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Transfer Rater: Dejan Lovren and Branislav Ivanovic to Barcelona

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 05:07:00 PDT

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Raheem Sterling to Real Madrid Representatives of the European champions reportedly watched on in Seville as Sterling twice stole behind the Spanish defence to finish past...

Transfer Talk: Liverpool eye move for Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 03:59:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti assesses the latest transfer rumours, including Liverpool's reported interest in Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne. Players from across the league share their thoughts on Usain Bolt's pursuit of a contract with the Central Coast Mariners. The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January. TOP STORY: Liverpool eye Napoli striker Insigne Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thumper. FC Exclusives - Everton check on Liverpool's Origi - Loftus-Cheek won't be sold - Ramsey open to top six move - PSG want Wenger on transfers - Real Madrid monitoring Sterling When you've scored six goals already this season in the league, you're going to be noticed. And that's what is happening to Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne, who Rai Sport claim is attracting the attention of Liverpool. Insigne, 27, has 116 goals in 360 appearances in Naples,...

Manchester United legend Michael Carrick had Liverpool shirt as a kid

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 02:31:00 PDT

Michael Carrick opens up about his hopes for his coaching career, including potentially one day taking charge of Manchester United. Manchester United captain Michael Carrick thanks his teammates, manager and family following his final game at Old Trafford. Michael Carrick reflects on the evolution of Manchester United's rivalries with Manchester City and Liverpool during his time at Old Trafford. Michael Carrick may be a Manchester United legend -- but fans will be shocked to learn that their former midfielder had a Liverpool shirt as a kid. Carrick won everything during his 12-year spell at Old Trafford. He is a five-time Premier League-winner, won two League Cups, an FA Cup, Champions League and a FIFA Club World Cup. But despite winning so much with United, his younger self may have harboured ambitions with a different side in red. "I think there could be a few people surprised at that...

Transfer Talk: Liverpool's Alberto Moreno on Barcelona shortlist as backup for Alba

Mon, 8 Oct 2018 05:01:00 PDT

The Exploding Heads take you through the weekend that was in the Premier League in a convenient 90-second (plus stoppages) package. The FC guys and Ian Darke dive into the latest drama surrounding Jose Mourinho and the "manhunt" he believes is happening at Manchester United. The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January. Barcelona target Alba backup Barcelona are looking for a left-back to serve as a back-up for Jordi Alba following Lucas Digne's summer departure to Everton and have turned their attentions to Ferland Mendy of Lyon. However, while the 23-year-old Frenchman is the top target, Barcelona also have some more "local" options according...

Jurgen Klopp won a league title after three years at Dortmund. Can he do it at Liverpool?

Mon, 8 Oct 2018 12:21:00 PDT

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold believes The Reds can still develop despite being unbeaten in the Premier League. Stewart Robson details exactly how Liverpool were unable to play their normal game against Premier League champions Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp spent his third anniversary as Borussia Dortmund manager reflecting on the Bundesliga-winning campaign he had just overseen. As the three-year mark arrives at Liverpool on Monday, the German has been given another reminder that his team can be genuine contenders for the Premier League title. Klopp is using this upcoming international break to afford himself a few days off, sources have told ESPN FC. He will get away from a city that believes its 28-year wait for the league title...

Why Guardiola should feel better than Klopp about Sunday's draw, Kovac in big trouble at Bayern

Mon, 8 Oct 2018 07:24:00 PDT

We were expecting entertainment but got very little. Still, you don't need to spin too much for both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola to turn the scoreless draw at Anfield into a positive. Klopp can say the result, after a very poor performance in Naples, shows his side have the mental strength to bounce back. And being on 20 points after eight games -- including matches against Chelsea and Spurs away, plus City at home -- is not a bad place to be. Particularly when you consider they're also in...

Liverpool, Man City show they can 'park the bus' to get a good result

Sun, 7 Oct 2018 01:42:00 PDT

In a match that didn't generate much attack from either side, Riyad Mahrez's penalty miss was the difference between a draw and a potential City win. Stewart Robson details exactly how Liverpool were unable to play their normal game against Premier League champions Manchester City. After a scoreless draw between Liverpool and Man City, Craig Burley says we're in for an exciting title race with three teams tied at the top. After a scoreless draw between Liverpool and Man City, Craig Burley says we're in for an exciting title race with three teams tied at the top. LIVERPOOL, England -- When is "parking the bus" actually a disciplined, well-executed plan to nullify an opposing team's biggest strength in the pursuit of a positive result? Currently, when the team is not managed by Jose Mourinho. But in fairness to the beleaguered Manchester United manager, he would have approved of the defensive performances of Liverpool and Manchester City during Sunday's 0-0 draw at Anfield. The previously unstoppable Liverpool registered just two efforts on target, with...

Dejan Lovren answers critics with 9/10 display in Liverpool, Man City draw

Sun, 7 Oct 2018 12:31:00 PDT

After a scoreless draw between Liverpool and Man City, Craig Burley says we're in for an exciting title race with three teams tied at the top. After a scoreless draw between Liverpool and Man City, Craig Burley says we're in for an exciting title race with three teams tied at the top. In a match that didn't generate much attack from either side, Riyad Mahrez's penalty miss was the difference between a draw and a potential City win. There were none of the fireworks seen in last season's encounters as Liverpool and Manchester City cancelled each other out at Anfield. City had marginally the better of the chances, including a late penalty that was blasted into orbit by Riyad Mahrez. Positives Not losing the game. Negatives This just doesn't look like Liverpool at the moment. The explosiveness and swagger of last season isn't there and it may now be time to mix things up in attack and give Xherdan Shaqiri an opportunity...

Man City blow chance to win at Liverpool as Aguero struggles, Mahrez misses penalty

Sun, 7 Oct 2018 10:50:00 PDT

In a match that didn't generate much attack from either side, Riyad Mahrez's penalty miss was the difference between a draw and a potential City win. LIVERPOOL, England -- Three thoughts on Sunday's top-of-the-table clash at Anfield in which Liverpool and Man City settled for a 0-0 draw. 1. Mahrez spares Liverpool with penalty howler Riyad Mahrez blew the chance to inflict Liverpool's first Premier League defeat of the season by sending an 85th minute penalty high over the crossbar as Manchester City missed the opportunity reclaim top spot in the Premier League. With regular spot-kick taker Sergio Aguero on the bench after being substituted...

Liverpool vs. Man City: Burning questions on the season's first 'title decider'

Fri, 5 Oct 2018 04:48:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson gives his take on why the referee will take centre stage in this weekend's Premier League clash between Liverpool and Man City. It was goals galore last January as Liverpool's three second half goals would be enough to hold off Man City 4-3 at Anfield. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol explains why Napoli were deserving of their late victory, despite Liverpool's best efforts to hold on for a draw. It is the biggest game of the Premier League season so far: Liverpool versus Manchester City, the top two, locked together on 19 points from seven games and both boasting unbeaten records. A win for either team would be a huge psychological blow in the race for the title and mark them out as early favourites to finish on top. So will it be Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola, Mohamed Salah or Sergio Aguero, who make the difference at Anfield on Sunday? And what are the key factors that will decide the...

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp on different levels: History and trophies show that

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 11:51:00 PDT

You could forgive Pep Guardiola for secretly scoffing at all this talk about a personal contest with Jurgen Klopp ahead of Manchester City's visit to Liverpool on Sunday. A rivalry? Sure, the German has a better head-to-head record in thirteen previous meetings. But in terms of silverware won, Klopp can't pretend to be on the same page. The last of his three major trophies (two Bundesliga championships, one DFB Pokal) dates back to 2012, while the two-time Champions League winner from Santpedor...

Premier League W2W4: Can Liverpool really challenge Man City? Desperation at Old Trafford

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 11:49:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson gives his take on why the referee will take centre stage in this weekend's Premier League clash between Liverpool and Man City. Stewart Robson shares his perspective on Jose Mourinho's situation at Man United, asserting that it's only a matter of time before he gets the sack. Ahead of each round of fixtures in the Premier League, W2W4 looks at the main storylines to keep an eye on. 1. Are Liverpool favourites to beat Manchester City? It was clear from the start of the season that, if we were to see anything like a title race, Liverpool would have to fulfill their potential to keep up with Manchester City. In their opening seven games, they've certainly suggested they could: six straight wins followed by that terrific draw with Chelsea last weekend, plenty of goals and...

Power Rankings: Juventus stay top; Barcelona make big climb, Liverpool slip

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 02:00:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop unveils his latest power rankings, which see Juventus maintaining their top spot while Barcelona gain ground. ESPN FC's Craig Burley recaps Juventus' comfortable win over Young Boys, powered by Paulo Dybala's hat trick. From the pre-match build-up to the post-match celebrations, ESPN FC takes you inside Juventus' big win over rivals and Scudetto challengers Napoli. There is no change at the top after the Italian champions' two-win week. Below them, Lionel Messi inspires Barca's jump and there are two newcomers. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Dropping out: Bayern Munich, Lyon. Agree? Disagree? Let us know and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV!

Mohamed Salah 4/10, Naby Keita 3/10 as Liverpool lose at Napoli

Wed, 3 Oct 2018 03:09:00 PDT

The FC crew discuss where Liverpool fell short at the Stadio San Paolo, taking aim at their inability to adapt to Napoli's potent attack in the second half. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol explains why Napoli were deserving of their late victory, despite Liverpool's best efforts to hold on for a draw. A poor performance by Liverpool was finally exploited by Napoli with one late goal. They could have conceded more. Positives The scoreline could have been more embarrassing, but some consolation came from another good display by centre-back Joe Gomez. The next two games in the group against Red Star Belgrade may see Liverpool regain their advantage. Negatives Too many to count but passing was especially abysmal, making extended possession virtually impossible and encouraging the home side to take...

Liverpool, Mo Salah blanked in frustrating 1-0 defeat at Napoli

Wed, 3 Oct 2018 02:29:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol explains why Napoli were deserving of their late victory, despite Liverpool's best efforts to hold on for a draw. NAPLES, Italy -- Here are three thoughts on the whistle from Napoli's 1-0 win over Liverpool on Wednesday evening. 1. Insigne sinks Liverpool with last-gasp goal Liverpool suffered their second defeat of the season as Lorenzo Insigne scored a dramatic late winner for Napoli in their second Champions League match of the season. Napoli earned a deserved three points as Insigne struck in injury time to ensure that Group C remained wide open in terms of qualification for the knockout stages. The...

Mo Salah's struggles aren't a big deal but he has room for improvement

Tue, 2 Oct 2018 02:57:00 PDT

It's a telling demonstration of Mohamed Salah's outstanding 2017-18 season that just seven games and three goals into the new campaign, we're already questioning why he isn't quite himself. Salah's output is a good return from a player who has carried Liverpool's main threat in almost every game this season. Yet after a debut campaign that featured 32 goals and 10 assists, we've come to expect Lionel Messi-esque numbers. Of course, that might prove unreasonable considering last season's goal-scoring...

Chelsea vs. Liverpool benefit from fun football, Man United should prep for life after Mourinho

Mon, 1 Oct 2018 08:05:00 PDT

One of the best bits of Saturday's clash between Chelsea and Liverpool came at the very end. The cameras showed Maurizio Sarri with a wide, child-like smile (about as child-like as a guy who looks like Sarri can appear) turning towards Jurgen Klopp, whose own grin was ear-to-ear and embracing him. It was a great game, it was fun, it was entertaining and it was wonderfully refreshing to witness. No psychodramas, no hissy fits, no recrimination. Daniel Sturridge's wonder-strike salvaged a point...

Transfer Talk: Alexis Sanchez upset at Manchester United snub

Mon, 1 Oct 2018 12:33:00 PDT

The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January. Sanchez future 'in doubt' after United snub Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez is not a happy man, with his future at the club "in serious doubt," according to the Mirror. Former Arsenal star Sanchez was dropped from the squad for United's defeat at West Ham and was "left fuming" by the decision, it reports. Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thumper. FC Exclusives - Everton check on Liverpool's Origi - Loftus-Cheek won't be sold - Ramsey open to top six move - PSG want Wenger on transfers - Real Madrid monitoring Sterling Sanchez "was...

Sturridge shows he's not finished yet, Arnautovic ruins Man United's day

Sun, 30 Sep 2018 12:10:00 PDT

There's still a Monday night game to come but the weekend review is not lacking for talking points as Nick Miller runs through the highlights and lowlights. Goal of the weekend It's been a rough few years for Daniel Sturridge, with injury problems and a limp loan spell at West Brom keeping him from challenging for a place in the Liverpool team. He's back now though, scoring twice against Chelsea in a week with Saturday's effort both much more important and much better. The frequency and...

Chelsea challenge Man City and Liverpool for Premier League title

Sat, 29 Sep 2018 01:12:00 PDT

Daniel Sturridge scored a breathtaking goal in the final minute to keep Liverpool undefeated in the Premier League this season. LONDON -- As tempting as it is to bill Liverpool's clash with Manchester City next Sunday as the fixture most likely to provide this season's Premier League champions, Chelsea might just have something to say about that between now and May. Just like the two protagonists at Anfield, Maurizio Sarri's men remain unbeaten in the league this season and they are gathering momentum with each positive result. This was another. Despite surrendering a lead with just two minutes left following Daniel Sturridge's...


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