Klopp on huge mistakes from Alisson; Guardiola may put Ederson on penalty kicks

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Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was ‘very disappointed’ after his two huge errors helped Manchester City en-route to a 4-1 win at Anfield, while Ederson could soon be a hero at the other end of the pitch…

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Alisson, 28, is usually so unflappable in possession but his two catastrophic errors with the ball at his feet led to City’s goals and one of the best goalkeepers in the world was visibly distraught as he looked at the Anfield pitch in disgust.

The “Alisson in Blunderland” headlines were already written.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call after the game, Klopp was asked how Alisson was doing and if mistakes of that magnitude were something you just couldn’t legislate for.

“I spoke to him a few seconds ago. He is obviously very disappointed and he said ‘not today, not today.’ And I said ‘yeah, that is the problem with mistakes, you cannot decide when you make them. The only thing you can do is learn from them.’ That is what he will do and it will never happen to him again. I am pretty sure. Tonight it was decisive, I would say. That’s okay. He saved our lives I don’t know how often and is an absolutely a world class goalie. Tonight, some things went a little bit wrong. We have to take that and then we do that,” Klopp said.

What did Klopp say to Alisson?

Focusing on the specifics, Klopp was asked what he said to Alisson.

The German coach was as blunt, and brilliant, as usual.

“I said to him already ‘we have stands… you can kick the ball there!'” Klopp said. “It is like it is. It is not a mistake. It is a little bit a summary of the different things that came together. We didn’t offer exactly the right things because in the first half Ali played exceptional football, was really calm on the ball and passed it through small spaces. Exactly what we wanted him to do.

“In the second half, in the beginning, he didn’t do that. He didn’t see the offers because we didn’t make them in exactly the right way and then the problem is he doesn’t kick the ball somewhere that is far away from the dangerous spots. He knows that. I cannot help him now throughout the night, but we all have nights like this. Tomorrow he will be okay again and then we go again.”

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With center backs missing through injury, goalscorers struggling for momentum and now Alisson making huge gaffes, just about everything that could go wrong is going wrong for the reigning Premier League champions right now.

Liverpool are 27 points worse off at this stage of the season compared to the same stage last season, which is the biggest drop by any reigning champion at this stage of a campaign in English top-flight history.

They are 10 points behind leaders Manchester City (who have a game in-hand) as Klopp has admitted that finishing in the top four is now his main aim, as they’ve lost three-straight home games in the league for the first time since September 1963.

Ederson to take penalty kicks for Manchester City?

As for the Premier League champions elect, this was a great weekend for Man City.

Not only did they beat Liverpool but Manchester United, Leicester City and West Ham all dropped points.

The only negative for City was that they missed yet another penalty kick. Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and now Ilkay Gundogan have all missed penalty kicks against Liverpool in recent outings and that is causing Guardiola a headache.

Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero have had their problems from the spot too, and with Ederson previously saying he was the best penalty taker at the club, Guardiola joked about his goalkeeper coming up to take them during games.

Turns out that Pep isn’t joking about it anymore.

“It was a half joke,” Guardiola laughed, when asked by ProSoccerTalk. “When I commented on this six months ago it was a joke. Now it is a half joke. I will consider it will not be a joke and he could be a taker. We don’t have a real specialist in this area, for example Salah and how he is. In these kind of games and on all kind of stages if you miss a penalty it punishes you a lot. Fortunately, today we can turn over. We have to talk about that issue. I am still thinking that Kevin [de Bruyne] is a fantastic taker, and Gundogan is a fantastic taker too. What I want is the guy who takes the personality to say ‘I am going to take the penalty and I am going to score a goal.’ This is what I want.”

That sound you can hear is every single Premier League Fantasy player scrambling to get Ederson in their team. ‘Loads of shutouts and a penalty kick taker! Imagine the fantasy points!?’

On a serious note, this could happen. As long as City keep a few players back, just in case Ederson misses, they should be set.

We can see it now: Ederson steps up to take a penalty kick in the final minute of the UEFA Champions League final to win it for City. You heard it hear first…

Southampton vs Wolves: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Southampton host Wolves in a huge relegation six-pointer in the Premier League and all of the pressure is on the hosts.

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After a dreadful run of form which has seen new manager Nathan Jones lose six of his first seven Premier League games in charge, including a 3-0 drubbing at Brentford last week, Southampton sit bottom of the table. However, they are just three points from safety and badly need a win to unite their fanbase, players and coaching staff.

Wolves are looking so much better under new manager Julen Lopetegui as they hammered Liverpool 3-0 last time out to move further away from the bottom three. Lopetegui has won three of his six Premier League games in charge but they remain just two points off the relegation zone.

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Here’s everything you need for Southampton vs Wolves.


How to watch Southampton vs Wolves live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & in-form players to watch

Saints are in freefall and if they lose this game it feels like Nathan Jones will lose his job. The Welsh coach went on a bizarre rant following their shellacking at Brentford and said he has pandered to others and hasn’t done his job properly ever since he arrived at Southampton in November. The owners are backing him, for now, but in midweek they admitted results have to improve. After spending big on deadline day to bring in forwards Paul Onuachu and Kamaldeen Sulemana, now is the time for Southampton to drag themselves off the bottom. If not, they could have a third manager of the season very soon.

Wolves were brilliant against Liverpool and have found a great system for the players they have with the 4-4-2 working wonders. Lopetegui is famed for having a solid foundation defensively but the big change has been Wolves being much better on the counter and finally finishing off chances. After bringing in Sarabia, Cunha, Lemina and Dawson in January they have added experience and quality in key areas and it seems to have given the entire club a lift.


Southampton team news, injuries, lineup options

Kyle Walker-Peters should be fully fit after a recent hamstring issue, while Alex McCarthy remains a doubt and Valentino Livramento and Juan Larios are definitely out. Onuachu and Sulemana should start, while Nathan Jones has favored a 3-5-2 formation in recent weeks so it will be intriguing to see if he persists with that despite fan unrest towards his tactics.

Wolves team news, injuries, lineup options

Chiquinho, Sasa Kalajdzic and Boubacar Traore remain out, while Pedro Neto will miss this game. Mario Lemina is a doubt, while Hwang Hee-chan is out after suffering a thigh injury. Adama Traore, Daniel Podence and Joao Moutinho could come into the starting lineup given these injuries.



 

West Ham vs Chelsea: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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West Ham host Chelsea on Saturday in a massive London derby as both teams aim to kick-start their respective campaigns.

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The Hammers have improved in recent weeks as they beat Everton and drew at Newcastle last time out. David Moyes’ men are still hovering just above the relegation zone but it looks like they will now kick on in the second half of the season and they usually fare well against their bitter London rivals Chelsea.

As for the Blues, they have won just once in their last six Premier League games but they are becoming very tough to beat, and score against, under Graham Potter. Three shutouts in a row have them on a three-game unbeaten run and now they have all of their January additions on board, expect Chelsea to climb closer to the top four.

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Here’s everything you need for West Ham vs Chelsea.


How to watch West Ham vs Chelsea live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 7:30am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & in-form players to watch

The Hammers are slowly getting back to their best and Nayef Aguerd has been in fine form at center back and is now fully fit after arriving in the summer. Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta and Michail Antonio have been among the goals in recent games and there is a menacing look to West Ham on the counter.

Chelsea’s new signing Enzo Fernandez made a great impact on his debut against Fulham last time out, while Badiashile has also impressed at center back, while Mudryk and Madueke are both getting up to speed on the wing. Joao Felix will finally be available again after he missed the last three games due to his red card on debut.


West Ham team news, injuries, lineup options

Kurt Zouma (thigh) and Maxwel Cornet (calf) remain out, while Gianluca Scamacca is battling back from a knee injury. Alphonse Areola and Thilo Kehrer are struggling with hamstring issues. It will be intriguing to see if Moyes starts with January signing Danny Ings up top in this game or if he continues with Michail Antonio as the focal point.

Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup options

N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja remain out, while Wesley Fofana and Mateo Kovacic are close to being available. Denis Zakaria and Edouard Mendy are out too, but Joao Felix is back from suspension which gives Potter a very lively option up top and it would be no surprise if the Portuguese stars starts this game.



 

Premier League top scorers: Who is leading 2022 Golden Boot race?

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For those tempted to write off Erling Haaland’s historically-hot start to life as a Premier League striker, it’s safe to say your temptation is now officially unhealthy.

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There is something somewhat dull about knowing the identity of the 2022 Golden Boot winner, the lone curiosity being the final number of his final tally, we get it, but most of what Haaland is doing this season is simply marvelous and to be admired without much fear.

Haaland’s Premier League-leading 25 goals have him eight goals clear of the next closest challenger: Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

The Norwegian star piled up 20 goals in a single Premier League season faster than any player in history… by seven games (Kevin Phillips of Sunderland did it in 21). Now he’s within five goals of equalling Kevin Phillips’ record for most goals in a debut Premier League season.

And the later this season goes with him projected so far over the current record, the less chucking is accompanied by marking out the pace (especially considering Haaland was not beaten up by the World Cup, as Norway was not in the tournament). And even though Haaland is currently overperforming his expected goals total, it’s clear that projecting him for the Premier League record is rather realistic.

How many records can Haaland break?

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Haaland may not be likely to hit 50 goals given the schedule congestion to come for Man City, but the Premier League record is very well under assault and that figure isn’t entirely absurd. He’s played in 20 of Man City’s 21 games, scoring 25 goals.

Mohamed Salah holds the 38-game season record with his 32 goals scored for Liverpool during the 2017-18 season, while Newcastle’s Andy Cole and Blackburn’s Alan Shearer bagged 34 during 42-game seasons in the 20th century’s final decade.

Haaland also could topple the record for goal involvements (goals plus assists) in a single season, including beating the 42-game record. Alan Shearer put up 47 over 42, while Thierry Henry holds the 38-game record with 44.

Other records that Haaland could legitimately tie or topple:

  • 30 goals in a first Premier League season (Kevin Phillips, Sunderland, 1999-2000)
  • Goals in 24 different Premier League matches (Salah, Liverpool, 2017-18)
  • Most goals in a Premier League match (Five tied with five)
  • 11-straight Premier League games with a goal (Jamie Vardy, Leicester, 2014-15)

Read on to see the latest Premier League goal totals for the 2022-23 season, as Haaland looks to claim a Golden Boot in his first PL season.

Premier League 2022-23 Golden Boot race

    1. Erling Haaland, Man City — 25
    2. Harry Kane, Tottenham — 17
    3. Ivan Toney, Brentford — 13
    4. Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham — 11
    5. Rodrigo, Leeds United — 10
    6. Marcus Rashford, Manchester United — 10
    7. Miguel Almiron, Newcastle — 9
    8. Martin Odegaard, Arsenal — 8
    9. James Maddison, Leicester City — 8
    10. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool — 7
    11. Phil Foden, Man City — 7
    12. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool — 7
    13. Leandro Trossard — Brighton/Arsenal — 7
    14. Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal — 7
    15. Harvey Barnes, Leicester City — 7
    16. Bukayo Saka, Arsenal — 7
    17. Callum Wilson, Newcastle — 7
    18. Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace — 6
    19. Pascal Gross, Brighton — 6
    20. Danny Ings, Aston Villa/West Ham — 6
    21. Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal — 5
    22. Daniel Podence, Wolves — 5
    23. Darwin Nunez, Liverpool — 5
    24. Alexis Mac Allister, Brighton — 5
    25. James Ward-Prowse, Southampton — 5
    26. Kai Havertz, Chelsea — 5
    27. Kaoru Mitoma, Brighton — 5
    28. Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa — 5
    29. Brennan Johnson, Nottingham Forest — 5
    30. Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United — 5
    31. Bryan Mbeumo, Brentford — 5
    32. Ruben Neves, Wolves — 5

Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League is back with a bang and the start to 2023 has delivered plenty of fun.


Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest though Newcastle is not going away and Manchester United has surged into contention.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

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Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle, while Liverpool is struggling to stay in the Champions League scrap. Chelsea has some work to do while surprising Fulham, Brentford and Brighton are hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns.


Who are the candidates for relegation?

Everton, Bournemouth, and Southampton currently occupy the relegation places.

But Leicester, West Ham, Wolves, and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom three after a topsy-turvy season so far.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.


Premier League table – February 5

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