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Liverpool’s Alisson to miss Champions League.

Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson won’t be available for their Champions League last-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid.
Alisson with a hip injury will also miss Saturday’s home Premier League game against Bournemouth and is a doubt for the Merseyside derby at Everton on 16 March.

Liverpool host Atletico on Wednesday, trailing 1-0 from the first leg.

“He is not available for tomorrow and then the next week,” manager Jurgen Klopp said of the 27-year-old.

“We have to judge the situation. I would say after the international break, 100%. Whatever we can get before that we will see.”

Alisson has also been left out of the Brazil squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru on March 28 and 1 April.

The Brazil international, who has played 28 times for Liverpool this season, picked up the injury in training before Tuesday’s 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round defeat at Chelsea.

Alisson – the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he joined Liverpool from Roma in 2018 in a deal worth up to £66.8m – also missed nine weeks of the campaign with a calf injury sustained in their opening league match against Norwich City in August.

“He [Alisson] had a little incident in training before the Chelsea game,” Klopp said.

“We all thought it was nothing and it was clear he would not play anyway. The plan was that he would be on the bench.

“There was a scan the next day and they found something, so now he is out.”


Barcelona Tracks Ajax Goalkeeper André Onana

Barcelona are monitoring Andre Onana, of Ajax, as they explore options to replace back up goalkeeper Neto – while Chelsea also retain interest in the Cameroon international.

The Blues’ goalkeeping situation has been the subject of much debate in recent weeks after manager Frank Lampard dropped Kepa Arrizabalaga following a series of underwhelming performances.

Frank Lampard,Kepa Arrizabalaga
The Spaniard did not return to the lineup for the 2-0 loss to Manchester United, fuelling reports a new goalkeeper could arrive in the summer. One such candidate is Onana, and Sport believe that Chelsea are leading the race to sign the Cameroon international.

This is not the first time that Onana has been mentioned as a potential option for Chelsea. A previous report suggested the 23-year-old had expressed an interest in moving to Stamford Bridge, with a deal likely to cost around the €40m mark.dutch eredivisie”ajax amsterdam v rkc waalwijk”

However, that figure could increase if other sides choose to try sign Onana as well, and Sport certainly believe that could be the case.

Andre Onana
The main focal point of the article is Barcelona’s interest in the goalkeeper. La Blaugrana are thought to be uncertain whether current backup Neto is good enough for the club, and they are said to have already reached out to Onana, who spent five years in Barcelona’s academy between 2010 and 2015.

Sport even add that it is Onana’s dream to be Barcelona’s starting goalkeeper, and he would be prepared to accept a secondary role as it would give him a chance to prove himself.

There is also thought to be interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, but Chelsea are believed to be ahead of the rest of the pack.

A move to Chelsea would certainly make sense. It seems like Lampard is unconvinced by Arrizabalaga – so much so that he is reported to have clashed with Chelsea officials over his reluctance to use the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.

If Chelsea do decide to move on from Arrizabalaga, Onana certainly appears to be a viable option, and it would not be the first piece of business between the clubs, with Hakim Ziyech set to join the Blues in the summer.


Why fans need to be patient with Arrizabalaga ..

When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your season – at least the Chelsea supporters will be there for you, right Kepa? Well, according to the recent backlash the stopper has received, not exactly.

Following Chelsea’s disappointing 2-2 draw against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge last Tuesday (a game which saw the Gunners score twice with just two shots), Chelsea fans are starting to lose their patience with the team’s first-choice keeper. That’s if that haven’t already given up on the Spaniard.

This season, Kepa’s disappointing performances haven’t been hard to come by, with the 25-year-old recording the worst save percentage in the Premier League, saving just 53.6% of shots he has faced. The Blues have also conceded from 16% of shots faced in the league this season – the highest of any other side in the competition.

However – alarming stats aside – there is still a heap load of evidence which proves why Chelsea fans need to give the youngster more time, keeping that much-needed faith in their record signing.

Speaking of young, Kepa is exactly that – young. Well, for a goalkeeper at least. In an extremely youthful side, he is in fact years ahead of some of the younger prospects – including the likes of both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James – players excelling at the mere ages of 19 and 20. However, in goalkeeping terms, Kepa still has years to improve and become on the best in the business.

Let’s take David de Gea for instance. Another Spanish keeper who struggled when he was first introduced to England’s top tier. Yet, he has now become one of the greatest stoppers to ever feature in the Premier League.

Not only is Kepa young, but he is currently experiencing an enormous amount of pressure from his teammates, manager and fans – something that comes with the hefty £72m price tag, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in history.

When Thibaut Courtois left the Blues back in 2018, they needed someone to replace the Belgian stopper, with Chelsea reaching deep into their pockets for Athletic Club’s young and promising prospect. Yet, the reason why Chelsea were willing to spend so big was simply down to investment, hoping that he would take his place between the posts for many years to come. And that’s exactly why Chelsea supporters need to be patient – because he still has so much more to give and is yet to reach the prime of his career.

It’s also worth noting that Kepa isn’t the only reason why Chelsea have conceded so many goals this campaign, with Frank Lampard’s squad massively struggling in defence. The boss is yet to figure out his best starting backline, switching between the likes of Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen all in the centre of defence, failing to pick out his preferred partnership. Lampard is also struggling in wide areas, with both Cesar Azpilicueta and Emerson struggling to put in a good shift this campaign – and the lack of consistency has surely had a damaging impact on the young keeper.

This Chelsea side also lacks a true leader in defence which a young, upcoming goalkeeper needs – and their inability to defend set pieces proves just how much the Blues are struggling in this department.

There have already been talks about Lampard wanting to sign a new central defender or left-back – and these should be the positions at the top of Chelsea’s wish list, instead of bringing in a new keeper. It’s not just the defence where they’re struggling and the manager has made his intentions of signing a new backup striker and creative player crystal clear, with the West London side lacking that all-important killer instinct and finish. All in all, Kepa’s recent woeful performances haven’t been the sole reason for Chelsea’s inconsistent form – and the young squad is simply just a work in progress.

As the keeper is currently having such a tough spell, it can be easy to forget the times Kepa has saved Chelsea in the past. Who could forget that impressive ‘knee-save’ in the penalty shootout against Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-final of the Europa League last season, securing Chelsea’s place in the final against Arsenal where they went on to win the competition?

It appears that Kepa struggles more with the basics (like saving a near post shot for instance), but things like these can be easily fixed.

Right now, the stopper needs the fans behind him more than ever. Lampard has already admitted to giving Kepa until the end of the season to prove himself in a Chelsea shirt – and the Blues supporters should at least do the same, in hope that he can turn his 2019/2020 campaign around.


Chelsea’s search for Goalkeeper settled after shortlisting United’s goally

Chelsea have discussed a number of different options as they contemplate replacing goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, the latest of which is Manchester United youngster Dean Henderson, who has excelled on loan at Sheffield United.

Current first-choice Kepa has endured a torrid run of form this season and has cost the Blues on a number of occasions. 16% of the shots which Chelsea have faced have resulted in goals, and no other Premier League team has conceded at a higher rate since the stat was first tracked in 2003.

Links to Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope emerged recently, and The Times have since confirmed that Pope’s name has come up in initial discussions as Chelsea look to bring in a more reliable shot stopper.

The report adds that Henderson has also been mentioned as a potential replacement for Arrizabalaga. The 22-year-old has been in fine form out on loan with Sheffield United, and Chelsea have seemingly been impressed.

Dean Henderson, Manchester United Goalkeeper

However, it certainly seems unlikely that United would offload such an exciting youngster to a rival like Chelsea.

A source confirmed to NobleSport earlier in January that Frank Lampard’s search for a winger has been put on hold while they look for a new goalkeeper, as that position has suddenly emerged as one of the weakest in the squad.

Arrizabalaga, who became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper as a result of his £71.6m move to Stamford Bridge in 2018, has failed to live up to expectations so far.

The Spaniard has shown glimpses of his potential, but the excitement appears to have evaporated this season.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea Goalkeeper

While Chelsea’s defensive line is not exempt from criticism, Arrizabalaga has proven to be a real weak link in the Blues’ side, and the fact that no Premier League side has ever officially conceded goals at a higher rate speaks volumes of their struggles.

Backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero could soon find himself in the starting lineup as a result of Arrizabalaga’s frailties, but Chelsea fans will certainly want a more high-profile name in between the sticks in the near future.


Hilarious: Turkey Goalkeeper sent off by referee after saving 2 penalties, his replacer saves the third (Video)

In Turkey, Goalkeeper Ersin Aydin surely had a day he’ll never forget as he helped his club Usakspor beat Turkish third-tier rivals Ergene Velimese.

Ersin, had a day most goalkeepers can only wish for, as he saved two penalties but was yellow carded twice for coming out of his line, so after he was sent off against Ergene Velimese, his replacement, defender Levent Aktug stopped another spot-kick in a thrilling game on Sunday evening.

The match which was still 2-0 as at stoppage time, would have had a more damaging scoreline had Ersin let the penalties be scored- but not only did Ersin keep him team in the game, his teammate came up and saved a penalty as he had no back up keeper .

Watch the thrilling video below.


Nigerian, super falcon goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie crowned world best goalkeeper.

Super Falcons goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie has been named the best goalkeeper in Africa, and the 14th best goalkeeper in the World by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

The 18-year-old who caught the attention of many at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France earlier this year, made three appearances for the Super Falcons at the tournament including the 2-0 win over South Korea, where she became the youngest ever goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a Women’s World Cup.

According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, Chiamaka and South Africa’s Andile Dlamini are the only Africans on the shortlist.

Super Falcons star?Chiamaka Nnadozie named the best female goalkeeper in Africa

Netherland’s Sari Van Veenendaal who won the best keeper’s award at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, is the Best Goalkeeper of The Year, followed by France’s Sarah Bouhaddi, who have won the award three times (2016, 2017, 2018) consecutively.

US keeper Alyssa Naeher next up on the list while Sweden’s Hedvig Lindahl, Sandra Panos of Spain, Almuth Schult from Germany, Laura Giuliani of Italy and England’s Karen Bardsley complete the top five goalkeepers in the world.