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Jurgen Klopp Suffers Injury Crisis Ahead Of Liverpool vs Arsenal

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, is sweating over the fitness of Alisson Becker and Thiago Alcantara, the UK Times reports.

Both players are now major doubts for Monday night’s clash against Arsenal.

The Reds already have several injury issues, with captain Jordan Henderson taken off after 45 minutes against Chelsea and Fabinho forced to play at centre-back in the game, with both Joel Matip and Joe Gomez sidelined.

Now they have been dealt another injury blow, as Alisson and Thiago are doubts for Monday’s game at Anfield and have been unable to train fully.

Both players have “unspecified issues” which have restricted their involvement in training over the past few days and will be assessed again on Sunday.

Klopp’s squad is due to have one final training session later this afternoon and the German coach is crossing his fingers that Thiago and Alisson can take at least some part.

Even if they do, both players will require last-minute fitness checks, before tomorrow night’s game to make sure they have not suffered any reaction.

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Arteta Reveals How Arsenal Can Beat Liverpool On Monday Night

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has explained how his side can beat Liverpool for a third time in succession.

The Gunners make two trips to Anfield this week, first for a Premier League fixture on Monday, before a Carabao Cup fourth-round clash on Thursday.

Arteta’s men have already defeated the Reds twice this summer.

First was a 2-1 win in the Premier League back in July, despite having just 30% of possession and conceding 31 shots.

Then in the Community Shield last month, which Arsenal won on penalties, after Takumi Minamino cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener.

Arteta says his players will all need to be at their very best at Anfield.

“First of all, you need a great individual performance by all of them,” he said according to Football London.

“You need certain luck, that’s for sure, in moments in the game, and then you have to be so consistent in everything you do throughout 96 minutes because in any moment they can open you up and you can get exposed.

“You never give up. That’s another thing that is crucial against them.

“You have to expect them to be at their best. If you’re always expecting that then the level of attention is higher, focus is higher and you are more determined in every ball. Against them that’s key.”

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Alisson Reveals How He Controls Liverpool’s Defence

Alisson has lifted the lid on the techniques he uses to control the Liverpool defence.

The 27-year-old has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the game, having risen to prominence since signing from Roma in 2018.

He played a key role as the Reds won their maiden title of the Premier League era last season, conceding only 23 times overall and keeping 15 clean sheets from 29 outings for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

He retains the faith of the manager this term, but does not have a traditional manner when it comes to communicating with his defence, as he showed as the Anfield club conceded three times in a 4-3 victory over Leeds on the opening day of the season.

“I don’t like to shout at anybody and I don’t like it that anybody should shout at me,” he told the Daily Mail. “When you make a mistake, you know that you make a mistake. We are professionals and we work every day on that. I have made many mistakes already in my life. Sometimes they led to a goal, sometimes they didn’t.

‘I know what I need to improve and what I need to do differently. So I don’t need to tell Virgil van Dijk or Joe Gomez or Andy Robertson what they need to do differently.

“We speak to each other about what makes us all more comfortable with our movements but I don’t believe that when you concede or make a mistake that you should be pointing the finger at someone. I believe in a different way. You speak in a better way and find a solution.”

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Barcelona Close In On Signing Koeman After Sacking Setien

Barcelona is negotiating a deal to appoint Netherlands coach, Ronald Koeman as the successor to Quique Setien, a club source said on Tuesday.

Koeman is dearly loved at Barca for his playing career in Johan Cruyff’s hugely successful side known as the ‘Dream Team.’

He scored the goal that delivered the club’s first-ever European Cup in 1992.

The defender later became the club’s assistant coach before embarking on an eventful career as a head coach, managing Dutch sides Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord.

He also managed Premier League sides Southampton and Everton and La Liga’s Valencia.

Spanish and Dutch media also said Barca were in talks with Koeman, who led the Netherlands to qualification for the European Championships, which have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Juventus Now In Talks With PSG Over Sale Of Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus would be ready to sell Cristiano Ronaldo for offers of £54m and above, according to Sport.

Ronaldo is no longer considered ‘untouchable’ at the Italian giants, and they would be willing to do business this summer.

The 35-year-old has spent two fantastic seasons in Turin, scoring 65 goals in 89 appearances across all competitions and winning two Serie A titles.

However, with the arrival of Andrea Pirlo to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager, there is set to be a squad overhaul at Juve before next season.

Paris Saint-Germain are keeping a close eye on Ronaldo’s situation and could be ready to make a move as soon as their Champions League campaign is over.

The Ligue 1 champions take on RB Leipzig in the semi-final on Tuesday evening.

Juventus will not consider offers of less than €60m (£54m), although that price tag may well not put off PSG.

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Barcelona Sack Sporting Director Eric Abidal

Barcelona have announced the departure of sporting director Eric Abidal, just one day after sacking head coach Quique Setien.

Abidal, a former Barcelona defender and two-times Champions League winner with the club, had been in the role for over two years.

Setien was relieved of his duties in the wake of Friday’s embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, with Barcelona warning of a “broad restructuring of the first-team”.

The Spanish club acted quickly to agree a deal in principle to bring in Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman to replace Setien.

One of Abdial’s final acts in his role as Barcelona sporting director was to inform Setien of the club’s decision to let him go in a meeting in the days following last week’s elimination from the Champions League.

Barcelona announced the departure in a statement on Tuesday:

“The FC Barcelona and Eric Abidal have reached an agreement for the termination of the contract binding both parties.

“The Club publicly expresses its gratitude to Éric Abidal for the professionalism, commitment, dedication and positive and close treatment that he has always shown towards all the estates that make up the Barça family, and wishes him luck and success in the future.”

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Barcelona Goalkeeper Ter Stegen Out For Over 2 Months After Knee Surgery

Barcelona have confirmed goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has undergone surgery on a knee problem.

The 28-year-old, who has made more than 200 appearances for the club since joining from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014, went under the knife as a preventative measure after he complained of irritation on his right patellar tendon earlier this season.

Ter Stegen played through the discomfort in order to finish the extended 2019-20 season, but will use the short break before the new campaign to clear up the issue once and for all.

“Based upon the exchange with the medical team, the first-team player Marc ter Stegen will do a voluntary medical intervention tomorrow [Tuesday] on his right patellar tendon conducted by the expert Dr. Ramon Cugat,” read a statement on the club’s website.

“It is a proactive measure which is now done in order to prevent and prepare for the future, since the player had some irritations on the tendon earlier in the season.”

Ter Stegen also confirmed news of his operation on Twitter, saying: “I will undergo an intervention for my knee tendon. The medical experts and I discussed to do this ‘clean-up’ as there were some irritations earlier this season. It’s a proactive intervention in order to prevent and prepare for the future.

“I will need some weeks to recover and to return to 100%. I’m calm and positive about the situation, I will come back soon. Once again, thanks for all the support I’ve been receiving. I appreciate it a lot!”

On Tuesday, Barca confirmed the surgery was a success, releasing a statement which reads: “First team player Marc ter Stegen has had a successful operation on the right knee of the knee by Dr. Ramon Cugat. The approximate time off will be two and a half months.”

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De Gea Backs Himself To Remain As Man United Number 1 (See What He Said)

David de Gea is backing himself to keep the No.1 shirt at Manchester United despite a string of high profile mistakes this season.

Pressure has been mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop the Spaniard after errors which ended up costing United, and after his mistakes against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final there have been numerous calls for Dean Henderson, who spent the last season on loan at Sheffield United, to be brought back as first choice.

Henderson only wants to return to Old Trafford if he is guaranteed to be starting, and with interest from Chelsea in the young goalkeeper, Solskjaer has a dilemma over what to do.

The competition doesn’t faze De Gea, who has won the club’s player of the year award four times, and he is backing himself to keep his place.

“I trust in myself,” he said. “I showed my qualities all the years, so I just keep available for the manager. I’m always ready to play and try to help the team as always, as I did always.”

The Spaniard was given the nod ahead of regular Europa League choice Sergio Romero for United’s defeat to Sevilla and despite the disappointment of losing a third semi-final of the season he is pleased with the progress the side have made.

“I think we improved already this season. We were 14 points behind the third position in the Premier League. We finished third at the end,” De Gea explained.

“We play very good I think many games. We deserved to be in the final, if we are honest; maybe we need a bit of experience, more experience on the team – but we have to score the chances. Let’s keep improving, let’s keep fighting for this club and let’s try to win trophies next season.”

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PSG, Dortmund & Monaco Fighting To Sign Zaha (Full Story)

Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco want to sign forward Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace.

Arsenal and Everton tried to sign Zaha last summer but his representatives believe he was being priced out of a move with Palace asking for £80m.

Zaha wants to leave Crystal Palace and the club are prepared to let him go for the right price.

In July, Palace manager Roy Hodgson said there were question marks about Zaha’s future at the club.

“It’s a dilemma for the club and a dilemma for him if he is so set on leaving,” Hodgson said. “If he feels he just does not want to be with us any more, that would be sad.

“We still like him very much, we can’t make him like us. This is a situation that only he and the club can sort out. I don’t have an answer.”

Zaha has three years left on his Palace contract. He would ideally like to leave to play for a club in the Champions League.

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Henry Emerges Candidate To Replace Setien As Barcelona Manager

Former Arsenal captain, Thierry Henry, has emerged one of the candidates to replace Quique Setien as Barcelona manager, according to Sport.

It’s almost certain that Setien would be sacked within the next 48 hours, after the club’s emergency board meeting on Monday.

This follows an embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final on Friday.

Maurici Pochettino is believed to be the leading candidate, but his affiliation with Barcelona’s local rivals, Espanyol means he is not a unanimous choice.

Ronald Koeman, a former Barca player is under consideration, as is Max Allegri who has enjoyed a one-year sabbatical after leaving Juventus last summer.

However, Henry has now been added to the list.

The Frenchman endured a wretched start to his managerial career as he was sacked after just six months with Monaco and is currently the head coach of MLS side Montreal Impact.