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FA Cup third-round : Wolves’ clash is more or less a walk-over for Liverpool

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FA Cup third round draws were made yesterday and the Reds got another favourable paring as they will take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in an away affair.

The Reds shouldn’t have any problem overcoming their FA Cup third-round opponents base on current form.

The Reds recorded another victory on Sunday despite playing against their stubborn local rivals.

Their current confident mood would serve as inspiration as they look to continue their mission for their first major trophy since Under Jurgen Klopp.

How have they fared so far this season?

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As said earlier, the Reds continue their chase after Manchester City in the race for the Premier League glory as they recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Everton.

Things have been going on smoothly for the former Borussia Dortmund’s boss and Wolverhampton shouldn’t be the team to end his participation in the FA Cup competition.

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The new Premier League club have held their own in the country’s top flight competition so far this season.

Among the three clubs who were promoted to the Premier League prior to the start of the season, Wolves are the only team certain of maintaining its status by the end of the season.

Their recent match results haven’t been too impressive anyway, they have won just four matches, drew four and lost six games. They currently occupy the 12th position with 16 points.

What make Liverpool favorites over Wolves

Better goalscoring ratio

As much as the Reds haven’t been too superb in front of goal lately, they have a better converting ratio than their upcoming opponents.

Klopp’s men have scored 27 goals in the League so far this season, compared to Wolves who have just 13 goals to their name.

The Reds have a great chance of scoring many many against Wolves when the competition returns.

Great defending record

So far in the League, Liverpool have conceded only five goals, making them one of the strongest defence units in Europe’s top five Leagues.

The presence of Van Dijk, coupled with the determination from Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have helped the team prevent many strikers from hitting the target.

Goalkeeper Alison Becker is justifying his huge price tag and he’s helped the Reds kept many clean sheets.

His dominant display at the back is a source of motivation for the Reds so far this season.

Contrary to Liverpool’s brilliant defensive record, Wolves have had a woeful stats at the back.

They have conceded 17 goals in just 14 matches, a situation the Reds will look to massively explore.

What Liverpool must avoid against Wolves

Forget about the unimpressive defending abilities, Wolverhampton often turns out to be a hard nut for top teams to crack.

Against Manchester City earlier in the season, the Citizens couldn’t continue their 100% start to the campaign as they could manage a 1-1 draw. In fact, Guardiola’s men had to come from behind to pick up a point.

This must serve as a warning to Liverpool that they can’t afford to underrate their opponents.

The Reds must avoid complacency, so as to progress to the next round of the competition.

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What Solskjaer Said About Rashford’s Missed Penalty In Crystal Palace Defeat

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had his say on the missed penalty from Marcus Rashford during the disappointing penalty loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Crystal Palace secured a first league win at Manchester United for the first time in three decades with a 2-1 win thereby recording their first victory of the new Premier League season.

After the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talked about the missed penalty while he was fielding questions from reporters.

He was asked about the penalty miss from Marcus Rashford during his post-match presser.

According to him, he doesn’t want to get caught up in the penalty drama involving Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba before adding that penalties are there to be scored and missed as well.

Former Manchester United striker Solskjaer also revealed that he missed several penalties during his successful football career.

Marcus Rashford is in the spotlight after he missed a second half penalty which hit the inside of the crossbar.

Manchester United were one-nil down at that point thanks to the first half strike from Jordan Ayew.

The Red Devils equalized through a wonderful goal from summer signing Daniel James before Patrick Van Aanholt won it for Crystal Palace in added time.

Paul Pogba also missed a second half penalty during the league game at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.

 

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Nacho Monreal Agrees On Deal To Return To Spain

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Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has agreed on a deal to return to the Spanish La Liga this summer.

The Premier League transfer window ended two weeks ago but Monreal can still leave Arsenal before the European transfer window ends on September 2.

According to Marca, Spanish top flight side Real Sociedad have agreed on a deal to sign him.

It was revealed that Real Sociedad have offered him a two-year deal with the option of a third year.

Nacho Monreal has one year left on his Arsenal contract at the moment.

The Gunners are keen to offload fringe players like Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed ElNeny before the European transfer window shuts and Nacho Monreal could leave as well.

His playing time at Arsenal will almost certainly reduce with the summer signing of Scottish international left-back Kieran Tierney.

The Scottish defender was signed from Celtic FC of Scotland in a deal reported to be around £25m.

Kieran Tierney is injured at the moment but the new Arsenal defender is expected to return to action before the end of next month.

Nacho Monreal was in action for Arsenal as they lost to hosts Liverpool earlier on Saturday.

Monreal and Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

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Unai Emery Urged To Drop Four Players For Liverpool Clash

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been told to drop four players for the Premier League clash at Liverpool.

Unai Emery was advised by Manchester United legend Gary Neville while he was doing his media work on Sky Sports.

According to him, Unai Emery needs to take the young players out of his starting XI for the Liverpool game.

Young players like Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson have featured heavily for the Gunners in their first two games of the new Premier League campaign.

According to ex-Manchester United right-back Gary Neville, Liverpool have a formidable home record spanning the last 12-18 months and what to expect from them for the Arsenal game but the same can’t be said about the Gunners.

Gary Neville said there’s still an air of unpredictability with the Arsenal squad.

He expects Granit Xhaka to come into the Arsenal XI for the Liverpool game.

The Swiss international missed the last game because of a back injury as Arsenal defeated Burnley 2-1 to make it two wins from two Premier League matches.

The star of the show was summer signing Dani Ceballos after the Spanish international provided two assists either side of the halftime interval to give the Gunners victory over Burnley.

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Klopp Reveals What He Did To Aubameyang At Dortmund

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has narrated how he impacted the career of Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when they were at German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund together.

Klopp talked about the Arsenal striker during his last press conference ahead of the Premier League meeting between Liverpool and the Gunners.

Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday evening with the hope of making it three wins out of the first three Premier League games of this season.

Arsenal also have the opportunity to achieve the same target having won their first two league games.

Jurgen Klopp revealed how he transformed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from a winger to a lethal striker.

The Liverpool manager signed Aubameyang for Borussia Dortmund from French top flight club Saint Etienne in the summer of 2013 and they were together at the Signa Iduna Park for two years before Klopp left in the summer of 2015.

Jurgen Klopp became the Liverpool manager in October 2015 and he has been able to build a title-winning squad on Merseyside.

For Aubameyang, the Gabonese international star was signed by Arsenal in January 2018 for a then club-record fee of £56m.

The transfer record has since been broken by fellow African player Nicholas Pepe whom the Gunners signed for £72m this summer.

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Van Dijk Reveals Toughest Opponent Ahead Of Arsenal Game

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Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has revealed his toughest opponent in the Premier League.

The Dutch international centre back disclosed the best opponent he has faced in a chat with British media outlet TalkSport.

According to him, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is the toughest opponent he has faced.

Virgil Van Dijk spoke about his most difficult opponent ahead of the blockbuster Premier League meeting between his team and Arsenal.

The former Groningen defender has been a big asset to Liverpool since joining the club from fellow Premier League side Southampton in January 2018.

Liverpool paid a then world-record fee of £75m to sign Van Dijk thus making him the most expensive defender in the history of world football until this month.

The record was broken by the £85m transfer of England international Harry Maguire from Leicester City to Manchester United.

Virgil Van Dijk was a key player for Liverpool who reached the Champions League final in his first season at the club.

Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final.

Van Dijk and Liverpool went one better in his second season after they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to win the Champions League title.

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