Could Tottenham & Man Utd Swap Toby Alderweireld & Eric Bailly In January?

Recent media reports suggest that Tottenham Hotspur, along with North London rivals Arsenal, could be interested in signing Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly during the winter transfer window.

Spurs could have a march on their neighbours as they could tempt United into a deal with them as they could offer Man Utd experienced defender Toby Alderweireld in return, he’s a player that Man United have been linked with for a long time now.

A swap deal involving the two central defenders could be the right one for all involved.

Bailly, like most of his Red Devils teammates, has had a bit of a ropey start to the Premier League season. The Ivorian has since been dropped by Jose Mourinho. On top of that, rumours circulated that the two had had a falling out last season.

If the United manager no longer trusts Bailly then it’s probably for the best that the defender leaves Old Trafford.

For me, the former Villarreal man is still Man United’s best central defender. He’s got pace to burn, is smart enough to spot key interceptions and he’s good at coming away with the ball from defensive areas and dribbling forward. In his four appearances thus far this season, Eric has a passing success rate of over 90%.

I think injuries and the lack of a stable playing partner has seen him stall a bit at United. I think if he was playing alongside consistent teammates and an experienced head then he’d start progressing again. He could have that reliable partner in Jan Vertonghen at Spurs.

At twenty-four years of age, Bailly is still able to learn and that’s always a big plus for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

In Toby Alderweireld, United would be getting an experienced no-nonsense defender that can be reliable in the English top flight and Mourinho has been crying out for such a talent all summer.

On average, Toby has made two tackles per game so far this term. He’s another central defender that’s happy with the ball at his feet and who’s able to pass it from the backline. The Belgian is good at getting in the way and making vital clearances, during the league campaign last term he averaged 3.6 clearances.

The twenty-nine year old will be available for just £25m next summer, if Tottenham trigger his automatic contract extension.

So it could make sense for The Lilywhites to talk about a swap deal involving Bailly, as £25m in the current market probably won’t get you an instant replacement next summer for Alderweireld.

United are no stranger to a player exchange deal, last January they essentially did a swap with Arsenal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan head South and Alexis Sanchez head in the opposite direction. It’s a transfer which saves you money in a fee and that allows you to get rid of a player not in your first team plans.

I think a move that would see Toby Alderweireld and Eric Bailly swapping sides could really make sense and improve each side as they look to solidify their defensive foundations for the future.

 

Crystal Palace Star Wilfried Zaha Has To Take Leaf Out Of Eden Hazard’s Book

Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha was at it again yesterday as his curling strike was enough to seal all three points in an away victory over Huddersfield Town.

After the game the Ivory Coast internationalist fumed at what he thought was rough treatment from the opposition:

“I feel like before anyone gets a red I’d have to get my leg broken or something. That’s why I lose my head,”

“Why am I getting different treatment from other players?”

“It makes you not want to go on a run because someone will come through the back of you, and it doesn’t allow you to express yourself.”

I feel for Zaha hear, as I do believe that exciting forward players don’t get the protection that they sometimes need. You could see on occasions that a defender will be late and leave a foot in as Zaha skips away from them. This happened again against The Terriers and a frustrated Wilfried decided to react and seek his own retribution, which saw the forward receive a booking from the referee.

I don’t agree with Zaha when it comes to him being treated differently to other creative talents. Mohamed Salah gets rough treatment from opponents as does Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard. It’s what happens to players that the opposition teams fear.

For me, Wilfried Zaha needs to look at how Hazard deals with tough challenges and the boos from away supporters.

The Belgian maestro ends most campaigns being one of the most fouled players in the Premier League, yet instead of reacting or getting frustrated Eden almost seems to relish the attention he gets.

When discussing what happens when he gets fouled the Belgium international forward has said:

‘I don’t see the point in reacting,’

‘True, it’s a human response but it is the way I have been brought up. I have been used to taking the knocks. The more I take, the happier I am.’

‘It always makes me want to outdo them but in a football way and I don’t want to make their life a misery by kicking them. I want to hurt the opponent but in terms of the football.’

That’s the thing, you need to punish your tormentors by getting the goals and assists that really hurt them. To be fair, Zaha did that but he also got booked for his foul which came from frustration as I’ve previously said.

It’s actually a compliment that an opposing team and manager pinpoints you as the danger man that can ruin their dreams.

Zaha is a superb talent, who has the skill-set that can kill most teams in the English top flight.

He’s scored three goals already this term and that’s brilliant but he’s also got as many yellow cards and that may worry Eagles boss Roy Hodgson as Crystal Palace can’t afford to see their star man in the stands because of a silly suspension.

By all means point out to the ref that you’ve been on the end of some poor challenges but don’t go out looking for revenge by making reckless tackles yourself.

Wilfried Zaha has the talent that could send Palace into a top half finish and that’s what he should be concentrating all his efforts on!

 

Phenomenal Marouane Fellaini Is A Difference Maker At Manchester United

Manchester United have now won their last two fixtures and it’s eased some of pressure that has surrounded Old Trafford, as the Red Devils are now up to eighth in the Premier League table.

Big Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini has started in each of those away victories against Burnley and Watford.

In fact, Fellaini has been instrumental in United securing those triumphs.

I was unsure when Man Utd re-signed Marouane but Jose Mourinho is a huge fan of the thirty year old and his faith in the Belgian international is already being repaid.

Playing in a midfield three alongside Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba, he gives the United team more strength in the engine room. His positioning and discipline also gives World Cup winner Pogba more freedom to be creative in midfield.

On average he’s making one tackle per game and has an 83.2% passing success rate. He takes instruction well and when he keeps things simple, he can be a delight to watch.

It’s Marouane’s aerial ability that really makes him an influential player in this current Manchester United team.

Fellaini was involved in the opening goal, in the win over Watford, as he kept an Ashley Young free-kick alive with a great first touch one his chest before putting the ball back across goal. The ball would eventually work it’s way back into the box and the chance was finished off by a hard working Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian international midfielder was then on hand to create an excellent assist for Chris Smalling’s winner. Young hit a deep corner into the back of The Hornets penalty area. The cross was then met by Fellaini (after a majestic leap) and his inch perfect header hit the six yard box and Smiling controlled the ball before thumping it into the back of the net. It was a set-piece straight from the Carrington training ground!

But Marouane Fellaini’s ability in the air and his physicality is equally as important for United defensively as it is in attack.

In their losses to Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur, Man United looked very fragile at the back and it was especially evident as they tried to defend crosses and set-pieces. Fellaini, with his height, is able to win plenty of headers in his own box and divert chances away from David de Gea’s goal.

Against Watford, the six foot four midfielder won five aerial duels. He was also on hand to make three tackles and made an incredible five clearances. Defending at corners and free-kicks has significantly improved with Fellaini’s reintroduction to the team this term.

After yesterday’s victory Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho came out praising his solid foot-soldier:

“Then we go to two matches away, difficult matches. I felt that my central defenders need, especially in this moment of a bit of instability, they need somebody to support them and give them the first wall, physically.

“Marouane is giving us more than that, he is giving that but also quality and simplicity. He is playing simple and well. I’m really happy.”

United have seen marked improvements in various talents in recent fixtures like Smalling, Lukaku, Pogba, De Gea and Alexis Sanchez.

But for me, Marouane Fellini has been a real difference maker as Manchester United look to get their season back on track. He offers something different, has the experience to give assured performances and is a threat in both penalty areas.

Fair play to the man, people keep writing him off but Fellaini keeps coming back and proving himself.

Olivier Giroud Should Be Chelsea’s Main Striker!

Chelsea continued their impressive winning start to their Premier League campaign as they made it five wins in their first five games with a 4-1 home win over newcomers Cardiff City.

Belgian maestro Eden Hazard was once again the darling of Stamford Bridge as he banged in a wonderful hat-trick.

French World Cup winner Olivier Giroud started the game as the team’s main striker but he failed to get on the scoresheet. Yet the former Arsenal man was terrific and showed Blues boss Maurizio Sarri why he should be the Italian’s first choice hitman.

Giroud’s play isn’t all about him getting on the scoresheet and once again today he showed that he can be a superb link-up forward and a perfect target-man.

The thirty-one year old has a terrific understanding with world-class talent Hazard.

Giroud is constantly there to receive the ball from Eden before neatly slipping it back into Hazard’s path. We all know that Chelsea’s number ten adores seeing as much of the ball as possible and Olivier always seems to have the ability to give Eden the right pass into dangerous positions and that’s why the partnership thrives.

Today was the Frenchman’s first league start of the season and his selection instantly paid off as he assisted in two of Hazard’s strikes. He perfectly laid the ball off to his teammate twice and Eden Hazard finished off the two chances. Giroud also set up Pedro, when the Spaniard scored against AFC Bournemouth earlier in the campaign.

After the Cardiff City game, Eden stated:

“Olivier Giroud is a target man – he is probably the best in the world – he is a pleasure to play with.”

That’s high praise indeed but you can see why fellow forwards love playing with Giroud. He’s intelligent and he works ever so hard. The veteran comes deep, keeps the ball, holds the ball up and he is fantastic in the air.

The big striker was Didier Deschamps main number nine during France’s winning run at this summer’s World Cup. Some questioned Deschamps for continually selecting Olivier, the attacker didn’t score a single goal in Russia but it’s his overall play that’s so important for his team.

During the World Cup, Deschamps took time to really praise Olivier Giroud:

“He is important for our style, we need his supporting play. It’s good if he scores but Olivier is always very generous and doesn’t complain about working hard.

“He might not have the flamboyant style but the team needs him even if he doesn’t score.”

It’s also a bit of a myth that the French internationalist doesn’t score. He’s scored 76 goals in 196 English top flight appearances. He’s also banged in 32 times in 83 caps for France; only Thierry Henry, Michel Platini and David Trezeguet have scored more for Les Bleus.

His aerial ability also makes him useful when it comes to making a strong defensive contribution at defending set-pieces.

With Alvaro Morata still struggling to make a real impact as Chelsea’s top forward, I think Maurizio Sarri needs to stick with Olivier Giroud in his starting eleven. He’ll grab you a few goals but more importantly he seems to get the most out of Eden Hazard and keeping the Belgian happy could be paramount as Chelsea try and mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title!

Forget What Gary Neville Says Liverpool Need To Fight On All Fronts

Earlier in the week former Manchester United player turned TV pundit Gary Neville stated that Liverpool should think about ditching their Champions League ambitions and concentrate fully on a push for the Premier League title:

“The Champions League — if I was Liverpool, I would kick it into touch,”

That didn’t go down to well at Anfield with Reds coach Jurgen Klopp replying:

“How would that work? We don’t play Champions League or what? Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that works,” 

“How do you prepare for a game when you don’t focus on it? I don’t understands, do we play with kids or what?”

To be honest, I fully agree with Klopp when it comes to this debate.

It would make absolutely no sense for Liverpool to concentrate on any single competition this early on in a season.

They’ve started marvellously well so far this term, winning all five of their opening League fixtures.   Earlier today, they kept their unbeaten run going with a very impressive 2-1 away win at Wembley against potential fellow title challengers Tottenham Hotspur.

The Reds haven’t won the English top flight since 1990 and the supporters believe this really could be their year but no one at the club can get ahead of themselves, there’s still a long way to go before trophies are handed out. Liverpool certainly can’t be arrogant enough to discount such an illustrious prize as the Champions League.

Th only way to win such competitions as the Premier League and the Champions League is by winning the majority of football fixtures that you’re involved in. Successful teams build on winning runs and constantly winning should breed the confidence to win important titles.

Plus when you look back at the last transfer window, Jurgen Klopp has brought in new faces to improve the squad and have them ready to challenge on all fronts this term. They’ve now got strong competition for places in all positions and that strength in depth means that they can challenge in multiple tournaments.

The German boss will obviously go throughout the season rotating his starting line-up and his preferred starting eleven will change during the campaign and it will be dictated to by form, injuries and suspensions. That competition for places means that they should be challenging for the main trophies and goals that they’ll have set themselves at the start of the season.

If they are going to sacrifice fixtures then it will be in the domestic cups but even then I still believe they have the squad capable of showing up and doing well in those games. Although I’d expect Klopp to give some talented youngsters their chance in the League Cup and the FA Cup.

The reason why Liverpool didn’t challenge in the league last term wasn’t because of exhaustion. No, it was because they had problems at the back and were too inconsistent against weaker sides.

The Reds have hopefully addressed those issues in their last two transfer windows.

For me, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is right and his team should go into every game thinking they can win it and win whatever competition in which they are playing in.

Maybe come January or March, they might need to readdress their ambitions but there’s no way that they should start discounting the Champions League before the competition even kicks into full swing!

 

 

Should Chelsea Cash In On Cesc Fabregas This January?

Cesc Fabregas has had a very successful career. The Spaniard has won various trophies with Arsenal, FC Barcelona, Chelsea and the Spanish national team.

The thirty-one year old is now a veteran at Chelsea but the end could be nigh for him at Stamford Bridge with the World Cup winner’s contract coming to an end next summer.

Reports suggest that Serie A giants AC Milan could be chasing the Spaniard’s signature come the start of 2019. Fellow Milanese club Inter have also been linked with the midfielder.

While I don’t doubt that new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri rates Cesc as a player, he’s that kind of smart midfielder that is great with the ball at his feet that would take Sarri’s eye, I also think Chelsea could afford to sell the former Barca man in January, instead of letting him go on a free next summer.

Fabregas has yet to play first team football for Chelsea this term as he’s been suffering from a persistent knee problem since the end this summer’s preseason.

In the meantime Jorginho has instantly settled into life as the Blues deep lying playmaker, N’Golo Kante has been given more license to roam forward and as ever he’s giving his all for his team’s cause and Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic has taken to Premier League football like a duck to water.

So it’s going to be difficult for Cesc to break back into the team.

You’ve also got hungry, younger midfielders like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley itching to get into Sarri’s starting eleven. Both are England internationals and will be determined to show that they are worthy starters and that they can come in and influence games.

Maurizio also has two great ball playing defenders in David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu that could seamlessly fill-in further forward if required.

Danny Drinkwater is another middle-man that can play in the same position as Fabregas but it seems as though he’s even further down the pecking order, as Danny was omitted from Sarri’s Europa League squad. Unless something dramatically happens then I’d expect Drinkwater to be off during the winter transfer window.

Even if that were to happen, I think Chelsea could lose Fabregas and have enough to challenge for a top four spot.

It might depend on whether or not Sarri still believes his side can challenge for the Premier League title come January and what his ambitions are for the Europa League. The Italian may want to keep hold of an experienced head like Cesc’s if he thinks he can be a difference maker come the run in.

Personally I believe they can let the Spaniard go and get a few million for him and that might be better for the player himself but it will all depend on Maurizio Sarri and what he wants after the hectic Christmas period.

Dundee Game Almost A Must Win For Steven Gerrard’s Rangers

It might seem crazy to suggest that Steven Gerrard’s already reached the point of the season where he must beat Dundee at home but it could be vital that his Rangers side do just that this weekend.

The English manager has worked wonders at Ibrox when it comes to the Europa League after he successfully guided them to the group stages, not bad considering that they were unceremoniously dumped out of the same competition at the earliest stage last season by Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn.

It has been a different situation in the Scottish Premiership for the Govan giants as they won just once, drawn twice and lost last time out to Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Gerrard has already called on his squad to give him a reaction:

“The players should be bottling the hurt of that result in that fixture and go take it out on Dundee.”

To be fair, three of those four Scottish top flight fixtures were played away from home.

They were a bit unlucky not to win those games in which they picked up just a point against Aberdeen and Motherwell but in fairness they need to learn to concentrate for the full ninety minutes and close games out. Games simply won’t be handed to them.

Yet the circumstances and the performances don’t really matter as they are seventh in the league table and are seven points adrift of league leaders Heart of Midlothian. Rangers need to start winning Premiership games and climbing back up the domestic ladder and maintain the feel good factor that’s come from the stands since Gerrard’s summer arrival.

The Gers boss wants to make Ibrox a fortress. If you included Europa League ties, then Rangers have won four out of five games at home so far this term. Their next two league encounters both come in Govan and surely Steven and his players will want to win both and hopefully close gaps with the other potential title challengers.

Rangers enterain Dundee tomorrow and their opponents will also be looking for the victory, as they’ve not picked up a single point thus far this season.

I’d fully expect that The Dee will be heading to Glasgow spoiling for a fight but Rangers have to step up to that threat and get the triumph themselves.

Now a loss or a draw for the Light Blues won’t end their season but it could put a big dent into it and it might impact negatively the supporters confidence, which as I’ve already said has been buoyant since Gerrard stepped into the managerial hotseat.

The sooner Rangers can get back on track the better, it’s as simple as that. As I said during Pedro Caixinha’s disappointing tenure at the club, you need to get into the winning habit to succeed in Glasgow’s goldfish bowl and winning runs are essential if you’re going to challenge for trophies and keep the fanbase happy.

That’s why, I believe, Rangers have to outgun Neil McCann’s Dundee and get a victory this weekend.

Man City Should Tie Down Ilkay Gundogan ASAP!

 

German international Ilkay Gundogan has enjoyed his start to the season with Premier League champions Manchester City.

The midfielder started in City’s first three games of the season and also made a substitute appearances against Newcastle United in his side’s fourth fixture of the campaign.

Gundogan is a star man who thrives playing in the midfield engine room, so far in his 263 minutes of English top flight football this term Ilkay has managed a superb 92.6% passing success rate. Only the defensive trio of Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte have bettered Ilkay on that passing stat.

The ability to keep the ball moving and pass efficiently is essential to Pep Guardiola’s teams and it’s no different at Man City and that’s why the Spanish manager trusts the German pass master. The central midfielder also managed to provide assist for centre back Laporte in City’s 1-1 draw with Wolves.

He’s also a very intelligent footballer and is capable of sitting back when required to help out holding midfielder Fernandinho. Even when playing in a deeper role, Ilkay can still be creative as he possesses terrific vision to make the right pass.

The former Borussia Dortmund star suffered from a knee ligament injury in his debut season at the Eithad and that curtailed in maiden campaign. But the twenty-seven year old was back last term as Man City claimed the league crown, with Gundogan playing in forty-eight games in all competitions and scoring six goals.

During the summer, Pep missed out on his main transfer target in Jorginho who would end up at Chelsea. That disappointment may have been a blessing in disguise for the German midfielder who seems to be the middle-man that can make things tick and provide industrious effort when getting around the field.

Earlier in the year Pep heaped praise on his midfielder after a Champions League victory:

‘Gundogan is an extraordinary player.’

‘Last season we missed him a lot for the six months he was out with an injury.’

‘That’s why we’re so satisfied for the performance – not just for the goals for the quality he has, for the personality to play. He played fantastic.’

With all that in mind, plus with reported interest from FC Barcelona, Guardiola and Manchester City should look at quickly tying down Ilkay Gundogan to a new long term deal.

With only two years remaining on his current contract it would seem extremely silly not to keep Gundogan around for what should be his prime years and Man City are usually extremely smart when it comes to keeping prized assets at the club!

 

Everton’s Richarlison Is Right To Dream About Real Madrid And Barcelona

What a summer and start to the season Richarlison has had.

The attacker left Watford for Everton during the transfer window for a reported £50m fee. It took him very little time to settle in to life at Goodison with the forward grabbing two goals, two man of the match awards and a red card in his opening three Premier League outings for The Toffees.

The twenty-one year old’s early season form was enough to see Brazilian international coach Tite hand Richarlison his first call up for The Selecao. He made his senior debut for Brazil in their game against the USA before he scored a brace against El Salvador in his second appearance earlier this week.

The youngster is very direct, he works hard for his team and he’s also terrific in the air (on average he’s won 4 aerial duels per league game). He predominantly play on the left wing but when on the ball he likes to cut inside and when the ball is on the opposite flank, Richarlison likes to get into the penalty area and wait for a chance to be created. Like so many Brazilians; the winger possesses good close control, likes to dribble, has a turn of pace and he also has the tricks to get away from opponents.

He was recently asked by Spanish media outlet AS if he’d contemplate playing for La Liga giants FC Barcelona or Real Madrid, the recently capped star replied:

“That way you leave me in a complicated situation … (laughs). They are two giants, the dream of any player. And in the end the next step will depend a lot on what you do here,”

Now some people have come out and expressed an opinion that Richarlison’s answer may upset or anger a few on Merseyside but I really don’t think Everton supporters should be disappointed or angry with his answer.

The player quite clearly noticed that the question was a bit naughty, the first part of his reply confirms that. But the second part to it is just a natural answer.

Most South American footballers dream about playing in Europe, as it’s where the money and exposure is. If you gave them an ideal destination then they’ll probably say Spain as it has a rich history when it comes to developing South American talent into world superstars and it also has the added bonus of having a better climate. So if they’re going to pick La Liga as a dream destination then it’s only right that you’d want to play for either one of the two powerhouses that seem to monopolise the league, constantly challenge in Europe and that have a worldwide fanbase.

These are reasons why Alfredo Di Stefano, Diego Maradona. Romario, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and so many more moved from South America to either the Camp Nou or the Bernabeu.

Clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have lost top stars to these huge clubs in the recent past.

If I were a Toffees fan I’d be excited by the prospect of having the La Liga sides looking at one of our players because if they were to take an interest, then it’s only because he’s continually shining in an Everton jersey.

The chances are that you’ll also get at least two years out of him at Goodison and hopefully he will be performing at a top standard throughout his time in Merseyside.

We shouldn’t get angry at ambitious footballing talents, we should encourage that hunger to succeed at the highest level possible. If Richarlison gets to a standard that catches the eye of Madrid or Barca, then he’ll be winning games and points for Everton.

I don’t look at his answer as him saying Everton are just a stepping stone in his career. You can tell by how he plays and how quickly he’s adapted to life in England’s top flight that he’s a serious young man that has bags of potential. I don’t think he’s looking too far into the future, I think he’s enjoying the here and now.

I honestly think Marco Silva knows how to get the most from Richarlison and that the Brazilian forward will just keep getting better and better.

The Toffees support should appreciate the wonderful talent that they’ve got on the pitch and not worry about what may or may not happen down the line.

Never forget top players have come and gone at Goodison before and the club will always be bigger than those talents!

Joe Gomez Still Needs To Take Each Game As It Comes At Liverpool

This could be Joe Gomez’ year at Liverpool.

The twenty one year old has been an ever present in the Premier League for the Reds this term, playing at centre back and keeping Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren out of the team.

The youngster has impressed in beside Virgil van Dijk and against Leicester City in their last outing Joe was the more composed out of the two, which is a huge compliment when you consider Virgil’s talents.

His early season form has also saw Joseph receive a recall to Gareth Southgate’s England squad and he started in the Three Lions recent game against Spain, winning his fourth international cap.

At the moment Gomez must be supremely confident and he looks a shoe in to be a regular starter for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

I’d urge a tiny bit of caution, Joe Gomez has to still take each game as it comes because he still needs to prove that he can handle the weight of expectation that comes with being an automatic first team player at Anfield.

The young defender has missed large chunks of previous seasons due to injuries. Hopefully the former Charlton Athletic player can stay clear of injury and get a fair crack of the whip.

There will be very little room for error as any costly mistakes from the England international could see him dropped in favour of a respectable replacement in Lovren or Matip.

His versatility, Gomez can play anywhere in the backline, shows that he’s intelligent and highly adaptable. He’s also smart on the ball and can play it out from the deep defensive positions.

Klopp will appreciate his pace too, it’s always good to have a defender that can play against speed merchants and that can sweep up any mistakes that might happen elsewhere in the defence.

He can also mx it up with the tough strikers of the Premier League.

His manager was impressed with how he handled Brighton and Hove Albion hitman Glenn Murray:

“He has been very good and today was a big test,”

“Obviously Brighton thought ‘let’s pick Joe Gomez for the long ball challenge with Murray’ and Joe did really well.”

“I don’t think he made one foul. He won maybe 70-80% of those duels and Murray had one or two foul situations, and from my point of view (to give) a third or fourth one would not have been a mistake either.

As I’ve previously stated, Gomez has done well beside Van Dijk thus far during this campaign. They seem to have developed a real understanding. They look strong and don’t seem to have many weaknesses. The more they play together the better that partnership should get.

I’ve really enjoyed watching Joe Gomez for Liverpool this term but it’s going to get tougher with the Champions League looming. Plus he still needs to go through a campaign without suffering from an jury setback.

If he can carry on in the same vein as he’s started this term, then by the end of the season he could become an automatic pick both for Jurgen Klopp and Gareth Southgate.