Tottenham hit by major new stadium delay: Liverpool & Cardiff games moved to Wembley

The opening of Tottenham’s new stadium has been delayed due to ‘critical safety’ issues.Tottenham have confirmed that their new stadium will not be ready in time to host Liverpool next month and have been forced to extend their stay at Wembley for at least the next eight weeks.

In a statement released on Monday evening, Spurs revealed that ‘issues with the critical safety systems’ have meant that the stadium will not be signed off in time for their Premier League fixture against Jurgen Klopp’s side on September 15.

Spurs were already due to host Fulham at Wembley on Saturday but will now remain at the stadium for their game against Liverpool as well as their ‘home’ fixture against Cardiff City on October 6.

Tottenham have not yet confirmed whether their fixture against Manchester City on October 28 will be played in their new stadium.

‘We know this will be disappointing for all our season tickets holders, premium members and our fans worldwide,’ said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

Tottenham’s new stadium will not be ready until late October at the earliest.

Spurs will play their next three ‘home’ fixtures at Wembley. (Getty Images)‘We appreciate the support our partner the NFL has shown since the extent of this issue became evident today.

‘At the start of the project we asked for your support during what we knew would be a complex and challenging build and now we ask for your continued patience and forbearance.’

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Jose Mourinho wanted to buy Liverpool summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri before Jurgen Klopp completed move

Mourinho missed out (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho was pipped to the chase by Liverpool in the race to sign Xherdan Shaqiri, with Jurgen Klopp getting the deal done before Manchester United opened talks with the Switzerland international.

The Portuguese manager was keen to bring the former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan winger to Old Trafford, who became available for just £12.5million after Stoke’s relegation to the Championship from the Premier League.

However, he couldn’t even get into a negotiating position with the ex-Chelsea manager as Klopp struck quickly and persuaded the Swiss to move to Anfield, according to Blick.

Shaqiri linked up with Klopp (Picture: Getty)Shaqiri was impressed with Klopp’s human nature and immediately decided to join Liverpool, despite being aware of United’s interest.

Southampton and West Ham were among the other clubs looking to sign him, but he opted to sign for the Reds.

The Switzerland international started Liverpool’s first match of the Premier League season on the bench, making his first appearance for the club with less than 10 minutes of normal time to play.

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‘Worried’ Gary Neville compares Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk to Manchester United legend Jaap Stam

Virgil van Dijk joined Liverpool in January for a world-record £75m (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville has compared Virgil van Dijk to Manchester United hero Jaap Stam and says the Liverpool defender is a ‘monster’.

Netherlands international Van Dijk became the most expensive defender in history last winter after joining Liverpool for a fee of £75million from Southampton.

Van Dijk was quick to adjust to his new surroundings at Anfield, playing a key role as Jurgen Klopp’s side reached the Champions League final.

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The 27-year-old also impressed in Liverpool’s Premier League victory over West Ham on Sunday as the Reds started the 2018-19 campaign with a 4-0 thrashing.

Neville says Van Dijk has made a huge impact at Liverpool and says the centre-back is beginning to remind him of Dutch legend Stam, who won three Premier League titles with Manchester United.

Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast for Sky Sports, he said: ‘I thought Van Dijk was a good player at Southampton, but I didn’t think he was worth £75m.

‘I also didn’t think he would have the impact on Liverpool’s defence that he’s had.

Van Dijk helped Liverpool beat West Ham 4-0 on Sunday (Picture: Getty)‘He’s a monster, and is looking a bit like Jaap Stam, which worries me as a Manchester United fan. It looks like he just throws people out of the way.

‘You look at that midfield, with Wijnaldum, Keita and Milner, with Henderson and Fabinho still to come in. There is some strength in depth there.

‘Can Liverpool reproduce that high-intensity football Saturday-Wednesday? And did they need another centre-forward in case Firmino is out?

‘Because I do think there is a big drop in intensity in their play when him or Salah are not playing.’

Gary Neville has heaped praise on Van Dijk and Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Having bolstered Klopp’s squad with five key signings over the summer, Liverpool are expected to challenge Manchester City for the title this season.

They finished fourth during the last campaign, 25 points behind Pep Guardiola’s rampant champions.

‘I think Liverpool are the side [City] will feel threatened by directly,’ Neville added. ‘Certainly in terms of the style of play, Liverpool have certainly got the measure of Manchester City. You can see that.

‘City like to push up the pitch, the centre-backs play high and even push in when they’re attacking. The likes of Mane, Salah, Firmino, if you leave space in-behind, they just cut right through you.

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‘I think directly there is a threat, and I think indirectly in terms of the bigger picture in the league, certainly with the signings they have made, the good feeling of getting into a Champions League final and finishing in the top four consecutive seasons is something where City will feel a threat.

‘People are not feeling that way about Manchester United or Tottenham or Chelsea at this moment in time, because of what has happened in pre-season.

‘But there does seem to be a definite threat from Liverpool at this moment in time, but Liverpool will have to prove that.’

Liverpool travel to south London on Monday evening to face Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace.

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Jurgen Klopp rates Naby Keita’s impressive debut in Liverpool’s win over West Ham

Naby Keita’s debut impressed Jurgen Klopp. (AMA/Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp admits he was impressed with Naby Keita’s debut performance in Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday.

Liverpool got off to a flying start in their new Premier League campaign as Sadio Mane’s double, along with goals from Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge sealed a comfortable win at Anfield.

Keita made his official debut following his £48 million move from RB Leipzig in the summer and he made an immediate impact in Liverpool’s central midfield.

And Klopp was pleased with his summer arrival.

‘Absolutely good performance of course,’ said Klopp.

Keita is set to play a key role in Liverpool’s midfield. (AFP/Getty Images)‘Look, after six weeks I don’t make the difference between a new player and other players because for me, it’s exactly the same performance if Mili [James Milner] and Gini [Georginio Wijnaldum] are ready to make the next step in their development as well.

‘Naby is in because he’s a really good footballer, and I said it from the beginning he’s settled really quick.

‘It’s a similar style of play and a similar position to what he did at Leipzig.

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‘He can play different positions, obviously, but I think this is best for the moment.

‘He he has a lot of help from the players around, Sadio works really hard, same with Gini, Milli and Robbo [Andy Robetson] in this case.

‘I’m really pleased but that’s what we expected.’

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Naby Keita’s flawless debut & silky Salah: Liverpool lay down early marker against West Ham

The Reds put on a scintillating performance at Anfield on Sunday (Picture: PA)Liverpool kicked off the new Premier League season with a comprehensive 4-0 win over West Ham to lay down their early season title credentials. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for the hosts and Sadio Mane put the game beyond doubt with strikes either side of half-time, before Daniel Sturridge netted with his first touch off the bench late on.

Jurgen Klopp remarked before the match that Liverpool were more Rocky Balboa than Ivan Drago, and West Ham might have wished they could have thrown in the towel at Anfield. They were second best from the very first minute and but for some occasionally profligate finishing from the hosts – and assured goalkeeper from Lukasz Fabianski – it could have been much, much worse.

Here’s the main talking points…

Keita shines on debut

Keita slotted into midfield perfectly, even showing his flexibility on the wing (Picture: EPA)It is easy to see why Liverpool were so desperate to sign Naby Keita, securing a deal a year in advance of his arrival. Few positions in football are as demanding as being a central midfielder under Jurgen Klopp, asked to press and chase relentlessly, and finding a player with the engine to do that, as well as being technical and fast-thinking, is nearly impossible.

But in Keita they have found exactly that. His work rate and mobility are a natural fit (only James Milner ran further in the first half) while he looked so composed and confident on the ball. His ability to drive forward – ripping holes in the opposition’s midfield – is going to bring a new edge to Liverpool’s already intoxicating attack play. His role in the side’s opener, finding space, darting forward and feeding Andy Robertson, encapsulated that dynamic perfectly. What a singing.

Salah is no one-season wonder

Last season’s top scorer looked as threatening as ever against West Ham (Picture: EPA)A lot of rival fans thought – or, rather, hoped – that Salah would suffer from the fabled difficult second season syndrome. Surely defenders would work him out or double up? Perhaps the shoulder injury picked up in the Champions League final would hamper him? Keep dreaming. The Egyptian picked up precisely where he left off last season and looks eager to keep hold of his Golden Boot.

Salah’s shift from pacey wide-man to clinical forward under Klopp has been truly remarkable, and he continued to pick up the same positions from which he was so ruthless last season as well as showing some lovely moments of interplay. Special mentions should go to Roberto Firmino, who constantly dropped deep to link play and create space for Salah, as well as partner in crime Mane who was devastating up front too.

Alisson the sweeper-keeper

The Brazilian looked cool and composed whenever the ball was at his feet (Picture: Reuters)New goalkeeper Alisson – who held the title of world’s most expensive shot-stopper for barely two weeks – had a quiet afternoon as the Reds dominated possession, territory and chances. However, Liverpool keepers of old have had an outstanding ability to turn routine performances into nervy ones. But the £67m Brazilian exuded calmness behind an untroubled defence and found a teammate with all but one of his passes, helping the side play out from the back. Very promising.

Pellegrini’s West Ham a work in progress

After a summer of optimism, West Ham were run ragged by Liverpool (Picture: Reuters)West Ham were extremely unfortunate to begin the Manuel Pellegrini era against a team as brilliant and devastating as Liverpool. Few teams in world football can stop the Reds at their scintillating best, and the Chilean will have learnt little from this dismantling at Anfield.

Nevertheless, to spend in excess of £100milion over the summer and still have Mark Noble in central midfield feels like a massive oversight. The Hammers were out-worked and overpowered by Keita, Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield, who were stronger, faster and sharper, while a relatively new-look backline was chaotic and disorganised when Liverpool applied pressure. Brazilian playmaker Felipe Anderson did at least look lively.

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Liverpool vs West Ham TV channel, kick-off time, date and odds

Mohamed Salah wll be hoping to be among the goals against West Ham (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)Liverpool host West Ham today as both teams kick off their Premier League season.

Pep Guardiola picks two World Cup stars in Manchester City squad for Arsenal clashJurgen Klopp has been busy during the summer transfer window with new players joining the side including Alisso and Xherdan Shaqiri.

West Ham have also made a number of signings with Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshire entering the squad along with new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Both sides will want to get off to a good start but West Ham could struggle as Liverpool have scored four goals against them in each of their last three matches.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)When is Liverpool vs West Ham?

The match is on Sunday 12th August with kick-off at 13:30.

What TV channel is Liverpool vs West Ham on?

You can watch all of the action live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with coverage starting at 12.30.

What are the odds? (Courtesy of William Hill)

Liverpool – 2/9

Draw – 5/1

West Ham – 12/1

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp (Photo by Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Head-to-head in last five meetings

24 Feb 2018 – Premier League

Liverpool 4-1 West Ham

04 Nov 2017 – Premier League

West Ham 1-4 Liverpool

14 May 2017 – Premier League

West Ham 0-4 Liverpool

11 Dec 2016 – Premier League

Liverpool 2-2 West Ham

09 Feb 2016 – FA Cup

West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

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What are the Premier League fixtures today and how to watch them?

Pep Guardiola is hoping for another good season at Manchester City (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)After an exciting start to the Premier League season there is more action today with three more games to be played.

There are some big matches today, most notably when current champions Manchester City travel to Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal.

Here is everything you need to know about today’s Premier League fixtures.

Burnley’s Jack Cork (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)Southampton vs Burnley

Burnley will be hoping to to try and replicate last season’s sevent hplace finish by opening with a win against The Saints today.

They’re close to securing a place in the Europa League this season if they can get past Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday.

Southampton just avoided relegation at the end of last season and finished in seventeenth, just three points above the drop zone.

When the two teams met last season Burnley won the first encounter while their second match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Kick off

The game will start at 13.30 today.

TV Channel

This game won’t be available to watch on live TV.

Odds (odds courtesy of William Hill)

Southampton – 5/6

Draw – 9/4

Burnley – 19/5

Mohamed Salah will be looking to have another great season for Liverpool. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)Liverpool vs West Ham

Liverpool are one of the favourites to win the Premier League this season after making some good signings in the summer transfer window.

They ended last season in fourth place but made it all the way to the final of the Champions League, losing out to Real Madrid.

West Ham have made some signings of their own and will be hoping to build on their 13th place finish from last season.

Manuel Pellegrini will be managing his first competitive game for the club and fans will be hoping that his experience can make the difference.

Kick off

This match will start at 13.30 today.

TV Channel

You can watch all of the action live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with coverage starting at 12.30.

Odds (odds courtesy of William Hill)

Liverpool – 2/9

Draw – 5/1

West Ham – 12/1

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be playing his first full season at the club. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal vs Manchester City

Arsenal have a tough start to their campaign when they host Man City this afternoon.

They finished last season in sixth place, seven points behind their nearest rival Chelsea, but with Unai Emery as they’re new manager they’ll be hoping for a change in fortune.

Manchester City weren’t as dominant in the transfer window this summer, but they did bring in Riyad Mahrez who could prove to be a crucial player this season.

Pep Guardiola’s side won both league matches against Arsenal last season, as well as getting a 3-0 win in the League Cup final.

Kick off

This match will kick-off at 16.00 today.

TV Channel

You can watch live coverage of this match on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 15.30.

Odds (odds courtesy of William Hill)

Arsenal – 17/5

Draw – 3/1

Manchester City – 8/11

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Dejan Lovren claims Liverpool are ‘not happy’ with his fitness after World Cup

Dejan Lovren has been ruled out of Liverpool’s clash with West Ham (Picture: Getty)Dejan Lovren has revealed that Liverpool are ‘not happy’ after he returned from the World Cup with stomach muscle problems.

The 29-year-old was at the heart of Croatia’s side which reached the final of this summer’s tournament in Russia and missed Liverpool’s entire pre-season ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Lovren will play no part in the Reds’ Premier League opener with West Ham and the defender has lifted the lid on his fitness issues since returning to England.

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‘I cannot train at all because of stomach muscle issues. I am suffering a lot of pain and will see a specialist doctor in the Netherlands,’ the centre-back said.

‘When did I start to feel it? I felt it during the World Cup. I played with pain and those three games killed me. But who wouldn’t play for Croatia at such a big tournament!

Liverpool are ‘not happy’ with the Croatian’s fitness levels (Picture: Getty)‘After the World Cup finished, the pain increased. I can’t even sit in my car without feeling it and to get out of the car hurts like hell!

‘I’d always grit my teeth and play for Croatia, but now I am paying the price. But no price is too high for what we achieved in Russia.’

Dejan Lovren’s Croatia were beaten in the World Cup final by France (Picture: Getty)Lovren claimed that the club are far from happy with his current fitness levels heading into the new season.

‘Of course, they are not happy,’ the Croatia international added.

‘I haven’t trained since I returned from holiday. I can’t.

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‘I’ll reassess things after seeing the doctor in Netherlands. I have to deal with that for now and believe it will be OK.

‘I hoped it would pass during my holiday, but it didn’t. As I went for a swim, it hurt. I couldn’t even rest normally.’

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Liverpool summer signing Fabinho reveals truth about reported failed Manchester United transfer

Fabinho joined Liverpool in the summer having previously been linked with Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Fabinho has denied he had a move to Manchester United blocked by Monaco before joining Liverpool earlier in the summer.

The Brazilian midfielder was one of the stars of the Monaco team that stormed to the Ligue 1 title in 2017 and his performances caught the attention of a number of clubs.

Manchester United were said to be interested in bringing Fabinho to Old Trafford, with reports claiming Monaco blocked the 24-year-old’s switch to the Premier League outfit.

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But Fabinho has denied the suggestion, saying Jose Mourinho’s side never approached Monaco with an official offer.

‘Manchester never showed any formal interest, they never made me an offer at all,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘Maybe there was some interest or a conversation but it’s not a case of Monaco not letting me go to Manchester United or denying me the move, nothing ever really materialised.’

The Brazilian impressed for French club Monaco (Picture: Rex Features)

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Fabinho cost Liverpool over £40million but Jurgen Klopp has warned fans that the Brazil international is still taking time to adapt to his new surroundings.

Discussing the club’s summer additions, which also include Alisson, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, Klopp said last week: ‘I am really happy with the new players.

‘Fabinho, much better in offensive pressing, but still struggling a bit as not fresh enough. It’s been a hard pre-season for him.

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‘Shaqiri comes on as a nine and looked really good. He can play as a 10 and on the wing. It was fantastic what he did.

‘Naby played 50 minutes at the highest level and then left some gaps open, transition in defence could be better, so many things to work on.’

Liverpool start their Premier League campaign against West Ham on Sunday and Fabinho is a doubt for the fixture after picking up an illness this week.

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Liverpool vs West Ham TV channel, live stream, kick-off time, odds and head-to-head

Jurgen Klopp has had a great summer in the transfer market (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool have had an exciting summer in the transfer market and Jurgen Klopp will unleash his new-look side against West Ham for the first time on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds have brought in the likes of Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Naby Keita and are now expected to mount a strong challenge for the Premier League title.

West Ham have had a good summer themselves, appointing Manuel Pellegrini as manager and making big name signings like Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere.

We are in for an entertaining 90 minutes at Anfield, so here is everything you need to know about the match…

Felipe Anderson’s arrival has got West Ham fans excited (Picture: Getty Images)When is Liverpool vs West Ham?

The match is on Sunday, 12 August with kick-off at 1.30pm at Anfield.

Alisson doesn’t look too keen to play Sadio Mane’s game (Picture: Getty Images)What channel is Liverpool vs West Ham on and is there a live stream?

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 12.30pm.

Sky Sports subscribers will be able to stream the match through Sky Go, whilst you an also get a Sky Sports Day, Week or Month pass from Now TV to watch the match.

Manuel Pellegrini is back in the Premier League with West Ham (Picture: Getty Images)What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

1/4 Liverpool

11/2 Draw

12/1 West Ham

Head-to-head in last five meetings

24 Feb 2018 – Liverpool 4-1 West Ham – Premier League

04 Nov 2017 – West Ham 1-4 Liverpool – Premier League

14 May 2017 – West Ham 0-4 Liverpool – Premier League

11 Dec 2016 – Liverpool 2-2 West Ham – Premier League

09 Feb 2016 – West Ham 2-1 Liverpool – FA Cup

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