Winners and Losers: Questions remain regarding Liverpool captain Gerrard

Amid Liverpool’s mixed start to the Premier League season have come questions regarding the previously untouchable captain, Steven Gerrard. A dominating performance in Saturday’s Merseyside derby would have offered the perfect riposte but despite scoring, the skipper didn’t impose himself as he so often has in the past. Gerrard began his Reds career as something of a utility man – indeed, his very first Liverpool appearance was as a right-back, while plenty of his subsequent outings were on the right-hand side of midfield. When Gerrard was able to play centrally,…

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Mourinho ready for lengthy Chelsea stay

Jose Mourinho has revealed he isn’t looking ahead to a new position for the first time in his career and is ready to stay at Chelsea for as long as he is wanted by Roman Abramovich, ESPN has reported. Mourinho told an interview with Portuguese publication Record that in every other job he’s held, he’s had one eye on the future, but that isn’t the case in his second spell at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho was previously Chelsea manager between 2004 and 2007, leaving after a slow start to the 2007-08…

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Giroud signs new Arsenal contract

Olivier Giroud has put pen-to-paper on a new contract with Arsenal, tying the France international to the Premier League club until the summer of 2018, the Daily Telegraph has reported. Giroud’s new deal represents a two-year contract extension and sees the striker paid in the region of £80,000, the newspaper adds. Giroud is currently on the sidelines with a fractured foot and isn’t expected back fit until the New Year. Theo Walcott, also recovering from injury, is next in line to be offered a new deal by manager Arsene Wenger,…

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Mignolet not concerned by Liverpool links with Valdes

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists he is not worried by speculation connecting former Barcelona stopper Victor Valdes with a move to Anfield, ESPN has reported. Valdes is currently a free agent, leaving Camp Nou at the end of the season when his contract expired, but hasn’t played since March due to a cruciate ligament injury. It has however been suggested that Liverpool will approach the Spain international once he has recovered, with Valdes able to sign for a new club outside the transfer window due to his free agent status.…

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Pardew safe as Newcastle manager

Alan Pardew is in no immediate danger of losing his position as Newcastle United manager, Sky Sports has reported. Newcastle where on Monday beaten by Stoke City, leaving the Magpies second bottom of the Premier League table with three points and no wins from their opening six games. Peter Crouch scored the only goal of the game after 14 minutes. Pardew will be in charge for Newcastle’s weekend visit to Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium, and will remain manager should Swansea beat Newcastle. The 53-year-old was appointed at St. James’ Park…

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Lampard to get England ambassador role

Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard is in line to be appointed an FA ambassador with a brief to mentor young England internationals, the Daily Mail has reported. Lampard ended his international career after the summer’s World Cup, having made 106 appearances for the Three Lions. The last of which came in Brazil and it’s claimed Lampard caught the eye of FA officials with his handling of the younger players in Roy Hodgson’s squad, leading the governing body to prepare a new role for the ex-Chelsea player. The 36-year-old left Stamford…

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Van Gaal backs Giggs as next Man Utd manager

Louis van Gaal believes Ryan Giggs is the right man to take over as Manchester United manager when the Dutchman leaves Old Trafford, ESPN has reported. Giggs is currently van Gaal’s assistant, having taken caretaker charge at the end of last season when David Moyes was sacked. The former Wales international oversaw four games, winning two, drawing one and losing one before he was appointed as part of van Gaal’s backroom team. “When] this van Gaal is over, [Giggs] is the man [to replace me],” van Gaal said. “I have…

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Championship Analysis – Norwich go top after Nottingham Forest stall

Nottingham Forest were held to their second successive goalless draw on Saturday, allowing Norwich to go top of the Championship after the Canaries came from behind to beat struggling Blackpool. It is the third time Norwich have recovered from losing positions to gain wins and Neil Adams’ side have also earned draws from behind in two other encounters. It is always a dilemma for relegated clubs in terms of how to prepare for the following season a division lower. In the simplest terms relegation means a club isn’t good enough…

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Pellegrini hails ‘important’ Man City win

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was delighted after his side won 4-2 at Hull City to pick up their first win in four Premier League matches, Sky Sports has reported. The champions were two goals ahead after just 11 minutes, with Sergio Aguero volleying low beyond Allan McGregor before Edin Dzeko hit a wonderful strike from 25 yards. However, they were pegged back by the hosts, with defender Eliaquim Mangala heading into his own net and then conceding a penalty, which was converted by Abel Hernandez. It took City until…

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Arsenal character praised by Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has praised his side’s character after they came from behind to earn a draw with rivals Tottenham in the North London derby, the Independent is reporting. The Gunners dominated throughout, but in the first half they were unable to seriously test Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The visiting side occasionally looked a threat on the break, with Nacer Chadli screwing a shot wide when well placed and Emmanuel Adebayor having a shot parried by Wojciech Szczesny. The deadlock was broken early in the second half when Mathieu…

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Van Gaal: Referee right to dismiss Rooney

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that captain Wayne Rooney deserved to be shown a red card by referee Lee Mason in their 2-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday, writes the Daily Mail. The home side were in cruise control with only a quarter of the match gone, with Rooney having guided Rafael da Silva’s cross into the net to give them the lead, before Robin van Persie punished West Ham with the second after they were dispossessed inside their own half. Diafra Sakho nodded in…

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Leicester were second-best, admits Pearson

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has admitted that his side were inferior to Crystal Palace on Saturday as they slipped to a 2-0 away defeat, Sky Sports has reported. The Foxes came into the game off the back of their famous comeback victory over Manchester United, but they struggled to impose themselves at Selhurst Park, with their only shot on target arriving early on when Jamie Vardy forced a good save from Julian Speroni. James McArthur had the hosts’ best effort of the first period, but they found a clinical…

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Leicester were second-best, admits Pearson

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has admitted that his side were inferior to Crystal Palace on Saturday as they slipped to a 2-0 away defeat, Sky Sports has reported. The Foxes came into the game off the back of their famous comeback victory over Manchester United, but they struggled to impose themselves at Selhurst Park, with their only shot on target arriving early on when Jamie Vardy forced a good save from Julian Speroni. James McArthur had the hosts’ best effort of the first period, but they found a clinical…

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Sakho apologises for leaving Anfield before derby

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has issued an apology after he left Anfield before Saturday’s Merseyside derby with Everton, BBC Sport has reported. The Frenchman has made five appearances for the Reds so far this season, but found himself left out of the squad of 18 altogether on Saturday, with Martin Skrtel and summer signing Dejan Lovren fielded as the central defensive pairing by manager Brendan Rodgers. The man who moved to Merseyside from Paris St. Germain for £18m last summer was then pictured leaving the stadium by a supporter, which…

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Mourinho surprised by prolific Costa

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is surprised by the form of striker Diego Costa, who continues to score despite rarely training with his teammates, reports the Daily Mirror. The Spaniard was influential once again as the West London club maintained their three point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. He netted the second goal, heading home a pinpoint delivery from left-back Cesar Azpilicueta. That strike came in between Oscar’s stylish finish and Willian’s tap-in, ensuring a…

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Wearing the Liverpool shirt weighs heavy says Lallana

A new signing in the summer, £23m Adam Lallana has admitted wearing the Liverpool shirt carries a whole different kind of pressure, the Daily Mail has reported. Lallana suffered medial ligament damage in his first training session for the Reds over the summer meaning he had to wait until this month to make his debut for his new club. The England international has looked rusty in his first few games but having changed the momentum of games during the West Ham defeat and penalty victory over Middlesbrough, there are signs…

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Remy believes fate chose Chelsea over Liverpool and Arsenal

New Chelsea striker Loic Remy believes it was down to fate that he made the switch from Queens Park Rangers to the Blues, instead of moves to Liverpool or Arsenal, the Daily Star is reporting. The French striker joined Chelsea in a quick fire deal during the closing stages of the transfer window after seeking a move from QPR to a bigger club. The player had been in discussions with Arsenal and also saw a proposed move to Liverpool fall through. The Reds pulled the plug on the £8m deal…

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Mourinho in fresh attack on Pellegrini

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has taken a new swipe at title rival Manuel Pellegrini after the Manchester City manager’s comments following the club’s one all draw last weekend, the Telegraph has reported. Pellegrini was clearly irked by the result after his side had dominated proceedings – with a willingness from Chelsea to sit back – and had claimed that their title rivals were in fact a ‘small club’. The Chilean also took aim at referee Mark Clattenburg who he claimed cost his side points in their games against Arsenal and…

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Mike Ashley refutes claims of imminent Pardew sacking

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has denied claims that Alan Pardew faces the sack if his team are unable to claim the three points against Stoke this weekend, Sky Sports is reporting. Pardew has been under huge pressure to deliver at St James’ Park after a more than lacklustre start has seen them fail to win in the league so far. A report in today’s Independent newspaper has claimed comments from Ashley mean Pardew could lose his job by next week – something Ashley’s lawyers insist has been taken out of…

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Man Utd vs West Ham – Premier League best and worst

Ahead of the meeting between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on Saturday, here is a look at some of the highlights that this fixture has thrown up in the past: Last Meeting David Moyes was enjoying his best run of results in his short-lived tenure as Man Utd boss when the two sides met in December, and that continued with a 3-1 win. Danny Welbeck scored the opener, placing a low shot beyond Adrian, before Adnan Januzaj made it two with a curling shot nine minutes…

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Potential surgery to rule Nasri out for a month

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri could well miss the next month of football if he undergoes surgery on a troublesome groin injury currently keeping him out of the side, according to Sky Sports. The French playmaker was kept out of the side that thrashed Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup on Wednesday and manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed he is not in his plans for the club’s trip to Hull this weekend. And the Chilean boss has explained that he could be expected to miss more football after the club…

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Lloris: Tottenham lack big game confidence

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has admitted that his side lack confidence when they take on the Premier League’s top clubs, the Daily Mail has reported. Last season, Spurs regularly found themselves on the end of heavy defeats against the teams above them, with the top four of Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal scoring 27 goals in their eight league matches against Tottenham, who only scored two in reply. This time around, they have already lost 3-0 at home to Liverpool, and on Saturday they travel to the Emirates Stadium…

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Players struggling with my ideas, admits van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that his players are struggling to come to terms with the new ideas he has brought to the club, BBC Sport has reported. The Dutchman has only managed to win one of his first six matches in charge since arriving in the summer, and while his squad has been plagued by injuries and had to deal with the influx of big-name signings immediately prior to the transfer deadline, he has implemented a new formation, which has seen some players play out of…

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Aston Villa give Lambert January transfer backing

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is already beginning to plan his January transfer business after finding out that he will be backed when the window reopens, reports the Daily Mail. The news comes after the Scot held talks with recently appointed chief executive Tom Fox, where he received assurances that owner Randy Lerner will be prepared to open his chequebook in the New Year. The American put the club up for sale back in May, but has so far been unable to find a buyer. As a result, there have…

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Sunderland must toughen up, says Altidore

Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore has claimed that his side must start becoming tougher to play against if they are to end their winless start to the season, Sky Sports has reported. The Black Cats have drawn four and lost one of their opening five Premier League matches this season, and are already out of the Capital One Cup, with Altidore’s goal against Stoke City on Tuesday proving in vain. Last term, it took until the final weekend in October, at a time when only two points were on the board,…

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