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Mohamed Salah fit to face Manchester City

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 16:10

Mohamed Salah is ready to return from injury when Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield.

The No.11 sat out the past two matches, victories over Burnley and Everton, due to a groin injury sustained as he scored a brace against Leicester City in the final game of 2017.

But Jürgen Klopp confirmed that, as it stands, Salah is in contention again for the Premier League showdown with Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten team on Sunday.

“If nothing happens in this moment, Mo is back, he is training completely normally,” the manager told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

The Egypt international has scored 23 goals in 29 appearances since signing for the Reds last summer, and was today named the Standard Chartered Player of the Month for December.

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Salah named Player of the Month for December

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 14:59

Mohamed Salah has secured a fourth Standard Chartered Player of the Month award in just five months at Liverpool, winning December's fan vote.

The No.11 scored six goals in eight appearances last month, helping Jürgen Klopp's team reach the Champions League knockout stages and maintain their place in the Premier League top four.

And that typically prolific form has seen the Egyptian yet again chosen by supporters as the Reds' standout man.

Upon receiving the gong, Salah told "I'm very happy to win this award again. 

"It's always a good feeling for me to win this award because you work hard, you help the team to get points to achieve something.

"As I said before, the most important thing is to win the games, and we try to win each game.

"We are working [well] at the moment, we are [picking up] points, so we are in a good position - we have to carry on now."

When pushed for a personal highlight from December, the 25-year-old picked out marking his Merseyside derby debut with a memorable solo strike.

He added: "I always try to help the team, to improve myself, so each game for me was very important.

"[But] it was the first derby for me, so I'm very happy to score in my first derby."

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Ryan Kent seals Bristol City loan deal

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 13:59

Ryan Kent has joined Bristol City on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old, who spent the first half of the campaign with Freiburg, will spend the remainder of 2017-18 at Ashton Gate having put the finishing touches on his temporary switch on Friday.

Academy graduate Kent signed a long-term contract extension with the Reds last summer and made six appearances for Bundesliga outfit Freiburg before returning to Anfield.

Bristol City currently sit fourth in the Championship and face a Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City later this month.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain learning the Liverpool instinct

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 13:24

The biggest change for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Liverpool has been the subtle differences in the demands made of his team by Jürgen Klopp.

Since joining the club from Arsenal on transfer deadline day in August, the England international’s influence has steadily grown and 25 appearances have quickly been accumulated.

With the Reds fighting for the best position possible in the Premier League, plus knockout fixtures in the FA Cup and Champions League ahead too, consistency is of paramount importance.

So too is a synchronised approach – and Oxlade-Chamberlain feels he has successfully made the transition from his previous responsibilities to the new ones with Liverpool.

“The biggest thing I’ve had to learn is how this manager likes to stop situations at source, and how he likes to attack is slightly different to my manager before,” said the No.21.

“I was in certain habits and certain things became second nature to me and in football it is all about instinct. You train and train a certain thing so when you are in that situation you don’t think about it.

“It just might be a simple trigger when something happens and the defence passes to that player and the ball is slightly behind him. That is your cue to go and press. At your previous club you might not even look into that.

“I have about 100 different things but it is all those adding up. When a team is in sync to do what a manager wants and you have one player who has come in and is doing it slightly different it breaks the whole chain and it doesn’t work for everyone.

“We press high and if one person is not doing it right – even if it is small – it makes everyone’s work a waste of time. Just little things like that I had to learn. It can take some time.”

Liverpool meet Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday, the first fixture since Philippe Coutinho’s departure to FC Barcelona was confirmed.

But the Brazilian’s absence can be neither distraction nor excuse according to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who sees plenty of attacking firepower in the rest of the Reds squad.

“I’ve got every respect for Phil and his decisions, I wish him all the best but he is not in my thoughts right now. He can’t affect the score versus Manchester City,” said the midfielder.

“I’m more concerned about what I can do, what Mo [Salah] can do, what Sadio [Mane] can do, what whoever is playing will do because we are the boys now that will get the right result for the club.

“I haven’t really even thought about Phil leaving. You pay it attention and you realise it happens but you can’t start thinking, ‘what are we going to do now that Phil is not here?’ It can’t be that at all. It’s business as usual.

“When Phil wasn’t playing in the team for some games we still played great football and we still have amazing players who can score goals – the likes of Mo, Sadio, Roberto [Firmino], everyone else.

“We have goals and creativity all over the team. Obviously Phil added to that, there is no doubt. The fact is he has gone now we have to think, ‘what have we got that is going to get the job done?’”

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Match preview: U23s face Manchester City test in PL 2

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 12:42

Premier League 2 leaders Liverpool U23s face a stern test of their credentials with an away date at Manchester City on Friday night.

Neil Critchley's side are two points clear of Leicester City at the top of the division and also have a game in hand.

The Foxes are in action too, however, away at West Ham United.

Ahead of the Reds' clash with City, here are all of the details you need to know...

Where is the game being played? The tie is taking place at City's Academy Stadium, with kick-off set for 7pm GMT.

How can I watch the game? We are showing the match live and free on both the club's official Facebook page and LFCTV GO, with our coverage starting at 6.55pm.

View from the manager, Neil Critchley

"We were frustrated we couldn't play last weekend but sometimes it is taken out of our hands, which it was last week with the frozen pitch, so we are itching for a game after our break and we are looking forward to what should be a really good game.

"We beat City 1-0 back in September when Yan Dhanda scored a fantastic goal. It was a really good game decided by a moment of brilliance from Yan.

"When you play against a team like Manchester City you know you have got to be at your best to get a good result, so we will need all of our players to play well if we are going to get the three points.

"We are delighted for some of our boys to get the loan opportunity like Corey Whelan at Yeovil Town and Matty Virtue at Notts County. This opens the door for other players and we stress to them all of the time to always be ready to give your best because you never know when the opportunity will arise.

"So, come Friday night there will be an opportunity for one or two players and hopefully they can grab it.

"We have had an excellent season so far and I think some of the performances have been outstanding and they have been a pleasure to coach. We hope that continues in the second half of the season.

"I think our philosophy and our beliefs in the way we develop our players will never change, and we demonstrated that this week with the loan moves for players we think are ready for a different experience.

"We also said goodbye to Cameron Brannagan, who has moved to Oxford United in a permanent deal. We wish Cameron all the best, he is a really good lad and it's a great opportunity for him."

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How to watch LFC U23s face City live and free on Friday

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 12:27

Liverpool U23s face an away trip to Manchester City in Premier League 2 on Friday night - and you can watch the game live for free on both the club's official Facebook page and LFCTV GO with our coverage starting at 6.55pm GMT.

Following the postponement of last weekend's scheduled match with Arsenal, Neil Critchley's side are in action for the first time in 2018.

Kick-off at Manchester City's Academy Stadium is at 7pm and we will bring you the whole 90 minutes live with our single-camera coverage.

Click here to watch live and free on Facebook or see the game on LFCTV GO via the stream below from 6.55pm.

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Van Dijk: No nerves for me

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 12:16

If his commanding performance on debut was not proof enough, Virgil van Dijk emphasised with words that he does not feel added pressure after his move to Liverpool.

The Netherlands international sealed a switch to the Reds from Southampton on New Year’s Day having impressed on the south coast during his two-and-a-half years in the Premier League.

Van Dijk enjoyed a dream debut for the club, heading home the winning goal with six minutes left to defeat Everton in the FA Cup third round at Anfield last Friday.

With league leaders Manchester City the visitors this weekend, the No.4 opened up to a legendary predecessor – Jamie Carragher – about why he is approaching his new challenge with confidence.

“The size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager – the whole package here is amazing,” Van Dijk explained in an interview with Sky Sports.

“The atmosphere at every home game especially, and the travelling fans, is amazing. I’m just very happy to play for the club.

“It doesn’t make me nervous. It’s a compliment to me for the hard work I’ve put in so far, that Liverpool were willing to pay that much money. I can’t change that anyway.”

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FREE: Watch Klopp preview Man City clash live at 1pm

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 11:31

Jürgen Klopp will preview Liverpool's weekend meeting with Manchester City at a press conference on Friday - and you can watch live and free on YouTube.

The Reds are out to end the runaway Premier League leaders' unbeaten record when the sides go head to head at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

Klopp is set to discuss the game and provide an injury update when he faces the media at Melwood ahead of the match. Tune in from 1pm GMT to watch it live.

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Jürgen Klopp v Pep Guardiola: A brief history

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 11:27

Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola will face off as managers in a competitive match for the 12th time on Sunday afternoon at Anfield.

Eight clashes in Germany as the bosses of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively preceded a trio of Premier League showdowns so far that have yielded a win apiece and one draw.

The fourth instalment in English football will see Liverpool aim to extend a 17-game unbeaten streak in all competitions against a Manchester City side who have yet to experience defeat in the top flight this season.

Here is a brief history of Klopp v Guardiola…


Klopp’s men had lifted the Bundesliga title in two of the previous three seasons when Guardiola was installed in the dugout at Bayern in 2013, who had downed Dortmund in the Champions League final earlier that year.

They met on four occasions across the season, beginning with a 4-2 victory for BVB in the German Super Cup at their own stadium, Signal Iduna Park, in late July.

In the league head-to-heads, they traded emphatic 3-0 victories over one another away from home, Bayern claiming the spoils on the road in November before Dortmund silenced the Allianz Arena with the same result to balance the books the following April.

Nevertheless, Guardiola’s men took the championship by a margin of 19 points and succeeded in the rivals’ fourth and final direct confrontation, too – completing the double with a 2-0 win after extra-time in the DFB Pokal showpiece in Berlin.


Super Cup glory was Dortmund’s once more when hostilities resumed for the new season, however. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the goals to defeat Bayern on home soil again.

Guardiola’s charges responded by doing the double over their nemeses in the Bundesliga – 2-1 at home and 1-0 away – but there was to be one more tactical battle in Germany between two of the modern managerial greats.

Aubameyang levelled Robert Lewandowski’s opener in their DFB Pokal semi-final at the Allianz and, after extra-time failed to separate them, BVB prevailed on penalties as the hosts contrived to squander all four spot-kicks.

Sadly, Wolfsburg ruined hopes of a fairytale send-off for Klopp in his last match as Dortmund manager with a 3-1 triumph in the subsequent final. His record against Guardiola stood at four victories each.


Klopp’s departure from the Dortmund hotseat at the conclusion of the previous campaign, after seven years in charge, meant no meeting with Guardiola in 2015-16, during which the Spaniard guided Bayern to the Bundesliga title for the third time in a row.

Where the latter had taken a full 12-month sabbatical upon leaving Barcelona in 2012, the former’s spell away from the sidelines lasted less than half as long – with the lure of the Liverpool job proving too much to resist in October 2015.


And so, when Guardiola swapped Munich for Manchester and took the reins at City in the summer of 2016, the stage was set for the two men to pit their wits against each other for the first time in English football.

While both of these sides are celebrated for the expansive, attacking nature of their play, the two league clashes between them last term were genuine thrillers despite producing only three goals in total.

They brought the curtain down on 2016 with an absorbing encounter under the Anfield floodlights on New Year’s Eve which was somehow settled by a single effort from the head of Georginio Wijnaldum in the eighth minute.

March’s reverse fixture did not disappoint either.

Once more, the ebb and flow was endless and the visitors came close to repeating the trick after James Milner converted a penalty past his former club six minutes into the second half.

But Sergio Aguero struck back before the final whistle to snatch a share of the spoils. “Nice game to watch probably but on the sideline it’s really hard work. And on the pitch, it’s outstanding hard work,” said Klopp.


The most recent meeting was a September afternoon to forget for the Reds.

A hitherto evenly-matched Premier League contest in Manchester was effectively swung in the space of 13 first-half minutes as Aguero put the hosts ahead and then Sadio Mane received a straight red card for a high challenge on City goalkeeper Ederson.

Gabriel Jesus netted either side of half-time and Leroy Sane bagged twice late on to rack up a resounding result that seemed unlikely when the rivals each had 11 players going toe-to-toe.

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Melwood gallery: Reds sport all-new New Balance range for first time

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 21:41

Liverpool took to the Melwood training pitches in their brand new New Balance training range for the first time on Thursday afternoon.

The training jersey, rain jacket, mid-layer top and zip sweatshirt are have all been reproduced in white, and can be purchased in club stores or online.

As with the Reds’ match kits and the previous phases of the training wear for 2017-18, these pieces celebrate the club’s 125th anniversary year by featuring the commemorative Liver bird crest.

Head to now to browse the range, and look at our gallery below of the squad wearing it for the first time as they geared up for Sunday's match against Manchester City with Liverpool Ladies manager Scott Rogers watching on alongside Jürgen Klopp.

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

Brought to you by Vitality, official wellness partner of Liverpool FC

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FA Cup fourth-round tie date confirmed

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 20:07

Liverpool's FA Cup fourth-round tie with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield will take place on Saturday January 27.

The fixture has been selected for live coverage by BT Sport and is scheduled to kick-off at 7.45pm GMT.

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Brannagan joins Oxford United

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 19:14

Liverpool FC can confirm that Cameron Brannagan has today signed for Oxford United in a permanent transfer.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who joined the Reds at the age of five, completed the formalities of his switch to the League One club on Thursday.

Brannagan leaves Anfield having made nine first-team appearances for the club. He spent the second half of the 2016-17 campaign on loan with Fleetwood Town, before returning to Liverpool and a place in Neil Critchley’s U23s squad this term.

Everyone at Liverpool FC wishes Cameron all the best for the future.

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Naby Keita keen on January move

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 17:07

RB Leipzig are reluctant to sanction the early release of Naby Keita to Liverpool but with the player enthusiastic over a January switch and a further premium on offer, his immediate transfer is a growing possibility.

The midfielder already has a contract with the Anfield side that comes into effect on July 1, after both parties settled on a £57 million deal that could rise to £66m.

However, with Philippe Coutinho departing to Barcelona for a British record £142m and the Reds needing to inject some dynamism into midfield, negotiations have begun over bringing the arrangement forward.

A meeting between Keita and Leipzig will take place prior to the weekend, with a decision on how to progress currently understood to be “in the balance”. This discussion will significantly dictate the direction of matters.

Should there be progress, the payment structure of the agreement as it stands would need to be altered, given it is affixed to the German club’s finishing position in the Bundesliga.

Liverpool would also have to additionally incentivise Die Bullen – who would rather not cede Keita midway through the season – as well as the 22-year-old.

It is understood that the total transfer figure would have to be in the region of the Premier League side's record spend - the £75m which made Virgil van Dijk the world’s most expensive defender - to tempt Leipzig into allowing an earlier exit.

The monetary element is no issue for the Merseysiders, who are keen to come to another respectful conclusion with their counterparts.

Having worked so hard to reach a resolution at the end of August last year for this summer, there was every intention from all involved to honour the accord.

However, the Guinea international has grown tired of the criticism he has received in the campaign thus far, feeling he has been prejudiced by his advanced contract.

Despite reservations from Keita’s end over whether he would be best served having a full pre-season to settle in at Liverpool, the lynchpin wants to accept the responsibility of being a driving force in the centre of the park for them now.

He would be unavailable in the Champions League, but can bolster Jurgen Klopp's domestic objectives.

Source: Goal

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Liverpool to open discussions over Naby Keita

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 17:00

Liverpool will open discussions with RB Leipzig in a bid to fast-track Naby Keita’s move to Anfield.

The Reds already have a deal in place to buy the Guinea midfielder this summer but they are prepared to pay an additional fee to get him six months early.

Jurgen Klopp believes securing the services of Keita during the January window would be the perfect fillip for his squad following the £142million sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

Sources close to the player have indicated that Keita is keen to complete the transfer now rather than see out the rest of the season as planned with Leipzig.

However, despite reports in Germany that the Bundesliga outfit have demanded an extra £13million, the ECHO understands that Liverpool have not been quoted a price.

Liverpool want to maintain good relations with Leipzig and if sporting director Ralf Rangnick sticks to his stance that Keita will stay put until the summer then the current agreement will be respected.

Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhüttl reiterated today that he believes the 22-year-old is going nowhere until the end of the season. “There’s no reason to let Keita go now, and that’s the end of it,” he said.

If Leipzig have a change of heart and are prepared to let Keita leave during the current window then the final decision over whether Liverpool meet their financial demands will rest with Klopp.

The size of the fee will be balanced against the benefits of having Keita in the second half of the season.

He wouldn’t be eligible to play in the Champions League knockout stages but would be able to feature in the Premier League and the FA Cup.

The situation is complicated by the complex nature of the deal the two clubs struck back in August.

Liverpool would only say they had paid a premium on top of Keita’s £48million release clause.

However, a source close to the deal told the ECHO that Liverpool will pay Leipzig 75million Euros (£66.8million) if the German club qualify for the Champions League this season and 65million Euros (£57.9million) if they miss out on the top four.

Leipzig are currently fifth in the Bundesliga but are level on points with third placed Borussia Dortmund.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Man Utd to challenge Liverpool for Pulisic

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 15:22

Manchester United are willing to strongly challenge Liverpool if the Anfield club go in for Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic in the summer, as the American talent has emerged as a big target for the Old Trafford hierarchy.

While the 19-year-old attacker is obviously seen as an excellent football signing in his own right and fill a hole for Jose Mourinho’s side, an extra angle is the view that talent could well make him the USA’s first megastar in the sport, with all of the commercial value that will bring. United’s marketing side would see him as another Paul Pogba in that regard, as do many other suitors.

Liverpool are expected to make a move for Pulisic in the summer window, though, with Jürgen Klopp a huge admirer of his former club’s player.

United also have an interest in Dortmund defensive midfielder Julian Weigl and Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, but Pulisic’s potential value is seen as so high - both in terms of on-field and off-field productivity - that they would have to make a move.

Pulisic moved to Dortmund in 2016 and has been steadily progressing since, while also scoring nine goals in 20 caps for the US national team despite failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Speaking to The Independent in November, Pulisic reiterated that the most important thing for his development is to make sure that he's playing regular football.

“I am playing every week in the Bundesliga, in the Champions League, against top teams,” he says.

“When you do that every week, you are going to improve. When you play against the best players, you’re going to grow. I’m learning a lot: tactically, technically, gaining strength.”

Source: The Independent

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Matty Virtue joins Notts County on loan

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 14:58

Liverpool U23s midfielder Matty Virtue has joined Notts County on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old has been in excellent form for Neil Critchley’s side in 2017-18 and will aim to continue his development during the spell with the League Two club.

Virtue joined the Reds at U11 level and has since progressed through the ranks at the Academy, as well as joining the first team in training at Melwood.

Notts County are currently second in League Two, four points behind leaders Luton Town, and travel to Lincoln City for their next fixture on Saturday.

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Your chance to watch first-team training at Melwood

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:39

With the Melwood VIP Day, LFC Official Members and season ticket holders have the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

You and a friend could meet members of the Reds' first team and watch training at Melwood, but that’s not all this special day will include. You'll also...

  • Get transport from Anfield to Melwood, where you will get the chance to watch Liverpool's stars being put through their paces by Jürgen Klopp.
  • Get transport back to Anfield, where you’ll take part in a stadium tour.
  • Enjoy a Q&A lunch with an LFC legend in the Boot Room Sports Cafe.
  • Receive an exclusive goodie bag as a memento of the day.
  • Plus, you'll get a souvenir framed photo.

For your chance to win this exclusive prize for you and a friend, enter your details in the Members Area before Wednesday January 31.

If you're not already a Member, you can join now for your chance to win.

T&Cs apply.

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New Balance training range now available in white

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:36

Key pieces of Liverpool's popular New Balance training range for 2017-18 are now available in white.

The training jersey, rain jacket, mid-layer top and zip sweatshirt are have all been reproduced in a fresh colour scheme, and can be purchased in club stores or online.

As with the Reds’ match kits and the previous phases of the training wear for 2017-18, these pieces celebrate the club’s 125th anniversary year by featuring the commemorative Liver bird crest.

Head to now to browse the range, or take a look at the individual pieces below.

Rain jacket

Mid-layer top

Training jersey

Zip sweatshirt

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Free clip: Mane's cheeky Melwood goal

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:08

Sadio Mane scored from behind the goal during Wednesday afternoon's training session at Melwood - and you can watch the No.19's cheeky effort for free now.

With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez looking on, Mane curled a right-footed shot into the far corner from behind the goal.

See for yourself in the free clip above.

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Liverpool given chance to sign PSG star Lucas Moura

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 11:55

Liverpool have been offered the chance to sign PSG star Lucas Moura from under the noses of Manchester United, according to reports.

Liverpool are on the lookout for a new attacker after losing Philippe Coutinho to La Liga giants Barcelona at the weekend.

Moura could fit the bill with the Brazil international likely to leave PSG in order to secure regular game time ahead of the World Cup in Russia later this year.

Reports have claimed the 25-year-old is on his way to Manchester United, with the player supposedly agreeing to move to Old Trafford.

But French newspaper Le Parisien say that Liverpool have now been offered the chance to sign him instead.

Moura supposedly has no intention of playing for PSG beyond the end of the month.

The player has fallen out of favour after the Ligue 1 giants spent big to sign the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the summer.

Moura has played just 71 minutes in the league for PSG and, so drastically has his stock fallen, he is not even cup-tied for the Champions League.

That could work in Liverpool’s favour with the club still in Europe’s biggest club competition.

And Le Parisian say the Reds can sign him on the cheap as a replacement for Coutinho.

The player supposedly is keen to leave Ligue 1, ruling out a move to Monaco or Lyon.

PSG boss Emery recently explained why Moura was not playing.

And he all but admitted it was down to Neymar and Mbappe.

"Some players who play less, maybe they can be protagonists of another team because they are good players and do not have the opportunity to play here, like Lucas Moura or Hatem Ben Arfa," he said.

Source: Daily Express

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