Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson Danny Mills slams FIFA World XI and insists Liverpool duo deserve places

24 Sep

Danny Mills can’t believe Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson were not selected in FIFA’s World XI.

Not just that, the talkSPORT presenter was stunned to discover there were NO players from his former team, Manchester City.

The 2019 FIFA World XI has not gone down well with fans
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This year’s all-star line-up was announced at the BEST FIFA Football Awards in Milan on Monday, but the selection has been slated by football fans in England.

The 2019 XI features THREE Real Madrid players (not including Eden Hazard, who only joined them in the summer) despite the Spanish giants not winning a major trophy.

Meanwhile, there are no representatives from Man City’s history making treble-winning team, while only Virgil van Dijk and Alisson made the cut from Liverpool’s Champions League-winning side.

Now, fantasy XIs are rarely universally agreed, but Mills believes voters got this one seriously wrong and two Reds stars in particular should have been included after their stunning individual seasons.

Speaking on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former City and England defender said: “Ramos and Marcelo? I wouldn’t have those two in. They are unbelievable players throughout the course of time, but not last season.

“Eden Hazard is not a midfield player, he’s a forward. You’ve got to put him in the forward line, and then he doesn’t even get in.

“I would leave Hazard and Luka Modric out of that team. There were better players last season in midfield.

“There’s no right back in the team, either!

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“Trent Alexander-Arnold, why is he not in there? Andy Robertson in at left-back, where are these players? They were sensational last season!

“They got goals and assists, why did they not get a vote or two?”

Best FIFA Football Award winners 2019

Men’s player – Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)

Women’s player – Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC and United States)

Men’s coach – Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)

Women’s coach – Jill Ellis (United States)

Men’s goalkeeper – Alisson Becker (Liverpool and Brazil)

Women’s goalkeeper – Sari Van Veenendaal (Atletico Madrid and Holland)

Puskas award – Daniel Zsori (Debrecen/Fehervar)

Fan award – Silvia Grecco (Palmeiras)

Fair play award – Marcelo Bielsa and the Leeds squad

FIFPro men’s world XI – Alisson; Matthijs De Ligt, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Virgil Van Dijk; Frenkie De Jong, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric; Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi

FIFPro women’s world XI – Sari Van Veenendaal; Lucy Bronze, Nilla Fischer, Kelley O’Hara, Wendie Renard; Julie Ertz, Amandine Henry, Rose Lavelle; Marta, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe

FIFA 20: Career mode wonderkids with the highest potential

18 Sep

FIFA 20 is here and if you’re planning to get stuck into a game on Career Mode you’ll be desperate to land some top talent.
Everyone loves developing wonderkids and turning them into the best players on the planet, capable of demolishing every opponent you come up against.

Whether they’re to compliment the superstars already in your side and go from super subs to first-team heroes or whether you’re going to throw them in at the deep end, they can be a vital part of your squad.

But who are they players with the highest potential in FIFA 20? Thankfully EA Sports have let us in on the secret on their official website.

You can find you the top 20 below – so make sure you snap them up immediately.

20. Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Salzburg)

Current rating – 74

Potential rating – 89

19. Sandro Tonali (Brescia)

Current rating – 75

Potential rating – 89

Tonali has already featured in Italy squads
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18. Rodrygo (Real Madrid)

Current rating – 76

Potential rating – 89

17. Moise Kean (Everton)

Current rating – 76

Potential rating – 89

Moise Kean has joined Everton from Juventus
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16. Lucas Paquetá – (Milan)

Current rating – 79

Potential rating – 89

15. Houssem Aouar (Olympique Lyonnais)

Current rating – 81

Potential rating – 89

Aouar is a talented young midfielder who also offers versatility
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14. Lautaro Martínez (Inter)

Current rating – 81

Potential rating – 89

13. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Current rating – 83

Potential rating – 89

Alexander-Arnold is now a regular for England and Liverpool
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12. Luka Jović (Real Madrid)

Current rating – 83

Potential rating – 89

11. Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Current rating – 76

Potential rating – 90

There are high hopes for Foden at the Etihad Stadium
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10. Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona)

Current rating – 84

Potential rating – 90

9. Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona)

Current rating – 85

Potential rating – 91

De Jong joined Barcelona in the summer after a stunning campaign with Ajax
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8. Vinícius Jr. (Real Madrid)

Current rating – 79

Potential rating – 92

7. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Current rating – 84

Potential rating – 92

Borussia Dortmund and England star Jadon Sancho
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6. Kai Havertz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)

Current rating – 84

Potential rating – 92

Havertz is making a name for himself in the Bundesliga
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5. Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan)

Current rating – 85

Potential rating – 92

Donnarumma is now into his fifth season as a first-team regular
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4. Leroy Sané (Manchester City)

Current rating – 86

Potential rating – 92

Leroy Sane scored 16 goals for Manchester City last season
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3. João Félix (Atlético de Madrid)

Current rating – 80

Potential rating – 93

Joao Felix is already impressing at Atletico Madrid
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2. Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus/Piemonte Calcio)

Current rating – 85

Potential rating – 93

Matthijs de Ligt is one of the best centre backs in the world
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1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Current rating – 89

Potential rating – 95

Kylian Mbappe has again started the season well for PSG
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England vs Kosovo: Predicted Three Lions XI for Euro 2020 qualifier with Liverpool and Chelsea youngsters set to feature

9 Sep

England will look to make it five wins from as many games on Tuesday night when they welcome Kosovo to St Mary’s in their next Euro 2020 qualifier – live on talkSPORT.

Gareth Southgate’s men continued their perfect start to the qualifying campaign with a 4-0 victory over Bulgaria at Wembley on Saturday.

England eased past Bulgaria on Saturday at Wembley
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Harry Kane’s hat-trick and Raheem Sterling’s strike sent the Three Lions back to the top of Group A after they were briefly overtaken by the Kosovans.

Kosovo travel to the Premier League ground on the back of an impressive 2-1 victory the Czech Republic, which extended their unbeaten run to 15 games on the international stage.

Just a point separates England from Kosovo in second, although the hosts have played a game less.

Southgate is likely to rotate the team which started at Wembley, which could see some of England’s exciting young players feature from the outset.

Chelsea starlet Mason Mount, 20, made his senior international debut from the bench on Saturday and could be in line to start on Tuesday.

The Blues midfielder has been favoured at Stamford Bridge this season over fellow England international Ross Barkley, who got the nod against Bulgaria.

Mount has scored twice for Chelsea in the Premier League this season
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Elsewhere, Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to replace Kieran Trippier at right-back, while Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho is likely to start after being benched on Saturday.

Here’s how talkSPORT.com expects England to line up:

England vs Bulgaria confirmed team news: Kieran Trippier returns to start over Trent Alexander-Arnold

7 Sep

Kieran Trippier has won the battle to start at right-back for England in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria.

The former Tottenham defender has impressed since joining Atletico Madrid during the summer and gets the nod ahead of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Trippier starred for England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia
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It completes a turnaround for Trippier, who was dropped by Gareth Southgate for the Nations League finals in June, a decision which the full-back revealed left him ‘devastated’.

The Three Lions are blessed with huge quality at right-back, with Manchester City’s Kyle Walker not even included in the squad to face Bulgaria and Kosovo.

Trent Alexander-Arnold will be joined on the bench by Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Elsehwere, Southgate opts for a midfield three featuring Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson and Ross Barkley.

Michael Keane partners Harry Maguire in central defence with Danny Rose at left-back, while the front three features Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.

Confirmed England XI

Pickford, Trippier, Keane, Maguire, Rose, Rice, Henderson, Barkley, Rashford, Kane Sterling.

Premier League players dominate 2019 FIFPRO World 11 shortlist with Man United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City stars all nominated

5 Sep

For the first time since 2009 Premier League clubs have the most players on the FIFA FIFPRO World 11 shortlist.

English teams replace Spanish LaLiga clubs with the biggest representation on the list of 55 footballers announced today.

Raheem Sterling’s performances for Man City have earned him a place on the shortlist
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Premier League champions Manchester City have eight players on the list, including Joao Cancelo who played for Juventus last season, while European champions Liverpool have seven players selected.

Tottenham have three representatives – Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen – while Manchester United have two – David De Gea and Paul Pogba.

N’Golo Kante is the only Chelsea player selected, although Eden Hazard (now at Real Madrid) gets the nod for his performances for the Blues last season.

More than 23,000 professional footballers voted for the 2019 World 11, selecting one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards who were the best in their position during the 2018-2019 season.

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The 11 players who received most votes on their position earn a spot on the World 11.

FIFPRO and FIFA will reveal the World 11 on Monday, September 23 during The Best FIFA Football Awards in the Scala in Milan.

THE 55 MOST VOTED PLAYERS ARE:

GOALKEEPERS (5)

Alisson Becker (Brazil, Liverpool FC)
David De Gea (Spain, Manchester United)
Ederson Moraes (Brazil, Manchester City)
Jan Oblak (Slovenia, Atletico Madrid)
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Germany, FC Barcelona)

DEFENDERS (20)

Jordi Alba (Spain, FC Barcelona)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (England, Liverpool FC)
Daniel Alves (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain/Sao Paulo)
Joao Cancelo (Portugal, Juventus/Manchester City)
Daniel Carvajal (Spain, Real Madrid)
Giorgio Chiellini (Italy, Juventus)
Virgil van Dijk (The Netherlands, Liverpool FC)
Diego Godin (Uruguay, Atletico/Internazionale)
Joshua Kimmich (Germany, Bayern Munich)
Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal, SSC Napoli)
Aymeric Laporte (France, Manchester City)
Matthijs de Ligt (The Netherlands, Ajax/ Juventus)
Gerard Pique (Spain, FC Barcelona)
Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)
Andrew Robertson (Scotland, Liverpool FC)
Alex Sandro (Brazil, Juventus)
Thiago Silva (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain)
Raphael Varane (France, Real Madrid)
Marcelo Vieira (Brazil, Real Madrid)
Kyle Walker (England, Manchester City)

MIDFIELDERS (15)

Sergio Busquets (Spain, FC Barcelona)
Casemiro (Brazil, Real Madrid)
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City)
Christian Eriksen (Denmark, Tottenham Hotspur)
Frenkie de Jong (The Netherlands, Ajax/FC Barcelona)
Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea/Real Madrid)
N’Golo Kante (France, Chelsea)
Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid)
Arthur Melo (Brazil, FC Barcelona)
Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid)
Paul Pogba (France, Manchester United)
Ivan Rakitic (Croatia, FC Barcelona)
Bernardo Silva (Portugal, Manchester City)
Dusan Tadic (Serbia, Ajax)
Arturo Vidal (Chile, FC Barcelona)

N’Golo Kante is the only current Chelsea player named on the shortlist
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FORWARDS (15)

Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City)
Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid)
Roberto Firmino (Brazil, Liverpool FC)
Antoine Griezmann (France, Atletico/FC Barcelona)
Harry Kane (England, Tottenham Hotspur)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich)
Sadio Mane (Senegal, Liverpool FC)
Kylian Mbappe (France, Paris Saint-Germain)
Lionel Messi (Argentina, FC Barcelona)
Neymar Junior (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool FC)
Heung-Min Son (South-Korea, Tottenham Hotspur)
Raheem Sterling (England, Manchester City)
Luis Suarez (Uruguay, FC Barcelona)

Top 20 wonderkids in Europe this season as Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi earns call up to France national side

5 Sep

Matteo Guendouzi was one of the stars for Arsenal in the north London derby on Sunday as the Gunners were unlucky not to get three points at the Emirates.

The defensive midfielder’s performance received rave reviews and it looks like he is maturing into a fine player.

The 20-year-old was even rewarded with a call up to the France national side to replace the injured Paul Pogba.

Matteo Guendouzi was one of Arsenal’s best players against Tottenham
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Guendouzi is one of the best performing young players in Europe’s top five leagues so far this season.

We have taken a look at the top 20 best wonderkids in the opening month of the season, according to statistics on WhoScored.com

20. Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) – 7.20/10 on WhoScored.com

The midfielder joined RB Leipzig from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and has already started well.

In the 21-year-old’s first two games he has scored one while there have also been calls for him to selected for the France national side.

Christopher Nkunku has started the season well for RB Leipzig
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19. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 7.22/10 on WhoScored.com

The 20-year-old full back has continued his tremendous form from last season and already has two assists in four games.

Alexander-Arnold is one of a number of young English stars who have been picked in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the best full backs in the Premier League
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18. Mohamed Simakan (Strasbourg) – 7.25/10 on WhoScored.com

The 19-year-old defender only made his debut for the Ligue 1 side this season but is showing he may be one to watch for the future.

He has played every minute of Strasbourg’s first three matches with some impressive defensive stats to match.

17. Ruben Vargas (Augsburg) – 7.28/10 on WhoScored.com

The forward has had an impressive start to the season for Augsburg with three goals in three games.

The Bundesliga side paid £2.25million for the 21-year-old this summer from FC Luzern and that is proving to be a bargain.

Ruben Vargas only cost £2.25million
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16. Carles Perez (Barcelona) – 7.29/10 on WhoScored.com

The young Barcelona winger made his LaLiga debut at the end of last season and has started the new season well after his promotion from their B team.

The 21-year-old already has one goal and two assists in three games for the Catalan side.

Carles Perez has one goal and two assists for Barcelona this season
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15. Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) – 7.30/10 on WhoScored.com

The striker is finally getting his chance at Chelsea and so far has repaid the faith.

Abraham has four goals in his first four games and can perhaps count himself unlucky to not be included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

Tammy Abraham has seized his opportunity under Frank Lampard
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14. Andrea Pinamonti (Genoa) – 7.32/10 on WhoScored.com

The 20-year-old striker is currently on loan at Genoa from Inter Milan, with an obligation to buy at the end, and he has made a strong start at his new club.

One goal in his first two games is a decent return and he could be a good signing.

Andrea Pinamonti celebrates scoring against Roma
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13. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) – 7.32/10 on WhoScored.com

The full-back is quickly becoming a fan favourite at Old Trafford and showing who United splashed out £50million on him.

The Red Devils have been a bit unpredictable so far this season but Wan-Bissaka has been one of their better players.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has impressed for Man United
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12. Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo) – 7.32/10 on WhoScored.com

The 21-year-old’s loan from AC Milan was made permanent this summer following 33 appearances for the club last season.

The midfielder has continued his good form with the Serie A side.

Manuel Locatelli is a rising star in Serie A
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11. Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) – 7.35/10 on WhoScored.com

The Arsenal youngster was outstanding in the north London derby on Sunday and has been rightly rewarded with a call up to the France side to replace Paul Pogba.

The £7million the Gunners paid Lorient last summer is looking like a steal.

Guendouzi’s excellent performance against Spurs was lauded
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10. Takehiro Tomiyasu (Bologna) – 7.36/10 on WhoScored.com

The defender is already a star for Japan and moved to Bologna from Belgian side Sint-Truiden this summer.

The 20-year-old has showed promise for the Serie A side in the first few games of the season.

Takehiro Tomiyasu is a star for Japan
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9. Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) – 7.39/10 on WhoScored.com

The winger is now a regular for the Italy national side and continues to perform well in Serie A for his club side Fiorentina.

Federico Chiesa is a star for Fiorentina
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8. Hamed Junior Traore (Sassuolo) – 7.55/10 on WhoScored.com

The 19-year-old joined Sassuolo on a two-year loan deal in the summer from Empoli with an option to buy at the end.

The midfielder has one goal in his first two games for the Serie A side.

7. Mason Mount (Chelsea) – 7.55/10 on WhoScored.com

The Chelsea midfielder has adapted brilliantly to the Premier League since returning from his loan spell with Derby.

Two goals at the start of the season is a fantastic return and he has received a deserved call up to the England squad.

Mason Mount was called up to the England squad
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6. Victor Osimhen (Lille) – 7.56/10 on WhoScored.com

Lille signed the striker this summer and he has hit the ground running in Ligue 1.

Four goals in the 20-year-old’s first four games has certainly caught the eye, including a brace on debut.

Victor Osimhen has four goals this season
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5. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 7.57/10 on WhoScored.com

The France World Cup winner is still only 20 but continues to prove why he is one of the best players in the world.

He has one goal and one assist in his first three games and will be hoping to add to the 39 goals he scored in all competitions last season.

Kylian Mbappe has again started the season well for PSG
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4. Nordi Mukiele (RB Leipzig) – 7.58/10 on WhoScored.com

The RB Leipzig defender has enjoyed an impressive start to the season and is ranked as one of the best in the Bundesliga.

He has helped his club side maintain a perfect start to the season.

Nordi Mukiele is one of the best ranked defenders in the Bundesliga
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3. Houssem Aouar (Lyon) – 7.67/10 on WhoScored.com

The 21-year-old midfielder has already scored once and provided two assists for Lyon in their opening four games.

Houssem Aouar has one goal and two assists for Lyon this season
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2. Christian Kouame (Genoa) – 7.74/10 on WhoScored.com

The striker was linked with plenty of clubs this summer but Genoa managed to keep hold of the 21-year-old and he has started the season well.

He has two goals in his first two games of the campaign for the Serie A side.

Genoa managed to keep hold of Christian Kouame this summer
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1. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 8.28/10 on WhoScored.com

The England international is in a class of his own and continues to show why he is one of the brightest young talents in world football.

The 19-year-old already has two goals and three assists in three games for Borussia Dortmund

Jadon Sancho is one of the best young players in Europe
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How Liverpool could look in five years time including Brewster, Elliott and Alexander-Arnold in midfield role

4 Sep

Liverpool had an uncharacteristically quiet transfer window with three fairly low key signings in the summer.

Goalkeeper Adrian arrived to strengthen their options between the sticks, while youngsters Sepp van den Berg, 17, and Harvey Elliott, 16, have also come in.

Van den Berg was Liverpool’s first signing of the summer
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Defender Van den Berg has earned comparisons with fellow Dutchman Virgil Van Dijk while winger Elliott is the youngest ever player to play in the Premier League (aged 16 years and 30 days).

It’s unlikely these players will feature for the first-team a lot this season, particularly Van den Berg and Elliott, although both have made their Champions League squad.

The latest development is promising though and this got us thinking at talkSPORT.com, how might the Reds look in five years time?

Of course, without a time machine at our disposal, it’s terribly hard to fully predict what can happen in the future as circumstances can change so quickly in football.

But below you can see our best guess at what Liverpool’s starting XI for the opening weekend of the 2024/25 season may look like.

Option 1: 4-3-3

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Chances are Jurgen Klopp will not be Liverpool manager as his contract ends in 2022 and the German has given interviews recently which suggest he’ll leave Anfield when his deal expires.

The club has grown accustomed to playing a certain way under him though, so it would be no surprise to see them play a similar system post Klopp.

However, quite a lot of the Reds playing now may not be around in five years including goalkeeper Alisson Becker – who is established as one of the world’s best stoppers – and you wouldn’t be surprised to see the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona make an approach for him in the future.

Players don’t turn down those clubs.

This could spell the opportunity for Loris Karius, who is currently going in the middle of a two-year loan spell with Besiktas, a chance to work his way back into the Liverpool fold.

Karius and Alisson are the same age but the Brazilian is bound to attract more attention from the bigger clubs

The German has not played competitively for the Reds since his disastrous performance in the 2018 Champions League final where he made two costly howlers in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.

But in five years he’s likely to have a calmer head and he’ll be keen for his shot at redemption.

In defence, we could see Van den Berg, who will then be 22-years-old, forge a partnership with the experienced Joe Gomez, who will be 27.

Ki-Jana Hoever, who became Liverpool’s youngest ever player to represent the club in the FA Cup last season, will be 22 in five years and could play at right-back even though his preferred position is in the middle.

It looks like Klopp has high hopes for Hoever (right)
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Andy Robertson will be in his 30s by then but the Scotland captain is full of running so don’t be surprised to see him continue at left-back.

Where’s Van Dijk? Well, he will be 33 in five years but Liverpool will have to prepare for bids from some of the really big clubs in Europe sooner if he carries on his impeccable form.

There will be a temptation by the club’s hierarchy to sell him as they’ll be able to make a hefty profit despite forking out £75million for him in January 2018.

Liverpool’s depth in defence will give the opportunity for Trent Alexander-Arnold to start a new role in midfield and who knows, maybe he’ll captain the club one day.

Alexander-Arnold’s superb passing range means it would be a complete waste of his talent to play him as a full-back throughout his career.

Alexander-Arnold has got an exceptionally bright future ahead of him

He has been tried out in midfield by Klopp on a couple of occasions but Alexander-Arnold has yet to master the position. However, such is his talent, he has the potential to be as good as Xabi Alonso.

Meanwhile, the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are likely to see more first-team action if they’re still around.

Up front could see a few changes too with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane bound to attract the attention of bigger clubs than Liverpool.

Mane even admitted to being jealous of Philippe Coutinho when he got his move to Barcelona so the Reds may have to call on some of their youngsters to step up in the future.

Thankfully for Liverpool, they have two potential future stars in Elliott and Rhian Brewster to replace Salah and Mane in case they leave.

Brewster is already part of Klopp’s plans in the first-team this season
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And although Roberto Firmino will be 32 in five years, he may just be able to do the job in the middle of the front three which is where he’s at his best.

Firmino is less likely to leave than Salah or Mane as there are few top clubs in Europe who would let him play in the same role he clearly loves playing in at Liverpool.

Option 2: 4-2-1-3

This line-up has more balance to it
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However, a more defensive line-up could see tough tackling Fabinho, who will be 30 by then, partner Alexander-Arnold in midfield in what would be a similar set-up to when Alonso and Javier Mascherano were around.

This would leave Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain to fight it out for that slot in attacking midfield.

Youngsters Bobby Duncan and Ryan Kent may have had a good chance at making it on Merseyside but they have now moved to Fiorentina and Rangers, respectively, on permanent transfers.

It’s also not clear whether midfielder Curtis Jones, 18, will be a success at Anfield.

Mentions have to go out to the likes of Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum, who will be 34 and 33 respectively.

Will Divock Origi be a part of Liverpool’s set up in five years time?
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There’s nothing to suggest they won’t be at the club in the 2024/25 season but they’ll surely be too old to be playing every week at that intensity.

Meanwhile, Joel Matip will be 32-years-old so could become a second-string player if he’s still around.

Divock Origi will probably always be at his best as an impact substitute so we haven’t included the striker in either XI.

As for James Milner, he’ll be 38 in five years so he only just misses out – we think.


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Premier League Team of the Weekend: Arsenal, West Ham and Liverpool stars impress in Gameweek 4

2 Sep

Another thrilling weekend of Premier League action has passed and Manchester City and Liverpool were once again the standout performers.

The reigning champions dominated Brighton at home in 4-0 victory, while Liverpool also secured the three points in a convincing 3-0 victory at Turf Moor.

Spurs and Arsenal fought out a thrilling draw at the Emirates
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Elsewhere, top four competitors Man United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal all dropped points over the weekend.

Sheffield United came back from two goals down to salvage a point at Stamford Bridge, with Frank Lampard still searching for his first home win in charge of the club.

While Southampton also fought back to earn a deserved point at home to Manchester united.

In the last match of the weekend, Arsenal and Spurs fought out a thrilling 2-2 draw in the north London derby.

But who makes the Team of the Weekend? talkSPORT.com has given its verdict…

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

The Frenchman pulled off a string of superb saves to keep Arsenal at bay in the second-half and Spurs fans can thank their captain for earning a share of the points.

The Gunners had 26 shots in total in the match and the Frenchman expertly denied Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos as Spurs were bombarded by a relentless second-half offensive.

Lloris produced a string of fine saves for Spurs
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Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

The young full-back was denied his first goal of the season after officials realised his cross-turned-shot took a deflection off Chris Wood on the way in.

Despite this, Alexander-Arnold was once again a menace on the right side of Liverpool’s defence, working tirelessly in defence and hardly putting a foot wrong in attack.

Alexander-Arnold was denied his first PL goal of the season
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Ben Chilwell (Leicester City)

Jamie Vardy will get all the plaudits for netting twice but Chilwell was a constant threat down the left flank, providing the assist for one of the striker’s goals.

There’s a reason why the Englishman is being chased by some of the league’s top teams and that was clear for all to see over the weekend, with a solid display put in both in attack and defence.

Chilwell put in another solid display for Leicester
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Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton)

Vestergaard was an imperious presence for the Saints at the back and he finally got his first goal for the club when he rose higher than Victor Lindelof to nod home his side’s equaliser.

The 27-year-old marshalled Southampton’s defence brilliantly after his side were reduced to ten men, easily nullifying the threat of Marcus Rashford in attack.

Vestergaard scored his first Premier League goal to equalise
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Issa Diop (West Ham)

Clean sheets have come few and far between for the Hammers of late but deserved their shut-out on the weekend.

Diop has been criticised for some sloppy displays recently but he was particularly impressive at the back, keeping in-form striker Teemu Pukki = quiet throughout the match.

Diop was a rock at the back against Norwich

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal)

Guendouzi put in his best performance in an Arsenal shirt against Spurs and Gunners fans absolutely loved it.

Arsenal have seemingly unearthed a real gem of a midfielder as the Frenchman was absolutely everywhere, recovering the ball tirelessly and also delivering a superb pass for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to equalise in the second-half.

Guendouzi has been a huge hit for Arsenal
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Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

De Bruyne was injured for most of last season but he is now back to his scintillating best.

The playmaker was untouchable against Brighton, scoring the opener and setting up the second for his fifth assist of the campaign so far.

De Bruyne is in red-hot form
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Callum Robinson (Sheffield United)

Robinson spurned a great chance to get on the scoresheet in the first-half but made amends with a superb display after the break.

The Blades midfielder hit the target seconds after the restart and then put in a beauty of a delivery that Kurt Zouma could only turn into his own net to earn a point for the Premier League newcomers.

Robinson starred for Sheffield Utd
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Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)

Chelsea look to have established their No.9 for the season after Abraham put in another brilliant display over the weekend.

The young forward held the ball up brilliantly all game and was also relentless in pressuring the opposition, which ultimately led to his goals which he finished well.

Abraham has seized his opportunity under Frank Lampard
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Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

It was a textbook Vardy performance and his second goal was a thing of beauty.

The pacy striker’s form is showing no signs of slowing with age and he was a danger for the Foxes all game, bursting through the Bournemouth defence with some explosive runs and, as always, producing clinical finishes when it matters.

Vardy bagged a double as Leicester breezed past Bournemouth
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Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Raheem Sterling has been stealing the limelight so far this season but Aguero once again delivered the goods for his side over the weekend.

The Argentine is the ultimate finisher and his two strikes once again demonstrated how important he is to Pep Guardiola’s side.

Aguero scored twice against Brighton – taking his tally to six goals in four Premier League games this season
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s hilarious reaction to opening goal not being awarded to Trent Alexander-Arnold during win over Burnley

1 Sep

Jurgen Klopp was in disbelief after Liverpool’s opening goal was not awarded to Trent Alexander-Arnold in their 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.

The right-back’s cross took a slight deflection off Chris Wood’s back and looped over a luckless Nick Pope.

Jurgen Klopp was not impressed with the decision to not give the goal to Trent Alexnader-Arnold
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When told in his post-match press conference that the goal had been taken off Alexander-Arnold, Klopp said: “[You’re] kidding? How is that possible?”

Sky Sports’ Patrick Davison then explained: “It takes a deflection off Chris Wood’s back, I’m not sure if you knew that.”

Klopp sarcastically replied: “Okay, very good.”

Liverpool’s win extended their 100 per cent start to four matches, maintaining their two-point lead over Manchester City.

The result also set a new club record for 13 consecutive league victories.

Klopp said: “I don’t feel proud in the moment but I am happy because this record is really nice.

“We don’t go for these records but this team want to write their own stories and create their own history.

“The 13th game in that series, with the boys showing that attitude, that makes it.

“If someone had asked me four weeks ago if it was possible I would have said, ‘probably not’ so now we have to pray they come back [from internationals] healthy and the most intense period starts in September with five away games and one home game.

“So far, so good.”

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Liverpool move above Man City at top of Premier League table with 13th straight win

31 Aug

Liverpool will finish August on top of the Premier League after extending their 100 per cent record to four matches with a 3-0 win at Burnley.

An own goal by Chris Wood, deflecting in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross, was added to by Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino as Jurgen Klopp’s side regained first place little more than a couple of hours after Manchester City had briefly usurped them.

Sadio Mane scored again for Liverpool, but his evening soon turned sour
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It was an afternoon of firsts for the Reds. First time the club have won 13 consecutive league matches. First time they have have won their opening four matches in back-to-back seasons. First clean sheet of the season. And Firmino becoming the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals.

But this was a different type of victory to what had gone before, grinding it out before moving through the gears when they spotted the right opportunity.

In a reversal of fortunes from last weekend, when they overwhelmed Arsenal early on at Anfield, Liverpool found they were the ones having to see off the early hustle and bustle from their hosts.

Wood sprang the offside trap to force Adrian into a save after just 80 seconds and it was apparent boss Sean Dyche had identified that as the most effective way of both negating and threatening the leaders.

Firmino strokes home Liverpool’s third and his 50th in the Premier League
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There was no risk of them being caught by Liverpool’s high-tempo, high press as they were not interested in having any possession in their final third, always looking for the quick pass forward to Wood or Ashley Barnes.

It presented a testing 25-minute period for Klopp’s side as, with the ball either in the air or heading towards their own goal, they spent a fair amount of time backtracking and regrouping as they tried to gain a grip on the game.

Alexander-Arnold had to clear over his own crossbar under pressure from Barnes from an Aaron Lennon cross but the opening spell was not entirely without Liverpool chances.

Nick Pope got the very slightest of fingertip touches to help Mohamed Salah‘s shot onto a post and then almost gifted him a goal when his legs diverted Jordan Henderson’s ball over the top from a one-two, with Salah onto the Liverpool forward who watched the rebound roll wide.

Having patiently probed, the opening goal in the 33rd minute was a complete fluke.

Alexander-Arnold’s attempted cross took a glancing blow off Wood’s shoulder and ballooned over Pope and went into the top corner.

Their second, however, was all too familiar as for once Burnley tried to play from the back and Ben Mee was pressured into losing possession to Firmino, who teed up Mane to slot home his fourth in as many games.

Burnley employed the same tactics at the start of the second half, but with a two-goal cushion and 45 minutes’ experience under their belt Liverpool’s players were more wise to it.

Their first chance of the half did not arrive until the 72nd minute when James Tarkowski headed over from close range.

Had that gone in it would have led to an uncomfortable finish but Liverpool strolled towards full-time, with Firmino launching and finishing the counter-attack with Salah to score the third.

Four wins from four and a two-point cushion over City from the opening month of the campaign. Even the demanding Klopp could not have asked for any more.