Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Paul Stewart column: Liverpool are the likeliest challengers to Manchester City

Joe Cole was sent off on his Liverpool debut against Arsenal in 2010 Joe Cole was sent off on his Liverpool debut against Arsenal in 2010
Chelsea Rogers | 11 August, 2018, 18:15

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on Friday said Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were available for selection for their English Premier League opener against Arsenal on Sunday.

Midfielder Scott McTominay was introduced later in the match by Jose Mourinho, replacing new signing Fred in midfield, and in doing so the Portuguese coach set a rather unlikely record.

"The players from past year are responsible for the excitement, and then we brought in a few new players as an icing on the cake", said Klopp on the club's promising pre-season tour in the States.

"In fact, I'm going to stick my neck out and suggest that by May the title will be back on Merseyside for the first time in 29 years".

Manchester United failed to add to their squad on Premier League transfer deadline day, as Jose Mourinho predicted on Thursday morning, leaving fans taking to social media to react to the aftermath of the summer window for the Red Devils.

And if Klopp does not deliver a trophy this season and they don't progress into the latter rounds of the Champions League, then he may find it hard to hold on to his job.

Asked if he had the tools to compete without new signings, Mourinho said: "I have my players, I like my players, I like to work with my players".

Iran Says It's Willing To Talk With US 'Right Now' Amid Sanctions
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , like Trump a long-time opponent of the accord, congratulated him on the new sanctions. German daily Stuttgarter Zeitung was first to report Daimler's retreat from Iran earlier on Tuesday.

Warnock has strengthened in all areas as Cardiff return to the top flight for the first time since the 2013-14 season - their solitary season in the Premier League.

No team has won back-to-back Premier Leagues since Manchester United under Alex Ferguson in 2008-09, with City failing on their two previous attempts. "I came in to training this time and it's completely different".

The move was created to ease disruption in the first few weeks of the campaign after a number of high-profile players including Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk missed matches at the start of last season due to transfer speculation.

"But individually the players can improve".

"We believe we can do better, dominate more and we will try to do it".

Just 14 per cent of that figure, £175m, was spent on transfers between two Premier League clubs - an unforeseen outcome of the league's window closing before the rest of Europe, according to Deloitte's Tim Bridge.

"It's focus. Today we train, we trained good, that is the point".

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