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Jagielka returns to Sheffield United after decade-plus with Everton

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Phil Jagielka‘s long Premier League run continues into a new season with a new club.

The popular and long-serving Everton defender is returning whence he came, joining Sheffield United on a free transfer.

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Jagielka, 36, joined the Toffees from the Blades in 2007 and appeared 385 times. He scored 19 goals, six of them coming in 2014-15.

He was twice the Everton Player of the Season after earning the honor thrice with Sheffield United during nine years with the club which included three seasons in their youth academy.

Remarkably, Jagielka left United when the club was relegated to the Championship, and returns at the Blades’ return to the top flight for 2019-20.

He played only 330 minutes in the Premier League last season, and part of this feels like “manager-in-waiting” status if we’re being mischievous. Either way, Jagielka has been a credit to both clubs and fittingly return to the other.

Sturridge, Moreno to leave Liverpool; Jagielka departing Everton

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Liverpool has confirmed that striker Daniel Sturridge and defender Alberto Moreno will depart the club this summer at the expiration of their contracts, while Everton captain Phil Jagielka is also set to depart Merseyside after 12 years with the Toffees.

Both Liverpool had seen their playing time decrease over the past few seasons, as injuries and poor form took their toll.

Sturridge joined Liverpool in January of 2013 from Chelsea and made an immediate impact, scoring 10 goals in 14 games to finish the 2012/13 season before logging a massive 22 goals in 29 league appearances the following year. However, injury problems began to set in, and Sturridge struggled to find the field consistently from that point on, dealing with constant hip and hamstring issues. The England international topped the 20 appearance mark just once from 2014 on, seeing time in 18 Premier League matches in the most recent campaign, mostly as a substitute. The 29-year-old finishes his Reds career with 160 appearances across all competitions, scoring 68 goals and assisting 26 more.

Moreno, still just 26 years old, joined Liverpool from his boyhood club Sevilla in the summer of 2014 and was a first-team regular for two years, making 50 Premier League appearances in his first two seasons with the club, including 32 of them during Jurgen Klopp‘s first season with the club. He was replaced, however, by James Milner at left-back in the 2016/17 season and while he returned to first-team action to start the 2017/18 campaign, an ankle injury in December ended that run and he never regained his place in the side. The rise of Andy Robertson in the Liverpool squad confirmed Moreno’s status as a backup, and he made just two Premier League appearances last season.

“The most important words to say to these two remarkable players is ‘thank you’” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. “They were here when I arrived as manager and during that period they – as much as anyone – helped to establish us as a team that would be heading in the right direction. Without them we wouldn’t be the team and club we are in this moment.”

Everton is also set to lose a longtime player as Phil Jagielka confirmed his departure. With the 36-year-old’s contract set to expire this summer and just seven Premier League appearances last season, he is set to leave the club he joined in 2007 from Sheffield United and captained for the last six seasons.

“All I can say is thanks to all the players I’ve played alongside, all the staff that have helped me in their own way, the chairman and of course the amazing fans,” Jagielka wrote on Instagram. “Wishing everyone associated with this special clubs the very best for the future!”

Jagielka accumulated 385 appearances for the club over his 12-year career, scoring 19 goals and assisting 11 more. He made at least 25 Premier League appearances in nine of his 12 seasons at the club, with his 2014/15 campaign amassing 37 appearances and four goals as Everton finished 10th, winning the club’s Goal of the Season award that year for an equalizing stoppage-time howitzer against derby rivals Liverpool. He won Premier League Player of the Month in February 2009 and was twice Everton’s Player of the Season.

Toffees get Jagielka goal to beat Arsenal

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  • Jagielka scores early
  • Everton moves ninth
  • Toffees out-attempt Gunners 22-7

Phil Jagielka wasn’t even supposed to start yet scored the game’s only goal as Everton beat Arsenal 1-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Everton were the better team on the day and missed several chances to buttress their advantage, but came out on top and move to within a point of seventh.

Arsenal remains fourth with 63 points.

Jordan Pickford recorded his third-straight clean sheet for the Gunners, and first since an off-field altercation.

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Only in the lineup because Michael Keane came down with a virus, Jagielka darted onto a loose ball to open the scoring with an 11th minute goal. A long throw was nodded to the back post by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jagielka poked it home.

Lucas Digne had his foot on the line when he launched the throw, which was not spotted by officials.

The Toffees were better money for the next goal, too, and Gylfi Sigurdsson put a ball into the gloves of Bernd Leno in the 38th minute to give the Toffees five of the game’s six total attempts and the only two on target.

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Ramsey volleyed over the cross bar from inside the 18 when Jordan Pickford weakly punched a 48th minute chance to the Welshman.

Leno made a few more prime stops, including chances for Richarlison and Bernard, as the Gunners stayed alive for the point which could take them ahead of rivals Spurs.

Everton 3-1 Burnley: Toffees carry open second half

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  • Jagielka, Vokes trade goals
  • Barkley produces winner via o.g.
  • Lukaku adds classy insurance goal

Phil Jagielka and Romelu Lukaku helped Everton to a 3-1 win over Burnley at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Ben Mee scored an own goal for Everton’s third, and Sam Vokes won and converted a penalty for the Clarets’ lone marker.

The Toffees rise fifth for the moment, though they’ve played three more matches than both Arsenal and Manchester United.

Burnley sits 14th, eight points clear of the drop zone.

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Everton had the better of early play, though the teams traded chances after the quarter-hour mark.

First Burnley did well to stop an Everton attack down the right side, and then Ross Barkley had to clear off the line when Michael Keane‘s header beat Joel Robles.

Joey Barton sent Sam Vokes in on goal, but Phil Jagielka’s pressure allowed Robles to close down the angle and slap away Vokes’ shot.

Barkley had a chance denied by Tom Heaton as the half wound toward halftime, and then saw his deflected free kick just miss the far post.

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Things escalated quickly out of the break, with both sides potting goals. First Jagielka continued his scoring ways with a header, and then Vokes converted a penalty to have it 1-1 in short order.

The penalty was another poor mark on Robles’ day, as the keeper dragged down Vokes in seemingly unnecessary fashion.

Everton then looked good money to a match-winner, and Barkley’s shot needed two deflections to find its way past Clarets keeper Tom Heaton.

Lukaku nabbed his goal when he turned and burned Keane before pushing the ball home with the outside of his foot.

Manchester United 1-1 Everton: Late Zlatan PK saves streak

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  • Jagielka pokes pretty goal
  • Zlatan equalizer called offside
  • Man Utd fifth with 54 points

Manchester United needed a stoppage time penalty kick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to extend its unbeaten PL run to 20 matches after a 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The streak, which dates back to an Oct. 23, 2016 loss at Chelsea, was kept alive when Ashley Williams handled Luke Shaw‘s last ditch shot. Williams was shown red.

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Phil Jagielka scored Everton’s goal, while the Toffees were lucky to see a Zlatan Ibrahimovic would-be equalizer flagged for offside.

Ronald Koeman came just short of becoming the first manager to win his first three Premier League matches at Old Trafford

United now has a 6W-9D-1L record at Old Trafford in league play this season. The Red Devils sit fifth with 54 points, and Everton sits seventh with 51.

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Marcus Rashford showed speed to get around Phil Jagielka, though the defender slid to give his teammate a corner that would come to nothing.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic took a second too long before ripping a shot of his own. Ashley Williams blocked that particular effort, but United has created two legit chances within five minutes.

Everton settled into the match about a quarter-hour in, though Kevin Mirallas‘ tight-angled effort shouldn’t have caught David De Gea off guard for the corner.

That’s when Jagielka struck gold. The defender was being held by Marcos Rojo and stuck his leg out to push the ball past De Gea for a very cute goal.

Joel Robles made a flying save on a Daley Blind free kick, and then another on Ander Herrera from open play in the 39th minute.

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United nearly went level when Eric Bailly headed a corner kick off the bar above Robles.

Ashley Young was at the heart of a pair of early second half skirmishes, earning a yellow card during the second.

Young needed to leave with injury in the 65th minute, paving the way for Luke Shaw’s entry. Shaw had been publicly dressed down by Jose Mourinho just this weekend.

Ibrahimovic was flagged for offside as his diving header beat Robles in the 71st minute. The margin was razor-thin, if offside.