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Everton’s Chaotic Pursuit of Identity returns to Pereira
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Everton’s Chaotic Pursuit of Identity returns to Pereira

Everton's search for a new manager lurches into a second week with the club in desperate need of a solution in the final days of the January transfer window. Rafael Benitez's departure after just 200 days in charge was welcomed with relief by a large section of the fanbase, with the understanding that it was the club cutting their losses on a project that was doomed to failure from the start. Removing the former Liverpool boss was the admittance of a mistake, but taking away his connections with their Merseyside neighbours, it was also an acceptance that Everton were hurtling towards the relegation zone at a time when the club can ill-afford to lose their top-flight status. Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira is now the front-runner to become the next Everton manager following ta...
Aubameyang left out of Arsenal squad for Dubai training camp
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Aubameyang left out of Arsenal squad for Dubai training camp

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been left out of Arsenal's squad for their training camp in Dubai and will instead remain in London to keep up his fitness. The forward has not played for the Gunners since their 2-1 defeat at Everton on December 6 following a disciplinary issue, which also saw him stripped of the captaincy. Arsenal will consider offers for Aubameyang before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, and he would prefer a move to a European club. A number of sides, including Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and AC Milan, are interested. Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr are the only club to have made a firm offer for Aubameyang, though. They are willing to take the 32-year-old on loan with an obligation to buy. Aubameyang, who has 18 months remaining on his c...
Fan arrested after Digne and Cash struck by bottle at Everton
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Fan arrested after Digne and Cash struck by bottle at Everton

A fan has been arrested after Lucas Digne and Matty Cash were both struck by a bottle as they celebrated Aston Villa's opener at Everton. Cash and Digne - who joined Villa from Everton two weeks ago - stayed on the floor momentarily before being able to continue the game, which ended 1-0 to the visitors. Everton and police were able to identify the individual after analysing CCTV footage from Goodison Park. Police have arrested a supporter at Goodison Park for throwing a missile onto the pitch during today's Premier League match against Aston Villa," an Everton club statement read. "Several objects were thrown towards the pitch following Aston Villa's goal at the end of the first half, with one missile appearing to strike two opposition players. "Investigations in conjunct...
Afcon 2021: Iwobi out to emulate Okocha by ‘fulfilling potential’ with Nigeria
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Afcon 2021: Iwobi out to emulate Okocha by ‘fulfilling potential’ with Nigeria

The Everton star is hoping to have a similar impact to that of his uncle during his time with the Super Eagles   Alex Iwobi has expressed a desire to emulate the efforts of Austin Jay-Jay Okocha with the Nigeria national team by fulfilling his potential. The Everton star was on parade from start to finish as the Super Eagles silenced Guinea Bissau 2-0 in Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations match in Garoua. Following his impressive displays with the three-time African champions, Iwobi has earned comparisons with his famous uncle – who was part of the country’s squad that ruled Africa in 1994. The midfielder welcomes such acclaim, and he is keen on achieving similar success with Augustine Eguavoen’s men.
Why I didn’t do well at Everton – Rafa Benitez
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Why I didn’t do well at Everton – Rafa Benitez

Rafael Benitez has given reasons for his failure to do well at Everton. The Spaniard was sacked by Everton on Sunday after recording just seven wins in 22 Premier League games. Everton’s last victory in the league was since September, being one of the reasons he was relieved of his duties at Goodison Park. The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss said he did not know the magnitude of the task when he was appointed Everton manager. On why he accepted the Everton job despite having managed their city arch rivals, Liverpool, Benitez said it was due to his love for the city of Merseyside. “From the very first day, my staff and myself worked as we always do, with commitment and full dedication, we didn’t only have to get results, but we also had to win over people’s hearts,” the S...
Everton sack manager Rafa Benitez after just six-and-a-half months in charge following Norwich defeat
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Everton sack manager Rafa Benitez after just six-and-a-half months in charge following Norwich defeat

Everton have sacked manager Rafael Benitez after just six-and-a-half months in charge following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Norwich. The Toffees have won just once in the Premier League since September and are 15th in the table, six points above the relegation zone and on January 15 lost to lowly ranked Norwich. Benitez, a former manager of Liverpool (Everton's city rivals) was appointed Everton boss last summer but the Spaniard has failed to win over the Goodison Park faithful with his style of football or results. Everton fans displayed a banner calling for his exit during Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Norwich. The same banner was also unfurled at their 3-2 FA Cup third-round win at Hull. Everton have lost nine of their past 13 league games, including a 4-1 home defeat by Merseysid...
Everton board meeting to discuss Benitez future
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Everton board meeting to discuss Benitez future

The Everton board are discussing Rafael Benitez's future this evening after the club's 2-1 defeat at Norwich. The Toffees have won just once in the Premier League since September and are 15th in the table - six points above the relegation zone - and Sky Sports News understand that Saturday night's meeting is the latest in a series between the board and owner Farhad Moshiri. Former Liverpool manager Benitez was appointed by Moshiri as Everton boss last summer but the Spaniard has failed to win over the Goodison Park faithful. Everton fans displayed a banner calling for his exit during Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Norwich. The same banner was also unfurled at their 3-2 FA Cup third-round win at Hull. Everton have lost nine of their past 13 league games, includ...
Aston Villa complete £25m Digne transfer from Everton after Chelsea decided against move
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Aston Villa complete £25m Digne transfer from Everton after Chelsea decided against move

The Frenchman has joined Steven Gerrard's ranks at Villa Park after falling out with Toffees head coach Rafael Benitez   Aston Villa have completed a £25 million ($34m) deal to sign Lucas Digne from Everton. Digne spent three-and-a-half years on Everton's books after signing from Barcelona in the summer of 2018, featuring in 127 games across all competitions for the Merseyside outfit. The 28-year-old had been a key player in the squad until a public fallout with head coach Rafael Benitez in December 2021, with Chelsea, who were also initially keen on the Frenchman, deciding against making an official bid.
Villa Agree £25m Fee for Everton’s Digne
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Villa Agree £25m Fee for Everton’s Digne

Aston Villa have agreed a fee with Everton for left-back Lucas Digne worth up to £25m. It follows several days of negotiations, in which Villa have beaten off interest from Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham. Digne is due in Birmingham later on Wednesday to undergo a medical. The 28-year-old, who has three-and-a-half years remaining on his Everton contract, told the club he wants to depart Goodison Park this month. Steven Gerrard is set to bring in his second signing as manager following the arrival of his former Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho. Villa are also interested in signing Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma as he enters the final 18 months of his contract at the Amex Stadium. Sky Sports News had been told Everton wanted £30m for Digne, one of Rafael Ben...
FA Cup: 22 clubs qualify for next round [Full list]
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FA Cup: 22 clubs qualify for next round [Full list]

At least 22 clubs have qualified for the FA Cup fourth round stage following the conclusion of Saturday’s third round fixtures. The clubs are Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Fulham, Hartlepool, Huddersfield, Coventry, Crystal Palace, Cambridge United, Barnsley, Peterborough, Brighton, Kid’minster and Brentford. Others are Leicester City, Wigan Athletic, QPR, Boreham Wood, Everton, Chelsea, Plymouth Argyle, Southampton and Bournemouth. The remaining eight clubs that will join the 22 clubs in the FA Cup fourth round stage will play their third round fixtures on Sunday and Monday, respectively. The draw for this season’s FA Cup fourth round fixtures will take place on Sunday, 9 January 2022. The draw will take place at Wembley Stadium at approximately 4.50 pm GMT, following t...
​Wages proving stumbling block for West Ham pursuit of Everton left-back Digne
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​Wages proving stumbling block for West Ham pursuit of Everton left-back Digne

West Ham United are among the teams with a serious chance of landing Everton left back Lucas Digne. The Frenchman wants to play European football and is not happy at the Goodison Park club. According to the Daily Mail, West Ham are continuing talks with Digne, but his £100k-a-week salary is a sticking point for any deal. Chelsea are also assessing the situation, while cash-rich Newcastle United reportedly put in a bid for Digne in recent days as well. Digne is out of favor at Everton under manager Rafa Benitez, with the club signing Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kiev recently.  
Everton Sign Patterson from Rangers in £16m deal
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Everton Sign Patterson from Rangers in £16m deal

Nathan Patterson has completed his move from Rangers to Everton in a deal worth £16m. The right-back has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at Goodison Park and becomes the club's second signing of the January transfer window following defender Vitaliy Mykolenko's arrival from Dynamo Kiev. Rangers had rejected two bids from Everton in the summer, insisting their valuation had not been met for the academy graduate who made his Gers debut in January 2020. However, Rafa Benitez made a third move for Patterson early in this transfer window which will earn Rangers a club record initial fee of around £12m, with further add-ons worth £4m.
Man Utd boss Rangnick makes clear to Van de Beek transfer stand
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Man Utd boss Rangnick makes clear to Van de Beek transfer stand

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has announced he doesn't want to lose Donny van de Beek. The midfielder was blocked from joining Everton in August, but has remained on the outer despite a change of manager. Ahead of Monday night's clash with Wolves, Rangnick had a message for Van de Beek: "Just work hard. So far, as I have got to know him, he has got a top mentality. He works hard in every training session. "He is a team player through and through. There will be games where he will get his chance to play, I am sure. I also had a long conversation with him last week about that and again, of course it is difficult for him right now because he also wants to play for the Dutch national team, he wants to qualify for himself and play in the World Cup in Qatar and in order to do tha...
Newcastle’s trip to Everton postponed
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Newcastle’s trip to Everton postponed

Newcastle's match away at Everton on Thursday has been postponed due to injuries and Covid cases in Eddie Howe's squad. Howe said on Monday that Newcastle were "dangerously close" to being unable to field a full team for the match. Newcastle were only able to name eight substitutes, including two goalkeepers, instead of the maximum nine for Monday's 1-1 draw against Manchester United, with the squad depleted due to injuries and COVID-19 cases. They also lost Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser to injury against United, while full-back Javier Manquillo picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign, adding to Howe's selection woes. This is the first fixture Newcastle have had postponed since the Omicron variant began to wreak havoc with ...
All the Boxing Day matches that have been postponed
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All the Boxing Day matches that have been postponed

At least three Premier League fixtures scheduled for Boxing Day have been moved. These are: Liverpool vs Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Watford and Burnley vs Everton. The games have been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak in some squads and injuries. However, football fans will be treated to festive football. Arsenal travel to Leeds, Manchester City welcome Leicester City and Chelsea are away to Aston Villa. West Ham take on Southampton, while there is a London Derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace. In the late kick-off, Brighton take on Brentford.
White admits Arsenal players are all missing Aubameyang & addresses captaincy rumours
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White admits Arsenal players are all missing Aubameyang & addresses captaincy rumours

The England international has also conceded that he needed a "kick up the a*se" after his disappointing Gunners debut Ben White has admitted that all the players in the Arsenal squad are missing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and addressed rumours that he could be in line to replace the striker as club captain. Aubameyang has not played for the Gunners since their 2-1 defeat to Everton on December 6, with Mikel Arteta exiling the 32-year-old from his plans due to a disciplinary breach. The Arsenal boss also relieved Aubameyang of his captaincy duties, leading to question marks over his future at Emirates Stadium.  
I Didn’t Expect – Klopp reacts as Chelsea Drop Points
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I Didn’t Expect – Klopp reacts as Chelsea Drop Points

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has said that he didn’t expect that their Premier League rival Chelsea would drop points. On Thursday, Chelsea dropped two points after they played a 1-1 draw with Everton in a Premier League tie at Stamford Bridge. Mason Mount and Jarrad Branthwaite scored the goals to ensure Chelsea and Everton shared a point each. The result against Everton means Chelsea maintains the third position on the Premier League table with three points behind Liverpool and four points behind leaders Manchester City. Speaking after Liverpool defeated Newcastle United 3-1, Klopp said at his post-match press conference: “I didn’t expect Chelsea would drop points, it is pretty rare I don’t know five or six players of the Everton lineup so to get a point at C...
Pick yourself up, there’s problem – Hoddle slams Tuchel after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Everton
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Pick yourself up, there’s problem – Hoddle slams Tuchel after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Everton

Chelsea and Tottenham legend, Glenn Hoddle, has told Thomas Tuchel to pick himself up immediately, claiming that the ‘seething’ German appeared at his ‘lowest’ since taking charge at Stamford Bridge in his post-match interview. Chelsea boss, Tuchel had slammed his players for wasting several opportunities during their Premier League clash against depleted Everton side on Thursday. The Blues dropped crucial points in the league title race with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Everton. Mason Mount put the home side ahead in the 70th minute but Everton responded almost immediately through Jarrad Branthwaite. “Those games have been very difficult for them in recent weeks and Wolves will be difficult,” Hoddle told BT Sport. “That’s the lowest I’ve seen Tuchel post-game, he i...
Chelsea face potential Covid-19 crisis as three first-team stars test positive ahead of Everton clash
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Chelsea face potential Covid-19 crisis as three first-team stars test positive ahead of Everton clash

The Blues are due to face Everton at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening, but their pre-match plans are being severely disrupted Chelsea have become the latest Premier League side to be stung by positive Covid-19 tests, with GOAL learning that three more senior stars at Stamford Bridge have contracted coronavirus. At present, the Blues’ clash with Everton on Thursday is still set to go ahead, but that situation could change following the recent postponement of fixtures involving Tottenham and Manchester United. Having to rearrange matches is the last thing that Chelsea need at this stage, with the games coming thick and fast for Thomas Tuchel’s side across multiple competitions.  
Tuchel names Chelsea’s Squad to Face Everton at Stamford Bridge
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Tuchel names Chelsea’s Squad to Face Everton at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has named his side’s squad to face Everton in today’s Premier League fixture. According to Football London, Tuchel named a 23-man squad to tackle Everton at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea head to the game following a 3-2 win over Leeds United in their last Premier League encounter. Tuchel’s side currently sits in the third position on the Premier League table behind Liverpool and leaders Manchester City. Below is Chelsea’s squad against Everton: Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli Defenders: Reece James, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Trevoh Chalobah, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, Malang Sarr. Midfielders: Jorginho, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Saul Niguez, Ross Barkley, N’G...
Thomas Tuchel confirms return of two Chelsea top stars
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Thomas Tuchel confirms return of two Chelsea top stars

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that N’Golo Kante will return to the squad for Thursday’s Premier League clash with Everton. Thomas Tuchel spoke at a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Everton on Thursday. Kante has not played since Chelsea’s 4-0 victory over Juventus in November, with the Blues winning just two of their five games in that period. Chelsea have also been without former Real Madrid ace Mateo Kovavic and Italy international Jorginho in recent weeks with the German gaffer forced to call upon Reece James to play in midfield in their recent Champions League clash against Zenit St Petersburg. Kante alongside Trevoh Chalobah are now returning to the squad who was forced off injured against Watford earlier this month. “N’Golo Ka...
Tuchel gives injury update on Kante, Kovacic ahead of Everton game
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Tuchel gives injury update on Kante, Kovacic ahead of Everton game

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said midfielder N’Golo Kante will return to training on Tuesday. Mateo Kovacic continues to recover from COVID-19 after suffering with symptoms. The Blues face Everton in the Premier League on Thursday. Tuchel has been without both players for a few games and he is desperate to get midfield reinforcements back to help the Italy international. Kante’s return to training on Tuesday could see him involved on Thursday, while Tuchel remained a little vague on when Kovacic will be available for selection again. “It is absolutely crucial [to have them back] because Jorgi is sacrificing in the middle of the pitch in games like today when you need two players to drive the ball and pick up good spaces in midfield. “It would have been the perfec...
Gallagher stars as Palace see off Everton
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Gallagher stars as Palace see off Everton

Conor Gallagher produced two sensational finishes to fire Crystal Palace to a 3-1 victory against Everton in the Premier League. Everton went into the game on a high after their late victory against Arsenal on Monday Night Football, ending their own run of seven Premier League games without a victory. But they struggled to find any sustained rhythm in the first half and went behind late on as Gallagher (41) fired home his fifth Premier League goal of the season. There was no marked improvement after the break as Palace continued to create the better chances - Gallagher twice going close shortly after the restart. There was an unlikely source for the Eagles' second too as James Tomkins (62) turned home at the back post after Everton failed to clear Will ...
​Arsenal eyeing Everton striker Richarlison to revive attacking threat
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​Arsenal eyeing Everton striker Richarlison to revive attacking threat

Arsenal are showing surprise interest in Everton winger Richarlison. Alexandre Lacazette will be out of contract, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameynag is out of sorts this season. A report in Sport Witness suggests that Mikel Arteta may be interested in bringing the Brazilian to the Emirates Stadium in the summer. Richarlison scored against Arsenal for Everton during a come from behind 2-1 win on Monday, after having two goals disallowed for offside earlier in the contest.   Any move for Richarlison would involve big money, as he is one of the most important attacking players in Everton's squad.
Should Super Eagles retain their trust in Iwobi?
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Should Super Eagles retain their trust in Iwobi?

The midfielder is a player who divides opinion across Nigerian fans for a number of reasons Alex Iwobi is yet to grab an opportunity on the big stage as he faded out of the team at Arsenal and remains on the periphery of things in his third season on Merseyside with Everton. The midfielder has characteristically underperformed alongside many of Rafa Benitez’s players during a devastating injury crisis to several of their key players. His versatility also sometimes exacerbates a chance to make a spot undeniably his. The 25-year-old scored his one Premier League goal this season against Wolves which proved to be the club’s Goal of The Month due to the mere fact it was the only one scored in November.
Arteta blasts Arsenal players after 2-1 defeat at Everton
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Arteta blasts Arsenal players after 2-1 defeat at Everton

Arsenal Manager, Mikel Arteta, has hit out his players for being “inconsistent”, following a 2-1 defeat to Everton on Monday. The Gunners went in front through Martin Odegaard. Richarlison, who saw two goals disallowed by VAR, drew the hosts level, before Demarai Gray fired in an unstoppable winner. Arteta, speaking to Sky Sports after the game, said: “In the first half, we were very inconsistent with the ball. I didn’t like it. No penetration. One of the few times we did it we scored. Second half we tried to do more of those things, created four big chances but conceded a very sloppy goal when you need to manage the game. “We couldn’t take the ball into the final third. They’re not going to give you time, at Goodison you know what to expect. I think the team tried to go, we ...
Four injured Arsenal Players to Miss Everton Clash
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Four injured Arsenal Players to Miss Everton Clash

Arsenal have confirmed four major injury blows ahead of their Premier League tie with Everton on Monday night. Arsenal head to the game following a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in their last game. Mikel Arteta’s side are currently in the seventh position on the Premier League table with 23 points from 14 games. In a post via their website, Arsenal disclosed that the likes of Bernd Leno, Emile Smith Rowe, Sead Kolasinac and Granit Xhaka are all injured. The post read, “Bernd Leno – Right groin. Bernd has a tight groin sustained in training and is being assessed ahead of Monday’s match. “Emile Smith Rowe – Right groin. Emile has a tight groin from Thursday’s match against Manchester United and is being assessed ahead of Monday’s match. “Sead Kolasinac – L...
Brands set to leave Everton as director of football
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Brands set to leave Everton as director of football

Marcel Brands is set to leave his role as director of football at Everton. The Dutchman has come under scrutiny for the club's transfer strategy after spending £300m since arriving in 2018. The final details of his departure are now being confirmed before an official announcement, according to multiple outlets in the UK. Fans clashed with Brands after the recent 4-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool at Goodison Park. Supporters chanted against Brands and chairman Bill Kenwright after the embarrassing defeat. Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri has publicly defended manager Rafa Benitez over the club's recent form. The Spaniard replaced Carlo Ancelotti in the summer. His side are currently five points above the relegation zone heading into Monday's clash with Arsenal.  
‘Good manager’ Benitez not the right appointment for Everton – Anichebe
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‘Good manager’ Benitez not the right appointment for Everton – Anichebe

The Toffees are enduring a poor run of results in the English top-flight with their last win dating back to September Former Nigeria striker Victor Anichebe believes Rafael Benitez is not the right manager to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at Everton. The ex-Liverpool coach returned to Merseyside on a three-year contract in June but he has struggled to help the Toffees record wins as they currently sit 14th on the Premier League table. With just four league victories so far this season, Everton are enduring an eight-game winless run and their last win was against Norwich City (2-0) on September 25.  
Why Salah became angry after Liverpool thrashed Everton 4-1
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Why Salah became angry after Liverpool thrashed Everton 4-1

Liverpool’s boss, Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Mohamed Salah was angry after their 4-1 thrashing of Everton in the Premier League on Wednesday. The German said that the forward came off the Everton pitch ‘angry’ after their win. The Reds beat Rafa Benitez’s men, their Merseyside rivals, convincingly with Salah bagging a brace. Salah has now scored 12 goals and provided six assists in his last 12 Premier League matches. And the German gaffer told the press after the game that the 29-year-old still came away from the game annoyed at himself that he didn’t net a hat-trick. “He was angry after the game! He wanted to score the third one,” Klopp said. “I don’t take these things for granted. His second goal, you have to force these kind of mistakes. “Mo put [Seamus] Colem...
Alex Iwobi’s lack of goals is not for the want of trying
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Alex Iwobi’s lack of goals is not for the want of trying

Goals remain a rarity for the Everton attacking midfielder, but could this season’s change in approach begin to yield results soon? No wins in two months and with free-scoring Liverpool to come next, where do Everton turn to for a turnaround in fortune? When Rafael Benitez’s troops picked up a 2-0 success over Norwich City in late September, the Goodison Park faithful probably never foresaw the ensuing bleakness. Having won four of their opening seven games, drawing twice in that time too, five losses in the next six have been dispiriting. The latest reverse in the unwanted run came on Sunday at Brentford, who came away with a 1-0 win courtesy of Ivan Toney’s penalty.  
Everton boss Benitez confident Moshiri fully behind him
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Everton boss Benitez confident Moshiri fully behind him

Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has contacted manager Rafa Benitez to assure him of his job. Everton have not won since September 25 and have only scored four goals in the last six games. Bill Kenwright, Everton's Chairman, visited Benitez at the club's Finch Farm training base earlier this week and Moshiri has also been in regular contact to stress that he has the board's backing. "I don't want to be here for three years – I want to be here for even more," said Benitez, whose team face a demanding encounter at Brentford. "I want to be here for the new stadium and try to be successful there also. Mr Moshiri, he knows. "I think Mr Moshiri is quite clever and we cannot complain because he has spent a lot of money. He is someone who is trying to improve the team and im...
​Ex-Chelsea assistant Morris thought Lampard sacking was ‘super, super harsh’
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​Ex-Chelsea assistant Morris thought Lampard sacking was ‘super, super harsh’

Former Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris still believes the club were very harsh in sacking Frank Lampard last season. Lampard lost his job midway through last term, and was replaced by German coach Thomas Tuchel. The latter led the team to a top four finish, the FA Cup final, and the Champions League trophy. Speaking on the Off The Hook with Jimmy Bullard podcast, former Chelsea assistant boss Morris said: "The way the season had gone for most teams, unusually for many teams at the top of the table, they went through some really bad spells. "We definitely went through a six-week period where we underperformed, totally. Arsenal and Everton away was really poor. But we absolutely believed we could turn it round. "At Chelsea, things like that [sackings] can happen. Do I th...
No longer one club man? Everton hero Hibbert out of retirement for ES Louzy
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No longer one club man? Everton hero Hibbert out of retirement for ES Louzy

Everton hero Tony Hibbert is ending his retirement. The 40-year-old has signed for French amateur club ES Louzy. Hibbert, a home-grown hero for the Blues who made 328 appearances for them in a one-club professional career between 2001-2016, is reported as having been given his veterans licence to turn out for the tiny town which is in between Nantes and Poitiers. Hibbert bought a 33-acre carp fishery in France after hanging up his boots five years ago. Louzy's president Jerome Archambeau told La Nouvelle Republique: “He was looking for a small club to keep himself fit and was was already taking care of our Under 13s side. “He was itching a bit to return and coming back to the basics of football after such a career is good for him. “The idea is that he brings us his experi...
Man City defender Stones lauds ‘incredible’ performance from Cole Palmer
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Man City defender Stones lauds ‘incredible’ performance from Cole Palmer

John Stones is a big fan of Manchester City teammate Cole Palmer. The 19-year-old made his first Premier League start in the 3-0 win over Everton on Saturday. "Incredible. I am a big fan of Cole," Stones told the City website. "His work rate and how he has trained with us since he first came in, his attitude, he deserves it. I thought he did so well. "It is not easy playing in these games where there is not much space."  
Spurs target Pickford: I thrive off Everton culture
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Spurs target Pickford: I thrive off Everton culture

Jordan Pickford insists he's enjoying his football at Everton. The England goalkeeper is being linked with Tottenham today. But he told the club's website: "For me, Everton is the People's Club and there's huge passion that comes with that. That's what I thrive off - seeing the fans having a good time. "It's what makes me hate losing so much as well, because, obviously we're losing as individuals and as a team but we're also losing for them. "When I'm out on the pitch and I'm shouting, it is just passion. It's not negative vibes - it's about being positive and trying to help my teammates, to give them that motivation and be determined. "If I didn't have that passion and desire to win, then what's the point in playing football? I'm not going to be sat there like laid-back Luk...
Sivasspor manager Calimbay responds to links for Everton striker Rondon
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Sivasspor manager Calimbay responds to links for Everton striker Rondon

Sivasspor manager Riza Calimbay has cooled talk of a move for Everton striker Salomon Rondon. It's been suggested Sivasspor were keen to sign him from Chinese side Dalian Professional prior to his Everton switch and remain interested in securing his services. But Calimbay says: “There are seven weeks until halftime in the Super Lig. "At the moment, our only thought is the matches we will play in the 7-week period. “We are not interested in [Besiktas midfielder] Oguzhan Ozyakup and Salomon Rondon. The claims of Oguzhan and Rondon do not reflect the truth."
‘Hungry’ Chelsea star told to leave Stamford Bridge
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‘Hungry’ Chelsea star told to leave Stamford Bridge

Former Premier League star, Noel Whelan has told Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley to leave the west London side this January. Whelan wants Barkley to join Everton where he would find enough playing time. The England attacking midfielder joined the Blues from Everton back in 2018 but he has failed to live up to expectations. The international has only scored 11 goals and provided 11 assists in 94 appearances for the club. Barkley has made just one Premier League start for Chelsea this season having returned from Aston Villa where he spent last season on loan. Chelsea’s midfield is choked up with the likes of Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all ahead of him in the pecking order. But Whelan believes that the England star is showing signs of improvement and...
Newcastle emerge as favourites to land Porto attacker Luis Diaz
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Newcastle emerge as favourites to land Porto attacker Luis Diaz

Newcastle United have emerged as favourites to land Porto attacker Luis Diaz. The Colombia international was linked with a move to Everton during the summer, with the Blues said to have offered James Rodriguez as part of a potential deal. However, A Bola says that Porto expect any transfer to break their sale record of €50m, currently held by Real Madrid's Eder Militao. Instead, it has been suggested that Newcastle United are now the frontrunners for the forward, given the club's rumoured valuation, which means Everton are likely out of the running. Barcelona have also been linked with Diaz, though lack the spending power of Newcastle for the January market.  
Ellis Simms happy signing new Everton contract
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Ellis Simms happy signing new Everton contract

Ellis Simms has signed a new three-year contract with Everton. The 20-year-old's previous deal was due to run out at the end of the season. He is now committed to June 2024. Simms, who spent the second-half of last season on loan with Blackpool in League One, said: “Everton is a massive club and I love it here. “From Under-16s level to now, the Club has helped me grow as a person and as a player. “The support the Club has given me has been fantastic and I'm very grateful to sign this new deal. “Last season at Blackpool I learned a lot in a short space of time by coming up against different styles of play. It's helped me become a better player. “It gave me that taste of playing men's football and now I am eager and ready to kick on and play at the highest level I can." ...
Maitland-Niles addresses Arsenal future after summer transfer plea
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Maitland-Niles addresses Arsenal future after summer transfer plea

The England international says he is now fully focused on earning regular game time at Emirates Stadium after previously pushing for the exits Ainsley Maitland-Niles insists any thoughts of pushing for an exit at Arsenal are now “in the past”, with the versatile midfielder focused on the future after previously stating a desire to move on. Having spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, the 24-year-old said in an Instagram post during the summer transfer window: “All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play.” The Gunners refused to sanction a switch, amid links to the likes of Everton, and Maitland-Niles has knuckled down in north London and played his way into contention for 10 appearances in 2021-22.  
VAR saves Spurs on Conte PL bow at Everton
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VAR saves Spurs on Conte PL bow at Everton

Antonio Conte oversaw a 0-0 draw with Everton in his first league game as Tottenham boss as VAR overturned a penalty decision for a foul by Hugo Lloris. After a scrappy affair low on quality, the key moment came on 64 minutes when Lloris raced out to Richarlison and brought down the Everton forward. Referee Chris Kavanagh originally awarded the penalty but VAR intervened with a replay suggesting Lloris got a touch on the ball. Kavanagh and VAR had a busy afternoon as Mason Holgate was sent-off in injury-time after his dangerous challenge on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was upgraded from a yellow to a red following a review. Despite Everton arriving on the back of three straight defeats, Spurs never stamped their authority on the game under their new boss. Giovani Lo Celso hit the pos...
Real reason I left Chelsea – Kurt Zouma
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Real reason I left Chelsea – Kurt Zouma

West Ham United defender, Kurt Zouma, has revealed the real reason why he left Chelsea this year to join the Hammers. Zouma said he left Chelsea for West Ham because he wanted a different challenge. The centre-back joined Chelsea in the summer of 2014 under Jose Mourinho’s regime. He hardly cements his place in the heart of Chelsea’s defence under a succession of managers. The 26-year-old spent time out on loan at the likes of Stoke City, Saint-Etienne and Everton in a bid to get his career back on track. Zouma had started to make significant progress under former Blues manager, Frank Lampard, but after he was sacked in January, the France international struggled to win the faith of Thomas Tuchel. He was left out of the team which won the Champions League at the end of ...
Ogbonna header secures West Ham win at Everton
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Ogbonna header secures West Ham win at Everton

West Ham leapfrogged Everton in the Premier League as Angelo Ogbonna's 74th-minute header was enough to secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Goodison Park on Super Sunday. In a game low on quality in the final third, Ogbonna rose to meet Jarrod Bowen's set-piece as Everton suffered their first home defeat of the season after three consecutive victories. Alex Iwobi and Salomon Rondon both missed good chances either side of half-time to put the hosts in front but West Ham recorded successive league wins at Goodison Park for the first time since 1930 on David Moyes' return to his former club. The result moves West Ham up to sixth in the table as Everton slip to seventh and miss out on the chance to move into the top four.
‘He will always score goals’ – Yakubu hails ‘special’ Mane on 100th Premier League goal
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‘He will always score goals’ – Yakubu hails ‘special’ Mane on 100th Premier League goal

The former Everton and Middlesbrough striker was full of praise for the Senegalese forward after seeing him join the English top flight’s 100 club Yakubu Ayegbeni claims Sadio Mane "will always score goals" after seeing him score his 100th Premier League goal against Watford on Saturday. The Senegal international became the third African player to reach the century goal mark as the Reds overpowered Claudio Ranieri’s Hornets 5-0 at the Vicarage Road. Just nine minutes into the fixture, the former Southampton player put the Anfield giants ahead, firing past goalkeeper Ben Foster after collecting an assist from Mohamed Salah.  
I must play every game except I say otherwise – Ronaldo warns Solskjaer
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I must play every game except I say otherwise – Ronaldo warns Solskjaer

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, was disappointed with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to drop him against Everton before the international break. Ronaldo has told Solskjaer to play him in every Premier League game, except he is not fit enough. Solskjaer received criticism for his decision to rest the 36-year-old in the 1-1 game, with Sir Alex Ferguson caught on camera saying that the United manager “should always start with your best players”. According to The Sun, Ronaldo has told Solskjaer that he will let him know when he needs a rest. “Ronaldo was extremely disappointed for being benched. “Ole presumed that he was tired after the Villarreal game, so he decided to only put him on early in the second half. “But Cristiano told him that he will tel...
Rio Ferdinand reacts to Garry Neville’s criticisms of Ronaldo
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Rio Ferdinand reacts to Garry Neville’s criticisms of Ronaldo

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has reacted to Gary Neville’s criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo following the club’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Everton over the weekend. Neville had criticised Ronaldo for storming down the tunnel following Man United’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford. He insisted that Ronaldo’s reaction put ‘immense pressure’ on Manchester United coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Recall that Ronaldo, who was visibly angry after Man United drew Everton on Saturday, stormed down the tunnel alone as soon as the final whistle was blown. Reacting to the development, Ferdinand defended Ronaldo’s reaction and said that you ‘can’t take emotion away’ from players. “I saw Gary Neville talking about Cristiano Ronaldo and saying he nee...
EPL Table: Chelsea occupy first position as Liverpool fail to beat Manchester City
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EPL Table: Chelsea occupy first position as Liverpool fail to beat Manchester City

Chelsea are currently on top of the Premier League table after Liverpool failed to beat Manchester City on Sunday. Thomas Tuchel’s side had won Southampton 3-1 in their Premier League clash on Saturday to top the Premier League table. Chelsea now has 16 points from seven matches. Behind Chelsea is Liverpool, who occupy the second position with 15 points from the same number of matches. Jurgen Klopp’s side are ahead of third-place Manchester City, who have 14 points. Recall that Liverpool played a 2-2 draw against Pep Guardiola’s side at Anfield. Goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne ensured both teams shared a point each. Meanwhile, sitting in the fourth position is Man United, followed by Everton in the fifth position.
‘Sir Alex would have dropped Fred for a month!’ – Hargreaves slams Man Utd star for his role in Everton’s equaliser
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‘Sir Alex would have dropped Fred for a month!’ – Hargreaves slams Man Utd star for his role in Everton’s equaliser

A former Old Trafford favourite was left frustrated by the Brazilian's failure to nip the Toffees' decisive counter-attack in the bud Owen Hargreaves has slammed Fred for his role in Everton's equaliser against Manchester United, claiming Sir Alex Ferguson would have dropped him for "a month" United missed the chance to move to the top of the Premier League table after being held to a 1-1 draw by Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday. Anthony Martial opened the scoring for the hosts two minutes before the interval, but Andros Townsend levelled proceedings just after the hour mark as he finished off a swift counter-attack.  
Everton hit back at Man Utd to keep scrutiny on Ole
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Everton hit back at Man Utd to keep scrutiny on Ole

Andros Townsend cheekily channelled Cristiano Ronaldo as Everton hit back at an expectant Old Trafford to earn a 1-1 draw with Manchester United and maintain the scrutiny on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Solskjaer's gamble to start Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench appeared to have paid off when Anthony Martial netted his first Premier League goal in eight months just before the break. The midweek matchwinner against Villarreal did make his 200th Premier League appearance in the second half but Everton were instead level eight minutes later (58) as Andros Townsend finished a blistering breakaway from a United corner - and then mimicked Ronaldo's trademark celebration. This time there were no shirt-peeling late heroics from the milestone man but drama instead at the other end as Yerry Min...

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