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Jose Mourinho ‘wasn’t sure’ of transfer deadline day signing

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said he was “not sure” to sign another player before the transfer deadline of Thursday at 17:00 BST.

Mourinho has repeatedly expressed his desire to bring in additional signings throughout the preseason with a central defender leading the way.

However, despite the links to numerous objectives, United still has to reinforce.

“The market closes today, it’s time to stop thinking about the market,” he said.

“I’m not sure, I have to concentrate on the players I have and the next games.”

So far, United have signed three players this summer: Brazilian midfielder Fred for 47 million pounds, Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot and third choice goalkeeper Lee Grant.

But Mourinho has been interested in strengthening his squad even more after finishing second last season, 19 points behind the champion, Manchester City.

Although there has been speculation about an agreement for Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham, there has been no offer from United, while Leicester remains determined to retain the English international Harry Maguire, who still has four years left on his contract.

The Portuguese manager also had to deal with a series of injuries to high-level players during the preseason.

Antonio Valencia and midfielders Nemanja Matic and Andre Herrera are among those absent for the first Premier League game against Leicester on Friday (20:00 BST).

But he hopes that some of his World Cup players will be available with Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini now back in training.

“Those who played late in the World Cup trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, today,” he added.

“They’re not fit and ready, but we have needs, and I’ll talk to them today to see how available they feel they are.”

United kick of their Premier League campaign with Leicester tomorrow.

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Klopp makes claim on Alisson Becker’s performance

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given his own analysis on what he feels of the performance of new goalkeeper Alisson Becker who joined the club in the summer.

Alisson has not shown to be a new goalkeeper in the Premier League, having settled down within a short-term and becoming one of the league’s finest goalkeepers.

He has been impressive for the Reds so far and has contributed to why they are yet to be beaten by any of their last 8 opponents in the league this season.

German manager Klopp has admitted the quality Alisson has got as a goalkeeper but noted that he can still get better with time.

The Liverpool boss explained that a goalkeeper gets better and does some things easily if he sees more games that will expose him to such situations.

According to him, it is Alisson is not as perfect as people think he is because he does make mistakes.

However, Klopp hopes Alisson remains fit throughout the season without any injuries so as to help his side with more saves and clean sheets.

The Reds are now 3rd on the log with 20 points, conceding just 3 goals in the Premier League so far in this season.

BBC Pundit names Joe Gomez as the ‘only’ one you can rely on

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UEFA Nations League: Harry Winks Set To Replace Jordan Henderson Against Spain

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks is in line to start for the Three Lions of England when they travel to the Estadio Benito Villamarin to face Spain in a UEFA Nations League clash scheduled to take place on Monday.

Winks recently impressed for Tottenham Hotspur in a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Spanish champions Barcelona in their Champions League meeting at the start of this month.

He’s expected to replace Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson who’s suspended for the Spain game alongside Manchester City centre back John Stones.

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has started the season very well and he impressed a great deal against the same opposition last month.

The former Charlton Athletic star will take the place of the suspended John Stones.

England manager Gareth Southgate would be hoping his side can salvage the bad start to their UEFA Nations League campaign when they face Spain in Seville.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament semifinalists lost their opening game at the Wembley Stadium to Spain in September before playing a goalless draw against their hosts Croatia on Friday.

In September’s game, England took the lead through Marcus Rashford before Saul Niguez and Rodrigo scored to secure a 2-1 victory for Spain.

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AFCON: Alex Iwobi Shines In Libya Win

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Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi continued his impressive form earlier on Saturday as he helped the Super Eagles of Nigeria thrash Libya 4-0 in an African Cup of Nations (AFCON) clash at the Nest of Champions in Uyo.

Iwobi, 22, has started the new season in impressive fashion under new Arsenal manager Unai Emery.

The Arsenal Academy graduate has been one of the beneficiaries of the new dispensation under the former Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Valencia and Sevilla boss.

Alex Iwobi struggled with inconsistency under former manager Arsene Wenger but the advent of Unai Emery has seen his form flourish.

Unai Emery had replaced Wenger in the summer after the Frenchman resigned from his post as Arsenal manager thus ending his 22-year reign at the club.

The Spaniard signed a three-year contract until 2021.

Alex Iwobi played the entire duration of the game which saw Chinese-based striker net a hattrick.

The former Watford striker netted the opening goal from the spot as early as the fourth minute after he was fouled in the Libyan box.

He added a second goal on 58 minutes off a sumptuous pass from Iwobi before completing his treble in the 69th minute.

Samuel Kalu scored a fourth goal on the stroke of full-time to make the scoreline a more comprehensive one.

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Fabinho says this Liverpool player should be named the world best

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There is no doubt that Liverpool has got lots of talents in the team with Mohamed Salah leading as the club’s finest player.

However, he has been short of form this season and that has raised concerns amongst the Reds fans.

This is not to say Liverpool will be left out of the clubs with world stars after the claim made by Fabinho stating that his teammate Saido Mane should be regarded as one of the best players in the world.

Mane has made a good impression this season with about four goals to his name this season despite not being the player he was as at last season and has not scored a single one in the last seven games.

Howbeit, Fabinho says the Senegal international is one of the best the Premier League has got.

Describing him as an excellent player, Fabinho stated that he has been watching the 26-year-old on the television and has been a fan of his play before coming to the Anfield.

He described Mana as a very fast and intelligent player who has got age and other factors as an advantage to get him going in his career.

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been sweating on his strikers as they are failing to be the players they have been.

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