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Chelsea legend John Terry and Jamie Redknapp deliver food to the needy during coronavirus pandemic

JOHN TERRY and Jamie Redknapp delivered food to the needy on Tuesday to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The two former England stars played …

Chelsea legend John Terry and Jamie Redknapp deliver food to the needy during coronavirus pandemic

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Sadio Mane EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool superstar would understand if Reds are denied title as Premier League pales in comparison to wider coronavirus crisis

Liverpool star Sadio Mane has told talkSPORT he would understand if the Reds were denied the Premier League title due to the coronavirus crisis. …

Sadio Mane EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool superstar would understand if Reds are denied title as Premier League pales in comparison to wider coronavirus crisis

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Cristiano Ronaldo says Lionel Messi makes him better, Wenger wanted him at Arsenal and Pep Guardiola thinks he’s the best around

Pep Guardiola once said about Lionel Messi’s supreme ability: “Don’t write about him, don’t try to describe him, just watch him.” There are simply …

Cristiano Ronaldo says Lionel Messi makes him better, Wenger wanted him at Arsenal and Pep Guardiola thinks he’s the best around

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‘No-brainer’ – £ 170 million Paul Pogba and Jack Grealish could be up for grabs for Man United

Former Aston Villa star Andy Gray believes it would be “child’s play” for Manchester United to replace World Cup winner midfielder Paul Pogba to sign…

‘No-brainer’ – £ 170 million Paul Pogba and Jack Grealish could be up for grabs for Man United

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Wayne Rooney told off by police for breaking coronavirus lockdown with repeat offender Kyle Walker

WAYNE Rooney was told off by police for breaking the coronavirus lockdown with repeat offender Kyle Walker, we can reveal. The former Manchester …

Wayne Rooney told off by police for breaking coronavirus lockdown with repeat offender Kyle Walker

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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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Coronavirus: Gary Neville outlines 5 things that must happen while the epidemic threatens the season

Gary Neville has outlined five things he believes must happen to patch things up in the Premier League amid the coronavirus epidemic. The spread of …

Coronavirus: Gary Neville outlines 5 things that must happen while the epidemic threatens the season

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Dave King leaves the Rangers and reveals funding plans “pending” due to the coronavirus crisis

Rangers President Dave King has officially resigned from his role in Ibrox. King announced in November that he intended to leave the “new year” and …

Dave King leaves the Rangers and reveals funding plans “pending” due to the coronavirus crisis

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Dele Alli posts hilarious Lion King impression with dog Uno as Tottenham star shows off giant projector TV at his house

DELE ALLI proved days in isolation aren’t so ruff after all by replicating the Lion King with pet dog Uno. The Tottenham ace is keeping himself …

Dele Alli posts hilarious Lion King impression with dog Uno as Tottenham star shows off giant projector TV at his house

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The Premier League has decided to postpone all matches until the 3rd of April due to Coronavirus

Premier League News from the Guardian:

Following a Friday morning meeting between all 20 clubs. “It was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time,” reads a statement.

The Premier League’s chief executive, Richard Masters, describes this is an “unprecedented sitaution” and adds: “Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by Covid-19. In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.

Despite the challenges, it is the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by academy sides, when it is safe to do so. In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate.”

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UEFA is ‘seriously considering’ suspending the Champions League & Europa League due to coronavirus

UEFA is ‘seriously considering’ suspending the Champions League and Europa League due to the threat of coronavirus, according to reports in Spain.

Several sporting events across the world have been postponed due to the outbreak, while on Monday, the Italian government announced that all sport in the country has been suspended until at least April 3.

Champions League and Europa League fixtures have already been impacted as Wednesday’s tie between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund in France will be played behind closed doors.

Barcelona’s last-16 tie against Napoli next Wednesday will also be played behind closed doors.

Wolves’ Europa League fixture against Olympiacos in Greece on Thursday evening has also been placed under the same restrictions.

Liverpool’s defence of their Champions League crown could be delayed (Getty Images)

According to CAT Radio, UEFA is now considering the option of suspending both the Champions League and Europa League once the latest round of fixtures have been completed.

As it stands, the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals are due to be played on April 7 and April 8, with the return legs being played the following week.

The first leg of the Champions League semi-finals are scheduled to be played on April 28 and April 29.

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Jordan Henderson back for tonight’s Champions League Second Leg match against Atletico Madrid…

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is fit to return for their Champions League last 16 second leg with Atletico Madrid at Anfield.

The midfielder has not played since suffering a hamstring injury in the first leg – which Atletico won 1-0.

Goalkeeper Alisson is out with a hip injury for the defending champions.

“Not a lot of the Atletico players have played at Anfield before and that is what we want to use,” explained Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

“Our crowd will be our advantage and we have to use it with the performance on the pitch. 

“It has to be exceptional because they defend deep and have counter-attack threat. Each player can be dangerous. 

“I have the highest respect for them but there are always ways and we have to find them tomorrow night. We have to show we have really learned from the first game.”

Liverpool have lost three of their past five games in all competitions – more than the rest of the season combined.

But Saturday’s 2-1 comeback win over Bournemouth has taken them to within two wins – or two Manchester City defeats – of the Premier League title.

City play Arsenal in the league at the same time as Liverpool’s tie.

“Our full focus is on our game,” added Reds left-back Andy Robertson – who is fit after missing the Bournemouth game through injury. 

“We can’t affect anything that’s going on over in Manchester tomorrow night. 

“If we win here, that’s all that matters. Of course, if we get one step closer if they do drop points then so be it. But one eye won’t be on that game, it’s a different competition – it’s the Champions League and we know it’s do or die.”

Atletico have only won three of their previous 11 games in all competitions and sit outside the Champions League places in La Liga.

MATCH FACTS

  • Liverpool have never lost against Atletico Madrid at Anfield in two previous European meetings, drawing 1-1 in the Champions League group stage in 2008-09 and winning 2-1 in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final in 2009-10.
  • Seven of Atletico’s 13 visits to England have ended as draws (W2 D7 L4), with Los Colchoneros unbeaten in their last four matches there (W1 D3) since that Liverpool defeat in April 2010.
  • On each of the last two occasions Liverpool have lost away from home in the first leg of a Champions League knockout match, they have progressed to the next round – against Chelsea and Barcelona in the semi-finals in 2006-07 and 2018-19.
  • Atletico have progressed from four of their five previous Champions League knockout ties when winning the first leg, failing only in last season’s last 16 tie against Juventus (2-0 first leg, 0-3 second leg).
  • Jurgen Klopp is yet to lose a home Champions League game with Liverpool (W11 D4).
  • If Liverpool go out, it would be the first time since a run of four seasons between 2004-05 and 2007-08 that the Champions League holders have failed to go beyond the last 16 in consecutive seasons, with Real Madrid having going out at this stage last season against Ajax.
  • Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in seven goals in five Champions League knockout appearances at Anfield (three goals, four assists), averaging a goal or assist every 54 minutes.
  • Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak has conceded only 37 goals in his first 49 Champions League appearances; the record for fewest goals conceded by a goalkeeper in his first 50 appearances is held by Dida (35), followed by Victor Valdes (38).

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This week’s Champions League Fixtures…

Please find details of this week’s Champions League Fixtures featuring Tottenham & Liverpool. These are the second leg fixtures of the last 16 round (first knockout round).

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Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan looking to concentrate more on the bluebirds…

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has reportedly sold half of his stake in MLS club Los Angeles FC – and plans to sell off the other half as well.

The shares already sold, purported to be worth around $70m, are said to have been bought by a group of individuals within the club, who are already planning to buy the rest of his stake, too.

Tan owned 20 percent of LAFC but his shareholding is now said to have been reduced to just 10 percent, according to the LA Times  

It all points to a streamlining of Tan’s footballing portfolio, helping him to narrow his focus on Cardiff City and their bid to get back into the Premier League.

Sources close to Tan say that is very much his priority.

News of the American scaleback comes after impeccable sources at Cardiff City told WalesOnline that reports Tan was planning a takeover of Spanish club Malaga were wide of the mark . 

We reported back in the summer that Tan was planning to sell all of his shares in the LA FC and while it has not as yet been made official, this alleged sale appears to be the first big step towards that. 

As well as Cardiff and LA FC, Tan currently owns Belgian First Division side KV Kortrijk and Bosnian club FK Sarajevo.

Bluebirds fans will be hoping much of the money Tan is getting from the sale will be ploughed into Cardiff, as Neil Harris seeks to strengthen the squad further in the summer transfer window.

The sale, according to the American outlet, values the club, which formed only in 2018, at more than $700m, making it the most valuable franchise in MLS history.

It looks as though Tan is slowly exiting surely the most glamorous board in world football with minority owners including Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber, actor Will Ferrell, Magic Johnson, former football star Mia Hamm and her husband, former baseball player Nomar Garciaparra.

LA FC’s first game of the 2020 season saw them take on David Beckham’s newly-formed MLS franchise Inter Miami on Sunday, game the Los Angeles side won 1-0 thanks to a goal from former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela.

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Yesterday’s Premier League Results…

Yesterday’s EPL results, including the shock 3-0 Liverpool loss to Watford.

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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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Jack Grealish can do ‘so much better’ than Man Utd transfer and should aim for Barcelona or Juventus, says Agbonlahor

Jack Grealish can do ‘so much better’ than Man Utd transfer and should aim for Barcelona or Juventus, says Agbonlahor

GABRIEL AGBONLAHOR has urged “world class” Jack Grealish to snub Manchester United – and aim his sights even higher.

The £70million-rated Aston Villa star is top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s summer transfer wish list as he looks to build a squad that can challenge for the Premier League title.

Jack Grealish has been urged to snub Manchester United by Gabriel Agbonlahor

But Villa legend Agbonlahor, 33, said: “I am not just saying this as I have played with him, but I honestly think he is the best attacking midfield option that England have got at this current time.

“That is why, when people say Grealish to Manchester United, he could do so much better than that.

“He could walk into any team in the world, even Barcelona or Juventus.

“For where Manchester United are now, he could go to better teams around the world, so he doesn’t need to limit himself to just United and focus on teams who are playing in the Champions League.

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“The good thing about Jack is that he can run with and without the ball, play in different positions and score goals. He is the type of player that fans of football will go to a game to specifically watch him, even if they aren’t fans of Villa.”

Grealish, 24, is looking to fire under-dogs Villa to glory in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday.

And keeping his beloved Villa in the Premier League is equally as important to the Birmingham-born England ace.

Dean Smith’s men are one point above West Ham in 17th and face a battle to stay in the top-flight.

Grealish is key in that fight having scored seven Prem goals and set up six more this season.

In fact, no other England midfielder has been involved in as many goals.

— Read on www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/11060335/jack-grealish-man-utd-transfer-barcelona/

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends his personal scout to watch Federico Chiesa

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends his personal scout to watch Federico Chiesa

Federico Chiesa is on Manchester United’s radar –

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting a move for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa, according to reports.

The 22-year-old has impressed this season with seven goals and five assists in 25 appearances for Fiorentina.

Solskjaer is reportedly keen on strengthening his options on the right side of his attack and Chiesa would fit the profile of player the United manager is targeting.

According to MailOnline, Solskjaer sent his personal scout Simon Wells to watch Chiesa in Fiorentina’s 1-1 draw at home to AC Milan last Saturday

— Read on metro.co.uk/2020/02/28/manchester-united-boss-ole-gunnar-solskjaer-sends-personal-scout-watch-federico-chiesa-12322910/

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‘I never thought Harry Kane would be this good’, says former teammate Andros Townsend, as Tottenham striker aims for EARLY injury return

‘I never thought Harry Kane would be this good’, says former teammate Andros Townsend, as Tottenham striker aims for EARLY injury return

Andros Townsend has admitted he never expected former Tottenham teammate Harry Kane to become the world-class striker he is now, amid reports he could be back sooner than expected from injury.

Spurs have been without their talisman since New Year’s Day when he suffered a hamstring injury in a 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

Kane had an operation earlier this year on his injured hamstring

The 26-year-old needed an operation and Jose Mourinho feared he would be without his key frontman for the rest of the season.

However, according to The Sun, Kane could be back playing in just SIX WEEKS as he eyes a return in early April, which would be a huge boost for Tottenham and England.

Kane has been a huge miss for Spurs, who have won just three league games since losing the vice-captain, who before his injury scored had 17 goals in 25 games.

And Townsend, who came through Tottenham’s academy with the England skipper, conceded to talkSPORT he ‘didn’t see it coming’ that his old friend would become one of the world’s best players.

Harry Kane is one of the world’s most lethal finishers

Harry Kane and Andros Townsend go way back to their days in Spurs’ youth ranks

“Harry is one of the best strikers in the world and I didn’t see it coming, but he always had the foundations to do it,” the Crystal Palace winger said on the White and Sawyer show.

“From the first time I saw him he’s always had an incredible ability to score goals.

“Maybe he didn’t have the mobility he does now, or maybe he was half a yard slower, but he always possessed that ability to score left foot, right foot, from any position on the pitch.

“And in the last three or four years he’s been in the gym, he’s bulked up, he’s got quicker, he’s got stronger, he can head the ball, he can run.

“He’s pretty much an all-round player now and one of the best in the world, and rightly so.”

— Read on talksport.com/football/675364/harry-kane-andros-townsend-tottenham-injury/

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Man Utd ‘to rebuild’ as Champions League absence proves costly…

Man Utd ‘rebuild’ as Champions League absence proves costly | Nasdaq

Feb 25 (Reuters)  Manchester United MANU.N are in “rebuild” mode as the English soccer club chases a return to the European Champions League, Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward said after financial results were dented by the team’s absence from this season’s tournament.

Woodward has been backing United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to forge a team that mixes top talent from around the world with young players from its academy.

“We are pushing for a strong finish in the Premier League, the Europa League and the FA Cup as we enter the final third of the season,” Woodward said in a statement.

“The foundation for delivering the long-term success that we are all working towards is in place as we implement our plan and our footballing vision with Ole.”

— Read on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.nasdaq.com/articles/man-utd-rebuild-as-champions-league-absence-proves-costly-2020-02-25?amp

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Liverpool announce £533m turnover and £42m profit last year – despite spending a record £223m on players

Liverpool announce £533m turnover and £42m profit last year – despite spending a record £223m on players

Liverpool have announced a pre-tax profit of £42million last year, despite a record £223m investment on players.

The Reds also achieved a turnover of £533m for the financial year of 2018/19, which did not take into account their Champions League win over Tottenham Hotspur in June.

Liverpool are about to become a financial powerhouse in world football once again

While the figure of £42m is well below the record £125m profit for the year ending May 2018, the rewards are being felt on the pitch with the club four victories away from winning their first league title in 30 years.

Figures released on Thursday for the financial year to May 31, 2019 incorporate the purchases of Alisson Becker (£65m), Naby Keita (£52.75m), Fabinho (£43.7m) and Xherdan Shaqiri (£13m).

It also includes the increased costs of new contracts for 11 players, including captain Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold – who have all played a key role in helping Jurgen Klopp’s champions-elect establish a 22-point lead at the top of the table.

Some of that cost was offset by sales including Danny Ward (£12.5m), Danny Ings (£20m) and Dominic Solanke (£19m).

Dominic Solanke joined Bournemouth in January 2019 for £19m.

Income was also boosted by Champions League success, although as victory in the final in Madrid came in June the prize money from winning a sixth European Cup will be counted in the current financial year.

“This continued strengthening of the underlying financial sustainability of the club is enabling us to make significant investments both in player recruitment and infrastructure,” said chief operating officer Andy Hughes.

“Being able to reinvest over £220m on players during this financial period is a result of a successful business strategy, particularly the significant uplift in commercial revenues.

“The cost of football, however, does continue to rise in transfers and associated fees but what’s critical for us is the consistency of our financial position, enabling us to live within our means and continue to run a sustainable football club.”

The Reds lifted the European Cup for a sixth time last June

Turnover increased during the period by £78m to £533m with media revenue increasing by £41m to £261m, commercial revenue increasing by £34m to £188m and match revenue increasing by £3.5m to £84m.

The rise is a result of a new Champions League broadcasting deal which began during this period, finishing a close second to Manchester City in the Premier League and higher partnership and merchandising value, with Liverpool signing their first training kit sponsorship deal with AXA.

“What we’re seeing is sustained growth across all areas of the club which is aligned to the recent performance on the pitch,” added Hughes.

“Since this reporting period we have continued to reinvest in the club’s infrastructure, and we look forward to the opening of our new (£50m) training base at Kirkby ahead of the new season which will provide first-class facilities for our players and staff.

“We have also just completed a second-phase consultation on a proposed expansion of the Anfield Road stand which could see an increase in the stadium’s capacity.

“These financial results and this sustained period of solid growth is testament to our ownership, Fenway Sport Group, who continue to support the club’s ambitions and continue to reinvest revenues both in strengthening the playing squad and the club’s infrastructure to build for the future.”

— Read on talksport.com/football/675375/liverpool-turnover-profit-transfers-spending-record-players/

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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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Premier League launch Hall of Fame to recognise legends of the league who have shown ‘exceptional skill and talent’

Premier League launch Hall of Fame to recognise legends of the league who have shown ‘exceptional skill and talent’

The Premier League has revealed plans to launch an official Hall of Fame, with the first two players to be inducted next month.

The Hall of Fame aims to recognise and celebrate the ‘exceptional’ skill and talent of those who have graced the Premier League since its inception in 1992.

The Premier League began in 1992, becoming a global phenomenon

A shortlist of further nominees will be announced the same time the two initial players are inducted, with fans invited to help select the next group of former stars to join the 2020 class.

The only stipulations for inclusion are candidates must have retired and only a player’s Premier League career is considered.

“Since 1992, the Premier League has been home to world-class players who have defined generations and provided us with compelling football season after season,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.

“A place in the Premier League Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best. It will be an occasion for our fans around the world to look back over the years and help us celebrate some truly exceptional playing careers.”

There are no hints regarding who the first two inductees will be, though Alan Shearer, the Newcastle legend, is one of the favourites to enter the Hall of Fame next month.

Alan Shearer is surely a candidate to be the first ever Premier League Hall of Fame inductee

Shearer retired in 2006 and remains the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer, having netted 260 goals for Southampton, Blackburn and the Magpies

Other contenders to be initially inducted are considered to include the likes of Thierry Henry, the ex-Arsenal forward, as well as former Manchester United duo Roy Keane and Eric Cantona.

Each inductee will receive a personalised medallion, engraved with the year of their induction.

— Read on talksport.com/football/675394/premier-league-hall-of-fame-legends-league-skill-talent/

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Steven Gerrard jokes he’s ‘on the next penalty’ as Rangers’ spot-kick woes continue in Europa League win

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Steven Gerrard jokes he’s ‘on the next penalty’ as Rangers’ spot-kick woes continue in Europa League win

Steven Gerrard joked he would take Rangers’ next penalty after watching his side fail to convert from the spot during their Europa League match on Wednesday.

It didn’t affect the result of their round-of-32 tie, though, as Ryan Kent’s second-half strike saw Gers win 1-0 at Portuguese side Braga and go through 4-2 on aggregate.

Kent’s left-footed strike puts Rangers into the round-of-16

The penalty, taken by Ianis Hagi, was saved by Braga keeper Matheus but was the only negative part of the evening for Gers.

It does raise more concerns going forward as that was Rangers’ sixth penalty failure in ten attempts this season and their fourth miss in their last five.

The misses have come from a variety of players, too – captain James Tavernier was taken off penalty duties after his third miss of the season, then Alfredo Morelos in the Betfred Cup final, Scott Arfield and now Hagi have failed to score. Jermain Defoe is their only successful scorer.

Hagi is the latest Rangers player to fluff his lines from the spot

After the game, Gerrard, who scored 82 per cent of his 57 penalties at Liverpool, joked he may need to show the Rangers players how it’s done.

He told BT Sport: “I’m on the next one!

“We are trying to find a solution in that area, penalties are tough especially in pressure situations.

“We have some younger players but we will try to find the next solution … and if all else fails I take them myself!”

Rangers are through in the Europa League but their form from the spot will be a worry

Rangers now must wait to learn who their round-of-16 opponents are and they could be pitted against long-time rivals Celtic if the Hoops get through their tie against FC Copenhagen on Thursday.

And Gerrard says he and his players will be “ready for whatever comes our way.”

He added: “This is a team who finished top of the group and hadn’t lost to anyone else under this manager.

“Over the course of the match, the players deserve this, this is no fluke. It is something that has been earned with sheer hard graft.

“I am proud of the players – to a man they were outstanding.

“It is one thing giving a team a game plan, but you have got to trust them to carry it out. I thought they were faultless, certainly out of possession.

“The game plan was to go out and soak it up at times but also carry a threat.

“What we need to do is enjoy tonight.

“We will be really proud when we sit there and we’ll be ready for whatever comes out way.”

— Read on talksport.com/football/675337/steven-gerrard-jokes-next-penalty-rangers-europa-league/

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Pep Guardiola has most Champions League knockout wins as a manager as he overtakes Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho

Pep Guardiola has most Champions League knockout wins as a manager as he overtakes Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho

PEP GUARDIOLA became the most successful manager in the history of the Champions League knockout stages thanks to Manchester City’s win over Real Madrid.

The victory was his 28th in the latter rounds of the competition, meaning he moves out in front on his own.

Pep Guardiola moved in front of Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti on 28 Champions League knockout wins

Going into the game, he was tied on 27 with Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho squandered the chance to take the lead when his Spurs side lost 1-0 at home to RB Leipzig last week.

With Ferguson retired and Ancelotti’s Everton not in the tournament, Guardiola took full advantage to take the lead.

Sir Alex still boasts the most matches managed in the Champions League (190) and most wins (114) in the history of the European Cup and Champions League.

Ancelotti, meanwhile, is level with Bob Paisley and Zinedine Zidane with three winner’s medals, while Guardiola remains the youngest coach to lift the Big Ears trophy at 38 years and 129 days in 2009.

Pep – who won the tournament for a second time with Barcelona in 2011 – also became the most successful manager against Real Madrid in the 21st century.

Wednesday’s win was his tenth win over Los Blancos in all competitions, moving his ahead of Ernesto Valverde and Diego Simeone.

Guardiola joined Ottmar Hitzfeld as only the second manager to win two Champions League away games at Real Madrid and the first to do so with two different clubs.

And it took the Spaniard’s tally to a total of six away wins at the Bernabeu, the most of any away manager.

— Read on www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/11051855/pep-guardiola-most-champions-league-knockout-wins-manager/

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