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Arlo, Lee and Graeme’s Excellent Adventure, Part 3

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Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux are going on another Excellent Adventure.

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NBC Sports’ Premier League crew in the UK will be attending two games on opposite sides of London Saturday, as they’ll call West Ham v. Arsenal (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in a big London derby and then Chelsea v. Newcastle United (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) at Stamford Bridge.

For Part 3 of the adventure, the guys will be traveling on motorbikes and stopping to take pictures at Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey along the way.

“Announcing two Premier League games on the same day is really great fun, and now we have the added twist of calling a third game the following day, all in the same city!” lead soccer announcer Arlo White said. “We’ve given up trying to race between stadiums as Lee is far too competitive, but we’ll climb on the motorbike taxis after calling West Ham v/ Arsenal and head west across town to Stamford Bridge, and call Chelsea v. Newcastle. We’ll be armed with GoPro cameras so I’m sure we’ll see some famous sights and landmarks along the way!”

They will also be staying in London on Sunday to call the massive clash at Wembley, as Tottenham host Manchester United (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

“After a night to recover, we’ll head to Wembley on Sunday for a massive game between title chasing Tottenham and a rejuvenated Manchester United.  As usual, the games themselves will come first, but it’s the perfect weekend for the three of us and we can’t wait to get started.”

Stay tuned across our social platforms, including NBC Sport Soccer’s Twitter account, to catch up with the Excellent Adventure 3.

3 Things We Learned from Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

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Chelsea nearly topped Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, handing the Reds their first loss of the season and first Premier League loss since…Chelsea beat them at Stamford Bridge on May 6 of last season. Then Daniel Sturridge happened.

[ RECAP: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool ]

It wasn’t to be for the Blues, as the substitute’s stunning curler brought Liverpool level and saved a point for the Reds.

There was plenty to take from the game, with Mohamed Salah misfiring, Eden Hazard scoring, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Alisson both saving, and Daniel Sturridge celebrating. What were the biggest takeaways from the 90 minutes in London?

Mo Salah was last season’s star, but so far this campaign it’s Eden Hazard

Mohamed Salah is a fantastic player, and was spectacular last season, unbeatable at times. However, to this point in the season and in this match, he was out-dueled by his Belgian opponent Hazard. The Chelsea playmaker was impossible to guard, leaving defenders in his dust constantly.

His off-ball movement is top class, putting not only himself but his teammates in the best position to succeed. At the moment, there’s nobody better and in better form in the Premier League than Hazard.

Liverpool’s full-backs are promising young players that still have lots to learn

NBC commentator Lee Dixon, a former Arsenal full-back, was all over Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson in the first half for their defensive positioning, and he was spot-on. Dixon criticized Robertson first for allowing Willian to get by him for Chelsea’s first big chance that saw Alisson smother the shot, and subsequently faulted Alexander-Arnold on Liverpool’s right for slipping too high up the pitch before Eden Hazard broke.

There’s no doubting the fact that both players are top class and have bright futures ahead of them, but as Dixon said during the broadcast, they still need to be reminded that their attacking responsibilities are secondary to the defensive positioning. He mentioned that getting beat either over your head or to the inside is unacceptable, and that happened to both Liverpool full-backs.

Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool is always good for a sensational moment

No matter the game, no matter how much time left, no matter who the opponent, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool was built for the special moment. His team is molded to perform for a full 90 minutes in a system that would exhaust most teams would by the hour mark. Somehow, some way, he wills his players to perform week in week out, and no moment is too big.

Daniel Sturridge coming off the bench and scoring that outstanding goal is a massive moment in the Premier League title race, and it certainly won’t be the last from Liverpool. They may win the title and they may not, but they will always be in the running. Never count out the Reds this season.

The 2 Robbies Podcast: All-Star crew of guests talk Deadline Day

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Special edition podcast featuring the entire NBC Premier League crew discussing the Premier League Transfer Deadline Day as it happened live.

Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe are joined by Rebecca Lowe, Arlo White, Kyle Martino, Lee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux and Neil Ashton chatting all 20 Premier League clubs and their off-season activity.

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Arlo and Lee’s Excellent Adventure II

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Arlo White and Lee Dixon will be heading on another Excellent Adventure this Saturday.

The NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play commentator, White, and soccer analyst, Dixon, will call the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park at 7:30 a.m. ET (Watch live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) then dash across the M62 to call the Manchester Derby as Manchester City host Manchester United at 12:30 p.m. ET (Watch live on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

The Excellent Adventure II follows on from their epic journey across London last season after they called a game at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, then jumped on motorbikes to get across to White Hart Lane for a game later that day.

Make sure to follow all of our social media accounts for up to date footage of their journey, including a Facebook Live video with Arlo and Lee here during their journey from Liverpool to Manchester.

It should be, well, Excellentttttttt….

“Outstandingly good” – Klopp joins NBC crew pitchside at Anfield (video)

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Jurgen Klopp is pretty pleased after Liverpool finished wiping the floor with Arsenal 4-0 on Sunday.

The Reds manager joined Arlo White, Lee Dixon, and Gary Neville to talk about the blowout win, and heaped praise on his men, especially given their midweek match against Hoffenheim taxed the squad.

[ MORE: Match recap | Wenger reacts ]

“I know it’s quite a challenge after an international game, being spot-on immediately, but if you really want, if you really want, then you can do it,” Klopp said. “We wanted to show our ambitions today and the boys did outstandingly good.

“I’m sure Arsenal was able to do much better, but we didn’t let them. We defended really well, the different spaces where they wanted to play. They had a high formation, we still played football. It was a more than good performance. 2-nil, 3-nil, 4-nil, I don’t care. You don’t need to beat Arsenal 4-0. You need to win.”

Klopp also talked about giving starting keeper Simon Mignolet a rest from the 18 — “Simon keeps the shirt” — and discussed the end of the transfer window. See the video above.