Darth Lordi: So when can Mourinho start playing Alex Morgan?
Adam Byrne: Talk all over the Internet is how Everton are the new Foxes (Leicester, 2016) and are heading for the top 4 or higher. Why do they do it to themselves!
Dr David: the deluded @LUFC fans are up early today, I see. Reckless at the back and Liverpool were sloppy. Leeds will be relegated.
Micah Richards and Jermaine Jenas discussed the football played by Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds against Liverpool on Match of the Day 2 last night.
It’s an approach both pundits agree is carefully planned out rather than being complete ‘chaos’.
Jurgen Klopp mouthed the word “wow” as referee Michael Oliver blew the full-time whistle at Anfield, and the Liverpool boss said he had to catch his breath after the stunning match.
“What a game, what an opponent, what a performance from both teams. A proper spectacle, I loved that,” Klopp said.
“It is pretty rare you see that many goals in a game. We will not go home and have a few beers on that result. We need to analyse it.
“Leeds are special. They performed outstandingly and it was very difficult – for 95 minutes, by the way.”
Max Alala: Leeds and Everton are teams to watch closely and fulham will be relegated
Macdoon: That was probably the best Everton have played away against a top six team for a long time, can’t believe the 3 new signings settled in so well, if we keep playing like this most teams will struggle
Asif Mahmood: Leeds are gonna have a great season. Vardy is just class too
Liverpool and Leeds treated us to a seven-goal thriller on Saturday that ended 4-3 to the hosts.
Newly-promoted Leeds, playing in the Premier League game for the first time since 2004, hit back three times and were minutes from a point until Mohamed Salah scored an 88th-minute penalty.
That ensured Salah started the season with a hat-trick for the reigning champions, in a game which also saw four goals disallowed.
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Yes, Newcastle were among the winners on the opening day on Saturday, along with Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Liverpool.
Arsenal comfortably beat play-off winners Fulham, before Palace edged out Southampton.
And Liverpool… well, where do you even start with that one?
Steve Bruce’s Newcastle made a winning start to the 2020-21 Premier League season as debutants Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick both scored against an uninspiring West Ham on Saturday.
We’re due to hear from Bruce ahead of Newcastle’s EFL Cup second round match against Blackburn Rovers tomorrow at around 10:00 BST this morning.
We’ll bring you all the best from that as we get it.
SMS Message: I actually feel sorry for Kane. Nothing goes through him, he can’t get any service from the players behind him, how he’s managed to rack up the amount of goals he has with the limited number of chances per game is beyond me. Spurs need to start getting the ball into their main man’s feet more. from Henry
I actually feel sorry for Kane. Nothing goes through him, he can’t get any service from the players behind him, how he’s managed to rack up the amount of goals he has with the limited number of chances per game is beyond me. Spurs need to start getting the ball into their main man’s feet more.
Another side hoping to secure a new signing soon are Aston Villa, with the club currently in talks with Lyon over a £19m deal for forward Bertrand Traore.
The 25-year-old is understood to be keen to join Villa and knows assistant manager John Terry from his time at Chelsea.
Traore had loan spells at Eredivisie sides Vitesse and Ajax while at Chelsea before completing an £8.8m move to Lyon in June 2017.
Villa expect to conclude a £20m deal for Arsenal’s 28-year-old Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, having already completed the club record signing of striker Ollie Watkins.
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West Brom boss Slaven Bilic expects former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic to be at training today.
The 36-year-old Serbia player’s is set to join the Baggies following his exit from Zenit St Petersburg and Bilic said he thought the transfer had been completed on Saturday.
“As far as I know, it was done yesterday I think. I expect him to be here tomorrow but I don’t know what happened in the last 24 hours,” Bilic said.
Ivanovic made 377 appearances in nine seasons for Chelsea, winning the Premier League and FA Cup three times, plus the Champions League and Europa League, before leaving for Zenit in February 2017.
Rezaa Sait: Definitely impressed by Leeds despite the loss. Making no exceptions to their style of play. Shout out to Elneny as well. Arteta knows how to use players that Emery And Wenger didn’t know how to use.
I was at The Hawthorns yesterday for what turned out to be a very difficult afternoon for West Brom.
Quite apart from the scoreline, the worrying thing seemed to be their lack of goal threat.
Manager Slaven Bilic is on the hunt for another striker but when I spoke to Mark Jenkins, the club’s long-serving chief executive, who left the club after 18 years at the beginning of August, he struck an optimistic note.
personally think it is going to be harder (to stay up) because the Premier League are proportionally
taking more money off the promoted clubs than the others. Effectively, it is £10m from the
transfer or wage budget.
“But we came up
with the core of a good squad. It is never easy and COVID has thrown another
curve ball at us but with good recruitment and hard work, it is achievable.
“Apart from the top six
or eight, if you have one
season where recruitment doesn’t go quite right or you get a bad run of
injuries or you change the manager and don’t get it right, you are one season
away. Then it is how you manage the relegation and the comeback.”
When West Brom went down three seasons ago their 31 goals scored was one of the major reasons.
They landed just one shot on target against Leicester on Sunday and without a greater goal threat, it could be a long season for the Baggies.
“I was really pleased with the way we played until they scored,” said manager Slaven Bilic.
“It was a good performance up to then, with and without the ball. Very disappointed with the result. Our mentality was not the same after the goal. We have to think forwards.”
Damien Magill: I am so proud to call myself a fan of @LUFC. It’s been a tough 16 years since relegation from @premierleague but The Owners, The Management and The players all deserve massive respect for what they have achieved over the last 2 years #NowLetsAimForEurope
We’ll get on to the madness at Anfield on Saturday shortly…
Plenty to be pleased about for Brendan Rodgers. It was important his side made a good start after claiming only four wins and 17 points in 17 games at the end of last season as they lost out on a top-four spot on the final day.
With a tiring Europa League campaign to come this season, Rodgers is chasing more signings this window.
“There is a load of work going on behind the scenes. We will see what happens in the next few days,” he said.
“Delighted with the guys who are here. We will try to improve this squad whether we get new players in or not.”
Jamie Vardy scored two second half penalties as Leicester defeated promoted West Brom on Sunday, delivering a brutal reminder of the task they face trying to stay in the top flight this season.
New signing Timothy Castagne broke the deadlock before Vardy, last season’s Premier League top scorer, stepped up to score from the spot after being dragged back by Kyle Bartley. He repeated the feat 10 minutes later, after Dara O’Shea tripped James Justin.
It was a good day for manager Brendan Rodgers, as playmaker James Maddison also made an appearance off the bench after recovering from a hip operation that caused him to miss the end of the season.
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Francesca Gunn: its getting more obvious that spurs need another striker to help kane. he cannot just be the main sole striker every game. it just cannot work and it has slowly started to show each year. this matched showed even more how they easily blocked him out of the gameSMS Message: To be honest, I’m not so sure that it was Everton were great, more that Spurs were just so utterly woeful. Slow, ponderous and uninspiring. A world aware from “to dare is to do”. from Mark (Spurs fan), Scarborough
To be honest, I’m not so sure that it was Everton were great, more that Spurs were just so utterly woeful. Slow, ponderous and uninspiring. A world aware from “to dare is to do”.
Following the match, Neymar posted on social media to say that his “only regret” was not hitting Marseille’s Spanish defender Alvaro Gonzalez in the face, having struck him on the back of the head.
In response, Gonzalez denied claims of any wrongdoing, posting on social media: “There is no place for racism.”
In the post-match news conference Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas said: “There is no place for racism in football but I don’t think that was the case. We’ll have to look at it.”
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