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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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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.”

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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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Celtic reportedly back proposal for Champions League reform – #Championsleague

CELTIC have given their backing to a new proposal that would require fewer matches to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League, according to reports.

The “Copenhagen Access Model” – named after the Danish club who have submitted the plan – would still see the top four leagues of England, Spain, Germany and Italy retain their four places in Europe’s top club competition, but would likely strip some clubs of a guaranteed place in the group stage.

Under the proposed format, as reported by The Athletic, all 79 clubs that have qualified from the tournament would be ranked in an “entry list” based on European results over the previous 10 years, with the top 20 qualifying directly for the 32-team group stage.

The following 12 clubs would enter in the play-off round, the next dozen in the third qualifying round, the next 13 in the second and the remaining 22 would enter at the first round of qualifiers.

Celtic have reportedly shown their support to the revised model alongside Dutch champions Ajax, who reached the semi-finals last season.

Had the suggested shake-up to the format been implemented this season, Neil Lennon’s side would have entered the qualification process at the third round – the same point where they were knocked out by Cluj earlier in the campaign.

In such a scenario, five clubs who had to compete in the play-off round – Ajax, Dynamo Kiev, Olympiakos, Porto and PSV Eindhoven – would have been guaranteed a group-stage berth. Of the quintet, only Ajax and Olympiakos qualified for the Champions League proper.

— Read on www.heraldscotland.com/sport/18261033.celtic-reportedly-back-proposal-champions-league-reform/

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Chelsea XI vs Bayern Munich: Confirmed team news, predicted lineup and latest injuries |

Chelsea XI vs Bayern Munich: Confirmed team news, predicted lineup and latest injuries | Chelsea boss Frank Lampardwill be without N’Golo Kante for their Champions League last-16 first leg clash against Bayern Munich this evening.

The French midfielder suffered an adductor injury early in the 2-0 defeat against Manchester United and the 28-year-old has been ruled out of action for three weeks.

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Jurgen Klopp review of last nights 1-0 loss away to Atletico Madrid 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿⚽️📰

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Jurgen Klopp says he deserved his yellow card from referee Szymon Marciniak – but claimed the Polish official found it difficult to cope as Liverpool were beaten by Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

The referee cautioned Klopp in the second half as the Reds boss grew frustrated with what he deemed to be histrionics and play-acting from several Atletico players in their 1-0 win over the European champions at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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Atletico Madrid v Liverpool Team News 🇬🇧⚽️📰

Atletico Madrid v Liverpool Team News

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

13Oblak
24Vrsaljko
18Felipe
15Savic
12Lodi dos Santos
8Saúl
6Koke
5Partey
11Lemar
9Morata
10Correa

Substitutes

1Adán
2Giménez
14Llorente
19Diego Costa
20Machín Pérez
21Carrasco
22Hermoso

Liverpool

1Alisson
66Alexander-Arnold
12Gomez
4van Dijk
26Robertson
14Henderson
3Fabinho
5Wijnaldum
11Salah
9Firmino
10Mané

Substitutes

7Milner
8Keita
13Adrián
15Oxlade-Chamberlain
18Minamino
27Origi
32Matip
Referee:
Szymon Marciniak

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Some Picture highlights from the Liverpool FC Champions League Trophy Parade

Some Picture highlights from the Liverpool FC Champions League Trophy Parade

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Liverpool 3-0 up against Barcelona in the Second leg – (3-3 on aggregate)

Liverpool 3-0 up against Barcelona in the Second leg – (3-3 on aggregate)

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Barcelona vs Liverpool team news: Latest updates as Roberto Firmino provides Jurgen Klopp with welcome boost

Barcelona vs Liverpool team news: Latest updates as Roberto Firmino provides Jurgen Klopp with welcome boost

Barcelona vs Liverpool team news: Latest updates as Roberto Firmino provides Jurgen Klopp with welcome boost


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Barcelona vs Liverpool team news: Latest updates as Roberto Firmino provides Jurgen Klopp with welcome boost

Barcelona vs Liverpool team news: Latest updates as Roberto Firmino provides Jurgen Klopp with welcome boost

Barcelona vs Liverpool team news: Latest updates as Roberto Firmino provides Jurgen Klopp with welcome boost


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Barcelona vs Liverpool team news: Injury updates as Barca aim to wrap up historic treble

Barcelona vs Liverpool team news: Injury updates as Barca aim to wrap up historic treble

Barcelona vs Liverpool team news: Injury updates as Barca aim to wrap up historic treble


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Barcelona vs Liverpool team news: Injury updates as Barca aim to wrap up historic treble

Barcelona vs Liverpool team news: Injury updates as Barca aim to wrap up historic treble

Barcelona vs Liverpool team news: Injury updates as Barca aim to wrap up historic treble


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‘Best draw possible’ – Liverpool fans call on Reds to put five past Porto again following Champions League draw

‘Best draw possible’ – Liverpool fans call on Reds to put five past Porto again following Champions League draw

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Champions League quarter-final draw: Man United face Barcelona, Tottenham play Man City and it’s Liverpool vs Porto

Champions League quarter-final draw: Man United face Barcelona, Tottenham play Man City and it’s Liverpool vs Porto

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Bayern Munich 1-3 (agg 1-3) Liverpool: Sadio Mane double helps Jurgen Klopp’s men reach Champions League quarter-finals

Bayern Munich 1-3 (agg 1-3) Liverpool: Sadio Mane double helps Jurgen Klopp’s men reach Champions League quarter-finals

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Bayern Munich 1-3 (agg 1-3) Liverpool: Sadio Mane double helps Jurgen Klopp’s men reach Champions League quarter-finals

Bayern Munich 1-3 (agg 1-3) Liverpool: Sadio Mane double helps Jurgen Klopp’s men reach Champions League quarter-finals

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Bayern Munich vs Liverpool live stream without paying extra: TV channel details, kick-off time and team news for Champions League clash

Bayern Munich vs Liverpool live stream without paying extra: TV channel details, kick-off time and team news for Champions League clash

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Champions League matches could move to weekends with Premier League played in midweek, claims industry source

Champions League matches could move to weekends with Premier League played in midweek, claims industry source

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Champions League: Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool beat Napoli to advance to round of 16

The decision as to which two teams would advance from Champions League Group C came down to Matchday 6. Liverpool won a thrilling contest against their Italian visitors to move on to the knockout stages. http://www.dw.com/en/champions-league-jürgen-klopp-s-liverpool-beat-napoli-to-advance-to-round-of-16/a-46689072?maca=en-rss-en-sports-1027-rdf #3Novices #News #OnlineMedia #Sports 3Novices Europe

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Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri’s Albanian eagle gesture at World Cup will make him a target for hostile Belgrade return

 

XHERDAN SHAQIRI claims he can handle the Red Star Belgrade hate mob. The Liverpool ace, 27, was the target of booing by banned Serbian fans who forced their way into Anfield for Wednesday’s Champions League clash. Xherdan Shaqiri upset a nation when he pulled this Albanian eagle celebration during the World CupEPARed Star were stopped…

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