JAMIE REDKNAPP: After the worst day so far in the Premier League for VAR, it's a joke … plus discover who my team is making for the weekend
- VAR takes frequent decisions in Premier League matches this weekend
- Chelsea, Man City, Leicester and Bournemouth were hit clubs, among others
- Jamie Redknapp acknowledges his condolences to the officials who make the most important decisions
- The subjective nature of VAR calls means that fans and the Premier League lose
Giovani Lo Celso should have seen red against Chelsea, but stayed on the field
I wonder if we have conducted a poll , how many supporters would like to keep VAR in the Premier League and how many would say they would cancel it? I know how I would vote.
Saturday was possibly the worst day of the system since its introduction.
We look at VAR as if it were the oracle, but in reality it is a man sitting behind a bench with screens in Stockley Park, who gives his opinion. It is not a matter of fact – it is subjective and sometimes it gets wrong.
What we all recognized as a red card breach by Giovani Lo Celso of Tottenham against Chelsea, David Coote thought differently.
I don't want to hammer Coote too hard here – he just had a bad day at the office and it was hardly his fault that he had to do a double service.
After the controversy of that Chelsea-Spurs game (in which the body of referees PGMOL admitted that Coote made a mistake before the final whistle was even blown), he had to act as VAR for Leicester-Manchester City.
In that ma He missed a handball from City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, which should have resulted in a penalty for the hosts at the King Power Stadium. Then City got its own spot kick for something similar.
Elsewhere, Bournemouth saw a perfect charity excluded on Burnley for handball, although it hit Philip Billing on the shoulder.
Actually, Saturday was just an offside armpit and we could have screamed: & # 39; Bingo! & # 39;
I visited Stockley Park at the start of the season and was shown how it all works. After I have tried the system for myself, I have a certain sympathy for the officials.
Imagine that I am in Coote & # 39; s shoes when he has less than 30 seconds to make a key decision.
He is rewind and play, rewind and play, rewind and play, desperately trying to make sure he has analyzed every corner. We also do that in the Sky Sports studio.
It can be easy to overlook something. The pressure on Coote and Co must be enormous.
But the game feels bad at the moment. Friends of mine tell me that they are switching off and that this should sound alarm bells in the Premier League headquarters.
Football is about fans in the first place. We can't make them feel frustrated or lost forever or as if they can't celebrate a goal, because a guy in a bunker at Heathrow airport could break it down.
A total of 44 initially given goals were subsequently rejected by VAR this season.
You get the strange moment when it comes to the rescue and we say: & # 39; That's where it was brought for. & # 39; But unfortunately the bad decisions outweigh the good ones.
Target technology was perhaps the greatest innovation to be introduced into the modern game. The ball is over the line or not, there is no room for interpretation.
We all wanted to give VAR a chance, but can we now say that the Premier League is better off? Absolutely not. Subjective, incorrect calls are still made from afar.
It is not easy to follow the footsteps of your old man. In fact, it puts more pressure on you because people prejudice you.
& # 39; Oh, he is the son of that-and-that … & # 39; I made it into professional football, just like Frank Lampard, Jordi Cruyff and Paul Dalglish, among others.
Jamie Carragher & # 39; s son is a good player at Wigan and my boy is at the academy in Chelsea.
Now we see Erling Braut Haaland, the son of Alf-Inge, who tore it in Germany at the age of 19. Eight games for Borussia Dortmund, 12 goals.
Although Manchester United was linked, Haaland believed the right decision when he decided to cut his teeth. in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund is a great place to follow a football education. That future Premier League move can wait!
Granit Xhaka is like a fire truck that pops up and discovers that the house has already burned down – it's so late!
- Granit Xhaka is so bad at tackling. It was there for everyone to see against Tottenham
- He gave unnecessarily gifted Spurs an opener after admitting a fine for a bad tackle
- Unai Emery wants to think long and hard, he deserves to be a regular starter
Granit Xhaka is so bad at tackling that Arsene Wenger once admitted that he had told the £ 35 million midfielder that he should not worry anymore.
& # 39; I would encourage him not to tackle, to stay afloat, & # 39; said Wenger. Since signing for Arsenal in 2016, Xhaka has given away five penalties – more than any other player in the Premier League in the same period.
He has admitted 149 errors, 27 yellow cards and two red cards. What we saw against Tottenham was the classic Xhaka.
He gave the visitors their spot kick by sliding into Son Heun g-min, right under the nose of referee Martin Atkinson. Did he really think that would end well? Then his constant growth interrupted the flow of Arsenal.
The hosts lost momentum because he continued to interrupt the game. This is what Xhaka does. He is like a fire truck that pops up and discovers that the house has already burned down – it is so late! He does more damage than good when it comes to tackling, so no wonder Wenger told him to stop trying.
I suspect that Xhaka may have borrowed time in this team. He could quickly stand behind others in the pecking order.
Matteo Guendouzi may have brought down the best performance I've seen of him in an Arsenal shirt.
Lucas Torreira must be a starter for me and Dani Ceballos looks good. Emery will have to look at the pros and cons and decide if it is even worth continuing with Xhaka.
Overall this was a great game for the neutral player. It was just like basketball. You attack, we attack. But Emery has work to do. Arsenal seemed deadly in the front, but vulnerable at the back. Emery will want to balance that.
Owen Farrell reveals the circumstances when England defeated Scotland in Murrayfield in the Six Nations were some of the worst in his test career
- England defeated Scotland 13-6 in a closely fought match in Murrayfield
- The circumstances were horrible, with rain and wind playing havoc with the ball
- There were many mistakes, and England played on them the best
England Captain Owen Farrell revealed the circumstances under which the team suffered in Murrayfield yesterday were some of the worst of his test career.
The stadium was plagued by winds of up to 30 mph and sizzling rain like Storm Ciara, which led to trains on Sunday because Edinburgh was canceled, made access difficult and the ball was difficult to handle.
England & # 39; s kick met the task, but high balls were dropped, Farrell & # 39; s goal kicks went wrong and kicked in full.
And the skipper admitted that he had rarely played in weather like in international rugby, but praised hi The ability of the team to adapt.
He said: I certainly played in such games before – perhaps not as quickly as here today – but probably not so much at the international level.
& # 39; It is slightly rarer that you get that kind of weather, especially in the big stadiums where you play internationals. Something more is happening in club rugby – everyone has played in it before and I thought people were adapting well.
& # 39; It was pretty clear to everyone to see that it was quite wet and windy. It was flabby and that is probably why you saw many balls going out that you would not normally see happening.
& # 39; I thought it was a good achievement – our attitude was where it should be today in the weather that presented itself. It was tough, everyone could see that. It was unpredictable, so it was good for us to keep it up for 80 minutes. & # 39;
Scotland captain Stuart Hogg foul when he let the ball bobber across the line led to the 5m scrum from which Ellis Genge the breaker scored. It was Hogg's second high-profile error in as many weeks after he dropped the ball over the try-line last week while scoring against Ireland.
He said: & It was a huge opportunity for us to leave and go on the right.
& # 39; Unfortunately, the ball did not sit upright and it was difficult to take. I put a bit of pressure on the boys and unfortunately we couldn't get out.
& # 39; I take that on my shoulders, take it on my chin, and am in a position to say that I made a mistake. & # 39; The Scots felt the heat by then, but their captain was frozen.
Second in the Premier League and still in the battle for a cup Treble would represent success for most clubs, but not Manchester City .
The two-time champions are a massive 22 points behind leaders Liverpool after a sixth league-defeat of the season at Spurs on Sunday – the worst series of Pep Guardiola's glittering career.
The City boss promised that his team & # 39; even better & # 39; would be after winning the title last season with 98 points and become the first team in history to complete the domestic Treble. It didn't happen that way … not at all.
Instead, there is growing turmoil, with Sportsmail revealing that City & # 39; s players have asked Guardiola to temper his craft during their 45-minute lock-in in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Guardiola did not choose the same starting XI throughout the season.
It is just one of many problems that arise for Guardiola, whose future is starting to become more uncertain as his planned – and questioned – approaching departure date.
City has scored more goals this season than whoever in the Premier League, including Liverpool, but there are serious problems on the other hand.
The bet on not replacing the departed club captain Vincent Kompany lost badly when Aymeric Laporte sustained knee-band injury against Brighton, just as the transfer window closed for the summer.
Laporte underwent knee surgery and only returned after Ja nuary 21 against Sheffield United. He has not played in the three games of City, although Guardiola says he could play against West Ham next week.
With John Stones out form, Guardiola has struggled to find a stable central defensive p PARTNERSHIP. His solution was to link the aggressive but hasty Nicolas Otamendi to the holding of midfielder Fernandinho. Moving the Brazilian farther back has had a knock-on effect on the protection that the four behind them await.
Clubs are taught how to hurt City in particular, and referees are also looking forward because of the & # 39; tactical errors & # 39; Guardiola opponents have complained in the past.
SIGNS NOT INFLUENCE
There was a time when everything Manchester City did on the transfer market turned to gold – Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure were all signed in the years 2010 and 2011 and became legends
Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne were later signed and the Midas touch continued in the first pair of transfer windows under Pep Guardiola with the arrival of Ederson, Laporte and Leroy Sane.
But City's most recent major signings failed to record the same impact, with the honorable exception of Bernardo Silva.
Benjamin Mendy was injured with £ 52 million and was not nailed to the rear left spot as Guardiola expected. Joao Cancelo, valued at £ 61 million, struggled in his first season in England and Riyad Mahrez, who cost another £ 60 million, is inconsistent. Record signature Rodri was signed last summer for £ 62.8 million. He has been decent but has not taken City to a new level.
CAPTAINCY AND SANCTIONS
Guardiola has always been intense and complete . Although it was annoying to some, no one could deny that he offered clear and decisive leadership.
Yet there have been unusual signs of mud puddle this season. It started in the summer when Kompany left and Guardiola left it to the players to choose the next captain. The result was that David Silva was chosen to wear the bracelet in his final season. Although undoubtedly a popular figure, the verdict tasted of sentimentality rather than what City needed.
Although he has been in England for ten years in England, Silva still does not even speak to fans of the city in English through the media. Instead of having a Jordan Henderson or Kompany as front-of-house for the players, City has entered the situation that rivals Manchester United encountered while making the Antonio Valencia captain.
Worse, 34-year-old Silva no longer orders an automatic place in the City Team. It can make them look helpless, unlike Liverpool, where Henderson is the clearly identifiable leader with other authoritative figures such as Virgil van Dijk to support him.
Given the talent pool at Etihad, their criminal cases should not have happened either. Again, Guardiola laissez-faire's policy of allowing players to choose who should take penalties has failed. They have missed four of their last six – in the last 12 months, Aguero, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan have all failed. Confidence cannot help when Guardiola says goalkeeper Ederson is the best penalty taker.
Like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the leadership problem at United has been solved by naming Harry Maguire skipper, perhaps City De Bruyne should declare captain and fine with immediate effect.
STERLING LOSS OF FORM
Sterling has long been the first choice for Manchester City and England. Maybe that's the problem, he has played 98 games since he returned from the 2018 World Cup and looks dirty for the first time.
Although the working speed of Sterling can never be faulted – it is fantastic for a world-class player – the end product is now missing and so is the judgment. He shoots when he has to pass and vice versa.
Eight non-goal games represent Sterling's worst run for three years in City, and while Guardiola is surprised at his fitness, he looks towards the end of his fatigue. Sunday's defeat at Spurs.
Also psychologically, no one is quite sure how Sterling feels he has lost patience and attacked Joe Gomez in a camp in England, something that the City player dropped at Gareth Southgate for the next game.
THE AGUERO-JESUS CONUNDRUM
At first sight, the 21 goals of Sergio Aguero this season on a peak that is still in its prime. Take a good look at the numbers and his only strike against fellow Big Six teams came against Spurs in August.
Since then, the Argentinian has failed against Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea not to mention Wolves, Leicester and Everton. In contrast, he has scored stacks against Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Southampton, all of which have priority this season.
Guardiola turns the 31-year-old with Gabriel Jesus but it doesn't seem to do much good in the really important games. They missed opportunities against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup-defeat last week on Etihad and again on Spurs on Sunday.
Guardiola says he is impressed by the way the pair is aligned when both are on the field; Jesus recently set a nice goal for Aguero against Crystal Palace.
But he rarely starts with both, and while giving both periods of rest seems a good idea in theory, it can also disrupt their sharpness for the purpose. That does not matter in games against the lower echelons where the odds will continue to come, but can hurt in a tight two-legged game with Real Madrid.
It is not the only area on the field that suffers from a lack of consistency in selection. Guardiola has made 76 changes to his Premier League team this season. That's more than any other manager, with Frank Lampard at Chelsea second with 60. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made 46 changes and Leicester & Brendan Rodgers 44. Chris Wilder at Sheffield United has made the least changes with 30.
The players of City are not happy with it.
UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE FUTURE FUTURE ON PEP
It makes sense to ask questions about how long Guardiola will stay with Eithad, simply because of his past. He has never spent more than four years managing the same club and he joined City in 2016. He spent three years with his previous club, Bayern Munich.
Guardiola has stated on the record that he will honor his current contract until 2021, but there is no guarantee that he will remain outside. By then Silva will have left, Aguero will also be en route and the team needs a revolution.
De Bruyne will be part of it, but Sterling has shown an interest in playing abroad in the past, Sane has not signed a new contract and the new generation has not yet stepped up.
There is also the curious case of Phil Foden, which is still sparingly used by Guardiola, especially in large games. The young Englishman has promised more playing time when Silva leaves, but Guardiola's strategy towards him is not a manager who looks three or four years ahead.
Winning the Champions League is becoming increasingly important for Guardiola. The last 16 draw against La Liga leaders Real Madrid looks huge. If City comes through, they will imagine their chances of becoming European champions. Flop bad and will Pep pass his departure date?
The Kansas City Chiefs are the Super Bowl champions, after winning a stunning comeback victory in the last quarter against the San Francisco 49ers.
Everyone predicted that it would be a close game, and it certainly delivered, with the score going back and forth all night until the Chiefs finally got away with a 31-20 win.
Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the striking artists of the night and a look at some of those who did not do as well as expected …
Super Bowl LIV prominent artists
Bashaud Breeland – Chiefs
Kansas City chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland chose a quirky Jimmy Garoppolo pass in the first half, and they scored three points turnover, but that was not his only contribution.
He also delivered a number of large tackles, combined and solo, in open field and on the line, because the Chiefs restricted the 49ers early. He made a total of six tackles and two for loss.
Deebo Samuel – 49ers
Deebo Samuel of San Francisco 49ers was easily their best receiver in the first half, catching four times (although one was a small pushpass). It was his running from behind the line, but the most impressive thing was finding holes that Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman only got later.
He did not get the big yardage games like Jeff Wilson and Emmanuel Sanders through the air, but he did get yardage in important situations. In the end, however, it was not enough, and perhaps it was telling that the usual suspects of the 49ers offense did not get their usual yardage.
Jimmy Garoppolo and Nick Bosa also had great games, but if you come that short, it's hard to get your name in the history books.
Damien Williams – Chiefs
What a game for Damien Williams. We all thought it would be Raheem Mostert and the 49ers would tear it to the ground, but it was Williams who drove it around unhindered.
He finished with 17 carry & # 39; s for 104 yards, on average 6.1 a carry with a touchdown, and he also picked up 29 yards through the air and received for a second touchdown. He and Tyreek Hill were hugely involved, but it was Williams who consistently persuaded the Chiefs from difficult places and across the field.
Kansas City Chiefs Special Teams
The 49ers had a bad field position to start their rides a lot, and a large part of that was due to the fantastic coverage of kick-returns by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 49ers failed to reach the 20-yard line several times, and on the rare occasion they would call it, they did not take a great distance.
Could San Francisco have had more points on the board if they had more room to work with? It's hard to say, but the special KC teams have done an excellent job of limiting them as much as possible.
Andy Reid – Chiefs
Of course he wasn't on the field, but you have to hand it over to Andy Reid. He previously achieved the record for the number of wins without a Super Bowl victory, but he finally has his ring.
He was brave in the first half and was twice successful in fourth place. And when his team seemed to be rattling with the 49ers running after his quarterback in the second half, he switched things up. They scored 21 unanswered points, and even with the game in his pocket and Gatorade dripping with his clothes on, he called Mahomes to make sure he knew exactly what to do for the last game of the game.
And who did not do so well …?
Richard Sherman – 49ers
49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was recently voted the best corner of the decade. If we don't hear his name mentioned, it's because the opponent doesn't throw him.
But in the game he was defeated by Tyreek Hill a few times and gave a handful of big plays. Williams also ran around him for the touchdown in the corner, and it is not often that you come across Sherman's long arms. He will close all offenses again next season, but he will have to wait for his second ring.
Raheem Mostert – 49ers
The 49ers who returned Raheem Mostert didn't have a bad game, but after having set up 220 meters against the Green Bay Packers two weeks ago, only managing 58 in the biggest game of all is a bit disappointing.
He got his touchdown from the only yard line, and an average of 4.8 yards a carry isn't bad, but he left his mark on the game as 49ers fans hoped he would.
Patrick Mahomes (for the first three quarters) – Chiefs
To be honest with the man, he has just won his first Super Bowl and looked like his normal self in the fourth quarter when he led the Chiefs to victory.
But during the first three quarters, Mahomes was almost unrecognizable. He was chased across the field by the 49ers pass rush, he threw two interceptions, he groped the ball, he was fired several times. He looked rattle.
He won't mind at all now, and you can't blame him after collecting three touchdown drives in the last quarter to win the game.
of the Premier League It's time to talk about Kepa Arrizabalaga. For all the positive early signs of the term of office of Frank Lampard at Chelsea the £ 71 million goalkeeper is an increasing cause for concern.
The statistics are destructive. Of all the keepers who play more than 1000 minutes in the Premier League this season, Kepa is the last in the overall save percentage, the save percentage for shots inside the box and in expected goals – he has 6.72 goals more than he admitted.
As is often the case, the devil is in the detail and Kepa is comfortably the last in all those statistics. His saving rate is 55.56 percent – 19th is Jordan Pickford at 63.54.
His safe percentage for shots in the box is 50 percent and 19th is Nick Pope, at 57.89. Pope is also 19th in expected targets, but at -5.37, compared to Kepa & # 39; s -6.72.
But perhaps most striking is the fact that at present no party has admitted a larger share of the shots than this Chelsea side since the Premier League data was collected in 2003- 04.
The impact of a keeper on a team can never be underestimated. Watch Alisson transform Liverpool and play the game of Ederson galvnises City. Chelsea supporters don't have to tell, because they once had one of the best in the Premier League history among the sticks in Petr Cech.
There were not many Chelsea fans who expected Lampard to make such a strong fist of the Champions League qualification this season, but here they are, fourth and six points ahead of Manchester United.
How many Chelsea & # 39; s life has? They lost against Newcastle and United failed to capitalize. With Brighton and United they lost to Arsenal. They lost to Bournemouth and United signed with Everton. And on Wednesday evening, their draw with Arsenal was followed by United who lost at home to Burnley. If their rivals had produced a higher level of consistency, Chelsea could have been taken out of the top four.
How bad does it have to get before Willy Caballero comes in goal? The Argentinian has served Chelsea well since he joined in 2017, but has played only three times this year under Lampard, in the FA Cup and EFL Cup. a decision to make for Chelsea & # 39; s next Premier League match, against Leicester on February 1.
The Spaniard seems a lack of conviction, reluctant to get off his line and does not look like he has the confidence to organize a defense that has no authoritative middle back.
It is something Kepa can rightly refer to – Cech had John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho in front of him. But it is a reason that extends so far and Lampard acknowledged in his press conference after the game after Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Arsenal that Chelsea needs more from him.
I know that there is a focus on him at the moment. I think that's top football, & Lampard said. & # 39; With his feet a few times today, he lasted too long and almost gave it away. And sometimes that can change the momentum of a game.
& # 39; So that is clearly something that he will know and what to look at – and we must look. And yes, it's normal. Every player in a position, especially keepers, people will look at you and that is when you stand up and show the courage you have.
& # 39; So I don't think he's the only one. We are in fourth position, which is considered pretty good, but I know and we know that there should be at least another 10 points on the board. So we all have to look at finer details. & # 39;
Sportsmail reported in November that Lampard wanted to reunite with Shay Given – currently in his former club Derby – and get him to work with Kepa amid worries about its shape. The movement was resisted, with Chelsea promoting former keeper Henrique Hilario as goalkeeper coach, while now also having Cech as technical and performance advisor at the club.
Carlo Cudicini is also an ambassador in Chelsea, while Christophe Lollichon also works as a coach for the keepers.
Leeds fears the worst after being defeated by Queens Park Rangers because they are trying to prevent a repeat of last season
- Leeds again suffered a frustrating result because they were beaten 1-0 to QPR
- Patrick Bamford has missed a penalty and Leeds is too dependent on him for goals
- Leeds fans are afraid that their side can again collapse like last season
It was about this time last year that a sticky one patch of results for Leeds United quickly declined in a slide that ended with play-off heartbreak.
After this defeat at Queens Park Rangers made it only one win in their last seven championship games, their fans could be forgiven again for fearing the worst.
When Leeds defeated Hull 2-0 on December 10, they enjoyed the luxury of an 11-point pillow to third place and it seemed certain that their painful 16-year waiting time to return to the Premier League would soon be over.
Now the will of Fulham and Brentford breathe their necks down. If Fulham wins Charlton on Wednesday night, they are just one point behind Leeds and all bets are eliminated.
Plots is the open season in the championship, with only eight points that split Leeds in second place from Bristol City in eighth place and the automatic promotion and play-off races will be chaotic.
Leeds was outraged here that referee Peter Bankes saw not one but two handballs from Nahki Wells in the act of deciding goal.
But after 17 shots on goal, including a Patrick Bamford penalty that was saved, they were also to blame.
Leeds at the top of the champions rankings for shots (450) and shots on goal (141) but rank 18 in the shot conversion division (9.56 percent) and 21st for shooting accuracy (41.23 percent) )
Wasting Bamford, it was not surprising that manager Marcelo Bielsa regretted the return to Arsenal of lent striker Eddie Nketiah earlier this month.
& # 39; I would like an option on the couch like Nketiah. If you ask if we miss him, of course. We need to get a player the same as Nketiah or Bamford – or better, & # 39; said Bielsa.
Defending Luke Ayling added that more players should step up when it comes to finding the net.
& # 39; You can't put it on one man to score all the goals, & # 39; he said. "I don't think the players have scored enough in and around Patrick."
Kepa Arrizabalaga has the WORST saving rate of a Premier League goalkeeper … despite the fact that Chelsea stopper is the most expensive player in his position of all time
- Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga for a record of £ 71 million in the summer of 2018
- But fans are frustrated with the goals their signatures have admitted
- This includes the late Newcastle winner against Chelsea in St James & Park
- Statistics show that Kepa has saved the worst shots in the league
Chelsea's number one has played 84 games for the club since participating in the summer of 2018 for a fee in the region of £ 71 million.
The Spaniard, however, was heavily criticized during his time at Stamford Bridge, with some questions as to whether Chelsea should look to improve his keeper's options.
Statistics have now shown that he actually has the worst savings rate of a goalie in the league this season, with only 55% of shots saved.
This can be compared with Allison who tops the list with 83%, followed by Dean Henderson at 75% and then Vincente Guaita and Kasper Schmeichel at 73%.
None of the four West Ham goalkeepers played in the Premier League this season because they have not played more than the average number of appearances.
On Saturday, Isaac Hayden's flying header in St James & Park was enough to give Newcastle United a 1-0 win over Chelsea.
Kepa got a hand on the ball but couldn't do enough to keep the ball out of his own net.
Chelsea fans felt he could have done more to prevent the goal, resulting in their eighth defeat of the
After 23 games, Chelsea is in fourth place in the Champions League qualification, five points ahead of Manchester United.
Lead the right man
Boston Red Sox Owners John W Henry and Tom Werner were the headlines behind the acquisition of Liverpool by Fenway Sports Group in 2010, but Mike Gordon, a former financial asset manager, is the man who changed decision making and direction after the stuttering first years of ownership.
Well connected in Boston society, he was initially brought on board after their acquisition of the Red Sox, but took over Liverpool's daily management in 2012. Gordon has the ability to find the right man for the job and empower him. & # 39; Expressing your opinion on Liverpool is not allowed & # 39 ;, he says. "It is mandatory."
How do you compare United?
Ed Woodward has always been his direct rival, Glazers' loyal financial man since the takeover days and a master in finding those legendary & # 39; noodle partners & # 39; saw a rise in commercial income.
Perhaps he now gets an idea of the football side of the court. But that is more than six years after taking the daily check, while Gordon needed six months to get his head around it.
Woodward was stumbled by various managers and transfer strategies before coming up with something like the Liverpool model. Although Gordon is hardly known, Woodward is visible, clearly identified with an unpopular regime and the focus of fan rage, urging Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to call on fans to stop singing offensive songs about him last weekend.
Smart signing by understanding big data
Mocking English football when Henry and Werner talked enthusiastically about how baseball was transformed by Billy Beane & Moneyball and a new one wave of staggering statistics, and how it helped in 2004 they end the 86 years without a World Series on the Red Sox.
Most saw them as naive owners who were about to flee through an idea that made for a great Hollywood movie but would not suit English football. Liverpool hired Ian Graham, a physics doctorate from Cambridge University, to Spurs and Michael Edwards, also to Tottenham, just as Gordon took over.
Former sports director Damien Comolli, who had worked with them, said they were the best at what was a niche activity at the time. Graham writes his own statistical statistics to beat rivals. Edwards applies the analysis to a broader canvas.
The most important successes are Philippe Coutinho, signed for £ 8.5 million and sold for £ 142 million – enabling the signing sessions of Virgil van Dijk and Allison – and taking a chance on Chelsea rejects Mo Salah for £ 34 million in 2017.
But Graham & # 39; s favorite signature is Andy Robertson for £ 8 million, who was part of the worst Premier League defense in Hull City, but now in the UEFA team of the year is over. Gordon identified the talent of Graham and Edwards, empowered them, and promoted them. Graham is director of research and Edwards is sports director.
How do you compare United?
The gap could not be greater. From swinging after weary superstars past their final sale date – Bastian Schweinsteiger, Alexis Sanchez – to excessive excitement about the impact on newcomers' social media – Paul Pogba – United's recruitment has been scattered and misjudged.
Woodward can now solve this because they also have their own tailor-made software, but they were far behind the curve of big data when Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and it took years to update to talk.
Woodward, unlike what is often thought, is not involved in recruitment decisions other than supplying the players. But he oversaw past mistakes when people like Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho fought countless scouts for control. Edwards, on the other hand, has an office opposite Jurgen Klopp with doors always open and, with Graham, a joint approach to recruitment.
Charismatic Manager Recruitment
Gordon was sold on Klopp the moment they met in secret conversations on Lexington Avenue. & # 39; He was not the best person for the job, & # 39; he said. "He was the perfect person for the job."
Liverpool has not had a better communicator since Bill Shankly. Although Klopp & # 39; s resume was impressive with two Bundesliga titles in Borussia Dortmund against the power of Bayern Munich, there were no guarantees. There was a series of losing finals and when Sevilla & # 39; s Unai Emery outsmarted him in the 2016 Europa League final with a clear tactical plan – Klopp & # 39; s reaction seemed to be to engage Liverpool fans traces to sing louder – you wondered if he was more toothy grin than tactical genius.
It turned out that he was both, with a groundbreaking removal of Pep Guardiola & # 39; s football, which had dominated the previous decade. Timing helped – Liverpool happened on the Klopp option just when he ran out of energy in Dortmund and left – but didn't stumble over the deal. They had a 60-page file in which they had consulted former colleagues, players, and journalists before appointing him. It did not guarantee success, but it did minimize the risk.
How do United relate?
Again, there is a cavernous gorge. The appointment of David Moyes in June 2013, a choice in the left field with the main recommendation being similar to Sir Alex, was followed by a handbrake to recruit apparently safe candidates on the A-list: Van Gaal, 20 years after his peak, then Mourinho, 10 years after his.
That failed, old-school United values are now in vogue and Solskjaer, a failure in Cardiff City but big news in Molde, is the beneficiary on the back of an impressive flip-over presentation. Solskjaer is perhaps still inspired: he has clear ideas, sometimes good tactics and there is more coherence than previous regimes. But the team is still mediocre.
How Woodward might regret the sales pitch in 2014 when, with Moyes reigning, he ended Klopp by telling him that Old Trafford was an & # 39; adult version of Disneyland & # 39; used to be. Turns out Klopp was more of a European arthouse man.
Which means that money keeps coming in for Liverpool while United booth …
United have been the standard economic giants of world football. Real Madrid and Barcelona copied their hugely successful merchandising models in the 1990s. Martin Edwards drove the modernization of Old Trafford to a modern arena with 76,000 seats, because Anfield remained frozen in time with its 42,000 capacity and insufficient business facilities in 1990.
United & # 39; s Premier League success meant they cashed in the growing Champions League in the 1990s. Allowing four English teams into the elite in 1999 offered Liverpool a lifeline, but they only made the tournament nine times in 18 years. United has never missed and has progressed.
Then came Woodward & # 39; s famous noodle partner offensive, in which the Glazers rewrote the rules about what you could earn with commercial deals, from an official global lubricant partner to a mattress and pillow sponsor. Their commercial income increased from £ 48.7 million in 2004-05 – the season before the Glazer family took full ownership – last season to £ 280 million.
Their Aon and Chevrolet shirt deals were groundbreaking, as was the concept of a separate deal for training kits. Woodward became so confident that he stated: & # 39; Play does not really have a meaningful impact on what we can do on the commercial side. & # 39;
But not reaching the Champions League makes the bottom line and United has only qualified seven times in seven years since Ferguson stopped. United has also more or less exhausted the growth of regional commercial partners around the world and mediocrity will not stimulate growth.
Liverpool has even more growth. All those companies flock to & # 39; the world's best team with their growing modern stadium and their silly grin manager, not to a Europa League team with outdated ground with a flat roof and an unproven coach.
Tuesday's game saw former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova ended her match in the Kooyong Classic against Laura Siegmund during the second set, which both players struggled to breathe properly while Eugenie Bouchard a medical took time out during the qualification for the Australian Open when she fell ill in the smoky conditions.
Forest fires destroyed Australia in the run-up to the tournament, which starts on January 20, with 27 dead and more than 2,000 homes destroyed.
IMPACT OF SMOKE ON OTHER EVENTS
19 December : A race meeting in Tamworth was held by poor guilty organizers of the forest fires in New South Wales
December 22 : Canberra & # 39; s smoke-filled air force players off the ground in a Big Bash League match between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers. The game is finally stopped.
3 January : Events in Canberra are still influenced by the poor air quality of the fires, because the air quality in the city is the worst in the world. Tennis Australia decides to move the Canberra International to Bendigo.
The W-League football match between Canberra and Newcastle is also postponed, while a match between the Canberra Capitals and Perth Lynx in the indoor AIS Arena is also canceled due to concerns about air quality.
January 4, : The Karkarook Parkrun, an annual event in southeast Melbourne, is canceled due to air quality concerns. Meanwhile, the Bridport triathlon in Tasmania is abandoned after smoke from nearby fires
Men's World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who is a member of the ATP Player Council, has expressed concern about player safety and has suggested that the tournament be canceled if the smoke levels & # 39; dangerous & # 39; stay.
& # 39; When it comes to those circumstances that affect the health of players, I think we should definitely consider it, & # 39; Djokovic said on January 6, with what happened on Tuesday at multiple events, probably not to relieve pressure on organizers.
The Frenchman Lucas Pouille, who is preparing to appear in the main table, condemned the organizers on social media for putting players in a dangerous position.
& # 39; I keep reading that it's dangerous to play, to read messages from players who say it's outrageous to play, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I cannot judge that I am not there. but my question is this. Why are you going to court? & # 39;
Elina Svitolina added: & # 39; Why do we have to wait until something bad happens to take action? #Melbourne. & # 39;
Reports in Australia say that an insurance policy would yield a nine-figure payout in the event of a cancellation tournament due to extreme weather conditions.
World number 82 Dalila Jakupovic was forced to leave her qualification competition after she & # 39; scared & # 39; and had remained troubled during a coughing suit that was in line with her decision to withdraw from the game while focusing on her opponent.
The decision to allow the game saw the organizers come under heavy criticism and then escalated with the controversial players of Sharapova and Bouchard to see their health in danger.
& # 39; More than two hours of playing and I actually started to feel a cough coming up at the end of the second set, & # 39; Sharapova said after her game was stopped.
& # 39; But I thought maybe because I felt sick the last couple of weeks, it had something to do with it.
& # 39; When I heard Laura (Siegmund) talk to the referee about it and said she was having a hard time too, I had something like & # OK, luckily I'm not the only one.
& # 39; The referee came down and said to play another game, but we were there for two hours and I think it was the right call from the officials for my health position. & # 39;
Bouchard, determined to see her qualifying match through her beat You Xiadodi 4-6, 7-6, 6-1, found it & # 39; hard to breathe & # 39; in the second set.
& # 39; I started to feel absolutely unwell & # 39 ;, said Bouchard.
& # 39; No cough, only heavy air, a bit difficult to breathe and when you are out of breath after a long, heavy point, I felt that I could not breathe properly and that feeling made me feel kind of nauseous. & # 39;
Craig Tiley, Australian Open Tournament Director, has insisted that all precautions be taken to protect players and that smoke delays be treated as rain or heat that delayed qualifications one Tuesday on Tuesday morning.
Players were not aware of the mist that descended over Melbourne 
FIVE AIR QUALITY CATEGORIES
 It's a good day to be outside.
The air quality is good, but it can change quickly.
It's great to be outside, but watch out for changes in air quality around you.
The air is probably dusty or smoky. Sensitive groups may experience symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath.
If you are sensitive to air pollution, spend less time outside in the smoke or dust and follow your treatment plan. Reduce prolonged or strenuous physical activity.
If you are coughing or short of breath, avoid being outside in the smoke or dust.
Close your windows and doors to remove smoke and dust from your home.
Seek emergency medical attention if someone has difficulty breathing or chest tightness.
The air is probably very dusty or smoky. Everyone can experience symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath.
Avoid being outside in smoke or dust. Reduce prolonged or strenuous physical activity.
Follow your treatment plan if you are sensitive to air pollution. Avoid physical activity outdoors.
Close your windows and doors to keep smoke and dust out of your house.
If you think the air in your home is uncomfortable, consider building an air-conditioning as a library or shopping center for a break if it is safe to do so.
Seek emergency medical attention if someone has difficulty breathing or chest tightness.
The air is probably extremely dusty or smoky. Everyone can experience symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. Stay indoors of smoke and dust.
Follow your treatment plan if you are sensitive to air pollution. If you can, stay inside and keep your physical activity as low as possible.
Close your windows and doors to keep smoke and dust out of your house.
If you think the air in your home is uncomfortable, consider going to an air-conditioned building such as a library or shopping mall for a break if it is safe to do so.
Seek emergency medical attention if someone has difficulty breathing or chest tightness.
& # 39; "Whenever it is hot or when it rains, the game is suspended if the above measures deem it necessary," Tiley said.
& # 39; We also consult closely with the WTA and the ATP and the decision we made this morning, both tours supported and advised that, & # 39; said Tiley. "This is a new experience for all of us, how we manage air quality, and that is why we have to rely on those experts who advise us on how to proceed."
The Victoria environmental protection authority is used in conjunction with a dedicated on-site team to determine air quality and whether it is safe to put players on the pitch.
The EPA uses five categories ranging from good to dangerous to determine air quality and Melbourne is currently at the dangerous level.
The Australian Open medical team and the Bureau of Meteorology also perform their own checks to determine the safety of the game.
Air quality is calculated by measuring the average concentration of a pollutant in the air for one hour.
That figure is then compared to the guide value or standard for individual categories from one to 10. The Air Pollution Index currently has Central London at 30 and falls into the & # 39; good & # 39; air quality.
Government advice for citizens in Melbourne and the surrounding areas is to minimize the time spent in smoky conditions as much as possible & # 39; and it further suggests that they do & # 39; do no exercises & # 39 ;.
Tennis Australia was already forced to relocate a tournament in Canberra due to the damage smoke levels that make the facility unusable for players and spectators.
The Big Bash League match between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers on December 22 was stopped and eventually abandoned due to smoke levels.
The organizers of Formula 1 would monitor air quality in the coming days as fears grow during the opening race season in Melbourne on March 15.
Non-sporting events, including Day on the Green music festival in northeastern Victoria, are forced at the last minute to cancel the dangerous air quality and build on the Australian Open to delay the start of the tournament set.