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Breaking: Barcelona wants Salah

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The Blaugrana have made the Egyptian forward their top transfer target, according to the Express.

Salah and his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mané have often been linked with moves to Barça’s rivals Real Madrid.

Since Ronald Koeman arrived to take charge at Camp Nou, Barça have been said to be interested to numerous forwards, including Lyon star Memphis Depay.


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Just in: Salah hits stunning HAT-TRICK against leeds

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Liverpool were far from their best in an empty Anfield but they roused themselves to see off a fiercely competitive Leeds United side.


Liverpool’s title defence got off to an entertaining start as they saw off Leeds United 4-3 as the away side found an equaliser three times to give the reigning champions a fright.

The new season was only a few minutes old when Leeds new boy Robin Koch got his Premier League career off to the worst possible start. The German international gave away a penalty for handball after his outstretched arm blocked Mohammed Salah’s shot and the Egyptian thumped home the spot kick.

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Leeds’ Hélder Costa had a goal disallowed soon after but the newly-promoted team were level within ten minutes with a great strike from Jack Harrison. The champions were soon back ahead through Virgil van Dijk after the big Dutchman evaded the attention of Koch from a corner. Far too easy from the new Leeds man and a debut to forget.

At his best Van Dijk makes elite football look incredibly easy but his relaxed style cost his side a goal as he failed to clear a long ball over the top from Stuart Dellas. The Liverpool defender tried to flick it away but only succeeded in prodding it into the path of a grateful Patrick Bamford, who slotted past Allisson.

Four goals within the first half hour in Anfield’s first fixture of the new season but the home side edged ahead with ten minutes of the first half remaining as Salah smashed home his second. Andy Robertson’s cross was nodded away from danger but Salah pounced on the loose ball and sent it crashing into the top corner.

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The pace of the game slowed notably in the second half as defences sought to stop the rot. Liverpool carved some decent chances for Salah and Sadio Mane but Leeds maintained a threat on the break throughout. The away side levelled up for a third time midway through the second half after a great goal from Mateusz Klich. The midfielder broke through the Liverpool lines and fired a great finish into the far corner.

Neither side could find the break-through until the final stages when Rodrigo marked his Premier League debut by dangling a leg toward Fabinho in the box. The penalty gave Salah the chance to complete his hat-trick and the Egyptian duly obliged. A chaotic start to the season for the champions but plenty to build on for Bielsa’s men.

Bielsa sticks to his principles
A trip to the champions is the toughest test on paper for any newly-promoted side but Marcelo BIelsa’s Leeds were never likely to change their style. The aggressive, ball-playing tactics made them one of the best teams to watch in England last year and they caused Liverpool problems constantly. Kalvin Phillips followed up his first England cap with an impressive performance at Anfield, the deep-lying midfielder’s long diagonal ball setting up Jack Harrison for their first. Both Harrison’s and Klich’s goals were strikes of real quality and Leeds’ will certainly cause Premier League sides problems this year.

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Disjointed pre-season takes its toll
Both teams finished their 2019/20 seasons in late July and have had little time to prepare for the new campaign with the recent international break. The less-than-ideal preparations seemed to take its toll with a number of avoidable mistakes from both sides. Koch only signed for Leeds in late August before going away with the German national team and his unfamiliarity with the system showed at times. A number of the goals were the result of defensive errors and neither coach will be particularly happy with their backline. Liverpool looked imperious for much of the last season at home but looked vulnerable against Leeds, although the lack of atmosphere must have taken the wind out of the home side’s sails. New signing Rodrigo looked sluggish and gave away a clumsy penalty with minutes remaining.

Reds’ full-backs struggle to impose themselves
A huge part of Liverpool’s success in recent years has been their full-backs who function as wide play-makers, launching attacks and pushing the side forward. Since the start of the 2018/19 season no Premier League players have racked up more assists than Trent Alexander-Arnold (25) and Andy Robertson (24). The left-back provided the corner for Van Dijk’s goal against Leeds but the full-backs were peripheral for much of the game. Leeds’ high-octane pressing game deprived them of the time and space that they usually enjoyed and they were not as effective as usual. Klopp will hope that teams do not follow their lead for the rest of the campaign


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Salah left on bench in Liverpool first return match

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Mohamed Salah was left on the bench for Liverpool’s first game in 106 days as the Reds look to move within one win of the Premier League title at Everton.

Salah’s place in the front three alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino goes to Takumi Minamino, while Andy Robertson also misses out at left-back with James Milner deputising.

The Egyptian is Liverpool’s top scorer in the league this season with 16 goals.

Jurgen Klopp’s men can end a 30-year wait to win a league title this week with victory in the Merseyside derby and at home to Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Despite concerns over supporters congregating around the stadiums, Sunday’s clash will take place at Everton’s Goodison Park, less than a mile from Liverpool’s Anfield home.

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Van Dijk, Mane and Salah make EA Sports’ PL Team of the Season so far

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Liverpool stars Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are among three of seven players from the club to make it into EA Sports’ Team of the Season So Far.

Club captain Jordan Henderson, fullbacks Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson and goalkeeper Alisson were the other members of Jurgen Klopp’s side to make the 20-man squad.

Wolves winger Adama Traore and Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson – who was rated the lowest with 88 – were also included in the team, but there was no place for Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane.

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The England captain was ruled out of action two months before the coronavirus crisis caused football matches to be postponed.

However, teammate Heung-min Son did make the cut, as did forwards from all but one of the so-called ‘Top Six’.

They came in the form of Arsenal and Manchester City strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Aguero – who were both rated 96- as well as Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

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Man City, Leicester and Man United all had at least one other representative, with midfield dynamos Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne – who was joint-highest rated on 99 with Van Dijk – included for Pep Guardiola’s men.

Meanwhile, Caglar Soyuncu was the other Foxes’ player named and Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined Rashford as Man United’s other representative.

Chelsea and Everton were also represented by a solitary player, with Blues midfielder Mateo Kovacic and Toffees forward Richarlison also included.


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😱😱😱Mohamed Salah Can Stand As Sacrifice for Timo Werner’s Move


Liverpool fans have been warned that Mohamed Salah could be the man to make way for Timo Werner in their squad, should the German arrive at Anfield at the end of the season.

The Reds have been linked with a move for the RB Leipzig forward for some time now, and are favourites to secure his signing at the end of the current campaign as they aim to avoid their front line getting stale.


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Quoted on Reliable Sources while talking about his team of the season, pundit Charlie Nicholas said: “As much as Liverpool are talking about Timo Werner coming from RB Leipzig and potential other buys, it might be Salah that gets moved on. I would be careful about Mane, as I believe even Lionel Messi picked him as one of his Ballon d’Or choices.

“Salah has been great and Liverpool fans love him, but the two they may want to keep are Mane and Firmino. They have more options about them, not better players necessarily. Salah is that type as he gets the goals.”


Jamie Carragher, though, has insisted that Jurgen Klopp can keep things ticking over without having to sell any of their first-team players – either for financial reasons or for reasons of keeping players happy with their playing time.

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“No, they don’t need to let anybody go, they just need to add to the squad that they’ve got,” he told Viasport in February.


“Don’t forget that Liverpool never signed a player last summer so you would think there is a lot of money there waiting to be spent. Jurgen Klopp is maybe just waiting, another year on, some players have got another year older and then he can maybe refresh it.”

Werner’s arrival could, though, spell the end of backup striker Divock Origi’s time on Merseyside.


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Liverpool 3-2 West Ham: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Leaders Survive Hammers Scare


Liverpool came from behind to beat West Ham 3-2 in an enthralling game at Anfield in the Premier League on Monday night.

Sadio Mané’s effort ten minutes from time saw Jürgen Klopp’s troops over the line but the league leaders were forced to work hard for their record-equalling 18th league victory in a row.

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Latest: Timo werner speak on Liverpool links ahead summer move


RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has admitted that he is honoured to be linked with Liverpool, but hinted that he may not be ready to make the move.

The Reds are believed to be on the lookout for attacking reinforcements this summer, and Werner has been touted as one of their top targets.

Links to Werner have grown and grown in recent weeks, and the striker himself has clearly noticed them. He told Viasport that he was delighted with the rumours, but was eager to distance himself from a possible transfer.

“I know Liverpool is the best team in the moment in the world,” Werner said. “When you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud.


“But in case of that, it’s a pleasure but I know at Liverpool there are a lot of good players and I know I have to improve myself to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”

He’s not wrong about the strength of Liverpool’s squad. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané have formed perhaps the most devastating attacking trio around, so forcing his way into the team could be a difficult task for Werner.

After scoring in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham, Werner took his tally for the season to 26 goals in 32 appearances this season. That form, coupled with the fact that he is expected to have a release clause of no more than €60m, has made him a wanted man.

Alongside Liverpool, Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for the 23-year-old, while Atlético Madrid are also thought to have expressed an interest.

If Werner does decide to leave Leipzig this summer, he will likely have plenty of options to choose between, and it could come down to which team can offer him the most minutes in the team.

At the moment, it looks like Liverpool might struggle in that regard. It’s hard to see Jürgen Klopp dropping any of Salah, Firmino or Mané, but the boss might have a few tricks up his sleeve to convince Werner to sign


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Egypt, Liverpool clashes over Mohammed Salah


The Egyptian Football Association and Liverpool Football club are at loggerheads after the Egyptian FA announced it will be adding star player Mo Salah to it’s list of players to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


Egypt qualified for the tournament after reaching the 2019 U23 Africa Cup of Nations final in 2019, and as they are able to call upon three over-aged players, Salah was picked by The Olympic team coach Shawky Gharib.

The men’s tournament is scheduled to run from July 24 to August 9, ensuring Liverpool’s current leading goalscorer would miss the Reds’ pre-season and the start of the 2020/21 Premier League season – which is set to kick off on August 9.


“Out of the three senior players we’ll call-up, Salah is the only one we’re settled on so far because he’s simply one of the top three players in the world,” Gharib said, explaining his decision.

“I haven’t talked to Salah at all about him joining the U23 squad for the Olympics, but in all honesty, his participation in the Olympics will need a little effort from him as well.”


The news has reportedly angered bosses at Liverpool, who believe Salah missing the pre-season will have a negative impact on Liverpool as he is essential to their play and is one of their main men.

Klopp previously said of the possibility of Salah going to the Olympics”


”No decision made yet. Nothing really to say about it. What I have to say to Mo I will say to him and not here (in this press conference). That’s all. No decision made from either side, that’s all I can say.

“I wish we could have the whole squad together for pre-season which is not possible for different reasons – the Euro’s coming up, Copa America again. Yes, Olympic Games – it’s a wonderful tournament but would be not so cool. So far, no decision and you have to wait a little bit.”


Following reports on Wednesday that Klopp might not let Salah go for the Olympics as FIFA has previously acknowledged that clubs are not obliged to release over-age players for the competition – Egypt’s under 23 boss Gharib released a new statement that Salah’s participation will be dependent on Liverpool and Salah:

“Salah’s participation with the Pharaohs team is a decision to be taken only by Salah, his club Liverpool and his coach Jurgen Klopp.

“I have chosen him in an expanded list of 50 players. The final list of 18 players will be submitted next June.”

On Wednesday Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas Issa tweeted: “No decision has been made yet.”


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Fabulous Things Liverpool Could Still Achieve in 2019/20


Things Liverpool Could Still Achieve in 2019/20 Ranked by Likelihood


It’s the winter break and just in case you forgot Liverpool are 22 points clear. Yes, the rest of the league has been wretched but still. Silly.

They’re gonna win the league, surely, but what records will they smash, trash and surpass along the way?

Calculators away, here’s a look at what’s at stake for the Reds as we enter crunch time in a potentially historic campaign…


The Treble

Let’s start with the big one, or the big three. The Treb. El Trebico.

Only once in English football history has a team won the treble. Not a Liverpool 2001 treble, or a Man City domestic treble, or even a (snigger) Mourinho treble, but the actual Premier League-FA Cup-Champions League combo. Of course, that team was Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in 1999.

Across Europe, only Celtic (1967), Ajax (1972), PSV (1988), Barcelona (2009 and 2015), Inter (2010) and Bayern Munich (2013) have ever achieved the feat, which separates the really, really good teams from the legendary ones.

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Just in: United fined over furious reactions


Manchester United have been fined £20,000 for the way their players reacted to Roberto Firmino’s disallowed goal against the Red Devils on Sunday.

Most of the United side were disgusted by Craig Pawson’s decision to allow Roberto Firmino’s neat finish – which would’ve put Liverpool 2-0 up in the first half – after Virgil van Dijk obstructed David de Gea as the pair contested Mohamed Salah’s skewed effort at goal.


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Firmino’s strike, however, was eventually chalked off after VAR intervention, with De Gea booked for his aggressive approach to the referee after the ball hit the back of the net.

United later admitted a breach of FA Rule E20 for ‘failure to ensure the players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion’.

A statement from the FA read, as quoted by the Daily Mirror: “Manchester United FC has been fined £20,000 after admitting a breach of FA Rule E20 and accepting the standard penalty.

“The club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 26th minute of a Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on 19 January 2020.”


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After van Dijk had put the imperious hosts 1-0 up, the disallowed goal enabled the visitors a route back into the game. But despite some late pressure, they failed to break the Liverpool wall and eventually fell to a 2-0 defeat – with Salah rounding things off on the counter in added time.

Speaking post-match at Anfield, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believed his players’ reaction to the disallowed goal was justified: “Maybe I shouldn’t talk too much about that. Let’s get that decision done but, it [the goal] was overturned.

“I reacted myself because everybody could see it was a foul,” he added.

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It wasn’t the first time De Gea and United had been subject of an incident like this in recent weeks. In the 1-1 draw with Everton in mid-December, the Toffees’ goal came after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had seemed to obstruct De Gea’s effort to clear a corner, resulting in a Victor Lindelof own goal at the back post.

On that occasion, however, they didn’t get the rub of the green.


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Leaked: Liverpool New Balance Kits For 2020/21.

Images of Liverpool kits designed by New Balance for the 2020/21 campaign that will never actually be released have been leaked online, showing what the Reds could have been wearing next season had they not switched their contract to Nike.

Liverpool kits have been manufactured by New Balance since 2015, but with the contract ending this year, the club sought to agree a new partnership with Nike.

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New Balance contested it, claiming their existing contract entitled them to a renewal if they matched a rival offer. The case went to the high court, but the judge sided with Liverpool, enabling the club to drop New Balance and go ahead with the new Nike deal.

Nike’s offer comes with the promise of far greater marketing reach, including the use of global superstar athletes from other sports – the likes of LeBron James and Serena Williams – partnering with Liverpool to promote the club’s merchandise.

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Yet New Balance were seemingly already well prepared to continue because pictures of home, away, third and goalkeeper kits have appeared on social media.

Images of the designs were shared by a Twitter user by the name of @KBX2. Alongside a red home shirt featuring a subtle pattern was a yellow away strip and a dark third kit featuring a vibrant trim. There is also a black goalkeeper shirt with grey and red trim.

The designs each feature subtle extra detailing, such as club slogans printed on the inside of the badge – the home kit was to feature the lyrics from ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ on the inside of the collar.

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Salah Takes Liverpool Into Premier League Victory.

Liverpool moved 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League thanks to Mohamed Salah’s double, but had some wasteful finishing from bottom-of-the-table Watford to thank for a 2-0 victory at Anfield.

The Hornets remain six points adrift of safety, but will wonder how they headed home empty handed after enjoying the vast majority of the chances against the European champions.

Salah produced the two moments of real quality from Jurgen Klopp’s men by finishing off from a rapid counter-attack from a Watford corner to open the scoring before flicking home a second a minute from time.

Nigel Pearson was taking charge of Watford for the first time and the impetus of a new manager showed with the 40-point difference between the sides at opposite ends of the table not in evidence in their performances.

However, the big difference was obvious in both boxes as the league’s lowest scorers passed up a host of huge opportunities, whilst Salah was deadly.

Only Watford’s profligacy allowed Liverpool to keep a first clean sheet at Anfield all season as Troy Deeney just failed to reach a teasing cross across the face of goal before Will Hughes dragged a shot just side.

Abdoulaye Doucoure then completely miscued with the goal at his mercy from Etienne Capoue’s clever cut-back with what incredibly was only the second most embarrassing mishit of the half from Watford.

After so many missed chances, the visitors were made to pay by the ruthless runaway leaders as 15 seconds after a Watford corner, the ball was in their net.

All three of Liverpool’s attacking trident were involved as Roberto Firmino’s pass over his head freed Sadio Mane down the left and he fed Salah to cut inside on his weaker right foot to bend the ball brilliantly into the far corner.

Watford should still have been level before the break when Ismaila Sarr somehow also failed to connect with Alisson Becker grounded after parrying Gerard Deulofeu’s cross.

Sarr was wasteful again at the start to the second half as he blasted straight at Alisson with Deeney pleading for a cross.

Liverpool’s extra quality in the final third was in evidence once more when Mane headed in from Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross, but the Senegalese’s celebrations were cut short when the goal was ruled out by a VAR for the most marginal of offside calls.

That handed Pearson’s men a lifeline, but again they failed to take their chance to capitalise when Deulofeu broke clean through on goal only for Alisson to save once more.

This was Liverpool’s seventh game in a run of 15 matches in 50 days across five competitions and the strain on Jurgen Klopp’s squad was not only shown in a jaded display but another injury blow.

Georginio Wijnaldum limped off on the hour mark and could now be a doubt for the Reds’ attempt to win the Club World Cup in Qatar later this week.

However, Liverpool will travel to the Middle East in buoyant mood even if Leicester manage to cut their double-digit lead back to eight points when the Foxes host Norwich later on Saturday.

Salah made sure of the points late on with an imaginative finish to turn home Divock Origi’s mishit shot.

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In – Why Salah rejected Real Madrid new offer.

The latest buzz in the European transfer market is that Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has apparently rejected a move to Real Madrid citing a rather surprising reason.

The reason, according to reports, is that he does not want to be a teammate of Sergio Ramos.

According to a report carried by El Desmaruque, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wanted to bring a world-class footballer like Mohamed Salah to his club.

However, he had rejected the offer by stating that he would not like to be the teammate of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

For the uninitiated, both Ramos and Salah have a bit of history. This is from the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League final. Notably, the Liverpool forward has not yet forgiven Ramos for the injury the latter caused him in the final.

Ramos had tugged at Salah’s left arm during a tackle and brought him down which caused Salah to leave the ground in some visible pain.

Madrid eventually went on to win the game 3-1 and Liverpool missed Salah on the field. Liverpool waited for one entire year to be crowned as the UEFA Champions League winner.

It seems like the Egyptian forward has still not forgotten or forgiven Ramos.

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