Gareth Southgate Analogizes Sterling-Gomez Row to ‘family disagreement’

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Without getting into specific details about what exactly happened, England manager Gareth Southgate spoke to the media about the training ground bust-up between winger Raheem Sterling and central defender Joe Gomez. Hey, who says international breaks are always boring, right? Southgate likened the row to a “family disagreement.”

Three Lions currently top Group A with 15 points from six matches, but they’ll be without Sterling when they host Montenegro on Thursday. England suspended the Manchester City man for the match on Thursday, but he remains with the Three Lions camp and he is still in contention to play in the road trip at Kosovo on Sunday.

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England Drops Raheem Sterling After Training Camp Fight with Joe Gomez

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(Update: England both Gareth Southgate speaks to reporters on the incident)

Happy international break everybody! Looks like we have a serious row going on to discuss these next couple of weeks. England/Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is among the best attacking players in the world right now, but his talent and production simply does not excuse wild, aggressive behavior like this.

Sterling will be left out of the England squad that hosts Montenegro on Thursday night, in Euro 2020 qualifying competition, after a serious training ground bust-up with teammate Joe Gomez. The Daily Mail’s Matt Hughes and Sami Mokbel (h/t NBC Sports) report that Sterling tried to grab Gomez by the neck at St George’s Park on Monday.

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Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction at Manchester City

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For the week heading into their biggest match of the season (or least one of the two biggest), Liverpool FC had plenty of other news, relating to competitions other than the Premier League.

Such is life when you’re a juggernaut; you have the good kind of problems.

Liverpool will field two different teams when they play in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar and the EFL Cup on the same day. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp had a funny and interesting take on it all, and how he’s managing to keep his club in the good graces of both FIFA and the EFL.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction vs Liverpool FC

On the home side, the reigning treble holders, the only side in English history to win a domestic treble and holders of the most and second most single season points in Premier League history.

And on the visiting side, the reigning European champions, for the sixth time and holders of the third most single season points in Premier League history. Liverpool at Manchester City- let’s get ready to rumble!

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Liverpool FC at Manchester City Team News: Ederson, Mane, D. Silva

No hype necessary for Liverpool FC at Manchester City, a match-up of the two sides that gave us the greatest title chase the Premier League has even seen last season. And the mind games for this one started very early. Man City boss Pep Guardiola called Liverpool winger Sadio Mane a diver last weekend.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp responded by pointing out City’s recent history of getting away with minor fouls. Mane responded to Guardiola’s comments by saying, albeit in a bizarre way that we won’t let Pep’s commentary change his game. He also joked? (said half-jokingly?) that he will dive again if it means winning a penalty kick for his side. And amidst all this nuttiness, we have some team news to cover, and we’ll start with the visitors.

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Premier League Week 12 Match Previews, Stats and Betting Tips

The upcoming round is bringing us some derby matches and we can wait for the weekend to see the best clubs in action. In the build-up for the Round 12, we have prepared some betting tips for you.

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Jurgen Klopp Gives Hilarious, Candid Take on Extreme Fixture Congestion

Liverpool football club are in a very unique position, one that has rarely, if ever, been seen before. Festive period fixture congestion, plus the fact that they’re alive in so many different competitions, has them with a schedule conflict. Literally, they have to pay two different games on the same exact day.

So they have decided that instead of trying to reschedule the December 17 date, where the Reds will compete in both the EFL Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, they’ll just field two entirely different teams. In response to this move, the English Football League have warned LFC that they “must meet the competition’s selection requirements” for the quarterfinal tie versus Aston Villa.

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Man City GK Ederson Suffers Injury in UCL Match, Misses Second Half

Manchester City have what could be another major injury concern ahead of the super Sunday showdown at home against Liverpool. Starting goalkeeper Ederson played the first 45 minutes of side’s 1-1 draw at Atalanta, but didn’t return for the second due to what BT Sport reported was a minor injury.

The absence of Ederson for the second half of the UCL group stage clash was reportedly due to precautionary reasons, but nevertheless it makes him a doubt for the crunch clash on the weekend. We will certainly learn more after Pep Guardiola addresses the media. Here’s where it gets weird though.

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Jurgen Klopp Responds to Pep Guardiola Mind Games with Overt Dig

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When you’ve got a huge game like this, the mind games start early. And what a treat we do have when first place Liverpool visits second place Manchester City on Sunday. Before another tedious international break ensues, we have a match up of the two sides that provided the greatest Premier League title chase in history last season.

Pep Guardiola got the mind games party started on the weekend by branding Liverpool scoring sensation Sadio Mane a diver. Now Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has responded with the “I don’t want to bring up sensitive topic XYZ, but oh look at that, I just did!” routine.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction at Atalanta BC (Champions League)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola promises to not field a slightly weaker team when he brings his side to Atalanta BC for a Champions League group stage contest. Having taken nine points from nine possible so far, City looks to stay perfect in European competition this season.

In terms of rotation and rest, the big domestic showdown is coming on Sunday versus Liverpool, but an international break follows. Guardiola also gave some R&R to some of his stars last week in the EFL Cup, so that’s a factor as well.

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Manchester City Team News at Atalanta BC (UCL): Silva, Foden, Rodri, Zinchenko

A couple weeks ago, Manchester City absolutely throttled Atalanta BC 5-1 at home, in Champions League Group C action. Now comes the return fixture, in Italy, and a similar result is expected. Halfway through UCL group stage play, City sits in the driver seat of the group and looks almost certain to go through to the knockout round.

Let’s take a look at the Citizens team news heading into the trip to the San Siro. Midfielder and summer transfer window addition Rodri is out until after the international break with a thigh injury. There is hope that he could be good to go for the Chelsea match.

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Jurgen Klopp Sees Serious, Real Problems with VAR Usage

There is a lot that really grinds the gears of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp these days. A few days ago, it was the fixture congestion/schedule makers. Now it’s VAR and the way it’s used. Ahead of the biggest match of the year (or one of the two biggest), we’re all aware that VAR could have a major influence in determining the result a week from today when Liverpool visits Manchester City.

“Look, we have now a real problem,” said Klopp, “But now we talk about serious moments, very important moments in football. It is not the right way that we sit here, talk about it and everybody wants to laugh about.”

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