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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?


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.


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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Man United In £90m Summer Bid For Serie A Star

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Manchester United are plotting a mega bid for one of the best defenders on the world football stage according to reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has grown to be a key player for his Italian Serie A club since he joined them from Belgian side Genk.

According to the publication from trusted English media platform The Times, Manchester United are prepared to spend as much as £90m on Koulibaly thus making him the most expensive defender in history.

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk became the most expensive defender in January 2018 when the Reds paid £75m to seal his transfer from fellow Premier League side Southampton.

Manchester United have not had the best of seasons defensively after conceding 35 goals in 26 Premier League games.

The three-time European champions have one of the worst defensive records in the top half of the Premier League with just six clean sheets to show for their troubles.

Kalidou Koulibaly has spoken about the transfer rumours linking him with a move away from the club in the summer.

The 27-year-old told Rai Sport that he’s flattered with the interest of clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) before adding that his focus is on his performances for Napoli.

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How Arsenal Can Sign ‘In Demand’ Ajax Amsterdam Defender

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has identified Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt as his top defensive priority ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

This is according to The Sun which claimed that the Gunners can only sign the highly rated Dutch international centre back if they qualify for the Champions League.

Arsenal are one point off the Champions League places with rivals Manchester United occupying the fourth and last qualifying position.

Unai Emery has just £40m to spend in this summer excluding player sales if he fails to guide Arsenal back into the Champions League.

The said amount could increase to as much as £100m if Arsenal qualify for the Champions League ahead of both Manchester United and Chelsea who are their direct challengers.

Matthijs De Ligt could command a £75m transfer fee with several clubs interested in the player who made history by becoming the first defender to win the Golden Boy Award.

The 19-year-old is the reigning Golden Boy Award after he was named the winner towards the end of last year.

Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Liverpool and Barcelona are all interested in him.

Barcelona recently signed his Ajax teammate Frenkie De Jong who will join the Blaugrana at the end of this campaign.

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PSG Eyeing £60m Return For Arsenal Midfielder

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French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are reportedly eyeing a big money summer transfer for Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi.

The Daily Mirror say that the French champions are monitoring the player’s development at Arsenal.

Matteo Guendouzi was on the books of the French capital club before he was released at the age of 15.

The young French midfielder made his first team debut at French second-tier club Lorient before moving to Arsenal at the start of the season.

The Gunners paid just £7m on Matteo Guendouzi to secure his transfer from the French Ligue 2 club last summer.

Guendouzi, 19, made his Arsenal debut in the first league game of this season.

He was in the starting XI as Arsenal manager Unai Emery began his managerial era at the Emirates Stadium with a 2-0 loss to Premier League champions at home.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva got the goals for the Citizens either side of the halftime interval.

Aside from fellow midfielder Lucas Torreira, no Arsenal player has featured in more games than Matteo Guendouzi.

He has seen his stock rise as a result of his superb form for the Gunners this season.

PSG might need to pay as much as £60m for his transfer.

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It is understood that the West London outfit Chelsea will be moving all out in the coming summer transfer window for more additions to the team.

The popular opinion at the beginning of the season was that the Blues’ side have a complete team but the narrative changed as soon as the Maurizio Sarri-led team started suffering some defeat and inconsistency in their game.

This makes it necessary for the Blues side to strengthen the team in the coming summer window especially now that they might be losing Belgium international Eden Hazard at the end of the season with suggestions that he would be heading to the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid.

News outlet Tavern has suggested that the Blues look the direction of German Bundesliga outfit Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard as they prepare for the summer window.

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Thorgan Hazard is expected to cost Chelsea a lot but it is suggested to be a big deal that will be appreciated over the years because of his brilliant technique, his finishing and ability to change the game.

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Chelsea defender makes U-turn on transfer

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Chelsea Left full-back Emerson Palmieri has ruled out leaving the West London in the coming summer window, insisting that he will stay to fight for a starting role at the club.

Emerson Palmieri is believed to have received a number of offers from suitors who are ready to hand him the opportunity of a first team role, but he seems not to be interested in a move.

The star player has not been favoured in the manager Maurizio Sarri team as finding a first team role has been difficult which sparked up the suggestions that he would be leaving the club as soon as the transfer window is reopened.

There are suggestions that Emerson Palmieri is banking on the fact that Marcos Alonso is being linked with a move to Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid so he could finally get his chance to play regularly at the Champions League.

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However, it is to clear if Emerson Palmieri is in the plans of the former Napoli boss but there are no signs the club wants him out.

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Why this Liverpool target will erase Coutinho’s memory

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Philippe Coutinho

English Premier League outfit are already reported to be in search of quality players ahead of the coming summer window with Hakim Ziyech already mentioned, according to Calciomercato as a major target.

The Reds failed to engage in the last winter transfer window and they seem to be haunted by it as they are now battling with injuries in the team without enough trusted replacements for them.

More so, since the Merseyside outfit parted ways with Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho after he joined Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona, they have struggled to find a replacement for him but they are yet to search for one.

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His quality was not hidden when his Ajax side played Real Madrid in the Champions League last week in addition to his 15 goals already scored and 12 assists to his name so far this season.

More to Coutinho, Hakim Ziyech has got the pace, the skill, dribbles and ability to hand the final pass in the 18 area which can also be converted by him. The Reds have therefore been advised to do all it takes to land the star player.

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Another strange claim made about Anfield Stadium

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A lot has been said in the past about the Anfield Stadium, the home ground of the English Premier League giants because of the crowd and the passion by the fans for their team. This time around Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has given his own reaction on the Merseyside stadium.

Ahead of their Champions League clash against Liverpool, Arjen Robben stated that the Anfield is the worst place to be when he noted that he has a favourite opponent and also a negative one.

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£40m-rated Player Eyed By Arsenal As Ozil Replacement

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Arsenal are planning a summer swoop for one of the young prospects in the top flight of German football according to widespread media reports.

Italian media platform Calciomercato say that the Gunners are eyeing a move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz who has been in superb form for his team since the start of this season.

Havertz, 19, has scored 11 goals for Bayer Leverkusen this season.

Arsenal could sign the £40m-rated as a possible midfield replacement for the controversial Mesut Ozil.

2014 World Cup winner Ozil has had an awkward relationship with Arsenal manager Unai Emery since the Spanish tactician became the Gunners boss last summer.

He put pen to paper on a three-year deal at the start of the season as a direct replacement for Arsene Wenger who ended his 22-year stay in North London last summer.

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Arsenal have a lot of work to do if they must overcome the BATE Borisov deficit when both sides meet for the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 ties at the Emirates Stadium this Thursday.

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Why Liverpool is the best destination for young players

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English Premier League outfit Liverpool have been tipped to be the best destination for young players following the feat by manager Jurgen Klopp since his arrival at the club about three years ago.

From analysis, young players like Ben Woodburn, Danny Ward, Sheyi Ojo and Ovie Ejaria were all handed their various debuts at the Anfield by manager Jurgen Klopp and there is no doubt about how well they are currently performing wherever they are.

An argument can also be raised for Joe Gomez as one of the players who flourished under the German boss because he had been at the club before the arrival of Jurgen Klopp but never made any impact until he worked under him.

At the moment, Joe Gomez alongside Virgil Van Dijk have produced the best defence this season under the German boss and the same story can be said of Dominic Solanke who could not succeed at the West London outfit Chelsea until he joined the Merseyside club in the summer.

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However, this history with Klopp is not only known at Liverpool but he had established that already when he was in charge at Borussia Dortmund.

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The player who deserves much praise at Liverpool revealed

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It has been suggested that Liverpool have got a player who ought to be hailed at all time but that is not happening yet as others are given the praise ahead of him, as far as this season is concerned.

Liverpool legend Phils Thompson has stated that the Reds midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is the unsung hero in the current Liverpool side but that honour has not been given to him.

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The Reds legend recalls that there was a player in his time named Ray Kennedy who was not a favourite of the fans but the players in the team knew how important he was in the team, noting that Georginio Wijnaldum is such a player who should have his name top the team sheet.

Georginio Wijnaldum is hailed to be very intelligent and having the ability to deliver the best as far as his role on the pitch is concerned.

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