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Good news for Ozan Kabak: it cannot get much worse than this | Jonathan Wilson

Liverpool’s new centre-back has had a difficult start at Anfield and struggled again in the Merseyside derbyPoor Ozan Kabak. He is only 20, but he has already become a player to whom bad things happen. Most of his career has been spent in failing sides…

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Juventus beware: Milan derby finally signals the end of one-club Serie A | Jonathan Wilson

It is is a sign of how bad things have got that the clash of Italy’s title-race frontrunners is greeted with relief and celebration Across Europe a spirit of competitiveness has broken out. Not in England, perhaps, where Manchester City’s excellence lo…

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Mbappé’s brilliance shows Barcelona chose the wrong French wonderkid | Jonathan Wilson

Barça got Dembélé days after PSG signed forward whose three goals, allied to Pochettino’s tactics, secured Camp Nou triumphPresnel Kimpembe slipped. Twenty-nine minutes had been played at the Camp Nou. Two minutes earlier Lionel Messi had put Barcelona…

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Young pretender Nagelsmann gunning for Klopp, his mentor of the gegenpress | Jonathan Wilson

With Liverpool stuttering, RB Leipzig’s bright young acolyte of the German press must see Tuesday’s Champions League game as a chance to claim another major scalp Football, Brian Clough used to complain, is not a world that ever lets you enjoy your suc…

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Young pretender Nagelsmann gunning for Klopp, his mentor of the gegenpress | Jonathan Wilson

With Liverpool stuttering, RB Leipzig’s bright young acolyte of the German press must see Tuesday’s Champions League game as a chance to claim another major scalp Football, Brian Clough used to complain, is not a world that ever lets you enjoy your suc…

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Is it the injuries, or the schedule – or have this Liverpool team peaked?

Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip have started only 22 games between them this season but Liverpool have not been at their very best for over a yearIs it just the injuries? Is it just the schedule? Is it enough simply to say that, given the way they play, give…

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Is it the injuries, or the schedule – or have this Liverpool team peaked?

Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip have started only 22 games between them this season but Liverpool have not been at their very best for over a yearIs it just the injuries? Is it just the schedule? Is it enough simply to say that, given the way they play, give…

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Nuno’s Wolves suffering a crisis of belief after tampering with old gold formula | Jonathan Wilson

Molineux misfortune stems from flaws in shift to a back four plus Raúl Jiménez’s injury and Adama Traoré’s loss of form The clear streets glitter in the quiet day. A cold wind haunts the silent underpass. Between Asda and the Mary Seacole Building, cro…

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Inspirational and always shouting: Henderson embodies Liverpool spirit | Jonathan Wilson

Mohamed Salah’s sublime skill saw off West Ham but it would not have been possible without Liverpool’s versatile captainNine minutes: Mohamed Salah gave the ball away. West Ham advanced down the left. Salah charged back, which is usually a sign he has …

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Not being a true Blue could be Thomas Tuchel’s biggest hurdle at Chelsea | Jonathan Wilson

Chelsea’s brilliant new coach is facing a hostile reception since, unlike Frank Lampard, he is not steeped in the club’s identityIt’s never just a club. It’s never just about the players and whether they can put the ball in the net more times than thei…

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Not being a true Blue could be Thomas Tuchel’s biggest hurdle at Chelsea | Jonathan Wilson

Chelsea’s brilliant new coach is facing a hostile reception since, unlike Frank Lampard, he is not steeped in the club’s identityIt’s never just a club. It’s never just about the players and whether they can put the ball in the net more times than thei…

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Liverpool resisted trend for change, so are they back in the groove now? | Jonathan Wilson

Klopp has stuck with a high line and hard press while others have gone conservative and win at Spurs brings far brighter feelIs it done? Have Liverpool, after 40 days without a Premier league win, returned from the wilderness with Thursday’s 3-1 victor…

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Manchester United’s lack of philosophy an advantage in these chaotic times | Jonathan Wilson

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side are better able to adapt to the bizarre circumstances of this season while Liverpool, a team with a defined way of playing, are strugglingDid Alex Ferguson have a “philosophy”? Perhaps, over the 39 years between him taking hi…

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Manchester United’s lack of philosophy an advantage in these chaotic times | Jonathan Wilson

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side are better able to adapt to the bizarre circumstances of this season while Liverpool, a team with a defined way of playing, are strugglingDid Alex Ferguson have a “philosophy”? Perhaps, over the 39 years between him taking hi…

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Manchester United’s lack of philosophy an advantage in these chaotic times | Jonathan Wilson

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side are better able to adapt to the bizarre circumstances of this season while Liverpool, a team with a defined way of playing, are strugglingDid Alex Ferguson have a “philosophy”? Perhaps, over the 39 years between him taking hi…

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Guardiola has turned City away from pressing and back to passing | Jonathan Wilson

In circumstances demanding a less energetic approach, the manager has transformed his side’s Premier League prospects Ominously, Manchester City have eased towards the front of the title race. They went into the weekend third, just four points behind t…

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Super-clubs lack patience for rookies like Arteta and Lampard to learn on job | Jonathan Wilson

The financial structures of modern football mean steady progression is unworkable and few former players taking the reins of an elite club are likely to have had adequate preparationEverybody wants their own Pep Guardiola. That is the dream. You take a…

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Super-clubs lack patience for rookies like Arteta and Lampard to learn on job | Jonathan Wilson

The financial structures of modern football mean steady progression is unworkable and few former players taking the reins of an elite club are likely to have had adequate preparationEverybody wants their own Pep Guardiola. That is the dream. You take a…

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Super-clubs lack patience for rookies like Arteta and Lampard to learn on job | Jonathan Wilson

The financial structures of modern football mean steady progression is unworkable and few former players taking the reins of an elite club are likely to have had adequate preparationEverybody wants their own Pep Guardiola. That is the dream. You take a…

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Manchester City purring again after stumbling upon winning formula | Jonathan Wilson

Guardiola planned to build a new cathedral on a Dias-Laporte defence but Stones has emerged as key to team’s resurgenceFootball feels at times almost wilfully contrarian, as though it delights in confounding those who try to plot a rational course thro…