Jamie Carragher predicts Manchester United and Arsenal will finish outside of top four

Manchester United endured a difficult start to the campaign (Picture: Getty)Arsenal and Manchester United are already on track to miss out on a top four spot this season, according to Jamie Carragher.

Liverpool are currently top of the Premier League table, with Chelsea and Manchester City just two points behind the Reds, with six games played so far this season.

Arsenal and United occupy sixth and seventh respectively, having already suffered two defeats this campaign.

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And Carragher expects Tottenham to pip Arsenal and United to a Champions League spot, after Spurs bounced back from back-to-back losses.

‘On the evidence of what we’ve seen I’d say Arsenal or Manchester United from what we’ve seen in these opening six games,’ Carragher said on Sky Sports when asked which teams would miss out.

‘The others look a little bit further up. Tottenham have had a little bit of a wobble, a good result for them on Saturday but it will be really tight and it always is with the top six.’

Klopp looks set to lead a title charge from Liverpool this season (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘I think the top six are so far ahead now that if just one or two of them teams on any given weekend drop points it feels like a really big thing for the rest of the other teams because a lot of the other dropped points come from each other.

‘So far Liverpool winning, City winning, for Tottenham and Arsenal, for Chelsea and United to drop points against two of the lesser sides it’s a really big thing.

‘City showed last year – and whoever is going to win the title this year – that the points total now to win the title – it was 80 or so when I was playing – but it’s 90 plus now.’

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Chelsea have enjoyed an unexpectedly brilliant start to the season under new coach Maurizio Sarri, while Liverpool are yet to drop points this campaign.

City are the defending champions and remain favourites to go on to successfully retain the title under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.

Liverpool will not win the Premier League title this season, says David Moyes

Klopp has slowly transformed Liverpool in potential title contenders (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are not good enough to win the Premier League this season, according to David Moyes.

The Reds are top of the table after six games, two points ahead of Chelsea and defending champions Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s side seem primed to launch a serious title bid, with just two goals conceded in six games and a star studded attacking line.

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But Moyes, a former Manchester United and Everton manager, is not backing the Reds to finally lift a Premier League trophy this season.

‘No, I don’t think so,’ Moyes told Sky Sports when asked if Liverpool could win the title.

‘I think they’ve got a really good team, but you look back at teams over the years at Liverpool and they had great teams, when it was (Xabi) Alonso, (Javier) Mascherano, (Steven) Gerrard and (Fernando) Torres up front.

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‘This is a good Liverpool team as well – I don’t know if it’s quite as good as that team at that time. They’re playing a good style, with forward players who are exceptional, and because of that I think they’re a real threat.’

The Rafael Benitez side that boasted Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres finished second in the 2008/09 season, four points behind winners United, but the following campaign plummeted to seventh place.

While Liverpool were a formidable force going forward last season, Klopp seems to have finally solved their defensive failings by bringing in goalkeeper Alisson and centre-back Virgil van Dijk in the last nine months.

The Reds begin a double header against Chelsea on Wednesday, before a crucial game against Manchester City at Anfield on 7 October.

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Xherdan Shaqiri as confident as ever, insists Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Shaqiri was in fine form in his first start for Liverpool against Southampton (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp dismissed concerns Xherdan Shaqiri’s confidence may be affected after hauling off the forward at half-time against Southampton.

Shaqiri put in a star performance in the first half against the Saints, being directly involved in two of Liverpool’s three goals.

But in a strange move, Klopp elected to bring James Milner on for Shaqiri and the winger did not appear for the second 45 minutes.

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Many pundits and fans suggested Shaqiri would be baffled, even upset, by Klopp’s decision making, but the Liverpool boss is not worried about his summer signing’s morale.

‘No, because I explained it. Now it is done,’ Klopp said when asked if Shaqiri’s confidence might have taken a knock.

‘It’s not because of his performance, and I’m not worried it will cost his confidence. He is a naturally confident boy, and he will play again. It’s all good.

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‘I made a decision that I wanted to bring him in to play between the lines. But changing system and not having real time to do it in training doesn’t feel comfortable.

‘You saw it. Defensively we are used to jumping from midfield positions, and today that made it difficult, so I made the tactical change, that’s all.’

Liverpool continue a crucial run of fixtures with a Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea on Wednesday night at Anfield.

Klopp brought on Milner in a change of system at half-time (Picture: Getty)The Reds are yet to lose this season and the victory over Southampton was their seventh win a row this campaign.

Chelsea too are undefeated this term, and welcome Liverpool back to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the Premier League.

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What Jurgen Klopp told Xherdan Shaqiri after hauling him off at half time

The former Stoke man was involved in two of Liverpool’s goals (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has praised Xherdan Shaqiri’s performance against Southampton on Saturday though says he withdrew the summer signing in an effort to get more ‘control’ in the match.

The Switzerland international started for the first time in the comprehensive 3-0 victory over Saints, and had a hand in two of the side’s three first-half goals.

His early cross ended up in the back of the net via Wesley Hoedt, and then a stunning free-kick on the stroke of half-time bounced off the crossbar and was tapped in by Mohamed Salah.

Shaqiri put on an exciting performance before being replaced by James Milner (Getty)But while Klopp was hugely impressed with Shaqiri’s attacking efforts in the match, he opted to bring on James Milner at half-time to provide more stability.

‘I said to Shaq that I have never taken a player off at half-time after such an influential half but we wanted more control. He wasn’t injured,’ Klopp explained.

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‘It was a good performance. We did a lot of work on set-pieces so it’s pleasing all three goals came from set-pieces.

‘Shaq is a fantastic boy. The free-kick was outstanding. He tried everything and he is a good player to have. Great offensively, needs a little work defensively.’

Klopp was not entirely happy with his side’s performance despite the win (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘The result is really cool and the performance could have been better.

‘The changes cost us as I changed the system. Shaqiri was influential and Joel Matip was too, but our organisation was a problem.

‘You could see that with the communication on the pitch, but we changed back to a system we are used to.’

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Jurgen Klopp explains why Xherdan Shaqiri starts over James Milner v Southampton

Xherdan Shaqiri was handed his first Liverpool start against Southampton (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has explained why he decided to hand Xherdan Shaqiri his first Liverpool start in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Southampton at Anfield.

Shaqiri, who joined Liverpool from Stoke City in the summer, replaces experienced midfielder James Milner in the Reds’ starting line-up.

Before today, the Switzerland international had only made three appearances for Liverpool, all from the bench.

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But Klopp says Shaqiri is in ‘good shape’ and that he is ‘happy’ to be able to rotate his squad against the Saints.

Asked about Shaqiri’s full Liverpool debut, Klopp said: ‘He [has been] in a good shape since he [came] in actually.

‘I’m happy that we can make changes – not because we have [to] but because we can make them. That’s the reason for that.’

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Ahead of the Premier League fixture, Klopp admitted he may have made a ‘mistake’ by not giving Shaqiri more game-time earlier in the campaign.

‘He is very positive, not only from the performances but as a guy in the dressing room,’ Klopp said.

‘Everyone loves Shaq, that is how it is – and without playing plenty of minutes.

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‘That is more my mistake than his. He has done everything to play. I made different decisions but his time will come, that is for sure.’

Liverpool will hope to maintain their 100% record against Southampton, while the Saints will be looking for their second victory of the season.

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Jurgen Klopp hits out at Mohamed Salah critics after water bottle incident v PSG

Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah (Picture: Getty)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has leaped to the defence of Mohamed Salah after his subdued start to the new season.

Egyptian sensation Salah scored a staggering 44 goals in 52 appearances for the Reds last term following his summer move from Roma.

Salah’s performances helped Liverpool reach the Champions League final, where he suffered a serious shoulder injury as Real Madrid came out on top.

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The 26-year-old scored in Liverpool’s opening game of the season against West Ham – and again two weeks later against Brighton – but has failed to hit the target in his last three appearances.

Klopp opted to take Salah off during the Champions League clash with PSG on Tuesday and the Egyptian was seen throwing a water bottle to the ground after Roberto Firmino’s late winner.

‘Of course everybody expects [the same Mo Salah as last year],’ Klopp said at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

Salah has had a subdued start to the new season (Picture: Getty)‘But we don’t. What did he get [in his first six games] last season? Three. And two in six this season? Wow, that’s a crisis.

‘He needed time last year, like we all needed time. And he will take time this season as well.’

Klopp added: ‘On a defensive side, his last two games were outstanding. He’s ready to work for the team in these moments.

‘He’s still a threat in offensive situations. Finishing is something you can never take for granted.’

Klopp will oversee his 600th competitive match as a manager when Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield on Saturday.

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Asked about the milestone, Klopp said: ‘600? That’s a lot. That’s a nice number. I have no clue where I played game 500. Wow.

‘What drives me? I only see the difference when I look at the mirror. Inside nothing has changed.

‘There are a lot of better managers than me out there but that hasn’t stopped me from doing my best.’

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FIFA 19: How to make 90,000 coins worth of packs in one hour on Ultimate Team

There are two Squad Builder Challenges that are well worth doing (Picture: EA/FIFA 19)Looking to make a quick buck on Ultimate Team? We’ve got you covered! Although the full release of FIFA 19 is still a few days away, the launch of the Web App means players are already trading players and making coins.

One of the best ways to build up your coffers quickly is through Squad Builder Challenges (SBCs), where you trade squads of players for prizes, and there are two in particular that are relatively easy to complete but reward you with a Prime Gold Player pack that would normally cost 45,000 coins.

You will need to invest some funds initially in order to build the squads, but completing both should not set you back more than 15,000 coins, yields a combined pack value of 90,000 coins and could land you a superstar player – just as long as you have better pack luck than us!

SBC 1: HYBRID NATIONS – IT TAKES EIGHT

Meet the challenge requirements and exchange the players for a pack (Picture: EA/FIFA 19)

How to complete the SBC

Prices paid: Jack Butland (650), Barry Douglas (300), Pontus Jansson (600), Ashley Williams (350), Moritz Bauer (300), Jefferson Montero (650), Joe Allen (350), Dwight Gayle (600), Albert Adomah (300), Mame Diouf (600), Matt Phillips (350)

Additional cost: LM > LW card (1200)

Total outlay: 6,250 | Pack value: 45,000 | Time spent: 20 minutes

Most of these Championship players can be snapped up for their BIN price. This particular SBC solution will require you to get either a LM > LW or RM > RW position change card to apply to Adomah or Phillips and secure a crucial extra chemistry point. Alternatively, you could play 10 games with the side and earn a loyalty bonus (and extra chemistry point) for each player. If you packed any of the above players, they will come with the loyalty bonus already.

SBC 2: HYBRID LEAGUES – PRIME NINE

The Prime Nine SBC is slightly more challenging than It Takes Eight (Picture: EA/FIFA 19)

How to complete the SBC

Prices paid: Iker Casillas (750), Coke (300), Andreu Fontas (1200), Ivan Marcano (800), Jonny (650), Jurado (700), Vicente Iborra (300), Alex Bergantinos (500), Vitolo (700), Fernando Torres (450), Paco Alcacer (400)

Additional cost: LWB > LB card (200)

Total outlay: 6,950 | Pack value: 45,000 | Time spent: 40 minutes

This particular SBC very nearly became quite frustrating, with rival players buying up the likes of Fontas and Marcano (who play in MLS and Serie A respectively, which is quite rare for Spanish players), but we managed to get them relatively cheaply. Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo, who would also fit into the team at LB, was similarly being price fixed, so we opted for Wolves wing-back Jonny and converted him to LB for half the price.

Both of the above teams are just examples, and you may find alternative (and cheaper) ways to complete SBCs using players you packed. For further tips on how to make coins on Ultimate Team, check out our handy guide. And if you’ve already built a tidy war chest, here’s the best cheap starter team to begin playing matches with.

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Mohamed Salah still struggling with injury caused by Sergio Ramos, claims Martin Keown

Mohamed Salah was substituted during Liverpool’s win over PSG in midweek (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown believes Mohamed Salah has been forced to compromise his playing style as a result of the injury he suffered in May’s Champions League final.

The Liverpool forward damaged his shoulder after he was hauled to the ground by Sergio Ramos during the first half in Kiev.

Salah recovered in time to play for Egypt at the World Cup and has started all six of Liverpool’s matches this season, but is yet to rediscover his record breaking form of last season.

The former Roma winger was substituted shortly after his error led to PSG’s equaliser at Anfield on Tuesday and Keown believes Salah has not yet fully recovered from his injury.

Keown told the Daily Mail: ‘Has Salah been the same since his shoulder was dislocated by Sergio Ramos?

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‘Ever since he has seemed to be playing within himself. He lost possession 21 times against Paris Saint-Germain and it was his mistake that led to their equaliser.

‘He looks particularly reluctant to use his physicality to protect the ball. Daniel Sturridge was far more effective in that regard, losing possession just seven times.

‘Is Salah concerned about picking up another injury?

‘Liverpool’s main man may not be firing on all cylinders but his team-mates seem to have raised their game by an extra 10 per cent to compensate.

‘The fact they have still won their first six games of the season will strike fear into their rivals.’

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FIFA 19: The best cheap starter team on Ultimate Team

The Premier League provides the best cheap options for making a starter team (Picture: EA/FIFA 19)With the release of FIFA 19 fast approaching – and the Ultimate Team Web App already live – it’s time to start thinking about building a reasonably affordable team that can start racking up wins, and coins, as soon as possible.

We’re not looking for any superstars or world-beaters, just a simple XI to kick things off. Our needs are pretty simple: sweatiness, pace, a double-helping of beast mode and maybe some skill moves thrown in. We’ve scoured the FIFA 19 ratings, and their likely prices, and think this starter team has everything for around 15k-20k…

GK/DEFENCE

You can build a dominant defence relatively cheaply this year (Pictures: FIFA 19/FUTHEAD)Between the sticks, Nick Pope (80) looks like he could be the new overpowered goalkeeper everyone will hate playing against, especially now compatriot Jack Butland has been relegated. Pope has apparently grown three inches since the last game, now a ginormous 6ft7, but still has quick reflexes and great positioning. Mathew Ryan (78) and Vicente Guaita (81) are also options.

The full-back positions are stocked with talent in the Premier League this season and Joe Bryan (75), who has been upgraded from silver, looks like an excellent, all-round pick at left-back. Arthur Masuaka (75) has a bit more pace, but that will probably cost a little bit more too. At right-back, Danilo (79) doesn’t have a stat under 70 and could go under the radar, while DeAndre Yedlin (76) is very tempting given his explosive pace.

Nathan Ake (79) has everything you want from a centre-back and pace in abundance, while the fact he is a non-rare should lower his price tag. West Ham summer signing Fabian Balbuena (80) has some serious beast potential, and his jumping and heading stats look particularly good. The likes of Mason Holgate, Christian Kabasele and Caglar Soyuncu could be options if you’re really strapped for cash.

MIDFIELD

There are some excellent, rounded, skillful midfielders to pick up on the cheap (FIFA 19/FUTHEAD)If you want a powerful, physical midfielder on a budget, Mohamed Diame (75) ticks all the boxes and should have a cut-price BIN right from the off – though look to upgrade him for the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek (77) or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (80) pretty early on. Arsenal new boy Lucas Torreira (78) is another great option: good pace, good passing, excellent dribbling and four star skills.

On the left wing, there are a host of options to choose from. Southampton’s Mohamed Elyounoussi (79) is a good entry-level pick and has both four star skills and four star weak foot. Once you earn a few more coins, Brazilian duo Felipe Anderson (82) and Bernard (80) have 90+ pace and bucket loads of dribbling ability.

On the opposite flank, there are once again a number of excellent options to choose from. Theo Walcott (79) should be relatively affordable for anyone in need of pace and good finishing, but keep your eye on Adama Traore (75). In all likelihood his price will be explode on release, largely because he is the second fastest player in FIFA 19 with 96 pace, behind only icon Ronaldo.

FORWARDS

Pace is essential up front and there are some exciting options (Pictures: FIFA 19/FUTHEAD)Every iteration of FUT seems to throw up a few OP strikers that can wreak havoc against even the most expensively assembled squads, and Bournemouth could provide two such players this year.

Josh King (78) has lost a bit of pace since FIFA 18, and will likely need to be converted from CF, but remains an excellent budget striker – and he should be slightly cheaper this year due to those aforementioned changes. Teammate Callum Wilson (78) is likely to be slightly less expensive, but has better physical stats. Andre Gray (75) was an excellent option last year and still has blistering speed, while Michail Antonio (78) has strength, speed and serious ability in the air. Any two of those should form a ferocious strike partnership to get your new FUT campaign up and running.

AND HERE’S HOW THEY’D LINE UP…

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FIFA 19: How to make money fast and get a head start on Ultimate Team

Players can already buy and sell on FUT with the release of the Web App (Picture: EA/FIFA 19)There is little over a week to go until hordes of people across the globe will be coming down with mysterious illnesses that force them to call in sick from work, and that can only mean one thing: FIFA 19 is almost here!

But while the official release date is still a few days away, it is possible to start playing the game already – a full week before launch. And for Ultimate Team players, that means you can get a big head start on everyone else!

WEB APP

The Web App allows you to buy, sell, set your formation and more online (EA/FIFA 19)On Wednesday evening, the Web App for this year’s iteration of FIFA was released. If you’re new to the concept, the Web App functions much in the same way as the transfer market does, only it is infinitely easier to navigate – albeit prone to crashing when it is first launched.

When you first load up the Web App, you will receive loyalty packs and starter packs, the number of which is decided on the number of FUT matches played in the previous edition of the game. You will also receive a daily gift, such as packs or coins, every day that you load up the app.

EARLY ACCESS

A new ‘player pick’ pack will let players choose their new recruit (Picture: EA/FIFA 19)The launch window for EA Access (a monthly subscription service for Xbox One that costs £3.99 a month) is set for Thursday, which grants you 10 hours of access to FIFA 19 before its official release date. That is a huge advantage in Ultimate Team, allowing players to both play games and buy and use FIFA points, and thus packs, something which is unavailable to those only using the Web App.

If you’re on PS4, Nintendo Switch or Xbox, buying the Champions Edition or Ultimate Edition of the game gets you access three days early, on September 25. In order to avoid eating into your limited time with EA Access, it is best to do any housekeeping (like making your starter squad, picking a team name) and trading on the Web App, with your EA Access hours reserved for playing FUT matches

TRADE, TRADE, TRADE

Unless you got a superstar in your starter pack, start selling! (Picture: EA/FIFA 19)Don’t worry about building a team beyond a cheap and cheerful starter squad at this stage. Unless you got lucky and received an elite player – we’re talking an 85 rating or higher – sell pretty much everything you got from your loyalty packs immediately to build up your coffers. Give them a one-hour listing and keep relisting until they sell.

It goes without saying that spending coins on packs at this stage is a bad idea (but feel free to splurge FIFA points if that’s your thing). Also, hold off on getting rid of those useless, untradeable, zero value players you got in the starter pack (more on that later!) and save up any contracts, healing cards etc for later.

Now it’s time to start reinvesting those funds…

FIND BARGAINS & THE 59TH MINUTE

Sign potential gems now and watch their price explode on full release (Picture: EA/FIFA 19)The easiest – if mind-numbing – way to start turning over a profit is to scroll to the 59th minute and look for players who have been listed at a Buy It Now price well below their actual value. Of course, a lot of people will be doing the same thing so you need to be extremely quick to snaffle them up. No sooner have you bought them, list them again. A lot of small profits can start to add up quickly.

Every year there are players who can be picked up relatively cheap, but explode in value when the game is released officially. Someone like Davinson Sanchez is not one of the highest rated centre-backs in the game, but his pace will ensure he’s in-demand. It’s important to know your market and helpful to focus on one league. Familiarise yourself with it: Who’s selling well? Who can you make money on? Which kits are proving popular?

SQUAD BUILDER CHALLENGES

Some SBCs can yield massive profits for minimal effort (Picture: EA/FIFA 19)Squad Builder Challengers (SBCs) let you exchange players from your club to build squads and complete challenges, with prizes ranging from players (even icons) to packs and coins. Some can be easily completed with massive profit margins, and you can dump those untradeable players mentioned earlier in SBCs even though they can’t be sent to your transfer list. SBCs can be done on the Web App to preserve any EA Access hours.

COIN BONUSES

Completing a series of fairly basic tasks will give rewards (Picture: EA/FIFA 19)Before kicking off your first match, head over to the EA FC Catalogue and buy every reward and bonus you can find. Start with the 1,000 coin per match boosts, then extra transfer list space, and anything you can sell on the transfer market (such as kits and badges). You can also complete starter objectives which reward coins and the like.

START PLAYING & SQUAD BATTLES

Squad Battle prizes have changed and there’s a new division system (Picture: EA/FIFA19)You’ve got a cheap starter team, and your coin bonus is active, now it’s time to start playing games! Squad Battles is a very good way to make cash early on, and an excellent use of those 10 precious early access hours. You can play four games per day against the CPU – with even more available at the weekend, and one featured squad to battle – and the harder the difficulty, the more points you earn; the more points you get, the higher you rank, and the better the rewards you win.

This year, EA have also got rid of Online Seasons and instead introduced Division Rivals. After a series of placement matches to determine how good you are, you will be assigned a skill rating and resulting division. Play well and build up your skill rating, and you can move up divisions, and there are a host of weekly rewards on offer.

Remember to reinvest any money you make from matches on the transfer market, constantly chasing profit, but do so via the Web App, NOT your limited EA Access. When the game comes out, you can make a cheap overpowered team of gold players and start cleaning up online, and we’ve got you covered on that front too. Now go have fun!

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