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Coutinho transfer claim stirs controversy

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The claim by Empire of the Kop stating that Liverpool are yet to recover from the transfer of star player Philippe Coutinho seems to be causing a stir amongst Reds fans.

The Brazilian left the Anfield to join Spanish giants Barcelona after an impressive season with the Merseyside club.

The current dip in form has forced talks of the Brazilian player to resurface with Empire of the Kop stating that though the money earned from his sake has been able to bring Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk but his space remain unreplaced.

Coutinho’s last winner against Manchester City in the 2013/2014 Premier League game will not be forgotten in a hurry.

But the fact that claims were made that he is missed will not be accepted by Liverpool fans who took to twitter to make their displeasure to the statement known.

They argue that without Coutinho, the club was able to come close to a Premier League win as well as playing in the Champions League final.

Meanwhile, some have blamed the loss of form by Egyptian Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Suggestions, therefore, that manager Jurgen Klopp should focus more on helping his trio forward in finding their lost form.

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Done Deal! Midfielder Signs Professional Contract At Liverpool

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Young Liverpool midfielder Leighton Clarkson has signed his first professional contract at the club.

The news of his professional contract was revealed by the official Twitter handle of Liverpool earlier on Monday.

Leighton Clarkson has represented the various youth teams at Liverpool in the past few years from the u16s, u18s, and the u19s.

The 17-year-old was part of the Liverpool u18 team that won the FA Youth Cup last season.

The young midfielder has been at Liverpool since the u8 Academy.

Leighton Clarkson is definitely one for the future at Liverpool who are currently on the preseason tour of the United States (US).

The Reds have not been in good form during their tour of the United States as they step up their preparation for the new season which is scheduled for the second week of August.

The new Premier League season starts on the 9th of August but they face English champions Manchester City in the Community Shield five days earlier.

Liverpool will kick-start the new league season with a home game against newly-promoted Premier League club Norwich City.

The Reds lost 3-2 to German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund in their first preseason game in the US before losing 2-1 to Spanish La Liga club Sevilla.

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Man Utd Star Eyeing Armband After Contract Extension Agreement

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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has set his sights on the captain’s armband at the club after agreeing on a contract extension to stay with the Red Devils for a long time.

In his recent interview monitored by the Independent, David De Gea stated that it would be an honour to lead the team.

He also pointed out that he enjoyed the experience of leading the team on some occasions to date.

His captain armband admission is coming on the back of his contract extension agreement with Manchester United.

According to recent reports, David De Gea has agreed on a six-year deal until the end of the 2024/25 season.

His new contract is worth £375,000 on a weekly basis this making him the second highest paid player at Manchester United behind Alexis Sanchez.

Chilean international Alexis Sanchez is the highest earner at Manchester United following his move in January 2018.

David De Gea has one year left on his current deal at Manchester United after the club activated the extra year in his contract.

His new contract agreement will take the Spanish international shot stopper to the summer of 2024.

He was linked with several clubs like Juventus and Real Madrid before his agreement with senior Manchester United officials.

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Arsenal To Make Third Bid For Kieran Tierney

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Arsenal will reportedly make a third bid for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney in the coming days.

This is according to the publication from Daily Record which revealed that the Gunners are preparing a third bid for the Scottish international left-back.

It was revealed that Arsenal will make another £25m for the player with better payment arrangement.

Arsenal had earlier made a second bid of £25m which included £7m in add-ons.

Celtic swiftly turned down that second bid which had just £18m in upfront payment.

Arsenal will offer more in upfront payment from the £25m to meet the financial demand from Scottish Premiership giants Celtic.

The Gunners have identified Kieran Tierney as their major transfer target in their quest to sign a new left-back this summer.

They had earlier made a first bid of just £15m for the player.

Arsenal left-backs Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Mineral were unable to meet up with what was demanded by club manager Unai Emery in that position hence the need to sign a new player for that position.

Kieran Tierney, 22, has been recovering from hernia and hip problems but he’s expected to be fit by next month.

He wants the move to Arsenal but the Scottish player won’t force the transfer.

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