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FA Cup third-round : Wolves’ clash is more or less a walk-over for Liverpool

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FA Cup third round draws were made yesterday and the Reds got another favourable paring as they will take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in an away affair.

The Reds shouldn’t have any problem overcoming their FA Cup third-round opponents base on current form.

The Reds recorded another victory on Sunday despite playing against their stubborn local rivals.

Their current confident mood would serve as inspiration as they look to continue their mission for their first major trophy since Under Jurgen Klopp.

How have they fared so far this season?

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As said earlier, the Reds continue their chase after Manchester City in the race for the Premier League glory as they recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Everton.

Things have been going on smoothly for the former Borussia Dortmund’s boss and Wolverhampton shouldn’t be the team to end his participation in the FA Cup competition.

Wolverhampton

The new Premier League club have held their own in the country’s top flight competition so far this season.

Among the three clubs who were promoted to the Premier League prior to the start of the season, Wolves are the only team certain of maintaining its status by the end of the season.

Their recent match results haven’t been too impressive anyway, they have won just four matches, drew four and lost six games. They currently occupy the 12th position with 16 points.

What make Liverpool favorites over Wolves

Better goalscoring ratio

As much as the Reds haven’t been too superb in front of goal lately, they have a better converting ratio than their upcoming opponents.

Klopp’s men have scored 27 goals in the League so far this season, compared to Wolves who have just 13 goals to their name.

The Reds have a great chance of scoring many many against Wolves when the competition returns.

Great defending record

So far in the League, Liverpool have conceded only five goals, making them one of the strongest defence units in Europe’s top five Leagues.

The presence of Van Dijk, coupled with the determination from Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have helped the team prevent many strikers from hitting the target.

Goalkeeper Alison Becker is justifying his huge price tag and he’s helped the Reds kept many clean sheets.

His dominant display at the back is a source of motivation for the Reds so far this season.

Contrary to Liverpool’s brilliant defensive record, Wolves have had a woeful stats at the back.

They have conceded 17 goals in just 14 matches, a situation the Reds will look to massively explore.

What Liverpool must avoid against Wolves

Forget about the unimpressive defending abilities, Wolverhampton often turns out to be a hard nut for top teams to crack.

Against Manchester City earlier in the season, the Citizens couldn’t continue their 100% start to the campaign as they could manage a 1-1 draw. In fact, Guardiola’s men had to come from behind to pick up a point.

This must serve as a warning to Liverpool that they can’t afford to underrate their opponents.

The Reds must avoid complacency, so as to progress to the next round of the competition.

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Fulham Plotting January Move For Chelsea Star

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Struggling Premier League side Fulham are eyeing a move for experienced Chelsea defender Gary Cahill ahead of the January transfer window.

Fulham are the bottom team in the Premier League and the London club is desperate to escape the dreaded relegation at the end of the season. To this effect, they are ready to sign quality players in the New Year in a bid to meet their target of surviving the drop.

The Cottagers had earlier sacked manager Slavisa Jokanovic last month and he was swiftly replaced by Claudio Ranieri who is keen to improve the West London giants’ defensive solidity in the Premier League.

Latest reports coming out of the British media claim that Claudio Ranieri want to sign Gary Cahill to improve his defence.

Fulham are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season.

Gary Cahill would undoubtedly add defensive steel to the Fulham backline if the Cottagers can secure his transfer from West London rivals Chelsea.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has already told the retired England international centre back that he can leave the club in search of first team opportunities with just six months left on his current Chelsea contract.

The 32-year-old defender has also been linked with Arsenal, AC Milan and Manchester United.

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Mourinho Keen To Make African Star Most Expensive Defender

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has concluded plans to make African star Kalidou Koulibaly the most expensive defender in the history of football.

Various reports emanating from the British media say that Mourinho and Manchester United are ready to splash a whooping sum of £100m on the Senegalese international centre back.

He was recently part of the Senegal squad that failed to qualify for the first knockout round of this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

Koulibaly and Senegal crashed out of the group stage after they finished third at the end of proceedings in Group H of the tournament.

Kalidou Koulibaly plays his club football for Italian Serie A giants Napoli.

The 27-year-old has become one of the best centre-backs in world football since his transfer to Napoli.

He joined the Italians from Belgian side Genk in 2014.

His Napoli form has attracted the interests of Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Blues were strongly linked with him in the summer having worked with boss Maurizio Sarri while he was the Napoli manager but nothing came out of the Chelsea transfer rumours.

Manchester United are now favourites to sign him with widespread reports stating that the Red Devils have already had two bids turned down for their transfer target.

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Arsenal €32m Bid Rejected

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Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of highly rated AS Roma winger Cengiz Under following the news that the Gunners have had a €32m rejected for the player.

This is coming with just under three weeks left before the start of the latest transfer market.

Italian media portal Tuttomercato claim that the Gunners made a €32m bid for the player before adding that it was swiftly rejected by the Italian capital club.

Arsenal are in need of forward reinforcements in the wake of the injury to Danny Welbeck.

The 27-year-old will miss the rest of the season after he sustained a serious ankle injury in the Europa League clash with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium.

He underwent two separate operations on the ankle and has been ruled out until next year.

The Gunners are expected to face several oppositions in their quest to sign Cengiz Under who is one of most exciting players on the European continent.

The Turkish international player has grown to become a key player for Roma since he joined the Giallarossi last year from Bursaspor FC of Turkey.

He was an integral part of the Roma squad that reached the Champions League semifinals last season.

Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are other clubs said to be interested in signing the young winger.

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Report! Arsenal Target Has 80% Chance Of Leaving Club

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Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez is said to be fed up with life under manager Ernesto Valverde following his lack of game time this season.

The report from Spanish media outlet RAC1 reveals that Denis Suarez has 80% chance of leaving Barcelona when the transfer window reopens in the next few weeks.

The Spaniard has set his sights on leaving the club in search of more first team action with several clubs interested in the 24-year-old.

Denis Suarez has strongly linked with the Premier League with clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea.

Earlier reports had stated that the player favours a move to North London giants Arsenal.

Gunners boss Unai Emery is said to be in the market for midfield reinforcements with doubts over the futures of Arsenal midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed ElNeny.

Welsh international star Ramsey is out of contract next summer with the club not keen to offer him a new deal, while Egyptian midfielder ElNeny has fallen out of favour with Gunners boss Unai Emery.

Spanish international star Dennis Suarez returned to Barcelona in the summer of 2016 from fellow La Liga side Villareal but he has failed to nail down a starting spot at the Nou Camp.

He has made five appearances for Barcelona in all competitions this season.

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Man United To Splash £100m On Serie A Defender

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Premier League giants Manchester United are ready splash a whooping sum of £100m on one of the best players in the Italian Serie A.

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been a key player for the club since he signed for the Italians from Belgian champions Genk in 2014.

His quality has attracted the attention of several clubs on the European scene including Manchester United

Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport claim that Manchester United are willing to bid at least £100m for the Senegalese international centre back.

It was further revealed that the Red Devils have had two bids rejected for the player.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho requested for a new centre back in the summer but the Portuguese tactician was left red-faced after the club failed to sign anyone.

The three-time European champions want to correct that mistake in the summer by signing a new defensive player when the January transfer window reopens in the next few weeks.

The Red Devils have been strongly linked with a move for the aforementioned Koulibaly who was a previous target for Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea during the summer’s transfer market.

Apart from Kalidou Koulibaly, Manchester United have also been linked with other centre backs such as Toby Alderweireld and Milan Skriniar.

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Confirmed! Man United Open To Sale Of £30m Rated Defender

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Three-time European champions Manchester United are reportedly open to the idea of selling defender Eric Bailly ahead of the upcoming transfer window billed to start as from next month.

This is according to the publication from popular English news portal Metro.

Ivorian international centre back Eric Bailly is already attracting interests from a lot of European heavyweights.

Arsenal, AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur have all been mooted as potential transfer destinations for the 24-year-old but it remains to be seen whether the Red Devils would want to sanction his sale to top four rivals like Arsenal and Tottenham.

Manchester United have made the signing of a new centre back the priority when the January transfer window reopens.

It was also revealed that they want to sell both Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo to fund a transfer for a new centre back.

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has emerged as the top defensive transfer target for Manchester United.

Koulibaly, 27, is one of the best centre backs in European football.

The Senegalese international player has grown to be a key component of the Napoli squad since he signed for the Italian Serie A giants from Belgian champions Genk in 2014.

Latest reports claim that Manchester United are ready to splash £100m on him after two bids had earlier been rejected for the player.

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Almost Done! Man United Defender Set For January Exit

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Manchester United skipper Antonio Valencia could leave the club next month after falling out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils defender is said to have told friends that he might have to leave Old Trafford if he wants to get back to playing football regularly.

This is according to the report from popular English media portal The Times.

Ecuadorian international star Valencia was a regular fixture in the Manchester United team under Jose Mourinho until earlier this season when he liked an Instagram post calling for the Portuguese tactician to get out of the club.

He was frozen out of the team until he returned to the Manchester United starting XI this week in the Champions League.

Antonio Valencia played his first Manchester United game in over two months during the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Spanish La Liga side Valencia at the Mestalla in the Champions League.

He would be hoping to feature again for the Red Devils when they travel to Anfield to take on Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday evening in what’s a league clash.

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has been credited with an interest in the 33-year-old who’s the longest serving senior player at the club after joining from Wigan Athletic in 2009.

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Man United Star Set To Pen Lucrative £400,000 p/w Contract

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Manchester United fans have received a big boost ahead of the Red Devils’ upcoming Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday evening.

This is due to the fact that Red Devils shot stopper David De Gea has told friends that he will sign a new contract to extend his stay at Manchester United according to The Sun via teamtalk.

It was revealed that the Spanish international goalkeeper will sign a new contract that will make him the club’s highest earner alongside expensive flop Alexis Sanchez.

His weekly salary could be around £400,000 including bonuses and the new contract will take the 28-year-old into his 30s.

The new development will have handed a huge blow to the pursuit of the player by two European heavyweights Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Juventus.

French Ligue 1 champions PSG are ready to spend as much as £60m on De Gea in their bid to make him the long-term replacement for veteran shot stopper Gianlugi Buffon.

Italian giants Juventus want to offer him a lucrative contract in what would be a free transfer move at the end of his Manchester United contract in 2020.

David De Gea had six months left on his present contract before the club activated the additional one year clause to potentially take his time with the club to at least the end of next season.

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Man United Legend Believes Controversial Player Is Primed For January Exit

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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has revealed that controversial figure Paul Pogba is primed for an exit from the club when the January transfer window reopens in three weeks time.

The Manchester United legend was speaking in an interview monitored by the London Evening Standard.

According to Paul Ince, French World Cup winner Paul Pogba is nearing the Manchester United exit with the series of happenings at the club.

Big things were expected from the 25-year-old at Manchester United at the start of this season shortly after he played a big part for France in their title triumph at this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia but the Frenchman has not been able to reproduce the form he showed for French national team.

Instead, Paul Pogba has become disillusioned with life at Old Trafford following his constant feud with manager Jose Mourinho amidst strong interest from former club Juventus.

He was dropped from the Manchester United last week after Mourinho labelled him a ‘virus’ in the presence of his teammates.

The 25-year-old returned to the starting lineup for the dead rubber Champions League game against Valencia at the Mestalla on Wednesday night but the Manchester United Academy graduate didn’t do much as the Red Devils were beaten 2-1 by their hosts.

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Chelsea defensive target set to commit future with club

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Chelsea long-term target and Juventus star Daniele Rugani is set to remain at the Italian side following reports that he could pen a new deal at the club.

This was disclosed by Daniele Rugani’s agent Davide Torchia who stated that the Turin side are bent on putting an end to the speculation on the player’s future and have started plans to hold talks for a new negotiation with the player.

The agent who spoke to Radio Sportiva made it clear that a fresh contract for Daniele Rugani at Turin is already at the corner as he tactically dismissed reports of any move for the star.

He noted that the West London side are not alone in the bid for the player but he will not be sold because of the believe the club has in him to deliver good performance for the club.

Daniele Rugani is well known to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri as they both worked together at Italian club Empoli which makes the Blues keen to have him at the Stamford Bridge.

The West London side will be left with no option than to move in for other targets that will help challenge for the Premier League title this season.

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