Scottish Premiership: Rangers beat Livingston but Ryan Kent gets injured, Celtic stay top, plus more

14 Sep

Rangers recovered from their Old Firm defeat before the international break to claim a 3-1 win over Livingston at Ibrox.

Steven Gerrard’s side appeared to be staring defeat in the face when Steven Lawless gave the away side the lead with an early second-half penalty.

Kent was visibly upset when he was forced off
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However, Gers responded brilliantly with goals from James Tavernier, Alfredo Morelos and Brandon Barker.

The three points came at a price though, with new signing Ryan Kent forced off injured in the first-half with a suspected hamstring injury.

This was Kent’s first game in Rangers colours since completing his £7million move from Liverpool.

Earlier, Celtic continued to set the pace at the top of the Scottish Premiership but somewhat laboured to a win at Hamilton.

Celtic claimed a deserved win at Hamilton
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James Forrest’s fourth-minute strike was all that separated the two sides as the Hoops made it five wins from five league matches.

The visitors largely controlled proceedings, with Forrest also going close by crashing an effort onto the bar after the break.

Hamilton grew into the game and forced a couple of half-chances but Celtic stood firm and claimed the three points.

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Below you can see the results in the other Scottish Premiership matches on Saturday…

Aberdeen 1-1 St Johnstone

Hearts 2-3 Motherwell

Kilmarnock 2-0 Hibernian

Ross County 1-1 St Mirren


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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reacts brilliantly to Roberto Firmino receiving man-of-the-match award following win over Newcastle

14 Sep

Liverpool continued their winning run at the start of the 2019/20 Premier League season after overcoming Newcastle at Anfield.

The Reds ran out 3-1 winners thanks to a brace from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah’s strike after Jetro Willems’ brilliant strike gave Steve Bruce’s side an early lead.

Liverpool have won their opening five matches of the 2019/20 Premier League season
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However, the star player in the game was Roberto Firmino, who caused all sorts of problems for the Magpies defence.

And what makes the Liverpool No.9’s performance all the more outstanding is the fact that he started the game on the bench.

He came on for Divock Origi in the 36th minute after the Belgian twisted his ankle in the early stages.

It was 1-1 at that stage and Liverpool’s level rose dramatically when Firmino came on and he provided the assists for their second and third goals.

Firmino was in spellbinding form
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After the game, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp explained that Firmino was on the bench as he featured in both of Brazil’s matches during the international break where he clocked up a lot of air miles as they were played in Miami and Los Angeles.

Firmino was given the man-of-the-match award and Klopp was unsurprisingly gushing about the forward’s display.

On Firmino getting man-of-the-match, Klopp said: “I like it! Well deserved my friend!”

Below you can see the hilarious clip.

Klopp also went on to explain that Firmino could have started the game, however, the German elected to give his frontman a rest.

He told talkSPORT’s Sam Matterface: “In training it was clear that he [Firmino] didn’t NEED a break but when the situation is like this [after an international break], you make a change when the player is not already injured.

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“We need to try to be sensible, they [the Brazil team] flew around the world and played in very difficult circumstances.

“He played in both games I think and I think they were in Miami and LA but it’s not a holiday!

“That was the only reason but we knew we could bring him in when we needed him.”

Liverpool continue winning start to season as Sadio Mane brace and Roberto Firmino excellence sees Reds beat Newcastle

14 Sep

Roberto Firmino produced a man-of-the-match performance as he helped Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-1, despite the fact the Brazilian didn’t even start the game at Anfield.

The visitors took an early lead through Jetro Willems’ stunning strike but two goals from Sadio Mane gave the Reds the advantage at half-time.

Firminos and Mane celebrate after Liverpool’s second goal
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Mohamed Salah’s second-half goal sealed the victory but all the plaudits have to go to the sensational Firmino.

The hosts were sluggish at the start though, and they found themselves behind on seven minutes when Willems’ rasping effort flew past Adrian.

Dutchman Willems received the ball in a seemingly non-threatening position on the left but he cut inside before rifling the ball into the top corner.

Willems gave Newcastle a surprise lead
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Unsurprisingly, this caused Liverpool to raise their game and they were somehow denied a penalty on 25 minutes when Jamaal Lascelles flung Joel Matip to the floor after grabbing him by the neck inside the box.

This got the Reds to up their intensity even more and they found themselves level moments later through a well-taken curling effort from Mane following good work on the left from Andy Robertson.

Firmino’s replacement Divock Origi was forced off after picking up a knock in the early stages and the Brazilian came on to a round of applause from the Liverpool faithful.

The Brazilian’s impact was immediate and Liverpool took the lead just before the break when Firmino pick-pocketed Christian Atsu before sliding in Mane, who put the ball in the net after Martin Dubravka spilled it straight into the Senegal international’s path.

With Firmino playing, Liverpool looked much better and nearly extended their lead just after the break but Georginio Wijnaldum’s inventive effort looped just over the bar.

However, Newcastle had chances and should have levelled when Emil Krafth found himself in oceans of space in the box but the Swede blazed his effort high.

Dubravka made great saves to deny Trent Alexander-Arnold and Robertson but Liverpool did make it 3-1 thanks to Salah’s goal and some more great play from Firmino.

The Egyptian played the ball to Firmino, who held it up before setting Salah through on goal with a clever flick and Salah couldn’t miss as Liverpool continued their 100 per cent start to the season.

Newcastle could not cope with Firmino and Liverpool at times
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Liverpool’s best player? Roberto Firmino lights up Anfield and produces incredible piece of skill

14 Sep

Roberto Firmino has the Midas touch.

Liverpool’s No.9 was a surprise omission from their starting line-up as they take on Newcastle at Anfield – a game you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT now.

Firmino has arguably been Liverpool’s best player this season
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However, with the Reds’ Champions League opener against Napoli on Tuesday night to have an eye on, perhaps Jurgen Klopp’s decision to rotate the side is a good one.

Firmino did come on earlier he may have expected (36 minutes) after his replacement, Divock Origi, came off with an injury sustained during the early stages of the match.

The Premier League leaders had got themselves into a spot of bother before Firmino’s arrival with Jetro Willems’ stunning pile-driver giving Newcastle an early lead.

Without Firmino, the Reds lacked the same panache up front but found themselves level just after the 25-minute mark through a delightful curling effort.

Minutes later, the Brazilian entered the fray after Origi couldn’t go on.

And just like when he came on in the Super Cup against Chelsea, Firmino’s impact against the Magpies was instant.

In typical Firmino fashion, he robbed Christian Atsu of the ball in a dangerous position, before sliding the ball to Mane, who eventually put the ball in the net just before half-time.

Firmino played a huge role in the second goal for Liverpool
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And while Mane is likely to get most of the plaudits, there’s no doubting that without Firmino’s presence, Liverpool are noticeably not as dangerous.

His impact on the goalscoring form of Mohamed Salah was also proven, with the Brazilian providing an incredible assist for the crucial third goal.

You can watch the magical piece of skill below:

FA to investigate Derby vs Cardiff incident following Pride Park Stadium evacuation due to flares being set off in away end

14 Sep

An investigation into an incident which led to a stadium evacuation at Derby County’s home ground is under way, the Football Association has confirmed.

Pride Park was evacuated before the Rams’ Championship clash against Cardiff City on Friday night and The Sun has said the governing body are probing the incident.

It is understood that flares were set off by Cardiff fans in the away end which meant the 25,873 crowd were forced to leave the ground just before kick-off.

This is the first time flares have caused a whole stadium to be evacuated in England.

It left supporters stunned when the public announcer informed everyone they had to leave.

The message said: “Attention please, this is an emergency. Please leave the stadium by the nearest available exit.”

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There were also reports of fans without tickets walking back in through the fire exits while paying punters made their way back in.

The match finished 1-1 with Derby man Scott Malone scoring against his former club on six minutes.

However, Phillip Cocu’s side were pegged back with German striker Robert Glatzel scoring a penalty after being fouled by Richard Keogh in the box.

The result leaves Derby without a win in their last six matches in all competitions, while Neil Warnock’s side have drawn their last three in the league.

Glatzel celebrates his first goal in Cardiff colours
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talkSPORT commentator Clive Tyldesley reveals his meticulous preparation for games ahead of Norwich vs Man City clash

14 Sep

After covering a thoroughly entertaining clash between England and Kosovo on Tuesday night, it’s back to the Premier League for legendary commentator Clive Tyldesley this weekend.

Next up, Tyldesley will be commentating on Manchester City’s trip to Norwich on Saturday for talkSPORT (kick-off 5:30pm) – the third of our three live Premier League commentaries on GameDay.

Tyldesley (left) will commentate regularly for talkSPORT this season
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There will be rigorous preparations going into the game for the Citizens and the Canaries, but also from Tyldesley as he looks to have every angle covered.

But what does he do to prepare for such fixtures, especially when he has more than one commentary a week and how does he make the transition from TV to radio?

talkSPORT.com sat down with Tyldesley to delve into the secrets behind his success and his meticulous preparations ahead of every match.

How does radio commentary differ from TV commentary?

“One of the things I tell people who have asked for my advice is that you have to take a step back from things and ask yourself what it is. What do we do?

“To be a radio commentator is different from a television commentator.

“It’s different in terms of how you serve your audience. No matter what business you’re in, particularly in a communications business, I think the most important thing is to identify your audience.

“The audience for a talkSPORT radio commentary are likely to be fairly committed football fans.

“You’re probably not going to go out of your way to listen to talkSPORT unless you’ve got some kind of commitment to sport and to football.

“Consequently, you are talking to a more informed audience than you might be if you’re broadcasting as I was on Tuesday night to six-and-a-half million television viewers at the peak time of the England v Kosovo game.

“There you’ve got to be more inclusive, there you are trying to maybe introduce not just Kosovo players but maybe one or two of the England players’ background to an audience which knows less at the starting point.

“Here, looking forward to Saturday, I’m talking to an audience who can’t see the game and an audience who probably do know their football. The research is geared to that.

“Biographical information on anybody who has played for Manchester City over the last two years is probably unnecessary. What is more important for instance is the fact that City have got some problems in central defence.

“It was cleared with Argentina that Nicolas Otamendi would only play one international and then come back early. Their second international was in the early hours of Wednesday morning, so City have done a deal with Argentina to get Otamendi early.

“That changes everything and that’s probably all you need to know about Otamendi going into this game.

“I don’t need to mention that Otamendi has played at World Cups, most talkSPORT listeners would know that.

“I start to think about who will be listening on what they will need to know.”

All eyes will be on Otamendi following Aymeric Laporte’s injury
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What tips have you been given over the years?

“I took over in 1998 from a great commentator, the late Brian Moore.

“When we had a farewell function to wish Brian a happy retirement, I sat next to him at this table with about 20 people from ITV and we demolished most of a couple of bottles of red wine.

“And at about 1 o’clock in the morning he said to me that there were only two things that I had to remember – and I thought to myself ‘here I am sat next to the great man himself, who’s about to give me the secret to commentary and I’ve had too much to drink and not going to be able to remember!’

“He said the two things are to be warm enough and to be on time.

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“So I thought that there was surely more to it than this but six months later after he retired I saw him and he asked me if I remembered what I told him that night and I said I did – even though I’d had far too much to drink!

“He then said to me: ‘That was the biggest vote of confidence that I can give you. I think that you’re good enough and capable enough and you’re dedicated enough and thorough enough to go on and take my job. But you won’t be any good if you’re late or cold.’

“Even though it sounded like the most basic of advice, it was actually a vote of confidence in the ability to do the job but just remember- take the stress off yourself.

“Get there four or five hours before kick-off. Does it look like cold night? Maybe not but take an extra coat – you don’t necessarily have to wear it.

How much preparation do you do for a game? 

“Quite simply, enough. I’m of a generation where I can actually remember a time before the internet.

“I am IT literate, but I am also a creature of habit so I stay with the same way that I’ve known for years.

“You’ve got to know more than anyone else who’s sitting and watching that game but the key to prep and therefore how you prep is how you use it.

“You could prep for 15 days straight for a game and have the British Library full of information about a game but if you start to drown the list for the viewer with that information when it’s not relevant, then you’re just showing off. You’ll then start to bore them very quickly and annoy them.

“The key to journalism is gathering all the information and telling the story and telling the story so people can understand it and are enlightened in the process.

“Any information that we as commentators use during the course of a radio or television commentary should enlighten. We should probably use about 10 per cent of our information.

Has preparation got easier or more difficult over the years? 

“It’s easier to do the prep and gain information because of the world wide web, although it can be difficult to find the accuracy of the information you’re looking for.

“Where it’s got more difficult conversely is the way the relationship between football and the media has worsened.

“There’s less trust as there tends to be everywhere in the world and so probably around twenty years ago I could maybe count on 12, 15, two dozen managers to maybe trust me with their team information up to 24 hours before a game. Now we’re talking about two or three.

“I haven’t necessarily got the established friendship that I’ve got with Gareth Southgate for instance. I’m very fortunate in that sense.

“We’ve seen with Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa that team information is now viewed as top secret and actually if you get any team news from a manager then I’m almost too frightened to have it.

“I inherited a great relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson from Brian Moore and Sir Alex would sometimes he’d tell me things on the mornings of Champions League games.

“I’d then arrive at Old Trafford at around 4 o’clock and someone would say to me ‘have you heard Keano [Roy Keane] is not playing?’ – and I’d just think that he was telling me that in confidence and that I’d be the only person that knew so I was hoping he’d think that I wouldn’t have told anyone.

Tyldesley would sometimes hear Manchester United team news from Sir Alex Ferguson before others would

What’s your preparation been like going into the Norwich vs Manchester City game? 

“Because we’re following an international week, most of my research has been about who’s been playing for who since we last saw them.

“In preparation for the England match I had a look at some of Harry Kane’s goalscoring stats and I found the only two players in consecutive internationals and one of them scored in successive nights in Vienna and Prague.

“But I didn’t use it on the night because Harry didn’t score a hat-trick. If he did then I would have found a way to reference that moment.

Tyldesley had a fascinating stat about Kane at the ready but was unable to use it
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“The relevance going into this game is that Norwich have done really well in their two home games – they gave Chelsea a real game and beat Newcastle.

“But I’d be a little bit concerned with how they lost at West Ham – they lost 2-0 and their goalkeeper was their best player – and they went out of the EFL Cup to Crawley Town with Daniel Farke’s shadow squad.

“Given that they are facing the reigning champions who are obviously in great form then my angle on Norwich will be that I’m a little fearful for them.

“For Manchester City, they’ve done very little wrong other than drop a couple of points against Spurs in a game they dominated.

“I’ll be interested to see what Liverpool do at lunchtime [against Newcastle] – you would assume that Liverpool will win.

Tyldesley believes the title race is already taking shape between Manchester City and Liverpool
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“My angle going into the game is that it feels like April already. We are back into that routine we were in during the spring when one of them played first and the other one was playing catch-up.

“And even though out of respect for the other Premier League clubs, both Liverpool and Manchester City will be saying all the right things – that five or six teams can win the title – but they’re already eyeing each other up.

“They won’t admit to it, but if Liverpool slip up at lunchtime then Manchester City will go into the Norwich game with a huge boost.”


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Chelsea’s line up in five years? Imagining how Blues could look in 2024 with Mount, Abraham and other academy stars

13 Sep

Chelsea have enjoyed all kinds of success since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, however they are a work in progress this season.

Qualification for this season’s Champions League was a big step forward for the club but a two-window transfer ban plus losing their best player in Eden Hazard to Real Madrid left a flat feeling around Stamford Bridge during the summer.

Chelsea got themselves back into the Champions League after winning last season’s Europa League but lost star man Hazard
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The hiring of club legend Frank Lampard as manager has lifted the mood but he’s made an inconsistent start.

Chelsea have only won one of their four Premier League matches so far this season and have also succumbed to a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United.

They’ve drawn twice – at home to Leicester and Sheffield United, with the latter fixture seeing them let a 2-0 lead slip.

To Lampard’s credit, he’s given academy players a chance to shine and the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have repaid the faith he’s shown in him by bagging two and four goals respectively this season.

Lampard isn’t quite getting the results he wants as Chelsea boss
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Lampard has a talented group of players at his disposal and if they’re nurtured correctly then they could become a real force as a team in the future.

That got us imagining how Chelsea could look in five years’ time so we’ve had a go at guessing a future line-up. Check it out…

Option 1

Is this how Chelsea could line up in the opening weekend of the 2024/25 season?
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Interestingly, you could see many members of the current Chelsea team still at Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend of the 2024/25 season.

They forked out over £71million for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018 – a world-record fee for a keeper – and still at only 24 years old, there are high hopes for him to play for a number of years.

However, it seems unlikely Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso will be at the club in five years as they’ll be aged 35 and 33 respectively.

This could give the likes of Reece James, 19, the chance to make a name for himself in the first-team.

James will want to kick on from his loan spell at Wigan
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He had a successful spell on loan at Wigan last season playing as a midfielder but his usual position is right-back and is now back in training after sustaining an ankle ligament injury in the summer. James may even get the odd run-out later this season.

Kurt Zouma has struggled in 2019/20 and this could clear the path for Andreas Christensen in five years and given he’ll be 28 then, he’s likely to be entering the best years of his career. Denmark international Christensen has been on Chelsea’s books since he was 15 years old.

Left-back is a place where Chelsea will have to adjust though but one player they’ve been linked with is Valencia’s Jose Gaya, 24.

It is understood he could be the Blues’ first signing after their transfer ban ends in the summer of 2020 and Gaya would be likely to sign a five-year contract.

There could be big changes in midfield though.

Chelsea will need Kante to stay for as long as possible if they’re to become a top side again
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They’ll probably have to find an N’Golo Kante replacement as he’ll either be too old to play for Chelsea regularly in five years’ time or if he may have moved on beforehand.

Chelsea have been linked with Brazilian wonderkid Bruno Guimaraes recently and they could be tempted into making an approach for Declan Rice, a player they let go as a youngster, if he continues to play well for West Ham and England.

Rice also has a good friendship with Mason Mount, and could be persuaded into having another crack at Stamford Bridge in the future.

Could Rice follow Mount to Stamford Bridge?
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There are clearly high hopes for 20-year-old Mount though as well as the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic.

Meanwhile, Callum Hudson-Odoi should be a regular when he recovers from his Achilles injury and given he’s reportedly on the verge of signing a new contract he’s surely part of Chelsea’s plans in the long-term.

There’s huge responsibility for the lone role up front and although Tammy Abraham is in good form, it remains to be seen whether he’ll be good enough for that responsibility in the future.

However, as there’s currently no hint of Chelsea making a move for another striker, Abraham has been given the nod from us.

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The likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be hoping are still at Chelsea in five years
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However, there are other players including Fikayo Tomori and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who will hope to be a part of the Chelsea squad in the future.

Tomori, 21, started Chelsea’s last game against Sheffield United and will be looking to make the most of every opportunity he gets and will feel Christensen has yet to fully establish himself as a first-team regular.

Hudson-Odoi’s situation must be addressed too. While it looks like he’ll sign a new deal, Hudson-Odoi is down to leave the club next summer until he actually puts pen to paper.

If he goes, then that could see a reshuffle in formation with Mount shifted out wide, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek will play down the middle of the attacking midfield three.

Loftus-Cheek is currently recovering from an Achilles injury sustained in May but will be hoping to get more minutes under his belt this season and beyond.


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Liverpool vs Newcastle: Six memorable Premier League encounters between both sides featuring THAT 4-3 game

13 Sep

The international break is over which means the Premier League makes a long-awaited return this weekend. Hurrah!

Liverpool will be hoping to continue their 100 per cent start to the season when they face Newcastle, who have made a mixed start to the campaign, at Anfield on Saturday.

Liverpool look ready to mount another title challenge
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The hosts are expected to win this game comfortably against a side that are tipped to be in a relegation battle this season even though they claimed a great victory at Tottenham earlier this season.

However, every so often the two sides produce some memorable matches when they do face each other.

talkSPORT.com has taken a look at six classic encounters between Liverpool and Newcastle in the Premier League era.

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Newcastle 3-0 Liverpool – 1993/94

The first Premier League encounter between these two sides in the Premier League era proved to be a memorable match for Andy Cole, whose devastating hat-trick inside the first 30 minutes ruined Graeme Souness’ Liverpool.

This victory was made all the more impressive by the fact that Newcastle actually won promotion to the top flight the season before and Kevin Keegan’s side went on to finish third in the table while the Reds could only manage an uninspiring eighth.

6. Andy Cole (Newcastle United) scored 34 goals in 40 appearances in the 1993/94 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.85
Cole scored 34 goals in 40 appearances for Newcastle that season
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Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle – 1995/96

A number of pundits view this as one of the greatest matches ever played including talkSPORT’s Clive Tyldesley so this was obviously going to make this list of classic Liverpool vs Newcastle encounters.

Robbie Fowler gave Liverpool the lead inside two minutes but goals from Les Ferdinand and David Ginola gave Newcastle a 2-1 lead at half-time.

The former Reds hotshot levelled the game but Faustino Asprilla’s lovely finish restored the Magpies’ lead.

Stan Collymore equalised moments later and his emphatic finish got Liverpool a dramatic winner in the 90th minute – a goal which played a key role in long-time rivals Manchester United winning the title that season.

5) Stan Collymore (14) and Robbie Fowler (28) - 1995/96 - 42 goals – Click the arrow for more
Braces from Fowler and Collymore gave Liverpool the incredible win
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Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle – 1996/97

They effectively did it all again the following season, with Liverpool coming out on top thanks to Fowler’s 90th-minute header.

It looked set to be a rout when the Reds raced to a 3-0 lead at half-time thanks to goals from Steve McManaman, Patrik Berger and Fowler.

Newcastle showed tremendous spirit after the break and goals from Keith Gillespie, Asprilla and Warren Barton looked to have earned them an unlikely point.

But Fowler had other ideas and his goal broke Geordie hearts as Newcastle lost another Premier League title to Manchester United, however, the Red Devils won it by a bigger margin this time around.

Newcastle 1-4 Liverpool – 1998/99

Anything Cole can do, Michael Owen can do just as well.

1997: Academy graduate Michael Owen makes his Liverpool debut
Newcastle had no answers for Owen’s brilliance
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Fresh from his stunning World Cup in France, Owen, who was still 18 years old at the time, tore through the helpless Magpies defence to bag a brilliant first-half hat-trick.

Owen would go on to sign for Newcastle seven years later after spending a year at Real Madrid and the former striker has come under huge criticism for saying he never wanted to move to St James’ Park in his recent book, Reboot – My Life, My Time.



Newcastle 3-1 Liverpool – 2010/11

This was arguably the game that inspired Liverpool to shell out £35million to sign Andy Carroll from Newcastle in January 2011.

A month earlier, the physical striker terrorised the Reds defence, providing an assist for Kevin Nolan as well as scoring a long-range effort as Newcastle won 3-1.

However, things never worked out for Carroll on Merseyside as he only managed eleven goals in 58 appearances.

Carroll scored 11 goals in 19 appearances in the first half of his debut Premier League season before getting his move to Liverpool
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Newcastle 2-3 Liverpool – 2018/19

The last time the two sides met was also an entertaining game as Divock Origi’s glancing header earned Liverpool a dramatic winner.

Goals from Christian Atsu and Salomon Rondon cancelled out efforts from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah but the Belgian striker had the final say.

The win for Liverpool ultimately proved fruitless in their bid to land a first Premier League title though as Manchester City won their remaining games.

Origi has a habit of scoring important goals for Liverpool
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Joe Root must stay as England captain despite Ashes failure, says Matthew Hoggard

12 Sep

Former England cricketer Matthew Hoggard has leapt to Joe Root’s defence, saying his position as Test captain should not be called into question.

It’s been an unsuccessful Ashes series for England as they find themselves 2-1 down with just one match left and with no chance of retaining the famous urn.

Root and England have been second best in this summer’s Ashes
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This will be the second series Root has lost to Australia since be became captain in February 2017 – the other a 4-0 defeat Down Under in December 2017/January 2018.

Root and England’s failures have led to the likes of Geoffrey Boycott claiming the Yorkshireman “lacks any feel for captaincy“, while ex-England spinner Graeme Swann said he should never have have been made captain in the first place.

Steve Harmison told talkSPORT that Root is the only man for the job and Hoggard, who helped England beat Australia in the 2005 Ashes with Harmison, echoed his former teammate’s views.

When asked about whether the criticism surrounding Root’s status as England Test captain is fair, Hoggard, speaking at SportNation.bet’s Ashes review event, said to talkSPORT.com: “B*******”

“What tactics are there that Joe Root’s done that we’ve not agreed with? It’s not as if there’s been stupid field placements or everyone is complaining about the selection. What’s he done wrong?

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‘Hoggy’ has come out and backed fellow Yorkshireman Root
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“Yes it’s 2-1 in an Ashes series that we needed to win but Root hasn’t stood out as a player that’s done much wrong.

“At the moment, the biggest enigma has been about how to get Steve Smith out.”

Root has had a busy summer as he was part of England’s ODI side that won the Cricket World Cup earlier this summer. He also plays for England at T20 level.

His workload has arguably had an effect on his form with the bat with Root out for three ducks in six innings before the fifth Test.

It’s led to suggestions that Root should consider quitting playing in T20 matches in a bid to improve his Test form.

When when asked whether Root should abandon either T20 or ODI cricket, Hoggard added: “The only person who can answer that is Joe Root.

“I hate people making decisions on what’s best for another player. Only Joe Root himself knows.

“Yes, you’re allowed to have a bad series and not be in good nick but if Root scores 200 at the Oval [in the fifth Test], what are the critics going to say then?

“Batting at three is difficult for him when he scores his runs at four and to come in at three very quickly like he’s had to against Australia is a hard place to be. Ask Michael Atherton who used to get done by Glenn McGrath all the time.

“It’s not like he’s been playing s*** shots, he’s been got at. He’s not getting himself out. Some of the balls he’s been getting would get anyone out.

“I’m not concerned about him as a captain or his form.”

 

Root is hardly the only England player to have struggled for form throughout the series and it’s cost Jason Roy a place in the team going into the final Test.

Roy’s form has been particularly frustrating with his highest score just at 31 leading to claims his game is not suited in a Test format.

And Hoggard has suggested Roy should focus on scoring runs for Surrey before he tries to fight his way back into the England set-up.

Hoggard added: “He [Roy] hasn’t set the world alight in the Test format, has he?

Roy’s Ashes series never got going
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“Yes, it’s very hard opening the batting against Australia with their excellent bowlers especially in a Test arena.

“If he doesn’t start doing it for Surrey then it’s going to be difficult [to get back in the England team].

“He has looked like a rabbit in headlights, a bit out of his depth and if he wants to open the batting for England he’s going to have to go back to Surrey and score some runs.”


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Norwich vs Man City predicted teams: John Stones to get his chance, in-form Teemu Pukki to lead attack for Canaries

12 Sep

The Premier League is finally back following the first international break of the season and one of the big games of the weekend sees champions Manchester City face Norwich at Carrow Road.

Second from bottom face second from top on Saturday evening – and you can listen to commentary LIVE on talkSPORT at 5:30pm – the last of our three commentaries on GameDay.

Manchester City could be five points behind Liverpool by the time they kick-off
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City have unsurprisingly made a good start with their 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham the only points they’ve dropped in their opening four matches so far this season.

It’s been a different story for newly-promoted Norwich though – amassing just three points despite playing decent football.

Pep Guardiola’s side are expected to win this game comfortably but this isn’t to say there won’t be a shortage of goalmouth action at both sides. 

The game is likely to see the three highest scorers in the Premier League play with Teemu Pukki and Raheem Sterling each scoring five goals so far this season, while City frontman Sergio Aguero leads the charts with six strikes to his name.

Can City’s defence stop the red-hot Pukki?
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Aguero actually has eight goals in his five starts against the Canaries.

Norwich will be without defender Timm Klose for a lengthy spell after he sustained a knee injury during their Carabao Cup defeat at Crawley last month.

Meanwhile, midfielder Tom Trybull is set to be out for around six weeks with an ankle ligament injury and Norwich are also waiting on the fitness of Christoph Zimmerman.

As for Manchester City, they will have to find a replacement for defender Aymeric Laporte, who is a long-term absentee after sustaining a knee injury during their win over Brighton.

However, they could welcome back Gabriel Jesus, who has been training with the first-team this week despite sustaining a hamstring injury in August.

Defenders Benjamin Mendy and John Stones have also returned to training so are also in contention to play this weekend.

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How Norwich could line up

Is this how Norwich will line up against the champions?
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Although playing City could prompt a change in game plan for Norwich, Daniel Farke seems keen for his side to stick to their playing style.

They played a far too expansive game in their opening weekend defeat at Liverpool and also played positively when Chelsea came to town a fortnight later.

However, the game might come too late for Zimmerman so Hanley could come in at centre-back alongside Ben Godfrey. Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis should occupy the right and left-back slots respectively.

Trybull’s unavailability could see Scotland international Kenny McLean, who started against Liverpool, restored to the fold.

Farke is unlikely to be put off from playing his usual system against City
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The attacking midfield three of Todd Cantwell, Marco Stiepermann and Emi Buendia, who have started all four Premier League matches so far this season, should get the nod again.

And up front will be Pukki, who carried on his brilliant early season form on international duty with Finland, scoring goals in Euro 2020 qualifiers against Greece and Italy.

How Manchester City could line up

We predict Stones will fill in for the injured Laporte
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Guardiola has a choice to make on whether to stick or twist in this game, with a Champions League opener against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night to also think about.

We suspect City will go for an attacking line-up in an attempt to blow their opponents away and give Guardiola the chance to take some key players off ahead of their game in Ukraine.

However, changes need to be made at the back and Stones could replace Laporte and play alongside Nicolas Otamendi.

This is a potentially make or break moment in Stones’ career as he lost his place in the first-team to Vincent Kompany during the run-in phase of last season while also making a costly error during England’s Nations League defeat to the Netherlands.

Stones is facing a battle to recover from a hamstring injury. however
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Otamendi should be fit to play as he returned from international duty with Argentina early.

Meanwhile, Kyle Walker was a surprise omission from Gareth Southgate’s England squad so will be fresh and will also have a point to prove. Oleksandr Zinchenko should keep his place at left-back despite Mendy’s return to training.

Guardiola may opt for one defensive midfield option as they look to finish the contest off early. Ilkay Gundogan missed Germany’s victory over Northern Ireland earlier this week due to illness which could lead to Rodri being given the holding role.

Meanwhile, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne should be given free roles.

Bernardo Silva may come in for Riyad Mahrez, who started against Brighton, while Sterling and Aguero are shoo-ins to start most matches.

Can Aguero add to his already impressive goal tally against the Canaries?
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Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – with Norwich vs Manchester City among our games this weekend.