Roberto Firmino doubt for Liverpool clash with Bayern Munich due to virus

Roberto Firmino is a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich after missing training on Monday with a virus. Firmino is the fourth Liverpool player to fall ill since the start of the month, following a warm-weather trip to Dubai in January. Liverpool have since taken advantage of their exit from the FA Cup to travel to Marbella, but it has seen Firmino fall ill on their return. Dejan Lovren also missed training and will have a last-minute fitness test on a hamstring injury. Klopp gave an injury…

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FA charge Jurgen Klopp over ‘bias’ West Ham referee comments

Jurgen Klopp has been charged by the Football Association for comments he made about referee Kevin Friend after Liverpool’s Premier League match at West Ham last week. Klopp suggested after the 1-1 draw on Monday, February 4, that Friend’s performance had been affected by an assistant referee’s mistake for Sadio Mane’s goal. Mane’s opener stood despite Reds team-mate James Milner being clearly offside in the build-up. Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp said: “As a human being, if I know I have made a big mistake in the first half, I don’t want…

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West Ham launch investigation into alleged racist abuse against Salah

West Ham are investigating after a video emerged of a fan racially abusing Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah during Monday’s 1-1 draw at London Stadium. Egypt striker Salah, 26, was filmed on a mobile phone from a section of home supporters as he was taking a corner. The footage, taken by a fellow fan, shows expletives directed at Salah including about his Muslim religion. In a statement, West Ham said they have “a zero tolerance policy to any form of violent or abusive behaviour”. It continued: “We are an inclusive football club. Anyone…

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Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah wins PFA Player of the Month award for January

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has won the PFA’s Player of the Month award for January. The Egyptian international scored three goals in four games – including a brace against Crystal Palace at Anfield in a 4-3 win. His other goal for the Reds came in a 1-0 away win at Brighton as Salah’s penalty settled the game in the visitors’ favour. ✨ @MoSalah has been voted PFA @BristolStMotors Fans' Player of the Month for January! 🏆 #PFAFansAward @LFC pic.twitter.com/eCt9IOXZed — PFA | Professional Footballers' Association (@PFA) February 4, 2019 The 26-year-old was…

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Liverpool’s Joe Gomez to have surgery on leg fracture

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is to have an operation on the leg fracture he sustained against Burnley in December. The England center-back, 21, was taken off after 23 minutes following a challenge with Clarets captain Ben Mee. He was initially ruled out for up to six weeks and is expected to feature again this season – but Liverpool have put no timescale on his recovery. “Obviously being out for longer than we’d first hoped for is hard to swallow,” said Gomez. Gomez had made 18 appearances for the Premier League leaders before…

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Chelsea’s Victor Moses joins Fenerbahce on extended loan deal

Chelsea winger Victor Moses has completed his loan move to Turkish club Fenerbahce. Moses has signed an 18-month loan deal after arriving in Istanbul on Wednesday. The 28-year-old has been restricted to five appearances this season, with his only start coming in September’s EFL Cup win at Liverpool. Fenerbahçe’ye hoş geldin @VictorMoses! 👉https://t.co/vGN3ZEZ8gY pic.twitter.com/HlRrVO9Jf8 — Fenerbahçe SK (@Fenerbahce) January 25, 2019 Moses arrived at Stamford Bridge from Wigan for £9m in 2012 and has scored 18 goals in 128 games. Since joining Chelsea, the former Nigeria international has had loan…

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Mario Balotelli completes transfer to Marseille from Nice

Mario Balotelli has completed a move to Marseille from Nice, after being released early from his contract at Nice. The Italy international, 28, has completed a deal until the end of the season. Balotelli passed a medical on Wednesday, a move coach Rudi Garcia called a “number one priority”. He last played for Nice on 4 December after a dispute with boss Patrick Vieira. Balotelli helped City win the Premier League in 2011-12, then had one season at Liverpool before spending a year on loan at AC Milan. Level completed ✅…

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Virgil van Dijk and Jurgen Klopp win Premier League December awards

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and defender Virgil van Dijk have both won Premier League awards for December. Klopp has landed the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award after guiding Liverpool to seven wins from seven matches in December, ensuring the Reds started 2019 top of the table. Liverpool earned victories over city rivals Everton and Burnley in the first week of December, following that up with wins against Bournemouth, Manchester United, Wolves, Newcastle and Arsenal. “It’s nice, the icing on the cake,” said Klopp upon receiving his award. “It…

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Dejan Lovren handed one match international ban

Dejan Lovren has been banned for one international match over comments he made on social media about opponents Spain following his side’s 3-2 Nations League win in November. Lovren posted a video on Instagram where he appeared to brag about elbowing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and made insulting comments about the Spain team following the game on March 15. He also told reporters after the match that Spain were “rude on the pitch” and bad losers. Uefa said that Lovren had fallen foul of a clause in its disciplinary…

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Mohamed Salah once again named African Footballer of the Year

Mohamed Salah has been named African Footballer of the Year for a second successive year. Salah beat fellow nominees, his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mané and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, at the Confederation of African Football’s awards ceremony in Dakar on Tuesday. The Egypt forward edged the same two players last year in a vote decided by the technical directors and head coaches of 56 Caf member associations. “This award is very big for me, I love it because I saw it when I was young and I always had a dream to win it one…

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Dominic Solanke joins Bournemouth from Liverpool for £19m

Liverpool have confirmed the sale of Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth for £19m plus add-ons, with the England Under-21 forward set to be joined by Nathaniel Clyne on loan. Solanke, who moved to Anfield from Chelsea in 2017, had been wanted by Crystal Palace on loan before that move fell through last week. But having agreed to allow Jermain Defoe to join Rangers on loan, Eddie Howe has acted quickly to snap up the England Under-21 striker. .@DomSolanke has sealed a permanent transfer to @afcbournemouth. Everybody at #LFC thanks Dom for his contribution to the…

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Nathaniel Clyne set to join Bournemouth on loan from Liverpool

Bournemouth have agreed a deal to sign Liverpool full-back Nathaniel Clyne on loan until the end of the season. The 27-year-old England international has appeared in only four Premier League games this season, with three of those as a substitute. Clyne is likely to get more playing time at the Vitality Stadium, with Eddie Howe’s team struggling with injuries defensively with defenders Simon Francis and Adam Smith both out. Junior Stanislas filled in at right wing-back for Bournemouth’s 3-3 draw with Watford on Wednesday and was praised for his display by manager…

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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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