Harry Smith

Harry Smith

Harry Smith is the Bestselling author of 6 novels. He lives in Manchester, England with “the wife,” “the kids,” “the dog,” “that cat,” and he occasionally wears pants.

England v India: ‘Characterful Sam Curran sets up classic finale’

England v India: ‘Characterful Sam Curran sets up classic finale’

England v India: First Test in balance after day three. When England slipped to 87-7 just after lunch on day three, leading by only 100, the game looked to be done. But then Sam Curran took control. His 63, made by marshalling partnerships with Adil Rashid and Stuart Broad, helped England add another 93 runs. It changed the game and England carried that momentum into their bowling after tea. With India 110-5, still needing 84 to win, the first Test is deliciously poised. The word that comes to mind when you look at Curran is character. There are not many 20-year-olds who come into Test cricket and look as assured as the Surrey man has done. Remember, this is only his second match. Then again, he looked right at home when he made his debut at Headingley against Pakistan earlier in the summer. Here, he played some classy strokes and, when the time came, he changed mode and went up a gear. He is used to having to do that in limited-overs cricket.

In that sense, he is typical of the modern game. Ravichandran Ashwin, the off-spinner who has tormented the other left-handers in this England side, was hit straight for six, then four. Curran then swiped Ishant Sharma over extra cover for six to bring up his half-century. How many 20-year-olds, in the history of Test cricket, have taken an opening bowler over extra cover for a maximum to reach their maiden fifty? ‘Can you believe it?’ – Curran reaches maiden Test fifty with huge sixWhile all this was going on, the Hollies Stand, noisy and raucous for the first time in the match, was right behind him. Curran brought the crowd to life. This followed his four wickets in the first innings and preceded him removing Ajinkya Rahane late on Friday. At Headingley, I had reservations over his pace. How might he cope when the ball doesn’t swing? Can he add a few extra tricks to his armoury? Here at Edgbaston, he has been dangerous because the ball has swung throughout. Being a left-armer, he has caused problems for an India team full of right-handers, targeting the pads. Because he isn’t quick, he has bowled a full length, getting the ball into dangerous areas. He very rarely bowls loose deliveries and, impressively for such a young man, he seems to have his plans worked out. In the first innings, when Curran was bowling to Hardik Pandya, he pushed the ball across time after time, then pinned him leg before with a big inswinger. Maybe he wouldn’t have played if the likes of Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Toby Roland-Jones had been fit, but he gives England the variety they have desperately needed for so long. Curran triggers devastating spell with Vijay wicketWhere could he fit in long-term? Far better judges of batsmen than me are really impressed with him. Could he become a number six that operates as a fourth seamer? There’s every chance. Whatever happens, he now has runs and wickets to his name, so he is up and running in Test cricket. Where he goes from here is up to him. He looks to have the right attitude which, at the highest level, is just as important as having the talent. In that sense, he and his brother Tom remind me a lot of their father Kevin, who played for Northants, Gloucestershire and Zimbabwe. I played against him a lot. Kevin was one of those never-give-up cricketers. He was courageous and calm, but he could also be in-your-face and aggressive. I admired him because he never took a backward step. It was Kevin who was responsible for the nasty scar that I have on my bottom lip.

Who is Sam Curran?

Age: 20

Born: Northampton

County: Surrey

Style: Left-arm seamer. left-hand batsman

Tests: Two Older brother Tom made England Test debut in 2017-18 Ashes.

Father Kevin played for Zimbabwe We were playing a game in Harare, nothing more than a friendly, and I walked out to bat with only a few runs needed to win. I wasn’t wearing a helmet. Kevin being the competitor he was, dug in a bouncer that I top-edged into my teeth. There was blood everywhere. I had to be stitched up in a Harare hospital without any anaesthetic. After that, whenever we played against one another, Kevin and I had some ding-dong battles. I wanted my revenge and he knew it. Sadly, Kevin died after collapsing while out running in 2012. He did not get to see Tom make his Test debut during the Ashes or the wonderful performance of Sam here in Birmingham. Sam, though, has helped leave this match in a not dissimilar position as the Ashes Test on this ground in 2005. England beat Australia by two runs on a tense fourth day at Edgbaston in 2005 to level the Ashes series.

In that game, Australia ended day three requiring 107 runs, but with only two wickets in hand. We all know what happened next. Here, the contest is more even. India need 84 with five wickets remaining. Crucially, one of those is Virat Kohli. If England get Kohli out, they probably win. If they don’t, the chances are they will lose. James Anderson admitted as much when he spoke to the press at the close. England’s 1,000th Test has fluctuated more than most of the previous 999 and is shaping up to be a match befitting the occasion. It should be a classic finale. That the first Test between England and India is building up to such an exciting conclusion is thanks to the efforts of Sam Curran. Jonathan Agnew was speaking to BBC Sport’s Stephan Shemilt.

 

Rivals’ arrogance ended up my Rangers to Europa League advancement, shows Gerrard

Rivals’ arrogance fired up my Rangers for Europa League progress, reveals Gerrard

Steven Gerrard maintained loud-mouthed Osijek played Rangers’ hands using their cocky pre-match remarks. The Croatians’ midfielder Robert Mudrazija stated his side were”much better, more powerful, more skilful” compared to Rangers while boss Zoran Zekic had a lot to say in front of the Europa League showdown in Ibrox.

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Gerrard said:”Talking does not win you football games, it will not get you results. Occasionally it will not assist your players, it simply pushes the resistance. “We thrive on all that sort of conversation. We appreciated it. My gamers came out and played like guys and we did our talking on the pitch. “I am absolutely delighted with all the players and today it is about dusting down ourselves for a major game (against Aberdeen) in the weekend” Borna Barisic became the first player to internet against Gerrard’s Gers together with his last-minute attack, however, the hosts prevailed on for a 2-1 aggregate win to put up this metting with Maribor. With just a slim lead from a week’s battle in the City Garden Stadium, there was always guaranteed to become an anxious atmosphere around Ibrox. Lassana Coulibaly must have settled the nerves only four minutes, but he blazed over from close range after being chosen from Ryan Kent’s corner-kick. Osijek’s pressing ancient forced Gers profound, but it was the hosts who came close to landing a sucker punch as Ryan Jack delivered Morelos scampering in behind. The angle was contrary to the Colombian, however, since Osijek goalkeeper Marko Malenica assembled his low attack, doing exactly the same as Daniel Candeias pulled the trigger by the border of the box. It was stressed, aggressive stuff.

The Light Blues loyal held their collective breath following 18 moments when Ovie Ejaria attempted to be too smart on halfway. His tried flick was selected off and Osijek bombarded ahead. It required a brave block from Allan McGregor to refuse Mudrazija, while the keeper needed to bail out Gers again seven minutes before the rest as his defence went to sleep, initially pulling off an acrobatic stop to refuse Ezekiel Henty before jump up to parry Petar Bockaj’s followup. But having endured these temptations, Rangers climbed in confidence. Just a last-gasp lunge by Alex Grgic early in the next period ceased Kent delivering a devastating blow as he joined with Coulibaly’s ball into the back post. But that just postponed the inevitable and from the subsequent corner Gers struck. Some more composure may have seen them place the tie into bed entirely, but Kent awakened new air while Coulibaly virtually struck the corner flag two adequate openings came and moved in awkward fashion.

Morelos let his frustration show if Kent’s hesitation in releasing his pass price that the striker the opportunity of a run-in on target. Ejaria barely did him some favours minutes afterwards because his over-hit ball behind left Morelos with just the side-netting to aim at. The tension increased in the last moment when Barisic fired a deflected shot past McGregor to be the first player to internet against Gerrard’s Gers, but the hosts held to advance. • Emergency services were called to take care of mass brawls and violence out Ibrox from the build-up to last night’s battle with Osijek. Footage on societal media seemed to reveal fights between a few fans of both clubs before the next qualifying round second-leg tie. Film uploaded into Twitter seemed to reveal one clear supporter being kicked around the body when lying prone on the street, while the other was seen running about holding and waving a flare. Police officers can be seen liner Paisley Road West and Edmiston Drive about the strategy into the scene. Witness Marianne Chirray composed on Twitter:”Ibrox is disorderly right now!!! Flares being thrown, people getting kicked in the mind – nightmare!”

Daniel Ricciardo to leave Redbull Racing Formula 1 team

Daniel Ricciardo is set to leave the Redbull Racing Formula 1 team to join Renault.

The Australian F1 star sensationally announced that he will join the French squad from next year on a two-year deal that will see him race in Renault yellow until the end of the 2020 season.

Ricciardo has been widely expected to re-sign with Red Bull after potential vacancies at Ferrari and Mercedes slipped away.

Reaction from fans on Twitter has been that of utter shock –

But after five seasons, seven race victories and two pole positions, Ricciardo is moving on.

“It was probably one of the most difficult decisions to take in my career so far,” he said in a statement released by Renault.

“But I thought that it was time for me to take on a fresh and new challenge.

“I realise that there is a lot ahead in order to allow Renault to reach their target of competing at the highest level but I have been impressed by their progression in only two years, and I know that each time Renault has been in the sport they eventually won.

“I hope to be able to help them in this journey and contribute on and off track.”

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Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of the team, added: “Daniel’s signing underscores our determination to accelerate our progress towards the forefront of the sport.

“It is also a recognition of the work accomplished over the past two and a half seasons.

“Daniel’s undoubted talent and charisma are a huge bonus and statement for the team. We will have to repay his faith in us by delivering the best car possible.

“We welcome him to our growing team in 2019 with a great deal of pride, but also humility.”

Ricciardo will partner Nico Hulkenberg next year, with the Red Bull-contracted Carlos Sainz reportedly poised to join McLaren.

The two-year deal puts Ricciardo on the same contract cycle as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, with all three drivers’ current deals coinciding with the expected arrival of new F1 technical regulations in 2021.

Wolves To Smash Their Own Transfer Fee With 18 Million Signing

Wolves To Smash Their Own Transfer Fee With 18 Million Signing

What a time is it be to a Wolves fan. Has there ever been a club that’s just been promoted and looks so frightfully strong? It might be the only time in which a newly-promoted side should be looking at a top ten finish, not just merely surviving. Last season, the Midlands side stormed the Championship, winning it by a canter. And in this transfer window, they have been busy, to say the least. They have brought in an influx of talent into the fold, admittedly mostly players of the Portuguese persuasion.

But now, if it were at all possible, it’s just about to get better for Wolves. They have smashed their own transfer record. They have reportedly bought Adama Traore off Middlesbrough for a record £18 million, according to the Telegraph – what could be seen by some as peanuts in today’s market, but a real statement of intent by Wolves, a club whose heyday was back in the 1950s.

 

With the influx of new and exciting clubs coming into the Premier League and spending big, one thing that is for sure is that the relegation battle will be one of the toughest ever. Last season there was the title-race, the fight for Europe and then the tussle for relegation. We should expect more of the same.

 

Manchester United’s pre-season tour might have changed Jose Mourinho’s plans

Manchester United’s pre-season tour might have changed Jose Mourinho’s plans

It means expectations are mixed ahead of the new Premier League campaign. It would be inexcusable not to mount a serious title challenge, yet supporters can’t help be alarmed by developments. However, there are plenty positives for Mourinho to take ahead of the new season following a sometimes testing pre-season trip to the US. Pereira performs Andreas Pereira has had to stake his claim the hard way after risking a loan-move to Valencia last season against Mourinho’s judgment – but he looks revitalised and full of desire this summer.

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He has excelled in the No.6 position on the tour of the US and though Nemanja Matic is still the main man, the young Brazilian has shown he is ready to step up. If Paul Pogba maintains his World Cup form and Fred can hit the ground running, United’s midfield department will look pretty healthy. And Pereira might have played his way into Mourinho’s line-up plans, certainly for the opening game against Leicester. Sanchez sharp United fans are yet to see the best of Alexis Sanchez, but he looks like he could be ready to lift off. This is the first summer in nine years in which the 29-year-old has not had to juggle international commitments with resting his body for the new campaign. An extended break has helped him to get back up to sharpness and his performances in a front-two alongside Juan Mata certainly bode well in terms of a potential back-up plan – and given Mourinho something to think about. His contribution to the team could sky-rocket once the World Cup stars have found their feet and the scene is set for the Chilean to prove his doubters wrong next season.

Giving youth a chance The lack of senior stars during pre-season has had both positive and negative effects for United this summer. Results have been below par and first-team players who have played have been required to do so in an unsettled team which lacked consistency. However, those negatives need to be taken with a pinch of salt, especially when the positive development of the likes of Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood and Demetri Mitchell are considered. Eyebrows were raised when so many academy stars boarded the initial flight to the US but they have soundly expressed their qualities. Expectations need to be contained for the next crop of hopefuls, but there is certainly quality knocking on the door of the first-team eagerly anticipating its opportunity. Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Joshua Bohui in action during a first team training session at UCLA.

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Take nothing for Granted David de Gea’s presence will again be vital for United this season and with Sergio Romero in reserve United are blessed with strength in depth. However, if injury were to strike either or both them, new signing Lee Grant has shown on the tour that he has not been signed just to keep the other two company. At 35, he is back-up to the back-up, but in the US he proved himself capable of contributing to first-team duties. His experience adds value to the dressing room environment and he has already proven himself to be a popular addition among teammates.

Squad bonding Mourinho has helped give the impression of a tense mood within the United camp. The United manager has had to cope without his World Cup stars and is clearly frustrated with the club’s failure to get a fourth signing over the line. However, it is clear to see the players have enjoyed themselves. The young players have integrated into the squad well, with their initiation singing entertaining first-team stars and staff. Social media has once again provided a behind-the-scenes look at the stay in America and supporters should be encouraged by the way in which new signings Grant, Diogo Dalot and Fred have all settled in. And a number of players have been at pains to get the message out that the mood is positive within the group.

Greene Chosen By team-mates As British Captain For Berlin

Dai Greene (coach: Benke Blomkvist; club: Swansea) has been voted as the captain by his British teammates for next week’s European Championships in Berlin from 6-12 August.

Greene, who won the world, European, Commonwealth and Diamond League 400m hurdles titles in a 14-month period from 2010 and 2011, acquired probably the most votes after each member of the 101-strong British workforce, the most important of the fashionable period, was given the prospect to appoint who they wish to be captain.

The 32-year-old is enjoying a successful summer season having booked his place to Berlin with gold on the Müller British Athletics Championships and having returned to the worldwide stage on the Athletics World Cup, introduced by Müller, each final month. Greene has earlier captaincy expertise having been handed the honour for the European Workforce Championships in Stockholm in 2011 and the Olympic Video games in London in 2012.

Greene received his first main senior medal in Berlin, claiming silver as a part of the British 4x400m relay quartet on the World Championships in 2009 and his first ever worldwide medal at a European Championships, taking silver as an beneath 20 in 2005. As a part of his function, he’ll ship a pre-Championships speech on the British workforce assembly.

Dai Greene mentioned: “After such a very long time out of the workforce, it got here as fairly a shock to be chosen as captain for the European Championships by my teammates. I’m extremely proud to tackle the function as soon as once more. I can’t wait to steer such an ideal workforce into the Championships in Berlin subsequent week.”

Neil Black, Performance Director at British Athletics, mentioned: “I’m delighted for Dai that he has been chosen to captain the British workforce for the European Championships in Berlin. Dai is having fun with an ideal season after a troublesome time period with damage and it’s a testomony to his willpower and character that his friends have chosen him for such an honour. Dai is a really nice athlete each on and off the observe and is a implausible alternative to steer what’s our largest workforce of the fashionable period. I’ve little doubt he’ll lead by instance along with his performances on the observe and by how he operates off the observe.”

In the meantime, race walker Gemma Bridge (Mark Wall; Oxford City) has withdrawn from the British team for the European Championships as she recovers from injury.

Bologna’s Creative Goalkeeper Training Drills Are The Future

Bologna’s Creative Goalkeeper Training Drills Are The Future

Championship side Norwich City started the trend with their ‘spikeball’ drill that involves a trampoline and four goalkeepers, but the Serie A side, who are managed by the legendary Filippo Inzaghi, have outdone them with a series of genius maneuvers. As you can see in the footage below, the club have designed exercises to engage players and test their reaction times, using objects that can direct the ball in a number of different directions. Just check out this one minute clip of the drills in action. TAKE MY MONEY! If you want to watch the full version of the clip, Bologna’s official Twitter account directed fans to check out the YouTube clip. Seriously, you need to check it out. I want to try that and dont/cant even play in goal- Troy Bryan (@TroyBryan24) August 1, 2018 Those things are so cool!! Wanna try one out soon as!- Alyta Norman (@LytaN09) August 1, 2018 As we know by now, Sunday League football rules state that one player must warm up the goalkeeper by smashing balls at him before-kick off. No fancy equipment is needed, just a rock hard Mitre ball and goalposts. In a standard team though, you might have a back up goalkeeper if your lucky, so the last thing you’d expect to see on a muddy, wet Sunday is a trampoline in the middle of a pitch, surrounded by four shot-stoppers. Championship side Norwich City have brought in a unique training drill that makes us Sunday League players look a bit daft. ‘Spikeball’ takes a huge amount of skill but it looks like a barrel of laughs. The temptation to buy a pair goalkeeper gloves and try this out in my neighbour’s garden right now is very strong. Jack Kenmare Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He’s interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

‘£50,000’ fiver spent in off licence

Micro-engraver Graham Short made six of the notes after Kane won the Golden Boot for scoring the most goals during the 2018 World Cup. He used the note at a shop in Cefn Coed last Wednesday. The artist previously etched Jane Austen on to new £5 notes when they were first circulated – and those have been valued at £50,000. He uses very fine needles to scratch the images into clear sections of the notes. They remain legal tender – so it is up to sharp-eyed customers or shopkeepers to see if they have one.

Mr Short, from Birmingham, chose Merthyr Tydfil because his father was born in nearby Dowlais. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The image of England striker Harry Kane means the £5 note could now be worth about £50,000 The shop’s owner did not notice the image of Kane – and handed the note to another customer in change. Mr Short’s other notes were spent in Meriden in the West Midlands, and the Elephant House in Edinburgh – where JK Rowling used to write. A fourth note will be spent in Northern Ireland. Mr Short gifted the other two notes to the Football Association and to Tottenham Hotspur forward Kane himself. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGraham Short’s portrait of the Queen on a pinhead fetched £100,000

He said: “I wanted someone [in Merthyr] to find it who perhaps needed the money, and they can perhaps sell it for whatever – holidays or Christmas.” “I like the magical feeling of it and just want people to be as excited as I am,” he added. “It’s just a bit of fun, but it also puts my art beyond the walls of a gallery. My art sells for a lot of money now and it’s really out of reach for most people. “But if they find this and sell it and make a lot of money, I’ll be really pleased with that.” Manpreet Kaur, who owns the off licence where the note was spent – but failed to spot it for herself – said: “You don’t think. Someone will give you a note and then another customer comes in and needs a five pounds note. “That’s why I missed it.” LISTEN: Interview with Graham Short on why he spent his £50,000 five pound note in Merthyr Image copyright Graham Short Image caption Mr Short spent one of the precious £5 notes in the Bal Off Licence in Merthyr Tydfil

 

How does Liverpool’s transfer window compare to their rivals – and should the Reds be worried?

How does Liverpool’s transfer window compare to their rivals – and should the Reds be worried?

Following Xherdan Shaqiri’s spectacular Liverpool debut against Manchester United on Saturday, supporters have been vocal with their support to the Reds’ transfer business this summer. Initially, the lowest-key addition to Jurgen Klopp’s first team squad, costing just £13million from relegated Stoke City, the Swiss playmaker’s stunning overhead kick against Jose Mourinho’s side left fans salivating with the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season now just over a week away. Naby Keita finally made the move to Anfield after a deal was agreed with RB Leipzig last summer, and the Guinean midfielder has looked worth every penny of his £52.75million transfer fee in early showings and more than capable of taking over Steven Gerrard’s famous number eight jersey.

Elsewhere, where once Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius unconvincingly fought to be Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper, the dilemma over who should start between the sticks is no more following the arrival of Alisson from AS Roma in a £65million world record deal. And finally, the Reds caught many off-guard by bringing Fabinho to Anfield from Monaco in a £39.3million move just days after their Champions League Final loss to Real Madrid, with the Brazilian midfielder going about his business quietly but effectively in pre-season so far. And with Klopp unlikely to add to his ranks before next Thursday’s Transfer Deadline Day, Liverpool’s additions have eradicated issues with problem positions and lack of squad depth, leaving them with a squad more than capable of challenging Manchester City as they look to win a maiden Premier League title and first league championship since 1990. Read More But what of the Reds’ rivals? In a summer disrupted by a thoroughly entertaining World Cup, transfer activity has been slow across the continent with a number of deals going under the radar. So who have the Premier League title contenders brought in, what else do they need and should Klopp’s Liverpool be worried? Manchester City Mohamed Salah greets Riyad Mahrez after Liverpool’s win over Man City Who have they signed?

Riyad Mahrez [Leicester City] £60m What else do they need? The most dominant champions the Premier League has ever seen having won an astonishing 32 of their 38 games, it’s safe to say Manchester City are in a pretty good place already as they look to defend their title. Sergio Agüero continues to score goals for fun but also to battle with injury each season too, while Gabriel Jesus is coming into the campaign off the back of an underwhelming World Cup so an extra option up front would not go amiss. Elsewhere, another option at left-back is a possibility as Benjamin Mendy continues to feel his way back from the anterior cruciate ligament that saw him miss the majority of 2017/18, with Danilo and Fabian Delph not natural replacements despite filling in last season. Should Liverpool be worried? In a nutshell, yes. Manchester City became the first side to claim 100 points last year and will no doubt once again be the side to beat, with Riyad Mahrez adding further strength to an already breathtaking armoury. Liverpool and Klopp know what it takes to beat Guardiola’s side in one-off games, but it remains to be seen whether they can do it over a 38-game season. Manchester United Jose Mourinho speaks to Referee Ismail Etfath at halftime of the pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Michigan Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Who have they signed? Lee Grant [Stoke City] Undisclosed Fred [Shakhtar Donetsk] £47m Diogo Dalot [Porto] £19m What else do they need? A lot if their showing against the Reds last Saturday and Jose Mourinho’s bottom lip is anything to go by! The Portuguese manager has spoken publicly saying he believes he needs at least two more signings and remains confident of landing at least one. With Anthony Martial heavy linked towards the exit door and Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford not yet back in training following their own World Cup exploits, a further body in the attack could be the priority. Meanwhile, with Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling all unconvincing, could World Cup hero Harry Maguire be the man to partner Eric Bailly after also impressing for both England and Leicester City? Should Liverpool be worried? An on-form Manchester United remain a great threat, and it is easy to forget they still finished second last season despite what was perceived as a poor season. Boasting one of the best goalkeepers in the world in David De Gea, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba will both return to Old Trafford high on confidence following impressive World Cups. And with Alexis Sanchez also now settled after joining the club back in January, Mourinho boasts an impressive squad on paper, boosted by the arrivals of Fred and Diogo Dalot. But football is not won on paper. Liverpool will be confident of finishing ahead of their great rivals as things stand. Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino

Who have they signed? N/A What else do they need? With the focus being on securing the futures of the likes of manager Mauricio Pochettino, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Tottenham have yet to move in the transfer window but are yet to lose any players either. Links to Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Valencia’s Geoffrey Kondogbia remain, while Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose have both been mooted to move on in the past. Replacements for any departures would be required but Tottenham still boasts one of the more balanced squads in the division. Should Liverpool be worried? With focus switching to the latter stages of their Champions League run, Liverpool slipped behind Tottenham in the table last season, while the Reds also found out how deadly Pochettino’s side can be with their Wembley horror show back in October. But as things stand, Liverpool have strengthened. Spurs have not. Well-matched last season, they remain contenders but Klopp’s side may now just edge it. Chelsea Jorginho of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring a 2-2 goal during the UEFA Champions League group F match between SSC Napoli and Manchester City at Stadio San Paolo on November 1, 2017, in Naples, Italy.

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Who have they signed? Jorginho [Napoli] Undisclosed Robert Green [Huddersfield Town] Free What else do they need? With the futures of Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, N’Kolo Kante and Willian all still up in the air, things could look very different at Stamford Bridge come to the end of the transfer window. A striker is a necessity with fans unconvinced by Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi, while Chelsea continues to be playing catch-up following the eventual appointment of new head coach Maurizio Sarri. Everything else rests on who stays and who goes. Should Liverpool be worried? With Sarri likely to discard Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system, the upcoming season could well be one of transition at Stamford Bridge. Jorginho is a very good signing, Hazard and Kante remain two of the division’s finest talents while Ross Barkley will be looking to make up for lost time after a season to forget last year. Who else Sarri can bring in, who he can keep hold of and how quickly Chelsea can adapt to the new regime at Stamford Bridge will decide how worried Liverpool should be.

 

Liverpool’s New Goalkeeper Alisson Makes Elegant Gesture To Loris Karius

Liverpool’s New Goalkeeper Alisson Makes Classy Gesture To Loris Karius

Liverpool secured his providers forward of the brand new season by tabling a world report deal (£62 million) for a goalkeeper. He is anticipated to switch Loris Karius in the objective for Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixture in opposition to West Ham United. Regardless of being drafted in to grow to be the golf equipment new No.1, Alisson will reportedly flip down the No.1 shirt out of respect to Karius. The German presently wears the No.1 jersey at Liverpool, however, Alisson is ready to go for the No.13 shirt in keeping with Brazilian outlet UOL. Karius throughout pre-season. Picture: PA In the meantime, on Tuesday, Alisson took half in his first Liverpool coaching session, and made a prompt impression by producing heroics between the sticks. He pulled off a surprising save to the delight of Liverpool followers. It could have been his first day, however, the 25-year-old already feels at dwelling. “It has been an ideal day which I had been wanting ahead to,” he instructed Liverpool FC.

Alisson on international duty. Alisson added: “I’ve had a great few resting days with my household, however, all of us could not wait to get the brand new season below method quickly. “It is solely my first day and I really feel at dwelling already! “I’ve met a few of my teammates and had my first-morning session, however, the day is not over but as we’ll keep it up coaching this afternoon.” How will Liverpool’s new stopper fare within the new season?