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Jurgen Klopp reveals what Salah must do to start scoring goals

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is confident that Egypt international Mohamed Salah will score goals before the season wraps up but there are things he must do to be able to regain his lost form.

Mohamed Salah is going through tough times at the moment as he has not been scoring goals like what he has been known to do, unlike last season where he was the highest goal scorer. So far, the former AS Roma star has scored only one in the last two months which is a disturbing start for the Reds fans.

But his manager Jurgen Klopp does not bear much concern as he is confident that the goals will soon start flowing for Mohamed Salah but noted that all that must be done is for him to work harder than he has been doing.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss stated that the club have been enjoying the good form from Senegal international Sadio Mane because he has been working hard as an individual and must be emulated by Mohamed Salah.

However, the Merseyside outfit have been kept in the race, all thanks to Sadio Mane who has been in great form to have scored goals in the last couple of games.

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 Chelsea should forget top four

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West London ou7tfit Chelsea hero Pat Nevin has assessed his former side and he feels they should forget about finishing in the top-four this season.

The Blues are currently battling to impress under manage Unai Emery but the start of his career at the club was good as he recorded a number of wins before things turned around.

Chelsea are currently in the semi-finals of the Europa League which is their only hope of a title this season but they are still struggling with a Tottenham, Man United and Arsenal over who will represent the English Premier League in the Champions League next season.

The Blues lost out of the competition last season and they are keen to return back but that has seemed difficult as they lost another opportunity to drive in when they played a 2-2 draw against Burnley.

However, the Blues legend claims that he does not believe his former side will fulfill their dream of finishing in the top-four this season, arguing that they lack quality players to make that happen.

Pat Nevin has therefore stated that it would be a difficult next season for the Chelsea team if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season as it is their only hope of landing quality players.

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Why Real Madrid are making a major mistake with Hazard

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It has been suggested by former player Craig Burley that Belgium international Eden Hazard is not the player he has been rated to be and the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid might not find him worthy of the investment on him.

Craig Burley accused manager Maurizio Sarri of making Eden Hazard a major part of his plan and that has failed especially when he does not deliver.

According to him, Eden Hazard is not Lionel Messi and cannot be able to deliver as expected of him, stressing that he has been overhyped.

Craig Burley lamented that the Blues boss has no other plan B when Eden Hazard is not available to deliver good form and goals and that is the reason why he is suffering a setback in the bid to land a top-four finish.

However, the Belgium international will be joining the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid if reports are to be believed and they have been sounded the same warming on how not to rely on the star player alone.

Meanwhile, manager Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that Eden Hazard cannot replace Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo at the club but admitted that he is a great player who is needed.

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EPL title: Why Liverpool need to be concerned

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Fears have been raised over Merseyside outfit Liverpool by Alan Shearer ahead a Premier League fixtures against Newcastle at the weekend.

Alan Shearer who knows Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez and his ability is of the opinion that his clash against a former side could have him seek to make a statement.

This, therefore, remains that he could seek for a win against the manager Jurgen Klopp side and that could mean the end of their Premier League title race.

It is no longer news that the reds team are seeking to win their first Premier League title in 29 years but at the moment, they no longer have the key in their hands with defending champions Man City already topping the table with a point clear.

Both teams now have three games to play before the end of the season and that means that the Reds team must win all of their games and hope that the Pep Guardiola team slip off.

Alan Shearer, therefore, stated that it is going to be a difficult one for the Reds team when they face a Rafa Benitez-led team at the weekend.

According to him, it would be difficult for Man City to see any slip owing to their recent form.

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Why Chelsea have been cheated with £400,000 weekly wage offer to Hazard

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Emerging reports claim that Belgium international Eden Hazard has been offered a £400,000-weekly wage deal in an anticipated move to Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The reports claim that talks are already underway and close to conclusion between two sides with Chelsea demanding for a £100 million fee to have the player leave this summer transfer window.

Eden Hazard has also sought to leave the West London outfit after refusing to sign a new deal extension as well as declaring his wish to work under his football idol Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.

Analysts are of the opinion that the Blues team have been cheated in the deal for Eden Hazard as they would have earned more if they had acted fast.

It is suggested that the Red Devils would have been made to pay £250 million to land Eden Hazard rather than the £1000 which is also already being bargained because of the quality he has got but that will no longer happen as he has got just a year left to the end of his contract.

Should the Blues team had agreed to have Eden Hazard leave last summer window, he would have been valued more than £100 million.

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Pogba Controversially Named On PFA Team List

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been controversially named on the list of players for the PFA Players’ Team of the Year.

The French World Cup winner was the only Manchester United player on the list which was dominated by players from Premier League champions and city rivals Manchester City.

As many as six Manchester City players made the list which also had four players from Premier League title chasers Liverpool.

Paul Pogba has divided opinions at Manchester United since his return to the club in the summer of 2016.

The Frenchman returned to the Theatre of Dreams four years after he left for Italian champions Juventus on a free transfer for a then world-record fee of £89m.

Pogba struggled to make an impact under Jose Mourinho earlier in the season before the Portuguese tactician was sacked and replaced with former club striker Oleg Gunnar Solskjaer in December.

He enjoyed his best football this term under Solskjaer though his form has dipped in recent weeks.

Pogba has scored 13 goals and also provided nine assists for Manchester United this season.

Others on the list include Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero, Ederson, Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho (Manchester City).

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Arsenal Players Miss Out On PFA Team List

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Arsenal players have missed out on the PFA Team of the Year for the 2018/19 season which will end in the next two weeks.

The North Londoners have been average this season especially away from home and it’s not surprising that none of the players made the list unveiled on Thursday morning.

One notable exclusion from the list is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has scored 19 goals for Arsenal in the league this season.

The Gabonese international star found the back of the net for his 19th goal at the weekend during the home defeat to Crystal Palace.

Aubameyang scored one of the goals for the Gunners who were beaten 3-2 by the Eagles.

He missed the disappointing 3-1 away loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night after a small procedure was done on his sinus.

Arsenal have had a disappointing season by the high standards expected from a club as big as the North London giants though they can still qualify for Champions League football next season.

The Gunners are one point off London rivals Chelsea in fourth place and the final Champions League spot with three league games left to play.

Arsenal can also qualify for Champions League football via the Europa League route with the Gunners facing a two-legged semifinal tie with Spanish club Valencia.

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Man Utd In Champions League Danger After Man City Defeat

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Three-time European champions Manchester United are in serious danger of not qualifying for the Champions League next season after they were beaten by their city rivals in a Manchester Derby clash played on Wednesday night.

Manchester City defeated Manchester United 2-0 in their league clash at the Theatre of Dreams to secure Premier League summit ahead of title rivals Liverpool and also dent the Red Devils’ quest for Champions League glory.

The Premier League champions got their two goals in the second half of the game through Bernardo Silva and halftime substitute Leroy Sane who came on for the injured Fernandinho.

Manchester United struggled to create chances throughout the game with their best chance of the Derby match coming just the second goal from the visitors.

Jesse Lingard was about to tap into an empty net for an equalizer for Manchester United only for him to be put off the chance by Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany.

The win over Manchester United was more than enough to take Manchester City to the Premier League summit at the expense of Liverpool.

Manchester City have 89 points from 35 games while Liverpool have 88 points from the same no of games.

Manchester United stay in sixth position with 64 points and three points off the last Champions League place occupied by Chelsea (67 points) with three games left.

They need to beat Chelsea to have any hope of qualifying for Europe’s premier club competition next season.

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Pep Guardiola speaks on Liverpool’s title bid

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English Premier League title rivals Man City boss Pep Guardiola is if the opinion that their title rivals Liverpool also deserve to win the league title just like his team.

The Citizens are now top in the Premier League table with a point clear above Liverpool after securing a 2-0 win over Man United on Wednesday to overtake Liverpool that have been ahead with two points before the game.

However, Man City are now in the position to win the English Premier League again this season should they win all of their remaining three games this season.

Pep Guardiola has, therefore, come out to say that both teams deserve to win the league title because they have worked hard but lamented that only a team would be named the champions

He noted that his team were under pressure at the Old Trafford as the Red Devils are not an easy team but he is happy they were able to seal a victory to stand the chance of winning the title at the end of the season.

Losing the title for Liverpool will be their second consecutive season coming close to it but failing to win at the end of the day.

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Big Liverpool goalkeeper claim made

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A big claim has been made by Liverpool U23 goalkeeper trainer Mark Morris on Brazilian international stopper Alisson Becker.

Mark Morris has hailed Alisson Becker’s impact in the Jurgen Klopp team, noting that he has helped to give a perfect balance in the defense as they have conceded fewest goals in the English Premier League this season, against the bad experience of the previous one.

Alison Becker joined the Merseyside outfit in a big money move from the Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma and has established himself in the team and as one of the best in the league.

The Liverpool U23 goalkeeper coach hailed the Brazilian stopper, stressing that he has never seen a goalkeeper with a reflex as quick as that of the former AS Roma player.

He noted that Alisson Becker always goes the direction of the ball just as the strike is made which is remarkable and a talent that is difficult to come by.

Mark Morris added that Alisson Becker is a better goalkeeper because he does not take chances or make gambles in games and has got very perfect decision making when without the ball.

It would be recalled that last season was a different ball game for the Reds team as they suffered defeats as a result of the incompetent goalkeeper.

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Chelsea star in summer move meeting

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It is reported that Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri could be on his way from the West London outfit as he has already held a meeting with his No. 1 suitors and Italian Serie A outfit AC Milan.

It was earlier reported that the Serie A outfit are keen to land the star player and will make an attempt for him but latest development reveals that the Blues team have already concluded to have him leave the club at the end of the season for £25 million.

The report claims that there is yet to be an agreement on the fee but the Blues team are yet to change their stand on the price while the San Siro side are refusing to take any chance to walk away.

However, Emerson Palmieri was unable to make is name and withstand the competition in the Blues team after a £20 million move from another Italian Serie A side AS Roma in the January window of 2018.

With just 24 appearances for the Blues team this season, the Brazilian international star is not satisfied and will be ready for the move instead of waiting until the end of his deal with the club in 2022.

Meanwhile, Emerson Palmieri will not force a move away from the Stamford Bridge.

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