This weekend saw local teams Liverpool and Everton score 9 goals between them, with Klopp securing his first win as Liverpool manager with a 1-3 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Everton thrashed North East side Sunderland 6-2 at Goodison, with Arouna Koné securing a hat-trick in the process. The plight of Jose Mourinho continued over the weekend, with the aforementioned home defeat heaping pressure upon the Chelsea boss, as the club at the time of writing resides in 15th place. There are plenty of calls from fans for Mourinho to be replaced as manager, despite winning the Barclays Premier League and the Capital One Cup last season. Chelsea will also now face a legal claim from former team doctor Eva Carneiro for unfair dismissal. Aston Villa have appointed former Lyon and Arsenal midfielder Rémi Garde as their replacement for ex-boss Tim Sherwood this week, but, with the club sat rock bottom in 20th place, it is set to be a difficult task for the Frenchman. In other football news, local side Tranmere Rovers continue to struggle in the National League, with a 0-1 loss at home to Dover Athletic putting them in 10th place.
The Rugby World Cup reached a glorious climax on Saturday, with the All-Blacks (New Zealand) triumphing over rivals Australia with 34-17 to become 3 time champions and the first team to retain the Webb Ellis trophy. In a tournament that saw the supremacy of Southern Hemispheric rugby come to full fruition, with the final 4 being made up of New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina, the UK was also invigorated with Rugby fervour for the first time in a long time, with Twickenham selling out over 6 times in 3 weeks. The Aviva Premiership also returned this weekend, with local(ish) side Sale Sharks beating Northampton 20-13 at home.
In the International Test Match Series, on day 2 of 5, England trail Pakistan by 12 runs, with Pakistan all out for 234 runs, England on 222-4. Team changes for the third test are said to include a drop from the bowlers for all-rounder Ben Stokes, who faces a scan on his shoulder this week; Jos Buttler has been dropped, replaced by Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow.
Sad news has come from the Rugby Football League, as they confirmed that 26 year old referee Chris Leatherbarrow had passed away. The circumstances of his death are as of yet unconfirmed, but Rugby Football League chief said: “This is a dreadful tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with Chris’s family, friends and colleagues”. In tennis, Roger Federer triumphed over Rafael Nadal to win his home title, the Swiss Indoors title, for the 7th time, beating the Spaniard 6-3 5-7 6-3. Ian Poulter looks set to be eligible to compete in the Ryder Cup next year, after being added to this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai. Despite Lewis Hamilton retaining the FIA driver’s championship last weekend, it was teammate Nico Rosberg that won the Mexican Grand Prix for Mercedes-Petronas, firmly cementing his second runner-up finish in 2 seasons.