Revelling in Liverpool’s latest irrepressible display on Sunday, although not their position on top of the Premier League, Jürgen Klopp lauded one of his strikers for their “outstanding moments” in the 6-1 thrashing of Watford.
Hey Bundesliga? Si senõr, the league is on. Ten games into the 2016-17 season, there are the old, familiar, expected faces at both ends of the table – FC Bayern (unbeaten und unconvincing) at the top, Hamburger SV (clueless, rudderless, irreparable) at the bottom – but otherwise, it’s a jolly good mess of smart overachievers, former giants growing in stature, elite sides mired in inconsistency and an array of sporting disasters of varying magnitude.
Héctor Bellerín is close to agreeing a contract extension at Arsenal after his agent held productive talks in London last week.
The Tottenham Hotspur full-back is impressing at academy level and looks to have a bright future.
The Newcastle United teenager is scoring at a superb rate for the under-23s.
Former West Ham loanee has a better strike rate than any of their current strikers.
“I do not like talking about injured players,” José Mourinho announced a few months before he left Real Madrid – shortly before going on to talk, rather darkly, about assorted injured players and provide in the process another in a series of similar digressions through the sullen, dying autumn of his time at the Bernabéu.
Gareth Southgate believes it is unfair to question Luke Shaw’s competitive courage and vigorously defended the Manchester United left-back in light of José Mourinho’s thinly veiled attack on his own player for pulling out of the game against Swansea City.
It was while Gareth Southgate was looking ahead to England’s game against Scotland and reiterating the importance of “emotional control” in these fixtures that his mind went back to Euro 96 and the kind of sketch that probably felt perfectly normal then bearing in mind the identity of the man around whom the story revolves.
Jürgen Klinsmann has rejected Bob Bradley’s claim that the former Germany star was jockeying to succeed him as USA coach a year before Bradley left.
Let me begin by saying that Ramiro Funes Mori is a fine player. Since making his international debut last year, the 25-year-old Everton defender has emerged as an important member for Argentina, as his versatility (he can play center-back or left-back) mixed with his strength and aerial dominance make the ex-River Plate player a valuable asset for the Albiceleste.