Manchester United draw PSG in Champions League, Liverpool to face Bayern Munich

Manchester United have drawn Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Liverpool will face Bayern Munich and Tottenham will take on Borussia Dortmund. Manchester City were drawn against Bundesliga side Schalke, meaning three of the four English teams will face German opposition. Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the city of Madrid, with Juventus drawn against Atletico. Holders Real Madrid must overcome Dutch side Ajax, while Barcelona will take on Lyon and Roma will face FC Porto. The first legs of the last-16 ties will be split…

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Liverpool face defensive crisis with Trent Alexander-Arnold ruled out of United clash

Liverpool are facing a shortage of defenders for Sunday’s visit of Manchester United after Trent Alexander-Arnold was ruled out with an ankle injury. The 20-year-old suffered the injury during Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League win over Napoli and it is feared he could miss the busy festive season games. Jurgen Klopp’s side are desperately short on defenders with centre-back Joel Matip now ruled out for six weeks after fracturing his collarbone in the dying moments of the same game. Another defender, Joe Gomez, is out for around the same period after fracturing…

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Raheem Sterling named Premier League player of the month

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has been named November’s Premier League player of the month. The 24-year-old scored three goals and set up three more in City’s three league matches. It is the second time the Blues forward has won the award, the previous occasion coming in August 2016, just over a year after he joined the club. Raheem Sterling picks up @EASPORTSFIFA #POTM award for a brilliant November ➡️ https://t.co/QdEm1x730O #PLAwards pic.twitter.com/78omqjI1Q4 — Premier League (@premierleague) December 12, 2018 Two of Sterling’s City team-mates, Leroy Sane and David Silva, were…

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Liverpool’s Joe Gomez signs new contract until 2024

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has signed a new contract with the club until the summer of 2024. The 21-year-old joined the Reds from Charlton Athletic in 2015. He has played 18 times for Jurgen Klopp’s side this campaign but could be out for up to six weeks after suffering a fractured leg in the 3-1 win over Burnley on 5 December. 😁 @J_Gomez97 has signed a new long-term contract with the Reds! ▶️ https://t.co/IZwV5kxQUp pic.twitter.com/c5InmGpG7M — Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 10, 2018 “I love the club, I love playing and learning here, and…

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Jurgen Klopp charged with misconduct for on-pitch celebration in derby win

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association over his celebratory pitch invasion in Sunday’s Merseyside derby. Klopp sprinted onto the Anfield pitch to embrace goalkeeper Alisson following Divock Origi’s dramatic 96th minute winner against Everton. He later admitted his reaction was “not cool” and claimed to have apologised to Marco Silva on the final whistle. The Everton manager countered there had been no apology from Klopp but he may have reacted the same under similar circumstances. Following receipt of referee Chris Kavanagh’s match report on…

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Robbie Keane announces retirement from football

Republic of Ireland’s record goalscorer Robbie Keane has officially confirmed he has hung up his boots days after being unveiled as part of Mick McCarthy’s management team. The 38-year-old netted 68 goals in 146 appearances for the Boys in Green and enjoyed a decorated career that included spells at Wolves, Coventry City, Inter Milan, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur (twice), Liverpool, Celtic, West Ham, LA Galaxy, Aston Villa and most recently, ATK in India. In a prolific club career, Keane scored 325 goals in 737 club appearances. The Dubliner was confirmed as…

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Liverpool’s Sadio Mane signs new long-term contract

Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane has agreed terms on a new long-term deal at Anfield. The 26-year-old joined the club from Southampton on a five-year contract in June 2016 for a fee of £34m. Since then he has gone on to make 89 appearances in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side, scoring 40 goals. “I am very happy to extend my time at Liverpool. It is a great day for me and I have made the best decision in my career,” he said. Talks over the new deal, which…

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PSG sweat over Neymar and Mbappe fitness ahead of Liverpool clash

Paris St-Germain face an injury crisis after star forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe went off injured playing for Brazil and France respectively in Tuesday’s round of international friendlies. Neymar played for only six minutes as Brazil edged out Cameroon in Milton Keynes as he suffered an adductor muscle injury while taking a shot and was replaced by Everton’s Richarlison. Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said that while a scan was needed to confirm the exact diagnosis, he did not think the injury to Neymar’s adductor muscle would keep him out…

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Video assistant referees (VAR) set to be used in Premier League next season

Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season after clubs agreed in principle to the move. The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa. VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup, is in operation in Italy and Germany’s top divisions, and has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. The Premier League has been carrying out “non-live” trials this season. VAR will also be used in the Champions League from next season. There…

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Premier League clubs asked for £250,000 towards £5m bonus for outgoing Scudamore

All 20 Premier League clubs have been asked for a £250,000 contribution so that the league’s outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore can be given a £5m farewell gift. The clubs were asked for the money before a meeting on Tuesday. It is expected they will agree to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck’s request. Scudamore, 59, who is reportedly paid £2.5m per season, is stepping down next month after 19 years at the organisation. The league’s UK television rights were valued at around £670m when he joined, and the last deal was worth…

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Former England midfielder Joe Cole announces retirement from football

Former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has retired at the age of 37. Cole, who came through West Ham’s youth system before spells at Liverpool, Lille, Aston Villa and Coventry City, has played for United Soccer League side Tampa Bay Rowdies since 2016. He scored 10 goals in 56 games for England between 2001 and 2010. “It has been a dream come true. All of it,” said Cole. “I hope the next two decades are as special as my last 20 years as a professional have been.” Cole made…

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Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri to miss Red Star Belgrade game in Serbia

Liverpool have left Xherdan Shaqiri out of their squad to face Serbian side Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday because they want to “avoid any distractions” that may be caused by the midfielder’s Albanian heritage. Shaqiri, 27, is an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, where a Serbian crackdown on the Albanian population ended with Nato military intervention in 1999. After scoring for Switzerland against Serbia this summer, he celebrated by making a double-headed eagle gesture, which symbolises the Albanian flag. He was fined £7,632 by Fifa for the celebration, which…

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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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