Monday is here again which means it’s time for ‘Morning Mix’ – our weekly football column with a bit of music thrown in for good measure.
We look at two talking points from the past seven days and point you in the direction of some of the best football stories elsewhere on the internet.
We also offer a top tune recommendation to get you in the mood for the week ahead and what to watch out for over the coming days. Let’s get stuck in!
Liverpool are like Man United last season, without the excuses
Remember when Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was bleating about officials sticking to the rulebook before his team faced Everton last season?
That undoubtedly would have been handy yesterday when Reds midfielder Fabinho put Brighton & Hove Albion’s Evan Ferguson out of the game with a horrific tackle.
Quite how the officials decided the challenge was not worth a red card is anyone’s guess – the tackle bordered on grievous bodily harm.
Disgraceful tackles aside, Liverpool deservedly exited the Amex Stadium with their interest in yet another competition ended at an early stage.
Klopp’s side are like Manchester United last season but without the same excuses to fall back on. The Reds manager is increasingly looking like a busted flush.
Wrexham’s resurgence under Hollywood duo is magical
Wrexham co-owner Ryan Reynolds says he was ‘moved’ by the team’s performance against Sheffield United in the FA Cup fourth round yesterday.
The National League club were unfortunate not to win the game, with John Egan’s goal in stoppage time setting up a replay at Bramall Lane.
Under the ownership of Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, the North Wales outfit are in the midst of a resurgence that has ignited the local community.
The way they have bought into what Wrexham means to the fans is a lesson for anyone thinking of buying a football club.
Promotion back to the Football League is the primary aim for the North Wales outfit, but it would be no surprise if they gave the Blades another scare in the replay.
The week that was
Are you looking for the best football stories from the past week? Check these out:
- How Manchester United have changed under Ten Hag — and what’s left to do.
- Everton must hope Sean Dyche offers clearer direction than their road map.
- The one data point that makes Arsenal so extraordinary this season.
Today’s top tune
We’ve previously featured The Royston Club in our Morning Mix column, and they’re getting another shout-out following the release of their new single Blisters.
Much like their local football club, the Wrexham indie band are on a steep upward curve. If you get the chance to see them live, don’t miss out!
What to watch this week
It’s the last day of the transfer window tomorrow, and several clubs at the bottom of the Premier League desperately need to sign some new players.
This unquestionably includes Everton, whose new manager Sean Dyche does not have much time to get some deals over the line.
Given the current state of their squad, the odds of 4/6 on offer to be relegated still looks pretty generous.
A final Morning Mix thought
Speaking of Everton, can we all now finally agree that Frank Lampard shouldn’t be getting another Premier League job anytime soon?
- ‘The boys gave everything’ – Graham Potter assesses Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa
- Jurgen Klopp delivers damning assessment on Liverpool’s 4-1 defeat to Man City
- Preview: Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur – prediction, team news, line-ups
- Barcelona will play at the Estadi Lluis Companys next season with Camp Nou renovation on the cards
- Harry Kane targeting a century of goals for England