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  • African All Stars Transfer News & Ru...

    Kevin-Prince Boateng set to join Barcelona on loan Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng is close to signing for Barcelona on loan from Sassuolo, according to SkySports. The fee is reported to be in the region of €2m with an option to buy at €8m with Barcelona ready to c...

    African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Kevin-Prince Boateng set to join Barcelona on loan

    Kevin-Prince Boateng set to join Barcelona on loan Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng is close to signing for Barcelona on loan from Sassuolo, according to SkySports. The fee is reported to be in the region of €2m with an option to buy at €8m with Barcelona ready to complete the move very soon. The 31-year-old joined Sassuolo from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer and has notched five goals in 15 appearances this season. Watford in talks for Cornet Watford have opened talks with Lyon over the availability and signing of Ivorian star Maxwel Cornet, report SkySports. Cornet has found game time limited in the French Ligue 1 this season starting only three league games so far. Angers eye Aston Villa's Kodija Ligue 1 strugglers Angers are hoping to sign Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia on loan this month, according to Express and Star. Tammy Abraham’s form has hindered the 29-year-old’s chances in Dean Smith’s squad and might return to the club where he played in the 2014-15 season. Kodija could also be interested in the move to secure a place in Cote d'Ivoire's squad for the upcoming 2019 Afcon scheduled for June in Egypt. Sevilla plan short-term deal for Slimani Sevilla are interested in a loan arrangement for Leicester City striker Islam Slimani until the end of the season, according to Marca. The Algerian international is currently on loan at Fenerbahce but has scored just four goals in 21 appearances for the Turkish giants.

  • ‘Salah’s messing with his reputation’, w...

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks has warned Liverpool star Mohamed Salah against diving. The 26-year-old was accused of trying to con the referee to win a penalty in their 4-3 win over Crystal Palace; a game the forward bagged a brace. In the first-half of the encounter, a...

    ‘Salah’s messing with his reputation’, warns Ex-Tottenham striker Crooks amid diving row

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks has warned Liverpool star Mohamed Salah against diving. The 26-year-old was accused of trying to con the referee to win a penalty in their 4-3 win over Crystal Palace; a game the forward bagged a brace. In the first-half of the encounter, an incident with Palace defender Mamadou Sakho saw the former Roma player go down in the box. The 26-year-old has built an impressive reputation for himself in the league after winning the PFA Player of the Year, Golden Boot award, among several other prizes last season and Crooks, 60, has urged the Egypt international not to soil his credibility. “It’s pathetic. By the way, why doesn’t Klopp say ‘just play the game?'” Crooks said while watching the game for BBC Sport's Final Score. “People are going to tackle you in the box but don’t try and kid everybody because what you’re doing is just messing with your credibility. He’s messing with his reputation. “Very soon, not just the professionals are going to say it’s cheating but the supporters too.” Next up for Salah and Liverpool is a Premier League clash against Leicester City on January 30.  

  • Klopp salutes Liverpool's 'proper warrio...

    Jurgen Klopp has branded his Liverpool side “proper warriors” after seeing them prove that they have the stomach for a Premier League title battle. The Reds cemented a standing at the English top-flight summit on Saturday with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace. They h...

    Klopp salutes Liverpool's 'proper warriors' as Premier League title battle intensifies

    Jurgen Klopp has branded his Liverpool side “proper warriors” after seeing them prove that they have the stomach for a Premier League title battle. The Reds cemented a standing at the English top-flight summit on Saturday with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace. They had trailed in that contest, and been pegged back to 2-2 at one stage, while James Milner was dismissed late on after collecting a second yellow card. Klopp’s side rose to all of the challenges put in front of them, with Mohamed Salah starring once again as he bagged a brace to complement efforts from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Victory for defending champions Manchester City on Sunday means that Liverpool’s lead stands at just four points, but they have displayed commendable fighting spirit to remain at the front of the pack. “These boys are ready to do that, they are real fighters. It’s a bunch of proper warriors – I love that. They all stick their leg in or whatever,” Klopp told the Reds’ official website. “If you would have seen Millie sitting in the dressing room, completely frustrated obviously because of the [red] card but both knees bleeding – where can you get that from on that fantastic pitch? “It was a really hard-fought victory. It’s so cool. It’s just nice then to see the faces of all the people [in the crowd]. You are close enough, you go there and see the happy faces. That’s cool.” Liverpool have already bowed out of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup this season, unlike City, and are hoping to benefit from a less gruelling schedule. Klopp believes his players boast the strength to handle whatever is asked of them, though, with the German confident that mental fatigue and physical fatigue can be avoided. He added: “That’s December. January is not that much. “That’s not the problem; the boys could play from [the mind] now pretty much every second day. They are really in it. “We had to come through the centre-half situation and that somehow worked out; then the full-back situation worked out somehow so far. That’s intense. In midfield, Gini [Wijnaldum] is not in so you cannot make the changes you want. “We need to make sure we are ready. If you remember the first game against Crystal Palace – wow, what a difficult game; Brighton at home, a very difficult game. We had these in the first part of the season as well. “The games will stay difficult, there’s no doubt about that. But the boys showed again they are ready to fight each battle, wherever we go. That’s good.”

  • Klopp hints at Liverpool move into Janua...

    Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Liverpool may be forced into the January transfer market for defensive additions. The Reds appeared to be well-stocked for cover at the back when the winter window swung open. Nathaniel Clyne was allowed to complete a loan switch to Bournemouth as a...

    Klopp hints at Liverpool move into January transfer market

    Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Liverpool may be forced into the January transfer market for defensive additions. The Reds appeared to be well-stocked for cover at the back when the winter window swung open. Nathaniel Clyne was allowed to complete a loan switch to Bournemouth as a result, with Klopp happy with his options at right-back. He has, however, suffered a series of injury and suspension blows since then, with James Milner adding to his selection headache when collecting a late red card in a dramatic 4-3 win over Crystal Palace. Rafa Camacho, who made his Premier League bow against the Eagles, is now Liverpool’s only recognised available right-back, but he is just 18 years of age and lacking in experience. Klopp concedes that he has a decision to make regarding recruitment, telling reporters: “It is a really difficult problem. “I can imagine what people think about this situation but you have to make decisions in moments when decisions are on the table. “That's why Clyney is not here anymore. In that moment we had plenty of options and now we don't have them. That's how it is in our next games. “Trent [Alexander-Arnold] got an injury and it's serious but not that serious. He will be back early but I don't know if early enough for the next game. Maybe the game after [at West Ham]. “Everyone gives me the feeling, Trent as well, that that is absolutely possible but we have to wait and cannot risk anything. We have to come through this situation.” The German added: “Tell me a player who can play right-back, and other positions as well, better than our boys like Rafa can do? “By the way, after training Ki-Jana [Hoever] has a little injury as well, not too serious and he's probably back for the Leicester game but these things happen. “Crystal Palace, of course, had three goalkeepers and all is fine and then the next moment you stand there with one. Do you buy another goalkeeper? I'm not sure. We have to use the resources we have already and that is what we try.” Before Liverpool were able to get Camacho onto the field against Palace in the wake of Milner’s dismissal, Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino was asked to fill in at right-back. “It wasn't the perfect solution,” admitted Klopp. “It was a bit of a surprise, of course, but we had to react pretty quick and Bobby was a centre-half when he started playing, I remembered that at least, but, of course, it's difficult. “We could have done a few things, bringing in Alberto [Moreno] or Rafa immediately, but we had to defend [Wilfried] Zaha with two or three players anyway and Bobby is a very smart player.”

  • ‘Zaha can take over from Hazard at Chels...

    After watching Wilfried Zaha terrorise the defence of his former team Liverpool, Jason McAteer believes the Crystal Palace star could be heir to Eden Hazard's throne at Chelsea. The Cote d'Ivoire international - who earned Jurgen Klopp’s praise - was highly influential in Saturd...

    ‘Zaha can take over from Hazard at Chelsea’, says former Liverpool star

    After watching Wilfried Zaha terrorise the defence of his former team Liverpool, Jason McAteer believes the Crystal Palace star could be heir to Eden Hazard's throne at Chelsea. The Cote d'Ivoire international - who earned Jurgen Klopp’s praise - was highly influential in Saturday's seven-goal thriller at Anfield, which, unfortunately, swung in favour of the Reds. And McAteer opined that Chelsea - who are battling to keep star man Hazard, with Real Madrid lurking - might find his skills useful if the Belgian opts to leave Stamford Bridge. “If it was Chelsea and Hazard went, and I am not saying he is a Hazard, but I think he could slot in there and be that player to get on the ball for them," McAteer said on LFC TV. Zaha's incredible work at Palace has seen him become subject of transfer speculations, the latest being a big-money lure to China. Prior to that, Palace tied him down to a long-term deal that runs through till 2023 and such would see them present a high asking price for their biggest asset. “But if they go to Palace and Palace want £60m, you are thinking [should we pay that?] “If it [the fee] was £25m you'd buy him tomorrow. “And you don't know [if you are Chelsea] if he's that type of player to take over from Hazard.”

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