Cole questions ‘stupid’ Arnautovic saga

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first_imgMarko Arnautovic’s transfer U-turn which has seen him go from pushing for a move to China to stating his commitment to West Ham has been questioned by Joe Cole.Having learned of interest from Asia, with a lucrative contract on the table, the Austrian forward saw his head turned.He was eager to take up the offer, but the Hammers stood firm in the middle of a Premier League campaign and refused to sanction a sale. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? An unsettled Arnautovic was briefly removed from their plans amid a distracting January saga, but the 29-year-old has since come out and stated his willingness to stay on at the London Stadium.As a key part of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad, he can be expected to slip straight back into the fold.Former West Ham star Cole is, however, not convinced that Arnautovic has altered his stance and is merely making the right noises in public.He told Sky Sports: “Something has gone on as last week he said he wanted to go to China and win things, then a week later he has made his mind up and doesn’t want to go to China and win things.“Now something has gone wrong.“Me personally, if I was in that position of being so desperate to go last week, as he said, be honest, come out and say it’s a lot of money and I would like to go for financial reasons.“This week everyone is looking at it totally different because last week he was honest but this week everyone is saying do you think we’re stupid?”Arnautovic penned a five-year contract with West Ham upon his arrival from Stoke.That deal is due to run until 2022, with the Hammers under no pressure to part with a player they snapped up as part of a club-record £20 million ($26m) deal.They may, however, see further interest shown, with Arnautovic still on the radar of those in the Chinese Super League while also being talked up for possible moves to Premier League rivals such as Chelsea.last_img read more


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first_img Next Reuters LondonMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 08:48 IST Despite Liverpool slipping to the second spot, Klopp insisted he is confident of winning the league title (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLiverpool were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton in Sunday’s Premier League outingLiverpool slipped to the second spot on the league table and are now a point behind Manchester CityLiverpool have not won an English league title since 1990, and none in the Premier League eraLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dismissed criticism of his tactics and substitutions in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby in a tetchy exchange with a reporter in the post-match news conference.Liverpool’s fourth draw in their last six Premier League games saw them knocked off the top and leaves them a point behind leaders Manchester City with nine games remaining.Klopp took off striker Sadio Mane for midfielder Adam Lallana in the 84th minute and when asked if the series of draws indicated he should take more risks, the German bridled.”I’m really disappointed about your question. It’s football — we don’t play Playstation,” he said.”Do you think we didn’t take enough risks today? Was there any draw where we didn’t try to win? Bring on an extra attacker and football changes? It is not like that, come on.”We are offensive enough, football doesn’t work like that. There are nine games to go and we don’t lose our nerves, not like you, obviously.”When the reporter suggested he might have brought on another attacker, Klopp said it was not the right moment to take a cavalier approach.”You cannot start with four or five strikers in a striker way with nothing else to do than to try to score.”We are an offensive team and that’s absolutely okay. We take a risk, no doubt about it, but it is not like that. It’s not the moment where we say, ‘Come on now, throw everything in that direction.’advertisement”You cannot play in the Premier League like that. We play next week against Burnley and if we play only offensive, they kill us on the counter-attack, 100 percent.”We take all the risks, but you cannot take more than 100 percent risk. It’s not about going nuts.”Completely fine with chasing: Jurgen KloppKlopp also told the BBC he was unconcerned by the current league table, despite his side having given up a seven-point lead.”I’m completely fine with chasing. Who wants to be top of the table at the beginning of March? It is nice but there are lots of games to play,” he said.”I watched Match of the Day last night and saw the celebrations of Man City. They had 900 chances and scored one goal, a shot with the wrong foot. You have to be ready for these chances.”Liverpool have not won an English league title since 1990, and none in the Premier League era, but Klopp said he was still convinced they could end that wait this season.”I believe 100 percent in our chance. Game by game by game, my feeling gets better about the boys because they look really ready for it.”We didn’t score, that happens. It was a difficult game. It was just a fight and we were ready for that fight. Now we have a point more than before. All good.”Also Read | Premier League: Brendan Rodgers Leicester debut marred by Watford, Chelsea edge Fulham 2-1For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Everton vs LiverpoolFollow Premier leagueFollow Jurgen Klopp This isn’t Playstation: Klopp defends tactics after Liverpool’s draw vs Everton Liverpool’s fourth draw in their last six Premier League games saw them knocked off the top and leaves them a point behind leaders Manchester City with nine games remaining.advertisementlast_img read more