Valentine’s Day just passed and love is still in the air!
And a glimpse of that could be seen during a Liverpool training session yesterday.
The Liverpool squad is currently in the Andalusian coastal city of Marbella for a four day warm-weather training camp to prepare for the huge Champions League tie against Bayern Munich and the season further.
Following the Bayern match the Reds will take on a high-flying Manchester United at Old Trafford who are bursting into life since the interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær assumed the helm.
But ahead of this tough spell of games, Liverpool does have some good news in the injury front as both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster returned to training with the first team.
Chamberlain is still nursing the ligament injury he suffered during Liverpool’s semi-final clash against Roma last April and still a long way away from returning to the thick of the action but training with the first team was definitely a huge step towards it.
His return was also a big boost for his teammates and according to Trent Alexander-Arnold, it lifted the spirit of the team massively.
And that is evident in the photos shared by the club where the players can be seen hugging each other, smiling and bonding during the training sessions.
In one snap, Sadio Mane can be seen hugging the Englishman tight while almost climbing on his lap.
A perfect way to show love and support for your teammate, don’t you think?
Check out the Mane being every Liverpool in the brilliant picture below –
The drama at the summit of the EFL Championship continues as Leeds United beat Swansea City 2-1 at home to climb to the top of the table following Norwich City’s defeat at Preston.
Leeds were keen to make it tenth straight home win against the Swans and they did it in style thanks to first-half strikes from Pontus Jansson and Jack Harrison.
They were clearly the dominant side in the game with the lion’s share of possession and they managed to get as many as 19 shots away among which 7 were right on target.
Many eyes were on Swansea City winger Daniel James whose proposed move to Leeds during the winter transfer window broke down on the deadline day even after completing a medical for the Whites.
The 21-year-old had a very quiet night with only a few glimpses of his individual brilliance on display.
His counterpart Englishman Patrick Bamford was, grew into the game and was a constant threat down the middle as the game progressed and often switched to the flanks to lead the attack.
One of the best moments in the game came from him when he pulled off a perfect elastico nutmeg on Tottenham loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers during a moment in the game.
Check out a footage of the incident below –
In another scintillating display, Tottenham Hotspur pulled off a brilliant 3-0 victory over a Borussia Dortmund side who are dominating the Bundesliga.
The win did not only gave them an edge going into the second leg at the Signal Iduna Park but also showcased how well their youngsters are performing in a vital period when they are missing some of the key players.
One such brilliant performer yesterday was the 21-year-old Argentinian defender Juan Foyth.
Many were surprised to see him in the first team but the youngster stepped up to the big occasion, grew into the game and kept the dazzling Dortmund attack consisting of the likes of Mario Götze, Christian Pulisic and Jadon Sancho at bay.
One particular moment where he held off the pressure from Pulisic and Götze before making a sweet turn to trigger a counter-attack summed up his performance on the night.
The footage of the incident landed online & it very quickly gained popularity among the Spurs faithful and many pitched in to praise the young defender.
Check out the moment below –
And given the fact that Pulisic recently signed a £58 million deal to join arch-rivals Chelsea in the next summer made the moment even sweeter for the North Londoners.
Yesterday was another great European night for Tottenham but if they are to make a bid for the coveted trophy, they’ll require many of such amazing performances from the likes of Harry Winks and Juan Foyth in the future.
Concept kits always seem to provoke a mixed response from fans whenever they pop up on the internet, and this yellow Tottenham Hotspur concept kit is no different.
Featuring a bright yellow design and some blue detailing on the sleeves as well as behind the Nike logo, the kit looks to be modeled after the away jersey worn by the Spurs during the early 1990s.
The idea of using a yellow kit on their travels seems to have intrigued some fans on Twitter with the last yellow kit seen in the 2016/17 season when Under Armour were still their official kit manufacturers.
While some fans seemed to love the idea of the retro modeled design making a comeback, several others seemed less impressed with the concept kit on the micro-blogging site.
What do you think Spurs fans ? Check out the concept kit here :
Tottenham Hotspur turned on the style in the second half to stun Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the first leg of their round of 16 encounter at the Wembley yesterday.
With the influential duo of Harry Kane and Dele Alli missing, Spurs had to reshuffle a bit but Pochettino’s young side showed grit to dominate the game and Lucien Favre’s men now have a huge task at hand to turn the tie around at the Signal Iduna Park.
After a rather quite first half, Son Heung-min broke the deadlock two minutes after the restart before Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente sealed the match in the last 10 minutes.
Captaining the side in the absence of Kane, Vertonghen had a stellar performance against the German club and fully deserved his goal as well as the man of the match bong he was awarded later.
While the Belgian stole most of the headlines with his robust performance, Tottenham fans did well not to miss this bit of passion from Harry Winks at the full time whistle.
The 23-year-old had a good night himself and was highly involved in Tottenham’s play.
Just as the referee was about to signal the end of the fixture, Winks seemed to be overfilled with passion and was spotted pumping his fists as soon the whistle went off.
With Tottenham going into the second leg 3 goals to the good, a solid performance in Germany should take them through to the quarter finals and fans should be bracing themselves to see more of such gestures from Winks and his teammates if that happens.
Check out the video below –
Not the best angle, but spot the passion in this gif. from r/coys
It’s one thing when an opposing manager or player says good things about your stadium before a match but it’s a whole new proposition when one of the game’s greatest legends declares his love for a club’s ground over and over again.
Barcelona legend Xavi has never been shy about expressing his love for Celtic, and once even called the Hoops “too big” to have to go through qualifying rounds to progress to the group stages of the Champions League.
The 39-year-old has also spoken about his admiration for the atmosphere at Celtic Park on occasions in the past and still seems to hold the ground in high regard.
According to a couple of Hoops supporters, the legendary midfielder named Celtic Park as the best atmosphere he has played in when they met the Spaniard recently.
Having played in a number of stadiums all across the globe, the glowing recommendation from Xavi will surely be cherished by Hoops fans for some time to come.
Check out the tweet below –
Kalvin Phillips headed Leeds back to the top of the Championship in the 11th minute of stoppage time to salvage a late draw against Middlesbrough yesterday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men travelled to the Riverside Stadium knowing fully well that a point was all that they needed to return to the top spot but certainly left it late to equalize after Lewis Wing gave the home side the lead in the 47th minute.
Late comebacks are always thrilling and the traveling fans could barely contain their joy after Phillips headed in from close range with barely a minute of stoppage time left.
But getting on level terms wasn’t seemingly enough for Patrick Bamford, who wasted no time in celebrating the equalizer and looked more keen to snatch a winner before the full time whistle.
The striker was spotted picking up the ball from the net almost immediately after the goal went in and Leeds supporters would have surely loved to see the 25-year-old’s drive to get all points in the bag.
Check out Bamford’s (no. 9) reaction just immediately after Leeds’ late equalizer in the video below:
Goals from Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mo Salah helped the Reds to a solid 3-0 win over Bournemouth yesterday and regain pole position in the Premier League.
With City breathing down their necks, the win gives Jurgen Klopp’s men some much need breathing space at the top and also saw Naby Keita put in one of his finest performance since arriving at Anfield last summer.
The Guinean international has been struggling to assert himself for Liverpool so far but showed his class against the Cherries, making more tackles (seven) and ball recoveries (12) than any other player on the pitch.
Apart from his defensive contributions, the diminutive midfielder also showed his attacking prowess during the fixture, with his gorgeous pass to Firmino in the buildup to Salah’s goal a testament to his ability.
Liverpool supporters should be encouraged by the 24-year-old’s display against the Cherries and if the central midfielder can find the consistency to pull off such performances on a weekly basis, the £48m paid for his services will soon look like a bargain.
Check out an alternate angle of Keita’s ‘pass of the season’ contender in the build-up to Mo Salah’s goal here:
Although the new campaign got off to a rather slow start by his own lofty standards, Mo Salah regained his goal scoring touch as the season progressed with 16 Premier League goals so far into the season.
The Egyptian wizard is one of the most likable personalities in football, adored by fans all around the world and so it was quite disheartening to see reports of racist abuse being hurled at the winger from a Hammers fan during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
All in all, it was a difficult night for the Reds in the London Stadium as a vibrant West Ham side proved to be difficult to break down for Jurgen Klopp’s side and that seemed to have taken a toll on Salah as well.
The 26-year-old looked quite disappointed as he embraced Klopp in the tunnel and the photo of two of their most influential personnel looking rather down is sure to break many Liverpool hearts.
Literally heartbreaking stuff. Check out a photo of the duo here:
While certain reports released during December seemed to suggest that there was a high possibility of Spurs welcoming Borussia Dortmund into their new stadium for their UCL encounter this month, it is pretty much clear now that such a scenario is out of the question and an official unveiling should not be expected at least until April according to news from the London Evening Standard.
Tottenham fans have been eagerly waiting for a chance to see their beloved Spurs play in their new mega stadium for some time now and regular updates featuring the cutting edge features around the ground have only added to the buzz surrounding it’s unveiling.
In a latest update about the developments inside their new abode, Spurs fans were treated to a glimpse inside what will be the home dressing room (a comment on Twitter says otherwise though) after a new video emerged on Twitter.
The dressing room is a sight to behold, featuring blue LED skirtings with well designed locker rooms and fans could barely contain their excitement after watching the short clip.
Now that’s a dressing room! Check out the clip showing Spurs new dressing room here :
It’s easy to see why players and Pochettino himself can’t seemingly wait to move out Wembley with all the new facilities looking absolutely stunning and the amenities will surely serve as a big boost for the squad when they come out to play at home.