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Liverpool Liverpool team news: Van Dijk makes league bow & Salah starts at Swansea Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent 03:00 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Liverpool Premier League Swansea City v Liverpool Swansea City The world’s most expensive defender is the only change to the XI made by Jurgen Klopp as the Egyptian speedster is fit to feature Virgil van Dijk makes his Premier League debut as a Liverpool player against Swansea City at the Liberty stadium on Monday night.The £75 million centre-back is the only change to the starting line-up that ousted Manchester City 4-3 last time out; an encounter he missed through a tight hamstring.The world’s most expensive defender replaces Dejan Lovren alongside Joel Matip, with the Croatian absent through illness. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mohamed Salah has recovered from a virus to line up in attack while Ragnar Klavan has shaken off a similar issue to make the bench.Juventus-target Emre Can assumes the captaincy as the longest-serving member of the XI.There is no place in the matchday squad for Daniel Sturridge, who is fit but could depart the club this month with Inter Milan submitting a loan offer for his services.Jordan Henderson (hamstring) and Alberto Moreno (ankle) are both in full training, but will not be rushed back into the fold.Liverpool XI: Karius, Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane, FirminoLiverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Lallana, Ings, Solanke Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
World Cup Trophy Tour 2018 What is the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola and where is it going? Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:38 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Coca-Cola/Goal World Cup Trophy Tour 2018 Over the next few months the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will visit no less than 91 cities across 51 countries and six continents It’s the trophy we all want more than any other.The entire world wants to witness their country claim it for themselves. And every player in the history of the game has spent countless night dreaming of one day rising it above their heads.But the truth is, few of us will ever even get to see it, let alone win it or lift it triumphantly. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player At least that was the case before Coca-Cola took on the momentous task of bringing it to the world.The trophy has now begun its globetrot in earnest, with Monday’s official opening ceremony seeing former winners provide it a fitting goodbye.England 1966 hero Sir Geoff Hurst and Italy 2006 star Andrea Pirlo joined Goal in London to climb aboard the plane before it departed on its epic journey.WHAT IS THE FIFA WORLD CUP TROPHY TOUR BY COCA-COLA?The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola is a global journey that will deliver the most coveted trophy in all of sports to every corner of the globe, before returning to Russia in June for World Cup 2018.“The Trophy Tour will give fans everywhere a taste of the excitement that’s to come, not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Trophy for themselves,”said Ricardo Fort, Vice President of Global Sports Partnerships at The Coca-Cola Company.HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON?2018 is the fourth time long-standing World Cup sponsor Coca-Cola have joined forces with FIFA to take the trophy to fans across the world. This year it will attend a number of nations for the first time, including Iceland and Mongolia, and looks set to be bigger and better than ever.“Following the success of the first phase of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, which gave more than 220,000 people across Russia the chance to see the FIFA World Cup Trophy with their own eyes, we are very excited to now offer this unforgettable opportunity to football fans around the world,” said Phillipe Le Floc’h, Chief Commercial Officer at FIFA.WHERE HAS IT BEEN SO FAR?Before kicking it off the global leg of this remarkable tour, the trophy travelled all across World Cup 2018 host nation Russia.So, it was just a small-scale domestic leg to warm up for what lies ahead? Not a chance!The trophy travelled right across Russia over a three-month period, taking in 16 cities and racking up almost 10,000 miles.WHERE WILL IT GO NEXT?Where won’t it go? Over the next few months the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will visit no less than 91 cities across 51 countries and six continents before settling back in Russia for the tournament.Next up is Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the tour will end in Vladivostok on May 1. See the full list of destinations below. DESTINATION DATE Colombo, Sri Lanka 23-24 January Male, Maldives 24-25 January Phuket, Thailand 26-27 January Vientiane, Laos 28 January Macau, China P.R 29 January Nukualofa, Tonga 31 January Honiara, Solomon Islands 1 February Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 1 February Lahore, Pakistan 3 February Almaty, Kazakhstan 4 February Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 5 February Dushanbe, Tajikistan 5 February Tashkent, Uzbekistan 6 February Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 7 February Yerevan, Armenia 7 February Tblisi, Georgia 8 February Baku, Azerbaijan 9 February Valetta, Malta 10 February Vienna, Austria 11 February Minsk, Belarus 13 February Sofia, Bulgaria 14 February Tel Aviv, Israel 15 February Larnaca, Cyprus 16 February Ramallah, Palestine 17-19 February Amman, Jordan 20 February Dubai, United Arab Emirates 21 February Khartoum, Sudan 22-23 February Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 24-25 February Nairobi, Kenya 26-27 February Maputo, Mozambique 28 February Johannesburg, South africa 1-2 March Cape Town, South Africa 3 March Kampala, Uganda 5-6 March Abuja, Nigeria 7-8 March Lagos, Nigeria 9-10 March Dakar, Senegal 11-12 March Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire 13-14 March Cairo, Egypt 15-16 March Naples, Italy 17-19 March Paris, France 20-21 March Cologne, Germany 22-23 March Oslo, Norway 24 March Torshavn, Faroe Islands 24-25 March Reykjavik, Iceland 25 March Tucuman, Argentina 27-28 March Berazategui, Argentina 29 March Buenos Aires 30-31 March Rosario, Argentina 1-2 April Bogota, Colombia 3-5 April Panama City, Panama 6 April San Jose, Costa Rica 7-8 April Guadalajara, Mexico 9-10 April Monterrey, Mexico 11-12 April Mexico City, Mexico 13-15 April New York, USA 16 April Miami, USA 17 April Los Angeles, USA 18-20 April Frankfurt, Germany 22 April Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 23 April Beijing, China P.R 25 April Shanghai, China P.R 26 April Tokyo, Japan 27-28 April Osaka, Japan 29-30 April Vladivostok, Russia 1 May For more information on the Trophy Tour head to the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Instagram or Facebook page
Real Madrid Luca Zidane handed debut in Real Madrid La Liga finale Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:22 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Villarreal v Real Madrid Villarreal The 20-year-old goalkeeper has been handed his first team debut by his father as they close out the league season against Villarreal Luca Zidane, son of Real Madrid manager Zinedine, has been handed his first-team debut in the club’s final La Liga match of the season.The 20-year-old goalkeeper replaced Keylor Navas in goal against Villarreal, before the Costa Rica international likely returns for the club’s Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26.Kiko Casillas was named on the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Zidane will be in goal with a full-strength Madrid line-up in front of him, as Cristiano Ronaldo returned from injury to lead the line alongside Gareth Bale. Isco, Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos also began the match in the XI for Los Blancos.The second son of the Madrid manager, Zidane has spent the season with Real Madrid Castilla in the Segunda B, Spain’s third division.The youngster has been named in the matchday 18 before, but had yet to appear in an official competition for the La Liga giants, having featured in friendlies.Zidane, who just turned 20 on May 13, has spent the entirety of his youth career with Real Madrid. He started 13 games this year for the Segunda B side, and eight the previous campaign.He has also appeared at the international youth levels with France 29 times coming at the U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20s for Les Bleus.Luca is the second of Zidane’s sons to play for Madrid’s first team. Enzo, a 23-year-old midfielder, played in a Copa Del Rey match last season, though he was sold to Deportivo Alaves last summer. Enzo has since moved to Swiss club Lausanne Sport, where he has played in 16 games and scored two goals since January.The goalkeeper also has two younger brothers, Elayz and Theo, who are both in Real Madrid’s youth system.
UEFA Champions League Lucky Madrid? Four finals in five years is not a fluke Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(22) OSCAR DEL POZO UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Opinion Zinedine Zidane’s side are on the verge of a European treble and despite some good fortune along the way, their success is not a chance occurrence Real Madrid stand on the brink of a historic achievement. Beat Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday night and Los Blancos will win their third successive Champions League crown, and a fourth in five seasons. Yet some still believe they have been lucky.The club’s long wait for their 10th European Cup, La Decima, ended in Lisbon four years ago with victory against Atletico in extra time after a dramatic late leveller from Sergio Ramos deep into added time. They had been seconds away from defeat.Two years on, against Atletico again, Los Blancos prevailed once more, this time on penalties. That after a route to the final that had seen Madrid face Roma, Wolfsburg and Manchester City, which was about an easy draw as they could have had, the first two of those teams not even qualifying for the competition the following season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now In the final itself, Ramos saw a goal allowed when it should have been given offside, while Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty for Atletico and in the shootout, the Rojiblancos opted to go second despite winning the toss. Once again, fortune favoured Real.Last season, Zidane’s side blew Juventus away in the final after an evenly disputed first half in Cardiff. In the quarter-finals, however, Bayern Munich believed decisions had gone against them as Arturo Vidal was sent off and Cristiano Ronaldo twice scored from offside positions.This term, all three of Real’s rivals in the knockout stages have complained about the officials. Unai Emery claimed the refereeing had helped Los Blancos when his Paris Saint-Germain side lost 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu , while Juventus were furious at the award of a last-minute penalty in Madrid after they had overturned a three-goal deficit from the first leg and Bayern believed they should have had three spot-kicks in the sides’ semi-final tie.In the meantime, Madrid have not played particularly well, either. There was an element of fortune in their second and their goals against PSG, while they needed that contentious penalty to prevail versus Juve and over the two legs in the semi-finals, the German side created 39 opportunities.Yet here they are – in the final for the third year in a row and a fourth time in five seasons. Whether they win or lose on Saturday, it is an amazing achievement.“Our squad always put its soul and heart into every competition,” Ramos said on Tuesday at the media open day ahead of the trip to Kiev. “It would be another trophy, another Champions League. Really we could start to talk of a an era-defining team.”And asked whether Madrid had been lucky, he said: “If you keep working hard, it pays off. It can’t be luck if we are there every year.”He is right. Winning teams need to have some luck on their side, anyway, while good fortune is usually the result of hard work. And four finals in five years is anything but a fluke for this Real Madrid side. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Congratulations to the referees who received their upgrades and were appointed finals at the 2015 National Touch League.Level four upgrade:Peter CrampGeoffrey StockLevel five upgrade:Joseph AboudAnthony AlevrasJames AndersonJamie BanfieldChris BensteadTony CollinsRobert CooperPat CostiganAmanda DraperPeter FanAdam FlintHayden GreavesGrant HanrahanAdrian JamesPaul KhoudairMatt ManningRobert McKechnieTim MoloneyBarry NicholsDanielle NunnJason PatmanChris ReynoldsDavid RobertsonFrank ScarfoneKathleen SpenceJohn ViklundLevel six upgrade:Brian BlechyndenLeigh BryantDamon CupittJon HallKerrod HallAmberley KeatingStephen LaingMichael LittlefieldDavid LowthKai MarutaJohn MitchellRoderick MundrabyShane MurrellFiona QuinnJennifer RoeLuke SaldernAmanda SheekyAnthony SutersMatthew WatersFinals appointments:Men’s Elite Eight: Dale Lawrence, Dave Baggio, Luke McKenzie.Women’s Elite Eight: Brett Freshwater, Matt Lavery, Kim Skelly.Mixed open: Anthony Smith, Billy Greatbatch, Brad Smith.Men’s 30s: Rob Bowen, Luke Heckendorf, Damien Carlson.Men’s T-League: Tony Calabria, Josh Vernon, Chris Schwerdt.Women’s T-League: Samantha Hacon, Rebecca Ward, Matthew Prendergast.Men’s 40s: Justin Parsons, John Taylor, Bill Slade.Senior mixed: Bernie O’Donohue, Barry McNamara, Scott Marsh.Women’s 35s: Annabelle Connolly, Denise Weier, Amanda Single.Men’s 45s: Michael Watt, Timothy Pearson, Michael Landsberg.Men’s 50s: James Steinberg, Adam Vickery, Richard McIlroy.Women’s 40s: Jo Mason, Sally Melzer, Alanah Sinclair.Men’s 55s: Chris Murray, John Frost, Greg Taylor.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 National Touch League in the following ways: Websites www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au Social Media Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2015) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus (live streaming of select games will occur, stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for all of the links)Related LinksNTL Referees
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Isco leaves Chelsea disappointed with contract anticsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Isco is pricing himself out of a move to Chelsea.The Sun says a last-minute demand for higher wages may have ended Chelsea’s hopes of landing £75million Real Madrid midfielder Isco in January.The Stamford Bridge side had been hopeful of securing the Spaniard’s signature, only for late interest from Paris Saint-Germain to lead the player’s representatives to ask for a bigger wage packet.The Spanish playmaker has found himself on the periphery of the first team under new boss Santiago Solari, and has been linked with several Premier League sides. The Blues were happy to pay wages of £250,000 a week to the wantaway Spain international, plus agents’ fees of 10% plus a signing bonus.Yet the late demands convinced the Chelsea hierarchy that Isco was more interested in the money than playing for the FA Cup winners.
Napoli coach Ancelotti: We beat Liverpool with the long ball!by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with his players for victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Dries Mertens converted a penalty and Fernando Llorente made the most of a Virgil van Dijk error at the Stadio San Paolo for a 2-0 result.“It’s always tough against Liverpool, from the first minute to the last. We had to sacrifice ourselves, but without losing our identity,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.“We tried a bit too hard to play it out from the back and lost some dangerous balls, while they were aggressive in their pressing.“The game was always in the balance, but I particularly appreciated the way we defended with the basics when it was still 0-0 and that’s what allowed us to have those late chances.“I want to see a team that believes in itself and its quality. I really liked the way we played when we weren’t in control. Llorente helped out, the players were tired and the first goal was from a long ball – which isn’t our usual approach, but it’s not an insult to do that sometimes. This team must know how to do everything.“We brought in important players who improve the quality level of the squad and have different characteristics to what we had before. I have to keep them motivated and that’s not easy, especially when UEFA still have this rule forcing you to keep a short bench and it’s painful sending players to the stands.”He added: “We felt confident on the second goal, it was near the end and we were a goal up. You can press high at times, not at others, it’s about maintaining your identity and also being able to do everything. I liked our quality, but also how we played ‘ugly’ when we needed to.“I asked Giovanni Di Lorenzo how many Champions League games he’d played before and he said none. Oh well, it wasn’t bad! The same goes for Alex Meret, that was his debut, as well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lloris: Tottenham must maintain consistencyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveHugo Lloris says Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to lose their consistency.Spurs have finished in the top three in the Premier League for the past three seasons.After making the final of the Champions League last term, Lloris insists the North London outfit must maintain their high standards.”Now we’ve arrived at an age where we’ve got the experience to have an impact towards the team,” he said.”Hopefully we will go in the same way.”When you arrive at a level, the important thing is to do everything to stay at the same level, especially the level we arrived at last year, as the runner-up of the Champions League.”It’s not a coincidence. We’re doing something well, we’re building something strong.”But we cannot drop the level. We need to build the consistency to improve, to get even closer to what we are all looking for – trophies.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Giroud admits being frustrated at Chelsea: Tammy walks on waterby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud admits he’s frustrated at Chelsea.The World Cup winneer is having to play second fiddle to Tammy Abraham this season.And after last night’s Champions League defeat of Lille, Giroud stated: “It’s not the ideal. Little Tammy walks on water and scores a lot of goals. It is difficult to remove an attacker when he is successful.”But it’s good for the team, it makes us want to continue working and shake the competition. I hope things will evolve anyway, I do not lose hope, far from it. I am aware of the situation, it is not easy. But we hang on…”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard eager to secure Willian to new dealby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard is eager to secure Willian to a new deal.The Daily Express says Chelsea are poised to open talks with Brazilian star Willian over a new contract.The 31-year-old is in the last year of his deal at Stamford Bridge and has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Juventus.But Lampard wants the Brazil international, who has been at the club for six years after joining from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 in a £30 million deal, to stay.Willian missed the start of the season after being on international duty, but has been in good form since returning.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp named Premier League manager of the monthby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been named Premier League manager of the month for September.The Reds perfect start continued in September, with three wins.They claimed a home win over Newcastle United as well as away victories at Chelsea and Sheffield United.Klopp topped a four-man shortlist of Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard and Brendan Rodgers to take the award.The European champions entered this week’s international break eight points clear at the top of the table after victory over Leicester.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Green says Hudson-Odoi can match Hazard Chelsea successby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRob Green says Callum Hudson-Odoi can match Eden Hazard’s success at Chelsea.Green played alongside the 18-year-old at Chelsea last season, and saw the youngster left out on a regular basis by Maurizio Sarri.Green told BBC Sport when asked if Hudson-Odoi can match Hazard’s legacy at Chelsea: “He’s got the potential, he’s got to work on his power, once he’s got the ball he needs to stay on the ball, just the strength around his pace.“I think when he grows up and matures, that’s when you’ll see it.“He’s got such a long time in the game now, he’s not the same player as Eden Hazard, but there’s no reason when he cannot do what Hazard did at Chelsea in the last seven or eight years.”
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: Jourdan Lewis #26 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to avoid the tackle of Carlos Becker III #15 of the Florida State Seminoles in the first half during the Capitol One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)Detroit’s Cass Technical High School football program sends a lot of players to college. Many of them, like cornerback Jourdan Lewis, end up playing for the in-state school: Michigan. Recently, Ohio State has been able to pluck some of the school’s talent away from the Wolverines. The Buckeyes have a threesome of Cass Tech players: sophomore defensive back Damon Webb, freshman running back Mike Weber and freshman defensive end Josh Alabi. On fall camp move-in day, those three players wore “Imported From Detroit” t-shirts. Today, at OSU’s media day, they took a picture together, which was posted to Snapchat. Lewis found the photo, screenshotted it and tweeted it out with the caption, “Bums.” Bums pic.twitter.com/ZxezCSWiMB— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) August 16, 2015Lewis is clearly just messing with his former high school teammates, who he is probably still close with. There will surely be no messing around come Nov. 28, when Michigan takes on Ohio State in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Mohamed Salah has reached 50 Premier League goals spread across spells at Chelsea and Liverpool, with only three players hitting that landmark in fewer games.The Egyptian forward made his way to another notable landmark during a meeting with Crystal Palace .Having seen Jurgen Klopp’s side head into the interval trailing on home soil, Salah burst them out of the blocks in the second 45 at Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? His clever flicked finish restored parity within 60 seconds of the restart.A topsy-turvy encounter continued to swing wildly between one side and the other after that effort, with Roberto Firmino edging the Reds in front only to see James Tomkins level.Salah was to be the man to restore Liverpool’s advantage, having been given a considerable helping hand from Julian Speroni.The Palace goalkeeper endured a nightmare moment as he deflected a James Milner cross towards his own goal.With the ball heading over the line, Salah pounced to touch it into the net.He has now recorded 50 goals in the English top-flight in just 72 appearances.50 – Mo Salah has scored his 50th Premier League goal in his 72nd appearance in the competition – only Andy Cole (65), Alan Shearer (66) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (68) have reached the milestone in fewer appearances. Landmark. #LIVCRY pic.twitter.com/sEeA42GCjg — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 19, 2019 Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and Ruud van Nistelrooy are all iconic frontmen of the Premier League era.Salah is not even a striker, so to be in such company is quite an achievement.His race to a half-century has also seen him reach that mark in the same number of games as former Reds star Fernando Torres – another out-and-out forward.To further put Salah’s remarkable return into perspective, he has proved quicker to 50 than Manchester City star Sergio Aguero (81 games) and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry (83 games).He was not the match-winner, though, for Liverpool against Palace.After seeing Milner sent off in the final minute of normal time against the Eagles, Sadio Mane went on to grab a fourth of the afternoon for the Reds.A nervy finish was then set up when Max Meyer netted a third for the visitors, but Klopp’s men held on to pull seven points clear at the summit – with Manchester City not in action until Sunday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Gareth Southgate would not say if Raheem Sterling will captain England in their Nations League semi-final against Netherlands as he is unsure if star striker Harry Kane will start. Sterling will make his 50th appearance for the national team when they take on Ronald Koeman’s team in Portugal on Thursday. Kane returned from injury to feature for Tottenham in the Champions League final last week and is part of the squad for the midweek clash. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Reports this week said that Manchester City star Sterling would take the captain’s armband in Kane’s absence from the starting XI, but Three Lions boss Southgate stayed quiet when asked if the Spurs star would be included. “If I confirmed anything about the team other than Raheem playing I would be doing half of Ronald [Koeman’s] job for him. If I tell you Harry Kane’s playing tomorrow I’m giving Ronald half the team as well,” he told reporters. “I don’t want to discuss the captaincy. Harry Kane is our captain. If Harry Kane doesn’t play I have a decision to make. At this moment in time, I’m not prepared to do that.” Sterling says he does not know if he will lead the team against the Dutch, but said he would be proud to fill the void left by Kane as he reaches a half century of caps. “That’s something that is down to the manager,” he said. “That’s not for me to decide but if the manager did do that it is something I would do proudly for sure.” He added: “Growing up and watching a lot of England games you always had a dream to play for England but I never thought one day I would be able to say, if the manager picks me or not, that I would be in with a chance to make my 50th cap. “It’s a massive achievement for me and it’s something that I will treasure for the rest of my life and so will my family. “To my 17-year-old self, I would say just keep going, keep enjoying your football and keep learning. That’s the most important message really.”
Argentina legend Diego Maradona has launched a stinging attack on the current national side after their defeat to Colombia in their Copa America opener on Saturday.Runners-up in 2015 and 2016, Argentina were hoping to make a flying start to the competition as they seek a first Copa America title since 1993.However, second half goals from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata secured victory for Colombia in their Group B opener in El Salvador , their first victory over Argentina for 12 years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It leaves Lionel Scaloni’s side bottom of Group D after Paraguay drew 2-2 with tournament debutants Qatar at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.It is yet another disappointment for La Albiceleste, who named a strong side including the likes of Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.They have yet to win an international competition since that 1993 Copa America triumph, though they were beaten twice on penalties by Chile in the final of the 2015 and 2016 tournaments.The team is often accused of failing to make the most of their talents and transferring their club form to the international stage, a theme which continued in the wake of his latest defeat.Speaking after the game, Maradona, who almost single-handidly inspired the team to their last World Cup triumph in 1986, did not hold back in his criticism, questioning the squad’s desire as well as their ability.”You realise that even Tonga could beat us,” he told TyCsports .“We have a prestige we built up kicking and punching. Let it be remembered that when we left Peru our bus was smashed up. What’s left from all that? What does this shirt mean? You have to feel it, for f*ck’s sake.”Maradona is back in his homeland after being forced to leave his role as coach of Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa for medical reasons.The 58-year-old previously had a short spell in charge of the Argentina national team between 2008 and 2010 but left after a 4-0 quarter-final defeat to Germany at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.Next up for Argentina is a game against Paraguay in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday.
Arsenal are set to land a cash boost from the sale of Poland Under-21 international Krystian Bielik as he closes in on a £10 million ($12m) move to Derby County.The 21-year-old hasn’t played a single Premier League game for the Gunners following his move to north London from Legia Warsaw In 2015.But an excellent loan spell at Charlton last season, where he helped the Addicks win promotion to the Championship, saw his stock rise dramatically. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Arsenal had hoped to convince the central defender – who can also play in midfield – to sign a new contract at the Emirates before heading out on loan again.But Bielik made it clear that he had no interest in spending another season on loan and that he wanted a permanent move, if he wasn’t going to get a chance under Unai Emery.Speaking before this summer’s U-21 European Championship, Bielik told the Polish media: “My future is unknown but there is one thing I can say for sure: I will definitely not go back to the Arsenal U-23 team.”At this stage it wouldn’t make sense.”If I do not receive the possibility to join the first team permanently, I will have to look for other solutions.”I feel like a senior player now so I want to play senior football.”This is, however, not the right moment to discuss these issues as I want to be 100 per cent focused on the European Championship.”Arsenal have had plenty of interest in Bielik this summer, with several Championship clubs keen, while AC Milan were also linked with a potential move.But the centre-back now looks set for a switch to Derby after the Gunners agreed a deal with the Rams that could eventually reach £10m with add-ons.Bielik will undergo a medical today with the Championship side before finalising his move to Pride Park.The deal comes soon after Arsenal sold teenage attacker Xavier Amaechi to Hamburg for a fee £2.25m and adds valuable money to the club’s transfer budget, with one week remaining of the summer window.Arsenal – who will announce the £72.5m ($88m) capture of Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe imminently – are in talks with Celtic for left-back Kieran Tierney.The Scottish champions have already knocked back two bids for the 22-year-old and are standing firm in their £25m valuation.Negotiations are continuing, with Emery desperate to land Tierney, who is understood to be keen on speaking to the Gunners about a switch to the Premier League.And the imminent sale of Bielik could give Arsenal the extra cash they need to finally get the deal for the defender over the line.
For the first time since his managerial career began in 2000 with Benfica, Jose Mourinho has begun the season without a coaching job and it’s something he’s struggling to deal with.After parting ways with Manchester United in December last year, the 56-year-old has decided against rushing back into game and recently joined Sky Sports as a Premier League pundit.While some would cherish the time away from the touchline, Mourinho admits he misses the game too much to truly enjoy his break from football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, the Portuguese coach looks to be on the verge of tears as he discusses trying to live without being a manager.”The moment I went to professional football was when I had the click,” Mourinho said.”It’s serious stuff and it has been serious stuff until now – nonstop. And now I stop, and instead of enjoying it, I can’t really enjoy it. I miss it.”In his new role as a pundit, Mourinho quickly grabbed headlines as he once again criticised Luke Shaw, while also claimed Manchester City’s B team could win the Premier League.Though taking a shine to his new role with the media, the former Real Madrid manager remains on the lookout for his next coaching job but stressed he’ll wait for the right one. “Why do I say ‘no’? I say ‘no’ because it’s not the level of challenge that I want,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.”It’s not a question of [saying], ‘okay I have this offer and I’m going to take it’.”I have to be patient and wait for the right opportunity and the right opportunity is one that is at the same size and the same level that I am as a manager.”After beginning his managerial career with Benfica, Mourinho has enjoyed stints in charge Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real and Manchester United. Yet to coach a national team however, the 56-year-old has hinted that could be his next step.”I want to compete in new competitions,” he told Eleven Sports in June.”I think about the World Cup and the European Championships. For a long time I have had the desire to try out such an adventure. Right now, I see myself more at a national team than with a new club.”Is Portugal the right team for me? Not necessarily.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
A college football star called out his team’s fan base following his team’s game today.Kentucky football star Kash Daniel called out the Wildcats’ fan base for poor support during his team’s Senior Day game.“I’m really disappointed,” Daniel told reporters. “That stadium should have been filled out to the max. You’ve got a ranked team, first eight-wins (season) since the ’80s. You got to see Josh Allen break a sack record here. And look at this, you’ve got Nebraska — a football powerhouse, wins national championships — still sells out 80,000-plus when they went 0-5.”Kash Daniel is not happy with the attendance in Kroger Field today. pic.twitter.com/EbIZKV8ait— Erika Bonner (@ErikaBonnerKYK) November 17, 2018Here’s what the crowd looked like at kickoff:Coin toss for Kentucky-Middle Tennessee at Kroger Field #bbn #ukfootball pic.twitter.com/m9HNv2NouB— John Clay (@johnclayiv) November 17, 2018Daniel certainly has a point. It would’ve been nice to see Kentucky’s fan base show up in a bigger way today.
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns watches players warm up before the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The officiating in this afternoon’s Big 12 Championship Game between Oklahoma and Texas has been questionable for most of the afternoon and we just had what appeared to be a huge missed call.The Longhorns, down three and looking to take a game-leading drive, appeared to get interfered with by Oklahoma’s secondary on a key pass attempt.The pass interference penalty wasn’t called, though.Texas ended up having to give Oklahoma the ball back, trailing 30-27 midway through the fourth quarter.Here’s the play:Explain why THIS is not pass interference?#Big12Championship pic.twitter.com/LuZrER26Wr— ??? (@MikeZimmersEars) December 1, 2018For those wondering: This is the highest-rated officiating crew the Big 12 has to offer.Reminder: This is the highest-rated referee crew in the Big 12.— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) December 1, 2018Fans from both programs have been upset with the officiating for most of the contest. Hopefully there are no huge blown calls in the game’s final minutes.Oklahoma and Texas are playing on ABC.