Klopp vents VAR frustrations

Jurgen Klopp has claimed VAR could end up costing managers their jobs after the latest controversy of the season at Villa Park.

Liverpool thought they had scored a 27th minute equaliser when Roberto Firmino converted Sadio Mane’s cross but he was deemed to be offside. The Premier League issued a statement to say the Brazilian’s armpit had infringed play.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith – who was thrilled with his side’s performance, admitted he thought the goal should have stood and Klopp, who has seen a number of big calls go against his team this season, including one at Old Trafford last month, hopes action will be taken.

Firmino was adjudged to have been offside by an armpit.

“When we talk about serious moments, very important moments in football, it’s not right to sit here and everyone wants to laugh about it,” said Klopp, whose team snatched a 2-1 win at Villa Park.

“It is too serious. Managers get sacked for losing football games. They just have to clarify it.

“I am not saying anyone is doing it on purpose. My analyst showed it to me after the game as I didn’t see it. They are not doing it on purpose but we need to sort a few things obviously.

“Nobody talks about the handball situation with Matt Targett as it was not whistled. Was it a penalty? The shot hit the arm and in the good old times it was a penalty.

“It sometimes goes for or against you – that is not the problem, we just have to make sure the new system helps the game and not confuse it. That is in the interest of all of us.”

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Mourinho aims to make EPL history

Jose Mourinho wants to become the first manager to win major trophies at three English clubs — which could interest Arsenal.
The Portuguese boss is interested in returning to the Premier League and the Gunners could be one destination with Unai Emery under pressure.
Mourinho won the Europa League and the League Cup with Manchester United as well as seven major trophies at Chelsea.
Mourinho won seven major trophies with Chelsea.
According to The Sun, the 56-year-old is keen on managing another Premier League club, with Arsenal a likely candidate as Emery’s side have started slowly this season.
Sportsmail revealed earlier this month that Mourinho is monitoring Tottenham’s situation as he looks for a route back into management.
Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Man United last December, less than a year into a new contract that was due to run until 2020.
Real Madrid, coached by Zinedine Zidane, are another possible option and Mourinho remains in contact and on good terms with club president Florentino Perez.
Mourinho, 56, is prepared to bide his time and wait for the ideal opportunity. He has been working predominantly as a TV pundit and joined Sky ahead of the season.
He has declined offers at former club Benfica and a £90million proposal from Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande.
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Where you can watch Tau tonight…

Bafana Bafana international Percy Tau has been named in Club Brugge’s Uefa Champions League squad to face Paris Saint Germain at the Jan Breydel Stadium tonight.

Tau and Brugge will look to continue their unbeaten run in all competitions this season.

The Belgian Jupiler League leaders are second in Group A of the Champions League behind PSG.

On match day two, Brugge stunned Spanish giants Real Madrid at their own backyard when they held the record champions league holders to a 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Since the 25-year-old didn’t feature for Bafana Bafana when they defeated Mali 2-1 in the recent international break, many would have been worried that he won’t be able to play for a week or two.

Tau is in Brugge’s match day Champions League squad.

But the striker has since recovered and even featured in the league against Royal Excel Mouscron over the weekend, so he’s raring to go against PSG.

The striker will be hoping that his contribution of 4 goals and 5 assists in all competitions this season will persuade his manager Phillipe Clement to start him against the French giants.

But regardless of what happens tonight the South African star will certainly be involved as he is part of the match day squad for the game (see above).

Tau will be in Champions League action tonight.

The competition for places has been tough in Brugge’s attacking line with players like Diatta, Okereke, Dennis and Diagne battling it out for a spot in the starting XI.

For Tau, playing in the Champions League has many benefits.

When he moved from Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns to English Premier League side Brighton Hove & Albion, he couldn’t play in England due to work permit restrictions so he had to move to Belgian First Division side, Royal Union Saint Gilloise and now Club Brugge on loan hoping that those moves would get him enough points to get a work permit.

With him playing for a Champions League club that dream might come through next season, because playing in this competition earns a player points in the process of acquiring a work permit to play in the United Kingdom (UK).

With Bafana well outside the top 50 countries, Tau’s continuous participation in the Champions League may stand him in good stead.

The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport 11 at 20:50 (PM) tonight, but for those who don’t have access to DSTV you can watch it online via hesgoal.com, Cricfree or lancartv.com.

By Prince Sobayeni

Mane on the money

From his home of Sédhiou in Senegal, Liverpool star Sadio Mane comes from a difficult background.

Now that he’s made it, Mane says he’s not going to spend his money on expensive cars, but rather contribute to bettering the lives of poverty-stricken people from his home.

“Why would I want ten Ferraris, twenty diamond watches, or two planes? What will these objects do for me and for the world? I was hungry, and I had to work in the field; I survived hard times, played football barefooted, I did not have an education and many other things, but today with what I win thanks to football, I can help my people,” Mane is quoted as saying.

“I built schools, a stadium, we provide clothes, shoes, food for people who are in extreme poverty. In addition, I give 70 euros per month to all people in a very poor region of Senegal which contributes to their family economy. I do not need to display luxury cars, luxury homes, trips and even planes. I prefer that mine receive a little of what life has given me”.

#FARPost salutes you, Mane!!!

Solskjaer: ‘Sloppy’ Man Utd lacking creativity

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he has not seen a sloppier Manchester United since he took charge than the one that lost to Newcastle on Sunday.

“We’re disappointed,” the Manchester United boss told Sky Sports. “We did lack quite a few key players but that’s no excuse. The players worked hard and ran their socks off but at the moment we’re in a place we’re not used to.

It was far from the most entertaining game of all-time, but that won’t have mattered one bit to Matty Longstaff – making his first ever league start in professional football alongside brother Sean in midfield for the Magpies – when he powered home from outside the box midway through the second half for Newcastle’s 1-0 win.

“Some of the boys lack a little bit of composure and we don’t create enough chances to win a game of football. They stay together as a team but we don’t create.

“Luckily for us it’s now the international break. We get time to evaluate what’s gone on over these eight games. We will sit down, hopefully we’ll get a few players back.

“It’s my responsibility. I need to sort their heads out. Young boys lacking confidence – they need some help from experienced players and staff.

EPL RESULTS

Brighton 3-0 Tottenham

Burnley 1-0 Everton

Liverpool 2-1 Leicester City

Norwich 1-5 Aston Villa

Watford 0-0 Sheffield United

West Ham 1-2 Crystal Palace

Manchester City 0-2 Wolves

Southampton 1-4 Chelsea

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Liverpool, Arsenal chase African star

Ajax Amsterdam have removed the £26million release clause from Hakim Ziyech’s contract amid interest from English Premier League clubs Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Moroccan caught the eye of Europe’s biggest clubs with his performances in Ajax’s run to the Uefa Champions League semi-finals last season, and the Dutch club have now tied him down to a new contract.

According to a report from AS, the Eredivisie champions offered Ziyech an improved deal without a release clause included.

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Fabregas dreams of Mane link up

Cesc Fabregas has declared Sadio Mane one of the top three players in the world after the Liverpool forward added to his goal tally again on Wednesday night.

The Senegalese forward played a lovely one-two with Roberto Firmino before grabbing his seventh goal of the season just nine minutes into Liverpool’s tie against Mane’s former club Red Bull Salzburg.

Mane’s performance prompted former Premier League star Cesc Fabregas to tweet the bold claim that he believes Mane is one of the top players in the world and has been for some time.

‘Mane for me is top 3 players in the world and has been for a while,’ the Monaco midfielder tweeted. ‘Top top level.’

The vast amounts of retweets and likes suggests many concurred with the former Chelsea and Arsenal man, although some were keen to voice their disagreement.

The midfield maestro has a reputation on the pitch for being one of the most intelligent footballers around, but one Twitter user felt he had got it wrong on this occasion.

A Chelsea fan tweeted ‘Cesc this is a really rare L from you I’m afraid’ to which Fabregas backed up his claim, replying ‘Believe me he’s amazing. I’d love to play behind him.’

If the Best Men’s Player awards are anything to go by, Fabregas’s claims are slightly off, with the Champions League-winning forward recently named in fifth place behind team-mates Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Djik as well as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Liverpool went 3-0 up in the game before astonishingly allowing the Austrian side to get the score back to 3-3, only for one of Mane’s strike partners Salah to smash home to eventually give the hosts the victory.

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Man City star faces six-match ban

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has been charged by the FA with improper conduct after sending a racially insensitive tweet to team-mate Benjamin Mendy.

Silva was widely condemned after comparing Mendy to the mascot of Spanish confectionery brand Conguitos last month before deleting the Twitter post 45 minutes later.

A statement from the governing body on Wednesday morning read: “Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on September 22, 2019.

“It is alleged that the Manchester City player’s activity breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.

“It is further alleged that the activity constitutes an ‘aggravated breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.

‘The midfielder has until 9 October 2019 to provide a response.”

FA guidelines state that a breach of rule E3 on social media would not immediately mean a six-match ban, as a proven offence on the pitch would.

Instead, a regulatory commission will decide what sanction it deems appropriate for the act committed.

Where the comments are ‘clearly pejorative and discriminatory’, match-based sanctions can be imposed.

Mandatory education courses are also to form part of any sanction for a proven offence.

It is understood Silva wrote to the FA to express regret over the Mendy tweet, while Mendy also wrote to the governing body to say that no personal offence had been caused.

A video also surfaced with the Portuguese international once asking Mendy why he wasn’t wearing any clothes – even though he was dressed in all black attire.

The charge comes amid huge support for Silva from his manager Pep Guardiola and team-mate Raheem Sterling over the issue.

Despite calls for an apology from Silva and City, Guardiola repeatedly insisted that it was shared was a joke and well-intended.

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Percy Tau stars against Real Madrid

Percy Tau dazzled on the biggest stage in club world football as he inspired Club Brugge to a thrilling 2-2 draw against Real Madrid in a Uefa Champions League match at the Bernabéu on Tuesday night.

Although the Bafana Bafana star forward did not get among the goals on a memorable night with his Belgian club, he was a constant nuisance for the Sergio Ramos-led Madrid backline.

Tau set up the opening goal for Brugge as he beat a Ramos offside trap and pinpointed Nigerian striker Dennis Emmanuel with an exquisite square pass.

Dennis looked to have made a hash of it but somehow managed to fortuitously find the back of the net after the ball cannoned off his leg and rolled past a hapless Thibaut Courtois in the Madrid goal.

Tau was again involved in the second goal shortly before half time and he was unlucky not to score as he forced Courtois into a full stretch dive for a brilliant save.

Completely against the run of play as a frustrated and hurried Madrid bombarded the Brugge goalmouth in search of an equaliser, Dennis broke forward and Tau’s strong run alongside him drew the attention of two defenders, allowing the 21-year-old Nigerian space to shoot as he rattled the net in yet another unorthodox fashion.

It was a first Uefa Champions League match for Tau after missing out in the goalless draw against Galatasaray in the group stage opening match.

The draw left Madrid rock bottom of Group A with a single point after matchday two while Tau’s Brugge are in second place on two points behind group leaders PSG.