A report from The Times is claiming that Liverpool paid Manchester City a £1 million settlement in September of 2013 after they were caught spying on the Etihad outfit.
It is claimed that the current Premier League champions hired espionage experts to see if their private networks had been compromised and Liverpool employees were later accused of hacking into City’s Scout7 system.
A settlement was negotiated by directors who are no longer at the club after a legal complaint was made to Liverpool by their top-flight counterparts stating that their database was unlawfully accessed via the login and password of a former City scout over an eight-month stretch from June 2012 to February 2013.
Per the Times, the settlement was reached without the Reds accepting wrongdoing and the accusations were never brought before a court.
“Liverpool paid a £1 million settlement to Manchester City after their Premier League rivals made a complaint that their scouting system had been hacked into,” a section of the report reads.
“The confidential settlement took place in September 2013 after it was reported that City had employed computer-espionage experts to see if the system had been spied on.
“The scandal would appear to be the biggest incident of alleged misbehaviour by one top-flight club to another in the Premier League’s history.”
If these allegations had been proven, City would have exposed be the biggest breach of trust among Premier League sides in the history of the division, unless there’s a lot more that has been kept under wraps. League rules state that “each club shall behave towards each other clubs and the League with utmost good faith,” and such a breach would have prompted heavy fines, as well as possible point deduction.
It is understood that City became suspicious after finding out that Liverpool also became interested in Real Zaragoza youth player Paolo Fernandes while they were scouting him. Their suspicions are said to have forced them to expedite negotiations to sign Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk and Spaniard Jesus Navas from Sevilla.
City signed Fernandes, now 21, in 2017 and he’s currently on loan at Perugia in Italy. The club refused to comment when contacted by certain UK outlets.
The Manchester side have only just completed a rout of Watford with an 8-0 win at home. They will be facing Everton at Goodison Park next weekend and are 1/3 favourites to topple the Toffees with Bet365, who are also offering 9/2 on a draw and 7/1 on a victory for the home side. Fans could take advantage of enhanced odds as it relates to Premier League betting, as well as other sports, at https://www.freebets.com/enhanced-odds.
Pep Guardiola’s men are favoured to retain the League title after winning it these past two seasons and William Hill has 8/11 odds on a third successive win. Meanwhile, Liverpool are at 7/5 with Paddy Power. Betway has odds of 66/1 on Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur winning the League while their London rivals Chelsea are 100/1 with Bet365.
City striker Sergio Aguero is the favourite to finish as the top flight’s top scorer at 7/2 with Betfair and Spurs’ Harry Kane is tied at the top with the same odds. Reds hotshot Mohamed Salah is 9/2 with Paddy Power while Raheem Sterling is 11/2.
[Image] Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool XI to face Sheffield United – Can the Reds keep their league form going?
Predicted Liverpool XI to face Sheffield United in the Premier League
Liverpool romped home to a comfortable 2-0 victory over MK Dons in the third round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday, thanks to goals from James Milner and Ki-Jana Hoever.
Jurgen Klopp’s side edged 2-1 past Chelsea in a riveting end-to-end encounter and the current pace-setters in the Premier League will be strong favourites on paper when they make the trip to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United on Saturday.
The Blades finished Round 6 inside the top-10 with a surprise 2-0 victory over Everton last week but they are going to face an uphill task against an in-form Reds unit.
Xherdan Shaqiri (calf), Nathaniel Clyne (knee) and Alisson (calf) are all ruled out for the weekend clash against Sheffield United, while Divock Origi is also doubtful.
Sadio Mane picked up a minor knock to his thigh last week but he is likely to be amongst the starters on Saturday.
The Spaniard made a few smart saves to guide the Reds to a victory over Chelsea last week and he is expected to continue in goal.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)
The youngster scored an absolute stonker of a free-kick last week and he has always been one of the first names on Klopp’s team sheet over the past twelve months.
Virgil van Dijk (CB)
One of the best in the world and an undisputed starter for Liverpool every week, the Dutchman is expected to return to the eleven after being rested for the EFL Cup tie.
Joel Matip (CB)
The Cameroonian has done really well to establish himself ahead of Joe Gomes and Dejan Lovren in the pecking order.
Andrew Robertson (LB)
He was one of the architects of Liverpool’s victory over Chelsea last week and there is hardly any doubt over his selection.
The Brazilian has enjoyed a wonderful start to the ongoing campaign and he will be expected to keep up his good work in the middle of the park.
Jordan Henderson (RCM)
The England international continues to be one of Klopp’s trusted lieutenants in the midfield and he should be fresh and ready to start after taking a break for the EFL Cup game.
Georginio Wijnaldum (LCM)
One of the key cogs of Liverpool’s midfield, the former Newcastle man has impressed with his industrious displays and he is likely to return to the eleven on Saturday.
Sadio Mane (LW)
The Senegalese star has already bagged four goals in the Premier League this term and Liverpool will once again look up to him to deliver the goods.
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Mo Salah (RW)
The Egyptian wizard didn’t play a part in the midweek fixture but Liverpool will rely heavily on his pace to unlock a stubborn Blades defence.
Roberto Firmino (ST)
Liverpool’s devastating front trio is never quite complete without him and he could play a key role on Saturday with his guile and trickery.
3 Winners and 3 Losers from PL gameweek 5 including Tottenham and Arsenal
3 Winners and 3 Losers from Premier League gameweek 5
Premier League action returned with a bang after the end of the first international break of the season and Round 5 of the 2019-20 campaign produced some mesmerizing football for all sets of fans to savour and admire.
Man City’s shock 3-2 defeat away at Norwich City was arguably the hottest talking point from this weekend, while a few of the other big-six clubs, including Man United, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea should also be happy with how things panned out for them in Round 5.
Arsenal blew away a two-goal lead at Vicarage Road to share the spoils in a 2-2 draw against Watford, while top-six hopefuls Everton were beaten 3-1 away at Bournemouth.
Watford and Wolves once again finished the week as the only two sides in the Premier League who are yet to register a single victory thus far.
Without further ado, let us take a look at 3 winners and 3 losers from Round 5 of the Premier League:
Jurgen Klopp’s side stretched their lead over defending champions Man City to five points at the top of the table, as a first-half brace from Sadio Mane followed by a third goal from Mo Salah in the second half guided the Reds to a comfortable 3-1 comeback victory over Newcastle United.
Jetro Willems put the Magpies in the driver’s seat early in the game with his pile driver from the edge of the box but heroics from Mane, and Roberto Firminio who came on as a substitute for Divock Origi midway through the first half ensured that Liverpool stretched their winning run in the Premier League to 14 games in a row, becoming only the fourth team to achieve such a feat.
While it was more of a regulation victory for Liverpool, the fans at Anfield have every reason to hope that Man City’s stumble at Carrow Road proves to be one of the title-defining moments later on in the season.
Nevertheless, for the time being, Liverpool have a lot of breathing space with a five-point lead at the top of the standings.
It was a treat to watch how Chelsea’s young guns completely whitewashed an underwhelming Wolves side 2-5 away from home on Saturday, with Tammy Abraham’s hat-trick making him the youngest Blues player to achieve such a feat in the Premier League.
Frank Lampard’s side had come under criticism for blowing away a two-goal lead at home against Sheffield United prior to the international break but the Blues absolutely demolished Wolves in ruthless fashion to get back to winning ways and finished the week placed 6th in the standings.
While Abraham stole much of the limelight with his hat-trick, fellow academy graduate Fikayo Tomori also got the crowd off its feet with an absolute stunner from 35 yards out, as did Mason Mount, who bagged his third goal of the league season.
3. Tottenham Hotspur
Having lost 1-0 to Newcastle United and drawn 2-2 away at Arsenal prior to the international break, Spurs came into the game against Crystal Palace with only a solitary victory in their first four games.
However, the home fans will be relieved after the Lilywhites produced arguably their best display of the season thus far and cruised to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Roy Hodgson’s side, who dropped down to 12th place in the standings after that defeat.
An own goal from Patrick van Aanholt, sandwiched by Heung-min Son’s brace and Erik Lamela’s strike made the score 4-0 before the interval and though Spurs moved up to 3rd place in the standings this week, they still have plenty of catch-up to do if they are to get back in the title race.
1. Man City
It was always going to be interesting to see how Man City would cope with the opposition in the Premier League following Aymeric Laporte’s injury and the defensive blunders against Norwich City are sure to have Pep Guardiola scratching his head to find a solution for the upcoming fixtures.
Some poor marking allowed Kenny McLean to head home the opener for the Canaries early in the first-half before Teemu Pukki took advantage of some ineffective coordination at the back to set up Todd Cantwell for the second.
Sergio Aguero pulled one back just at the stroke of the interval but a horrible error from Nicolas Otamendi allowed Pukki to make it 3-1 in favour of the hosts. It stayed that way until Rodrigo found a late goal. City struggled to hit great heights against a Norwich side that ran them ragged with their never-say-die mentality on the pitch.
Undoubtedly, Man City’s defeat comes as the first big twist in the title race and Guardiola will be aware that his team cannot afford such slip-ups if they are to keep themselves within striking distance of Liverpool at the top of the table.
Arsenal didn’t have the worst of results in Round 5 but Unai Emery is likely to be disappointed to have come away with just a draw from the trip to Watford, with the Gunners blowing away a two-goal lead in the second half to somehow salvage a point.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace in the first half was cancelled out by goals from Tom Cleverly and Roberto Pereyra after the interval, the latter coming from the penalty spot after the Argentine was tripped by David Luiz inside the box.
A victory over Watford would have propelled the Gunners to 3rd place in the standings, ahead of Spurs, who currently hold that position, but some poor defending and lack of resilience at the back cost Arsenal heavily once again.
A victory over Bournemouth would have seen Everton finish the week in the top four but instead, the Toffees currently find themselves outside the top-ten, languishing at 11th place in the standings after suffering a 3-1 defeat to the Cherries away on the south coast.
Callum Wilson’s opener was cancelled out by Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header just at the stroke of the interval before Ryan Fraser made it 2-1 with a free-kick and Wilson put the game to bed with his second goal midway through the second half.
The Toffees failed to capitalise on their chances and this defeat definitely comes as a big blow to their hopes of challenging for a top-six place.
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[Image] Premier League Team of the Week for gameweek 5 featuring Chelsea duo and Norwich star
2019-20 Premier League: Team of the Week Round 5
Premier League returned to action with a bang this weekend after the end of the international break and Round 5 witnessed plenty of turnarounds in fortunes for some of the big-six clubs.
Wolves continued their losing habits and Everton stumbled against Bournemouth, while newcomers Norwich City grabbed the headlines with a shock 3-2 victory over Man City at Carrow Road.
There were plenty of individual performances that got the crowd off their seats and it is now time to assemble the standout performers from Round 5 in our Team of the Week.
Premier League Team of the Week
Tim Krul (GK)
The Dutchman showed a tremendous level of calmness and composure between the sticks against a world-class Man City attack and made several key saves to propel his team to an upset victory.
Serge Aurier (RB)
Perhaps a rather surprise inclusion in the list, the Ivorian announced his return to Spurs’ starting eleven in an emphatic manner and stole the show against Crystal Palace with a superb all-round display.
Harry Maguire (CB)
The England international returned to face his former club Leicester City and did ever so well to keep Jamie Vardy at bay in the Red Devils’ 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.
Fikayo Tomori (CB)
He might not have done an awful lot defensively in Chelsea’s 5-2 victory over Wolves but his 35-yeard screamer is likely to be one of the top contenders for the Goal of the Season award.
Andrew Robertson (LB)
The Scotsman assisted Sadio Mane’s equaliser in the 3-1 triumph over Newcastle and put in yet another lion-hearted performance down the left-hand side of the pitch.
Scott McTominay (CDM)
The youngster was one of the brightest sparks in United’s victory over Leicester this weekend, thwarting the Foxes with numerous interventions in the middle of the park.
Emiliano Buendia (LM)
Norwich City, as a unit, completely outplayed Man City in the 3-1 win at home and the Argentinian was one of the standout performers with his creativity and uncompromised work rate.
Heung-min Son (RM)
The Korean hasn’t had the best start to the season but he finally rose to the occasion and bagged a brace in the 4-0 drubbing of Crystal Palace, including a stunning volley that rattled the net.
Roberto Firmino (CAM)
The only inclusion in the elite eleven who came on as a substitute, the Brazilian changed the whole complexion of the game in favour of Liverpool and completely bamboozled the Magpies with his guile, craft and work rate.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST)
One of the sure contenders for the Golden Boot this season, the Gabonese international took his tally up to 5 goals with a well-taken brace against Watford.
Tammy Abraham (ST)
The Chelsea academy graduate just can’t stop scoring at the moment. The youngster bagged a hat-trick in the Blues’ 5-2 triumph over Wolves and took his tally up to 7, becoming Chelsea youngest-ever player to score a Premier League hat-trick.
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