Liverpool boss Klopp reveals Wijnaldum importanceby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has explained the importance of Gini Wijnaldum to his team.The Dutch midfielder was in fine form in the 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal at Anfield.With the Reds now seven points clear at the top of the table, Klopp signalled out his central midfielder for praise.”He’s an outstanding player,” said the manager to the club’s official website.”He combines a lot of things that you need. On a one-on-one situation, he can keep the body between the opponent and the ball, then pass the ball.”I don’t know how many positions he’s played. In the double-six he plays really well.”He can play all three positions in midfield and that’s really nice. All the boys are really versatile, to be honest.”Hendo came in on Saturday and played the half-space and helped so much with how we defended. He was really lively. But Gini is in a good moment.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool seeking to upgrade Sadio Mane dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are seeking to upgrade Sadio Mane’s deal.The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool have opened talks with Mane over extending his contract.According to reports from France, negotiations have already started between Mane and Liverpool, with the club keen to tie down their forward.Mane’s current contract runs until 2023, but with the Senegal international fast becoming one of his side’s standout stars, the Reds, it appears, are keen to keep the forward for the foreseeable future.The former Southampton man scored twice as Jurgen Klopp’s side made it five wins from five in the Premier League, leaving them top of the Premier League table with a five point lead over Manchester City.
RB Salzburg star Szoboszlai admits his admiration for Liverpool boss Kloppby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRed Bull Salzburg star Dominik Szoboszlai has admitted his admiration for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.Salzburg go to Champions League title holders Liverpool tonight.“Jurgen Klopp has opened a new chapter in the club’s history,” the teenager, who will be scouted by Arsenal at Anfield among other clubs,toldGoal.com.”They are great to watch and I am very much looking forward to facing them at Anfield.“It is a historically huge club – their dramatic win versus AC Milan (in the 2005 Champions League final) was definitely impressive.”Szoboszlai went on to hail the entire Reds squad, although he did single out one of Klopp’s forwards for special praise.“Their whole squad is great but (Roberto) Firmino is someone special,” he added. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Giggs raps Man Utd defender Rojo for Liverpool goalby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Ryan Giggs has criticised Marcos Rojo for his role in Liverpool’s late equaliser on Sunday.The Englishman was free to tap-in the ball from close range after being allowed space by Rojo.”[Aaron] Wan-Bissaka has not played a lot of games, maybe if he was a little bit fitter and sharper he would have got out quicker,’ Giggs told Optus Sport.”But for Rojo to actually go past [Harry] Maguire is strange. If he holds his position maybe he can clear it. ‘Ash [Young] never really gets goal-side.”But if you watch Rojo he just anticipates where the ball is going to be instead of staying with his man.”I think it’s a poor goal to give away. But Liverpool, for that five and ten minutes, were knocking at the door and there you see Robertson crossing the ball a lot further up the pitch.”Where for the majority of the game, him and Trent Alexander-Arnold were crossing the ball from 40, 45 yards out.”
Liverpool and Andy Robertson have agreed a new five-year contract that will tie the defender to the club until 2024.The contract is considered a just reward for the left-back’s progression, which has seen Robertson become one of the top players in the Premier League in his position over the past 12 months.The Scotland international becomes the latest Liverpool player to commit long-term to Jurgen Klopp’s project at Anfield, following the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Joe Gomez. 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? As is club policy, Robertson’s new contract does not contain a release clause.”As soon as the club came to me, it was a no-brainer for me – I want to stay here, so as soon as they put an offer on the table it was signed as quickly as that,” he told the club’s official website.“It was a pretty easy contract for me and I’m sure for the club as well. We both agreed very quickly, that’s why it’s been done so quickly.”It continues a stunning rise of a defender who was once released from Celtic’s academy as a teenager because he was considered too small.He would go onto to feature at Scottish Third Division side Queen’s Park, before moving to Dundee United and later Hull City in 2014.While the then-world record signings of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker are often seen as the big catalysts for Liverpool’s league-best defence this season, plucking Robertson from relegated Hull City in the summer of 2017 has proven an incredible bargain for the Anfield outfit.Though the 24-year-old Robertson initially had trouble breaking into Klopp’s XI after making the £8 million ($10m) move, he established himself as a fixture in the team in the second half of the 2017-18 campaign.Robertson made 22 starts in the Premier League last season, delivering a goal and five assists as he made the position his own during a run that also saw Liverpool progress to the Champions League final.Picking up where he left off last campaign, Robertson has started 20 of Liverpool’s 22 Premier League games this season, helping form a defence that has conceded a Premier League fewest 10 goals – seven better than next best Manchester City and Chelsea.“I hope to achieve success as a team over the course of this new deal,” he added. “This club demands trophies and too long has probably passed without trophies.“So I hope to help bring another couple of trophies to this club and help push in that direction because the fans demand it and the club demands it, so that’s what we aim to give.“We came close, of course we have with the Champions League and things like that, but it’s about taking that next step and hopefully getting a winner’s medal around your neck, whatever competition it is. That is the main aim for us.”The full-back has contributed four assists in the Premier League this season as Liverpool sit top of the table, as well two more in the Champions League, helping the Reds qualify for the knockout stages.In the process, Robertson has stablised a position that in previous seasons saw Alberto Moreno come under criticism for his performances there, as well as Klopp try James Milner there for an extended period.The past year has also seen Robertson rewarded for his domestic success internationally, as the defender has become the latest man to wear the captain’s armband for Scotland. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Chelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed his admiration for Argentina legend Diego Maradona but says that he gives Lionel Messi the edge in the debate over who is the greater player.Maradona has been in the news this week as Asif Kapadia’s much-anticipated movie about his life and career was released in cinemas around the UK.Hudson-Odoi attended the London premiere of the film, which tells the dark and dramatic story of Maradona during seven glorious yet turbulent years at Napoli. 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? “I’m a big fan of Maradona. I’ve been watching him since I was very young,” the Chelsea winger told Goal at Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly Circus.“He was a great player, left-footed. He liked to dribble with the ball and score goals. I’m a big fan.”Asked what qualities he would like to take from the 1986 World Cup hero’s game and bring to his own, Hudson-Odoi replied: “The way that he always loved to create as many goals as possible.“Also, the confidence that he showed in every game – he didn’t care [about others] when he tried to do something – if he made a mistake, he kept on going.“I think I can get that same [level of] confidence and keep doing my stuff and keep being myself.”The perpetual debate among football fans, especially in Argentina, is whether Maradona or Messi should go down in history as the best of all time.Fans of Messi point to his record-breaking exploits at Barcelona over the last 15 years, whereas supporters of Maradona argue that – unlike Messi – their man single-handedly took his country to World Cup success, in addition to his remarkable club achievements at Napoli.Hudson-Odoi sides with the Team Messi camp, although he stressed that he is influenced by the fact that – as an 18 year old – he has seen much more of the Barcelona icon.“They are both great players, they both have done well in their time,” he said.“Messi is obviously a magnificent player, one of the best in the world.“I would say I am Team Messi because obviously he is more of my generation and I watch him more now. So, Team Messi.”Hudson-Odoi, who is recovering from surgery on an Achilles injury that forced him to miss the final weeks of Chelsea’s season, was walking without the use of crutches.Last season, the wideman made 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals before his campaign was cut short.He also made his England debut against the Czech Republic in March, becoming the Three Lions’ youngest ever player in a competitive match.
Lyon boss Sylvinho confirmed Nabil Fekir is in negotiations for a transfer as rumours of the club captain’s impending move to Real Betis gather momentum.The France international, who turned 26 on Thursday, is expected to be announced as a Betis player soon, although a barrier to a reported €25 million (£22m/$28m) move could be Giovani Lo Celso’s unresolved future.Betis are believed to want Fekir as a direct, ready-made replacement for Tottenham target Lo Celso but the Seville-based outfit are also said to be demanding €75m (£67m/$84m) for the Argentina midfielder. 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? That fee would require the usually frugal Spurs to shatter their club record expenditure for the second time in less than a month, having brought in Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for an initial fee of €60m (£54m/$68m).Ndombele’s former Les Gones team-mate Fekir, at least, appears likely to be playing in Spain next season.”We don’t control the situation,” Sylvinho told a news conference.”He is negotiating his transfer, we don’t know when it will be resolved but, for him and for the club, it would be best that it happens as quickly as possible.”Of course we will miss him if he leaves. Nabil is a wonderful player, his technical level is exemplary, and it’s beautiful to watch him play.”Fekir came close to joining the Liverpool last year after months of being linked with a move to Afield, but the deal fell through, reportedly because of a failed medical, and the France international remained to captain Lyon for another season.Fekir scored 12 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions last term as his side finished third in Ligue 1.As well as seeing Ndombele leave for Spurs, Lyon have already waved goodbye to left-back Ferland Mendy, who joined Real Madrid for €48m (£43m/$54m).And the club’s sporting director, Juninho Pernambucano, said last week that he believes Fekir will be the last one to leave this summer.”For now, the only possible departure is Fekir,” Juninho said.”I have spoken with him. It was about personal things, to know his life. I translated for the coach. [Sylvinho] likes him personally.”Betis, meanwhile, have signed Spain Under-20 goalkeeper Dani Martin from Sporting Gijon on a five-year deal.
Eden Hazard claims to have been “a baby” when he joined Chelsea, but now feels mature enough to deliver on the lofty expectations at Real Madrid.The Belgium international is among those to have arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu during another summer of change for Los Blancos.Big money has been invested in prising him away from Stamford Bridge, with the 28-year-old considered to be at the peak of his powers and a good fit for Madrid’s ‘Galactico’ mould. 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? Hazard is aware of the pressure he is about to perform under, but believes he is ready to embrace that challenge after working hard to put himself in such a position.He told Jay Shetty: “When you play for Madrid you have to win every year.“If in a year you do not win the Champions League, the fans are angry but it’s normal at a club like this. You need to win and that’s why I’m here.“What can I contribute? I went to Chelsea seven years ago as a baby but I am more mature now – I have played more than 500 games, but I am 28 years old and I still feel young.“La Liga is completely different from the Premier League but, with experience, you adapt quickly. I think that experience is the most important thing.”Hazard could get his first taste of life as a Real player when they face Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup.He is looking forward to getting going, after so much speculation surrounding his future, and admits that he needs game time in order to build up his sharpness and hit the ground running in 2019-20.Hazard added: “It’s just friendly games [coming up] but for me it’s going to be my first game with Real Madrid so of course I want to impress everyone; my teammates, the boss, the fans so I will try to do my best.“I try to play freely, sometimes it’s difficult in football, but I’m the kind of player who, if he does not play freely, it’s bad.“I like to put myself on the right, then on the left, sometimes in the centre, playing by instinct.“That’s football for me – instinct. I do not think about each action carefully, in a second I make the decision.”That approach has served Hazard well to this point, with a man who has 102 international caps to his name having been a winner of two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, League Cup and a couple of Europa League crowns during a successful spell at Chelsea.
MORGANTOWN, WV – NOVEMBER 04: Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers takes the field against the Iowa State Cyclones at Mountaineer Field on November 04, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Don’t worry everyone, you didn’t accidentally go to work by on a Saturday. The weeknight college football slate has been kicked into high gear.There have been Thursday and Friday night games for most of the year, but this week features 10 games over the next two nights.Three ranked teams are in action during that stretch, and there are five match-ups between Power Five programs.Here’s what this week’s Thursday and Friday night college football schedule looks like.The first game tonight features the No. 13 team in the country.No. 13 West Virginia Mountaineers (5-1, 3-1 Big 12) vs. Baylor Bears (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: FS1Baylor’s taken a step forward, but a trip to Morgantown at night will be a tough ask for year two under Matt Rhule. The Mountaineers are 13.5-point favorites.Ohio Bobcats (4-3, 2-1 MAC) vs. Ball State Cardinals (3-5, 2-2 MAC) (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: CBSSNVeteran coach Frank Solich has developed the Ohio Bobcats into one of the MAC’s most consistent programs. Ohio is -11 at home against the Cardinals.Western Michigan Broncos (6-2, 4-0 MAC) vs. Toledo Rockets (3-4, 1-2 MAC) (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPN2Western Michigan is already bowl eligible, and undefeated in the MAC. The Broncos look for win No. 7 against one of the league’s normal powers—Toledo—in a rare down season. Western Michigan is a 6.5-point favorite.Georgia Southern Eagles (6-1, 3-0 Sun Belt) vs. No. 25 Appalachian State Mountaineers (5-1, 3-0 Sun Belt) (Photo by Todd Bennett/Getty Images)Time: 7:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNUApp State is no stranger to the spotlight. Advanced metrics have loved the Mountaineers all year, and now they’ve broken into the Top 25. Georgia Southern is back to looking like Georgia Southern after some rough years, and are also sitting with just one loss and an undefeated Sun Belt record. App State is a 10-point favorite on the road.Virginia Tech Hokies (4-2, 3-0 ACC) vs. Georgia Tech (3-4, 1-3 ACC) (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Time: 7:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNVirginia Tech has had a roller coaster of a season, but still controls its own destiny to make it to the ACC Championship game. The Hokies are a three-point favorite at home against Georgia Tech.Friday night starts with a big Conference USA game…Florida Atlantic Owls (3-4, 1-2 CUSA) vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (5-2, 3-1 CUSA) (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Time: 6:30 p.m. ETChannel: CBSSNLane Kiffin’s second year in Boca Raton hasn’t gone nearly as well as his first, but the Owls have a chance for a huge conference win against a strong Louisiana Tech squad. FAU is a 3.5-point favorite.Boston College Eagles (5-2, 2-1 ACC) vs. Miami Hurricanes (5-2, 2-1 ACC) (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNBoth of these teams are fighting to be one of the top non-Clemson teams in the morass that is the 2018 ACC. Despite recent struggles, Miami is a 3.5-point road favorite.Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-4, 0-4 Big Ten) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (4-4, 1-4 Big Ten) (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)Time: 8:00 p.m. ETChannel: FS1Two middling Big Ten programs get some prime time attention, and the chance to claw closer to bowl eligibility. Indiana is a 2.5-point road favorite.Colorado State Rams (3-5, 2-2 MW) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (2-6, 0-4 MW)Time: 10:00 p.m. ETChannel: CBSSNThis is a pretty disappointing team for both teams in the Border War. This rivalry dates all the back to 1899. CSU is a narrow 1.5-point home favorite.UCLA Bruins (2-5, 2-2 Pac-12) vs. No. 23 Utah Utes (5-2, 3-2 Pac-12) (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Time: 10:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNUCLA has some signs of life, and is riding a two-game conference winning streak after a brutal start under Chip Kelly. Utah may be the best team in a weak Pac-12 South, however, and is trying to solidify itself as the favorite to represent the division in the conference championship. The Utes are a 10.5-point favorite.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs smiles as he leaves the field after the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Ohio State is believed to be the favorite to land Georgia five-star freshman quarterback Justin Fields, who’s expected to depart the Bulldogs’ program following the Sugar Bowl.Fields has a connection to Ohio State, as he shares a personal quarterback coach with star Buckeyes’ QB Dwayne Haskins.Haskins revealed to reporters at the Rose Bowl that he’s spoken with Fields.“He’s a great kid,” Haskins said, per 247Sports.“He hit me up earlier. He’s just waiting to see what I do. I try to be positive and help as many people as I can. You know, Justin is going through something right now.”Haskins is a big fan of the former five-star recruit, who was ranked the No. 1 dual-threat prospect coming out of high school.Ohio State also has Tate Martell waiting in the wings. Martell appeared to send a “stay away” message to Fields on Twitter earlier this month.Oklahoma and Florida State are also believed to be in contention for Fields.Stay tuned.