Liver­pool vs Manch­ester United - The BIG one!

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The big one this week­end is un­doubt­edly Liver­pool v Manch­ester United. This is the BIG derby and make no mis­take, with sup­port­ers from Amer­ica’s New York to South Africa’s Cape Town to China’s Shang­hai down to Syd­ney in Aus­tralia… ev­ery­one across the world will be watch­ing this one with a TV au­di­ence of hun­dreds of mil­lions. But shock­ingly for Liver­pool fans, they have suf­fered the loss of Sa­dio Mane and man­ager Jur­gen Klopp has been work­ing tire­lessly on the train­ing field this week plan­ning how best to cope with los­ing his tal­ented at­tacker. Mane was in­jured play­ing for Sene­gal in their World Cup qual­i­fy­ing win over Cape Verde. The ham­string in­jury will keep him out of the United game plus two Cham­pi­ons League games and next week’s visit to Spurs. So far this sea­son Mane has been sus­pended for three games, and now the in­jury so his play­ing time has been lim­ited. Dur­ing those times Liver­pool have av­er­aged only 1.6 goals against 2.2 goals when Mane was in the team and they won just once in seven games while he was on African Na­tions Cup duty in Jan­uary. How­ever, to even up the odds, United are also miss­ing in-form Marouane Fel­laini be­cause of lig­a­ment dam­age sus­tained dur­ing Bel­gium’s World Cup match this week. This gives man­ager Jose Mourhino a headache in mid­field be­cause he is also with­out Paul Pogba and Michael Car­rick so his op­tions are lim­ited. Liver­pool are cur­rently in 7th po­si­tion in the Premier League ta­ble and 7 points be­hind sec­ond placed United. I was very sur­prised to hear that not only has Ser­gio Aguero been at Manch­ester City’s won­der­ful Eti­hed Sta­dium train­ing ground this week but he also is do­ing light train­ing to keep fit. He ex­er­cised with other City play­ers not in­volved in this week’s in­ter­na­tional matches. Fol­low­ing his car ac­ci­dent in Am­s­ter­dam which left him with a bro­ken rib and cuts and bruises, he was ex­pected to be out for up to six weeks but I am told that this is likely to be re­viewed by City’s med­i­cal staff. Aguero is only one goal short of break­ing at­tack­ing for­ward Eric Brook’s record of 177 goals for City which he achieved way back in the 1930’s! Spurs’ star Rose wants Mourhino I have learned that Tot­ten­ham Hot­spurs’ right back Danny Rose has de­cided his ca­reer is des­tined for Manch­ester United. Reds’ boss Jose Mourhino thinks that Luke Shaw is not up to the task and has dis­carded him with Ash­ley Young, Mat­teo Darmian, Mar­cos Rojo and Da­ley Blind all filling as cover for the po­si­tion. Mourhino has rec­og­nized that, de­spite a wretched sea­son dur­ing which he has been in­jured since Jan­uary, Rose at 27 has light­ning speed and can at­tack as well as ef­fec­tively de­fend and would be a good fit in the United team. Rose has been ap­proached by Chelsea but said he wants to play for Mourhino and United is his tar­get. Rose was a ring leader re­cently in at­tack­ing the wage struc­ture at Spurs who do not pay their play­ers the mega salaries of other clubs. He knows that he can dou­ble his cur­rent £75,000 a week salary if he joins an­other big club.

There is a de­bate go­ing on around the Premier League and on TV. Is Tot­ten­ham’s Harry Kane worth more than the world’s most ex­pen­sive player Paris St Ger­main’s Ney­mar? The over­whelm­ing vote at the mo­ment is yes! Af­ter fail­ing to score in Au­gust Harry has now hit 14 win­ners in 9 matches mak­ing him the most pro­lific scorer in Europe. He is cer­tainly in the world’s top five. Real Madrid have shown in­ter­est in the star striker but sup­port­ers and the me­dia have al­ready said that no price is high enough for Harry. Sell­ing Harry would pay for most of Spur’s new sta­dium but when you have the best player why sell him and be­come a weaker team. Let’s hope Spur’s owner Daniel Levy is not tempted by Harry’s £250mil­lion val­u­a­tion which is be­ing talked about. Harry has also been added to the list for this year’s Bal­lon ‘dor award which recog­nises the world’s best player. Real Madrid’s Cris­tiano Ron­aldo cur­rently holds the ti­tle and is a strong con­tender again this time around but Harry Kane is right up there with the best. Liver­pool owner John Henry has made it clear that he will sell the Reds for the right price. And that price is £1bil­lion! I have learned from be­hind the scenes that Bri­tish busi­ness­woman Amanda Stave­ley is the front runner in pre­lim­i­nary talks. She has close links with many Mid­dle-East­ern bil­lion­aire in­vestors and was in­stru­men­tal in Sheikh Man­sour buy­ing Manch­ester City. How­ever, I un­der­stand that Stave­ley is also in­ter­ested in buy­ing Mike Ash­ley’s own­ing stake in New­cas­tle and was in the di­rec­tor’s box at St James Park re­cently. Ash­ley has ap­par­ently dropped the ask­ing price for the New­cas­tle club from £450mil­lion to £350mil­lion. Ash­ley has con­ceded that man­ager Rafa Ben­itez is right and the squad needs strength­en­ing in the Jan­uary trans­fer pe­riod but he does not want to in­ject any more per­sonal money and there­fore is look­ing for a quicker sale than pre­vi­ously ex­pected.

Ever­ton boss Ron­ald Koe­man, I have been told from in­side the club, has been given un­til the end of Oc­to­ber to turn around the for­tunes of the Tof­fees. Af­ter spend­ing £150mil­lion in the trans­fer win­dow and adding Wayne Rooney to his squad for £300,000 a week, both sup­port­ers and the club board are get­ting fed up with watch­ing the team lose or draw to clubs who spent less and have less re­sources and less tal­ented play­ers. Ou­mar Ni­asse’s late win­ner against Bournemouth prob­a­bly saved his boss his job last week. Los­ing three suc­ces­sive matches against Chelsea, Man Utd and Spurs was bad enough but Ever­ton also failed to score a goal. There­fore three vi­tal matches will de­cide the man­ager’s fate I un­der­stand. Those matches are two away vis­its to Brighton and Le­ices­ter and one at Good­i­son Park, their home ground, to Arse­nal.

Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14, 2017

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