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League Cup roundup: Liverpool survives scare

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Ten Premier League clubs were in action today in the third round of the League Cup, but it was fourth-division Carlisle United who nearly made all the headlines.

Liverpool 1-1 (3-2 PKs) Carlisle United

Playing at Anfield against a team in the fourth-tier of English football, Liverpool needed a penalty shootout to take down Carlisle United. Danny Ings put the Reds ahead in the 23rd minute, but the minnows from Carlisle answered quickly with a strike from Derek Asamoah. Despite controlling possession and outshooting Carlisle 47-5, Liverpool couldn’t find a winner after 120 minutes.

In the shootout it was goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, in his Liverpool debut, who made three saves and led the Reds to a win. Despite the result, Brendan Rodgers will have plenty of questions to answer. Even worse for Liverpool, both Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren were forced off with injuries.

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Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Arsenal

With so many questions as to where the goals would come from for Arsenal, it was an unlikely hero at White Hart Lane as Mathieu Flamini scored twice to lead the Gunners over Tottenham in the North London derby. Flamini put Arsenal ahead 1-0 in the first after cleaning up the rebound from an Alex Oxlade-Chamerblain shot, but Spurs drew level thanks to an own-goal from Calum Chambers. Then, Flamini scored a wonderful second goal, hitting a brilliant volley into the bottom corner to eliminate Tottenham from the competition.

Manchester United 3-0 Ipswich Town

Championship-side Ipswich Town traveled to Old Trafford, where Manchester United took care of business with a 3-0 win. Wayne Rooney opened the scoring in the first half before Andreas Pereira curled in a beautiful free kick in the second, the youngster’s first goal for the club. Anthony Martial came on as a substitute and tallied his fourth goal in four matches, as the start to his Manchester United career could not be going any better.

MK Dons 0-6 Southampton

After stunning Manchester United in the League Cup last season, MK Dons ran out of magic against Southampton today as Saints cruised to a 6-0 win. Ronald Koeman‘s men jumped out to a two-goal lead within ten minutes, and the rest of the game was history as Jay Rodriguez, Sadio Mane, and Shane Long all scored twice.

Walsall 1-4 Chelsea

After a weekend win over Arsenal, Chelsea eased to a 4-1 win over Walsall. Goals from Ramires, Loic Remy, Kenedy, and Pedro helped the Blues take care of their third-tier opposition.

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Newcastle United 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Newcastle’s terrible form continued today with a loss at home to Championship-side Sheffield Wednesday. A Lewis McGugan strike in the 76th minute downed the Magpies, as Steve McClaren’s start to his career as Newcastle boss has gone from bad to worse. His only win came against fourth-tier Northampton in the second round of this tournament, which they are now out of.

Norwich City 3-0 West Bromwich Albion

In a match between Premier League clubs, Norwich City got the best of the Baggies with a big 3-0 win. The Canaries went ahead through goals from Matty Jarvis and Kyle Lafferty, before an own goal in stoppage time from Sebastien Pocognoli made it 3-0.

Crystal Palace 4-1 Charlton Athletic

Dwight Gayle scored two from the penalty spot and added another late as his hat-trick led Palace to a 4-1 win over Championship-side Charlton. Despite struggling to find consistent minutes in the Premier League, Gayle has now tallied eight times in four League Cup matches.

Jurgen Klopp wins FIFA’s The Best men’s manager

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Jurgen Klopp has been named the top manager in the world for the past season at FIFA’s The Best awards ceremony on Monday in Milan, Italy.

The UEFA Champions League-winning manager beat out Premier League winner Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and UCL finalist Mauricio Pochettino of Spurs.

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Klopp, of course, was magnanimous in victory.

 “It is great, nobody expected this 20, 10, five, four years ago that I would be standing here,” Klopp said. “We know what an incredible job Mauricio Pochettino did and what Pep did.”

He thanked the owners and players of his club.

“To the owners thank you, they gave me an incredible team. I have to thank my team – as a coach you can only be as good as your team is. I’m really proud of being manager of such an incredible bunch of players. This is an individual prize, I don’t 100% understand individual prizes, I’m here for a lot of people.”

Good for Klopp.

Watch Live: FIFA’s The Best awards 2019

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FIFA’s The Best awards ceremony takes place in Milan, Italy on Tuesday as the top players and managers on the planet will be crowned.

The ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m. ET and you can watch it live online in Spanish via Telemundo Deportes (click on the link below).

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Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo are the three nominees to be crowned the best male player on the planet.

USWNT duo Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan are up for the top female award, as is England’s Lucy Bronze.

Outgoing USWNT head coach Jill Ellis is the favorite to land the award for the best coach in the women’s game, while Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino are all among the candidates to be named the best managers in the men’s game.

Click on the link above to watch the glitzy ceremony from Milan as plenty of other awards, like the Puskas Award for the best goal scored in the world, will be dished out.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Matchweek 6 produced some stunning displays across the Premier League, with big wins, comebacks and late drama across plenty of games.

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Players from Liverpool, Man City and Leicester City dominate our rankings, while the likes of West Ham and Bournemouth are also well represented. There are also plenty of new entries among our top 20.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


1. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – New entry
2. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Even
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – Up 13
4. James Maddison (Leicester) – Up 16
5. Joel Matip (Liverpool) – New entry
6. Bernardo Silva (Man City) – New entry
7. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – New entry
8. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) – New entry
9. Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester) – New entry
10. Fernandinho (Man City) – New entry
11. Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea) – New entry
12. Mark Noble (West Ham) – New entry
13. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – Even
14. Mason Mount (Chelsea) – Down 10
15. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – Even
16. Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth) – Up 3
17. Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham) – New entry
18. Chris Wood (Burnley) – New entry
19. Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) – New entry
20. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – New entry

Holding set to return from injury for Arsenal

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Rob Holding is set to return for Arsenal at Nottingham Forest this week.

The Gunners travel to Forest in the League Cup on Tuesday, with Holding back in the squad after nine months out through injury.

Arsenal simply said Holding is “back in contention” for the third round League Cup tie and alongside the likes of Kieran Tierney,  Dinos Mavropano and Hector Bellerin playing for the U23 side last Friday, all of a sudden there is good news in terms of defensive injuries for Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette is still out after injuring his left ankle, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles is suspended after his red card against Aston Villa on Sunday. Lacazette is expected to return in October, as Arsenal’s injury woes are clearing up.

Holding, 24, was in sensational form last season before he cruelly suffered a serious knee injury in a Premier League game against Manchester United in December.

This will be a huge boost for Unai Emery, as his defense continues to make basic errors and they’ve now given up 10 goals in their first six games of the new PL season.

Sokratis and David Luiz have looked shaky as a partnership and if Holding can regain his form quickly, he will be a guaranteed starter in this Arsenal side.

Before injury cut short his 2018-19 campaign, Holding was being touted as an England international.

The dominant center back will want to make up for lost time and his presence at the heart of Arsenal’s defense saw them go on a 22-game unbeaten run in the opening months of last season.

Following their battling 3-2 win with 10 men for over half of their clash against Aston Villa on Sunday, Arsenal sit in fourth place on 11 points. Considering all of their issues so far, that’s not a bad start.

They have conceded at least twice in each of their last four PL games, and Holding’s return should help them improve their woeful defensive record.

His injury had a negative impact last season, and his return should have a hugely positive impact this season.