SLOPPY. Really Roy? If that’s sloppy, thank heavens you never worked as a pundit for my games!
FFS, come on. Soundbites are one thing, but make sure you’re not in earshot of the manager when you’re wide of the mark. I’m not sure Roy knew Jurgen Klopp was listening in, but he was definitely caught out. Klopp called him out big-time.
To be fair Roy came back, but he was p****** in the wind. Klopp was right. Liverpool were brilliant against Arsenal. Yes, they should have won more comfortably. Their passing was crisp and their possession dominated the Gunners. They certainly weren’t sloppy.
And they got their own back on Arteta’s men after that Community Shield defeat and seemed to take great delight in that - it meant something. Klopp was bursting with pride afterwards and shows everyone the red fire still burns bright there.
I just hope for the rest of the Premier League they’re not better this season than last. If they are, we’re all p****** in the wind, too!
Certainly my old mate Piers Morgan was. What’s he like? Goading the Liverpool fans on Twitter, lording the fact they’d gone one-nil up at Anfield. It was like poking a lion, the Reds roared back. Robertson, at fault for the goal, quickly made amends.
I suppose it shows what it means to put Liverpool on the back foot - even for two mins! They’ve been the team to beat for a few seasons now and their new signings Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota are just going to make it even harder for the rest.
Man City getting rolled over by Leicester and Jamie Vardy was a shock - or was it? Pep’s got defensive problems and Leicester had a pretty good last season - until lockdown upset their momentum and they got caught by Man Utd and Chelsea.
There’s a real feelgood factor at the King Power, which was obvious when James Maddison paid tribute to the club’s former doctor Stuart Bertwhistle after he scored. Stuart died during the summer and you sense a real togetherness there just now.
Everton have also had a great start to the season. Like Liverpool and Leicester they’ve won all three games so far - and will fancy their chances again this weekend at home to Brighton. Mind you, the seasiders are playing well too and should have beaten Man Utd.
Graham Potter’s men were the better team against Ole’s charges. United aren’t quite firing on all cylinders - and now have Spurs at the weekend.
Tottenham missed their chances at the weekend, but shouldn’t have drawn against Newcastle. Pre-VAR that handball would never have been given and they’d have taken all three points. Of course, things didn’t work out like that.
I’m not sure where I stand on this handball business. Dier wasn't even facing the ball, so had no chance to get his hand out the way. He had his arms raised because he was jumping - again fair enough. You try jumping with your hands down by your side!
But here’s the thing. The ball hitting his arm did give Spurs an advantage you could argue. Otherwise that header from Carroll goes towards the goal and the Geordies have a chance to poke it home. The trajectory of the ball changed - because it hit Dier’s arm.
Look, I’m not saying I agree with it, but once you’re looking so closely where does it stop?
And for the same reason Chelsea’s third goal against West Brom should NOT have stood. It clearly hit Havertz’s arm. Not intentional, but it gave the Blues the advantage and they scored to complete a dramatic comeback - after being thumped in the first half.
That was painful to watch for a time. You wondered where this was going. Chelsea three-nil down and all at sea, too easy to open up and making mistake after mistake. It was happening again . . . but thankfully for them they pulled it back.
Frank was under serious pressure, but he came through it - thanks to the Chelsea Academy boys. Forget the £200m spent on new players, it was Abraham, Mount and Hudson-Odoi who did the business. They rose to the challenge.
All three did great - but there was something Lampard-esque about how Mount seemed to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. And how many times did you see Frank score from outside the area with a ball swerving one way then the next. Superb.
It doesn’t give Chelsea a free pass, though. By all accounts, Frank and Alonso had a right stand-up after the defender went and sat on the bus for the second half after being substituted. Mild-mannered Frank went berserk apparently. Love it.
Chelsea v Palace is the lunchtime game on Saturday which kicks off the weekend’s PL matches. I just hope they don’t wear the same kit! Did you see what the ‘Blues’ were wearing last week against West Brom? F*** me. They were Palace cast-offs!
You do wonder what these kit designers see that we don’t. They must sit in a darkened room, get a few relevant colours together - and go bingo! They’ve clearly never seen Crystal Palace play - or wouldn't have given Chelsea an identical kit. Mad.
Anyway, Palace have been a bogey team to Chelsea in recent years, so if Frank is really going to mount a challenge to Liverpool and City this year then Roy Hodgson’s men need to be seen off - and in good style. It’s another test for them. It won’t be easy.
Well done to Leeds for winning the battle of Yorkshire against Sheffield United. That was a pretty good away win, even if it’s been a stuttering start from the Blades. I’m sure there’s better to come from both sides - and Leeds face a real humdinger this week.
Leeds versus Man City is the pick of the matches this week for me. Pep has nothing but praise for Bielsa so pitting these two coaching giants together will be interesting. City have the class, of course, but I’m giving Leeds a real chance of getting a draw.
And it might be a draw between Man Utd and Jose. Neither are absolutely on fire, but you’ve got to think United will step up and match Spurs. I’m on the fence here.
I’m not on the fence in the golf! I’m all over Matt Wallace in the Scottish Open.
They’re playing at The Renaissance Club, which is part-links, part-parkland. It should be a birdie-fest, although the rain could be a problem. Either way, Matt Wallace arrives in good form and is better value than the Fleetwoods and Fitzpatricks maybe.
Sam Horsfield missed the cut here last year but is a far better player now and has had a good season, while South Africa’s Brandon Stone showed great consistency at Portugal recently and looks one at a bigger price for Vinnie’s Three Off The Tee.
Good luck all, enjoy your sporting week and stay safe.
Chelsea v Crystal Palace CHELSEA WIN
Everton v Brighton DRAW
Leeds United v Manchester City DRAW
Newcastle United v Burnley NEWCASTLE WIN
Leicester City v West Ham United DRAW
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion SOUTHAMPTON WIN
Arsenal v Sheffield United ARSENAL
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham WOLVES WIN
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur DRAW
Aston Villa v Liverpool LIVERPOOL WIN