Klopp: Not possible for Liverpool to replicate Man Utd’s era of dominance

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes it is impossible for the Reds to emulate Manchester United’s era of dominance as they close in on the Premier League title.

Klopp’s Liverpool are 22 points clear atop the table as they travel to Goodison Park for Sunday’s Merseyside derby against rivals Everton.

Not since 1990 have Liverpool won a league trophy but the club are set to be crowned English champions for the 19th time, one behind United’s record.

Rivals United dominated under legendary boss Alex Ferguson, winning 13 Premier League titles between 1992 and 2013.

“I don’t think it is possible to dominate anymore, to be honest,” said Klopp, whose Liverpool claimed the Champions League trophy last season.

“United had a pretty good combination, with an exceptional manager with a super eye for players and fantastic timing for how long you need a player in the team.

“The replacements he got were always exceptional — and there was the money, too. The combination for United was really go..

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Exactly how fast is Alphonso Davies? Ranking football speedsters

Alphonso Davies has enjoyed a breakout season at Bayern Munich, earning 37 appearances and 3 goals, and has emerged as one of the best young fullbacks in world football.

In Bayern’s 1 – 0 victory against Werder Bremen on June 16, he helped his side clinch a record eighth consecutive Bundesliga title and earned another record for himself: the fastest recorded speed in a Bundesliga match, 22.7 miles per hour (36.51 km/h).

Davies’ burst is still a ways away from Usain Bolt’s top speed of 27.8 mph (44.72 km/h), but we’ll give him a pass—it illustrates the athletic prowess that the 19-year-old has wielded all season as he has torn up and down the wing. His nickname “Roadrunner,” bestowed by teammate Thomas Müller, is well earned.

But how fast is Davies in the scheme of European (and world) football? Could it be that he is merely the leader in a league of slowpokes? Or is he among the quickest of the quick? Let’s take a look at this season’s top speeds Continue reading

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Roma ‘hold talks with Jan Vertonghen over move to Serie A’

Jan Vertonghen has entered negotiations to join Roma on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of this month, according to reports.

The Belgium international is in his eighth season at Spurs but is unlikely to sign a new deal to stay in beyond the 2019-20 campaign.

Vertonghen was an unused substitute during Tottenham’s 1-1 home draw with on Friday and reports in Italy claim the defender is nearing a move to the capital.

According to newspaper , Roma have offered the 33-year-old a two-year deal with the option of a third season at the Stadio Olimpico.

However, affirm the Serie A club will only pursue Vertonghen if they fail to strike a deal with Manchester United for Chris Smalling. Continue reading

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Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid: Top spot at stake

Real Madrid Zidane’s men want to take advantage

In the third game back after the coronavirus break, Real Madrid have the chance surpass Barcelona in the table, and have their LaLiga destiny in their own hands for the first time since the costly defeat to Real Betis before the break.

The hard-fought victory over Valencia had a double-reward for Real Madrid as it brought three vital points and maintained the pressure on Quique Setien’s men on the eve of their clash with Sevilla in the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan.

Zinedine Zidane didn’t want to give Barcelona an inch, and the Catalan club’s slip-up in Seville has now opened the door for Madrid to take control in the league.

This match against La Real is another tough test for Los Blancos, with the chance to leapfrog Barcelona giving an added layer of importance to this fixture meaning Zidane and his men will have to be at their best.

Real Sociedad will take confidence in the fact that Real Madrid are the club against which coach Imanol A..

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Brazil’s 1970 World Cup win and the football revolution that followed

Precisely 50 years ago football experienced one of the most important days in its history.

On June 21, 1970, Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in Mexico City’s Aztec Stadium to win the ninth version of the World Cup with a performance of breathtaking skill. The first half was a relatively even game — the score at the break was 1-1 — but after the interval there was no holding Pele, Jairzinho, Gerson, Tostao, Rivelino, Clodoaldo, Carlos Alberto and Co. Brazil ran riot, and set a benchmark for footballing greatness which has served ever since.

Would this team be able to beat Brazil 1970? Were they as entertaining as Brazil 1970? These are questions used to assess the pretensions to greatness of any subsequent team.

It is possible to make an argument that Brazil’s 1958 team was better. They defended with more solidity, not conceding a goal until the semifinal. And with Pele and Garrincha together, it is hard to find fault with the attack. They remain the only Brazilian — or South American — side t..

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