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Burnley defeated Crystal Palace 1-0. The Clarets are now in seventh place with seven points.

There is a jog jam with five clubs at seven points-Spurs fifth place plus four, Huddersfield seven points plus four sixth place. The Terriers battle West Ham later today. Liverpool eight place plus-minus of zero. West Brom seventh points plus minus of zero.

Newcastle won their second match in a row with a 1-0 win over Swansea City. Toons are tenth with six points.

EPL Match Report on the Clarets win:” Chris Wood continued his flying start to his Burnley career with the only goal against a Crystal Palace side who rued missed chances at Turf Moor.

Wood’s second goal in as many matches came when he curled past onrushing goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey on three minutes after an underhit backpass by Lee Chung-yong.

But after he and Sam Vokes spurned chances, it was Palace who had the best opportunities as they pushed for a leveller.

In the second half Christian Benteke was superbly denied by Premier League debutant Nick Pope, who came on for injured Clarets No 1 Tom Heaton in the first period, before Scott Dann had an effort cleared off the line and headed wide from a few yards out.

But Burnley held on to move into the top seven, while Frank de Boer’s Eagles search for their first points of the season.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22374

EPL Match Report on Toons win:” Jamaal Lascelles was the hero at both ends as Newcastle United claimed a 1-0 victory at Swansea City.

The 23-year-old captain produced a stunning clearance on the goalline to stop Tammy Abraham’s effort on the hour mark and 16 minutes later he rose highest to powerfully head home Matt Ritchie’s corner.

Newcastle edged the opening period, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski superbly saving Joselu’s header, although Swansea had a great opportunity to take the lead only for Alfie Mawson to put his header just wide.

Swansea responded in the second period with Tom Carroll and Luciano Narsingh forcing stops from Rob Elliot but the Magpies defender’s header proved decisive.

The Magpies are in 1th place after two wins in two matches, Swansea are in 15th place, four points off the bottom three.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22380

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Man Shitty took Liverpool to the woodshed. Shitty wins 5-0 over ten-man Liverpool. Man Shitty has ten points and a plus eight.

Liverpool has seven points.

Gabriel Jesus led the way with the daily double 45th minute plus six and the 53rd minute.

Leroy Sane had a daily double tambem 77th minute and 90th minute plus one

Sergio Aquero started off the hit parade in the 24th minute.

Danny Welbeck led my Gunners with the daily double in 6th and 50th minutes to a resounding 3-0 win over lowly Bournemouth.

The win gives the guys six points.  This is good enough for ninth place in the table.

EPL Match Report:” Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win over AFC Bournemouth.

After two defeats in a row, Arsenal got off to a great start when Danny Welbeck bundled home Sead Kolasinac’s cross.

Welbeck was involved in the second, setting up Alexandre Lacazette to curl home in the 27th minute.

Moments after Jermain Defoe hit a post with a header, Arsenal got their third after the break.

Aaron Ramsey set free Welbeck on the left and he finished into the far corner.

Arsenal played the last 10 minutes with 10 men after Francis Coquelin, one of three substitutes, went off injured, but apart from Petr Cech tipping over a Lys Mousset header, AFC Bournemouth rarely threatened to score a second goal this season.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22372

Brighton and Hove Albion picked up their first EPL win with a 3-1 win over West Brom.

Tottenham shut out Everton 3-0.

The Spurs are in fifth place with seven points for now.

Huddersfield could jump ahead of Tottenham with a win Monday night over West Ham.

Chelsea defeated Leicester City 2-1. The Blues are in third place with nine points for now. This will depend on how the Terriers do on Monday night against the Hammers.

Watford blew out Southampton 2-0.

The Hornets sit in fourth place with eight points for now.

Man U and Stoke City in a wild shoot out tied two all. Man U keeps the top spot on goal difference with a plus 10.

Both the Red Devils and Shitty have ten points. Man Shitty is a plus eight.

EPL Match Report:” Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored twice as Stoke City ended Manchester United’s 100% start to the season.

The summer signing broke the deadlock on 43 minutes at the bet365 Stadium, converting Mame Biram Diouf’s cross for the first goal United had conceded in 2017/18.

But Marcus Rashford immediately equalised, deflecting in Paul Pogba’s header.

After the break, Romelu Lukaku made it 2-1 with his fourth goal of the campaign, following up after Jack Butland had saved his first shot.

It was Stoke’s turn to reply. Moments after David De Gea’s heroics had denied Jese, Choupo-Moting headed in Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross.

Butland’s stoppage-time save from Kurt Zouma’s header kept United to a point that put them back top on goal difference. Stoke climb to 10th.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22379

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The guys are back at later today. The big match. The one that has a ton riding on it. Man Shitty-Liverpool will take place at Shitty’s house.

Shitty is in fourth place seven points.

The Reds are in second place with seven points.

Liverpool is a plus five while Shitty is a plus three.

Man U is top dog with nine points and a plus ten.

The Red Devils will take on Stoke City at the Potters house.

The rest of today’s action looks like this: Arsenal-Bournemouth, Brighton and Hove Albion, Everton- Tottenham, Leicester City- Chelsea, and Southampton-Watford.

Sunday has Burnley-Crystal Palace and Swansea City-Newcastle.

Monday night has West Ham-Huddersfield.

Arsenal is in a world of hurt. The guys are in 16th place with three points. This is the Gunners worst start in years.

Man U is in the catbird seat with ten points. Liverpool is second with seven points. Huddersfield is third with seven points. Man Shitty is fourth with seven points.

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Brasilian great Ronaldo is a proud papa, His son Ronald Nazario de Lima is now playing for Brasilerios under 18 squad in the Maccabiah Games.

The Daily Mail:” Ronaldo, of the Brazilian variety, appears to have passed on his exquisite footballing genes as his son prepares to follow in his footsteps.

Ronald Nazario de Lima, who is the former Real Madrid star’s first son, has been selected to represent Brazil in this year’s Maccabiah games.

The Maccabiah games is the third-largest sporting event in the world, with 10,000 athletes set to take part from 85 nations, and is often referred to as the Jewish Olympics.

And this could well be the launchpad for the next generation of Ronaldo’s, with the Brazilians looking to catch up with the recent standards set by the Portuguese Cristiano.

Ronald was born in Milan while his father was making his name for Inter in 1999. And if the 17-year-old needed any more footballing pedigree in his genes, his mum, Milene Domingues, was a Brazil international herself.

His parents boast a combined 118 caps for Brazil and 775 club appearances — so a fairly well stocked footballing background.

And Ronaldo was bursting with pride as his son set off for Jerusalem as he posted a photo of the team. He captioned the photo: ‘This is the Brazilian team representing the people in the World Macabbiah 2017.

‘A special hug for my son Ronald Lima who is in the Under-18 soccer team. Good luck, guys! Go for it, Brazil!’

Ronald himself is not Jewish but has often frequented Hebraica in Sao Paulo, a club that functions as a cross between a Jewish community centre and country club.

His mother plays for Sao Paulo Hebraica women’s football and at 17 years old, the age her son is now, she broke the world record for the most keepy-ups with an incredible 55,187 touches.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4674754/Ronaldo-congratulates-son-Brazil-U18s-selection.html#ixzz4mHSJLqiz

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Brasil and Colombia tied one all. The guys are still the top dog, the main man, and in catbird seat with 37 points. Brasilerios has qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Globo Esportes: “Foi no apagar das luzes do primeiro tempo, aos 46 minutos, o gol marcado pelo meia Willian que abriu o placar em Barranquilla para o Brasil, que acabou saindo da Colômbia com o empate por 1 a 1, pelas eliminatórias. O resultado quebrou a série de nove vitórias seguidas da Seleção de Tite, mas, ao fim da partida, o jogador não escondeu a felicidade pela beleza do lance, iniciado num lançamento de Daniel Alves para Neymar. O camisa 10 ajeitou para o camisa 19 acertar um lindo chute de primeira. A bomba, a 90km por hora, morreu no ângulo de Ospina.

– Acho que esse foi o gol mais bonito que fiz pela Seleção. Tive a felicidade de pegar bem na bola e fazer o gol. Jogar aqui é difícil. Queríamos a vitória, mas o time jogou bem.

A maior dificuldade, segundo Willian, foi o forte calor em Barranquilla na hora da partida, pouco comum para os brasileiros que atuam na Europa.

– Fazia tempo que eu não jogava nesse horário num lugar quente como a Colômbia. Jogamos na Europa nesse horário, mas é bem diferente. Aqui é muito calor. Na Europa faz frio, é mais tranquilo. Criamos algumas chances, mas aqui é difícil jogar, o campo dificulta, o gramado é seco, a bola quica bastante. Mas pela luta e pelo empenho, estamos de parabéns.

http://sportv.globo.com/site/programas/copa-2018/noticia/para-willian-gol-e-o-mais-bonito-tive-a-felicidade-de-pegar-bem-na-bola.ghtml

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The USA is in a world of hurt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

The guys lost to Costa Rica 2-0.

The Guardians Bryan Armen Graham wrote;” The result, underwhelming as it was on the night, will barring catastrophe do little to dent the World Cup hopes of the United States, who remain in favorable position with three matches left in Concacaf’s qualifying hexagonal. But Friday night’s 2-0 defeat by Costa Rica before a spine-tingling atmosphere at Red Bull Arena offered vital and instructive reminders of USA’s shortcomings, lest they allow themselves to peek too far ahead toward next year’s tournament in Russia. Should earnest yet perilously negligent outings like these become the norm, why bother making the trip?

The historic signposts in the immediate aftermath were dire. It marked only the United States’ fourth defeat in a World Cup qualifier on home soil in 32 years and the first where they failed to score a goal. But their predicament pales in comparison to the calamity the team faced nine months ago, when Bruce Arena took over a dispirited, rudderless program that had dropped their opening two qualifying matches, a latter a 4-0 drubbing in the Costa Rican capital of San José that prompted the dismissal of Jürgen Klinsmann.

Since then, the US played 14 matches prior to Friday’s crucial qualifier eight miles from Manhattan, winning nine, drawing five and losing none, buoyed by a renewal of institutional confidence, a Gold Cup triumph over admittedly reduced competition and the emergence of Christian Pulisic, the 18-year-old attacking midfielder who’s already been hailed as the most talented player the country of 320m has ever produced. That unbeaten run is no longer thanks to a stunning brace by Marco Ureña, the San Jose Earthquakes striker whose first came against the run of play at the half-hour mark, followed by a second off a grievous defensive miscue that put the proceedings on ice nine minutes from time.

All the while the well-drilled defense of Costa Rica, surprise quarter-finalists at the last World Cup, would deny the United States time and again with no small help from Keylor Navas, the Real Madrid keeper who made a pair of critical hair-trigger saves to keep the hosts off the board.

It had started as a night of immense promise for the United States before a rollicking sellout crowd at the 26,500-seat home of the New York Red Bulls in northern New Jersey, the first ever World Cup qualifier staged in the NYC metropolitan area for which tickets on the secondary market started at $200. A cagey, intense opening abruptly gave way in the seventh minute when the United States survived a poor giveaway by center back Tim Ream, who was bailed out when team-mate Jorge Villafaña raced back to disrupt the Costa Rica counter.

Soon after Pulisic darted across the area and won a foul, then moments later carried it 20 yards up the right flank before he was hacked down by a gang of Costa Rican defenders, the hard man David Guzmán seeing yellow for good measure. The teenage ingenue, who turns 19 later this month and has already made a name for himself with Dortmund in the Bundesliga, offers the United States a talent capable of the sort of lean-forward moments that American supporters had previously only read about or consumed vicariously on YouTube, equipped with a dangerous pace and confidence to run at defenders and slip them instinctively.

He nearly broke through for an opener at 16 minutes when an excellent sequence involving Bobby Wood, Darlington Nagbe and Jozy Altidore ended with a Pulisic missed header. Even as the US continued to press, a poor giveaway or dispossession, including no less than three by talented youngster Wood, was never far behind.

A note of controversy struck in the 23rd minute when Graham Zusi sent a long through ball to Pulisic on the right edge of the area, whose well-timed cross to Altidore found the target man snarled in a heap and prompted vociferous appeals for a penalty to referee John Pitti, of Panama, that fell on deaf ears. Two minutes later Altidore had another chance when Michael Bradley found him on the left side of the box, the forward perhaps taking a touch too many as a pair of Costa Rica defenders closed in before his tightly angled shot was parried away by Navas.

That set the stage for Ureña, who ran on to a pass from Bryan Ruiz, split Ream and Geoff Cameron and managed to slot a right-footed shot from the right side of the box past Tim Howard just inside the bottom-left corner at the 30-minute mark, making the hosts pay for their early missed chances – and perhaps indicted Arena for starting a new defensive combination against such a high-quality opponent. It marked the first time in 10 matches the US had failed to score first.

The US redoubled their attack after the goal but were frustrated one chance after another. Seven minutes from half-time, Altidore slipped through a pair of defenders and found Pulisic near the goal, but he was denied by Kendall Watson. Moments later Pulisic went down for several minutes after a foul by Guzmán, which left the teenager limping the rest of the night.

More chances followed for both sides after the half and quickly with Zusi taking an corner in the 47th that found the head of Ream, who couldn’t quite negotiate it on target. Soon after came a phantom foul on Wood that cost the US a breakaway, heaping even more invective toward the referee’s Concacaf-familiar laissez-faire approach.

Arena began pulling strings after the hour-mark, inserting Clint Dempsey for Villafaña in the 65th and shifting to a 4-3-3 with the longtime captain up top alongside Altidore and Wood. It nearly paid immediate dividends moments later when a Dempsey free-kick was deflected into the vicinity of Pulisic, whose shot made it through a forest of Costa Rican defenders only to be deftly corralled by Navas. It would prove the US team’s best chance of the night.

Then came the 81st-minute strike by Ureña, his 13th in 56 international appearances off an inexcusable giveaway by Cameron, silencing the legions of US fans behind the goal while sending the Costa Rican supporters in the arena’s upper reaches into hysterics. Arena swapped in Jordan Morris as a fourth forward in the 84th, but of course by then it was too little too late.

“They outplayed us and outcoached us tonight,” Arena said afterward. “On the night, we didn’t make any plays that mattered. We were probably outplayed in most positions on the field and made some critical errors.

“It’s going to be a battle among the remaining four teams.”

There will be no shortage of hand-wringing after Friday’s showing, which marked the first time in six decades the US have dropped two home games in a World Cup cycle. But in sober assessment the US played neither well enough or awfully. They remain safely in third place with eight points, level with Honduras but a comfortable eight goals ahead on goal difference and one point above fifth-place Panama. Above them are Mexico (17 points) and Costa Rica (14), with a top-three finish necessary for automatic qualification and the fourth-place team forced into a two-leg play-off with the fifth-place team from Asian and Australian confederation.

With three remaining matches against the three teams beneath them in the standings – Honduras in San Pedro Sula on Tuesday ahead of dates with Panama and Trinidad and Tobago in October – an eighth straight World Cup berth remains squarely within touching distance. All that’s changed is their margin for error and the heightened stakes for Tuesday’s trip, one the US will make without the suspended Altidore thanks to Friday’s late booking.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/01/united-states-defeat-costa-rica-world-cup

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Paraguay defeated Chile 3-0 in a World Cup qualifying match.

The Daily Mail: “Chile’s World Cup qualification campaign took another blow against Paraguay.

With Alexis Sanchez in their side, the Chileans were soundly beaten on home turf on Thursday night thanks to an own goal from Arturo Vidal and strikes from Victor Carceres and Richard Ortiz in the second half.

The win gives Paraguay renewed hope of making it to the finals in Russia. For Chile, there is a very real prospect of dropping out of the four automatic places.

Paraguay had the lead midway through the first half courtesy of an own goal from Juventus midfielder Vidal.

Oscar Romero lobbed in a free-kick from close to halfway and Vidal, perhaps losing his bearings slightly, sent a diving header into the top right-hand corner of the net.

The lead doubled 10 minutes into the second period.

A fortunate ricochet ran into the path of Caceres in the penalty area and his shot broke through the despairing dive of Claudio Bravo.

It was another frustrating night for Sanchez, after a deadline day which saw him remain at Arsenal.

The forward hardly got a look-in and, with Manchester City’s unsuccessful pursuit of his services fresh in his mind, he was unable to inspire a Chile fightback.

And in the end Paraguay pounced again. With Chile pouring upfield in stoppage time, the visitors caught their hosts on the break and Ortiz picked his spot low to Bravo’s left.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4841930/Chile-0-3-Paraguay-Arturo-Vidal-scores-goal.html#ixzz4rWiAoEE9

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Argentina is hurting big time in their pursuit to make it to the 2018 World Cup. The guys tied nil-nil with Uruguay. Not good garoto.

The Daily Mail: ”Luis Suarez was substituted through injury but he could count himself lucky not to have been sent off as Uruguay held Argentina to a goalless draw in World Cup qualifying.

The Barcelona forward hobbled off with less than 10 minutes remaining of the clash in Montevideo, after sustaining a knock while lunging in on Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi.

Suarez went in studs-up on the central defender, catching him just above the ankle and risking serious injury before taking a kick in his calf.

He was not punished by referee Victor Carillo however. Fortunately, Otamendi appeared unharmed.

The heavy challenge was one of a number of bruising tackles in a seriously physical encounter in CONMEBOL qualifying.

The result did not do Argentina any favours.

With Chile losing at home to Paraguay, Jorge Sampaoli’s side could have leapfrogged Alexis Sanchez and Co with a win in Montevideo.

But at the end of the match they could only manage stalemate, taking them level with Chile on points but behind their rivals on goal difference.

In a show of unity prior to kick-off, and as part of a publicity stunt for the joint Argentina-Uruguay bid for the 2030 World Cup, Suarez and Lionel Messi stood side-by-side in shirts spelling out the year the countries hope to host the global showpiece.

But that was as far as the pleasantries went between these two fierce rivals.

A physical encounter was deadlocked at the break, with Suarez and Messi each spurning one chance a piece, and the crunching tackles continued after half-time.

Alvaro Gonzalez and Christian Rodriguez of Uruguay and the Argentinian pair of Gabriel Mercado and Javier Pastore were all cautioned by referee Carillo before Suarez’s reckless challenge, which went unpunished.

In the end, those confrontations were more memorable than any sight of goal for either side. “

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4841944/Uruguay-0-0-Argentina-Luis-Suarez-s-horror-tackle.html#ixzz4rWMXyiMw

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Brasil, defeated Ecuador 2-0 in World Cup qualifying. The guys are top dog with 36 points.

Globo Esportes:” Os mais de 36 mil torcedores que ocuparam as arquibancadas da Arena tiveram de esperar um bocado para ver algum brilho da Seleção de Tite em sua terra natal, nesta quinta-feira. De fato, foi preciso suportar um primeiro tempo em marcha lenta em meio a uma noite gélida, até saciar toda a expectativa criada pela partida contra o Equador. E graças ao ingresso de Phillipe Coutinho. O meia deixou o banco para mudar a cara da equipe e comandar a vitória por 2 a 0 que garantiu o título simbólico de campeão das Eliminatórias para a Copa de 2018, com direito a um golaço.

Envolto em uma longa negociação para deixar o Liverpool rumo ao Barcelona, Coutinho até vu seu substituto, Willian, ter boa atuação aberto pela direita. Mas o “superou” como protagonista à base de talento puro. E em uma função diferente, centralizado, onde o técnico cogita usá-lo para ter justamente tudo o que apresentou em pouco mais de meia hora de um futebol inteligente, direto e efetivo.

É possível, inclusive, dizer que houve um Brasil antes e outro depois do ingresso do meia. Coutinho entrou na vaga de Renato Augusto, aos 13 da segunda etapa, numa troca que demandou a mudança do habitual 4-1-4-1 para o 4-2-3-1, com Paulinho recuado ao lado de Casemiro. Com liberdade para atuar atrás de Gabriel Jesus, o camisa 11 fez, de fato, a Seleção jogar, ao dar dinâmica à equipe com toques rápidos e individualidade apenas quando necessário.

A construção do belo gol que anotou em Porto Alegre é prova viva disso. Já aos 30, Coutinho arrancou em velocidade e deu passe açucarado, por elevação, a Gabriel Jesus, que dividiu com o goleiro e desviou de cabeça para encontrar o meia livre dentro da área. A finalização foi mero detalhe à construção coletiva.

O brilho de Coutinho, vale ressaltar, não apaga a boa atuação de Willian, novidade da equipe justamente na vaga do meia. O camisa 19 foi o atleta mais participativo do sistema ofensivo ao longo do primeiro tempo e ainda deu a assistência para o gol de Paulinho, que abriu o placar, em cobrança de escanteio.

Mas para entender o peso e a contribuição direta do meia que ainda pertence ao Liverpool, é preciso falar da primeira hora de partida, sem sua presença em campo. Antes de Coutinho entrar, o Brasil viveu um primeiro tempo e um início de segundo em marcha lenta, com uma certa preguiça para pressionar o Equador. Neymar, aliás, é expoente emblemático disso.

Com liberdade para se movimentar por todo o setor ofensivo, o craque tomou a bola para si e abusou das jogadas individuais, sempre em busca da verticalidade. Em vão. Em uma noite de inspiração nula, o camisa 10 errou tudo o que tentou em 45 minutos iniciais de apenas duas chances: uma com Paulinho, em jogada individual, e outra com Willian, em chute de fora da área.

Tudo ficou mais fácil com o ingresso de Coutinho. Com a vitória, o Brasil chega a 36 pontos e garante o título simbólico de campeão das Eliminatórias – de quebra, Tite ganha uma opção a mais para a equipe. A Seleção volta a campo na próxima terça-feira, às 17h30 (de Brasília), para encarar a Colômbia no Estádio Metropolitano, em Barranquilla, pela 16ª rodada.

http://globoesporte.globo.com/futebol/selecao-brasileira/noticia/coutinho-entra-muda-cara-do-brasil-e-brilha-com-golaco-em-vitoria-sobre-o-equador.ghtml

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The bleeding at Arsenal has continued to happen. The guys lost out to Liverpool when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed a contract.

The Guardian wrote:” Liverpool have completed the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for £40m from Arsenal.

Oxlade-Chamberlain successfully completed a medical with Liverpool staff on Wednesday at St George’s Park, where he is preparing for England’s World Cup qualifiers, having spurned a move to Chelsea in favour of working for Jürgen Klopp at Anfield.

“I am really, really happy we have got Alex signed,” Klopp said on Liverpool’s official website. “Since the last game I have been waiting and hoping we could make this transfer – and when I got the news he was ours it was fantastic.”

“I hear a lot of talk about positions but let’s talk about the player; he is someone with really good abilities who always gives everything for his team. A player that is positive and willing to take risks to try and make positive things happen.

“He may still be young but he has a lot of experience in the Premier League, Champions League and for his country. Already he is a very, very good player and I think he has the mentality and desire to get even better – and that excites me.”

Chelsea had agreed a £40m deal with Arsenal on Monday but the England international, wary of replicating his right-wing-back role for Antonio Conte’s team, declined to discuss the personal terms on offer at Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old’s stance enabled Liverpool to develop a long-standing interest in the midfielder and agree similar terms to what Chelsea had agreed – £35m plus £5m in add‑ons.

“Firstly, I’m delighted to have signed for Liverpool and a big thank-you to everyone here at the FA that has made this possible, using the facilities. It has been a massive help,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpool’s official website.

“I’m not going to say too much today; I’m here with England and we’ve got two big games coming up, so I want to focus on them. But I can’t wait to get to Melwood.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/31/alex-oxlade-chamberlain-joins-liverpool-arsenal-deadline-day