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Are they really title favorites? How Liverpool players perform against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea and Liverpool played a 1-1 draw in today’s late Premier League clash. The Reds, who were defeated 2-1 by the Blues on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup, had to come from a goal down to earn a point at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s man of the moment Eden Hazard break the deadlock in the 25th minute but Daniel Sturridge got off the bench to rescue the Merseyside club from tasting their first defeat of the season.

There were so many missed chances from both teams throughout the encounter. Shaqiri, Salah, Firmino and Mane all failed to take their chances in the first half of the game.

Here is how Liverpool players fared during the tension-soaking encounter

Alisson – 8/10

The Brazilian has been wonderful for the Reds since his record-breaking switch to Anfield from Roma.

He had a great showing today, first his point-blank save to prevent his compatriot Willian from breaking the deadlock.

Though he had a touch Hazard’s goal, he couldn’t prevent that from entering into the net.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5/10

The young defender was often seen at the final half of the pitch, therefore, leaving his primary mission.

He was caught unaware by the Blues experienced wingers. It wasn’t his day because he can do better than what we saw throughout today’s encounter.

Joe Gomez – 8/10

The 21-year-old has grown with so much confidence in just 35 matches with the Reds senior squad.
He was composed and maturely dealt with every attacking move made by the Blues from his position.

Virgil van Dijk – 9/10

The Dutch defender passed a last-minute fitness test and he was given the nod to return to the starting XI by Klopp. His experience and quality was obvious during the crunch tie.

He created a rock-solid partnership with Gomez at the back of the pitch as it takes Hazard’s brilliance to get pass the two defenders.

Andy Robertson – 6/10

Robertson returned to the starting lineup against the Blues but he was found wanting when it comes to joining the attack. It takes him much time to settle into the game and he almost cost his teammates a goal when he allowed Willian to skip past him.

Though he was comfortable under intense pressure from Chelsea’s attackers, he needs to do more in subsequent matches.

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

The Liverpool skipper started the clash but appeared to be lacking full fitness as he was off the game’s pace and quality.

Gini Wijnaldum – 6.5/10

To be fair to the midfielder, he was played out of position by Klopp, so, he shouldn’t be blamed for his less-inspiring display against the Blues.

James Milner – 6/10

It’s not his day, the England international struggle throughout the time he spent on the pitch before being replaced by Klopp. He is surely top player, he will come out good in the next fixture.

Mohamed Salah – 5/10

The player hasn’t hit his last season form so far this season. He was far from impressive and he missed so many goalscoring opportunities.

Sadio Mane – 6/10

It was a quiet day for the Senegalese player, who had no real influence on the team’s final scoreline.

Roberto Firmino – 6.5/10

Like his fellow striking partner, he could do more than what we saw today. The Brazilian didn’t really have a great game today.

Substitutes

Xherdan Shaqiri (on for Mohamed Salah, 66′) – 7/10

Naby Keita (on for Jordan Henderson, 78′) – 8/10

Daniel Sturridge (on for James Milner, 86”) – 9/10

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Revealed, Mourinho cares less about Chelsea and United sack

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ESPN pundit Steve Nicol has revealed that Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho care more about his sack at the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid than that of the two Premier League clubs Chelsea and Man United.

The latest was his sack at the Old Trafford last year December after failing to deliver a good result and losing control of the dressing room in addition to his rift with some of the players.

It would be recalled that he was sacked at the Spanish capital in 2013 as he failed to deliver good results and was 15 points behind Barcelona at the time of his sack.

The former FIFA World Coach is currently in the search for a new job as he has been without one for months, despite claiming to have rejected about two to three jobs because they lacked the ambition he seeks for.

The ESPN pundit noted that Jose Mourinho was only loved by his players at Inter Milan, recalling that the players wept when he left the club but in other clubs he worked, he ended up having a bad relationship before leaving.

However, the ESPN pundit fears that Jose Mourinho might not be able to land a big job anymore because of his inability to manage big players, going by his history.

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Fans won’t like this, the game Liverpool will drop points predicted

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English Premier League outfit Liverpool are hoping this season ends well with the league title as they are top on the table ahead of Man City.

The Reds team have not won a domestic league since the 1989/1990 season which makes it 29 years since they celebrated a Premier League title and they are hoping that they break the deadlock this season.

However, Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has delivered a damning prediction when he hints the game that could make the Merseyside outfit drop shock point to slip up in their title race against Man City.

He noted that Liverpool’s trip to Southampton is a tricky fixture that could have the Reds drop some points, noting that they have got some relationship which could affect the respect on the pitch.

It is no longer news that a couple of Liverpool players were signed up from Southampton with defender Virgil Van Dijk being the last name to move to the Anfield.

However, with about 8 games left until the end of the season, the Reds team will want to bank on their defence and their attack with Sadio Mane in good form to deliver good performance.

The Senegal international has been in fine goalscoring form. He has scored 11 goals in 11 games for Liverpool in the Premier League.

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‘Stubborn’ Bayern Munich ready to submit fourth bid for Chelsea star

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German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich are not going to give up in their attempt to land Chelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi as they are now reported to be preparing a fourth bid for his signature.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been on the radar of the Bundesliga team for months with Bayern Munich making an attempt in the last winter transfer window by submitting three different offers which were rejected.

The West London outfit are keen to keep the star player, especially with fears that they will be losing Belgium international Eden Hazard at the end of the season to Real Madrid.

Chelsea are of the opinion, according to reports that they will only have Callum Hudson-Odoi leave the club should they gain the assurance that the Belgium international playmaker will not be heading to the Spanish capital.

It is claimed that Bayern Munich are ready to pay the sum of £30 million for the youngster despite his lack of playing time at the Stamford Bridge.

However, the Blues are being careful not to lose their players knowing that they will not be able to land new players in the next two transfer window following the ban handed them by FIFA.

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Chelsea’s best player admits he is not any close to this Liverpool star

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Belgium international Eden Hazard is no doubt Chelsea’s best player at the moment and he has confessed not to be anywhere close to Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, noting that he one of the four players he looks up to.

Eden Hazard has been firing for the Blues with 13 goals and has handed 11 assists in 29 Premier League games for Chelsea this season which is below the 17 goals already scored by the Egypt international playmaker for the Premier League leaders.

However, the Belgium international signs praise of the former AS Roma player as he noted that he is doing all in best to match the Liverpool star.

Eden Hazard ranks Liverpool’s star player amongst world stars like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luca Modric, insisting that Mohamed Salah is one of them as he hopes to get to their level.

However, Mohamed Salah led his team into finishing second in the league last season and has already begun with his efforts to land the title this season.

Meanwhile, the Blues star Eden Hazard could be leaving the West London at the end of the season as he is already being linked with a move to the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid.

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Sadio Mane given Salah advice

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One thing that will not be forgotten for Liverpool last season is the feat by Egyptian international Mohamed Salah as he did not only impressed but scored a number of goals.

The same seems to be emulated by Senegal international Sadio Mane who has been in great form so far this season and has been impressive under manager Jurgen Klopp.

With the former AS Roma star not in the best of form, having failed to score the last couple of games, Sadio Mane has been living up to expectations and has scored a total of 11 goals in the last 11 games for the Merseyside outfit.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has, therefore, urged the Liverpool star to go the extent at which the Egyptian international went last season to be able to hand the Premier League title to their team.

The Arsenal legend noted that there are a number of things to improve upon by the former Southampton star and that will only be achieved if he is willing to take up the challenge of helping his team just like Mohamed Salah did in their last season.

It would be recalled that Mohamed Salah scored a total of 44 goals last season across all competitions and won a number of individual laurels.

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The Chelsea star who inspires Arsenal teenager revealed

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North London outfit Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson has pointed to Callum Hudson-Odoi as the Chelsea player who inspires him.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has seen only a few appearances in the Chelsea team but that did not stop his call-up to the England senior national team under manager Gareth Southgate.

Reiss Nelson is currently on a loan deal with the German Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim and has shown good quality which is already catching attention from a number of teams but there is no way the North London outfit will want to part ways with him.

The Arsenal teenager stated that he has played against Callum Hudson-Odoi in the youth league, noting that they are friends and have gotten along with each other for a long time.

He stressed that Callum Hudson-Odoi has been inspiring as he always makes a player push harder for a bigger level, noting that his call-up to the senior national team is another big inspiration for him.

However, there are suggestions that the North London outfit could ask Reiss Nelson to return to the Emirates Stadium as he has shown he is ripe enough to compete at a bigger stage and in a big side like Arsenal.

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Liverpool star nears exit as he visits Rome

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Emerging reports claim that Liverpool star Alberto Moreno is close to the exit door of the Anfield and will leave as soon as his contract with the club expires at the end of the season.

Alberto Moreno has been dissatisfied with the situation for him at the Anfield as he has been relegated to bench roles without enough playing time and there are no hopes that there will be change any time soon owing to the options available in the left full-back position.

However, it has been reported that the Spanish international left-back is already in the city of Rome during this international break to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Italian Serie A outfit Lazio.

Alberto Moreno has only seen two Premier League appearances for the Reds team and five appearances in all across all competitions which is not enough for a player who is looking forward to a national team call-up.

The Spanish star made efforts to leave the club in the last winter transfer window but a deal did not fall through as the Reds manager Jurgen Klopp did not sanction it because of the need for options at the club.

Meanwhile, the Reds team can no longer stop his move as his contract is already running out.

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The two deals Chelsea want to seal despite transfer ban

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West London outfit Chelsea are set to tie two deals ahead of the coming season as it is now obvious that they will not be able to secure any deal until the next two transfer windows.

The Blues were found guilty of going against the FIFA transfer rule which is against deals with under-age players and have been told they will not be allowed to register any player until the summer window of 2020.

However, the Chelsea chiefs are already considering the option of handing new deals to Willian and David Luiz who are already running out of their contract with the club.

Both Brazilians have also indicated interest in staying at the Stamford Bridge by extending their contract with the club.

However, the West London outfit will be forced to go against their transfer policy of not handing more than a year contract extension to players who are over 30, which have been the demands of the duo.

Meanwhile, the Blues have already secured the signature of Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic and he will be joining the Stamford Bridge at the end of the season while Chelsea will also make attempt to keep Belgium international Eden Hazard at the club.

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Rio Ferdinand takes dig at “fake” Liverpool fans

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Man United legend Rio Ferdinand has claimed that the Merseyside outfit Liverpool have got some fake fans who have been silent all through the past 20 years as a result of the inability of their team to come close to winning a trophy.

According to the former defender, the plastic fans seem to have found their voice back now that it is looking likely that the Jurgen Klopp team will win a title this season as they are now at the top of the league.

The last time Liverpool won a domestic League title is in the 1989/90 season before it was rebranded as the Premier League and some fans have not been proud to sing the praise of their team until now.

Rio Ferdinand stated that he never knew some persons were Liverpool fans until now as they have not been vocal and have been close all these while.

However, Rio Ferdinand said he would be pained to see Liverpool win the League title over Man City despite knowing that the best team will win the league at the end of the day.

Meanwhile, Liverpool came close to winning the Premier League last season as they were second in the league table. This season might just be the year for manager Jurgen Klopp to land his first trophy as manager of the club.

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Barcelona Ready To Sell $136m-rated Coutinho

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Premier League giants Manchester United are willing to listen to offers for unsettled midfielder Philippe Coutinho according to reports emanating from the British media.

A specific report from popular media outlet Goal claimed that the Catalan giants will listen to offers for the Brazilian international star amidst transfer reports linking him with a move to Manchester United.

It was revealed that the Spanish champions are willing to sanction a sale for him for at least 80 million euros (90.8 million dollars) which represents a significant loss from the 120 million euros (136 million dollars) paid for his transfer at the start of last year.

Philippe Coutinho has endured a frustrating time at the Nou Camp following his move from Premier League giants Liverpool.

The 26-year-old became the third most expensive footballer in the world following his Barcelona transfer but the former Inter Milan playmaker has not lived up to expectations at the club.

He has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League.

English top flight sides like Chelsea and Manchester United are said to be keen on a move for him.

Coutinho has started just 16 games for Barcelona this season in addition to 10 substitute appearances.

He has not played 90 minutes for Barcelona since January.

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