Ex-Liverpool Hero Reveals His Masterplan For Everton Clash

Former Liverpool hero Dietmar Hamann has claimed that the Anfield club’s best opportunity of beating Everton at the weekend comes in stopping Romelu Lukaku, as reported by the Daily Express.

Having lost 3-1 to West Ham at the weekend, and fallen to Aston Villa the week prior, Liverpool are desperate to kick-start their Premier League campaign.

They finished second last season, and recent displays do not suggest that they can replicate that achievement this season.

However, a 4-0 win against Everton at Anfield last season suggested how good Brendan Rodgers’s side could become as the year progressed.

A big win in the weekend’s clash would be similarly welcomed by the Kop faithful, and Hamann has revealed how he would go about dealing with the Goodison Park side.

Hamann said: “The game will be won and lost in midfield.

“Barry is very capable going forward and Lukaku is a real threat. Handling him will be they key to victory for Liverpool.

“Liverpool have looked shaky defensively and he could be a thorn in the side.

“The strength of Lukaku will have a big say on the outcome.”

 

Despite Everton being on a good run last time the two sides met, Liverpool dominated their local rivals, but Hamann is not of the opinion that it will be as simple for Liverpool this time around.

He added: “I was surprised by how one-sided it was last season. Everton were on a good run but they had a couple of players out.

“It won’t be same this year. They have had a decent seat this season.”

 

PL Boss Attacks Man Utd For Timing Of £150m Spend

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has panned Manchester United for not backing David Moyes last summer in the transfer market, as reported by the Daily Express.

The former Everton manager took charge of the club after the retirement of Alex Ferguson, and was considered to be his hand picked replacement.

He was ultimately sacked by the Manchester club after failing to put any consistent form together, leaving the club in April.

His spell lasted far less than a year, which contrasted significantly with Ferguson’s extended reign in charge of the club.

Moyes was ultimately replaced by Dutch boss Louis van Gaal, and the former Netherlands manager has been granted £150 million to spend this summer, choosing to use it on six new signings.

The West Ham boss has now questioned the logic of not giving Moyes similar support, given the size of the task he had ahead of him.

He told The Sun: “If I was sat at home in David’s shoes I would be wondering why they didn’t spend the 150 million pounds with me.

“There was a complacency by United in not going out and delivering the signings David felt he needed. Now there’s a panic on.

“He will obviously look at what he might have done better but he shouldhave got the players he wanted and he tells me he didn’t get any of them.”It was difficult enough taking over from Alex Ferguson but if, when you take over, you don’t get what you want, it’s so much harder.

“It was a great shame because he’d done everything right at Everton and Sir Alex saw the fact he wanted to build at United like he had done at Everton.

“I’m not so sure anybody would have been successful in that season — history tells you that. Look at other examples, like when Brian Clough took over from a legend in Don Revie at Leeds and only lasted 44 days.”

Arsenal Boss Plans New Role For 28-Year-Old Midfield Dynamo

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is planning a new role for midfielder Abou Diaby, who appeared in the League Cup clash against Southampton this week, as reported by the Daily Star.

Wenger is now planning to turn the injury prone Frenchman into a defensive midfielder, hopefully plugging a hole in his Arsenal squad at the same time.

Diaby, who is 28 years old, has been hit by a stunning 40 injuries in the last eight years.

Wenger, however, has refused to stop believing that his unfortunate dynamo might hit a consistent period of fitness in the future.

In order to achieve that, however, Wenger feels as though Diaby needs to play in a different position to his preferred advanced midfield role.

Wenger said: “I try to transform him because he was injured and has the physical potential to win the challenges.

“To face the game will be easier for him than to play back to goal with the injuries he had.

“I try to develop him in a deeper role. I think he can do it, he can be very interesting, has all the attributes,

“He must love it as well because he’s more of an offensive minded player.”

Wenger has also praised Diaby’s mental strength for coming back from injury time and time again.

The game against Southampton saw him complete 67 minutes, before being substituted after tiring as the game went on.

Wenger said: “It was difficult for him. But he got 60 minutes, he was not injured and at some stage he has to play.

“He had 90 minutes at Villa for the under-21s last week, played 60 minutes tonight, was not bad, was acceptable as a performance, but he tired after an hour.”