LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: View of a merchandise stall prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on November 23, 2013 in Liverpool, England

Just 20 minutes in, the Merseyside Derby is a thriller already

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Not 20 minutes have passed in the early match between Everton and Liverpool, yet we’re already in the middle of a thrilling  2-1 Liverpool lead. (Want more? Watch live on NBCSN and  live online via NBC Sports Live Extra).

It took just five minutes for Liverpool to grab the lead in the Merseyside Derby, with Philippe Coutinho marking the occassion by scoring his first derby goal. After Luis Suarez took a chance on goal, Steven Gerrard whipped in an enticing corner. Suarez then wiggled through the Everton defense to get his head on it, flicking the ball on to Coutinho. The Brazilian did well to get around to the near post, meeting Suarez’s header with the side of his foot to slip the ball past Tim Howard.

Everton responded in the best possible way, however. Sure, it took more than a minute, but after just three, the Toffees were back on level terms. Coutinho was the one who conceded the free kick, a silly decision when the opposition includes Leighton Baines. The Everton man put in yet another gorgeous kick, and history repeated itself. This time it was Kevin Mirallas, taking advantage of Martin Skrtel’s turned back, who made the run to the near post. Another sidefooted kick and another ball in the back of the net, with Simon Mignolet the one picking it out this time.

Everything simmered for about 10 minutes before Liverpool took the lead once more, off another free kick. Suarez was the one who took it and sent his shot swerving brilliantly. The ball found a hole in the edge of the wall, flying threw and past a diving Tim Howard. Just 19 minutes in, but we’ve already got three goals and the promise of more excitement to come.

Memphis jersey biggest seller in Premier League

during the Barclays Premier League match between XXX and XXX on September 26, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
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Memphis Depay‘s name has been printed on more Premier League jerseys than anybody else.

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According to, the Manchester United winger is the biggest climber on their top 10 list and fans have flocked to have “Memphis” printed on the back of their United jerseys.

The Dutch winger, 21, has had an up-and-down start to life at Old Trafford but that is not detracting fans from having Memphis, the name he prefers, emblazoned on the back of their shirts. Folks from an unnamed city in Tennessee, have you been buying lots of jerseys on the internet? No doubt the number of United fans in that region has sky-rocketed in the last few months. No doubt.

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Anyway, below is the list of the top 10 players name printed by Kitbag.

Top 10 selling jerseys worldwide

1. Lionel Messi – Barcelona
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
3. Memphis Depay – Manchester United
4. Bastian Schweinsteiger – Manchester United
5. Eden Hazard – Chelsea
6. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United
7. Neymar – Barcelona
8. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
9. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal
10. Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool

New Arsenal contracts on the way for Alexis, Ozil

Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil
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Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are both in line to be handed new contracts by Arsenal.

The attacking duo, who have been in fine form in recent weeks after slow starts to the season, both have current deals which run until 2018 but the Gunners are said to be keen on locking the attacking midfielders down to contract extensions.

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According to the Daily Mail, Sanchez is set to become Arsenal’s top earner with a new deal on the table in excess of $220,000.

Sanchez is currently being paid $197,000 per week but is not the highest paid player at the Emirates, with Ozil taking that mantle and earning a cool $215,000 a week. Speaking of Ozil, talks over a new deal for him are also being prepared by Arsene Wenger and club officials with the German playmaker finally showing consistency this season, which is his third campaign in the Premier League following his $63 million move from Real Madrid in 2013.

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Sanchez, 26, missed most of Arsenal’s preseason after winning the 2015 Copa America with Chile on home soil this summer, but he is now back in his groove and the former Barcelona forward has scored five goals in his last two PL games and seven times in his last four outings for club and country.

Ozil scored his first goal of the season against Manchester United in Arsenal’s recent 3-0 win, as Ozil and Sanchez ripped United’s defense apart in a stunning 19-minute spell at the beginning of the match.

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With Theo Walcott locked down to a new long-term contract in the summer, Wenger now looks to have found his go-to front three as Walcott, Sanchez and Ozil possess a superb combination of pace, power and trickery. It’s no surprise to hear reports about new deals being prepared for Sanchez and Ozil, as the duo have that extra bit of class which has seen the Gunners win back-to-back FA Cups and comfortably finish in the top four of the PL.

Now, can they kick on and contend for the title this season? If Sanchez and Ozil stay fit and in-form, there’s no reason why not.