The Merseyside derby promised to be the FA Cup’s most mouth watering 3rd round tie and rightly lived up to it’s billing.
The Toffees have been on a resurgent run ever since Big Sam took over but ran out of steam against their arch rivals last evening.
Liverpool’s record signing, Virgil van Djik couldn’t have asked for a better debut as he scored an 84th minute winner for his new employers, breaking Everton hearts in the bargain.
The late winner sent Anfield into raptures, with manager Jurgen Klopp resorting to his passionate celebrations as usual.
One familiar face that didn’t have a smile was that of Everton assistant manager Sammy Lee.
Lee, a Liverpool great in his own right spent a good decade at Anfield as a player in the 70s & 80s before returning as Rafa Benitez’s assistant in the 2000s.
This time however, the Englishman didn’t have a pleasant return to his old stomping ground evident by this grimace of his captured by cameras as his side conceded a late winner.
Check out the contrast in emotions in the video below –
The current football season is just about halfway through and we already have several images of the next season’s kits leaked online.
The latest addition to the bandwagon is Chelsea’s training kit for the upcoming season.
The 2018-19 season will be the 2nd year of Chelsea’s multi-year contract with American sportswear giants Nike and the kit manufacturer seems to have pulled out all the stops in designing a hip training kit for the English Champions.
The shirt is bold white much like the Blues’ current away strip but has a pretty unorthodox graphic printed on it.
Nike have gone for predominantly blue checkers superimposed with red checkers as the graphics to adorn the training shirt and it’s bound to get heads turning.
Sponsors Carabao remain on the front of the shirt along with a white NIKE swoosh and the Chelsea crest.
Via FootyHeadlines, check out the leaked image of the pre-match shirt below –
After being rested against Stoke, a rejuvenated Eden Hazard returned to action in a high octane London derby last evening.
The Belgian was in inspired form as he scored the Champion’s first goal of the night, picking up yet another MOTM award in the process.
Hazard who turns 27 this week made some mouth watering runs and dribbles, taking on the Arsenal defence with ease and emerging with the ball more often than not.
One instance where the Belgian’s mastery was on full display was during one of the lightning fast counter attacks from the Blues.
Hazard, after bringing an aerial ball down amidst three Arsenal players, deftly flicked it into Alvaro Morata’s path with an exquisite back heel pass.
Fresh from being named Belgium’s footballer of the year, the attacker shows no signs of letting up as he goes from strength to strength starting the new year with another clinical performance.
Check out the pass below –
Despite tying up the transfer of Virgil van Djik this week, Liverpool seem keen to add to their squad in the winter transfer window, especially if Philippe Coutinho leaves.
The Reds have been heavily linked with Schalke’s Leon Goretzka who has just 6 months left on his contract at the German club.
A highly rated and versatile midfielder, Leon Goretzka has been on the radar of a number of big clubs but hasn’t made any comment on his future.
His recent Instagram activity however seems to suggest otherwise. The youngster liked a video where Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is seen passionately egging his team on in a Europa League fixture a couple of seasons ago.
This was quickly spotted by Liverpool fans who wasted no time in circulating screenshots online hoping it meant the 22-year-old was hinting at a future under Klopp.
Check out the screenshot below –
Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea ripped apart a depleted Stoke City side as they romped to a 5-0 win in their last league game of the year.
Chelsea, who have won the title twice in the last 3 seasons, have built up quite the fan base in the Indian subcontinent over the last decade.
And it seems the Blues have won over a Bollywood personality in the form of Priyanka Chopra after their thrashing of the Potters.
Chopra, a former Miss World, was seen at the Bridge cheering on the Blues and posted her escapades on her social media accounts.
Chelsea on their part were quick to acknowledge their new celebrity fan as they followed her on Instagram and left a gracious comment on her post.
Check out the social media post below-
With the winter transfer window just a weekend away, the rumour mill is turning at a vicious pace.
One rumour that has picked up speed over the last few days has Everton fans all excited with Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun being linked with the Merseyside outfit.
While neither Everton nor Besiktas have released any statement with regard to the transfer, social media platforms suggest otherwise.
In an unprecedented move, Super Lig leaders and Besiktas’ city rivals Istanbul Basaksehir have jumped on the bandwagon and added to the circulating rumours with a controversial tweet.
Basaksehir, in the tweet , thanked the Toffees for taking Tosun off their rivals hand accompanying it with a video of the striker’s goals all but suggesting the transfer is done.
Since the deal hasn’t been officially confirmed, whether the tweet is an attempt to destabilise their rivals or a display of mutual respect for the Turkish international remains to be seen.
An official source confirming the rumors, check out the post here –
Spurs striker Harry Kane has been in an inspired form, breaking the Premier League record for the most goals in a calendar year and scoring a mind blowing 8 hat-tricks in 2017.
His eye-catching performances on the pitch have won him accolades from across the sporting fraternity. After NBA legend Steve Nash praised the 24-year-old this week, Kane has now found himself on the front page of a paper all the way across the Atlantic in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.
The Englishman’s treble on the weekend meant he finished the year as Europe’s top goalscorer, surpassing the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Getting on the front page of a newspaper in a foreign land, especially a footballing haven like South America, shows how meteorically Kane’s stock has risen across the world.
Check out the image below –
Although he didn’t get his name on the scoresheet, Eden Hazard spent another afternoon tormenting defences in the English Top flight as he picked up yet another Man of the Match award for his industrious performance in the Blues’ 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.
Having doubled their lead on the hour mark, the Blues could have very well added a 3rd five minutes later through a blinding counter attack courtesy some orgasmic link up play between Hazard and Kante.
Fabregas headed away a Brighton corner which fell to Hazard who deftly flicked into N’Golo Kante’s path. While Hazard got onto his bike and flew down the left wing, the otherwise defensive Kante, made a mouth watering move, bulldozing past Brighton players, leaving Beram Kayal on the floor in a dribbling manoeuvre.
Kante then teed up Hazard for a shot on goal that was narrowly kept out by Lewis Dunk’s scrappy goal line clearance.
Check out the full move below –
Harry Kane was at his rampaging best as he notched up yet another hat-trick to help Spurs overcome Southampton with relative ease earlier today.
His second hat-trick in a week meant Kane shattered Alan Shearer’s record for the most goals in a Premier League calendar year, finishing with 39 goals to Shearer’s 36.
The Englishman is winning plaudits for his exploits on the field, winning admirers from not only the footballing world but also drawing praise from across the sporting world.
The newest addition to the Englishman’s posse of admirers from across the Atlantic is no stranger to the North London club.
NBA legend and lifelong Spurs fan, Steve Nash, in a recent tweet made a heartfelt tribute to Kane, asking young children to look no further than the young Englishman for inspiration when it comes to working towards one’s dreams.
Check out the tweet below –
Newcastle United picked up their first win since October as they beat a resurgent West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Newcastle had their resilient defence to thank for their first victory in 10 league games and one man in particular who shone for the Magpies was centre-half Jamaal Lascelles.
The 24-year-old has gone through a meteoric rise in fortunes in no time, being named captain at Newcastle United and leading the team to the Championship title & promotion to the Premier League last season.
Newcastle fans particularly loved this passage of play when he made 3 crucial blocks in a matter of ten seconds to almost single-handedly keep a West Ham attack at bay.
Pure passion and determination from the Newcastle captain, check out the bit from the game below –