Phil McNulty

Chief football writer

Analysis and opinion from our chief football writer

About Phil

Phil has covered football on regional and national newspapers since... Read more about Phil McNulty the late 80s and has been BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer since July 2000.

He has covered World Cups for the BBC in Japan and South Korea, Germany and South Africa as well as European Championships in France, Portugal and Poland and Ukraine.

Born in Liverpool, Phil attended De La Salle Grammar School which later had England striker Wayne Rooney as its most famous ex-pupil.

Phil's main brief is covering the Premier League, England and the Champions League and he can also be heard giving his analysis on BBC Radio 5 live, Radio Four and the World Service.

He has been included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

Jurgen Klopp

'Resilient more than eye-catching but Klopp's Liverpool juggernaut rolls on'

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's celebrations at the final whistle at Stamford Bridge offered a window into the importance of victory in his 150th Premier League match in charge.

Klopp's impact on Liverpool in that period has been immense, culminating in making them European champions for the sixth time with victory over Tottenham in Madrid in June.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard

What is expected of Lampard at Chelsea?

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Chelsea's start to life under Frank Lampard has reflected the transitional nature of a club operating under a new template with an inexperienced manager, an influx of young players and a transfer ban.

Lampard has had mixed fortunes, combining impressive away wins at Norwich and Wolves with struggles at home, including a damaging defeat by Valencia in their opening Champions League game on Tuesday.

Michael Keane and Raheem Sterling

'England horribly fallible in defence'

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England manager Gareth Southgate will have struggled to decide whether his glass was half-full or half-empty as he reflected on a thud and blunder night against Kosovo at St Mary's.

First things first - everyone at Southampton enjoyed a thrilling Euro 2020 qualifier that led to a rousing ovation for both sides at the conclusion of England's chaotic 5-3 victory.

England's Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount

'Common sense to play England youngsters'

Read full article on 'England's young players should get chance to become battle-hardened in qualifiers'

England face a familiar, ominous threat as their path to qualification for Euro 2020 continues to look little more than a formality - but it will not come from any of the teams they will face on the route to next summer's showpiece.

Their opponents in Group A could almost have been hand-picked for a comfortable passage by manager Gareth Southgate and the Football Association.

Leicester City's James Maddison

Is it time for Maddison? The key issues facing England boss Southgate

Read full article on England: What are the key issues facing Gareth Southgate?

England return to Euro 2020 qualifying duty with a home double header against Bulgaria at Wembley on Saturday and Kosovo at St Mary's in Southampton on Tuesday - two fixtures that should not present huge obstacles on the road to next summer's showpiece.

Gareth Southgate's side still, however, face serious questions after falling short once more against the Netherlands in the semi-final of the inaugural Uefa Nations League - so what key issues will be on the agenda over this next international period?

Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs off the pace as leaders pull away

Read full article on Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Spurs off the pace as two leading horses pull away

The Premier League title race is not over after four games - but enough evidence has now been produced to know the pattern is set and the race will once again involve only two horses.

Manchester City and Liverpool have only taken that short period to confirm they are now arguably even further ahead of the chasing pack than in May, when a single-point advantage sent the title to Manchester City and third-placed Chelsea trailed in 25 points behind Jurgen Klopp's side.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

'James brightens dark days at Man Utd'

Read full article on Man Utd already seeking crumbs of comfort after disappointing draw at Southampton

Manchester United are already looking for shafts of light in the dark, four games into the new Premier League season - thankfully Daniel James is shining brightly in the gloom.

While it is far too early to make any definitive judgement on the latest Old Trafford transition, another mediocre display in the 1-1 draw at Southampton pushed the optimism of the opening-day romp against Chelsea even further into the background.

David Luiz

'Liability Luiz costs otherwise promising Arsenal'

Read full article on Arsenal: Bruising Liverpool defeat shows the huge gulf Unai Emery's side still have to bridge

Arsenal's scant consolation in losing to Liverpool is that they have got their annual visit to Anfield out of the way early - and this defeat was not quite as harrowing as some suffered in recent seasons.

The statistics after this 3-1 loss, which left Liverpool with the only 100% record in the Premier League, lay like rubble around the feet of manager Unai Emery and his side.

Moise Kean

'We will take care of your son' - the story of how Everton signed teenage star Kean

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Everton's signing of Italy's brilliant teenage striker Moise Kean from Juventus was one of the surprise deals of the transfer window.

Kean, 19, emerged as one of Europe's top young attacking talents in Serie A last season, showing enough promise to be given his full international debut by manager Roberto Mancini in November 2018.