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EPL: McClaren knocks United for big transfer mistake

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Erling Haaland

A former Man United coach Steve McClaren has knocked the club for failing to sign Erling Haaland in the last January transfer window after showing interest in his signature.

Erling Haaland was set to leave German Bundesliga outfit, RB Salzburg that transfer window with a number of clubs, including the Red Devils, lined up for his signature but he ended with Borussia Dortmund.

The former Man United coach noted that Erling Haaland is a perfect signing that would have complemented the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attack, noting that the Red Devils would not have lost the Sevilla game if they had a player like him in the team.

According to the former manager, Man United have got fantastic players in the attack like Anthony Martial but lamented how the players don’t look good in big games, the reason why the Red Devils don’t stand tall amongst their ranks, he told talkSports.

He, therefore, stressed that what Man United need at the moment is not Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund but a number 9 who is a proven goal-scoring striker.

The former manager hailed the missed signing, stating that Erling Haaland is a real number 9 who can score goals and play under pressure, stressing that players of his kind are very difficult to find.

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

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Predicted Chelsea line-up against FC Krasnodar

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English Premier League outfit Chelsea will resume their Champions League campaign against Russia outfit, FC Krasnodar on Wednesday evening, and what is most important for manager Frank Lampard in the game is securing a win after recording two successive draws.

It would be recalled that the Blues’ Champions League opener of the season ended in a goalless draw against Spanish La Liga outfit Sevilla last week and they failed again to find the back of the net in the Premier League clash against Man United as the game also ended in a goalless draw at the Old Trafford.

The West London outfit have been rated ahead of the Russan side for a win and more to it is the fact that their Wednesday opponent has been plagued with injuries and might not have their full squad to compete in the game. This adds to the fact that the Blues team will be playing at the Stamford Bridge.

We definitely expect Frank Lampard to make some changes from the weekend game in order to get his team going, especially in goal scoring and also avoiding to concede goals.

After playing a three-man defence against Chelsea and not conceding a goal and recording the second clean sheet, Frank Lampard could ring some changes in his formation to a 4-2-3-1 against FC Krasnodar.

As expected, Edouard Mendy will keep his number one spot after convincing with a god performance against Man United while Hakim Ziyech could be in line for his first full debut at Chelsea. Kai Havertz and Timo Wener could be rested as they are yet to make their mark.

See full predicted XI against FC Krasnodar
Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Zouma, James, Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Hakim Ziyech, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham.

A win against the Russian club will lift the Blues team and relieve manager Frank Lampard off the pressure on him.

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EPL: Liverpool snubbed by this £25m “diamond”

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Belgium international Jeremy Doku has revealed that he snubbed a move to Liverpool and Newcastle United after he was approached by the English Premier League duo for a move to French Ligue 1 outfit Rennes.

Jeremy Doku who spoke to RTL boasted of his decision as he claims that joining the French Ligue 1 outfit was the best decision for his career because of the need for him to develop and have more playing time at a top-level.

The 18-year-old is one player that has been hailed and described as “diamond in the rough” by Man City star Kevin De Bruyne. After watching Jeremy Doku mark his second appearance for Belgium national team with a superb goal in the 5-1 win against Iceland, the Premier League gaffer could not hide his admiration for the wonderkid.

Jeremy Doku is only 18 years old but he left Anderlecht to the French Ligue 1 outfit for a £25 million fee to make him one of the most expensive teenagers in the game. His move to Rennes also means he will be playing in the Champions League and his value could further increase.

Liverpool saw the talent in Jeremy Doku and wanted to make a move for him alongside Newcastle United but he was more concerned about his development and playing time than a move to the Premier League.
“I choose Rennes because it was the best project that presented itself to me.

“Ligue 1 is a higher league (than in Belgium). We play in the Champions League too. I have to take new steps. More will be expected with my new club, that’s for sure, but it’s up to me to prove my talent” he said

Manager Jurgen Klopp has sees Jeremy Doku as the new Sadio Mane but he cannot promise the youngster a regular first-team football at Anfield with the talents at the club.

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Unbelievable! Alisson reveals the secret behind an early return to Liverpool team

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EPL outfit Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and fans have celebrated the early return of Brazilian international Alisson Becker from injury but that would not have happened if not for the power of prayers that helped him out.

The Brazilian international had a shoulder ligament injury in a training ground accident and was ruled out for about six weeks, a development that weakened manager Jurgen Klopp, knowing that he also has the injury of Virgil Van Dijk to contend with.

Fortunately for the Reds team, Alisson Becker beat the odd and had an early return. He was in between the sticks in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United at the weekend at Anfield and the Champions League clash against FC Midtjylland on Tuesday.

Revealing the secret behind his early return, Alisson Becker stated that he was told by the doctor that he would be about six weeks away and he immediately rejected it, telling the physician that two to three weeks maximum will be fine.

“I have the top physios on my side, helping me to accelerate the recovery weeks, and I need to thank them, the fitness staff, the doctors, and the goalie coaches who helped me.

“How did I do it? I pray a lot. Seriously, I pray a lot. I believe my faith and working hard helped me in this fast recovery” he said.
However, emphasis was placed on the hard work he did during the rehab by embarking on a lot of treatment sessions for about five hours daily.

The Brazilian goalkeeper has been an important member of the Liverpool team, helping them to secure the posts. Since his arrival at the club, Liverpool have won eth Champions League and the Premier League last season. He is rated as one of the best in England and the world.

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