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Premier League Matchday 5 – Everton and Villa to be thoroughly tested
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Premier League Matchday 5 – Everton and Villa to be thoroughly tested

The Premier League's 100 percenters will have the opportunity to prove if they're up for it or if their previous performances have been a fluke and all fairytale. Regardless, I would advise that they shouldn't be written off if they fall short on Matchday 5. Aston Villa and Everton have won all their games thus far. Carlo Ancelotti's men have proven to be a free-scoring side early into the season with 12 goals already to their name with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring 6 of those goals, including one hat-trick. New signing James Rodriguez has also been very impressive for the Toffees thus far with 3 goals already. Aston Villa have been on a roll with an unexpected 3 wins from 3 with new signing Ollie Watkins also impressing and scoring a first-half hat-trick against defending champio...
Van Dijk – Reds will not dwell on Champions League exit
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Van Dijk – Reds will not dwell on Champions League exit

Van Dijk has insisted that the Reds will not allow their exit from the UEFA Champions League to affect their confidence ahead of their triumph in the 2019/20 Premier League. Liverpool are just 2 wins away from lifting the domestic trophy for the first time in 30 years and that is what the players will use as a reminder to help them stay motivated and prepare for the Merseyside derby on Monday. “I think we did everything we could to win the game. We were outstanding for 95 minutes,” said the Holland captain. “We were intense, we dominated, won the ball, won a lot of second balls and put in a lot of work and heart in the challenges. “The only thing is we are out of the Champions League. But we are back in on Friday and then everybody has to be ready for another intense game and w...
Ancelotti stalls Everton’s transfer plans ahead of FA Cup Merseyside derby
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Ancelotti stalls Everton’s transfer plans ahead of FA Cup Merseyside derby

Carlo Ancelotti will put his Everton transfer plans on hold until after Sunday's FA Cup third-round match against Liverpool. The Toffees have been linked with high-profile players since the Italian's arrival at Goodison Park with James Rodriguez amongst the names being mentioned. Regardless, the Italian in no hurry to enter the market this January and has prioritized the FA Cup derby against Liverpool on Sunday, where he expects perfection from his team. "I didn't think about (transfers) until now," Ancelotti said. "Honestly before I want to check all of the players that we have here. "We don't have a lot of time because we have a lot of games but I have an idea now and every day I will get to know my players better. "If there is any possibility the club is happy to try to i...
Keita out of FA Cup derby against Everton due to a groin injury
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Keita out of FA Cup derby against Everton due to a groin injury

Naby Keita is yet to overcome his injury woes at Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp ruled him out of Sunday's Merseyside Derby in the third round of the FA Cup. Keita was in the starting 11 for Thursday's Premier League 2 nil win against Sheffield United at Anfield but was withdrawn after he was hit with a suspected groin injury during the warm-up. Klopp revealed the 24-year-old's status after the game through the club's official website: "I don't know exactly what he has—it was the groin—but I can say already he will not be involved against Everton. That makes it 12 adult players we have [available], plus the kids, so that's not cool, but we cannot change it." James Milner went on to replace Naby Keita against the Blades but his unavailability is a cause for concern as they face an Everto...
Merseyside Derby – Coutinho and Salah likely to be absent
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Merseyside Derby – Coutinho and Salah likely to be absent

  Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Philippe Coutinho and Mohammed Salah are major doubts for the Merseyside derby on Friday after missing out on the side's 2:1 Premier League win over Burnley on New Year's day. Salah missed the game against Burnley due to a groin strain while Coutinho was absent from the tie after suffering a thigh injury. READ: PSG looking to cash in on Guedes in the January transfer window “Phil are Mo are injured, not massively but enough for today (to be) no chance. And (they are) a doubt, at least a doubt, for Everton,” Klopp told reporters after the dramatic win over Sean Dyche's men. Sadio Mane was the only presence amongst Liverpool's quartet of impressive attackers in the starting line up, and he alongside Salah will travel to a...