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Ousmane Dembele confirmed to leave Barcelona?

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The end might be close for French forward Ousmane Dembele as reports claim that he will be leaving the Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona in the January transfer window.

Ousmane Dembele was linked with a number of teams in the just concluded summer transfer window but he refused to leave, insisting on staying with the Catalans.

English Premier League title holders Liverpool had made a move for Ousmane Dembele but he rejected it while Man United’s effort until the transfer deadline day failed.

Barcelona were reported to be unhappy with the player for refusing to leave as he might not find playing time under new manager Ronald Koeman, having enjoyed just 20 minutes under his reign.

However, the Spanish giants are willing to let him leave in the winter transfer window for a fee as low as £45 million but should he refuse, there will be talks of a new deal for him.

It is understood that Ousmane Dembele might have had a change in heart to reconsider his decision to stay at Camp Nou for a move away in the January winter transfer window.

What is unknown is whether Liverpool or Man United will be making a move for him again or not.

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

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EPL: How Salah could be plotting Sadio Mane’s exit unknowingly

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There has been a little frustration in the camp of Liverpool, especially in their bid to defend the Premier League title as the journey has not gone the way they expected.

The Premier League title holders are currently level on points with their Merseyside rivals, Everton as toppers of the league, and have been able to deliver two wins in their two Champions League games.
However, a lot of things have happened in the short spell of the season, most importantly the 7-2 humiliation against Aston Villa.

The Reds cannot forget that result in a hurry. This adds to the 2-2 draw against Everton.

The injury plague at Anfield is also something to be concerned about as the Reds have now lost Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho to injury while Mohamed Salah was seen limping in the Champions League game against Midtjylland.

Nevertheless, the Sheffield United game which saw the Reds team record a slim win might have caused a sting in the relationship between Mohamed Salah and Saido Mane unknown to many.

Liverpool were able to deliver a win in that game despite coming from a goal down, al thanks to Sadio mane for his brilliance. It would be recalled that it was his header that was parried by Aaron Ramsdale which had Roberto Firmino finish it off. The Senegal international also handed the assist to Diogo Jota to score his first goal for the club.

However, Sadio Mane looked unhappy after the game and it may not be unconnected to Mohamed Salah’s refusal to hand him the ball in the second half that could have placed him on the score sheet.

BBC Sport pundit, Garth Crooks, who observed keenly what happened, said when the ball came to Mohamed Salah he should have handed it to Sadio mane who was well placed but refused to do so to deny the Senegal international a goal. He, however, expresses fears that Sadio Mane could be unhappy and that may force him to consider other suitors who are interested in him.

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Can Jurgen Klopp’s team defend Premier League title?

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It has not been an easy task for Liverpool to defend the English Premier League title with the injury-plagued the club is currently battling with.

The Merseyside outfit are on level points with their rivals, Everton on top f the league table but the journey has not been as easy as it seems. Jurgen Klopp’s team have been hurt with the 7-0 humiliation against Aston Villa in the Premier League despite having a smooth run in the Champions League so far.

However, the latest development on reports of Egyptian international Mohamed Salah limping heavily down the tunnel after their 2-0 win over Midtjylland is a major concern in Liverpool’s bid to reclaim the Premier League title.

The Egyptian international started the game from the bench in the second half to lift his team by scoring from the spot to seal the three points against the Danish team. The contact between Mohamed Salah and Paulinho seems to have had an effect on him.

This is yet to be confirmed by manager Jurgen Klopp as he did not make any claim concerning the injury in his post-match but fans are left disturbed with the footage of him limping.

Also, Liverpool have lost Fabinho to injury and that is a major concern for Jurgen Klopp especially as he will not have Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk for the who season again.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed that the Brazilian has a muscular injury and awaits the result of the medical examination but it remains a blow because he has been at the centre-back.

All of the injuries are sure to be a big challenge to Liverpool’s bid to defend the league title and how they manage these injuries and other selections will determine if they will come out of it or not.

The German manager is expected to storm the January winter transfer window to secure a defender as a cover for the injured centre-backs.

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Jurgen Klopp makes major confession after Champions League win

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confessed that his team struggled to get the 2-0 win against Midtjylland in the Champions League on Tuesday night at the Old Trafford.

According to him, it was a hectic game as his team was unable to calm down the pressure until the final sound of the whistle.

It would be safe to state that the Reds wouldn’t have struggled with if the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino were in the starting XI for the game as they only had a second-half share of the game.

Last weekend goal scorer Diogo Jota was also on the score sheet as he drove home the opener before Mohamed Salah came from the bench to seal the three points from the spot.

The German boss in his post-match interview with the club’s official website said “We made a lot of changes and it’s my job to decide obviously, I have all the information about what the boys did.

“But for different reasons again, the game was really tricky. They pressed like crazy, they made a really hectic game of it and we couldn’t calm it down in the decisive moments” he said

Liverpool played without most of their first-team players and that is a major reason to give for their struggling but it would have been unacceptable if they had suffered a defeat in that game at Anfield.

Losing Fabinho to injury is another testimony that they really had a hectic game and that sends a message to the former Borussia Dortmund boss on how he must manage his squad to be able to compete as their injury list continue to grow.

The January transfer window should bring relief to the Liverpool team as it will present manager Jurgen Klopp with the opportunity of reinforcing his team for the second half of the season.

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