Manolo Gabbiadini performed brilliantly in Sunday’s EFL Cup final, but was the Southampton striker unfairly gipped of a hat-trick? Saints manager Claude Puel certainly believes so. While the back-and-forth final between Southampton and Manchester United presented a tremendous matchup, the Saints had every right to be furious with the officiating in the early going after Gabbiadini’s 11th minute finish was called off for offsides. “I would like, of course, video in the future for these situations,” said Puel. “It’s very hard when we see this game to lose. It was cruel.” Gabbiadini went on to score a pair of goals at the tail end of the first half and early in the second stanza, but Puel was pleased
Midfielder Adam Lallana has an important role to play on and off the field for Liverpool as he has emerged as one of Jurgen Klopp's leaders. The England international's form this season saw him rewarded with a new £110,000-a-week three-year contract on Wednesday as he enjoys his best season since arriving at the club in the summer of 2014. Lallana has been transformed by the German after his displays under predecessor Brendan Rodgers left many questioning whether the £25million fee paid to Southampton was really worth it.
Harry Kane spent the first half hour of Sunday’s tilt versus Stoke torturing the visiting Potters. Kane opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Christian Eriksen bobbled Dele Alli‘s pass into the 18, but Ryan Shawcross‘ barely hit his clearance and Kane took a touch before belting home for the advantage. His second was lovely, bounding a low volley between the legs of Victor Wanyama and by a diving Lee Grant. The third carried a bit of luck, with his low free kick taking a turn off the leg of wall end Peter Crouch to elude a lunging Grant. 3-0.