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Transfer Talk: Will Hazard leave?

Thu, 17/05/2018 - 20:00

Last Updated: 18/05/18 10:07am

Sky Sports News reporter Michael Bridge says Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt is being monitored by Tottenham, with Toby Alderweireld's future still in doubt. Sky Sports News reporter Michael Bridge says Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt is being monitored by Tottenham, with Toby Alderweireld's future still in doubt.

The new series of our Transfer Talk podcast is officially here!

Host Pete Graves was joined in the studio by Sky Sports News reporter Michael Bridge to discuss the big deals that could happen this summer.

Reporter Kaveh Solhekol joined the show to chat about the latest developments at Arsenal and West Ham as both clubs search for new managers following the departures of Arsene Wenger and David Moyes respectively.

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Everton are also searching for a new manager following the dismissal of Sam Allardyce, with former Watford boss Marco Silva the current favourite to replace him.

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Reporter Alan Myers called in to talk about the possible problems facing Everton in their pursuit of Silva and Wayne Rooney's potential move to the MLS.

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Leading Belgian football journalist Kristof Terreur provides an update on Eden Hazard with the midfielder still yet to commit his long-term future to Chelsea.

Kristof also assessed the options for Hazard's international team-mates, Thibaut Courtois, Michy Batshuayi, Marouane Fellaini and Toby Alderweireld.

If all that was not enough, Michael reveals the international defender that could be on his way to Tottenham this summer and Rangers legend Kris Boyd discusses the latest goings on at his former club following the appointment of Steven Gerrard.

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Liverpool fans face Kiev problems

Thu, 17/05/2018 - 19:30
By Press Association

Last Updated: 17/05/18 5:39pm

Thousands of Liverpool fans will be travelling to Kiev for the Champions League Final Thousands of Liverpool fans will be travelling to Kiev for the Champions League Final Thousands of Liverpool fans will be travelling to Kiev for the Champions League Final

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore says the club have worked exhaustively to tackle problems for fans relating to this month's Champions League final, but admits some issues are out of their control.

In addition to the 16,626 tickets available to the club - of which only 63 per cent was a general supporter allocation - sourcing travel and accommodation options for Kiev has proven problematic and exorbitant.

Some fans have received tickets but have found no available hotels or flights and Moore admits that is far from ideal.

"As a club, we are acutely aware of the issues that our supporters are facing in terms of obtaining tickets, arranging travel, and organising accommodation for the forthcoming Champions League Final in Kiev," said Moores.

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore says the club are doing all they can to help fans Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore says the club are doing all they can to help fans Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore says the club are doing all they can to help fans

"It is for that reason that we have worked exhaustively to try to alleviate some of these difficulties, whether that be by collaborating with partners, liaising with the relevant authorities in Kiev or by asking our own staff to go the extra mile - something that they have done willingly and without hesitation.

"Some of the issues are, unfortunately, beyond our control.

"Logistically, the challenges of this event are there for all to see and whichever clubs reached the final would have faced the same problems.

"As it is, we are doing our level best in exacting circumstances to make the best of the situation on behalf of supporters.

"Nevertheless, we will always strive to do better for our supporters and will always listen to their concerns.

"If there is one thing that this Champions League campaign has underlined it is that anything is possible when there is unity between players, club and fans and that remains a fundamental objective for everyone at Liverpool FC."

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Salah's boots on show at British Museum

Thu, 17/05/2018 - 15:48

Last Updated: 17/05/18 2:22pm

The display celebrates Salah winning the Golden Boot The display celebrates Salah winning the Golden Boot The display celebrates Salah winning the Golden Boot

Mohamed Salah's boots will go on display in the world famous Egypt collection at the British Museum ahead of the Champions League Final.

The Liverpool forward's boots have been donated to the museum to celebrate his Golden Boot award for being the Premier League's top scorer.

Salah scored 32 league goals in his debut season for Liverpool - a record in a 38-game season. He has scored 44 times in all competitions, including 10 in the Champions League as Liverpool reached the final for the first time since 2007.

Salah's boots will go on display next week Salah's boots will go on display next week Salah's boots will go on display next week

Salah has also attained national-treasure status in Egypt after his late penalty in a 2-1 win over DR Congo secured his country's qualification to this summer's World Cup in Russia.

Mo Salah's boots on display in the British Museum Mo Salah's boots on display in the British Museum Mo Salah's boots on display in the British Museum

Neal Spencer, Keeper of Ancient Egypt and Sudan said: "This acquisition brings the British Museum's world-famous Egyptian collection right up to date.

"The boots tell a story of a modern Egyptian icon, performing in the UK, with a truly global impact.

"Displayed amidst the statues of ancient pharaohs, we now show the boots with which Mo Salah won the Golden Boot for Liverpool.

We’ve made an exciting new acquisition! To celebrate Egyptian footballing star @MoSalah being top scorer in the Premier League this season, we’ll be displaying his boots alongside objects from ancient Egypt in the run up to the Champions League final ⚽️🏆 pic.twitter.com/DBZDW5Q6kD

— British Museum (@britishmuseum) May 17, 2018

"Salah will shortly lead his national team, known as The Pharaohs, to the World Cup Finals.

"This acquisition builds on our recent project to acquire objects to tell the story of day-to-day life in 20th and 21st century Egypt.

"From sport, to entertainment, worldwide trade to design, this collection is now accessible to all - like those from other periods of Egypt's rich history."

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Liverpool plan CL victory parade

Thu, 17/05/2018 - 15:30
By Press Association

Last Updated: 17/05/18 1:32pm

Plans have been put in place for a victory parade for Liverpool should they win the Champions League later this month.

Jurgen Klopp's side play Real Madrid in the final in Kiev on May 26.

Proposals for a celebration have already been drawn up because of the logistics involved, which are complicated by the city hosting the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta and the Bordeaux Wine Festival the same weekend.

Victory in Ukraine would see the team return on Sunday, May 27 to take an open-top coach along Liverpool's waterside with the route finishing close to the Liverpool Olympia concert venue.

Liverpool play Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday, May 26 Liverpool play Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday, May 26 Liverpool play Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday, May 26

"Regardless of whether you are a Red, Blue or not a football fan at all, an event like this has a hugely positive impact and will once again shine the international spotlight on the city," said Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.

"We are all tremendously proud of LFC's achievement and you can already feel the buzz around the city ahead of the final.

"The club requested the parade takes place on the Sunday, and even though it's already a busy day for the city, we want to make sure we are ready to give them the heroes' welcome they deserve should they win.

Jurgen Klopp is yet to win a trophy at Liverpool Jurgen Klopp is yet to win a trophy at Liverpool Jurgen Klopp is yet to win a trophy at Liverpool

"I understand there will be disappointment for those fans who are unable to get back from Kiev in time, but it was a similar situation in 2005 and we have to be guided by the club in terms of the date and time.

"We're keeping everything crossed for the final and hope the team and the fans do Liverpool proud in Kiev as they have throughout the competition."

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Alexander-Arnold in World Cup squad

Wed, 16/05/2018 - 17:30
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope also included in squad By Declan Olley

Last Updated: 16/05/18 3:52pm

Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold has yet to win an England cap Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold has yet to win an England cap Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold has yet to win an England cap

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have been selected in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England squad for the 2018 World Cup, with Adam Lallana on standby.

Uncapped Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold, 19, has made just three appearances for England's U21s with this his first senior call-up.

After impressing on loan at Crystal Palace, Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, 22, is included having played two times for England's senior side - both of those appearances coming under Southgate.

Former England captain Gary Cahill, who has struggled for game time at Chelsea this season, will be going to Russia despite being left out of Southgate's previous squad for the games against the Netherlands and Italy.

Loftus-Cheek will be going to his first major tournament with England Loftus-Cheek will be going to his first major tournament with England Loftus-Cheek will be going to his first major tournament with England

Southgate, who has named England's third youngest squad for a World Cup (26 years 18 days), told thefa.com: "I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about.

"It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.

26y 18d - Based on players' age on the first match-day of the World Cup tournament, England have named their third youngest squad for a World Cup (26y 18d) behind only the 1958 and 2006 editions. Youthful.https://t.co/dT11aXZzHC

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 16, 2018

"We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we've been looking to develop.

"The selection process has been over months really, it's not just been the last few weeks. We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum.

England manager Gareth Southgate believes it is a squad ' to be excited about' England manager Gareth Southgate believes it is a squad ' to be excited about' England manager Gareth Southgate believes it is a squad ' to be excited about'

"The first call-up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it's not just because they are young, it's because their performances deserve it."

Southgate has also named a five-man standby list which includes Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, who has made just one appearance since the start of April.

Lallana is joined by Burnley pair Tom Heaton and James Tarkowski, Bournemouth's Lewis Cook and West Brom's Jake Livermore.

Tottenham, who finished third in the Premier League, are the best-represented club in the squad with five players including Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane.

Premier League champions Manchester City and runners-up Manchester United both have four representatives.

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope has been preferred ahead of Joe Hart with the 26-year-old selected alongside Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.

After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! 🦁🦁🦁 pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN

— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018

Other notable omissions from the squad include midfielder Jack Wilshere, Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand and Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

The squad will meet up on Monday at St. George's Park although players from FA Cup finalists Manchester United and Chelsea, and Champions League finalists Liverpool will not be present.

United and Chelsea players will join the squad on May 26 while those from Liverpool will train with England after the Nigeria friendly.

Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true 👀😊🤘🏾🦁 pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0

— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018

England will play two matches before travelling to Russia on June 2 against Nigeria at Wembley and on June 7 against Costa Rica at Elland Road.

The World Cup then starts on June 14 with England's first group game against Tunisia on June 18 in Volgograd, before facing Panama on June 24 in Nizhny Novgorod with their final group game in Kaliningrad on June 28 against Belgium.

England World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, Nick Pope

Defenders: Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ashley Young, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Kieran Trippier

Midfielders: Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Raheem Sterling, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Fabian Delph

Forwards: Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck

Standby: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana

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The rise of Alexander-Arnold

Wed, 16/05/2018 - 17:20
Adam Bate

Comment and Analysis @ghostgoal

Last Updated: 16/05/18 3:33pm

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been rewarded for a remarkable season for Liverpool Trent Alexander-Arnold has been rewarded for a remarkable season for Liverpool Trent Alexander-Arnold has been rewarded for a remarkable season for Liverpool

Trent Alexander-Arnold's amazing season just keeps on getting better. Into the Champions League final with Liverpool, the 19-year-old has now been called up to England's World Cup squad.

Last month Adam Bate assessed the reasons for his success, with the help of former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson...

It was the opening goal against Hoffenheim that convinced Phil Thompson. Trent Alexander-Arnold stood over the free-kick and curled it into the back of the net. "It was a big moment," the former Liverpool captain tells Sky Sports. "For him to take charge was quite something. To have that confidence, not to overrule, but to say leave this to me. They trusted him.

"Usually, when you are a young player coming into the side you kowtow to what the big boys tell you. I have been through that at Liverpool as a young player coming in. You know where you are in the pecking order. But for him to do that shows character and I like that in a player. He has got the cojones, as they call it now, to step up and take responsibility."

Not that everyone was surprised. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson noted that it was "no coincidence" that Alexander-Arnold was the player taking the free-kick - he had assumed those duties for the U23 side when aged just 18. His manager Jurgen Klopp was quick to point out that "the goal is the same size" in senior football too.

Gareth Southgate has revealed the 23-man England squad for the World Cup in Russia. Gareth Southgate has revealed the 23-man England squad for the World Cup in Russia.

Nevertheless, Alexander-Arnold is still just a teenager in fledgling stages of his professional career. But after getting the better of Manchester City's Leroy Sane over two legs and impressing again against Roma, he is also now almost certain to be lining up for Liverpool in a Champions League final.

It has been an extraordinary rise, albeit one that echoes the progress of Liverpool full-backs from years gone by. Like Alexander-Arnold, Steve Nicol, then an uncapped young Scot, had made only a handful of appearances for the Reds prior to his breakthrough 1983/84 season that culminated in European Cup final glory against Roma.

Rob Jones, meanwhile, was only four months and 17 league games into his own Liverpool career when he made his senior England debut against France at Wembley in 1992. Alexander-Arnold could yet eclipse them both. Phil Neal told Sky Sports he sees something of himself in the youngster. Jamie Carragher has tipped him to break his appearance record.

Alexander-Arnold says Jurgen Klopp is like a father figure to him and gives him the confidence to play and not worry about making mistakes. Alexander-Arnold says Jurgen Klopp is like a father figure to him and gives him the confidence to play and not worry about making mistakes.

With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also saying the sky is the limit and Klopp calling him incredible, it would be easy to get carried away, but the signs are that Alexander-Arnold remains remarkably level-headed. The feedback from a recent Sky Sports shoot was that he was unusually conscientious, humble and keen to get it right - much like on the pitch.

"You can never be satisfied with anything in football because there's always someone trying to stop you getting to where you want to go," he told Sky Sports. "If you take your foot off the gas there's always someone who wants your spot. So it's important you don't do that. Every day when I was told I was going to train with the first team I'd to take it day by day.

"The coaching staff at Melwood helped because they didn't tell us that we were going to be here for four weeks. They'd say, 'Yeah, you're coming back tomorrow'. Every day you'd go on the pitch not knowing if you'd be back at the academy or staying. So you left everything out there. That's what I've really taken with me, train every day like it's your last session."

Alexander-Arnold says he has achieved things he did not expect this season Alexander-Arnold says he has achieved things he did not expect this season

The attitude certainly seems spot on. But what exactly is it about him that has impressed everyone so much? Firstly, he has the physical capabilities to play in a position that Klopp describes as "one of the most important in world football" because of the need to defend and attack. "He is the modern-day full-back," says Thompson.

It is not just that Alexander-Arnold gets into the position, he is able to execute when he gets there. His delivery from wide right has caught the eye, with some of the crosses reminiscent of his idol Steven Gerrard. "His final ball is terrific and he is learning when to deliver," Thompson adds. "It is that early ball played in between goalkeeper and defence."

This willingness to sling the ball into the box with quality is a key trait that marks him out even among his peers. Alexander-Arnold has put in almost five crosses from open play per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season. That is more than any other full-back or wing-back at a top-six club, including Andrew Robertson out on the other flank. He is a threat.

Alexander-Arnold has enjoyed a breakout season Alexander-Arnold has enjoyed a breakout season Alexander-Arnold has enjoyed a breakout season

Of course, he also has a defensive responsibility and has been particularly impressive in the Champions League. No defender in the competition has made more combined tackles and interceptions than Alexander-Arnold. But having been partially culpable for goals conceded at Crystal Palace and Manchester United recently, there is still much to learn.

"He is an exceptional talent but he absolutely has to learn not to get caught the wrong side," says Thompson. "We saw that against Manchester United. It is stock-in-trade defending. As a full-back, you sweep round. But he got caught ball watching. His body shape was not correct. You have to be tucked in enough to provide the cover.

"That will be a big learning experience because opponents will look at that. Good players will go running into that space between the centre-back and the full-back. He is getting better at it and I suppose the good thing about it is that the best way to learn quickly is to make mistakes and get punished for them because you do not forget that.

"It is tough for young players from the academy. You don't get the time to make those mistakes. The big clubs will buy so you don't get trusted. Chelsea or Manchester City, they are not going to trust many academy players to come through because they want instant success. Most importantly, the managers want it because they are not staying a long time.

Trent has a good manager who trusts him and I think that is a big thing. If you have that trust it makes you play better.

Phil Thompson

"But Trent has a good manager who trusts him and I think that is a big thing. If you have that trust it makes you play better because you have someone who believes in you. Hopefully, Klopp is different because he has that vision. He has a project at Liverpool that he wants to fulfil and that is when you see young lads getting their opportunity."

The player himself - a midfielder with Liverpool's youth team - still insists he does not really have a preferred position but perhaps it is the flexibility of someone else - Manchester City's Kyle Walker - that could open the next door for Alexander-Arnold. Walker's recent position switch for England, being used in a back three for the recent friendlies against Netherlands and Italy, changes things a little.

It is thrilling to imagine what could follow for this teenager. As it stands, Trent Alexander-Arnold could have a Champions League winners' medal around his neck on May 26 and be heading off to represent his country at the World Cup. What a season that would be.

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Firmino: I am never satisfied

Wed, 16/05/2018 - 14:15

Last Updated: 16/05/18 12:51pm

Roberto Firmino is far from satisfied despite enjoying a prolific season with Liverpool.

The Brazilian international has scored 26 goals in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp's side, including 10 in the Champions League.

He is joint-second in the competition alongside team-mate Mohamed Salah and behind only Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 15 goals.

It is the 26-year-old's best season at Anfield since arriving from Hoffenheim in 2015 but he insists there is still room for improvement.

"I am still a little bit 'restless', as I always want more, to grow and grow even further," Firmino told uefa.com, ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 25.

"I am a little bit annoyed, because I always want more and I am never satisfied.

"However, you cannot beat yourselves up about these things all the time and you must always keep moving forward.

"It is my first season in the Champions League and I am one of the leading scorers, alongside Cristiano and Salah.

"I am pretty pleased and very happy with my performance and the entire team's performance and I hope to keep that going into the final."

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The top club in England is...

Tue, 15/05/2018 - 16:20
Adam Smith

Data and Analysis @datasmith101

Last Updated: 15/05/18 3:36pm

Which is the top club in the land? Which teams are punching above their weight and which historic powerhouses languish in the lower divisions? The Ultimate League for 2017/18 has arrived...

The Ultimate League factors each club's average league position over the last 50 years and includes every club that has featured in England's top four tiers for at least 10 seasons during that period.

Liverpool remain England's top club with a remarkable average position of 3.5 over the last half-a-century, while Arsenal narrowly stave off Manchester United for second spot.

Liverpool remain England's top club in the Ultimate League Liverpool remain England's top club in the Ultimate League Liverpool remain England's top club in the Ultimate League

Manchester United actually ended the season one place above their average third-place rank - as did fourth-ranked Tottenham and sixth-ranked Chelsea.

Perhaps surprisingly, Everton rank fifth - but Sam Allardyce's men ended the Premier League campaign three positions lower in eighth.

Champions Manchester City rank seventh, while Aston Villa, Newcastle and West Ham complete the top 10, edging fellow top-flight sides Southampton (11th) and Leicester City (15th).

Gabriel Jesus struck a 94th-minute winner to fire champions Man City to 100 points on the final day of the season Gabriel Jesus struck a 94th-minute winner to fire champions Man City to 100 points on the final day of the season Gabriel Jesus struck a 94th-minute winner to fire champions Man City to 100 points on the final day of the season

Eight lower-league clubs occupy the remaining positions between 11 and 20, including Leeds United, Ipswich Town, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, West Brom, Derby County and Sunderland.

Of those, Sunderland have been the biggest underachievers, finishing bottom of the Championship this term - 23 places below their historic rank of 14th - and facing a second successive drop down the pyramid.

Sunderland fans react to relegation into League One                    Sunderland fans react to relegation into League One                    Sunderland fans react to relegation into League One

Coventry are by far England's biggest underachievers, ending the season sixth in League Two - that is 52 places below their historic rank of 22nd, but they could still return to League One via the play-offs.

Other notable underachievers include York City (-42), Leyton Orient (-41), Stockport County (-41), Southport (-38), Tranmere Rovers (-33), Luton Town (-31), Swindon Town (-30) and Wrexham (-27).

In contrast, top-flight Bournemouth are England's ultimate overachievers, punching 41 places above their historic rank of 53rd to shore up 12th spot in the Premier League.

Despite being relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the season, Swansea are England's second-ranked overachievers (+32) and should be in League One, according to historic success.

Other notable overachievers include Brentford (+30), Burnley (+29), Huddersfield Town (+29), Scunthorpe (+27), Accrington (+25), Brighton (+23), Cardiff (+22) and Shrewsbury (+20).

Bournemouth are England's biggest overachievers Bournemouth are England's biggest overachievers Bournemouth are England's biggest overachievers

Of the teams that have appeared in the top four tiers for 10 seasons or more since 1968 and have played in the non-league this term, Macclefield and Tranmere have achieved promotion to League Two next term.

Tranmere Rovers are back in the Football League after play-off victory against Boreham Wood Tranmere Rovers are back in the Football League after play-off victory against Boreham Wood Tranmere Rovers are back in the Football League after play-off victory against Boreham Wood

Meanwhile, Torquay (-28), Wrexham, Southport, Leyton Orient, Stockport and York all remain outside the professional leagues, while Chesterfield and Barnet will start next season in the National League.

Teams that have featured in England's top tiers in 10 or more seasons over the past 50 years but have since dissolved include Aldershot (pre-1992), Darlington (pre-2012), Halifax (pre-2008), Hereford United, Wimbledon, Newport County (pre-1989) and Scarborough.

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Alexander-Arnold ready for Ronaldo

Tue, 15/05/2018 - 00:36
By PA Sport

Last Updated: 14/05/18 11:02pm

Cristiano Ronaldo will line-up against Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Champions League final in Kiev Cristiano Ronaldo will line-up against Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Champions League final in Kiev Cristiano Ronaldo will line-up against Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Champions League final in Kiev

Trent Alexander-Arnold is relishing the chance to cap his breakthrough season by going up against Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final.

While Real Madrid star Ronaldo has been at the summit of the game for over a decade and is aiming to become a five-time European champion in Kiev, Alexander-Arnold's first full season around the Liverpool first team is just approaching its thrilling conclusion.

The 19-year-old admits it will be a pleasure to share the field with a star he once watched online as a child but has no fear.

Alexander-Arnold, right, celebrates Liverpool's semi-final victory over Roma Alexander-Arnold, right, celebrates Liverpool's semi-final victory over Roma Alexander-Arnold, right, celebrates Liverpool's semi-final victory over Roma

"With Ronaldo being one of the greats, probably one of the best players ever, it's going to be an honour to hopefully play against him," he said.

"You know a lot about him and the likes of [Lionel] Messi because you watch them on YouTube when you're growing up, you always watch those type of players.

"I want to challenge myself and test myself against the best players in the world and there are not many people better than the likes of Ronaldo. It will be a huge test for everyone and hopefully we come out on top."

Having grown up as a Liverpool supporter, Alexander-Arnold will certainly remember Ronaldo's time at Manchester United and is just as ready to consider the Portugal international a rival as a hero.

"Yeah, I suppose [I was a fan of his], not when he was playing for Man United though," he said.

"You have to admit he's an unbelievable player and he's done exceptional things in the game. The numbers that he does season in, season out are absolutely unbelievable, but come May 26 we'll be looking to stop him and the rest of Real Madrid.

"You've just got to focus on the game and if he's a direct opponent you have to see what the strengths and weaknesses are and use them to your advantage."

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'Liverpool can match world's best'

Mon, 14/05/2018 - 15:20

Last Updated: 14/05/18 2:12pm

Dejan Lovren says Liverpool's squad has proven itself this season Dejan Lovren says Liverpool's squad has proven itself this season Dejan Lovren says Liverpool's squad has proven itself this season

Dejan Lovren believes Liverpool have a strong enough squad to compete against the best in the world.

Jurgen Klopp's side will play in back-to-back Champions League campaigns for the first time since 2009-10 after their comfortable 4-0 win over Brighton.

They face Real Madrid in this year's final on May 26 and can go there knowing their primary objective for the season has been achieved.

"Every year it's getting more difficult to get into the top four. It's about teamwork," the Croatia international told liverpoolfc.com.

"The most important thing is that we won and we are in the Champions League again next year, because everyone deserves that - the fans and us. Everyone is happy.

"We have a squad that can compare with every team in the world; we showed it in the Champions League (against) Porto, Manchester City and Roma in the first game. It's the team."

Lovren scored in the 4-0 win over Brighton at Anfield on the closing day of the Premier League season Lovren scored in the 4-0 win over Brighton at Anfield on the closing day of the Premier League season Lovren scored in the 4-0 win over Brighton at Anfield on the closing day of the Premier League season

Aside from guaranteeing a top-four spot, there were further positives in the win at Anfield with Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke scoring their first goals for the club.

The former is expected to start against Real and he is relishing the prospect.

"It's so hard to keep your mind off it but we had to this week because we knew how important the Brighton game was," Robertson told to beIN Sports.

"But now we can all get excited; the fans, families, friends, the players and everyone around the club can really get excited for this big game.

"We'll be ready. We've got a long two weeks; we'll be in the best possible shape and we look forward to seeing what we can do."

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Adam Lallana's return as a second-half substitute after a five-week absence with a hamstring injury was a boost, although it seems unlikely fellow midfielder Emre Can will be fit for the final having not played since March because of a back injury.

The players have been given a couple of days off before reassembling for a short camp in Spain, where the emphasis will be on recovery rather than training before full preparation begins at the start of next week.

Klopp acknowledged the difference a full week had made to the performance against Brighton, with his players previously looking jaded, and he expects his squad to benefit from almost a fortnight before their next game.

"It helped (having seven days between Chelsea and Brighton)," he said.

"A few people asked me already if it's too long - no, it's perfect. It's for us like a little pre-season to the game."

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How much will Keita cost Liverpool?

Mon, 14/05/2018 - 11:20
By Zinny Boswell

Last Updated: 14/05/18 9:46am

Naby Keita scored nine goals and assisted on another seven this season Naby Keita scored nine goals and assisted on another seven this season Naby Keita scored nine goals and assisted on another seven this season

Naby Keita will cost Liverpool £52.75m after RB Leipzig finished sixth in the Bundesliga.

Liverpool agreed a deal to bring Keita to Anfield at the end of this season during the 2017 summer transfer window, but his price was dependent on Leipzig's final league position.

If the German club had secured Champions League football for a second successive season the price for Keita would have been £59m.

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Had Leipzig dropped into seventh, or lower, they would have seen Keita's price reduced further to £48m.

Leipzig's 6-2 away win against Hertha Berlin on Saturday was enough to secure sixth spot in the Bundesliga and their place in next season's Europa League.

They finished two points ahead of seventh-placed Stuttgart, who beat champions Bayern Munich 4-1 at the Allianz Arena on the final day.

Keita made 39 appearances for Leipzig during his final season in Germany, scoring nine times and assisting seven goals.

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Salah: I always wanted PL return

Sun, 13/05/2018 - 12:00
By Husmukh Kerai

Last Updated: 13/05/18 1:46pm

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah says he always wanted to return to England to prove his doubters wrong after he was voted the Premier League Player of the Season Liverpool's Mohamed Salah says he always wanted to return to England to prove his doubters wrong after he was voted the Premier League Player of the Season

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah says he always wanted to return to the Premier League to prove he could be a success to those who doubted him.

The 25-year-old, who has already won the Football Writers' Player of the Year award and the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award, has also been named the Premier League Player of the Season.

The Eygpt international has enjoyed a remarkable debut campaign at Anfield, scoring 42 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions with two games left to play.

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Salah signed for Chelsea in 2014 but only made 13 appearances in two years for the Blues before moving to Italy.

He says he always had the intention of returning to England to prove a point during the two seasons he spent with Fiorentina and AS Roma in Serie A.

Salah has won individual FWA, PFA and Premier League awards this season Salah has won individual FWA, PFA and Premier League awards this season Salah has won individual FWA, PFA and Premier League awards this season

He told Sky Sports News: "It was always on my mind to perform the best I can. I had two great seasons in Rome but it was always in my mind to come back to the Premier League to show the people who said I wasn't a success the first time. It was always in my mind to become a success in the Premier League."

Salah, who is the first African to be named the Premier League Player of the Season, credited the influence of Jurgen Klopp on his career both on and off the field.

Salah described Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as a "friend" Salah described Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as a "friend" Salah described Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as a "friend"

He continued: "I'm very happy. It's an honour to win this award especially for Africa and Arab people. I'm very happy and very proud. I hope it's not the last.

"Before everything, [me and Jurgen Klopp] are friends. He has helped me a lot to do what I am doing now. Outside the field I have to thank him a lot for everything he has done this year.

"I really, really respect him a lot. I'm sure we can do something special for the club this year to end."

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Sky Live: Liverpool v Brighton

Fri, 11/05/2018 - 19:40

Last Updated: 11/05/18 5:49pm

Liverpool v Brighton will be live on Sky Sports Main Event from 2.45pm Liverpool v Brighton will be live on Sky Sports Main Event from 2.45pm Liverpool v Brighton will be live on Sky Sports Main Event from 2.45pm

Liverpool are aiming to secure their spot in the top four when they host Brighton on the final day of the season, live on Sky Sports.

Some good form from Chelsea in recent weeks has put pressure on the Reds, but just a point on Sunday is likely guarantee their fourth-place finish and Champions League football next term with a far superior goal difference in their favour.

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Jurgen Klopp is keen to direct all the focus on to Sunday's final match against Brighton, however, the awards season and pending Champions League final has become something of a distraction.

"You want to be really focused," he added. "The season now for most of the teams in the league is a nice time but for us it is work.

Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

"All the awards around are really deserved but hopefully the last one was yesterday and now it is about playing the game on Sunday."

It has been a successful first season in the Premier League for Brighton, who have the magic 40 points on the board, and Chris Hughton says he is now looking to the summer to improve his squad further.

"We have a good squad and you always want to improve. We are a club who has to work within financial guidelines which work best for the club. We just want to continue to recruit well," he said. "Our next step always has to be to stay in the league - we're still learning and improving and we'll try to add to the squad where we feel necessary.

Manchester City 3-1 Brighton Manchester City 3-1 Brighton

"We've tried to enjoy the season as much as we can. I have been able to enjoy it on the whole, apart from the first few weeks we haven't been in the bottom three. The last week is the best for me because this is where we wanted to be."

Team news

Adam Lallana could return to Liverpool's squad for the final match of the season.

The England midfielder has not played since the end of March because of a hamstring injury but has been in full training for a week and is set for a comeback.

Adam Lallana has returned from injury for Liverpool Adam Lallana has returned from injury for Liverpool Adam Lallana has returned from injury for Liverpool

Defender Joe Gomez is the latest player to be ruled out before the end of the season after undergoing ankle surgery this week.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has no fresh selection concerns. Glenn Murray is pushing for a recall at Anfield after being left on the bench in favour of Leonardo Ulloa for the midweek defeat at Man City.

Record signing Jurgen Locadia and Israel international Beram Kayal are in contention for rare starts, but Steve Sidwell, who has not featured all season, remains sidelined through injury.

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Liverpool have won five of their last six meetings with Brighton in all competitions (D1), netting 22 goals across these six games (3.7 per game).

The Reds are unbeaten in their last 21 home league games against promoted sides (W16 D5), since a 1-2 loss vs Blackpool in 2010-11.

If Liverpool avoid defeat, it will be the seventh time they've remained unbeaten at home across an entire top-flight campaign - more than any other side have done so.

No side has scored fewer away Premier League goals this season than Brighton (10, same as West Brom).

Lewis Dunk has scored an own goal in both of his previous meetings with Liverpool for Brighton - in a 6-1 defeat in the FA Cup in February 2012, and in the reverse fixture in December (5-1 defeat).

Mohamed Salah needs just one goal to set a new record for most Premier League goals in a 38-game season (currently 31). However, the Egyptian hasn't scored in two consecutive Premier League games for only the second time this season (also two in October).

Murray has been involved in a goal in all three of his Premier League meetings with Liverpool, scoring twice and assisting another.

Merson's predictions

I know they've got the Champions League final coming up but it's a couple of weeks away and they'll want to finish on a high and make sure they bag that top-four spot.

Brighton have been great - absolutely outstanding - but they'll be on the beach now surely.

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Klopp: Focus on Brighton, not CL final

Fri, 11/05/2018 - 16:30
By Rory O'Callaghan

Last Updated: 11/05/18 5:22pm

Jurgen Klopp says all the pressure will be on Liverpool when Brighton visit Anfield on Sunday Jurgen Klopp says all the pressure will be on Liverpool when Brighton visit Anfield on Sunday

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged his side to remain "completely focused" on their final league game against Brighton, and not be distracted by the upcoming Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Liverpool head into the final day still needing a win to guarantee Champions League football for next season, following a run of three games without a win in the Premier League.

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Brighton travel to Anfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Main Event, having already secured their top-flight status for another season, but Klopp insists his side can take nothing for granted against the Seagulls as Liverpool look to seal a top-four spot for the second consecutive season.

"We need to be completely focused on that game, we will be," said Klopp.

"Yesterday I was at our LFC awards - good timing - and a lot of people wished me luck for the [final on the] 26th. Two or three people wished me luck for Sunday.

Liverpool need a win to guarantee Champions League football next season Liverpool need a win to guarantee Champions League football next season Liverpool need a win to guarantee Champions League football next season

"It's all about the next challenge. It is the last game of the Premier League season, so it's a big one.

"There are plenty of moments when everybody could be really happy, proud of this team. But on Sunday we have to deliver again, all of us.

"It is not a farewell thing on Sunday, it is a proper competition against a strong team. Having no pressure can be quite positive. That is how it is. A lot things can happen in football."

Klopp has warned his side against complacency when they face the Seagulls Klopp has warned his side against complacency when they face the Seagulls Klopp has warned his side against complacency when they face the Seagulls

Mohamed Salah was named Fans' Player and Players' Player of the Year at the Liverpool award ceremony on Thursday, before travelling down to London on a private jet to claim the Football Writers' Player of the Year in the capital.

Klopp admits the 356-mile round trip was far from ideal for the Egyptian ahead of the crucial game against the Seagulls.

Mohamed Salah travelled to London to pick up another individual award on Thursday Mohamed Salah travelled to London to pick up another individual award on Thursday Mohamed Salah travelled to London to pick up another individual award on Thursday

"It is not perfect. As a manager I would have preferred if he had gone home after work, like we all did and relax on the sofa watching a movie, or going to bed," said Klopp.

"He was early in bed - we organised it as good as possible. It is nice to win an award but then you have to get picked out of the group and you have to say 'without the boys I couldn't have done it', and that's true.

"You want to be with your players. It is intense but positive, let's not forget. He deserved all of it and he's quite fine with it, [he's] pretty cool in managing all these requests and questions."

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New Premier League kits

Fri, 11/05/2018 - 13:33
By Sky Sports Football

Last Updated: 11/05/18 12:54pm

Chelsea have released their new home kit for the 2018/19 Chelsea have released their new home kit for the 2018/19 Chelsea have released their new home kit for the 2018/19

What does your club's new kit look like for next season?

Have the new designs stuck with tradition? Do the shirts have a retro feel? Or has next season's kit had a complete overhaul?

There's plenty of new gear for the 2018/19 campaign but what's your favourite? Check out the strips released so far...

Arsenal

2018/19 kit yet to be revealed

Bournemouth

2018/19 kit yet to be revealed

Brighton

2018/19 kit yet to be revealed

Burnley

2018/19 kit yet to be revealed

Cardiff City

2018/19 kit yet to be revealed

Chelsea Eden Hazard models Chelsea's new home kit Eden Hazard models Chelsea's new home kit Eden Hazard models Chelsea's new home kit

Chelsea's new kit takes inspiration from the famous and much-loved jerseys of the 1980s and 90s.

Flashes of colour feature on the shirt, with "dazzling horizontal red and white lines vibrantly standing out against the famous Chelsea blue".

Flashes of colour feature on Chelsea's new home shirt Flashes of colour feature on Chelsea's new home shirt Flashes of colour feature on Chelsea's new home shirt

The jersey is complemented by the traditional blue shorts and white socks, which include a horizontal red and blue trim at the knee.

Meanwhile, there are two subtle inner features which give a nod to Chelsea's pride and heritage.

The Chelsea Academy and Ladies teams will wear the new kit throughout the 2018/19 season. The Chelsea Academy and Ladies teams will wear the new kit throughout the 2018/19 season. The Chelsea Academy and Ladies teams will wear the new kit throughout the 2018/19 season.

High up on the back of the neckline of the shirt sits a small lion, an instantly recognisable symbol borrowed from the club crest, while Inside the jersey, the words 'Blue is the Colour' - the opneing line from the Chelsea anthem - can be found.

As well as the men's team, both the Chelsea Academy and Ladies teams will wear the new kit throughout the 2018/19 season.

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace has announced a new partnership with PUMA, who will become the club's official kit supplier from the 2018/19 season.

The home kit - billed as 'The Palace Fade Stripe' - references the innovative feature on the traditional red and blue stripes.

Meanwhile, the away kit - which is the 'Palace PUMA Sash' - features an iconic design that was voted one of the best ten kits of all time.

It celebrates the 40th anniversary of one of the most memorable seasons in the club's history when the "Team of the 80s" - the exciting young side managed by Terry Venables - won promotion to the First Division.

The home and away kits will be worn for the first time during pre-season ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Palace chairman Steve Parish said: "The Crystal Palace sash has a real resonance for our supporters because the team that first wore it was one of the finest in the club's history. The teams of that era featured several fantastic young players and it is apt that we are bringing back the sash at a time when we have so much exciting young talent coming through our academy. The home kit is equally exciting and promises to be a real favourite with our supporters."

Everton Leighton Baines models Everton's new home strip Leighton Baines models Everton's new home strip Leighton Baines models Everton's new home strip

Everton and kit manufacturers Umbro have collaborated with the club's supporters in the process of selecting the design for the new home kit, as well as the away and third strips.

The new home kit has been launched and features a collar and two buttons on the shirt. It is also made of the same material as the players' shirts

Everton and Umbro have collaborated with the club's supporters in the process of selecting the design for the new home kit Everton and Umbro have collaborated with the club's supporters in the process of selecting the design for the new home kit Everton and Umbro have collaborated with the club's supporters in the process of selecting the design for the new home kit

Gary Evans, Chair of the Everton Fans' Forum said: "The lengths that Umbro have gone to listen to the feedback of fans is impressive and has resulted in what we believe is a really strong design for next season. As a fan you always look forward to the reveal of a new kit and this one doesn't disappoint. This is a shirt that Evertonians will be proud to wear."

Club captain Phil Jagielka is also a fan of the new home kit, saying: " This kit is a subtle nod to Everton's traditions, but is one that every one of us will wear proudly on Saturday and for the season to come as we look to write the club's future.

Jordan Pickford in Everton's goalkeeper kit for the 2018/19 season Jordan Pickford in Everton's goalkeeper kit for the 2018/19 season Jordan Pickford in Everton's goalkeeper kit for the 2018/19 season

"When you pull on an Everton shirt you are representing Evertonians everywhere, and for this one to be made up of what they want makes it just that bit more special".

Huddersfield

2018/19 kit yet to be revealed

Leicester City

2018/19 kit yet to be revealed

Liverpool Liverpool player model their new kit design Liverpool player model their new kit design Liverpool player model their new kit design

Liverpool have stuck with the retro feel of the current shirt for next season's home kit. However, the Champions League semi-finalists and New Balance have tinkered slightly with the design, adding a polo collar and two buttons.

Liverpool said: "The kit is launched within the club's new campaign, This Means More, which brings to life the very essence of what it means to be a Red. Following the unprecedented demand of last season's distinctive kit - the most popular in Reds' history - LFC and New Balance have chosen to retain the favoured Red Pepper colour and retro styling for the coming season.

Liverpool will be sporting their retro look once again next season Liverpool will be sporting their retro look once again next season Liverpool will be sporting their retro look once again next season

"Additionally, the 2018/19 home kit features linear jacquard stripes on the front of the shirt inspired by the landmark architecture of the redeveloped Main Stand. LFC and New Balance have reintroduced a collar to the home shirt this year; a tipped two-button polo collar that gives the 18/19 shirt a lifestyle look, making it even more wearable for fans.

"To commemorate the tragic events of Hillsborough (where 96 Liverpool fans tragically died in 1989), the 96 emblem, encased by the eternal flames, sits at the nape of the neck."

Jordan Henderson models Liverpool's 2018/19 kit Jordan Henderson models Liverpool's 2018/19 kit Jordan Henderson models Liverpool's 2018/19 kit Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne in Man City's new home kit for the 2018/19 season Kevin De Bruyne in Man City's new home kit for the 2018/19 season Kevin De Bruyne in Man City's new home kit for the 2018/19 season

Manchester City have stuck with the traditional City colours for their 2018/19 home shirt but dark blue speed blur stripes have been added along the shoulders and sleeves.

There is also a button detail on the collar with "Blue Moon" inscribed on it, in reference one of City's most popular songs, and a City blue band detail.

City's new home shirt features dark blue speed blur stripes City's new home shirt features dark blue speed blur stripes City's new home shirt features dark blue speed blur stripes

The top is paired with white shorts and midnight navy socks, which were worn by City when they first won the league title in 1936/1937 and also during the 1998/99, which is considered by many to be the turning point in the modern history of the club.

Manchester United

Manchester United's new third kit for the 2018/19 seaso is inspired by the 50th anniversary of United's historic first European Cup win.

The navy blue jersey takes its cue from the royal blue kit worn by Sir Matt Busby's men in their victory over Benfica at Wembley in May 1968.

It has been created from Parley Ocean Plastic in partnership with Parley for the Oceans to create awareness of the issue of plastic in our oceans.

Richard Arnold, Group Managing Director of Manchester United, said: "It's great to be able to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club's first European Cup win. This jersey represents an important moment for our club - when we became the first English team to win the competition.

"Adidas continues to demonstrate how forward thinking they are. We are all acutely aware of the threat of plastic to the environment and we are delighted to be able to raise further awareness with this recycled kit, which I am sure the fans will love."

The kit will be worn on the pitch for the first time by the first team during the Reds' summer tour of the United States.

Newcastle United

2018/19 kit yet to be revealed

Southampton

2018/19 kit yet to be revealed

Tottenham

2018/19 kit yet to be revealed

Watford

2018/19 kit yet to be revealed

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2018/19 kit yet to be revealed

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Salah wanted to prove Chelsea wrong

Fri, 11/05/2018 - 10:14

Last Updated: 11/05/18 10:16am

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah says he returned to the Premier League determined to prove Chelsea were wrong to sell him to Roma in 2015. Liverpool star Mohamed Salah says he returned to the Premier League determined to prove Chelsea were wrong to sell him to Roma in 2015.

Mohamed Salah has revealed he was always determined to return to the Premier League to prove Chelsea were wrong to sell him.

The Egyptian star has enjoyed a sensational debut season for Liverpool, scoring 42 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions.

Salah picked up the Football Writers' player of the year award on Wednesday to add to the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award he picked up last month.

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The £39.5m Liverpool paid to sign the 25-year-old from Roma last summer now looks like a bargain and Salah admits he came back to England with a point to prove after being deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho and Chelsea in 2015.

"To be honest, it was always in my mind when I left Chelsea," Salah said.

"I said many times, it was always in my mind to come back because a lot of people said 'he cannot succeed here [in England] and he is not good enough for the Premier League'.

Antonio Conte has defended Chelsea's decision to sell Mohamed Salah, saying the Liverpool star was 'not the same player' during his time at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte has defended Chelsea's decision to sell Mohamed Salah, saying the Liverpool star was 'not the same player' during his time at Stamford Bridge.

"So it was always in my mind to come back. I had two great seasons in Rome and everyone was telling me 'no, don't come back' but it was always in my mind that I have to come back to prove them wrong."

Liverpool need a point in their final Premier League game of the season against Brighton at Anfield on Sunday to ensure they will finish fourth ahead of Chelsea.

After that, their focus will shift to the Champions League final against holders Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26.

Real, who have won the competition in three of the last four seasons, go into the game as favourites but Salah insists Liverpool are quietly confident.

Mohamed Salah has scored ten goals in the Champions League to help Liverpool reach the final Mohamed Salah has scored ten goals in the Champions League to help Liverpool reach the final Mohamed Salah has scored ten goals in the Champions League to help Liverpool reach the final

When asked if Liverpool can win, Salah replied: "Of course we can.

"We played in the semi-finals and quarter-finals against Roma and Manchester City. Both teams are very good. They have special quality and they have been outstanding this year.

"But it is only one game. It is not long. It is just one step so we have to keep fighting and I am excited. Everyone in the city is excited about so let's see."

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Salah's whirlwind awards night

Fri, 11/05/2018 - 01:10
Egyptian star pledges his future to Liverpool and insists "this is just the beginning" By Lyall Thomas & Joe Shread

Last Updated: 11/05/18 9:19am

Mohamed Salah has now won four individual awards this season Mohamed Salah has now won four individual awards this season Mohamed Salah has now won four individual awards this season

Mo Salah pledged "this is just the beginning" as he cleaned up on a whirlwind awards night that included jetting 178 miles from Liverpool to London.

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The stellar Egyptian, who could yet add the Premier League Golden Boot and European Golden Shoe to his cabinet, won fans' player and players' player of the year at the Liverpool awards do on Merseyside.

After being snapped with his new gongs, Salah was whisked into a private club jet and flown to the capital to pick up his Football Writers' player of the year award, which was announced on Sky Sports News last week.

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 Year. 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 Year.

Salah, who has scored 43 goals in an outstanding debut season for Liverpool, added the three awards to the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award he picked up last month.

After collecting his trophies, Salah reassured Liverpool fans that his future is at Anfield, after reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

Mo Salah posed for pictures with team-mates at the Liverpool awards do. Mo Salah posed for pictures with team-mates at the Liverpool awards do. Mo Salah posed for pictures with team-mates at the Liverpool awards do.

"I'm very happy here, everything is fine," he said. "Of course I have got ambitions for the future with Liverpool.

"As you can see we had a great season, now we are in the Champions League final and everyone is excited. This is my first year here and it is the same for some other players. It is just the beginning."

Mo Salah posed for pictures as the FWA awards to in London. Mo Salah posed for pictures as the FWA awards to in London. Mo Salah posed for pictures as the FWA awards to in London.

Salah joined Liverpool from Roma last summer and has helped them to the Champions League final and a probable place in the top four of the Premier League.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was named as Liverpool's Young Player of the Year after impressing during his breakout season, during which he has made 31 first-team appearances.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's strike during Liverpool's 3-0 win over Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals was named as Liverpool's Goal of the Season.

Watford's Richarlison picked up the award for PFA Young Player of the Year while Fran Kirby won the women's award.

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Premier League LIVE!

Thu, 10/05/2018 - 17:31

GOOD AFTERNOON!

Hello everyone and welcome to the final day of the 2017/18 Premier League season! We will be bringing you coverage of all 10 games today, which get underway at 3pm, with issues at both the top and bottom still to be decided.

Will it be Liverpool or Chelsea who grab that fourth and final sot in next season's Champions League? Meanwhile, who will be the final team joining Stoke and West Brom in the Championship next season, Swansea or Southampton?

Well stay tuned folks as all those questions, and more, will be answered here over the next few hours!

The games gets underway at 3pm, but do not worry folks as we will be bringing you all the key team news from 2pm, as well as lots of great features, interviews and a whole lot more in the build-up to kick-off, so stay put!


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What Salah needs to win Golden Shoe

Thu, 10/05/2018 - 12:10
By Peter Smith

Last Updated: 10/05/18 10:20am

Mohamed Salah needs to score a hat-trick against Brighton to keep his Golden Shoe dreams aliveMohamed Salah needs to score a hat-trick against Brighton to keep his Golden Shoe dreams alive Mohamed Salah needs to score a hat-trick against Brighton to keep his Golden Shoe dreams alive

Mohamed Salah goes into Liverpool's final Premier League game of the season needing to score at least three times to stand any chance of getting his hands on the Golden Shoe. 

The Egypt international had been in pole position to land Europe's prestigious top scorer prize a few weeks ago, but a glut of goals from Barcelona's Lionel Messi has left Salah with it all to do against Brighton on Sunday.

Salah has 31 league goals in 2017/18, which have all-but assured him of the Premier League's golden boot.

However, while the Liverpool forward has drawn a blank in his last two league outings, Messi has hit five in three games to move on to 34 strikes for the season.

Lionel Messi is on course for his fifth Golden ShoeLionel Messi is on course for his fifth Golden Shoe Lionel Messi is on course for his fifth Golden Shoe

A hat-trick for Salah on Sunday, then, would give him the chance of sharing the award with Messi - but the Argentina international and his Barcelona team-mates still have two games to play.

European Golden Shoe racePlayerClubGoalsPointsGames remainingLionel MessiBarcelona34682Mohamed SalahLiverpool31621Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich29581Ciro ImmobileLazio29582Mauro IcardiInter Milan28562Edinson CavaniPSG28562

Next in the race for the golden shoe are Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski and Lazio's Ciro Immobile, who have 29 goals each.

Lewandowski and the German champions have just one match left to play, on Saturday against Stuttgart, while Immobile, like Messi, has two more opportunities to add to his haul.

However, Salah, Lewandowski and Immobile will now have to pull off an extraordinary scoring feat to deny Messi a record fifth golden shoe.

Messi's previous Golden Shoe wins

2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2016/17

Were Salah to overtake Messi, the 25-year-old would become the first Premier League player to be crowned Europe's top marksman since another Liverpool forward, Luis Suarez, shared the award with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago.

Ronaldo was the last player from the English top flight to win the European Golden Shoe outright, after scoring 31 goals to help Manchester United claim the 2007/08 Premier League title.

* Since the 1996/97 season, the Golden Shoe has been awarded based on a points system, with goals scored in Europe's top five leagues - according to the UEFA coefficients - multiplied by a factor of two

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