Klopp says Van Dijk’s knee ‘doesn’t look like it should’

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Virgil van Dijk’s knee “doesn’t look how a knee should”.

But Klopp stressed that surgery on the centre-back’s knee went as planned and that he is in regular contact with his star player.

Van Dijk ruptured his ACL in the Merseyside derby after a clumsy challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

“Of course we are in contact,” Klopp said in a press conference on Monday.

“Considering the circumstances he is doing well but the knee doesn’t look good.

“It doesn’t look how a knee should but looks okay considering the surgery he had.”

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Klopp is also without Trent Alexander-Arnold, but was more positive about the progress of the right-back.

“Trent looks quite good,” Klopp added. “Nobody gave me the green light for tonight.

“I saw him on the pitch doing his rehab stuff so that already looks good but I cannot decide when it will be finished. From what I saw today, it won’t be much longer.”

On Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri he added: “They are all getting closer, but not close enough for tomorrow. With Naby we have to check, but the other two [Shaqiri and Alexander-Arnold], they will not be ready.”


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Arteta reveals the Arsenal player who is his ‘biggest concern’

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed that his “biggest concern” at the moment is getting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring goals again.

The Gunners have taken four points from a possible 18 in their last six Premier League matches, with Aubameyang only bagging two league goals all season.

That comes in stark contrast to the 22 goals he scored over the whole of last term with the Gabon international scoring just under 40 per cent of their 56 goals in 2019/20.

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“I think we all are because the main goalscorer of the club at the moment isn’t scoring goals, so my biggest concern is how to help him more to score goals because we need his goals,” Areteta told reporters.

“How important Auba has been for this club in the last two years and how the goal sheet has been shared among the squad tells you his importance.

“He needs to be scoring goals if we want to be successful.”

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Meanwhile, Raul Jimenez was involved in a sickening clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz and was taken to hospital following having received 10 minutes of treatment on the pitch.

While his team-mates were clearly shaken by events, they rallied to win 2-1 as Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence struck either side of a Gabriel Magalhaes header to earn a deserved victory.

Luiz came off the better of the two after the fifth-minute clash with Jimenez but was bandaged up and bleeding, with Arsenal insisting they followed all protocols which allowed the Brazil defender to continue.

He was replaced at half-time by Rob Holding and manager Arteta explained the decision for Luiz to stay on.

“It was a really tense situation because the collision was surprising,” Arteta said.

“Straight away you could see the reaction of the players asking the doctors to come on the field – that is never a good reaction.

“The doc made all the tests and followed all the protocols to make sure he was fine, he responded really well to all of them.

“David wanted to continue but at half-time we decided to take him out because he wasn’t comfortable heading the ball.”

The loss was Arsenal’s third Premier League defeat in a row and means their start to the season is their worst in 39 years.

The Gunners sit 14th in the table but – a year to the day since Unai Emery was sacked as head coach.


Wolves striker Jimenez undergoes surgery on fractured skull

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has undergone surgery on a fractured skull after a clash of heads during their 2-1 win at Arsenal.

The Mexican received lengthy treatment on the pitch after a sickening clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday before being taken to hospital.

Wolves released an update on Jimenez’s condition on Monday morning, saying on their official website: “Raul is comfortable following an operation last night, which he underwent in a London hospital.

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“He has since seen his partner Daniela and is now resting. He will remain under observation for a few days while he begins his recovery.

“The club would like to thank the medical staff at Arsenal, the NHS paramedics, hospital staff and surgeons who, through their skill and early response, were of such help.

“The club ask that Raul and his family are now afforded a period of space and privacy, before any further updates are provided in due course.”

The seriousness of the first-half clash during Wolves’ 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium was immediately clear from the reaction of both sets of players and Jimenez was given oxygen before being carried off.

Arsenal have faced criticism for allowing Luiz to play on with a bandaged head only to withdraw him at half-time, although the club insist protocol was followed.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo told Sky Sports after the match: “You start hearing code red. It’s serious. It was a bad moment for everybody. You see panic in their (the medical staff’s) eyes and you start thinking how is he?”

Defender Conor Coady was closest to the clash, and said: “I jumped with him and you hear it, and as they dropped… obviously he was on his side and I think it was important we kept him on his side.

“It’s something we never want to see, with one of our team-mates or with

Jimenez joined Wolves, initially on loan, from Benfica in the summer of 2018 and has scored 44 goals in all competitions.


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Keane slams ‘really lazy and really sloppy’ Man Utd midfielder

Roy Keane has criticised Man Utd midfielder Fred for his “really lazy and really sloppy” first-half performance in their 3-2 victory over Southampton.

Edinson Cavani inspired the Red Devils’ comeback win over Southampton with two goals after coming off the bench at the break.

Saints were on course for their first home league win against Man Utd since 2003, with Jan Bednarek and James Ward-Prowse giving them a two-goal cushion heading into half-time.

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And Fred got some stick from Keane at half-time after he gave away the foul that led to Ward-Prowse scoring from a free-kick.

“I’d be more critical of Fred – Fred giving away the free-kick,’ Keane said on Sky Sports during the interval.

“I still don’t expect my goalkeeper to be beaten from there, I really don’t. It’s a fantastic set-piece, the pace he gets on it, the accuracy – he’s certainly one of the best in Europe at the moment from that situation.

“I’d be disappointed with my goalkeeper, but I’d be more disappointed with Fred for being really lazy and really sloppy. Giving away free-kicks in that area is like giving away a penalty. From United’s point of view, they’d have been told to not give daft free-kicks away.

“Corners can happen, obviously, you’ll take that, but the free-kick, if you look at Fred closely, I’ve been criticising him for years. My eyes don’t lie to me. Really poor decision, really lazy.”


Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed the performance of his Man Utd side after the match, especially Cavani. Solskjaer said: “I thought we played well all day. We created some big chances.

“Of course they have the quality of James Ward-Prowse, which is always difficult to defend against, so coming in at half-time we have to make changes and Edinson made a great impact.

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“We know he is one of the cleverest and best movers in the box, he can peel off you, get in front of you. Sometimes it works for you and he certainly had an impact today.

“(The never say die attitude) is very important and a trait that Man United always should have. Never give up, never give in.

“I don’t know how many times I was on the pitch and we came back and won games towards the end.

“We had a manager who never, ever allows anyone to give up and I have to say that’s one of my values.

“I have to say if you don’t play well at least work hard and never give in.

“Show that you give everything for your team and, even though I think we played really well today, I think we showed we had a character to dig in when the result looked to go against us.”


Which WWE Superstars Are NXT Stars Studying?, Luke Harper's Cryptic Tweets

– WWE released the above video via their official YouTube channel this weekend, which looks at NXT Superstars revealing which WWE Superstars they are studying. Bianca Belair mentioned Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar and Neville, Dakota Kai referenced the Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho feud and Heavy Machinery mentioned watching Harlem Heat and The Dudley Boyz.

– Luke Harper has been doing a routine on social media as of late that sees him naming each day and following it up with the phrase, “You know what that means.” Featured below is Saturday’s entry from Harper, which prompted responses from Rusev and Carmella. Check out all three tweets below.