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Why Liverpool fans are not negative about Red Star Champions League clash

Timothy Aiyeku

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There are indications that Liverpool fans are not positive ahead of the team’s outing in the Champions League game against Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday night.

Having started the season on the high, there is a seeming drop in the level of play and results coming from the Anfield and that could be raising concern among fans.

Starting from their 1-0 defeat that was suffered in Italy against Napoli, the Anfield side returned from the international break to find it difficult against Huddersfield as they struggled to pull a 1-0 win, all thanks to Mohamed Salah.

However, with the reports that manager Jurgen Klopp plans to play birthday boy, Fabinho in the Champions League clash against Red Star, the fans are beginning to fume knowing that he has not started any game in the Champions League this season.

More to that, the video of the team singing a happy birthday song leaked on the social media which has forced a recall of the birthday song that was sang for Firmino ahead of the Napoli game.

Similarities have been drawn to both scenarios with the insinuation that the same results could be produced in the game against Red Star since a birthday boy has been celebrated just like the one prior to the Napoli defeat.

It would be recalled that just like what is playing out now, a video had leaked showing the team sing birthday song to celebrate Firmino ahead of the Champions League game against Napoli and the game eventually ended in a defeat.

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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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Arsenal Won’t Sign A Replacement For ‘Injured’ Bellerin – Report

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Arsenal were dealt a big blow at the weekend when key defender Hector Bellerin was stretchered off during the Gunners’ London Derby clash with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night.

The Spanish international right-back could miss the remainder of the season but the Gunners are unlikely to sign a replacement for him.

According to the London Evening Standard, Arsenal won’t sign a replacement if the Spaniard would be out for a long time.

Hector Bellerin suffered what looked like a serious knee injury while he was trying to win the ball back from Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso in the second half of the league encounter.

He was replaced by Egyptian international midfielder Mohamed ElNeny shortly after he was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Bellerin was making a return to the Arsenal starting XI for the Chelsea game after a month out with calf problem.

The Barcelona Academy graduate made his return from the calf injury in the penultimate league game against West Ham United.

Arsenal were beaten 1-0 in their London Derby clash with the Hammers courtesy a goal from English defender Declan Rice.

The extent of the knee injury sustained by Hector Bellerin will be determined by the Arsenal medical team in the coming days.

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Denis Suarez: Deulofeu Emerges As An Arsenal Agent

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Watford star Gerard Deulofeu is not an Arsenal player but the Spaniard has been playing a key role for the Gunners in their pursuit of his friend and compatriot Denis Suarez.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for Denis Suarez with recent reports claiming that a transfer is imminent.

Spanish news portal Sport claim that Gerard Deulofeu has been acting as an Arsenal agent in a bid for the transfer to see the light of the day.

It was revealed that the Watford winger has been telling Denis Suarez how Arsenal is a great club so as to convince his friend to join him in London.

The pair could reunite in the United Kingdom capital of London if Denis Suarez is able to complete his much publicised transfer to Arsenal.

The Gunners’ training ground is very close to the Watford training ground meaning that both players could pretty much see each other whenever they want.

Their friendship is dated back to 2015 when Denis Suarez was at Spanish La Liga side Sevilla who also had Deulofeu in their playing squad.

The former Everton player was on loan at the Andalusian club from Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona during that period.

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Jamie Redknapp Slams Arsenal Over £40m Transfer Mistake

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Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has berated North London giants Arsenal for letting midfielder Aaron Ramsey run down his contract at the club.

Ramsey is expected to leave Arsenal as a free agent upon the expiration of his contract with the club.

His contract runs out at the end of the season and recent reports suggest that his next destination is the Juventus Stadium in Italy.

In his column for the Daily Mail, Jamie Redknapp questioned why Arsenal would let an important player like Ramsey leave the club before bemoaning the inability to recoup any transfer fee for his exit.

The footballer turned pundit further said that Arsenal will have to spend £40m at least if they want to get a replacement for Aaron Ramsey in the summer.

Jamie Redknapp was speaking on the back of a very good performance from Ramsey in the London Derby clash with Chelsea on Saturday night in what was a Premier League game.

Aaron Ramsey produced a very good display to help the Gunners to a 2-0 victory over Chelsea courtesy goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny.

The two goals came in the first half as the Gunners closed in on Chelsea by moving to within three points on the league table.

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Belgium International Talks Up Arsenal Transfer Despite Liverpool Interest From Wife

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Olympiacos defender Bjorn Engels has talked up his desire to join Premier League giants Arsenal.

The 24-year-old spoke about his dream move in a recent interview with French publication L’Equipe via the Daily Express.

He further revealed that his wife is a staunch supporter of Premier League leaders and that she would prefer a move to the Reds rather than his dream transfer to Arsenal.

Bjorn Engels is on loan at Greek Super League giants Olympiacos from French Ligue 1 club Stade Reims.

The Belgian centre back was previously linked with the Premier League following the interest from Merseyside giants Everton.

Bjorn Engels has not played for Belgium at the senior level though he has featured for his country at other levels especially the age grade teams.

Arsenal are in need of defensive reinforcements but the North Londoners have not expressed an interest in the Belgian defender.

The Gunners have been able to keep just four clean sheets this season with the last of those coming during the London Derby clash with Chelsea on Saturday night in the Premier League.

Arsenal defeated Chelsea 2-0 courtesy first goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny thereby reducing the gap to the Blues to just three points in the keenly contested race for a top-four finish at the end of the season.

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Chelsea could sign Barcelona star in coming days after Roman Abramovich meeting

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English Premier League outfit Chelsea are reported to be paying attention to Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba with the hope of having him join the Stamford Bridge before the end of the season.

According to reports in Spain, The West London side have been able to establish a contact with Ilaix Moriba’s agent with suggestions that talks are already progressing.

The report hint that the Blues owner Roman Abramovich has a personal interest in Ilaix Moriba and has ordered Marina Granovskaia to ensure he seals a deal for the 16-year-old.

Ilaix Moriba has been attracted to the West London Ilaix Moriba for a long period of time but they are now ready to move in for him in this winter window.

The reports add that the offer tabled by the English Premier League side is better both in financially and sporting terms which is attractive enough to lure him consider a move.

The likes of Manchester City and Italian Serie A giants Juventus are ready to stand on the way of the West London side but the Blues have already gone ahead to secure a deal for the star player.

However, reports claim that Ilaix Moriba is not in a rush to make any decision as he will have to make consultations before making any move.

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Fulham in change of mind over Chelsea star

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English Premier League side Fulham might no longer secure the signature of out-of-favour Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, according to Sky Sports reports.

This is after it was reported that negotiations between the two clubs failed to make any head way which makes it impossible for the deal to be sealed.

An earlier report claimed that Fulham will have the England international defender on a loan deal with an option to buy him on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

Gary Cahill has failed to make the manager Maurizio Sarri team and that is the reason why he seeks a move away to other destination where the would be handed starting roles.

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri is reported to be keen on the player but also gave a hint as he stated that he is unsure if Gary Cahill will want to play for the team.

Suggestions are that Fulham might not have the capacity to keep the England international for a longer period of time as he already made it clear that he would want to have a longer stay in any club he moves to when he leaves the Stamford Bridge.

However, it is expected that Gary Cahill leaves the club to other destination with other suitors waiting to land him as well.

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Man United Are Favourites For In-Demand Eder Militao, Journalist Reveals

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Duncan Castles has revealed that Manchester United are the favourites to sign FC Porto defender Eder Militao who’s a wanted man amongst the major European clubs.

The journalist made this revelation on the Transfer Window Podcast via the Daily Star.

According to him, the transfer will either take place in the current January transfer window or in the summer.

Brazilian international star Eder Militao has been attracting the interest of the creme de la creme of European football with his impressive outings for Portuguese Super League champions FC Porto this season.

He has had a phenomenal first season for FC Porto having joined the Portuguese team from Brazilian Serie A club Sao Paulo last summer.

The player has impressed for FC Porto in both the Champions League and the Portuguese Super League.

Eder Militao is a utility player that can play in at least three positions.

The 21-year-old can play as a right-back, as a defensive midfielder and as a centre back.

Major European clubs like Real Madrid and Liverpool have also been linked with a move for him.

He became a full Brazilian international earlier in the season when Selecao manager Tite gave him his debut in the thumping win over El Salvador.

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Sarri still under attack for criticizing Danny Mills

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The bashing for Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is yet to be over after he went out to the press to slam his players after their 2-0 defeat against their London rivals Arsenal.

The West London side suffered defeat in their visit to the Emirates Stadium which leaves manager Maurizio Sarri frustrated knowing that their top four finish for a Champions League qualification is now being threatened.

The points between both sides have now been limited to three points from the previous six which forced the Italian boss to accuse his players of being difficult to motivate.

The Blues boss has since been criticized for coming after his players after the loss but a latest reaction by Danny Mills in his reaction said the words by the former Napoli was a last resort and a desperate act.

He stated that efforts have been put in place especially in training by the manager which he expects to see from the players to showcase on the field of play but they failed to.

However, Danny Mills stated that Sarri will have to learn more about his players, noting that not everyone will be able to play under pressure or give the extra stretch to deliver good performances.

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Chelsea to announce deal for star player in coming days

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It has been reported that English Premier League outfit Chelsea will in coming days announce the move of star player Michy Batshauyi to French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco.

The report claims that talks have already been finalized and a loan move is set to be finalized with paper works before the end of this January winter transfer window.

French television Channel RMC Sport reports that the Belgium international winger is set to join the French Ligue 1 outfit for a six-month loan before returning back to the Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

It would be recalled that Michy Batshauyi spent the beginning of the season on loan with Spanish La Liga outfit Valencia but failed to impress which forced his parent club to recall him back with a bid to have him move another direction.

Michy Batshauyi’s loan spell has actually not gone as planned as he only secured 4 league starts where he scored a goal but there are suggestions that he could have a new start when he joins the French side.

On the other hand, Monaco are keen to add more additions to the team as they have also struggled to win games, especially in the first half of the season.

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Liverpool preparing for life without £120-a-week star

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English Premier League side Liverpool are already preparing to lose centre forward Daniel Sturridge before the end of this winter transfer window.

Daniel Sturridge is unsatisfied with the situation at the Merseyside club which makes him seek a move away from the club so as to secure more playing time, having gone down the pecking order in the manager Jurgen Klopp’s team.

So far this season, Daniel Sturridge has had it all on the bench and he is now ready to listen to offers with Turkish topflight outfit Besiktas and some MLS teams reported to be ready to give him a way out.

Daniel Sturridge was a major part of the Liverpool team when he first joined in 2013 from West London outfit Chelsea but the situation changed for him with the coming of Brazilian international Roberto Firmino.

However, the Reds are willing to let him leave as it has become obvious that he is not in the plans of the team anymore.

His past records can speak for him and that is what has attracted clubs who are seeking for his signature.

There is no doubt that the England international striker will jump at any offer available for him so he can continue his progress elsewhere.

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