Many have declared Liverpool Premier League winners already following their consistent victories so far. After eight games, The Reds have had a perfect start to the current campaign. With a trip to Manchester United after the break, Jurgen Klopp has a chance to equal the league record for consecutive winning streak.
If the Reds can pull this off and push further against struggling Spurs, then they could very well be on their way to their first Premier League title win. While their attack has not had as much firepower as expected, aside the seeming unhealthy competition between Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane for more goals, they have remained compact and gotten through the games always on top.
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Chelsea’s technical and performance advisor Petr Cech has said that the club are discussing with several candidates for the managerial role and Frank Lampard remains one of them. The west London side are currently without a head coach after the departure of Maurizio Sarri, who made the switch to Juventus.
Speaking to Czech News Agency, Cech refused to confirm whether Lampard would be handed with the head coach role and said that he is just one of them considered for the vacancy, he quipped: “The club has identified several candidates, the situation is open. Frank is one of them. Before the first team begins preparations we want to solve the issue of the new manager. The most important thing is to choose a new manager, it will be crucial in the context of further work. The coach will have ideas for the team, we will be completing the team for next season. He will have to look at the players and decide who will go to Japan.”
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Liverpool midfielder James Milner has admitted that he will be supporting Manchester United for the first time when they entertain Manchester City in the midweek derby. The Reds are currently at the top of the Premier League after 35 games played, but they require a favour from one of their opponents, considering the Citizens are just two points behind them with the game in hand.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Milner acknowledged that he would be rooting for the Red Devils during the Manchester derby on Wednesday. However, he added that he would not waste time watching the game and would rather look at the scoreline thereafter, he said: “First time in my life. But I won’t be watching. It’s a bit of a waste of energy, willing the ball in the other goal. I can’t do anything about it. I’ll maybe put my phone away for a few hours and check it after. I’ve no idea what I’ll do, maybe go out for some food.”
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Manchester United’s interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that Fred will get the chance to prove himself during the remaining months of the campaign. The Brazil international has barely featured for the Red Devils since Ole took charge in December but he stands the opportunity to start during the midweek league fixture at Crystal Palace.
Speaking to reporters, Ole stated that Fred will get the opportunity to impress with the team and he must take the chance with both hands, he said: “It is not like we have been bogged down with too many games. Scott McTominay was the obvious choice against Liverpool because he was an academy kid – we had five academy kids at one point on the pitch. He knows what it means.You have to look at the time it needs to settle. You look at Juan [Sebastian Veron] – he is one of the best players that I played with – and it took him time to settle. And I am sure that when given the chance and a run in the team Fred will grab the opportunity. Fred will get his chances.”
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Chelsea’s back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero has said that he continues to hold a good relationship with Kepa Arrizabalaga despite the Spaniard’s antics in the League Cup final defeat to Manchester City. The Spain international was dropped from the lineup to face Tottenham Hotspur after the drama which unfolded during the weekend’s League Cup final but this did not affect the team’s performance as they secured a comfortable 2-0 win.
Speaking after the game, Caballero said that he has no concerns with the club’s number one despite the Spaniard refusing to be subbed off against the Citizens last weekend, he said: “We passed the last few days in good harmony, trying to talk about things and how to beat Spurs, and we did it. It was probably very important [what happened] because it was in a final but it doesn’t matter. We improved a lot and we are more together than ever. Is everything okay between me and Kepa? Yes, of course. We spoke about it after the incident and it was good to have a chat with him. He learned a lot from what happened, we learned a lot as a team.”
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Arsenal’s win over Chelsea really did up them in the conversation for a top spot finish this term. They could get one better if they add the FA Cup but Manchester United are the next hindrance they must overcome.
Since Ole Gunnar Solksjaer took over the helms at Old Trafford after Jose Mourinho’s exit, there has been a good feeling around the club resulting to back to back victories in all competitions. The team has won all of their past seven games, and would be seeking to add Arsenal in the list of casualties.
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