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Big Clash. Manchester United vs Liverpool. PREVIEW
English Premier League. Week 21 January 15, 16:00 UTC Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England Referee: Michael Oliver The central clash of the week brings together two teams of different recent patterns. If Manchester United started the season in a dissatisfying trend, Liverpool have been fascinating since the very start of the football year. On the other hand, Manchester United have had a great December, and continue to shine in January. The recent MU success and Liverpool short downturn let Mourinho’s team be considered the favorite of the clash. But are EPL second team an easy nut to crack? Overview on Forms Manchester United: W_W_W_W_W Position: 6th Manchester United are having the brightest part of Mourinho’s period so far. With the team’s main striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and creative playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan finding his place in Mourinho’s lineup Manchester United seem to have revived from a deep sleep. The Red Devils have improved the midfield performance in face of Ander Herrera and Juan Mata, which led to high pass accuracy and less conceded goals. In fact they have conceded only four goals in their last ten matches, having scored 21. The statistics of the recent matches, overall, are fascinating for Manchester United fans. The team secured their place in English League Cup final (against Southampton), are undefeated in their last 15 games in all competitions, 11 games in English Premier League, having lost at Old Trafford last time back in September. Liverpool: W_W_D_D_L Position: 2nd Liverpool, on the other hand, have better league position and show more stable form throughout the season. They are also undefeated in their last six EPL games. However, Klopp’s team failed to score in FA Cup clash against Plymouth and put themselves in trouble, in the face of replay at the rival’s stadium. Moreover, they lost the midweek League Cup semifinal against Southampton (1-0), losing the opportunity to face Manchester United in the final. This Cup disaster followed another draw against Sunderland (2-2) in the Premier League. Taking into account Tottenham being only one step behind Liverpool in the league table, Klopp’s team have no right not to put the 100% of themselves in the Sunday game. Head-to-Head Statistics Manchester United and Liverpool have one of the longest and most intriguing history of face-to-face clashes. However, what matters are the recent games. Last two games, including the first-leg game at Anfield (0-0) have been draws. The first clash of Klopp vs Mourinho opposition in England did not yet reveal the superior one. As regards the last ten games statistics, Manchester United are obviously winning the battle. Five wins, two draws and three losses count for Manchester’s head-to-head statistics against Liverpool. Jose Mourinho’s side have even better number with regards the statistics at home. Only one loss in the last ten games in all competitions. However, these were another Liverpool and a whole different MU. The game ahead will be the second clash of these managers and their philosophies, and the football world hopes to get answers about one’s supremacy over the other!!! Missing Players Manchester United: Bailly (out of squad) Liverpool: Ings (injured), Mane (out of squad) Probable Lineups
Juventus eye Liverpool midfielder
According to Sky Sports, Juventus are eyeing Liverpool midfielder Emre Can. The 23-year-old Germany international has had to play second fiddle to captain Jordan Henderson and summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum at Anfield this season. Calciomercato.com said the Serie A titleholders have prepared a bid for the 23-year-old midfielder. Juve hopeful the lure of regular game-time could lure him to Turin.
Liverpool want to sign Bayer winger
Liverpool are weighing up a move for Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt at the end of the season, according to the Liverpool Echo. The paper reports that boss Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of the 20-year-old German and he has been watched by Liverpool regularly this season. Liverpool know that securing the Brandt's services during the January transfer window won’t be possible with Leverkusen adamant that the attacking midfielder is not for sale.
Mamadou Sakho considers Swansea move
Sky Sports informs, that Swansea made an inquiry about Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho. The reports suggest that the transfer cost can form around £20m. The player is out of favor at Anfield but it looks like Swansea will now move on to other targets. Sakho has been out of action for several months after testing positive to doping tests in May.
Lucas Leiva unsure about his future at Liverpool
Midfielder Lucas is considering his future at Liverpool, but might be tempted to stay by the club's title challenge. The 30-year-old, who has become a squad player at Anfield, told Press Association Sport: "The situation is not great. It is not something I want for my future, to have not many games. "I don't want this for my career, especially at my age. I'm not close to retiring and have many years ahead of me. "You want to play - we get paid to play - but I just try to be professional and help as much as I can and when I have the chance do my best. "At this moment I have to deal with this and try to find a solution when I have the chance. I have to be professional, think about the team and see what is going to happen. "The best place for me to be now is Liverpool. I cannot say (where) in one week's time, one month's time or four months' time. I have to judge when something comes up if it is better. "It has been a special season already and we have a chance to win trophies and that is something I consider as well."
TOP-5 MIDWEEK Clashes you should NOT miss
Holidays are over, and we are all back to our duties, however, our beloved football world is still holding our hands not letting us to fall into post-holiday depression. Here we present a couple of awesome games that will color up your weekdays. Manchester United vs Hull City English League Cup, Semifinals January 10, 20:00 UTC Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England Referee: Kevin Friend After defeating West Ham and Newcastle United in the quarterfinals, Hull City and Manchester United are here to decide who will be the first finalist of English League Cup. Taking into account how the recent forms of these teams differ from each other, one might think of a possibility of seeing Jose Mourinho’s first final as the Red Devils’ head. The Manchester side are undefeated in their last 14 games in all competitions, having won the vast majority of it. Hull City, on contrast, have won only two clashes out of their last 10 games. The head-to-head statistics of these teams are not giving hope to Hull City either. There have no wins against Red Devils with only one draw and eight losses in last nine face-to-face encounters. However, League Cup has always been keen on surprising the fans, and the weekend win against Swansea (2-0) might be a big push for Hull City enthusiasm. League Cup final might be one of the only chances to shine in the current season. Missing Players Manchester United: Rojo (injured), Bailly (out of squad) Hull City: Bruce, Will Keane, Luer, Odubajo, Davies (all injured), Elmohamady, Mbokani (out of squad) Southampton vs Liverpool English League Cup, Semifinals January 11, 19:45 UTC Venue: Saint Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, England Referee: Neil Swarbrick Liverpool being in the second semifinals of the League Cup brings the fans hope to witness the historic English battle Manchester United vs Liverpool… But still there is a chance of having final Hull City vs Southampton, which, to be honest, does not seem a realistic scenario. Why? Southampton, as well as Hull City, are not having their best season. Three out of the last five games have been lost, last four games bringing no wins to the Saints. Head-to-head statistics against Liverpool, however, are not that bad for Southampton. Last two games have been home clashes with no loss, as the Saints won (3-2) and drew (0-0) last two face-to-face encounters. Missing Players Southampton: Austin, Boufal, Hesketh, Mccarthy, Targett, Pied, Fonte (all injured) Liverpool: Ings, Henderson (both injured), Matip (unfit), Mane (out of squad) Barcelona vs Athletic January 11, 20:15 UTC Copa del Rey, Round of 16 Venue: Cam Nou, Barcelona, Spain Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano, Spain If the top-5 clashes of the midweek were not sorted by dates in this selection, this would be first game as measured by the importance of the matches. Athletic Bilbao managed to win the first leg clash (2-1) and a simple draw will help Athletic to proceed the defending champions. Barcelona, in turn, are not experiencing their best season. Failing to win against Villarreal during the weekend, Luis Enrique side went down the league table and are now occupying the third position. The football fans expect Athletic to “park the bus”, while Barcelona squad will be furious in their attempt to prove all the critics wrong. I am certainly not missing the clash. Missing players Barcelona: Cillessen (injured) Athletic Bilbao: Aketxe, De Marcos, Yeray (all injured) Juventus vs Atalanta Coppa Italia, Round of 16 January 11, 19:45 UTC Venue: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy Referee: Piero Giacomelli Juventus vs Atalanta is one of the clashes in Coppa Italia Round of 16 which really needs attention. This is the game of the first and sixth teams of Serie A, which is at least worth a glance. Despite the fact Massimiliano Allegri’s team is not expected to feature with their first team, they are still the obvious favorites of the opposition. Sevilla vs Real Madrid January 12, 21:15 UTC Copa del Rey, Round of 16 Venue: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain The result of this two-leg clash has been predetermined in the first-leg. Zinedine Zidane’s unstoppable machine went through Sevilla (3-0), despite the fact that the latter show pretty decent football in the current season and are even above Barcelona in Spanish La Liga league table. They are now occupying the second place. However, the actual game flow was is not obvious from the score. The referee of the clash (Mateu Lahoz) has been criticized recently for numerous mistakes, all in favor of the Madrid side. Will Sevilla be able to revive the intrigue of the clash if the arbitrage is fairer? Less likely, as Los Blancos look incredible in any case. But one thing is sure: Jorge Sampaoli side will try to correct their mistakes, and their try is worth watching.
FIFA The Best. Voting results
FIFA have distributed several awards to the best persons in world football in 2016. The footballing body have published the final results of the voting with exact numbers of votes received for each nominee. Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned as the best player in the world, surpassing Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. He has received 34.54% of total votes, while his main rival Lionel Messi finished the second with 26.42% share of votes. Claudio Ranieri was the top man in coaches' race, as the Leicester manager won the prize for the best coach of the year with 22.06% of total votes. Zinedine Zidane surpassed Fernando Santos with a slight advantage to come after Ranieri. The most evident choice was made in the Puskas Award winner selection. Mohd Faiz Subri from Malaysia received almost 60% of the votes to win the prestigious prize thanks to his banana style free kick golazo in Malaysian Super League. https://my.mixtape.moe/sliqlf.mp4 Finally, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool fans won the fan award as their joined singing of the world famous song "You'll never walk alone" led the race and surpassed Iceland and ADO Den Haag fans' performances. https://my.mixtape.moe/oacllj.mp4 Prizes in women's football went to the USA's Carli Lloyd as the best female player and to Germany coach Silvia Neid as the best coach. Also, futsal legend Falcao was given an award for incredible sporting career and achievements in sports. Fair Play award was given to Club Atletico Nacional with a unanimous decision for their act of respect to the Brazilian club Chapecoense.
Liverpool 1-0 Man City. Klopp’s team still in title race [Highlights]
Liverpool hosted Manchester City in the Week 19 in Premier League. Jurgen Klopp's team defeated Pep Guardiola's side thanks to Georginio Wijnaldum's early header, which put Liverpool ahead in the 8th minute of the game. This turned out to be the only goal of the evening. Liverpool are still in title race, saving the same gap with Chelsea as before (6 points).
Last Clash in 2016. Liverpool vs Manchester City. Info and Lineups
English Premier League. Week 19 December 31, 17:30 UTC Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, England Referee: Craig Pawson League Table Positions Head-to-head statistics Fact: Liverpool are undefeated in their last 15 home matches against Man City in all competitions. Missing Players Liverpool → Danny Ings, Philippe Coutinho, Joel Matip, Marko Grujic (all injured) Manchester City → Vincent Kompany, Ilkay Gundogan, Josn Stones (all injured), Fabian Delph (unfit, doubtful) Lineups
Liverpool want to sign Espanyol goalkeeper
Liverpool are considering a surprise move for Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez. According to The Daily Star, Liverpool are pondering a move for Lopez as they seek to solve their goalkeeper problems. The initial idea for Liverpool would be to take over Lopez's loan next month from Espanyol. The Spaniard is on-loan in Spain from AC Milan, where he still has over 18 months to run on his contract.