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Klopp puts blame on Brazil for Firmino snub

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has explained that he had dropped Roberto Firmino from the game against Huddersfield because he was actively involved with Brazil during the international break.

According to Klopp, the Brazilian did not have enough time to rest which may stop him from being fresh for the Anfield side in the weekend game where they had won by a slim 1-0.

Mohamed Salah’s strike makes it Liverpool’s first win in four games having been defeated by Napoli in the Champions League and picking up a draw against Chelsea in the Champions League.

The Brazilian forward’s absence ensured the opportunity for Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Xherdan Shaqiri who have been relegated to the bench so far this season.

According to the German manager, Firmino had returned to the club after the international break on Thursday after playing full 90 minutes for his country which automatically rules him out.

Firmino is therefore expected to return to the Reds team when they file out to play Reds Star in the Champions League.

However, Liverpool managed a slim win in Firmino’s absence with Klopp lamenting the awful performance of his side and stating that their lack of organization ensured they were unable to make good use of the ball.

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Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Bayern Munich to hijack deal from Liverpool grip

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German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are reported to have entered the race for the signature of Thorgan Hazard who has been followed by English Premier League side Liverpool.

It was earlier expected that the Reds will have the signature of Thorgan Hazard in coming weeks when the winter transfer window reopens but with the interest already shown by the German Bundesliga side, they will have to miss out of the contest.

Thorgan Hazard has been excellent for Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach and that has drawn this level of attention from top European sides as they are all keen on his signature.

With manager Jurgen Klopp seeking to maintain the lead in the Premier League table, it is believed that he will do all it takes to have the signature of the 25-year-old who has scored 11 goals so far this season and six assists with the dew games under his belt.

However, Thorgan Hazard’s suitors have been told he will cost more than the £26 million in his release clause because of the impact he has made and his development so far.

Meanwhile, the German Bundesliga side are desperate for Thorgan Hazard because of the obvious reasons that Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben who are both set to leave the club.

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Very painful – Liverpool set to miss ‘most important star player’ against United

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English Premier League giants Liverpool are confirmed to be without England international Trent Alexander-Arnold when they welcome Manchester United to the Anfield in their Premier League tie.

The 20-year-old sustained an injury in their Champions League game against Italian Serie outfit Napoli and was forced to leave the pitch before 90 minutes.

Although the situation was unsure at first but it has been confirmed with manager Jurgen Klopp describing his loss as “painful”.

However, the English lad was seen wearing a protective boot which hints that he will not be available for the highly anticipated game between both sides.

Trent Alexander-Arnold would no doubt be a miss for the Reds as he has established himself in the heart of the team.

The Reds team have been able to top the Premier League chart ahead of Manchester City for the first time in two seasons and they will be looking forward to extending it when they host the Red Devils.

Meanwhile, United are looking forward to giving the league leaders a shock with manager Jose Mourinho stating that he has got a quality squad that is capable of defeating their host team when they meet later on Sunday at the Anfield.

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Arsenal To Table €50m Bid For Serie A Star

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North London giants Arsenal are reportedly plotting a €50m bid for highly rated Italian Serie A winger Cengiz Under ahead of the upcoming transfer window scheduled to start in two weeks time.

According to the publication from lastwordonfootball, the Gunners are preparing a big bid for the Turkish international winger as they try to snap him up ahead of the second half of the season.

Cengiz Under currently plays his club football for Italian Serie A side AS Roma.

The 21-year-old winger has emerged as one of the most exciting young players on the European football stage since he joined the club from Turkish club Bursaspor in the summer of 2017.

His impressive outings helped the Italian capital club reach the semifinals of the Champions League in the last campaign before they were knocked out by Liverpool.

He has maintained his form this season after netting five goals and providing four assists for his team in all competitions.

Earlier reports claim that Arsenal had a €32m (£29m) bid rejected by Roma for the exciting winger.

The North Londoners are in need of quality reinforcements in the forward areas mainly due to the serious ankle injury suffered by Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck.

Former Manchester United and Sunder land star Welbeck has been ruled out for the rest of this season.

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Finally, Jose Mourinho Ready To Axe These Defenders To Fund Transfer

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It has been revealed that Premier League giants Manchester United are keen to sell their defenders in a bid to fund the transfer for a new centre back in the upcoming transfer window.

The Telegraph claim that Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is ready to axe the defensive trio of Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo to free up funds for a new defender.

Mourinho is determined to boost his ailing defence with the addition of a new centre back and the aforementioned trio could be sold to achieve his aim.

Bailly, Jones and Rojo won’t be short of suitors if they are to leave Old Trafford.

Ivorian international star Eric Bailly is attracting the interests of European sides like Arsenal, AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur.

Englishman Phil Jones had previously been linked with the Gunners, while Everton were said to be interested in Argentine international defender Marcos Rojo.

Jose Mourinho has already identified Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly as his top defensive target for the January transfer window.

Reports say that the Red Devils made two separate bids for the Senegalese international star and both were turned down by Napoli.

Apart from Koulibaly, Manchester United have also been linked with Harry Maguire, Milan Skriniar and Toby Alderweireld.

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Why Liverpool will stand down interest for long term target

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English premier League side Liverpool are reported to be willing to stand down their interest in long-term target Christian Pulisic as they will no longer be needing him anymore.

The alleged decision by the club is informed by the fact that there has been great improvement and development from summer signing Xhender Shaqiri which makes him win the heart of manager Jurgen Klopp.

Before now, the Reds were keen on the signature of Christian Pulisic had had the intention of having his signature in the winter transfer window which reopens in coming weeks.

However, the Swiss has been impressive in every opportunity handed to him which gives the manager what exactly Christian Pulisic would have given to the club.

Xhender Shaqiri joined the Reds in the last summer from Stoke City and had a slow start as he was initially not paid attention to by the manager.

With the latest development, the Reds will now be out of the race for Christian Pulisic, leaving Chelsea alone to have their way as they are also interested in his signature.

Meanwhile, the Reds are beginning to see more hope in a title win this season as they now sit top in the Premier League table.

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Sarri tempts 203-goal ace from Napoli

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Emerging reports indicate that West London boss Maurizio Sarri is seeking to lure star player Dries Mertens away from Napoli so as to have him pen his signature with the Blues at the Stamford Bridge.

The West London boss and Dries Mertens once worked together at the Italian Serie A outfit Napoli and proved to be a success having scored 34 goals in 46 games in the 206/2017 season and later 22 goals in 49 games the following year.

So far, Dries Mertens has scored in total. 203 goals in 553 appearances which make it a massive reported to tempt the West London boss into having him at the club.

Suggestions are that talian Serie A side will have to do more if they must keep Dries Mertens at the club with interest for her growing stronger.

The Blues have got some negative situation in the team with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giround currently not in the best of form as they have failed to deliver goals.

The former Napoli boss is therefore keen to add more strength to his team as he hopes to challenge for the Premier League title as well as qualify for the Champions League next season.

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Mind game? Klopp extols Jose Mourinho

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With the highly anticipated Premier League game between Liverpool and Manchester United getting closer, there have been some kind words coming from both managers ahead of the game.

What is more interesting is the praise from both managers with the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp stating that his Sunday’s foes, United manager is the most successful manager in the World.

The Merseyside club will host the Red Devils at Anfield with Liverpool sitting top in the Premier League table and having 16 points ahead of United who are sixth place on the log.

The United boss has had a very frustrating season so far as he struggled to win as well as the obvious rift he has had with some of the players which affected the results coming from his side but that will not stop Liverpool boss from regarding him as one of the best.

The German boss stated that he will not like to write off his Sunday opponent, noting that they have got a complete and quality team that can pose a surprise in the game.

Klopp added that United have got one of the best goalkeepers with David De Gea, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford which will make it difficult for him to judge them by their points.

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Reds’ fans can now know what to expect in January after Klopp’s claim

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With the English Premier League race expected to get tougher in the second half, it is expected that most top clubs will storm the winter transfer market for more additions, especially with the big competition now in the league.

This might not be the case with Liverpool after manager Jurgen Klopp gave the hint that his side might not do business in January for obvious reasons.

The German manager is yet to win any title since his three years in charge at Anfield and he has got a chance to have that this season as he sits top in the Premier League table.

While admitting that much has to be done by his squad for more to be able to maintain the lead, he noted that there will be no additions as he also ruled out the early return of Harry Wilson from his loan spell at Derby.

The German boss stressed that the injured players will not be out for long which means there will not be need as he has got some covers for them.

However, the Reds will face Manchester United on Sunday in the Premier League tie and they hope to win to continue their dominance.

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Club Legend Believes Key Man United Player Won’t Sign New Contract

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Former Manchester United player Andrei Kanchelskis is adamant that the Red Devils will have to make a big decision over the future of goalkeeper David De Gea at the end of the season.

The Red Devils legend spoke about Manchester United and the De Gea contract situation in an interview with Bwin via the Daily Express.

According to him, Spanish international shot stopper De Gea won’t sign a new contract at Old Trafford thus forcing the club to make a decision about his future next summer when he has just one year left on his present Manchester United deal.

The 28-year-old has become a key player at Manchester United since he joined the three-time European champions from Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in 2011 in a deal worth £19m.

The Spaniard has made over 300 appearances for Manchester United.

He had just six months left on his current deal before Manchester United activated the extra year clause in the contract to take him till the end of next season.

Manchester United could be faced with a big problem next summer if De Gea continues to turn down new contract offers.

Senior Red Devils officials will need to decide whether to sell him or not next summer if the situation remains the same.

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Juventus are possible transfer destinations for him.

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Man United Outcast Sets Sights On January Exit

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Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia is ready to leave the club when the January transfer window reopens after he was ostracised from the team by the Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho in recent weeks.

The Ecuador international player was the Red Devils skipper before he became an outcast at Old Trafford.

Valencia is believed to have told friends that he will secure a transfer away from the club if he cannot win his place back in the Manchester United team.

His problems with Mourinho started when he liked an Instagram post that called for the dismissal of the Portuguese tactician earlier in the season.

The 33-year-old didn’t feature for Manchester United since the incident happened until this week.

Valencia was part of the Manchester United B team that lost 2-1 to Spanish La Liga side Valencia at the Mestalla on Wednesday night in the Champions League.

It was their final Group H game in this season’s competition.

Antonio Valencia has already been linked with a January move to fellow Premier League club West Ham United.

Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is the present West Ham manager.

The Chilean tactician wants to improve his defence with the acquisition of Valencia.

The Ecuadorian is the longest serving member of the Manchester United first team.

He joined the club from Wigan Athletic in 2009.

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