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Liverpool vs Southampton: What System Should Brendan Rodgers Employ Following Coutinho’s Injury?

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With Coutinho now sidelined for up to six weeks with a fairly random shoulder injury, Liverpool have lost their main creative spark and Brendan Rodgers now has a huge dilemma regarding who to put into the team whilst attempting to maintain the great momentum the Reds have built up since January.

The Ulsterman has a good number of options to consider with the Reds brimming with young, attacking starlets such as Moses, Sterling, Ibe, Henderson and Alberto, as well as the more experienced Iago Aspas. Let us also not forget the imminent return of the infamous Luis Suarez, too.

As well as the cover afforded by the growing squad, Rodgers has also brought in players with fantastic versatility and this means the Reds could line up in one of any number of formations from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 to 5-3-2. These two factors make Liverpool’s clash with Southampton this weekend all the more interesting. A number of questions need answering and whether or not Liverpool remain top of the league come Saturday night rests solely on Rodgers’s shoulders.

Here are some of the potential options available to BR come Saturday’s 3 o’clock kick off, with capital letters in the line ups denoting a change in personnel or starting position:

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Newcastle vs Hull – 5 Key Battles

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This Saturday sees Newcastle take on Hull in hope of carrying on their strong run of form in recent weeks. Following an opening day defeat to Manchester City, the Toon have been on the up and are unbeaten in league and cup matches since then.

Hull have had an ok start to life back in the Premier League and have four points from a difficult looking set of opening fixtures. With the expected defeats to Chelsea and Manchester City, it has not been a bad start with a home win over Norwich and a good point achieved against fellow newcomers Cardiff.

The issue for both these sides seems to be goals with Hull managing just two in the league so far and Newcastle three. This sets us up for an intriguing counter on Saturday where both sides will be hoping to pick up another valuable win.

With this in mind I will look at the key battles in this match that with victory could see the game decided:

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Man Utd Transfer News: David Moyes Wants Christian Benteke As No. 9

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Manchester United manager David Moyes is eyeing up Christian Benteke as his new No.9 over concerns he may lose Wayne Rooney in the future, according to the Mirror.

Moyes is a big fan of the Aston Villa striker, who has become something of a revelation since moving to the Premier League from Belgian side Genk last summer.

And he is also aware of the fact he may lose Rooney either in the January window or next summer with the England striker’s contract steadily running down.

League rivals Chelsea, who made two bids for the 27-year-old this summer, are expected to renew their interest in the player when the window reopens in four months.

Meanwhile, Robin van Persie, 30, cannot be expected to go on forever, putting the champions in the market for a new striker.

Moyes made a personal check on Benteke on Friday as Belgium took on Scotland.

Villa would be reluctant to sell, having only just persuaded the 22-year-old to stay at the club by handing him a new 60,000-a-week deal back in July after the forward threatened to quit.

But manager Paul Lambert knows it is inevitable he will field big offers for Benteke throughout the course of the next couple of windows.

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Republic Of Ireland’s 5 Most Memorable Moments

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Time is running out for the Republic of Ireland in Group C of the Europe World Cup qualifiers. After defeat to Sweden in their last game, qualification for Brazil is looking more unlikely than ever, and patience with Giovanni Trapattoni seems to be wearing thin. The “Boys in Green,” now need three wins from three to qualify for the World Cup while also relying on Sweden to drop points against Kazakhstan.

With things looking bleak for the current crop of players, perhaps it’s the best time to look back at some of the better moments in their history, ahead of their crunch game with Austria in Vienna.

5. Beating England 1-0 at Euro 1988

12th June 1988. Stuttgart, Germany

The European Championships in 1988 marked the first time that the Republic of Ireland had appeared at a major international tournament. Ireland finished top of a qualifying group that also featured Bulgaria, Belgium, Luxembourg and fellow home nation hopefuls Scotland. Only the top team from each group would automatically qualify for the European finals, and Ireland secured their place finishing only one point ahead of closest runner-ups, Bulgaria.

Ireland headed to the 8 nation tournament in West Germany, determined to make a name for themselves on their biggest stage yet. As if their first big tournament wasn’t special enough, the group stage draw left Ireland with an opening game against the old enemy, England. Expected to be second best to an England team playing at their best since 1966, the underdogs upset the odds by scoring within just six minutes. A Ray Houghton header found its way over the top of Peter Shilton and put Ireland ahead in front of over fifty thousand people in Stuttgart.

The second half was almost all England as Pat Bonner’s goal was constantly attacked by the strong opposing force of Lineker, Beardsley and Barnes. Indeed, England created enough chances to win the match comfortably, but just couldn’t find the back of the net. As the clock ticked down, Ireland continued to ride their luck, with more England chances heading their way in injury time. Bonner pushed a John Barnes header against the post and out for a corner in England’s final chance of the 90-plus minutes.

After holding on for 84 minutes since Houghton’s goal and a fantastic performance from Pat Bonner, the final whistle blew making Ireland 1-0 winners. The Irish fans stuck around inside the stadium for an hour after the match celebrating their huge win, while Bobby Robson publically blamed his players for the loss. The partying began for Euro 1988, and a further draw against the Soviet Union gave the Irish more to sing about. Unfortunately a loss in their last game against Holland allowed the Dutch to leapfrog into second in the group and eliminate Ireland from the competition. Despite crashing out in the first round Ireland had announced themselves on the international stage, and finished above England, who failed to pick up a point, losing all three games in the tournament.

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Bundesliga Round Up: Matchday 4

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Bayern’s draw against Freiburg in midweek gave Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Mainz the opportunity to move above the Bavarians in the table but only one side could take advantage.

Hannover earned their second home win of the season and ended Mainz 100% start with a 4-1 victory. The visitors took the lead on the 12th minute through Nicolai Muller but Mame Diouf equalised just after the half hour mark, before Artur Sobiech headed the home side into the lead. 10 minutes from the final whistle Didier Ya Konan put the hosts 3-1 up and Eric Prib netted his first goal late on to give the scoreline a one-sided look.

Schalke had a disastrous start to their season but the Royal Blues secured an impressive 2-0 win against previously undefeated Bayer Leverkusen. Kevin Prince-Boateng made his Schalke debut and caused problems and Hoger flicked home Farfan’s free-kick on the half hour mark. 7 minutes from time Farfan got on the scoresheet himself from the penalty spot.

Monchengladbach defeated Werder Bremen 4-1 at home to secure their second win of the season. Arango gave the hosts the lead before Raffael doubled their advantage in the second-half. A comeback looked possible when Nordveit put the ball into his own net with 20 minutes remaining but just 5 minutes later Kruse restored the two goal advantage, with Herrmann putting the game beyond any doubt with 5 minutes to go.

Hamburg comfortably secured a 4-0 victory against Eintracht Braunschweig with Van Der Vaart and Zoua scoring early goals for the hosts. Calhanoglu netted a late brace to ensure Hamburg’s first win of the season was by a large margin.

Elsewhere, Wolfsburg scored two in quick succession to end Hertha Berlin’s unbeaten won. Olic opened the scoring after 43 minutes before Diego netted a penalty to double the hosts advantage heading into the interval.

A late goal from Vogt gave Augsburg a narrow 1-0 win away at Nuremberg, leaving the hosts second bottom in the Bundesliga table and still without a win.

On Sunday, Dortmund did exactly what they needed to do and secured a 2-1 victory at Frankfurt. Mkhitaryan hit a brace, with a goal coming either side of Kadlec’s equaliser for Frankfurt. The victory puts Jurgen Klopp’s men 2 points clear of rivals Bayern at the top of the table.

In Sunday’s only other fixture Stuttgart smashed six past Hoffenheim and won 6-2. A hat-trick from Ibisevic, alongside a brace from Maxim and a goal from Rudiger gave Stuttgart their first victory of the season- having previously lost all 3 of their previous Bundesliga matches. Volland and Firmino were on target for Hoffenheim.

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Liverpool Transfer News: Victor Moses Joins On Loan From Chelsea

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Liverpool have completed a season-long loan deal for Chelsea attacker Victor Moses, according to reports

The 22-year-old former Wigan Athletic winger/forward becomes Liverpool’s third transfer deadline day signing, after the Merseysiders confirmed the 25 million capture of central defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori earlier today.

Moses was quoted as saying;

First and foremost, I’m delighted to have made the loan from Chelsea to a big club like Liverpool.
“The manager has done very well. There are a lot of quality players here – they’re winning games and creating chances. It’s a massive thing for me to be here

He went on to say;

The target is to get into the top four and for the club to compete in the Champions League. I just want to gel in, the formation and players here will help me

Moses scored only a solitary goal in 23 appearances for the Stamford Bridge outfit following his 9 million move to Chelsea from Wigan last year. He has yet to play this year, as Chelsea have signed a glut of midfielders this term, including Van Ginkel, Schurrle, and De Bruyne, which may have initiated the move.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has also allowed Italian forward Fabio Borini to join Sunderland on loan for the season, with the Moses capture perhaps a direct replacement. Borini is currently undergoing a medical at Sunderland and that deal is expected to be complete before the transfer window shuts at 11pm tonight (Monday).

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Liverpool Transfer News: Real Madrid Preparing £45 Million Luis Suarez Bid?


Liverpool are bracing themselves for a 45 million transfer deadline day bid from Real Madrid for striker Luis Suarez, according to the Metro.

The Reds have battled tooth and nail to retain the services of the Uruguayan, who has been linked with a move away from Anfield all summer.

They have already rejected two bids – one of 30 million and a second worth 40 million and 1 – from Premier League rivals Arsenal, but may have to fend off interest in their prized asset a third time as Real prepare their late offer.

The Spanish giants have just broken the world transfer record by landing Gareth Bale from Tottenham for 86 million, but their spending spree may not end there, with just a little under eight hours of the transfer window left to run.

Suarez scored 33 goals for club and country last season and was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year Award, while his good form earned him a series of admirers from some of the continent’s leading clubs.

As well as Real and Arsenal, European Champions Bayern Munich have shown an interest in the striker in the past, and Liverpool remain under heavy pressure to sell despite their official stance that the player is not for sale.

Suarez has in the past made no secret of his ambition to play for a Champions League club and recently admitted that he dreams of playing for Madrid.

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Spurs Transfers: 5 Deadline Day Signings Andre Villas-Boas Could Make

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It’s finally happened. The move we all expected has come to fruition and, in a deal that will surprise nobody, Real Madrid have at last landed Gareth Bale for a world-transfer-record fee.

Losing their top goalscorer for last season was always going to come as a blow to Spurs and their fans but, just as Manchester United had to in 2009 following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, the Londoners have to move on.

And that they have done, as manager Andre Villas-Boas pushed his summer spending past the 100 million barrier last week by landing seven new stars.

Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado, tienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela have all made the move to White Hart Lane so far, as the Lilywhites prepare for life without Bale.

A life which started yesterday afternoon with a 1-0 defeat to north London rivals Arsenal, yet still one that shows plenty of signs of recovery over the next few years.

Soldado was the fifth-highest goal-scorer in La Liga last season. Christian Eriksen is considered one of the brightest young prospects in European football.

There is plenty to smile about even if things do feel a bit glum for Spurs supporters this afternoon, having watched Bale paraded in front of the Spanish press earlier.

And there could be plenty more to smile about, too. With just over 6 hours left of the transfer window, here, we look at 5 more new signings who could arrive on deadline day.

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Crystal Palace Transfer News: Eagles Swoop For Nicklas Bendtner & Barry Bannan

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Crystal Palace are turning to Aston Villa’s Barry Bannan and Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner in order to bolster their squad for this season’s relegation fight, according to Metro.

The Eagles won their first game of the season on Saturday and are looking to keep the feel-good factor at Selhurst Park by signing the two Premier League stars.

The Scot is reportedly at Selhurst Park having a medical and Bendtner was apparently sighted at Palace’s training ground earlier this afternoon.

With Bannan frozen out at Villa Park and Bendtner unwanted at Arsenal, Palace boss Ian Holloway is hoping to lure the pair with promises of first-team football.

Bannan hasn’t played since March and with Arsenal keen to see the back of the Danish striker – they’re reportedly paying 3 million to encourage his departure – Palace look to soon add their 14th and 15th signings of the window.

Yet Holloway still may not be done – the Bristolian is hoping to sign Spurs under-21 starlet Tom Carroll on loan, and is rumoured to be in for William Gallas, Carlton Cole and Adrian Mariappa before the window shuts at 11pm tonight.

The Londoners also moved for Liam Bridcutt and Leonandro Ulloa from rivals Brighton, but any potential moves have been slapped down by the Seagulls.

Palace have made moves for Brighton duo Liam Bridcutt and Leonandro Ulloa but they have been rejected by the Seagulls.

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Man Utd Transfers: 5 Signings David Moyes Needs To Make Before It’s Too Late

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There are eight days left of the transfer window and so far Manchester United’s only signing has been Guillermo Varela.

The 20-year-old Uruguayan joined the champions from Pe arol earlier this summer, but so far, no new additions have followed him into Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, United’s direct title-rivals have enjoyed busy summers with Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City all strengthening their respective squads over recent weeks.

There is an argument that United don’t need to sign anybody else. They did, after all, win last season’s title by 11 points.

But given the fact the serial-title-winning Sir Alex Ferguson is no longer there to guide the Red Devils, and the transitional period that is bound to come with David Moyes’s appointment at the helm, you would have expected United to have brought in at least a couple of new players.

Bids for Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini and Cesc Fabregas have all failed while other targets such as Robert Lewandowski, Radamel Falcao and Thiago Acantara are no longer available.

Then there’s the question of whether or not Wayne Rooney is going to join Chelsea, which would put United in the market for a new striker.

And with time running out, here, we look at 5 Signings David Moyes Needs To Make Before It’s Too Late.

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