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Lucas Torreira eats energy gel to get him through Arsenal’s win over Manchester United

first_imgLucas Torreira eats energy gel to get him through Arsenal’s win over Manchester United Torreira immediately took the energy gel from Guendouzi (BT Sport)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisementMatteo Guendouzi was brought on as a substitute and the 20-year-old immediately gave an SiS energy gel to Torreira.The Uruguayan quickly consumed the hit of energy before discarding the pack. Comment Matteo Guendouzi brought on the energy gel in the 82nd minute (BT Sport) Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jan 2020 10:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link20.9kShares Lucas Torreira took an energy gel during Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United (BT Sport)Lucas Torreira needed an energy boost during the latter stages of Arsenal’s win over Manchester United on New Year’s Day.Mikel Arteta secured his first victory since taking charge of the Gunners as first-half goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis sealed a 2-0 win over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.Torreira was Arsenal’s enforcer at the heart of their midfield but the Uruguay international was flagging towards the end of the second half.And with eight minutes remaining, Arsenal took the unusual step of bringing Torreira an energy boost to get him through the rest of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Torreira with the SiS energy gel (BT Sport)Before the incident, Torreira had dropped to the ground and looked as if he was going to be substituted before Alexandre Lacazette was replaced.‘I wouldn’t have been in a rush to take him off,’ said former Arsenal defender Martin Keown during his commentary for BT Sport.‘Torreira’s so important to the team. It’s important he stays on for as long as possible.‘He was used sparingly by [Unai] Emery and Emery didn’t pick him enough for me.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Liverpool line-up v Everton: Sturridge back for derby day clash?

first_img 1 1 Daniel Sturridge is in contention to play against Everton Should Sturridge get the nod, it seems almost certain that he will partner Mario Balotelli in attack, although his lack of match fitness suggests he will not play for the full 90 minutes.With two strikers though Rodgers faces the conundrum as to whether he should utilise a midfield diamond or add another body in and around central midfield to ensure Steven Gerrard isn’t over-run again.We suggest that he could go from something akin to a 4-2-2-2, similar to how Manchester City operated at times last season, allowing Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling to offer width and creativity, with Jordan Henderson taking on a majority of the central responsibilities.Much like Everton, Liverpool’s defence has been questionable at times this season, but given the difficulties in playing three central defenders, we suggest Rodgers would find more joy and solidity in playing two, with his usual full-backs.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Everton? Comment below… For Liverpool, this has been a season which has – so far – failed to get started, but the Redmen will need to find some sort of resolve as they take on an Everton side that are currently experiencing similar trying times.Two defeats in the last two games is hardly the form of title contenders, so for Brendan Rodgers’ side, nothing short of a win is required when they step out at Anfield for the first Merseyside derby of the season.Recent history appears to swing in the Redmen’s favour, with Liverpool unbeaten in their last eight in all competitions against their Blue neighbours, and Kopites will be hoping that this will finally be the catalyst sorely needed to kick-start their season into life.The big question is how does Rodgers repair the damage of two consecutive league defeats, and is it time to pick a formation and stick to it?The answer to the latter will depend largely on the inclusion of Daniel Sturridge in the starting line-up. The England man has resumed to full training and Rodgers cautious to confirm whether he will be ready in time for Saturday’s clash.“He is someone that responds well to treatment and it’s gone well – he’s out on the field,” Rodgers said during his pre-match press conference. “There’s still a couple of days to go yet before the game. The most important thing is that he is nearer to fitness.“He certainly won’t be match fit – he hasn’t played for a few weeks. But it would be great to have him back because he’s a wonderful player for us.”One player that seems certain to feature though is Raheem Sterling, despite the 19-year-old having played the full 120 minutes of Liverpool’s Capital One Cup victory over Middlesbrough.Below is how Liverpool could line-up against Everton:last_img read more