Klopp: United game good prep for West Brom

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s showdown with a physical and stubborn Manchester United has his team in good stead for their hosting of West Brom.

Liverpool were frustrated as they played out a bore draw with United in the Premier League on Monday, Klopp’s men stifled by the discipline and physicality of their arch-rivals at Anfield.

Klopp and Co. are set to come up against another physically imposing team in West Brom on Saturday and the German manager feels the United clash has his team well-equipped for another aerial contest.

“We all know we have had to watch out for a few problems that we had last season, although we are not suffering from the same amount,” Klopp said.

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´Not worthy of Bayern´ – Rummenigge slams Frankfurt draw

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt was a performance “not worthy” of Bayern Munich.

The Bundesliga champions twice led through Arjen Robben and Joshua Kimmich, but they were pegged back and Marco Fabian secured a share of the spoils 12 minutes from time for hosts that had been reduced to 10 men after first goalscorer Szabolcs Huszti was shown a second yellow card.

Bayern were also held by Cologne before the international break and their latest slip-up saw them fail to take advantage of Friday’s 1-1 draw between fellow high-flyers Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund.

With Bayern yet to click into top gear under Carlo Ancelotti, CEO Rummenigge agreed with the Italian’s captain Philipp Lahm that Saturday’s draw was a result of poor mentality.

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Walcott: Competition for places key to Arsenal´s form

Theo Walcott believes that competition for places is the reason for Arsenal’s fantastic run of form, with Arsene Wenger’s men now level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

England winger Walcott was on target twice on Saturday as Arsenal, who were reduced to 10 men when Granit Xhaka was sent off midway through the second half, claimed a sixth successive league win with a 3-2 triumph over Swansea City.

And the 27-year-old was quick to cite Arsenal’s quality squad as pivotal in their success so far this term, claiming that Wenger’s side are capable of challenging for the title.

“It’s a great achievement [six straight wins],” he told the club’s official website. “I think we tend to actually start very poorly in the Premier League.

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Bruma opens up on Arsenal, Tottenham links

Galatasaray winger Bruma is enjoying a stellar season in Turkey and has already alerted several Europe’s top clubs, including Premier League bitter rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, who appear to be leading the chase for the 21-year-old Portuguese international.

Portugal media outlet Abola claim that Gunners and Spurs continue to monitor the progress of former Sporting CP starlet ahead of the January transfer window.

The player himself is aware of the interest, but is refusing to be dragged into speculation regarding his future at Galatasaray.

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Brazil 4/11 to win against Venezuela in Wednesday’s World Cup Qualifier

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Competition: World Cup Qualifier
Market: Brazil to win against Venezuela
Odds: 4/11 @ Bet 365

Brazil travel to the Estadio Metropolitano Merida to face Venezuela in the World Cup CONMEBOL Qualifiers on Wednesday, in a repeat of this summer’s Copa America group game which saw the visitors pick up all three points.

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Arsenal eyeing Real Madrid starlet

Premier League outfit Arsenal are considering a move for Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente, Don Balon has suggested.

The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has been impressed by the 21-year-old footballer and he will attempt to bring him to the Emirates at the earliest opportunity.

Llorente has so far made just two substitute appearances in La Liga for Real Madrid, but he impressed playing for the youth sides.

The central midfielder has finally been given an opportunity to prove his worth at senior level during a loan spell with Levante, and he has been in fine form at the start of the season, starting six league matches for the newcomers.

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Netherlands 0 France 1: Pogba stunner settles heavyweight clash

A stunning long-range strike from Paul Pogba proved enough for France to secure a 1-0 victory over Netherlands in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Amsterdam.

Criticised by national manager Didier Deschamps following his performance in Friday’s 4-1 triumph over Bulgaria, Pogba responded in style with a right-footed rocket on the half-hour mark.

Pogba’s well-hit drive, which proved too hot for goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to handle, was the telling blow in a clash between the two heavyweight nations in Group A, handing the hosts a first World Cup qualifying defeat since 2001.

France now sit level with Sweden, who recorded a 3-0 win over Bulgaria, at the top of the table after three games, while they have now recorded three straight wins over the Dutch for the first time in their history.

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