Big news from the Women’s Super League, where Everton have a new manager.
Both clubs have been in the news. A transfer for Liverpool and some serious questions to answer for City, though they may say such questions have already been answered.
Jürgen Klopp speaks to his Friday press conference.
I’m expecting a good game. I know very often that doesn’t happen. But it should be an interesting watch, because both teams really go for it.
I cannot decide what people think, but we can just go through the possible results.
If we win we are two points ahead, we lose we’re four points behind. If it’s a draw, one point behind – that is it. Does anyone think that’s done and dusted? A very important game. I like it, if we were fourteen or fifteen points behind it will still be a good game. We’ve qualified for a good game with the season we’ve played so far.
The consistency both teams have shown over the period is crazy. We know it’s tough. What has changed in the four years is everybody else thinks it’s tough.
In sport, I think what helps the most is a strong opponent. In the long term, especially. I think Nadal and Federer enjoyed the rivalry they had. That’s how it is in sport. I wouldn’t say I’m thankful City is that good, but it didn’t harm our development.
Pep is the best coach in the world and we all would agree on that. If anybody doubts him, I have no idea how that could happen.
Perhaps it is the greatest rivalry of all, after all.
Jürgen Klopp’s press conference is imminent, but before that, a short look at the weekend’s games, starting with Newcastle v Wolves, with Eddie Howe’s team having lost their lass three. Everton v Man Utd sees Frank Lampard try and arrest that slide as United look towards their new era under Erik ten Hag. Southampton v Chelsea is a slippery one for Thomas Tuchel after those defeats to Brentford and Real Madrid. Arsenal v Brighton sees Graham Potter’s goal-shy team attempt to compound the Gunners’ Monday night nightmare at Selhurst Park. Then comes Aston Villa v Tottenham, a big game in the race for the top four in Saturday’s evening kick-off.
Sunday sees Leicester v Crystal Palace, a battle between two teams close together in the table who will feel very differently about how the season has gone. Brentford v West Ham could be the latest instalment of the Christian Eriksen fairytale. Norwich v Burnley could see Burnley climb out of the bottom three for the first time since August if Everton have already slipped up. And then to the Etihad and Manchester City v Liverpool it is.
It’s all about the big one, the game we have been waiting for all season. But before we go in deep on Burnley v Norwich, there’s the small matter of Manchester City v Liverpool. Some are calling it the greatest rivalry ever in English football. Others look back to Manchester United v Arsenal and Paisley’s Liverpool v Clough’s Forest.
No matter, Sunday’s game is the one we are looking towards, with phoney war press conferences and social media stings along the way, plus team news from the Premier League and other breaking news from the world of football.