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TRIBAL TRENDS - TOP 5: Ox alone in Liverpool; Hazard praises Barca star Messi; Man Utd destined to sign Dele Alli;

It's that time of the week again where we look back over the past seven days and check out what articles Tribal readers have fancied the most.

Overall, we've got stories about all the major clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Our top story this week comes from outside of the football world, well sort of.

New Liverpool signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has left his girlfriend in Londonwhile he settles in on Merseyside.

The Little Mix star (they're a popular girl group in the U.K if you didn't know) Perrie Edwards told the Mirror that the 220 miles distance won't prove to be a problem for the couple.

Well, maybe she might want to re-think that given the Reds form since her boyfriend arrived at Anfield…

Manchester United flop Memphis Depay is coming under pressure at Lyon.

The Dutchman joined the Ligue 1 club in January after falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho.

Now his new boss, Bruno Genesio, has said he wants more from the 23-year-old.

The French boss said: "I have no disappointment with him, but I wait for more, because he has enormous potential. I'm more demanding, but he still has made two decisive passes and an important goal (this season)."

Chelsea star Eden Hazard was full of praise for his contemporary, Lionel Messi.

The Barcelona star is widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time, if not the greatest.

Speaking with SFR Sport, the Belgian has gone to credit Messi's dribbling ability as what separates him for other footballers.

The Belgian International said: "When he dribbles, it always brings a goal, a pass, it creates space. Even if he does not make a lot of technical gestures, it's impressive."

A Tribal feature piece has explained how Tottenham star Dele Alli's latest personnel move could go a long way to shaping his future.

The 21-year-old has parted with Rob Segal and is being courted by super-agents, Mino Raiola and Jorge Mendes.

Either one of those football overlords could help pave the way for Alli to sign with Manchester United; Raiola through his previous deals for Pogba, Mkhitayran and Lukaku and Mendes with his connection to Jose Mourinho, who he has represented for many years.

And finally, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed last week that Chelsea had no excuses prior to their fixture at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Blues had two days extra to prepare, having played their Champions League match on Tuesday and Arsenal competing in the Europa League on Thursday.

The match ended 0-0, proving the midweek matches had nothing to do with the result.

Top 5 Tribalfootball stories September 14 - 20

1. Celeb girlfriend leaves Oxlade-Chamberlain in Liverpool

2. Depay under pressure as Lyon coach Genesio demands more

3. Chelsea ace Hazard: This is why Messi best in the world...

4. Dele Alli & his agents battle: Why it's falling in place for Mourinho's Man Utd

5. Arsenal boss Wenger: No excuses for Chelsea after Thursday Euro tie


Our top five stories searched through Google this week include Hazard praising Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Real Madrid's pursuit of Alexis Sanchez and Fernando Torres embracing his new role at Atletico Madrid.

1. Blues ace Hazard: This is why Messi best in the world...

2. Gunners attacker Alexis offered to Real

3. Fernando Torres on Atletico super-sub role

4. Italian whizkid Pellgri: Zlatan my idol

5. Real star at the centre of boot battle


Our top five stories searched through the world's most popular social media site, Facebook, include former Man Utd stars Owen Hargreaves and Roy Keane criticising Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho talking about his failed Barcelona move and Ryan Giggs handing Everton star Wayne Rooney some advice.

1. Celeb girlfriend leaves Ox in Liverpool

2. Coutinho breaks silence on Barca bids: I always respected Reds fans

3. Hargreaves: Klopp's Reds system kills centre-half careers

4. Man Utd legend Keane: Real stars will be laughing at L'Pool

5. Man Utd legend Giggs tells Rooney: If you score, you must...

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