Our No. 14 has performed a brilliant, euphoria-building, fast-foot dance in lifting each of his three major trophies won as captain of Liverpool over the past year or so.
It would be expected that this one, the first league championship in 30 years, would necessitate the biggest shuffle of all—but a knee injury sustained against Brighton has probably ended that hope.
Klopp acknowledged Henderson as a “great” captain of the club and said he was delighted the job had already been made before he arrived at the club—but the No. 14 won’t be on the pitch at Chelsea, when the Reds will receive the trophy.
Regarding the actual trophy lift itself, Klopp was asked about how Liverpool would ensure Henderson could have the involvement he deserves, with the skipper not able to be on the pitch for the match.
“We don’t know yet but we will do everything possible to do it the right way,” he told the media.
“Hendo will be there and wear the match kit and everything will be fine.
“He deserves exactly to be in that spot in that moment.
“If he had to have surgery and would have been in hospital it would have been difficult. But he’s not, rehab starts immediately he will fine in a few weeks and train again, play again.
“So we’ll find a solution where we show respect to what he did. All the other boys want that, want him to be there.
“One of the first things I heard after we won the league, Virg told Hendo ‘you can do the shuffle again!’—I’m not sure he can do the shuffle but that’s the smallest problem of all!”
A couple of potential solutions have already presented themself, with one being Henderson coming on as a late sub in the match, effectively not involving himself in play but being on the pitch for the final whistle.
Alternatively, he could simply join in with the rest of the squad, with players such as Adam Lallana and Joel Matip similarly likely to be outside of the matchday 20, but having played their own roles in the season.
Either way, the hard work which counts toward the title has come across the last 34 matches (and counting), not just in that last minute of the game against Chelsea.
Hendo has been a driving force for consistency and leadership, and there can be no denying now his status as an iconic skipper in the club’s history: A European Cup and League Championship-winning captain of Liverpool FC.
Jürgen Klopp saluted the development of Jordan Henderson the person and footballer on the five-year anniversary of him becoming Liverpool captain.
The No.14 succeeded Steven Gerrard in the role back in 2015 and has since lifted the Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup with the armband on for the Reds.
A knee injury will prevent Henderson from appearing in the remaining four fixtures of this season, but Klopp insists it won't stop him from raising the Premier League trophy aloft at the end of the campaign.
Read on below as the boss discussed the skipper and more at a press conference ahead of Saturday's fixture with Burnley...
❤️ https://t.co/z4xXcwW66Z— JHenderson (Jordan Henderson) 10th Jul 12:53
On Henderson's five years as Liverpool captain...
He's the only captain I had here at Liverpool and I'm overly happy that this decision was made before I came in. It's cool. How it always is in life, people have to grow in new roles. He had to do that and it was the most difficult job you could have, honestly, because in whatever manner the person who is doing the job after Stevie, it would always be difficult. But Hendo grew in that role. Meanwhile, he's probably a role model for the next generation of Liverpool skippers. Absolutely great. Nice to be part of this development really. He became a man age-wise and he became a really proper captain, that's exactly how it should be. On top of that, he improved. He was always a good player but made big steps in his game as well and that's while you are massively under pressure from outside expectations and stuff like this. That's a pretty interesting achievement, I have to say, and it's not easy to do. He did. So after his career when he looks back, there are a lot of reasons why he should be really proud.
On the skipper lifting the Premier League trophy...
We know since yesterday that the injury is not as serious as we really thought. It was a big relief because, for what he played in the last years now, he deserves being in that spot in that moment. But life is like [how] life is. If he would have had surgery, would've been in hospital and stuff like this, then it would have been difficult. But now he's not, so no surgery needed, rehab starts immediately, he will be fine in a few weeks and will train again and play again. We will find a solution that we show the respect for what he did. But all the other boys around, they all want that, by the way. They all want him to be there and that was one of the first things I heard after we won the league, I think Virg told him, 'You can do the shuffle again.' I'm not sure if he's able to do the shuffle but that's probably the smallest problem of all.
On how useful individual accolades are for certain members of his squad...
Look, if Ali wins the Golden Glove, that means we have obviously how many games with a clean sheet, which would really help us as a team. If we provide the winner of the Golden Boot, that means we have a lot of goals. So that helps absolutely. My players don't need individual targets to be highest motivated, but they don't disturb. They are absolutely rather helpful than anything else. But in the end, it's all about winning a football game. If it would be different, I would tell them it's not OK. But in the end, it's always first and foremost about winning a football game and not about the other stuff. But it's nice when you can win both.
Venue – Anfield, Liverpool
Referee – David Coote
Date & Time – Saturday, July 11th @ 15:00
Current Odds – Liverpool 1/4, Draw 19/4, Burnley 10/1
Liverpool are two wins from the perfect home record for a season. They’ve won 17 from 17, with just Burnley and Chelsea left to visit Merseyside. Also, The Reds are 9 points away from breaking the 100-point record for a season. You saw how Liverpool attacked at Brighton on Wednesday night. There’s no way this team feels there’s nothing left to play for. Jürgen Klopp’s Mighty Record-breaking Reds are still going strong and here’s hoping they steamroll their way through to the end of the campaign.FORM
Jürgen Klopp’s Reds have won three, drew one and lost one since June. More importantly, they tied up the club’s first league title success in 30 years during that period.
Last week, Manchester City took Liverpool apart, winning 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium with The Reds still in ‘celebration mode’. However, since then, Klopp’s men have beaten Aston Villa (2-0) and Brighton (3-1) to stay on track to beat City’s 100-points record haul for a Premier League season. With four games left, Liverpool know that three more wins will bring them to 101 points.
Burnley are unbeaten in their last four games, winning three of those fixtures. Their last defeat was at Manchester City (5-0) in the team’s first game back in action in June.
Since then, Sean Dyche’s side has beaten Watford, Crystal Palace and West Ham all by the same scoreline, 1-0. They also drew 1-1 at home to Sheffield United. That’s just one goal Burnley have conceded in four games since the loss at City.TEAM NEWS
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool will definitely be without Joël Matip who is out for the rest of the season. Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren are also unlikely to feature for The Reds on Saturday. Henderson suffered a knee injury in the win at Brighton on Wednesday night. Here’s hoping it doesn’t keep the captain out for too long.
Neco Williams started at left-back against Brighton but Andy Robertson should be back in the starting eleven against Burnley. I think Klopp will go with a full-strength back four, therefore, not resting Trent Alexander-Arnold.
With Henderson out injured, Gini Wijnaldum should come into the starting lineup while Naby Keïta will get the chance to continue his fine form.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané is likely to be the front three after Mané only came on after 60 minutes on Wednesday. Salah is due a rest but Klopp and co do seem determined to give him the best opportunity at getting his third consecutive Golden Boot award. After two goals and an assist at Brighton, it’s very hard to see The Egyptian King being on the bench against Burnley.
Burnley Team News
Sean Dyche has quite a few injury concerns at Burnley right now. He’s missing Matthew Lowton, Ben Gibson, Jack Cork, Ben Mee and Ashley Barnes for Saturday’s fixture. That’s at least four players who would normally start for Dyche.
Burnley are likely to stick with their 4-4-2 formation at Anfield.PREDICTED LINEUPS
Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keïta; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Burnley XI (4-4-2) – Pope; Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor; Pieters, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Rodriguez, Wood
WHEN THEY LAST MET
Liverpool won 3-0 when the sides met at Turf Moor back in August. An own goal from Chris Wood gave The Reds the lead in the first half. Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino added Liverpool’s other two goals on the day.
The last encounter at Anfield was a 4-2 win for Liverpool. Ashley Westwood gave Burnley an early lead in front of The Kop after a clear foul on Alisson. However, The Reds fought back to win thanks to two goals each from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané. Jóhann Guðmundsson scored Burnley’s second goal late on but it was a mere consolation strike.PREDICTION
LIVERPOOL 2 – 0 BURNLEY
Liverpool have bounced back well from the 4-0 defeat at Manchester City. Jürgen Klopp’s Mighty Reds should have more than enough to see off Burnley on Saturday. I expect Mohamed Salah to have another great game after his brilliant display at Brighton on Wednesday.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sympathised with Dean Smith after a contentious video assistant referee call went against Aston Villa on Thursday and claimed the system “should really find the right decision”.
Villa fell behind against Manchester United from a penalty which was awarded after Bruno Fernandes stepped into Ezri Konsa and went down inside the area when trying to turn on the ball.
Referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot and the decision was controversially backed up by VAR official Graham Scott, even though the United man appeared to be the one who fouled Konsa.
That was not the only debatable VAR decision of the day, with Tottenham denied a spot-kick despite Joshua King appearing to push Harry Kane in the box, while Southampton were given a penalty against Everton when James Ward-Prowse looked to be already falling into Andre Gomes before any contact was made.
On each of the three occasions, the VAR official went with the on-field call and Klopp questioned why it was so complicated for such decisions to be overturned when they seemed “obvious” to him.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Premier League champions’ clash with Burnley, Klopp said: “I think it was a week ago, Jose (Mourinho) in his after-match interview said the decision is made by the guy in the studio. Now we have a situation where on one matchday three decisions should have been different.
“I can 100 per cent understand that Dean Smith is really struggling to accept what happened last night.
“I don’t know how it can happen, to be honest. It’s not about who makes the decision, whether it’s two people or three people, in the end it’s just about getting the right decision.
“What I don’t understand is that overruling is so complicated, that it must be a ‘clear and obvious’ misjudgement. I thought they were all obvious, but you’d have to ask the refs why they still stuck to the decision.
“It’s obviously difficult, but last night I didn’t think it was too difficult! It is obviously not right and not good.
“I really would like to think that in the end three people watch it, they should really find the right decision in the end.”
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds romped to the title and, with no other silverware available, are looking to end the league campaign in record-breaking fashion.
Liverpool need three wins from their remaining four fixtures to surpass Manchester City’s record points total of 100 set in 2017/18 and boast a 100 per cent record at Anfield heading into their penultimate home match.
Asked if the trip to Merseyside is less intimidating without fans there, Burnley boss Dyche said: “No, not necessarily. I mean, you’ve still got very good players in front of you – top players, in fact, some of them.
“They look hungry to me. They look like they want to achieve other markers in the season.
“I think it is obviously more so when there’s a full house there, but I’m saying it’s still not an easy task, whether it’s a full house there or not.
“I mean, Man City had that a real edge to them when we played them and a real sharpness to them in their game.
“I can’t presuppose anything other than Liverpool will be ready to play.”
“I think it’s highly unlikely with Ben, almost impossible with Lowton and Corky – they won’t be figuring,” Dyche said,
“Barnsey I doubt it. He is back on the grass, which is really pleasing but we’ve got to be careful with him of course.”
They are numbers described as 'really exceptional' by Jürgen Klopp, but Liverpool's front three themselves want more.
Mohamed Salah's brace in midweek brought up an astounding landmark for Klopp's renowned forward trio.
The Egyptian, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have scored a combined total of 250 goals in all competitions for the Reds across three seasons.
So, what next?
"I think our target is another 250 again and more trophies with Liverpool," Mane tells Liverpoolfc.com via video link.
"I think it's just unbelievable. It's not easy to play in England and score this [amount] of goals. It's just incredible because there are so many good teams and strong defenders, so it's not easy.
"We always try to work harder and harder to get better and better to do the best for the team.
"Playing alongside these two, even me and you, I think we can both play alongside these two great players.
"So you just need to be fit and then you play alongside them because they make everything easier for me and you!"
Modesty aside, Mane has himself hit incredible heights on a personal level, too.
His finish last weekend against Aston Villa meant he's now netted at least 20 goals in his past three seasons at Liverpool.
Such personal development and the team's success has the 2016 arrival feeling in a privileged position.
"Well, I couldn't be more happy, proud to be a Liverpool player," he says. "For sure it has been a great season, a great four years for me.
"I'm really happy to be alongside my teammates, staff, everything. I'm just happy and proud to be here.
"I think as a player I'm still learning, I never stop learning and you can see me and all of the boys have been developed a lot. We are really, really happy about it.
"At the same time, we never stop working harder because it has always been a dream for me to play and always getting better and better – especially to score more goals, more assists for my team and to win trophies.
"Honestly, I think it has been most special for me and my teammates. After 30 years of waiting [for] the fans, I still don't believe it. But we did it and I think it's just so special.
"We are really happy and we are really proud after 30 years to be the players who win the [Premier League] trophy with Liverpool Football Club. Hopefully more and more to come."
Though already Premier League champions, Mane and his teammates are still out to deliver even more history for the club.
With four matches remaining in the season, the Reds have their sights on setting the Premier League points record.
Their task of eclipsing Manchester City's tally of 100 in 2017-18 continues on Saturday afternoon when Burnley arrive at Anfield.
On that particular objective, Mane continues: "We can see if we win the four games, we're going to be the first ever team to collect this kind of [points total] in a single season.
"Records in football are always there to be broken. So if we have a chance to do it, never hesitate. It's our target for sure.
"Without making pressure [for] ourselves, we try to take it game by game because it's going to be a tough game.
"Difficult game but we're going to try to take it game by game and try to win all of them if possible."
But the Reds must do so without their influential captain Jordan Henderson, who is set to be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign with a knee injury.
"Sadly it's a complicated moment for the team and for him because we love to have Hendo in the squad," Mane finishes.
"He's a great person out of the pitch and on the pitch he's also a great leader. He's always been there for his team, giving 100 per cent every single game.
"For sure we would love to have him but, like I always say, it's part of football and now we're also going to be here for him morally to support and be positive with him.
"I think, for sure, he will come back stronger as soon as possible."
Liverpool are without Jordan Henderson for their penultimate home game of 2019-20 when Burnley visit Anfield on Saturday.
The captain sustained a knee injury during the midweek victory at Brighton & Hove Albion that will rule him out of the final four matches of the campaign; however, no surgery is required on the issue.
“Hendo is actually really the best possible of all the bad news,” Jürgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference on Friday. “It is a knee injury, but no surgery needed.
“He will not play anymore in the latter stage of this season but I am pretty positive he will start with us the new season.”
Elsewhere, the champions are set to welcome Dejan Lovren back into the matchday squad after the defender resumed full training following a muscle issue.
Joel Matip is Liverpool’s only other confirmed absentee, while in attack, Mohamed Salah needs one goal to become the first Liverpool player since Roger Hunt in 1965-66 – and only the fourth in club history – to reach 20 league goals in three successive seasons.
Meanwhile, Burnley have reported no fresh fitness concerns ahead of their trip to Anfield.
Jack Cork (ankle), Ben Mee (thigh), Matt Lowton (foot) and Ashley Barnes (hernia) are sidelined for the Clarets, but Chris Wood is in contention to start after substitute appearances in their last two outings.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady are also available for Burnley.
Sean Dyche said: "We are limited to the changes we can feel we can make to start because I don't feel the young lads are necessarily ready to start but they might come on.
"Woody has a better chance. Johann and Robbie we have to be a bit delicate with because they haven't had a lot of football whereas Woody, until the shutdown, was up and running.
"He has a better chance than the others but we have got to get the others slowly but surely involved and we will be looking to do that.”
Burnley journey to Anfield on the back of a 1-0 win at West Ham United in midweek and occupy 10th position in the Premier League table.
“We are in good form,” Dyche added. “It will take maximum performance, focus and game understanding and hopefully they will have a quieter day because when they turn up it is very difficult.
“Even with the power of the players and the manager they have got it is very difficult to win the Premier League.
“It is difficult to win titles or get promotions. I have absolute respect for the manner and style in which they have achieved it.”
Brighton 1-3 Liverpool (July 8): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Williams, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino.
West Ham 0-1 Burnley (July 8): Pope, Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor, Westwood, Brownhill, Pieters, McNeil, Vydra, Rodriguez.
Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s ability to share goals across the side is a major asset and is required to enjoy success as a club.
Curtis Jones became the champions' 17th different Premier League scorer of the campaign last weekend, equalling a club record previously set in 1911-12 and 2015-16.
Speaking at his press conference to preview Saturday’s showdown with Burnley, Klopp heaped praised on Liverpool’s potent front three - who reached a collective landmark of 250 goals for the Reds in Wednesday’s 3-1 win versus Brighton and Hove Albion - but described the importance of other players chipping in within the final third.
Read on for the boss' thoughts on that, the challenge the Clarets will pose and his respect for Sean Dyche...
On goals being shared throughout the team...
That’s good and how it should be. Nobody, especially the way we play, says, ‘You are not allowed to score; you have to always stay there’. OK, the centre-halves are not often involved in offensive action, apart from set-pieces, for the final situation. It’s good, it’s exactly how it should be. If you want to be successful, the goals need to come from everywhere, pretty much. That helps us, of course. Curtis did it. Two days ago, I heard now that the three up-front were involved in 250 goals since we worked together, and that’s a great number as well. It’s good that we all score, but it’s very good that the three up-front score - especially often. That helps in all the games, but especially in the very tight games. That’s it.
We face a team with a brilliant attitude. What Sean Dyche is doing there is absolutely exceptional. I know they have some injuries, which is always difficult, especially in a period where you play every three days. On top of that, I’m not 100 per cent aware of it, but I think I heard of some contract issues when players are not available anymore. They have a pretty small squad together and [are] playing every three days so I have so much respect for the results they got. It’s really, really good. We will face a team with a brilliant attitude, with a really, really good set-up, good defending; there will be a lot of fights for second balls. That’s clear. Set-pieces will be a massive thing in this game and they will fight for everything, how Sean Dyche teams always do, since I’m in England, at least. I’ve known him for four-and-a-half years now. We need to be ready again.
I have [respect]. I came to the country and manage Liverpool; you go to a place like Burnley and they fight with all they have. It’s not nice. We are both pretty animated at the pitch and very emotional, I would say, on the sidelines. I can imagine that people maybe think we don’t have the best relationship, but we don’t really have a relationship because we meet only a couple of times a year. The more and more I learn about this league and how competitive this league is before you even know it, but you only really know it when you feel it. I couldn’t respect more what he’s doing, that’s the truth. How he sets it up, how competitive they are every year and now, again, they have 40-something points and will probably have more than 50. That’s incredibly difficult, with the injuries and the setbacks you get over a year, it’s incredibly difficult. He’s doing an incredible job, honestly. During the lockdown we had some Zoom calls and he seems to be a good guy. What can I say? That’s all.
Last Updated: 10/07/20 5:58pmCharlie Nicholas returns with his latest round of Premier League predictions
Charlie Nicholas is back with his Premier League predictions for a full round of action this coming weekend.Norwich vs West Ham, Saturday - 12:30pm
I am sure West Ham will have been disappointed with the result against Burnley. A VAR decision went against them again, but Jay Rodriguez took his goal brilliantly.
Michail Antonio missed chances, but West Ham are creating chances. That is the difference. They are starting to do that, whereby if they put one or two away then they will win even more games. The players are now content with what David Moyes is asking them, and Sebastian Haller all of a sudden knows he is fighting for his place and needs to get his finger out.Michail Antonio turned home from close range to give West Ham the lead against Chelsea
Manuel Lanzini is back, while Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice are playing well, as does Mark Noble when he comes in. They do still play with too much of a risk at the back but these things all mean Moyes is not sitting back anymore. They must go and put personality into the game.
Brighton had Norwich last week, and if you score first against them they will be ready to accept the consequences. It could happen again in this match. Norwich will give another burst but West Ham will be ready for it.
West Ham, Watford and Brighton will have all pin-pointed this game as one where they must pick up three points, and both Watford and Brighton have done just that. It will be the case for West Ham too and I think they will get through it fairly well.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 0-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)Watford vs Newcastle, Saturday - 12:30pm
Newcastle could have conceded eight or nine against Manchester City. Steve Bruce realised you cannot go toe-to-toe with them, as they will rip you apart. You can try to squeeze them and leave yourselves a bit open, but it was the second half of the FA Cup tie where he had the luxury to do that. Newcastle went into the break 2-0 down on Wednesday.
They knew their night was over at that point, and under normal circumstances, Bruce would have parked the bus and made sure they would not have been embarrassed. By the time Newcastle had given up hope, their shape and discipline had gone, and City picked them off. Mistakes caused their own faults.
That was Man City though, and Norwich were the better team against Watford and should have got something from it. Nigel Pearson's team are not looking at performances - they just want to get over the line. I watched Newcastle at Bournemouth. Jonjo Shelvey was getting on ball and making things happen. Watford do not keep the ball like Man City and Newcastle will be able to express themselves.
Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney looked a bit better against Norwich, so for that reason, I think it could swing slightly back in Watford's favour. They cannot afford to wait on the results of other teams, and this is an awkward one.
Newcastle can be a burden. They do not need to sit in and force the play. Allan Saint-Maximin should be fit - I enjoy watching him and he really is such a handful. He loves getting on the ball and going at defenders. They will cause problems.Allan Saint-Maximin should return for Newcastle
I was chuffed to bits for Danny Welbeck, who scored a great goal to win it against Norwich. It is so typical of him that he scores the harder chances, and sometimes the easier ones come his way and he rushes them, lacking composure. It was a spectacular goal, and he has been through a lot. Welbeck will not get back into the England set-up but it was lovely to see him back scoring goals.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (11/2 with Sky Bet)Liverpool vs Burnley, Saturday - 3pm
Burnley squeezed into the threat of Europe again with a great result at West Ham. They were fortunate enough to get a draw with Sheffield United but dug their heels in and picked up a point in the end when they were in front.
James Tarkowski's tackle was a red and it was not VAR's fault, it was the referee who got it wrong on that occasion. Despite the fact Ben Mee has been missing, Burnley have still done well without him. You can get at them though.
In terms of Liverpool, Sadio Mane got a rest and Roberto Firmino looks back to his bright self. Mohamed Salah was back in the goals. It will keep them on their toes, and even the normal starting line-up will be itching to start - Jordan Henderson could be out, so Nabi Keita may get a run, and Georginio Wijnaldum is always a threat.
No matter which full-backs Jurgen Klopp puts in, Liverpool will be dangerous. He could put Neco Williams in, but I always think he is tempted to put an extra few in, but because of the record everyone says he is going for, he may not.
I do not think it is that important to them, and this result will put them on track to beat it, but I think Klopp is caught in between. Does he go with the youngsters or does he go for the points total? The reality is that Curtis Jones scored last week and Takumi Minamino could still get game-time too, but I see Liverpool being fairly comfortable here.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)
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I said that Sheffield United had missed Jack O'Connell. Their balance was not right despite playing the same system. Jack Robinson came in and was not comfortable in that position. O'Connell has a sweet left foot and loves to bomb forward. Just to get the whole balance of the team back would have been great for them, and it was another brilliant defensive display.Sheff Utd vs Chelsea
July 11, 2020, 5:00pm
Chelsea could have got five against Crystal Palace but they could have conceded five too. There were mistakes all over the park, and Frank Lampard will be concerned by his defence.
Andreas Christensen makes mistakes, and so does Kurt Zouma. Is Lampard comfortable with Marcos Alonso? Reece James is good going forward but he has lots to learn defensively. I cannot separate them. There are mistakes and goals in Chelsea, but this will be a cracking game.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 (18/1 with Sky Bet)Brighton vs Manchester City, Saturday - 8pm, live on Sky Sports
You can see how vital that Norwich win was for Brighton. This is a free hit for them.Brighton vs Man City
July 11, 2020, 7:45pm
Leandro Trossard has done well since coming back in, and they are a nice footballing team. They have come back better than I thought they would and have really gone after it. Brighton like to play out from the back, and they won't change that up against Manchester City. I love Graham Potter for doing that, but City will thrive off the back of this.
Pep Guardiola's side will be warming up for the FA Cup and the Champions League. I said Gabriel Jesus was due a goal and he got one, Raheem Sterling played well once he came on and then Kevin De Bruyne is strolling for fun at the minute too. This is going to be another one of those games for Manchester City.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-4 (16/1 with Sky Bet)Wolves vs Everton, Sunday - 12pm, live on Sky Sports
This is another good game. Wolves have been disappointing after I believed they were in the mix for the top four. It was the first time I have seen them look cautious and they almost look unsure of the pressure. The games were winnable that came their way, and they did not play badly against Sheffield United but attacking-wise they were disappointing.
I don't know what goes on at Everton Football Club. They promise so much for three weeks and then it dwindles. What are Carlo Ancelotti's options? They do not have much.Everton vs A Villa
July 16, 2020, 5:30pm
You felt there was a small chance of Everton finishing in one of the European places. They have since lacked desire, been inconsistent, and there are still problems within the team.
It is an awkward game but it is one Wolves should win. I do not think they will make the top four now, but they have to be ready for any slip-ups. They could still close the gap and this is their last chance.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (17/2 with Sky Bet)Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace, Sunday - 2:15pm, live on Sky Sports
It is last-chance territory for Aston Villa too. Crystal Palace are so unpredictable and Gary Cahill will be out, so they could be weak at the back. Wilfried Zaha will cause problems - he scored a great goal against Chelsea, and Villa will get agitated by him.
I was expecting a result for Villa against Man Utd. They played OK in the first 20 minutes, but Villa are a side who do not make many chances of substance. Jack Grealish needs players to understand their position so he can play more of a killer pass, but if you do not release it early enough then chances will not come. Sometimes he can be easy to play against.
Other Villa players are trying their best but it is just not happening for them. John McGinn is not there with his control and speed, but it is a must-win scenario for Villa. I am tempted to say they are due a break, but you are unlucky when you are in these positions and they have had that with some of the VAR decisions. I still do not see them getting out of it here. I think they may be gone.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)Tottenham vs Arsenal, Sunday - 4:30pm, live on Sky Sports
This is a game where they will both look at each other and realise they have become average sides. From an Arsenal perspective, they are improving. It is slow and not overly attractive, despite playing decent going forwards.
Tottenham are going backwards. You look at Heung-Min Son, and I may regret this, but they look to be playing as individuals. There is no team pattern, but the defence changes and they keep a clean sheet. Harry Kane should have had a penalty but Bournemouth should have had a goal.Jose Mourinho has questions to answer at Tottenham
This is a team under Jose Mourinho which does not have any identity. It is hard work and they are grafting but it isn't working. Tanguy Ndombele is coming in for bits and pieces, Giovani Lo Celso is nice and neat, and Erik Lamela has lovely ability. Harry Kane is always a goal threat against Arsenal so I would not be surprised if he scored once again.
The back three of Arsenal looked more solid and in control, so for these improvements, alongside Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos, Arsenal have looked better. These two are not my favourites and they are weak defensively as a holding pair, but they have improved on the ball.
Tottenham could raise their game, but Arsenal will be dangerous on the counter-attack. Serge Aurier makes mistakes, and Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will both play as Eddie Nketiah is suspended, but I do think Arsenal could see them off.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)Bournemouth vs Leicester, Sunday - 7pm, live on Sky Sports
Bournemouth were a bit unlucky against Tottenham and probably should have won it. It was unlucky about the goal, but you can see there is a bit of fight. David Brooks and Callum Wilson are now back.
Jamie Vardy is going for the Golden Boot winner and he is always a threat. James Maddison may not be fit, but I still see enough problems with Leicester. They are not keeping the ball or moving it as well, but they do like an open game, and it does tend to favour Leicester when they get going like that. I think Bournemouth's fight and desire may get them over the line in this one.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (16/1 with Sky Bet)Manchester United vs Southampton, Monday - 8pm, live on Sky Sports
Man Utd were dominant after the initial 20 minutes at Villa Park, and it then became a walk in the park. Anthony Martial looked off it in parts, but he does look desperate to score goals, as does Marcus Rashford. It was a lovely strike by Mason Greenwood on his right foot.
Southampton are awkward, free-flowing, nice and tidy, but it is their defence that is looking much improved. Man Utd, the sheer size of the club and the momentum they have, have been building much quicker than I thought they would.Man Utd vs So'ton
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Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are starring, but the penalty changes the game and they can be dominant after that, but the penalty was very debatable. A giant like Man Utd have to get the top four and they look like they will get it. They don't care about the top two at moment, they just need to keep winning games and make that top four their own. I expect United to win and nail the top four spot.
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Jürgen Klopp today confirmed Jordan Henderson is set to miss Liverpool’s final four fixtures of the season due to a knee injury, but is optimistic he will be ready for the start of next campaign.
The captain sustained the issue in the final stages of the champions’ 3-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday night.
A scan has revealed the extent of the problem and that Henderson will miss the concluding matches of 2019-20; however, Klopp admitted the news is as good as the Reds could have hoped for.
Elsewhere, Dejan Lovren has resumed full training and could come into contention for Saturday’s fixture with Burnley at Anfield.
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Last Updated: 10/07/20 2:27pm1:02 Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will miss the final four games of the Premier League season with a knee injury. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will miss the final four games of the Premier League season with a knee injury.
Jordan Henderson will miss the remainder of the Premier League season with a knee injury sustained against Brighton, but Jurgen Klopp is "pretty positive" the Liverpool captain will be fit for the start of next season.
The England international was forced off after a second-half collision with fellow midfielder Yves Bissouma during the 3-1 Premier League victory at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday.
Henderson underwent a scan on the injury and will miss the club's final four league fixtures as champions, but Klopp described the assessment as "the best possible of all bad news", with no surgery required.
"Hendo is the best possible of all bad news," Klopp said. "A knee injury but no surgery needed and he won't play any more in the later stages of this season. I am pretty positive that he will start new season with us.
"We were all concerned when we saw him in the moment going down and when he left the pitch.Jordan Henderson sustained a knee injury against Brighton on Wednesday 3:01 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Brighton in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Brighton in the Premier League
"Yesterday when we got the news it was a big relief for all of us. It is not cool obviously but is the best [news] we could get. He's a quick healer and will be back soon."
Klopp confirmed Henderson would lift the Premier League trophy when they are presented with it after their final home league fixture of the season against Chelsea on July 22.
"It was an awful moment when Hendo went down," Klopp added.
"In Germany we would say he's an animal - he fights with everything.
"Everyone felt for him. He deserves to lift the trophy and he will lift the trophy."
Meanwhile, Klopp expressed his surprise at the three penalty decisions made during Thursday's top-flight fixtures, including one given against Aston Villa in their defeat to Manchester United, with the Premier League later revealing they were all incorrect.Bruno Fernandes was adjudged to have been fouled by Ezri Konsa at Villa Park 3:00 Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says the first goal against Manchester United was the decisive moment in the match, and Smith was left fuming by the decision to give the penalty Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says the first goal against Manchester United was the decisive moment in the match, and Smith was left fuming by the decision to give the penalty
Asked if he was concerned about VAR not overruling referees, he said: "I can 100 per cent understand that Dean Smith is really struggling to accept what happened last night. I don't know how it can happen.
"In the end it should be the right decision. What I don't understand is that overruling is so complicated because it must be a 'clear and obvious' mistake. I thought they were all obvious [decisions to overrule]."
Liverpool continue their pursuit of overhauling Manchester City's record points tally of 100 in a Premier League season against Burnley, who are targeting Europa League qualification, at Anfield on Saturday.
Last season's meeting between the two clubs at Turf Moor saw Sadio Mane display his frustration with team-mate Mohamed Salah for not passing when he was better placed to score during the 3-0 victory.
Asked for his assessment of the relationship between Mane and Salah, Klopp replied: "I am not sure there is competition but it is all healthy. They want to score goals, that is completely normal."Three of a Kind for Liverpool?
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