Maybe the Premier League title is already Man City’s, says Liverpool boss Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suggested that the Premier League title race could already be over after Manchester City’s electric start to the season.

City beat Burnley 3-0 on Saturday to continue their fine form and extend the gap at the top of the table to five points, with Manchester United suffering a shock 2-1 loss at Huddersfield Town.

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Although Liverpool have a game in hand on Pep Guardiola’s men, they go into Sunday’s trip to Tottenham 12 points adrift despite playing just eight matches.

Liverpool’s recent form has left a lot to be desired, having won just one of their last five in the Premier League ahead of the visit to Wembley.

A win for Spurs will take them to within five points of City, meaning they are one of the better-placed sides to challenge at the top, but Klopp believes Guardiola’s men are the ones to beat.

“If you ask, ‘Is the race already done?’ City are so strong, flying along at the top of the table,” Klopp said in quotes reported by the Liverpool Echo. “Maybe this race is decided already. I haven’t a clue.

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“But there is still a lot to get in this league and to play for, especially for us. We have improved as well since last year, that is how it is.

“Perhaps not too much in the results, but in creating moments, chances. A lot of better things than last year, but so far we have not taken the results.

“If we stay convinced about our way and bring in consistency from what we’ve had performance-wise so far, then we can have our best season. That is the next step. We can build on this base.”

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Ipswich Town v Norwich City Betting: Yellows to edge low-scoring East Anglian derby

The East Anglian derby is one of the most anticipated fixtures in the Championship calendar and at noon on Sunday, Ipswich Town and Norwich City target a victory that would not only give them local bragging rights, but also propel them closer to the promotion mix.

Ipswich enjoyed a perfect first four games but have since lost five in seven, whilst Norwich started the season poorly and ended August with a 4-0 defeat at Millwall, yet have not lost any of the subsequent seven Championship matches – thanks partly to the introduction of Tom Trybull and Alex Tettey as a double-pivot.

The Canaries are 6/5 (2.20) with to win four consecutive away games for the first time since March 2015, whilst their rivals are 21/10 (3.10) to gain a fourth home win in six, and fourth draw in five matches between the two sides is priced at 5/2 (3.50).

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The Tractor Boys haven’t beaten their deadly rivals in any of the last eight meetings and value may lie with Norwich, who have scored in each of their last 12 visits to Portman Road; they are priced at 9/4 (3.25) to keep a clean sheet, which they have done in five of the seven league games that impressive centre-back Timm Klose has started, and this bet may pay dividends as Mick McCarthy’s side have taken the third fewest shots per game (10.5) in the Championship this season.

Martyn Waghorn is arguably Ipswich’s chief threat, scoring once every 96 minutes this term, and can be backed at 21/10 (3.10) to score anytime, while the energetic David McGoldrick can be found at 9/4 (3.25) .

For the visitors, Nelson Oliveira is having another impressive season and grabbed a 96th minute equalizer against Hull on Saturday for his fifth league strike and is 11/8 (2.38) to add to his tally in Suffolk.

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Norwich midfielder James Maddison has been directly involved in four goals in his last three Championship away games – scoring two of them – and is 3/1 (4.0) to find the net again.

Daniel Farke’s side have conceded just once in the five games in which they have scored first, although they have scored only seven goals themselves.

An away win with under 2.5 goals might appeal at 4/1 (5.0), but the real value comes in an away victory to nil at 11/4 (3.75). We shouldn’t expect either side to run away with victory in this hotly-contested derby, but Norwich should just have the edge and be able to retain their local bragging rights for a little while longer.

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Klopp turns on Lovren after ‘really bad defending’ in Liverpool’s Spurs humiliation

Jurgen Klopp let slip his frustration with Dejan Lovren after a dreadful error from the Liverpool defender contributed to a painful 4-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham. 

The Reds were comprehensively beaten in front of a Premier League record crowd at Wembley , slipping 2-0 behind after just 12 minutes to goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min . 

Son’s strike came after Lovren completely mistimed a header, allowing Kane to tee up the South Korean, and while Mohamed Salah’s strike briefly cut the deficit further goals from Dele Alli and Kane put the result beyond question. 

Lovren watched those last two strikes from the bench after being subbed after just 30 minutes, and his manager admitted the defender’s performance was not up to scratch. 

“The first goal was a little throw in and we are not really there. It was just really bad, bad, bad defending,” Klopp told  Sky Sports  after the final whistle.

“The second, a counter attack, when the ball passes Dejan Lovren it is already too late.

“If I am involved in this situation on the pitch, then Harry [Kane] cannot get the ball.”

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Klopp, however, underlined that despite Lovren’s mistakes, it was the team as a whole that failed at Wembley. 

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“Now we have to realise that we are responsible for this and nobody else. Of course we can fix it and we have to fix it as well,” he added.

“The whole game the whole result was all our fault – Tottenham was good, they needed to be good, but we made it much too easy for them.”

Next up for Liverpool is a home tie against newly-promoted Huddersfield Town, who defeated Manchester United 2-1 this weekend, next Saturday.

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Klopp facing serious questions after another Liverpool defensive disaster

Prior to kick off at Wembley, Jurgen Klopp provided an assessment of Tottenham’s squad, with the most interesting element surrounding their rearguard.

“They already have [Jan] Vertonghen and [Toby] Alderweireld, two of the best centre‑halves around at the moment, yet they still took the boy from Ajax [Davinson Sanchez],” the German pointed out.

Following the final whistle against Spurs, comfortable 4-1 winners on Sunday afternoon after a defensive stinker from Liverpool , questions will rightly again be asked of why the Reds failed to address their paucity of quality in the heart of defence, while a title rival enhanced their far superior choices.

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Virgil van Dijk was identified as the sole centre-back option for the Anfield side in the summer, with Klopp insisting it would be difficult to name five superior players to those his club already possessed in the position.

He followed that up by stating that “a big part of football and life is really putting faith in the people you work with – trust them – because they all can improve”.

That misplaced conviction will certainly have been tested against Spurs, with Liverpool embarrassingly bankrupt at the back.

The very worst of Dejan Lovren was exposed not for the first nor the last time, while Simon Mignolet offered a reminder of why a new first-choice goalkeeper was on the shopping list ahead of last season.

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Joel Matip and Joe Gomez weren’t far off in the shambolic scale and, despite Klopp removing the Croatian on 31 minutes, Ragnar Klavan wasn’t even considered to solidify matters, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain subbed on.

Liverpool showed their catalogue of defensive errors, conceding through both collective mistakes and individual ones. They were undone from a throw-in, a quick release from Hugo Lloris and two free-kicks.

Criminally, having got themselves back into things against the run of play through Mohamed Salah at 2-1, they allowed Dele Alli to take them out of the game again on half-time. 

Harry Kane, who started the annihilation inside five minutes, then knocked in his second to leave the Merseysiders on the canvas with just three league wins in nine.

“In all the decisive moments, we were not there. It was poor defending in all parts,” Klopp admitted afterwards.

“We came here for a result and didn’t get a chance to get one with the way we defended in these four situations. That’s just not good enough”

Before the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Salah and Roberto Firmino could tattoo their attacking brilliance on proceedings, Liverpool were already 2-0 down with just 12 minutes played.

For Kane’s opener, Lovren attempted to play him offside while Gomez didn’t and Mignolet came out to make the striker’s mind up for him. 

Not long after, that calamity was made to look less ridiculous. Lloris swiftly released the England international via a throw near the halfway line and Lovren ran straight past the ball, allowing the forward to profit off the space in behind.

Kane delivered a superb pass around Matip to find Son Heung-Min, who hit a first-time shot with his left through Mignolet.

On 24 minutes, there was some respite from the foolishness at the back with Firmino and Coutinho thieving possession to supply Jordan Henderson, who sent a stellar ball Salah’s way. 

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The Egyptian’s untidy finish was in off the far post, and temporarily, Liverpool displayed some of the verve expected from them. 

That was fleeting, with the mistakes returning to foil any fightback. With the interval approaching, Emre Can conceded a needless free-kick and Matip headed Christian’s Eriksen’s execution towards the edge of the area, where an unmarked Alli served a volley into the corner.

The failings didn’t cease for Liverpool in the second half as Mignolet came for a Harry Winks free-kick and could only punch straight to Vertonghen.

Firmino cleared the defender’s shot off the line, but Kane was there to tap in and make Liverpool tap out.

“If I was on the pitch in trainers their first goal wouldn’t have happened,” Klopp fumed.

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“I don’t want to say anything positive about us today. Whatever you say today about us in a negative way, you are right, we are wrong.”

Spurs didn’t have to do too much to get so much out of this encounter, and that is damning for Liverpool.

Having now let in more than they’ve scored in the league, and based on this evidence, it will be harder to find more inferior defensive options at elite level than those Klopp felt were good enough to continue the club’s renegeration.

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Premier League top scorers 2017-18: Kane takes the lead

The race for the 2017-18 Premier League Golden Boot is well and truly on, with the usual suspects surging into an early lead.

Harry Kane was the clear winner of last season’s crown, bagging 29 goals in 30 appearances for Tottenham, while Romelu Lukaku followed with 25 in 37 games for Everton.

New faces such as Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette have been added into the mix this season, meaning that the competition is certainly greater.

And the battle is currently as tight as expected, with Kane just edging out Lukaku and Sergio Aguero following the ninth matchday of the season.

Goal brings you the latest Premier League top scorer ranking.


PREMIER LEAGUE 2017-18 TOP SCORERS


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United’s Lukaku led the way going into matchday nine but was held off the scoresheet at Huddersfield Town.

That allowed Kane, who netted twice in Spurs’ win over Liverpool, to take top spot, while Aguero drew level with the Belgian in second by hitting the target against Burnley.

Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Alvaro Morata come next in the chasing pack with six goals each.

And the likes of Lacazette and Jamie Vardy, who have notched five apiece, are among the other players who remain very much in contention at this early stage of the campaign.

Premier League top goalscorers:

*Correct as of games on October 22, 2017

Pos Player Club Goals
=1 Harry Kane Tottenham 8
=2 Romelu Lukaku Manchester United 7
=2 Sergio Aguero Manchester City 7
=4 Alvaro Morata Chelsea 6
=4 Gabriel Jesus Manchester City 6
=4 Raheem Sterling Manchester City 6
=7 Jamie Vardy Leicester City 5
=7 Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal 5
=7 Leroy Sane Manchester City 5
=7 Mohamed Salah Liverpool 5
=11 Tammy Abraham Swansea City 4
=11 Shinji Okazaki Leicester City 4
=11 Abdoulaye Doucoure Watford 4
=11 Wayne Rooney Everton 4

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Now August is over, Harry Kane is scoring goals for fun for Spurs and is the 15/8 favourite to reclaim his Golden Boot this season, according to dabblebet.

Romelu Lukaku is rated at 11/4, just behind Kane, while Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus can be backed at 5/1 and 6/1 respectively.

Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata is also in the mix, with odds of 8/1. Jamie Vardy, so pivotal to Leicester City’s title win two seasons ago, is 25/1, while Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette is 16/1.

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