Liverpool Top Yet Another Table – This Time by Raking in Record Premier League TV Income

Honestly, is there anything they’re not going to win this year?

Not content with a run of unprecedented footballing dominance that has seen them win three continental trophies and take 173 points from the 192 available since the beginning of last season, ?Liverpool look certain to add their first ever ?Premier League title to their cabinet this year – and you certainly wouldn’t bet against another trophy or two accompanying that before the season is out. 

These preposterous levels of success, however, are by no means limited to the pitch. They’ve secured a ?mammoth kit manufacturing deal with Nike, and according to the ?Echo, this season will see them rake in more TV revenue than any other Premier League side for the second year running. 

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Owing to their popularity with domestic broadcasters, they raked in as much as £152.4m last season, marginally more than Manchester City despite finishing as runners-up to Pep Guardiola’s men.

This season, however, changes to the distribution of overseas broadcasting revenue will see teams higher up the table netting a greater share of the pot. This will mean a sharp spike from the £43.2m the Reds received from this stream last season, as they take the biggest share available from the pool worth close to £900m. 

Coupled with the increased demand to see the Anfield giants on TV and the near-certainty of finishing top of the league, this means that Liverpool could see earnings from the Premier League alone surpass £175m – the most any team has ever received from TV revenue in England in a single season, and the most of any team this season by some distance.

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With their Champions League win last season, Liverpool became the first club ever to surpass £250m from total UK TV revenue, and if they can make it all the way in Europe once again they will all but certainly surpass that figure.

That’s a big if, however, with a ?hungry Atlético Madrid side lying in wait to cause an upset on Tuesday. 


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The Man Utd Lineup That Should Start Against Chelsea on Monday

?Well, considering Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly doesn’t know his best starting lineup, we thought we’d give it a go.

Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on Monday night following the inaugural Premier League winter break. The Red Devils are now armed with the knowledge that fifth place may be enough for Champions League football following Manchester City’s European ban, and the 13-time Premier League champions need to get their act together quickly.

Having failed to win – or even score – in their last three league outings, United can move within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea with a win in London, while even a point would move the Red Devils up to seventh.

With the increasingly high stakes of Monday night’s clash clear for all to see, let’s take a look at who should start for Manchester United against Chelsea.


Goalkeeper & Defenders

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David De Gea (GK) – While the Spaniard may not be living up to his esteemed reputation this season, ?De Gea is still one of the league’s best shot-stoppers. He may very well be busy against an exciting and dynamic Chelsea forward line, and his cat-like reflexes and knack for the spectacular may come in handy.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – Given Chelsea’s exciting wide men, ?United will need a full-back who can defend properly – not that there is much competition for the 22-year-old’s place. Wan-Bissaka has proven himself to be a strong and committed defender, racking up the second-most tackles in the English top tier this term.

Victor Lindelof (CB) – One area in which United have actually been relatively strong this season is defence. Lindelof’s partnership with Harry Maguire has blossomed, helping the Red Devils pick up points in spite of their struggles in front of goal. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement at the back as well.

Harry Maguire (CB) – United’s big summer signing has helped stabilise the spine of Solskjaer’s side, even if the Englishman’s leadership skills are not quite up to scratch. Big and powerful, Maguire will have to be on top of his game to deal with fellow countryman Tammy Abraham – should the ?Chelsea striker be fit.

Luke Shaw (LB) – Many people will be expecting United to start with a back five at Stamford Bridge, but Solskjaer would be smart to stick with a back four to aid his side’s attacking potential, and make the most of Chelsea’s defensive frailties. With that in mind, Shaw should get the nod ahead of young Brandon Williams, with his experience and intelligence in and out of possession key.


Midfielders

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?Fred (DM) – Arguably the most improved Premier League player of the season, the Brazilian is starting to showcase the talents that seemingly merited his enormous price tag before joining the Red Devils. His work ethic and quality distribution make him a key cog in United’s midfield, and, without the injured Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, his presence in the centre of the park will be essential.

Nemanja Matic (DM) – Another forgotten man at Old Trafford, the Serbian has re-ignited his United career in recent weeks. The absence of McTominay offered Matic a route back in to the team, and the midfielder snapped it up, forming a strong partnership with ?Fred.

Juan Mata (RM) – Another with an eye for flair is Mata. The veteran has re-emerged as one of United’s most competent and creative midfielders in recent games, and given the Spaniard’s time at Chelsea came to an abrupt end, he should be highly motivated on Monday night.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) – Well, the hype didn’t quite match the debut. While Fernandes looked fairly comfortable against Wolves, United’s lack of attacking ambition and creativity made life difficult for the Red Devils’ new January addition. Expectations will be high for the midfielder on Monday, and his flair will be important in carrying a struggling United attack.

Daniel James (LM) – With United’s counter-attacking style most prominent against the big boys, the Red Devils will undoubtedly look to play on the break against Chelsea. As a result, James’ pace with and without the ball make him a necessary addition to United’s forward line, and the Welshman can even play off Anthony Martial up top.


Forward

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Anthony Martial (ST) – ?The above picture is ?Martial pointing to the net he should be finding more often. In the absence of Marcus Rashford, sole responsibility for goals has fallen on the striker’s shoulders, and he hasn’t responded very well. With Odion Ighalo now in the picture too, Martial needs to pull his socks up and get his shooting boots on at Stamford Bridge.

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Getafe Boss Blames Barcelona’s ‘Time-Wasting’ for Defeat Despite His Side Committing 30 Fouls

Getafe manager José Bordalas has pointed the finger at Barcelona ‘wasting time’ for his side’s narrow defeat at Camp Nou, while conceding that the brilliance of Lionel Messi also had its part to play in the result. 

Barça ran out 2-1 victors over the third-placed side, with first half goals from ?Antoine Griezmann and Sergi Roberto – the former ingeniously assisted by the scintillating Messi – enough to inflict defeat on Bordalas’ visitors. 

They had their moments in the game, pulling one back through Ángel Rodriguez, and had actually looked to have taken the lead before ?Barça opened the scoring, but Allan Nyom’s effort was ruled out for a foul on Samuel Umtiti in the build-up. 


“We have lost this game because of eight minutes of inspiration from the best player in the world, ?Leo Messi,” Bordalas told reporters, as translated by ?Football Espana.

“This disallowed goal in the first half hurt us, but we must not forget that we are a small team. We played well and it is a shame not to get a more positive result.”

It wasn’t all goodwill from the manager, however, who was clearly upset by Barcelona’s efforts to run the clock down as they closed in on a crucial win. Game-management, we’ll call it…

Jose Bordalas

“Barcelona were not interested in winning by more goals, as they slowed the game down at the end, and wasted time.

“That was their tactic at the end.”

Barcelona manager Quique Setién had his own thoughts on who was to blame for the game breaking down, however. He pointed to Getafe’s attritional style, as they committed 30 fouls – the highest total registered by a single team in Europe’s top five leagues since Sampdoria in 2016.


Setién said, as quoted by ?ESPN’s Samuel Marsden: “Getafe made 29 fouls and we end up with one more booking than them.

“We have to take risks to beat the press. When we managed it, we were fouled. It ruins the rhythm of the game. 

“I was complaining to the fourth official because I thought the referee should have been more severe with Getafe.”

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Mattéo Guendouzi’s ‘Heated Row’ With Mikel Arteta Led to Omission From Arsenal Squad

Mattéo Guendouzi had a ‘heated row’ with Mikel Arteta during the club’s training camp in Dubai, leading to his surprise omission from the matchday squad to face Newcastle on Sunday.

Many assumed the French midfielder, who had been named in every one of ?Arsenal’s Premier League matchday squads since the beginning of last season, was thought to have suffered from an injury when he was nowhere to be seen on the team sheet, but Arteta explained he was left out for ‘tactical reasons’.

While his serious tone suggested there may have been more to the situation than meets the eye, it was clear the Gunners didn’t miss the 20-year-old too badly. With Dani Ceballos returning in his stead, they trounced Newcastle with a confidence-boosting 4-0 victory, somewhat justifying a bold decision to leave out one of the club’s most coveted assets. 

And in a report that gives us a better insight than Arteta’s brief explanation, ?The Telegraph now say that there was a heated argument between the player and the coach which began on the training pitch in Dubai and continued into the team hotel later that day. 

At the centre of the row is said to be Guendouzi’s training performances, with the midfielder not meeting the standards demanded by Arteta, who was not afraid to let him know he had fallen short. 

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After the match, Arteta (as quoted by the Mirror) pointed to Ceballos as an example of what he expects on the training pitch. 

?“Dani Ceballos is a good example,” Arteta said of the ?Real Madrid loanee in the wake of the match. “He was injured and when he started to train I didn’t think he was fit enough.

“He completely changed his behaviour and trained like an animal. I thought he was the best player on the pitch.”


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Liverpool’s 10 Greatest Footballers of All Time

Liverpool are one of the greatest clubs to have graced the footballing world, with hundreds of world class players jogging out of Anfield’s famous tunnel in red over the years.

While they may currently be strolling to a maiden Premier League title, players other than Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk have written themselves down in Merseyside folklore over the years.

No doubt whittling it down to just ten names is a very difficult feat, but without further ado here are the ten greatest footballers in the history of Liverpool Football Club…


10. Robbie Fowler

Robbie Fowler of Liverpool

?Liverpool Career: 1993-2001, 2006-2007

Fowler is one of the most instinctive poachers to have donned a Liverpool shirt. Earning the nickname ‘God’ from the Anfield faithful, Fowler netted 183 goals in 369 appearances for the Reds and is currently the seventh highest scorer in ?Premier League history.

Between 1994 and 1997, Fowler was one of the greatest strikers in world football as he netted over 30 goals in all competitions for three successive seasons. No surprise, then, that he won the PFA Young Player of the Year in both 1995 and 1996.

Major Achievements: FA Cup, League Cup (x2), UEFA Cup, European Super Cup, PFA Young Player of the Year (x2)


9. Luis Suarez

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?Liverpool Career:? 2011-2014

Suarez is one of the best attackers to have graced the Premier League in the modern era. Signing in 2011 from Ajax, the news of Fernando Torres’ departure overshadowed his arrival, but Suarez ended up being more prolific than the Spaniard ever was.

Suarez enjoyed the most successful period of his ?Liverpool career during his last season at Anfield, finishing the 2013/14 term as the joint-top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues alongside Cristiano Ronaldo with 31.

The Uruguayan became Liverpool’s first to surpass 30 goals in a season since Ian Rush in 1986/87.

Major Achievements: League Cup, PFA Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year, Premier League Player of the Year, Premier League Golden Boot, European Golden Shoe


8. Ray Clemence

Ray Clemence

Liverpool Career: 1967-1981

?Signed by Bill Shankly from Scunthorpe in June 1967, it took a few years for Clemence to break into the senior team but, when he did, boy oh boy did he impress.

Between 1970 and 1981, ‘The Networker’ missed just six league matches and was consistently a phenomenal performer as the Reds enjoyed their most successful decade in their history. The Englishman only conceded 16 goals in the 1978/79 season on his way to his fourth league title.

Major Achievements: First Division (x5), FA Cup, League Cup, European Cup (x3), UEFA Cup, European Super Cup


7. Ron Yeats

Ron Yeats

?Liverpool Career: 1961-1971

As an absolute unit of a defender and a former member of the British Army, Yeats was a force to be reckoned with. Unveiled famously by Bill Shankly as his ‘giant centre half’ in 1961, Yeats would go on to become one of Liverpool’s finest ever defenders.

The Scotsman spent a decade at Anfield, captaining the Reds to three major trophies in the mid 1960s. Yeats left the club in 1971 with 454 appearances and 16 goals to his name.

Major Achievements: First Division (x2), Second Division, FA Cup


6. John Barnes

John Barnes

?Liverpool Career: 1987-1997

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The Jamaican-born Barnes was the star of possibly Liverpool’s most exciting ever forward trio. Alongside Peter Beardsley and John Aldridge, he shone at the height of the Reds’ glory days, as his side won two league championships and an FA Cup in a three year period.

Winning the FWA Player of the Year two years out of three at the end of the 1980s, Barnes was recognised as one of the best forwards in England’s top flight. Netting on 108 occasions for Liverpool, including 24 within the final 15 minutes of games, he was an expert entertainer.

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Major Achievements: First Division (x2), FA Cup, League Cup, FWA Footballer of the Year (x2), PFA Player of the Year


5. Alan Hansen

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Liverpool Career: 1977-1991

Starring in the centre of the Reds’ 1980s defence, Hansen is one of the most decorated players in Liverpool’s history. Hansen, alongside Dalglish and Souness, was part of a triumvirate of Scottish players brought in by Bob Paisley within an extraordinary 12 month period in 1977.

Hansen was instantly a hit at Anfield as he won the man of the match award on his debut against Derby County; his first appearance of an eventual 620. He remains Liverpool’s tenth most capped player ever, winning a remarkable eight championships in 13 seasons.

Major Achievements: First Division (x8), FA Cup (x2), League Cup (x3), European Cup (x3), European Super Cup, PFA Team of the Century


4. Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness

?Liverpool Career: 1978-1984

Known for being one of the ultimate midfield maestros of his generation, Souness is a man certain to be in everyone’s all-time Liverpool XI. Driving his side forward in the heart of midfield, often alongside Terry McDermott, the Scot dictated play and made football look easy.

Souness won five out of an available six First Division titles with Liverpool between 1978 and 1984 – including three back-to-back – and also won the European Cup on three occasions during the same period. He went on to manage the Reds between 1991 and 1994, winning the FA Cup.

Major Achievements: First Division (x5), League Cup (x3), European Cup (x3), PFA Team of the Century


3. Ian Rush

Ian Rush

?Liverpool Career: 1980-1986, 1987-1996

Rush is, simply, the greatest goalscorer in Liverpool’s history. He netted 346 times in 660 appearances, and in the 1983/84 season famously put four past Coventry City and five past Luton Town.

Merseyside rivals Everton absolutely despised playing against Rush. The Welshman scored a ridiculous 25 goals against the Toffees – ten more than he managed against any other opponent. The definition of a bogey man.

Major Achievements: First Division (x5) FA Cup (x3), League Cup (x5), European Cup, PFA Young Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, PFA Player of the Year, European Golden Shoe, PFA Team of the Century


2. Steven Gerrard

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Liverpool Career: 1998-2015

Gerrard is arguably Liverpool’s greatest captain, certainly their best ever midfielder and probably the most successful footballer to never win a league title. The ?Premier League aside, ‘Stevie G’ achieved nearly every other accolade achievable. So many trophies.

He was an almighty leader, strong in the tackle, could hit the ball at ferocious speed, had tremendous vision, scored outrageous goals, and pulled off brilliant passes for fun. There was very little that Gerrard couldn’t do. He even netted for Liverpool on that famous night in Istanbul.

Major Achievements: FA Cup (x2), League Cup (x3), ?Champions League, UEFA Cup, PFA Young Player of the Year, PFA Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, PFA Fans’ Player of the Year (x2), European Super Cup


1. Kenny Dalglish

Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool Career: 1977-1990

Dalglish is Liverpool’s greatest ever footballer and up there with the very best to grace the beautiful game. Even legendary pair Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley deemed him ‘King Kenny’ as ‘the whole team was illuminated’ every time he took to the field at Anfield.

Dalglish signed from Celtic in 1977 for a British transfer record fee of £440,000, and it’s safe to say he was worth every penny. Making 515 appearances for the club and scoring 172 goals, he was the key man as Liverpool won 15 major trophies in eight years between 1978 and 1986.

Major Achievements: First Division (x6), FA Cup, League Cup (x4), European Cup (x3), European Super Cup, FWA Footballer of the Year (x2), PFA Player of the Year, Ballon d’Or runner-up

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