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Burnley vs Manchester United: Premier League prediction, TV, live streaming, start time, team news, line-ups, head to head, betting tips and odds

Burnley vs Manchester United: Premier League prediction, TV, live streaming, start time, team news, line-ups, head to head, betting tips and odds

Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Turf Moor on Saturday

Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Turf Moor on Saturday

Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Turf Moor on Saturday

Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Turf Moor on Saturday

Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Turf Moor on Saturday

Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Turf Moor on Saturday

Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Turf Moor on Saturday

Theo Walcott secures £20m Everton transfer from Arsenal and admits: 'I want to reignite my career'

Theo Walcott said that he had chosen "the right time to leave Arsenal" after completing his £20 million move to Everton. Now 28, Walcott will be 32 by the time his new contract expires and, after more than 400 games and 12 years at Arsenal, is now aiming to help Everton into the Champions League. “I’m very ambitious and I’ve come here because I want the club to push to the next level,” said Walcott. “With the players that have come in, I feel like the next level can be reached. The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now. The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me. I need that and I wanted that.” Walcott, who could also have joined former club Southampton, scored 108 goals for Arsenal despite a sense that he never fulfilled his potential after arriving for what was then a world-record fee for a 16 year-old. He has not started a Premier League game this season. “It was sad but it’s exciting at the same time and I want to reignite my career, “ he said. Manager Sam Allardyce feels Walcott is a statement signature and another sign of Everton competing for coveted names. He is the second major deal in this window following the capture of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas. Walcott with new manager Sam Allardyce Credit: getty images “I’m thrilled we’ve been able to secure a player of Theo’s experience and quality,” said Allardyce. “There was a bit of a chase between a couple of clubs but I think after we set out the ambitions of the club and my ambitions for him he was motivated to come here and refreshed in his mind by the new challenge he can put upon himself. “He wants to play every week and really take his career forward again. In the past and certainly with last season what we saw and what we’ve looked at with the amount of goals, assists and pace that he brings, it’s a very good acquisition and a lot of shrewd negotiation by the club in terms of today’s prices. He’s got a lot of ambition to take off again with his career. He’s in his prime.” Thanks for everything, @theowalcott �� All the best for your next chapter �� pic.twitter.com/Eq2EVRVPSw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 17, 2018 Missing out on Walcott was a big disappointment for Southampton and, although they were reluctant to match Everton in terms of wages well in excess of £100,000 a week, they have discovered the added difficulty now of attracting players in the context of their precarious position. Walcott is adamant that his decision was not about money and Southampton have also missed out to Everton on Tosun. Southampton are now attempting to quickly conclude a deal for Monaco’s Argentinian striker Guido Carrillo. Defending him has often been trying but I stand by it: I like Theo Walcott Manager Mauricio Pellegrino has been promised reinvestment this January following the £75m sale of Virgil van Dijk and, with the team now only one point above the relegation zone, and winless in the Premier League since November, a sense of urgency is developing about the situation. Carrillo, 26, has featured infrequently this season for Monaco in France’s Ligue 1 and Southampton hope to soon complete a deal that would cost around £15m. As well as Carrillo, Southampton want to add a creative wide player who can add pace to their team. Pellegrino’s position is now under considerable scrutiny and, while the club hierarchy are sympathetic to the difficulties he faced while Van Dijk was still in the dressing-room but evidently keen to leave, they are nevertheless disappointed by results. At the start of the season, it was felt that the squad could realistically mirror Burnley and potentially offer a challenge to get into the top six and certainly compete to finish best of the rest.

Theo Walcott secures £20m Everton transfer from Arsenal and admits: 'I want to reignite my career'

Theo Walcott said that he had chosen "the right time to leave Arsenal" after completing his £20 million move to Everton. Now 28, Walcott will be 32 by the time his new contract expires and, after more than 400 games and 12 years at Arsenal, is now aiming to help Everton into the Champions League. “I’m very ambitious and I’ve come here because I want the club to push to the next level,” said Walcott. “With the players that have come in, I feel like the next level can be reached. The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now. The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me. I need that and I wanted that.” Walcott, who could also have joined former club Southampton, scored 108 goals for Arsenal despite a sense that he never fulfilled his potential after arriving for what was then a world-record fee for a 16 year-old. He has not started a Premier League game this season. “It was sad but it’s exciting at the same time and I want to reignite my career, “ he said. Manager Sam Allardyce feels Walcott is a statement signature and another sign of Everton competing for coveted names. He is the second major deal in this window following the capture of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas. Walcott with new manager Sam Allardyce Credit: getty images “I’m thrilled we’ve been able to secure a player of Theo’s experience and quality,” said Allardyce. “There was a bit of a chase between a couple of clubs but I think after we set out the ambitions of the club and my ambitions for him he was motivated to come here and refreshed in his mind by the new challenge he can put upon himself. “He wants to play every week and really take his career forward again. In the past and certainly with last season what we saw and what we’ve looked at with the amount of goals, assists and pace that he brings, it’s a very good acquisition and a lot of shrewd negotiation by the club in terms of today’s prices. He’s got a lot of ambition to take off again with his career. He’s in his prime.” Thanks for everything, @theowalcott �� All the best for your next chapter �� pic.twitter.com/Eq2EVRVPSw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 17, 2018 Missing out on Walcott was a big disappointment for Southampton and, although they were reluctant to match Everton in terms of wages well in excess of £100,000 a week, they have discovered the added difficulty now of attracting players in the context of their precarious position. Walcott is adamant that his decision was not about money and Southampton have also missed out to Everton on Tosun. Southampton are now attempting to quickly conclude a deal for Monaco’s Argentinian striker Guido Carrillo. Defending him has often been trying but I stand by it: I like Theo Walcott Manager Mauricio Pellegrino has been promised reinvestment this January following the £75m sale of Virgil van Dijk and, with the team now only one point above the relegation zone, and winless in the Premier League since November, a sense of urgency is developing about the situation. Carrillo, 26, has featured infrequently this season for Monaco in France’s Ligue 1 and Southampton hope to soon complete a deal that would cost around £15m. As well as Carrillo, Southampton want to add a creative wide player who can add pace to their team. Pellegrino’s position is now under considerable scrutiny and, while the club hierarchy are sympathetic to the difficulties he faced while Van Dijk was still in the dressing-room but evidently keen to leave, they are nevertheless disappointed by results. At the start of the season, it was felt that the squad could realistically mirror Burnley and potentially offer a challenge to get into the top six and certainly compete to finish best of the rest.

Southampton look to conclude quick deal for Monaco's Argentinian striker Guido Carrillo

Southampton are attempting to quickly conclude a deal for Monaco’s Argentinian striker Guido Carrillo. Manager Mauricio Pellegrino has been promised reinvestment this January following the £75 million sale of Virgil van Dijk and, with the team now only one point above the relegation zone and winless in the Premier League since November, a sense of urgency is developing about the situation. There was an attempt to bring Theo Walcott back to a club he left 12 years ago, but he instead opted for Everton, and the focus now is on signing Carrillo. The 26 year-old has featured infrequently this season for Monaco in France’s Ligue 1 and Southampton hope to soon complete a deal that would cost around £15m. Missing out on Walcott was still a considerable disappointment and, while they were reluctant to match Everton in terms of wages, they also discovered the added difficulty of attracting players in the context of their now precarious league position. January 2018 transfer window Walcott is adamant that his decision was not just about money and Southampton have also missed out this month to Everton on Turkey striker Cenk Tosun. As well as Carrillo, Southampton want to add a creative wide player who can add pace to their team. Pellegrino’s position is now under considerable scrutiny and, while the club hierarchy are sympathetic to the difficulties he faced while Van Dijk was still in the dressing-room and evidently keen to leave, they are concerned by recent results. At the start of the season, it was felt that the squad could realistically mirror what Burnley have done by potentially challenging to get into the top six, and certainly competing to finish best of the rest. There is still faith in a wider model and no desire to turn towards a manager who might be perceived more as a quick fix, but the final two weeks of the transfer window are becoming critical.

Sean Dyche's Ex-Teammate Claims Burnley Boss Used to 'Eat Worms' in Training

​Have you ever wondered what gives Burnley boss Sean Dyche's voice such a gravelly timber? The Clarets manager famously sounds like a bulldog gargling sand and tractor parts and now one of his ex-teammates has provided a bizarre origin story behind Dyche's whatever-the-opposite-of-dulcet-is tones. According to former Denmark international Soren Andersen, who played alongside Dyche at Bristol City in the late nineties, the man tipped by some as the brightest young British coach around used to...

Sean Dyche's Ex-Teammate Claims Burnley Boss Used to 'Eat Worms' in Training

​Have you ever wondered what gives Burnley boss Sean Dyche's voice such a gravelly timber? The Clarets manager famously sounds like a bulldog gargling sand and tractor parts and now one of his ex-teammates has provided a bizarre origin story behind Dyche's whatever-the-opposite-of-dulcet-is tones. According to former Denmark international Soren Andersen, who played alongside Dyche at Bristol City in the late nineties, the man tipped by some as the brightest young British coach around used to...

Judith McKenna becomes most senior woman in UK food retail as Walmart international boss

Walmart has promoted British retail veteran Judith McKenna to become chief executive of its international division, making her the most senior women in UK food retail. The American grocery giant has named Ms McKenna, who has been with Walmart since 1996, to head up the division for operations outside of the US, which includes 6,291 shops across 28 countries including the UK, Mexico, Canada, Brazil and China. Last year the international division contributed $116bn (£84bn) of sales, just under a quater of Walmart's total $481.3bn sales in 2017. The role is often seen as the stepping stone to take the top job at the US retail giant, with current boss Doug McMillon and his predecessor Mike Duke both running the international division before their ascent. Ms McKenna's promotion comes at a time when the retail sector faces a growing problem about gender boardroom representation. Despite women accounting for 60pc of the retail workforce and 85pc of retail customers, there are just 10pc of women on retail executive boards and only four female FTSE retail bosses. Ms Mckenna, 51, has served as both chief operating officer and finance chief at Asda, and was part of the turnaround led by Archie Norman and Allan Leighton, which trained a generation of retail bosses including Justin King, Richard Baker and Andy Clarke, before its takeover by Walmart.  Judith McKenna has worked with Asda since 1996 During her time at Asda she also oversaw its £778m acquisition of discounter Netto  and helped to grow its online sales amid fierce competition from rivals Tesco, Sainsbury's and German discounters Aldi and Lidl.  Ms McKenna, originally from Middlesbrough, started her career at KPMG before stints at Carlsberg Tetley and Allied Domecq before joining Asda in 1996. The mother of two also met her husband, Punch Taverns' former finance boss Phil Dutton, at the supermarket.  In 2014 Ms McKenna, who's been ranked on Fortune's Magazine list of Most Powerful Women for the last three years, moved to Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Akansas, to work on international strategy before being promoted to the US chief operating officer role.  Since taking the post she has driven Walmart's online strategy, which has included the takeover of online retailer Jet and trialing a high-tech vending machine for online orders.  In her new role Ms McKenna will also  be responsible for Asda. The UK grocer's revival s being led by Roger Burnley who started his role as supermarket boss at the start of the month. Mr Burnley has told colleagues that the supermarket had outpeformed his rivals over Christmas in a significant shake-up from its position as worst performing grocer the year before.

Judith McKenna becomes most senior woman in UK food retail as Walmart international boss

Walmart has promoted British retail veteran Judith McKenna to become chief executive of its international division, making her the most senior women in UK food retail. The American grocery giant has named Ms McKenna, who has been with Walmart since 1996, to head up the division for operations outside of the US, which includes 6,291 shops across 28 countries including the UK, Mexico, Canada, Brazil and China. Last year the international division contributed $116bn (£84bn) of sales, just under a quater of Walmart's total $481.3bn sales in 2017. The role is often seen as the stepping stone to take the top job at the US retail giant, with current boss Doug McMillon and his predecessor Mike Duke both running the international division before their ascent. Ms McKenna's promotion comes at a time when the retail sector faces a growing problem about gender boardroom representation. Despite women accounting for 60pc of the retail workforce and 85pc of retail customers, there are just 10pc of women on retail executive boards and only four female FTSE retail bosses. Ms Mckenna, 51, has served as both chief operating officer and finance chief at Asda, and was part of the turnaround led by Archie Norman and Allan Leighton, which trained a generation of retail bosses including Justin King, Richard Baker and Andy Clarke, before its takeover by Walmart.  Judith McKenna has worked with Asda since 1996 During her time at Asda she also oversaw its £778m acquisition of discounter Netto  and helped to grow its online sales amid fierce competition from rivals Tesco, Sainsbury's and German discounters Aldi and Lidl.  Ms McKenna, originally from Middlesbrough, started her career at KPMG before stints at Carlsberg Tetley and Allied Domecq before joining Asda in 1996. The mother of two also met her husband, Punch Taverns' former finance boss Phil Dutton, at the supermarket.  In 2014 Ms McKenna, who's been ranked on Fortune's Magazine list of Most Powerful Women for the last three years, moved to Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Akansas, to work on international strategy before being promoted to the US chief operating officer role.  Since taking the post she has driven Walmart's online strategy, which has included the takeover of online retailer Jet and trialing a high-tech vending machine for online orders.  In her new role Ms McKenna will also  be responsible for Asda. The UK grocer's revival s being led by Roger Burnley who started his role as supermarket boss at the start of the month. Mr Burnley has told colleagues that the supermarket had outpeformed his rivals over Christmas in a significant shake-up from its position as worst performing grocer the year before.

Jon Flanagan condemned by Liverpool after assault conviction

Jon Flanagan, the Liverpool defender, has been condemned by his club and faces further disciplinary action following his conviction for assaulting his girlfriend. Flanagan was given a 12 month community order with 40 hours unpaid work after admitting the offence. Now his Anfield career is under threat as Liverpool delivered a strongly worded denunciation of his conduct expressing their 'anger'. An internal process is underway to determine what further action is necessary. “We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the player’s actions during the events that took place resulting in this criminal conviction,” said a club spokesman. “It leaves his own reputation damaged and, through association, he has severely let down the club he had previously represented with distinction. “We have expressed to him our disappointment and anger that he has failed to live up to the values of Liverpool Football Club, in this specific instance. “The club has allowed the legal formalities to reach a conclusion before deciding on or implementing any internal disciplinary action. That internal process will now begin.” Flanagan has been convicted  Credit: PA Flanagan pleaded guilty to the charge having been arrested during a night out over Christmas. He was also ordered to complete 15 rehabilitation days following Wednesday's hearing at Liverpool Magistrates Court. The 24-year-old must now hope his club aim towards rehabilitating him into their squad. His legal representative, Lionel Greig, suggested in court Liverpool FC ‘could work to provide support and education to ensure that this incident is not repeated’.  Flanagan admitted the common assault charge following an incident on December 22, the day Liverpool played their 3-3 draw with Arsenal at The Emirates. Liverpool magistrates viewed CCTV footage of Flanagan pushing girlfriend Rachael Wall towards a wall and aiming a kick at her while drunk in the city centre. The offence carries up to six months in jail, but the former England international was informed there would be no custodial sentence prior to today’s hearing. Flanagan has been a bit-part player under Jurgen Klopp Credit: GETTY IMAGES Flanagan is a graduate of Liverpool’s famed youth Academy, initially promoted to senior level by Kenny Dalglish in 2011 before becoming a regular when Brendan Rodgers’ side finished runners-up in 2014. Shortly after, Flanagan suffered with a serious knee injury since when he has never been able to recover the form that earned him a call up into the England squad. He has struggled for regular game time ever since. With Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and injury absentee Nathaniel Clyne the club’s favoured right backs, Flanagan’s chances under Jurgen Klopp have been limited. The defender has featured only in Carabao Cup action this season but his contract runs until the end of next season. Prior to the incident, Flanagan was already aware he could leave the club on loan should suitable offers materialise. He spent last year at Burnley but was unable to secure a permanent transfer to Turf Moor.

Jon Flanagan condemned by Liverpool after assault conviction

Jon Flanagan, the Liverpool defender, has been condemned by his club and faces further disciplinary action following his conviction for assaulting his girlfriend. Flanagan was given a 12 month community order with 40 hours unpaid work after admitting the offence. Now his Anfield career is under threat as Liverpool delivered a strongly worded denunciation of his conduct expressing their 'anger'. An internal process is underway to determine what further action is necessary. “We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the player’s actions during the events that took place resulting in this criminal conviction,” said a club spokesman. “It leaves his own reputation damaged and, through association, he has severely let down the club he had previously represented with distinction. “We have expressed to him our disappointment and anger that he has failed to live up to the values of Liverpool Football Club, in this specific instance. “The club has allowed the legal formalities to reach a conclusion before deciding on or implementing any internal disciplinary action. That internal process will now begin.” Flanagan has been convicted  Credit: PA Flanagan pleaded guilty to the charge having been arrested during a night out over Christmas. He was also ordered to complete 15 rehabilitation days following Wednesday's hearing at Liverpool Magistrates Court. The 24-year-old must now hope his club aim towards rehabilitating him into their squad. His legal representative, Lionel Greig, suggested in court Liverpool FC ‘could work to provide support and education to ensure that this incident is not repeated’.  Flanagan admitted the common assault charge following an incident on December 22, the day Liverpool played their 3-3 draw with Arsenal at The Emirates. Liverpool magistrates viewed CCTV footage of Flanagan pushing girlfriend Rachael Wall towards a wall and aiming a kick at her while drunk in the city centre. The offence carries up to six months in jail, but the former England international was informed there would be no custodial sentence prior to today’s hearing. Flanagan has been a bit-part player under Jurgen Klopp Credit: GETTY IMAGES Flanagan is a graduate of Liverpool’s famed youth Academy, initially promoted to senior level by Kenny Dalglish in 2011 before becoming a regular when Brendan Rodgers’ side finished runners-up in 2014. Shortly after, Flanagan suffered with a serious knee injury since when he has never been able to recover the form that earned him a call up into the England squad. He has struggled for regular game time ever since. With Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and injury absentee Nathaniel Clyne the club’s favoured right backs, Flanagan’s chances under Jurgen Klopp have been limited. The defender has featured only in Carabao Cup action this season but his contract runs until the end of next season. Prior to the incident, Flanagan was already aware he could leave the club on loan should suitable offers materialise. He spent last year at Burnley but was unable to secure a permanent transfer to Turf Moor.

Jon Flanagan condemned by Liverpool after assault conviction

Jon Flanagan, the Liverpool defender, has been condemned by his club and faces further disciplinary action following his conviction for assaulting his girlfriend. Flanagan was given a 12 month community order with 40 hours unpaid work after admitting the offence. Now his Anfield career is under threat as Liverpool delivered a strongly worded denunciation of his conduct expressing their 'anger'. An internal process is underway to determine what further action is necessary. “We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the player’s actions during the events that took place resulting in this criminal conviction,” said a club spokesman. “It leaves his own reputation damaged and, through association, he has severely let down the club he had previously represented with distinction. “We have expressed to him our disappointment and anger that he has failed to live up to the values of Liverpool Football Club, in this specific instance. “The club has allowed the legal formalities to reach a conclusion before deciding on or implementing any internal disciplinary action. That internal process will now begin.” Flanagan has been convicted  Credit: PA Flanagan pleaded guilty to the charge having been arrested during a night out over Christmas. He was also ordered to complete 15 rehabilitation days following Wednesday's hearing at Liverpool Magistrates Court. The 24-year-old must now hope his club aim towards rehabilitating him into their squad. His legal representative, Lionel Greig, suggested in court Liverpool FC ‘could work to provide support and education to ensure that this incident is not repeated’.  Flanagan admitted the common assault charge following an incident on December 22, the day Liverpool played their 3-3 draw with Arsenal at The Emirates. Liverpool magistrates viewed CCTV footage of Flanagan pushing girlfriend Rachael Wall towards a wall and aiming a kick at her while drunk in the city centre. The offence carries up to six months in jail, but the former England international was informed there would be no custodial sentence prior to today’s hearing. Flanagan has been a bit-part player under Jurgen Klopp Credit: GETTY IMAGES Flanagan is a graduate of Liverpool’s famed youth Academy, initially promoted to senior level by Kenny Dalglish in 2011 before becoming a regular when Brendan Rodgers’ side finished runners-up in 2014. Shortly after, Flanagan suffered with a serious knee injury since when he has never been able to recover the form that earned him a call up into the England squad. He has struggled for regular game time ever since. With Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and injury absentee Nathaniel Clyne the club’s favoured right backs, Flanagan’s chances under Jurgen Klopp have been limited. The defender has featured only in Carabao Cup action this season but his contract runs until the end of next season. Prior to the incident, Flanagan was already aware he could leave the club on loan should suitable offers materialise. He spent last year at Burnley but was unable to secure a permanent transfer to Turf Moor.

Sean Dyche has a gruff voice because he ate worms, according to former teammate 

Burnley manager Sean Dyche used to enjoy eating earthworms according to his former Bristol City teammate, Soren Andersen. Anderson claims Dyche used to eat worms from the ground before every training session during his time at Bristol City in the late nineties. “He had exactly the same voice," Anderson told Danish podcast,  Fodboldministeriet. "Maybe the voice comes from eating rainworms (Danish term for earthworms), because every time we trained, he used to eat rainworms." “Yes, he did. It was horrible, I’ve never experienced anything like it. It was like: ‘whoops, there’s a rainworm’ and then he ate it. Sean Dyche has led Burnley into European contention  Credit: Paul Cooper  “It was a bit disgusting and very strange. He was a good player, and I enjoyed being around him, but the thing with the worms was really strange. "There was always these worms around. And everybody always commented on it as being disgusting and complained a bit. “So I think maybe it was as a kind of a provocation, and to show us that it wasn’t something, we should focus on or care about, he just ate one or two.” Burnley are currently seventh in the Premier League, just five points adrift of sixth-place Arsenal. 

Sean Dyche has a gruff voice because he ate worms, according to former teammate 

Burnley manager Sean Dyche used to enjoy eating earthworms according to his former Bristol City teammate, Soren Andersen. Anderson claims Dyche used to eat worms from the ground before every training session during his time at Bristol City in the late nineties. “He had exactly the same voice," Anderson told Danish podcast,  Fodboldministeriet. "Maybe the voice comes from eating rainworms (Danish term for earthworms), because every time we trained, he used to eat rainworms." “Yes, he did. It was horrible, I’ve never experienced anything like it. It was like: ‘whoops, there’s a rainworm’ and then he ate it. Sean Dyche has led Burnley into European contention  Credit: Paul Cooper  “It was a bit disgusting and very strange. He was a good player, and I enjoyed being around him, but the thing with the worms was really strange. "There was always these worms around. And everybody always commented on it as being disgusting and complained a bit. “So I think maybe it was as a kind of a provocation, and to show us that it wasn’t something, we should focus on or care about, he just ate one or two.” Burnley are currently seventh in the Premier League, just five points adrift of sixth-place Arsenal. 

Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan sentenced to 12-month community order for assault of girlfriend

Jon Flanagan, the Liverpool defender, has been sentenced to a 12-month community order with 40 hours unpaid work in the community after admitting the assault of his girlfriend. Flanagan pleaded guilty to the charge having been arrested during a night out over Christmas. He was also ordered to complete 15 rehabilitation days following today’s hearing at Liverpool Magistrates Court. The 24-year-old must now await the outcome of Liverpool’s private disciplinary procedures. Liverpool are expected to release a statement imminently. Flanagan is certain to face penalties from his club, but it remains to be seen how severe. His legal representative, Lionel Greig, suggested in court Liverpool FC "could work to provide support and education to ensure that this incident is not repeated". Flanagan admitted the common assault charge following an incident on December 22, the day Liverpool played their 3-3 draw with Arsenal at The Emirates. Flanagan has rarely featured under Klopp Credit: Getty Images Liverpool magistrates viewed CCTV footage of Flanagan pushing girlfriend Rachael Wall towards a wall and aiming a kick at her while drunk in the city centre. The offence carries up to six months in jail, but the former England international was informed there would be no custodial sentence prior to today’s hearing. Flanagan is a graduate of Liverpool’s famed youth Academy, initially promoted to senior level by Kenny Dalglish in 2011 before becoming a regular when Brendan Rodgers’ side finished runners-up in 2014. Shortly after, Flanagan suffered with a serious knee injury since when he has never been able to recover the form that earned him a call up into the England squad. He has struggled for regular game time ever since. With Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and injury absentee Nathaniel Clyne the club’s favoured right backs, Flanagan’s chances under Jurgen Klopp have been limited. The defender has featured only in Carabao Cup action this season but his contract runs until the end of next season. Prior to the incident, Flanagan was already aware he could leave the club on loan should suitable offers materialise. He spent last year at Burnley but was unable to secure a permanent transfer to Turf Moor.

Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan sentenced to 12-month community order for assault of girlfriend

Jon Flanagan, the Liverpool defender, has been sentenced to a 12-month community order with 40 hours unpaid work in the community after admitting the assault of his girlfriend. Flanagan pleaded guilty to the charge having been arrested during a night out over Christmas. He was also ordered to complete 15 rehabilitation days following today’s hearing at Liverpool Magistrates Court. The 24-year-old must now await the outcome of Liverpool’s private disciplinary procedures. Liverpool are expected to release a statement imminently. Flanagan is certain to face penalties from his club, but it remains to be seen how severe. His legal representative, Lionel Greig, suggested in court Liverpool FC "could work to provide support and education to ensure that this incident is not repeated". Flanagan admitted the common assault charge following an incident on December 22, the day Liverpool played their 3-3 draw with Arsenal at The Emirates. Flanagan has rarely featured under Klopp Credit: Getty Images Liverpool magistrates viewed CCTV footage of Flanagan pushing girlfriend Rachael Wall towards a wall and aiming a kick at her while drunk in the city centre. The offence carries up to six months in jail, but the former England international was informed there would be no custodial sentence prior to today’s hearing. Flanagan is a graduate of Liverpool’s famed youth Academy, initially promoted to senior level by Kenny Dalglish in 2011 before becoming a regular when Brendan Rodgers’ side finished runners-up in 2014. Shortly after, Flanagan suffered with a serious knee injury since when he has never been able to recover the form that earned him a call up into the England squad. He has struggled for regular game time ever since. With Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and injury absentee Nathaniel Clyne the club’s favoured right backs, Flanagan’s chances under Jurgen Klopp have been limited. The defender has featured only in Carabao Cup action this season but his contract runs until the end of next season. Prior to the incident, Flanagan was already aware he could leave the club on loan should suitable offers materialise. He spent last year at Burnley but was unable to secure a permanent transfer to Turf Moor.

Bizarre explanation offered for why Burnley boss Sean Dyche's voice is so gravelly

Bizarre explanation offered for why Burnley boss Sean Dyche's voice is so gravelly

Bad memory of Manchester United collapse gives Phil Jones hope they can still hunt down rivals Man City

Phil Jones is convinced Manchester United can still hunt down rivals Manchester City in the Premier League title race. United closed the gap on City to 12 points with Monday’s 3-0 victory over Stoke after the Premier League leaders suffered their first domestic defeat since April in the 4-3 loss at Liverpool on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s side will have the opportunity to reduce that gap to nine points if they beat Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon and apply more pressure on City before they face Newcastle United in the evening kick-off. Jones has never forgotten how United blew an eight-point lead with six matches to go in his first campaign in 2011/12, when City clinched the title on goal difference on the final day of the season. City would have to suffer a spectacular collapse and United would need to be near perfect over the remaining 15 league games for a similar situation to materialise, but Jones will not give up hope. “Football’s football, never say never,” the United defender said. “I remember in my first season we were eight points clear, absolutely cruising, no way we’d let the lead slip and we lost it on the final day. Football’s football. “People can say what they want but we’ll continue to be positive and push forward. You never know. It happened in 2012 to us so why not? It was a big, big game for us on Monday with points to be played for and teams dropping points around us. It’s another big game on Saturday against Burnley.” United could be given an added boost if they sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, after City pulled out of the running for the Chile striker, but Jones insists the players will not allow that situation to affect their focus. “No, we just go about what we do best - keep playing, it’s not up to us, it’s not down to us,” Jones said. “We know just as much as you guys. He’s a good player but it doesn’t mean to say he’s going to come to United. We’ll have to see. “If someone new comes in the door then obviously it’s a positive move for United but it’s not up to us, we just do the business on the pitch.” How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United, and who loses out most? Jones believes United’s warm-weather break in Dubai last week gave the squad a perfect opportunity to recharge their batteries and hopes it will stand them in good stead as they try to chase down City. “It was very good, I can’t remember the last time we all trained together because of little knocks, and even if players had a little knock and needed a little rest everybody was out together, everybody was bonding and gelling,” he said. “Obviously we’d like to be in the League Cup but unfortunate circumstances allowed us to go [to Dubai]. “It was a good trip, a positive trip, you’ve seen the lads looked fresh and hopefully that will kick us on for the rest of the season.”

Arsene Wenger branded referee Mike Dean 'dishonest' and a 'disgrace' in heated row after West Brom match

Arsene Wenger accused referee Mike Dean of dishonesty and branded him “a disgrace” after Arsenal’s controversial draw at West Bromwich Albion, the Football Association has revealed. Wenger confronted Dean after West Brom were awarded a late penalty at the Hawthorns during the sides’ Premier League match on New Year’s Eve, with Jay Rodriguez converting the spot-kick to secure the Midland side a 1-1 draw. The Arsenal manager launched a withering attack on Dean after the game, with the penalty awarded after a contentious handball by Calum Chambers, in which he bemoaned the standard of refereeing. He said: “Many years ago [former Arsenal vice-chairman] David Dein and myself fought hard for referees to become professional and they do a good job, but don’t work enough. I believe we fought hard to win the game, but didn’t because of a bad decision.” Wenger was handed a three-match touchline ban and fined £40,000 by the FA and in the written reasons for that decision, published last night, they reveal the extent of his anger with Dean as the pair clashed in the referee’s room after the final whistle. This included: Wenger jabbing his finger at Dean as he accused him of “not being honest”. The manager calling Dean “a disgrace” and suggesting he was guilty of habitually giving poor decisions against Arsenal. Wenger having to be ushered away by a West Brom steward. Wenger’s questioning of Dean’s integrity, and his use of abusive and inappropriate language, ensured that he was handed a touchline ban rather than being given a fine, although he avoided a stadium ban. In his incident report, Dean wrote: “As we’ve entered the dressing room after the game Mr Wenger stood behind us in the doorway and told the West Brom steward to ‘let him in’. He was very aggressive leaning towards me, pointing aggressively at me saying, ‘You’re not honest’ on numerous occasions. I replied, ‘So you’re calling me a cheat’. He replied, ‘I maintain what I say, you’re not honest’. “He then said, ‘You’ve done this to us many times before, you’re supposed to be professional, you’re a disgrace’. He was then ushered out of the room by the West Brom safety officer.” Arsene Wenger was furious with Mike Dean Credit: ACTION IMAGES Dean’s version of events was corroborated by his two assistant referees: Simon Long – who called Wenger’s behaviour “aggressive” and said he had spoken to Dean in a “raised voice” – and Ian Hussin, as well as the fourth official, Christopher Kavanagh, who were all present in the room. Wenger was absent from the touchline for Arsenal’s games against Nottingham Forest, Chelsea and Bournemouth, none of which his side won. An independent panel, chaired by Gareth Farrelly, unanimously agreed on a three-match ban, after initially considering a four-match suspension. The commission stated: “There is no justification for this behaviour.” The panel considered a full stadium ban but “agreed it was not warranted in this case”. Wenger was also warned about his comments before and after the Chelsea game on January 3. He had described disputed refereeing decisions as “concerning coincidences”. It is the second time in 12 months that Wenger has been punished with a touchline ban. Last January, he was suspended for four matches and fined £25,000 for his behaviour in a victory over Burnley. That time, Wenger was charged with verbally abusing and pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor after being sent off. Meanwhile, it has emerged that Gaetan Bong, the Brighton defender, was interviewed by FA officials on Tuesday as the inquiry into the row with Jay Rodriguez gets under way. Bong has alleged he was racially abused by the West Bromwich forward during the game at the Hawthorns on Saturday. Rodriguez, who denies the allegations, will meet FA officials in London next week.

Arsene Wenger branded referee Mike Dean 'dishonest' and a 'disgrace' in heated row after West Brom match

Arsene Wenger accused referee Mike Dean of dishonesty and branded him “a disgrace” after Arsenal’s controversial draw at West Bromwich Albion, the Football Association has revealed. Wenger confronted Dean after West Brom were awarded a late penalty at the Hawthorns during the sides’ Premier League match on New Year’s Eve, with Jay Rodriguez converting the spot-kick to secure the Midland side a 1-1 draw. The Arsenal manager launched a withering attack on Dean after the game, with the penalty awarded after a contentious handball by Calum Chambers, in which he bemoaned the standard of refereeing. He said: “Many years ago [former Arsenal vice-chairman] David Dein and myself fought hard for referees to become professional and they do a good job, but don’t work enough. I believe we fought hard to win the game, but didn’t because of a bad decision.” Wenger was handed a three-match touchline ban and fined £40,000 by the FA and in the written reasons for that decision, published last night, they reveal the extent of his anger with Dean as the pair clashed in the referee’s room after the final whistle. This included: Wenger jabbing his finger at Dean as he accused him of “not being honest”. The manager calling Dean “a disgrace” and suggesting he was guilty of habitually giving poor decisions against Arsenal. Wenger having to be ushered away by a West Brom steward. Wenger’s questioning of Dean’s integrity, and his use of abusive and inappropriate language, ensured that he was handed a touchline ban rather than being given a fine, although he avoided a stadium ban. In his incident report, Dean wrote: “As we’ve entered the dressing room after the game Mr Wenger stood behind us in the doorway and told the West Brom steward to ‘let him in’. He was very aggressive leaning towards me, pointing aggressively at me saying, ‘You’re not honest’ on numerous occasions. I replied, ‘So you’re calling me a cheat’. He replied, ‘I maintain what I say, you’re not honest’. “He then said, ‘You’ve done this to us many times before, you’re supposed to be professional, you’re a disgrace’. He was then ushered out of the room by the West Brom safety officer.” Arsene Wenger was furious with Mike Dean Credit: ACTION IMAGES Dean’s version of events was corroborated by his two assistant referees: Simon Long – who called Wenger’s behaviour “aggressive” and said he had spoken to Dean in a “raised voice” – and Ian Hussin, as well as the fourth official, Christopher Kavanagh, who were all present in the room. Wenger was absent from the touchline for Arsenal’s games against Nottingham Forest, Chelsea and Bournemouth, none of which his side won. An independent panel, chaired by Gareth Farrelly, unanimously agreed on a three-match ban, after initially considering a four-match suspension. The commission stated: “There is no justification for this behaviour.” The panel considered a full stadium ban but “agreed it was not warranted in this case”. Wenger was also warned about his comments before and after the Chelsea game on January 3. He had described disputed refereeing decisions as “concerning coincidences”. It is the second time in 12 months that Wenger has been punished with a touchline ban. Last January, he was suspended for four matches and fined £25,000 for his behaviour in a victory over Burnley. That time, Wenger was charged with verbally abusing and pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor after being sent off. Meanwhile, it has emerged that Gaetan Bong, the Brighton defender, was interviewed by FA officials on Tuesday as the inquiry into the row with Jay Rodriguez gets under way. Bong has alleged he was racially abused by the West Bromwich forward during the game at the Hawthorns on Saturday. Rodriguez, who denies the allegations, will meet FA officials in London next week.

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Simon Mignolet considering his Liverpool future amid 'unhealthy' goalkeeper rotation 

Simon Mignolet has admitted he is unhappy with Jurgen Klopp's decision to drop him to the bench for Liverpool's victory over Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. Mignolet has not started in goal for Liverpool since their New Year's Day win over Burnley and Jurgen Klopp has now said the number one shirt is Loris Karius' to lose.  The Belgian goalkeeper is also aware his chances of playing at the 2018 World Cup could be put in jeopardy by Jurgen Klopp's 'unhealthy' rotation policy. "After the game against Burnley I had a conversation with the coach, among other things about his ongoing rotation. I did not find that a healthy situation for a goalkeeper," said Mignolet in an interview with Belgian media outlet Sporza. Loris Karius has replaced Simon Mignolet as Liverpool's number one goalkeeper  Credit: REX "My place on the bench against City confirmed his words. I am not satisfied with that (being dropped) but you have to respect a decision of the trainer." "After everything that has happened this season, I know where I stand and the situation has become clearer. I have been in such situations before and have always come out stronger," Mignolet said. “But of course I also have to think about my own future, the only thing I can do is focus on the training and do my best. I’m 30 years old and the World Cup is coming in. This situation can not last too long, that’s clear. I cannot say more about it.” Karius, who was partially at fault for Manchester City's first goal on Sunday afternoon, received backing from Klopp  Klopp insisted "people will always find a hair in the soup," when asked to comment on Karius' failure to keep Leroy Sane's shot out at his near post. 

Simon Mignolet considering his Liverpool future amid 'unhealthy' goalkeeper rotation 

Simon Mignolet has admitted he is unhappy with Jurgen Klopp's decision to drop him to the bench for Liverpool's victory over Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. Mignolet has not started in goal for Liverpool since their New Year's Day win over Burnley and Jurgen Klopp has now said the number one shirt is Loris Karius' to lose.  The Belgian goalkeeper is also aware his chances of playing at the 2018 World Cup could be put in jeopardy by Jurgen Klopp's 'unhealthy' rotation policy. "After the game against Burnley I had a conversation with the coach, among other things about his ongoing rotation. I did not find that a healthy situation for a goalkeeper," said Mignolet in an interview with Belgian media outlet Sporza. Loris Karius has replaced Simon Mignolet as Liverpool's number one goalkeeper  Credit: REX "My place on the bench against City confirmed his words. I am not satisfied with that (being dropped) but you have to respect a decision of the trainer." "After everything that has happened this season, I know where I stand and the situation has become clearer. I have been in such situations before and have always come out stronger," Mignolet said. “But of course I also have to think about my own future, the only thing I can do is focus on the training and do my best. I’m 30 years old and the World Cup is coming in. This situation can not last too long, that’s clear. I cannot say more about it.” Karius, who was partially at fault for Manchester City's first goal on Sunday afternoon, received backing from Klopp  Klopp insisted "people will always find a hair in the soup," when asked to comment on Karius' failure to keep Leroy Sane's shot out at his near post. 

Premier League - Manchester United vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United vs Burnley - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - December 26, 2017 Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Premier League - Manchester United vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United vs Burnley - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - December 26, 2017 Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Georginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool beat Man City playing our own way - others may struggle to do the same

Amid the Anfield euphoria of erasing Manchester City’s aura of invincibility, there is one regret for Liverpool. A massive 15-point gap remains to Pep Guardiola’s side, a combination of City’s freakish consistency and Liverpool’s occasional wastefulness ensuring the leaders’ defeat can be recognised as the mildest of setbacks. Should Sunday’s thrilling 4-3 victory prove the catalyst for Jurgen Klopp’s side securing the runners-up spot, the satisfaction with another season of significant Anfield progress will be balanced with frustration the most subtle of improvements in the Premier League could have made it better. No-one could have stopped City this season, but the Anfield meeting proved a gulf in points does not reflect a gulf in class. Liverpool have lost just two Premier League fixtures so far in this campaign, but midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admits such obvious development is not enough. It is Liverpool’s eight draws from 23 games – five of those draws in games Liverpool were ahead – that have been costly. “In my opinion that is the difference. That’s the reality and you have to accept it,” said Wijnaldum. “They [City] did it much better in some games. There were some games difficult for them but they still scored and killed the game. That is something we didn’t do. Even today [Sunday] we still give them a chance to come back. That is the biggest thing we have to change if we want to compete with teams like City. “I don’t want to say the difference is not big because they show it every game, and even in the games they did not play very well they won. So that is the step we have to make to compete for the title. The first game against Watford we played well and conceded at the end of the game. Burnley at home we created chances and did not score often. At home we have had games we did not score – you have around six points there already. We gave a lot of points away that we could have collected. City and us are two teams with a lot of quality but so have other teams.” Liverpool’s progress under Klopp is measurable. Sunday’s win means Liverpool have more points at this stage of the season (47) than after 23 games a year ago (46). “I don’t want to think like that,” said Wijnaldum. “Last season we had more points in the first half of the season. You can see the progression, and the manager rotates and we still perform which is a good sign but we still have a lot to learn.” Having demonstrated how to beat City, there will be an expectation others will copy Klopp’s template. Wijnaldum warned the journey from attacking ambition to successful execution is gruelling. “City are such a good team they can play a lot of systems in one game, so it is difficult to say you have to play like this against them,” he said. Liverpool became the first team to beat City in the league this season when the teams met at Anfield Credit: Getty Images "Every game is different. You might have teams who drop deep and counter-attack who also win. City can switch very quickly in the game. What we did was just play our own game. We analysed them and did our game plan.” Liverpool demonstrated in a one-off game, especially at Anfield, every club in world football is vulnerable. The next stage of development under Klopp is to erase the carelessness at the back which has seen too many dominant displays unrewarded.  Centre-half Virgil van Dijk settling at the club will help. So too when Klopp finally has a goalkeeper he can trust. The constant switching of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius betrays the manager's thoughts on which position is the priority for recruitment before next season. City’s title procession has encountered little more than a bump in the road. Liverpool - like the rest of the Premier League - remain out of sight, but there is every indication Klopp's side is best equipped to make an appearance in the rear view mirror.

Georginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool beat Man City playing our own way - others may struggle to do the same

Amid the Anfield euphoria of erasing Manchester City’s aura of invincibility, there is one regret for Liverpool. A massive 15-point gap remains to Pep Guardiola’s side, a combination of City’s freakish consistency and Liverpool’s occasional wastefulness ensuring the leaders’ defeat can be recognised as the mildest of setbacks. Should Sunday’s thrilling 4-3 victory prove the catalyst for Jurgen Klopp’s side securing the runners-up spot, the satisfaction with another season of significant Anfield progress will be balanced with frustration the most subtle of improvements in the Premier League could have made it better. No-one could have stopped City this season, but the Anfield meeting proved a gulf in points does not reflect a gulf in class. Liverpool have lost just two Premier League fixtures so far in this campaign, but midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admits such obvious development is not enough. It is Liverpool’s eight draws from 23 games – five of those draws in games Liverpool were ahead – that have been costly. “In my opinion that is the difference. That’s the reality and you have to accept it,” said Wijnaldum. “They [City] did it much better in some games. There were some games difficult for them but they still scored and killed the game. That is something we didn’t do. Even today [Sunday] we still give them a chance to come back. That is the biggest thing we have to change if we want to compete with teams like City. “I don’t want to say the difference is not big because they show it every game, and even in the games they did not play very well they won. So that is the step we have to make to compete for the title. The first game against Watford we played well and conceded at the end of the game. Burnley at home we created chances and did not score often. At home we have had games we did not score – you have around six points there already. We gave a lot of points away that we could have collected. City and us are two teams with a lot of quality but so have other teams.” Liverpool’s progress under Klopp is measurable. Sunday’s win means Liverpool have more points at this stage of the season (47) than after 23 games a year ago (46). “I don’t want to think like that,” said Wijnaldum. “Last season we had more points in the first half of the season. You can see the progression, and the manager rotates and we still perform which is a good sign but we still have a lot to learn.” Having demonstrated how to beat City, there will be an expectation others will copy Klopp’s template. Wijnaldum warned the journey from attacking ambition to successful execution is gruelling. “City are such a good team they can play a lot of systems in one game, so it is difficult to say you have to play like this against them,” he said. Liverpool became the first team to beat City in the league this season when the teams met at Anfield Credit: Getty Images "Every game is different. You might have teams who drop deep and counter-attack who also win. City can switch very quickly in the game. What we did was just play our own game. We analysed them and did our game plan.” Liverpool demonstrated in a one-off game, especially at Anfield, every club in world football is vulnerable. The next stage of development under Klopp is to erase the carelessness at the back which has seen too many dominant displays unrewarded.  Centre-half Virgil van Dijk settling at the club will help. So too when Klopp finally has a goalkeeper he can trust. The constant switching of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius betrays the manager's thoughts on which position is the priority for recruitment before next season. City’s title procession has encountered little more than a bump in the road. Liverpool - like the rest of the Premier League - remain out of sight, but there is every indication Klopp's side is best equipped to make an appearance in the rear view mirror.

Premier League team of the weekend - by Jason Burt

Liverpool deserve all the plaudits for ending Manchester City’s unbeaten run and there were stand-out performances throughout the team. But the tone was set by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who was positive, aggressive, creative – and scored the opening goal. The way he played exposed, once again, the lack of progress he made at Arsenal and what a good move he has made to come to Liverpool. He is fulfilling his undoubted potential. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Wayne Hennessey The goalkeeping position has been a problem for Crystal Palace all season and they are in the transfer market this month to sign one. But the Welsh international made two vital saves in the crucial win over Burnley, keeping a clean sheet. Adam Smith Played at right wing-back with Bournemouth’s formation shift in the win over Arsenal. Pushed on and helped take the game – and win the game – for Eddie Howe’s side. Craig Dawson A trademark headed goal from a set-piece from the West Brom defender helped his side to a first win – and a clean sheet – in the Premier League under Alan Pardew. Craig Dawson leaps highest to add West Brom's second goal Credit: Getty Images Joel Matip In the absence of £75million central defender Virgil Van Dijk, Matip stepped up with a commanding performance in Liverpool’s brilliant 4-3 win over Manchester City. It helped that Sergio Aguero was out-of-sorts but Matip made some important interventions. Andrew Robertson The left-back has had to work hard to earn his chance at Liverpool but he produced his best performance to date in the win over Manchester City with his boundless energy. To the delight of Liverpool fans he nullified the threat of Raheem Sterling. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Undoubtedly his best performance since joining Liverpool for Arsenal. Was positive, powerful and create and set the tone for the win over Manchester City with the opening goal. Dembele glides past Idrissa Gueye Credit:  Action Images via Reuters Mousa Dembele There is no doubt the Belgium international – when fit – makes a huge difference to the Tottenham Hotspur midfield. He has skill, the ability to beat his marker and skill as well. Everton could not cope with him. James Ward-Prowse Two goals from the midfielder were not enough to gain a win for relegation-threatened Southampton away to Watford but they showed again what promise he has. It is still a frustration that he is not a more regular starter. Heung-Min Son Son is no longer Tottenham Hotspur’s unsung hero after scoring in five successive Premier League matches. He was relentless against Everton with his speed and clever movement. Roberto Firmino A complete centre-forward’s performance from Firmino as he harried defenders, made clever runs and scored a goal that said everything about his strength and skill as he out-muscled John Stones and provided a deft finish. Marko Arnautovic The West Ham forward has been played through the middle of late by David Moyes and to great effect. He led the line brilliantly against Huddersfield, scoring and providing assists.

Premier League team of the weekend - by Jason Burt

Liverpool deserve all the plaudits for ending Manchester City’s unbeaten run and there were stand-out performances throughout the team. But the tone was set by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who was positive, aggressive, creative – and scored the opening goal. The way he played exposed, once again, the lack of progress he made at Arsenal and what a good move he has made to come to Liverpool. He is fulfilling his undoubted potential. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Wayne Hennessey The goalkeeping position has been a problem for Crystal Palace all season and they are in the transfer market this month to sign one. But the Welsh international made two vital saves in the crucial win over Burnley, keeping a clean sheet. Adam Smith Played at right wing-back with Bournemouth’s formation shift in the win over Arsenal. Pushed on and helped take the game – and win the game – for Eddie Howe’s side. Craig Dawson A trademark headed goal from a set-piece from the West Brom defender helped his side to a first win – and a clean sheet – in the Premier League under Alan Pardew. Craig Dawson leaps highest to add West Brom's second goal Credit: Getty Images Joel Matip In the absence of £75million central defender Virgil Van Dijk, Matip stepped up with a commanding performance in Liverpool’s brilliant 4-3 win over Manchester City. It helped that Sergio Aguero was out-of-sorts but Matip made some important interventions. Andrew Robertson The left-back has had to work hard to earn his chance at Liverpool but he produced his best performance to date in the win over Manchester City with his boundless energy. To the delight of Liverpool fans he nullified the threat of Raheem Sterling. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Undoubtedly his best performance since joining Liverpool for Arsenal. Was positive, powerful and create and set the tone for the win over Manchester City with the opening goal. Dembele glides past Idrissa Gueye Credit:  Action Images via Reuters Mousa Dembele There is no doubt the Belgium international – when fit – makes a huge difference to the Tottenham Hotspur midfield. He has skill, the ability to beat his marker and skill as well. Everton could not cope with him. James Ward-Prowse Two goals from the midfielder were not enough to gain a win for relegation-threatened Southampton away to Watford but they showed again what promise he has. It is still a frustration that he is not a more regular starter. Heung-Min Son Son is no longer Tottenham Hotspur’s unsung hero after scoring in five successive Premier League matches. He was relentless against Everton with his speed and clever movement. Roberto Firmino A complete centre-forward’s performance from Firmino as he harried defenders, made clever runs and scored a goal that said everything about his strength and skill as he out-muscled John Stones and provided a deft finish. Marko Arnautovic The West Ham forward has been played through the middle of late by David Moyes and to great effect. He led the line brilliantly against Huddersfield, scoring and providing assists.

Premier League team of the weekend - by Jason Burt

Liverpool deserve all the plaudits for ending Manchester City’s unbeaten run and there were stand-out performances throughout the team. But the tone was set by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who was positive, aggressive, creative – and scored the opening goal. The way he played exposed, once again, the lack of progress he made at Arsenal and what a good move he has made to come to Liverpool. He is fulfilling his undoubted potential. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Wayne Hennessey The goalkeeping position has been a problem for Crystal Palace all season and they are in the transfer market this month to sign one. But the Welsh international made two vital saves in the crucial win over Burnley, keeping a clean sheet. Adam Smith Played at right wing-back with Bournemouth’s formation shift in the win over Arsenal. Pushed on and helped take the game – and win the game – for Eddie Howe’s side. Craig Dawson A trademark headed goal from a set-piece from the West Brom defender helped his side to a first win – and a clean sheet – in the Premier League under Alan Pardew. Craig Dawson leaps highest to add West Brom's second goal Credit: Getty Images Joel Matip In the absence of £75million central defender Virgil Van Dijk, Matip stepped up with a commanding performance in Liverpool’s brilliant 4-3 win over Manchester City. It helped that Sergio Aguero was out-of-sorts but Matip made some important interventions. Andrew Robertson The left-back has had to work hard to earn his chance at Liverpool but he produced his best performance to date in the win over Manchester City with his boundless energy. To the delight of Liverpool fans he nullified the threat of Raheem Sterling. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Undoubtedly his best performance since joining Liverpool for Arsenal. Was positive, powerful and create and set the tone for the win over Manchester City with the opening goal. Dembele glides past Idrissa Gueye Credit:  Action Images via Reuters Mousa Dembele There is no doubt the Belgium international – when fit – makes a huge difference to the Tottenham Hotspur midfield. He has skill, the ability to beat his marker and skill as well. Everton could not cope with him. James Ward-Prowse Two goals from the midfielder were not enough to gain a win for relegation-threatened Southampton away to Watford but they showed again what promise he has. It is still a frustration that he is not a more regular starter. Heung-Min Son Son is no longer Tottenham Hotspur’s unsung hero after scoring in five successive Premier League matches. He was relentless against Everton with his speed and clever movement. Roberto Firmino A complete centre-forward’s performance from Firmino as he harried defenders, made clever runs and scored a goal that said everything about his strength and skill as he out-muscled John Stones and provided a deft finish. Marko Arnautovic The West Ham forward has been played through the middle of late by David Moyes and to great effect. He led the line brilliantly against Huddersfield, scoring and providing assists.

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