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Jurgen Klopp ready to set club record

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted that he is ready to set a club record of 97 points before the end of the season.

This is after the Reds team secured a 2-0 win over West London outfit Chelsea to land all three points with 85 points, which is 5 points short of what they had earned in the 1987-88 season from 40 games.

The Merseyside outfit are now top in the Premier League table with two points clear of title rivals Man City but Pep Guardiola’s men still have a game at hand.

The German manager stated that his attention would be on winning, not bothering about the performance and result of their title rivals, stressing that all he would focus on is securing more points from the remaining four games left to the end of the season.

He noted that he only needs to secure four wins to be able to break the Reds record, adding that he could be lucky to have the points hand them the league title at the end of the season.

However, the Reds team will be facing Cardiff in their next game but will have their attention on the second leg of the Champions League finals against Porto.

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

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Pogba Needs To Perform Better – Club Legend

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Former Manchester United player Henning Berg has called out star player Paul Pogba over his recent performances in the colours of the club.

In a recent interview monitored by popular media outlet Goal, the Manchester United legend revealed that the French World Cup winner must improve his performances for the Red Devils with the immense quality that he possesses.

Paul Pogba has been heavily criticised following his showing over the two-legged Champions League tie with Spanish champions Barcelona.

Pogba and Manchester United were dumped out of the Champions League by Barcelona via a 4-0 aggregate defeat.

French World Cup winner Pogba was largely anonymous as Manchester United were beaten 1-0 at home courtesy an own goal from Luke Shaw in the 12th minute.

The former Juventus midfielder also struggled to impose his game on the second leg clash which took place at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

Pogba was nonexistent as Manchester United were beaten 3-0 by their hosts who secured a final four spot in this year’s Champions League with a 4-0 aggregate win over the Red Devils.

Barcelona will next face Liverpool in the final four of the competition with the first leg scheduled for the Nou Camp at the start of next month while the second leg will take place at Anfield a week later.

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Champions League: Man Utd Needed A Cage To Stop Messi

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Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has praised Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi following his performance for the Spanish champions in their Champions League win over his former club.

The Portuguese tactician paid tribute to Messi in an interview with Russia Today as he revealed that Manchester United needed a cage to stop Messi from wreaking havoc.

Lionel Messi was at his best against the Red Devils as he scored twice to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 win over the Red Devils in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg meeting to secure a 4-0 aggregate victory.

The little Argentine international scored the opening goal for the Red Devils in the 16th minute with a left-footed strike before he added a brace in fortuitous circumstances after his right-footed strike squirmed under the body of Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea.

Ex-Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho wrapped up the win for the Spanish champions in the second leg.

Barcelona had earlier won the first leg at Old Trafford with the help of an own goal from Manchester United defender Luke Shaw.

With the aggregate win over Manchester United in the last eight, Barcelona will now face Liverpool in the semifinals of the Champions League.

Barcelona host Liverpool in the first leg at the Nou Camp before the second leg in England.

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How we will win the double this season, Fabinho

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Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has noted that his team have their eyes on winning the English Premier League and the Champions League this season.

This is coming after the Merseyside outfit secured a win over Portuguese outfit Porto in the quarter-final of the Champions League to set up a semi-final clash against Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona.

Also, the Jurgen Klopp side are in the contest for the English Premier League title against defending champions Man City as they sit top with two points clear.

Fabinho has stated that winning a double for his team is a reality but that has to be achieved with hard work as he stressed that there is no need to rest until after the titles have been won.

According to him, the team will face each game as they come and will enjoy it with their attention fixed on the Premier League clash against Cardiff.

He stated the focus of the team is not to be regarded as the best team in England and Europe but to win titles at the end of the day.

However, a Premier League win for Liverpool will be their first in 29 years while they are likely to see their second consecutive Champions League final this season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo insists on this Liverpool star, fans won’t like this

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Emerging reports have revealed that Portuguese international star Cristiano Ronaldo has urged his Italian Serie A outfit Juventus team to snap up the signature of Egyptian international Mohamed Salah from Merseyside outfit Liverpool.

Since joining the Anfield from AS Roma, Mohamed Salah has been in great form and has helped to return Liverpool to competing for titles as they came close to winning the Champions League last campaign before they were defeated by Real Madrid in the finals.

Aside from his personal feats of winning the golden boot and becoming the best player in the Premier League last season, Mohamed Salah contributed to the successes of manager Jurgen Klopp and that is still unchanged at the moment.

However, it is claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo seeks to work with the Egyptian international and has told the Serie A champions to ensure they snap up the signature of the star player so as to make the coming season easy for the team to compete in Europe.

It is therefore not certain if Liverpool will listen to any offers from any team, not minding the amount for Mohamed Salah with his current form, especially after he has hinted that he wants to keep his team together.

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James Milner sets new target for Liverpool

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Merseyside outfit Liverpool now have a new target for the season after they were able to deliver a win against Porto to progress to the semi-finals with a tie against Barcelona.

James Milner stated that the target of the team is now to win all seven games left until the end of the season across all competition as it will keep them in a better position to win at least a title at the end of the day.

He noted that the Premier League at the moment is in the hands of the defending Champion, Man City but his team will play their part in winning all their games left.

James Milner admitted that it would be a difficult task for his side because of the level of those games and the intensity but he said it is still possible to deliver a win in all of the games with hard work and teamwork.

However, Liverpool will now turn their attention on Cardiff City for the Premier League clash this weekend as they continue their bid to win the first domestic league title in 29 years while manager Jurgen Klopp will be seeking to win his first title as Liverpool boss.

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Sarri speaks on Hazard’s knock

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West London outfit Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has reacted to the knock sustained by Belgium international Eden Hazard during their win against Slavia Prague on Thursday night.

Eden Hazard was down hit during the first few minutes of the game and was attended to before he returned back to the field but he was unable to go through 90 minutes as he was substituted in the 65th minute.

This has therefore raised fears that he could be unavailable for their Premier League fixture this weekend but that has been dismissed by the Italian boss who claims that he expects Eden Hazard to remain fit.

There is no doubt about Eden Hazard’s quality and his importance to the team, especially now that his team lack cutting edge in the attack and has the Belgium international in great form to deliver goals for the team.

However, Maurizio Sarri admitted that it was a strong knock on Eden Hazard but remains hopeful that they can be able to recover him before the coming game.

Meanwhile, the West London outfit are hoping to avoid the Europa League next season and that is why they are pressing to have a top-four finish in the Premier League so as to play in the Champions League.

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Why this Chelsea star is still unhappy despite win

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The West London Outfit Chelsea were able to secure a resounding win against Slavia Prague in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals to secure progress to the semi-final but defender Cesar Azpilicueta is still unhappy.

After a 1-0 win away from home in the first leg, goals from Pedro, Olivier Giroud and another own goal ensured a 3-0 win by the Blues team to be able to advance but it has been established that they were not impressive especially in the second half.

Cesar Azpilicueta noted that it has become a trend for his team to drop in their intensity during second half games as their Thursday opponent almost came back into the game which would have cost their promotion.

He stressed that this mistake from his team have been repeating itself over time, noting that it is not the way he would love to win trophies as they might not be lucky all the time.

However, he hopes they are able to push through and win in the semi-final so they can play the finals and probably win the trophy at the end of the day.

Meanwhile, the Blues team will now face Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals.

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Sarri replies Cesar Azpilicueta after major complaints

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Manager Maurizio Sarri has replied to his team’s criticisms of second-half performance by defender Cesar Azpilicueta after their win against Slavia Prague on Thursday night.

The Blues team had a perfect first half but all of the impressive performance was almost ruined in the second half as they played poorly which almost gave their opponents a lift to return back to the game.

Cesar Azpilicueta lamented that it has been a trend in the past games and it has to be stopped if they must win the Europa League title this season.

However, manager Maurizio Sarri has noted the problem but he jokingly gave a reply by stating that he will stop going into the dressing room after the first half blow if that would bring a solution to the second half problem.

He confessed to having warned his players about it by telling them to have the same application and attention as in the first half, lamenting that he cannot understand why his players lose focus in the second half.

However, the Blues team have now secured qualification to the semi-finals and will hope they scale through to be able to stand a chance of winning the Europa League for an automatic Champions League qualification.

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Former Chelsea boss speaks on big return

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Former West London outfit Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has spoken on returning to management any time soon as he is almost a year out of a job.

The Italian boss was sacked last summer after winning the Premier League title in the previous year with a record of 30 wins in 38 games as well as the FA Cup in his final year as the club felt he did not do enough.

Antonio Conte has since been in a legal battle with the club as he claims compensation for sacking him at a time he was unable to speak to suitors amongst other issues which are yet to be settled.

The former boss has now stated that he hopes to return to management but he wants to secure a job with a team that has a project that convinces him of a successful spell.

It is obvious that he is not desperate for a return as he had earlier rejected the job to move to Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid over claims that he does not want to go into a club that is in crisis.

However, Antonio Conte remains a world class manager who will not be short of suitors in the coming summer transfer window.

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This Brazilian seeks to part ways with Liverpool

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Brazilian international Allan has hinted that he will seek to part ways with the Merseyside outfit as he is enjoining his loan spell at Brazilian side Fluminense.

Allan Joined the Reds team in 2015 from Brazilian outfit International but he has been unable to secure a first-team appearance as was sent out on loan to be able to secure enough playing time and grow up in ability.

More to that is the fact that he joined the Reds team as a youngster and needed to secure a work permit as his first time in Europe but that seems to be far from being achieved because he was unable to impress at his loan spell in Germany.

However, Allan has declared his intention to remain in Brazil and not secure a return to the Anfield because he does not see a future in the manager Jurgen Klopp team.

He noted that he likes the Brazilian city and has already adapted with the team which makes it difficult for him to part ways.

Meanwhile, Allan admitted that the decision is not left to him alone but he hopes an agreement is reached with the Brazilian side so he can be able to continue with his progress with the club.

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