Soccer – Klopp: Reds must improve
Liverpool have been warned by head coach Jurgen Klopp that they must improve on their performance in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Anfield. The Reds missed an opportunity to move back up to second place in the Premier League and Klopp felt that his players had struggled to cope with the intensity of the clash with the Red Devils on Merseyside.
He told reporters: “The best news is we have one point more and a clean sheet, nothing else. We can do much better and we must do much better.” The Merseysiders’ next assignment comes on Saturday when they play host to West Bromwich Albion, with the Baggies having claimed two wins and a draw from their last five trips to Liverpool. Last season this fixture ended in a 2-2 draw, with Divock Origi netting a last-minute equaliser for the Reds, and Liverpool are priced at 2/9 with to claim a victory at teatime on Saturday.
Soccer – Jose retains title hopes
Boss Jose Mourinho is adamant that Manchester United should be viewed as genuine title candidates this season in the Premier League. A drab goalless draw at Liverpool on Monday evening left the Red Devils five points behind league leaders Manchester City, with United having won only one of their last five league games. However, a bullish Mourinho remains confident that his side will improve to remain in the mix alongside the likes of City, the Reds, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.
He said after the stalemate at Anfield: “Other candidates for the title have easier fixtures at the moment and it is important to keep close to them. “Our moment to win four or five matches in a row will come and we will be there.” United are back in league action on Sunday when they head to Stamford Bridge to take on one of Mourinho’s former clubs, Chelsea. The Red Devils are now priced at 12/1 with to win the Premier League 16/17,this season.
Champions League – Jamie’s Lost His Magic Touch But Leicester Still 1/40 To Qualify
Jamie Vardy and his Leicester side may be struggling to hit the domestic heights of last season but the Foxes have no such troubles in the Champions League with Ranieri’s side already 1/40 with bet365 to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.
The Premier League holders, who host FC Copenhagen in midweek, are 20/1 with bet365 to be the top scorers on Tuesday night with Real Madrid the red-hot favourites at 8/15.