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EPL: Probable Liverpool Staring Lineup vs Leicester City Clash

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Premier League leaders Liverpool have the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table when they welcome Leicester City to Anfield in a week eight league clash.

Liverpool can move eight points clear of nearest challengers and title rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table with a win at home to the Foxes on Saturday evening.

Manchester City will not play their league game until Sunday when they entertain Europa League campaigners Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool have won all their seven league games this season and they welcome their former manager Brendan Rodgers and his Leicester City team to Anfield hoping to continue their winning run dating back to last season.

The Reds have won 16 league games in a row though that’s still two matches away from the record currently held by Manchester City.

Brendan Rodgers have taken Leicester City to the third spot on the league table and the former league champions are seen as a formidable team in the race for the top four at the end of the current Premier League season.

Possible Liverpool XI: Adrian; Trent Alexandre-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

 

Segun is a regular contributor to Thewistle and has worked at several publications, including BEIn and talkSport.

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Arsenal Decision On Boateng Revealed

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Arsenal are reportedly pushing to sign Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng on loan before the end of this January transfer window.

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to sign a defender on loan before the winter transfer window ends this month and German international Jerome Boateng is the main target.

Arteta had previously said that the Gunners will most likely operate in the loan plus free transfer market this month and that’s exactly what’s happening with Jerome Boateng who has made just nine starts for Bayern Munich in the league this season as the Bavarian giants start to prepare for life without him in their team.

He has been a mainstay of the Bayern Munich defense for the majority of the last decade and was crucial to the German national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil which they won by beating Argentina 1-0 after extra time in the final.

Arsenal are a center-back short as a result of the serious knee injury to Calum Chambers and Jerome Boateng could be the man to replace him.

The aforementioned report said that the Gunners will spend big on a central defender in the summer with a £50m transfer for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano in the works.

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Man Utd Finally Identify Replacement For Injured Rashford

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Manchester United were dealt a big blow last week after topscorer sustained a chronic back injury that’s set to keep him out until March at least.

England international Marcus Rashford is the leading goalscorer at Manchester United with 19 goals in all competitions and he had been carrying a small back injury before it was aggravated during the FA Cup third-round replay with Wolves at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Rashford came on as a substitute on 64 minutes during that Wolves game at home before he was subbed off with 16 minutes later as a result of the same back problem.

Manchester United won that game 1-0 through a special goal from Juan Manuel Mata and Rashford was involved in the buildup to that winning goal from the Spaniard.

The price to pay for the Red Devils is that Rashford will miss up to 6-10 weeks with the back problem thus ruling him out until March.

The injury to Rashford has forced Manchester United to rejig their transfer plans and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker Edinson Cavani is a major target as a result according to the Daily Star.

Cavani has six months left on his PSG contract at the moment though the French club are reluctant to let him go this month.

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Frank Lampard has identified the player he will sign – too much money

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Lewis Dunk

Europa League holders Chelsea are eyeing a big-money move for a Premier League defender according to the various reports coming out from the British media.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has money to spend in this transfer window and he has identified the centre back position as one of the areas to strengthen.

The specific publication via the Daily Star revealed that Chelsea are planning a £48m bid for Brighton and Hove Albion skipper Lewis Dunk.

It remains to be seen whether the Seagulls would want to sell Lewis Dunk in the middle of the season as they are in a battle to avoid the drop in the Premier League.

Lewis Dunk is undoubtedly the best centre back in the Brighton squad.

Frank Lampard and Chelsea have already lost eight games in the Premier League this season. In addition, defence has been the Achilles heel for the Blues this season but they have still managed to keep their place in the top four of the league.

They have a five-point lead over Manchester United with 15 games left to play in the Premier League.

Only the first four spots on the Premier League table will guarantee a place in the Champions League next season.

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Edinson Cavani Exit Confirmed Amid Manchester United Transfer

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Paris Saint Germain (PSG) manager Thomas Tuchel has made a big declaration on the future of experienced striker Edinson Cavani.

Thomas Tuchel had a chat with reporters shortly after his team defeated French Ligue II opposition Lorient in the French Cup at the weekend.

According to him, its highly unlikely that Edinson Cavani will be at PSG at the end of this present January winter transfer market.

His declaration has fuelled the transfer links involving Edinson Cavani and a lot of European clubs especially the ones in the Premier League.

Edinson Cavani is attracting interest from three Premier League sides and one Spanish La Liga outfit.

The 32-year-old Uruguayan international player is a top target for Spanish club Atletico Madrid who are the favourites for him.

Atletico Madrid have already made a bid of €10m for Cavani as confirmed by the sporting director at PSG, Leonardo.

According to the PSG sporting director Leonardo via his interview with reporters on Sunday night, they received a bid proposal from Atletico Madrid for the striker and it was rejected.

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Bruno Fernandes Sends Manchester United Transfer Message

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Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes has reportedly sent a transfer plea to Sporting Lisbon for him to be allowed to make his big move to Premier League giants Manchester United.

Bruno Fernandes has emerged as a top transfer target for the Red Devils in this current January winter market.

The Portuguese international has told his bosses that he wants to complete a transfer to Manchester United before the transfer market comes to an end.

It was revealed that there’s willingness to do the deal by all parties (Manchester United, Bruno Fernandes and Sporting Lisbon).

Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon have not been able to reach an agreement for the Portuguese international player with the Portuguese club who wants around £70m for their prized asset.

Manchester United have told Sporting Lisbon that their valuation of the player is around £50m and it remains to be seen whether the two teams will reach an agreement for Bruno Fernandes who has scored eight goals and provided seven assists for his Portuguese Super League team this season.

He had scored 32 goals plus assisting 18 other goals in 53 games in all competitions last season.

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Man United Officially Make Contract Decision For This Player

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Eric Bailly

Manchester United officials have made a firm transfer decision on the future of injury prone defender Eric Bailly who’s about to enter the last year of his contract at Old Trafford.

According to Sky Sports, Manchester United have decided to trigger a two-year contract extension for Eric Bailly that will take his time at the club to 2022.

Eric Bailly has missed a lot of games for Manchester United in the past years due to several lengthy injuries.

He was the first player signed under the Jose Mourinho managerial era which ended in December 2019.

The Ivorian international center back signed for Manchester United in a £30m deal from Spanish La Liga team Villarreal.

Eric Bailly would have been a free agent this summer if the Red Devils had decided against giving him a contract extension.

The ex-Villarreal and Espanyol player suffered medial knee ligaments during the league game at home to Chelsea last season (April) only for him to return in pre-season this summer to suffer another knee injury.

Eric Bailly has not played any game for Manchester United because of that injury but he was on the bench for Premier League clash at Liverpool on Sunday evening which ended in a 2-0 defeat.

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The Two Players Solskjaer Must Sign In January Revealed

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Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has told manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer where he needs to strengthen in this January transfer window to boost the squad at his disposal at the Theatre of Dreams.

The Manchester United legend advised former club teammate Solskjaer to sign Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish or Leicester City star James Maddison in this transfer window while he was on BeIN Sports for his punditry job.

According to the Welsh national team manager whom spent many years at Old Trafford with Solskjaer, said that the Manchester United team needs a focal point or a no. 10 and a midfielder.

He also advised Solskjaer to forget about Paul Pogba while trying to sign the aforementioned players as the Frenchman has shown that he can’t be dependable.

Ryan Giggs watched Manchester United suffer at the hands of Liverpool in their Premier League clash on Sunday evening.

The ex-Welsh international winger said that the midfield trio of Fred, Andreas Pereira and Nemanja Matic are not good enough and he was proved right as the midfield players mostly struggled to contain the Liverpool onslaught.

Aside Brazilian international Fred who was able to hold his own against the Liverpool players, the other two midfielders struggled a bit.

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EPL: What Man United Fans Said About Solskjaer After Liverpool Defeat

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Several Manchester United fans took to the social media to express their frustrations at the result from the latest Premier League visit to Liverpool on Sunday evening.

The Red Devils faithfuls were quick to pick club manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the scapegoat for the Liverpool game which ended in a 2-0 loss through the goals scored by the Reds duo of Virgil Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah on the other side of the haltime interval.

Solskjaer was called a fraud by the Manchester United fans as their were a lot of Ole Out comments on social media during the game.

Manchester United were missing the services of several key players and that played a major role as the Red Devils were completely dominated from start to finish.

Liverpool had a dominant first half against Manchester United and they were rewarded with a powerful header from Virgil Van Dijk before Mohamed Salah scored his first ever goal against the Red Devils to wrap up the points in added time.

Manchester United fail to close the gap on the top four to two points with a win over Liverpool, while the Reds were able to extend their lead at the Premier League summit to 16 points.

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