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Premier League News RECAP: Build up to the weekend’s league fixtures as Man City look to leapfrog Liverpool in the early kick-off and more

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It’s been another wonderful day of Premier League news, I hope you have enjoyed following the updates with me.

We will be back again tomorrow with coverage of the early kick-off between Manchester City and Everton, before the 3pm matches.

Make sure you tune in, you won’t want miss it, and enjoy your weekend!

This has been a transfer story for many years, and the links have never gone away. Is this the year Frenkie De Jong finally moves to Manchester United?

Manchester United came within a whisker of signing the Dutch midfielder in 2022, but United could not finish the deal.

Erik ten Hag manged De Jong whilst at Ajax, and it looks like he’s set on bringing him to Old Trafford.

Can Luton keep up their good form?

At the start of the season, many wrote off Luton Town. However, they are proving people wrong so far this season, currently sitting just above the relegation zone in 17th.

They look the most likely out of the promoted teams to mount a serious push for survival.

With only one loss in their last six league games, will they come out on top against fellow-promoted side Sheffield United?

Eddie Howe has come to the defence of Dan Burn who came under scrutiny following Newcastle’s 4-4 draw at home to Luton, last weekend.

It has not been an easy ride for the Magpies this season, especially after the heights they hit last campaign.

However, the Newcastle boss has hit back at people doubting Burn, and has said he is one of his best-ever signings.

The 31-year-old defender has been under pressure from Tino Livramento this season, who has shone in the left-back role when he has had the chance.

Sections of fans even chanted for him to be replace Burn last week. Do you think Livramento deserves to start?

Good news Tottenham fans, it looks like your captain is coming back into the fold.

Ange Postecoglou will have both Son Heung-Min and Yves Bissouma to call upon when his Spurs side face Brighton at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tomorrow.

Both Players had been with their respective countries, South Korea and Mali, on international duty.

It is a big boost for Spurs who have had huge injury lists for long periods of the season, but they now have the majority of their squad back fit and available.

Where could they finish this season?

Click below to read more.

Chelsea’s stunning victory over Aston Villa in the FA Cup has got people wondering, can they use it as a springboard?

Consistency is something that has eluded Mauricio Pochettino and his team this season, but he knows how important it is that they find it.

The Blues boss is keen for his side to use their midweek win as a catalyst for more success.

Crazy Premier League celebrations: Paulo Di Canio rips his trousers as Black Cats thrash Newcastle

Another memorable manager celebration, this time from Paulo Di Canio.

It was only Di Canio’s second game in charge of Sunderland, and what a day it turned out to be for the Black Cats.

At the time, it was their first win away at Newcastle in 13 years. One of the goals prompted a kneeslide from the Italian boss, leading him to rip his trousers as a result.

It was a day Sunderland fans will never forget.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio (centre) celebrates with players and staff after David Vaughan (right) scores his side's third goal of the game

Crazy Premier League celebrations: Etihad goes wild after Aguero winner

Who can forget the outburst of emotion from Man City players, staff and fans after Sergio Aguero secured them the title in 2012 with his late winner against QPR.

The bench going wild, Joe Hart sprinting everywhere, Aguero ripping his shirt off and spinning it around his head.

Spectacular scenes, and ones I’m sure City fans will never forget.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Goalkeeper Joe Hart of Manchester City celebrates winning the title as the final whistle blows during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium on May 13, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

What is the craziest celebration you have seen in the Premier League?

With all the questions being thrown at Mikel Arteta, and Arsenal, and their celebrations, it’s got me thinking. What are the craziest celebrations you have witnessed in the Premier League Era?

In the Champions League, you have the famous knee slide by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, and then Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Kidd’s wild celebrations after Steve Bruce’s goal v Sheffield Wednesday in April 1993.

In my opinion, Jurgen Klopp’s reactionary sprint onto the Anfield turf following Divock Origi’s 96th minute winner in the Merseyside derby sparked some mad scenes – that too started a big debate.

Let us know what comes to your mind in the comments.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Jurgen Klopp the manager / head coach of Liverpool celebrates with Alisson Becker of Liverpool as Divock Origi of Liverpool scores a goal to make it 1-0 during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 2, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

Over-celebrating has been a term thrown at Arsenal for a while now, and it was used once again after their 3-1 victory over Liverpool last week.

However, this doesn’t seem to bother the Arsenal boss too much, so much so, he claims that he hadn’t even seen the response following the match.

Arteta loves celebrating so much, he said he even has affection for opposition managers that do it at the Emirates. Cue Eddie Howe sprinting onto the pitch if Newcastle score there later this month.

I’m not sure I can see Howe doing that, to be honest.

Click below to read more.

Pep Guardiola gave a blunt response to comments from Everton boss Sean Dyche, who quizzed why the Toffees have been punished before Man City , despite being charged after the Premier League champions.

It has now been over a year since City were charged with breaking financial rules and are still awaiting a verdict on their 115 alleged breaches.

Everton were charged one month later and received a ten-point deduction in November – a decision that they are appealing. The Toffees were again charged with breaching the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules – along with Nottingham Forest – last month.

Click below to read more.

Klopp joined fans and pundits in the backlash against the blue card and 10-minute sin-bin idea put forward by the International Football Association Board this week.

A broader trial had been planned – potentially in FA Cup games – next season after sin-bins had been introduced in some youth and amateur matches.

The idea was unlikely to be introduced into professional football for some time but Klopp made clear his belief a third card would complicate things.

Click below to read more.

Press conference RECAP

We knew the blue card would be the main topic of questioning in today’s Premier League press conferences, and it was.

It seems most managers are all in agreement, they don’t want it. So, following the earlier news that the trial plan is to be put on the back-burner, they might be happier.

Let’s have a look at today’s top press conference headlines:

  • Klopp, Arteta, Postecoglou and Pochettino, not fans of blue cards
  • Guardiola prefers not to comment on the blue card project
  • Thiago’s muscle injury does not look good for Liverpool
  • Arteta loves celebrations, even from away managers

‘Blue cards doesn’t sound like a fantastic idea’

We should keep it as simple as possible for referees. It just makes it more complicated. I have no problem with testing, but doesn’t sound like a fantastic idea.

Jurgen Klopp does not seem too enthralled by the idea either. I think it is fair to say that this will be the reaction from the majority of Premier League managers.

Arteta does not think football is ready for the blue card

I don’t know if we are ready for that yet.

Plain and simple from the Arsenal boss. Many will agree.

‘I love celebrating because it brings a passion to the game’

I’ve seen managers at the Emirates away on their knees, personally I love it because it brings a passion to the game. When it’s done in a natural and unique way.

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Guardiola prefers not to comment on blue cards

I have no comments on potential introduction of blue cards (since bins) – maybe I have an opinion if and when they are introduced at Man City.

Klopp wants improvement after Arsenal loss

We played a really good, top-class game v Chelsea, everyone saw the other night how good they can be if you let them but we went to Arsenal, had our parts but not more than that.

That is always the challenge for a manager. What are you doing? Ignoring or putting the [boot] in properly? It’s somewhere in between.

We weren’t even close to our standards. It all comes with the way we defended and that’s why that was the main point we talked about and what we have to do much better. That is the first step.

‘Not good news for Thiago or us’

Thiago is not cool. He showed a lot of things on LFCTV and looked outstanding, so we took him, let him play for a few minutes. It’s a muscle issue, we don’t know the extent yet but it’s not cool. Not good news for him or us.

It’s not a big, big injury, but not good at the moment.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT)Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on February 04, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Guardiola, Arteta and Klopp updates incoming

Press conferences from Pep Guardiola, Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp are just about starting.

I feel like the blue card may be mentioned a few times throughout them.

It’s becoming a theme, and rightfully so.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta attends a press conference at the Sobha Realty Training Centre at London Colney on February 02, 2024 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

No love from managers for the blue card

It has been pretty obvious from the press conferences we have seen so far that managers are not happy about the idea of a blue card.

It looks like the backlash has done what it was intended to do, for now at least.

It feels similar to the Super League saga in 2021. Outrage stalling the project.

‘I don’t know why a different colour card is going to make a difference’

Postecoglou is not a happy with the blue card proposal…

I struggle to understand why this urgency suddenly to bring in new things. I don’t know if there’s that much wrong with the game.

My issue with the game right now is that VAR has changed football as an experience. I don’t know why a different colour card is going to make a difference. I don’t know about this taking things from other sports. Other sports are trying to make their games faster, we’re bringing in more clutter.

Son and Bissouma back training

Sonny did recovery on Thursday and trained today. Bissouma trained, Lo Celso trained. The only ones still out are Solomon and Sessegnon.

Sonny and Biss they trained well.

That’s all from Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino’s press conference has finished, and I am not surprised he is not a fan of the blue card.

However, he definitely would have collected a few himself, so he is also right there.

Now it’s time for Ange Postecoglou.

Poch believes he would have got a lot of blue cards.

I don’t know the intention to add this blue card. But for sure, a lot, a lot.

No return in sight for Romeo Lavia

He is not training with the team. He is still recovering. Impossible. He is still not on the pitch.

Pochettino on Enzo Fernandez and Conor Gallagher’s midweek performances

It was only a matter of time. Great for Conor and Enzo, also. feel so happy because they deserve to feel this way and feel happy, enjoy playing football. These guys work so hard to perform.

‘My feeling is the blue card is not a good idea’

Difficult to express how I feel about the blue card. Difficult to explain. At the moment, we don’t have much information about that. That is going to create more debate. It is going to be more complicated.

At the moment, my feeling now is it is not a good idea but we will see what happens.

Pochettino wants consistency

The important thing is the 11 players are showing. Little by little, we are recovering players. The way we are training, the way the players behave, we are improving.

It’s about to win next game and get the feelings we got from Aston Villa.

Blue card on hold

Some big news breaking before some of today’s press conferences.

It is going to be interesting to see how the managers react to the news.

Backlash from the public over blue card sin-bin proposals in football have delayed the project, according to reports.

It was announced on Thursday that a blue card – leading to a ten-minute sin-bin – was set to be trialled.

However, proposals from IFAB have now been put on hold.

What a whirlwind of a 24 hours for the blue card proposal.

Read below, more to follow.

Revenge time for Spurs?

Ange Postecoglou will shortly be in the hot-seat ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s fixture with Brighton and Hove Albion tomorrow.

Spurs will be boosted by the returns of Son Heung-Min and Yves Bissouma, so are in a stronger position heading into this weekend.

Last time out, Brighton inflicted a painful 4-2 defeat on Postecoglou’s side in December, and they will be out for revenge.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - December 28, 2023 Brighton & Hove Albion's Evan Ferguson is fouled inside the box by Tottenham Hotspur's Giovani Lo Celso resulting in a penalty Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR 'LIVE' SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS.

Can Chelsea build on midweek masterclass?

In 30 minutes time Mauricio Pochettino will be answering questions from the press.

After their 3-1 victory at Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Wednesday, can Chelsea use that performance to string some good results together in the league?

We will have to wait until Monday night to find out, as they face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

For updates of the best moments from Pochettino’s press conference, stay with us.

Want more blue card content? Of course you do!

I mentioned the possibility of green cards in an earlier post, and it turns out it’s already been done. I can’t keep up.

We saw the green card introduced at the 2018 CONIFA World Cup – a competition for non-FIFA affiliated international teams – held in London.

The green card was introduced as a concept by tournament sponsors Paddy Power and when it was issued to a player for dissent or diving, the offender had to be substituted immediately.

Read more about other cards that have been introduced, here.

Arsenal’s celebrations following their 3-1 win over Liverpool last weekend caused much controversy and debate.

Curtis Jones has since inferred the Gunners copied the Reds regular celebrations following the victory.

Both sides have had many reasons to celebrate this season, and may have many more to come.

While there may be a blue card coming, there was once a white card.

A video has resurfaced of the first ever white card being shown in a women’s game in Portugal in January 2023.

Referee Catarina Campos brandished the card – shown to recognise and encourage fair play – during a cup clash between Sporting Lisbon and Benfica in Lisbon.

Maybe there will be a green card next, or a purple one. Who knows at this point!

To watch the video and read more, click below.

The news of blue cards has caused quite a stir at the back end of this week, and former referees’ boss Keith Hackett has had his say.

Hackett believes football is trying to ‘accommodate weak refereeing’ by potentially introducing sin-bins in football.

Rodri the tactiful foul connoisseur

Manchester City love a tactical foul, Fernandinho did in particular when he was at the club.

His successor Rodri doesn’t mind a yellow either, he has picked up seven this season.

Like the fans of football, I don’t think Rodri will like the idea of blue cards coming into the game.

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Roy wouldn’t have been keen on the blue card

I bet Roy Keane is glad the blue card was not a thing in his day.

Although there are no current plans to introduce sin-bins into Premier League football, it would have been interesting to see how many the tough-tackling Irishman would have accrued in his day.

In his Premier League career, Keane was sent off a total of seven times, whilst also picking up 69 yellows.

I know for sure that I would not have wanted to be on the end of a tackle from the former Manchester United captain in his heyday.

Football - F.A Charity Shield - Chelsea v Manchester United - 13/8/00  Mandatory Credit : Action Images / Tony O'Brien  Roy Keane is shown the red card by the referee

Simon Jordan has not minced his words about former Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard’s move to FC Seoul.

Jordan has accused the 31-year-old of completely squandering his talent.

Gary Neville and Roy Keane’s recent comments on whether certain European teams were ‘clean’ during their playing days has started a big conversation.

Mail Sport’s Chief Sports Feature Writer, Riath Al-Samarrai, has chimed in on the subject of doping within football.

This doesn’t look good for Manchester United’s recruitment team.

A graph containing data from Twenty First Group has compared the two-year average ratings of all Premier League players and plotted it against their current nine-month ratings.

Three of their recent acquisitions have been ranked among the Premier League’s 20 biggest under-performers.

Want to see who they are? Read here.

Footballing laws are causing confusion again, this time in a different way.

Burnley boss Vincent Kompany has claimed he is struggling to understand the handball law.

Several managers complained about its interpretation to the Premier League and it has caused many debates with certain decisions this season.

The Martin Odegaard incident v Liverpool, sticks out in my mind.

Which player in the Premier League would be the first to get a blue card?

I have heard shouts of Richarlison and Darwin Nunez around the office, all valid candidates.

What players will most likely get a blue card? Comment below.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Maxwel Cornet of West Ham in action with Casemiro of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on February 04, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

What do you think?

We want to hear your thoughts on the blue card.

Do you think it is necessary? Are you angry? Do you think people are overeacting?

There are just so many questions on the tip of everyone’s tongues about this.

The face Anthony Taylor is displaying here was exactly how I looked when I read the news.

Tell us what you think in the comments.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Referee, Anthony Taylor during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on February 04, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Football fans are not happy about this one…

It was revealed yesterday that plans for a blue card are set to be announced as part of 10-minute sin-bin trials by football’s lawmakers.

At a time when VAR is already having problems in the game, manager’s, ex-player’s, and fans alike are, to put it plain and simple, not happy with the news.

Want to read the reaction to the blue card? Click below.

Following Jurgen Klopp’s shock announcement last week that he will be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season, the question has been asked if some of their top stars will follow suit.

Former Liverpool star Glen Johnson is concerned that Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah could follow the German out the door in the summer.

Liverpool fans is this something you’re concerned about?

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