The Premier League resumes today and Liverpool have been given the honour of kicking off the new season against newly promoted Norwich City at Anfield.
Ahead of the game, we take a look at what prominent media personalities have predicted for the game.
Mark Lawrenson from the BBC has gone for a 2-0 win to Liverpool, saying that he expects “Norwich to have the toughest time among the three sides” promoted to the Premier League this season.
England netball stars Helen Housby and Jo Harten, who are up against Lawro today, have gone for 2-0 and 3-0 wins respectively to the Reds.
Charlie Nicholas from Sky expects Norwich to have a rude welcome to life in the Premier League and has predicted a 5-0 win for Liverpool.
Stan Collymore is another who thinks Norwich won’t be able to score at Anfield, going for a 3-0 win to Liverpool.
So, to sum it up, comfortable win for Liverpool and no goals for Norwich in their first game after returning to the top flight.
Lawrenson: Liverpool 2-0 Norwich
Housby: Liverpool 2-0 Norwich
Harten: Liverpool 3-0 Norwich
Nicholas: Liverpool 5-0 Norwich
Collymore: Liverpool 3-0 Norwich
Man City successfully defended their Community Shield title as they beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties at Wembley. The Citizens, who had beaten Chelsea 2-0 last year, took the lead in the 12th minute through former Liverpool star Raheem Sterling. Liverpool equalised in the second half through substitute Joel Matip.
In the penalty shoot out, Claudio Bravo saved Gini Wijnaldum’s effort. All five of City’s spot kicks were successful- although Allisson did manage to get a hand on Zinchenko’s penalty, he could not stop the ball from going in.
Here are the player ratings for the game from three of Britain’s biggest newspapers- The Guardian, The Telegraph and the Mirror.
Guardian Player Ratings
After weeks of negotiations, Manchester United have taken a significant step towards signing Harry Maguire after officially agreeing a transfer fee with Leicester for the England defender. The Red Devils will stump up a whopping £85m for the 26-year old Maguire, which will make the Foxes star the world’s most expensive defender, eclipsing the £75m LFC paid for Virgil van Dijk last year.
United fans were desperate for a world class defensive reinforcements after average performances from the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones over the last few years. Solskjaer’s men signed Aaron-Wan Bissaka from Crystal Palace earlier in the summer and reportedly also have Bruno Fernandes and Paulo Dybala on their radar.
The £85m even eclipses the £80m United received when they sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid a decade ago! Continue reading
UEFA have appointed a female referee for Liverpool’s upcoming Super Cup clash against Chelsea later this month. French official Stephanie Frappart has been officially announced as the woman with the whistle for this fixture, making her the first female referee for a major European soccer match. Swiss referee Nicole Petignat was in charge of some UEFA Cup qualifying games more than a decade ago, but no female referee has so far been given the reigns of such an important game and featuring two high profile teams at that.
The game will take place in Istanbul, with local Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir appointed with the fourth official and Clement Turpin in charge of VAR.
Frappart will be assisted by two other female referees- Manuela Nicolosi, also from France and Ireland’s Michelle O’Neal. The trio also did duty at the recent Women’s World Cup final. Continue reading
Former Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann was spotted at the Oval earlier today, watching the Australia v India Cricket World Cup game. England are currently hosting the 50 over World Cup, and are one of the favourites to lift the crown.
Germans aren’t known for their love of cricket, but Hamann developed a liking for it during his tenure at Anfield, with test cricket particularly getting him into the game. The 2005 Ashes, which caught the nation’s imagination like nothing else, made Didi a life-long cricket fan.
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