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Jurgen Klopp keen on Liverpool transfer of Leicester City ace Harvey Barnes

Barnes is admired by Klopp (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp is reportedly a big admirer of Leicester City ace Harvey Barnes and he could be a summer …

Jurgen Klopp keen on Liverpool transfer of Leicester City ace Harvey Barnes

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Solskjaer claims Man Utd whizkid Mason Greenwood is ready for England call-up at just 18

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER says hotshot Mason Greenwood is ready for England NOW. The Manchester United ace, 18, has had an unforgettable week, scoring …

Solskjaer claims Man Utd whizkid Mason Greenwood is ready for England call-up at just 18

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#UKSportsNews – Can Liverpool rule like the old Manchester United Team under Fergie?…#PremierLeague

Jürgen Klopp says no team can rule like Manchester United did. He’s wrong: his Liverpool can

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#UKSport – BBC to show live Premier League Match on a Saturday night plus other #PremierLeague News

BBC to show live Premier League on a Saturday night

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Jordan Henderson, Peter Crouch and Liverpool’s most underrated XI ever

Throughout history, Liverpool has been blessed by some of the greatest players to step onto the football pitch. Under their current mask, this too is…

Jordan Henderson, Peter Crouch and Liverpool’s most underrated XI ever

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Frank Lampard should’ve followed Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham’s example with treatment of Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, insists Tony Cascarino

Frank Lampard should’ve followed Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham’s example with treatment of Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, insists Tony Cascarino

Tony Cascarino argues Chelsea manager Frank Lampard should’ve followed the example of fellow Premier League managers and remained loyal to Kepa Arrizabalaga instead of dropping the goalkeeper for Willy Caballero.

The Blues made Kepa, 25, the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when they signed him for more than £70m in the summer of 2018.

However, his Chelsea career is yet to take off, having so far been blighted by the defiance of Maurizio Sarri in the Carabao Cup final and some questionable form between the sticks.

Cascarino has been critical of Lampard’s management style

The Blues have let in 45% of the shots on target they’ve faced in the Premier League this season – more than any other club.

In fact, it’s the the highest such ratio any side has conceded in a single season since this data is available (2003-04).

And Lampard has been ruthless, axing Kepa after the 2-2 draw with Arsenal in January and replacing him with 38-year-old Caballero,.

Kepa hasn’t featured in any competition since January 22

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The Spaniard hasn’t played since, and former Chelsea striker Cascarino has criticised Lampard’s treatment of his No. 1 goalkeeper, insisting he should’ve been shown more loyalty.

“There is something simmering at Chelsea Football Club, and it’s boiling over,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.

“It’s this Kepa situation. Petr Cech has come in to oversee everything that’s going on at the football club, and he was a goalkeeper.

“They’ve spent £70m to bring Kepa to the football club. After the Arsenal game, where they conceded two goals, Kepa got left out and hasn’t been back in since.

“Now, Frank Lampard has got a big call on this one. You’re putting in a 38-year-old goalkeeper when the club has spent £70m on Kepa.

“I’ve been really surprised that Lampard hasn’t shown any loyalty to Kepa at all. Did he make big mistakes? Not really. Could he have done more? Yes, I think that’s a fair point.

“Bernd Leno has kept his place and Arsenal, he’s had a couple of ‘Kepa’ moments. David de Gea has had worse moments than him. Hugo Lloris has had bad moments at Tottenham.

“Managers have shown loyalty to their goalkeepers.”

— Read on talksport.com/football/676415/frank-lampard-arsenal-manchester-united-tottenham-chelsea-kepa-arrizabalaga-tony-cascarino/

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Barcelona would have to pay more than £200m to sign Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane from Liverpool due to ‘Coutinho clause’

Barcelona would have to pay more than £200m to sign Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane from Liverpool due to ‘Coutinho clause’

Barcelona would have to pay Liverpool more than £200m to sign Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane due to a ‘Coutinho clause’.

The last time Liverpool did business with Barcelona was in January 2017 when Philippe Coutinho swapped Anfield for the Camp Nou in a £142m deal.

It looks unlikely that Salah or Mane will join Barcelona

Liverpool spent that money on Virgil van Dijk and Alisson who shored up their defence as Jurgen Klopp’s side won the Champions League and are now just four wins away from their first Premier League title.

After losing players such as Javier Mascherano and Luis Suarez to Barcelona, the Reds negotiated a deal during the sale of Coutinho that would force the Catalan giants to pay a premium over any other club hopeful of signing their star players, according to the Mirror.

Reports in Spain suggest the premium stands at £89m, meaning Barcelona would have to pay this on top of the agreed transfer fee.

Salah and Mane are in fine form so far this season, with the pair netting 28 goals between them and Transfermarkt estimates the value of them at £135m each, making them Liverpool’s two most expensive players.

So Barcelona would have to pay £225m with the premium applied to sign either one of Liverpool’s most prolific goal scorers who were part of a three-way tie for the Premier League golden boot last season with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Mane has been linked with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid but speaking to Norwegian broadcaster TV2 he revealed he loves life at Anfield.

He said: “I am very happy to be part of this great club and I enjoy it.m

“Hopefully I stay here forever. I’ve been to some clubs around the world, but Liverpool is unique. It’s like a family.

The clause is in play until the end of 2021, after which normal rules will apply and Barcelona will be looking to tempt Liverpool’s players to the Camp Nou again.

— Read on talksport.com/football/675212/barcelona-mohamed-salah-sadio-mane-liverpool/

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Alexandre Lacazette: the forward will not push to leave if Arsenal fails to reach the Champions League

Alexandre Lacazette: the forward will not push to leave if Arsenal fails to reach the Champions League

Alexandre Lacazette has scored 33 Premier League goals in 86 appearances for Arsenal since arriving from Lyon in 2017

Alexandre Lacazette will not push to leave Arsenal if they do not qualify for the next Champions League season.

When asked if his contract had a safeguard clause for such a scenario, the France striker said he didn’t know.

“I have a contract with the club, so I don’t make sense to leave,” he said. “Everyone is happy with me at the club.”

Lacazette, 28, joined Lyon’s Arsenal in 2017 and has never played in the Champions League for the Gunners.

Arsenal are ninth in the Premier League, seven points behind Chelsea in fourth.

They could also qualify for the next Champions League if they win the Europa League, and take the lead 1-0 in Thursday night’s home game with Olympiakos at the Emirates Stadium thanks to the Lacazette winner in Greece.

Lacazette has only scored twice in ten appearances with new manager Mikel Arteta and has been a substitute in the last two league games.

“Many people can talk,” said Lacazette, whose current contract expires in 2022. “There’s always something to say, so I don’t really think about it.

“If the manager, the coach, my teammates are happy with me, that’s the most important thing.”

— Read on www.newsarchyuk.com/alexandre-lacazette-the-forward-will-not-push-to-leave-if-arsenal-fails-to-reach-the-champions-league/

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Gary Neville: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is world class | Football News

Gary Neville: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is world class | Football News

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deserves to be considered world class, according to Gary Neville – with the Sky Sports pundit admitting he is among the doubters who have been won over by the Arsenal striker.

Aubameyang’s double against Everton in the Gunners’ 3-2 victory over Everton propelled the 30-year-old joint-top of the Premier League goalscoring charts with Mikel Arteta afterwards hailing his captain as “our most important player.”

— Read on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.skysports.com/amp/football/news/30965/11942019/gary-neville-pierre-emerick-aubameyang-is-world-class

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Sadio Mané brings title closer for Liverpool after West Ham scare | #Football

History was made at Anfield as Liverpool established a Premier League record of 21 consecutive home wins and equalled Manchester City’s run of 18 successive top-flight victories. The landmark was created with great difficulty and greater belief. West Ham surpassed expectations in making Jürgen Klopp’s leaders look vulnerable but, like every other domestic visitor this season, they departed Anfield in the knowledge their best was not enough.

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Liverpool moved to within 12 points of the slice of history that matters most – their first league title for 30 years – thanks to many of the characteristics that have come to define their remarkable campaign.

Trent Alexander-Arnold made the breakthrough for Georginio Wijnaldum and the late winner for Sadio Mané as he moved to 12 assists for the second season running. Andy Robertson continued the theme of Liverpool’s devastating full-backs by setting up Mohamed Salah for the second, converted thanks to a dreadful mistake by West Ham’s goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

At that point the visitors led through the substitute Pablo Fornals and Liverpool, sluggish for long spells, were in trouble. But they were never subdued. Klopp’s players rarely are these days. Roared on by an equally convinced Anfield crowd Liverpool found a way once more.

David Moyes has never won in 16 visits to Anfield and, even after Fornals had swept West Ham into a merited lead early in the second half, he refused to get carried away with the celebrations of his staff on the bench. Experience has taught him not to, and so have West Ham’s problems in goal this season.

Fabianski made several fine stops but was at fault for the first and the crucial second goal, letting Salah’s low shot squirm between his legs and over the line, as West Ham remained ensconced in the relegation zone without a win in seven league games.

Their problems are not restricted to the field of play either, with kick-off the signal for a mass protest towards the club’s board by the travelling supporters.

The black balloons that formed part of the West Ham protest were still being popped when Liverpool took the lead.

When Roberto Firmino saw a shot blocked inside the West Ham area the threat to Fabianski’s goal appeared over. Or so the visitors thought. The ball spun towards the corner flag where Alexander-Arnold whipped over a trademark peach of a cross for Wijnaldum to head beyond Fabianski.

Robert Snodgrass and Issa Diop reacted too late to the cross and the midfielder’s darting run but the Poland keeper was also culpable. Wijnaldum’s header was hardly bullet-like but found its target via Fabianski’s weak forearm.

Lukasz Fabianski lets Mohamed Salah’s shot slip through his hands for Liverpool’s equaliser. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters
It was the worst possible start to what had always threatened to be a long night for Moyes’s team but West Ham’s response could not be faulted. They were level within three minutes through the first of several dangerous set pieces, a fine header from Diop on the end of a Snodgrass corner with Alisson being caught by surprise at his near post. It was the first Premier League goal Liverpool had conceded on home soil since 4 December and prompted an outbreak of “We’re gonna win the league” from the visiting fans. Laughter emerged from the rest of the stadium.

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Fabianski produced a fine save to deny Salah, Virgil van Dijk struck the crossbar with a header from an Alexander-Arnold corner and the right-back went close with a low drive from Firmino’s lay-off. Despite the chances Liverpool struggled to find their rhythm and Jordan Henderson’s absence was sorely felt in central midfield.

The departure of Tomas Soucek early in the second half through injury was significant, as the January recruit had been highly effective in the West Ham midfield, but his replacement made a greater impression.

Fornals had been on the pitch eight minutes when he stunned Anfield by sweeping the visitors ahead. Declan Rice delivered a low cross from the right, Joe Gomez was slow to react and the Spanish midfielder steered a first-time shot wide of Alisson’s despairing dive, into the Brazilian’s bottom right-hand corner.

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As always, Klopp’s players refused to be derailed by a deficit or a jaded display. Alexander-Arnold stung Fabianski’s fingers with a soaring drive before Liverpool levelled courtesy of a shocking error from the West Ham keeper.

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It followed a fine move, started by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s crossfield ball to Robertson and his darting run inside Snodgrass to set up Salah.

The forward’s shot was low and straight at Fabianski but squeezed through the keeper’s hands and trickled over the line. Cue despair for West Ham and greater relief for the champions-elect.

Liverpool pressed on for the record-breaking win and, somewhat inevitably, it arrived late in the day.

Alexander-Arnold was quickest to react when Gomez’s shot deflected off Noble and sailed into the West Ham area. As Fabianski advanced the full-back had the presence of mind to lift the ball over his head and there was Mané, unmarked, to tap home the winner.

There was still time for another West Ham substitute, Jarrod Bowen, to race through on Liverpool’s goal – he tried to chip the advancing goalkeeper – but Alisson made a vital, telling save to secure another three points. Only 12 more, at the very most, to go.

‘The numbers are incredible,’ says Klopp after record-equalling West Ham win
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Match stats
Possession
3169
WHU31
LIV69
%
Goal attempts
18Liverpool Off target3West Ham 7Liverpool On target4West Ham
Corners168Fouls49
Lineups
Liverpool
1 Alisson
66 Alexander-Arnold
12 Gomez
4 van Dijk
26 Robertson
8 Keita
3 Fabinho
5 Wijnaldum
11 Salah
9 Firmino
10 Mane
Substitutes
6 Lovren
13 Adrian
15 Oxlade-Chamberlain (s 57′)
18 Minamino
20 Lallana
27 Origi
32 Matip (s 90′)
West Ham
1 Fabianski
52 Ngakia
23 Diop
21 Ogbonna
3 Cresswell
41 Rice
28 Soucek
11 Snodgrass
16 Noble
8 Felipe Anderson
30 Antonio
Substitutes
4 Balbuena
5 Zabaleta
10 Lanzini
17 Bowen (s 84′)
18 Fornals (s 47′)
22 Haller (s 65′)
35 Randolph
— Read on www.theguardian.com/football/2020/feb/24/liverpool-west-ham-premier-league-match-report

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Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville rank the greatest English club sides

Monday Night Football rank the greatest English club sides using their own points system. Do you agree with the results?

  

The Invincibles, Bill Shankley’s Liverpool, 1999 treble winners? The MNF panel take in-depth look at some of the best ever club sides in English football and work out just who the greatest really is

It is one of the oldest debates in football but Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have tried to settle it with the help of their own points system.

The Monday Night Football duo used a three-season period for each team and awarded points for the trophies won during that time frame.

Here are the results and, in the words of Neville and Carragher, what made each of these teams great…

1 – Liverpool (1975/76 to 1977/78)

Manager: Bob Paisley

MNF points: 23

Jamie Carragher: “I have always felt that this era was a little bit underappreciated by Liverpool because a lot of them go back to the early ’80s. Maybe that team would have beaten this team but to win a European Cup back-to-back elevates you massively. This team won a UEFA Cup too – three European trophies in three seasons. That is unbelievably special.”

2 – Manchester United – (2006/07 to 2008/09)

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

MNF points: 21

Gary Neville: “I don’t think Manchester United have ever had a team that had so many world-class players. They had eight or nine who were almost the best in their position. It was an unbelievable team. I think it was the greatest Manchester United team of all time.”

3= – Liverpool (1981/82 to 1983/84)

Managers: Bob Paisley/Joe Fagan

MNF points: 20

Carragher: “If you ask Liverpool fans for their greatest team, I think a lot of them would go for this one because of the names. Kenny Dalglish was certainly the best striker, Graeme Souness was one of the best central midfielders and Alan Hansen would go straight into the team as one of the best centre-backs. So, there were those huge figures.

“This team had some of the greatest players in Liverpool’s history and some of the biggest characters also. This team was almost like a machine and to do what they did with three leagues in a row, it’s not easy. In most Liverpool circles they’d say this team was the greatest, but they haven’t come out on top.”

3= – Manchester United (1998/99 to 2000/01)

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

MNF points: 20

United

Neville: “In a single season, to win the treble, it’s the greatest achievement of Manchester United’s history. However, that team then disappointed for two years after that in Europe. We won three leagues on the bounce but then we didn’t go back-to-back in Europe, and that is the disappointment of that team. We didn’t go on and do it again and again. The greatest teams, you go and win it again and again.”

5 – Nottingham Forest (1977/78 to 1979/80)

Manager: Brian Clough

MNF points: 18

Forest

Neville: “We did say that would have to be some context applied to these points and this is the team that makes me feel most uncomfortable seeing them in fifth place because of the scale of the achievement.

“But would they be better than the greatest Liverpool sides of that era? Probably not but the scale of the achievement just needs some special mention.

“To do what Clough did there at Nottingham Forest, his managerial achievements are right up there with anything you could ever wish for.”

6= – Arsenal (2001/02 to 2003/04)

Manager: Arsene Wenger

MNF points: 13

Jamie Carragher: “When I came up against that Arsenal team, sometimes I would be going into the game and my confidence wouldn’t be there because you didn’t feel like you could compete with them physically either.

“You knew they were better players than you but they were quicker and more powerful too. For a two or three year period, that was the best team I played against in the Premier League.”

6= – Chelsea (2004/05 to 2006/07)

Manager: Jose Mourinho

MNF points: 13

Gary Neville: “Sir Alex Ferguson knew that he was up against a special manager who was on a roll with a fantastic team. We just couldn’t compete with them at that time. Jose’s one regret of that period is that he didn’t win the Champions League with that team.”

8= – Everton (1984-85 to 1986/87)

Manager: Howard Kendall

MNF points: 12

Everton

Carragher: “The first game I can ever remember watching was that 2-0 win against Watford in the FA Cup final. The best way to describe how good it was is it was my first ever season watching football, so I think that’s the norm. That Everton team got to three cup finals on the bounce. I used to think going to Wembley was like going to Alton Towers. It was a day out you did at the end of every season. They were so close to winning the double in ’86 and that would’ve shot them right up this list. The biggest compliment I can pay that team is that if I see some of those players at functions, they are still your heroes. You still look up to them now, no matter how old you are and it will always be the same.”

8= – Tottenham (1960/61 to 1962/63)

Manager: Bill Nicholson

MNF points: 12

Spurs MNF

Carragher: “It wasn’t just the achievement of trophies with this team, it was the actual way they played football. And probably, that legacy went on for years where you sometimes looked at a player and said: ‘He’s a Tottenham player.’

“Maybe that comes from the way this team played and they had some greats.”

10= – Aston Villa (1980-81 to 1982/83)

Managers: Ron Saunders/Tony Barton

MNF points: 10

Carragher: “Ron Saunders, who passed away just a few months ago, was a bit of a legend in the Midlands. He managed lots of different clubs there, but it was actually his role at Aston Villa that he’s remembered for. The strange thing was he actually moved on before they got their hands on the famous trophy. It was Tony Barton who came in, but he produced that team. It was Dennis Mortimer that lifted the trophy and Peter Withe getting the famous goal.”

10= – Manchester United (1965/66 to 1967/68)

Manager: Sir Matt Busby

MNF points: 10

Neville: “The legacy is huge in terms of the impact, not just of that team of Best, Law and Charlton, that defined an era in Manchester, but also the recovery from the tragedy of the Munich air crash.

“There were a lot of what would be the values of Manchester United today that are attributed to that 10-year period from 1958 to 1968. In fact, when I say a lot of the attributes, I mean all of the attributes of the club today. Playing with academy players, playing with excitement and flair and ultimately playing to win all the time.

“All you attribute with Manchester United today come from that period and it’s a special period. It was an era for United where Sir Matt Busby was at the heart of it. It was pioneering and it started what the journey of the modern Manchester United is.

“When Sir Alex Ferguson took over at United he wanted to repeat a lot of the values and principles that had been achieved by the club. He respected the history of the club.”

12 – Leeds (1968/69 to 1970/71)

Manager: Don Revie

MNF points: 9

Carragher: “That was a great era for Leeds, and they were runners-up in so much. I never saw them play but they were a brilliant team that you heard so much, that Revie team. In some ways, that Leeds team, even though they won league titles, they are probably remembered a lot for losing big games, but they were there or thereabouts throughout the 70s. They were a brilliant team and hopefully we see the club back in the Premier League next season.”

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The Rise & Rise of Gareth Bale

So Wales are now three points away from qualifying for the European Champions in 2016. They are now ranked ninth in the world rankings, their highest ever ranking and it’s all down to the world class Gareth Bale, a player I’ve been a fan of since making the breakthrough as a youngster at Southampton. It […]

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