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New Post: Watch Liverpool youth player Curtis Jones’ sensational footwork, goal

Liverpool F.C.has several players  who can run at opponents and beat them 1v1 on the dribble and it looks like at least one player in the team’s youth ranks can as well.

Reds u-18 midfielder  Curtis Jones scored a goal Saturday against Blackburn Rovers that would make senior team stars Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Fermino, Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum, Divock Origi and more proud.

Seeing a goal like this from a young player is encouraging, because academy players seem to normally play a conservative style of soccer. Jones not only bamboozles his marker on the run, but links up well with a teammate on the wing before getting the ball back to score the goal.

Jones had plenty of work to do after getting the pass back, as well. His quick footwork and presence of mind under pressure was fantastic. The finish wasn’t easy either, but he still managed to tuck it away.

Jones also scored a headed goal in the 3-0 playoff win. If he keeps this up, I would love to see Jones in the full Liverpool team in a few years.

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New Post: 19 Year Old Anthony Martial Scores in Manchester United Debut

By, Kyle Gibson

You can’t ask for a much better debut in soccer than scoring for your new club.

For 19 year old forward Anthony Martial, he’s done just that for Manchester United – at home and against arch-rivals Liverpool no less – in a 3-1 victory. 

Martial is no ordinary teen soccer star. That’s because no teen has been sold for such a high price tag ($55 million from AS Monaco). 

The young French forward has already drawn comparisons to legend Thierry Henry. United fans can only hope he’s half as good, but he’s looking it so far. 

Watch him score the goal. He collects it wide, drifts in and puts his head down. He runs with pace, power and a tight dribble. He even breezes past Liverpool’s main defender Martin Skrtel as if he isn’t even there. Then he slots it past Simon Mignolet. 

Cue the eruption at Old Trafford. 

As a United fan, I have to tell you that I have not celebrated a goal as much since Wayne Rooney’s bicycle kick against Manchester City. The fans of this club need something to cheer for recently and I think Martial is it. 

We HAVE to be patient with him, but United may have just found a world class striker who isn’t even old enough to have a celebratory beer in the U.S. 

New Post: EPL Predictions that will probably all be wrong. 

By, Kyle Gibson

We have the only Friday game of the year, so let’s get to the predictions! 

Manchester United 3-1 Aston Villa

I think Memphis Depay goes off in this one. 

Everton 1-1 Southampton

Everton will feel hard done by just getting a point last week against Watford. This will be a more respectable draw. 

Sunderland 0-1 Norwich City

I’ll even give you the goal scorer here. Nathan Redmond will continue to impress. 

Swansea City 2-1 Newcastle United

Swansea became the toast of the league last week in a draw against Chelsea. Should win handily enough here.

Tottenham 1-0 Stoke City

Spurs lost against United and Stoke lost in heartbreaking fashion against Liverpool. Stoke will be in mild panic after 0 points in two games. 

Watford 0-0 West Bromich Albion


West Ham United 2-1 Leicester City

City put in 4 against Sunderland, but the Hammers should feel inflated now after their win against preseason favorites Arsenal. 

Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

The panic continues!

Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City

Yes…City will go five points up on Chelsea. 

Liverpool 2-0 AFC Bournemouth

Mario Ballotelli will finally…..can’t even finish the sentence. I expect Benteke and Fermino to play well 

What are your predictions? Leave in the comments below! 

New Post: EPL Preview! I rank every team from first to worst. #BPLKickoff

By, Kyle Gibson

Ahhh, English Premier League time is upon us. No more empty feeling, or meaningless weekends where we actually pay attention to our families. With no further ado, here are my predictions. Check back here in May to see that I got all 20 places right.

1.Manchester United (Last season, 4th): United finally signed a defender that could help. Many say Mattia Darmian was the best wing back in all of the Serie A. It also doesn’t hurt to shore up the midfield with Southampton star Morgan Scheiderlin and Bayern Munich and Germany legend Bastien Schweinsteiger. For this pick to hold, I think the club still needs to sign an attacker. Memphis Depay was an excellent addition, but Wayne Rooney can’t shoulder the load at striker all by himself. Signing Pedro away from Barcelona would really, really wrap up the title. The second season is usually make or break time for a Van Gaal coached side.

2.Arsenal (Last season, 3rd): Arsenal are everyone’s EPL darlings right now, which has me a bit nervous. Arsene Wenger is a great manager, but sometimes he and his team replace the need for defensive steel with the desire to spring forward and attack, leaving the back exposed. Petr Cech was one of the absolute signings of the summer and he will help, but I think this injury-prone club will falter around the middle point of the season, leaving the door open for Van Gaal’s men.

3.Chelsea (Last season, 1st): Jose Mourinho is the best manager in the EPL. Unfortunately, Jose also knows this all too well. His mind games and blunt honesty seem to wear with players over time and I think that will happen this season with CFC. Eden Hazard will shine as he always does, but I don’t know if John Terry can have such an amazing, relatively injury free season like last year. The same goes for Diego Costa. When the team was at its best last year, he was healthy and scoring bags full of goals. Chelsea’s lack of squad rotating will catch up to it.

4.Tottenham Hotspur (Last Season, 5th): Yes, you are reading this right. This spot does not belong to Liverpool or Manchester City. I’m operating on a hunch here, but I think Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino are more stable than the two former clubs. They also made solid, team building additions in defenders Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier. Harry Kane may need help up front, but I think West Brom’s own Saido Berahino will be in to help before the transfer window shuts.

5.Manchester City (Last season, 2nd): Oh, how the mighty have fallen. No one is high on Manchester City right now after a sloppy close to last season and a disaster of a transfer window this summer. Raheem Sterling is the only big name brought in, but they paid nearly 50 million pounds for a 20 year old that hasn’t proven himself throughout a full campaign. Fabian Delph may have committed career suicide in leaving Aston Villa for here. Honestly, I can’t see him making more than 15 starts. What the team really needs is cover for aging defenders Martin Demichelis and Vincent Kompany. Also, the club needs an attitude overhaul. No one sees Manuel Pellegrini keeping the manager’s job. I can name the players who I think have heart: Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero. The rest don’t seem to care. That is an indictment to your club and manager.

6.Liverpool (Last Season, 6): No more Sterling. No more Gerrard. But in comes James Milner from Manchester City. I think he was one of the shrewdest deals done this offseason, coming in on a free transfer. Up to him and Jordan Henderson (your new captain) now to right that midfield.

7.Swansea City (Last Season, 8): The Swans are part of the new guard that are going to be very present in this section of the table the next few years. Garry Monk is one hell of a manager and this is a good team to boot. Andre Ayew and Eder are quality signings that show this club’s ambition.

8.Stoke City (Last Season, 9): Stoke is part of this group as well. Solid, hard to beat and they just keep improving. Sure they lost Steven N’Zonzi and Asmir Begovic, but I think the guys they’re bringing in are more than quality. Mark Hughes is a very good manager and the Brittania Stadium is a fortress.

9.Crystal Palace (Last Season, 10): I predict another stellar year for the Crystals. Alan Pardew will have a chance to build over a full season and I can see this team really scoring some upset victories. Yohan Cabaye signing to play here from PSG was an all-star deal. I love watching this team.

10.Everton (Last Season, 11): If you aren’t a fan, you probably forgot about them over the summer. I think Roberto Martinez is a good manager. I think this team has some very talented guys. But still, there’s no excuse to not really bring in any star transfers after having an off season. They’ll be the folding point of the table and I think will have a lackluster year where we pretty much forget about them.

  1. Southampton (Last Season, 7): I predicted these guys to get relegated last year and they shocked the hell out of me. Ronald Koeman is a very good manager though and the team was strong. Here are my issues for this year. There’s no more Nathaniel Clyne, Morgan Schneiderlin or Toby Alderweireld. They all moved to Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham, respectively. With that being said, that’s nothing like what the lost last
  2. West Ham United (Last season, 12): If you’ve noticed over the last few predictions, no one is really moving a lot. West Ham scares me to death, though. I could easily see them going as high as seventh and as low as getting relegated. Slaven Bilic is a wild card of a manager who has shown no signs of being able to keep his temper in check during Europa League qualifying. This being said, I love the signing of Dimitri Payet from Marseille.
  3. Newcastle United (Last season, 15): New boss Steve McLaren will make sure this team stays away from relegation, but this is a broken team with a very loyal fan base. It deserves a new owner in the worst way.
  4. West Bromwich Albion (Last season, 13): Tony Pulis and his squad will stay exactly where they were last year. This is a club that is too deep to go down. Here is why I don’t think they will move forward, though. I think striker Saido Berahino will move in either this transfer window or the winter one. Without him, it gets rough trying to find a goal scorer.
  5. Sunderland (Last season, 16): Everyone from here on is always in danger of relegation. That’s how Sunderland lives. This may be a pick made with my heart, though, because I just like these guys.
  6. Aston Villa (Last Season, 17): They lost Fabian Delph and key goal scorer Christian Benteke, but I think Tim Sherwood (if he lasts the whole season) will rally the base and secure survival.
  7. Bournemouth AFC (Last Season, Promoted): They play in a stadium that fits only 11,700 people. For some perspective, my high school football stadium seats 10,000. However, they have a real fighting spirit and they’re the kind of team that can hang around.
  8. Norwich City (Last season, Promoted): They have EPL experience, but I don’t find them very convincing.
  9. Leicester City (Last Season, 17): Pulled off the greatest of great escapes last year, not so lucky this year.
  10. Watford (Last Season, Promoted): Sorry guys……I guess that’s why they call it the blues.

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New Kicking It Podcast: EPL Wrap Up Edition!

On this week’s edition of the Kicking It Podcast, Kyle and Richard close the book on the English Premier League season by recapping the standings and naming a Player of the Year for the league, the top ten and a few from the loser bracket. Listen in, because Louis Van Gaal demands it!

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Liverpool Should Sign Wilfried Bony As Soon as the Transfer Window Opens

Image Credit: Paul Carr, ESPN

By, Kyle Gibson

The above stat by ESPN’s Paul Carr says it all about Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony. The man is just pretty darn consistent as a goal scorer.

The Ivorian striker has shown this consistency since he arrived at Swansea City from the Netherlands in 2013.

With 8 goals already in this campaign, it seems like a big team should be poised to snatch up Bony.

Liverpool, I’m looking at you. Here’s why.

Your current strike force ain’t doing it. 

Daniel Sturridge is injured, Mario Ballotelli is regressing and Rickie Lambert isn’t seen as a solution. What you need is a real and proven EPL goal scorer. The Reds are looking at West Brom man Saido Berahino, but he’s a youngster and isn’t proven yet either. Belgian wonderkid Divock Origi is already on loan in France, if Liverpool wanted a young striker, they could just recall him.

He is reasonably priced. 

Liverpool could spend about $22 million tops for Bony. He might even go for less. This is an affordable solution to that striker void left by Luis Suarez leaving for Barcelona.

Your Midfielders Will Be Happy

Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana and Steven Gerrard will have less pressure to score goals with a big threat like Bony up top. The big striker also demands plenty of attention and can score a variety of different goals, whether from set pieces or open play. He also has 6 league assists in his EPL career, proving he can play provider as well.

Liverpool has done a good job moving back into the top half, but it’s time to bring in a real English Premier League striker. Wilfried Bony is just simply too big a chance to miss.

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New Post: Kicking It’s Best of the Weekend Report

By, Kyle Gibson

It’s getting colder by the day and darker earlier than ever, but Monday is the darkest of them all.

Why not re-live some of the weekend all over again with a best of the soccer world? Ok….here we go.

Best Team- Manchester United

I had to. The unfortunate leg of Kieran Gibbs and the feet of Wayne Rooney gave United the 2-1 win it so desperately needed against Arsenal. A makeshift United team got it done and Louis Van Gaal got huge performances from Rooney, Marouane Fellaini, David DeGea, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young. United is now in the 4th place Champions League slot.

Best Player-Lionel Messi

I mean…it had to be, right? Messi broke the La Liga all-time scoring record at age 27 with a hat trick that moved him by Telmo Zarra to 253 career goals.

Messi also made some cryptic comments this week about his future with Barcelona. The fee to move him would truly be a sight to behold.

Best Goal-Jeremy Menez

I’m giving this one to Menez because I didn’t want to include Messi twice, but this goal was simply BAD. To do that in the most important match Milan will have this season against arch-rival Inter, you gotta be kidding me.


Best Podcast of the Week- It’s probably not the Kicking it with Kyle Gibson podcast, but you can still listen to that right here anyway.