Liverpool’s Premier League title win will come with expensive costs. Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho are reportedly set to pocket healthy bonus payments after the title was wrapped up on Thursday. And while the title win will give them a cash windfall from the Premier League, the club will reportedly fork out a hefty fee as well.
Sources report that Southampton is set to cash in as a result of their numerous transfer dealings with the newly-crowned champions. Van Dijk, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, and Dejan Lovren all moved from the south coast to Anfield in the past few years, and it is reported that they had clauses inserted in their transfer agreements ensuring Liverpool would pay the Saints if they won the Premier League while they were at the club.
These clauses are commonly used and are often implemented as a way of lowering initial transfer fees and giving the selling club an additional incentive to let go of their player. Arsenal is set to cash in thanks to their 2017 sale of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the midfielder having made a name for himself at Anfield. Championship side Hull will reportedly receive a smaller fee than Southampton for their sale of Andy Robertson to the Reds. Liverpool is now Premier League Champions, ending their 30-year wait for the League title and they’re first coming in the Premier League! This is an incredible feat when you consider that there are 7 games still to play, and it’s testament to Liverpool’s dominance this season.
The title may finally be wrapped up; however, European places are up for grabs with many teams in with a chance. The battle for Premier League survival is becoming increasingly exciting (depending on who you support!) with the teams battling out separated by the finest of margins. Saturday
Aston Villa vs Wolves – Both teams had only just played on Wednesday, so this match may be a bit lethargic; however, both teams have much to play for. For Villa, Nyland continues to deputize for the injured Heaton, otherwise, Villa has no fresh injuries. Wolves have been fortunate with injuries and have no concerns, but with their 3rd match in a week, some rotation may be forced on Nuno’s side. Wolves are very much the team in form. Sunday, Watford FC vs Southampton – No fresh injury news for either side, although Jack Stephens is suspended for the Saints after his straight red against Arsenal.
This should be a relatively balanced game, with both teams having lost on Thursday. This is one in which Watford has more to play for as they continue to fight for Premier League survival.
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On Tuesday, Brighton vs Manchester United – Adam Webster was subbed in Brighton’s draw on Tuesday with Leicester as a precaution and is a slight doubt for this fixture, as we await further news. The Seagulls have no further injury concerns. No new injury news for the Man Utd. The Red Devils do have a fixture pile-up, with an away fixture again Norwich on Saturday in the FA Cup Quarter-Final, so the rotation will be likely.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are neck-and-neck in the closest title race in Europe as La Liga’s top two have enjoyed an almost faultless return since Spanish football resumed two weeks ago. But Barca’s performances have been less convincing than their results and a draw away at Sevilla has allowed Madrid to clear a two-point deficit and reclaim first place due to a superior head-to-head.
Beneath them, Atletico Madrid has surged into third, their concerns of missing out on Champions League qualification evaporating almost entirely as their top-four rivals have crumbled around them. The three-month suspension has also had varying effects at the bottom, where Celta Vigo and Eibar have managed to pull away, leaving Real Mallorca, Leganes, and Espanyol with a mountain to climb.
Meanwhile, in athletic, the New York City Marathon, which had been scheduled for 1 November, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
New York Road Runners announced the cancellation of the world’s largest marathon on Wednesday after coordinating with the mayor’s office and deciding the race posed too many health and safety concerns for runners, volunteers, and spectators.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said he hoped to welcome the race back in 2021. “While the marathon is an iconic and beloved event in our city, I applaud New York Road Runners for putting the health and safety of both spectators and runners first,” he said in a statement. “We look forward to hosting the 50th running of the marathon in November of 2021.”
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