Dutch manager Koeman criticises Liverpool’s Van Dijk for being ‘too laid back’

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has come under fire from current Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman for being ‘too laid back’. Van Dijk moved to Anfield in a £75million deal from Southampton in January, and almost cost his side when he conceded a late penalty against Manchester City on Sunday. In addition, the Dutchman made an error against France last month which allowed Olivier Giroud to net in a 2-1 defeat for Holland. Now, former Everton boss Koeman, who also managed the defender during their time together at Southampton, has told…

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Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho gets England squad call

Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho was a surprise selection when England manager Gareth Southgate named a 25-man squad on Thursday for this month’s Nations League matches away to Croatia and Spain. Mason Mount and James Maddison were also given their first senior England call-ups by Southgate as it was announced that the 48-year-old had signed a new contract that will keep him with the national side until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The 18-year-old Sancho was called up having already played in the Champions League for German club Dortmund, with…

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Golden Boy: 40-man shortlist announced with Kylian Mbappe favourite to retain award

Kylian Mbappe is the favourite to become the first two-time winner of the Golden Boy award after being named among the 40-man shortlist by the Italian newspaper Tuttosport. Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester City’s Phil Foden are on the shortlist for the award established in 2003 given to the best young player in Europe under the age of 21, with people putting their new customer betting offers on the Reds defender. Everton midfielder Tom Davies and Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot also make the 40-man shortlist. Full-back Alexander-Arnold, 19, played in Liverpool’s…

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Firmino good enough with one eye, says Mane after PSG win

Sadio Mane said he had urged Liverpool match-winner Roberto Firmino to declare himself fit for the Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain, insisting he didn’t “need his eye to play”. Firmino sustained an abrasion to the cornea in his left eye in the weekend win at Tottenham after a clash with Jan Vertonghen and did not train on Sunday or Monday. Even manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he thought the 26-year-old had “no chance” of playing when he saw him on Monday, but Mane was not prepared to give up on his teammate. “I think Bobby doesn’t…

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Liverpool’s Firmino facing further tests ahead of PSG opener

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is facing further tests to determine his availability for his side’s Champions League fixture against Paris Saint Germain at Anfield on Tuesday. The Brazil attacker was forced to leave the pitch in the latter stages of Liverpool’s 2-1 win against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday after sustaining a bizarre injury. Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen accidentally gouged Firmino’s left eye, as shocking images revealed soon after his departure, which left the 26-year-old hospital bound. “No idea, to be honest. He is much better,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said when asked of…

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Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri will be protected, say Red Star Belgrade

Red Star Belgrade have said they will to protect Xherdan Shaqiri from “unwanted situations” when the Liverpool winger arrives for their Champions League group match in November. The club’s general director, Zvezdan Terzic, believes the Switzerland international, born in the former Yugoslavia to Kosovan-Albanian parents, will be under “unbelievable psychological pressure” because of his background. Shaqiri courted controversy during the World Cup when he celebrated a last-minute winner against Serbia with an “Albanian eagle” gesture. He and his Swiss teammates Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner were all fined for unsporting behaviour for making the…

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Ronaldo, Modric and Salah nominated for FIFA The Best Men’s Player of the Year award

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah have emerged as the final three nominees for FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player of the Year award. Ronaldo and Modric both led Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title in May while Salah scored 44 goals in a record breaking debut season for Liverpool. The final three means there’s no place for Lionel Messi whose Barcelona side won LaLiga last term but crashed out in the quarterfinals of the Champions League to Roma who overturned a 4-1 first leg defeat. Croatia…

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Klopp ‘really happy’ with Alisson error and defends his goalkeeper

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he is “really happy” Alisson had made his first mistake for the club after the goalkeeper’s howler gifted Leicester City a route back into the game. The Brazilian international was caught in possession by Kelechi Iheanacho when trying to dribble past the striker who set up Rachid Ghezzal for an easy finish into a largely unguarded net. Alisson, 25, had impressed in his opening games for Liverpool, the club he joined from Roma in a reported £66.8 million deal that briefly made him the world’s most…

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Xherdan Shaqiri happy to ‘play every forward position’ under Jurgen Klopp

Xherdan Shaqiri has said Liverpool’s style of play is “perfect” for him and hopes his versatility can lead to regular opportunities. Shaqiri moved to Anfield this summer after Liverpool triggered a £13 million release clause in his Stoke City contract as Jurgen Klopp sought extra depth in his forward line. The Switzerland international appeared as a second-half substitute in Liverpool’s win over West Ham United on the opening weekend of the Premier League, but is still awaiting his first competitive start for the Reds. “The manager has brought a few…

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Mohamed Salah reignites feud with Egypt FA over image rights

Mohamed Salah breathed new life into a dispute with Egypt’s football association by accusing them of ignoring his complaints over image rights. The 26-year-old Liverpool forward was upset in April when his image was used to promote Egypt’s official sponsor WE; Salah has a sponsorship deal with Vodafone. “It’s normal that a football federation seeks to solve the problems of its players so they can feel comfortable,” Salah wrote on Twitter. “But in fact, what I see is exactly the opposite. “It is not normal that my messages and my lawyer’s messages…

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Liverpool’s Mignolet expresses surprise over Karius loan move

Simon Mignolet has expressed his frustration over Liverpool’s decision to allow fellow goalkeeper Loris Karius depart on loan while denying him a move. Mignolet has not played a competitive game for Liverpool since late January, having been dropped from the first-team for Loris Karius halfway through last season. The Belgium international seemingly has no way to claim the No.1 spot back following the summer signing of Alisson from Roma and hoped he would be allowed to leave before the transfer window closes. Instead, Mignolet has been called upon to act as backup for Alisson…

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Loris Karius joins Besiktas from Liverpool on two-year loan deal

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has joined Besiktas on a two-year loan in a deal that brings an end to a tough time at Anfield. Karius has not played a competitive match for the Premier League club since his two errors helped Real Madrid win the Champions League final on 26 May. The German, 25, has made 49 appearances for Liverpool since joining the club from Mainz in 2016. “It’s good for him. He’s really looking forward to it,” said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp on Saturday. Besiktas finished fourth in Turkey’s top flight last…

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Ronaldo, Modric and Salah up for UEFA Player of the Year award

Luka Modrić, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah have been nominated for the 2017/18 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award. Ronaldo, who won the award last season, helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title and finished as the competition’s top scorer with 15 goals. The Portuguese, who has since moved on to Juventus has three wins in total and is the only player to have made the shortlist every year since UEFA created the award in 2011. Modric, also part of Madrid’s Champions League winning team, finished…

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Mignolet agent says Liverpool ‘keeper is ‘waiting’ on Napoli approach

Napoli are yet to make an offer for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, according to his agent Nico Vaesen, while adding that the 30-year-old is waiting on a concrete approach from the Serie A side before the end of the transfer window. Mignolet has been relegated from first to third-choice keeper at Anfield over the last 12 months, and is thought to be keen on a move away from Merseyside following the arrival of Alisson Becker from Roma. Napoli have been linked with Mignolet and are thought to be looking to add an experienced…

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Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool are like Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago

Jürgen Klopp has likened Liverpool to Rocky Balboa on the basis they must work and compete harder than any of their rivals to win the Premier League title. The Liverpool manager, a huge fan of the Rocky films, said: “We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago.” The analogy was not that Liverpool are underdogs, he later explained, but that they must be prepared to sacrifice everything to end the club’s current 28-year wait for a 19th league championship. “It’s not about being the underdog, not one little bit,” said Klopp. “I…

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Silverware an Absolute Must for Liverpool after Expensive Summer

It was a case of close but no cigar for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool last season. The Reds were much improved in the Premier League but could only finish third – Liverpool did advance to the Champions League final but fell short against the mighty Real Madrid. Since then, Klopp has spent over £150 million to bolster his squad and lots of fans believe that the Reds are primed to topple Manchester City in the 2018/19 Premier League title race. Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson will all help Liverpool in…

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Who will win the Premier League 2018/19?

The FIFA World Cup is over, and now it’s time for some good-old club football. The Premier League 2018-19 season kicks off with Leicester City’s trip to Manchester United on 11th August. Football fans are eagerly waiting for the real action to begin and to see their favourite clubs fight it out for the Premier League trophy. It makes for an interesting season, and we expect a very interesting battle for the league and for top four places. Here’s a glimpse at top contenders and their chances of winning the…

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Five Premier League transfers to bet on in the summer window

Following the competition of the FIFA World Cup, one can expect a flurry of transfers in the coming weeks. The Premier League is bound to see the majority of the action as the transfer window closes early, 9 August, in England this summer. Therefore, clubs have around 20 days to sort out their transfer activity. Here, we are predicting five summer transfers that can earn you money in the betting market. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) There has been a lot of speculation about Anthony Martial’s future at United. The 22-year-old…

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Fernando Torres joins Japanese side Sagan Tosu

Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres has signed for Japanese side Sagan Tosu on a free transfer after his contract at Atletico Madrid expired last month. The 34-year-old rejoined his boyhood club in 2014 for a second spell after spending time on loan at AC Milan. Torres made his final appearance for Atletico as a 90th minute substitute in the 3-0 Europa League final victory over Marseille back in May. “I have had offers from France, Germany and even one from Spain but at no point did I…

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Mohamed Salah signes new Liverpool contract

Mohamed Salah has signed a new five-year contract that keeps him at Liverpool until 2023, in what manager Jurgen Klopp, describes as proof of the club’s progress. The Egyptian international was widely coveted by the biggest names in football after a historic debut season at Anfield where he scored 44 goals in 52 appearances and led Liverpool to their first Champions League final in 11 years. Financial details of the contract weren’t made public but it is understood Salah has increased his basic wage to around £200,000/week and the deal…

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Liverpool’s Mignolet set for talks over club future after World Cup

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will hold talks with the club at the end of Belgium’s World Cup as he seeks to ascertain whether there will be first-team opportunities for him next season. The goalkeeper, who began last season as Jürgen Klopp’s first-choice, last played a Premier League game New Year’s Day and has played only once since falling behind Loris Karius in the pecking order. Mignolet has spent five years at Anfield and with Liverpool seemingly keen on acquiring a new goalkeeper for the new season, the Belgian is set for showdown…

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Liverpool and Chelsea finally agree Solanke fee after protracted negotiations

Liverpool have finally agreed a fee with Chelsea for Dominic Solanke after a year of protracted negotiations. The teenage striker swapped Stamford Bridge for Anfield last summer after running down his Chelsea contract but given he was under 24, Chelsea were entitled to compensation having developed him since the age of seven. Liverpool hoped to pay around £3m but Chelsea wanted almost £10m for his services after his championship-winning exploits with England’s U-20 team in South Korea. The impasse was set to be resolved by a tribunal, the Professional Football Compensation…

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Danny Ings ready to leave Liverpool for fresh start

Liverpool striker Danny Ings is set for the exit door at Anfield after an injury-ravaged time at the club, according to various reports in the British press. The £6.5m signing from Burnley suffered two serious knee injuries in just over two seasons wiith Liverpool managed to make 14 appearances last term for the Champions League finalists, scoring once in a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion in April. Ings who still has two years to run on his contract is now minded to seek new opportunities away from Liverpool to breath…

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Fekir transfer still up in the air as Lyon president reveals Real interest

Nabil Fekir could end up at Real Madrid according to Lyon’s president after his move to Liverpool fell through at the eleventh hour. The Lyon captain was widely expected to join Jurgen Klopp’s side earlier this month but the French club pulled the plug with reports emerging Liverpool had concerns over his medical. Jean-Michel Aulas, the Lyon president, has now rubbished those claims, saying he was merely tired of the Premier League club dragging its heels over the move. “Nabil was close to Liverpool, I gave the green light on…

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Emre Can set for Juventus switch after medical

Emre Can has arrived in Turin ahead of a proposed move to Juventus on a free transfer from Liverpool. The Germany international was photographed upon his arrival at the Juventus Medical Centre where he was mobbed by fans waiting to catch a glimpse of their new signing. The Serie A champions have held a longstanding interest in the 24-year-old and were confident of securing his services despite interest from elsewhere. “We are optimistic about the positive end of negotiations with Emre Can,” club CEO Beppe Morata told Mediaset Premium in May.…

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