Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, says the idea of ‘player power’ is exaggerated and claims only the Leicester City board, not the dressing room, should be held responsible for Claudio Ranieri’s sacking last week. The debate regarding the circumstances of Ranieri’s dismissal continues, but Klopp – who takes his side to the King Power Stadium tonight – rejected the accusation players force owners to act. The players need to be powerful but not in sacking managers.
Mamadou Sakho has always been vocal about how he bleeds rouge et bleu, and having now swapped Paris Saint-Germain, his boyhood club and first love, for Crystal Palace via Liverpool, those familiar colours gripped his hulking frame once again on Saturday. Barring a goal, Sakho could not have hoped for a better impact on his first start for Palace. The French international produced the key defensive play of the game, getting an tackle inch-perfect to prod the ball away when Christhian Stuani had seemed certain to hammer home from a couple of yards.
Six months into their first seasons at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have collected their first winners' medals. Just how long this partnership of serial winners endures at United remains uncertain. There's little doubt Mourinho wants Ibrahimovic to commit to staying at United into next season, especially after the 35-year-old striker's double clinched the League Cup with a 3-2 victory over Southampton on Sunday.