Conor Coady Commits Future to Wolves With New Five-Year Deal

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Coady has signed a new deal at Wolves | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

Wolves have confirmed that captain Conor Coady has committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new five-year deal.

The centre-back has been a mainstay at the back for the Wanderers – in fact, he has played every single minute of Premier League football since his side were promoted back to the top flight back in 2018. His fine form at club level also saw him rewarded with his first England cap recently.

Wolves have now confirmed on their official website that Coady has penned a new five-year deal to extend his stay at Molineux.

Speaking after the news had been confirmed, Coady told the club’s website: “It’s an incredible day, honestly. I look at what this club has given me over the years, and it feels like home to me – it has done since the first day I came. I’m honoured to play for this football club every day, so to sign a new deal is absolutely incredible.

“This is somewhere I’ve grown to love. On the first day I came, it was incredible the way people treated me and what the club gave me. Over the five years I’ve had kids, and this is all my kids know, all my family knows. When I play of a night and my kids can’t watch, they come and wake me up to ask what the score was.”

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The Liverpool Lineup That Should Start Carabao Cup Tie With Arsenal

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A full debut beckons for Diogo Jota | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

It’s a new season, but for Liverpool it’s been the same old story thus far.

Wins, wins and more wins. Yes, the Reds are off to a perfect 100% start in the Premier League, and Carabao Cup victories have followed to ensure the club picks up where they left off last season.

But with coronavirus still sweeping across the globe and games coming thick and fast, manager Jurgen Klopp has some tinkering to do ahead of the Carabao Cup fourth round clash with Arsenal at Anfield.

Who might he rotate and bring into his side, you ask? Let’s take a peek.

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Adrian (GK) – There’s only one man lining up between the sticks in the Carabao Cup and that man is everyone’s favourite Sevillian, Adrian.

Neco Williams (RB) – Unquestionably it’s rest time for Trent Alexander-Arnold, which means another opportunity to impress for the young Welshman.

Virgil van Dijk (CB) – Sweeping changes will be made across the board, but somebody has got to hold Liverpool’s defence together. Step forward, big bad Virg.

Rhys Williams (CB) – Having started the last Carabao Cup tie against Lincoln, it’s unlikely that Neco’s namesake will be stripped off another opportunity.

James Milner (LB) – Mr Versatile may need to step to the plate once more so Andy Robertson can have a well deserved sit down. Konstantinos Tsimikas is injured, in case you were wondering.

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Curtis Jones (CM) – Liverpool’s next big star in midfield needs all the minutes he can get, and taking down Arsenal would be another impressive feather in his cap.

Marko Grujic (CM) – It might not be too long before Grujic is heading out of the Anfield door, so this could potentially be his farewell performance.

Xherdan Shaqiri (AM) – Another man who could be heading for the exit is Swiss dynamo Shaqiri. But before he does scurry off to pastures new, potentially, a blinding performance wouldn’t go amiss.

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Harvey Elliott (RW) – Starts are what Elliott needs to continue his development, and this will just be his fourth at Anfield if Klopp obliges. Has plenty of promise and can interchange with Shaqiri nicely.

Takumi Minamino (CF) – Roberto Firmino may not score 15,000 goals for you but his work rate and importance to the team should never be understated. Minamino has some big shoes to fill then.

Diogo Jota (LW) – Divock Origi is crying out for minutes and starts but Jota is the one who really needs to get up to speed. He also has fond memories of Arsenal, having scored against them less than 72 hours ago.

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Liverpool’s Best & Worst Case Champions League Group Stage Draw for 2020/21

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Who can Liverpool get and who do we want? | FABRICE COFFRINI/Getty Images

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Yes, it’s d̶e̶a̶d̶l̶i̶n̶e̶ ̶d̶a̶y̶ the Champions League group stage draw!

2019 winners Liverpool take on this year’s Gazprom having disappointed somewhat in 2019/20 – failing even to make the makeshift August mini-tournament in Lisbon.

Added squad depth and revenge on the mind means anything other than going deep into the knockouts will be considered a failure in 2021.

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Holders Liverpool went out in last season’s round of 16 | Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images

But without getting ahead of ourselves, who’s the best and worst they could the Reds get in Thursday’s group draw, you ask? Well, let me walk you through it…

Pot 2 – Ajax

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Dusan Tadic remains Ajax’s danger man | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Key man: Dusan Tadic

League position 2019/20: N/A

Other possible teams in the pot: Barcelona, Atletico de Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dortmund

Ajax would’ve been Liverpool’s Champions League final opponents in 2019, but for a once-in-a-lifetime performance from Lucas Moura, of all people.

Much has changed in Amsterdam in the year a bit since. Six of Ajax’s starting XI from the second leg against Spurs has moved on, and Erik ten Hag’s side looked like a sad cover band of the side that had torn apart Juventus and Real Madrid so recently in 2019/20’s Champions League,

Nicolas Tagliafico (possible) and Sergiño Dest (definitely) could be the latest stars to be cherry picked from the club before deadline day.

With a 100% record so far in the Eredivisie, Ajax are still dangerous but it’s probably the least intimidating draw from Pot 2.

Pot 3 – Dynamo Kyiv

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Dynamo Kyiv don’t have a good recent record against English sides | BSR Agency/Getty Images

Key man: Viktor Tsyhankov

League position 2019/20: 2nd

Other possible teams in the pot: TBD

Kyiv’s high coefficient makes them a shoo-in for Pot 3. However, Reds’ unhappy memories from the Ukrainian capital aside, Mircea Lucescu’s team are hardly a draw to avoid, considering the strength of some of the other sides available.

The Ukrainian league runners-up have qualified for the group stages after beating Benelux duo AZ and then Gent in the qualifiers, but their European record hasn’t been great of late.

After being defeated by Brugge in last season’s Champions League playoffs, Kyiv failed to get out of their Europa League group, drawing four times out of six with Malmo, Copenhagen and Lugano.

Their last six meetings with English sides have produced an aggregate score of 13-2 to the Barclays.

The main things in the ‘cons’ column for drawing Kyiv are, of course, the infamously long away trip and chilly winter weather.

Pot 4 – Club Brugge

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Simon Mignolet’s new club could be the plum draw from Pot 4 | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

Key man: Hans Vanaken

League position 2019/20: 1st

Other possible teams in the pot: TBD

Brugge’s reward for fighting off Kyiv in the playoffs last year was a Champions League group with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Galatasaray. Yikes. They did register three draws, including an impressive 2-2 at the Bernabeu, but did not manage a single win.

Later in the Europa League, Simon Mignolet’s new side were stuffed by Manchester United.

Though second in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League after seven games of 2020/21, Brugge have already lost twice.

Beaten by the Reds in the 1978 European Cup final, Brugge have not beaten an English side on the continent since 1985.

More than all that though, it’s just a lovely city to visit.

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Pot 2 – Atletico Madrid

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Suarez already looks fearsome in an Atleti shirt | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Key man: Luis Suarez

League position 2019/20: 1st

Other possible teams in the pot: Barcelona, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dortmund, Ajax

Barcelona (whatever their many off-field problems) and Dortmund are also ones to give a wide berth in a pretty gruesome looking Pot 2, but Atletico might just be the least appealing.

Diego Simeone’s side Simeone’d their way past the Reds in last season’s round of 16 and are consistently one of the toughest, most uncomfortable opponents to face in Europe.

As Diego Costa put it ‘one bites, the other kicks’.

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In six meetings, Liverpool have only ever beaten Atleti once – and that was 2-1 win in the Europa League semi final that saw them eliminated on away goals anyway.

Adding to the ‘narrative’, former Liverpool great Luis Suarez looks as sharp as ever at his new side, having scored twice and bagged an assist in his 20-minute debut cameo, while Joao Felix appears to be growing into his role as the club’s crown prince.

Pot 3 – Inter

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Inter have one of Europe’s deadliest attacks with Lautaro Martinez leading the line | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Key man: Romelu Lukaku

League position 2019/20: 2nd

Other possible teams in the pot: TBD

Serie A runners-up Inter’s high coefficient puts them in line for Pot 3, where they edge out Lazio, Atalanta and last season’s semi-finalists RB Leipzig as the ones to steer clear of.

Antonio Conte’s side came undone in the Europa League final in 2019/20 and have struggled in tough Champions League groups in recent seasons. However, they are building year by year and have genuine quality throughout the team, from Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku to Nicolo Barella and exciting summer addition Achraf Hakimi.

Inter also scored the second most goals in Serie A last season (81) and conceded the fewest (36).

Pot 4 – Red Bull Salzburg

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RB Salzburg gave Liverpool problems last year | Michael Molzar/Getty Images

Key man: Dominik Szoboszlai

League position 2019/20: 1st

Other possible teams in the pot: TBD

Though not yet actually qualified (Salzburg still have the second leg of a playoff against Maccabi Tel Aviv) Jesse Marsch’s side could be dark horses from Pot 4, ahead of probables Borussia Monchengladbach and Istanbul Basaksehir.

The Austrians caused Liverpool all kinds of problems in the 2019/20 group stages, fighting back from 3-0 down before eventually losing 4-3.

Though without Erling Haaland, Takumi Minamino and Hwang Hee-chan this season (all three goalscorers from that game against Liverpool have since moved on), the Red Bull group famously have a knack for finding some of the world’s best young talents.

Dominik Szoboszlai and Patson Daka are ones to watch from this year group in Naby Keita and Sadio Mane’s alma mater.

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90min’s Leicester City Player of the Month Award – September

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What a month it’s been for Jamie Vardy | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Leicester City’s perfect start to the season has been as surprising as it’s been impressive.

Going into the new campaign, the Foxes were tipped to struggle. They ended the 2019/2020 in diablocial form and a lack of transfer activity had pundits and supporters alike fearing the worst.

However, during September Leicester have looked absolutely sensational. They opened proceedings with back-to-back wins over West Brom and Burnley before putting Manchester City to the sword 5-2.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of players caught the eye during this superb run of form – but who has been the best of the best? 90min collated our player ratings from the Foxes three games so far to find out…

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Appearances: 3
September Average Rating: 8/10

Watching Harvey Barnes this month has been every bit frustrating and exhilarating in equal measure. After an underwhelming end to last season, the 22-year-old has flown out of the traps with a point to prove in September.

Filled with youthful exuberance and fearlessness, Barnes is a truly joyful player. If he could sort out his finishing, he’d be one of the most devastating wide men in the Premier League.

Nowhere was this lack of end product more evident than during his side’s season curtain-raiser against West Brom. Barnes tormented the Baggies defence all game long, but (somehow) did not manage to register a goal or an assist.

That changed the following weekend with Barnes putting in a man-of-the-match performance when Burnley travelled to the King Power Stadium. The future England international (?) scored and laid on an assist to help defeat Sean Dyche’s Clarets.

Barnes was also impressive against Manchester City. His pace provided a vital counter-attacking threat and he also pinned back the Cityzen’s full-backs well.

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Appearances: 3
September Average Rating: 8/10

Timothy Castagne – or as 90min christened him, Timmy Chestnuts – has enjoyed a perfect start to life as a Fox.

Signed from Atalanta in the summer, the Belgian was touted as the heir to Ben Chilwell but has proved to be anything but; he can defend for starters…

Seriously though, Castagne has been excellent in September, providing Leicester with much-needed thrust down the right-hand side, as well as plenty of purposeful attacking.

He made his debut at the Hawthorns and opened the scoring with a well-timed, looping header. Against Burnley he was impressive once again, not putting a foot wrong at the back and driving forward with aplomb.

His fine start to the season continued at the Etihad Stadium. Castagne provided the assist for one of Jamie Vardy’s three goals and had the beating of Benjamin Mendy all evening.

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Vardy put in one of his all-time great Premier League displays against Manchester City | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Appearances: 3
September Average Rating: 8.33

Jamie Vardy. Then. Now. Forever.

Vardy once again showed he is one of the most lethal strikers in world football in the month of September. We have to start with that City game, where the Skittles vodka enthusiast scored a fine hat-trick despite touching the ball just 21 times.

Okay, two of the goals may have been penalties but guess who won both spot kicks? That’s right, Vardy.

As well as this timeless Premier League display, Vardy was also impressive in Leicester’s other two fixtures. He scored two more penalties against West Brom and his work rate was exemplary when Burnley came to town.

Last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner has kicked off proceedings magnificently, showing signs that he may become the first player to retain the award since Harry Kane.

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Demarai Gray on Leeds Radar After Leicester Tell Winger He Can Leave

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Gray is not in Brendan Rodgers’ long-term plans | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

Newly promoted Leeds United are keen to continue their summer of spending with a move for Leicester winger Demarai Gray.

The 24-year-old has been told he can leave King Power Stadium this summer, and a suitable bid is likely to be accepted as he has just a year remaining on his contract.

Gray has not yet featured in Leicester’s Premier League campaign, which has begun with three consecutive victories; one of which was a resounding – and surprising – 5-2 mauling of Manchester City on their own patch, headlined by yet another Jamie Vardy hat-trick.

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It could be destination Elland Road for Gray, with MailOnline Sport reporting that the Championship winners may look to bring the England Under-21 international to Yorkshire.

Further details are sketchy to say the least, but Gray’s arrival would certainly increase competition for places in the wide areas. Jack Harrison and Helder Costa have started the season in good touch, but a long campaign that will require rotation means regular action would probably be afforded to the Leicester winger by manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Gray’s fall from grace has coincided with the arrival of Cengiz Under on a season-long loan deal, as well as the continued emergence of Harvey Barnes. Add Ayoze Perez, James Maddison and Marc Albrighton into the mix, and it’s easy to understand why his playing time has been limited.

During his Foxes career, Gray has made 132 appearances in the Premier League. But a meagre return of ten goals and nine assists in that time point to a disappointing end product, something that Brendan Rodgers would appear to be unable to look past.

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Barnes’ rise to prominence has limited Gray’s on-field minutes | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Asked recently about his future, Rodgers admitted, “He is now 24 and it’ll be whether he wants to continue in the role he’s played here or whether he sees himself going out and becoming a starter.

“It’ll be up to him. He’s in his last year and he hasn’t signed another deal but, for me, I will always respect Demarai and what his wishes are.”

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