Premier League
It's time No.2 goalkeepers are given the respect they deserve

The cliché goes that you have to be crazy to be a goalkeeper. The only crazy thing about them is the lack of respect for their craft. Crazier still is the rise of Liverpool stopper Adrián. Released by West Ham United this summer – where he had been understudy to Łukasz Fabiański after a string of errors – he took on the job of being deputy to one of the world’s best goalkeepers: Liverpool’s Alisso...

Watford won't sack under-pressure Gracia despite reputation

By now you can set your clock by it: the annual write-Watford-off-for-relegation season preview piece, produced by every publisher and media outlet worth its salt. Hornets fans revel in it. For four straight seasons their club has been earmarked for the bottom three, only to defy the odds and perceived wisdom. The fact they’ve done so while changing head coach four times since promotion, we...

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Rennes wonderkid Camavinga can succeed Mbappé as Prince of Ligue 1

It just doesn’t happen. Paris Saint-Germain, the most dominant side in Ligue 1, do not get given the runaround by a 16-year-old midfielder.  Such a scenario would be mere fantasy. The storyline of a television show that has jumped the shark. Or so it seemed until Sunday night when Rennes came from behind to beat Thomas Tuchel’s on Sunday evening. M’Baye Niang and Romain Del Castillo netted the goa...

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Final destination Liverpool strengthened by failings of Coutinho and Can

Liverpool used to be a stepping-stone. Now they are a final destination. Jürgen Klopp possesses a star-studded squad, they’re competing for Premier League titles and they’re, once again, a feared entity in Europe.  The club have restructured their wage bill to not just compete at the top but to stay there. And for the first summer in several years Liverpool kept hold of their star attractions wit...

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