Liverpool v Southampton: match preview

Jürgen Klopp has not beaten Southampton in four league meetings but, after three straight wins in all competitions and with his squad nearing full fitness, he said: “Now is a good moment to strike back.” Adam Lallana is unlikely to feature for the first time this season against his old club but Sadio Mané could play after a hamstring scare. Mauricio Pellegrino, who played 13 times for Liverpool in 2005, has maintained Southampton’s defensive discipline, since replacing Claude Puel, but scoring has been a struggle. His team have conceded and scored only three goals away from home this term. Andy Hunter Kick-off Saturday 3pm Continue reading...

Premier League health check: the overachievers and underperformers | Paul Wilson

The table doesn’t lie but teams such as Burnley and Brighton are exceeding all expectations while Swansea and Everton have disappointed badly. Here’s how the 20 sides rank based on early-season health and vigourThey say the league table never lies, and this is of course true. What they don’t tell you is that during the dog days of an international break, when nothing falls or rises and hopes and fears are put on temporary hold, the narrative becomes a bit less compelling. You get sick of looking at the same thing, in other words, although Burnley, Brighton, Watford and Huddersfield will probably never tire of waiting for winter and the real meat of the season from a position in the top half of the table. As far as the first third of the season goes, some of those clubs are among the big winners, simply for delighting their fans Continue reading "Premier League health check: the overachievers and underperformers | Paul Wilson"

Premier League health check: the overachievers and underperformers | Paul Wilson

The table doesn’t lie but teams such as Burnley and Brighton are exceeding all expectations while Swansea and Everton have disappointed badly. Here’s how the 20 sides rank based on early-season health and vigourThey say the league table never lies, and this is of course true. What they don’t tell you is that during the dog days of an international break, when nothing falls or rises and hopes and fears are put on temporary hold, the narrative becomes a bit less compelling. You get sick of looking at the same thing, in other words, although Burnley, Brighton, Watford and Huddersfield will probably never tire of waiting for winter and the real meat of the season from a position in the top half of the table. As far as the first third of the season goes, some of those clubs are among the big winners, simply for delighting their fans Continue reading "Premier League health check: the overachievers and underperformers | Paul Wilson"

Alberto Moreno: ‘I used to think attack, attack, attack – but I have changed’

The Liverpool left-back talks about his return to the starting XI and the Spain squad, the end of ketchup and ice cream and how relieved he is not to face Mané and Salah“Alberto Moreno is 100% back” Jürgen Klopp said this summer and you can see it. You can hear it, too, with every joke, every giggle, every time he bursts out laughing. After a year that he describes as “very bad”, in which there were times he felt “down” and only his baby daughter, Carla, could be guaranteed to coax a smile from him, life in Liverpool is good again. As for mornings at Melwood, they are even better. There are reasons to be cheerful and he is cheerful, all right. Not least because he has one fewer problem now. Well, two. The best thing about being back is not the sense of satisfaction in overcoming, the feeling Continue reading "Alberto Moreno: ‘I used to think attack, attack, attack – but I have changed’"

Emre Can aware he has to stand out in Germany’s crowded midfield

• ‘We have so many good young players’
• Can impressed by Liverpool team-mate Joe GomezEmre Can says he and his Liverpool team-mates have been joshing with each other in advance of England’s match with Germany on Friday but he stresses there is no chance of him taking the friendly lightly – not with the ferocious competition for places in the Germany squad. Can knows he must seize every opportunity to impress Joachim Löw, who has such a plethora of talent that the squad he picks for next summer’s World Cup will necessarily exclude players who would be starters for most countries. Continue reading...