Jurgen Klopp isn’t having any of your title talk. After Liverpool beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on Saturday at Anfield and Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United all dropped points this weekend, plenty of people are talking up Liverpool’s chances of winning the Premier League title this season. With nine games of the season gone, Liverpool sit joint-top with Arsenal and Man City on 20 points with Chelsea and Tottenham just behind them on 19 points. It is tight at the top but whatever people are saying, Klop isn’t bothered. “I don’t care. It is normal in football that when you are in a good position people start talking a little more positive. I don’t recognize so much what
FC Barcelona will be disappointed to leave Tarragona tonight on the losing side, as despite dominating possession against their local rivals, RCD Espanyol escaped with the Catalan Super Cup, courtesy of an early goal from Felipe Caicedo. Quique Sanchez Flores will be pleased with the victory, but there are question marks over how his side could allow themselves to be dominated by what was effectively a second-string Barcelona line-up. While the move might land the club in a little bit of hot water with the Catalan Football Federation, Luis Enrique only named six first team players in his squad for the match – and all six started against a very strong Espanyol side. Andre Gomes featured at pivote, while Arda Turan started on the right-hand side of attack – as Luis Enrique looked to experiment with this relatively inexperienced squad.
South American football's governing body CONMEBOL has opened legal proceedings in New York against International Soccer Marketing Inc (ISM) in a bid to recover $18 million paid in commission for exclusive broadcasting rights, it said on Monday. It was the first of several legal actions CONMEBOL was planning after a U.S.-led investigation last year unearthed widespread fraudulent deals at the heart of world soccer body FIFA, the Asuncion-based CONMEBOL said in a statement. CONMEBOL said it based its action on the fact ISM's owners had admitted in a U.S. court they had paid bribes to former CONMEBOL directors over two decades for commercial rights to the Copa Libertadores, the equivalent of Europe's Champions League.