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Exposed! how Liverpool outsmart Barcelona after Coutinho capture

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Philippe Coutinho

It has been revealed that English Premier League side Liverpool outsmart Spanish giants Barcelona in the deal that ensured the move of Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho to the Camp Nou.

It would be recalled that the Reds forfeited their star player to the Spanish giants in a stunning £142 million deal in the last January transfer window.

It would be recalled that the Merseyside club were very reluctant in letting the Brazilian star leave the Anfield but they were helpless with Coutinho forcing a move and insisting he wants to leave.

However, a latest report had just disclosed that Barcelona will not be able to have any Liverpool player again in the next three years of the transfer calendar.

This is after Spanish radio revealed that the Reds added a clause in the Coutinho deal that clearly spells out that Barcelona will not come knocking for any player at the Anfield in the next three years which was agreed between the two parties.

However, Liverpool were saved from missing too much of the Brazilian with the fine form of Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah as he came in to fill the gap.

With Salah, Liverpool were able to achieve what they could not with Coutinho by getting to the Champions League finals as well as finishing second in the Premier League table.

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

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Why Liverpool boss got back to his best

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It has been revealed that the best of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could only be felt after the departure of Zeljko Buvac as assistant.

Suggestions are that Zeljko Buvac had an influence in the team which reduced the control of the German boss at the club when he first arrived in 2015.

Zeljko Buvac was viewed as the brain of the team until he departed in April 2018 for ‘personal reasons’ which is what gave the German boss the free hand to run the team.

Since leaving the club, Klopp became firm and in his decision making and that was reflected in their outing last campaign as they got to the finals of the Champions League as well as finishing second in the Premier League.

More so, a number of players were developed while their best was seen in addition o the good transfer decision to bring in Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

However, this season is also speaking for itself for Jurgen Klopp as he is undoubtedly in for-front for the race to win the EPL title this term.

Meanwhile, the former Borussia Dortmund boss will hope to change the narrative by winning the first trophy as a Liverpool boss.

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Why Liverpool will go straight to win the EPL this season

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There are suggestions that winning the English Premier League for Liverpool is a done deal for the season as held by ESPN pundit Julien Laurens.

He explained that the Reds are not only keen on winning the title but their contenders- Man City do not have the EPL as their focus.

The ESPN pundit stated that Man City boss Pep Guardiola is only focused on winning the Champions League ahead of the Premier League which gives an edge to the Reds in the race.

Although the Citizens are currently in all of the competition with the hope of securing four trophies and they are favourites as well in all of them. That remains a disadvantage to them because of the divided attention it could cost while the Reds only have two trophies to challenge.

Julien Laurens, who noted that the Premier League is also very important to any team said Man City will have their priority on the Champions League this season as they also stand a chance to win it.

However, both team managers have got history with the Champions League as Pep Guardiola has won it twice while Pep Guardiola came close last season by failing to defeat Real Madrid in the finals.

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Liverpool player finally agrees transfer decision

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It has been confirmed that Liverpool central midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza will be leaving the Anfield to join Brazilian club Fluminense.

It is explained that Allan Rodrigues de Souza will join the Brazilain outfit on a loan deal as he cannot secure regular playing time.

The development was made public on Liverpool’s official Twitter account on Friday evening that the 21-year-old will return to his homeland for the rest of the season.

Allan Rodrigues de Souza spent the first half of the season with German Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt but he was made to return after an unsuccessful.

The Brazilin midfielder joined the Reds in 2015 but has been refused the access to play with the team because of the difficulty in securing a working permit for him. This, therefore, means he cannot remain in England and has to move elsewhere to secure playing time.

Allan Rodrigues de Souza has been tipped to posses the quality to make the first team appearance under Jurgen Klopp especially after he earned six caps for the Brazil U20 team.

However, suggestions are that the Reds will be left with no option than to part ways with Allan Rodrigues de Souza on a permanent basis if the failure to secure a working permit persists.

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Confirmed! Liverpool gets replacement for star player

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James Pearce has stated that Liverpool will be able to secure a replacement for Alberto Monero with Adam Lewis.

It is suggested that Spanish left full-back Alberto Monero is close to the exit door at the Anfield ahead of the coming summer window after a failed attempt in the last winter transfer window.

There is no doubt that manager Jurgen Klopp is all out to secure a replacement for the star player and James Pearce suggests that the German boss pays attention to Adam Lewis who is impressing and also developing rapidly.

He noted that the Reds have no reason to worry over the potential exit of the star player as they will only have a better option with Adam Lewis who is just 19 and has shown the potentials to become a great player.

Adam Lewis is impressing so far with the U23 side with seven assists as a full-back in 21 appearances across all competitions.

James Pearce stated that Adam Lewis posses all the qualities that would be needed to excel at the Anfield as a result of his style and intelligence.

However, the Reds boss has been able to prove his faith in younger players and Adam Lewis is not expected to be any different.

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How Bayern Munich missed opportunity to have Klopp

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Latest report hints that English Premier League outfit Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would have been a Bayern Munich manager but the opportunity was turned down by the German Bundesliga chief.

Jurgen Klopp joined the Red Devils about three years ago from the Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund but he is yet to deliver any trophy at the club despite coming close last season in the Premier League and Champions League respectively.

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has admitted that he had was close to sealing a deal with the Liverpool boss but there was a change in plans at the long run which brought in Jurgen Klinsmann.

Uli Hoeness gives this revelation ahead of the Champions League clash between the two clubs next week as he claims that the tie is expected to be a tough one for both sides.

However, Jurgen Klopp has since been established at the Anfield and has been tipped to be part of the best coaches that have ever managed the club in its history.

Jurgen Klopp is opening that he can finally deliver a trophy to the Reds this season as he hopes to win the Premier League with his eyes also on the Champions League.

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Why Gary Cahill’s career at Chelsea might have come to an end

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There are fears that the time of England international Gary Cahill at the English Premier League outfit Chelsea is finally winding down.

The legendary player was snubbed when the West London outfit faced Malmo in the Europa League clash where Chelsea secured a 2-1 win in the game.

Gary Cahill has been out of favour at the Stamford Bridge but it was expected that he be handed a playing time in the European League game but that did not happen and the player was stunned.

The Telegraph reports that Gary Cahill is disappointed at the snub by the Italian boss with claims that he is being made to feel like a ghost in the team.

It has been revealed that Gary Cahill has not been having a talking relationship with the former Napoli coach and that hints that his contract with the club will wind down without being renewed.

Gary Cahill has a six months deal remaining at the Stamford Bridge and there is no indication that he would be handed a new deal with no talks on the table.

However, it is expected that the former Bolton defender finds his way out of the club at the end of the season with a number of interests already on the table.

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Star striker speaks on move to Chelsea

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German Bundesliga outfit Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic has spoken on the interest in his signature from English Premier League outfit Chelsea ahead of the coming summer window.

The star striker has been linked with a number of big money moves with expectations that he would leave the Bundesliga outfit ion the last winter window.

The likes of Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona have been linked with a move for Luka Jovic as a result of his impressive performance so far this season.

However, Luka Jovic has confessed to have received a bid from the West London outfit, stressing that it is a pride for him to be linked with such a great European club.

He, therefore, noted that he is happy with his Bundesliga side and will be hoping to concentrate on his play at the club so as to continue his progress.

Manager Maurizio Sarri has identified Luka Jovic as a player who could replace Olivier Giroud who is also linked with a move away from the club in the coming summer window.

The West London outfit lacked a cutting edge in their attack at the beginning of the season which is the reason why the decision was made to bring in Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus.

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Chelsea to break Madrid’s heart with big decision

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There are fears that Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid might experience one of the biggest disappointments as they might not secure their dream move for Belgium international Eden Hazard.

Eden Hazard has been linked with a move away from the West London outfit after failing to sign a contract extension with the club with claims that e might be heading to the Spanish capital.

A number of clubs have been linked with a move for Eden Hazard with French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain and Spanish side Barcelona seeking to secure his signature.

The West London outfit are reported to have tabled a £100 million asking price for the star player but that seems not to be accepted by the Spanish side with latest reports claiming that Real Madrid are only willing to pay £30 million for the star player plus Mateo Kovacic.

This is reported to have angered Chelsea and they are now willing to end the deal with the Spanish side as they will not take anything lower than £80 million for Eden Hazard.

However, the development will hand big hope to PSG and Barcelona to land the star player should Real Madrid fail to agree on a deal with the West Londoners.

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Have Liverpool got enough reasons to sell Salah?

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The latest report claims that the English Premier League outfit Liverpool have scheduled work for the expansion of the Anfield and it is suggested that it could have an effect on their transfer policy and dealings.

It is claimed that the project is worth £175 million which means the club might have to let go of some of their players and ensure a balance so as to get it done.

This is coming after it was reported by the Italian press that Serie A champions Juventus are already out to secure the signature of Egyptian international Mohamed Salah.

The Serie A champions are known to have the capacity to spend big after affording Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo who is arguably one of the most expensive players and now they have been able to capture Wales international Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal who will earn £400,000-a-week.

However, securing the signature of Mohamed Salah would not be a big deal for Juventus knowing that they are out to dominate by having the presence of stars in the team.

Suggestions are that the development from the Reds could force them into accepting a bid for Mohamed Salah and getting Paolo Dybala in exchange, knowing that the Juventus player earns half of what Salah gets at Anfield.

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Pressure not a big deal for Liverpool to handle

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It was earlier feared that English Premier League outfit Liverpool cannot handle the pressure of being league leaders but that has been dismissed by former club striker John Aldridge.

Suggestions are that the reason why Liverpool failed to record a win against Leicester City and West Ham United with both games ending in a draw was that they were overwhelmed.

Had the Red won two of the games, they would have comfortably had a 7 points lead in the Premier League table ahead of Man City which would have been a major boost to their title bid.

In his claim, John Aldridge stated that his former side can cope with the pressure because the club have seen more of it in the past and were able to see past it.

He noted that the club have got a history which is expected to influence the current team, stressing that his former can still win the league this season.

John Aldridge noted that all that is needed by his former side is to keep winning games and not bother about the distractions from other clubs.

However, John Aldridge said the standard of the league has been increased by Liverpool and Man City in the last years.

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