PL Predictions: More misery for Man Utd at Brentford

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 18:00

Manchester United will slip to a seventh straight away league defeat at Brentford, says Jones Knows who also sees Leicester nicking a point at Arsenal.

 Aston Villa vs Everton, Saturday 12.30pm

For the sake of Everton's away form, there is a hope that Frank Lampard has taken a long look into the mirror over the summer. As a Premier League manager the way Lampard sets his teams up on the road has been staggeringly bad when you assess the defensive numbers.

In 38 games as a boss at the top-level with a Chelsea side that went on to win the Champions League just six months after he left and at Everton, Lampard's teams' have shipped 73 goals on the road, working out at an average of 1.92 goals conceded every 90 minutes.

That needs to change.

And I'm willing to give Lampard, a highly intelligent man it must be added, the benefit of the doubt in that regard based on the signings of James Tarkowski and Conor Coady. Surely there will be an ethos of being harder to beat, with early signs against Chelsea relatively positive.

With Aston Villa's lack of attacking guile, Everton having no-one to score a goal and a strong likelihood of them playing with a great emphasis on being defensively sound, a low-scoring encounter is fancied at Villa Park.

Unfortunately this has been noted by the markets where the under 2.5 goals line is a skinny 8/11 with Sky Bet so there is no real enthusiasm for me to get involved. Those hunting a bigger price to follow may like the look of the draw and under 2.5 goals in the match at 100/30.

SCORE PREDICTION: 0-0Arsenal vs Leicester, Saturday 3pm - PLAY SUPER 6 HERE!

If you required any further evidence to showcase that Arsenal are expected to challenge for a top-four place this season, just look at their price for this game: Mikel Arteta's men are 1/2 with Sky Bet to beat a dangerous Leicester City side that have players within their ranks that clubs are seemingly willing to spend obscene amounts of money on.

Based on those odds, Arsenal have a 66.7 per cent chance of registering a victory. Despite their very resolute showing at Selhurst Park, where William Saliba and Aaron Ramsdale came to the fore, that number feels a little high to me.


I've been swimming against a very anti-Leicester narrative for the past few weeks (have backed them for a top six finish) therefore I feel obliged to follow them in here to get a result. For 60 minutes against Brentford last weekend, I felt very smug as they looked an impressive outfit. Best forget about the last 30 minutes.

Brendan Rodgers' men have failed to score in just one of their last 13 games, scoring 23 goals in total and failed to trouble the scorers in just two of their 19 away Premier League games last season, meaning Arsenal will have to match or even be more resolute than they were at Crystal Palace. At the prices, Leicester are fancied to get a result.

SCORE PREDICTION: 1-1Brighton vs Newcastle, Saturday 3pm

This may prove to be the most entertaining game of the weekend. We have two squads full of confidence that are becoming used to winning football matches.

Only Man City (26), Liverpool (24) and Tottenham (23) have won more points than Brighton since April whilst Newcastle's haul of 41 points from 20 Premier League games in 2022 is only bettered by Liverpool (52), Man City (46) and Tottenham (44).

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Brighton aren't to be trusted at home just yet though, scoring just 19 at the Amex last season, so with the Toon priced up as outsiders at 2/1 with Sky Bet they are taken to edge this one with Joe Willock catching my eye with his shots/goals prices.

Eddie Howe has found the perfect role for him in his system where he can utilise his clever runs into dangerous areas. It's taking him into great positions which has rocketed his shots per game and expected goals average since the turn of the year, yet his prices across the markets remain very appealing for a player of his attacking intent.

Joe Willock celebrates his equaliser for Newcastle Image: Joe Willock celebrates his equaliser for Newcastle at West Ham

Since mid-January he leads the way for Newcastle in terms of shots-per-90 (2.27) and looked like a man playing with great confidence and zip in the win over Nottingham Forest, having three shots with an expected goals return of 0.19 and notching seven touches in the opposition box.

Along with Callum Wilson, who remains of interest in all goalscoring markets too, Willock is one of Newcastle's most likely routes to goal. That makes his price of 7/1 with Sky Bet to score anytime rather silly in a game Newcastle are very much fancied to get something from.

SCORE PREDICTION: 1-2 | BETTING ANGLE: Joe Willock to score (7/1 with Sky Bet - Bet Here!)Manchester City vs Bournemouth, Saturday 3pm - PLAY SUPER 6 HERE!

Anyone for 40/1 with Sky Bet on a Bournemouth victory?

This is a team that are unbeaten in their last nine league games, winning each of last four without conceding, including surprising many onlookers with their performance at home to Aston Villa at the top level last weekend.

Anyone? No, OK then. Best to swerve the match markets then.

With City now having the weapon of Erling Haaland - providing pace in behind and ruthless finishing - opposition managers are going to rewrite the book on football tactics to provide a problem for Pep Guardiola's men. Defend deep and pray, will probably be Scott Parker's methodology.

Those thinking about backing the possibility of Pep's boys racking up a cricket score should take note of the predicted 32°C temperature in Manchester on Saturday. Conserving energy will be key in such unnaturally hot conditions, so this may have an effect on whether City decide to put their foot fully down on the accelerator.

SCORE PREDICTION: 3-0Southampton vs Leeds, Saturday 3pm - PLAY SUPER 6 HERE!

My faith in Ralph Hasenhuttl to get Southampton rolling and playing with confidence and threat at some stage of this season should be enough to keep Saints above the drop zone. However, with so much change being implemented they are easy to oppose in their current form. If they lose on Saturday, they will equal a club record six consecutive league defeats, albeit across two different seasons.

My main worry for them in the short-term is the time taken for an already shaky defensive unit to become accustomed to playing in front of a very inexperienced young goalkeeper in Gavin Bazunu, who looks a serious talent but like any goalkeeper will need time to understand the demands and pressure of playing at this level. Although he didn't make any mistakes against Tottenham, I thought he looked very nervy across all aspects of his game.

With that in mind and considering Southampton's horrendous defensive record of late that has seen them concede 34 goals in their last 14 Premier League games, I'd point people in the direction of backing goals.

All of this equates to the 10/11 available on both teams scoring and the game to produce over 2.5 goals - a bet which has landed in five of Saints' last six games - rating as a solid betting tactic to almost double your money.

SCORE PREDICTION: 2-2Wolves vs Fulham, Saturday 3pm

Although it won't gain much attention in the wider media, this feels like a massive game for Wolves and their boss Bruno Lage, who has overseen a return of just two points in the last 24 available stretching across eight games. The pressure is on.

The Molineux faithful have been served up some dross too with a disappointing draw against Norwich and defeats to Brighton and Leeds still fresh in the memory no doubt despite the start of a new campaign. Performances have not been there to fall back on either, illustrated by an expected goals metric at home of 21.81 last season - only Norwich posted a lower total.

Lage remains popular and will have his name chanted, with the anger from the stands more directed at the owners and management side of the club after a lack of backing for the boss.

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And a fully pumped-up Fulham side, fresh from a hugely impressive and exciting performance against Liverpool, isn't an ideal opponent when any sort of win will be demanded by the home fans.

Marco Silva isn't someone that tweaks his system to accommodate playing away from home, so I'm expecting Fulham to carry on where they left off last weekend. Here we have a side that were the top away scorers in all four divisions (50) last season - scoring four more than next best Wigan (46). Fragile Wolves are very vulnerable. Fulham look a lovely price to me at 2/1 with Sky Bet.

I'm also looking to use my 'inexperienced referee' theory to boost the price on Fulham to 7/1 in the hope he's in for a busy afternoon.

John Brooks has only taken charge of four Premier League games before, averaging a whopping 5.25 cards per 90 minutes. Players are very aware of the referee's inexperience at the top level and that, added to a stricter approach where an eager to impress ref lacks the authority to allow the game to flow, does make the chances for cards very appealing.

In what could be an aggressive game played in a pressurised environment, adding the game to produce 50 or more booking points (10 for a yellow, 25 for a red) makes perfect sense.

SCORE PREDICTION: 1-2 | BETTING ANGLE: Fulham to win and 50 or more booking points in match (7/1 with Sky Bet - Bet Here!)Brentford vs Manchester United, Saturday 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports - PLAY SUPER 6 HERE! Brentford vs Manchester United

Manchester United are a shambles. But you already knew that. They have dominated the news agenda all week. There is no need to go there.

Are things about to dramatically improve this weekend? Not when there is a well-coached team in opposition.

Brentford have won 22 points since March - only six Premier League teams have won more. At 11/4 with Sky Bet they are surely worth a swing such is the lack of cohesion and strategy at such a fallen giant, who remain being priced up on the name of the club rather than on-field performances.

Another loss here would make it seven away wins on the spin - something that hasn't happened since 1936.

One potential area of betting interest I'll be keeping a close eye over the next few weeks is Manchester United's lack of height, organisation and physicality when defending set pieces.

They played like a team without a plan for much of their defeat from Brighton, including the way they set up defending Brighton's set piece attacks. Both Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster had efforts on goal from such situations and you can guarantee that Brentford, a very shrewdly coached team, will be looking to cause a threat in the same way. Pontus Jansson is usually the man charging in looking for the first contact - he averaged 0.6 shots per 90 minutes last season, along with grabbing three goals himself.

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United's overall record at defending set pieces in 2022 is actually quite strong - only Manchester City (0) have conceded fewer goals this calendar year than United's two. So, that was enough to resist me officially pulling the trigger on a bet but the 11/10 for a Jansson shot and the 14/1 on him to score anytime are certainly worth a second look for those hunting an angle in.

SCORE PREDICTION: 2-1Nottingham Forest vs West Ham, Sunday 2pm, live on Sky Sports - PLAY SUPER 6 HERE! Nottingham Forest vs West Ham United

Jumping to hard conclusions at this time of season rarely bodes well from a betting bank balance perspective, that's why I'm happy to forgive Nottingham Forest for such a limp and timid performance at Newcastle last weekend.

Steve Cooper's men produced an expected goals figure of just 0.28 from five shots on goal at St James' Park and were completely dominated in key areas of the pitch, especially in midfield where Joelinton and Bruno Guimaraes showed Forest how to boss a Premier League game.

I'm expecting much greater fizz, enthusiasm and spark from Cooper's boys as Premier League football returns to the City Ground for the first time in 23 years and 82 days, the longest-ever gap between a team's matches in Premier League history. Of Forest's starting line-up last week, Brennan Johnson and Neco Williams had not even been born the last time Forest were playing at this level and the average cost of a pint of lager was £1.90. The glory years.

I'm expecting a raucous, cup-like, atmosphere - something David Moyes will be keen for his team to manage in the opening exchanges. They have the experience and class in midfield with the exceptional Declan Rice to handle themselves early on and then take over as the game progresses.

The Hammers scored 55 per cent of their goals after half-time last season and the Evens for the second half to produce the most goals makes sense for those looking to attack a market.

SCORE PREDICTION: 0-1Chelsea vs Tottenham, Sunday 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports - PLAY SUPER 6 HERE! Chelsea vs Spurs

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

It's time to put that into practice.

No matter how scary it sounds to be putting ultra faith in Tottenham to win a football match at Stamford Bridge, if I'm fully invested in the theory that Spurs are a threat in every competition they play in this season then I simply must back them to beat an undercooked and underwhelming Chelsea side as the outsiders at 21/10 with Sky Bet.

Many of you will be screaming at me right now to point out that Chelsea have lost just one of the last 32 league meetings at home with Spurs, winning 21. But this is a new era at Tottenham with Antonio Conte at the helm. They are going places and are playing with supreme energy whilst Chelsea - on evidence of the last six months - are stagnating.

This is a perfect time for Spurs to be heading to west London.

Thomas Tuchel clearly isn't happy with the tools at his disposal ahead of the transfer window closing and that was stamped all over their slow and steady showing in the 1-0 win over Everton.

There seemed a lack of attacking imagination and cohesion as they stumbled to an expected goals (non penalties) figure of just 0.86 - quite a staggeringly low amount considering they won 16 corners in the match against a team that can't defend set pieces. A lack of imagination in forward areas has been a worry in 2022. Chelsea have scored just 34 goals from an expected figure of 32.1 since the turn of the year with Liverpool (46), Man City (50) and Tottenham (51) all showing far greater numbers in the final third.

With Chelsea's defence still performing amongst the best in the Premier League and Spurs very unlikely to run away with the game, I'm happy to be greedy and boost the price by backing Conte's men to win by one goal at 7/2.

SCORE PREDICTION: 0-1 | BETTING ANGLE: Tottenham to win by one goal (7/2 with Sky Bet - Bet Here!)Liverpool vs Crystal Palace, Monday 8pm, live on Sky Sports Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

If Liverpool bring the same lack of zip, physicality, desire and pressing to the table in their 2-2 draw with Fulham, then those taking the 1/4 with Sky Bet on a home win could be about to go through some financial pain.

A team that usually averaged 19.1 shots per game in the Premier League over the past year and that registers an expected goals figure of 2.50 fell way short of their usual standards, posting just 11 shots and an xG of 1.23. They also recorded the lowest distance ran by any team last weekend and were outrun by Fulham by a margin of just under 7km - only Aston Villa (7km) and Wolves (8.6km) were outrun by a greater distance on the opening weekend.

Jurgen Klopp will have been privately fuming and embarrassed by those numbers.

That makes this absolutely terrible timing for Crystal Palace to head to Anfield. A reaction is expected.

Despite beginning their season with defeat against Arsenal, there were encouraging signs for Patrick Vieira's side in their approach play but I'm yet to truly be convinced they will score enough goals to seriously make any inroads into the top eight this season.

The Reds have conceded just four goals in their last 14 Premier League home games and a fourth straight win without conceding at home to Palace is expected (4/5 with Sky Bet).


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Liverpool should unearth wildcard Roberto Firmino successor in latest Sadio Mané teammate

Liverpool.com - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 16:00

In recent years, Liverpool have always gone for under-the-radar options to replace their ageing players and rejuvenate the squad, and in the last few months another potential intriguing option has emerged who the club's scouts may already be familiar with.

It is no secret that Julian Ward's next task at Liverpool will be to replace Roberto Firmino. Whether or not the Brazilian decides to sign another contract extension on his deal that expires in 2023, or not, sooner or later with Firmino set to turn 31 later this year, the ravages of time will catch up with his body.

To replace him, considering the fact that Liverpool have two astute forwards in Diogo Jota and Darwin Núñez under their ranks, Julian Ward could go for more of a wildcard option, and in that case Sheffield United's Iliman Ndiaye could emerge as an intriguing candidate for the role.

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Ndiaye has enjoyed a hugely successful few years in what has been an unprecedented rise for the 22-year-old, who first arrived in the UK, and who a few years ago was playing for non-league side Boreham Wood while strutting his stuff on YouTube for Rising Ballers FC.

Ultimately, he was snapped up by Sheffield United in 2020, where he was initially signed as an U23 player, but he quickly rose up the ranks and is now a first-team regular.

Liverpool will be aware of Ndiaye. We have previously covered that the Reds have watched several of Ndiaye's teammates at Sheffield including Daniel Jebbison and Will Osula, and it would not be a surprise if Ndiaye has also caught the club's eye.

In his last seven Championship games, Ndiaye has made six goal contributions, scoring five goals and registering one assist, which is an impressive figure. Last season he recorded a commendable 0.40 goal contribution rate per 90, which is impressive considering he was playing for a side who were struggling in the Championship.

It was the kind of form that earnt him recognition back in his native Senegal, where he was called up to the national team and made his debut against Benin in a 3-1 victory, where he lined up alongside Sadio Mané.

Full of energy and pace, Ndiaye is an extremely versatile attacker who is capable of playing as a forward but also as a wide player, and he is suited to a false nine/number 10 role playing just in behind the forward, too.

His versatility means he is already similar to Firmino, but what makes him even more comparable is that he is an astute technician and a player adept at link-up play and creating opportunities for his teammates as well as for himself.

His flair and flamboyance on the ball makes him a player who is capable of getting fans off the edge of their feet, and at the same time Ndiaye has the work ethic to track back and win possession for his teammate, which give him all the tools to be suited to a gegenpressing team like Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool.

With the way he is going in his current purple patch, if he can maintain that for the rest of the season, it would not be a surprise if Ndiaye did end up on the club's radar. He is certainly a player to keep a close eye on.

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Harvey Elliott wants to spend his career at Liverpool – “It’s why I’ve come here”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 15:34

Harvey Elliott has described his latest Liverpool contract as a signal he is “more of a first-team player,” as he sets his sights on a career-long stay at Anfield.

Just over a year on from last putting pen to paper, Elliott has signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool, tying him to his beloved club until 2027.

It is a marker of the progress he has made since joining from Fulham in 2019, and having taken up the No. 19 shirt this season he is poised for a more prominent role in Jurgen Klopp‘s side.

Liverpool have worked tirelessly to secure key names to long-term contracts this summer, with Mo Salah, Diogo Jota, Joe Gomez and James Milner also agreeing new terms.

And speaking to LFCTV upon the announcement of his deal, Elliott reflected on his journey so far and outlined his desire to stay for the rest of his career.

“Hopefully my career ends here,” he said.

“It’s why I’ve come here, to be honest, to make sure I establish myself in this team and play as much as I can for Liverpool.

“That’s all I want to do, I just want to put the shirt on and go out and play, just enjoy myself.

“I remember days when I was playing in the back garden with a Liverpool shirt, scoring goals, pretending to be these players, now I’m playing with them.

“It’s memories that I want to write myself and look back on in years to come and think ‘what a dream, I’ve dreamt my dream and achieved it’.”

Were it not for a serious ankle injury suffered at the start of last season, Elliott would be closer to the 50-appearance mark already, but as it stands he has made 22.

It is still a healthy tally for a player who only turned 19 in April, and the teenager already sees himself as more established, with this latest extension proof.

“I feel like it’s not more pressure on me, but it’s more of a situation where I’m more of a first-team player, in a way, than last year, obviously coming back from loan,” he explained.

“I didn’t play, the first season I joined, as much as I have done these past couple of years.

“It feels more of a contract now, a first-team contract, in terms of how it’s going to run in the next couple of years.

“I’m just excited to keep putting on a shirt, to keep playing. I’m so excited and just can’t wait to get out there again.”

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Brendan Rodgers admits “emotional” flaw to Liverpool’s 2014 title collapse

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 14:49

Liverpool’s 2013-14 Premier League title charge fell apart after a home defeat to Chelsea, with Brendan Rodgers now revealing the “emotional” flaw behind their collapse.

After an 11-game winning streak, Rodgers’ Liverpool were in pole position to be crowned champions heading into their clash with Jose Mourinho’s side in late April.

But when Steven Gerrard’s slip allowed Demba Ba to give the Blues a first-half lead, and Willian capped the win with a breakaway goal in stoppage time, the title was no longer in Liverpool’s hands.

The Reds’ title chase would completely unravel the following week as they threw away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, and Man City went on to be crowned champions.

Eight years on, Rodgers, who’s now in charge at Leicester, has revealed where he thinks Liverpool went wrong.

 Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho and Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“There was a lot of emotion in that Chelsea game,” he told Kammy and Ben’s Proper Football Podcast.

“So if I was to do anything different, it would be that.

“I would’ve maybe framed the emotional side of it a little bit differently.

“But actually, the game idea, you wouldn’t do that (do anything different). You wouldn’t ask Pep Guardiola to do something totally different for that game. We went out to attack the game and for 70 minutes we played really well.

“The first half, we should’ve been up. José had them banked up. They were deep, they were tight, we just couldn’t make the breakthrough.

“Then right on half time, we had the unfortunate slip with Stevie and they score. That then makes it even harder and we’re chasing the game then. Probably that little bit of inexperience, from the team and maybe from me as well… it becomes emotional then.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during the Premiership match against Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Really we could’ve drew the game and gone on and won the title.”

Rodgers went on to claim he was proud of the philosophy his Liverpool team followed and has no regrets about their approach to any of the matches towards the end of that campaign

His side would eventually finish two points behind champions Man City, in what was a rollercoaster of a season.

“I’d rather die knowing that we tried to play how we played,” he continued.

“Sit defensive and deep? You just don’t do that.

“My philosophy has been to attack. Attacking means defending well. That was the trademark of that team.

“It was just one of those things. We nearly did it.”

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Jürgen Klopp has two solutions as Thiago injury not only Liverpool midfield problem to fix

Liverpool.com - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 14:30

Liverpool need to find a solution to their midfield woes for two reasons after they dropped points on the opening day of the Premier League season against Fulham.

Firstly, Thiago Alcântara is injured and will not be featuring for a few games as he recovers from the problem sustained early in the second half at Craven Cottage.

And secondly, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson were both well below-par on the day. Liverpool need to improve in that position ahead of facing Crystal Palace — and fast.

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But how should they go about doing that? There are a number of options including James Milner and Naby Keïta, but two Liverpool.com writers have other ideas. We have had our say on the debate, and don't forget: you can also have your say in the comments at the bottom of the page!

"Harvey Elliott will get the nod" - Matt Addison

There is only one answer for me: Harvey Elliott. Liverpool need more creativity and quality on the ball and Elliott is the man who can offer that. He was in the Reds' first team for a reason before his injury last season.

Over time, I fully expect Elliott to get back to that level again this year and by the end of the season, should he remain injury-free, then I would be surprised if he wasn't first-pick in midfield — I rate him that highly.

Naby Keïta could also come into the team — maybe to the left with Elliott right and either Henderson or Fabinho holding — but the first priority for me is to get Elliott on the field. In midfield is there that makes most sense, and with Thiago out, there is an opportunity to slot him back into the starting XI again.

"Fábio Carvalho could be the best option" - Ben Bocsak

Last season, Liverpool didn’t lack creativity from midfield: the Reds created plenty of chances, but what was missing was a goalscorer and a player who can make an impact from midfield by popping up in the box on a consistent basis.

Fábio Carvalho offers that extra dimension having made 19 goal contributions for Fulham last season, and with an impressive record at youth level, too. The Portuguese U21 international is simply adept at finding pockets of space in dangerous areas and is more than capable of exploiting the opponent’s vulnerable moments.

In Thiago’s absence, since there are virtually no players who can do a similar job to the Spaniard in world football, let alone at Liverpool, Klopp should trial a new kind of midfield. Playing Carvalho in a diamond with Henderson/Keïta and Fabinho in behind him might just be the solution.

Which writer do you agree with? Have your say in the comments box below.

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Elliott: There is no better place than playing for LFC

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 13:07

Harvey Elliott is aiming to create more memories at his boyhood club after signing a new long-term contract with Liverpool.

The No.19 put pen to paper on fresh terms at the AXA Training Centre on Thursday to extend his spell at the Reds, which began in 2019.

Elliott has made 22 senior appearances so far, having stepped up into Jürgen Klopp’s first-team ranks last season following a successful loan spell at Blackburn Rovers.

He helped Liverpool to two major trophies in the 2021-22 campaign, netting a penalty in the Carabao Cup final shootout and aiding the Reds’ Emirates FA Cup triumph.

Elliott is now hoping to have an even bigger impact for Klopp’s men in the coming seasons at Anfield. Read the full transcript of our chat with the 19-year-old below...

Harvey, congratulations on signing a new long-term deal. It must be an incredible feeling to get this done?

Yeah, definitely. I think it’s more memories at this club, which is always a great feeling. It’s always nice to know that I’m going to be here for many more years, which is always a great thing with it being my boyhood club and there is nothing in this world that makes me more happy and more excited than this.

It’s a year on from your last new contract, which you signed after that great loan spell at Blackburn Rovers. Does this one feel any different?

Definitely. I feel like it’s, not more pressure on me, but it’s more of a situation where I’m sort of more of a first-team player in a way than last year because obviously [I was] coming back from loan and I didn’t play in the first season I joined as much as I have done in this past couple of years. So yeah, it feels more of a contract now and a first-team contract in terms of me and how it’s going to run in these next couple of years. I’m just very excited to keep putting on the shirt, to keep playing. I’m so excited and I just can’t wait to get out there again.

It’s been a rollercoaster journey for you since you arrived here three years ago, it’s had a little bit of everything…

Yeah, it has done, to be fair. It’s been a big rollercoaster for me and my family and even for the club. So much has happened in the years that I have been here. We’ve already won so much and hopefully we can win so much more, so just to know that I am going to be here for a long time again, as I said it’s always a wonderful feeling for myself and my family being Liverpool supporters, so there is no better place in this world to be than playing for Liverpool and to put the shirt on and go out and play for the team and the fans. I’m hoping there are many more memories to come with it but I’m just so excited to put pen to paper and stay here for a lot longer.

You have mentioned that you are a Liverpool fan – does that bring pressure when you move here from a different club?

I think so. It was just more the pressure of meeting everybody, I mean obviously going from watching them on TV and watching your idols play for Liverpool on TV to meeting them in person, it’s a whole different situation and for me I would say I was more scared than [feeling] pressure, to be honest. It was just one of them, from watching Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson on TV to actually sitting by them or standing next to them, to this day I pinch myself [to see] if it’s real. I wouldn’t say it was more pressure but more scared and excited because obviously I wanted to show them that I was an OK football player and wanted to sort of get their help, and obviously they’ve been brilliant since I first joined. So to be here with them now and to share more pitches and to be on the pitch with them for a few more years, it’s amazing for me.

What’s different from the 16-year-old who arrived here to the 19-year-old you are now?

More mature, I would say. I’ve had more experience playing professional football and men’s football. I mean, the love for the club was already there from the start, it’s just how I apply it and show the fans and show the club how much it means to me and just wanting to go out and 100 per cent work for the team, work for myself and for the fans, just give it my all. That’s been my drive over the past couple of years since being here because I knew how big of a club Liverpool is but to see the fanbase all around the world… I think Asia just topped it off for me and no matter how far away they are from England, Liverpool is just loved all around the world. So to be able to have this fanbase, there is no better place to be and to play for… it’s just unbelievable experiences that last a long time for myself and my family and as I say, I hope there are more to come.

The senior players have been very important in getting you accustomed to being a Liverpool player…

Yeah, definitely. I mean, even to this day when they could think ‘He is one of us now’ they are always looking after me, they are always helping me out, helping me be a better player and a better person, which is what you need in the club. You come here to be a better player but at the same time you want to grow as a person, you want to grow as a human being. The gaffer and the coaching team and the players, there are no better people to learn from and look up to in this world than these players. I want to have a career as some of these players have, I want to play as many games as some of these players have. If you look at Millie, I think he’s the oldest in the team and he is still going strong and probably the fittest in the team. He’s just a prime example of what this club brings and the human beings around here so yeah, it’s unbelievable to be around these players and these people and they have helped me a lot along the way.

Is there a standout example that a certain player has done, or somebody that has taken you aside in a session and offered you that bit of advice?

To be honest, all of them have done it. They’ve all helped me along the way. But I think I’d say more Salah and the skip, to be fair – Hendo. Just because I’ve been playing on that right side now, it’s more kind of in their positions and around their playing qualities. So, for me, it’s them two have helped me out and brought me aside and said you need to do this, or you can try this. Especially Mo, he’s always giving me different things to work on. He’s always telling me to follow him in training or follow him in the gym so he can help me out along the way and stuff. I mean, everyone, as I said, has done it in the journey so far and they’re all willing to help whoever. Whether it’s Milner, who is the oldest here, to the youngest player in the team. It’s one of them, no-one feels left out and everyone is here to help them out and bring them up.

Does this feel like the biggest season of your life? They all will, but this season in particular?

I think so. I think for myself, personally, I have a lot to prove and the team has a lot to prove. Last season, unfortunately, we didn’t win the Prem or the Champions League. We were so close to doing it, it was unfortunate for us, but I think for the team and myself it’s a big season. It’s always going to be a big season. No matter where you go in your football career a season is going to have a lot of ups and downs and a lot of pressure. It’s just down to you whether you can handle it and make sure you perform under this pressure, especially at Liverpool. It’s such a big club, there’s world-class players around the team so there’s no room for slacking or not performing to the best of your abilities, so there’s always that in the back of my mind. At the same time, it’s always a pleasure and it’s always a dream of mine to play for Liverpool so that’s why I’m always trying to give 110 per cent and always trying to go that extra mile just to give to the fans [and] show how much Liverpool means to me and how much I care about this team.

You say you have a lot to prove, what is behind that? Is it the pressure that comes with being a Liverpool player, or is it looking back to the injury?

I think a bit of both, to be honest. The pressure of being a Liverpool player for starters – it’s one of the best clubs in the world, if not the best. So, people just assume that everyone is [a] world-class player, which they are. With that comes a lot of pressure. And, yeah, with the injury. Obviously I started off the season well and then the injury came, and I wasn’t really at my best. Just for me personally, I want to get back to my best. I want to make sure I can show the world and show Liverpool and everyone involved that I can still play and the injury has passed me and I’m feeling 100 per cent. It’s a big season, I’ve just got to make sure that if the opportunities come, I just need to take it and just enjoy it as well. The injury came and I was in a dark place and a bad place, so it’s just not taking those opportunities for granted and making sure I take them with both hands and perform to the best of my ability.

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Elliott: There is no better place than playing for LFC

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 13:07
Harvey Elliott is aiming to create more memories at his boyhood club after signing a new long-term contract with Liverpool.
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Liverpool can't deny new season boost as Pep Lijnders knows 'weapon' that aids Fábio Carvalho

Liverpool.com - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 13:00

The new Premier League season has already begun, and as always, even though it has only been a few months since the curtains were drawn on the previous campaign, there has been plenty of chopping and changing.

That has been mostly in terms of personnel, with the summer transfer window in full swing and clubs still proactively trying to make desperate signings to bolster their options. But it's not only just in terms of signings, or new teams and new managers, that the Premier League will have a new face next season.

For the first time, there will be five substitutions introduced to accommodate the intense schedule that modern footballers have to face, and the new rule has been greeted with lots of excitement at Liverpool — especially one man in Jürgen Klopp's right-hand man, Pep Lijnders.

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"The big thing this season — and I think the most decisive aspect of this season — will be how teams use the five subs, because that will change massively the Premier League," Lijnders told PA Agency (via Blood Red).

"We're really happy with that because it means that we can play intense from minute one until minute 95 — [then it is] how to use the squad, how to deal that we play every three days.

"I think the rule saved football, in my opinion, because if you want to play every three days, this was one of the musts to have. I'm really happy that the Premier League saw that, that the clubs saw it but I think as well it is a weapon."

Klopp used all five of his substitutions with the new law already coming in handy for the Reds in their opening game of the season against Fulham, and that could be a sign of things to come.

With plenty of young exciting players emerging from the club's academy who would need a taste of first-team football such as Stefan Bajčetić, Klopp could utilise the club's five-sub option to integrate them into the team and also keep his players fresh, which in turn could save FSG plenty of money in the process.

There was proof of that against Fulham with Bajčetić, who signed a new contract earlier this week as a reward for his progression, and Luke Chambers, who captained the Reds' U18s at times last season, both sitting on the bench.

The likes of Harvey Elliott and Fábio Carvalho will also benefit — the latter, in particular, given the former established himself fairly well last season — with the pair likely being given the kind of opportunities they would not have had so much before.

At the same time, Klopp will also be able to tinker and tweak his tactics to change games if things are going awry for Liverpool, and that gives the Reds manager a kind of power that he has never had before in the league.

It's an obvious advantage when Liverpool are behind or in need of a goal, and having more changes is an opportunity Klopp will relish just like Lijnders.

The five substitutions will ensure Liverpool have the best chance for success next season given the exciting depth in the squad. And for players like Carvalho who are seeking to establish themselves, there will be more minutes on offer than in previous campaigns.

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“A special young player” – Klopp reacts to new contract for “incredible” Elliott

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 12:45

Harvey Elliott put pen to paper on a new long-term Liverpool contract on Thursday, and Jurgen Klopp believes there’s a lot more to come from “a special young player.”

Reports suggest the 19-year-old has now extended his stay at Anfield until 2027, having initially joined the club from Fulham in the summer of 2019.

The England under-21 international looks set for his biggest season yet, having recovered from the nasty ankle injury that brought an unfortunate end to his promising start to last season.

Now fully fit again, and with a full pre-season under his belt, Elliott is expected to play a prominent role in Klopp’s side for the upcoming campaign.

The Liverpool boss has expressed his delight at Elliott’s new contract and believes this is only the start of an exciting journey for the youngster.

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“There is so much to like about this,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“For us, as a club, we get to continue our journey with a special young player who has already made a big impact on Liverpool FC.

“For Harvey, he gets to carry on developing, improving and hopefully fulfilling his incredible talent at the club he has always supported. What’s not to like?”

Elliott could be set to play a pivotal role for the Reds in the coming weeks, with Thiago, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones all currently out of action.

 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott celebrates his side's third goal during the FA Community Shield friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott celebrates his side's third goal during the FA Community Shield friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The new contract is a timely boost for a player who looks set to play a big role at Anfield in the years to come.

Klopp also praised the midfielder for his reaction to the ankle injury that disrupted his progress last season.

“Harvey got a big knock last season but, like all of the experiences he has had so far, he used it to grow as a person and a player,” Klopp continued.

“It was always obvious that he was a good footballer but taking the next steps was always going to be about using information and experiences to grow and this is exactly what Harvey is doing.

“Now it is all about carrying on enjoying his football as much as we enjoy watching him develop. It is an exciting time for him and for us.”

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Harvey Elliott signs new five-year Liverpool contract

the Athletic - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 12:26

Harvey Elliott has signed a new five-year contract to keep him at Liverpool until 2027.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder only penned his previous deal 13 months ago but the club were keen to reward his eye-catching development with improved terms.

“It’s always nice to know that I’m going to be here for many more years, which is always a great thing with it being my boyhood club and there is nothing in this world that makes me more happy and more excited than this,” says Elliott

“It’s been a big rollercoaster for me and my family and even for the club. So much has happened in the years that I have been here. We’ve already won so much and hopefully we can win so much more.”

Elliott has made 22 senior appearances for Liverpool since arriving from Fulham in 2019. He suffered a serious ankle injury last season but has since battled back to full fitness and impressed off the bench against Fulham last weekend.

Jurgen Klopp sees the teenager having a crucial role to play in his team’s pursuit of glory this season.

“There is so much to like about this,” says Klopp. “For us, as a club, we get to continue our journey with a special young player who has already made a big impact on Liverpool FC.

“For Harvey, he gets to carry on developing, improving and hopefully fulfilling his incredible talent at the club he has always supported. What’s not to like?

“Harvey got a big knock last season but, like all of the experiences he has had so far, he used it to grow as a person and a player. It was always obvious that he was a good footballer but taking the next steps was always going to be about using information and experiences to grow and this is exactly what Harvey is doing.”

Liverpool’s next match is at home against Crystal Palace on Monday.



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'So much to like' - Klopp hails Elliott new deal

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 12:15

Jürgen Klopp reflected on Harvey Elliott signing a new long-term contract with Liverpool Football Club and declared: "What's not to like about it?"

The 19-year-old committed his future to the Reds – the club he’s supported since childhood – by putting pen to paper at the AXA Training Centre on Thursday.

Elliott has made 22 senior appearances to date since his move from Fulham in 2019, though a serious ankle injury sustained last September restricted his number of runouts in 2021-22.

Nevertheless, with a full pre-season behind him, Klopp anticipates the midfielder will continue his impressive development in the coming years.

“There is so much to like about this,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com. “For us, as a club, we get to continue our journey with a special young player who has already made a big impact on Liverpool FC.

“For Harvey, he gets to carry on developing, improving and hopefully fulfilling his incredible talent at the club he has always supported. What’s not to like?

“Harvey got a big knock last season but, like all of the experiences he has had so far, he used it to grow as a person and a player.

“It was always obvious that he was a good footballer but taking the next steps was always going to be about using information and experiences to grow and this is exactly what Harvey is doing.

“Now it is all about carrying on enjoying his football as much as we enjoy watching him develop. It is an exciting time for him and for us.”

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'So much to like' - Klopp hails Elliott new deal

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Jürgen Klopp reflected on Harvey Elliott signing a new long-term contract with Liverpool Football Club and declared: "What's not to like about it?"
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Elliott signs new Liverpool deal

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 12:00

Harvey Elliott has agreed a new long-term contract with Liverpool that will keep the forward at the club until the summer of 2027.

Elliott, 19, joined Liverpool from Fulham in July 2019 and only signed a new deal with the club a year ago.

However, having started three of Liverpool's first four matches of last season, Elliott then sustained a fracture-dislocation of his ankle at Elland Road which sidelined him for five months.

Elliott did, however, regain full fitness in time to be involved in Liverpool's quest to win a historic quadruple in the second half of last season.

PA IMAGE Image: Elliott dislocated his ankle at Leeds last September

Now the England U21 international has been rewarded with a five-year contract extension as he looks to break back into the Liverpool first team.

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So far this season, Elliott has made two substitute appearances, but with a number of injuries affecting midfield, with Thiago Alcantara likely to be out for the next four weeks, he could find himself starting at home to Crystal Palace on Monday.

Klopp excited about Elliott's potential

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PA IMAGE Image: Elliott is expected to start more games for Liverpool this season

Elliott's latest deal is a reflection of his continuing development at Anfield and is in line with Liverpool's policy of rewarding players on the basis of individual progress and their overall contribution to the team.

Despite missing a large chunk of last season with a serious ankle injury, the youngster's impact on the side at the beginning of the previous campaign was substantial, with the player already establishing himself as a key component of Jurgen Klopp's team.

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Having now returned to full fitness, the versatile 19-year-old, who can operate in both midfield and attack, is already back in Klopp's first-team plans, with the manager known to be hugely excited about his potential going forward

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Harvey Elliott signs new contract with Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 11:57

Liverpool FC can confirm Harvey Elliott has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

The 19-year-old put pen to paper at the AXA Training Centre on Thursday and then spoke of his delight at doing so.

“It’s always nice to know that I’m going to be here for many more years, which is always a great thing with it being my boyhood club and there is nothing in this world that makes me more happy and more excited than this,” Elliott told Liverpoolfc.com.

The No.19 made his breakthrough into Jürgen Klopp’s first team in the early stages of last season following an impressive loan spell with Blackburn Rovers in 2020-21.

After signing fresh terms with Liverpool in July 2021, Elliott started three of the Reds’ opening four Premier League games of the campaign before his progress was curtailed by a serious ankle injury sustained at Leeds United in September.

He made a goalscoring return in the Emirates FA Cup win over Cardiff City in February and came off the bench in the Carabao Cup final, scoring a penalty in the shootout victory against Chelsea at Wembley, before winning his first England U21s cap in March.

In total, Elliott has recorded 22 senior appearances since arriving at Anfield in the summer of 2019, including substitute showings versus Manchester City and former club Fulham so far this season.

He continued: “It’s been a big rollercoaster for me and my family and even for the club. So much has happened in the years that I have been here.

“We’ve already won so much and hopefully we can win so much more, so just to know that I am going to be here for a long time again – as I said, it’s always a wonderful feeling for myself and my family [and] being Liverpool supporters there is no better place in this world to be than playing for Liverpool and to put the shirt on and go out and play for the team and the fans.

“I’m hoping there are many more memories to come with it but I’m just so excited to put pen to paper and stay here for a lot longer.”

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Harvey Elliott signs new contract with Liverpool FC

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Liverpool FC can confirm Harvey Elliott has signed a new long-term contract with the club.
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Which of the ‘Big Six’ has had the best transfer window?

the Athletic - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 05:10

Which of the so-called “Big Six” Premier League clubs have had the best summer transfer window?

Manchester City have brought in one of the most dangerous strikers on the planet in Erling Haaland, while Liverpool continue to evolve their forward line having swapped Sadio Mane with 23-year-old Darwin Nunez

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have got their business done remarkably early with multiple strong signings, while Chelsea and Manchester United are still looking for some further recruits to add to their latest incomings.

The question is, which players will make the biggest impact for their new club? Whose departure will be felt the most? Can we predict who will make the top four?

Spoiler alert: fans in north London should be the most happy with their club’s business.

It’s difficult to accurately quantify who might have had the best window so far, but can it be done?

The Athletic have teamed up with football data consultancy TASPA, which employs experts in understanding sporting data to create actionable insights.

TASPA has a concise metric that calculates the positive or negative goal differential impact each player can have on their team — known as Player Impact Value (PIV).

By measuring team strength and PIV in goals, you can simulate a new player’s impact on their team’s results and subsequent league finishing position.

Crucially, it allows you to quantify the impact a new signing would have compared with a departing player, or a squad member competing for a role in the starting XI. For the baseball fans among you, this is similar to the “Wins Above Replacement” metric used to show a player’s contribution to their team.

Let’s run through an example. If a new signing had a PIV of +0.08, it would mean the incoming player is increasing the team strength by 0.08 goals per game compared with the player they are replacing. That might not sound a lot, but across the course of a season, that incremental difference can be significant.

By contrast, if a strong player departs and is replaced by a weaker player, the new signing would have a negative PIV, thus weakening the overall team strength. Think Rickie Lambert coming in for Luis Suarez in Liverpool’s 2014-15 summer window.

erling-haaland Haaland celebrates his second goal for Manchester City on Sunday (Photo: John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

A PIV of zero would mean the new signing is the same quality as the player they are replacing — and this is not necessarily a bad thing, but they would have no expected additional impact on their team’s strength. 

So, who is predicted to have the biggest impact among the top six clubs?

Unsurprisingly, TASPA tips Haaland to be the player with the biggest impact, increasing the team strength with a PIV of +0.14 goals per game for Manchester City. 

Closely behind Haaland are City departees Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus — now at Chelsea and Arsenal, respectively — with the pair predicted to increase their team strength by +0.1 goals per game.

Haaland’s impact is predicted to be greater than new Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez, whose impact is still predicted to be positive to his new side (+0.1 PIV) as he offers a new dimension to Jurgen Klopp’s attack.

At the other end of the scale, new Liverpool signings Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay are not predicted to positively impact their new side over-and-above the players they are replacing.

However, this is unsurprising given their teenage status and their jump from a weaker Championship and Scottish Premiership, respectively. The pair are certainly ones for the future, more so than the present.

Meanwhile, Spurs’ incomings of Djed Spence and loanee Clement Lenglet are also not predicted to increase their new side’s team strength compared with the players they are replacing. For Lenglet in particular, this would make football sense given his arrival from being a squad player in a weak Barcelona team last season, as he rates less favourably when compared with the current option of Ben Davies.

Finally, this is also the case for England international Kalvin Phillips, whose impact is predicted to contrast with Haaland’s among the new Manchester City signings (-0.01 PIV). Whether or not Phillips can adapt to the Pep Guardiola style of play after the swashbuckling Bielsa approach will be interesting to monitor.

As well as the incoming signings, how much have the departures affected the team strength among the “Big Six”?

Sadio Mane’s loss is predicted to be felt by Liverpool, with an outgoing value of -0.08 PIV from Liverpool’s team strength. Chelsea’s defensive gaps at left centre-back look to have been replaced like-for-like, with the departing PIV of 0.08 from Antonio Rudiger regained by the arrival of Kalidou Koulibaly (+0.08 PIV) to Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere, the departure of Nuno Tavares from Arsenal is predicted to have little effect on their team’s overall strength as the left-back seeks more regular minutes on loan with Marseille this season. This is also the case for Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi from Liverpool and Juan Mata from Manchester United as outgoing squad members. While each of them performed well when they did enter the action, all were ultimately limited by their minutes played across the course of last season.

Taken together, we can then map the overall “net” change in each squad’s player impact value considering all the incomings and outgoings. When there are fewer outgoing players, as is the case with Spurs, TASPA instead maps the incoming player to an existing member of the squad who they will compete with — for example, Ivan Perisic competing with Ryan Sessegnon for a left wing-back role at Tottenham.

With Spurs in mind, it will be Antonio Conte who should be most happy with the improvement made to his squad over the summer. By bringing in quality players in positions where they currently have weaker squad members, the overall impact of his new signings has contributed a net PIV of +0.15 goals per game.

At the other end, TASPA projects Chelsea’s summer window has seen them tread water compared with their rivals, as their overall incomings of Sterling and Koulibaly have simply restored the balance from the outgoings of Romelu Lukaku, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

The return of Conor Gallagher from his loan spell at Crystal Palace plus the arrival of teenage sensation Carney Chukwuemeka may prove to be an overall positive to Chelsea’s squad, but the data suggests Thomas Tuchel is justified in voicing his frustrations over the summer business completed at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, TASPA outlines Liverpool’s summer business to have an overall subtle negative net PIV as they replace their squad players with relative inexperience. The age profile of Liverpool’s squad is an interesting one, as Jurgen Klopp is slowly transforming the make-up of his side with each transfer window. Whether they will match the heights of last season remains to be seen.

So, what does this mean for the title race? Unfortunately for the chasing pack, TASPA predicts Manchester City and Liverpool still have a stranglehold on the battle for the Premier League trophy, with none of the remaining competitors doing enough to push for a genuine attempt at threatening Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola.

Interestingly, TASPA predicts Manchester City’s transfer business has actually boosted their title hopes from 60 per cent to 64 per cent, while Liverpool’s chances take a slight dip from 35 per cent to 31 per cent.

More broadly across the top-four race, TASPA still tips Chelsea to make the top four, despite seeing their chances reduce from 84 per cent to 78 per cent. Meanwhile, Spurs also remain favourites to stay in those Champions League spots by the end of the season, with a 52 per cent chance boosted from 41 per cent at the start of the window.

While Arsenal have improved their chances of top four from 39 per cent to 46 per cent with the shrewd signings of Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira, it is currently not predicted to be enough to bring Champions League football back to the Emirates in 2023-24.

Finally, Manchester United look to have done little to change their status as the outsiders for the top four, with their chances dropping slightly from 18 per cent pre-window to 16 per cent currently.

The arrivals of Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have been unable to significantly outweigh the departures of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani from Erik ten Hag’s squad, with the rebuild at United looking likely to be more of a slow and measured approach. The arrival of potential signing Adrien Rabiot may turn the tide slightly, but it is unlikely to sky-rocket United’s chances beyond the current favourites.

Of course, predicting such outcomes will always be a difficult task as there is a high element of uncertainty across the game. Manager changes, injuries and pure luck can influence the outcome of a Premier League season to a greater or lesser degree.

As The Athletic have recently analysed, transferring between leagues comes with a great deal of uncertainty, with factors off the pitch influencing player performance as much as those on the pitch.

So much could happen and so much can change with less than three weeks left of the transfer window remaining.

But as things stand, Antonio Conte and Mikel Arteta can be most happy with their transfer dealings as we begin the 2022-23 Premier League season.

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What do your Premier League club still need to do in the transfer window?

the Athletic - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 05:10

The season has started and these first few matches will be a barometer of how Premier League teams could fare after a summer of transfers. But the window has not yet shut and those sides looking for reinforcements, or to trim a bloated squad, have until 11pm UK time (6pm ET) on September 1 to act.

So, what does your club still need to do in the market?

The Athletic’s club correspondents break it down…


Arsenal are better equipped for the Premier League and a return to Europa League competition than they were at the end of last season.

The signings of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko in particular have added much needed quality in the areas considered key heading into this summer (centre-forward and left-back/central midfield to an extent).

Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Zinchenko Zinchenko’s versatility is part of the reason Arsenal opted to sign him (Photo: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Given Zinchenko will play at left-back and in midfield, depending on what is necessary, some more concrete depth in central midfield would not go amiss. Similar could be said about the wide areas, with Arsenal’s interest in Raphinha earlier this summer before his move from Leeds to Barcelona a sign they are willing to strengthen if possible.

Outgoings will be essential in the coming days and weeks, to ensure there is no excess fat on the squad.

This mostly comes in the shape of players who are unlikely to challenge for first-team minutes.

Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira have already gone. Pablo Mari and Hector Bellerin could also fall in this category.

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Aston Villa

Villa supporters won’t be satisfied until they have signed another midfielder capable of scoring goals, adding creativity, offering defensive discipline and providing the platform to push their team up the table from last season’s final position of 14th.

Ideally, they would also like another striker, despite already having three available; a winger would go down well, too.

The reality, though, is that unless there is a continued bad run of results or they are hit by injuries and suspensions, Villa are unlikely to be involved too heavily in other incoming business over the next 22 days.

The bulk of their recruitment was done early this summer and now there is only room for a “cherry on the top” signing somewhere across the attacking or advanced midfield lines. Strengthening at No 8 feels the most important.

The real focus will be on moving players on, because Villa have an overloaded squad.

There’s no future for Frederic Guilbert and offers are also welcomed for Anwar El Ghazi, Bertrand Traore, Marvelous Nakamba and Keinan Davis.

A season-long loan move for Morgan Sanson is the most obvious next step and Watford, now back in the Championship, still hope to borrow Kortney Hause.

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After a quiet start, Bournemouth’s summer transfer business is now well underway. But last season’s Championship runners-up still have a few areas to address before they can truly compete for Premier League survival.

Marcos Senesi was the first centre-back to arrive at the Vitality Stadium but manager Scott Parker will want to add more quality in that area to accommodate his shift to a 5-3-2 formation.

Defensive midfielder Jefferson Lerma played as the right-sided centre-back in their opening match against Aston Villa last weekend, so Bournemouth need a natural centre-half in that role to allow Lerma to return to midfield. It is understood another move for Liverpool’s Nat Phillips, who they had on loan for the second half of last season, is unlikely at this time but the club are constantly assessing new options.

Marcos Senesi Bournemouth want to add even more quality in central defence after signing Senesi (Photo: AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Kieffer Moore scored on his Premier League debut but the team could certainly do with another energetic attacking option from the bench to stretch teams with runs in behind. Siriki Dembele filled that role last season but there are concerns about his ability to repeat that impact in the top flight.

As for outgoings, there are a number of players who could use a loan to get some first-team minutes under their belts.

While centre-backs are scarce at the club, 20-year-old James Hill is yet to be properly tested in the Championship so cannot realistically be relied upon in the Premier League. Should Bournemouth sign more defenders, expect him to go out on loan to a second-tier side.

With the free-agent signing of Ryan Fredericks, Jack Stacey is now the third right-back and so will be considering his options — especially with less than a year remaining on his contract.

Ahmed Shooble


After the capture of attacking midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard, the squad looks in great shape. Brentford have recruited across all areas of the pitch this summer and broke their transfer record to sign Keane Lewis-Potter from Hull City in a deal worth up to £20million.

They could still make further additions, but the main focus between now and the deadline will be on trimming the squad. Permanent moves will be sought for first-team outcasts Tariqe Fosu and Joel Valencia.

ben-mee Ben Mee joined Brentford as a free agent (Photo: Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The arrival of Ben Mee pushes Luka Racic and Charlie Goode further down the pecking order at centre-back.

Racic and Goode spent time on loan at HB Koge in Denmark and Sheffield United respectively at the end of last season. The pair may need similar temporary moves for their development, but permanent exits might now be best for all involved.

Jay Harris

Brighton & Hove Albion

A specialist left-back is on the agenda following Marc Cucurella’s move to Chelsea. There’s enough competition and cover for the other roles Cucurella occupied in his only season at the club: left wing-back or left of a back three.

Neal Maupay’s future is unlikely to be resolved until nearer the end of the window after Serie A side Salernitana’s £15million offer for the French forward last month.

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There will be more business out than in by September 1 as Brighton further trim the list of players in the squad who are not in Graham Potter’s plans.

They remain open to another loan or a permanent exit for central defender Matt Clarke, who is being chased by several Championship clubs including Stoke City, while 18-year-old Poland midfielder Kacper Kozlowski is being assessed. A second loan is the likeliest outcome, as he didn’t play that much when farmed out to Belgium’s Union Saint-Gilloise last season.

Third-choice goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen, who spent the second half of 2021-22 with Belgium club Ostend, will go out on loan again if there’s an opportunity. A temporary switch to Birmingham City of the Championship was turned down.

Romanian forward Florin Andone is one player who has no future under Potter. Another move abroad, loan or permanent, to join his seasons spent with Galatasaray and Cadiz, either side of losing 2020-21 to injury, since the manager’s appointment three years ago is the probable outcome.

Andy Naylor


Thomas Tuchel’s defensive crisis has been eased by the signings of Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella but Chelsea are still pursuing Leicester City centre-back Wesley Fofana.

All the signs are it will take a world-record fee for a defender — in the region of £80million-£85million — to do that deal but new co-owner and interim sporting director Todd Boehly has already shown a remarkable willingness to pay whatever it takes to get wanted players through the door.

Frenkie de Jong is Chelsea’s other headline target, and being prepared to cover the deferred salary that currently provides the basis for the Dutchman’s increasingly toxic standoff with Barcelona could grease the wheels of another huge deal. Tuchel is a big admirer, but there is also a recognition that other positions in the team are more urgently in need of upgrade than defensive midfield.

De Jong Tuchel remains an admirer of De Jong (Photo: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Cover for Reece James at right wing-back is a live consideration, while Tuchel wants another forward. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a high-calibre, flexible option that he knows well and, as with De Jong, Chelsea are watching Barcelona’s increasingly frantic lever-pulling with interest.

Boehly can’t afford to devote all his attention to incomings.

Chelsea need to trim a bloated squad, ideally with revenue being generated through sales rather than sending players out on loan. Timo Werner’s return to RB Leipzig is a positive start, with Hakim Ziyech, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri, Ethan Ampadu, Baba Rahman, Ross Barkley, Billy Gilmour, Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi also on the surplus list.

Liam Twomey

Crystal Palace

The two major areas Palace still need to strengthen are up front and in midfield.

The return of last season’s loan-market home run Conor Gallagher to parent club Chelsea has left them short in central midfield, particularly with regards to an accomplished pressing player. Even if manager Patrick Vieira believes Eberechi Eze can replicate the impact Gallagher had a year ago, the two are completely different in style.

Vieira insisted he wanted to improve the squad “all over the pitch” after the 4-2 win over Montpellier in Palace’s final pre-season match.

conor-gallagher Palace need to replace Gallagher following his return to Chelsea (Photo: Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Since then, Christian Benteke has departed to DC United of MLS, leaving Palace with just two senior strikers. Any addition up front is expected to be a versatile player able to operate wide as well as through the middle.

They have not given up hope of bringing Gallagher back, but if he is allowed to leave Chelsea on loan again there will be a queue of clubs looking to sign him.

Matt Woosnam


Everton’s sudden spurt of activity in the market, bringing in Conor Coady and Amadou Onana in the space of a couple of days with Goodison Park old boy Gana Gueye’s return also imminent, has left supporters feeling rare optimism.

What had the potential to be a poor summer window is veering towards much more positive territory.

Director of football Kevin Thelwell and manager Frank Lampard cannot afford to pat themselves on the back just yet, though. They still have to find a striker capable of filling Richarlison’s boots, and also assuaging the loss of Dominic Calvert-Lewin to injury again.

After loaning out young forwards Ellis Simms, Lewis Dobbin and Nathan Broadhead, Lampard is left with a soon to be 33 years old Salomon Rondon as his only fit striker.

Calvert-Lewin could be out for at least a month more and the sesaon-opening Chelsea defeat last weekend just illustrated that all the extra defensive solidity in the world, welcome as it is, will not help Everton over the line in tight games if they don’t have a match-winning forward.

Armando Broja of Chelsea remains a target, and Everton could also look to the Championship in the form of Coventry City’s Sweden international Viktor Gyokeres.

Southampton, Broja Broja, who spent last season on loan at Southampton, remains of interest to Everton (Photo: Robin Jones/Getty Images)

Greg O’Keeffe


Fulham’s slow start to the summer had frustrated coach Marco Silva but a competitive squad is beginning to emerge.

In midfield, Joao Palhinha has arrived from Sporting Lisbon and made a quick impact, so too has former Manchester United attacking midfielder Andreas Pereira.

Silva highlighted in late July that it was not possible to prepare properly for the new season with just two senior centre-backs, so the good news is he has twice as many now — Shane Duffy arrived on loan from Brighton last week, and Issa Diop has joined in a £15million move from West Ham. Germany international goalkeeper Bernd Leno has also crossed London from Arsenal.

Duffy, Fulham, Brighton Duffy has arrived to bolster Silva’s defensive options (Photo: Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)

But just as the squad was beginning to take shape, a double blow added a question mark.

Harry Wilson picked up a knee injury before the campaign started, and this week, we learnt that new signing Manor Solomon is also set for a spell on the sidelines. This potentially leaves Fulham short in wide areas, with Bobby De Cordova-Reid and Neeskens Kebano the only senior players available.

Neither Ivan Cavaleiro nor Anthony Knockaert are seen as part of Silva’s plans and it seems unlikely they will return to the fold despite those injuries. Fulham will be keen to off-load them in the coming weeks, along with Josh Onomah.

Defender Terence Kongolo spent some time on trial at Stoke last month, and he too will be looking for a loan to restart his career after his injury issues.

Peter Rutzler

Leeds United

Leeds had the bulk of their business done before they went on their pre-season tour of Australia in mid-July: right-back Rasmus Kristensen, midfielders Marc Roca, Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson, and winger Luis Sinisterra. They have signed two younger players in Sonny Perkins and Darko Gyabi and handing a one-year deal for Joel Robles, finalised on Monday, gives Jesse Marsch some experience in his goalkeeping ranks.

A forward, though, is what Leeds seem to need more than anything. There is a clamour for a left-back too but Junior Firpo is close to recovering from a pre-season hip injury and the club have not moved on that front, despite indicating in July that they were considering signing competition at his position.

The forward they wanted was Charles De Ketelaere and according to chairman Andrea Radrizzani, they had a £34million deal in place for the Belgian had he chosen them over Italian champions AC Milan.

Charles De Ketelaere Leeds missed out on De Ketelaere but a forward is still on the cards (Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

There are other players they have looked at — Arnaud Kalimuendo at Paris Saint-Germain, who is seemingly bound for Rennes, Martin Terrier of that latter French club — and the links to Che Adams of Southampton resurfaced again a fortnight ago. But there is a sense that Leeds are sitting tight and biding their time, undecided yet about whether they will push the boat out and get an extra attacking addition over the line.

In terms of outgoings, most of those who were slated to move on, including Kiko Casilla and Helder Costa, have already gone.

Leeds remain open to approaches for winger Ian Poveda and there is a question mark over the future of Mateusz Klich, though his performance as a substitute against Wolves on Saturday made it clear that the 32-year-old has life in him yet.

Phil Hay

Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers wanted a summer refresh of a squad that has hardly changed in the three years he has been Leicester manager, but he hasn’t got it – so far.

The goal was to bring in five or six fresh faces. First there had to be outgoings, though, and that has proved difficult.

There has been some interest in a few of the squad’s fringe players but so far only Eldin Jakupovic has left at the end of his contract, Kasper Schmeichel has moved on to Nice and Hamza Choudhury has been loaned to Watford.

Jannik Vestergaard wants to stay and is resisting Leicester’s efforts to move him on less than a year after buying him, while the mooted deal to take Boubakary Soumare to Monaco has not materialised.

There has been unwanted interest in Timothy Castagne from Atletico Madrid, James Maddison from Newcastle and Wesley Fofana from Chelsea, but Leicester have no plans to part with any of those assets.

The one key player who was expected to depart, Youri Tielemans, also remains as Arsenal have not yet followed up their interest in the Belgium international. Anything concrete there now looks unlikely.

Youri Tielemans, Leicester Arsenal’s interest in Tielemans appears to have waned (Photo: Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Adding a senior third keeper is still possible to fill Jakupovic’s place, with Danny Ward and Daniel Iversen promoted to first and second choice following skipper Schmeichel’s departure, to allow Polish youngster Jakub Stolarczyk to go out on loan.

Ideally, Rodgers wants to sign a left-sided central defender, an attacking midfielder and a left-footed, right-sided winger, but many of Leicester’s targets have already moved to new clubs.

He hoped to sign last season’s loanee Ademola Lookman permanently for £14million but admits he had to hold fire to see if would have to use those funds for other areas of the team, and now Lookman has joined Atalanta instead. But Dennis Praet has returned from his loan at Torino to take Lookman’s place in the squad and seems keen to reignite his career with his parent club.

It has been an incredibly slow and frustrating window for Leicester, but these final few weeks could be interesting if a few dominoes begin to fall.

Rob Tanner


Liverpool got their business done early. When Calvin Ramsay was signed from Aberdeen in mid-June, following deals for Benfica’s Darwin Nunez and Fulham’s Fabio Carvalho, senior club sources indicated there would be no further incomings.

That has so far proved to be the case, with Jurgen Klopp repeatedly stating he’s happy with the options at his disposal.

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However, the club’s stance of waiting until 2023 to bolster their midfield department has recently come under increased scrutiny due to a number of injuries. Thiago is facing up to six weeks out with a hamstring strain he suffered in the season-opener against Fulham, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones are also sidelined.

“We can’t solve problems we have for four weeks with a transfer. It makes no sense to us,” Klopp insists.

Liverpool retain a strong interest in Jude Bellingham but know Borussia Dortmund won’t sell the England international in this window. So, unless there’s a change of heart from Klopp and sporting director Julian Ward regarding pursuing another option, they will look for solutions within the squad until players return to fitness rather than splashing more cash.

Bellingham Liverpool will have to wait if they want to sign Bellingham (Photo: Ryan Pierse – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

In terms of further outgoings, Nat Phillips had been expected to leave with plenty of interest in the £10million-rated centre-back. However, Ibrahima Konate’s knee injury led to those plans being put on hold.

Youngsters Sepp van den Berg and Jake Cain are among those expected to depart on loan before deadline day.

James Pearce

Manchester City

Champions City sealed their biggest piece of business — Erling Haaland — before the transfer window had even officially opened. They continued their efficient activity by securing valuable players for squad depth in Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and Stefan Ortega. But there is still work to do.

A left-back is, as of now, the top priority.

They failed to sign Marc Cucurella and although Anderlecht full-back Sergio Gomez looks close to joining the club in a £12.6million deal, according to City sources, the 21-year-old is seen as a development player. So the club are exploring other first-team options, with Wolves’ Rayan Ait-Nouri, also 21, believed to be among the candidates.

RAYAN-AIT-NOURI-WOLVES- Ait-Nouri is a player in whom City retain an interest (Photo: Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Finally, there’s the case of Bernardo Silva.

Nobody at City would be happy with a sale at this stage of the window but at the same time, Barcelona are piling on the pressure, knowing Bernardo has craved a move to La Liga for two consecutive summers.

Club sources deny recent reports which claimed an agreement between the two teams has already been reached.

If Bernardo goes, City would need a replacement. But, again, no one at the Etihad wants to even consider it.

Pol Ballus

Manchester United

The additions of Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have gone some way to raising the technical floor of this United squad but it is still desperately short of quality and depth in central midfield.

New manager Erik ten Hag has spent the majority of his first summer in charge pursuing a reunion with fellow Ajax old boy Frenkie de Jong in a move that looks increasingly precarious and the likely addition of Adrien Rabiot fails to properly address the issues United have progressing the ball from one penalty area to another.

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Wantaway Cristiano Ronaldo looks to be remaining at United, but the team could do with another reliable striker. A move for Marko Arnautovic was met with resistance by fans and 19-year-old Benjamin Sesko has joined RB Leipzig from sister club Red Bull Salzburg.

So it’s back to the drawing board in many ways, with three weeks of the window to go.

Carl Anka

Newcastle United

Eddie Howe still wants a couple of offensive reinforcements. Adding more goals and greater creativity has been his priority all summer, yet no attacking players have arrived.

A striker and a winger have been sought, but with the market proving difficult for Newcastle to successfully navigate — partly due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) constraints — they are considering strengthening alternative positions in their search for increased firepower. Two bids for James Maddison, Leicester’s attacking midfielder, were rejected and Newcastle are continuing to track several young, versatile, European-based forwards.

Leicester Newcastle failed with two bids for Maddison (Photo: Stephen White – CameraSport via Getty Images)

There is confidence internally that at least one more addition will be made before the window closes.

When it comes to outgoings, Newcastle have four senior goalkeepers and one of Martin Dubravka, Karl Darlow or Mark Gillespie appears likely to leave.

Matt Ritchie may also depart, as the former Bournemouth man is keen to return home to the south coast after six years at St James’ Park, while Matty Longstaff is expected to head out on loan. Elliot Anderson, the exciting 19-year-old attacker, will remain on Tyneside, though, following Jonjo Shelvey’s hamstring injury.

Chris Waugh

Nottingham Forest

Having signed a dozen players already, it might seem ridiculous to suggest that last season’s Championship play-off final winners still have a few holes to fill in their squad… but they do.

Steve Cooper would like to add a No 10, a striker, a central midfielder and, possibly, further cover at left-back before the end of the window. Forest’s quest to sign Morgan Gibbs-White from Wolves is one of the longest-running sagas of the summer — and may not be over for a while yet.

Keinan Davis of Aston Villa, a Forest loanee last season, and Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis are among the forward targets, while Remo Freuler, the Atalanta midfielder, is another they have pursued. There is lingering interest in Manchester United’s James Garner, another who contributed to their promotion triumph while on loan.

Nottingham Forest Forest would still like to bring Garner back to the City Ground after his loan spell last season (Photo: Jon Hoble/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Harry Arter is not part of Cooper’s plans and, while Forest going up earned him a contract extension, the club are keen to reach an agreement to terminate it. They are also willing to listen to any offers for striker Lyle Taylor.

Paul Taylor


After an unusually proactive summer, bringing in six new players before the start of the season, Southampton’s business has quietened down. They are, however, keen on continuing to recruit, with another forward a priority.

The club are monitoring centre-back targets, but that is likely to depend on at least one of their existing ones leaving, such as Jack Stephens, Jan Bednarek or Lyanco. There are a paucity of options at full-back, something which needs to be addressed. Another midfielder (both in central and attacking midfield) is not ruled out, particularly if Ibrahima Diallo departs.

They remain in the market for another No 10 and a striker, paving the way for the possible exits of Theo Walcott and Nathan Redmond. Southampton are also willing to listen to offers for Che Adams and aim to, at the very least, recoup the £15million paid to Birmingham City after he joined in 2019.

Jacob Tanswell

Tottenham Hotspur

Having signed six players (soon to be seven, with the imminent capture of Udinese left wing-back Destiny Udogie), Spurs’ main focus is now on sales.

That said, they still hope to add an attacking midfielder and could also pounce if an appropriate centre-back becomes available.

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But it’s the outgoings where managing director of football Fabio Paratici will be busiest between now and the end of the month.

Spurs are looking to shift Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Sergio Reguilon and Harry Winks, while Bryan Gil and Japhet Tanganga are available should the right offers (possibly loans) come in.

Charlie Eccleshare

West Ham United

The thick end of £100million might have already been spent by West Ham but there is still much to do before September arrives.

The priority has to be in the centre of defence. Injury to Nayef Aguerd, their big-money buy from French club Rennes, left Kurt Zouma as the only fit centre-back against Manchester City on the opening weekend and David Moyes’ willingness to sell Issa Diop to Fulham despite that fact underlines a growing need to strengthen at the position.

The centre of midfield is another area to be addressed. West Ham made that clear in their pursuit of Amadou Onana, who eventually opted to join Everton from Lille this week. The lack of depth after starting pair Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek is concerning, even in a window that has seen midfielder Flynn Downes join from Swansea City.

West Ham’s inexperienced bench against the champions on Sunday told its own story. In a season that will again see Moyes’ side play European football on Thursday nights, provided they win their play-off with Danish side Viborg, increasing numbers is a necessity if progress is not to be stymied.

That will ensure movement out of the club will have to be carefully managed.

Expensive flop Nikola Vlasic can leave, but any move for Said Benrahma, the inconsistent winger, would hinge on finding replacements out wide.

Philip Buckingham

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Having let a number of senior players go this summer (Conor Coady, Romain Saiss, John Ruddy and Fernando Marcal) plus two backup youngsters (Fabio Silva and Ki-Jana Hoever have headed out on loan) Wolves need to bring in a couple of players to fill out their squad.

New boys Nathan Collins (£20.5million from Burnley) and Goncalo Guedes (£27.5million from Valencia) add quality at the back and front ends of the pitch respectively, while Morgan Gibbs-White has gone straight into the first team after an excellent season on loan in the Championship with Sheffield United.

Wolves are still short of strikers (Raul Jimenez is injured) and ideally would bring in another central midfielder — Joao Moutinho’s absence against Leeds on the opening day showed what little cover they have. Another centre-back may also be an option now Coady has gone.

Given they have already spent almost £50million, expect any additional incomings to be loans.

That picture may change if Nottingham Forest pay the world (aka, more than £40million) for Gibbs-White, but Wolves are still planning to keep him. Adama Traore also looks likely to stay unless someone comes in at £10million or more.

Tim Spiers

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Liverpool transfer for £42m star who loves Cristiano Ronaldo makes sense as 'offer readied'

Liverpool.com - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 03:00

Liverpool continue to be linked with a move for Villarreal winger Yéremy Pino. The young Spaniard has grown in stature at the Spanish coastal outfit and is attracting the attention of some big names, both domestically and abroad.

Last season, Pino played 40 games for The Yellow Submarines in all competitions, scoring seven goals and providing four assists. Yet of those 40, only 27 came from the start.

Still only 19, Pino made his debut for the Spanish national side last October and has won four caps already.

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Capable of playing on both wings, but more at home on the right, Pino’s versatility would be a useful tool for Jürgen Klopp in case of injuries to Luis Díaz or Mohamed Salah.

Pino is said to be inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo’s now-famous work ethic, with Pino recently commenting on how the Portuguese legend is held up as a role model for all young players.

"[Ronaldo] won me over with his mentality and sacrifice. A player who might not be a pure talent, but who, based on work, perseverance and effort, gets to where he wants to," Pino told Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness).

“And then he comes from Madeira, an island like Gran Canaria. And looking at him, I also recognised myself in emigration, suffering, difficulties. For me, he was a point of reference for everything. Today, the thing that strikes me most about him is his intact ambition: he is 37 and continues to fight and work harder than anyone to keep winning.

"An example, I know that there are people who say that he affects the way a team plays. I reply that he is still one of the few able to carry that team on his shoulders and win a game alone."

Given his versatility to play on either wing, Pino would make for a smart addition to the Liverpool squad. Moreover, given his very young age (19), he has essentially his whole career still in front of him, barring serious injury of course.

According to Spanish outlet AS, Liverpool and Arsenal are ready to make an offer to Villarreal for Pino, believed to be somewhere in the region of €40-50m (£34-42m).

Yet it remains to be seen whether he will sign for Liverpool this summer, given the current situation in midfield. The club and Jürgen Klopp have been hesitant about dipping back into the transfer market this summer after getting business done very early in the window.

If they were going to sign a player, it’s likely going to be in the middle of the park due to the injuries to Thiago Alcântara, Naby Keïta and Curtis Jones. There is simply no need for Pino at this stage.

However, an agreement could be found with Villarreal to sign the player but keep him at El Madrigal for the season, and bring him to the club in a year’s time. Liverpool pulled a similar tactic with Keïta five years ago and it could be used again with Pino.

Given his admiration for Ronaldo, if Pino goes on to have half the career Ronaldo has had, then Liverpool could reap the benefits enormously.

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Barcelona could be set to do Liverpool another transfer favour amid £46m Man City claim

Liverpool.com - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 01:00

Only in the crazy world of football could Barcelona even think about signing another expensive footballer while keeping a straight face, but it seems the Catalan side are set to continue laughing at anyone who suggests they should stop their lavish spending.

Each new day brings new rumours of players who could move to Camp Nou to play for Xavi, and while the appeal of signing for Barcelona clearly still remains, the club has gambled a lot in terms of their future for relatively little in return.

Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha are good players, but they are going to have to deliver every trophy going to make the levers that Barcelona have pulled worthwhile. Even if that happened, it remains a huge risk that future club presidents will be tasked with solving.

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Their latest transfer move, though, is one that could benefit Liverpool massively. No, they are not set to pay a vastly inflated fee for one of the Reds stars as they did in 2018 with Philippe Coutinho — but they could be about to significantly weaken Manchester City.

Bernardo Silva wanted to leave Manchester in 2020 and then again in 2021, but stayed for both seasons and was a vital part of Pep Guardiola's squad.

This summer, according to Jijantes FC and various others, he wants to leave again and join Barcelona. The Daily Mail report that Manchester City have denied they agreed a fee of €55m (£46m) for the player after reports from Barcelona claimed a deal was on earlier in the week.

"What happens will happen, and if he stays it is perfect and in the end, if he has to leave it is because football is like this; the player has a desire. I will not be a person to stop a desire for the people," Guardiola explained (via the Manchester Evening News) when asked if Bernardo could leave this summer.

"Sometimes for the club, sometimes for the players, sometimes for the agent — sometimes you have to divide our path. Especially the desire of the player is the most important thing. Of course, I would love Bernardo to continue here, he is a special player for us. But I don't know what is going to happen."

Leroy Sané, Ferran Torres, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko — the final three names having already departed in this transfer window — have all proven that Manchester City will not stand in a player's way should they want to leave.

While it is likely only a matter of time before Erling Haaland and his agent plot their next big pay day, the strategy has worked well to this point — even though this summer is their biggest gamble yet.

Losing Jesus, Sterling and Zinchenko in one go is a lot of exits to deal with, but none would be as big as Silva. The Portugal international, unlike the trio who have already left, is undoubtedly in Guardiola's best starting XI. At his best, he is every bit as important as Kevin de Bruyne.

Liverpool have even been linked (in Spanish outlet Fichajes) with a move for Silva, which is almost certainly never going to happen as good a player as he is, but as long as he is not lining up for Manchester City for much longer, the Reds can only win.

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Liverpool have broken own unwritten transfer 'rule' with Jürgen Klopp midfield signing stance

Liverpool.com - Wed, 08/10/2022 - 22:00

Considering Liverpool are known for being masters of the transfer market, and their success has largely hinged on getting things right in various windows across Jürgen Klopp's tenure, their midfield plan is slightly strange.

Most people would accept that having eight midfielders on their books — plus arguably Fábio Carvalho if needed — is enough in theory, but the injury record of several of those options has been patchy, to say the least.

While Jude Bellingham might be the reason for them waiting another year to go big on a midfielder, there is a world in which they need to get more than just the Borussia Dortmund man in 2023.

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Come next summer, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keïta are all, as things stand, out of contract. Two of those could be considered likely to be in their final season at Anfield, at least.

As a general rule, Liverpool have always moved ahead of the times with their recruitment. It is well known that players are often bedded in before being fully unleashed by Klopp, but that is not the only reason for long-term thinking.

When Thiago was signed from Bayern Munich, Liverpool knew that Gini Wijnaldum was going to move on for nothing the following summer. They signed Thiago a year in advance, though, despite paying £25m for someone they could have later got for free, so that he could settle in ahead of Wijnaldum going.

In January, Luis Díaz was brought to Liverpool at a time when the Reds knew that Sadio Mané intended to depart, giving the Colombian six months to acclimatise before being thrust into the left-wing slot on a full-time basis.

Harvey Elliott will, perhaps sooner rather than later, make himself a mainstay in the Liverpool midfield after a development period, while even Andy Robertson took his time before ousting Alberto Moreno in the team at left-back.

The point is simple: usually, as a rule, Liverpool have bought players a year ahead of them really being needed, giving them time to adapt in the overlapping period.

With three midfielders out of contract next summer and Curtis Jones facing a potentially defining year — not to mention Thiago and Jordan Henderson turning 32 and 33 respectively on their next birthdays — it seems strange that the only midfielder Liverpool have bought for a transfer fee in the last four years, since Keïta arrived from RB Leipzig, was Thiago in 2020.

Elliott might well be one solution that Klopp is hanging his hat on, understandably. Jones and Carvalho could both explode and then there are Stefan Bajčetić and Tyler Morton to consider.

But it seems certain that Liverpool will need to buy at least one midfielder next summer — and normally, they have taken the view that doing so in advance is sensible. Admittedly, there is still the January transfer window, as was the period in which Díaz arrived, in which it could happen, but Liverpool's previous transfer history suggests buying ahead of time is crucial.

The fact that they already look light in midfield right now is a concern, but it is also slightly out of sync with their usual bigger picture strategy.

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