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Jose Mourinho blames Van Dijk loss for Liverpool attacking slump but Tottenham have similar problem

Jose Mourinho offered a theory for Liverpool's struggles to score yesterday, linking their run of one goal in five League matches to the continued absence of Virgil van Dijk. "A team very stable defensively is a team with much better conditions to attack and vice-versa," Mourinho said. "They lost Van Dijk. It’s very, very important for them." Much has been made of the loss of Liverpool's talisman, who was ruled out for the season after ACL...


Mikel Arteta's Nicolas Pepe plan beginning to pay off after Arsenal shake-up

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta's decision to shift Nicolas Pepe over to the left wing has proved to be successful, with the forward bagging in each of his last two starts and looking positive going forward


Jose Mourinho and Harry Kane should be thanking Roberto Firmino ahead of Liverpool clash

Harry Kane is contributing to every area for Jose Mourinho this season much like Roberto Firmino does for Jurgen Klopp


Ollie Watkins on ending his goal drought and what Aston Villa should have done against Burnley

Watkins went nine goals without scoring before finding the net in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Newcastle


Cornish Olympic champion hopes to make history as first mum on Team GB

Helen Glover is hoping to become the first mother to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics this summer


Referee for Hibs' SPFL trip to Dundee United, Celtic v St Mirren plus every Scottish Premiership and Championship game this weekend

Referees have been appointed to the nine games taking place in Scotland this weekend.


Aston Villa player sparks injury fears with worrying picture

Aston Villa teenager Louie Barry shared an update to his Instagram account on Thursday which showed the striker's foot in a protective boot with a pair of crutches rested next to him


“Guaranteeing goals” – Exclusive: Pundit reacts as West Ham eye “proven” 6 ft 4 striker move

Speaking exclusively with Football FanCast, Rob Lee has claimed that West ham United would be “guaranteeing goals” by signing Roma striker Edin Dzeko.


Journalist claims Liverpool are in a "better situation" at centre-back

Liverpool find themselves in a “better situation” at centre-back, journalist Fabrizio Romano has cryptically revealed on the Here We Go podcast. The Reds have had a disastrous season in defence, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both out for a long period and Joel Matip horribly injury-prone. It has left Fabinho playing at centre-back, with youngsters Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips drafted in at times, too. It looks as though no new...


West Ham prepare 'fresh move' for Youssef En-Nesyri

West Ham are still without a second senior striker after allowing Sebastian Haller to leave earlier this month and are preparing a ‘fresh move’ for Youssef En-Nesyri, according to The Mirror. The Hammers had seemingly made the Sevilla marksman their number one priority earlier this month after a relatively scattergun approach towards finding a replacement for Haller. However, with reports of rejected bids and a steep asking price, it seemed as...


Jose must unleash "unplayable" £36m-rated dynamo tonight, can be Spurs' game-changer - opinion

Jose Mourinho must unleash in-form Spurs midfielder Tanguy Ndombele on Liverpool in the Premier League this evening.


Road warrior Steven Ward heading to Kazakhstan for next fight

The 30-year-old fought in Dubai this month and will be on his travels once again in February


Odegaard fighting losing battle with Messi comparison, says Arsenal boss Arteta

Mikel Arteta is excited by what Martin Odegaard can offer Arsenal but feels any comparisons to Lionel Messi are unhelpful.


Arsenal transfer news: Juventus enter race to sign Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar

The France international was heavily linked with the Gunners last summer


Birmingham City's academy set-up to lose another key figure to Sunderland

Birmingham City are applying for Category One status at a time when staff and players' parents are concerned about the future - the departure of this man won't help


Serie A club in 'pole position' to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers striker

Nuno has suggested the 23-year-old would remain at the club for the rest of the season, not heading back out on loan


Jose Mourinho v Jurgen Klopp: A history of sly digs, mind-games and grudging respect

The two managers lock horns again on Thursday night when Tottenham take on Liverpool in a big game in the battle for the title


A fit Finn Russell is key to Scotland’s Six Nations chances says Wright

Scotland must do everything they can to keep Finn Russell out of harm’s way if they want to mount a credible challenge for Six Nations glory, according to former prop Peter Wright.


Real Madrid Women make steps towards creating another rivalry with Barcelona

Welcome to the Real world. The first competitive game Real Madrid’s women’s team played ended with a 9-1 defeat against Barcelona in the clásico. If, that is, you could call it that, which many insisted you couldn’t and shouldn’t. If you could call them Real Madrid back then, and you couldn’t really do that yet either. Not officially, anyway. But that didn’t stop it hurting, striker Kosovare Asllani describing it as a “humiliation”, perhaps the...


Rangers sign Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson on pre-contract deal

Rangers have confirmed a pre-contract deal for Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson.


Scottish football transfer LIVE: Simpson seals Ibrox deal, Hearts man in demand

All that’s happening in Scottish football on Thursday, January 28, 2021.


Sheffield United's 'shock of the season' against Man Utd leaves Chelsea fans demanding Thomas Tuchel action over Ethan Ampadu

Thomas Tuchel has been sent an early message just a day into his Chelsea tenure following Sheffield United star Ethan Ampadu's 'masterclass' against Man United


Man City star Ilkay Gundogan launches charity campaign to support cafes and restaurants in Manchester

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has launched a charity campaign to boost struggling local businesses.


Everton fans vent their frustration in replies to Dominic Calvert-Lewin's tweet

It was a mixed bag of emotions for many loyal Everton fans after last night’s 1-1 stalemate with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City. Summer signing James Rodriguez stole the show with a scintillating curled effort from just outside of the box finding its way into the back of the net. However, the second half whittled down even the staunchest of optimistic Toffees into frustration as a sloppy error from Jordan Pickford gifted an equaliser to...


Soccer-Arsenal unsure if Aubameyang will be ready to face Man Utd

Soccer-Arsenal unsure if Aubameyang will be ready to face Man Utd


Many Everton fans show gratitude after James Rodriguez goal

Everton’s social media team and many fans alike were united in their reflective praise on the shrewd acquisition of former Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez. The Colombian captured the limelight in last night’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City with a sensational solo goal which ensured the Toffees started on the front foot. The Foxes eventually equalised with a driven shot from Youri Tielemans, but Rodriguez oozed panache and technical...


Kevin Clancy Hibs and Rangers ref watch as Morelos, McGregor and a contentious penalty shout examined

The man in the middle certainly had some big decisions to ponder on an action-packed evening in Leith.


Arsenal XI vs Man United: Confirmed early team news, predicted lineup and injury latest for Premier League

Arsenal have a number of players facing a late fitness test ahead of Saturday’s match with Manchester United. Dani Ceballos, Emile Smith Rowe, Kieran Tierney, Pablo Mari and Thomas Partey all have niggles ahead of the game at Emirates Stadium and are doubts. It is hoped Tierney can return after missing Tuesday’s win over Southampton, but Partey and Smith Rowe limped off in that game. They need to be assessed ahead of Manchester United, while...


Dragons announce signing of Wales international Will Rowlands from Wasps

The move has been finalised as the Welsh region make a big singing for next season with the acquisition of a man who has really impressed in the English Premiership


Soccer-Barca out for revenge against Super Cup conquerors Bilbao

Soccer-Barca out for revenge against Super Cup conquerors Bilbao


Mikel Arteta discusses four Arsenal players who could make transfer moves this week

Arsenal have welcomed Martin Odegaard in January but Mikel Arteta is dealing with the possibility of several exits as Ainsley Maitland-Niles considers his Gunners future


Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho admits frustration at losing key player ahead of Liverpool clash

Jose Mourinho has admitted his frustration at losing a key player to injury who was rested for Monday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Championship Wycombe. The Tottenham manager declined to name the individual concerned but Standard Sport understands Sergio Reguilon will miss Thursday's visit of Liverpool and the next few weeks with a muscle injury, despite being an unused substitute in the 4-1 win at Adams Park. "I'm not going to say [who] because...


Is it the beginning of the end of Anthony Martial’s time at Old Trafford?

Is it the beginning of the end of Anthony Martial’s time at Old Trafford?


Rangers: Former Steven Gerrard Liverpool team-mate makes Premier League job prediction

Former Chelsea and Liverpool star Glen Johnson has backed Steven Gerrard to manage in the Premier League.


Expert provides key update on Virgil van Dijk's injury recovery

Liverpool have received potential good news regarding Virgil van Dijk’s fitness recovery, with an expert claiming his injury isn’t as serious as first feared. The 29-year-old has been absent for the Reds since the middle of October, having suffered cruciate ligament damage in the 2-2 draw away to Everton. Van Dijk may not play again this season, but a positive update has been provided by Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT. Speaking on 3CB Performance on...


Murray Davidson keen to build more momentum ahead of club's date with destiny

The St Johnstone midfielder has highlighted the importance of strong league form ahead of next month's cup final


Southampton fans rubbish Edin Dzeko transfer links

Many Southampton fans have reacted to a report from Il Romanista claiming that the Saints made an offer to bring wantaway Roma striker Edin Dzeko to St Mary’s. The Bosnian is looking for a way out of the Serie A club after a fallout with manager Paulo Fonesca, although it is claimed the 34-year-old has rejected a move to the English south coast. The former Manchester City man, who won the Premier League twice during his time in England, is...


Peter Crouch urges Harry Kane to stay at Spurs and ignore Real Madrid

Peter Crouch has warned Harry Kane that leaving North London in search of trophies may not be the sensible move, encouraging Tottenham's main man to cement his legacy in North London.


'Disaster' - Match of the Day pundits give Manchester United verdict after Sheffield United loss

Manchester United lost 2-1 to the Blades in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday night and it has led to reaction aplenty including from the Match of the Day pundits.


Sam Allardyce's transfer puzzle as clear West Brom problem endures

On the subject of bringing in a fresh defensive reinforcement, Allardyce was sceptical of his chances


Mikel Arteta admits permanent Martin Odegaard transfer is 'down to two things'

The Real Madrid midfielder has joined the Gunners on loan for the remainder of the season and has been handed the No.11 shirt, following Mesut Ozil's move to Fenerbahce


Paul Scholes proved right after 'harsh' Man Utd opinion slammed by Rio Ferdinand

Paul Scholes didn't hold back with his assessment of Anthony Martial earlier in the season, and now it seems he has been proved right about the forward following a slump in form during the current campaign


Soccer-Turbulent week leaves Milan needing win to end crisis talk

Soccer-Turbulent week leaves Milan needing win to end crisis talk


Sam Foley set to leave St Mirren as club eyes new signings

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin is working on bringing in two new players as Sam...


Forget Rodriguez: £18m-rated Everton man with 14 ball recoveries was Ancelotti's star – opinion

Andre Gomes was Carlo Ancelotti’s true hero against Leicester City as the Everton midfielder stepped up to fill the void left by Abdoulaye Doucoure.


Thomas Tuchel press conference LIVE! New Chelsea boss on transfer plans, Havertz & Werner, Wolves draw & more

Welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Thomas Tuchel’s first press conference as the new Chelsea manager. Frank Lampard was sensationally sacked by Roman Abramovich on Monday morning, with the Chelsea legend given his marching orders after a poor run of results. Lampard also struggled to coax performances from summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, with the German duo flattering to deceive as Chelsea’s hopes of Champions League...


Tottenham transfer news: Daniel Levy reluctant to allow Dele Alli to join PSG

The England international continues to be linked with a move to the French giants


Man Utd demand action over racist abuse from 'anonymous mindless idiots'

Manchester United want the likes of Twitter and Instagram to "strengthen measures" to police their platforms.


'My idol' - Swansea fans go nuts after Conor Hourihane's goal showing

Aston Villa loan watch - The 29-year-old made his first start in the Championship for Swansea with the Welsh club sitting pretty in second place and six points off Norwich


Thomas Tuchel relishing chance to work with N’Golo Kante at Chelsea after ‘many years’ attempting to sign him

Thomas Tuchel is thrilled to finally have the chance to coach N'Golo Kante after spending "many years" attempting to sign the Chelsea midfielder. The German took charge of his first game on Wednesday evening as Chelsea were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Wolves at Stamford Bridge. Kante was not able to feature due to injury but Tuchel still paid special mention to the French World Cup winner. READ MORE: Can Tuchel deliver the Chelsea...