A Bank Holiday Weekend of Sport

As we head into this May Bank Holiday weekend, the weather doesn’t seem to be living up to the idyllic Mediterranean climate we’ve grown accustomed to over the past few weeks. Although beer gardens and leisurely country walks may be off the cards, that’s no reason not to enjoy yourself, and a jam-packed weekend of sport is just the thing to take your mind off the miserable weather.

Kicking off the weekend is the continuation of the Giro d’Italia. After a gruelling three weeks of racing, the prestigious tour finishes on Sunday 27th May with a parade through the streets of Rome. Before then however, is a final punishing mountain stage on Saturday.

British rider Simon Yates went into Friday as leader, with the thought he could do well here after making up much of his lead in similar previous stages. But after getting his lead slashed in half by Tom Dumoulin on Thursday, and a failure to perform in the mountains on Friday coupled with a spectacular return to form from icon of the sport Chris Froome resulting in a stage win, its looking to be a tussle between Froome and Dumoulin in the closing days of the tour.

The first of the three European Grand Tours, the Giro is also the perfect preview for the Tour de France. 

Continuing the racing theme, this weekend also sees the running of the 76th Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. A perennial favourite of the sport, it sees racers flying round a demanding street circuit, while guests and attendees relax and enjoy the race in the glamorous city.

Lewis Hamilton will be looking to continue his run of good form this season, saying ‘We’ve got some things to work on and we’re not completely in the dark, much better than we were last year. But we’ve got a lot of ground to cover and pick up if we want to be in the fight for the win’ in the face of stiff competition from Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel. Red Bull driver’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Riccardo will also be looking to make waves at the race, and if their fiery rivalry in the tournament so far is anything to go by, it should be an exciting race. The Grand Prix starts on Sunday 27th May at 14:10 GMT, with qualifying taking place on Saturday.

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Moving on to football, this Saturday sees the Championship Play-Off Final between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley. Dubbed ‘the richest game in football’, potentially worth up to £160m to the winners, this game will determine who takes a place in the Premier League next season.

Fulham have been on great form this season, with 18-year-old Ryan Sessegnon being a particular stand-out, as well as taking the win the last time these teams met, so go into the game many people’s favourites. But with a team as steeped in experience as Aston Villa, stewarded by veteran player John Terry, its sure to be close.

The play-off final acts as the perfect appetiser for the main course of a Saturday of football; the Champions League Final.

Real Madrid and Liverpool are currently out in Kiev preparing to battle it out for the title. The Spanish side go into the game the favourites, looking to make it a third win on the trot and their 13th overall. However, with neither team on home turf and Jürgen Klopp’s side intending to play in their usual attacking style while pulling on the immense talent of players like Golden Boot winner Mo Salah, the Reds aren’t going to make it easy for them.

Liverpool are also hungry for the win after going without the trophy for over a decade and it clearly means a lot to the Merseyside team; forward Sadio Mane has gifted 300 Liverpool shirts to his hometown in Senegal to celebrate the game.

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Premier League News: Weekend Review

 

Man United 2 Arsenal 1

In what was a crucial round of Premier League games, the standout fixture, Man United vs Arsenal, had a far more gentile feel than in years gone by. There have been plenty of dust-ups between the pair, but this was not a day for recrimination.

Arsene Wenger’s old foe Sir Alex Ferguson was in a generous mood as the Frenchman was rightly lauded at Old Trafford for all he has done for football. And while the Gunners won the title there in 2002, this time it was United triumphant 2-1 on the day.

Both teams have been eclipsed by ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City this season, United at least though had the opportunity to cement second place and claim the “best of the rest” prize.

Sir Alex was master of ceremonies in a pre-match presentation to Wenger who will leave Arsenal at the end of the season after 22 years as manager. The crowd applauded as Wenger received a silver vase and the pair embraced in what Wenger would later call a “classy” touch. It was a sign of the enduring respect the former rivals hold for one another.

When play got underway it was United who opened the scoring when a header from former Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez was knocked on to the post by Hector Bellerin, Paul Pogba then stabbed home the rebound.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalised, gifted plenty of space to weave and strike through the legs of Victor Lindelof.

But United had the last laugh with an injury-time winner from Marouane Fellaini. The bruising midfielder was a constant threat in the air as United bombarded the Arsenal penalty area, and the pressure finally paid off with two minutes remaining.

It felt almost like a testimonial game, with Arsenal playing mostly reserves, resting the first team ahead of the Europa League semi-final second leg.

 

Fellaini Premier League review

Fellaini’s game winning header all but assures United of second place

West Ham 1 Man City 4

Manchester City’s Premier League victory celebrations continued with a comprehensive 4-1 demolition of West Ham.

And in the process, they hit another milestone – 100 Premier League goals for the season. History was also made, as they became only the second Premier League side to win 30 league games in a campaign.

The champions took the lead when Leroy Sane’s shot deflected off the head of Patrice Evra and wrong-footed Hammers goalkeeper Adrian.

A comedy of defensive errors culminated in a Pablo Zabaleta own goal for their second.

Aaron Cresswell pulled one back with a sumptuous free kick. However, not long after Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho finished off the hopeless Hammers, who are still in danger of being dragged into a late relegation battle.

Cresswell Premier League Review

Aaron Cresswell’s brilliant Free-Kick turned out to be nothing more than a consolation.

Liverpool 0 Stoke City 0

Following their great Champions League feats in the week, a tired-looking Liverpool could only manage a 0-0 draw against relegation-haunted Stoke at Anfield.

The Reds goal machine Mo Salah for once misfired in a rare off game for the PFA player of the year, while the Potters feeble attack line has been misfiring all season.

Swansea 0 Chelsea 1

Chelsea, hanging on the coattails of Tottenham in the race for a Champions League place next season, scraped a 1-0 victory away to Swansea.

In the process, Cesc Fabregas notched his 50th Premier League goal, a wonderfully improvised finish that turned out to be enough on the day, as Swansea failed to make their few chances count.

But troubled manager Antonio Conte admitted that the “situation is not in our hands”, as even if Chelsea manage to beat Liverpool next weekend, the Reds need only a win at home to Brighton to confirm Champions League football for another year.

Swansea meanwhile are back deep in the relegation mire.

Southampton 2 Bournemouth 1

Speaking of the relegation dogfight, Southampton triumphed in the South Coast derby against Bournemouth, who have already assured their Premier League status for another year.

A Dusan Tadic doubled inspired the Saints to a crucial victory, which leaves them just a point behind Swansea in 18th place.

Crystal Palace 5 Leicester 0

Palace meanwhile are all but safe after a stunning 5-0 victory over seemingly ‘on the beach’ Leicester. Wilfried Zaha was the catalyst, contributing a goal of his own early on, with MacArthur, Loftus-Cheek and Van Ahnholt compounding the misery.

A late penalty by Christian Benteke ended the Belgian’s long goal drought, to round off a thoroughly convincing win at Selhurst Park.

Huddersfield 0 Everton 2

Huddersfield might just be looking over their shoulder, as a home defeat to Everton leaves them on 35 points, just three above the drop zone.

Newcastle 0 West Brom 1

Many would have labelled Saturday’s encounter on Tyneside this weekend as a bit of damp squib but try telling that to Albion fans. A 1 -0 win at Newcastle courtesy of winger Matt Phillips, means they aren’t relegated – for now at least.

Burnley 0 Brighton 0
And finally, Europe chasing Burnley took on Brighton at Turf Moor, with the two sides playing out a 0-0 draw. It leaves Burnley still in the hunt for Europa League qualification, but the less said about this one, the better.

 

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Prepare Yourself for a Fabulous Festive Period of Football

The Barclay’s Premier League season has certainly kicked off in style in 2017, with fans having already enjoyed a feast of fascinating fixtures this year. With the latest International break having ended, fans can now relish goals, gaffs and unmissable drama as they witness an action-packed festive period of Premier League football. Eventmasters are delighted to offer the finest football hospitality packages for the thrilling 2017/18 season. Treat your esteemed clientele to a match day unlike any other with our unrivalled corporate entertainment facilities.

In preparation for what promises to be a thrilling December period, we highlight four of the showcase fixtures to follow this term.

Arsenal v Manchester United – Saturday 2nd December 2017

Fixtures between these two Premier League giants always promise to be highly charged. With thrilling drama, splendid goals and a fierce managerial rivalry to match, fans can certainly relish a pulsating 90 minutes of unrivalled action. It was Arsenal who stole the bragging rights when last the two met at the Emirates Stadium, with two quick-fire goals from Granit Xhaka and former Red Devil, Danny Welbeck, securing a famous victory to halt United’s impressive 25-match unbeaten run.

This term Arsene Wenger’s Gunners must rediscover the form that saw them conquer Jose Mourinho’s high-flying side, but with the latter currently jostling for position at the very top of the table, it will certainly prove to be a challenging ordeal. United hope to welcome back midfield maestro, Paul Pogba, to their ranks in the coming days following his recovery from injury, and will also call on Belgian hitman, Romelu Lukaku to supply an imposing attacking threat. Arsenal on the other hand will have an array of offensive options available, with Frenchman, Alexandre Lacazette, who currently boasts 6 Premier League goals, likely to lead the line. It should make for a fascinating encounter.

Liverpool v Everton – Sunday 10th December 2017

The pulsating Merseyside derby barely needs any introduction. With a match-day atmosphere unrivalled by most, fans can certainly relish a fixture brimming with passion and ferocity. Last season the Liverpool faithful were treated to a footballing masterclass at Anfield, with goals from Messrs Mane, Coutinho and Origi dispatching their Evertonian rivals with consummate ease. It will certainly be a fixture to excite the masses this year with Jurgen Klopp’s man eagerly eyeing a place in the coveted top four.

Everton on the other hand are enduring a difficult period of form. Having sacked Dutchman, Ronald Koeman, following a poor run of results that has seen them exit Europe and drop to the lower reaches of the Premier League table, they are in desperate search of some positive results. A vital win at home to Watford on November 5th will have lifted the side’s spirits no-end but with no permanent managerial appointment currently on the horizon, it remains a period of uncertainty for Everton fans.

Manchester United v Manchester City – Sunday 10th December 2017

Immediately following the captivating Merseyside Derby comes the fixture that sits at the very forefront of the English footballing calendar. Two sides. Two managers. One unparalleled rivalry. The two Premier League giants last met at Old Trafford in September 2016, with the Sky Blues stealing a 2-1 victory from the desperate clutches of their Manchester rivals. Goals from the ubiquitous Kevin De Bruyne and Kalechi Iheanacho were enough to claim the spoils despite a late surge from Mourinho’s men to snatch an equaliser.

This season, Pep Guardiola’s City side appear to be in rampant form, having only dropped two points from 11 games all season. With a devastating attacking arsenal which includes the talismanic De Bruyne, the lightening-quick Sane and ever-prolific Aguero, City will be vying to dominate from the first whistle.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur – Saturday 16th December 2017

As Christmas draws ever nearer, fans can tide their impatience with a trip to this captivating Premier League encounter. With both sides jostling for the top position in the league this season, there will certainly be a great deal at stake. Fans were treated to a fascinating spectacle at the Etihad Stadium in January as the league’s high-fliers played out a pulsating 2-2 draw. Despite Guardiola’s men racing into 2 goal lead after half time, courtesy of Leory Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, it was Pochettino’s men who demonstrated their resilience, pulling two back swiftly to bring the game level.

This term, the playing field looks to be finely poised with both sides enjoying some fine form so far. Will Tottenham’s boy wonder, Harry Kane, be on hand to put a spanner in Guardiola’s seemingly faultless plan, or will City’s Sergio Aguero claim the bragging rights? There’s not long to wait!

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The Premier League’s Ones To Watch

The Barclay’s Premier League season has certainly kicked off in style in 2017, with fans having already enjoyed a feast of fascinating fixtures this year. Eventmasters are delighted to offer the finest football hospitality packages for the thrilling 2017/18 season. Treat your esteemed clientele to a match day unlike any other with our unrivalled corporate entertainment facilities.

As we all look ahead to more frenzied football action in the months to come, why not whet the appetite with our chosen ‘ones to watch’ for 2017/18?

Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne

The ubiquitous Belgian midfielder, who is already staking a formidable claim for player of the season, appears to be going from strength to strength under the watchful eye of Pep Guardiola. De Bruyne, who endured a frustrating three year spell at Chelsea previously, has dazzled the City faithful with his intricate passing range and keen eye for goal. The City talisman, who boasted the highest assist rate in the 2016/17 campaign has certainly started the new season in the same vein, having already added 5 assists and a goal to his impressive tally.

His skilful showcase on the pitch appears to be matched only by his refreshing modesty and attitude demonstrated off it, and Manchester City fans are surely savouring every moment. The Sky Blues must have one eye over their shoulder however; as when the January Transfer Window looms, Europe’s elite will undoubtedly be keeping tabs on the gifted playmaker.

Manchester United – Romelu Lukaku

The Red Devils’ record signing has certainly lived up to expectations thus far, registering an impressive 7 goals in 8 appearances this season. The towering Belgian has posed as a constant menace to Premier League defences this year with his fantastic aerial presence and devastating pace proving too much for most to handle.

At just 24, United’s striking sensation is undoubtedly an early frontrunner for the 2017/18 Golden Boot Award, having narrowly missed out on the distinguished accolade the previous season. If his tremendous early-season form continues to blossom, there is no reason why Jose Mourinho’s side couldn’t realistically challenge for the title.

Tottenham Hotspur – Harry Kane

The prolific English hitman certainly requires no introduction. Having secured the coveted Golden Boot award for the previous two successive seasons, Spurs’ in-form striker is undoubtedly the one to watch this year. Following his recent captaincy for the National side during the World Cup Qualifiers, the 24 year old is consistently demonstrating maturity beyond his years, acting as an inspirational figurehead for fans and players alike.

With a keen eye for goal, a terrific right foot and an aptitude for finding space in a heavily congested penalty area, Kane is undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s most lethal strikers. His recent nomination for the prestigious Ballon d’Or Award only serves to highlight his fantastic contribution to the sport. Whether Spurs can keep hold of him in the summer remains to be seen.

Chelsea – Alvaro Morata

Antonio Conte had made it no secret that he was keen to add to his attacking arsenal before the beginning of the new season. Having deemed Diego Costa surplus to requirements in the summer, the animated Italian was desperate to see a new talisman to lead the line, with Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata becoming the subsequent choice.

The prolific front man does appear to represent a fine acquisition for Chelsea so far, with the Spanish International already netting 6 Premier League goals for the Blues in just 7 appearances. He played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, scoring the all-important equaliser to give the visitors a much-needed foothold in the game.

Boasting a fabulous skillset which includes, pace, precision and a strong aerial presence, Morata is considered an excellent replacement for the recently departed Diego Costa. Whether he will surpass the Spaniard’s impeccable goal-scoring record is another question however.

Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette

Joining the Gunners from Olympique Lyonnais in the summer, the talented Frenchman is widely viewed by critics as a deadly attacking outlet. Having amassed a phenomenal 129 goals in 275 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, Arsene Wenger will be relishing the thought of having a prolific goal-scorer amongst his attacking arsenal. The French International has already netted on four occasions for the London club following his move to the Emirates Stadium and fans will surely be relishing what is to come from the frontman in the future months.

With blistering pace, a lethal right foot and a commendable goal-scoring record, Lacazette certainly looks to be a coup for Arsenal; could the Frenchman be in contention for the Golden Boot award this year? Time will tell.

Liverpool – Mohammed Salah

Mohammed Salah, has seamlessly settled into life at Anfield following his substantial £34 million move from Serie A stalwarts AS Roma in the summer. With blistering pace, a flawless positional sense and a keen eye for goal, the Egyptian winger has a skillset craved by many. Forming the formidable right arm of Liverpool’s devastating attacking trio, Salah has made a considerable contribution to Liverpool’s offensive outlet, chipping in with 4 goals in just league 8 games.

His electrifying turn of pace and willingness to run in behind has allowed Liverpool to adopt an exciting style of counter-attacking football, and with Messrs Mane and Firmino also in fine form, the Reds have become a real force to be reckoned with. Can they win the Premier League? That remains to be seen.

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Liverpool Secure Champions League Group Spot

It became an occasion to savour last night for Liverpool fans up and down the land as their scintillating Reds secured a spot in the coveted Champions League Group Stages for the first time in three years, restoring their rightful place amongst the European elite. Jurgen Klopp’s men were at their brilliant best from the start, producing a magnificent attacking display to stun play-off hopefuls, Hoffenheim 4-2, with three goals in the opening twenty minutes to send the bellowing Anfield faithful into overdrive.

Having held a narrow 2-1 advantage from the opening leg in Germany, Liverpool were keen to assert their dominance swiftly in front of a raucous home crowd, and it wasn’t long before their devastating attacking trio began to unsettle the visitors. Liverpool were again without their treasured talisman, Philippe Coutinho, who was unavailable through illness but it proved immaterial with Messrs Mane, Firmino and Salah providing a dazzling display throughout to put the hosts in complete control of the tie.

And it took only 10 minutes for the Reds to break the deadlock with midfield maestro, Emre Can, slotting home a deflected effort from close-range after an intricate back-heel pass from the pervasive Sadio Mane found the German in space.

Liverpool continued to flood forward with purpose, and the hosts quickly added a second when superb summer signing, Mohammed Salah, reacted quickest to a fortunate rebound to head past a hapless Oliver Baumann.

Relentless in their pursuit of the all-important Champions League spot, Jurgen Klopp’s men refused to sit back, having already raced into a two goal lead. The Reds added a fantastic third on the 21 minute mark, courtesy of the industrious Can, who stroked home after some splendid work from Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian playmaker, who spent four years at Hoffenheim, had started the move from within his own half, trading passes with Mane before surging down the left hand side to deliver an effortless cross to meet his German counterpart, triggering an ecstatic response from the rapturous home crowd.

That was the moment that sparked frenzied celebrations from manager, Klopp, who punched the punched the air in delight as he closed in on his famed return to the Champions League.

Hoffenheim, who finished fourth last season in the Bundesliga, did not lose their optimism however, and struck back with a goal from Mark Uth in the 29th minute, but it appeared to be a mere consolation.

A goal from the visitors certainly did not perturb Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. The colourful German, who led Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013, remained adamant that his side maintained their attacking vigour after the break, and their efforts were soon rewarded midway through the second half, as Firmino put the tie beyond doubt with a close-range tap in, following a commanding run from Captain Jordan Henderson.

Despite a spirited final 20 minutes and a second consolation goal from Sandro Wagner, Hoffenheim had been resigned to defeat even from the early stages. Having adopted a hazardous high line in the first half that saw the German side concede three in such quick succession, manager Julian Nagelsmann’s decision to throw such caution to the wind will have undoubtedly attracted heavy scrutiny. But credit must go to Liverpool’s front three, whose devastating pace and energy could, on tonight’s evidence, unhinge even the most composed defensive sides.

It was a job well done in the Liverpool camp and the Reds, along with Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United now await to discover their group stage opponents in tonight’s Champions League draw (17:00 BST).

Man of the Match – Emre Can

The diligent German midfielder shone from the off, grabbing the all-important opening goal thanks to his clever movement and lightening reactions. He posed as a constant threat for the visitors and his willingness to attack the space paid great dividends as he grabbed his second of the night to put Liverpool in cruise control. His performance earned him a standing ovation from the home faithful in the 70th minute. Well deserved.

Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, was immensely proud of his team’s performance, and looks forward to the imminent Champions League Draw:

“It has been a brilliant night – the atmosphere was brilliant all night and we were brilliant at the start and set the tempo.

“We let in a couple of goals so we have still got things to work on but overall we’re delighted to get back into the Champions League where Liverpool belong.

“Now we have got to do ourselves justice and win some games there.

“We’re in there and we’ve proved we can play against big teams. We’re happy to play against whoever we’re drawn against.”

The excitement doesn’t stop here for avid Reds’ fans; Liverpool v Arsenal at Anfield takes place this weekend on Sunday 27th August (16:00 BST).

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Jordan Henderson interview quote taken from BBC Sport

Liverpool’s Champions League Campaign Starts with a Bang: Match Review

Liverpool signalled their long-awaited return to the European Elite last night, as they beat Hoffenheim 2-1 at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena to kick off their Champions League qualifying campaign in fine style. The tremendous result sees the Reds take home a one goal advantage as they prepare for the reverse fixture at Anfield on Wednesday 23rd August.

It was the Liverpool youngster, Trent Alexander-Arnold, who stole the show for the visitors, with the rookie full-back producing a sublime set-piece effort that soared beyond the reach of keeper, Oliver Baumann. The England Under-19 international showed maturity beyond his years as he stepped up to the mark in the 35th minute, striking the ball from more than 30 yards to give Jurgen Klopp’s side a well-earned lead.

James Milner added to the account in the second half, after he exploited a gaping space on the left to fire home a bullet into the top corner via a wicked deflection off the chest of Havard Nordtveit.

The visitors were firmly in control by this point, but their inherent defensive frailties almost came back to haunt them late on, as an unchallenged Mark Uth fired into the net in the 87th minute following a lofted ball into the box.

It was job done as far as the travelling Reds were concerned but it could have been far worse for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The German hosts had in fact starterd the brighter of the two sides, and were presented with a terrific early chance to take the lead in the 11th minute when Serge Gnabry buckled under a challenge from Dejan Lovren in the box. Former Leicester City forward, Andrej Kramaric stepped up to take the spot kick, but the Croatian’s tame effort was easily parried by a grateful Simon Mignolet.

From then, the Reds grasped the initiative, with efforts from Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino almost rubbing salt in the wounds shortly after the disastrous spot kick.

The two teams had looked to play heavily on the front foot, with both sides being culpable of spurning several gilt-edged chances. The deadlock was eventually broken when Alexander-Arnold’s thundering effort glided past keeper Baumann, with the 18 year old defining the feeling as ‘indescribable’.

Hoffenheim came dangerously close to levelling as Gnabry’s effort was saved once again by the industrious Mignolet, before Sandro Wagner’s venomous strike crashed off the post. But Liverpool almost doubled the lead on the eve of half time, after Dejan Lovren narrowly missed the target with a close range header.

It was then Firmino’s chance to test the resolve of his former employers. The Brazilian, whose move from Hoffenheim to Anfield was completed in 2015, had a fabulous close range effort saved by former compatriot, Baumann, before the German then had to block a fizzing effort from the lively Sadio Mane.

The pressure proved too much for the hosts though, as James Milner’s storming run and fine cross saw the ball rocket into the net after an unfortunate ricochet off Nordtveit’s chest. Hoffenheim halved the deficit in the closing stages before Benjamin Hubner wasted a perfect chance to equalise after heading over the bar in injury time.

Man of the Match – Trent Alexander-Arnold

The promising right-back certainly grabbed the headlines with his audacious long- range finish. Having only started nine times for Liverpool in all competitions, the England Under-19 International did not let his lack of senior experience hamper his performance by any means. His confidence and composure was clear for all to see, and he provided a dynamic attacking option down the right flank when needed.

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp was happy with his side’s result and looks forward to the reverse fixture at Anfield. The Reds’ boss spoke to BT Sport:

“Hoffenheim had a specific plan to play. We gambled a little too much on the wing, it was a little dangerous in the first half, but as always when we play football, we found spaces in-between and created wonderful chances.

“The result is OK. The first half is done and if you said before the game we would win, I would take the result.

“We need Anfield, what an intense game for both sides. I am looking forward to a European night at Anfield. Only the person who does not know about Hoffenheim can be surprised by this.”

All in all, a fantastic start for Liverpool as they begin to joust once again with Europe’s elite sides. The home fixture will certainly be the one to savour!

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Jurgen Klopp interview quote taken from BT Sport

Liverpool Rename Iconic Centenary Stand

Liverpool Football Club have announced that they will be honouring one of their club legends; Kenny Dalglish by renaming the historic ‘Centenary Stand’ to ‘The Kenny Dalglish Stand’ at Anfield. The decision was made by Liverpool principal owner John Henry in recognition of the Dalglish’s massive contribution to the club as a player and manager.

After scoring an impressive 112 goals in 204 games for Celtic, Kenny made his way to Merseyside and joined Liverpool in 1977. In just his second season at Anfield he scored a personal best of 21 league goals and was named as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.  One of Dalglish’s most impressive statistics during his time at Liverpool was that after signing in 1977 he did not miss a single league game until 1980.

After an illustrious playing career Kenny went on to manage Liverpool from 1985 to 1991 winning the First Division 3 times. He also won plenty of domestic trophies including 2 FA cups and 3 Charity Shields. Following his 6 year spell as manager at Liverpool he went on to manage Blackburn Rovers and Celtic picking up more silverware along the way, including the Premier League with Blackburn during the 1994-1995 season. He finally ended his managerial career with a season at Liverpool in which he won the League Cup.

It’s no surprise that the owners/board at Liverpool have decided to rename the stand in recognition of work as a player and manager. He is one of, if not the most influential person in Liverpool Football Club’s history.

Kenny Dalglish list of honours:

PLAYER

4x Scottish First Division
4x Scottish Cup
1x Scottish League Cup
6x Football League First Division
1x FA Cup
4x League Cup
5x Charity Shield
3x European Cups
1x UEFA Super Cup

MANAGER

3x Football League First Division
2x FA Cup
1x League Cup
1x Super Cup
4x FA Charity Shield
1x Premier League
1x Scottish League Cup

Having already bolstered their ranks with the lightening-fast Mohammed Salah from AS Roma for £34 million, Liverpool are certainly looking to build on last season’s success, and a promise of Champions League football will be sure to provide an enticing incentive for prospective suitors. The Reds are currently in hot pursuit of RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita, who was initially labelled as ‘off limits’ by the German club’s senior officials, but Liverpool’s recent £57 million record bid may test their resolve. The Guinean International played an integral role in Leipzig’s remarkable rise to prominence in the Bundesliga, with the gifted box-to-box midfielder reliably producing stand-out performances to propel the side to their highest ever league finish.

Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp will be hoping for success during the 2017/18 season, not only in the Premier League but also in the Champions League. Eventmasters can offer VIP Liverpool Hospitality Packages for all of The Reds home games in all competitions.

The Fantastic Premier League Four to Follow

Eventmasters are thrilled to supply the UK’s leading football hospitality packages for the 2017/18 Barclay’s Premier League campaign. With splendid packages available at Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United, you can be sure to enjoy a marvellous match day in splendid VIP style to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

It was a season to savour last term, with Antonio Conte’s flamboyant Chelsea side soaring to an incredible title victory – the sixth in their remarkable history. It was the Italian manager’s first taste of Premier League football and he certainly made his mark in style, dazzling fans and players alike with his masterfully planned tactics and spectacular touchline antics. He awakened the dormant champions from their silent slumber, instilling in them his innovative ideologies and hard-nosed discipline and the hard work paid incredible dividends as the Blues romped to the victory – much to the dismay of the Spurs faithful.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side will undoubtedly be licking their wounds after last season’s bitter disappointment. Spurs had been utterly relentless in their pursuit of Conte’s seemingly unstoppable Chelsea side, and had looked genuine title contenders for the majority of the campaign. Harry Kane’s sublime goal return and Dele Alli’s tantalising trickery had made the challengers look like the side to beat throughout the year but they fell short at the eleventh hour, with a crippling defeat at West Ham inadvertently paving the way for their bitter London rivals to triumph. But Spurs fans will be buoyed by the fact that their side have finally asserted their dominance as one of the Premier League’s elite performers and with one or two notable additions, they could be an overwhelming force to contend with in future.

It was a superb season to remember for Liverpool fans, as Jurgen Klopp’s resilient Reds signalled a long-awaited return to the European elite, snatching fourth place at the death from the desperate clutches of rivals, Arsenal. Their initial nerves turned to elation on the final day of the campaign when they dispatched a stunned Middlesbrough side in scintillating style to regain a deserved place in the Champions League, sending the jubilant home faithful into a state of euphoria.  The Merseyside club will be keen to challenge for the title this year – having finally cracked the top four – and with the likes of Mohammed Salah already joining the ranks this year, Reds fans will have much to be excited about.

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United undoubtedly have much to prove this year in the Premier League. Having triumphed emphatically in the Europa League and League Cup, The Red Devils will now be seeking to revitalise their domestic form as they look to mount a formidable title challenge to surpass their rivals. United have already enhanced their growing title credentials with some steller summer signings, notably the towering Belgian, Romelu Lukaku, whose remarkable goal return recently secured him an astronomical £75 million move to the Premier League giants. Football fanatics will be hoping to see more exciting transfer activity unfold at Old Trafford before the summer window slams shut.

In preparation for what promises to be yet another scintillating season of football, we’ve taken a look at what’s to come from these four Premier League gladiators, including prospective transfers and predicted league finishes.

Chelsea’s Search for a New Target Man Continues

Antonio Conte will certainly be looking to add to his incredible arsenal before the new season kicks off. Having already told Diego Costa that he is surplus to requirements this year, the animated Italian will be in search of a new talisman to lead the line, with Alvaro Morata’s name being touted as a potential suitor. The prolific Real Madrid front man would represent a fine acquisition for the Blues, but an apparent £80 million price tag could become a difficult obstacle to negotiate.

Chelsea are also keen to add some defensive mettle to their ranks, with AS Monoca’s Tiemoue Bakayogo flaunted as the ideal partner for the ubiquitous N’golo Kante. The French International enjoyed an outstanding season with the reigning Ligue 1 Champions, producing consistent match-winning performances throughout the year and Chelsea will be hoping that the 22 year old can replicate his splendid form in the Premier League.

Potential and Completed Transfers:

IN: Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayogo

OUT: Nemanja Matic, John Terry, Nathaniel Chalabah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek

FINISH: 1st

Is Barkley the Man for Spurs?

Everton’s midfield Maestro, Ross Barkley, has garnered substantial interest from Mauricio Pochettino recently and the Argentine is keen to add the Liverpool-born playmaker to his glittering ranks. Barkley’s wonderful agility, vision and long-range shooting capabilities could possibly add a new, exciting dimension to Spur’s attacking options. With Barkley still yet to commit his long-term future to The Toffees, it has fuelled speculation that he may be unsettled at Goodison Park; but is the £50 million price tag going to present an unmovable stumbling block?

Potential and Completed Transfers:

IN: Ross Barkley

OUT: Kyle Walker

FINISH: 3rd

Liverpool Look to Attract Stars with Champions League Football

Having already bolstered their ranks with the lightening-fast Mohammed Salah from AS Roma for £34 million, Liverpool are certainly looking to build on last season’s success, and a promise of Champions League football will be sure to provide an enticing incentive for prospective suitors. The Reds are currently in hot pursuit of RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita, who was initially labelled as ‘off limits’ by the German club’s senior officials, but Liverpool’s recent £57 million record bid may test their resolve. The Guinean International played an integral role in Leipzig’s remarkable rise to prominence in the Bundesliga, with the gifted box-to-box midfielder reliably producing stand-out performances to propel the side to their highest ever league finish.

Liverpool are also reportedly in negotiations over Southampton captain, Virgil Van Dijk, in spite of the Reds’ alleged misconduct when they pursued the Dutchman previously. The towering centre half would, without question, add some imperative quality to Jurgen Klopp’s back line and would give Reds fans a strong sense of optimism ahead of their bid for domestic and European success.

Potential and Completed Transfers:

IN: Mohammed Salah, Naby Keita, Virgil Van Dijk

OUT: Daniel Sturridge, Lucas Leiva, Joe Gomes

FINISH: 4th

Manchester United Looking to Add to their Generous Collection

Having welcomed the commanding Romelu Lukaku to his ranks in an astonishing £75 million deal – as well as Benfica defender, Victor Lindelof – Jose Mourinho will be relatively satisfied with his side’s recent transfer business. The vibrant Portuguese manager is by no means finished, however, as he looks to snatch Ivan Perisic from the clutches of his previous employers, Inter Milan.  The devastating Croatian winger has been a long-term target for Mourinho but United are still yet to meet the gargantuan £44 million asking price.

Nemanja Matic is also one on the radar; the tough-tackling Serbian International has fallen out of favour with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and could provide the Manchester club with a wonderful defensive option.

Potential and Completed Transfers:

IN: Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof, Ivan Perisic, Nemanja Matic

OUT: Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Ibrahimovic

FINISH: 2nd

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Summer Transfer Window – Who Should Your Club Sign?

 

After a fantastic finish to the 2016/17 Premier League season, it’s time for clubs to focus on the summer transfer window. In this article we have given our opinions on who each of the ‘top 6’ clubs should try to sign before the start of the new season.

Arsenal search for a new striker…

Arsenal’s chairman Chips Keswick has given Arsene Wenger £100m to spend this summer. The Gunners’ are looking to sign Malaga duo, Sandro Ramirez and Pablo Fornals, but also looking to keep their talisman Alexis Sanchez and creator Mezut Ozil, both only have 12 months left on their lucrative contracts. Their FA triumph and improved salaries of £200k + will play a big part in the negotiations.

Arsenal targets:

Dream – Kylian Mbappé Lottin

Realistic – Alexandre Lacazette

Eventmasters suggest – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Wildcard – Anthony Martial

Champions Chelsea looks to bolster their squad…

New Champions, Chelsea, are prepared to splash the cash on Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng. Their main target for defence is Dutch centre-back, Virgil Van Dijk, from Southampton but are prepared to explore other options. Despite their Premier League triumph, Conte will struggle to keep Eden Hazard if Real Madrid submit a world-record transfer fee of £100m. The La Liga Champions believes Zidane’s presence will help entice Hazard to leave.

Chelsea targets:

Dream –Jerome Boateng

Realistic – Álvaro Morata

Eventmasters suggest – Andrea Belotti

Wildcard – Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United need real quality to win the Premier League…

The UEL winners, Manchester United, have also been approached by the Spanish giants for their formidable goalkeeper David De Gea. The rumours are that Manchester United have already rejected a £60m bid. Mourinho will be reluctant to sell their star goalkeeper as the summer transfer window kicks into gear.

The Red Devils are keen on signing a list of players from La Liga this year, Antoine Griezmann being one. If the French-man is to leave Atletico this summer Old Trafford looks to be the most realistic destination.

Manchester United targets:

Dream – Gareth Bale

Realistic – Antoine Griezmann

Eventmasters suggest – Paulo Dybala

Wildcard – Sergio Aguero

Manchester City prepares to splash the cash…

Manchester City has made their intentions clear early in the transfer window by signing one of the hottest prospects in Europe; Bernardo Silva from Monaco. If the rumours are true then Benfica’s young goalkeeper Ederson will also be signed for City in the coming days bringing their spending to over £70m… but they are nowhere near finished. Pep Guardiola has already admitted that he wants to bring in new full-backs with Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy all on the shortlist.

Man City targets:

Dream – David Alaba

Realistic – Ederson Santana de Moraes

Eventmasters suggest – Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez (Isco)

Wildcard – Daley Blind

Tottenham search for the missing piece of the puzzle…

Spurs finished 2nd in the 16/17 Premier League despite having the best attack, best defence and the league’s top goal scorer. Tottenham only needs a couple of signings that will add real quality to the squad. So far Tottenham have kept their cards close to their chest but they will, without a doubt, be working hard behind the scenes to prepare for next season.  Crystal Palace’s star man Zaha is a name heavily linked with a move to Spurs, but Palace has said they will accept no less than £30m.

Tottenham targets:

Dream – Marco Reus

Realistic – Wilfred Zaha

Eventmasters suggest – Yannick Ferreira Carrasco

Wildcard – Demarai Gray

Liverpool to make quality additions to their squad…

Liverpool finished 4th in the Premier League last season securing Champions League football. At the start of the season most Liverpool fans would have been more than happy with that, however they started the season so well that some fans would have expected more. The Reds do not have the biggest squad compared to their rivals and really struggled over the Christmas period with a number of injured. Klopp will need to make quality additions to his squad to really challenge for the title. In recent weeks they have been linked with RB Leipzig star Naby Keïta, Virgil Van Dijk and Lacazette.

Liverpool targets:

Dream – Alexandre Lacazette

Realistic – Virgill Van Dijk

Eventmasters suggest – Kasper Dolberg

Wildcard – Ross Barkely

What’s next?

From now until 31st August 2017 every team across Europe will be competition for quality players in the transfer market. Most managers will want to get their transfer business sorted early to avoid the hectic Transfer Dead Line Day.

During summer 2016 Paul Pogba became the most expensive footballer in history following his £89m move to Manchester United. The combined spend of Premier League clubs also exceeded £900m.

Could these records be broken again this summer?

The 2017/18 Premier League Season – Fixture Announcement

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The fixtures for the new season are released on Wednesday 14th June 2017.

Premier League Review – Game Week 35

Liverpool draw a blank against Southampton

Liverpool faced one of their toughest tasks in their race for Champions League qualification to date… Southampton. The Reds have met Southampton 3 times already this season and have failed to score on all three occasions. The Reds dominated the game in terms of possession but failed for produce that moment of magic to break the Southampton defence. Liverpool were awarded a penalty but James Milner failed to convert from the spot for the first time in his Liverpool career. Klopp’s side are currently 3rd in the table, if they win all of their remaining games they will playing in the Champions League next season.

Claude Puel said after the match:

“It was difficult for them to come into our box and for me it was a harsh penalty and a good save. It was a deserved point.”

Liverpool’s next game is on 14th May 2017 against West Ham United.

Arsenal welcome Manchester United to The Emirates

Manchester United arrived at the Emirates in good form, on Thursday they secured a 1-0 away win against Celta Vigo in the Champions League. The Red Devils were also on a 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, their last defeat came against Chelsea back in October.

The first 30 minutes of the game was uneventful both sides wanted to keep things tight and grow in to the game. Out of nowhere Arsenal midfielder Xhaka let a shot fly from 35-yards out, the shot took a massive deflection off Herrera and left De Gea with no chance. Following the goal Arsenal were full of confidence and managed to bag a second goal thanks to a Welbeck header.

Mourinho did react to the goals and brought on Rashford and Lingard, despite their best efforts Arsenal managed to hold on to their lead and won the game 2-0. This was Wenger’s first ever Premier League win over Mourinho and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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