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Ollie Watkins reveals Aston Villa identified Liverpool’s high line as a weakness

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Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins has revealed his team planned to exploit Liverpool‘s high line ahead of their brilliant 7-2 victory at Villa Park on Sunday evening. 

Watkins scored a ‘perfect’ hat-trick against last season’s champions while Jack Grealish bagged a brace and John McGinn and Ross Barkley also netted.

Villa got through Liverpool’s defence with incredible ease and really could have won by more.

Ollie Watkins has revealed that Aston Villa planned to exploit Liverpool 's high line

Ollie Watkins has revealed that Aston Villa planned to exploit Liverpool ‘s high line

Liverpool were left stunned as they were a shadow of themselves when it came to defending

Liverpool were left stunned as they were a shadow of themselves when it came to defending

 ‘We saw how high they play and the game plan was to try and get in behind them and you could see it worked,’ Watkins said after the victory.

‘It was more about blocking off the passing lanes and just making sure they can’t pass through us. We knew it would be hard but we all worked together and it showed tonight.’

‘Before the game I didn’t think I’d score three goals but after the first one I got confidence and grew into the game and got chances.

‘I should have got more in the end. One on one with the keeper… I’ve got to be scoring that. You can always improve and I think I’d back myself to score that.’

Watkins wheels away in celebration after scoring his third goal before half-time

Watkins wheels away in celebration after scoring his third goal before half-time 

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UFC 254 LIVE REACTION: Khabib RETIRES, McGregor responds, champ ‘had suffered BROKEN foot and toes’ just WEEKS ago

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‘NUMBERS DON’T LIE’

Jon Jones has rejected Khabib Nurmagomedov’s claim he is the best pound-for-pound fighter.

The UFC lightweight champion stretched his unbeaten record as a pro to 29-0 in MMA on Saturday night with victory over Justin Gaethje.

Many felt it was ‘The Eagle’s’ biggest test yet as he took on the American at UFC 254 on Fight Island.

But the Dagestani fighter left everyone in no doubt who the top dog was as he needed less than ten minutes to see off the man dubbed ‘The Highlight’.

Khabib, 32, shocked everybody afterwards by announcing his retirement from MMA.

That is despite him being linked with mega-money matches against old foe Conor McGregor or his hero Georges St. Pierre.

Inside the octagon after his latest win, he said: “There is only one thing I want from UFC, to put me as No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world because I deserve it

However, the current P4P king Jones quickly refuted Khabib’s request.

Writing on Twitter, he wrote: “Until I take that heavily crown, I grant you the spot. Enjoy Champ.”

He then tweeted: “15 world titles, numbers don’t lie.”

‘Bones’ then wrote: “I want to congratulate Khabib for an outstanding career.

“I know he made his father along with millions of fans around the world incredibly proud today.

“May God continue to bless him on his journey.”

The American then added: “Definitely a powerful moment, but my logic is definitely not clouded.”

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UFC 254 REACTION LIVE: Khabib RETIRES, McGregor messages, champ ‘had suffered BROKEN foot and toes’ just weeks ago

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‘NUMBERS DON’T LIE’

Jon Jones has rejected Khabib Nurmagomedov’s claim he is the best pound-for-pound fighter.

The UFC lightweight champion stretched his unbeaten record as a pro to 29-0 in MMA on Saturday night with victory over Justin Gaethje.

Many felt it was ‘The Eagle’s’ biggest test yet as he took on the American at UFC 254 on Fight Island.

But the Dagestani fighter left everyone in no doubt who the top dog was as he needed less than ten minutes to see off the man dubbed ‘The Highlight’.

Khabib, 32, shocked everybody afterwards by announcing his retirement from MMA.

That is despite him being linked with mega-money matches against old foe Conor McGregor or his hero Georges St. Pierre.

Inside the octagon after his latest win, he said: “There is only one thing I want from UFC, to put me as No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world because I deserve it

However, the current P4P king Jones quickly refuted Khabib’s request.

Writing on Twitter, he wrote: “Until I take that heavily crown, I grant you the spot. Enjoy Champ.”

He then tweeted: “15 world titles, numbers don’t lie.”

‘Bones’ then wrote: “I want to congratulate Khabib for an outstanding career.

“I know he made his father along with millions of fans around the world incredibly proud today.

“May God continue to bless him on his journey.”

The American then added: “Definitely a powerful moment, but my logic is definitely not clouded.”

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Who is Khabib Nurmagomedov’s wife, how many children does UFC star have with her, and where do couple live?

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KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV defended his UFC title at UFC 254, and has now retired as one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the Octagon.

After his famous victory over Conor McGregor, Khabib become a household name – but who is his wife and what do we know about her?

 Khabib married his wife in 2013, but she has kept out of the public eye - this is him with Russian TV presenter Olga Buzova

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Khabib married his wife in 2013, but she has kept out of the public eye – this is him with Russian TV presenter Olga Buzova

What is the name of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s wife?

The 32-year-old married his better half in June 2013, celebrating their fifth anniversary earlier this year.

But out of respect for his family, her name has never been revealed to the general public.

Khabib has kept his private life private, with his Instagram page having zero pictures of his wife or children.

 Khabib and his wife married in a traditional wedding

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Khabib and his wife married in a traditional wedding

How many children do they have?

The couple have two children, first welcoming a baby girl on June 1, 2015.

Two years later, Khabib’s wife gave birth to a boy on December 30, 2017.

While it is unknown to the public as to the name of their daughter, it has previously been revealed they called their son Mohammed.

Where do they live?

The Nurmagomedov family reside in Makhachkala in the Republic of Dagestan.

The capital city has suffered trouble following the Second Chechen War that ended in 2009.

In sporting terms, it is more known for its main football club, Anzhi Makhachkala, who signed current Arsenal star Willian and Barcelona legend Samuel Eto’o under the ownership of oligarch Suleyman Kerimov seven years ago.

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