Knockaert gives Brighton early lead
Brighton & Hove Albion's Anthony Knockaert scored the first Premier League goal of 2018 against Bournemouth.
The Frenchman netted the opening goal at the Amex Stadium to get the New Year underway in English football, and joined a very particular club in the process.
Knockaert joins such luminaries as Alan Shearer, Harry Kane, Andy Cole and Dimitar Berbatov on the list, which features West Bromwich Albion heavily for the wrong reasons.
Here are the first strikes of each calendar year since the league's rebranding.
1993: Mark Brennan, Ipswich 1 OLDHAM 2
1994: Tim Breacker, Everton 0 WEST HAM 1
The full-back's sixth-minute header took the honours as Manchester United and Leeds drew 0-0.
1995: Mick Harford, WIMBLEDON 2 Everton 1
Harford scored the year's first two goals inside eight minutes.
1996: John Ebbrell, Wimbledon 2 EVERTON 3
The midfielder pounced in the first minute on New Year's Day.
1997: Alan Shearer, NEWCASTLE 3 Leeds 0
A fourth-minute volley saw Newcastle edge out rivals Sunderland, and Michael Bridges, by two minutes.
1998: Paolo Di Canio, SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 2 Newcastle 1
Everton's Nick Barmby and West Ham's Frank Lampard scored elsewhere inside five minutes but Di Canio was off the mark within 60 seconds.
1999: Hassan Kachloul, SOUTHAMPTON 3 Charlton 1 / Jason Euell, WIMBLEDON 2 Derby 1
Both players struck in the eighth minute of their respective 3 p.m. kick-offs.
2000: Branko Strupar, DERBY 2 Watford 0
The Belgian took just two minutes to score the first Premier League goal of the 21st century.
2001: Marcus Stewart, Sunderland 4 IPSWICH 1
2002: Marcus Bent, IPSWICH 3 Charlton 2
Bent exceeded even Harford's 1995 effort with two goals in the first five minutes on New Year's Day.
2003: Juan Sebastian Veron (own goal), SUNDERLAND 1 Manchester United 2
The Argentina playmaker inadvertently nodded in Gavin McCann's deflected shot for an unlikely opener.
2004: Juan Pablo Angel, ASTON VILLA 2 Portsmouth 1
2005: Andy Cole, FULHAM 3 Crystal Palace 1
Liverpool and Chelsea kicked off at 12:45 p.m. but Joe Cole's 80th-minute winner there was trumped by his namesake's fourth-minute strike in the 2 p.m. clash.
2006: Steven Davis, West Brom 1 ASTON VILLA 2
2007: Peter Crouch, LIVERPOOL 3 Bolton 0
The England striker's unlikely speciality was on show as his bicycle kick broke Bolton's resistance after an hour.
2008: Danny Murphy (pen), FULHAM 1 Chelsea 2
2009: Curtis Davies, ASTON VILLA 2 West Brom 1
2010: Tuncay Sanli, STOKE 3 Fulham 2
2011: Wayne Rooney, West Brom 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 2
Rooney nodded in Patrice Evra's cross three minutes into the 12:45 p.m. kick-off.
2012: Victor Anichebe, West Brom 0 EVERTON 1
2013: Dimitar Berbatov, West Brom 1 FULHAM 2
Albion were on the receiving end for a third straight year and fifth out of eight.
2014: Fernandinho, Swansea 2 MANCHESTER CITY 3
2015: Ryan Shawcross, STOKE 1 Manchester United 1
2016: Michail Antonio, WEST HAM 2 Liverpool 0
In the 10th minute Antonio won a tackle near his own corner flag and, barely 20 seconds later, headed in Enner Valencia's cross.
2017: Harry Kane, Watford 1 TOTTENHAM 4
Full-back Kieran Trippier laid on the first two of Kane's eventual 39 league goals in the year in little over half an hour.
2018: Anthony Knockaert, BRIGHTON v Bournemouth
The Frenchman took just four and a half minutes to add his name to the roll of honour with a well-taken close-range strike.
EVERTON VS. MAN UNITED
EVERTON: Sam Allardyce will monitor James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie before deciding whether to start the duo. McCarthy lasted just half of Saturday's 2-1 loss to Bournemouth at Dean Court. Idrissa Gueye should feature again after recovering from hamstring trouble, with Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley still sidelined.Provisional squad: Pickford, Kenny, Williams, Keane, Holgate, Martina, Schneiderlin, Davies, Sigurdsson, Bolasie, Calvert-Lewin, Robles, Jagielka, Baningime, McCarthy, Besic, Lookman, Lennon, Vlasic, Mirallas, Klaassen, Niasse, Sandro, Rooney.
MAN UNITED: Romelu Lukaku will miss at least two games after suffering a head injury against Southampton, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces a month out with a recurrence of his knee problems. Wing-back Ashley Young is suspended for three games after accepting a violent conduct charge after elbowing Southampton's Dusan Tadic. Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Eric Bailly remain sidelined, with question marks over Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian.Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Tuanzebe, Darmian, Jones, Smalling, Valencia, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, McTominay, Pogba, Herrera, Matic, Lingard, Martial, Rashford, Mata, Mkhitaryan.
SOUTHAMPTON VS. CRYSTAL PALACE
SOUTHAMPTON: Alex McCarthy could keep his place in goal after his clean sheet against Manchester United. Saints are still without striker Charlie Austin, who is both suspended and affected by a hamstring injury. Left-back Ryan Bertrand (hamstring) could be back in contention.Provisional squad: McCarthy, Forster, Taylor, Hoedt, Stephens, Yoshida, Gardos, Pied, McQueen, Romeu, Bednarek, Bertrand, Lemina, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Boufal, Tadic, Redmond, Long, Gabbiadini.
CRYSTAL PALACE: Roy Hodgson hopes to have Ruben Loftus-Cheek, James McArthur and Jeffrey Schlupp available after knocks. Jason Puncheon and Scott Dann also suffered injuries against Man City, meaning that with Mamadou Sakho and Joel Ward also injured, Martin Kelly and Damien Delaney will vie for selection in central defence.Provisional squad: Speroni, Hennessey, Kelly, Tomkins, Riedewald, Delaney, Schlupp, Van Aanholt, Souare, Townsend, Loftus-Cheek, Cabaye, Milivojevic, McArthur, Mutch, Ladapo, Sako, Kaikai, Zaha, Benteke.
SWANSEA VS. TOTTENHAM
SWANSEA: Carlos Carvalhal will be without full-back Kyle Naughton after accepting a Football Association violent conduct charge for a stamp on Watford's Stefano Okaka during Saturday's 2-1 win at Vicarage Road. Tammy Abraham is a doubt with a niggling stomach injury and fellow striker Wilfried Bony is battling a hamstring problem, while Ki Sung-yueng (calf) and Kyle Bartley (knee ligaments) are likely to miss out again.Provisional squad: Fabianski, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Carroll, Fer, Ayew, Narsingh, Abraham, Bony, Nordfeldt, Rangel, Van der Hoorn, Clucas, Sanches, Fulton, Dyer, Routledge, McBurnie.
TOTTENHAM: Harry Kane missed training on Friday due to a cold but has continued to be assessed, with boss Mauricio Pochettino hopeful he could be ready. Victor Wanyama could make his first appearance since August as he steps up his return after long-term knee trouble.Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga, Rose, Davies, Walker-Peters, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Dier, Foyth, Trippier, Aurier, Winks, Amos, Wanyama, Sissoko, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Son, Lamela, Llorente, Sterling, Kane.
WEST HAM VS. WEST BROM
WEST HAM: Mark Noble is battling to shake off a hamstring injury and Michail Antonio has yet to resume training after a groin problem. Reece Oxford is back from a loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach, but Sam Byram (hamstring), Jose Fonte and Edimilson Fernandes (both ankle) are still out.Provisional squad: Adrian, Hart, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell, Kouyate, Oxford, Rice, Obiang, Quina, Lanzini, Ayew, Arnautovic, Carroll, Sakho, Hernandez.
WEST BROM: With just 48 hours between games Alan Pardew could recall James McClean, Oliver Burke, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Allan Nyom. Salomon Rondon (hamstring) is still struggling while Nacer Chadli (hip) and James Morrison (Achilles) are out for Albion.Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Palmer, Hegazi, McAuley, Evans, Nyom, Dawson, Gibbs, Brunt, Field, Livermore, Phillips, Krychowiak, Barry, Burke, Yacob, McClean, Robson-Kanu, Rondon, Rodriguez.
MAN CITY VS. WATFORD
MAN CITY: Gabriel Jesus is out, most probably along with Kevin De Bruyne, after they suffered injuries in Sunday's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace. Pep Guardiola also does not expect David Silva to return after being absent for personal reasons. Defenders Vincent Kompany, Fabian Delph and John Stones could yet return but left-back Benjamin Mendy (knee) and midfielder Phil Foden (ankle) are still out.Provisional squad: Ederson, Bravo, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Stones, Mangala, Delph, Danilo, Zinchenko, Toure, Gundogan, Fernandinho, B Silva, Sane, Sterling, Aguero.
WATFORD: Captain Troy Deeney serves the last installment of a four-match suspension following his red card against Huddersfield before Christmas. Kiko Femenia, Will Hughes (both hamstring), Younes Kaboul (foot), Miguel Britos (ankle), Craig Cathcart, Nathaniel Chalobah and Isaac Success (all knee) are all still out injured.Provisional squad: Gomes, Zeegelaar, Wague, Janmaat, Kabasele, Cleverley, Doucoure, Watson, Pereyra, Richarlison, Carrillo, Karnezis, Prodl, Holebas, Capoue, Sinclair, Gray, Okaka.
ARSENAL VS. CHELSEA
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Steve Nicol explains why the time is right for Liverpool to sell Philippe Coutinho if Barcelona put up the right offer.
Jurgen Klopp commends Philippe Coutinho for how well he's embraced wearing the captain's armband for Liverpool in recent weeks.
BURNLEY -- Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah have both been left out of Liverpool's squad for the game with Burnley on New Year's Day.
Coutinho and Salah were not on the Liverpool team bus that arrived at Turf Moor and they have been ruled out of the Premier League encounter with injury knocks.
Salah was a doubt for the match already, having picked up a minor groin injury in Saturday's win over Leicester City, while Coutinho will miss the Burnley game with a thigh issue.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he would make "more than one" change to Liverpool's starting XI for the trip to Burnley following the short turnaround from the Leicester City match, having not made sweeping alterations in a similar situation last season.
The omission of Coutinho also comes after Barcelona kit manufacturer Nike had briefly published an online advertisement for Barca shirts with the Brazil forward's name on.
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In total, Klopp has made seven changes to his lineup, with Simon Mignolet returning in goal and Dominic Solanke leading Liverpool's frontline.
Full Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Lovren, Gomez, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Solanke.
Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.
Gabriel Jesus left the Selhust Park pitch in tears during the first half of Manchester City's 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace. But there could be a silver lining for the young Brazilian.
The knee injury he suffered is likely to keep him out of action for more than a month. Providing he can quickly regain form and confidence, the forced rest could ease a potential problem for him and Brazil as they build towards the World Cup in Russia.
He is one of seven members of the Brazil squad who are based in England -- more than in any other country. This has a potential downside. The Premier League is a relentless test. After the Crystal Palace game, where Kevin De Bruyne left the field on a stretcher, City coach Pep Guardiola made a point of highlighting the pace and physical contact of the football. There is a price to be paid for this.
In recent World Cups it has not only been the England national team who have disappointed -- the same applies to many England-based players. Many of them -- Manchester City's own Sergio Aguero in 2014 being a case in point -- seem to be running on empty at the end of a gruelling club campaign. Brazil would hate the same to happen to Gabriel at the culmination of his first full Premier League season.
Brazil coach Tite took a bet on Gabriel Jesus when he took command of a troubled national team in 2016. Then a teenager, he quickly proved to be the solution in what had been a problem position for his country. The previous centre-forwards were Ricardo Oliveira, 37, and the young Gabriel Barbosa, who for all his talent has so far not made the slightest impact in European club football.
Winning a penalty and scoring two wonderful late goals, Gabriel Jesus turned a tricky visit to Ecuador into a 3-0 win. It was a magnificent start to his international career, and he continued the campaign in the same spirit. He only played half of the 18 rounds, but was Brazil's top scorer with 7 goals -- and he also dovetailed delightfully with Neymar, creating chances as well as scoring them. He quickly became a fundamental part of Tite's all-conquering team. Brazil need him firing on all cylinders next June and July.
Tite has many options in a number of positions -- the centre-back partnership of Marquinhos and Miranda has been so solid that Brazil can afford to leave Thiago Silva on the bench, for example. But there is nothing like the same embarrassment of riches at centre-forward.
The immediate reserve for Gabriel is Liverpool's Roberto Firmino. He does not offer the same penalty-area threat as the first choice; Firmino is a player of intelligent movement and skilful combination play, adept at bringing others into the game. He is also under pressure. The fact that Firmino has never played for a big club in Brazil leaves him without a constituency in the local press. Many are unconvinced of his virtues. Moreover, the Premier League question mark also applies in his case; after a full season charging around under the intense command of Jurgen Klopp, how much will he still have left to give come the World Cup?
So bare is the cupboard of traditional target men centre-forward that Tite's first option for this type of player is Diego Souza -- a 32-year-old who has played his entire career as a midfielder. Some were calling for an international recall for Jo, chosen as Brazil's player of the year after spearheading the league win by Corinthians. But he is now moving to Japan, which probably takes him out of the firing line.
There is plenty, then, resting on the form and fitness of Gabriel . An injury to Neymar would, of course, be a huge blow. But it would also mean that there would be space in the starting lineup for both Willian and Phillippe Coutinho.
But if the centre-forward is unavailable or below par, the World Cup challenge could really suffer. Tite, then, will be worried to see his key striker pick up an injury. He might well be relieved by the thought that Gabriel should arrive a little fresher for the World Cup in Russia.
Tim Vickery covers South American football for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @Tim_Vickery.