DF Previews…

Sean Landin previews his teams upcoming season.

Liverpool

Manager: Jurgen Klopp 

Last season: 2nd

KEY PLAYER

Oxlade Chamberlain – Offers a different dimension to Liverpool’s point of attack for the Liverpool Midfield. If we can get him firing I think it will benefit our counter pressing style of play to a T. 

SIGNINGS SO FAR

Van Der Berg – Not seen anything of him and is only 17 so don’t expect much from him this season! 

WHO TO SIGN

Ryan Sessignon – Left Back/Forward player. Would be ideal cover and rotation player for Andy Robertson. He is entering his last year of his contract at Fulham whom were relegated so I feel this could improve our squad and challenge Robbo. 

EXPECTED FINISH

1st

Klopp now has the team playing the brand of football he wants and has the players he wants to fulfil this and it’s shown with the performances of last season. Winning the Champions League last season was massive for Klopp and the club but with being bitterly close to the Premier League Title last season, it’s crucial he goes and wins it. I think with the squad we have a really strong opportunity, Lallana, The OX and Brewster are like new signings for us, but I think if we can keep hold of Harry Wilson he can play a vital part in securing us the Premier League.

EXCITING GAME

Man United at Anfield – Absolutely despise the club! The one team I want Liverpool to batter every season and hopefully this happens at home! 

TROPHY?

Premier League – I think this will be the main focus for the team especially coming so close last season! Retaining the Champions League would be class but I think the club has its eyes set on removing City from their podium. 

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Arnie x China

Arnie x China. Nǐ hǎo.

It’s been a whirlwind week in the life of a West Ham fan, as one time crowd-favourite Marko Arnautovic handed in a transfer request before being sold to the Chinese Super League for a figure reported to be around £22million.

The move sees the Austrian’s 6 year stay in England come to an end. A period that saw him spend four years at Stoke City before making a £25million move to the Hammers.

It was July 2nd when the news of Arnautovic’s transfer request broke, but it will have of no surprise to Hammers fans and hierarchy alike. The enigmatic forward has form in this area, having done the same at Stoke forcing his move to the London Stadium, before repeating it in January of this year when rumours of a £35million bid from Guangzhou Evergrande came to light.

Arnautovic uses his brother as his agent, an approach much lamented by Stoke and West Ham fans alike, with many predicting that Danijel (the brother) is behind the immature nature of the transfer negotiations with only his own financial interests at heart.

He played a total of 210 games in England, with 145 for Stoke and 65 for West Ham scoring 48 goals. A goals per game ratio of one goal every 4.3 games, a lacklustre tally for such an arrogant forward.

It does however mean West Ham are left with only two out and out first team strikers in Jordan Hugill and Javier Hernandez. Andy Carroll was released at the end of the season when his contract expired and Lucas Perez joined Arnautovic in gaining a move abroad when he moved back to Spain.

A move for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomnez fell through over the past few days. Manuel Pellegrini looked set to add the forward to his ranks for a club record £45million, but the clubs failed to agree a payment structure and now Gomez looks set to move elsewhere.

Lampard x Chelsea

Lampard x Chelsea. Reunited.

In what could be the most nostalgic moment of the sporting calendar this year, it looks like Derby manager Frank Lampard could make a return to Chelsea in the dugout in the coming weeks.

The Englishman who made over 400 appearances for the London based club, has just guided his Derby side to the play-off final where he eventually lost out to Dean Smith’s Aston Villa side; resigning the Rams to another season in the second tier of English football.

Lampard has gained many plaudits this season, most notably for his perceived over achievement with an average Derby side made up of young, inexperienced players. Perhaps the reason for their downfall at Wembley not too long ago.

With Maurizio Sarri recently announced as manager of Juventus, it leaves a vacancy in the hot seat at Stamford Bridge that Lampard has long been touted to take. But could it be a step too far too soon for the Chelsea icon?

It is perhaps understandable that people may question Lampard’s managerial ability after only one season in the Championship. However, it must be remembered that he took over a Derby side that under former manager Gary Rowett played in a very different style to the one Super Frank implemented, yet within the ‘transitional’ season Lamps still guided them to a top six finish.

The rumours continue to float about on social media and in the INTERNATIONAL press, but time will tell. If Frank takes the job, it is likely he’ll be given the rarely afforded (especially at Chelsea) gift of time and guide them back to the dizzy heights of the top of the Premier League with the same ethics and style he has so heavily relied on at Derby.

United&Spurs x UCL

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United travel to Paris after they lost 0-2 to the French champions at Old Trafford three weeks ago.

It’s a mountain which even the club renowned for it’s comebacks won’t be expected to climb. United have 10 first team squad members missing with enigmatic Frenchman Paul Pogba, who was sent off in the loss in the first leg of the last 16 tie, among them.

Goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe were enough to stun United, who themselves expected to beat the Parisians due the absence of Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Thomas Meunier and Adrien Rabiot, but the impressive defence and silky attackers did the job for the French champions.

United have been doing superbly under Solskjaer, no one can deny that and impressive wins against Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea prove that the man known for United’s most famous comeback in the Champions League final of 1999 is no stranger to a big win and could possibly pull off the unlikely in Paris. But it will take a lot of effort from his very thin squad.

Dawson Football predicts: PSG 2-1 Manchester United.

Borussia Dortmund however have an even bigger mountain to climb, with Spurs leading the German side by three goals with no reply after an impressive display at Wembley.

A flurry of second half goals from Tottenham stunned BVB, and Spurs with their desire to win and hunger to get further in this competition out-played a Dortmund side that lack the attacking prowess to expose the back line of the English team.

Borussia’s star man Marco Reus is back on a more positive note for BVB, but the Bundesliga leaders did lose away to Augsburg on Saturday, and will need to improve massively in just a few days if they are to overturn a three goal deficit in the space of 90 minutes at the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday night.

Dawson Football predicts: Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur.