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Anfield set ablaze by Burnley

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After 68 games, 55 wins, 13 draws and almost four years, fortress Anfield has finally been stormed by Burnley. The Sean Dyche team were the only team to take points off Liverpool at home last season.

Now they added a still greater distinction, Ashley Barnes’s late penalty making them the first team since Crystal Palace in April 2017 to take three points here in thePremier League.

Their first win at Anfield since 1974, like victory at Arsenal last month, is another historic feat for Sean Dyche, but Liverpool’s problems intensified. They have taken three points from a possible 15 and gone 438 minutes without a league goal. Jürgen Klopp’s side have suffered from the January blues before, but this is a particularly acute case.

Jurgen Klopp chose to start Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri ahead of Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in search of a first goal in five Premier League games.

Origi hit the woodwork in the first half when the Belgium international failed to capitalise on Liverpool FC’s best chance to end Burnley’s resistance.

The defending Premier League champions were unable to find a way past a stubborn Burnley defence.

Klopp turned to Salah and Firmino from the bench and the Brazilian forward squandered a great chance to score his sixth goal of the Premier League campaign.

But Burnley were the team to finally break the deadlock when Ashley Barnes scored from the penalty spot with five minutes left to play after Alisson brought down the English striker.


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Matic Forced to Fine himself at Manchester United

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Matic Forced to Fine himself at Manchester United

The Serbian midfielder enforces training ground rules for the Red Devils and admits to running a tight ship that has left “a lot of money” in the pot

Nemanja Matic admits to having been forced to fine himself at Manchester United, but the Serbian midfielder blames Paul Pogba for his training ground misdemeanour and intends to bill the Frenchman for “50 per cent”.

alongside Harry Maguire, in charge of ensuring that rules and regulations are adhered to within the Red Devils’ ranks.

Matic is running a tight ship, leading to “a lot of money” going into the pot, with the 32-year-old revealing that he has had to put a hand into his own pocket after being caught chatting with Pogba.


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Mikel Arteta Claims Aubameyang has past his best

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Mikel Arteta Claims Aubameyang has past his best

The Gunners boss claims to have no complaints with a striker who has hit 11 goals this season and remains an important part of future plans

Mikel Arteta has shrugged off claims that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “past his best” and “lost his superpower”, with the Arsenal boss adamant that the Gunners’ club captain still has an important role to play at Emirates Stadium.

with a 31-year-old tied to a lucrative contract proving to be less prolific than he has been in recent times.

Aubameyang does, however, have 11 goals to his name across all competitions and retains the full support of his manager, regardless of what others might think.


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Shanghai Shenua ready to sell Odion Ighalo

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Chinese Super League side, Shanghai Shenua, are ready to sell Nigerian forward, Odion Ighalo, who’s on loan at Manchester United.

The former Watford goal poacher’s time at Old Trafford is coming towards an end and is now spoilt with numerous options to choose from as regards his next team.

The 31-year-old joined the Red Devils in January 2020 from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on an initial six month deal but extended it by a further six months.

He enjoyed a brilliant start to life at Manchester but fell down the pecking order after the football restart.

The Chinese side have now decided to part ways with the AFCON 2019 highest goalscorer, ending their three year affair.

The Ajegunle born admitted that he’s up to taking up new challenge and which may be in the MLS.

A host of clubs have contacted Ighalo’s representatives, but the former Super Eagles forward will prefer to remain in the Premier League.

One of Ighalo’s representatives told BBC Sport:
“I can confirm that some Premier League clubs, two teams outside of England and some clubs in the Middle East have made formal enquiries.

“Of course, he said [in an interview] that the MLS could be interesting, but that is just an option outside of the strong interest received so far.

“For now, he’s still a Man United player on loan from China where he still has a contract. He could stay in England where his family is based or try something new because he has many options to mull over.”

Ighalo has scored five goals in 23 appearance for the Ole Gunnar Solksjaer led side.


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