Liverpool back on track for top 4 thanks to Super Subs





Liverpool's second half comeback yesterday keeps the club on course for a top-four finish. Following a flat first half the Redmen were trailing 1-0 to Stoke following Jonathan Walters's first half goal. However, Klopp's double substitution at half time bringing Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino off the bench turned the game at the Bet365 stadium on its head.

Both Coutinho and Firmino scored in a magical three minute spell in the 70th minute of the match to complete the comeback and give Liverpool the vital three point in their chase for a fourth place finish and Champions League football. 

Speaking after yesterdays win, Klopp explained his decision to leave both Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino on the bench. With Coutinho still recovering from an illness and Firmino suffering from fatigue Klopps medical analysis showed the players would only be ready for 45 minutes of action.

Speaking to the BBC Klopp stated  "We have won a few games this year, but this was really special. You could feel it immediately in the dressing room. Everybody was like, 'that's very important'.

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Griezmann told to reconsider United move


Manchester United transfer target Antione Griezmann has been given a warning about making a potential move to Old Trafford by former French international Youri Djorkaeff.

Djorkaeff urged Griezmann to consider the success he has achieved playing for Atletico before making a move to a different 'big club'.

In an interview with Omnisport, Djorkaeff stated: 'You know, this decision belongs to the player but it's all about what you are offered.'

'People think that Atletico is inferior to all the other big clubs. However Atletico Madrid played two of the three last Champions League finals, they won the Spanish league and Copa del Rey.'

'They have won a lot of trophies, they have played a lot of finals as well. They just miss out maybe on the Champions League.'

'However, there are only a few clubs in the last few years who have reached the final.'

The opportunity to continue playing Champions League football will be a big factor should Griezmann decide to move on from Atletico. Whether or not Mourinho is able to get United in the Champions League next season could play a pivitol role on this long rumoured transfer going through.

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Mourinho and Pep go head to head for £30M defender


Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy is reported to be making a move to Manchester this summer, with both United and City looking to sign the highly sought after 22-year-old.

According to The Daily Star Mendy is being looked at by a number of Premier League clubs, with Pep and Jose currently out in front in the race to land his signature.

Mourinho is has made known his frustration with Luke Shaw and hence may well be on the lookout for a new left back. Guardiola is also said to be desperate to strengthen his defensive options.

Mendy has made a big impact since joining Monaco on a five year contract last June and his performances have helped take his side to the top of Ligue 1 and the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Both Arsenal and Tottenham have also been rumoured to be interested in signing the French international.

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Wenger Out? Arsene to give that answer soon!

Arsene Wenger is currently facing the toughest period in his 21-year reign as Arsenal Manager, with recent ‘Wenger Out’ protests dominating the news surrounding the club.

There is increasing pressure on the Frenchman to step down as manager at the end of the season. A recent poll conducted by Arsenal Supporters Trust has concluded that 78% of fans would like to see Wenger vacate his role.

Arsenal have managed to finish in the top four for the past 20 seasons, something Arsene believes fans have taken forgranted and should "realise it is not as easy as it looked.” Fellow Premier League manager Pep Guardiola has backed Wenger's belief that a top 4 finish is worthy of a trophy stating “Qualifying for the Champions League is definitely like winning a trophy".

In today's press conference Arsene continued to tease the Arsenal fans on an update on his future. When questioned, he stated "I have answered this question many times. You ask again. Don't worry. You will get that answer soon"

It was widely reported last month that Arsene Wenger told West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis that he was planning to stay on at Arsenal. M
aybe Wenger is waiting for a good run on results before announcing his decision to stay to avoid further protests from the Gunners supporters.

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Klopp and Mourinho both chasing £17M Danish star

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to do battle with Jose Mourinho in this summer's transfer window according to reports in the Daily Express, with Fenerbahce defender Simon Kjaer being the man who's signature they both want to secure.

The Express has reported that Klopp has sent scouts to view the £17 million rated defender who has also attracted attention from a number of other Premier League clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea.

Klopp is expected to be looking to improve his defensive options this summer and is said to be impressed with the experienced Danish defender who has previously played for Wolfsburg, Lille, Roma and Palermo.

A stumbling block to a potential transfer is that Kjaer has recently stated his wish remain playing his football in Turkey. Speaking to Turkish news outlet the 28-year old stated: 'I have no intention of leaving Turkey, Turkish football has taught me a lot.'

'I have improved to have more responsibility, some of the matches I have played are like something I haven’t experienced anywhere in the world.'

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Klopp joins race to sign £20m youngster

Jurgen Klopp has joined a number of Premier League and European clubs in an increasingly heated battle to sign 19-year-old forward Leon Bailey from Belgian club Genk.

Bids are expected from Roma and Bayern Leverkusen this January, with Lyon and Nice also reported by the Daily Mail to be interested in making an approach.

Competition for the Jamaican wingers signature in the Premier League comes from Chelsea, Everton and Bournemouth who may be prompted to make bids of their own in response to the increased interest of European clubs.

Bailey has scored six goals in twenty-four appearances for his club so far this season and  is expected to attract bids of around £20 million.

It has been reported that the Jamaican would prefer a move to the Premier League, meaning that it could come down to a head to head battle between Chelsea and Liverpool.

Mourinho v Wenger: Who will finish on top this season


Last weekend's battle between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger ended in stalemate, with their respective teams drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford.

The rivalry goes back a long way and historically Mourinho has always come out on top, however twelve games into the Premier League season it is Wenger with a six point advantage over his old foe.

Mourinho stoked the flames of the rivalry following the weekend's draw, highlighting Wenger's lengthy period since last winning the Premier League crown.

Speaking to ESPN Brasil, Mourinho stated 'I said yesterday at the press conference, the Arsenal manager hasn't won a championship in 14 years. I haven't won a championship in 18 months.'

'He, in 14 years, failed to build a team to be champion. I've been here for four months. And the demand is only for me and not for others.'

'It must be because of the career I've made. Because I got to the clubs and always won right away.'

'And Manchester United is a more difficult reality, because it is an extremely difficult competition, with teams being prepared for a lot longer, with excellent players, with excellent coaches.'

'Manchester really live in a period that needs stability. A stability that the club wants to give me, a stability that the club gives me, a stability that the fans give me, but that the press does not accept very well.'

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Mourinho reveals Rooney situation

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It was reported yesterday by Sky Sports that Jose Mourinho was set to recall captain Wayne Rooney to the starting line up for Manchester Untied's Europa League game against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday, with the intention of dropping him once again to the bench for Sunday's Premier League game against Stoke City.

Further information has been revealed today by Mourinho, who has stated that Rooney could now be missing from action for both games this week due to the occurrence of a back injury. Rooney was unable to train with the rest of the squad on Monday and Tuesday of this week and Mourinho has stated he does not want to chance playing him if he is only half fit.

'Rooney is selected. He didn’t train on Tuesday,' stated Mourinho. 'He did a little bit of a session on Monday. He had a back problem. Wednesday was the first time he had a training session with the other players.'

'The training session’s intensity and complexity was reduced because we have a game.'

'I was completely convinced from playing him tomorrow from the beginning with his situation in the last couple of games, but I’m not sure I will do that because of the situation you create to him.'

'I think he really can’t afford to have a performance that is not really good.'

'I’m here to protect him and not to put him in different situations. I have to analyse the best thing for him is to start the game.'

'I’m going to discuss that with him and the medical staff and decide if he starts or is on the bench.'

Cellino to splash out £3.6 million on fans favourite?

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Swedish loan signing Pontus Jansson is quickly becoming a fans favourite at Elland Road following impressive displays in Leeds' four match unbeaten streak. The 25-year-old centre-back has signed on a season-long loan deal from Torino, with an option for a permanent move should he play 20 games this season.

Following his signing on the 18th of August Jansson told leedsunited.com.

"I need to play football regularly and I know that Leeds are a big club with big ambitions"

"I want to help take Leeds back to the Premier League as soon as possible. I'm an aggressive defender and I always give more than 100% for the team that I play for."

Following Saturday's 1-0 win against Ipswich Jansson stated his love for playing for the whites on his Instagram account.

"I can't describe how happy I am to be here and play for Leeds United. You give me the love for football back again, thank you!"

It is believed the fee Leeds will have to pay for Jansson's permanent signing is around £3.6 million. Leeds fans will be hoping owner Massimo Cellino is willing to splash out on the 6 foot 5 Swede once he meets the 20-match limit, which on his current form seems a certainty this season.

A worry for Leeds fans is that Cellino has recently frozen out players such as Mirco Antenucci to avoid costly contractual obligations based on performances on the pitch. Hopefully the same fate won't await Jansson.

Mourinho signals beginning of the end for United captain


Jose Mourinho has attempted to play down the significance of his decision to drop Wayne Rooney to the subs bench in Manchester United's game against Leicester on Saturday. However actions spoke louder than words at the weekend as United we able to score four goals in the first half against the Premier League Champions, while their captain watched on the sidelines.

Speaking after the game, Mourinho stated: 'He's my man, I trust him completely. He's as happy as I am at this moment and that's the team.'

'He's a big player for me, for United, a big player for this country. If I don't play Rashford you ask me why, if I don't play Jesse Lingard you ask me why and you prefer always to ask why somebody is not playing.'

'Sometimes when I read you, I feel I know nothing about football. But there is one thing I know and that is the rules of the game and I can only start with 11. Until somebody tells me there is a change to that I can only start with 11.'

United's next game is in the Europa League on Thursday against Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk. Should Rooney be selected to start in this game or if he is given the night off will give a big clue as to if he is in consideration to start in Sunday's Premier League game against Stoke. The odds are currently at 6/4 that Rooney will return to the starting line up against the Potters.