Rodgers praises officials over Benteke goal

Olivier Giroud’s next Premier League appearance will be his 100th.


Despite only enjoying a handful of games last term, the Czech global impressed.

Clyne is also keen to make an impact at the other end of the field though and he believes Benteke – who scored 13 goals in Aston Villa’s survival push last season – has the heading ability for Clyne to exploit. There is so much at stake in every game and these things can sometimes define seasons. While his distribution accuracy came in at a respectable 63 per cent.

Comparisons with Shaun Wright-Phillips after his doomed move to City back in 2008 have been made, but Sterling should enjoy more success than a player whose deficiencies were cruelly exposed in the brightest of spotlights. We’ve got Europe, the FA Cup and the Premier League.

Cech is still yet to keep a Premier League clean sheet for his new club.

The Arsenal central defenders endured a torrid time in the game against West Ham as the Gunners let in two very soft goals.

RK: I think Claudio Ranieri has realised that he has a good squad and support network around him and has left it alone rather than tinkering which may be the secret of their success so far. With his catching stats falling narrowly to 1.5 per game.

“It’s important to start the season by getting points onto the board”, he continued.

Hector Bellerin has made great strides in the previous year or so, and is now first choice ahead of Mathieu Debuchy, but his game is not as polished as Clyne’s.

The Premier League have admitted Christian Benteke’s victor against Bournemouth should not have stood and that referee Craig Pawson made a mistake in not ruling out the goal for offside.

At the peak of his frustration in the 2014-15 season with the Reds struggling, Brendan Rodgers was asked what his side were lacking. Liverpool hasn’t won a game at the Emirates since August 20, 2011. 17 more than his closest challenger, Graziano Pellè of Southampton.

Despite failing to score on his debut away to Stoke, normal service resumed for the striker as he hit the victor at home to Bournemouth.

On the one side of the divide, there is the Liverpool that signed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona last summer, replacing the optimism lost by the sale of Luis Suarez in one fell swoop and more than satisfactorily tooling up ready to “go again” for 2014/15-first, not second, the target this time.


The man they call Dave has seen off Ashley Cole, Ryan Bertrand and Felipe Luis during his Chelsea career – that’s two Champions League winners and one finalist.

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