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‘Pep can take over for sure’ – Klopp No 2 Lijnders backed to eventually become Liverpool boss

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A surprise candidate has been put forward to succeed the German manager in the Anfield hotseat

Jurgen Klopp’s No 2 Pep Lijnders has been backed to eventually become Liverpool’s permanent head coach.

Lijnders returned to Liverpool for a second coaching spell in June 2018, and has since helped the club win four major trophies, including the Premier League and Champions League.

The 37-year-old has proven to be the perfect foil for Klopp on the training pitch and in the dugout, with the Reds now a well-rounded team capable of competing for honours at the very highest level.

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Lampard praises Silva’s ‘perfect’ Chelsea debut

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The Brazilian veteran started and played 60 minutes in his first match with the Blues

Frank Lampard has praised summer signing Thiago Silva after a “perfect” Chelsea debut for the former Paris Saint-Germain star.

After sitting out the first two games of the Premier League season, Silva started and played the first 60 minutes of the Blues’ 6-0 Carabao Cup victory over Barnsley.

The Brazilian is still working his way to full fitness, having been given time off after helping PSG reach the Champions League final just last month.

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Man City Want To Win Everything This Season – De Bruyne

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Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City want to reassert their superiority by winning all four major trophies this season.

City finished last season with a whimper as they ended 18 points behind Premier League champions Liverpool and suffered a shock Champions League quarter-final defeat against Lyon.

They were also beaten in the FA Cup semi-finals by Arsenal with the League Cup final win against Aston Villa a rare highlight for Pep Guardiola’s side.

But City are determined to make amends this term and Belgian midfielder De Bruyne insists fresh goals have been set, including a clean sweep of the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.

“I think the motivation doesn’t change if you win or you lose,” De Bruyne said after impressing in City’s 3-1 win at Wolves on Monday.

“When you start a new season there are new aspirations, you want to win the most as possible and we want to win everything.

“For us, all four (trophies) is in the mind, that’s the mentality. It is obviously very hard but we went into Monday knowing that it was going to be a very hard game.

“We didn’t train a lot but I think the performance was really good and that’s good for us.”

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Chelsea 6-0 Barnsley: Havertz hits aac hat-trick as Blues run riot

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Chelsea cruised into the EFL Cup fourth round as Kai Havertz’s hat-trick helped them to a 6-0 victory over Barnsley at Stamford Bridge.

Kai Havertz scored a hat-trick as Chelsea sealed their progression into the EFL Cup fourth round with a dominant 6-0 win over Barnsley.

Havertz had struggled in his first two Premier League appearances, but the former Bayer Leverkusen star got up and running in English football in style on Wednesday.

With Tammy Abraham opening the scoring, Havertz doubled Chelsea’s lead before playing his part in Ross Barkley putting the hosts 3-0 up.

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