9 The Daily Telegraph Monday 27 July 2020 *** Liverpool respond to wake-up call in the style of champions at St James’ Park By Luke Edwards 1 land, which players are out there, in a depressed Covid-19 market, who can improve them? As for Newcastle, the future remains torturously undecided. After more than four months, nobody knows whether a proposed takeover by a Saudi-led consortium will go through. The chances appear to be slim, given it has stalled for so long while the Premier League wrestles with moral and legal issues to do with the illegal streaming of English football in the kingdom. No takeover attempt has attracted more controversy than this one, but it is Newcastle’s supporters who suffer. As things stand, despite the emergence of a rival bidder in American Henry Mauriss, Mike Ashley remains Newcastle owner Newcastle United Liverpool Gayle 1 3 Van Dijk 38, Origi 59, Mane 89 Dyche happy to stay if Burnley can support his ambitions Sean Dyche has insisted he is happy to remain at Burnley providing there is a clear outline of the club’s ambitions. He has guided them to their joint-highest Premier League points total despite this defeat on the final day. Dyche has been hampered by players leaving with expired contracts, despite warning chairman Mike Garlick of the potential problems of delaying, while key squad members have also missed much of Project Restart through injury. “We need to make sense of it. We’re ambitious to a level that the club can allow us to get to, and we’re certainly ambitious with the players we’ve got,” Dyche said. “As long as I know what the challenge is, I’m happy to manage. “As long as I know what the guidelines are I’m expected to work under – it only starts getting tricky when those guidelines start getting blurred or they start getting stretched, and they’re not stretched in the right direction.” Dyche has kept Burnley in the Premier League for four consecutive seasons, with a net spend of around £9million per year, which means he has been linked to other top-flight jobs when they have arisen. He will ask for support in the transfer market after losing Jeff Hendrick, Aaron Lennon and backup goalkeeper Joe Hart when their deals ran out, leaving Dyche using youngsters to fill his substitutes’ bench. “Of course it needs support,” Dyche said. “It’s how much support you can get – the strategies, the financial strategy, the budgets, which is always tough, but it has Erik Pieters, who chipped a ball over Lewis Dunk, which allowed Wood to control and finish into the bottom corner. Aaron Connolly’s winner was reviewed by Var to check Neal Maupay had kept the ball in play during the build-up when he nudged it towards his team-mate. Kevin Long looked favourite to clear, but Connolly danced around his Republic of Ireland team-mate before placing his low finish into the net. It meant Graham Potter secured Brighton’s biggest points tally since promotion to the Premier League. “There has been a lot of learning so to end up with 41 points is good,” Potter said. “We want to improve, but the Premier League is so tough. Every year is an absolute fight, you have to retain that humility and respect for the competition.” been since I’ve been here so it’s not new ground for me.” There was nothing significant to play for in the table, but Burnley’s Nick Pope was still in the running for the Golden Gloves until Yves Bissouma ended his hopes of a final-day clean sheet. The Mali midfielder had just won a slide tackle when Chris Wood’s scuffed clearance fell to him 30 yards from goal. He took a touch and curled into the top corner of Pope’s net for his first Premier League goal. Burnley’s leveller was set up by at Turf Moor By Mike McGrath Burnley Brighton Wood 44 Bissouma 20, Connolly 50 cutting up Norwich
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