The Liverpool duo of Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota are the top two leading goalscorer in the Premier League this season but they could not find the back of the net during their league clash with hosts Leicester City on Tuesday night. Jota and Salah could not add to their respective league tallies as their Liverpool side suffered defeat for only the second time this season. The Reds were on the receiving end of a 1-0 win thanks to the goal from Nigerian-born Englishman Ademola Lookman. Lookman is on a season-long loan deal at Leicester City from German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.
Ahead of the Leicester City game, Salah was on 15 goals, while Jota had 10 goals. At the end of proceedings, the two players maintained their tallies and they are still the top two leading marksmen in the division. Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is still the nearest player to the two Liverpool players with nine goals.
Houston Dynamo and Dash underwent a rebrand last year, reflecting the club’s evolution.
The two clubs of Major League Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League respectively, are aligned and tweaked their name and logo for 2021. Read more
Tottenham Hotspur are upwardly mobile in the Premier League following their London Derby win over Brentford at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night. Spurs scored a goal in each half to secure a 2-0 win over the Bees in front of their home fans.
Spurs are a work in progress under new manager Antonio Conte who was confirmed as the man in the dugout for the North London club last month. The Italian tactician was the replacement for ex-Wolves boss NunoEspirito Santo who started the season as the new Tottenham Hotspur manager and was sacked a few months later after a poor run of results in the league. The final straw that broke the camel’s back was the lean performance against struggling Manchester United at home. Nuno watched on as Spurs were beaten 3-0 at home at the end of October with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, EdinsonCavani and Englishman Marcus Rashford who came on as a substitute in the second half.
In the Italian Serie A, Napoli drop points for the first time this season following their goalless draw against AS Roma at the StadioOlimpico on Sunday evening. The result ended their eight-match winning start to the season though they are still the top team in the division on goal difference away from AC Milan in second place.
Napoli and Milan are the only unbeaten teams in the Italian Serie A. The two teams have 25 points after nine games.
Merseysiders Everton will be without as many as five players for their Premier League clash with Watford this weekend. Everton play hosts to the Hornets at the Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon and the quintet of AbdoulayeDoucoure, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Fabian Delph, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes won’t be available for the game due to injury.
Frenchman Doucoure has been one of the standout players for the Toffees this season but he’s set for a long spell on the sidelines after he sustained a foot injury in the last league game at home to West Ham United. The injury to Doucoure heaped more misery on an Everton side who lost their first league game at home against the Hammers. Italian centre back Angelo Ogbonna scored in the second half to lead West Ham United to a 1-0 win at the expense of their hosts. Read more
Liverpool have been handed a big boost on the injury front following the news that Brazilian attacker Roberto Firmino will resume training this week after some weeks on the sidelines due to injury. Firmino is set to return to Liverpool training later this week and he could be in contention for the trip to the capital to face newly promoted club Brentford in the Premier League at the weekend.
Merseyside giants Liverpool have been without Brazilian national team player Firmino for the last three games in all competitions after he picked up a hamstring injury against Chelsea in the Premier League last month. He sustained the injury during the first half of the final Liverpool game before the September international break. Read more
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has landed in the UK Police net after being accused of being involved in an alleged rape scandal, according to reports from multiple sources. The French defender popped up on the radar of the authorities on Thursday but the case was not treated with enough urgency until the early hours of Friday afternoon and after several pieces of evidence were discovered against him, he has since been nabbed and will now have to defend himself in court as it was revealed that he would be spending some time in Police custody before being charged to court in a few days.
The reports gathered revealed that it was not the first time he would be involved in a rape case and according to the revelation made at his first court appearance, he has allegedly been involved in up to three rape cases in the past year and has been charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. Following the confirmation that the matter would be subject to serious investigation by the police, his club, Manchester City announced that they had suspended him indefinitely and that they will also work collectively with the police to help them carry out their investigations. Read more
French Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Lyon have reportedly tabled an offer to Liverpool for the signing of wantaway forward Xherdan Shaqiri this summer. Shaqiri is said to be fed up with the limited game time he has at Liverpool and has already told the club that he wishes to leave this summer and a move to Lyon could be on the cards in what is expected to be a beneficial transfer for the player. Before the arrival of Portugal international forward Diogo Jota at Liverpool, Shaqiri was already in the shadows of the trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino but the situation became worse for the Swiss star after Jota was signed by Jurgen Klopp.
Despite the struggle he keeps getting to play for Liverpool under Klopp, Shaqiri is a confirmed starter for the Switzerland national team and was also called up to link up with the rest of the squad for their UEFA Euros campaign earlier in the summer. However, knowing fully well that he is slowly nearing the end of his playing career, he wants to have access to regular playing time and that’s why he could be leaving Anfield before the end of the summer transfer window.
West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is likely to leave the London club this summer on the back of impressive displays for the Three Lions at the Euro 2020 tournament.
Rice was a regular member of a two-man England midfield alongside Leeds United star Kalvin Philips at the tournament which saw both players contribute heavily to England reaching the final at home.
Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri is one man who has Ben making transfer headlines this summer and it does not look like it will stop anytime soon. The Italian left-back is a major target for some of the best clubs in the Italian Serie A, with AS Roma, Napoli, and Inter Milan all monitoring his current situation at Stamford Bridge as they all get ready to table an official offer for him. Palmieri had a decent spell with the Italian national team at the Euros and he also played a role in the final as he helped his country secure a win over England to emerge as the Champions of Europe.
Chelsea are ready to listen to offers for the defender and the player himself would also want to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge as he is currently the third option in the pecking order, behind Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso. Inter Milan have already lost two full-backs in this summer’s transfer window after seeing Ashley Young leave for English club Watford and Achraf Hakimi sealing his big-money move to French Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain just some days ago.