Can Liverpool justify their position at the top of the GW9 predicted goals table in response to Mourinho jibes ?
Following Monday night’s stalemate between Liverpool and Manchester United, José Mourinho was full value for money in his post-match press conference and he couldn’t resist having a couple of digs at his rivals.
When questioned about his side’s meagre possession tally, he was quick to point out that Liverpool had only conjured up 2 shots on goal, despite having 65% of the ball, having earlier questioned those that had compared Liverpool’s attacking football to ‘the last wonder of the world’.
The Reds actually had 3 shots on goal, according to the WhoScored match report, while it’s also worth pointing out that Jürgen Klopp’s team have scored more goals and created more chances than any other side in the 38 league games that have been played, since the German took charge at Anfield.
Liverpool entertain West Bromwich Albion in Gameweek 9 and have a higher goals expectancy than any other side but Tony Pulis will be encouraged by how easily United contained the Reds.
Arsenal have some soft-looking fixtures ahead of them, starting with a home game against Boro and they could easily top the table before Christmas. However, the Emirates faithful have been here before and it could easily be another false dawn, with the same annual ritual seemingly repeating itself for the best part of 11 years now.
Mourinho is likely to hog his fair share of headlines ahead of GW9 and this will suit him down to the ground, as it deflects attention away from his players. The Special One returns to Stamford Bridge on Sunday and it will fascinating to see what sort of reception he receives.
Bournemouth, who thrashed Hull City 6-1 in GW8, will get the weekend action under way, when they host 3rd placed Spurs but they will have their work cut out, if the latest betting odds are anything to go by.
Players from Manchester City, Everton and West Ham United are sure to feature on a number of fantasy team sheets this week, with all 3 sides boasting strong goal supremacy figures.