Steven Gerrard features in list of youngest captains after Jamaal Lascelles' stunning start to season

Sport360 staff 17/09/2017

Jamaal Lascelles was the Newcastle hero again on Saturday after scoring a second-half winner in the Toon's 2-1 win over Stoke.

The 23-year-old is currently the youngest skipper in the top flight after being handed the captaincy by Rafael Benitez' in 2016.

On the back of his recent impressive form, we take a look at the youngest players to be handed the armband.

Which of these stars do you think was the best leader?

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp looks at the positives despite negative result against Burnley

Carl Markham 17/09/2017
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he can look beyond a frustrating week for his side and see an encouraging future.

The 1-1 draw at home to Burnley capped eight days in which they were hammered 5-0 at Manchester City and conceded a late lead to draw on their Champions League return to Sevilla in midweek.

With a League Cup tie at Leicester on Tuesday Klopp made seven changes against the Clarets but despite that he saw signs that the squad he has built can have a successful season despite recent dropped points.

“We made seven changes but we were still really fluent, (playing) offensive football, dominant football,” said the German, after watching his side have 35 shots to their opponents’ five and enjoy 71 per cent possession.

“Seven changes and playing this type of football, no one should take it for granted.

“Yes, result-wise (it is frustrating) but honestly I am as a person not like this. If I can get over the few more than unlucky situations then it is my job to see the performance.

“We reacted really well and why we feel so disappointed or frustrated is because we see what this team can do.

“Now we have to use this quality consistently. We could have won pretty much all our games so far when you think about the performance.

“We didn’t win all and we lost one really high but it was a strange game, we didn’t perform from the first second like someone would expect when you lost 5-0.

“If we can keep the shape and improve the other things, we can be really strong.”

Defensive errors have been the hot topic all week and another misunderstanding in the back four allowed Scott Arfield to smash home a half-volley after Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan failed to deal with Robbie Brady’s looping header into the penalty area.

The one real bright spot for Liverpool was the performance of summer signing Mohamed Salah, who scored his fifth of the season and his fourth in a row at Anfield soon after.

But despite dominating the second half, with substitute Dominic Solanke hitting the crossbar from four yards out, they could still have lost with Ben Mee having two headers denied as Matip cleared off the line and Simon Mignolet saved.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche admitted they targeted Liverpool’s defensive frailties and Mee said it paid off.

“It was a hard-fought point. We had to dig in and fight for that point and although we didn’t play as much football as we’d like but sometimes you have to come to these places and work hard as a team and grind the result out,” Mee said.

“The game plan wasn’t to sit back and let them have 35 shots as we wanted to create as much as we can but sometimes the game plans are like that.

“They have some good quality players and they had a few shots and (Nick) Pope has made a couple of good saves but we defended as well as we can and we come away really pleased with a point.

“We wanted to get the ball forward quickly and put them under pressure as much as we could and the goal came from a good diagonal with Robbie (Brady) winning the flick-on and sometimes you have to do that.

“We kind of looked at it a little bit but we wanted to play some good football as well.”

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Mauricio Pellegrino unsure if Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk stays beyond January

David Cooper 17/09/2017
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Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino admits he is unsure if Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk will remain at the club beyond January.

The Dutch defender made his first senior appearance of the season as he stepped up his reintegration as a late substitute in the 1-0 over Crystal Palace following a summer of uncertainty.

The 26-year-old handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a move to Anfield but the Saints board blocked a move with the Sunday Times reporting Pellegrino actually wanted to sell the centre-half to raise funds.

However, Van Dijk remains a Southampton player and Pellegrino believes he is one of the best defenders around.

“Around the player there is a lot of interest. You know how football is, it’s a big business. We have to accept that. Around him it is the same situation. Now we have to leave aside this situation. Now everything is normal,” Pellegrino said.

“Now, for me I’ve got this group of players and I will try to push them, to work with them, to help them, to improve every single day.

“We never know how the market will be in January. We can bring in some players, every single squad can improve. We have got people who are working to improve our squad all the time.

“And for the other teams it’s the same. They will push to bring the best players and Virgil is one case. He’s one of the best players in the Premier League.

“It’s normal that the biggest teams in the Premier League want to buy him.”

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