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This Liverpool player ‘on his way’ out after Champions League blunders

Timothy Aiyeku

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Adam Lallana

Liverpool player Adam Lallana would be sent parking out of the Anfield if calls made by fans are to be taken seriously by the club after an awful display against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League game that ended 2-0.

A brace by Serbian forward Milan Pavkov was enough to humble the Jurgen Klopp side in the Champions League and also slow down their qualification to the next round of the competition.

The home team were two goals up in the first 30 minutes of the game and the visiting Premier League team failed to take their chances to be able to return back into the game.

Klopp side missed a lot of opportunities in the game that would have eased their qualification to the next round, a situation that angered the fans as they seem to make Lallana the scapegoat.

Lallana was one of those that failed to do the needful in the attack as he struggled to impress in the game and the fans are of the opinion that he does not play in the level the club need.

Social media platforms, Twitter has been on fire for calls against the player as the defeat seems unbearable for Liverpool fans.

The Anfield side have now suffered their second defeat in the Champions League with both games away from home.

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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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Chelsea set to lose highly rated striker

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Olivier Giroud

French striker Olivier Giroud is one of the players praised and respected by manager Maurizio Sarri in the Chelsea team because of the supposed impact he has had in the team.

The former Arsenal man cannot boast of goals in the Blue jersey but that is not an issue for the Italian manager who said Giroud always help to mount pressure on the opponent’s defence as well as deliver assists for goals.

The same was seen of the player in the Russia 2018 World Cup where he played all games from the group stage to the finals wearing the 9 jersey but failed to score a single goal and yet was not an issue for the manager.

This substance is about to be missed as latest reports link the player out of the Stamford Bridge to French side Marseille on a loan deal as it is reported that the West London side will go for strikers in the January window.

Giroud who has scored just once this campaign is facing competition from Alvaro Morata who joined the club from Real Madrid and has scored a total of six goals this season.

Meanwhile, suggestions are that the Blues will not stand in the way of the World Cup winner should he insist on leaving the club.

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Man United Star Offered To European Heavyweights – Report

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Alexis Sanchez

Unsettled Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has reportedly been offered to Champions League holders Real Madrid by his agent Fernando Felicevich ahead of the January transfer window.

According to the report from El Chiringuito via sportwitness, the Chilean international star is desperate to leave the Theatre of Dreams when the transfer window reopens in the next few weeks and has ordered his agent to get him a new club.

The former Udinese and Barcelona player has been a shadow of himself since he became a Red Devil in the penultimate transfer window in January.

Alexis Sanchez joined the three-time European champions from Premier League rivals Arsenal in a swap deal involving Armenian international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The 29-year-old signed a contract with Manchester United until the end of the 2021/22 season but it seems like he won’t stick around for long despite signing a four-and-a-half year deal with the club.

He has failed to light up Old Trafford with his performances as expected by the Manchester United faithfuls.

Hopes were very high for him especially after the Red Devils won the race to sign him at the expense of city rivals and Premier League champions Manchester City earlier in the year.

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26-Year-Old Man United Defender Emerges As A Transfer Target

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Phil Jones

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has emerged as a transfer target for former Premier League champions Leicester City ahead of the upcoming transfer window in the New Year.

The 26-year-old has found first team football hard to come by in the new season and that has thrown his long-term future at the club into serious doubt especially with a year left on his present deal with the Red Devils.

He has a Manchester United contract that runs out at the end of this season though the Red Devils can activate the clause of an additional year that will take his contract till the end of the 2019/20 season.

Phil Jones signed for Manchester United in 2011 from English Championship side Blackburn Rovers in what was one of the last transfers made by legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson before he retired in 2013.

The England international centre-back has failed to match the expectations and that could partly be traced to his numerous injury problems at Old Trafford.

He was doing well in the last campaign until injury struck again but he recovered admirably to be a part of the England squad that finished fourth at this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

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Liverpool player gets shocking claim of Cristiano Ronaldo

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Xherdan Shaqiri

In form Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri has received the biggest boost of his career by being compared to world-class no.7 and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.

This is the opinion of former FC Basel manager Thorsten Fink who says Shaqiri is more naturally gifted than the world best footballer and can also grow to become Liverpool’s best player before the season runs to an end.

Thorsten Fink is not concerned about the fact that Egyptian Mohamed Salah is seen as the best by the manager and the fans as he stated that the Swiss can overtake the former AS Roma star going by his current form.

Shaqiri had a very slow start after switching from relegated Stoke City but seems to be returning to good form as he has scored two goals so far within the little opportunity that was handed.

Thorsten Fink who has had a history with Shaqiri in the Swiss capital was quick to say that the former Stoke City player had natural abilities like Lionel Messi as he does not struggle to do all he does on the pitch.

According to him, Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo worked for all he had achieved and most at times struggle to do all he does in the pitch.

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Chelsea defensive target changes stance on EPL move

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Dani Alves

In what seem to be a surprise, Brazilian defender Dani Alves has stated that he still has a chance to play in the Premier League before hanging his boot having played 17 years of active football.

Alves had already had successful spells with Spanish giants Barcelona and Italian champions Juventus before his move to the French giants Paris St Germain and he is currently one of the most successful players of the game.

The Brazilain has got more trophies than any active player in the game and he is bent on retiring as the most decorated player in the world but that will not happen if he does not play in the Premier League as he plans to have a taste of it.

The former Barcelona right full-back says the respect for players by the fans and the passion displayed on the pitch in addition to the intensity is something he must experience before the end of his career.

However, Alves spoke on his past relationship with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola but there is no assurance there will be a move for him.

Meanwhile, the Brazilian would be welcomed by West London side Chelsea as they are believed to have made attempt for him in the past.

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Juventus Join Queue For 18-Year-Old Man United Target

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Jadon Sancho

Italian Serie A giants Juventus have reportedly entered the race to sign young English forward Jadon Sancho ahead of the upcoming transfer window in the New Year.

According to the report from popular Italian news portal calciomercato via the Daily Express, the Italian giants are the latest club to be strongly linked with a move for the highly rated player.

The 18-year-old England international has been in impressive form for German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund thus leading to interests from several European heavyweights.

The aforementioned report also claimed that Borussia Dortmund have slapped a £70m transfer fee on his head to ward off interested parties.

Premier League giants Manchester United has been repeatedly mooted as a possible transfer destination for the former Manchester City Academy graduate.

Sancho left Manchester City to join Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer last summer and the decision has changed his career for the better.

His impressive outings earned him a call-up to the Three Lions of England in October and went on to make his debut against 2018 FIFA World Cup finalists Croatia in their UEFA Nations League meeting.

Jadon Sancho came on as a second half substitute as England and Croatia settled for a goalless draw.

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Why Klopp is now happy with international break

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Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp seems to be comfortable with the international break this time around having complained about it before.

The German manager had described the UEFA Nations League as useless last month because most of his players were involved, denying them of rest because of the rigours fixtures they were inv9olved in at that time.

Now it is time for another break with Liverpool trio Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino all involved with the Brazilian national team but the former Borussia Dortmund manager has no issue with that.

This is because the Brazilian team will be having their both games in England which means the Anfield players will have no reason to travel but will remain in the country as usual which will seem to be a normal routine and will not involve the long travels.

Also, Klopp will have the opportunity to watch his players and access their performance at first hand to be able to continue their progress for the season.

However, Brazil are expected to play Uruguay at the Emirates Stadium on Friday before having a clash against Cameroon at MK Dons’ home ground to mark the international break.

Klopp is not ready to take any chance as he wished to have his players fit and in good shape for the season’s challenge.

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Liverpool preparing for next season with China talks

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Liverpool

Liverpool are already thinking ahead for next season’s campaign as they are reportedly in talks to hold their pre-season tournament in China for the coming 2019/2020 season.

Having spent their last season tour in the United States, the Reds are set to storm far East for their next tour as they hope to cheer also with their fans, Negotiations are believed to be taking place already.

With three clubs expected to converge to play a mini tournament, La Tercera reports that the Reds will have Chilean side Colo-Colo and Shanghai SIPG FC in China.

The hint has already been dropped by Liverpool’s chief commercial officer Billy Hogan who said his side are looking forward to coming to China to have another pleasant tournament.

Billy Hogan said the fan base of the Reds is growing in that part of the world and there is a need to be on the ground to relate live with their supporters as well as entertain them with the game.

Meanwhile, Liverpool last visited Asia in 2017 where they competed in the Premier League Asia Trophy alongside Crystal Palace and Leicester City in Hong Kong.

Liverpool are hoping to conclude this season with a trophy as manager Jurgen Klopp has done three years without a title to his name.

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Man United Open Contract Talks With Arsenal Targets

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North London giants Arsenal have been handed a huge blow in their quest to sign the Manchester United duo of Juan Manuel Mata and Phil Jones.

This is because the three-time European champions have opened contract talks with Mata and Phil Jones.

Both players from top four rivals Manchester United have been linked with a transfer to the Gunners but it appears that the Red Devils are keen on retaining their services beyond the current season.

Spanish international midfielder Juan Mata is in the last year of his current Manchester United contract having signed a four-and-a-half year deal when he joined from rivals Chelsea in January 2014 in a reported club-record deal worth around £37.1m.

With his long-term future uncertain, the 30-year-old has been linked with a transfer to former club Valencia as well as a move to the Emirates Stadium with the Gunners.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery was said to be interested in reuniting with Mata whom he worked with at Valencia between 2008 and 2011.

Phil Jones has also been touted as a possible Arsenal signing with less than a year left on his contract at Manchester United.

The England international centre back was also linked with a move to North London side Tottenham Hotspur but he’s almost certain to stay at Old Trafford after the club opened contract talks with him.

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Arsenal Identify 22-Year-Old Italian As Solution To Defensive Problems

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Gianluca Mancini

Arsenal may have finally found a solution to their defensive problems ahead of the upcoming transfer window in January.

The Gunners have reportedly identified Atalanta defender Gianluca Mancini as the man to finally solve their defensive crisis.

Arsenal have already conceded fifteen goals in their first twelve games in the Premier League this season in addition to just two clean sheets this term.

Those two shutouts came during the home games against Everton and Watford on Matchday 6 and Matchday 7 respectively.

According to the report from Transfer Market Web (TMW) via Daily Express, Arsenal have already scouted Gianluca Mancini with a view to a move when the mid-season transfer window starts in the New Year.

The North London giants have sent scouts to watch the Fiorentina Academy graduate in action for Atalanta.

The 22-year-old has featured eleven times for Atalanta in the new Italian Serie A season.

He has already scored three league goals with the last coming on Sunday in the surprising 4-1 thrashing of Inter Milan.

His impressive outings for Atalanta in the Italian Serie A have played a major role in his side’s ascent to the top eight on the Italian Serie A table.

The Italian duo of AS Roma and Inter Milan are also interested in the Italian centre back.

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