Weekend recap: United impress, what do Arsenal and Liverpool lack?

The second Premier League weekend of the season has passed with some surprising results. So here are our top three picks. 

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United impress:

Manchester United played out the first Friday night football of the season at home to Southampton. Although possession favoured the visitors early on, United dominated on the most part. They barely got out of second gear and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s two goals showed exactly why he was signed. Paul Pogba looked comfortable on his second debut.

But for some hesitation in decision making in the final third, United could have easily scored two or three more. Southampton had a couple of decent half chances as they broke through United’s defence, something Mourinho will be looking to iron out in training this week.

A relatively easy win with United looking the part.

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More calls for Arsene to spend as Arsenal held:

An all too familiar story for Arsenal fans in this one. They struggled throughout to break down a resilient Leicester and any chances that presented themselves were not taken. Leicester felt they should have had a penalty late on and they had a case.

The return of Laurent Koscielny was welcomed by the Gunners and Petr Cech showed his class once again, but Arsenal are already five points behind the Premier League leaders.

Wenger still needs a centre back and centre forward.

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Klopp’s Liverpool stunned by Burnley:

The shock result of the weekend was undoubtedly Liverpool‘s 2-0 away defeat to newly promoted Burnley. Jurgen Klopp’s side had 26 shots but failed to breach the Burnley backline.

This could well be a one off for Liverpool, they had plenty of chances and 81% possession but it was just ‘one of those games’ – they impressed offensively in their opener but have already shipped in five goals.

Liverpool need to tighten up at the back and take their chances but it is not the time to panic.

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Who impressed you the most this weekend? Should Arsenal and Liverpool be looking to make signings?


Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs Liverpool

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool

Venue: White Hart Lane – Saturday, October 17 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET) 

Match Odds: Tottenham 6/4 – Draw 12/5 – Liverpool 7/4

Match Preview

Tottenham host Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime as the Premier League returns from the international break in style. Jurgen Klopp will lead the Reds out in his first game in charge and all eyes will be on White Hart Lane for what should be a great spectacle.

Spurs are currently unbeaten in their last seven league games, the longest unbeaten streak in the Premier League. They drew 2-2 at Swansea last time out but will be looking to repeat the performance that saw them beat Manchester City 4-1 at home three weeks ago.

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Pochettino has ensured the Spurs defence are tougher to break down than they were last year and they will look to end a worrying recent trend of being outgunned by Liverpool, particularly at home. The Reds have scored eight goals in their last two trips to Spurs without conceding.

Klopp will hope to keep that run going when he watches his new team play for the first time. Brendan Rodgers was sacked following the 1-1 draw with rivals Everton two weeks ago, with Liverpool sitting in 10th place going into this one.

They have only won three times so far this term and will be looking for their first away win since the opening weekend in North London here.

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A win for either side will fill them with confidence as both are expected to be battling for the Champions League places come the end of the season.

Team News

Tottenham have still got several injury worries in midfield. Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb are both ruled out, while Eric Dier is suspended. Alex Pritchard and Heung-Min Son are also ruled out as Mauricio Pochettino will look to Moussa Dembele to partner Dele Alli in midfield.

All eyes will be on Jurgen Klopp’s first team selection as Liverpool manager but his options are limited for his first ever Premier League outing. Jon Flanagan, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and Danny Ings are all ruled out through injury. Gomez and Ings are out for the season with ACL injuries, while Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren are doubts.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five: D/W/W/W/D

Liverpool’s last five: L/L/D/W/D

Key Stat: Liverpool have won their last five matches against Spurs in all competitions, scoring 18 times in the process.

Key Player: Christian Eriksen – The Danish playmaker scored two free-kicks in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Swansea last time out and will look to shine once more in what is a big game for both sides.

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Score Prediction

Spurs 2-2 Liverpool – Tough game to call here. Spurs boast the better form and their 4-1 win over City proved they can be a match for anyone when on song. But the arrival of Klopp to Anfield should rejuvenate the Liverpool team and they will be keen to impress in his first game in charge. Goals are expected but we’re going for a score draw.

LA Galaxy fear Klopp’s Liverpool arrival will tempt Gerrard away – report

A huge managerial appointment on Merseyside could sent shockwaves that rumble across to Los Angeles as LA Galaxy fear Jurgen Klopp’s pending Liverpool appointment could see Steven Gerrard return to Anfield.

Klopp is expected to be announced as the new Liverpool boss on Friday morning, with multiple reports suggesting a three-year deal has been offered to the former Borussia Dortmund head coach.

One of his first jobs will be to assemble a backroom team to help him turn Liverpool’s season around after a slow start and LA Galaxy fear that will see the Reds approach Kop legend Gerrard, according to the Daily Mirror.

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The 35-year-old English midfield enforcer only joined the Galaxy in the summer and still has more than a year left on his 18-month contract. But he has made it clear he hopes to return to Liverpool one day in some capacity and the Mirror report claims Galaxy chiefs “believe there may be interest”.

Gerrard may feel more comfortable seeing out the remainder of his Galaxy contract, especially with the team chasing a second successive MLS Cup title, before returning to Anfield in January 2017.

Would Steven Gerrard be a good addition to the Liverpool backroom under Jurgen Klopp?

Former Chelsea star tips in-demand coach to manage in England

Former Chelsea midfield powerhouse, Michael Ballack, tips Jurgen Klopp to manage in England for ‘the foreseeable future,’ reported by Sport1de.com.

Klopp will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer after seven years at the club. He has guided the German club to Bundesliga titles twice and his side were runners-up to Bayern Munich in the 2013 Champions League final.

Ballack, former German captain, highlighted that Klopp speaks English and is successful due to his training techniques.

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Klopp has been linked with the Manchester City job despite Manuel Pellegrini remaining adamant he will be at the club next season.

It would be surprising to see Klopp managing any club without Champions League football, leaving City as the most likely option.

Klopp has not had a good season with Dortmund, who are slumped in seventh place and had been in the relegation zone for parts of the campaign.

Ballack has not commented on when Klopp will be managing in the Premier League. We could well see the German coach take some time out of the game before his next move is decided.

Will Klopp manage in England and when will it be?