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Liverpool Are Chasing Premier League’s Most Under Rated Gem, Is This A Right Move?

James Milner

Premier League giants Liverpool who have been mid-table for most of this season are keen on making an upward move in the points table. For this purpose the club was keen on adding more players to their squad to challenge for a place in the top four by improving their performances. The club has many potential targets but have not been able to close in on any pending deals. The Anfield side has been chasing Manchester City’s James Milner, who is out of contract at the Etihad at the end of the season.

If Liverpool were to acquire the services of the England international, it would be a huge boost to their squad and the ambition of winning trophies in the near future. The 29-year old has been selfless at times with his play and has played in a lot of different positions at times for the Manchester club this season, showing the versatile nature of his game.

The England international is quite underrated with the star studded line-up that City possesses and at times does not get his due credit. Manchester City have a better scoring record with Milner in the team, 2.3 v 1.5 per game and this quality is something that Liverpool definitely could use as they are creating a lot, yet, the finishing has been disappointing at times.

Further if Milner makes the move to Anfield, his passing abilities would be very useful for the team. Milner has a 83% pass completion rate and has created 35 chances for City this season which is quite remarkable. Moreover when Milner plays, City wins most times and he can boast of a 72.2% win percentage. Last, but not the least, 83% percent of his tackles have been totally spot on, which is quite an important part of the modern game.

Brendan Rodgers has clearly expressed the need to improve his side’s performance, if he hopes to make it to the Champions League next season. The club is currently at 8th place with 32 points and is just five points behind 4th place Manchester United. Liverpool have already been eliminated from the Champions League and are 17 points behind League leaders Chelsea at the moment.

Stats taken from Whoscored & Squawka

 

 

Arsenal Join The Race To Sign Former Manchester City Man

Loris Karius

One of the busiest teams in transfer windows, at least in gossips section Arsenal FC are back in the news as they are eyeing Germany’s goal-keeper Loris Karius, who is the back-up for Manuel Neuer in the German National side, reported Mirror.

The FSV Mainz 05’s custodian has signed a contract with the Bundesliga club till the end of the season has attracted many clubs which includes fellow Bundesliga teams Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke 04 and Spanish side Valencia CF apart from the Gunners. The club moving for the 21-year-old shot-stopper this month could secure a cut-price deal during the summer.

Loris Karius has publicly expressed his wish to stay at Mainz this season as he turned down a deal to play for Portugal Champions Benfica in last summer window. Having said this, Loris Karius might be tempted to move to English Premier League at the end of the season.

Loris Karius might return to English Football

Loris Karius is no stranger to English football as he was a part of Manchester City’s academy till 2011 before moving to Mainz. Arsenal are ready to wait until the summer but rival parties are looking to sign Loris Karius up on a low price this month, which may force Arsene Wenger to get the job done before the window ends.

Loris Karius’ arrival to the Emirates Stadium means, Arsenal is all set to relieve one of their three goalkeepers (Wojciech Szczesny, David Ospinia and Damien Martinez) at the end of this season with Martinez looking as the most likely candidate despite Ospinia’s regular injuries.

Apart from Loris Karius, Paris Saint Germain’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, Atletico Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Mario Suarez and Everton’s Irish midfielder James McCarthy are also in Arsenal’s radar with Cavani being the likely one to come to North London.

Manchester United Predicted Lineup vs Manchester City: A United Point Of View

louis van gaal

Manchester United are going into this derby with a wealth of confidence from their hard-fought 1-1 draw with Chelsea, knowing that this is an opportune time to hurt City, who are going through a slump. The return of most of United’s players, from injury or from suspension, have added to United’s self-assurance. City may have won just five of their last six Manchester derbies in the Premier league, but United are the favourites to win this time, with Wayne Rooney’s injury scare being resolved, as he was seen training yesterday.

The impending return of Phil Jones and Radamel Falcao lend the team solidity, which will help them in the clash with City. United will find no better way to verify their top-4 credentials than by beating Manchester City. They have been taken apart by City in the past few encounters, with the last encounter at the Etihad ending 4-1 in favour of City, with a brace by Sergio Aguero and goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri. Louis van Gaal has a stellar record in derby matches, and United are looking much stronger than they were looking at the beginning of the season. They are linking up better, but have yet to improve while off the ball, as they find it difficult to recover the ball fast from the opposition. Against Chelsea, they were able to escape against the lighter players in their attacking midfield by tackling and blocking them, but they will not be able to escape against a midfield of Fernandinho or Yaya Toure or Fernando.

For United, on the pitch, Angel di Maria will have to break free from Fernandinho or Fernando, who will be keeping him under lock and key. Wayne Rooney will be United’s beacon of light, and his record against Manchester City is one to fear. He will make a huge difference, as with him on the pitch, City’s strength can be matched. The possible return of Phil Jones could shore up United’s defence, and Ander Herrera will have to get the ball and move the ball forward in midfield. Daley Blind will have to screen the defence, and he will have to have a better game than he did against Chelsea last weekend, as Michael Carrick is clawing at his heels for the same place in midfield and is taller than Blind, meaning that he is more powerful in the air. Robin van Persie is going through an indifferent phase, and he will have to break out by scoring or assisting, as Wayne Rooney is more than capable of usurping his place in the attack, with Juan Mata or Adnan Januzaj taking over the place left behind in midfield.

United will look to continue their good run by derailing their noisy neighbours’ campaign and pushing themselves back up the points table, killing two birds with one stone. City will not cower in a corner, but will look to get back on their feet and come out, all guns blazing, after a poor week, which is why United cannot take their opponents for granted and have to stay wary. Both sides will look for a win and a high-scoring clash is on the cards.

Predicted line-up:

Manchester City (4-4-2): Joe Hart – Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala, Aleksandar Kolarov – James Milner, Yaya Toure, Fernando, Samir Nasri – Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero

Manchester United (4-4-2 diamond): David de Gea – Rafael, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw – Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Angel di Maria, Wayne Rooney – Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao

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3 Key Battles That Will Decide Manchester Derby – Manchester City vs. Manchester United

Manchester derby – 3 Key Duels

Manchester City will be up against Manchester United in this weekend’s derby in the Premier League. At the beginning of the season, Manchester City seemed much stronger than Manchester United, having won last year’s Premier League title and automatically establishing themselves as the team to beat this season, but United improved their team before the close of the transfer window, which has elevated their status to that of top-4 contenders. However, City seem to have lost their way recently, remaining win-less in their last three matches and winning six of their last fifteen matches in all competitions. United have not performed better, having won three of nine matches they have played in the League so far. However, City will be low on confidence, following losses to Newcastle during their midweek Capital One Cup clash and to West Ham in the Premier League last weekend. United’s morale will have been boosted by the draw they snatched from the jaws of defeat against a buoyant Chelsea side, which is looking unbeatable.

1. Vincent Kompany vs. Radamel Falcao

Falcao
Falcao

If Louis van Gaal goes with the 4-4-2 diamond formation that he has used when both Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao have been fit, Falcao will play on the left, which means he will come up against Vincent Kompany, the rock of City’s defence on the right side of the centre-back partnership with Eliaquim Mangala. Falcao was jet-lagged last week and did not play in the clash with Chelsea, but he seemed to have hit a semblance of form, scoring two in two, which is an ominous sign for City. Vincent Kompany has been City’s saviour, as he has covered for Mangala, who has been getting used to the Premier League. Kompany will have to defend against Falcao, and ensure that he does not combine with Robin van Persie, to stem the flow of chances created. Falcao’s task will be cut out: to exploit the weak link – Mangala – in defence and put goals past a team that has not been strong defensively.

Chelsea Involved In £50m Transfer Battle With Premier League Outfit

Manchester City and Chelsea are locked in a £50m battle to land Everton’s Ross Barkley reports Daily Express.

The transfer window might have officially been closed, but that doesn’t stop the rumours that has been doing the rounds as clubs identify potential targets for the upcoming January transfer window.

Telegraph’s , reveals that Mancehster City were put off by Toffees’ £50m valuation when they first inquired about the England midfielder before the World Cup but will bid for him at the end of the season.

Both City and Chelsea were ready to offer as much as £30 for the English youngster, but Everton managed to keep their prized asset from their hands. Although both the teams are very well stocked up in midfield, Barkley’s age and potential to become the next super star has tempted the English giants to spend such ludicrous amount of money.

Manchester City needs to have one more English player in their ranks to adapt with the Premier League and UEFA’s home-grown quotas and are desperate to lure Barkley with a £100,000-a-week salary coupled with regular Champions league action, which is a hard thing to turn down for any youngster. As English stars Joe Hart and James Milner are yet to sign contract extensions with City, the management is running the risk of getting into unnecessary troubles. With that in mind, Everton will look to hold on to their £50m valuation for the player.

For Chelsea to be linked with the player seems to be ridiculous as the Blues are one of the heavily stocked team in each position this season.

City and Chelsea faced off in a nail biting 1-1 draw this past Sunday where Frank Lampard came off the bench and scored the equalizer to sink the Blues, who took the lead through a fine goal from Andre Schurrle.