Back in favor at Leicester, Riyad Mahrez helped the team reach the FA Cup quarterfinals by resuming his lethal partnership with Jamie Vardy on Friday. Vardy earned Leicester a 1-0 win over second-tier Sheffield United in the fifth round by heading in a cross from Mahrez, who was starting for the first time since the collapse of his move to Manchester City at the end of the January transfer window. Mahrez spent more than a week in self-imposed exile after being denied a transfer to the English Premier League leader, missing two games and a string of training sessions. He began his reintegration by going on as a substitute last weekend — coincidentally in a league match against Man City — and was given a standing ovation by Leicester fans when substituted in injury time on Friday. He applauded them back. “The most important thing in the game was the fans supported Riyad,” Leicester manager Claude Puel said, “and when I replaced him, it was a good feeling … [Read more...] about Reintegrated Mahrez helps Leicester into FA Cup quarters
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Liverpool showed patience and ingenuity to pass their Cardiff test and move back to the top of the Premier League table, writes Adam Bate. They are not going to relent so the pressure is on Manchester City now. My favourite goal.That's how Jurgen Klopp described Georginio Wijnaldum's opener in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Cardiff on Sunday and he explained exactly why.Liverpool see off Cardiff to go topCardiff 0-2 Liverpool: As it happenedThe Dutch midfielder struck the ball first time from Trent Alexander-Arnold's low right-wing corner. It looked like a training-ground routine but it was even more impressive than that."The boys decided in the dressing room at half-time," Klopp told Sky Sports. "I love that. We are learning from the game and that's the best thing you can do in football." They say that there are no leaders in the game these days. They say that players cannot solve problems on the pitch. Well, here is a team that did exactly that in order to crack the Cardiff puzzle and … [Read more...] about Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Cardiff shows they keep solving problems
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he has never doubted the ability of midfielder Naby Keita. Liverpool fixturesPremier League tableThe Guinea international joined from Leipzig for £52.7m in the summer of 2018 but has been used sparingly by Klopp, especially in the current campaign.But Keita was on target on his first Premier League start of the season in the 3-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday, doubling the Reds' lead before playing in Mohamed Salah for the third after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had opened the scoring. Klopp insists his faith in the 24-year-old has never wavered, but injuries to Keita and the good form of others in the squad have limited his opportunities."Naby had injuries, the team is in really good shape, so then do you change?" said Klopp."We are not flying, it's not like we won all of the games 4-0, or 5-0, so we had to bring on a player who helps us with defending set-pieces."Then Naby is sitting outside thinking, 'why don't I play?' I get all that. So we stayed … [Read more...] about Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s Naby Keita has always been part of his plans
FOUR Premier League big boys are in Carabao Cup action tonight - and it should see some real top talent given a chance to shine. Chelsea host Manchester United while Arsenal travel to Liverpool and Aston Villa welcome Wolves. Some of the youngsters on show have already made a flying start to the new season, but for many it could be their first taste of senior action. SunSport has picked it's all-star XI made up of wonderkids poised for some midweek exposure. Caoimhin Kelleher get the goalkeeping gloves. He made his senior debut for Liverpool last month in the cup against MK Dons. Our three centre-halves are Chelsea duo Reece James and Fikayo Tomori and Manchester United's Brandon Williams.James is best played as a wing-back, but looks well-built to play in a back three. Tomori has already made impressive strides at Stamford Bridge this season. He has made seven Prem appearances and was called up to the full England squad. With Manchester United's troubles this season there have been … [Read more...] about Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea kids to star tonight in Carabao Cup… but who makes our combined XI?
IT will be like holding a World Cup inside the M25. For all eight air-conditioned stadiums rising from the Qatari sands are within 31 miles of the chrome and glass skyscrapers in capital Doha’s centre. The shortest journey between stadiums in Qatar is just over three miles — closer than north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham. Nasser Al Khater, the assistant secretary general at the supreme committee for delivery and legacy, told SunSport: “If fans are really hardcore and they make a run for it, they could potentially see three group games in a day.” In Russia, visiting the most distant stadiums — Kaliningrad and Yekaterinburg — meant a 1,550-mile flight. The longest distance between the Gulf state’s 2022 World Cup arenas is just 35 miles.The compact nature of 2022 — Qatar is smaller than Yorkshire — may offer solace for fans of British and Irish international teams still coming to terms with the idea of a winter World Cup in the … [Read more...] about Qatar World Cup: Fans could go to three games in a day as tournament held in country smaller than Yorkshire