Liverpool interested in Berge after Fabinho injury

Liverpool’s unbeaten run continues, as Jurgen Klopp’s team has now gone 31 matches in the Premier League without losing. With Manchester City’s draw against Newcastle, their lead over the champions grew to 11 points, but things will not be easy in the next month or so for the Reds.

The reason for that is the injury Fabinho earned against Napoli in the Champions League during midweek and he could be out of contention for up to eight weeks. That is a long period and in the next 30 days, Liverpool will play 10 matches. That is why, according to Mirror, Liverpool are ready to step up their interest in Sander Berge. The Genk Midfielder is a Norwegian youngster who has been doing very well in the position ahead of the back four.

His contract with the Belgian club expires in 18 months and it could be a perfect timing for Genk to sell him this January. Liverpool might take the chance and get him, to offer more cover for Fabinho.

Everton ready to go after – Everton?

Things at Goodison Park have not been great recently. Marco Silva is struggling with the Toffees and the media in England are saying that he is very close to getting sacked. Some even go as far to say that Everton have not sacked the Portuguese manager simply because they do not have a replacement sorted out. However, they do have director of football in Marcel Brands and it could be that the Dutch has found a new transfer target.

Funnily enough, Everton’s next target could be Everton! His full name is Everton Soares and he plays for Gremio and according to various reports, the Toffees could go up to 35 million euros in their quest for the Brazilian. Everton Soares was brilliant for his national team at the latest Copa America, which Brazil won and now his agent is set for talks in London next week.

The Premier League side are in talks with his agent Kia Joorabchian which could get Everton Soares much closer to a move to Goodison Park.

Bayern Munich boss Flick ´annoyed´ after defeat to Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick was left “annoyed” after his side wasted a host of chances in their 2-1 loss at home to Bayer Leverkusen.

Leon Bailey scored a first-half brace in Saturday’s Bundesliga clash at the Allianz Stadium to inflict a first defeat on the reigning champions since Flick was named interim boss.

Bayern hit the frame of the goal three times and had 11 attempts on target but could not add to Thomas Muller’s first-half strike, despite Jonathan Tah being dismissed nine minutes from time for a last-man challenge on substitute Philippe Coutinho.

“I can’t really criticise my team’s performance today,” Flick said at his post-match news conference. “They played well and tried all they could to win. It’s annoying to not take any points from a game like that.

“We didn’t pay attention twice in the first half which led to their goals. I can’t blame the team for their willingness and commitment. We were too careless in front of goal.”

Bayern had won all four matches without conceding since Flick replaced Niko Kovac earlier this month and had lost only one of their last 29 home league meetings with Leverkusen.

But Muller, who had never previously lost a Bundesliga match for Bayern in which he had scored, felt the hosts should have come away with all three points.

“If we had won the game 3-2, 4-2 or 5-3, nobody can say it wasn’t earned,” he told Sky Sport Germany. 

“Today we met an opponent who had a lot of speed and were very efficient, especially in the first half.”

Lukas Hradecky produced a number of impressive saves to help Leverkusen earn a famous win in Bavaria, but boss Petr Bosz acknowledged his side had to ride their luck.

“I am satisfied with the result today, of course,” Bosz said. “But we were very, very lucky.

“We have had many better chances than these in the last few weeks but have not scored enough goals. Fortunately it was different today.

“I would have liked to have had more points, but I am satisfied with the result today.”

A third league loss of the campaign leaves Bayern fourth and three points adrift of RB Leipzig, while next opponents Borussia Monchengladbach are one point better off and have a game in hand to play.

Tuchel confirms Neymar ready to face Monaco

Thomas Tuchel explained that Neymar trained alone on Friday in order to safeguard his recovery from a hamstring injury, and the Paris Saint-Germain coach confirmed the forward is fit to face Monaco.

The Ligue 1 leaders face 13th-placed Monaco at Stade Louis II on Sunday, and Tuchel said the club has been carefully managing Neymar’s fitness in order to ensure his availability.

The Brazil international played the second half of PSG’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, yet Tuchel opted to keep him isolated from the squad during training.

Explaining why, he told reporters: “Because he felt something in the adductors after the game, we didn’t take any risks.

“So he did individual training. That way, we can control it better. Today [Saturday] he trained with us without any problem, I think.

“He’s with the team, he can play.”

PSG’s equaliser against Madrid came from Pablo Sarabia, who score eight minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute in a frantic spell.

Tuchel was pleased to see his €18million pre-season signing from Sevilla among the goals as he explained the challenge facing Sarabia as he adapts to his new, deeper midfield role.

“It’s difficult for him to get a job like [he had] at Sevilla,” Tuchel said of Sarabia. “At Sevilla, he had a position a little similar to that of Angel Di Maria here, or that of Ney [Neymar] or Kylian [Mbappe].

“He is a key player on the field. We recruited him because he is able to take responsibility, to play 50 or 60 matches per season. But now he has another role.

“He must adapt to our game, to our players. But he has played a lot of matches and he is very important to us because he gives intensity with and without the ball. He has aggression and we lack that in our game.

“He defends well, too. He is reliable and responsible. He has a good influence on our team.

“I’m very happy that it’s him who scored [against Madrid] because he always gives everything during training.”

Emery was sacked to save Arsenal´s season, says director Josh Kroenke

Arsenal made the decision to sack Unai Emery over the past “several weeks” because they felt it was necessary if they wanted to salvage their season, according to director Josh Kroenke.

Following weeks of speculation, Arsenal finally relieved Emery of his duties on Friday in the wake of a 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.

That was a seventh successive match across all competitions that the Gunners failed to win, a run that has seen them slip to ninth in the Premier League following Saturday’s matches.

Freddie Ljungberg was installed as interim head coach until Arsenal make a full-time appointment.

Whoever takes up the vacancy should not expect the club’s ambitions for the season to be more grounded because of their difficult start, as Kroenke – son of club owner Stan – still feels they can achieve their goals.

Speaking to Arsenal’s website after addressing the team during training, Kroenke said: “Like all of our fans and supporters around the globe, we’ve been concerned about our recent string of performances.

“We wanted to support Unai and his staff until we decided it was time to make a change and, ultimately, we came to that decision over the last several weeks as a group between myself, Raul [Sanllehi, head of football], Vinai [Venkatesham, chief commercial officer] and Edu [technical director].

“First and foremost, Unai is a good man, someone that we all respect very much. His work ethic on a daily basis between him and his staff was fantastic.

“Ultimately, we started to fall short of several goals that we set. We still feel that we can achieve those goals this season, which is why we decided to make the change now.”

Arsenal have already started to evaluate candidates for the position, but Kroenke insists they will not rush any decisions, confident Ljungberg will prove an effective steward in the meantime.

“First and foremost, Freddie has Arsenal DNA,” Kroenke continued. “Obviously, he was a player here for a number of years, the supporters know him very well and he’s worked diligently behind the scenes for the past several years, including the last year and a half or so with Arsenal again.

“So it’s been great to have him around, he knows the club’s DNA, and we feel he is the right person in the moment to take the club forward.

“Because of our confidence in Freddie, we’re very fortunate that we’re going to be entering into our process and doing a thorough search, and it’s about finding the right candidate, it’s not about finding the first candidate.”

Not a good idea for Man City to think about Premier League title, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City cannot think about the Premier League title after losing further ground on Liverpool with a 2-2 draw at Newcastle United.

City led twice at St James’ Park through Raheem Sterling’s 15th goal of the season for club and country and a blistering Kevin De Bruyne strike.

But after Jetro Willems, a goalscorer at Anfield earlier this season, had his latest say in the title race, Jonjo Shelvey matched the quality of De Bruyne’s intervention with a stunning leveller two minutes from time.

Guardiola saw his side embark on a 14-match winning run after a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle in January that appeared terminal to their hopes of retaining the title.

After falling 11 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s men – 2-1 winners over Brighton and Hove Albion despite having Alisson sent off – the City boss does not believe contemplating similar heroics should be at the forefront of his players’ minds as they turn towards a week featuring games against Burnley and Manchester United.

“It’s not the time. We have another opponent in front of us,” he said when asked about City’s fading prospects of a third title in a row at the post-match news conference.

“We now have to try and win games, win games and see what happens.

“It’s not a good idea to think about the Premier League and how many points. We have to win games. If we do not win, it will be more difficult.

“Last season [against Newcastle] we played bad. Today I think we did everything to win the game and that is the truth.

“We played on a good level, defending, set pieces and everything. We moved the ball well, we found the spaces outside and we arrived in front of the goal many, many times.

“Unfortunately, we could not score [enough to win].”

Having two leads cancelled out swiftly represented a new frailty for a City side that has looked increasingly vulnerable over recent weeks, but Guardiola was keen to credit Newcastle.

“It’s better to score one, take time and score the second one. But they play,” he said.

“In one situation, they defend deep and make a good action; in the second one, Shelvey puts it in the corner.”

Asked whether former Liverpool midfielder Shelvey had done his part in securing a first league title for 30 years on Merseyside, Newcastle manager Steve Bruce replied: “I don’t know about that!

“I do know it’s his second goal in [four] games and, very quietly over the last few weeks, I’ve been very, very pleased with Jonjo.

“He’s responded to what we want to do, and we all know he’s got that ability in his locker.”

Chelsea 0-1 West Ham United: Beautiful Cresswell strike sees Hammers claim London derby

West Ham United relieved the pressure on under-fire boss Manuel Pellegrini with a shock 1-0 victory against London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

It was an entertaining match in the capital, with Aaron Cresswell giving the Hammers the lead just after the break with a brilliant goal. Michail Antonio thought he had got a second for his team as he converted after the ball hit his arm and then the post before he put the ball in but VAR ruled the strike out. That was all irrelevant though as the Hammers clung on to claim a marvellous win in West London.

Entertaining London derby

There were quite a few chances within the opening period of the match. Pedro and Antonio both had early opportunities but struggled to threaten each goalkeeper, before Christian Pulisic drew solid work out of West Ham’s debutant stopper David Martin. The American then had another brilliant opening to net the first goal but lifted his header over the crossbar.

Pulisic was one of the most dangerous players throughout the first-half and could have provided Pedro with the opener but the Spaniard just failed to get on the end of his teammate’s fantastic ball.

Martin inspired at Stamford Bridge

West Ham continued to hold on and it took a great block from Fabian Balbuena to halt Pedro’s goalbound effort. Reece James then also went close as his cross was deflected, wrongfooting Martin but it luckily bounced off of the upright.

Despite Chelsea dominating the majority of the play in the first-half, Manuel Pellegrini’s side came extremely close to claiming the lead. Robert Snodgrass picked out Antonio with a great ball and the forward looked sure to score with a great header, only for Kepa to produce a brilliant close-range stop.

Martin, in the other goal, continued to claim the headlines as he made a stunning triple save to deny Mateo Kovacic, Olivier Giroud and then Pedro, before Pulisic then also spurned a wonderful opportunity before the break but lifted his effort over the bar.

Cresswell opens the scoring

Whilst the first-half had chances, the second brought most of the drama. Chelsea had appeals for a penalty straight away as the ball struck Balbuena on the arm but the referee nor VAR were interested.

Blues’ fans were then even more frustrated as West Ham took a shock lead through Cresswell. The full-back picked up the ball on the left-flank, checked inside and sent a wonderful curling effort into the top corner.

That opener appeared to give the Hammers a renewed confidence as Balbuena again had a header saved by Kepa, before Antonio couldn’t get enough contact on the resultant corner to double the lead.

VAR chalks off Hammers’ second

The visitors thought they had a second with just over 20 minutes remaining as Antonio netted from close range. However, the Video Assistant Referee intervened and ruled out the goal due to a handball from the West Ham forward.

Chelsea huffed and puffed throughout the second-half, struggling to create any real chances of note. Pulisic did however have the chance to equalise late on but lashed his effort wide of goal as the Blues ultimately fell to their fourth league defeat of the campaign.

Final Thoughts

What a huge result this could potentially be for West Ham United and Manuel Pellegrini. The Hammers were under severe pressure to get a result following what has been a really poor start to the campaign. However, they travelled to Stamford Bridge with the confidence of a side that were significantly higher up the table. Defensively resolute, disciplined and concentrated, the three points were more than deserved for West Ham.

Match Report

Chelsea: Kepa (6); Emerson (6), Tomori (6), Zouma (6), James (7); Kovacic (6), Jorginho (6) (Kante (6), 63′); Pulisic (7), Mount (6), Pedro (6) (Willian (6), 63′); Giroud (5) (Hudson-Odoi (5), 71′).

West Ham United: Martin (7); Cresswell (8), Ogbonna (7), Balbuena (8), Fredericks (6); Fornals (6) (Masuaku (N/A), 83′), Noble (6), Rice (7), Snodgrass (7); Anderson (7) (Yarmolenko (6), 71′), Antonio (8) (Haller (N/A), 76′).

Goals: Cresswell (48′)

Referee: Jon Moss

Yellow Cards: Fornals (65′), Yarmolenko (88′)

Red Cards: N/A

Simeone calls for more aggression from Atleti against Barcelona

Diego Simeone has challenged his side to be more aggressive at both ends of the pitch when Barcelona visit the Wanda Metropolitano.

While the Rojiblancos have been typically dogged at the back so far this campaign, conceding just nine goals in 14 games, they have struggled badly in front of goal.

They drew another blank in their 1-0 Champions League defeat to Juventus in midweek and are the least prolific of all bar one team among LaLiga’s top 13 sides.

Simeone was happy with this team’s display in Turin and wants to see a similar approach against Ernesto Valverde’s side, albeit with added intensity in both penalty areas.

“We want to score more goals and be more aggressive in both penalty areas, which is where the games are resolved,” he told a media conference.

“We work to compete in the best way and we want to win the match. We played well in Turin and hopefully we will do the same but with a different result.”

Atleti have come in for criticism this season after winning just six of their opening 14 LaLiga games.

Simeone has pointed to a number of injuries to key players, though, and says he is broadly happy with how his side have done in the opening months of the campaign.

“I am clear about the goals for the club and what the club needs to achieve them,” he added. 

“We have had to play without Stefan Savic, Jose Gimenez and Diego Costa. These are situations that one cannot imagine at the start of the season, although it can happen.

“The team is competing well and I hope I can have a game like in Turin, but with another result.”

Tottenham 3-2 Bournemouth: Alli scores twice as Mourinho maintains winning start

Dele Alli scored twice as Tottenham claimed a 3-2 Premier League victory over Bournemouth to maintain their winning start under new head coach Jose Mourinho.

Tottenham beat West Ham and Olympiacos in Mourinho’s first two matches and were good value for their latest triumph at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, despite another late collapse.

Alli scored in either half to give the hosts a two-goal advantage, which Moussa Sissoko added to with his first league goal in his past 69 appearances.

Harry Wilson pulled two goals back for Bournemouth – a concerning repeat of the tense finale against West Ham for Mourinho – but Tottenham held on for back-to-back league wins for the first time since April to climb to fifth, six points off a Champions League place.

Tottenham made a slow start but took the lead after 21 minutes through Alli, who slotted the ball underneath Aaron Ramsdale after being teed up by Son Heung-min’s first-time pass.

The hosts thought they had a second goal five minutes later when Davinson Sanchez fired home a loose ball, but he was adjudged by the VAR to have handled as he inadvertently blocked Sissoko’s shot before finishing.

Spurs were frustrated by the officials again before half-time, with no penalty awarded when Steve Cook appeared to handle as he slid to block Alli’s cutback.

But they did double their lead early in the second half thanks to Alli’s calm finish after chesting down Toby Alderweireld’s long pass, shrugging off Jack Stacey and slotting past Ramsdale.

Alli had a glorious chance to round off his hat-trick before the hour, only to blast over the crossbar as Sissoko’s scuffed shot fell into his path.

Sissoko then volleyed in Son’s cross to round off a fine Spurs move, but Wilson pulled one back with an impressive 25-yard free-kick to maintain his burgeoning set-piece reputation.

Wilson netted again in the sixth minute of added time, firing in from 10 yards to set up a nervy finish, but it was not enough to deny Mourinho a winning home league start.

What does it mean? Spurs on the up under Mourinho

Three games for Mourinho, three wins for Mourinho. Tottenham are now firmly in the top-four chase again thanks to back-to-back victories.

Also assured of a place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare, positivity has returned to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – even if defensive problems persist.

Alli back to his best

Mourinho told Alli to “play like Dele” after an underwhelming spell under predecessor Mauricio Pochettino, and the midfielder has responded in style over the past week.

He scored twice in a Premier League game for the first time since April 2018, with Alderweireld playing a big part in both goals, executing defence-splitting passes over the top.

Stacey shrugged off too easily

Bournemouth defender Stacey should have done far more to prevent Alli scoring a second goal, having also dropped off to play Son onside in the build-up to the hosts’ opener.

Key Opta Facts

– Tottenham have registered back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season, last doing so in April this year.
– Bournemouth have lost three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2018 (a run of four).
– Alli has been directly involved in three goals in his two Premier League games for Tottenham under Mourinho (2 goals, 1 assist), as many as he managed in his last 12 under Pochettino.
– Sissoko scored for the first time in 69 Premier League appearances for Tottenham, since netting against Huddersfield in September 2017.
– No player has scored more goals from outside the box (3, level with James Maddison) or from direct free-kicks (2, level with Riyad Mahrez) in the Premier League this season than Bournemouth’s Wilson.
– Since the start of last season, Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma has picked up 18 yellow cards in the Premier League, more than any other player.


What’s next?

Tottenham travel to Mourinho’s former side Manchester United on Wednesday, while Bournemouth head to Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

1st December: Sunday’s European Accumulator – 7/1

With a Sunday afternoon that is filled with footballing action from across Europe’s top-tiers, we here at Soccer News have found a handful of helpful tips that can boost your weekend acca:

Sunday 1st December

BST 11:00 Sevilla vs Leganes

Starting with Sunday’s hosts, booking their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Europa League in some style after winning all five of their Group A matchups, Sevilla find themselves enjoying quite the resurge. Opening the weekend as high as third and knowing that three points could see them briefly leapfrog both Real Madrid and Barcelona to top spot, Los Nervionenses find themselves in the midst of a four-match winning run across all competitions and Julen Lopetegui’s men are enjoying a remarkable nine-match unbeaten run that stems back to the 6th of October. With a Champions League return firmly on their agenda, the former Spain boss will be most impressed by his side’s continued success at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Unbeaten in their last seven matches on home soil and winning six of those contests, Sevilla should be confident of extending their recent purple patch this weekend. As for Sunday’s guests despite putting in a plucky display against Barcelona last time out, Leganes still find themselves sat rock-bottom of the La Liga standings and are already eight points adrift of safety. Recording just a single victory this season and failing to win any of their seven away matches across all competitions, we’re backing a comfortable home victory this weekend.

Tip: Sevilla win and under 3.5 goals @ 21/20

14:00 Inter Milan vs SPAL

Keeping their Champions League knockout ambitions alive in midweek with a thumping 3-1 win away at Slavia Praha on Wednesday night, Inter Milan have continued to shine since appointing former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. Opening the weekend just a single point adrift of league leaders Juventus, I Nerazzurri have won each of their last three matches across all formats and they’re also enjoying a four-match winning run while on Serie A duties. With their sights set on mounting a title charge this season, one man who has continued to shine for Inter this season has been Argentina starlet, Lautaro Martinez. Forming a very eye-catching partnership with Romelu Lukaku, the 22-year-old once again bagged a brace on foreign soil in midweek and has now recorded nine goals in his last 10 matches for the Italian giants. Given SPAL’s continued issues at the foot of the table, Inter and Martinez should be confident of extending their winning run this weekend. Despite landing back-to-back draws against Genoa and Udinese, Sunday’s guests open the weekend down in 19th and at the heart of a real relegation scrap. Now in the midst of a six-match winless run, Leonardo Semplici will be most concerned by his side’s issues on the road. Losing five of their six Serie A matches away from the Stadio Paolo Mazza, it should also be noted that SPAL are yet to record a single strike on the road entering December.

Tip: Inter Milan win and Lautaro Martinez to score anytime @ 6/5

16:30 Leicester vs Everton

Two sides enduring battles at opposite ends of the Premier League table, Leicester should see Everton’s visit to the King Power this weekend as a golden opportunity to extend on their stellar run of form. Opening the weekend sat second and only behind league leaders Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers’ side landed a 2-0 win over Brighton at the Amex last weekend and the Foxes find themselves in the midst of a five-match winning run. With their sights firmly set on landing a Champions League return this season, the former Celtic boss will be growing more impressed by his side’s continued success in the final third. Led by Jamie Vardy who has already bagged 12 Premier League goals this season and leads the race for the Golden Boot, only defending champions Manchester City can boast a better-attacking record entering December. Still flying high after their stunning 9-0 victory away at Southampton last month, there is no doubt that the Foxes will be looking to make another statement this weekend. As for Everton, after suffering a humiliating 2-0 defeat at home against relegation scrappers Norwich last weekend and booed off by the Goodison Park faithful, many believe that this will be Marco Silva’s last match in charge. Opening the weekend down in 16th, the Blues have also lost four of their last five top-flight matches on the road and Sunday should prove to be another long afternoons work.

Tip: Leicester win and over 1.5 goals @ 20/21

Our Sunday European Accumulator:

Sevilla vs Leganes – Sevilla win and under 3.5 goals @ 21/20

Inter Milan vs SPAL – Inter Milan win and Lautaro Martinez to score anytime @ 6/5

Leicester win vs Everton – Leicester win and over 1.5 goals @ 20/21

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