injury.

The Spurs star was clutching his hamstring as he left in the final minutes of the club's weekend win over Fulham and will now miss at least six Premier League games including the North London derby at the beginning of March, joining Harry Kane on the club's injury list. And with Heung-Min Son away at the Asian Cup, the club's attack looks especially thin. "Following scans and clinical assessment, we can confirm that Dele has suffered a hamstring strain, sustained during Sunday’s match," Spurs said in a statement. "Dele will now undergo a period of rehabilitation with our medical staff, with the expectation of returning to training in early March."
Source: The Guardian
Jan 22 - 10:20 PM

Manchester City will receive a massive boost in defense with the return of Benjamin Mendy on Wednesday.

The left-back has been missing for the last two months after undergoing another knee surgery, but Mendy has been included in the team to face Burton Albion on Wednesday in the League Cup semifinal. With the reigning Cup champions up 9-0, Guardiola will use the game to play reserves and starters like Mendy and Kevin De Bruyne who need to build match fitness. Said the manager: "I say I have missed him a lot. I had the feeling he could give us [something] extra, so hopefully in the last part of the season, and in the future, the club can use him...But in the last season and a half, he has played in few games and [for] all the training and practice, he was not there. We will need some time to adjust, especially his quality, for what we need."
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 22 - 9:51 PM

Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford will be assessed ahead of the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Arsenal on Friday.

For those that weren’t paying attention, you may have missed the fact that Shaw was absent from the win over Brighton after falling ill during the pre-match warm-up. The 23-year-old had been named in United’s starting XI but was withdrawn just 15 minutes before kick-off with Diogo Dalot stepping in to fill the breach. The Portuguese full-back is typically used on the right but he had no problem when covering for his sick teammate. Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer played down concerns surrounding Marcus Rashford who appeared to suffer an injury as he tangled with defender Martin Montoya in added on. "He was tired towards the end because his work-rate is unbelievable. We also knew they were going to get some crosses and set pieces so I put Matteo [Darmian] on as an extra defender just to see the game out." However, Rob Dawson (ESPN) reveals Rashford was complaining of stiffness in his knee post-match.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Jan 22 - 4:50 PM

Newly signed Cardiff City forward Emiliano Sala's flight to Wales has been reported as missing and a search continues for any trace of the small aircraft.

French authorities continue to look for any trace of the small aircraft carrying Sala and others. The flight, from Nantes to Wales, left on Monday and was to bring the forward to his first day of training with his new club. The footballing world will have its fingers crossed that the flight can be located and those on board rescued. More details as they are reported.
Source: Espn.com
Jan 22 - 1:01 PM

Liverpool have moved to lock down a key defender in left-back Andy Robertson for the next five years.

Robertson is having a breakout year for the Reds and is top defender in FPL.com with six assists and 13 clean sheets this season less than two years after arriving at Anfield from Hull City. The Scottish international has only missed one Premier League game this season . Said Robertson "As I said, delighted and over the moon. Since I came in the door, I obviously had a bit of a frustrating start, but I’ve loved every minute of it. Getting to know the lads and working with all the staff at Melwood has been a pleasure. The best thing about work is when you love coming in every day – and that’s what I do here. I am glad I have extended my stay and hopefully we have a lot of good days ahead."
Jan 21 - 8:15 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that he hopes defender Dejan Lovren can return for the next match.

The defender has missed the last two Premier League games due to a hamstring injury sustained against Wolves in the FA Cup third round, which caused a bit of a defensive crisis for the league leaders with Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold also out with injury. However, the Croatian is expected to return against Leicester City next week after the FA Cup weekend. Said Klopp: "It’s slightly different for Dejan; he is much better than he was but that’s a muscle thing and needs time. I’m pretty sure he can be involved again against Leicester."
Jan 21 - 8:23 PM




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