Your morning Liverpool headlines as Erik ten Hag has made fatal mistake and Darwin Nunez takes an upturn in form
Your morning Liverpool headlines for Friday, November 3.
Erik ten Hag has made fatal mistake Jurgen Klopp avoided that could cost him Man United job
All is not well at Manchester United. Losing eight of their first 15 matches, the Red Devils are suffering their worst start to a season since 1962/63.
Down in eighth in the Premier League table, eight points behind Liverpool and the top four, defeats to Bayern Munich and Galatasaray also leave them with it all to do at the halfway point of the Champions League group-stages if they are to stand any chance of progression.
Their latest low came on Wednesday night as they lost 3-0 to Newcastle United at Old Trafford in the League Cup fourth round. They had defeated the same opposition at Wembley back in February to win the tournament last year for their first, and only, piece of silverware since 2017.
That loss to the Magpies was their second-successive 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford, having been dismantled by local-rivals Man City in the Manchester derby just days earlier. Consequently, manager Erik ten Hag is now one of the favourites to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job, with the Times reporting that the Dutchman is ‘on thin ice’, and that the club are considering alternatives. He has been in the job for only 18 months.
Throw in all the off-field turmoil, from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho being banished following squabbles with their manager, well-documented much more serious scandals and the accompanying morality quandaries, and the ongoing debacle surround the Glazers’ ownership of the club and a possible takeover, and it’s clear that all is not well at Old Trafford at all.
Such unwanted headlines off the pitch would be a distraction for any club. But how much they are truly impacting the United dressing room and their performances, only Ten Hag and his players could possibly say as, booed both at half-time and after the final whistle against Newcastle, their latest crisis continues.
Regardless, the Dutchman has vowed to fight on, insisting that he is the the right man to stop the downward spiral at Old Trafford that has been ongoing ever since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
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Liverpool have £64m storm brewing as new ‘undroppable’ emerges for Jurgen Klopp
After 70 minutes of standing firm in the face of Storm Ciaran, it was Darwin Nunez who eventually blew away Liverpool supporters at the Vitality on Wednesday night.
The ironic cheers from the home fans that greeted the Reds striker’s imperfect first touch were quickly drowned out by the genuine ones of the 1,300 in the away end on the night as Nunez shrugged off the mocking by skipping past Chris Mepham before planting arguably his best Liverpool goal to date past Andrei Radu in stunning style.
“It was an amazing goal – cutting inside, top corner, fantastic,” was Cody Gakpo’s assessment, while Jurgen Klopp remarked: “Darwin showed his class and put the game pretty much to bed for us. It was an unbelievable goal.”
It was enough to secure a hard-fought 2-1 victory to move into the last eight of a Carabao Cup that has opened up nicely for the nine-time winners. Negotiate West Ham at home in the quarter-finals next month and Klopp will begin to see the Wembley arch in the distance ahead of a two-legged semi next year.
It also continued the general upturn in fortunes that Nunez has experienced since that confidence-boosting shot in the arm that came via his late double in the win over Newcastle in August. Now up to seven goals in all competitions, he is a vital part of a devastating set of attacking options that have already plundered 30 between them this term.