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  1. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has revealed he refused to leave Anfield during Brendan Rodgers's spell in charge of the club despite being told he could do so. Speaking ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26, Henderson revealed how he shed tears when he was told he would be allowed to leave Liverpool in a swap deal for then-Fulham forward Clint Dempsey in the summer of 2012. The 27-year-old, who has since established himself as a key player in Jurgen Klopp's side, opened up on his reaction to hearing he would be allowed to leave a few hours before a Europa League tie against Hearts. He told the Daily Mail: "Brendan [Rodgers] called me in and said 'listen, this is the offer' and he asked me what I thought. "It implied to me that he would let me leave and it was up to me. I went back to my room. I shed a few tears. I ended up crying a little bit because it hurt so much. I had the game that night to think about it as well. "I spoke to my agent and told him what had happened and I said I didn't want to go. I wanted to stay and fight and try and improve and try to prove the manager wrong. My agent agreed. I spoke to my dad. He was gutted but he backed my decision to stay and fight. "From that point, I just kept my head down. I knew I wouldn't get as much game time as I wanted but I still had faith. I was young enough to get my head down, keep working hard, do my extra bits and prove them wrong and I feel I managed to do that by the time Brendan left. "There are always those moments in football - and life in general - which can decide the path and the route you go down. For me it was never an option to leave." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. Former Real Madrid player and director of football Predrag Mijatovic has urged the his former side not to "go crazy" over Mohamed Salah. The Egypt international has impressed in his first season at Liverpool, scoring 44 goals in all competitions and being named Premier League Player of the Year. His form since moving from Roma is rumoured to have caught the interest of Madrid, the team he will face in Kiev next Saturday. "[Salah] has all the qualities that football requires today. But you also have to say that he is a player who has had a very strange trajectory," Mijatovic told AS. "I do not know if Madrid should go crazy for him at this moment because they have important young players, like [Marco] Asensio or Isco, with similar characteristics. And we do not know what will happen to Bale. "I do not know what Salah's situation is like, but now he is not a player for whom I would go crazy. You do not know how he would adapt. Madrid is different, a club where it is difficult to succeed." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. Rangers chairman Dave King has confirmed that Steven Gerrard will have money to spend in the summer and suggested a target of "five or six" new players. On Friday, the former Liverpool captain was confirmed as the replacement for Graeme Murty, penning a four-year deal to take charge of the Old Firm side from June. Gerrard has already been linked with a swoop for former teammate Martin Skrtel, and King has confirmed that the club's new boss will have funds available ahead of next season. King told the club's official website: "I think our view in our discussions with him is the same as it has been. We will continue to invest in the squad as we have done for the last couple of seasons and I think Steven understands and expects that that will continue with him as manager. "Certainly I think that there have been improvements, albeit recent results haven't been the best, but I think the squad is a lot stronger than it was before the January transfer window and I would still think we probably need another five or six players to come in. "It's really going to be up to Steven and Mark [Allen] to get together after today and work that out for themselves and then come back with recommendations." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah has stressed that the Champions League final will not be a case of him versus Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. The Egypt international scored his 10th goal of the tournament as Liverpool progressed despite a 4-2 defeat to Roma in their semi-final second leg on Wednesday. Ronaldo, meanwhile, has 15 Champions League goals to his name this season, and the two players will go head-to-head in the final later this month in Kiev. Salah, with 43 goals in all competitions this season for Liverpool, has been tipped to end the decade-long Ballon d'Or dominance of Ronaldo and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. However, the 25-year-old insisted he will need his teammates to win the Champions League and "cannot do it alone". "It is not going to be a final between Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo," he said, after Liverpool's 7-6 aggregate win over his old club, Roma. "I am playing for a great club and we have great players, so qualifying to the final came with great teamwork. I cannot do it alone - it is collective work. "When we score a goal it's because we are all doing good, when we concede it means we all need to work harder." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. Roma chairman James Pallotta thinks that the Champions League will remain "an absolute joke" if Video Assistant Referee is not implemented. The Giallorossi claimed a 4-2 victory against Liverpool in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, but went out 7-6 on aggregate. Roma could feel aggrieved as the referee waved away two clear penalty appeals from Roma in the second half. Indeed, Pallotta was left wondering why VAR was not being used at the highest level of European football. "It is very clear VAR is needed in the Champions League because you just can't let stuff like this happen," the 60-year-old told BBC Sport at full time. "You can all look at it yourself. Stephan El Shaarawy in the 49th minute wasn't offside and he gets taken down by the goalie; the 63rd minute was a handball that was obvious to everyone probably in the world except people on the pitch; the 67th minute [Patrik] Schick gets taken down in the box. "I know it is difficult to ref but it is really embarrassing that we lose on aggregate like that. By the way, it should have been a red card which would have been 10 men in the 63rd minute. "Liverpool are a great team, congratulations going forward, but if they don't get VAR in the Champions League, stuff like this is an absolute joke." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Liverpool have announced that Brazil forward Roberto Firmino has agreed a new long-term deal at Anfield. The 26-year-old joined the Reds from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015 and has scored 50 goals in 140 appearances for the Merseyside club. Firmino, whose existing deal ran until 2020, has been rewarded for a fruitful season which has seen him score 27 goals, and the player himself sang Liverpool's praises. "It was an easy decision," Firmino told the official Liverpool site on Sunday. "The club have taken me in in an incredible way and I've grown a lot here with my work with the support of the whole team. I am very, very happy here. "Everything fits in the best possible way. My teammates are fantastic and I am very grateful to be able to play with them at this club. "I love to play for Liverpool FC. The fans are excellent and fantastic in how they support us all the way. They support us throughout the games and the work they do during the match is beautiful." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. Jurgen Klopp has likened Liverpool's habit of enjoying dominant spells against opponents to Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United sides. The Reds scored three goals in 19 first-half minutes to take their Champions League quarter-final tie away from Manchester City, ultimately winning the tie 5-1 on aggregate. Klopp looks set to employ a similar tactic when they welcome Roma to Anfield for their semi-final first leg on Tuesday, after admitting he wants to use it to the same effect as rivals Manchester United in the 1990s and 2000s. "Is there something with Alex Ferguson, Man United," Klopp told Sky Sports. "At a specific time, they scored always twice? "Score, score? That is the opportunity. Score once, do it again. Use the momentum in the game. Of course we talk about it, of course we want to use that, but you still have to score. "The team is a really enthusiastic team. In a good moment, they jump and that's really good to see. "On the other hand, that's why the two Man City games were really special. We dealt with the very difficult circumstances in the two halves here and there on a high level. "That brought us to the semis, not that we can score one, two, three in a row. "In the moments when we are not in charge of the game, we are still in the game, that's a very important thing and that helped us massively." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. Five Manchester City players have been named in the Professional Footballers' Association Premier League Team of the Year. Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Nicolas Otamendi, David Silva and Kyle Walker have all been included after Pep Guardiola's side claimed the Premier League title with five games to spare. Tottenham Hotspur are the only other team to have more than one representative, boasting three players in defender Jan Vertonghen, midfielder Christian Eriksen and striker Harry Kane. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah were also included in the XI. On Sunday, the overall winner of the PFA Player of the Year award will be unveiled, with De Bruyne, De Gea, Kane, Silva and Salah all nominated, along with City winger Leroy Sane. PFA Premier League Team of the Year: David de Gea, Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Alonso, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Christian Eriksen, Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. Liverpool have been drawn against Roma in the semi-finals of the Champions League. The Reds cruised to a 5-1 aggregate victory over domestic rivals Manchester City in the previous round and will take on their 1984 European Cup opponents in the final four. Roma, who stunned Barcelona with a 3-0 win in their quarter-final second leg to progress on away goals, will play at Anfield first before returning to the Italian capital a week later. Real Madrid, winners in three of the last four seasons, will face 2001 and 2013 winners Bayern Munich in the second leg for a place in the final in Kiev. In the Europa League, meanwhile, Arsenal will face tournament favourites Atletico Madrid over two legs in their semi-final. The Gunners survived a scare to eventually beat CSKA Moscow 6-3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals and will now take on Los Colchoneros in the toughest possible semi-final draw. Atleti, who edged past Sporting Lisbon 2-1, are to travel to the Emirates Stadium on April 26 for the first ever competitive meeting between the two clubs, before welcoming Arsenal to the Spanish capital a week later. Marseille and Red Bull Salzburg, who overcame deficits in their quarter-finals, will contest the other semi-final tie to remain on course for a place in next month's final at Olympique Parc Lyonnais. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. Liverpool will be looking to win Europe's top prize for the sixth time having made it into the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 10 years. Having come through the playoffs to the group stage of the competition, they are yet to lose in the competition and, with 33 goals, are the leading goalscorers in this year's competition. Winning 7-0 on two separate occasions against Spartak Moscow and Maribor in the group stage and a 5-0 win against Porto in the first leg of their round of 16 tie might not have got people convinced that Liverpool could be genuine contenders. However, having beaten Pep Guardiola's runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City 5-1 over the course of two quarter-final legs might have got people thinking that maybe they could be a force to be reckoned with. Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, two of the main contenders, have already been eliminated,which has left the competition up for grabs. However, Roma, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will also be looking at claiming Europe's top prize. Real Madrid - even after almost throwing away a 3-0 first leg lead at home against Juventus still have a chance to claim their third consecutive Champions League trophy, which would make it 13 overall, thanks to a disputed last minute Cristiano Ronaldo penalty. Bayern Munich - Five-times champions of Europe, making their sixth semi final appearance in seven years in which they have been involved in two finals, winning one and losing one. Roma - looking to win their first ever Champions League. Just like Liverpool they weren't seen as contenders but eyebrows were raised when they came back from a 4-1 first leg deficit to beat Barcelona on away goals. Could Liverpool bring Europe's top prize back to England for the first time since Chelsea in 2011-12? Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  11. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been charged with improper conduct by UEFA and being sent to the stands in the Champions League defeat to Liverpool. The European governing body has also charged the Reds after fireworks were set off and objects thrown inside the Etihad Stadium. Guardiola was sent to the stands after confronting referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz on the pitch at half-time during the quarter-final second-leg 2-1 defeat. The Spaniard was unhappy with the official's decision to rule out a legitimate second goal for his side, as Leroy Sane was adjudged to have scored from an offside position, despite the ball coming off opposition midfielder James Milner before he prodded home. The improper conduct charge against Guardiola is for communicating with the bench during the second half. Article 69 of UEFA's disciplinary regulations states that any manager or coach who is sent off may not communicate "directly or indirectly with the team's players and/or technical staff during the match". Liverpool were already facing four UEFA charges over the setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects, acts of damage and crowd disturbances after City's team bus was attacked at Anfield prior to the first-leg on 5 April. That case will also be heard on 31 May. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  12. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola thinks his side must play the "perfect game" on Tuesday to overturn a 3-0 deficit in their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool. The Citizens go into the second leg after back-to-back defeats by the Reds and derby rivals Manchester United in what Guardiola described as a "tough" week. "The only way to play good football is to be positive," the Spaniard told BBC Sport. "To go through you have to make the perfect game, create chances and concede few chances. The chances we receive, we have to defend well. "We have 90 minutes and anything can happen. All we are going to do is try. "We have 90 minutes plus extra time and what we have shown this year - even in the last game - is we can create a lot of chances in the last few minutes. "If we are not able to cope with (back-to-back defeats) psychologically, it will be a good lesson for the future. It is a test. Football, like life, is a challenge." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  13. Jurgen Klopp has warned his Liverpool players that Manchester City are capable of producing a "thunderstorm" in their Champions League quarter-final second leg. The Reds are 3-0 up from the first leg, but their manager says City's first-half performance against Manchester United on Saturday - when they raced into a 2-0 lead - shows just what they're capable of. Ahead of Tuesday night's second leg at the Etihad, Klopp said: "I saw the game of City vs United at the weekend. It was one of the best first halves I ever saw. It was like a thunderstorm. "Then, in the second half, after the first goal, one team gains rhythm, another team loses rhythm. The game changes. "I cannot tell the boys: 'Boys! Score early!' Well, I can but I am not sure that it really helps. "We have to think about football: what we have to do, where we have to do it. The boys knew after the (first) game this is half-time. We are in the lead, nothing else. "We are here to not concede and to score to win the game so that is the plan. "It always helps if you know about the problems, you deal with the problems but if we concede a goal nothing changes. We are still in the lead. "It is about doing the right things, staying in the mood where we can bring in our strengths, playing in the right spaces, defending in the right spaces; attacking them in the right spaces. "It would be the same if they were 3-0 up. It wouldn't change anything." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  14. Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane remains confident of getting more goals than Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and winning this season's Premier League Golden Boot. The England forward has scored 24 times this term but trails Egypt international Salah by five goals. Kane is bidding to become the first player since Thierry Henry to finish as the Premier League top scorer for a third consecutive season. “Yeah, I still believe I can,” he said when asked if he can outdo the Liverpool forward’s tally. “Whatever happens, there are still games to go. I’ve got to focus on my game, I can’t control what he does. "Obviously, as a striker it would be great to win the Golden Boot again and I will keep working hard from now until the end of the season.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  15. The Premier League season continues to edge closer to its conclusion and, indeed, this weekend we could have our champions crowd amid two of the biggest derbies in the country. How will the action pan out? Football Manics takes a closer look. Everton vs. Liverpool The weekend's Premier League action kicks off with a tasty Merseyside derby as an Everton side sitting nicely in the top half of the table face a rampant Liverpool team that taught Manchester City a football lesson last time out. Although they say form goes out the window in derbies, the Toffees have a poor record against their neighbours (one win in 22 league meetings) and are a worse team on paper, while the Reds are in rampant form, so I expect them to win even if Mohamed Salah is absent. Score prediction: Everton 1-4 Liverpool Bournemouth vs. Crystal Palace Bournemouth have accrued 21 points in 2018, a tally only bettered by the current top four Premier League sides, and their never-say-die attitude has helped them pull clear of the bottom three, with safety very likely now. Palace remain in deep trouble, having lost five of their last six fixtures, and have won just one of their last nine league matches, plus their injury woes continue with a striker crisis, so I back the Cherries to victory. Score prediction: Bournemouth 1-0 Palace Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Huddersfield Town Brighton have lost three successive games in all competitions, all by a 2-0 scoreline, having previously been unbeaten in seven matches, but are better at home, having won three of their last four home games and scoring nine goals in the process. Huddersfield are woeful at present - five defeats in six away fixtures, eight PL defeats in 2018, seven goals scored in the league this calendar year, and 12 away games over the course of the season where they haven't scored. That said, I think there will be little between these two and I'm going for a draw. Score prediction: Brighton 1-1 Huddersfield Leicester City vs. Newcastle United Leicester are unbeaten in six Premier League home games, though their last three have ended in a draw, but their record against this season's promoted sides is good - 13 points from a possible 15 so far. Newcastle have pulled clear from the bottom three in recent weeks as Rafael Benitez looks to mastermind a great escape but despite a good defence, I think the Foxes - with Jamie Vardy back to his best - will be able to batter through. Score prediction: Leicester 2-0 Newcastle Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur It looks pretty bleak for Stoke at present - 61 goals conceded this term, three defeats in a row and just one win in nine for Paul Lambert, who is running out of time to mastermind a great escape for the Potters. As for Spurs, they are on the longest current unbeaten run in the Premier League (13 games, including 10 wins), and they are the only side yet to lose a top-flight match in 2018, plus they have won five consecutive Premier League matches for the first time this season - so I can't see past an away win. Score prediction: Stoke 0-3 Spurs Watford vs. Burnley The Hornets boast a decent home form, with 11 points from their last five games at Vicarage Road, but they are winless in three games in which they have conceded 10 goals. Burnley, meanwhile, will be desperate for one final push to try and secure a heroic European place, and given they're on the brink of a fourth consecutive top-flight win, I reckon they'll play out of their skins and secure victory. Score prediction: Watford 1-2 Burnley West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City West Brom are absolutely done for this season, the stats speaking for themselves - eight consecutive league defeats and three wins all season are the very definition of "hopeless". In contrast, Swansea retain hope, with Carlos Carvalhal close to delivering one of the most unexpected PL miracle jobs in recent history, and even though the Swans are winless in their last five league away games, I nonetheless fancy them to defeat a side that has all but given up the ghost. Score prediction: West Brom 0-2 Swansea Manchester City vs. Manchester United Now this is one made for the script. Man City have dominated the PL this season and, whilst United will not have to deliver a guard of honour as was previously feared, they still will not want their big rivals to celebrate in their faces. Liverpool have thrown a spanner in the works though, with Man City potentially fielding a weakened team in order to focus on the Champions League return leg, which will see them needing to overturn a 3-0 deficit, so it could end up rather anticlimactic. Besides, Jose Mourinho is known for being somewhat of a "realpolitik" manager and has been known to park the bus, and so this could end up being a grind should he wish to deny City the title at all costs. I'll go with the more negative scenario and call this a stalemate. Score prediction: Man City 0-0 Man United Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  16. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confessed that he did not expect to record a 3-0 win over Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-final first leg. The Reds ran out convincing winners in Wednesday's clash at Anfield as Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane all struck in the opening 31 minutes of the game. "The result is not what we expected but we needed to play more football in the second half," Klopp told BT Sport. "They did not have a lot of chances but we didn't play much football ourselves. It is only half-time. 3-0 up, good. "First half was brilliant. It was how football should look. We knew about the quality of City but also about our quality as well. If we could control the game better against a team like Man City and not give the ball away we would be closer to them in the league. "We defended the passes really good. But I wanted us to play more football. But I am not angry, it is all good. We lose one player to injury (Salah) and another - the captain (Henderson) - to a yellow card so it does not feel good. Mo said he feels good but we will have to see about that." Klopp also apologised to Man City following the attack on their bus by Reds fans, who left the vehicle unable to be used for the return journey. "I really don't understand it," he said. "There was a lot of talk about it before. We tried everything to prevent a situation like that. When we came here we had to take another way through. When we came through it was obviously very positive but when we were on the bus we didn't know that had happened before. For Liverpool FC I have to say sorry." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  17. Pep Guardiola has suggested that Manchester City did well against Liverpool in their Champions League quarter-final first leg despite the one-sided result. The Premier League champions-elect were beaten 3-0 by the Reds at Anfield, with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane firing the hosts into a three-goal lead by the 31-minute mark. Despite the heavy defeat at Anfield, Guardiola claims that his charges had control of much of the game and is adamant that a comeback could still be on the cards in the second leg at the Etihad. "We showed up from the begining, we started with enormous personality but they scored a goal," he told BT Sport. "We continued to play but they scored two more goals. It is tough. They had 10-15 minutes in the first half when they were better. "In the second half we tried everything but we couldn't find a goal. The first two goals, we had control of the game but they scored. I don't have too many regrets or complaints. Nobody believes but we have another game. "They had two attacks and scored two goals. That was tough but for the rest of the game we were so, so good. We had to score a goal but they defended more. We have to accept it and now we have United at home and then Liverpool at home. We see what happens. Of course it is difficult but we believe." Pep Guardiola also criticised the security arrangements which led to the City team bus being attacked by Liverpool fans ahead of kickoff and left the vehicle unable to be used for the return journey back to Manchester. "Yesterday you explained, I am new here, that it is going to happen," he said. "Normally when the police know it is going to happen, they tried to avoid it from happening. "So I did not expect that from the Liverpool side, their people. One year ago something happened in Dortmund so we come here to play football and I don't understand this kind of situation. "The bus is destroyed but I did not expect a prestigious club like Liverpool doing this kind of thing. It is not Liverpool, it is the people, but hopefully it does not happen again." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  18. On Wednesday, Liverpool welcome Manchester City to Anfield looking to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in a decade. Jurgen Klopp's charges are the only team to beat the Citizens in the Premier League this season, a thrilling 4-3 victory back in January. Both teams strolled into the quarter-finals, scoring a combined 10 goals against Porto and Basel in last-16 ties, but one English side must now fall. How could the game pan out? Football Manics takes a closer look. Head to head Liverpool and Man City lock horns for the first time in European competition but obviously there have been plenty of domestic clashes. The two teams have met 178 times overall, with the Merseyside outfit winning 87 of those to City's 45, and they have won both previous two-legged affairs in domestic competition. Stats Liverpool and Man City are the Premier League's top scorers with 75 and 88 respectively. The Reds attacking trident of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah has scored 75 goals in 119 games in all competitions. Meanwhile, City's attacking quarter of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have scored 76 goals in 149 games between them. Domestically, Liverpool sit third in the table, with just one defeat in their last eight fixtures (against Man United), and were knocked out in the FA Cup's fourth round to West Bromwich Albion. As for Pep Guardiola's charges, they're just one win away from the PL title (against Man United, no less) but were humbled out of the FA Cup to Wigan Athletic. Team news Liverpool defender Joel Matip will miss the rest of the season with a thigh injury, which means that Dejan Lovren is set to partner Virgil van Dijk in defence. Adam Lallana is also likely to be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign after the midfielder pulled up just five minutes into his return to action against Crystal Palace. Emre Can has struggled with a back problem over the past fortnight, so there may be a chance for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to slot into a three-man midfield alongside former Citizen James Milner. In terms of the visitors, Sergio Aguero has missed the past few weeks with a knee injury and will not be fit in time for the big match. Guardiola will most likely stick with Gabriel Jesus through the middle, flanked by Leroy Sane and ex-Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling. John Stones will return from a concussion layoff but faces an uphill battle getting back into the heart of defence in lieu of either Vincent Kompany or Nicolas Otamendi in the heart of defence. Meanwhile, Oleksandr Zinchenko is expected to deputise at left-back in the absence of Fabian Delph. Prediction Even though both sides boast superb attacking prowess, I'm expecting a really cagey encounter, with tentative, as-error-free-as-possible football likely to be served up. There will be goals, but not many, and I think it'll be on a knife edge, though Man City will have the all-important away goal. Score prediction: 1-1 draw Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  19. Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged that Liverpool are underdogs heading into their Champions League tie with Manchester City. The sides’ last meeting on Merseyside saw the Reds win 4-3 at Anfield in January - the only league defeat Pep Guardiola's side have suffered so far this season. City won the first game between the teams 5-0, when Sadio Mane was sent off at the Etihad back in August. Asked what he had learned from the sides’ two encounters this season, Klopp said: “You should finish the game with 11 men! Be cool! “We know it's difficult. Did we think before the first game we would lose 5-0? No. Did we think before the second game we would win 4-3? No. Do we know we have a chance? Yes, that was clear before. But they are the favourites. “In specific moments, we are on a similar level but they do it much more consistent, that's why they have around 20 points more. No problem with respecting that, but we all know, in that game, it doesn't mean too much. We see our chance but we know it will be unbelievably difficult. “But if I have the choice to watch a Champions League game, I would watch this one. It's about tactics but there will be fire, that's cool, it's at Anfield, so a good atmosphere to watch.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  20. Pep Guardiola has revealed that Sergio Aguero is likely to be on the bench for Manchester City's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool. The Argentine has not played for City since the 1-0 win over Chelsea on March 4 after suffering a knee injury in training. Guardiola is pleased to see his player's fitness improving but he will nonetheless not be risked from the start at Anfield on Wednesday. "We will see about Sergio, still he didn't train," said Guardiola. "Hopefully he is much better. On Monday we will see and in these situations, it is day by day. "I hope he can help us. Maybe not in the beginning but maybe the bench. After that we have Manchester United and then Liverpool in the second leg. Maybe we have to change the system and have six strikers to win the game."We need Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Lukas Nmecha - everybody. "Liverpool is not one game, it is 180 minutes. We need a good performance for the second leg." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  21. Emre Can has hit out at "false" reports claiming that he has demanded huge wages to remain at Liverpool. The 25-year-old will see his current Reds deal expire in the summer and is believed to be heading to Juventus at the end of the season. Jurgen Klopp has however kept the door open for Can to re-commit to Liverpool. Reports in the English press earlier this week claimed that the Germany midfielder has demanded more than £200,000 per week to stay at Anfield, which would make him the club's highest-paid player. However, Can said on Instagram: "Interesting stories about me in the press. I'm no longer going to comment on any false stories or rumours. "I've just returned from international duty with the German team and working on coming back from injury. Looking forward to getting back on the pitch asap." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  22. Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has vowed to stay and fight for a first-team spot at Liverpool. The 30-year-old has not played for the Reds since the 3-2 defeat against West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup on January 27. Mignolet has lost out to Loris Karius as Liverpool's No 1 but says he does not feel the need to move away from Anfield. "No, always the only thing you try to do is prove every time in training you are ready for when the chance comes along," he told Sky Sports. "It is never easy of course because I have never in my career spent time on the bench, but it is how it is and the only thing you can do is try to change it but it is never easy. "I've had a few conversations with the manager already and we have spoken about numerous things. "I'm always open and he's always open, you know how he is, but at this time it is not the time and place to do that." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  23. Gareth Bale has claimed that becoming Wales' all-time record goalscorer could be "the best achievement" of his career. The Real Madrid star's hat-trick in Wales' 6-0 win over China in the China Cup saw him reach 29 international goals, one more than Liverpool legend Ian Rush. When asked by BBC Sport where the record ranks in his illustrious career, Bale said: "It is right up there, maybe as the best. "I suppose when I was a little boy I never dreamed of being a record-breaker for Wales. It is a massive honour. "I was not thinking about it, but now it has come it's an incredible honour and one of the best things I've achieved in my career. "On a personal note it's great to break the record, but I could not have done it without my team-mates." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  24. With the FA Cup quarter-finals taking place this weekend, the Premier League program this weekend is reduced as seven top-flight teams hope to make their way to the semi-finals. How will the four PL fixtures pan out? Football Manics takes a closer look with this exclusive preview. Bournemouth vs. West Bromwich Albion Bournemouth remain nervously looking over their shoulders given they're winless in four games and just six points clear of the drop zone, but only Manchester City and Tottenham have lost fewer games since Christmas than the Cherries. West Brom, meanwhile, are done for. They've been woeful all season and Alan Pardew has arguably made them worse, with just eight points from his 16 games in charge and on the verge of a seventh successive league defeat. Score prediction: Bournemouth 3-0 West Brom Huddersfield Town vs. Crystal Palace Huddersfield got a little boost with two consecutive league wins a few weeks ago but their last game against Swansea City saw them labour against 10 men without scoring, they've still got just seven points in 2018, and they remain a little too close to the danger zone for comfort. Palace are once again in the doldrums as their injury-depleted team fell to four consecutive league defeats for a drop back into the bottom three, but several key men are returning to fitness - Wilfried Zaha, Mamadou Sakho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Yohan Cabaye should all be able to get involved, which would get Palace playing as they should be. Score prediction: Huddersfield 0-2 Palace Stoke City vs. Everton Stoke remain in the bottom three and have gone six games without a win but they've managed to just about tread water, one point adrift of safety, and will come out of the danger zone should they beat Everton and Palace fail to win at Huddersfield. Everton, meanwhile, are a Jekyll & Hyde side, boasting a good run at Goodison Park but on the verge of a five-game losing streak on the road, not to mention just one win in their 15 away league games this campaign, so I think the points will be shared at the Bet365 Stadium. Score prediction: Stoke 1-1 Everton Liverpool vs. Watford Liverpool will be eager to get back to winning ways in the league following the defeat at Manchester United last time out and the omens against Watford are good - they have won nine of 10 top-flight home games against them, and have never lost consecutive league games under Jurgen Klopp. The Hornets are enjoying a very good season and certainly know how to get results, having won three of their last six, but they're not so hot against top sides on the road, having lost 16 of their 17 PL games away at sides in the top four, and I think the outcome will be similar to what happened at Arsenal last time out. Score prediction: Liverpool 4-1 Watford Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  25. Manchester City and Liverpool have been drawn against each other in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The draw was made in Nyon, Switzerland at 12pm GMT and it pit the two remaining English sides left in the competition against each other in the last eight. Premier League leaders City suffered their only defeat in the league this season at Liverpool on 14 January, while Pep Guardiola's side beat the Reds 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium last September. The first leg will take place at Anfield on 4 April, with the return in Manchester on 10 April. Holders Real Madrid will face Italian champions Juventus - a repeat of the 2017 final which Real won 4-1 in Cardiff. La Liga leaders Barcelona, who are looking to win the Champions League for the first time since 2015, face Roma. Fellow Spaniards Sevilla, who beat Manchester United 2-1 on aggregate in the previous round, take on five-time European champions Bayern Munich. Arsenal, meanwhile, have been drawn against Russian side CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-finals. The Gunners will host the first leg at the Emirates Stadium on 5 April with the return leg in Moscow a week later. In the other ties, Spain's Atletico Madrid face Sporting Lisbon of Portugal, Germany's RB Leipzig play Marseille of France, while Italian Serie A club Lazio face Red Bull Salzburg of Austria. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.

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