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.

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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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Premier League Game Week 32 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 32.

All the big boys stamped their authority on the weekend Premier League games as they ramped their performances up for the final run-in.

The Chelsea title charge continues

Chelsea maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League, outclassing plucky Bournemouth 3-1.

They got lucky with the first goal – Diego Costa’s scuffed shot went in off the head of grounded home defender Adam Smith.

But the second was magnificent.

Eden Hazard raced onto a long pass, rounded Bournemouth stopper Artur Boruc and slid the ball into the net.

Joshua King got one back with a long-range deflected effort.

But Chelsea were always in control and secured the points through Marcos Alonso.

His lovely free-kick cleared the wall and nestled into the net without Boruc even moving.

Tottenham keep the pressure on Chelsea with impressive win

Tottenham made hay in the sun, thrashing Waford 4-0.

Dele Alli curled a beauty into the top corner.

And then the floodgates opened as Eric Dier smashed in a deflected cross and Son Heung-min added a third just before the break.

After half-time Son further confirmed Spurs’ dominance by meeting Kieran Trippier’s cross with a lovely half-volley at the far post.

He could have had a hat-trick, while Harry Kane, returning from injury as a second-half substitute, smacked the bar with a late strike.

Manchester City end their winless run

Manchester City ended a four-game winless run in the Premier League with an easy victory over struggling Hull City.

Ahmed Elmohamady’s own goal opened the scoring at the Etihad Stadium as the defender turned in Jesus Navas’ low cross.

Raheem Sterling set up Sergio Aguero and then Fabian Delph picked up a rare score.

Andrea Ranocchia pulled one back late on, as dodgy keeper Claudio Bravo allowed a weak effort to trickle past him.

Brazilian magic saves Liverpool at Stoke

A tale of two halves at Stoke as Liverpool came back to win 2-1.

All Stoke in the first period with Jon Walters heading home Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross.

But Liverpool threw on the Ill Philippe Coutinho and the injured Roberto Firmino and both scored.

The Reds owed the sometimes shaky Simon Mignolet who made a number of fine saves.

It keeps Liverpool well in the race for a Champion League place.

Manchester United keep the pressure on the teams in the top four

Bottom club Sunderland’s got hammered by Manchester United 3-0.

Not helped by playing with 10 men for more than 45 minutes after Sebastian Larsson was red carded for a challenge on Ander Herrera.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic put United ahead with a 20-yard effort, Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it 2-0 before Marcus Rashford notched the third.

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Premier League Game Week 26 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 26.

London 2 Provinces 0. A good weekend for the capital’s Tottenham and Chelsea.

Harry Kane scored his third hat-trick in nine games to steamrollers Stoke and go second in the Premier League.

His first was a well-taken finish into the bottom corner, then a left foot half volley and he would not have cared that the fortuitous third came from a massive deflection.

Dele Alli, sent off for a horror tackle in the midweek Europa League defeat to Gent, partially redeemed himself by adding a fourth.

Chelsea notched another victory after disposing of a battling Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.

Cesc Fabregas, marking his 300th Premier League appearance, could have scored four.

After prodding home the opener, the Spanish midfielder had a goal-bound shot deflected behind, was denied by former Arsenal team-mate Lukasz Fabianski and also hit the bar.

But this was no walkover.

Swansea equalised from their first serious attempt on target on the stroke of half-time – Fernando Llorente heading in Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick.

However, Pedro’s curler went under the poor dive of Fabianski, restoring the lead, and Diego Costa netted the third from close range.

It was a weekend when many of the top sides did not feature because of the EFL Cup final at Wembley.

No Manchester derby and Arsenal’s game at Southampton also cancelled.

But what a thrilling final it proved to be, with United squeezing home 3-2.

Will that spur on the Red Devils in the league? It just might.

With Chelsea looking like taking the crown, the three other Champions League places will be fought out by Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

It is going to be a fight to the finish.

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Premier League Game Week 25 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 25.

Brady stunner gets a point for Burnley as Chelsea remain top

Chelsea remain in pole position at the top of the Premier League despite being held by a vibrant Burnley at Turf Moor. It ended 1-1 with goals from Pedro and new home signing Robbie Brady.

For periods it looked as if Chelsea must come through as victors but by the end they would have been glad to get just the point from the game.

Chelsea did not have a single shot on target in the second half. Not that it mattered too much as the chasers keep turning over each other.

Can someone come through and challenge the leaders?

If Chelsea have a wobble, then yes. But no-one caught Leicester last year and it is beginning to look much the same this time round.

Liverpool bounceback thanks to Mane double at Anfield

Liverpool got their first decent result of 2017 by beating Spurs 2-0 at Anfield. Sadio Mane, much missed when at the Africa Cup of Nations, scored twice.

Liverpool, who had not won in their previous five matches, will also be pleased at their heavily criticised defence keeping a clean sheet. Spurs had little to offer, extremely disappointing from their point of view.

Their starting XI is a match for anyone but shorn of two of their first choice defenders they seemed terribly vulnerable and Liverpool could have won by more.

2-0 seemed to be the dominant score of the weekend, with both Manchester United and Arsenal claiming victories by the same margin as Liverpool.

Manchester United maintain excellent form with another Old Trafford win – Arsenal breeze past Hull with Sanchez double

Manchester United, unbeaten in their past 16 Premier League games, took the lead against Watford when Anthony Martial set up Juan Mata to finish from close range.

Martial secured the victory when he fired home after a driving run. Not a vintage display from Arsenal but a much-needed win over Hull at the Emirates.

Alexis Sanchez scored twice, the first highly controversial after it came off his hand and ended up in the net – unsighted referee Mark Clattenburg later apologised to the visitors for missing it.

The second was a penalty in injury-time which was awarded after Sam Clucas was sent off for handball from Lucas Perez’s header.

Hull deserved better, causing Arsenal problems throughout. Will Arsene Wenger step down at the end of the season?

It is beginning to seem likely that he will cave in to the minority who claim recent seasons haven’t been good enough. But succeeding Wenger will be tough and those angry Arsenal supporters my find their side goes backwards before it can go forward.

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Premier League Game Week 23 Review 2017

After a mixed weekend for the top-flight sides in the Emirates FA Cup, sides returned to domestic matters with midweek action in the Premier League.

Liverpool battle back against leaders Chelsea and take a point after Costa’s late penalty miss

Some Premier League upsets but the big game saw the points shared 1-1 between Liverpool and Chelsea.

With the visitors seemingly on course for the title, all the neutrals had wanted the Anfield side to turn over their opponents like they did at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. But a draw was a fair result.

For all Liverpool’s pressure in the first half they had just a Georginio Winjaldum shot, comfortably beaten away by Thibaut Courtois, to show for it. The Chelsea defence was just so solid.

And, as so often happens, a dubious free kick is awarded against the Reds and before the defence has got organised David Luiz has stepped up and whacked it past Simon Mignolet.

Same old pattern of Liverpool pressure and Chelsea defiance in the second period until a cunning Jordan Henderson looping pass is nodded back into the middle via a deflection and Winjaldum heads in.

Game on. The Anfield crowd are going mad and the noise goes up a decibel or three as Mignolet saves brilliantly from a Diego Costa penalty.

Pedro could have won it. Firmino could have won it. But nobody won it.

Watford take all three points at the Emirates as Arsenal falter

Disaster for Arsenal beaten 1-2 by Watford at the Emirates. The usual story … pouring with rain, mid-winter and the Gunners’ pretty boys didn’t fancy it.

Former Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul grabbed the opener with a deflected hit and then Troy Deeney tapped in after Etienne Capoue had his shot saved by Petr Cech. Alex Iwobi pulled one back but it was not to be.

Tottenham unable to break stubborn Sunderland resistance

Tottenham had to settle for a point at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland fought for their lives.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side dominated possession against the Black Cats, but a much improved defensive performance by the home side thwarted the Londoners. So Chelsea march on.

A really good side, players who complement each other, a tight system, mercurial vision and goalscorers.

Hard to see how they can be stopped.

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Premier League Game Week 12 Review

After the final international break of 2016, the Premier League returned to our screens for Game Week 12 of action.

Toure Returns With A Brace For Manchester City

Forgotten man Yaya Toure returned for Manchester City and showed his class. Dumped by Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, and at odds with him at City, he marked his shock return with two goals as his side beat Crystal Palace 2-1 away.

Connor Wickham got one back for the home side. Toure, now 33, was always the man who made City tick. But he and his stroppy agent Dimitri Seluk made it difficult for Guardiola to pick him. Toure recently apologised, ordered Seluk to sue for peace, and appears to have secured a second chance.

The fans chanted his name throughout the game, and his team-mates clapped him back into the dressing room at the final whistle. City can only benefit – the Ivorian remains a great talent.

Manchester United and Arsenal Share The Spoils At Old Trafford

Will the new karma extend to Manchester United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger? Looks unlikely, no sign of Mourinho relenting, but who knows in football.

United could perhaps do with him as they continue to misfire. Another draw at Old Trafford where Arsenal came back late on to share the spoils 1-1. The Gunners looked jaded with so many players away on international duty last week while the Red Devils are still showing far too little devil.

Olivier Giroud’s 89th-minute equaliser, heading in an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross, earned Arsenal a point after Juan Mata looked to have put United on course with a sweeping left-foot finish from Ander Herrera’s cut-back.

Harry Kane Late Double Gives Tottenham Hotspur All Three Points

Tottenham Hotspur maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season as West Ham, 2-1 up at White Hart Lane, imploded in the last ten minutes.

Michail Antonio’s first-half header was equalised by 20-year-old midfielder Harry Winks on his full Premier League debut. A Manuel Lanzini’s penalty – awarded after Vincent Janssen pulled back Winston Reid in the area – put West Ham ahead once more.

But then came the Harry Kane late, late, show. First the England striker turned home from close range after good work down the left by substitute Son Heung-Min, then scored from the spot when the South Korean was brought down in the area by Havard Nordtveit.

And when with seconds to go Reid stupidly contrived to get a second yellow card West Ham’s misfortune was complete. Spurs are now 12 games unbeaten at the start of the season.

The last time that happened was in the 1960-61 season – White, Blanchflower, Mackay, Smith et al – which ended with the north Londoners claiming a league and cup double. However this time it is six wins and six draws, which leaves them chasing the big boys … like Liverpool and Chelsea.

Liverpool draw blank at Southampton – while Chelsea go top thanks to Costa

The Liverpool missed a hatful of chances as they managed a point at Southampton. Few would have called this a 0-0 draw beforehand.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane twice went close to opening the scoring on his return to St Mary’s and Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino missed good chances when clear on goal. Home keeper Fraser Foster proved the hero.

But Southampton showed great commitment and probably deserved something out of the game. With Liverpool drawing a blank it was left to Chelsea to overtake them as Premier League leaders.

Diego Costa scored his 10th goal of the season, turning over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. The quickest to react to a loose ball in the box, he drilled it home. And it ended 0-1.

But matches against Tottenham and Manchester City now loom and we shall find out just how resilient is Chelsea’s 3-4-3 formation which has made them so much more resilient.

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