One of the most eventful Premier League season’s may have only just concluded less than two weeks ago, with Manchester City edging out Liverpool in a thrilling title race, but attentions have now turned to next season. Something things will no doubt stay the same, but, as with every new season, some will change. On the pitch, there will be three new sides competing in the competition and plenty of clubs will have new signings to show off. But it's not just on the pitch where things will change. Off the pitch there are plenty of new things for football fans should be aware of, and below we take at look what fans can expect ahead of the new season. Introduction of VAR For the first time ever in the Premier League, fans will see VAR used in the competition next season. The Premier League confirmed in November 2018 that its clubs had agreed in principle for the technology to be used from the 2019-20 season, and a formal request was made to the International Football Association … [Read more...] about The key Premier League changes coming in 19/20 season
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Manchester City completed an historic domestic treble with a 6-0 rout of Watford in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Here AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the Wembley showpiece: Serial winner Guardiola addicted to silverware The champagne corks had barely stopped popping after Manchester City's Premier League triumph last weekend before Pep Guardiola issued a warning to his players. Guardiola's side have collected 198 points in winning the past two Premier League titles, but the City manager has no intention of resting on his laurels. Describing winning as "so addictive", Guardiola called on City's stars to extend their domination of English football well into the future. "We have to win again and again," he said. "It has been incredible. But from the first day of next season, we start from zero." Guardiola's message was received loud and clear on the evidence of a swaggering victory over Watford that made City the first English club to win the treble of Premier League, FA … [Read more...] about Three things we learned from the FA Cup final
Another Premier League season is officially in the bag. 97 points. 89 goals. 22 conceded. 30 wins and just one defeat. It was a hell of a ride for Liverpool as they finished just a point behind eventual champions Manchester City. But now that the dust has settled, how much can you remember of the season just gone? Can you recall every Liverpool game in detail? Have a go our big LFC Premier League quiz and see how you get on. And don't forget - we want answers just for the Premier League season, so forget about the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. Share your results with @LivEchoLFC and let us know how you get on. Question -1 of 20 Score -0 of 0 Who scored Liverpool's first goal of the 2018-19 Premier League season? Sadio Mane Roberto Firmino Mohamed Salah Next question Thanks for taking part in this quiz You scored Replay quiz Did you enjoy our quiz? Have a go at some of our other LFC quizzes and share your results online. Enjoy our LFC quiz? Here's a few … [Read more...] about The BIG Liverpool Premier League quiz
Manchester City will bid to become the first team to complete a domestic treble of League Cup, Premier League and FA Cup this weekend when they take on Watford at Wembley Stadium. City beat Chelsea on penalties to win the Carabao Cup back in February before pipping Liverpool, who held a seven-point lead over the Citizens in January, to the Premier League title in one of the closest, most intense run-ins in English football history. Now, they will be looking to make it their very own hat-trick when they play Watford in the FA Cup final in what will be be the traditional end of season fixture in the English football calendar. Here is all you need to know: What time is it? The match has moved away from its traditional time of 3pm and will instead kick-off on Saturday, May 18 at 5pm. Who are taking part? Manchester City, who were crowned Premier League champions last weekend, will start as strong favourites against a Watford side they have beaten in their last ten meetings. In … [Read more...] about What time is the FA Cup final and how can I watch it?
When Riyad Mahrez shifted the ball onto his right foot at the Amex Stadium on Sunday and rifled a shot into the top corner, Manchester City knew they could start to celebrate becoming 2018/19 Premier League champions. The goal put them 3-1 up at Brighton - with an Ilkay Gundogan free kick to follow - and secured the vital three points that crowned them champions ahead of Liverpool in one of the closest title races in years. But as well as effectively sealing the title for City, Mahrez also sent a message to manager Pep Guardiola that he was worthy of his place in the starting line up. The Algerian had found himself out of favour in recent weeks, even though fellow winger Leroy Sane has also spent long periods on the bench. But he took his chance on the final day to get City over the line. It could save his City career. With the FA Cup final approaching, a number of Mahrez's teammates will be looking for a similar impact in the final game of the season. For City, victory would see … [Read more...] about The Man City players with a point to prove in the FA Cup final