Premier League – Man City star Silva to join Aguero on the sidelines for a month

Manchester City’s injury woes have increased with the news that David Silva is facing a month on the sidelines.

The 29-year-old damaged ankle ligaments during Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Luxembourg on Friday night.

Silva failed to shake off an injury following a challenge from Lars Krogh Gerson and was withdrawn after just 11 minutes of the 4-0 win, a victory which ensured the reigning European champions a place at next summer’s finals in France.

A statement from the Spanish Football Federation confirmed on Friday that Silva would miss Monday’s final qualifier against Ukraine, but following initial scans Manchester City have been informed that the extent of the damage is likely to rule the playmaker out for up to a month.

The Premier League leaders were rocked on Thursday at the news that Sergio Aguero suffered a hamstring injury, one that left him in tears according to his club and international team-mate Nicolas Otamendi, during Argentina’s 2-0 defeat against Ecuador.

The Argentina Football Association confirmed on Friday that Aguero suffered a grade two tear that could keep him out for up to six weeks, meaning both he and Silva are liable to miss the upcoming Manchester derby and potentially the crucial Champions League double header against Sevilla.



Premier League – Aguero out for at least a month as Argentina confirm grade two tear

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will miss the Manchester derby on October 25 after Argentina confirmed he has suffered a grade two hamstring injury.

Aguero was stretchered off during the first half of Argentina’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Ecuador on Thursday night, and told reporters after undergoing scans on Friday that he fears he will miss a month of action.

But a month is likely to be the bare minimum recovery time after La Albiceleste confirmed the extent of the injury.

“After having to be replaced after 22 minutes of the first half against Ecuador, today’s scans revealed that Sergio Aguero suffered a grade two tear in the biceps femoris of his left leg.”

As well as the game at Old Trafford he is also likely to miss games against Bournemouth, Sevilla (home and away), Norwich City, and Crystal Palace, all at the Etihad Stadium, as well as the away trip to Aston Villa on November 8.

The striker, who scored five times against Newcastle United on Saturday, was taken off after netting his fifth as a precaution, having already undergone treatment on a minor hamstring injury at half-time.

Goal has also learned that City’s medical staff warned their Argentine counterparts about a niggle in his adductor muscle ahead of the international fixtures.

Argentina boss Tata Martino, when questioned about Aguero’s fitness, stated before the match that all of his squad were fit.

Afterwards, he insisted that the problem sustained during their first qualifier was unrelated to the previous injury he had picked up against Newcastle.


Premier League – Ferguson ‘worried’ about Liverpool’s Klopp appointment

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has joked he is “worried” about Liverpool’s appointment of Jurgen Klopp

The Reds confirmed the arrival of the 48-year-old – who left Borussia Dortmund in May – on a three-year contract on Thursday, following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers.

Klopp vowed to bring the Premier League title to Anfield within four years at his unveiling on Thursday and Ferguson says he has the character and personality to be a hit on Merseyside.

“It’s a good appointment, I admire him, I know Jurgen pretty well through our meetings with the elite coaches classes in Geneva,” he told ESPN.

“Strong personality, very strong, very stubborn, determined, and his performances, his career at Dortmund was a stellar rise to the top and I think he’ll do very well. I don’t like saying that, being Liverpool, I’m worried about it!”

The Scot also insisted Klopp would not accept not being in charge of signings and says the club need to trust him in the transfer market.

“If you don’t trust your manager, why have him there? He is the man who should be deciding which kind of player he wants, the type of player, position he wants, his character he wants, it’s the manager who knows more than anyone.

“There’s a lot of this happening in the game now. This Moneyball idea, about look at statistics of players and bypassing the manager’s thoughts. I think it’s wrong. Why give him a job if he can’t do it?

“When they sit around that table to appoint a manager, do they say ‘well, he can be part of the committee’? It’s wrong. I don’t think Jurgen Klopp will accept that.”


Premier League – Klopp’s message to Liverpool fans: Stop doubting and start believing

New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has launched a rallying call to fans of the club to stop doubting the team and start believing in them.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager replaces Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, and admitted he felt there was a negative atmosphere around the club that he is looking to change.

But Klopp is now keen for Reds supporters to forget about their illustrious history and concentrate on building towards more success under his guidance.

“First of all, we have to talk with all LFC fans to talk about our expectations,” he told LFCTV. “Expectations can be a real big problem.

“Having a backpack with 20 kilos in it is not so cool to run with. We have to talk about this and then we can start.

“The LFC family is a little bit too nervous and a bit too pessimistic. They all celebrate the game and it’s a great atmosphere in the stadium, but they don’t believe.

“They talk about five years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago, and yes that was great, but it’s great to remember. Now we have the opportunity to write a new story if we want.

“We have to clear a few things and maybe we can do this in the next few weeks to be as successful as we can be. I’m not saying this year will be the best in the history of LFC, but if it happens we can celebrate this. If not, we have to work.

“The message to the Liverpool supporters? We have to change from doubters, to believers… now.”

Klopp was also asked about the style of play he would be bringing to Merseyside, with many expecting him to introduce his “gegenpressing” philosophy to the club.

And the former Mainz boss admitted he would be looking to make his side hard to beat and concentrating on the defence as he looks to lift them from 10th in the Premier League table.

“A wild one!” he joked when asked what his style would be. “In this case, all the world-class teams play ball possession football. That’s cool, and I like to watch this. Bayern Munich are a great team. Barcelona the same. Real Madrid on some days, and Manchester City.

“You cannot start as a ball possession team, so the first thing in life you need is a stable defence. That’s the first thing always. You can only stay confident in the game when not every offensive move of the other team is a goal.

“Always when you want to start a development, you never start from the top of the table. Our position is absolutely OK, so we can start our development today and tomorrow.

“It is possible to be the hardest team in the world to beat, so let’s try to be this. If you are this then it’s not so far away to be a team that can win games.”


Premier League – Klopp: I don’t want Ronaldo or Messi!

New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is happy with the squad at his disposal and is not looking for a “dream” signing of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo .

Klopp has replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield as Liverpool look to bounce back from a disappointing start to the season, in which they have won just three Premier League games.

Rodgers was heavily criticised in some quarters for the club’s transfer dealings over the past 18 months but Klopp is adamant the ingredients for success are there – provided they have the work-rate to match.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager insisted he is happy with the Liverpool squad, suggesting he would not want the two most recent Ballon d’Or winners and letting his new players now that the hard work starts now.

“Now we start work. I’m not a dream man, I don’t want to have Cristiano or Lionel and all these players in one team,” Klopp told LFCTV .

“I want these guys [the current squad], it was a decision for these guys. Now we start working.”

Speculation has persisted that Klopp had reservations over working with Liverpool’s much-discussed transfer committee but the former Borussia Dortmund boss insists he has no fears over their working relationship, indicating his belief that discussion around transfers can be a positive thing for a club.

“It’s a really funny thing,” he added. “It was absolutely no problem between [club owners] FSG and myself, we talked about this. It’s nothing. If two smart, intelligent, clever guys sit together on a table and you both want the same, where can be the problem?

But Klopp did warn the club that he would require the final say on all dealings, with the manager being given first refusal on all player sales and purchases.

“I don’t want to spend money the club doesn’t have, I don’t want to hold a player that doesn’t want to stay,” he continued.

“I have to work all day with these guys. Nobody will sell a player I want to work with, even if it’s a good deal. Nobody wants to transfer a player without my ‘yes’. So everything is okay, I don’t need more.”

And the 48-year-old Swabian remained optimistic about the squad at his disposal, regardless of any future transfer dealings, praising the players’ speed and technical ability.

“I’m here because I believe the potential of the team. I see the team and think everything is good,” the new Liverpool manager said.

“At this moment we’re not the best team in the world, but who cares? We want to be the best team in the world. We have some problems and we have to solve them.

“We have speed and technical ability. The first game is Tottenham and we have to make a team for this game.