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Jurgen Klopp Intensify Race For 19-year-old Star After Champions League Error

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Saturday wasn’t just a night to forget for Karius but for the whole Liverpool team who were defeated 3-1 by Real Madrid to lift the Champions League trophy for the third time in a row.

Liverpool were showing the stuff they are made of until an unfortunate error from their first-choice goalkeeper Loris Karius childishly gave the ball away to Karim Benzema, who wasted no time to put the ball into an empty net.

Though the Reds equalized through Sadio Mane, Real Madrid regained their one-goal lead via Gareth Bale’s power and impressive overhead kick.

Karius, who will be going to Russia with Germany, was also guilty for Gareth Bale’s second goal of the night as he misjudged his shot that allowed the ball to hit his net.

Despite having an experienced Simon Mignolet in his team, Jurgen Klopp prefers Karius in his starting lineup throughout the season.

Having seen Karius uninspiring performances in the goalie’s biggest match in his career, Jurgen Klopp has intensified his race to sign AC Milan goaltender Gianluigi Donnarumma in the summer.

According to goal.com via Repubblica, the losing finalist have met with the player’s agent to discuss terms so as to hasten the player’s decision to switch to the Merseyside club this summer.

Should Donnarumma eventually move to Liverpool, Simon Mignolet might leave Anfield stadium, while Loris Karius becomes the second-choice goalkeeper.

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Another Liverpool star commits future to the club

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Instead of bringing in new players in this January winter transfer window, the English Premier League leaders Liverpool have been busy with the business of landing improved and new contracts to their star players.

The latest to be handed a new deal is Trent Alexander-Arnold who is ready to remain with the Merseyside club for a longer period of time.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is a Liverpool Academy product but has been able to grow into becoming a better player as well as breaking into the first team of manager Jurgen Klopp.

However, Trent Alexander-Arnold has now joined the long list of Andy Robertson, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez and Mohamed Salah who have been offered new deals in the course of the season as a way of committing them to the club.

The England international expressed delight in having to pen his signature for the Reds team, adding that it remains a privilege to play in the team.

He, therefore, promised to give his best so as to ensure the first English Premier League under the reigns of manager Jurgen Klopp in addition to dominating in the league.

However, the Liverpool team have been on their toes ensuring they leave nothing to chance in their bid for the league title.

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Why we lost to Arsenal, Sarri

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has given a hint on why his side suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat in the hands of the North London outfit Arsenal on Saturday evening

The West London side were not only defeated but were outplayed by Arsenal which is the reason why the Italian boss lashes out on the players as he puts the blame on them.

It has been an inconsistent performance by the West London side since their defeat to Tottenham which ended their 18 games unbeaten run and that has to be corrected by the former Napoli manager.

However, he stated that he lost because some of the players in his team seem difficult to motivate as he noted that he had made efforts to do that after their defeat to the other North London side Tottenham but that has not worked yet with the defeat.

Meanwhile, the Blues boss is ready to take a part of the blame because his side failed to show up completely against the Gunners team.

However, the game between both sides have been reduced to three points which leave the race for a top-four finish very open and more competitive especially with United coming from behind.

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Arsenal 2 : 0 Chelsea – Three talking points from the game

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The Gunners returned to winning ways as they thrashed Chelsea 2-0 to the Emirates stadium in one of Saturday’s Premier League game.

The Blues had defeated Arsenal in Emery’s first game of the season, Maurizio Sarri’s side narrowly overcame the Gunners’ challenge 2-1 at Stamford Bridge last year.

However, yesterday’s game was totally different from the previous fixture in August 2018 as the North London club dominated the Blues for the most part of the game.

Emery’s men deservedly took the lead in the 14th minute when Lacazette powered a beautiful shot past Kepa Arrizabalaga who was busy all through the clash.

The home side doubled their lead after 25 minutes when Laurent Koscielny scored with his shoulder.

The Blues were made to chase the game before half time and they couldn’t find the back of the net throughout the mouthwatering and entertaining game.

Here are the top three talking points from the game.

There’s more to Ozil’s omission than Emery’s ‘tactical reason’

It has been long I saw Ozil play a full match. It’s either he was subbed out or he was subbed in by Emery.

In fact, it’s been a while he featured in Arsenal kit and Emery keeps providing ‘tactical reasons’ for the player’s regular omission.

In a game that’s as classic as Saturday’s fixture, every Arsenal fans would expect the German star to be in the starting lineup so as to create more chances with his creativity.

But the former Real Madrid playmaker was surprisingly left out of the starting XI which further suggested that there are off-field crises between the player and the Spanish tactician.

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Arsenal vs Chelsea – Three talking points

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The Blues were defeated by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, thanks to goals from Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny.

However, here are the concluding part of the top three talking points that emerged during the encounter.

Morata’s switch to Madrid is imminent after another omission

Alvaro Morata’s move away from Stamford Bridge dominated transfer podcasts during the week as it is believed he could be heading back to La Liga later in the month.

Many rumour mongers revealed Maurizio Sarri has reached an agreement with AC Milan for Gonzalo Higuain who will serve as Morata’s short-term replacement for the rest of the campaign.

Despite being in top and perfect condition prior to Saturday’s fixture, Sarri decided to leave the striker out of his travelling squad which means the Spaniard is partially out of Stamford Bridge.

Next week will decide whether the 26-year-old is set for Atletico Madrid’s move or not.

Unai Emery’s substitutions must improve

Emery’s substitution has left so much to be desired since the start of the season and Saturday wasn’t exempted.

The Spanish manager surprisingly subbed out lively Alexandre Lacazette for Alex Iwobi in the 67th minute, a decision that didn’t go well with the Gunners fans who voiced their displeasure against the ex-Sevilla manager.

Lacazette scored the first goal of the night and he troubled the Blues defence throughout the day, he deserves to full-time action.

Saturday wasn’t Aubameyang’s day as he was quiet all through the night. The Gabonese ought to have been taken off for Iwobi, not Lacazette.

Irrespective of the Result, Arsenal remain in the fifth position with 44 points but they are now three points behind Chelsea in the race for Champions League spot next season

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Man United Handed Transfer Blow As Agent Rules Out January Exit For Defensive Target

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Manchester United have received a major transfer blow in the chase for one of their defensive targets after his agent ruled out a January exit for him.

Brazilian international utility defender Eder Militao has been in superb form for his club and that has rightfully attracted the attention of several European heavyweights like Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Manchester United have been heavily linked Eder Militao dating back to when Jose Mourinho was still the Red Devils player.

The 20-year-old is on the payroll of Portuguese Super League champions FC Porto at the moment.

Eder Militao has mostly played as a centre back for FC Porto this season despite the fact that he’s a right-back.

The Brazilian defender can also play as a defensive midfielder.

He joined FC Porto at the start of last season after the club reached an agreement for his transfer with Brazilian Serie A side Sao Paulo.

Reacting to rumours of a January exit for Eder Militao via Spanish newspaper AS.His agent Giuliano Bertolucci ruled out an exit for the player in the current January transfer window.

He further revealed that his client could join European champions Real Madrid in the summer.

Earlier reports had claimed that he has already agreed on a deal with Eder Militao but that was denied by his agent.

Eder Militao has a €50m release clause in his current FC Porto contract that will increase by 50% if it’s not activated by the end of this month.

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Man United Close To Making First January Signing

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Premier League giants Manchester United are closing in on their first signing in this January transfer window according to various reports emanating from the British media.

The Daily Mail claim that the Red Devils are on the verge of securing the transfer of highly rated young French midfielder Noah Emeran this month and that the player will join the club before the current January transfer window runs out.

The 16-year-old has caught the eye of Manchester United officials despite the fact that he has not played a single professional game for his club.

Noah Emeran is presently on the payroll of French Ligue 1 club SC Amiens.

Manchester United will pay a compensation fee of around £90,000 for the young Frenchman.

Emeran has played twice for the French u-16 team.

He can play in midfield as well as in the forward positions.

The latest development is coming on the back of the great news that the attacking duo of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will be handed respective new contracts to commit their long-term futures to the club.

Rashford has been previously linked with European heavyweights like Real Madrid and Juventus, while Martial is a strong transfer target of Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan.

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Southampton In Free Transfer Bid For Two-Goal Man United Defender

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Struggling Premier League club Southampton have been linked with a few transfer move for Manchester United defender Phil Jones in the summer.

According to footballtransfertavern, the Saints could be the next destination for the 26-year-old England international centre back and that he would be a fantastic addition to the defensive setup at Southampton in the event that they survive relegation at the end of this Premier League season.

Southampton are in the middle of a relegation battle that’s almost certain to last until the end of the season.

The Saints are in the battle with clubs like Fulham, Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Cardiff City.

They have already sacked their manager Mark Hughes with former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hassenhuttl named as his replacement.

The Austrian has already guided the Saints to three big wins in his almost ten games in charge of the team.

He guided the team out of the relegation zone last weekend with a stunning 2-1 away win over Leicester City despite playing over half of the game with ten men.

Phil Jones has less than six months left on his Manchester United contract without any contract talks in sight.

He has scored two goals in 153 Premier League games for the Red Devils since he joined them in the summer of 2011 in addition to 27 appearances for the England national team.

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Inter Milan Target Close To Signing New Man United Contract

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Three-time European champions Manchester United have been handed a huge boost following the news that forward Anthony Martial is close to signing a new five-year contract thereby committing his long-term future to the Red Devils.

The new development will definitely be music to the ears of Manchester United fans with French international star Anthony Martial set to stay at Old Trafford for the long haul despite the interest of Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan.

The Italians were keen to sign the former AS Monaco player before Manchester United activated the additional year clause in his current deal with the Red Devils to take his contract at the club to the end of next season (2019/20 season).

Martial had less than six months left on his Red Devils contract before the club made the decision to activate the additional year clause as revealed previously.

Anthony Martial was one of the few bright spots for Manchester United earlier this season while Jose Mourinho was the Manchester United manager.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss was dismissed in December after he fell out with his players and results also plummeted.

He was swiftly replaced by ex-Red Devils striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has won all his six games in charge of the team.

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Monaco eye loan move for Manchester United’s outcast

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Manchester United defensive midfielder Marouane Fellaini is on Monaco’s radar as Henry looks to bring more experienced players into his team this month.

The Frenchman is struggling to lift his team from their current relegation-threatening position and he hopes to get more established players in January so as to avoid being demoted to Ligue 2 by the end of the campaign.

Having completed his move for Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea last week, the former Les Blues striker is now targeting a loan deal for the Belgian star.

Fellaini is tipped to leave Old Trafford this month — despite having a year left in his contract — due to his inability to feature regularly at Old Trafford.

The former Everton midfielder has hardly featured under Solskjaer since the Norwegian returned to the Theater of Dreams, hence, his move away from the team seems unavoidable and imminent.

Manchester United was said to have received offers from numerous clubs from Turkish giants (Fenerbahce) and Dutch powerhouse (Ajax) but none of them have yet revealed their desire to get the experienced star.

During the previous transfer summer market — before the start of the season, Everton were reportedly interested in re-signing the Belgian star but Mourinho prevented the Toffees from reaching an agreement with the United’s hierarchy.

Should Monaco eventually sealed a six-month loan deal for the player, their midfield setup will surely take a new look as it will be occupied by world-class players — such as Cesc Fabregas and Fellaini — who can singlehandedly win many matches

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Man United Target Is Too Good For China, Pundit Reveals

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Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson is adamant that West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic is too good for Chinese Super League football.

The Gunners legend said this in his column with the Daily Star before adding that maybe the money is too good for the Austrian international star to turn down.

Marko Arnautovic is said to be on his way to China after Shanghai SIPG opened talks with the Hammers over a potential £35m transfer for the former FC Twente and Werder Bremen.

Footballer turned pundit Paul Merson believes that Marko Arnautovic has the quality to play for major Premier League sides like Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Arnautovic was previously linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester United with reports claiming that it would take a £50m transfer for him.

The Red Devils were strongly linked with Marko Arnautovic especially when Jose Mourinho was the manager before he was sacked in December.

Arnautovic has become a key player for West Ham United since the Hammers secured his signing from Stoke City at the start of last season in a deal worth £24m.

The Austrian forward has found the back of the net seven times this season in the Premier League.

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