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Mourinho: I didn't sell Salah

6 hours 31 min ago
By Danny Gallagher

Last Updated: 27/04/18 12:11am

Jose Mourinho insists he was not the man behind Mohamed Salah's sale at ChelseaJose Mourinho insists he was not the man behind Mohamed Salah's sale at Chelsea Jose Mourinho insists he was not the man behind Mohamed Salah's sale at Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has denied being the man behind Chelsea's sale of now PFA Player of the Year Mohamed Salah, but feels the forward was not physically or mentally ready at the time.

It was under Mourinho that Salah arrived in the Premier League with Chelsea after signing from Basel, but found first-team opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge.

After a season in England the Egyptian was loaned out to Fiorentina, before later undertaking a spell at Roma and signing permanently for the club.

Salah's rise since then has been meteoric and his return to English shores with Liverpool this season has produced 43 goals so far, with fixtures still to play.

Salah returned to the Premier League with Liverpool and has been unstoppableSalah returned to the Premier League with Liverpool and has been unstoppable Salah returned to the Premier League with Liverpool and has been unstoppable

The highest individual accolade has been handed to Salah as a result, although Mourinho stands by his view that the 25-year-old was not ready for English football during his Chelsea days.

"People say that I was the one that sold Salah and it is the opposite. I bought Salah," Mourinho told ESPN Brazil.

"It is the opposite. I was the one that bought Salah. I was the one that told Chelsea to buy Salah. It was with me in charge that Salah came to Chelsea.

"But he came as a young kid, physically he was not ready, mentally he was not ready, socially and culturally he was lost and everything was tough for him.

"We decided to put him on loan and he asked for that as well. He wanted to play more minutes, to mature, he wanted to go and we sent him on loan to Fiorentina, and at Fiorentina he started to mature."

Mourinho maintains selling Salah wasn't a mistake because he wasn't ready for English footballMourinho maintains selling Salah wasn't a mistake because he wasn't ready for English football Mourinho maintains selling Salah wasn't a mistake because he wasn't ready for English football

Despite Salah now being spoken of as a potential future Ballon d'Or candidate, Mourinho suggested the decision to allow the player to leave was not a mistake.

"Chelsea decided to sell him, OK? And when they say that I was the one that sold him it is a lie. I bought him. I agreed to send him on loan, I thought it was necessary," said Mourinho.

"In football we make mistakes a lot of times. So many times some players develop in ways we were not expecting, some others don't reach another level like we thought they would, so I don't even think this is a mistake, it is just part of the job."

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Liverpool worried over Rome security

Thu, 26/04/2018 - 17:00
By Lyall Thomas

Last Updated: 26/04/18 10:51pm

Liverpool remain concerned for the safety of their supporters heading to RomeLiverpool remain concerned for the safety of their supporters heading to Rome Liverpool remain concerned for the safety of their supporters heading to Rome

Liverpool have been forced to call "an extraordinary meeting" over concerns for the security of their supporters at the Champions League second leg in Rome next week.

After a serious incident at Anfield on Tuesday left a 53-year-old man in a critical condition, Reds supporters will have constant police protection in the Italian capital next Wednesday, according to Sky in Italy.

Yet Sky Sports News understands Liverpool remain concerned about the match-day security and operational plan after a frustrating and troubling process of obtaining what they consider to be basic and essential information.

An aerial view of the Stadio Olimpico, where Liverpool will play Roma next weekAn aerial view of the Stadio Olimpico, where Liverpool will play Roma next week An aerial view of the Stadio Olimpico, where Liverpool will play Roma next week

It is understood UEFA, Roma and Liverpool have worked together collaboratively and exhaustively, sharing concerns in a process that began well in advance of the first leg and the events on Merseyside that have only heightened Liverpool's worry.

But the issue is understood to reside with the Italian authorities and a number of lingering concerns have forced the club to take "the exceptional measure of requesting an extraordinary meeting in the Italian capital on Friday, April 27".

Sky Sports News understands the Reds' concerns centre on a safe and secure shuttle service to the ground, safe walking routes, ticket enforcement procedures and what items of belongings can be taken into the ground.

Mohamed Salah will return to his former club after the 5-2 first leg win Mohamed Salah will return to his former club after the 5-2 first leg win Mohamed Salah will return to his former club after the 5-2 first leg win

The Premier League club have offered to meet any additional costs in order to provide a shuttle service, and remain unsure which areas of the city their fans should avoid and what the safest routes to the stadium are if they are unable to use the service.

Liverpool also want confirmation of what time fans can arrive at the stadium and when the turnstiles will open, as well as clarity on whether supporters' names will appear on tickets, and what enforcement procedures will be in place.

The club are also not sure of whether bags will be permitted inside the Stadio Olimpico, which has implications for supporters on day-trips or those leaving straight from the match.

A 53-year-old man was left in a critical condition after an incident outside Anfield A 53-year-old man was left in a critical condition after an incident outside Anfield A 53-year-old man was left in a critical condition after an incident outside Anfield

These have all arisen following a comprehensive reconnaissance undertaken before the first leg by senior club officials and Merseyside Police, who have confirmed that their own officers will also be on the ground in Rome.

Merseyside police confirmed on Thursday that two Italian men have been charged over the incident that left Sean Cox seriously injured earlier this week, and they have been remanded in custody following an appearance at South Sefton Magistrates Court.

Filippo Lombardi, 20, and Daniele Sciusco, 29, gave no indication of their pleas and were not granted bail, and the pair will appear at Liverpool Crown Court on May 24.

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Liverpool: City's greatest threat?

Thu, 26/04/2018 - 11:10

Last Updated: 26/04/18 9:25am

Craig Bellamy has backed Liverpool to mount a serious challenge for Manchester City's Premier League title next season.

Third-placed Liverpool currently sit 19 points behind the champions City in the league, but the Merseysiders inflicted one of their two league defeats and knocked them out of the Champions League with an emphatic 5-1 quarter-final aggregate victory.

Bellamy acknowledges Pep Guardiola will strengthen his squad this summer but believes the additions Jurgen Klopp will make could propel Liverpool to a first league title since 1990.

"I believe Liverpool are one or two players away from mounting a charge on this incredible Manchester City team," he told The Debate.

"The scary thing about it is City will get better too. This season has been that incredible but are they going to reach the same points tally they got this year?

"It'll be difficult to do that next year - all the teams are going to strengthen, the finances allow them to.

"Liverpool aren't going to be selling anyone, they've got Keita coming in, maybe a new goalkeeper, and with a couple of players they're a team who could win a Championship.

"If Guardiola throws anything tactically [at Klopp], this guy can deal with it."

Jurgen Klopp holds the head-to-head advantage over Pep GuardiolaJurgen Klopp holds the head-to-head advantage over Pep Guardiola Jurgen Klopp holds the head-to-head advantage over Pep Guardiola

Having knocked City out of the Champions League, Liverpool put a foot in the final with an imperious 5-2 semi-final victory over Roma.

The run towards the final has evoked memories of Klopp's tenure at Borussia Dortmund, which saw his loosen Bayern Munich stranglehold on the Bundesliga and reach the Champions League final in 2013.

"Liverpool have established a certain way of playing, which Klopp does," Bellamy added. "He did it at Dortmund in a dominant Bayern Munich period.

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"That's why Liverpool brought him in, you can see what he'd done at Dortmund and it's going that way at Liverpool.

"If they get to the Champions League final, which I expect them to do, I could see them winning that game. It's great on confidence for Liverpool.

"But look at one or two of the players where they are weak, and everyone knows they need to tighten up a bit because going forward, they can live with anyone."

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'Salah deserves Ballon d'Or mention'

Thu, 26/04/2018 - 01:20
By PA Sport

Last Updated: 25/04/18 11:30pm

Mohamed Salah is among the favourites to win the Ballon d'OrMohamed Salah is among the favourites to win the Ballon d'Or Mohamed Salah is among the favourites to win the Ballon d'Or

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren believes Mohamed Salah has elevated himself into the same bracket as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo this season.

The Egypt international took his tally in an incredible debut season for Jurgen Klopp's side to 43 with two goals - as well as two assists - in the 5-2 Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Roma at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Salah is now being mentioned as a serious contender for this year's Ballon d'Or, alongside Real Madrid's five-time winner of the award Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Jurgen Klopp insists if one of his Liverpool players doesn’t believe Roma can come back from a 5-2 deficit, they will not play in the Champions League semi-final second leg Jurgen Klopp insists if one of his Liverpool players doesn’t believe Roma can come back from a 5-2 deficit, they will not play in the Champions League semi-final second leg

"He is the one. He is becoming the superstar. It looks easy what he does but it is very difficult," Lovren said of Salah.

"If he continues like that - I don't know if this is the right time to put pressure on him - but I believe he should be regarded as one of the best three in the world at the end of the year.

"He deserves to be mentioned for the Ballon d'Or - when people talk about Messi and Ronaldo they should also talk about Salah. He deserves the credit but I think he deserves even more to be honest."

Dejan Lovren is confident they can reach the Champions League final, despite conceding two late goals against RomaDejan Lovren is confident they can reach the Champions League final, despite conceding two late goals against Roma Dejan Lovren is confident they can reach the Champions League final, despite conceding two late goals against Roma

Salah played a key role in helping Liverpool take the upper hands against Roma but there were numerous other top-class performances with Roberto Firmino, who also scored twice to take his tally to 27, and captain Jordan Henderson also hugely influential.

Klopp's side scored five goals in a 33-minute spell either side of half-time and although their Italian opponents scored twice in the final 10 minutes, the Reds are still favourites to progress to the final, where they will face either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.

Croatia international Lovren admits it was a game the players themselves enjoyed as much as the fans.

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"To be honest you feel powerful, you feel strong when you look around and see the players next to you," he added.

"We have big names, we don't maybe have lots of 'superstars' but it is not about the name, it is how we perform on the pitch.

"You know how we will react when we don't have the ball and then we will not be afraid of anything else.

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"You can see the system working, definitely. Every training session, every game we feel we are more comfortable and more confident.

"We just need to learn from our previous mistakes, we have to be more controlling of the game, that is where we need to improve, but I am pretty confident for the next leg."

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Oxlade-Chamberlain out of World Cup

Wed, 25/04/2018 - 20:00
By Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 25/04/18 11:10pm

Liverpool say Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the World Cup after he suffered a knee ligament injury against Roma Liverpool say Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the World Cup after he suffered a knee ligament injury against Roma

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the World Cup after he suffered a knee ligament injury against Roma, Liverpool have confirmed.

The England midfielder had a scan on Wednesday after going down injured in the first half of the 5-2 win over Roma at Anfield in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Liverpool say that his season, both domestically and internationally, is over, with no timeframe for his recovery currently known.

"Liverpool FC can confirm Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 2017-18 season is over for both club and country due to a knee ligament injury sustained against AS Roma on Tuesday evening," read a statement on the club's official website.

"The midfielder was forced from the field after 18 minutes of the Reds' 5-2 victory in the Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield after picking up the issue during an attempted challenge.

"The extent of the injury means Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss the remainder of the campaign for Liverpool, as well as the World Cup finals in Russia with England.

"The 24-year-old was assessed by the club's medical team at Melwood on Wednesday morning and no specific timescale is being placed upon his return to action at this stage.

Sky Sports' Alan Smith says England will miss the quality of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the World Cup. Sky Sports' Alan Smith says England will miss the quality of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the World Cup.

"However, Oxlade-Chamberlain will now begin a rehabilitation programme to enable him to reach full fitness again as soon as possible, returning to action next season."

The player himself has tweeted his disappointment at the news, although he was keen to downplay the matter after a Liverpool supporter was seriously injured after being attacked before the game.

"Absolutely devastated to have picked up that injury at such a crucial time in the season," said Oxlade-Chamberlain.

"Gutted I won't be able to play any further part now in our Champions League run for Liverpool, and also the World Cup with England.

"However, this all pales in comparison to how the family of the Liverpool fan badly hurt before last night's game must be feeling.

"My thoughts are with him and his loved ones."

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Liverpool are irresistible

Wed, 25/04/2018 - 00:30
Adam Bate

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Last Updated: 24/04/18 10:31pm

Liverpool produced an irresistible performance against Roma at AnfieldLiverpool produced an irresistible performance against Roma at Anfield Liverpool produced an irresistible performance against Roma at Anfield

Liverpool overwhelmed Roma before their late wobble as they won 5-2 in a Champions League semi-final thriller at Anfield. Adam Bate assesses a crazy game in front of the Kop. Can anyone stop Jurgen Klopp's team?

"I don't have to tell the fans anything, they already know it," said Jurgen Klopp beforehand. "They have more experience than me." Perhaps. The Liverpool fans are certainly used to the extraordinary on European nights at Anfield. But they have never experienced anything quite like this. Klopp's team showed them something different. Liverpool five, Roma two.

Salah stars against Roma

Mo Salah struck twice against his former club but Liverpool conceded late away goals in a topsy-turvy 5-2 Champions League semi-final first-leg win.

The Italian side, the conquerors of Barcelona, were overwhelmed and undermined by the irresistible force that is Liverpool. The top scorers in the Champions League. The only unbeaten team in this season's Champions League. Real Madrid or Bayern Munich have the pedigree but does any team in Europe have the pace or the poise to keep this team quiet?

Not Roma, it seems. They saw enough of the ball early on - 56 per cent of it in the first 25 minutes - to provide the briefest illusion of containment. They also went on to score two late goals to give their supporters some hope of a second miracle comeback at the Stadio Olimpico. But in between they became just the latest team to be mauled by Liverpool.

Indeed, at times it was like watching a second-rate matador at constant risk of being gored. In possession, Roma were always hurried, always pushed to the limit. And each time Liverpool were able to get hold of the ball themselves, it was an invitation to carve Roma apart.

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A high defensive line coupled with no pressure on the ball? This was a team determined to throw petrol on the fire that is the Liverpool front three. Initially, the opportunities fell to Sadio Mane. One wide with his left foot. Another over the top with his right. But when the chance came Mohamed Salah's way there was only going to be one result.

Kostas Manolas, the hero of the win over Barcelona, seemed more concerned by the ball striking his hand than the net as he was too slow to close down the Egyptian inside the penalty box. Salah duly curled the ball into the top corner. But that was just the start. He was in behind again before the break, this time chipping Alisson with ease.

Liverpool had seven shots on target in the first half. The only other team to do that in the Champions League this season are Tottenham and that was at home to APOEL. This was the third time that Liverpool have done it. If Barcelona used to be able to put opponents on the carousel, facing Liverpool must be more like a rollercoaster. Roma were soon sick of it.

Liverpool have made a habit of overwhelming teams early on in EuropeLiverpool have made a habit of overwhelming teams early on in Europe Liverpool have made a habit of overwhelming teams early on in Europe

Had they watched Liverpool at all? Eusebio di Francesco tried to tweak things but nothing seemed to stop the home side. The chances kept coming and the space in behind remained. Salah found it again for Liverpool's third, setting up Mane for his overdue goal, and did the same for the fourth - this time finding Roberto Firmino at the far post.

"Mo will feel early on that they are not his team-mates anymore," Klopp had predicted and so it proved. Roma thought they had vanquished Lionel Messi but here was their former player channelling the great man at his best. Two goals. Two assists. It said plenty that while Salah refused to celebrate the former, he couldn't resist raising his arms for the latter.

When Firmino headed in James Milner's corner to make it five, Roma looked to have abandoned all hope, dispirited by their Anfield experience. But respite came when the only man in the stadium capable of stopping the otherwise irrepressible Salah did the job for them - Klopp withdrawing his star man to wreak havoc another day. It turned the night.

Just some of the highlights from Mohamed Salah's extraordinary season Just some of the highlights from Mohamed Salah's extraordinary season

Dejan Lovren's misjudgement allowed Edin Dzeko to pull one back. A harsh penalty call against Milner permitted Diego Perotti to add a second Roma goal from the spot. It was a reminder that while Virgil van Dijk's arrival has helped to transform Liverpool's defence, this brilliant and beautiful team to watch still has its weaknesses that can be exploited.

It was enough to leave a lingering doubt going into the second leg in the Italian capital but there were similar questions asked of them when taking a three-goal lead to Manchester in the previous round. Liverpool just went and beat their opponents again. Unless Di Francesco comes up with something new in the second leg, Roma are the ones at risk of a repeat.

"It will be a different game to Manchester City and they will ask different questions," Jordan Henderson had said on the eve of the game. Well, Liverpool keep finding the answers and the list of teams left to pose those questions grows ever smaller. Is there anyone out there who can flummox them? On this evidence, Klopp's men remain simply irresistible.

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Salah stars but Roma stay in hunt

Tue, 24/04/2018 - 23:40

Last Updated: 25/04/18 12:05am

Mo Salah struck twice against his former club Mo Salah struck twice against his former club Mo Salah struck twice against his former club

Mo Salah struck twice against his former club as Liverpool took command of their Champions League semi-final against Roma, despite late lapses in a 5-2 first-leg win on another memorable Anfield night.

The PFA's Player of the Year hit a stylish first-half double - taking his goal tally in a stunning season to 43 - before Sadio Mane (56) and Roberto Firmino (61, 69) scored to put a first Champions League final since 2007 firmly in sight.

Liverpool had been imperious in Jurgen Klopp's 150th game in charge but Edin Dzeko pounced with nine minutes remaining and Diego Perotti converted an 85th-minute penalty to shift the mood and give Roma unlikely hope.

Roberto Firmino hugs Mo Salah after scoring Liverpool's fourth goalRoberto Firmino hugs Mo Salah after scoring Liverpool's fourth goal Roberto Firmino hugs Mo Salah after scoring Liverpool's fourth goal Player ratings

Liverpool: Karius (6), Alexander-Arnold (8), Lovren (6), van Dijk (8), Robertson (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Henderson (8), Milner (8), Salah (9), Firmino (8), Mane (7).

Subs used: Wijnaldum (7), Klavan (N/A), Ings, (6).

Roma: Alisson (6), Fazio (6), Manolas (5), Juan Jesus (5), Florenzi (6), De Rossi (6), Strootman (6), Kolarov (6), Cengiz (5), Nainggolan (6), Dzeko (7).

Subs used: Perotti (7), Schick (7), Gonalons (6).

Man of the match: Mo Salah

The Italians had completed an astonishing comeback to oust Barcelona in the quarter-finals and though they return to the Stadio Olimpico with some reward, an even more remarkable feat will be needed to deny the Premier League side - breathtaking in attack again - a shot at more European glory.

Eusebio Di Francesco had vowed his side would not sit back and Kevin Strootman, teed up by Dzeko, served an early warning, before Salah fired one of his own after cutting inside the visitors' strikingly high defensive line.

Firmino dragged wide from a tight angle, the linesman's call late as he scrambled with a broken flag, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drilled straight at Alisson, only to leave the field prematurely soon after with an apparent knee injury.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left Anfield on a stretcher after being hurt in a tackleAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain left Anfield on a stretcher after being hurt in a tackle Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left Anfield on a stretcher after being hurt in a tackle

Five Liverpool changes saw Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Andrew Robertson, AlexOxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino return having been rested for the 2-2 draw at West Brom on Saturday.

Roma included former Manchester City players Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolorov in their side, and opted for Cengiz Under instead of Patrik Schick.

Roma settled as Liverpool reshuffled - Georgino Wijnaldum called into early action - and an Aleksandar Kolarov strike crashed against the goalframe via an unconvincing Loris Karius hand.

But space in behind stretched invitingly and by the half-hour mark, Liverpool were suddenly in the groove. Firmino twice set up Mane, who ballooned over with left and then right boot, and Salah was denied by Alisson before he finally delivered reward with a glorious effort that curled in off the underside of the crossbar (35).

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Klopp pumped his fists in delight and though Dejan Lovren planted a header against the bar, a raucous Anfield revelled in a second in first-half stoppage-time when Salah latched onto Firmino's through-ball and dinked over the Roma goalkeeper.

Roma were ragged and the interval failed to check Liverpool's momentum as Klopp's men soon struck again. Trent Alexander-Arnold's long ball down the right flank looked harmless but Salah was too sharp, affording Mane a tap-in.

Red scarves swirled overhead as Roma legend Francesco Totti looked on with a grimace and the rampant hosts had a fourth on the hour when Salah delivered again, dropping a shoulder and squaring for Firmino to slot low.

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Firmino rose highest to head home James Milner's corner as Klopp felt satisfied enough to take off Salah but Strootman rowed with a fuming Di Francesco.

Liverpool were swaggering towards the Kiev showpiece but the tie swung late to keep Roma alive. Dzeko slotted home his 21st goal of the season as Lovren dithered and when Milner was punished for handball moments later, Perotti kept cool to temper Anfield celebrations.

Man of the match - Mo Salah

Balance, movement, ruthless finishing and an enduring knack for the big moment - Salah starred again. Only Ian Rush - with 47 goals in 1983/84 - has scored more in a single season for Liverpool, but with two assists as well as two more goals, this was an all-round stellar display.

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  • Liverpool are only the second side in Champions League history to score five goals in a semi-final game (also Ajax in 1995, 5-2 v Bayern Munich).
  • Liverpool are the first side in Champions League history to see three players score 8+ goals in a single season in the competition (Salah 10, Firmino 10, Mane 8).
  • Salah has netted 10 goals in the Champions League this season, the most by a Liverpool player in a single season in European competition ever.
  • Salah has scored in each of his last five Champions League starts for Liverpool, something only Steven Gerrard had previously done (Steven Gerrard between October 2007 and February 2008).
What's next?

Liverpool are back in Premier League action at home to Stoke on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, but focus will remain firmly on Wednesday's deciding leg as their seek to book their place in a first Champions League final for more than 10 years.

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Two arrested after Anfield attack

Tue, 24/04/2018 - 23:00
By Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 25/04/18 12:35am

Merseyside Police have arrested two men on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was seriously injured before Liverpool's Champions League game with Roma at Anfield on Tuesday night.

A 53-year-old man was injured in the incident, which occurred outside the Albert Pub - close to Anfield's famous Kop Stand - where fans were gathering before kick-off of the semi-final first-leg match.

Detective Inspector Paul Speight said: "We believe the victim was in Liverpool with his brother for the Liverpool v Roma semi-final and was assaulted during an altercation between Roma and Liverpool fans near to the Albert pub at about 7.35pm.

"Witnesses report that the victim was hit with a belt and then fell to the ground. Paramedics treated him at the scene and he was taken by ambulance to Walton Neurological Centre, where he is being treated for a head injury. His condition is currently described as critical and his next of kin have been informed.

"The place where this incident occurred is right by the ground and was heaving with fans making their way to the game. I would appeal to anyone who has any information, or mobile phone footage of the incident, to contact us urgently, as information they have could be vital to our investigation."

The two men arrested, aged 25 and 26 from Rome, have been taken to a police station where they will be questioned by detectives.

The Liverpool team bus arrives at Anfield before the gameThe Liverpool team bus arrives at Anfield before the game The Liverpool team bus arrives at Anfield before the game

A Liverpool statement said: "Liverpool Football Club is shocked and appalled after a Liverpool supporter was left in a critical condition having been attacked prior to the Champions League fixture against AS Roma.

"Our thoughts, in the first instance, are with the victim and his family at this very traumatic time. We will be offering them our full support.

"The club has been liaising with the emergency services since the incident occurred and will continue to do so.

"Liverpool FC directs supporters and those in attendance at the game to Merseyside Police's appeal for information."

Trouble before Liverpool's quarter-final clash with Manchester City, which saw City's team bus damaged by missiles, saw extra police on hand ahead of the match on Tuesday.

Supporters flooded the streets around the ground and welcomed Liverpool's bus with a now familiar cloud of red smoke.

But Roma's bus was not sent down the same route as the home side, coming down the traditional route for Premier League matches and away from where the majority of supporters had congregated.

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Klopp: Strike twice like Fergie's Utd

Tue, 24/04/2018 - 00:33

Last Updated: 23/04/18 11:04pm

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool's semi final is not a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunityJurgen Klopp says Liverpool's semi final is not a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool's semi final is not a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity

Jurgen Klopp has likened Liverpool's habit of blowing teams away in concentrated spells to Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United sides.

Liverpool scored three goals in 19 first-half minutes to take their Champions League quarter-final tie away from Manchester City, ultimately winning the tie 5-1 on aggregate.

Klopp looks set to employ a similar tactic when they welcome Roma to Anfield for their semi-final first leg on Tuesday, after admitting he wants to use it to the same effect as rivals Manchester United in the 1990s and 2000s.

"Is there something with Alex Ferguson, Man United," said Klopp. "At a specific time they scored always twice?

Manchester United won the 1999 Champions League final with two stoppage-time goalsManchester United won the 1999 Champions League final with two stoppage-time goals Manchester United won the 1999 Champions League final with two stoppage-time goals

"Score, score? That is the opportunity. Score once, do it again. Use the momentum in the game. Of course we talk about it, of course we want to use that, but you still have to score.

"The team is a really enthusiastic team. In a good moment, they jump and that's really good to see.

"On the other hand, that's why the two Man City games were really special. We dealt with the very difficult circumstances in the two halves here and there on a high level.

"That brought us to the semis, not that we can score one, two, three in a row.

"In the moments when we are not in charge of the game, we are still in the game, that's a very important thing and that helped us massively."

Klopp was unable to stop laughing when listening to the Italian translator at his press conference Klopp was unable to stop laughing when listening to the Italian translator at his press conference

Klopp insists Liverpool's chance to reach a Champions League final should not be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in what will be their first semi-final in Europe's elite club competition for a decade.

He said: "I make the pressure higher? I tell them it's the only chance you ever have in your life so use it. Would you love to hear that before a game?

"(It's) not a once-in-the-lifetime chance. I am already for the second time in the semi-finals and if I go, I will be the second time in the final. That's pretty rare."

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Charlie's European predictions

Mon, 23/04/2018 - 18:30
Charlie Nicholas

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Last Updated: 23/04/18 8:37pm

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Charlie Nicholas provides us with his European predictions as Liverpool and Arsenal look to establish first-leg semi-final leads.

Jurgen Klopp's men will be looking to take advantage of a favourable draw on Tuesday as they host Barcelona's conquerors Roma, while Wednesday sees Bayern Munich clash with fellow European giants Real Madrid.

Then, on Thursday night, Arsenal face the task of hosting favourites Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final four, with the winner facing either Marseille or RB Salzburg in the final in Lyon.

Here's what Charlie is predicting for the three ties...

Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday, 7.45pm)

I think it will be a very tight game. They haven't struggled with it quite as much this season, but it still isn't as easy for Liverpool when teams sit back, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane far more dangerous when they have space to attack.

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I covered Roma's first leg against Barcelona and they were unlucky to concede four goals. They know this Liverpool attack is as dangerous as Barca's so there's no reason for them to open up.

What Roma did against Barca was double up and squeezed Lionel Messi and they'll do the same against Salah, who they obviously know well, so I actually think Mane is their main threat.

Mane is the one who has the really dynamic speed in behind and with the focus of their marking being on Roberto Firmino and Salah, it should leave him the chance to execute his brilliant ability to operate on the shoulders of defenders.

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Liverpool need to win this game as a draw makes Roma favourites, but I think they will get the victory, perhaps with a late goal in a performance which will require patience.

Charlie predicts: 1-0 and Mane to score first (33/1 with Sky Bet)

Bayern Munich v Real Madrid (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

How can you really go against Real Madrid? They're the first team to win back-to-back titles and always have a chance with Cristiano Ronaldo's goals.

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However, I just feel Bayern have started to click. I've just got a fancy for them to go on and win this tournament, with Jupp Heynkes repeating his feat of completing the treble before walking away.

The players are just so comfortable in their skins under this man and for some of them, it will be a fond farewell. I see Robert Lewandowski leaving in the summer and time is perhaps up on Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, who will all be eager to go out on a high.

Charlie predicts: 3-1 and Lewandowski to score 1st (28/1 with Sky Bet)

Arsenal v Atletico Madrid (Thursday, 7.45pm)

Arsenal finally made the breakthrough announcement they needed, with Arsene Wenger confirming his departure at the end of the season, but I don't think the Gunners were overly impressive at the weekend.

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I thought it was a really strange selection not starting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Alexandre Lacazette has found himself some scoring form but he's probably still thinking he wishes his move to Atletico Madrid had gone through in the summer.

Atletico are heavy favourites for me with their defensive strength and Arsenal's backline constantly making me nervous. How Shkodran Mustafi is still in the team is beyond me, but the competition isn't really there.

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There's not much between these two sides other than their defences and I can see Arsenal scoring a couple of times at the Emirates Stadium, but my concern is keeping that concentration to prevent Atletico snatching a vital away goal.

Charlie predicts: 2-1 and Lacazette to score first (25/1 with Sky Bet)

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Klopp: Salah can expect unfriendly Roma

Mon, 23/04/2018 - 15:56
By Rory O'Callaghan

Last Updated: 23/04/18 4:00pm

Mohamed Salah can expect a hard time from his former Roma team-mates, according to Jurgen Klopp Mohamed Salah can expect a hard time from his former Roma team-mates, according to Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has warned Mohamed Salah to expect no favours from his former Roma team-mates when the two sides meet in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Salah enjoyed two successful seasons at the Stadio Olimpico before leaving to join Liverpool for £34.3m last summer.

The Egypt international has admitted he will find it emotional facing his former team but Klopp insists there will be no quarter given from either side once the game is underway.

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"It feels quite special because you know a lot more about the other team than you would usually know," said Klopp.

"You are more interested in the other team than you are usually. I'm pretty sure Mo has followed the whole of Roma's season.

"He had a fantastic time there and became the player we have now, big credit to the staff and players at Roma because they were all part of his development.

"We are all professionals though. I am sure Italian defenders are famous for not having friendly games. Mo will feel pretty early in the game that they are not his team-mates anymore."

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Salah has enjoyed a remarkable debut season with the Reds and is on course to win the European Golden Boot after scoring 41 goals in 46 games in all competitions.

The 25-year-old was named PFA Player of the Year on Friday night and Klopp believes the Egyptian fully deserves the accolade.

"It is fantastic, I'm really happy for him," said Klopp. "He can be really proud of that, it is a fantastic achievement. If all the players vote for you, that means the most to players.

"I didn't speak to him after because he was in London yesterday but I will speak to him today to tell him what I want to tell him.

Here’s a look at the superb season enjoyed by Liverpool’s mercurial Mohamed Salah, after the Egyptian was named PFA Players’ Player of the Season. Here’s a look at the superb season enjoyed by Liverpool’s mercurial Mohamed Salah, after the Egyptian was named PFA Players’ Player of the Season.

"It is great but he knows the season is not finished. There are a lot of things to come. I'm sure it is a nice boost for him.

"I have to say, in a season like this when Kevin De Bruyne has played the season like he played, that makes it even more special.

"The players know how difficult it is to score that many goals, and be involved in that many goals, so I really think that it is deserved."

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LISTEN: Sunday Supplement podcast

Sun, 22/04/2018 - 13:00

Last Updated: 22/04/18 11:46am

Listen to the Sunday Supplement Podcast as Neil Ashton is joined Martin Samuel, Jason Burt and Rory Smith to debate Arsene Wenger's exit, Arsenal's next boss and much more.

Friday's shock news concerning Wenger's exit at Arsenal was top of the agenda on the latest episode and our guests debated the legacy of the Frenchman.

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They also debated who might fill his shoes with the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Luis Enrique, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Massimiliano Allegri, Sean Dyche and Eddie Howe all discussed.

The panel had its say on Tottenham's FA Cup exit at the hands of Manchester United on Saturday evening and discussed Mauricio Pochettino's future with Spurs.

They also talked about Pep Guardiola's title win with Manchester City, discussed who should be named Player of the Year and looked ahead to Liverpool's Champions League semi-final against Roma.

Listen to it all now on the Sunday Supplement Podcast.

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Sat, 21/04/2018 - 19:00

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Steve McMahon and Rickie Lambert analyse West Brom's 2-2 draw with Liverpool at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The Reds had lead 2-0 until the final 11 minutes, but goals from Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon saw the hosts take a point from the Premier League clash.

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Following the game, McMahon and Lambert joined Kelly Cates to discuss the big talking points from the game, including a disputed penalty for Liverpool, a possible sending-off for Ahmed Hegazi and more.

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Klopp: Pitch, ref to blame for draw

Sat, 21/04/2018 - 17:51

Last Updated: 21/04/18 6:18pm

Jurgen Klopp says West Brom did not water the pitch at half-time of the draw against Liverpool, which made playing football very hard Jurgen Klopp says West Brom did not water the pitch at half-time of the draw against Liverpool, which made playing football very hard

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp questioned both the officiating and the quality of the pitch after his side threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The visitors appeared to be cruising towards a 2-0 win at the Hawthorns after goals in each half half-time from Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah.

However, West Brom scored twice in the final 11 minutes through Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon to dent Liverpool's top-four hopes, with Klopp furious at the full-time whistle.

The German thought the visitors should have been awarded a second-half penalty after Ings was taken out in the box by Craig Dawson, while he also wanted Ahmed Hegazi sent off after a first-half clash with the same player.

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Klopp, though, was most unhappy with the state of the pitch at the Hawthorns, claiming it was too dry and should have been watered at half-time.

"I was not happy with the pitch, you can imagine that. It was a difficult game, especially after the pitch got drier and drier," he said. "West Brom obviously decided not to water the pitch in half-time again. And it was quite difficult.

"Then we had the situation early in the second half, Ings in the box, you saw the pictures - it could be a penalty. And the situation with Hegazi and Ings, I do not know…

"You need a little bit of, not even help, only the right decision. So that is twice not…"

And Klopp reacted angrily when asked by Sky Sports reporter Pat Davidson what difference watering the surface would have made.

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"You proved you never played football obviously," he said. "It makes a massive difference. If the pitch is dry, you can pass the ball not really through three or four yards. That is for all teams in the world, if they play football.

"If you do it like West Brom, the ball is constantly in the air and you do not need a wet pitch. But that is how it is and we have to deal with that.

"And they can do it next year, playing football with a dry pitch in the Championship. So that is how it is and we have to deal with it.

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"My analyst showed it to me [Hegazi's punch on Ings]. I do not have to say anything about that. I do not know why he did it, there was no reason for that, but he did it.

"And with the penalty situation, people were laughing at Ings that he goes down in that situation, nobody can stand on their feet in that situation.

"We know what we are responsible for, but with the number of games, stuff like that, and then you need only the right decisions. Not on your side, not that, only the right and then everything is fine at the end and we win here 3-0 or 3-1."

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The infuriated Liverpool boss was not finished there, claiming goalkeeper Loris Karius was being blocked during set plays throughout the match and that the free kick leading to West Brom's 88th-minute equaliser should not have been given.

"The whole game, the block on the goalkeeper - I know everybody likes it in this country, but it makes life quite difficult for a goalie in these situations," he said.

"And everybody knows they want set pieces in the last few minutes and the ref [Stuart Atwell] gave it in the corner with Joe Gomez, but everybody told me it was not a foul. And that makes life not easier.

"For the second goal what I heard from what my guys told me, it was not a foul, so that was the only chance they could have in a situation like that."

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Rondon completes West Brom comeback

Sat, 21/04/2018 - 16:20
By Richard Morgan

Last Updated: 21/04/18 6:16pm

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Salomon Rondon's late header saw struggling West Bromwich Albion come from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Liverpool on Saturday.

Liverpool took just four minutes to open the scoring, with Danny Ings - in for the rested Roberto Firmino - registering his first goal since October 2015 with a neat finish.

The visitors then doubled their lead when Mohamed Salah scored his 31st Premier League goal of the season, equalling Luis Suarez's club record from four years ago.

Jake Livermore's close-range effort gave West Brom hope with 11 minutes to go and Rondon headed home a late leveller to boost West Brom's faint survival hopes.

Player ratings

West Brom: Foster (7), Nyom (8), Dawson (7), Hegazi (6), Gibbs (7), Livermore (7), Brunt (8), McClean (7), Phillips (9), Rodriguez (7), Rondon (7)

Subs: Burke (6), Robson-Kanu (6), Evans (6)

Liverpool: Karius (6), Gomez (8), Klavan (6), Van Dijk (6), Moreno (5), Henderson (6), Wijnaldum (6), Milner (7), Mane (7), Ings (7), Salah (7)

Subs: Lovren (6), Firmino (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (7)

Man of the match: Matt Phillips

As a result, the bottom-of-the-table Baggies move within eight points of 17th-place Swansea City, while Liverpool still need another five points to be sure of sealing a top-four finish.

The visitors made a dream start at a sun-drenched Hawthorns, taking an early lead through Ings, the forward's first goal since netting against Everton at Goodison Park 930 days ago.

James Milner worked a short corner to Sadio Mane, who escaped his marker before finding Georginio Wijnaldum in the six-yard box. And despite the Dutchman failing to control the ball, Ings was there to finish from close range.

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There could have been further goals in the first half, with Jay Rodriguez inches away at the far post from getting his foot on James McClean's cross-cum-shot, before Ben Foster did brilliantly to prevent Ings from scoring again just the break.

Ings was in the action again at the start of the second half, only for referee Stuart Attwell to deem a coming together with Craig Dawson in the box an accident, while Ahmed Hegazi was lucky not to see red just before the hour mark for an unseen punch in the same player's stomach.

However, that mattered little when Salah added a second with 18 minutes to go, with the Egypt forward collecting substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's pass, before confidently dinking the ball over the advancing Foster for his 41st goal in all competitions this season.

West Brom were unchanged from the side that won 1-0 at Man Utd last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Liverpool made five alterations from the team that beat Bournemouth 3-0 last Saturday, with Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno, James Milner and Danny Ings all coming in.

That strike meant Salah has now scored the joint-most goals by a player in a 38-game Premier League campaign, moving level with Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) and Suarez (2013-14).

The home side got themselves back in the contest when Liverpool failed to deal with a right-wing corner, allowing Livermore to find the back of the net from just six yards, the midfielder's first-ever goal for the Baggies.

And Rondon completed a remarkable turnaround when heading home Chris Bunt's inviting free kick with just two minutes remaining as Darren Moore maintained his unbeaten run as caretaker boss.

The Baggies, though, could now be relegated if Crystal Palace do not lose at Watford on Saturday afternoon and Swansea win at Man City on Sunday.

Match stats
  • West Brom avoided defeat in a Premier League game in which they were 2+ goals down for the first time since February 2015 versus Burnley
  • Rondon has equalled the record for most Premier League games scored in a single season without winning any of them (7, level with Jordan Ayew in 2015-16)
  • Salah is just the fifth player in Premier League history to register 40+ goal involvements in a single season (31 goals, 9 assists) - also Alan Shearer (47 in 94-95), Andy Cole (47 in 93-94), Thierry Henry (44 in 02-03) and Luis Suarez (43 in 13-14)
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain has been directly involved in 10 Premier League goals this season, (3 goals, 7 assists), his best-ever haul in the competition. Indeed, Oxlade-Chamberlain has provided more Premier League assists for Salah (5) than he has for any other player in the competition
  • Brunt has provided 50 assists for West Brom in the Premier League, 26 more than any other player (James Morrison on 24). He's the first Northern Ireland player to reach this feat in the competition
England watch

Midfielder Jake Livermore did his Three Lions chances no harm at all by scoring his first-ever goal late on for West Brom.

Joe Gomez will have given Gareth Southgate a boost by making a successful comeback after damaging ankle ligaments on England duty. Meanwhile, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s good form continued after being directly involved in his 10th league goal this season, the midfielder’s best-ever haul in the top flight.

Managers

Darren Moore: Another good result because we as a football club have come together and by us being together it has brought another positive result.

The atmosphere in here was superb; the staff, in terms of their preparation, have been great and the players have continued that on to the pitch. Together we have earned that.

Darren Moore was delighted with the way his West Brom side came from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Liverpool at the Hawthorns Darren Moore was delighted with the way his West Brom side came from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Liverpool at the Hawthorns

Jurgen Klopp: It was a difficult game, especially after the pitch got drier and drier. West Brom obviously decided not to water the pitch in half-time again. And it was quite difficult.

Then we had the situation early in the second half, Ings in the box, you saw the pictures - it could be a penalty. And the situation with Hegazi and Ings, I do not know…

You need a little bit of, not even help, only the right decision. So that is twice not…

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The pacy winger was a thorn in the side of Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno all afternoon long with his penetrating runs down the right flank.

In fact, the home team looked most dangerous whenever the Republic of Ireland international had the ball at his feet and he was running down the line, while his set-piece delivery caused panic throughout in the visitors' defence.

.@WBA come from 2 goals down to take a point in @premierleague for the 1st time in 3 years since 2-2 draw at Burnley in Feb 2015. Danny Ings scored for Burnley that game.

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— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 21, 2018The pundit - Steve McMahon

The point about the pitch, first of all, it is not West Brom's priority the pitch. It is not in the rules that they should water the pitch, or overwater the pitch.

There is no rule or law to say you have to make the pitch perfect for Liverpool. That is not the way it is.

It could have been better, of course, everybody wants it perfect for the style of play you play. West Brom do not play that style of play with the quick passes and movement.

They like to get it long and back to front very quickly, so they are not interested in how good the pitch is for Liverpool. They are interested in themselves.

So you have to deal with the conditions.

What's next?

West Brom take on Newcastle United at St James' Park next Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Liverpool face Roma at Anfield in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday evening.

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And the Reds then host struggling Stoke City in the league next Saturday lunchtime, a match you can see live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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Euro papers: Can torn on future

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 16:10

Last Updated: 20/04/18 2:26pm

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With the end of the season approaching, Europe's biggest clubs are already plotting their summer moves with a World Cup to negotiate around.

Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the European media to round up the latest transfer news and big stories.

Italy

Liverpool's Emre Can is torn between Juventus and Bayern Munich. The German midfielder's contract runs out at the end of the season and he did not feature on the images for his current club's new kit launch, giving further hints that he will leave this summer. (Corriere dello Sport)

Inter will double the salary of attacking right-back Joao Cancelo in order to ward off interest from a number of Premier League clubs. The Portuguese is currently on loan from Valencia, but the Serie A side hope to exercise a buyout clause in the contract, which stands at €35m (£30.5m), to make the move permanent. (Gazzetta)

PSG are eagerly awaiting tomorrow's meeting with UEFA on their Financial Fair Play situation. If they are given the green light they will move for highly regarded AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in the next transfer window. (Corriere dello Sport)

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Spain

Paul Pogba will find it difficult to get a move to one of Spain's big two as Lionel Messi has advised Barcelona to look elsewhere, and Real Madrid don't want to deal with Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola. He is thought to be on a list of players Jose Mourinho will look to offload this summer. (Diario Gol)

Zinedine Zidane is disappointed with the passive attitude displayed by Gareth Bale at Real Madrid, and this was the reason he was withdrawn at half-time in the second leg against Juventus. When asked by Cristiano Ronaldo to show more aggression in the second half, Bale merely smiled. Zidane saw this and replaced him with Lucas Vázquez. The Welshman has been linked with a return to England. (AS)

Germany

It would take a "special" offer for German midfielder Pascal Gross to leave Brighton. After an excellent season on the south coast, the 26-year-old is attracting interest from other clubs in England and Germany. "I feel comfortable in Brighton," he said. "It would have to be a great offer, which you might not get in your career. Something very special." (Kicker)

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France

Rennes midfielder Sanjin Prcic could leave the Ligue 1 club for Valencia this summer. The 24-year-old's contract expires in June. (L'Equipe)

Unai Emery has denied being in talks with other clubs, after reports from Spain linked him to Real Sociedad. "I would like to make it clear that I am still focused on Paris Saint-Germain and the objectives that we have left," he tweeted. (Various)

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Sky Live: West Brom v Liverpool

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 15:20
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Only victory will do for West Brom as they host Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

West Brom are nine points from safety and will be relegated if they lose and Swansea avoid defeat at Man City on Super Sunday. The Baggies will also be relegated this weekend if they draw and Palace get a draw at Watford and Swansea win at City.

Although bottom-of-the-table Baggies' relegation could be confirmed, caretaker coach Darren Moore is trying to remain upbeat.

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"We can't change what has happened before," he said. "We are just looking to the future now and the remaining games. I was delighted for Jay (Rodriguez) to score the winner at Old Trafford in what had been a difficult week.

"The biggest thing that fills me with joy is how everyone at the club has pulled together and supported me in this role. It's been great."

Liverpool, who are preparing to face Roma in midweek in the Champions League, already have scored 24 more goals this season (121) than they did during the whole of last season (97). However, Jurgen Klopp's men were knocked out of the FA Cup by the Baggies at Anfield earlier this season.

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Defender Jonny Evans and forward Hal Robson-Kanu are back available for West Brom.

Evans has been struggling with a knee injury of late, while Robson-Kanu suffered concussion earlier this month, but both are in contention for the Saturday lunchtime clash.

Defender Nathaniel Clyne will miss Liverpool's trip to West Brom with a minor muscle problem.

The England international, who has been absent for most of the season with a back injury, sat out last Saturday's win over Bournemouth and will be missing again this weekend.

Fellow defenders Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez returned to training this week after injury.

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After losing their first nine Premier League meetings with Liverpool by an aggregate score of 0-25, West Brom have lost just five of the subsequent 14 (W4 D5 L5).

However, West Brom did win their last meeting of any kind with Liverpool, winning 3-2 in an FA Cup fourth-round tie at Anfield in January.

West Brom have failed to score in seven of their 11 Premier League home games against Liverpool, but have picked up at least a point every time they've found the net (W2 D2 L0 when scoring, D1 L6 when not).

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Moore has already equalled Alan Pardew's total Premier League wins (one in 18 games) as West Brom manager in just his second game as boss (1).

Mohamed Salah (30) is just one goal away from equalling Luis Suarez's 31-goal season in 2013/14 - the most by a Liverpool player in a single Premier League campaign.

Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in four goals in his last four games against West Brom in all competitions (two goals, two assists), including both scoring and assisting in his side's 3-2 defeat the last time the sides met.

Merson's prediction

A hard game this one - it was a great result for West Brom the other day. Liverpool are all-but assured of the top four, and you've got to give yourself a chance against Roma. I would be shocked if Liverpool played a strong team against West Brom.

We saw what happened when Man City played a strong side against Everton, and then they got blown away by Liverpool. Lesson learned - I think Jurgen Klopp has to play a lesser team, which is a shame on Mohamed Salah.

To win the Golden Boot he needs to play. I'd expect Harry Kane to score at least four in four, and he's four behind, so Salah has to score at least two more in my opinion, though I don't know how many more games he's going to play. But they've got the semi-finals of the Champions League coming up and it's a team game - otherwise you play snooker or golf.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (7-1 with Sky Bet)

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'I don't need football to be happy'

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 13:50

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Jurgen Klopp says his Arsene Wenger has had a fantastic career and is a manager he always admired Jurgen Klopp says his Arsene Wenger has had a fantastic career and is a manager he always admired

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he will not be patrolling the touchline into his later years like Arsene Wenger as he does not need football to be happy.

The Arsenal boss has announced he will step down at the end of the season, ending a 22-year reign at the club.

Klopp, who has a six-year contract which runs until 2022, has no intention of staying on anywhere close to Wenger's tenure.

The 50-year-old said earlier this week that he did not want to die on the touchline and when asked to expand on that he said: "Because of age.

I don't need football to be happy. At the moment I love it but I don't need it.

Jurgen Klopp

"I love what I do and I enjoy it but it's intense - but most jobs are intense. The big difference is we are constantly in the focus.

"Do I need the fact that I am famous? No. I don't need it a bit. It's not that I feel that special but it happens and I'd be really happy if it stops one day.

Klopp says Wenger was a big role model for himKlopp says Wenger was a big role model for him Klopp says Wenger was a big role model for him

"If no-one remembers me, that's not a problem. That's a dream for me.

"We get really well paid so that's okay, we can have the life we never dreamed of but I don't want to have this life and I cannot walk anymore.

"I have back problems in the morning and neck problems when I wake up but life is not only for that.

W Brom vs Liverpool

April 21, 2018, 11:30am

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"I don't need football to be happy. At the moment I love it but I don't need it.

"There will be a moment - and I don't know when - when I say, 'thank you very much'. There is always the next guy who can do the job.

"I love what I do. It's not too intense to deal with it. At one point it's enough and then another one has to take over."

West Brom knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup in January, winning 3-2 at AnfieldWest Brom knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup in January, winning 3-2 at Anfield West Brom knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup in January, winning 3-2 at Anfield

Klopp takes his side to West Brom on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 11.30am, seeking the first of two wins which will guarantee Champions League football next season.

He is hopeful when the new campaign starts his side will be able to close the gap on this campaign's runaway champions Manchester City, having beaten them three times in four meetings in the last eight months.

"When we started the season there were different opinions about different clubs and who could be where and a lot of people would have said Man City would be champions, maybe Chelsea or United, but no-one thought about us and that is okay," he added.

Watch a stats preview of Saturday's Premier League action including West Brom v Liverpool Watch a stats preview of Saturday's Premier League action including West Brom v Liverpool

"Around us there is development as well and there will be next year but it is always that you want to finish better than the year before, that is the minimum target you have.

"Hopefully we can finish the season again in a Champions League spot and then we have a little bit of space for improvement football-wise and result-wise and what you need for that is consistency.

"The gap between us and City was not in the games against City, it was in other games and a few points we missed were kind of unlucky and a few were our own responsibility and we have to work on that."

Mohamed Salah says he wants to break the record for the number of Premier League goals in a single season Mohamed Salah says he wants to break the record for the number of Premier League goals in a single season

Klopp says he will field a strong line-up against the Baggies, including Golden Boot contender Mohamed Salah, as he does not possess the squad depth to rotate.

"We always respect the intensity of the season so far but we also respect West Brom and the Premier League," he said.

"We know we need points to be in the top four. It will be difficult because West Brom have got four points since changing their manager.

"Everyone was on about Manchester United losing and maybe West Brom were lucky in one or two situations, but they deserved it. Not only because United were not at their best, but because West Brom did really well.

Liverpool face Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals on TuesdayLiverpool face Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday Liverpool face Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday

"Now they have a home game and want to show that they believe in their last chance. We need to be at our best.

"We lost to them in the FA Cup, I don't need to remind anyone about that.

"After the game we think about Rome because there is no other way for us. We don't have 25 players at the moment and can line-up two different sides.

"We need all the players and thankfully Mo is fit at the moment."

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Merson's predictions

Thu, 19/04/2018 - 14:20
Paul Merson

Football Expert & Columnist @PaulMerse

Last Updated: 19/04/18 5:50pm

Paul Merson returns with his predictions for this weekend's Premier League fixtures, and casts his eye on the FA Cup semi-finals to boot.

After a handful of midweek fixtures, there are six league matches coming up over the weekend - with four live on Sky Sports Premier League - while Manchester United face Tottenham and Chelsea play Southampton in the FA Cup semis.

So who is the Magic Man backing? Let's take a look...

West Brom v Liverpool (Saturday from 11.30am on Sky Sports Premier League) W Brom vs Liverpool

April 21, 2018, 11:30am

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A hard game this one - it was a great result for West Brom the other day. Liverpool are all-but assured of the top four, and you've got to give yourself a chance against Roma. I would be shocked if Liverpool played a strong team against West Brom.

We saw what happened when Man City played a strong side against Everton, and then they got blown away by Liverpool. Lesson learned - I think Jurgen Klopp has to play a lesser team, which is a shame on Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

To win the Golden Boot he needs to play. I'd expect Harry Kane to score at least four in four, and he's four behind, so Salah has to score at least two more in my opinion, though I don't know how many more games he's going to play. But they've got the semi-finals of the Champions League coming up and it's a team game - otherwise you play snooker or golf.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (7-1 with Sky Bet)

Watford v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm)

The only three o'clock! Palace shouldn't be where they are. I know they had a nightmare start, but they've been unlucky in some games and it was a big result last week.

Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton

I think they've got a little bit too much for Watford, who have got nothing to play for. They've done their job, they've stayed up. I think it goes under the radar what Watford do. It's a small club with not the biggest of wage bills in the world, and they've stayed up very comfortably - they haven't even been in the relegation battle.

Thirty-seven points is ample. Southampton have to get 10 points from five games - Arsenal, Tottenham, Man United, Liverpool would be happy with that.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (17/2 with Sky Bet)

Arsenal v West Ham (Sunday from 1pm on Sky Sports Premier League) Arsenal vs West Ham

April 22, 2018, 1:00pm

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West Ham have 35 points - meaning Southampton have to win three of their last five, that's the way I'm looking at it. That's a big ask.

Southampton need back-to-back wins to make teams like West Ham nervous. It would bring a lot of teams back into the relegation mix.

West Ham 1-1 Stoke West Ham 1-1 Stoke

I would expect Arsenal to win this. There's the prospect of Burnley finishing above Arsenal - no disrespect but if you're Arsenal you don't want to be finishing a 38-game season behind Burnley. Not in this day and age - maybe in the 1920s!

You can understand finishing below the top five, but not Burnley.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (15/2 with Sky Bet)

Burnley 2-1 Leicester Burnley 2-1 Leicester Stoke City v Burnley (Sunday, 1.30pm)

Stoke have to win - it's a must-win game. Draws are no good anymore - all this, 'Oh, we were unlucky', this and that. Saying that, I'm going to go for Stoke.

They have to win this game - if they win they'll give themselves a little bit of a chance. You know there's a shock left before the end of the season. We saw it with West Brom at Man United. They have nothing to play for but it was still a big result - there's another one of them on the way. I don't know what club are getting it, but someone will get it.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (17/2 with Sky Bet)

Manchester City v Swansea City (Sunday from 4pm on Sky Sports Premier League) Man City vs Swansea

April 22, 2018, 4:00pm

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It's carnival time. Swansea are looking at other teams this weekend and hoping they don't get results.

City will go out with their free-flowing football, they've won the league - it will be a party atmosphere. They were outstanding against Tottenham - that's the biggest respect I could give them, for all they've done this season, what they did at Wembley was unreal.

Tottenham 1-3 Man City Tottenham 1-3 Man City

Their season was sizzling out, having been knocked out of the Champions League and losing to United at home when they could have won the title, to then go to Tottenham who are supposed to be the big challengers and put them to the sword - it could have been any football score you wanted.

This is almost a free swing for Swansea, but I can't see anything but a City win. I'll go 3-0, and that's kind!

PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (5-1 with Sky Bet)

Everton v Newcastle (Monday from 7pm on Sky Sports Premier League) Everton vs Newcastle

April 23, 2018, 7:00pm

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Newcastle are a funny team aren't they - they're flying! Four in a row. They've gone to Leicester and beat Arsenal. This is a dangerous game for Sam Allardyce.

The fans will be turning up expecting to win, Sam will be under pressure to win, and there's not much between these two teams.

Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal

I'm going for Newcastle to beat Everton. Sam will think it [sending a survey to supporters to rate the boss] is a joke, it's embarrassing. He's a former England manager. If he didn't say what he said he's still the manager of England, now they're sending out surveys. I'd expect that when I was manager of Walsall, I wouldn't expect Sam Allardyce to get that treatment.

I think they did it last year, but that isn't the point. They have an England manager, someone who's been in the game a million years - it's disrespectful.

Sam won't be happy but he'll just bite his tongue. You don't want to go steaming in and resigning, especially when you could end up with four or five million...

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (11-1 with Sky Bet)

FA Cup semi-finalsManchester United v Tottenham (Saturday, 5.15pm)

The semi-finals is where the FA Cup livens up, they're always big matches. I was lucky enough to play in a few and you don't want to lose.

This one is a massive match because I don't know where these two teams are going if they lose this one. There will be a lot of questions for whichever team loses this game.

Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester Utd Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester Utd

You have to remember what happened to Tottenham last week. People were telling me this is an up-and-coming team and they'll be challenging for the league - they were a million miles behind City. You wouldn't have thought they were in the same league. Now we're saying, when are Tottenham going to start winning anything? You've got to win now. Otherwise the players start asking questions.

A lot depends on this game. Watch this space for either team. If I'm a United fan, if they win the FA Cup at least I'd sit there and go, 'You know what, we won the FA Cup, come second in the league, let's see next season'. If they lose this, you'll be wondering, 'Where are we going from here?'. It was a shocking result against West Brom, and it all comes down to this game.

I'm going to favour United here because Jose Mourinho gets the tune in big football matches, and Spurs haven't really done that.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (10-1 with Sky Bet)

Chelsea v Southampton (Sunday, 3pm)

It's harder for Southampton to win the FA Cup now than it would be at the third-round stage. Seriously. You could win this FA Cup by not playing a strong side, but now they've got to beat two top teams - and they're in the bottom three.

They could near-on be relegated by the time they're playing on Sunday. You have to go for it at Wembley, you might as well. If someone said you'll get relegated but win the FA Cup I think the fans would take that. It's not nice watching a team every week that don't win, so why not give it a go.

Southampton 2-3 Chelsea Southampton 2-3 Chelsea

I think Southampton can bounce back if they go down, but I might be wrong.

I'm going to have to go for a Chelsea win.

PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1 (11-1 with Sky Bet)

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FIFA dismisses Brewster racism claim

Thu, 19/04/2018 - 13:20

Last Updated: 19/04/18 12:01pm

Rhian Brewster won the golden boot in England Under-17s' successful World Cup campaign in IndiaRhian Brewster won the golden boot in England Under-17s' successful World Cup campaign in India Rhian Brewster won the golden boot in England Under-17s' successful World Cup campaign in India

FIFA has dismissed a claim by Rhian Brewster that England team-mate Morgan Gibbs-White was racially abused by a Spanish player during the Under-17 World Cup final.

Brewster alleged in an interview with the Guardian in December that Wolves midfielder Gibbs-White was called a "monkey" during the match in October, which England went on to win 5-2.

FIFA launched an investigation into the incident in January but have concluded there is a lack of evidence with which to impose any sanctions.

A statement from FIFA said: "The Disciplinary Committee had opened proceedings following a complaint lodged by The FA after a Spanish player had allegedly used discriminatory language towards an English player during the final match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.

Brewster claimed Morgan Gibbs-White (pictured) was racially abused by a Spanish playerBrewster claimed Morgan Gibbs-White (pictured) was racially abused by a Spanish player Brewster claimed Morgan Gibbs-White (pictured) was racially abused by a Spanish player

"Following a thorough investigation, the Disciplinary Committee has decided to dismiss all charges in view of the lack of sufficient evidence that could corroborate the English player's claim.

"Despite the absence of a sanction, which can only be imposed on the basis of clear evidence, the Disciplinary Committee would like to restate FIFA's unequivocal, zero-tolerance stance against all forms of discrimination, as enshrined in the FIFA Statutes."

Last month, European football's governing body UEFA dismissed an allegation that Brewster was racially abused by Spartak Moscow player Leonid Mironov during a UEFA Youth League tie in December 2017.

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