The Reds face the Hornets in Claudio Ranieri’s first game in charge to open this weekend’s Premier League action
The Reds can move to the top of the table with a win, having entered the international break off the back of a thrilling 2-2 draw with champions Man City. But Jurgen Klopp’s side will meet the Hornets eager to impress their new manager, Claudio Ranieri, who replaced Xisco Munoz last week.
A win for the hosts will take them seven points clear of the relegation zone, while they will also hope to take confidence from the last time they hosted the Merseysiders in the league, which ended a 44-game unbeaten run thanks to a double from Ismaila Sarr and one from Troy Deeney.
Klopp has been discussing the Saudi Arabia-backed takeover of Newcastle and how it will impact the Reds and the rest of the league, stating the Magpies could emerge as a “superpower”: “I actually was waiting for some official statements about it. Like from Richard Masters or somebody else. We all know there are obviously some concerns over human rights issues. That’s clear. We all think the same there.
“Newcastle fans will love it but for the rest of us it just means there is a new superpower in Newcastle. We cannot avoid that. Money cannot buy everything but over time they will have enough money to make a few wrong decisions, then make the right decisions, and then they will be where they want to be in the long term. In five, six, seven years’ time, if the owners are patient enough, Newcastle is a new superpower and they will have enough money to buy the whole league.”
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Leicester’s struggles show the price of sustainable football in the modern hyper-competitive Premier League
When the takeover of Newcastle United by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, PIF, was completed, there was sizeable unease at Leicester City.
That was not rooted in paranoia, with the Northern Irishman already distancing himself from the latest state-owned sportswashing project – forget whatever you’re fed about “legally binding assurances” regarding separation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its savings account to diversify the economy.
No such exists. No such can or ever will exist.
Newcastle’s new riches and the visit of Manchester United remind Leicester of how taxing it is to be sustainable disruptors in the highly competitive Premier League
Marcus Rashford back in Manchester United squad for trip to Leiceste
Rashford, who had surgery in August to repair his damaged shoulder, will be included in United’s squad, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.
The forward has not featured yet this season due to injury
Watford 0 – 5 Liverpool
Claudio Ranieri suffered his biggest ever Premier League defeat, while no manager whose first game with a club in the competition came at home has suffered a bigger margin of defeat (also Alan Smith with Crystal Palace vs Liverpool in August 1994, when they lost
Watford 0 – 5 Liverpool
Reaction from Mo Salah who scored for the eighth game in a row for Liverpool. He told BT Sport:
Leicester vs Man Utd
Leicester have already beaten Manchester United in the league and FA Cup in 2021, both at Old Trafford. The Foxes can win three consecutive matches against them in all competitions for the first time in 120 years.
However, Man Utd have only lost one of their 15 Premier League away games in this fixture. That was a 5-3 defeat in September 2014. The Red Devils have scored in 24 successive league meetings between the teams since a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford in January 1998.
Leicester vs Man Utd
Reaction from Liverpool’s victory over Watford at Vicarage Road to come but our focus moves over to the King Power Stadium where Leicester are about to take on Manchester United.
Here’s a reminder of the two teams:
Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Castagne, Soyuncu, Evans, Amartey, Ricardo, Maddison, Soumare, Tielemans, Vardy, Iheanacho
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood, Ronaldo, Sancho
Liverpool defeat Watford to move top of table
All hugs and smiles for Liverpool as they move back to the top of the Premier League.
Full-time: Watford 0 – 5 Liverpool
90+2 mins: Liverpool are back to the top of the Premier League. They’ve demolished Watford today. Roberto Firmino has a hat-trick with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah also on the scoresheet.
GOAL! Watford 0 – 5 Liverpool (Firmino, 90+1’)⚽️
90+1 mins: Hat-trick for Firmino! Danny Rose has had a shocker today. Neco Williams shimmies his way past the left-back and flicks a pass towards the back post. Firmino arrives at the right time and puts his third tap-in of the day into the back of the net.
Watford 0 – 4 Liverpool
87 mins: Watford have stepped up their play just as Liverpool have relaxed their own. Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita are both called into action to block crosses into the box from Hernandez and substitute Jeremy Ngakia.