Merseyside in crisis: What next for Klopp and Koeman?

It was a terrible weekend for the Merseyside clubs in Premier League as both Liverpool and Everton slumped to heavy defeats. After initial weeks of uncertainty, the league table is beginning to take a familiar shape, but there still exist some anomalies. And current league positions of both Merseyside clubs have been the biggest shocks in the first quarter of the season. The new season started with much promise for both Liverpool and Everton. However, the last few days have been nothing less than a nightmare for their respective managers.…

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Everton can catch big guns

Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin believes that the Toffees can catch the likes of Liverpool and Man Utd in the league this season. The Toffees are currently unbeaten in their last seven games and currently occupy the seventh spot. They have significantly cut down the gap that exists between themselves and the top six in the recent weeks. As things stand, the Merseyside club are only five points behind sixth-placed Manchester United and six points behind their local rivals Liverpool, who occupy the fifth spot. Schneiderlin, who joined the Toffees from…

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Koeman engineering an improved Everton

Unbeaten in their first two English Premier League games of the 2016-2017 season under the guidance of Ronald Koeman, who has worked with patience and intelligence to bolster the club’s squad, Everton seem to be a much improved team from the one which Roberto Martinez led during the last two seasons. Whilst each of those ended with Everton finishing 11th in the English Premier League, the Toffees are undoubtedly well prepared to perform better this campaign, given the depth and quality of their pool of players, who Koeman is engineering…

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Chelsea to rival Everton for Euro 2016 star, Toffees want Premier League scorer

Chelsea are set to battle Everton for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel, with the Blues seeing him as an alternative to Belgium team-mate Radja Nainggolan. According to a report by The Daily Mail, the Blues had a bid of £33 million for the AS Roma star rejected by the Serie A giants, which mean they have now been turned down three times in their chase of Nainggolan. Chelsea’s attention could now turn to Witsel, who is another impressive member of Belgium’s Euro 2016 squad and who has been linked…

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Southampton streamline managerial shortlist

Southampton’s hierarchy have decided not to appoint Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager and will now consider other candidates to replace the recently departed Ronald Koeman. Despite being a favourite for quite some time to succeed Koeman at St Mary’s, Pellegrini will not do so, since after holding extensive talks with the 62-year-old Chilean, the Saints board have determined that his managerial approach fits in neither with the club’s general ethos nor their youth development strategy, according to the Daily Echo. Also certain not to replace Koeman, who left to…

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Premier League Season Review – Southampton

Southampton: 6th FA Cup: Round Three Capital One Cup: Quarter-finals Europa League: Play-off round The rise of Southampton just goes on and on. Whenever people seem to doubt them they seem to come up with the most emphatic shows of defiance and continuing to set new highs in the Premier League, led by the magnificent Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman was not expected to improve on the seventh position and 60 points he achieved in 2014-15, but proved just how good a manager he is by masterminding a storming second half…

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Southampton vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace have the FA Cup final to look forward to, but before that they must look to end their Premier League season with a first away win since December when they take on a Southampton side that is within sight of a top six finish. The unexpected title success of Leicester City and the plight of some of English football’s powerhouses at the other end of the table have combined to ensure that Southampton’s superb form over the second half of the season has gone harshly under the radar.…

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Southampton vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

After moving out of the bottom three during the week, Sunderland will hope to maintain their run of encouraging performances when they face Southampton in a fixture where they suffered a humiliating 8-0 defeat last season. The hosts are striving to bounce back in this one after losing their last two matches, with the last of them being against South coast rivals Bournemouth on Tuesday. Aside from an early chance for Charlie Austin, they created little throughout and were never able to match the tenacity of their opponents, so manager…

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Bournemouth vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth will be aiming to end a run of three successive home defeats in all competitions when they face rivals Southampton, whose run of six games unbeaten was brought to an end last time out. A draw away to mid-table Watford on Saturday was a decent result for Bournemouth as they continued to show enterprising form on their travels, but it could have been more as a couple of presentable second half chances were missed. The big positive of the afternoon, however, was the return of summer signing Max Gradel…

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Southampton vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton and Watford will both be looking to avoid suffering a third Premier League defeat in a row when they meet at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday evening. There has been a considerable amount of negative press surrounding Southampton since they lost at Norwich City on January 2, after which manager Ronald Koeman did not hold back in publically criticising some prominent members of his out-of-form squad. Victor Wanyama was the primary victim of the Dutchman’s wrath due to his brainless dismissal for a second bookable offense, while Sadio…

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Southampton vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be aiming to claim their fourth consecutive Premier League win as they travel to Southampton, who need a result after suffering a significant loss of form over recent weeks. In general play, the Saints were equal to opponents Tottenham last time out but were denied by a couple of fine saves at one end while some amateurish defending let them down at the other. Manager Ronald Koeman’s assessment was scathing as his side were breached all too easily for the opener while nonexistant marking at the far post…

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Southampton vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Having seen their lengthy unbeaten run come to an end last time out, Tottenham will be looking to bounce back by winning away to Southampton, to whom they have not lost since March 2005. Just as they were around this time last season, Ronald Koeman’s men are in the midst of a disappointing run of results and as a consequence they have fallen into the bottom half. However, the Premier League table is exceptionally tight at present – which is emphasised by the fact that if the Saints win this…

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Chelsea gossip: Simeone sounded out as Mou replacement and Barca star takes swipe at Blues

Monday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer gossip. Eden Hazard insists Belgium will target winning Euro 2016 – but now he has to concentrate on his own form, the Daily Mirror reports. The Chelsea star scored a penalty in the 4-1 victory in Andorra to lift the Red Devils above Wales in Group B. Dani Alves believes former team-mate Pedro should have stayed at Barcelona rather than join Chelsea, the Daily Express reports. The Spaniard ended ten years with the Catalan club when he moved to Stamford Bridge for around £22million…

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Ronald Koeman admits Man United target could leave Southampton

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has admitted that he may struggle to keep Manchester United target Sadio Mane at the club following his star turn against Chelsea last weekend, according to the Metro. The Metro report that the Senegalese international was linked with a move to Old Trafford over the summer, but The Saints refused to entertain any notion of letting him go after losing a steady stream of key players over the past two years. Mane has been in fine form again this season, and helped Koeman’s side pile more…

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Southampton vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton will be determined to regain some momentum by claiming their first Premier League victory of the season against a Norwich City that has not lost away from home in any competition since January. It has been a bit of a struggle in recent weeks for the Saints, with just two league points to their name and only one goal – a penalty – to their credit in their previous four outings. The most recent of those was in Denmark against Midjylland, where a sluggish first half display and a…

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Newcastle vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Former England boss Steve McClaren takes charge of his first Premier League match since 2006 as he begins his tenure at Newcastle United at home to Southampton. The state of unrest among supporters on Tyneside last season reached considerable lengths as a run of successive defeats under John Carver left their top-flight status in severe doubt, but victory on the final day at least spared them from the ignominy of relegation. It was clear that the squad needed a major injection of quality, so much so that it has forced…

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Analysis – Southampton remain typically calm after duo depart

For the second summer in succession, Southampton have found themselves with several of their stars in demand following another highly productive campaign which left the many doubters stunned. The mass exodus of 2014 has so far not been repeated and is unlikely to be, but two of their biggest assets in right-back Nathaniel Clyne and long-serving midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin have both moved on. Clyne’s future was shrouded in uncertainty for some time before he joined Liverpool in June, reuniting with several of his former Saints teammates in doing so, while…

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