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Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has criticised Everton’s Jordan Pickford for his challenge on Virgil Van Dijk in the Merseyside derby.

Van Dijk was forced off injured early into Liverpool’s game against Everton. A ball was sent into the box towards the defender, and Pickford came rushing out to challenge for it.

England’s number one got the situation all wrong, as he dived in and two-footed the Dutch international. After the game, it was revealed that he required surgery after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

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Due to this injury, Van Dijk is likely to miss the rest of the season. This is a huge blow for the Premier League champions, with him being such a vital part of their success in recent seasons.

Adrian was in goal at the other end of the pitch and he said there is no defence for Pickford’s challenge. He told Sky Sports that he always tries to defend goalkeepers, but he cannot do that on this occasion:

“It was a very bad challenge in a very bad position of Virgil’s body. It was late. No player is allowed to do this kind of challenge.

“I’m a goalkeeper and I always defend goalkeepers, but going for a ball like this in that case… I don’t know.

“As a footballer, your body is at risk every time you play but you have a few challenges that you are allowed to do.

“But I don’t accept this kind of challenge. The federation, the Premier League cannot accept these kinds of things.”

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Sheff Utd manager Chris Wilder has been backed to sign David Brooks from Bournemouth in the January transfer window.

Brooks left Bramall Lane in July 2018 after making 37 appearances in all competitions for the Blades.

The winger was linked with a move to Man Utd during the summer, although that never materialised.

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According to the Sheffield Star, Wilder will try to convince Blades officials to bid for Brooks in January.

Bournemouth apparently want at least £30 million for the Welshman following his good performances in the Premier League last campaign.

This is now an achievable sum for the Blades after they spent £22 million to sign Sander Berge from Genk. They also spent £23.5 million to sign Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster, making him their record transfer.

Brooks is thought to be keen on rejoining the side in order to make a return to the Premier League.

His fee has been reduced accordingly following the Cherries’ relegation to the Championship.

Brooks is arguably now one of the most expensive players to be involved in the second division. His speed and creativity could help the Blades this season as they are lacking goals up front.

Club captain Billy Sharp equalised from the penalty spot against Fulham to give Sheff Utd their first point of the new season.

The side is missing important defender Jack O’Connell through injury, with Wilder also believed to be looking at a replacement for him.

The Blades searched for left-sided centre backs but didn’t bring anyone in. Current defender Jack Robinson is being selected in O’Connell’s position.

Their next fixture is a tough one against Liverpool on Saturday at Anfield. Blades fans will be hoping that their team can get back to winning ways, following last season’s impressive finish.

Despite the slow start to the 2020/21 campaign, Norwegian midfielder Berge’s performances have proved to be something to enjoy.

He was one of the best players on the pitch during the draw against Fulham.

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William Saliba is “not ready for first-team selection” at Arsenal, according to David Ornstein.

Saliba joined Arsenal for £27m in the summer of 2019 but remained on loan with Saint-Etienne for a further season before heading to north London.

He has struggled to make an impact under Mikel Arteta however, being named on the bench for the Community Shield final and a League Cup third-round tie but being omitted completely from all Premier League matchday squads.

The 19-year-old qualifies as an under-21 player for domestic competitions but was left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad.

Martin Keown and Claude Puel have both criticised the Gunners but The Athletic journalist David Ornstein has offered some context.

“It hasn’t been an easy time for William Saliba since joining Arsenal,” he told the Tifo Football podcast.

“He went back on loan to Saint-Etienne, that was part of the plan, but in his season there he suffered injuries, the Covid lockdown disrupted things, he had a family tragedy too, and since coming to Arsenal his adaptation has been much slower than expected.

“He’s not ready for first-team selection, it would seem. That’s why they looked into another loan deal. Saint-Etienne was lined up once more but they couldn’t complete the paperwork before the international deadline.

“A move to the Championship, I was told and reported, was never a likely option and did not come to fruition. So in terms of the Europa League squad there was no place for him. That’s only, though, for the group stages, and it could change of course in the knockout phase.

“He was, I believe, included in Arsenal’s Premier League squad because of the number of under-21 players you can have, and both Arsenal and Saliba will hope that he can now kick on, make progress.

“If not, a potential loan deal in January, but if it goes to plan he can be part of things in the domestic competitions and also in Europe if Arsenal get to the latter stages.”


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The modern convention of online journalism is to bury the best nugget of information way down the piece so readers have to scroll all the way through to get to it.

Well, we’re going to treat you here and give away the headline stat, simply because it bears repeating: Harry Kane averages a goal or assist every 37 minutes for Tottenham in the Premier League this season.

We’re not really sure what to say about that, other than it’s absolutely f*cking outrageous. Given it takes us 37 minutes just to get out of bed every morning, we feel quite ashamed if anything.

Read the full article here.

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Jurgen Klopp says he will wait patiently for Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to return to fitness “like a good wife is waiting when the husband is in jail”.

The Dutchman will now miss a number of months after suffering damage to his knee after Jordan Pickford’s reckless challenge in the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

Van Dijk was a key man in last season’s title success and has been a virtual ever-present since signing from Southampton in January 2018 – he has started 95 league matches and missed only one, while Saturday was only the second time he has failed to complete 90 minutes.

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And Klopp – who takes his side to Amsterdam to play Ajax on Wednesday – says that he will try to make the Liverpool centre-back’s return to fitness as “easy for him as possible”.

“It’s always the same, players love to be rather on their own in the moment and to deal in the first moment with it,” Klopp told a press conference.

“I am long enough in the business to know that. I was injured myself, I had exactly the same injury if I’m right and it’s not then that you are then pretty chatty.

“It all will start but we are in contact, of course, we are in contact. We are there for him, he knows that and we will wait for him like a good wife is waiting when the husband is in jail and will do, meanwhile, all what we can do to make it as easy for him as possible.”

Asked when Van Dijk would go under the knife, Klopp added: “That’s all not sorted yet.

“A few things are clear, so he now will be out for a while, that’s clear. We don’t want to set any timeframe, to be honest, because each player is different and each individual is different and these possible timeframes are always for the x, y, z player. Virgil is Virgil and we don’t want to set any timeframe, but he will be out for a pretty long time and that’s what the situation is.

“That’s what we know since I expected it pretty much on Saturday after the game immediately, especially when I saw the challenge back. I saw it the first time only from the bench, and when I saw it back I was pretty clear that he will be out for a long time.

“So we feel now in this moment extremely, extremely for him because most of us were in a similar situation and we know that these situations are absolutely rubbish. You don’t need it. You don’t need it but you have to get over it and Virgil will get over it, 100 per cent, and today is already the first day, if you want, of the recovery.

“We go already in the right direction and so that’s OK and the rest is football and life, like always a challenge, so see what you get and then make the best of it and that’s what we do now.”


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Man City are planning to make another move for Barcelona star Lionel Messi in January amid competition from Europe’s elite, according to reports.

Messi made it no secret of his desire to leave Barcelona during the summer. He was involved in a window long war with the club’s board. The attacker felt he could leave Barcelona on a free transfer.

The Spanish giant’s board objected this, and he eventually agreed to remain at the club. Messi’s anger at those behind the scenes at Barcelona has not gone away, however.

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The 33-year-old agreed to remain at the club as a short term fix so the relationship he has with the club is not tarnished.

Barça alleged that anyone who wanted to sign Messi would have to pay his release clause of around £630m. This made his transfer away impossible with no clubs being able to fund such a move.

Messi is currently in the final year of his contract, so we could have an even bigger transfer saga on our hands next summer.

But the Daily Star are reporting that Man City are considering a January move for Messi. The Argentinian has scored an incredible 635 goals 735 games for Barcelona. In that time he has won the Ballon d’Or six times between 2009 and 2019.

Man City’s chief operating officer, Omar Berrarda, recently told Manchester Evening News that they may move for Messi next summer:

“He’s the best player in the world, he’s the best player of his generation. I think any club in the world would like to explore the possibility of him joining their team.

“He’s probably an exception to potential investments that we’d do… but our planning has been done with this current squad and it is being considered with the current opportunities that we have.

“For every single position we have to be prepared because there can be so many things that can happen but, at the same time, I think we have the financial strength and system ability to make that investment when required.”

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Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti believes his side can have ‘more confidence for the future’ after they played out an exciting 2-2 draw with city rivals Liverpool.

Sadio Mane put the visitors ahead early on before Toffees defender Michael Keane headed in an equaliser in the 19th-minute.

After the break, Liverpool took the lead once again thanks to a clever strike from forward Mohamed Salah. However in-form number nine Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored for Everton in the 81st-minute to give his team the point.

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The match was also marred with plenty of controversy after Jordan Pickford seemed to foul Virgil Van Dijk when going for the ball. It was a challenge that could have warranted a red card, but nothing was given as the previous chance was deemed offside.

Richarlison received a red card in the 90th-minute for a poor challenge on Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson thought he had won the game when he slotted the ball past Pickford in the dying minutes. VAR decided that Mane had been slightly offside in the goal buildup, despite looking onside.

Speaking after the match, Ancelotti said (via BBC Sport): “It was terrific. It was a good game in general. Exciting game. Lot of fight, lot of pressing, lot of intensity.

“We competed with them. We were 1-0 down and equalised, 2-1 down and equalised.

“It was a good test and I have a good feeling.

“To know we can compete with the champions of the last season it gives us more confidence for the future.”

When asked about Henderson’s offside goal, the Italian manager responded: “I hoped the goal was offside. If we lost my feeling would not have changed.”

By gaining a point at Goodison Park, Everton continued their unbeaten start to the season. They remain top of the Premier League table after having played five games.

Their next fixture is away against Southampton next weekend.

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Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has spoken on his pride at Jack Grealish’s performance for England against Wales while away on international duty.

Grealish was once again called up to the England squad for their recent games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark.

He made his first senior start for his country in their friendly against Wales. The midfielder earned a lot of praise for his performance.

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Grealish was a real creative force for England, and he offered something different from any of his teammates. He also provided the assist for Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first England goal.

Gareth Southgate’s side won 3-0 against Wales, but the main takeaway from it was Grealish’s performance.

Despite this, the attacker did not play any minutes in either of England’s Nations League games against Belgium or Denmark. Instead, Southgate played Chelsea’s Mason Mount over him.

Grealish has been one of Villa’s shining lights early into the season. They have made a great start, winning all three of their Premier League games so far.

Included in that was their incredible 7-2 win over Liverpool. Grealish has started the league season with three goals and three assists.

This continues on from his impressive campaign in 2019/20. He carried Villa to safety, as he netted eight times and provided six assists from his 36 league games.

During his press conference, Smith spoke on his pride at seeing Grealish and others perform well on an international stage:

“I was really pleased that Jack Grealish got his first start for England and put in a man-of-the-match performance.

“The beneficiary of him not playing in the other games is Aston Villa because he’ll come back fresh.

“John McGinn got the armband for Scotland for the first time and he’s played three games, Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) has played three games, Bertrand Traore’s gone away and scored in both games for Burkina Faso and Douglas Luiz has started both games for Brazil.

“I’m proud of all the players that went away on international duty, and that includes Jack and Tyrone (Mings).”

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Mikel Arteta says that new Arsenal signing Thomas Partey is “very willing to start playing” ahead of their clash against Manchester City on Saturday.

Partey has had his first training session with the rest of his Gunners team-mates today following his deadline day £45m move from Atletico Madrid,

Despite talks of the move being dead in the water as the end of the window neared, Arsenal boss Arteta remained confident they could get their man.

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Partey could make his Arsenal debut in Saturday’s Premier League trip to Manchester City but Arteta wasn’t giving too much away.

“Well he was here just yesterday, he is getting familiar with everything around the club,” Arteta said at a pre-match press conference.

“Today he will have his first training session, so everything has to come really quickly for him. We knew that before we signed him that he is fit, he is very willing to start playing and we will see how he goes in the next few days.

“I have seen the buzz around the place, the fans are really happy, I have seen some really positive reactions after we bought him, the same with the team, the squad and the staff.

“I think he is a player we had the radar on for a long time and we have managed to bring him in and I think he will be a really important addition to the team.

“He got to know some of his team-mates [already]. Not all of them, because some are still on international duty but we will have everyone back today and it will be a good day for him to get to know everyone.”


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Project Big Picture has reportedly been rejected by the Premier League at an emergency meeting of the 20 clubs on Wednesday with Liverpool and Man United’s proposals ‘killed off at birth’.

The PBP plans included a £250million immediate payment to the EFL at a time when its clubs are starved of matchday income by the coronavirus pandemic and the promise of a 25 per cent share of future Premier League media revenues for the EFL.

However, the plans had been criticised for concentrating too much power in the hands of the Premier League’s so-called ‘big six’, with Liverpool and Manchester United having been the main architects of the proposals.

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EFL chairman Rick Parry recently argued that the PBP proposals represent a chance for the EFL to secure its long-term future, and they had been cautiously welcomed by many – but not all – EFL clubs’ executives.

But a report in The Times claims that Premier League clubs ‘have kicked Project Big Picture into the long grass and agreed instead to hold an urgent strategy review involving all 20 members, as well as making a new bail-out offer to the EFL.’

The ’emergency meeting of the 20 clubs’ held today has ‘effectively killed off the plan at birth’ with the proposals running up ‘against opposition from a large majority of the top-flight clubs.’

However, the clubs instead decided to hold a ‘strategy review’ in the near future with the clubs also agreeing to a ‘rescue package’ for EFL clubs.

Meanwhile, a Premier League club owner told Sky Sports News on Wednesday: “We are 100 per cent against the plans. If there was a vote now I would be surprised if more than six supported it. I can guarantee you the majority of club owners are against it.

“Who knows, somebody might be able to come up with a compromise but there is no way we could support what’s on the table now.”


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