Predicted Liverpool line up v West Ham: Reds to continue their fine start against Bilic’s Hammers?

first_img 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 6. Dejan Lovren (centre-back) 11 11 11 12. Joe Gomez (left-back) 23. Emre Can (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 9. Christian Benteke (striker) 7. James Milner (central midfield) 10. Philippe Coutinho (attacking midfield) 11 Liverpool host West Ham on Saturday boasting an unbeaten record in the Premier League so far.The Reds are also coming off the back of a hugely encouraging 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Monday night where, if Petr Cech hadn’t been in imperious form, they could have been out of sight by half time.The Hammers, meanwhile, have fallen from grace somewhat since their opening day victory at the Gunners after successive home reverses to Leicester and Bournemouth.The Merseysiders are unequivocal favourites for the showdown at Anfield but, with captain Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana both sidelined, could the visitors cause a shock?Here’s how we expect Liverpool to line up on Saturday afternoon… 21. Lucas Leiva (defensive midfield) 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right-back) – take a look at the full predicted line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think by leaving a comment below 11. Roberto Firmino (attacking midfield) 11 37. Martin Skrtel (centre-back)last_img read more

Man United team to play Liverpool – a starting XI to win at Old Trafford

first_img 11 11 11 11 7. Memphis Depay – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 8. Juan Mata – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 21. Ander Herrera – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 11 11 10. Wayne Rooney – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right Manchester United host rivals Liverpool on Saturday evening in one of the biggest clashes of the season so far.Both sides have had mixed fortunes in their first four campaigns and a win would do their hopes of catching early leaders Manchester City no harm.The Red Devils have been boosted by the news David De Gea has signed a new contract at Old Trafford so should star against Liverpool, but new boy Anthony Martial is only likely to start on the bench.So which starting XI will Louis van Gaal select?Take a look at our probably team by clicking the slideshow above and let us know what you think are the key selection issues by sharing your thoughts with a comment below… 36. Matteo Darmian 11 11 11 23. Luke Shaw – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 17. Daley Blind – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 12. Chris Smalling – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 31. Bastian Schweinsteiger – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 1. David De Gea – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted team by leaving a comment below 28. Morgan Schneiderlin – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right last_img read more

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham: Brett Pitman penalty earns a point for the Tractor Boys

first_img Brett Pitman 1 A Brett Pitman penalty was enough to earn a draw for Ipswich Town at home to Birmingham in the Championship on Friday night.David Cotterill opened the scoring midway through the first half after both sides traded early chances, but his goal was cancelled out by Pitman’s spot-kick.The result leaves Mick McCarthy’s men in the play-off places while Birmingham move up to sixth ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.Cotterill had the best few chances in the opening 15 minutes taking on both a right footed and left footed drive from around the box but to no result.Birmingham broke the deadlock after 21 minutes when a lightening break ended up at the feet of Cotterill who, third time lucky, hammered the ball into the roof of the net for his second goal of the season.It was all level 10 minutes later when Jonathan Spector brought down Ainsley Maitland-Niles and a penalty was awarded to Ipswich.Pitman stepped up and buried it in the bottom right-hand corner to bring the Tractor Boys back into the match.Into the second half and Freddie Sears came inches away from taking the lead for the hosts but his shot was hacked off the line by Paul Caddis after some good initial footwork from Pitman.Luke Chambers had another chance to take the lead for Ipswich but the skipper could not adjust his feet in time and screwed his effort well wide of the goal.With less than 20 minutes left on the clock Ipswich continued to press for the winner, this time Maitland-Niles lashing over the bar from only eight yards out.While both teams pushed hard for the elusive goal, neither could manage it after some resolute defending and the points were, perhaps fairly, shared.last_img read more

Chelsea manager grateful for Chelsea support and proud of his players

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho described his side’s Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev as “a big relief”.The pressure has been mounting on the Portuguese boss after a string of poor results and off-field events have derailed Chelsea’s start to the season.The Stamford Bridge crowd made their feelings known during the fixture, chanting their manager’s name and he showed his gratitude by acknowledging their gesture, before commenting on BT Sport 2 after the game:“What they did for me is not normal, or they don’t read papers or they don’t listen to television and pundits and commentators. “Or they have a big heart or they recognise that I am a good professional, I give everything to the club, I brought great moments for the club.“I don’t know how to thank them. The only thing I can say is that until my last day in this club – four years, 10 years, 15 years, it doesn’t matter – until my last day I will give everything for them.”With the Blues 15th in the Premier League, the 2-1 result over Kiev was a much-needed victory for Mourinho.His players could have crumbled under the pressure after the Ukrainian champions grew into the contest and drew level.But they held firm before Willian’s sublime free-kick won the contest and Mourinho, who thought his players were full value for the victory, said:“A big relief.“I think the players deserve, working so much and getting the compensation for that hard work.”The 52-year-old praised the contribution of the Brazilian playmaker after he scored another free-kick to hand his side all three points to put them second in Group G.Willian has been one of the bright sparks in a dull Chelsea campaign and Mourinho commented: “He’s playing very well, not just today – for a long time.“I think everyone did their job very well. It’s difficult for me to forget some fantastic individual performances but I think it’s fair to look to Willian with different eyes because of his work-rate and his quality on the ball, and obviously participation in the first goal and a phenomenal second goal.” The Portuguese manager was thankful after the home fans voiced their support, while admitting the win was ‘a big relief’. 1last_img read more

‘Diego Costa needed this goal for his confidence’ – Jose Mourinho praises striker after Chelsea’s victory over Norwich

first_imgChelsea ended their barren Premier League run after sealing a narrow 1-0 victory over Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.Diego Costa scored the winning goal for the reigning English champions, netting his first for the club in seven games.The Brazil-born striker, like many of his team-mates, has come in for heavy criticism over his poor form and attitude this season, with the forward looking a shadow of the player that proved a nightmare to defenders upon his arrival in England’s top flight last summer.Following the win, Jose Mourinho admitted that Costa has not been at his best, but spoke of his delight at the 27-year-old ending his goalless spell.“I think the crowd loves him, that’s not the point, but the reality is that in the last minute of the first half he missed a chance with an open goal,” said the Blues boss.“He’s not scoring goals, but he’s working very well.“He’s a happy guy, he’s a positive guy, so we are all delighted that he scored the winning goal for us.”Mourinho also voiced how important the goal was for Costa’s confidence, stating that the former Atletico Madrid man needed to get his name on the scoresheet.“It’s a goal that we need as a team, for the points, and as a striker Diego also needs for his confidence.”last_img read more

Southampton 1-6 Liverpool: Origi nets a hat-trick as Sturridge makes a goalscoring return in League Cup victory

first_imgDivock Origi opened his account for Liverpool by netting an emphatic hat-trick as Liverpool were 6-1 winners at Southampton in the last quarter-final of the League Cup.There were many positives for Jurgen Klopp, despite his side conceding in the first minute when Sadio Mane put the home side ahead, heading past goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.Liverpool went into the break leading 3-1 as Daniel Sturridge made an emphatic return to action, netting a double on his first start since coming back from injury. Origi then grabbed a fortuitous first goal for the club before the interval.Alberto Moreno’s drive deflected off the 20-year-old and he was awarded the goal before adding two more in the second half, one either side of Jordon Ibe’s neat strike as the Saints fell apart after a promising start.The hosts took the lead after just 42 seconds, when they looked to expose young Liverpool right-back Connor Randall.Saints and England man Ryan Bertrand got forward and crossed from the left channel, with Senegalese star Mane heading past Bogdan from around six yards.Liverpool drew level after 25 minutes when a ball was hit over the top and Sturridge’s touch was heavy. He found himself isolated and alone on the left-hand side of the box. He showed great footwork, performing quick step-overs before knocking the ball onto his left foot and striking across goal from an acute angle, beating Stekelenburg.It took the England forward less than four minutes to double his and Liverpool’s tally.The build-up saw some sublime piece of skill by Emre Can, as his Cruyff turn in the centre beat his marker. The German then sent a diagonal ball across the box and Sturridge had left his marker. He coolly sent a right-footed volley underneath the Dutch goalkeeper.Origi opened his Liverpool account shortly before the interval. A corner was cleared and Moreno sent a 20-yard drive through a crowd of bodies in the box and the Belgian striker’s touch helped it past Stekelenburg.Origi added his second Liverpool goal and this one was most definitely his after the confusion of the first. Substitute Ibe laid the ball on a plate for him and he controlled on the edge of the box before firing a powerful effort into the top corner at the near post.That goal was in the 68th minute and it was 5-1 just five minutes later. Ibe, who had replaced Sturridge shortly before the hour, controlled Moreno’s cross with his chest on the edge of the box before sending a low volley into the back of the net.Origi completed a hat-trick, the second of his career, as he headed home from close range as Liverpool convincingly booked their place in the last four.See the League Cup draw here. 1 Southampton 1-6 Liverpool: Origi nets a hat-trick as Sturridge makes a goalscoring return in League Cup victory last_img read more

‘Roy Hodgson must stay as England manager until World Cup 2018’, insists former captain

first_imgFormer England captain Terry Butcher believes Roy Hodgson should be handed a new contract up until the Russia World Cup in 2018.Hodgson’s current contract is up after next summer’s European Championships in France and the FA have made it clear there will be no further discussions on an extension until after the tournament.There have been reports circulating that the FA will turn to a foreign manager after France 2016, but Butcher insists that would be a “disaster” and it must be Hodgson to carry on nurturing the youthful England team.“With the younger players coming through, they respect him and the chemistry is right around the squad, both on and off the pitch,” Butcher told Drivetime.“He should have one more tournament after this to take this young group though to the World Cup finals. That would be ideal, rather than have someone else come in and the whole philosophy change round.“They’re talking about having a foreign manager coming in but I think that would be a disaster. We’ve got Roy in there now, he’s settled, the chemistry’s right, he’s got the young players playing, everybody wants to play for England again and there’s a spirit and a passion about the team as well.“We don’t have any real world class players but what we do have is a team that shows passion, fights for the jersey and that’s something that the fans can relate to very well.”last_img read more

Liverpool dominate, Arsenal beaten and more League Cup trivia – quiz time

first_img1 Liverpool v Man City is live on talkSPORT at 4.30pm (GMT) on Sunday 28 February – listen live hereThe Reds’ appearance at Wembley on Sunday will be their twelfth in the League Cup final, while it is City’s fourth.Both sides have had success in the competition in recent years, with Liverpool beating Cardiff in 2012 and Man City triumphing in 2014.How much do you know about the League Cup final, though? Have a go at these 10 questionsAbout | Privacy | Termslast_img

Benteke ‘doesn’t fit’ at Liverpool and he is GONE in the summer, talkSPORT told

first_imgLiverpool striker Christian Benteke does not fit with Jurgen Klopp’s brand of football and must leave the club in the summer, according to Micky Quinn.Benteke has cut a frustrated figure at Anfield since his £32.5million switch from Aston Villa last summer.The 25-year-old has struggled for regular playing time and goals in his debut Reds season, starting just 12 Premier League games and scoring seven times in all competitions.Fans believe Benteke’s time at the club is up after Klopp left the Belgium international on the bench as Liverpool lost the League Cup final to Manchester City on Sunday.And Quinn agrees, claiming Benteke is one of many expensive mistakes who should leave Anfield in an end-of-season clear out.Speaking as co-host on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Merseyside-born former striker said: “Benteke’s gone. I don’t like to say it, but I’m afraid he’s gone.“He just doesn’t fit in with Klopp’s mentality of that versatile front three, where they’re closing people down, running into the channels and getting back to defend as well – a mobile front three. He just doesn’t fit into Klopp’s brand of football.“I really think he’ll be gone in the summer, unless he wants to work with him over pre-season to get him onto that mentality. But I don’t think so, I think he’ll be gone.“On numerous occasions, when Benteke and Origi have been on the bench, Klopp has turned to Origi. You get that with managers. Some, when they come into clubs, fancy some players and don’t fancy others.”Following Sunday’s final defeat, the Europa League is Klopp’s last chance of ending his first term in charge with silverware.Few expected instant results following the German’s appointment, but Quinn beleives next season could be a successful one if the manager can overhaul the team over the summer.He added: “I think they’ll be a few gone at Liverpool, I think there could be a clear out.“I think Mignolet will go. They need to buy a new keeper, they need a new left-back and I think Lucas will go, too. Lucas has been a great pro there, but is he going to win you the league? That’s what you’ve got to think if you’re Jurgen Klopp.“Some of the midfield players, too. Lallana hasn’t done it this season and he cost a fortune, Joe Allen and James Milner could even go.“I think you’ve got to look forward and you’ve got to look big.“[Malaga defensive midfielder Ignacio] Camacho, [PSG playmaker] Lucas Moura, [Borussia Monchengladbach star] Granit Xhaka, these are all players on the hit list and if he gets them it’ll be an exciting season for Liverpool next year.”last_img read more

High ranking Marine on trial

first_imgIRAQ: A lieutenant colonel is charged with dereliction of duty in Haditha slayings. By Chelsea J. Carter THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – The highest-ranking U.S. serviceman to face court-martial related to combat since Vietnam was ordered to trial Friday for failing to investigate the killings of 24 Iraqis, including women and children, in Haditha two years ago. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani faces charges of dereliction of duty and violation of a lawful order for allegedly failing to accurately report and investigate the Nov. 19, 2005 incident triggered by a roadside bomb that killed a Marine driver. Chessani was commander of the Camp Pendleton-based 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment that has been the focus of the biggest prosecution of U.S. troops in the Iraq war. One of his men, Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum, was also ordered to face a court-martial Friday on charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault. He is one of four Marines originally charged with murder in the killings. Chessani is the most senior U.S. serviceman since the Vietnam War to face a court-martial for actions or decisions made in combat, said Gary Solis, a former Marine Corps prosecutor and judge who teaches law of war at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the second colonel to be court-martialed over actions in Iraq. Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan of Fredericksburg, Va., was convicted of abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, said Tom Umberg, a retired Army colonel and former military prosecutor The decision by Lt. Gen. James Mattis to send Chessani to trial mirrored the conclusion an officer reached at his preliminary hearing. Col. Christopher Conlin blasted Chessani for failing to go to the scene of the killings immediately after they occurred, even though he knew 24 “neutrals” were dead. “To not have made every attempt to be on scene as this action developed, or to not have at least reviewed this action in detail ? is in itself negligent,” Conlin wrote. At Chessani’s preliminary hearing in June at Camp Pendleton, several witnesses testified local Iraqis had complained to Chessani in the days after the killings and that he promised to look into what had happened. But Chessani said he never ordered a formal investigation because he believed the deaths resulted from lawful combat. Chessani’s civilian defense attorney, Brian Rooney, told The Associated Press he was disappointed with the general’s recommendation. “I can tell you this decision by Gen. Mattis today is going to have a negative affect on all officers, including battalion commanders,” he said, adding it would undermine the trust between commanders and their troops. “Are they going to be able to trust the word of their junior officers, senior enlisted and junior enlisted?” If convicted on all counts, Chessani faces up to three years in prison. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more