Philippe Coutinho has missed the start of Liverpool’s season with an injury, and he has been the subject of multiple bids from Barcelona, with Liverpool refusing to sell. Rumors have flown around saying that Coutinho has pressed for a move to Barcelona, but whether or not that is accurate, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is ready to move forward this season with Coutinho in the fold. “You ask if everything is okay between me and him-of course. Absolutely. 100 percent.” Klopp said when asked about Coutinho. It would be very tempting for any player to be sought after by Barcelona, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Coutinho did indeed want to play there. However he is at Liverpool for the foreseeable future, and his manager is making sure Coutinho feels welcome when he returns.
There is much less drama right now in the blue half of Merseyside, and the story so far has been Wayne Rooney. Rooney scored the winner for Everton on opening day, and also scored Everton’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Monday. Rooney and youngster Jordan Pickford have been the driving forces of Everton’s season so far. Rooney isn’t quite the same player he was in his heyday with Manchester United, but he can still contribute to an Everton team that might fight for a Champions league spot this year.
Chris Wondolowski scored a late penalty to steal a point for the San Jose Earthquakes against the Philadelphia Union over the weekend. In doing so Wondo became the first player in MLS history to have eight consecutive seasons where he scored 10 goals or more in a season. Wondolowski was quick to praise his teammates for assisting him, and always seem loathe to talk about his own accomplishments though. He’ll need to get used to it though, as Wondolowski stands just 14 goals behind Landon Donovan for most goals ever in MLS, a feat he could realistically accomplish as soon as next year. Wondolowski isn’t the player that Landon Donovan was, but he is undoubtably one of the best players ever to play in MLS.
Juventus strengthened their midfield by signing French midfielder Blaise Matuidi for £20 million over the weekend. Matuidi has been a dynamic player for PSG and France over the past few years. Matuidi will help reinforce Juventus’ midfield, and it will allow PSG to have somewhat of a fresh start in the spine of their team. It will be interesting to see how Matuidi settles in to this Juventus team going forward.
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