History shows how hard it is to defend a Premier League title but after their dominance last season, Liverpool are sure to give a bold defence of their crown. Manchester City have strengthened their hand with the addition of Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake, whilst Klopp has been very quiet in terms of bringing big names to Anfield.
It’s hard to imagine a team has ever gone into a Champions League final in better form than the Bavarian outfit ahead of Sunday’s European showpiece.
RB Leipzig v Tottenham Hotspur (1-0)
Spurs travel Leipzig looking to defy their shocking recent form and pull off a famous victory to progress to the quarter-finals. Mourinho’s men have had no luck with injuries and labored to a 1-1 draw at Burnley, following their midweek exit from the FA cup at the hands of the Premier League’s bottom side Norwich. Meanwhile Leipzig are unbeaten in their previous six games in all competitions and sit third in the Bundesliga.
When the draw was made, this was the game that jumped off the page as the tie of the first knockout round. With City’s future participation in the Champions League in doubt following their two-year ban, there is a feeling that Pep Guardiola could be in the last chance saloon in terms of delivering what he was ultimately brought to the club to do.
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My son was always far more on it that any of my friends’ boys, even from a very young age. We started taking him to Little Kickers, which offers football to youngsters from the age of about two upwards. That, really, is about as early as you can start, although my boy started when he was three. I used to take him every Saturday morning to a class of about 15-20. Even then he was miles better than the others, so we started looking at grass-roots clubs in the area that suited his level. By the time he was seven, he was starting to play competitive football on a weekly basis. That’s when he was scouted for the first time.