Jurgen Klopp Hyperbolizes Liverpool’s UCL Match at RB Salzburg

As late night host, comedian and hard core life long Liverpool supporter John Oliver once joked of Jurgen Klopp: “he does not understand the concept of not going at full pace all the time.” And that’s what we love about him! The German, ahead of Liverpool’s final UEFA Champions League group stage match tomorrow night at RB Salzburg, took the hyperbole to the fastest pace he could.

A loss would see the reigning European champions bounced from the tournament without even having advanced to the round of 16. And thus Klopp literally referred to this Tuesday night affair as “the most important game of our life.” That is hype and hoopla that the network with the broadcasting rights will absolutely LOVE!

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction at Dinamo Zagreb (UEFA Champions League)

Tuesday night will see Manchester City’s pre-match media conference with both manager Pep Guardiola and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. The session, ahead of City’s trip to Dinamo Zagreb, will complete the UEFA Champions League group stage competition.

Perhaps this session, held at Stadion Maksimir at 7.30pm local, will give us an insight into what kind of team Guardiola will select for this match. Given how City have already won group C and qualified for the round of 16, Pep won’t have to field his strongest side possible. With that mind, we made a first team projection that incorporates a few of the reserves.

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Man City at Dinamo Zagreb Team News: Stones, Aguero, Zinchenko, Kulenovic

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Manchester City heads to Dinamo Zagreb for their final UEFA Champions League group stage match on Tuesday 10 December at Stadion Maksimir. Already through to the knockout round, as winners of Group C, this will be a low stress affair for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Out of the running now for defending their back-to-back Premier league titles, City can now turn their focus towards trying to win Europe’s greatest tournament this season. They can worry about that later, as this match won’t have too much consequence on that. In looking to the team news for this one, their opponents have just one injury issue, Sandro Kulenovic, who is out until the new year with a broken foot.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction vs Lille (Champions League)

Chelsea FC host Lille tomorrow night needing a W, and some help, in order to go ahead to the knockout stages, but at least they have a very favorable match-up for doing so. Chelsea won the away fixture 2-1, getting goals from Willian and Tammy Abraham, and they’re heavily tipped to win this one too.

It could be a bit tricky, given the defensive struggles we’ve seen from Chelsea lately, but perhaps the return of Antonio Rudiger will provide a major boost. In looking at the lineup prediction for Tuesday night, expect manager Frank Lampard to make a couple changes.

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Chelsea FC Team News vs Lille (UCL): Rudiger, Giroud, Tomori

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Chelsea FC begins the final evening of UEFA Champions League play still in need of booking passage through to the knockout round. They currently sit in third place in Group H behind table toppers Ajax and Valencia. Level on points with the La Liga side, they’ll need to secure all three points, do so in very convincing fashion and hope that one of the two teams ahead of them drop points.

The good news is their final UCL group stage match is against the bottom side, Lille, at home. In other words, they have the easiest match, at least on paper, for winning and racking up the goal differential. In terms of team updates, manager Frank Lampard provided some mixed news today.

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Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction at RB Salzburg

Heading into UCL group stage match day six of six, Liverpool still have some work to do. They haven’t booked a place in the knockout round yet, but the odds are definitely in their favor to do so. What an astounding disappointment and upset it would be if the European trophy holders didn’t go through, huh?

You know that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp simply won’t let that happen, and thus you can expect him to field a very strong side on Tuesday night when his team travels to RB Salzburg.

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Liverpool FC Team News vs RB Salzburg: Lovren, Lallana, Wijnaldum

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As we head into the final match day of the UEFA Champions League group stage, the reigning holders have yet to book passage to through to the knockout round. They’ll travel to RB Salzburg Tuesday night, needing at least a draw to secure a place in the round of 16. They can also move on if Napoli lose at home to Genk.

Going up against Erling Braut Haaland, one of the hottest young commodities in world football today, due to his prolific goal scoring abilities, the Reds will need their defense to be at their best. Central defender Joel Matip remains out for a couple weeks yet still, with another centre back, Dejan Lovren, having been forced early in the 3-0 win at AFC Bournemouth.

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Heung-Min Son Scores Potentially Goal of the Year (Video)

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Yesterday saw Tottenham Hotspur crush Burnley FC 5-0, with one of those goals being scored by South Korean forward Heung-Min Son. It was more than just a scoring strike in the 32′, it was quite possibly the goal of the year; certainly, a nominee at the very least.

If you haven’t seen it yet, this sublime play by Son, take a look at watch below:

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Fred Speaks Out About Racism, Lighter Incident in Manchester Derby

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Yesterday’s Manchester Derby at the Etihad, won by United 2-1, was marred by an ugly racist incident. Manchester United midfielder Fred was subjected to racial abuse by a City supporter, and hit by a cigarette lighter that was hurled on the pitch.

The supporter has been publicly identified and Manchester City Football Club released a statement indicating that they are investigating the incident. Fred has spoken out about what transpired, saying that he didn’t realize what was happening at the time, but learned the details upon seeing the video in the locker room.

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Arsenal FC starting XI Prediction at West Ham United

For Arsenal and their supporters, life is beyond nightmarish right now. Sacking Unai Emery and replacing him, on a caretaker basis, with Freddie Ljungberg, did absolutely nothing to stop the bleeding. Of all the teams in the Premier League, yes including the newly promoted sides, they are the only team in the league not to have won a match in their last six.

They’re last league win came way back on October 6.  They’re number one priority right now needs to be finding that permanent replacement for Emery, because it’s definitely not Ljungberg. While Arsene Wenger certainly overstayed his welcome, life after him has been so much rougher.

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West Ham United Starting XI Prediction vs Arsenal FC

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It’s another London derby that could see West Ham upsetting a big six side at home; again. Last time, on November 30, the Irons hammered Chelsea, giving them their only win in their last 10. The victory probably saved Manuel Pellegrini’s job, for the time being, but he won’t stay in charge for long if continues failing to produce results.

Speaking of manager sacking, life after Unai Emery is off to a rough start at Arsenal, so this is a match where both big-spending London clubs badly need a win. West Ham reside in 16th place, so they need to really start winning some games, and now, in order to avoid disaster.

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Arsenal at West Ham Team News: Ceballos, Holding, Antonio, Wilshere

Unai Emery is gone, but the winless streak for Arsenal remains. It turns out the severe problems at Arsenal go well beyond the Spaniard. Two games into the Freddie Ljungberg (caretaker manager) era, the Gunners have acquired just one point, and fallen to tenth in the table.

That single point was extremely hard earned too as they had to come back from a goal down (twice) against 19th-place Norwich City in order to obtain it. They’ll complete this weekend’s action with a Monday nighter at 16th place West Ham United, a team that just upset Chelsea at home. Arsenal come into this one desperate for a win, as they have not achieved a victory in their last nine across all competitions.

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