Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum believes the visit of Tottenham provides the ideal opportunity for Liverpool to get their season back on track.Jurgen Klopp’s side have yet to win a Premier League matArsenal are pondering a move for Borussia Dortmund ace Mario Gotze.The Germany international has a yor pity regarding their injury crisis.The Cherries are suffering their worst crisis in the past few seasons, as they have nearly nine first team players injured.They have also lost their last five games in the Premier League.But Howe thinks they haveear to run on his current deal but is said to be considering his future with the Bundesliga club, says BILD.Gotze, who scored seven times in an impresch in 2017 and have collected just three points from five matches, which has seen them drop out of the top four for the first time since September.Last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Hull was another low point – following losses against fellow bottom-half teams Bournemouth, Burnley and Swansea.Conversely Liverpool’s record against the top six is far better as they have 13 points from seven matches and have yet to be beaten by one of their Champions League-chasing rivals.Klopp’s record against Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham has seen him lose just once in 15 meetings since arriving in October 2015 and this is what gives Wijnaldum optimism.“To be fair, in the big games it’s been the best kind of football we’ve played this season, so I think it’s easier for everyone to perform in those kind of games,” said the Holland international, whose last two goals have come against City and Chelsea at Anfield.“I don’t think it’s only me, but the whole team. It makes it easier for me because if we deliver as a team, it is easier for each player to show their quality – and that’s what I’ve had in the big games.“I’m lucky that I scored important goals in those games. It’s easy to say the performance against big teams (has been good) but I think it is the whole team who performs against a big team.”
Arsene Wenger is confident he can persuade Mesut Ozil to stay at Arsenal – even though he refuses to reveal whether he will remain at the club himself.Wenger’s latest contract expires at the end of the season and although there is an increasing feeling he will sign an extension, Wenger, , stated he had no news about his own position as he needed to focus on getting the team back to winning ways.But talking about his future was linked to the players signing, he said: “They must think I am here.“It is important to have stability in our squad and [players signing new contracts] are part of that. We are in the process of negotiating with other players and we want to keep stability.“I think [Ozil’s comments about me] were misinterpreted. He would like to know what will happen [with my position], but it is not the main part of his decision.“It is part of it, of course, but I am hopeful n is in his first season with Orebro, playing 15 games and scoring five goals.Nerikes Allehanda says Wolves and Dynamo Dresden are both keen on the youngster.Orebro vice-president Simon Åstrom stated: “It is clear that there is a huge interest in hiwe will find a conclusion. I speak more to his agent than him about it. He has 18 months to go and I am very relaxed about the situation.”Wenger refused to state whether Ozil and fellow contract rebel Alexis Sanchez would ner assistant manager Chris Davies says there’s more to come from Youri Tielemans after the midfielder helped his side beat Burton Albion 3-1 in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.He scored one and created an assist in the win over Burton, and has now recordeded to lower their wage demands, insisting “I do not talk about wages and respect our line of conduct.”
Chelsea target Pawas so desperate to escape Arsenal, he sacrificed over HALF of his wages – and didn’t even ask Roma about money before joining.The ex-Manchester United star said: “I got a call from my agent and I wanted to come, because it was a great opportunity fotrik Schick is not for sale, according to Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero.The Blues have been linked with a move for the 21-year-old, who has bagged eight goals in 24 Serie A outings so far this term.Inter Milan are also very keen on launching a bid for tready to bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.The Sun says Mignolet, 31, lost his place in Jurgen Klopp’s team this season following the arrival of Alisson Becker – but has attracted interest from Eddie Howe.Howe is ready to offer regular Premhe Czech striker, who only arrived at the club from Sparta Prague in the summer.His initial contract at Sampdoria contains a minimum fee release clause set at a relatively modest £21.5m, which would not be too much of a problem for either interested party.However, Ferrero seems quite relaxed about the situation.When asked about Schick’s situation, the Sampdoria president told Premier Sport: “He is not for sale.“The 25 million euro release clause? I am pretty sure that this statement is strong enough: ‘not for sale’.”
AC Milan will commemorate the Chapecoense air disaster by wearing a special jersey in their Serie A clash against Crotone this Sunday.The Italampard is prepared to see Danny Drinkwater depart.The Mirror says Lampard has told Chelsea flops Tiemoue Bakayoko and Drinkwater they can leave.Both midfielders were on the Blues’ pre-season tour where new boss Lampard assessed their work and chancesian giants have a rich history of Brazilian players including Kaka, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Alexandre Pato, Cafu, Dida and Ronaldinho – who has offered to come out of retirement to help out the Brazilian club.Chapecoense were travelling to Colombia when their plane crashed resulting in the death of 71 peal fullback Nacho Monreal.AS says Monreal is open to the move, as he is keen to return to the LaLiga this season.With a year left on his contract, Celta would be required to pay a fee – something they’re reluctant to do given his 33 years.Celta are sople.The shirt sleeves of the jersey will carry Chapecoense’s logo while the phrase “FORÇA CHAPE” will adorn the back of the famous black and red kit.All the jerseys worn by the players will be sent and donated to Chapecoense.What are your thoughts on the commemorative shirt? Comment below…
Tottenham Hotspur got their Champions League campaign back on track after a tight 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow at the Khimki Arena.Spurs travelled to Moscow under serious pressure i could become the first coach of the club.Solari and David Beckham – the leader of the ownership group – know each other well from their years spent together at Real Madrid.Venezuelan journalist Carlos Suarez of DirecTV Sports is reporting that the to secure a positive result after losing their opening group game to Monaco at Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino was without the likes of Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko, who all stayed back in London nursing injuries.Heung-min Son scored the decisive goal for the visitors as the South Korean international continued his hot-streak in front of goal. Erik Lamela provided the assist for the forward, but Son enjoyed the sort of good fortune a man in form always seems to get, as his weak shot crept under the frame of Igor Akinfeev.The hosts had a chance to open the scoring with less than 10 minutes on the clock after an early spell of Spurs pressure. Aleksandr Golovin sent in a dangerous cross towards the back post for Mario Fernandes, but the defender tried to set up a teammate instead of going for goal.Eagerly searching for a breakthrough, Christian Eriksen delivered a delightful 40-yard pass into the path of Dele Alli. The England midfielder tried to take the dropping ball in his stride, but he miscontrolled at the vital moment, as Alli snatched at the opportunity to test Akinfeev in a one-on-one situation.Zoran Tosic was guilty of missing the clearest opportunity in the first half as he blazed over an effort from 15-yards out. Jan Vertonghen’s clearing header was seized upon by Tosic, but despite having plenty of time to pick his spot, the winger cleared Hugo Lloris’ crossbar.Nearing half time, Spurs picked up their momentum once again. Alli, who was so impressive in the second half of Spurs’ defeat to Monaco, tried his luck from 20-yards out with a fierce drive that had beaten Akinfeev before making its way over via a clip of the crossbar.Mauricio Pochettino made a slight tactical tweak to his formation for the second half as he switched Erik Lamela and Heung-min Son to opposite flanks. And it almost had an immediate impact, as the duo combined to get in behind the home defence, before the chance was snuffed out by Georgi Schennikov.After miscuing an effort minutes earlier, Spurs and Vincent Janssen felt they should have had a penalty. Kieran Trippier crossed for Janssen in the penalty area and showed impressive strength to hold off his defender. Trying to turn his man, Janssen was clipped in the box but the referee showed no interest in his claims.Janssen was soon replaced by Georges-Kevin Nkoudou after a disappointing showing and Spurs soon found the cruciaM Beppe Marotta admits rumours about Luciano Spalletti’s future have been frustrating.Former Juventus coach Antoio Conte continues to be linked with Spalletti’s job. “The rumours about Spalletti’s future aren’t helpful,” Marotta told Sky Sport Itall opening goal. Lamela played an incisive through ball for Son but despie producing a tame effort, the ball crept under the body of an inconsolable Akinfeev.Spurs managed to hold on for what could be a crucial three points to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League. The visitors were worthy for their victory after dominating a disappointing CSKA side that failed to make the most of some nervy moments for Pochettino’s men.Elsewhere in Group E, Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen played out a 1-1 draw in France which sees Spurs move up to second place in the standings.
Danny Welbeck has been handed his first Arsenal start since May, for their trip to Southampton in the FA Cup, LIVE on talkSPORT.The former Manchester United striker has returned from a serious knee injury suffered at the end of last season, making three substitute appearances before being named in Arsene Wenger’s XI for the trip to St Mary’s.Southampton enter the match days after booking their place in next month’s final of the EFL Cup, where they will face Manchester United afos today in Japan.Kevin de Bruyne scored one goal and made another as City finished their tour of Asia with a 3-1 win over Marinos.Belgium midfielder De Bruyne put City ahead with a ferocious shot before Keita Endo levelled after Claudio Bravo had deter beating Liverpool 2-0 on aggregate.Claude Puel’s men are still in the FA Cup after beating Norwich in round three, while Arsenal came from behind to beat Preston.Who will book their pard says Kepa Arrizabalaga could return for Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with Liverpool. The Spaniard has not featured in the last six matches across all competitions.Questions have been asked about the future of the £72m signing, but it lookplace in the fifth round? Tune in to talkSPORT to find out.Both sides have named much-named XIs for Saturday’s clash…Southampton: Lewis, Martina, Gardos, Stephens, McQueen,Hojbjerg, Clasie, Reed, Sims, Long, Isgrove.Subs: Yoshida, Davis, Tadic, Romeu, Bertrand, Redmond, Taylor.Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Gibbs, Reine-Adelaide, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lucas Perez, Welbeck.Subs: Mertesacker, Gabriel, Sanchez, Iwobi, Monreal, Jenkinson, Martinez.
Liverpool and Stoke a serious knee injury.The Spaniard has been out of action since January after injuring his ACL against Chelsea.Bellerin is racing to be back fit for the start of the 2019/20 season. Gunners fans should be buoyed by the enthusiasm he has shown duri target Christian Pulisic is going nowhere this summer, according to his father Mark.The USA international is being tipped for a bright future after breaking into the Borussia Dortmund first team aged just 17.But there were suggestions he could leave the German club this season– with the Premier League duo both interested in landing him.Stoke have been linked with a season-long loan move for the midfielder andLiverpool were reported to have made a £10m bid.But now Pulisic’s father Mark has poured cold water on any suggestions that his son is heading to the Premier League before the close of the window.He told Bild: “Christian has no interest in leaving the club. He had s first season with Juventus has been a learning process.The former Ajax captain has grown as the season has go on.“There are more eyes on you and people expect a great deal, all of which is new compared to my time at Ajax,” De Ligt told Ziggo Spora good half year last season and wants to continue to break through.”
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce will outline transfer plans to chairman Steve Parish in the next couple of days and options to strengthen his attack will be high on his wishlist.Allardyce saw his side draw a blank in thited defender Chris Smalling says he’s happy with his move to Roma.Smalling is on-loan at Roma to the end of the season.He told Forbes: “I’m really enjoying Italian football and I think it does suit my game. Hopefully come May I can say I’ve had a e goalless FA Cup third round draw at Bolton as the Eagles made it four matches without a win since the former England boss took over.During that time they have scored just two goals and with Christian Benteke injured, Wilfried Zaha at the African Nations Cup and on-loan Chelsea striker Loic Remy making a delayed 45-minute debut at the Macron after injury, Allardyce knows he needs reinforcements to keep the 17th-placed Eagles in the Premier League.“I saw a lot of players for the first time which gives me an indication, when I speak to the chairman next week, on what I think we need,” he said.“We shall have some money to spend but it will have to be more than a bit at this level now because the prices of players are astronomically high, particularly players in this country.“We will have to pay what we have to pay if we can identify the right player which makes us better.”Even in their relegation brmer AS Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has expanded on why Zenit St Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba failed to land a move to England last summer.Linked with Wolves and Everton, Dzyuba hired super agent Jorge Mendes to get him a move to the Premattle, Allardyce is not too bothered about the prospect of a replay at Selhurst Park as it will give him another chance to get some fringe players up to speed and bolster his squad.He believes he has enough resources to be able to cope with the two competitions, even if he does need additional quality for their Premier League scrap.“We had nine players out – two on international duty and seven injured,” Allardyce added.“I had enough squad players to play in the FA Cup with experience and talent so the longer we go on that way the more encouraging it might be.“The players who haven’t played for a while needed this game, needed to play 90 minutes of very competitive football.“But as long as I have the 11, 12, 14 I need for the Premier League, that is most important.”
Hugo Lloris admits Chelsea’s FA Cup victory could give them renewed belief in the Premier League title race, but insists Tottenham have NOT given up just yet.Spurs hoped to gain a psychological boost at Wembley by continuing the Blues’ recent dip in form while extending their own excellent run of seven victories on the bounce.Instead, however, Chelsea clinched a dramatic to rejoin FC Barcelona, it appears they are determined to talk with everyone else before calling Josep Maria Bartomeu. Neymar knows he is being offered around and one of those sides was Manchester United – but they turned him down.They spoke to Unit4-2 win to book their place in the FA Cup final and reassert their status as England’s top team.Tottenham are four points behind in the league but could be seven back by the time they visit an in-form Crystal Palace side on Wednesday, while Chelsea host Southampton on Tuesday.“We know that they have an advantage but we need to believe until the end,” Lloris said.“We knew before that this game can have maybe an impact for the rest of the season.“But in football you need to believe because everything is possible and we don’t know what will happen in the next few weeks.“They are human and that’s the case for us. The only thing that we can do is keep working hard, keep believing and playing the same way that we play in the last few weeks.”Tottenham have now lost a record seven consecutive FA Cup semi-finals and their latest disappointment also continued their struggles against elite clubs this season.They have won only two out of eight league games against Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, as well as losing to Liverpool and Chelsea in both domestic cup competitions.Lloris believes Chelsea’s superior experience may have made the difference on Saturday.“I’m not sure but from the beginning we ran after the games Marcus Rashford is back to his best.The striker scored in England’s 4-0 win over Kosovo on Sunday.The former Red Devils captain told on ITV: “Brilliant, brilliant goal. What a finish. He is back to his best. “It was a lovely play, nice and simple. , we ran after the score,” Lloris said.“We played in the way we wanted to play, that’s the most important thing. That’s why we have to keep our chins up. We made a good performance. And then it is about details.“Chelsea, they are used to winning trophies. It’s a winning team. And maybe they have more experience than us.“But we try to make a good balance. In the way we play, we try to push but it was not enough.”
Mauricio Pochettino fears Tottenham’s plans to have a glass window looking into the players’ tunnel is a ‘dangerous’ idea.The north London club have released further video and images of how their new state-of-the-art 61,000-seater stadium will look when its complete for the 2018-19 season.Plans include the exclusive access for fans behind a one-way window looking into the tunnel.Only a select few will even be able to consider the £9,500-per-season ticket – which must be bought in pairs and requires a £30,000 joining fee for two seats to enjoy exclusive access at the new stadium.Spurs boss Pochettino was asked about the plans and revealed he had fears over what fans might witness, particularly erms to 2024.“It’s an incredible emotion, I am very happy to renew for another two yearhas top four quality,Jose Mourinho was named new manager of Spurs this morning after Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking yesterday.Redknapp told BBC Sport: “Go through the squad, man for man in every position, it is full of internationals, every cover posis,” he told the official club website.“I want to make the most of this opportunity, improve as much as possible and bring many titles to this club.“It’s an iwhen things become heated during a match.He said: “It’s dangerous, very dangerous because there have been a lot of things that have happened in the tunnel.“It is for that reason, the price of sitting there will be very expensive!”Plans also include an on-site brewery and a bakery to make bespoke food and beverage offerings on matchday and a 17,000-seater home end, styled on Borussia Dortmund’s ‘Yellow Wall’ at the Westfalenstadion.
Below is a selection of cool Christmas gift ideas for sport fans which talkSPORT has stumbled across in order to help you out before the shopping frenzy begins.Those American football clubs certainly know how to do Christmas jumpers, unlike the majority of football clubs over here. They’re billed as ‘ugly jumpers’ and you’ll certainly stand out wearing one of these on Christmas Jumper day, especially that Seahawks one.It has been more than 50 years since Bobby Moore lifted the World Cup as England captain and this DVD details the legendary captain’s story of triumph and tragedy. The likes of Frank Lampard, Harry Redknapp and members of Moore’s family contribute to this film, which also boasts incredible footage of the 1966 triumph.The first ball is to stop anyone running off with it, as you can pay to have it arrive with your name on.The other, though, is probably one for your kids or little broth Mesut Ozil fears his Gunners career is over.The Mirror says Arsenal are plotting ways of trying to offload the £350,000-a-week star in January and are ready to subsidise his wages after Ozil fell out of favour with Unai Emery.Gunners boss Emery inser/sister who can draw on it as well kick it into the neighbour’s garden.A cracking read for the Christmas break, this book explains how neuroscience is revolutionsing sport and can help you perform better. Sport magazine’s Amit Katwala has written a fascinating insight into athletes’ incredibly specigning for the German champions would be a positive.Bayern are being linked with a move for the Manchester City winger, who is said to be unhappy with his role under Pep Guardiola.And Sule would welcome the German to Bayern, who are in need of wingersalised brains and looks at what separates the best. Based on interviews with top athletes and scientists, Katwala provides a detailed look atthe possibilities that, thanks to research,are becoming open to us all.In Squires’ first book, the popular illustrator relives some of football’s iconic moments in his inimitable style, like the formation of the Premier League back in 1992. Clever, witty and perfect present material for the cynical football fan in your life.Those Christmas fixtures come thick and fast, so Football Bobbles have these tidy little hats, based on classic kits, to keep your head warm. They’re made in the UK andincludethese Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham ones..Have a look at your team’s history told through newspaper headlines, like this World Cup one. There are also club-specific and national team books, too and it’s not just football either, as there are a range of sports available to enjoy.
There is hope for Arsenal fans in the formof Laurent Koscielny’s eye.The defender injured uary deal for James Rodriguez.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, when speaking on El Chiringuito.Napoli and Spurs are keen on a loan deal for James, though Real are insisting an obligatory permanent option be included for the ehimself during the Premier League win against Southampton, but is training with the first team again ahead of their Group2-0 defeat at home to Southampton.Lampard’s side fell behind to Michael Obafemi’s superbly taken strike at Stamford Bridge and had fewer shots than in any game since he took charge during the summer.The introduction of Mason Mount for defender Kurt Z A opener against Paris Saint-Germain.Here, talkSPORT looks at how Arsenalcould line up against PSG– will we see Lucas Perez playing with Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez? Or will young Alex Iwobi get the nod?Leave your starting XI below.
Former Arsenal striker John Hartson believes Arsene Wenger was right to field a number of youngsters in the League Cup, despite suffering an embarrassing exit at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday.Wenger mixed a number of senior stars with Gunners academy graduates for Tuesday’s encounter at Hillsborough.Glen Kamara, 20, striker Alex Iwobi and 17-year-old Ismael Bennacer were among those making their debuts, alongside the likes of Per Mertesacker, Olivier Giroudand Mathieu Flamini, but the youngsters failed to shine Managers Wenger was critical of the rookies after the game, telling press: “The occasion was too much for the young players. They were not ready to play at this level, none of them.”But ex-Wales international Hartson insists the ‘gamble’ of playing the kids is a rn building for the future.It is clear that boss Frank Lampard wants to inject youth into the team, with the additions of Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikoyo Tomori.However, Mount knows the club’s fans expect success in the present as well.”It’s very impoisk worth taking, to have to opportunity to see how they cope at a competitive level.“Arsene Wenger played a load of youngsters in the League Cup and it’s a great opportunity for them,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“You can’t really afford to play them in the league and the FA Cup is too big.“Managers areinger Jarrod Bowen admits he’d be open to leaving the Championship club.The 22-year-old’s contract is up in the summer, and is being linked with Newcastle United.“If I leave, I leave, if I don’t, I am loving it here,” Bowen told the Hull Daily Mail criticised for playing weaker sides, but when else do you get to play these young fringe players?“Clubs tend to use the Capital One Cup like a littler reserve league, they gamble in the less experience of the youngsters in the early rounds, but it’s the only time you can actually get a really good look at them in competitive football.”
Watford have confirmed the signing of AC Milan forward M’Baye Niang on loan for the rest of the season.The 22-year-old Frenchman will bolster the attacking options of Walter Mazzarri’s side, who are 14th in the Premier Leagn from international duty for Colombia.Colombia have agreed the versatile Alzate, who was called into their under-23 squad forr City are being linked with a shock move for released Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robben.The Foxes have been installed as favourites to sign Robben on a free transfer following a flurry of bets placed with bookmakers.Robben will leave Bayern upon th two friendly matches against Peru in Lima, should remain with Albion for treatment on a minor injury.Alzate, who signed a nue and face a trip to Millwall in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.The Hornets also hold an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.
English clubs struggled again in Europe on Tuesday nightas Arsenal and Chelsea both suffered h a top four finish – so long as they stop dropping “stupid points”.Tottenham beat Premier League champions Manchester City 2-0 in north London on Sunday, with goals from debutant Steven Bergwijn and Heung-min Son boosting their hopes of Champions Ledefeats on Matchday Two of the Champions League. while Elsewhere, Robert Lewandowski continued his sensational run of form in front of goal with a hat-trick against Dinamo Zagreb to help Bayern Munich thrash the Croatne Edouard could handle a big Premier League move.The Celtic forward is being linked with Arsenal today.Boyd told Sky Sports: “Odsonne Edouard is an unbelievable talent, he’s shown that especially over the last couple of months. Will he be up there fians 5-0.Luis Suarez scored a late winner as holders Barcelona came from behind to beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1, while Valencia grabbed all three points away to Lyon.Take a look at the best images from tonight’s Champions League action…