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Trading Rodgers for Klopp is Liverpool’s best deal since signing Suarez
If Klopp is as good as everyone thinks he is then his appointment could be a stroke of genius by the Liverpool board. He’s young, ambitious, seems to have tactical nous, brings the best out of players and, perhaps most importantly, has an amazing rapport with the fans. Klopp worked wonders at Dortmund, managing to win the Bundesliga twice during a time when Bayern had arguably the strongest squad in Europe, and though his last season at the club was a bit of a mess, he’s still adored by the Black and Yellows fans. If Klopp gets control of transfers and is given the time to build his own squad, I can see Liverpool challenging for the league within two years.

Manchester United are far from the finished article
There have been a lot of excited voices coming from the red half of Manchester this season, and rightly so. Manchester United look as though they have a squad capable of seriously challenging for trophies, and in Anthony Martial they appear to have discovered a true gem. However, following the 3-0 hammering at Arsenal, it’s very evident that the squad is still not perfect. At time the defence looks decidedly weak and when the creative players go missing – as Depay and Rooney did on Sunday – the team looks empty of ideas. I expect Manchester City to win the title, but I think United will chase them all the way.

Christian Eriksen is a superstar in the making
A lot of Eriksen’s performances went under the radar last season once the media become fixated on the exploits of Harry Kane, but the little Dane has arguably been one of Tottenham’s most important players in the last couple of season (along with Lloris). His passing ability is second to none, and he has the incredible knack of scoring vital goals just when they are most desperately needed. If Tottenham don’t bag a top four finish this season, I can’t see Eriksen being at White Hart Lane next year.

Bayern Munich will win the Champions League
The German giants are far and away the best team in Europe right now, and in Robert Lewandowski they have perhaps the most clinical striker in the world. I realise that’s a big claim, but he’s on fire at the moment and is bagging goals for fun. Bayern have a pair of games against Arsenal coming up and if, as I fully expect them to, they come through those with either four or six points, then it will be yet another huge warning to the rest of Europe that Bayern are the team to beat.

Sunderland are a mess
Hardly a statement that many will disagree with, is it? They managed a creditable 2-2 draw with West Ham at the weekend, but even that wasn’t enough to stop Dick Advocaat giving up on the Black Cats. We’re just eight games into the season and already Sunderland are second bottom, managerless and in very real danger of slipping into the Championship. They need to quickly appoint someone who will not only steady the ship, but who can instil some confidence into players that already seem to have accepted relegation as a certainty. It is not a job I will be applying for.

The ‘Legends World Cup’ has every chance of being brilliant
You may have seen in the news that there is to be a Legend World Cup in 2017; a semi-serious international tournament that is expected to feature former greats such as Beckham, Zidane and Ronaldo (the Brazilian one). The event, which will contain 12 teams and will take place in Mexico, will obviously be a little more light-hearted than the World Cup, but with so many famous faces set to be on show, it’ll definitely be worth a watch. Come on England!

If things continue as they are, McClaren could be gone by Christmas
What is going on at Newcastle? Fans were so optimistic coming into this season following what looked like an impressive recruitment drive, and with Siem De Jong back to full fitness it seemed that the Magpies would be a force to be reckoned with. It hasn’t turned out like that so far, though. McClaren’s men sit bottom of the table, accruing no wins from their opening eight games and managing to score a measly six goals. I’m not a Newcastle fan, but I must admit that I’ve been incredibly disappointed by their form so far this campaign. If they don’t start picking up victories soon, then I can see the axe being wielded. Rodgers to the Toon, anyone?

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