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Victor Osimhen now on Man Utd radar as unlikely price emerges for Napoli star

Victor Osimhen now on Man Utd radar as unlikely price emerges for Napoli star

Reports in Italy claim Manchester United are now the frontrunners to sign Napoli striker Victor Osimhen during the summer transfer window.

The 23-year-old has been the subject of much attention in recent times due to his goalscoring prowess in Serie A. The Nigeria international bagged 10 Italian top-flight goals from 16 starts in 2020-2021. He has found the net on 13 occasions from 22 starts and 25 appearances this term.

And in all competitions, the African has notched 27 times from 60 outings with I Partenopei. Unsurprisingly, a number of clubs have been taking note, with Newcastle United and Arsenal both linked.

It has been claimed the Magpies offered in excess of €100m for the hitman during the January transfer window. However, there is nothing to substantiate those rumours, with United now said to be keen.

Corriere dello Sport are reporting that the Red Devils have made contact with Napoli over the player. They are keen to learn his price tag and have been told that any suitor must fork out €110 for the man with 20 Nigeria caps.

However, the same report states that the fee is negotiable, with United unlikely to pay that much for the star.

Napoli hold aces in Osimhen deal

Osimhen has been a consistent goalscorer over the past few seasons. Having started his professional career with German club Wolfsburg, the Lagos-born ace moved on loan to Belgian club Charleroi in August 2018.

And it was while he was with Les Zebres that he began to show his true colours. The rangy forward scored 20 goals from 36 outings in all competitions.

That return alerted Lille who paid £20m to bring him to Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Osimhen stayed with the Ligue 1 club for just one season but made his mark, scoring 18 times from 38 outings in all competitions.

Many clubs were linked at the time but it was Napoli who got their man, paying around £67m for the hitman – a club record. He has lived up to the expectation while also dealing with a cheekbone fracture in 2021-2022.

It seems inevitable that the young talent will be on the move but Napoli do not have to rush. He is under contract until the summer of 2025 and so they can bide their time to garner the highest price.

Whether Manchester United do make a sizeable offer only time will tell. Incoming boss Erik ten Hag will have his own ideas and so any big-money links at this time of the year need to be taken with a pinch of salt.

READ MORE: David Beckham says ‘changes’ afoot at Man Utd, as he reveals Cristiano Ronaldo stance

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Jurgen Klopp responds to Man City Haaland news with upbeat Liverpool message

Jurgen Klopp responds to Man City Haaland news with upbeat Liverpool message

Jurgen Klopp feels Erling Haaland moving to Manchester City will ‘set new levels’ but has backed Liverpool to keep competing with the champions.

Haaland, 21, has become the hottest property in European football over the past three years. After bagging 29 goals from 27 appearances in all competitions for Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg, he joined Borussia Dortmund in January 2020. It was thought he might move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs but BVB continued their trend of snaring young talent.

The Norway international carried on finding the net with alarming regularity. He scored 16 times from 18 outings in the second half of 2019-2020 and was on target 41 times from as many games last term.

Despite missing many matches through injury this season, the talented youngster has notched 28 goals from 29 appearances. Unsurprisingly, he has been linked with many top clubs.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea have all been mentioned in connection with the Scandinavian. But reports claim City have got their man and may even confirm the transfer this week.

And Klopp has now responded to the news that Haaland looks set to grace the Etihad.

“If Erling Haaland goes there, it will not weaken them – definitely not,” he told reporters. “I think it’s been spoken about enough and at the moment it’s a lot of talk about money but this transfer will set new levels, let me say it like that.”

Klopp unfazed by Man City Haaland capture

Manchester City are favourites to defend their Premier League title. Their 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United opened up a three-point lead over Liverpool with three games to go.

They had one foot in the Champions League final until Real Madrid’s amazing last-gasp heroics saw them eliminated. The north-west outfit remain the benchmark for other teams to reach and Haaland will only make them stronger.

But Klopp preferred to focus on his own side and remains positive about Liverpool’s future.

“I signed a new contract knowing that City will not stop developing. So it’s not about if City keep flying whether we can be happy or not,” he added.

“It’s about us and what we can make of it. We have so many opportunities and so many different ways to win a football game, and we to find just one.

“That’s possible, obviously, and we can do that.”

The Mirror are reporting that Haaland’s medical has already been completed in Belgium. His goalscoring prowess will make City an even more formidable unit but Liverpool are not short of superstars themselves.

And it may be that the Reds respond with a big-money signing of their own before the start of 2022-2023.

READ MORE: Roberto Firmino injury latest: Jurgen Klopp confirms progress for Liverpool star after foot issue

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Race hots up as West Ham back in for departing Man Utd star

Race hots up as West Ham back in for departing Man Utd star

West Ham United are reportedly keen to reunite with Jesse Lingard when he leaves Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

The Hammers took the 29-year-old on loan during the second half of the 2020-2021 campaign. He had become surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and the move was beneficial to both parties. The forward bagged nine goals and assisted five in 16 Premier League games, proving he was far from a spent force.

The East End outfit made no secret of their desire to take him on a permanent deal. But United refused to play ball as the clubs could not agree on a fee.

The hope was that Lingard would be given more of an opportunity back at the Theatre of Dreams. However, once again he has been on the peripheries this season.

Despite the Red Devils’ struggles, the England ace has been handed just two starts among 16 top-flight appearances, scoring twice. Indeed it seemed as though Newcastle United would end his nightmare during the January transfer window.

Eddie Howe wanted to take him to St James’ Park but once again United’s terms proved unpalatable for the Magpies. Lingard remained with the north-west giants but it is obvious that his days at the club are now numbered.

He will fall out of contract this summer, with no prospect of penning fresh terms. There will be no shortage of suitors when the summer window opens, with Newcastle thought to be still interested.

Barcelona and Juventus have also been linked but the pull to West Ham may be strong.

Lingard still has much to offer

Lingard had become virtually redundant at United before his temporary stint at the London Stadium. The change of scene breathed new life into his stalling career and even saw him back in the England picture.

Jesse Lingard linked with European giants and Newcastle

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard will leave the club and is linked with PSG, AC Milan, Juventus and Newcastle

Hammers fans loved him and he responded with a series of superb displays. The Warrington-born ace knows he is wanted by the capital club.

And the Daily Star are suggesting West Ham will try to persuade him to return south when the dust settles on 2021-2022. He will leave Old Trafford with a bitter taste in his mouth.

Ralf Rangnick refused to give him a farewell outing against Brentford despite obliging other departing stars.

West Ham’s move to sign Lingard makes sense as they know exactly what he is capable of doing. But Newcastle can now rival most clubs in the market for new players.

And the chance to join a club on the up may turn his head towards Tyneside.

READ MORE: Liverpool transfer news: Klopp told why Declan Rice is the only man to replace midfield stalwart

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Premier League teams dealt massive blow in the battle for Crystal Palace wonderkid Michael Olise

Premier League teams dealt massive blow in the battle for Crystal Palace wonderkid Michael Olise

Premier League teams have reportedly been dealt a massive blow in the pursuit of Crystal Palace star Michel Olise as contract extension talks commence.

According to Manchester Evening News, Manchester United have been scouting Olise in recent weeks. As well as this, the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal have also been linked with signing the winger.

Olise is consistently linked with a move away from Selhurst Park after a stellar first Premier League season.

The Athletic, however, are now reporting that Olise has stated his intent to stay at Crystal Palace. Contract renewal talks are also set to be in place.

However, Olise’s wage is rumoured to be staying the same.

The 20-year-old is likely just going to be offered an extension and no pay-rise. His current terms run until 2026. However, Palace also want to increase the release clause that Olise’s contract currently contains.

The release clause is around £35million which would be a profit of around £26million if he is sold at that value.

Palace would like to increase the release clause to a price upwards of £50m. If a price around this mark is agreed, it will be higher than the club-record sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Man Utd.

Olise having impact on Palace

WhoScored say that Olise has averaged a rating of 6.66 across all competitions, showcasing his talent.

Michael Olise may replace Saka at Arsenal this summer

Arsenal are looking at Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise to replace Bakayo Saka this summer.

The winger has contributed to nine goals this season, which isn’t the highest among the Palace team but is still a very respectable number.

During the 2020/21 season, Olise played for Reading in the Championship and had his most prolific season as a professional player.

He contributed to 19 goals in his last season at his boyhood club which is impressive for any player, never mind a player aged only 18.

Where should Olise’s future lie?

The winger has performed way above pre-season expectations and has cemented himself in Patrick Vieira’s starting eleven.

Although he is linked with a host of big teams, the winger should stay put.

He is guaranteed minutes at Selhurst Park. If he went to Man Utd or Chelsea, he would be sat on the bench as a backup.

He is only young so he has a lot of room to develop into a potentially top-class player.

However, as seen with Wilfried Zaha – whom Palace have priced out of a move numerous times – the player may almost become ‘stuck’ in South London despite displaying a high level of quality.

READ MORE: Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah one of four names on Patrick Vieira’s list of Crystal Palace targets

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Bournemouth and Fulham battling to acquire Man Utd backup’s services

Bournemouth and Fulham battling to acquire Man Utd backup’s services

Newly promoted sides Bournemouth and Fulham are competing with one another to acquire the services of Dean Henderson for the upcoming season.

Henderson has been very much out of favour this season due to David De Gea’s incredible form for Manchester United throughout the campaign.

The English goalkeeper has only amassed three first-team appearances so far this campaign despite becoming first choice towards the end of last season.

Sunsport, however, have reported that Henderson is likely to leave Manchester United on a temporary basis this summer.

Both Bournemouth and Fulham are rumoured to be interested in signing Henderson after securing promotion to the Premier League.

The Red Devils have also been reported to be willing to cover half if not more of his wages whilst out on loan.

Bournemouth’s goalkeeper Mark Travers and Fulham’s Marek Rodak may feel a bit out of sorts when hearing this news. This is because each appear in the top five for Championship clean sheets this season.

Travers came through the Cherries academy and the 2021/22 season was his first as the starting goalkeeper.

Man Utd may look to bring in new second- and third-choice goalkeepers in the summer. They do not however want to lose Henderson on a permanent basis, Sunsport reports.

Why Dean Henderson needs the move

Since his successful campaigns at Sheffield United between 2018 and 2020, the goalkeeper hasn’t managed to find his form.

He has been dropped out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad and is reportedly looking for a move ahead of the Qatar World Cup this November.

A move to a team such as Bournemouth or Fulham would be beneficial to Henderson. He would gain some much needed first-team minutes.

If he gained that first-team experience, the likelihood of him being left out of Southgate’s final squad for Qatar could reduce.

Henderson’s Premier League experience

The 26-year-old needs regain his confidence to allow him to reach the same levels he did at Sheffield United.

During his time in the Premier League for the Blades, he managed to gain 13 clean sheets in 36 appearances.

He also achieved an average save percentage of 36.1 according to TransferMarkt, which put him ahead of the likes of De Gea, Kasper Schmeichel and Rui Patricio.

During his time in South Yorkshire, Henderson was also battling for England’s number one spot against Everton’s Jordan Pickford.

He would be a valuable asset to Scott Parker’s team and provide some much-needed Premier League experience to their backline.

Nathaniel Phillips is one of only two members of the Cherries’ defence in the last five games who has experience in the top flight. He is however set to leave at the end of the season to return to his parent club Liverpool.

The acquisition of Henderson would benefit Bournemouth’s defence as he would be able to lead them from the back.

READ MORE: Anthony Elanga quells Man Utd doom and gloom with ‘exciting’ claim about Ten Hag trait

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Watford hold early talks with QPR assistant John Eustace over becoming Hodgson successor

Watford hold early talks with QPR assistant John Eustace over becoming Hodgson successor

Watford have approached their former player John Eustace over the prospect of him replacing Roy Hodgson as manager, a report claims.

Hodgson recently confirmed that this season would be his last as a Premier League manager. With Watford’s relegation since being confirmed, they will need to find someone else to try and lead them back into the top-flight.

The club have gone through a vast array of head coaches during the ownership of the Pozzo family. Now, they are ready to make another change.

And the man they are currently favouring has limited managerial experience of his own. According to the Daily Mail, Watford could appoint John Eustace.

A former midfielder who made 168 appearances for the Hornets between 2008 and 2013, Eustace has been cutting his teeth in coaching since retiring in 2015.

First, the ex-Derby County player took the reins at Kidderminster Harriers in 2016. In each of his two seasons in charge, he led them to the National League play-offs.

Then, in 2018, he got the opportunity to become assistant manager at Queens Park Rangers, under Steve McClaren. He remained at Loftus Road as caretaker manager after McClaren left in 2019 and stayed on after the appointment of Mark Warburton.

Back in March 2022, the 42-year-old also took the role of Republic of Ireland assistant manager.

But now he could be ready for a managerial role of his own again. According to the Mail, Eustace has held talks with Watford over the prospect of him being added to their shortlist of successors to Hodgson.

Watford want to go for a homegrown manager and are also considering Wigan Athletic’s Leam Richardson and MK Dons’ Liam Manning.

All are much younger coaches than the last two Watford have gone for. Neither Claudio Ranieri nor Hodgson were able to steer them away from the relegation zone.

John Eustace pursuit a calculated risk but could swerve Watford trend

Ahead of their rebuild, Watford are looking into a different profile of appointment. Eustace’s past with the club as a player may make him an interesting candidate to consider.

That said, there would be an element of risk in handing the reins to someone who has not led a club since his caretaker stint for QPR between April and June 2019.

Eustace has been working through his coaching badges since, though, and his journey as a manager must start again somewhere.

Knowing Watford, he will have to make a good impression to stand a chance of keeping the job long-term. No manager has completed a full season in charge of them since Javi Gracia in the 2018-19 campaign.

But if Watford are willing to give Eustace time, it would be interesting to see what he can accomplish.

Before that, there are still several steps to take until Watford can firm up an appointment.

READ MORE: Jean-Paul Boetius transfer battle heating up with Norwich, Watford ready to table bids

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Anthony Elanga quells Man Utd doom and gloom with ‘exciting’ claim about Ten Hag trait

Anthony Elanga quells Man Utd doom and gloom with ‘exciting’ claim about Ten Hag trait

Anthony Elanga has lauded Erik ten Hag for his excellent track record of developing young players ahead of his move to Manchester United.

Ajax boss Ten Hag has built up a fantastic reputation for his work with the Eredivisie club both in the Netherlands and across Europe. In fact, the Dutchman took Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals before rebuilding the team.

The likes of Donny van de Beek, Hakim Ziyech and Frenkie de Jong all blossomed under Ten Hag.

The former two are both now in the Premier League, with Man Utd snapping Van de Beek up in 2020.

United also have a number of exciting talents who have come through recently and are progressing well elsewhere.

Sweden international Elanga, 20, has insisted that he is looking forward to working with Ten Hag.

“His experience in Europe, developing young players like myself and we’ve got other young players coming up,” Elanga told Sky Sports.

“He’ll bring exciting football to Old Trafford.

“It all starts from pre-season and how we take in his instructions and tactics.

“He’ll be a great addition to the club and I’m really, really excited to work with him.”

United are having a season to forget, compounded by Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Brighton. Their latest heavy loss comes after defeats such as 4-0 and 5-0 against Liverpool and 4-1 against Watford.

However, Elanga is potentially a sign of things to come in the future. In his breakthrough season at Old Trafford, he has made 26 first-team appearances, chipping in with two goals and three assists.

Elanga and other exciting Man Utd talent

While Elanga is now a fully-fledged member of the first team, more are looking to break through at Old Trafford.

Winger Amad Diallo, the 19-year-old signed from Atalanta in October 2020, has yet to really get his chance. He showed exciting glimpses of his talent last season, but is now on loan at Rangers.

Elsewhere in the team, midfielder James Garner has caught the eye on loan at Nottingham Forest.

The 21-year-old could yet slot straight into the first team under Ten Hag with Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic all leaving.

Behind those players, academy starlets such as Alejandro Garnacho and Charlie McNeill are further signs of things to come.

As such, there may be doom and gloom around Man Utd as it stands, but Ten Hag already has a lot of talent at his disposal.

 

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‘There’s no better learning curve’; Howe philosophical as Newcastle plan to narrow gap to leaders

‘There’s no better learning curve’; Howe philosophical as Newcastle plan to narrow gap to leaders

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe refused to be too downbeat after watching his side mauled by Manchester City and feels his players will learn from the experience.

The Magpies arrived at the Etihad having lost 1-0 to Liverpool last time out. And they left having conceded five in a match that resembled men against boys at times. Raheem Sterling opened and closed the scoring, with his first on 19 minutes and second three minutes into stoppage time.

Aymeric Laporte made it 2-0 at the break while Rodri and Phil Foden also bagged after the interval. The Citizens dominated the match from start to finish, with the Tynesiders struggling to get a kick at times.

And Howe pulled no punches in his assessment of the result.

“The second and third goals, the two set-plays were disappointing from our perspective. Two corners, we’re kicking ourselves,” he told Sky Sports. “We had a good spell after the two subs. We had good chances to score.

“I’m disappointed with the last few minutes, it puts a different view on the game. We had some good passages of play. We tried to be positive. You can’t make individual mistakes here. If you do that you’ll concede – and we did.

“Those small details matter and they punished us. We could have defended both corners better.”

Howe hopes his men improve after facing top two

Playing the nation’s best two teams one after the other was always going to be a tough ask for the north-east outfit. Newcastle have improved dramatically since the turn of the year and relegation is no longer an issue.

The Saudi-backed takeover means they will be able to compete for top players in the summer window. And Howe hopes that those who wear black and white in the future will be better from having faced the title chasers.

“There’s no better learning curve than playing Liverpool and Manchester City,” he added. “They’ve taught us a lot about potential areas we need to improve.

“We can’t be too negative about today. We should view it as a way to come back next season stronger.

Future bright at St James’ Park

Howe recruited well in January, bringing in players that made a real difference. He is expected to be given significant funds in the off-season to bolster his squad even further.

He hopes to bring in a few new faces and appears confident about the way the club is progressing.

“If we can be smart with what we do in the summer and keep the spirit we have in the squad, the future is very bright for the club,” he continued. “The aim when we came in was to stay in the Premier League at all costs.

“I don’t think we’re looking at that [being title contenders] at this stage. We’re looking for progression.”

READ MORE: Newcastle transfer latest: Joelinton named as one of three stars set for summer exit

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Eddie Nketiah outlines how he fought for Arsenal chance he craved but swerves future question

Eddie Nketiah outlines how he fought for Arsenal chance he craved but swerves future question

Eddie Nketiah has reiterated that every player wants to have opportunities, but swerved a question about his Arsenal future after his latest brace.

Nketiah’s future was looking to lie away from Arsenal not so long ago as the end of his contract nears. But a recent return to prominence in Mikel Arteta’s starting lineups has led to fresh speculation over what will come next.

The striker has spoken openly about wanting regular gametime as he approaches the age of 23. For months, it has seemed like he will be more likely to find it by leaving Arsenal as a free agent.

However, Arteta has been giving him more of a chance in recent weeks – and Nketiah has delivered. It all began with a rare start in a defeat to Southampton, before he kept his place four days later against Chelsea on April 20th.

The reward was a brace in a 4-2 win that furthered Arsenal’s European ambitions. Since then, he has been Arteta’s go-to centre-forward.

Nketiah then drew blanks against Manchester United and West Ham. But he was back among the goals in a 2-1 win over Leeds United on Sunday.

Punishing the club he was once on loan at, Nketiah scored twice within the first 10 minutes. His first goal saw him dispossess keeper Illan Meslier and finish first time, before his second was another one-touch finish, this time with his left foot.

Thanks to their three points, Arsenal are now just one win away from securing a top-four finish. Tottenham would not be able to catch them if the north London derby on Thursday goes in the Gunners’ favour.

Nketiah has eventually played his part and is glad to be thriving as a starter.

‘Closer to our objective’

“It’s amazing. It’s always nice to score, but I think it’s a big three points, like I said before the game,” Nketiah told Sky Sports.

“We’ve been working hard and we want to do it for the fans.

“It’s amazing to be able to get the three points and it moves us closer to our objective.

“Any player wants to be playing and have the opportunities. I’ve worked hard throughout the season to make sure I was ready when I got my chance.

“Credit to my teammates for helping me when I play and do what I want.

“I’m just happy to be in the team and helping the team.”

Nketiah avoids contract question

The interview then took a turn when Nketiah was asked if the atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium could convince him to sign a new contract with the club.

But the England under-21s all-time record scorer ignored the contractual part of the question, instead simply praising the Arsenal crowd.

“It’s a great atmosphere here and I think it’s been excellent throughout the whole season,” he responded.

“(I) really feel the connection between the players and the fans.

“It’s amazing to be involved and we are giving our all to make them happier and achieve our objective.”

Nketiah has now scored nine goals from 25 appearances for Arsenal this season, including four from 18 in the Premier League. His overall record for the club reads 22 goals from 89 games.

READ MORE: Arteta explains why Arsenal became ‘nervy’ despite having control over Leeds

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Kortney Hause seeking summer exit after Aston Villa deal fails to have desired effect

Kortney Hause seeking summer exit after Aston Villa deal fails to have desired effect

Reports claim Kortney Hause is keen to leave Aston Villa in the summer despite signing a new contract just a few months ago.

The 26-year-old has become surplus to requirements in recent times and may be looking for an exit in the off-season. The former England Under-21 star joined the Villans on loan in the winter of 2019. They were in the Championship at the time and he enjoyed 12 second-tier outings to help the club gain promotion.

And he made 17 starts among 18 appearances with Villa back in the Premier League the following campaign. However, his game time has dwindled over the past two seasons.

The Londoner made just seven starts in 2020-2021 and he has just four this term, with seven appearances in total. The arrival of Steven Gerrard as manager appears to have had a negative effect on his career.

Hause has started only once with the former Liverpool man in charge. That was back in January as the West Midlanders lost 2-1 to Brentford.

The former Wolves stopper has been seen twice since then. He played 45 minutes as a substitute against Manchester United on January 15 and just one minute against Everton seven days later.

But it is clearly not enough and The Mail suggest the rangy stopper wants a ‘fresh start’ in 2022-2023.

Confusion over Hause future

West Ham were strongly linked with a move for the ex-Wycombe Wanderers man in January. And it seems as though Gerrard was prepared to sanction his exit in the winter window.

On January 9 a report claimed the new boss had given his blessing to Hause’s exit. But 11 days later he penned fresh terms at Villa Park, signing on until the summer of 2025.

It is unclear if Gerrard views the former Gillingham loan star as part of his long-term plans. The arrival of Calum Chambers from Arsenal on January 27 suggests his future might be away from Aston Villa.

Chambers, 27, has been preferred by the manager, with Hause on the peripheries. He was sidelined by an abdominal injury for three months and now has a chest problem.

Newcastle United have also been mentioned in connection with the player. And, despite saying he “felt loved and wanted” by the club when inking a new deal, a summer departure may be on the cards.

Hause is entering the prime years of his career and will not want another campaign warming the bench.

READ MORE: Aston Villa given deadline by Barcelona to complete permanent Coutinho signing

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Liverpool star labelled big weak link due to flaw Tottenham easily exposed

Liverpool star labelled big weak link due to flaw Tottenham easily exposed

Trent Alexander-Arnold looked a shadow of his usual attacking self as Liverpool drew 1-1 with Tottenham, according to Jermaine Jenas.

The Reds suffered a blow to their hopes of completing an unprecedented quadruple by only taking a point at Anfield. Following a goalless first half, Son Heung-min opened the scoring after 56 minutes.

Spurs had soaked up intense Liverpool pressure for most of the first half. Indeed, they only showed glimpses of their counter-attacking prowess.

However, they got an attacking situation spot-on after the break, Son getting a tap-in. At the other end, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane struggled to offer much.

Luis Diaz was the Liverpool bright spark but even his equaliser came via a deflection, such was the solid effort from Tottenham in defence.

On the right of Jurgen Klopp’s side’s attack, Jenas claimed that Alexander-Arnold could have been more effective in his crossing.

“Let’s not forget, Liverpool have had a very intense few weeks and months, going behind against Villarreal early on and having to come back,” Jenas told Match of the Day.

“They just lacked that bit of quality, I thought, in the final third. Usually those crosses you see being picked out, they just looked disconnected.

“Star players like Salah and Mane didn’t come to the party at all.

“Spurs were brilliant, but Liverpool had 47 crosses and 21 of them were from Alexander-Arnold.

“More often than not, it was overhit, not on the money, and when you are up against a team as well drilled as Spurs were today, you are not going to get away with it.”

The result moved Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League table on goal difference. However, Manchester City can go three points clear at the summit with a win at home to Newcastle on Sunday.

Alexander-Arnold blip proves costly

Alexander-Arnold struggled to create much of meaning for Liverpool against Tottenham.

While Tottenham defenders Cristian Romero and Ben Davies deserve credit, the Reds’ right-back was indeed not as effective from the right as he usually is.

He was still a threat at times and the defending helped snuff the danger out.

However, the small drop in quality counted for a lot and shows the high standards Liverpool and City are striving for in each match to carry on winning.

The Reds return to action on Tuesday when they are at Aston Villa for a reunion with Steven Gerrard.

 

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Brendan Rodgers bemoans lacking ‘personality’ and ‘hunger’ from Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers bemoans lacking ‘personality’ and ‘hunger’ from Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers believed Leicester City lacked “personality” as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Everton at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester were back in Premier League action following their Europa Conference League elimination by Roma at the semi-final stage. Back on home soil, they returned to disappointment with a loss against Everton – who in turn boosted their survival chances.

For the Foxes, there is nothing left to play for but pride after what has been an exhausting season. But they did not display the appropriate qualities against Everton.

Vitaliy Mykolenko put the visitors ahead inside six minutes, before Patson Daka pulled one back five minutes after. However, Everton restored their advantage when Mason Holgate scored in the 30th minute.

Leicester have subsequently gone seven games without a win in all competitions. It seems their season, despite some promise not so long ago, is ending with a whimper.

Rodgers takes responsibility for some of their flaws, naming their defending of set pieces as one key concern. But he thinks they needed more personality on the pitch, like the absent James Maddison would have been able to provide.

Rodgers told BBC Sport: “It is a reflection of the way we shot ourselves in the foot so many times this season. That is my responsibility.

“We tried to find different ways not to concede from set pieces. We have to concentrate more but the corners have been an ongoing issue.

“The confidence in the team in dealing with those situations isn’t there. Very disappointing result and performance.

“We missed James Maddison today because he has that personality and talent and today we lacked that.”

Brendan Rodgers reveals post-match message

Rodgers then revealed words were said in the dressing room after the game. But he maintains belief in his group of players, who have made significant progress under his tenure.

He is ready for them to get back to work, though, after an apology to the supporters.

The manager added: “I was interested in the thoughts of the team and a few honest words. They’re a great bunch. I think back to where we were and three years on we’re disappointed not to win a trophy this season.

“But you need the hunger and desire as well as talent and we haven’t seen that. We have to take responsibility and I do.

“We need to get into the training ground tomorrow and put things right. I felt sorry for the supporters today and we need to correct that.”

Leicester’s next game will be against relegated Norwich City at home on Wednesday night.

READ MORE: Lampard explains why Everton confidence is growing after drop-zone-escaping win over Leicester

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Eddie Howe licking his lips as Newcastle target Sangare reveals why PL move a ‘dream’

Eddie Howe licking his lips as Newcastle target Sangare reveals why PL move a ‘dream’

Newcastle and Leicester have been boosted in their pursuit of PSV star Ibrahim Sangare as the midfielder revealed playing in the Premier League is a dream.

The 24-year-old is about to conclude his second season for the Eredivisie outfit. And it might end with silverware in the trophy cabinet as the Rood-witten are still in the title hunt. With three games to play, Roger Schmidt’s side trail table-topping Ajax by four points.

The Ivory Coast international has played his part, making 23 starts among 26 league appearances. He is primarily a defensive midfielder, but the African has chipped in with three goals.

The former Toulouse star also made 15 appearances across three different European competitions this term. He played six times in qualifying as PSV just missed out on a place in the group stage of the Champions League.

The talented schemer enjoyed four outings in the Europa League before turning out on five occasions in the Europa Conference League. He has received glowing praise for his displays and, unsurprisingly, a few top clubs have been linked.

Options open for Sangare

Arsenal were mentioned as possible suitors back in October last year. But it is the Magpies and Foxes who now seem interested.

With funds at his disposal, St James’ Park chief Eddie Howe is thought to have made a bid in January. He failed to land his target but may well return for another shot in the summer.

And it seems as though the Ivorian favours a move to England after the Dutch season is finished.

“I am a PSV player, and I am concentrating on the three games we have left this season,” he told De Telegraaf. “I don’t have my head in other things. After that, I’ll go on holiday, and I’ll have time to talk about possible next projects, but until then I don’t want to worry about that.

“Playing in the Premier League is not only a dream of mine but a dream of every footballer. That is the biggest and most important league in the world.”

Legends draw Sangare to Premier League

It appears as though the man from Koumassi is keen to emulate his compatriots who have graced the English top flight.

“As a little boy in Ivory Coast, Chelsea was the club of my heart. Because Didier Drogba, the best Ivorian striker ever, played there,” he added. “He is one of my great idols.

“Later, I also became a fan of Manchester City when Yaya Toure played there. Like me, he played in midfield. Drogba and Toure are the great legends of Ivorian football. Players who really put African football on the map.”

Newcastle certainly have the resources to sign a player valued at around £30m. And their surge up the table over the second  half of the season makes them an attractive proposition for any potential new faces.

READ MORE: Allan Saint-Maximin rates chances of Newcastle exit, with ‘several big clubs’ in for him

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Paratici finds Conte another Serie A gem in Joakim Maehle as raid eyed

Paratici finds Conte another Serie A gem in Joakim Maehle as raid eyed

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly targeting Atalanta wing-back Joakim Maehle this summer to solve a key Antonio Conte problem.

Conte has made his managerial name throughout Europe with his 3-4-3 system. While the three centre-backs offer vital protection at the back, the wing-backs are crucial in both attack and defence.

Spurs have had a problem recruiting full-backs since the departures of Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier.

On the right, Serge Aurier, Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty have all shown glimpses of talent without nailing down the role. On the left, Ryan Sessegnon remains a developing talent, with Sergio Reguilon the main option.

Conte tried and failed to sign Adama Traore for Tottenham in January. The Italian wanted to convert the Wolves winger into a right wing-back.

And heading into the summer transfer window, the Daily Mail adds that Conte is looking at adding Denmark star Maehle on the left.

A Euro 2020 semi-finalist with Denmark, the defender has nine goals from 25 games for his national side.

In Conte’s famous 3-4-3 system, an attacking-minded defender is required to make runs down the wing.

The Atalanta star also has experience against Premier League opposition. Maehle featured in both legs as Atalanta took on Manchester United inside the Champions League this season.

Tottenham director of football Fabio Paratici, formerly of Juventus, is looking to raid Serie A again.

At 24 years of age, Maehle has time to further improve in his role.

Joakim Maehle career so far

Maehle signed his first professional contract with Danish side AaB in 2016 as a 19-year-old.

Solidifying himself as a regular starter in his first season, Maehle then earned a move to Belgian side Genk in 2017. The wing-back was signed as a replacement for Timothy Castagne, who moved to Atalanta.

The Dane enjoyed a successful spell in Belgium, making over 100 appearances for the club over a four-year spell.

Maehle then followed his predecessor to Atalanta in January 2021, for a fee of €10million (£8.5million).

Maehle could now be on the move once again, as Spurs will look to move early once the summer window opens.

Conte is set for a crucial summer transfer window as he looks to keep Spurs progressing on the right path. Champions League football for next season is the current aim, but Tottenham may fail to hit that target.

 

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Leeds warned about crippling loss as Jermaine Beckford makes exit prediction

Leeds warned about crippling loss as Jermaine Beckford makes exit prediction

Leeds United will struggle to cope if they lose Kalvin Phillips this summer and fail to sign a suitable replacement, according to Jermaine Beckford.

The Whites’ talisman enjoyed a successful first season of Premier League football with his boyhood club. In fact, the 26-year-old was vital in seeing Leeds finish ninth. They also tallied one of the highest points totals of a newly-promoted team.

However, the situation has completely changed this season. Injuries to Phillips and other key stars such as Patrick Bamford have hit Leeds hard. As such, they now find themselves in a relegation battle.

Relegation for Leeds would prove hard to stomach so soon after ending their 16-year wait to return to the top flight.

Furthermore, former Whites star Beckford has warned about the potential loss of Phillips by suffering the drop. However, the 38-year-old insisted that the midfielder has unfinished business at Elland Road.

Beckford told the Sunday Mirror: “For me, Kalvin’s future comes down to whether Leeds are in the Premier League next season – as long as they are – I can’t see a reason for him to leave – just yet.

“He’s in the national team, he’s playing in the Premier League for a team he loves and for a team where he is loved.

“Let’s be fair, this is only his second season at this level and he has not completed a full campaign through injury. Financially, he’s on a decent deal and I understand there are discussions to extend that.

“Ultimately, there will come a point where he has a decision to make, particularly if he wants to play Champions League football. But if he is progressing and Leeds are, then I think he will stay for one more season at least.

“That will give the club time to grow and possibly make plans because how would Leeds cope with that loss?”

Phillips has himself insisted that he remains “happy” at Leeds and is committed to Jesse Marsch’s team.

Beckford added that “natural-born leader” Phillips gives others around him “creative freedom” because his footballing intelligence levels are “so high”.

Kalvin Phillips one of two potential Leeds exits

Amid the focus on Phillips’ future at Leeds, the Elland Road club could yet lose Raphinha this summer.

The Brazil international has proved a masterstroke signing following his arrival from Rennes in 2020.

Since then, he has become the talisman in attack. Indeed, he leads the scoring charts at Leeds this season with 10 goals.

Reports have claimed that Raphinha could leave for a lower fee if Leeds suffer relegation. Barcelona are supposedly after the 25-year-old.

And while one of those two exits would prove damaging, the Whites will want to avoid losing both the winger and Phillips in the same transfer window.

 

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Klopp told why Declan Rice is the only man to replace midfield stalwart

Klopp told why Declan Rice is the only man to replace midfield stalwart

Liverpool have been told that Declan Rice is the man to turn to if they are going to replace skipper Jordan Henderson any time soon.

Despite having many critics during his 11 years at Anfield, Henderson led the Reds to their first Premier League title success in 30 years in 2020 and lifted a seventh Champions League just a year earlier.

However, he is no longer considered an automatic selection for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Indeed, Naby Keita was preferred for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at Villarreal in midweek.

Henderson is still a key cog in Klopp’s midfield engine room though. Indeed, he only signed a new four-year contract with Liverpool last summer.

But with some calls suggesting he could eventually be frozen out on Merseyside, former Anfield man Danny Murphy thinks Rice is the man who should replace him.

The West Ham star will not come cheap, however, with David Moyes rating him at a whopping £150million.

Despite that loft figure, Murphy insists Rice would be a ‘phenomenal’ signing.

Rice still has room to improve

Speaking to Anfield Watch, on behalf of The Punters Page, Murphy said: “Declan Rice for me 100%. I think if you’re looking for a Jordan Henderson replacement, then you need somebody who could be there for the next ten years.

“Rice is a super athlete; he can get box-to-box like Henderson and he leads others around him.

“He doesn’t have to play the holding role, but he could if Fabinho got injured, and I think he could become a great number eight in a better side.

“He’ll be able to get forward more and score goals which he has shown at times. I know he’ll be really expensive, and Liverpool won’t pay that sort of money. But if you’re asking me from a fan’s mindset and a pundit mindset, then if Liverpool were to only sign Declan Rice it would be a phenomenal signing. But as I say I think it would be unlikely.”

Rice has notched six goals in 50 games in all competitions for the Hammers this term, adding four assists.

Henderson, in comparison, has netted three times and he does have more assists with six in 51 games.

Rice suits frantic Klopp style

The one thing you have to have in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield is energy and Rice has that in abundance.

The fact that he is still developing his game would also make him a dream to work with alongside Klopp, who is renowned for improving players.

Despite all that, it’s harsh on Henderson that may pundits feel his Liverpool career is on the slide.

At 31, he still has plenty to give and could be the man that leads the club to an unprecedented quadruple this term.

READ MORE: Luis Diaz settling in thanks to six Liverpool teammates

 

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Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool dressing room affected by draw, but he maintains positive mindset

Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool dressing room affected by draw, but he maintains positive mindset

Jurgen Klopp admits the Liverpool dressing room ‘is not flying’ after their 1-1 draw with Tottenham at Anfield.

The Reds went behind in the 56th minute when Heung-min Son finished off a swift move from the away side. Harry Kane and Ryan Sessegnon were both involved in the build up.

Liverpool pressed for an equaliser and got it with 16 minutes to go. Luis Diaz cut inside from the left flank and shot at goal, with his strike going in off the boot of Rodrigo Bentancur.

The result means Liverpool are still in the mix for the Premier League title, while Tottenham can also still quality for next season’s Champions League.

But both teams will have been hoping for a victory to get the better of Manchester City and Arsenal respectively.

After the match, Jurgen Klopp told BT Sport (via BBC Sport): “I’m really happy with the performance and proud of the mentality they showed against an incredibly good opponent with a game plan.

“A few things today were on a different level, the counter press was outstanding.

“But they scored our goal and we had to keep our calm and increase the pressure and that’s a massive challenge. But we did and scored the equaliser.

Not the result Liverpool wanted, says Jurgen Klopp

“Obviously not the result we wanted but the performance was so that I’m fine.

“It is incredibly difficult to play against an opponent with world class players and world class manager when they have had a week to prepare and we play every three days.”

Klopp was then asked about the mood among the Liverpool players after the spoils were shared. The manager admitted they aren’t ‘flying’, although he also told the stars how they can remain positive.

“The dressing room is not flying, come on, but there are other games to play. We just have to keep going.”

READ MORE: Champions League final – Paul Merson rates Liverpool chances as he makes quadruple prediction

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Antonio Conte reveals Liverpool factor which threatened to disturb Tottenham rhythm at Anfield

Antonio Conte reveals Liverpool factor which threatened to disturb Tottenham rhythm at Anfield

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte spoke about the Anfield atmosphere as having an impact on his players during their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

The north London outfit kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive by sharing the spoils with Liverpool on Merseyside. Heung-min Son reached 20 Premier League goals for the first time in his career when he put Tottenham in front.

The South Korean forward was given an easy finish after some nice work from Harry Kane and then Ryan Sessegnon.

But a deflected shot from Luis Diaz – which hit Rodrigo Bentancur on its way in – helped Liverpool to get level.

The match ended 1-1, as neither side could penetrate the opposition defence for the second time.

During a post-match interview with BT Sport (via BBC Sport), Conte revealed how his Tottenham side had to overcome the imposing Anfield crowd.

“It is not easy to play Liverpool at the moment, especially away with this atmosphere,” he said. “For my players, it was difficult to have a lot of noise around them.

“We have to be happy because we played a good game; we paid great attention defensively and caused problems in attack. We had chances.

“It is a pity because the players are disappointed, but they showed great desire. It is not simple to play against us.

“We need to recover, it was a physical game; Liverpool play every three days, to have this energy is incredible.

“But my team had a great energy. [Arsenal] is an important game because we are still in the race for the Champions League.”

Son ‘proud’ with draw at Anfield

During a post-match interview with BT Sport, goalscorer Son said: “It was a big game; Anfield is obviously not easy. It is a big point, but gutted we didn’t make it at the end.

“Liverpool is one of the best teams in the world at the moment, sometimes we need to defend and we did well today.

“This was our game plan and we could do better with the ball. We have space to improve.

“We work at attacking as a team. We know where to run, which player will be free. This was perfect for our game plan, I am proud but it should be more. I’m exhausted, this is one of the toughest games I’ve ever played.

“Obviously [the Champions League race] is more important than my goals; I try to help the team. If we win, I don’t have to score. I want to play in the Champions League and this is clear in our minds.”

READ MORE: Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn among eight Tottenham sales in bid to satisfy Antonio Conte overhaul plans

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Reims striker plus ‘another one’ heading to Newcastle according to reports

Reims striker plus ‘another one’ heading to Newcastle according to reports

Newcastle United will sign Reims ace Hugo Ekitike and one other striker in the summer transfer window, reports have claimed.

Magpies boss Eddie Howe has two strikers on his wanted list as he looks to bolster his squad. And according to journalist Dean Jones he will get his wish with Ekitike the big signing. Jones also expects another striker to arrive at St James’ Park.

Newcastle have been linked with some big names already. Indeed reports have suggested that Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is a top target for Howe. However it is now looking as though the £84million asking price could be a little rich.

It has often been reported that money is not an issue for Newcastle. The club’s new Saudi owners have plenty of it. But it seems as though they are keen to stay well with in the boundaries of financial fair play. It means that a big outlay on Osimhen is off the table for now.

Newcastle are looking at less expensive options and Ekitike is one of them. The 19-year-old is no stranger to Newcastle. In fact they apparently came close to signing him in January.

A deal failed to materialise and he ended up staying with Reims. It is claimed that a deal may have happened but late interest from elsewhere ruined it. Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain were the two clubs and Ekitike opted to sit tight.

A move looks sure to happen in the summer though and Newcastle face a battle. There is now talk of Sevilla, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Juventus being keen. Manchester United have also been linked.

However Jones is claiming that Newcastle will win the race and get the deal done.

Speaking to GiveMeSport Jones said: “Ekitike is still going to be a guy that probably comes in and one other. That is the one position where he (Eddie Howe) probably will look to sign an exciting name; he’s happy to do that.”

Hugo Ekitike a gamble

The signing of Ekitike carries a certain amount of risk, all signings do. But Newcastle would be taking a gamble here. The 19-year-old clearly has talent and has plenty of time on his side.

He has also shown he has an eye for goal. Ekitike has scored nine goals in 21 appearances this season. He also has three assists. However the majority of his goals came earlier in the season. Things have not gone to plan since then.

The youngster has not played since late February after picking up a hamstring injury. Discipline could also be an issue. He has been sent off on four occasions this season. Put that down to youthful exuberance if you like. It is unlikely to deter Newcastle who may have seen enough already. However there are one or two things to consider before splashing out £33million.

READ MORE: Allan Saint-Maximin rates chances of Newcastle exit, with ‘several big clubs’ in for him

 

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Pundit explains why Klopp has persuaded Liverpool defender to reject move away

Pundit explains why Klopp has persuaded Liverpool defender to reject move away

Joe Gomez will want to stay at Liverpool instead of leaving for more game time amid their quadruple push this season, one pundit has claimed.

The 24-year-old centre-back has enjoyed something of a rollercoaster spell at Anfield following his 2015 signing. After initial injury problems, he played a key part in the Reds’ Premier League and Champions League triumphs.

Last term, he spent most of the campaign out with another lengthy injury issue.

And while he has stayed fit so far this season, Gomez has found regular game time hard to come by. Indeed, last summer’s centre-back addition Ibrahima Konate has taken the third-choice spot in Jurgen Klopp’s ranks.

Gomez has therefore had to settle for playing right-back for when Trent Alexander-Arnold needs a rest. With his contract expiring in 2024, reports have claimed that Gomez could leave Liverpool. Aston Villa and newly-promoted Fulham are supposedly showing interest.

According to former goalkeeper Paul Robinson, though, the Reds’ quadruple push has meant Gomez is “proving his worth” to Klopp.

“Gomez is proving his worth and I think they’ll keep him,” Robinson told Football Insider.

“I don’t think Liverpool will have a problem persuading players to stay either. Yes, players want to play every week but when you are competing for four trophies it is different.#

“If you are in all of the cup competitions until the latter stages, most players will get 20 appearances in a season.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re not a regular starter. If you are a valued squad member you will play your part.

“Where would you want to go? Why would you want to leave Liverpool? They are one of if not the best team in Europe right now.”

Joe Gomez and his role in Liverpool trophy push

Gomez has proved a valuable player to Liverpool and deserves to stay.

However, with his contract running out in 2024, Reds chiefs will soon have to make a decision over his future.

The 24-year-old has, when required to step in, not looked out of place – despite his lack of game time compared to Konate, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk.

Indeed, Gomez captained the Liverpool team in their first two Carabao Cup wins over Norwich and Preston.

He also played in the FA Cup quarter-final win over Nottingham Forest and kept calm amid a barrage of late pressure from the hosts.

Gomez’s other main contributions have come in the Champions League, where he has made seven appearances.

He recently played in the quarter-final second-leg win over Benfica. In the Premier League, Gomez put in a solid display away at Newcastle and has proved he can still offer a great deal to Klopp going forwards.

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Liverpool play out entertaining draw with Tottenham as the two teams keep title, top four hopes alive

Liverpool play out entertaining draw with Tottenham as the two teams keep title, top four hopes alive

Luis Diaz’s deflected strike cancelled out Heung-min Son’s goal as Liverpool and Tottenham played out a fascinating 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Liverpool were looking to keep their Premier League title and quadruple hopes alive, while Tottenham were aiming to get ahead of rivals Arsenal in the race for Champions League qualification. The first half went as many would have been expecting.

Liverpool spent most of the 45 minutes in the Tottenham half, with Antonio Conte’s side attempting to catch them on the counter-attack.

Surprisingly, it was Virgil van Dijk who was Liverpool’s biggest threat. The centre-back headed wide from a corner in the 22nd minute but had better aim later on. He rose above Cristian Romero to send an effort goalwards, only to see it hit the crossbar.

A few minutes later, Liverpool pinched the ball from Dejan Kulusevski, allowing Diaz to play a nice one-two with Sadio Mane. Diaz then attempted to bend a shot into the far corner, only for Hugo Lloris to be equal to his effort.

Tottenham went straight up the other end and had a good chance of their own. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg sent a low drive towards Alisson’s goal from far out, and the Brazilian keeper was lucky to see it come back off the post.

Tottenham opened the scoring in the second half. Emerson sent a looping pass up to Harry Kane, who brought it down unchallenged.

Three touches later and the ball was in the back of the Liverpool net, as Kane played into Ryan Sessegnon’s path and he set up Heung-min Son for a simple finish.

Liverpool get level through Diaz

Jurgen Klopp turned to his bench in the 64th minute in search of a response. Kostas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota came on for Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson respectively.

And the Reds got their equaliser 10 minutes later. Thiago gave the ball to Diaz, and the Colombian cut inside past two players before sending a shot at goal. It took a big deflection off Rodrigo Bentancur to wrong-foot Lloris and send it into the bottom corner.

Both teams probed for a winner, but their respective defences held firm as the spoils were shared on Merseyside.

The result means Liverpool are level on points with title rivals Manchester City, although Pep Guardiola’s side do have a game in hand and play Newcastle tomorrow.

Tottenham, meanwhile, remain in fifth and one point behind Arsenal, who face Leeds on Sunday.

READ MORE: Joe Gomez interest sparks Liverpool into new contract offer to put off quartet of suitors

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Ralph Hasenhuttl sends warning to squad as Southampton suffer heavy defeat

Ralph Hasenhuttl sends warning to squad as Southampton suffer heavy defeat

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes his side are still not safe from the drop after they suffered a 3-0 loss to Brentford.

Two quick-fire goals from Pontus Jansson and Yoane Wissa after fifteen minutes meant Southampton had an uphill battle early doors to compete with. Despite retaining more possession, the Saints never looked like getting back into the game, and a third goal for Brentford finished the game off. The defeat leaves them eight points above the drop, however 18th placed Everton have played three games less than them.

And Hasenhuttl has stated that despite reaching the 40-point landmark, his side are not clear of the drop just yet.

He told BBC Match of the Day: “They were the better team in and around the boxes. If you do nice things in between the two boxes it’s not interesting. They have been the far better team.

“Forty points might not be enough [to stay up]. Two games so we have to be absolutely focused.”

Despite holding 61% of possession, Southampton had less shots on target than the hosts.

While struggling in front of goal, Southampton also have problems at the back.

The Saints have conceded 61 goals from 36 games – with only three sides conceding more this season.

Hasenhuttl said: “We are struggling to score goals. It’s not only on our strikers. We have defended really poorly today.

Ralph Hasenhuttl: “We have to change”

Having admitted his side are not clear from relegation, Hasenhuttl went on to say things must change at the club.

With just two games left to play, one more win will secure safety for the Saints.

However, the Austrian coach admitted his side are not showing enough quality to take all three points from a game.

“We knew how we can create but it’s up to us up front to take something from the chances. Otherwise all the effort we put in is for nothing. They’ve shown how you can win a game in the moment.

“We’re far away from having the quality to win games. That’s what we have to change.

Southampton will next take on title-chasing Liverpool, with the final game away to Leicester City.

READ MORE: Fresh update on Ward-Prowse future as Hasenhuttl reacts to Tottenham rumours

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Arsenal look to pounce on contract delay as part of double Man City raid

Arsenal look to pounce on contract delay as part of double Man City raid

Arsenal are reportedly making steps to bring Raheem Sterling to Emirates Stadium this summer – and cash in on the uncertainty surrounding his Manchester City future.

The England forward is about to enter the final year of his City contract, with the arrangement due to expire in summer 2023. Talks over a new deal have been ongoing for some time, but as of yet, no agreement has been reached.

Indeed, we exclusively revealed last month how Pep Guardiola is growing increasingly concerned that Sterling will decline fresh terms. And should that happen, the Blues will have little choice but to listen to offers for the 27-year-old this summer.

He has consistently been linked with a move to Spain, having made no secret of his wish to play abroad at one stage in his career.

However, Barcelona are currently unlikely to have the funds to sign Sterling. Real Madrid, meanwhile, appear to have priorities elsewhere, despite seemingly missing out on Kylian Mbappe.

That leaves open the possibility of a move within the Premier League and a return to his London roots.

The Gunners, of course, are very much in need of attacking reinforcements this summer. They are chasing at least one new attacker, possibly two, with Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette likely to depart.

And they are no strangers to links with Sterling either. Indeed, their interest in the player has been widely documented on several occasions since Mikel Arteta took charge.

Now Calciomercato.it reports that Arteta is ready to step up his efforts to land Sterling. They are reportedly looking to step in and offer him a sizeable salary to quit the Blues and move back down south.

A deal in the region of £50m is being reported, which would be within Arsenal’s remit.

Raheem Sterling not thinking about his future

Interestingly, Arteta is also being linked with a swoop for his Manchester City teammate Gabriel Jesus. Like Sterling, he too is on a deal that will expire in summer 2023.

And amid claims that Erling Haaland is likely to sign for City in a giant deal this summer, Jesus could be the player to make way.

Deals for both players is likely to set Arsenal back the best part of £80m.

Speaking earlier this week, Sterling suggested he was happy to put talks on his future on hold until the summer.

“At this period it would be selfish to speak of any contract situation. We’ll see how it goes,” he said, prior to Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg tie with Real Madrid.

Sterling said his full focus was on the clash with the Spanish giants as City, beaten finalists last year, look to take another step towards a first Champions League crown.

He said: “Every season it’s always a challenge. It’s the one we’ve not got our hands on and we’re focusing on.

“It’s a special competition, every young player wants to be here. Every time I play I do my best, the music and atmosphere is always special.

“As a forward, I want to be playing, scoring, assisting. Contributing is massive, that’s how you get confidence. I’m happy to get a part of the team.”

Sterling deal ticks plenty of boxes for Arsenal

The chance to bring in Raheem Sterling is one that makes plenty of sense for Arsenal.

The Gunners are a side that are upwardly mobile under Arteta and will hope to secure Champions League football this season.

And if they do that, their prospects of signing the likes of Sterling and Jesus would hugely increase.

With a young squad at his disposal, the Gunners could easily make room for both Sterling and Jesus in their side.

Indeed, a front three of those two and Bukayo Saka would certainly excite.

Providing more goals from a wide area, Sterling would also prove a massive upgrade on Nicolas Pepe, who has struggled to justify his club-record £72m fee, and recently teased his potential exit this summer.

Source: Transfer News – TEAMtalk

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Star addresses transfer speculation as he makes huge Leeds pledge

Star addresses transfer speculation as he makes huge Leeds pledge

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has underlined his commitment to the club and has stressed his wish to continue playing for his hometown club.

The homegrown star is one of Leeds’ most sought-after players. Having come through the ranks at Elland Road, the 26-year-old has established himself as a regular for club and country. Indeed, having been named England’s Player of the Year, Phillips is, understandably, a man in demand.

And given his contract at Leeds is due to expire in 2023, it’s little surprise to see his name taking up plenty of column inches of late.

West Ham were the first side to make their move, seeing a £50m January approach failing. The England man is also high on Newcastle and Aston Villa’s radars. Both sides are looking to add his passing range and tenacity for a tackle to their midfield.

However, Manchester United have also been strongly linked, though a report has outlined three reasons why that move cannot happen.

Either way, Leeds are seemingly playing a risky game over Phillips’ future. Talks over an extension are on hold until Leeds’ Premier League fate is known. With four matches left, United are firmly in the survival scrap alongside Everton and Burnley.

Whatever the future lies, Phillips has underlined his desire to stay at Leeds.

“I’ve made my intentions clear that I want to be at Leeds and I’ll focus on that until my contract ends,” Phillips told BBC West Yorkshire Sport.

“It’s always been something that I’m not really worried about. It’s always been something I’ve been confident in. There’s always going to be noise when you’re an England international and you’re playing for one of the biggest teams in the country.

“Until the end of the season, I’ll be happy at Leeds and I always will be.”

Kalvin Phillips focused on Leeds survival

Phillips’ immediate and sole priority right now is ensuring Leeds get the results needed to survive in the Premier League.

After 16 years in the wilderness, it would be a bitter pill to swallow if the club went down after just two seasons back.

However, they are in decent form with Leeds suffering just one defeat  – last time out to Man City in their last six games.

Addressing the changes new boss Jesse Marsch has made, Phillips added: “He’s giving us the confidence to play and get the results we need.

“There’s been lots to take in, since I’ve got back [from injury]. But he’s been good and had a very positive impact on the group.

“It’s a tough part of the season now. If we don’t get the results we need there’s a possibility we could get relegated.

“That’s not in my mind though. I’m just taking it a game at a time and trying to play the way I’ve always played. I want to be aggressive and help the team as much as possible. That’s what I’ll do until the last game of the season.”

Leeds need star at his best

United will need Kalvin Phillips back to his best as soon as possible if Leeds are to get the results they need to survive. He has looked slightly uncomfortable in the double midfield pivot Marsch has asked him to play in so far.

However, he will need to find his range quickly ahead of a huge week.

Leeds face Arsenal away on Sunday, before crucial home games with Chelsea and Brighton on Wednesday and Sunday week.

Their season concludes with a trip to face Brentford on May 22.

Quite how many points will be needed to survive remains uncertain. As it stands, Leeds are currently on on 34 points, with many suggesting it may need at least 40. As such, Leeds will hope their big players stand up and make it count when they need them most.

Should they survive, Leeds are reportedly considering a fresh move for a Burnley star who has long been a target.

Source: Transfer News – TEAMtalk

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Pep Guardiola to stick with in-form Gabriel Jesus

Pep Guardiola to stick with in-form Gabriel Jesus

Following a great run of form, the predicted Manchester City team to face Newcastle United could see Gabriel Jesus awarded yet another start up front.

City came agonisingly close to making it to the Champions League final in midweek. They were just minutes away, before a Rodrygo brace for Real Madrid took it to extra time, where City were beaten.

The first leg saw City overcome Real 4-3 in an absolute goal fest, where four separate City men scored, including Gabriel Jesus.

Between the European games, the Citizens put four goals past Leeds United, and four players found their way to the scoresheet yet again in the victory, with Jesus hitting the back of the net yet again.

Before that, City beat Watford 5-1, with Jesus netting an incredible four goals. The game prior, City won 3-0 against mid-table Brighton.

Guardiola has kept his cards close to his chest regarding his selection for the next game. He did admit that he “didn’t speak” to his players, though.

With Jesus in such good form, it would be a surprise if he was not included from the start again this weekend.

Last time out – Real Madrid 3-1 Man City

Ederson started in net. The full-back positions were occupied by Kyle Walker – who appeared to aggravate a previous injury – and Joao Cancelo.

Ruben Dias played alongside Aymeric Laporte at centre-back – he looked to be struggling with cramp, but Guardiola did not mention his fitness.

Kevin De Bruyne played with Rodri and Bernardo Silva in midfield.

In-form Jesus was flanked by goalscorer Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden.

Predicted Man City team against Newcastle

Ederson will likely remain in net. Cancelo could move to right-back amid Walker’s injury troubles, with Zinchenko coming in at left-back.

Dias and Laporte could remain in the centre of the defence, should the latter be fit. If not, Stones may return, though there have been question marks over his own fitness.

De Bruyne and Rodri could remain in midfield. Ilkay Gundogan may join them, giving Silva a rest after 120 minutes against Real.

Jesus, following seven goals in his last six games, will likely start in attack. Mahrez could play alongside him, as he was a bright spark in the week. Jack Grealish could replace Foden, given he also played the full 120.

Predicted Man City XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Grealish

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