Watch Jurgen Klopp’s emotional reaction after team’s victory

Jurgen Klopp says the feeling of winning the Premier League as Liverpool manager is more than he could have imagined. 

Chelsea’s 2-1 win at home to ten-man Manchester City means that Liverpool are at last mathematically out of reach with seven games still to play.

“Becoming champions with this club is absolutely incredible,” an emotional Klopp told Sky Sports.

He was joined on a Zoom call by Anfield legends Kenny Dalglish, Phil Thompson and Graeme Souness.

“Knowing how much Kenny supported us – it’s for you as well Kenny – we had to wait another 30 years for your club to win it.

“It’s for Stevie [Gerrard] who had to wait a long time. and not it’s for all because it’s built on your soul, Kenny, of Stevie.

“The boys admire you and it’s easy for me to motivate the team because of our great history.”

“It’s amazing to finally get over the line,” captain Jordan Henderson said.

The 30-year old has gone from potential make-weight in a deal to sign Clint Dempsey to a Liverpool captain who’s lifted Champions League, Club World Cup and now Premier League trophies.

Henderson began to tear-up when asked by Jamie Redknapp to sum-up his feelings.

“I didn’t wait 30 years, I’m here since 4 and a half years but we didn’t have a chance really before last year,” Klopp added.

“It’s anyway a relief because of the three months interruption. Nobody knew how it would go on and then you don’t know 100 per cent how you will come back.

Klopp said Wednesday night’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace gave him firm belief that there would be no wobble.

“It’s not just a blip, it’s not just a one-off”, according to Kenny Dalglish.

The Scot was the last man to mastermind a Liverpool title victory in 1990.

“He’s a credit to himself, and a great help to everybody,” said Dalglish of the man who’s now ended that 30-year wait.

David Moyes on a second mission with ‘deflated’ West Ham

Discarded for not being the “high-caliber” manager desired by West Ham, David Moyes was brought back by the east London club on Sunday for a second spell in charge.

Premier League survival was Moyes’ mission two seasons ago, and that’s the manager’s job again. Only this time, rather than a six-month contract, Moyes has secured an 18-month deal to succeed Manuel Pellegrini.

Pellegrini, a Chilean tactician, lost his job on Saturday, with West Ham only a place and a point above the relegation zone after a loss to Leicester.

“I’ll be looking to see what I can do and what I can make improvements to, how we can get some wins with the players and how we can get some quick wins on the field as well,” Moyes said.

“I do believe that the squad of players I’ve got here is a better squad of players than when I took over before, so I am looking forward to working with them.”

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The Scot’s first game is at home on Wednesday to Bournemouth. “I’ve missed being here because I really enjoyed it,” he said. “I enjoyed being around the stadium and I loved being in this part of the world and I missed the club, so I can’t wait to get started.”

Two years ago, Moyes guided West Ham out of the relegation zone on his hiring to a 13th-place finish during a six-month reign that was terminated at the end of the 2017-18 season. It was joint chairman David Sullivan who said before hiring Pellegrini that they needed to find a “high-caliber figure” rather than Moyes who could take the club “in line with our ambitions.”

Now Sullivan has had to go back to the coach he cast aside.

“David proved in his short time with the club that he was capable of getting results and we believe that he will start moving the club in the right direction once again,” Sullivan said. “We are delighted to welcome David back. He knows the club well and he built strong relationships during that time which will be crucial for the work that needs to be done going forward.”

The spell in east London helped Moyes rebuild a coaching reputation that was damaged by unsuccessful spells at Manchester United – as Alex Ferguson’s immediate successor – Real Sociedad and Sunderland since leaving Everton in 2013.

Manchester United vs Arsenal: All you need to know

Manchester United will be looking to build on Wednesday’s progression to the Champions League quarter-finals when facing Arsenal in the Premier League this Sunday evening.

Here are some of the essential stats you need to know ahead of the big game at the Emirates Stadium, which kicks off at 16:30 GMT

  • The Reds have won eight, drawn eight and lost 10 of our 26 away games at Arsenal in the Premier League era.
  • Nine of the current United squad have scored against Arsenal: Alexis, Herrera, Lingard, Martial, Mata, Pogba, Rashford, Valencia and Young.
  • In our 17 games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Reds have scored the first goal on 13 occasions.
  • Solskjaer made more appearances (19) against Arsenal as a player than any other team. He scored twice against the Gunners and was on the winning side six times.
  • United have faced Arsenal more times than any other team. Today’s game will be the 200th league meeting and 230th game between the sides in all competitions.
  • Of the 39 goals we have scored under Ole, 20 have been scored by Academy graduates.
  • United have won our last three matches in all competitions, scoring three times in each game.
  • The Reds will be looking to extend our club-record winning run on the road to 10 matches.
  • The Reds will be looking to extend our club-record winning run on the road to 10 matches.
  • Chris Smalling could make his 200th Premier League appearance for United in today’s game at Arsenal.

Win against Manchester City was a great relief – Eden Hazard

 

Three days after losing 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea bounced back with a brilliant performance against former 2018/19 league leaders, Manchester City, and Eden Hazard thinks this massive win restored hopes for the Blues’ campaign to win another English Premier League trophy.

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Image: Eden Hazard

Goals from N’golo Kante and David Luiz were all Chelsea needed to keep their spot among the Top 4.

The well-deserved 2-0 victory against Pep Guardiola‘s men were attributed to Maurizio Sarri‘s intelligence, particularly from his choice to infuse fluidity and control by introducing powerful subs, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, off the bench.

Notwithstanding the overall performance from Chelsea, star player Eden Hazard distinguished himself with awesome assists to Kante and Luiz, who scored his first goal in over a year.

Hazard has so far recorded a total of 8 assists. The Belgium international footballer, however, noted that their win against City provided the needed relief, especially after the team suffered brutal blows from Wolverhampton on 5 December, 2018.

Speaking in a post-match interview, Hazard said: ‘It feels really good, especially after the game in midweek when we lost against Wolverhampton.’

The famous No. 10 continued, ‘It was a hard game, especially in the first half, but in the second half we controlled the game and we scored two goals. At the end I think we deserved to win and we need to go on.

‘When you lose you always need to show something because we are Chelsea.

‘When we lose – for the fans, for the board, for everyone – we just want to win again. Of course, the feeling is even better when you play against what I think is the best team in the country and you win. We can enjoy this.’

Jose Mourinho: Goalless draw with Crystal Palace is a “missed opportunity”

 

 

Manchester United settled for a goalless draw in Saturday’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace, and coach Jose Mourinho thinks his side missed a “big” chance to leap on the league table.

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Image shows Jose Mourinho apologizing to United fans after a loss

The disappointing 0-0 draw with Palace came at a time when Mourinho expected a consolatory win after dropping points against Manchester City barely two weeks ago. The Portuguese coach had hoped to join the Top 4 before Christmas break but Roy Hogson’s side sprung up surprises at Old Trafford despite losing three matches and managing a draw from their last four games.

An aggrieved Mourinho fielded top players Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata to add height, pace and power to their strategic game plan but failed in all attempts at goal.

Speaking to Manchester TV in a post-match interview, the former Barcelona and Real Madrid coach said: ‘That’s not a match. It’s a very bad result…We lost two points from the game even though we had hoped to recover in these eight matches between now and December…This game would have helped our objective to join the Top 4 but we lost it.’

The 55-year-old continued, ‘We were sluggish in attack. Although the players showed skills, they often lost possession of the ball and allowed the Eagles some chance to recover, regroup and attack us.’

United are currently 7th on the EPL table after playing 13 matches.

League leaders, Manchester City, are first with 35 points following their 4-0 drubbing of West Ham United on Saturday. Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have 33 and 30 points respectively.

 

Transfer News Update: Barcelona, PSG, Arsenal, and more

Here are the latest updates on transfer rumors and completed deals from League 1, EPL, La Liga and more.

Deulofeu has moved to the Premier League, joining Watford on loan through to season end:

Danish international Michael Krohn-Dehli moves to Deportivo leaving Sevilla FC . He will stay with the Galician side through to June 30, 2019.

Herrera – United must get to the root of our shocking loss to Huddersfield Town

Manchester United lost 2-1 to Huddersfield Town in their Saturday’s Premier League encounter at the John Smith’s Stadium, and Ander Herrera says there’s need for the Jose Mourinho’s team to sit down and analyse the video in order to figure our where they went wrong.

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The defeat leaves United with 20 points after 9 games, and five 5 points behind league leaders Manchester City. Tottenham Hotspur has 17 points from eight games while defending champions, Chelsea, are trailing the teams with 16 points after nine matches.

Despite an effort from Marcus Rashford to salvage United’s pride, The Red Devils were unable to bounce back from the 2-0 deficit at half time.

Herrera, who was  was crowned last season’s United Player of the Year, says the club will conduct a thorough analysis on their loss, adding that the team’s morale is at stake. Mourinho’s men won 3-0 against Burnley in penultimate match.

The Portuguese coach agreed with Herrera’s resolve to address the damaging loss.

Speaking with MUTV ahead of United’s upcoming Carabao Cup tie which is scheduled at Swansea City on Saturday, and another big fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, the Spaniard said: “It was a very tough day because we had a big chance to keep winning games. We didn’t do it. They were more aggressive in the first half and played with more passion in the first 30-35 minutes.

“After that, we came back into the game well and tried to play side to side. We put in a lot of crosses but, when you’re losing 2-0 against such a passionate team, it’s not easy to equal the game. But we now have to analyse why we lost. We cannot concede what we did in the first 30-35 minutes and this is the Premier League, it’s not easy. 

“We [just] have to analyse that between us, I don’t think it’s time to talk here now. We have to speak between us, but that’s what happened. They were more passionate in the first 30 minutes.” 

Herrera continued: “They [Huddersfield] deserve the victory. We didn’t do enough to get the three points and we cannot think now that we have lost everything because we still have to play a lot of games. We now have two very tough Premier League games, you never know, you can win against anyone and lose against anyone.

“You want the opportunity to play again as quickly as possible and that’s what’s going to happen again against Swansea.”

Alexandre Lacazette confirms move to Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette, the French footballer who players for Ligue 1 club side Lyon and the France national team, has joined Arsenal.

The transfer was announced on Wednesday evening.

Image: Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal said the 26-year-old player has signed a long-term contract agreement with the club for an “undisclosed” fee.

Sky Sports quotes unnamed sources as confirming that the France international has been handed a five-year deal at the Emirates Stadium, adding that the alleged club-record signing could skyrocket to £52m before the end of his contract.

Alexandre scored 28 goals last season, and is set to exploit the English Premier League as soon as the 2017-18 season kicks off. He has scored over 100 goals since joining Lyon in 2010.

The former Ligue 1 Player of the Year is known for his dribbling skills, pace, and goal-scoring abilities.

Speaking with Arsenal website about the mouth-watering contract, Alexandre said: “I am, of course, delighted and very proud too because Arsenal is a legendary club.

“Throughout my childhood, thanks to Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club so today that dream has been fulfilled.

He continued: “The fact that the manager has been here for a while shows that it is a stable club which I like. In addition there are quite a few French players here, which makes it easier to settle in.

“In my opinion, Arsenal is also the club that plays the best football in England so I really wanted to come here.”

Image: Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger described Alexandre as an “efficient finisher” who has proven himself as one of the world bests.

“As well, he has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character,” Wenger testified in his press briefing. “So he is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season.”

Explaining the inspiration behind his goal-scoring abilities, Alexandre said it’s all about self-confidence.

In his words: “…Every time I take a shot at goal it’s because I believe I can score. I don’t just shoot for the sake of it.”

The footballer made his international debut for France in June, 2013. He was Ligue 1’s top scorer in the 2014-15 season with 27 goals in 33 games.

‘You Get A Little Plus For Each Win,’ Arsenal Manager Says

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he’s basking in the euphoria of joy after his team’s hard-fought win over English rivals Leicester City, adding that the win comes with a huge “plus.”

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Image: Arsene Wenger

Wenger’s team won 1-0 against the current Premier League champions on Wednesday 26, after a painful FA Cup loss (2-1) to Manchester City on 23 April.

The Gunners are expected to field a formidable team against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on 30 April, 2017, as they attempt fighting their way back into the last four.

However, football analysts favor The Spurs who are second on the league table with four points adrift EPL leaders Chelsea (78).

The unfazed Arsenal manager says he’s aware of the challenges ahead and has promised to secure some crucial wins with blood, sweat and tears — as fans are demanding.

“Every win gives you a little plus,” the Frenchman said as he plots to steer his team back to their old winning ways. “And on that front, plus plus, plus plus, will help us to go into the next game really focused and with a great desire to win at Tottenham.”

As recent results show, the 67-year-old admits his team needs confidence to finish with their heads high at the end of this 2016/17 Premier League season. Describing their last Wednesday’s match against The Foxes, Wenger said: “During our match against against Leicester City, we took the initiative all through the game. We played against a team who defended very well and very deep.

“The league leaders didn’t give us any space. They are difficult to destabilie and to get out of position.

“Overall we needed to be patient and not become too nervous. In the end we took all the risks, all the gambles – and it paid off.

“I am very happy, because the hunger was there, the desire was there, the discipline was there, just what we missed a little bit was the zip in the change of pace and the penetration a little bit. That’s maybe why we suffered a little bit and couldn’t kill the game off.”

Arsene Wenger – The Premier League trophy is now Chelsea’s to lose

Arsene Wenger is no longer mourning his team’s 3-1 loss to Chelsea, but thinks Antonio Conte’s men now have a great chance to lift the 2016/17 EPL trophy.

However, the opportunity for other teams to take over the top spot isn’t lost.

The season has about 14 more games left for every club to play, and this may provide a slip for the league leaders.

With a 9-point gap from Tottenham Hotspur (#2), and 12 points away from Arsenal (#3), the Blues now command a seemingly incontestable position at the top.

Arsenal.com had a brief chat with the club’s manager Arsene Wenger, and here’s what the Frenchman had to say:

“They look at the moment in full confidence, powerful, strong, they don’t concede goals,” he said about Chelsea’s possible chances of lifting the season’s trophy.

“It’s for them to lose it. They are in the best position, they don’t play in Europe, they can wait every week for the next game and prepare properly. They are in a very, very strong position.”

The 67-year-old coach says he has hopes for the Gunner, if they prepare better and focus on winning their upcoming fixtures. “This,” he says, “is what football is about.”

Wenger, the Premier League’s longest serving football  coach, said he’ll leave critics to decide his team’s performance against Chelsea’s top dogs.

“For me it’s very difficult to come out individually on players after a big disappointment like that,” the father-of-one said.

“Certainly individually we were not at our best in some positions and it’s very difficult to speak about that straight after the game.”

The Gunners coach earned a touchline ban at a time when his team needed constant motivation, and Wenger admits it’s frustrating. Protesting against match referees was a punishable offense which he understands.

He said: It is very frustrating because I prefer to do my job like I want to do it, but I have to pay for what I did and I accept it. We have to get on with it and I especially have to get on with it.

“It’s frustrating to watch from upstairs because you sit in the middle of people,” he confessed.

“They call on the phone, they stand up, they get down… but I don’t think that is an explanation of our defeat today.”

Ozil’s Left Foot can play every pass he wants – Arsenal Defender

Mesut Ozil is yet to extend his contract with Arsenal,  and Jose Mourinho is said to have him on his radar, hoping he turns down a new deal from his current employers. Meanwhile, his teammate Shkodran Mustafi has nothing but praise for the Germany international footballer who he says, has big match mentality.

The 28-year-old German footballer has already found the net seven times since the beginning of this 2016-2017 season.

The current record shows he has only a goal less from his last season’s tally, and there’s a lot more gaames to be played.

Ozil has also netted his first ever hat-trick following Arsenal’s 6-0 Champions League win against Ludogorets Razgrad.

Mustafi, Arsenal’s center-back, told reporters in a recent interview: “He has the skills, vision, intelligence, quality.

“Mesut’s left foot can play every pass he wants.

“He has so much quality but the most important thing is that he is willing to show it on the pitch.

“Sometimes you see players with so much quality but they can’t produce on the pitch.

“That’s what makes big players – putting their talent on the pitch.”

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Ozil is said to be delaying on signing a new contract with Arsenal for reasons yet unknown. The midfielder says he has great love for Arsenal, adding that they were his first choice immediately thoughts of leaving Real Madrid came to his mind.

“I spoke with [Arsene] Wenger and he wanted me at Arsenal. I said ‘If I get the opportunity to change clubs, you’ll be the first address for me,’” Ozil said.

“So what I did after that, we spoke and I decided to come to Arsenal because I remember Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires, such good footballers and I wanted to be a part of that, to come to Arsenal to be successful.”

Image: Mesut Ozil

Ozil admits his days at the Emirates has been enjoyable. His achievements at the club include two straight FA Cups.

“I don’t think it would be controversial for me to say the fans reciprocate those feelings,” the 28-year-old player added.

Twitter To Televise Premier League Football Clips Live.

Fans of Premier League football will be able to watch live clips of goals and other key moments from Sky Sports matches on Twitter when the new season starts in August.

Following @SkyFootball will pull tweets featuring the content directly into users’ feeds, with those in the UK able to see action from early and late kick-off games and those in Ireland additionally shown clips from 3pm Saturday games, in line with Sky’s current Premier League licensing deals for broadcasting matches.

The videos, which will also include post-match analysis, will be sponsored and will feature brief ‘pre-roll’ adverts.

The announcement marks the latest of Twitter’s forays into sports video content, which have recently included showing live highlights from Euro 2016 games and behind-the-scenes footage from Wimbledon.

“We’re delighted to be working with Twitter to bring in-game clips to football fans across the UK and Ireland as part of our biggest ever season of football,” David Gibbs, digital director of Sky Sports and Sky News, said.

“With more than 30 million users across a variety of platforms, Sky Sports is already the number one digital destination for sports in the UK.

“By expanding our partnership with Twitter, we can bring even more great action to an even bigger audience.”

La Liga Isn’t Excited About Brexit.

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La Liga chief Javier Tebas admits he feels very sad and can’t be excited knowing what Brexit brings to the table for Spanish football. The chief adds that he will not necessarily benefit from the Premier League’s failure as the United Kingdom vote to withdraw from EU on Thursday.

Javier Tebas says the polls is threatening to change the landscape of English football forever.

The La Liga chief is worried considering that there are Spaniards exposed to risks in or out of UK.

There are players who’ll see their opportunities of playing in the Premier League greatly diminished, but Tebas is most disappointed with the potential loss of competition that’ll arise in football.

“I have a primary global vision and that is to wait and see what happens,” he told AS.

“We shouldn’t jump to conclusions because everything depends on the future model and relationships that the UK will have with the rest of Europe.

“Not at all [am I happy with Brexit], and I mean it. I insist that we must be cautious with these issues because it’s also not an immediate termination. It will take place over the [next few] years.  Continue reading “La Liga Isn’t Excited About Brexit.”

Granit Xhaka To Arsenal Before Euro 2016.

Premier League teams are currently scrambling for players around the world and Arsenal is not left out among clubs hastening for closed deals before Euro 2016 as the club pursues a transfer deal that will see Granit Xhaka make a switch from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Photo: Granit Xhaka shows off his shirt number for Monchengladbach.

The transfer is valued at £35m.

Reports confirm Granit Xhaka has hinted that a move to Arsenal is unavoidable. The Swiss player previously admitted that playing in the Premier League is a ‘childhood dream that could be fulfilled’.

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