Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has been tipped to be the best defender in the English Premier League owing to his impressive performance with the Reds team.
Virgil Van Dijk joined the Merseyside club in the summer and has since settled to become a rock in the back of the Reds team, a development that has attracted the praise of pundits and the manager.
However, a statistic form Coral confirms that there is no defender in the Premier League who has matched the feat of the former Southampton player.
It was earlier thought that manager Jurgen Klopp made a wrong decision to have paid heavily for Virgil Van Dijk but he has now justified his pay and doing even better at the moment.
According to the statistic, Virgil Van Dijk has made more tackles than any defender in the League and most importantly, no player has ever dribbled pass him this season.
The statistic revealed that Virgil Van Dijk has made 23 tackles without being dribbled past, a record that has not been kept in the league for a long time.
However, Virgil Van Dijk is one of the reasons why Liverpool are tipped to be title contenders as it is known that no team wins the league without a solid defence.
Liverpool vs Barcelona: Mourinho makes big claim
Former Man United is not keeping mute on the big semi-final clashes in the UEFA Champions League this season as he makes a big claim on the expected clash between the English Premier League side Liverpool and Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona later in May.
Liverpool were able to book the clash against Barcelona after defeating Porto while Man United were defeated by the Spanish giants.
A win for the Reds team will mean they will be playing in the finals for the second consecutive year and that remains the target of the club ahead of the game.
However, former Red Devils boss predicts that the Reds team have a 50% chance of playing in the finals because they also have a very strong squad.
Jose Mourinho, in his analysis stated that the Jurgen Klopp team are better than they were last season but noted that they will have to tackle the threat by Argentina international Lionel Messi as Barcelona without him makes Liverpool the favourites.
However, the Reds team have got the ambition of winning the double as they are also in the race for the Premier League title win against defending champions Man City which would be the first title won by manager Jurgen Klopp since he joined Liverpool.
Sarri gives the biggest shock in Champions League claim
There are already insinuations that West London outfit Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri does not give a damn about qualification to the Champions League next season after a claim attributed to him.
The Italian boss has always been confirmed with the issue of securing qualification to the Champions League and that seems to be pissing him up as he claimed that there is no big deal about playing in the European biggest competition.
According to Maurizio Sarri, the Champions League is being overrated by journalists as they keep talking about it.
He noted that his major aim is playing good football and winning the English Premier League title as well as the Europa League, stressing that the attention must not all be on the Champions League, adding that people give the competition too much importance
However, Maurizio Sarri is still keen to have his team finish in the top-four as he noted that he has his attention on the remaining Premier League games which he claimed would be very difficult.
Meanwhile, the mandate given to the former Napoli boss is to secure qualification to the Champions League ahead of the coming season and that is yet to be done with competition from Arsenal, Tottenham and Man United.
Klopp takes swipe at Man United
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has taken a swipe on Man United as they prepare for their Manchester derby against City later on Wednesday.,
The Reds team delivered a 2-0 win against Cardiff on Sunday to return top in the Premier League table ahead of Man City with two points clear.
It has been suggested that the Red Devils could help the Reds team by defeating Man City so as to give them an easy landing for the Premier League title but that has been dismissed by the German boss.
Jurgen Klopp made this known after the Red Devils were defeated 4-0 by their Merseyside rivals Everton on Sunday.
According to him, the Man United team are also helpless and from what has been displayed against Everton, there are no chances that they will be able to see past City on Wednesday.
While noting that he will wait until Wednesday to know what the outcome of the game would be, his team will be focused on winning their next game and think less about Man City and Man United.
However, Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to winning his first title as Liverpool boss for about three seasons at the club and the team also hope to end their 29-year English Premier League title drought.
Nice president challenges Sarri for Giroud
French Ligue 1 outfit Nice president Gauthier Ganaye has challenged Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri over the future of Olivier Giroud at the Stamford Bridge.
Olivier Giroud has been linked away from the West London outfit over lack of playing time with reports claiming that he would be leaving as soon as the season is over.
However, manager Maurizio Sarri recently stated that an agreement has been reached between the club and the former Arsenal striker for him to remain at the club, insisting that Olivier Giroud will be at Chelsea next season.
This has been challenged by Nice president who claims that a move is possible because his club are already considering a move for the World Cup winner at the end of the season.
The Nice President noted that Olivier Giroud’s contract with the Blues is already expiring at the end of the season while no agreement has been reached. He added that his club are aware that his salary wills e huge but they are ready to meet with that.
However, Olivier Giroud has been criticized for not scoring goals for Chelsea as he has been blamed for the lack of cutting edge in the team but the club have insisted on keeping him ahead of coming season.
Klopp Trolls Man United Ahead Of Manchester Derby
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has poked fun at arch rivals Manchester United ahead of their Manchester Derby clash with Manchester City in the Premier League.
Manchester United host Manchester City in a league game that could decide the destination of the Premier League title.
Klopp trolled the Red Devils during his post-match press conference on Sunday evening shortly after his players delivered a professional performance to beat Welsh side Cardiff City 2-0 away from home.
Klopp and his Liverpool team secured win with second half goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner (penalty).
The former Borussia Dortmund and Mainz 05 manager doubted the ability of Manchester United to get a result against English champions and league title rivals Manchester City having been beaten 4-0 at Everton.
According to him, Manchester United are not in a good moment compared to when the Red Devils played out a goalless draw with his team at Old Trafford earlier this year.
The Red Devils suffered their worst defeat of the season after they were beaten 4-0 by Everton in their Premier League meeting on Sunday afternoon.
Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott were on the scoresheet for Everton who recorded their biggest home win over the Red Devils for over three decades.
David De Gea Apologises For Everton Defeat
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has apologized to fans after the Red Devils were on the end of a drubbing at the hands of Merseyside giants Everton.
Spanish international shot stopper De Gea was in goal as Everton ran riot against Manchester United.
The Manchester United stand-in skipper conceded four goals, two goals in each half, against an Everton side that secured a third successive league win at home via a 4-0 victory over the Red Devils.
De Gea apologised to the Manchester United faithfuls via his official Twitter handle.
Brazilian international attacker Richarlison set the Toffees on their way to a thumping victory as early as the 13th minute off an assist from lone striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Gylfi Sigurdsson added a second goal for Everton to give the hosts a 2-0 lead at the halftime interval.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacted to a poor first half performance with personnel cum tactical change but that didn’t stop the Everton onslaught.
Lucas Digne scored a third goal for the Merseysiders before substitute Theo Walcott finished off the Red Devils with the fourth Everton goal of the game.
The win was enough to take Everton to seventh spot on the table while Manchester United stay two points off the top-four in sixth position and in their quest for Champions League football next season.
Everton Duo Make Team Of The Week After Win vs Man Utd
Two Everton players have been rewarded with their respective spots on the Premier League Team of the Week list as compiled by popular media outlet Goal.
The Team of the Week list for Premier League Matchweek 35 was dominated by players of Crystal Palace and Everton in the wake of their victories over Arsenal and Manchester United respectively.
Arsenal were beaten 3-2 at home by fellow London club Crystal Palace while Everton thrashed Manchester United 4-0 at home to further dent the Red Devils’ quest to qualify for Champions League football.
French defender and Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson were on target for Everton against Manchester United and they both made the list.
Everton took the lead in the 13th minute through Brazilian international attacker Richarlison before the aforementioned Sigurdsson added a second goal from outside the box to give the Toffees a 2-0 lead at the halftime interval.
Lucas Digne scored a third goal for Everton before substitute Theo Walcott rounded off the scoring to give the hosts a 4-0 win at the full-time whistle.
As a result of the dominant win, Everton moved three places above the likes of Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford into seventh spot on the league table while Manchester United stay in sixth place when a win could have taken them to as high as fourth spot.
Man Utd Lacked Leaders In Everton Drubbing
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has shouldered the blame after his team saw hell at the hands of Everton during their Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon.
Matic and his Manchester United teammates were on the receiving end of a 4-0 drubbing by the Toffees.
In his reaction to the result, Matic told reporters via Goal that Manchester United lacked leaders and that was mainly responsible for the heavy beating received by the Red Devils.
The result blunted their quest for a top-four spot at the end of this season as Manchester United missed out on the chance to move two places ahead on the table with a win over Everton.
The Toffees scored two goals in each half to condemn Manchester United to a heavy defeat as well as a sixth loss in the last eight games.
The defeat at the hands of Everton is coming on the back of their Champions League exit at the hands of Spanish champions Barcelona.
The five-time European champions thrashed Barcelona 3-0 on Tuesday night to knock them out of the competition at the quarterfinal stage via a 4-0 aggregate defeat.
The Everton goals vs Manchester United were scored by Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and substitute Theo Walcott.
Everton gave themselves the chance to seal Europa League qualification via a seventh place finish on the league table.
Why Everton Deserve Big Win Over Man United
Everton manager Marco Silva has no doubt that his team fully merited the big win over former European champions Manchester United during their Premier League clash at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
Marco Silva masterminded the best win of his short managerial era in the Premier League when his Toffees team thrashed Manchester United 4-0.
In his post-match press conference, the Portuguese tactician told reporters that Everton were the better team from the first to the last minute of their league encounter with the Red Devils.
Everton scored twice in each half for their biggest win of the current league season in the English top flight.
Brazilian attacker Richarlison set Everton on their way to a big win in the 13th minute before Gylfi Sigurdsson added a second goal for the home side.
Everton scored a third goal after eleven second half minutes through French defender Lucas Digne before substitute Theo Walcott rounded off the scoring eight minutes later.
The win over Manchester United ensured that Everton have now won their last three games in the Premier League after recent wins over Chelsea and Arsenal.
The Red Devils missed out on a fantastic opportunity to secure a spot in the top-four of the Premier League as a result of the big defeat to Everton.
Crystal Palace Trio Rewarded After Stunning Arsenal Win
Three Crystal Palace players have been rewarded for their part in the 3-2 drubbing handed out to Arsenal in their Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Scott Dann and Wilfried Zaha were all rewarded with various spots on the team of the week lost for Matchweek 35 in the Premier League.
The three players were named on the list compiled by Goal.
The three players were instrumental to the Eagles’ away win over Arsenal who are chasing a top-four place on the Premier League table at the end of this season.
A top-four spot is the minimum guarantee for Champions League football next season though the Gunners can still secure their target via the Europa League.
They have to win the Europa League to seal Champions League football next season.
They face a two-legged semifinal clash with Spanish La Liga giants Valencia in the coming weeks.
Apart from Wan-Bissaka, Dann and Zaha, two Everton players also made the list after the 4-0 home defeat handed out to Manchester United.
Everton players Lucas Digne and Gylfi Sigurdsson were also named on the list.
Other recipients include Sergio Rico (Fulham), Conor Coady and Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool), Gerard Deulofeu (Watford) and Ayoze Perez (Newcastle United).
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