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Liverpool have improved, i am not worried about Tottenham – ESPN pundit



John Barnes

John Barnes says he is not worried about Tottenham Hotspur as Liverpool have improved in the defense

Coach Klopp led Liverpool squad will be having their first major test as they take on Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow.

Tottenham defeated Liverpool last season in a scoreline that ended 4 – 1.

Ex Liverpool star, John Barnes is once again pitching his tent with Liverpool as he disclosed that he is not worried about Tottenham Hotspur.

He disclosed that Tottenham Hotspur defeated the Reds last season because of their poor defense.

Barnes stressed that this season is quite different as Liverpool have improved greatly at the back.

He went on to speak about Liverpool and Tottenham defense, claiming Liverpool has the strongest defense.

The game at Wembley Stadium tomorrow is expected to be a totally different game as John Barnes claimed the Reds will get their 3 points and keep a 100 per cent win.

John Barnes may be right especially with the presence of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker at the back, Naby Keita in the midfield, it will be a hard game for Tottenham Hotspur to win.

Also, Tottenham Hotspur are at a disadvantage having two of their top players, Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli out injured.

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“I don’t deserve to win Ballon d’Or award” Says Eden Hazard: is he right or wrong?



Eden Hazard

It’s every player’s dream to be the best player in the world. Many players would even go extra miles; double their training sessions; spend much time in the gym to improve their fitness level– all of these are done just to stand a chance of winning the highly regarded Ballon d’Or award.

Surprisingly, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has revealed he’s not obsessed with the award and he’s not playing football to win personal awards, instead, he loves playing for the team.

“Winning the Ballon d’Or is not a goal for me. If I win it one day, great. If I do not, it won’t be a problem.”

According to the Belgian in his latest interview with the press, though he’s nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or award, he didn’t see himself taking home the personal glory.

“Even though I had a very good year, I have to keep my feet on the ground. I do not deserve the Ballon d’Or,” he said.

He revealed that the players he’s up against in the race for the award are too good and more deserving.

He further named two players whom he believes are capable of winning the award. As for him, Croatian star Luka Modric has done enough to take home the prize as he was influential in his country’s run to FIFA World Cup second position.

He equally tipped French youngster Kylian Mbappe for the award. The young PSG striker has been awesome for club and country this year, helping the Les Blues to Russia 2018 World Cup glory.

“I would have said Luka Modric but he has played a little less well since August and September. So, if we take into account the beginning of the season, I would say Kylian Mbappe.” he said told reporters.

Though Hazard’s analysis on Kylian Mbappe and Modric are definitely spot-on, is he right to write off himself in the race for this year’s Balon d’Or award?

Since the second half of last season, the Belgian has added more pace, trickery and goalscoring instinct to his game and these qualities made him a more useful and reliable player under Antonio Conte.

His dribbling ability can’t be compared to any player in the League, while his pace on the ball can only be equalled by a handful of players in English League.

Since Sarri takes over the club this season, Hazard seems to have woken up to the truth that he needs to score many goals to win the Balon d’Or glory and he is doing that so far this season.

In just 14 matches he’s played so far in all competitions, the 27-year-old has scored eight goals and four assists, making him one of the most productive strikers in Europe.

His talismanic nature for the Red Devils of Belgium is another reason why it would be impossible to buy Hazard’s comment about his eligibility to win the prize.

His goals and assists to Romelu Lukaku and Kelvin Debryune were one of the reasons why Belgium qualified to the semifinal round of the Russia 2018 World Cup tournament for the first time in their history.

Though they failed to defeat France in the semi-final round of the competition, they managed to defeat England in the third-place match to win bronze.

Considering the arrays of world-class players around Kylian Mbappe at PSG and the number of stars around Modric at Real Madrid, it is safe to say that winning last season’s title with their respective clubs shouldn’t be criteria for the prize.

Mbappe and Modric are worthy nominees but saying that Hazard is not in the race for the prize is far from being true and unacceptable.

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Chelsea defeat Liverpool in ‘pacey forward’ transfer



Christian Pulisic

Premier League giants Chelsea have reportedly won the race to sign Liverpool target Christian Pulisic when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

The 20-year-old has been a long-term target of the Reds but it seems like they have been beaten to his signature by their Premier League title rivals Chelsea.

According to the publication from the Daily Mail, the Blues have won the keenly contested race to sign him ahead of both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

It was further claimed that Chelsea want to sign him in the January transfer window and that it could be a world record transfer for the United States of America international.

The Blues set a new record transfer fee in the summer when they paid Athletic Bilbao around £70m for Spanish international goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Christian Pulisic has not featured like he would have wanted this season in the colours of Borussia Dortmund and that’s partly due to the sensational form of England international forward Jadon Sancho.

The former Manchester City player has light up the German Bundesliga stadiums with his performances.

Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea were initially expected to do a deal for Pulisic in the summer but the Blues have decided to fast forward to January.

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Can Dejan Lovren reclaim his place in Liverpool’s XI ?



Dejan Lovren

Injury is part of football but it is definitely painful when injury brings you from being a regular starter to sitting on substitute bench on regular basis.

This is the scenario Croatian defender Dejan Lovren presently finds himself at Anfield. The player was a regular name in the Reds starting XI before picking up an injury before the start of this season and that ultimately ruled him out of action for some weeks.

In his absence, young defender Joe Gomez and experienced defender Virgil Van Dijk developed a strong partnership which makes opponents struggle before scoring goals.

Both defenders kept three clean sheets, helping the Reds to six consecutive victories before their 1-1 draw Chelsea in September.

Unfortunately, the 29-year-old returned to full recovery to realize that his place has already been taken by the young England international whose versatility and fast decision-making are too good to be ignored by Jurgen Klopp.

However, Dejan Lovren still remains an important figure in the Reds team but it remains unknown if Klopp would be brave enough to integrate the Croat into his first team once again.

Since the start of the season, Lovren has featured in just four matches as he continues to serve as back up to Joe Gomez.

Apart from battling Gomez for a place in the team, Lovren must also contend with Joel Matip.

Though the Cameroonian has been frozen out of the team this season, he’s highly rated by Klopp and Liverpool Faithfuls.

He currently has higher chances of breaking into the team than his fellow Croatian due to his tactical awareness coupled with his no-nonsense and consistent display for the team.

With the busy festive period fast approaching, Klopp will need all his players to be in good condition as he will be left with no option but to rotate his starting lineup.

The Reds will play 11 games in less than six weeks, hence, some fringe players would be involved in more games than they’ve done so far and it would be great to see if the Croatian defender would regain his place in the team.

He is back to full fitness and he’s in great shape as he helped his country defeat Spain in Thursday’s friendly match.

He made a match-winning tackle to prevent Marcos Asensio from finding the back of the net.

He must ensure consistent performance for the Reds so as to negotiate his way back into the Starting lineup in no time

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Polish star pick Liverpool ahead of others




Five-time European champions Liverpool have a big battle on their hands if they want to win the race to sign young defender Sebastian Walukiewicz when the transfer window reopens in six weeks’ time.

According to the report from the Daily Express, the Reds are not the only club interested in the 18-year-old centre back who has impressed a great deal in the Polish top flight this season.

Fellow Premier League title contenders Arsenal and Spanish champions Barcelona are also interested in the Polish junior international.

The interest of Liverpool in the youngster was confirmed by Munro Deportivo journalist Francesc Aguilar.

Walukiewicz plays for Ekstraklasa side Pogon Szczecin at the moment and he has already featured 13 times for the team in the first division of Polish football.

He’s certainly one for the future if the Reds could win the race to sign him ahead of Arsenal and Barcelona.

The likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip would still be in front of him in the pecking order though he might be a direct replacement for Cameroonian international Matip who has been linked with a move away from Anfield.

Premier League strugglers Fulham are said to be interested in a move to sign him in the New Year.

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Arsenal tipped to sign Scottish star player



David Bates

Arsenal are tipped to sign Scottish defender David Bates from German outfits Hamburg, ahead of their Premier League rivals.

Daily Mirror reports that other Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham are all seeking for his signature.

Bates, who has been in stunning form so far this season in the German Bundesliga has also reportedly admitted he would have a switch to the North London.

His presence in the team can be felt having ensured they keep a total of six clean sheets this season in eight games, one of the highest that has been kept in the German Bundesliga this current campaign.

This has caught the attention of most of the Premiere League sides knowing that they have not been able to keep as many clean sheets.

Also, the North London side have got an inconsistent defence and they look to solve that problem with the Scottish player.

Arsenal under Unai Emery have become stronger in the attack and the midfield but that cannot be said of the defence as they play most games conceding.

However, there is a need to add more strength to the defence to ensure balance of the team.

Arsenal will return from the international break to continue their unbeaten run as they are currently sitting fifth in the Premiere League so far this season.

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