April 2, 2017 21:38
Chelsea manager Antionio Conte
EUROPEAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE LEADERS
Here is a list of the top elite football leagues in the world, and the leaders in each league along with their total points as of 4.2.2017 as the titan clubs battle for their respective trophies and a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League tournament.
Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has led Celtic to the Scottish Premier League title. The Bhoys' status as champions was officially confirmed on Sunday with an emphatic 5-0 win away to Hearts.
Scott Sinclair’s hat-trick combined with goals from Stuart Armstrong and Patrick Roberts gave Brendan Rodgers' Celtic side the Scotland Premier League title in style at Tynecastle. Celtic's 48th title had long been assured due to their 22-point lead over Aberdeen prior to the game, but ex-Reds boss Rodgers fought hard against fifth-placed Hearts for their 3 points. Rodgers joined Celtic only last summer, but in a brief time led the side to their sixth straight championship. Now the task for the Northern Irishman and his men now is to try and finish the entire campaign unbeaten. Celtic have former Reds defender Kolo Toure fighting for them as a key player in winning 28 of their 30 league games so far, and are eight games from finishing the campaign unbeaten.
Rodgers said: “I’ve grown up with the club, and to be responsible to give the supporters that joy is really humbling for me, said Rodgers. "And it’s also a really huge thank-you to the players and the staff because they’ve been able to do it, been able to impose what we’ve been trying to work on, on the training field, and they’ve won it in this record time, which is great."
MERSEYSIDE DERBY – LIVERPOOL V EVERTON
Sadio Mane scores opening goal for Liverpool against Everton
Liverpool 3-1 Everton
Liverpool Goals: Sadio Mane 8, Phillippe Coutinho 31, Divock Origi 60
Everton Goal: Matthew Pennington 28
Liverpool has three wins out of three in the Merseyside Derby for manager Jurgen Klopp, who is delighted with his side’s performance, but worried about Sadio Mane’s fitness. Everton’s barren run at Anfield continued with no win here since 1999. Jurgen Klopp is worried that Liverpool don't have a replacement for Sadio Mane if the injury picked up by the winger in the Merseyside derby is significant. Mane was forced off at Anfield Stadium with what appeared to be an ankle injury but left the field under his own steam giving a thumbs up. Klopp suggested immediately after the final whistle that his top scorer will not be available for Bournemouth on Wednesday but said he was unsure of any more accurate diagnosis than that. The knock happened in a challenge with Leighton Baines. Reds boss Klopp knows he must find a solution for any games without Mane, whose opening goal against the Blues was his 13th goal of the season. Klopp hopes Daniel Sturridge will be available to return while youngsters Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn may be added to the starting line-up. "We can cope with his absence, but we don’t have a one for one replacement. That is the truth and hopefully Daniel Sturridge can be available,” said Klopp. "Trent was brought in, Ben Woodburn. If he's injured (Mane) that it is not cool and that is why I don’t feel 100% happy. Now we have three days to find ‘the solution’ but we don’t have a one on one replacement."
Liverpool had to make do without Mane in January due to African Cup of Nations. During Mane’s adsence, the Reds managed to win only one game out of seven and which saw them drop out of the title race.
Asked if he learned anything from that period, Klopp replied, "Yes we missed his speed."
A revitalised Phillipe Coutinho was named the Man of the Match.
"Everyone could see. He could have continued to make a difference with his genius passing and his speed, but it was a decision because we really need him and 70 minutes was absolutely enough after his trip and playing the games for Brazil. It was a fantastic game from him absolutely fantastic, in both directions – offensive and defensive – that was really good,” said Klopp about Coutinho’s performance. "I am happy, happy, happy about this. His reaction is a positive, he wants to play football and felt like he could. 20 minutes more in his legs for Wednesday."
Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Can, Lucas, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Coutinho. Subs: Karius, Grujic, Klavan, Moreno, Origi, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold.
Robles, Jagielka, Williams, Holgate, Pennington, Davies, Gueye, Baines, Barkley, Lukaku, Calvert-Lewin. Subs: Kone, Mirallas, Barry, Valencia, Stekelenburg, Lookman, Kenny.
First Division League Leaders as of April 3, 2017
English Premier League: Chelsea (69), Tottenham Hotspur (59), Manchester City (57), Liverpool (56), Manchester United (52).
Scotland Premier League: Celtic (86), Aberdeen (61), Rangers (51), St. Johnstone (43), Hearts (41)
Spain La Liga: Real Madrid (65), Barcelona (63), Sevilla (57), Atletico Madrid (55), Villarreal (48).
Italian Serie A: Juventus (73), Roma (65), Napoli (63), Lazio (57), Inter (55).
German Bundesliga: Bayern Munich (62), Leipzig (49), Dortmund (46), Hoffenheim (45), Hertha (40).
French Ligue 1: Monaco (71), PSG (68)m Nice (64), Lyon (50), Marseilles (46).
American MLS: East — Atlanta, Orlando, NYRB 6. West — Portland 9, Dallas 7, Houston and San Jose 6.
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Divock Origi takes penalty for Liverpool