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6 Truths: Liverpool's faults are Klopp's responsibility, and don't be fooled by Arsenal's revival

6 Truths: Liverpool's faults are Klopp's responsibility, don't be fooled by Arsenal
By Eurosport

01/10/2017 at 20:34Updated 02/10/2017 at 07:51

The Eurosport writers review a fascinating afternoon of action in European football.

Liverpool need to wake up to their own failings

Don't be fooled by Arsenal's revival

Barcelona deserve credit for their on-pitch composure

Sluggish Everton need to change gear

Dyche deserves praise for sticking to guns

When Michael Keane left Burnley to join Everton, talk turned to how the Clarets would spend their newly acquired funds on replacing the centre-back. Sean Dyche wasn’t interested in such conversations and made it clear that he had faith in James Tarkowski, just as he did with Keane before that. The gamble has paid off brilliantly with Tarkowski slotting in effortlessly next to Ben Mee at the heart of defence. Having only made his debut at the back end of last season Tarkowski hasn’t looked out of place so far this season. With teams sitting deeper and defending more at Turf Moor, Burnley have had to find a way to improve their away record. With Tarkowski leading the defensive unit they’ve picked up points against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and now Everton.

Benitez’s Shelvey gamble pays off

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez had been very clear that Shelvey would have to work hard to win his place back in the team but he decided the visit of former side Liverpool was the appropriate game. Given Shelvey’s tendency to get a bit too stuck in against his old club this seemed like a big gamble but Benitez, as usual, was correct in his decision. Shelvey was relatively disciplined in midfield, worked really hard against Jordan Henderson and former Magpie Wijnaldum, and his pass through to Joselu for the goal was fantastic.

-- by Tom Bennett and Pete Sharland

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