Marco Silva believes Richarlison has quality to score 20 goals a season

• Silva feels he has the man to fill Romelu Lukaku’s boots
• Everton manager preparing to face his old club Watford

Marco Silva and Richarlison both face their former club Watford for the first time at Goodison Park on Monday, with the manager suggesting his striker could become the 20-goal-a-season man Everton have struggled to find since parting with Romelu Lukaku.

That might be a big task if Richarlison, who cost Everton £35m to acquire from Watford, has to keep playing in wide positions rather than as a central striker, though Silva feels he has plenty of goals still to come.

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Romelu Lukaku: bulking up for World Cup has hampered my club form

• Striker has had to lose muscle mass he put on for Belgium
• ‘I wasn’t playing with enough intensity or aggression’

Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he bulked up for Belgium’s World Cup campaign during the summer and admitted having to lose the added weight as it was hampering his form for Manchester United.

The forward was United’s top scorer last season with 27 goals in all competitions. He has struggled this time around, however, with his goal in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Fulham only Lukaku’s second for the club since mid-September. So far this season, Lukaku has scored six in 20 United appearances, a return that caused José Mourinho to drop him for the recent games against Arsenal and Southampton.

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Romelu Lukaku: bulking up for World Cup has hampered my club form

• Striker has had to lose muscle mass he put on for Belgium
• ‘I wasn’t playing with enough intensity or aggression’

Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he bulked up for Belgium’s World Cup campaign during the summer and admitted having to lose the added weight as it was hampering his form for Manchester United.

The forward was United’s top scorer last season with 27 goals in all competitions. He has struggled this time around, however, with his goal in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Fulham only Lukaku’s second for the club since mid-September. So far this season, Lukaku has scored six in 20 United appearances, a return that caused José Mourinho to drop him for the recent games against Arsenal and Southampton.

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Romelu Lukaku: bulking up for World Cup has hampered my club form

• Striker has had to lose muscle mass he put on for Belgium
• ‘I wasn’t playing with enough intensity or aggression’

Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he bulked up for Belgium’s World Cup campaign during the summer and admitted having to lose the added weight as it was hampering his form for Manchester United.

The forward was United’s top scorer last season with 27 goals in all competitions. He has struggled this time around, however, with his goal in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Fulham only Lukaku’s second for the club since mid-September. So far this season, Lukaku has scored six in 20 United appearances, a return that caused José Mourinho to drop him for the recent games against Arsenal and Southampton.

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Jürgen Klopp: I was not for one second worried about Mohamed Salah’s form

• Forward set a high bar, says coach after Bournemouth hat-trick
• Klopp calls on fans to turn up the noise for Napoli visit

Jürgen Klopp says he was “not worried for one second” about Mohamed Salah’s form this season but admits both club and player have to learn to deal with the raised levels of expectation that mean the forward’s record-breaking haul in 2017-18 is the yardstick by which he is judged.

Klopp was speaking after Salah scored a brilliant hat-trick in Liverpool’s emphatic 4-0 victory over Bournemouth, taking his league tally for the season into double figures as Liverpool racked up a fifth straight top-flight win and supplanted Manchester City at the top of the table.

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River Plate claim Copa Libertadores against 10-man Boca with Quintero goal

• River Plate 3-1 Boca Juniors (5-3 agg)
• Pratto 68, Quintero 109 Martínez 120 | Benedetto 44

River Plate beat their Argentinian rivals Boca Juniors 3-1 after extra-time to win the Copa Libertadores on Sunday in a match that was finally played in Madrid after twice being postponed because of violence at the final’s second leg in Buenos Aires.

River won 5-3 on aggregate, with Boca having a man sent off in extra-time.

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