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Liverpool Favourites For The Champions League Title

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Jurgen Klopp’s side will as so much not flinch or buckle on their way to the semis of the Champions League after reaching this same spot last campaign and eventually sailed through to an epic final against Real Madrid, losing dramatically to the Whites. Klopp has learnt his lesson, pressing Reds hierarchy to get him a better goalie in Alisson Becker who joined from Roma in January.

Liverpool are still tailing closely behind fierce rivals Manchester City in the Premier League. But the lure of lifting the Champions League trophy would be a testament to Klopp’s tactical prowess, even if City clinch the Premier League title. Reds have managed to breeze past opponents with so much ease this campaign, thanks to their well rounded attack and defence which has turned them into a spectacular side to watch.

Watching the Reds sink Bayern Munich and dumping them out of the Champions League shows how much threat Liverpool’s front-line packs. Reds relentless attacking trio Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, despite continuing to share goals between them, have been more ruthless this term.

Though the short absence of Firmino saw them rnn out of fuel in the previous week of the Premier League. Still, you couldn’t write off the quality they bring to the pitch when they are played. Their perfectly timed runs and how seamlessly they squeezed behind Bayern Munich defenders gives them a good bit of an edge against opponents.

And with the help of a liquid midfield that has Adam Lallana, the advancing Wilnajdum and Fabinho, it would be a pounding worry for opponents to try and stifle balls coming off their boots. Nico Kovac admission about the quality they possess, after seeing his side’s unbeaten run come to an end shows how good Klopp is at eliminating their opponents’ strengths.

As we noticed in SBD´s UCL odds tracker, Liverpool finds itself with the fourth-best odds to win the Champions League ahead of the quarterfinal draw at +450, not far behind Man City (+250), Barcelona (+300), and Juventus (+400). That is solid value on a team that has looked every bit the equal of City in the Premier League and just dispatched of Bayern in dominant fashion. The implied probability of City’s +250 odds equates to 28.6%; Liverpool’s +450 odds equal just 18.2%. The difference between these teams is not nearly that large.

Reds aggressive and lethality is fearsome, but their Virgil van Dijk led defence you couldn’t ignore when pitching them side by side against their European counterparts. With the former Saints man marshalling the heart of their defence, Reds have kept clean sheets in more than 50% of the games he’s played, teamed with Alexander-Arnold, Robertson and Joel Matip. 

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Why Sporting Reject €50m Man Utd Bid For Bruno Fernandes

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Portuguese Super League giants Sporting Lisbon have turned down a big bid from Manchester United for one of their best players.

Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes has been attracting the interest of Premier League giants Manchester United this summer.

According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Manchester United have turned down a €50m bid for Bruno Fernandes with the club holding out for the excess of €70m despite the fact that the player has a gentleman agreement with the club.

The gentleman agreement is for the club to release him if they receive at least €35m for the Portuguese international midfielder.

Recent reports also revealed that there’s an English bid of €62m for the player.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Bruno Fernandes for the majority of this summer’s transfer window.

Bruno Fernandes has a release clause of €100m in his Sporting Lisbon contract at the moment but the Portuguese giants are willing to sell their star player for less.

The 24-year-old had a season to remember in the last campaign after he scored 32 goals and also provided 18 assists for Sporting Lisbon in 53 games in all competitions.

He won the Portuguese Cup with his club last season after the penalty shootout victory over rivals FC Porto.

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Arsenal Officially Agree Loan Deal For Dani Ceballos

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North London giants Arsenal have agreed to a loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.

According to BBC journalist David Ornstein, Dani Ceballos would spend the next season on loan at Arsenal without the option of a permanent deal.

The loan deal to Arsenal could be completed as early as Tuesday.

Dani Ceballos had earlier revealed in his last interview that he wants to play more this season and the Spaniard believes that he can make that wish happen at Arsenal.

The 22-year-old was on the outskirts of the Real Madrid team for the majority of last season but he’s expected to get more first-team opportunities at Arsenal.

Dani Ceballos has spent two seasons at Real Madrid since joining from fellow Spanish La Liga club Real Betis.

He was recently part of the Spanish team that won the European u21 Championship this summer.

Dani Ceballos and Spain beat Germany 2-1 in the final of the tournament hosted by Italy and San Marino.

The player would be a direct replacement for Aaron Ramsey who left the Gunners for Juventus this summer.

The Welsh international spent over a decade at Arsenal before leaving the club on a free transfer earlier this summer.

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Liverpool Eyeing Summer Move For German Defender

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Reigning European champions Liverpool are reportedly in the hunt for Augsburg defender Phillip Max during this summer’s transfer window.

According to The Sun, Liverpool want to sign the Augsburg left-back before the end of this transfer window.

Liverpool are in the hunt for a new left-back this summer after the exit of Alberto Moreno this summer.

Spanish international Alberto Moreno left the club at the end of last month after his Liverpool contract expired.

Alberto Moreno was the backup left-back to first choice Andy Robertson at Liverpool before his exit.

The Spaniard has joined La Liga outfit Villarreal on a free transfer at the start of this month.

Moreno was part of the Liverpool team that won last season’s Champions League title at the new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

The 26-year-old was an unused substitute for Liverpool who won the title by beating fellow Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in their final meeting at the start of last month.

Phillip Max could be his direct replacement at Liverpool ahead of the new season.

Max is a key player for German Bundesliga club Augsburg and the Reds want to sign him.

The 25-year-old is rated at around £18m according to the aforementioned publication.

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