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  1. Xherdan Shaqiri has claimed that Liverpool can go on to win the Champions League given the quality in the squad. The Switzerland international met his new teammates and trained for the first time as a Liverpool player on Wednesday, after completing a £13.5m move to the Reds from Stoke earlier this month. Shaqiri won the Champions League with Bayern Munich in 2013 and the 26-year-old is desperate to add another winners' medal to his collection with his new club. "I hope I can repeat that because I know how it feels to win the Champions League," Shaqiri told Sky Sports. "It is really amazing and I think we can do it. We have good quality - especially with the new players that have been brought in - they have very good quality. "I'm looking forward to the new season and I hope we can finally win titles. "I think the important thing is to be successful, and to be successful you need to win some titles and trophies and I hope we can lift some trophies this year." 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. Naby Keita is convinced that Liverpool can compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title this season. The Guinean completed his move from RB Leipzig on July 1 after a deal was agreed between the clubs in August last year Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson have since joined the Reds and Keita believes his new side now has enough quality to mount a title challenge. Asked if he felt his new club have the quality of squad to compete with City this season, Keita said: "I know we have enough quality. "It's all about having the mindset and desire to want it and fight for it enough. I think that goes a long way, having that desire and belief. "I'm someone who has this real winning mentality," he added. "I have a huge desire to win. That's why I'm aggressive in a positive sense on the field." Asked about the physicality of the Premier League, Keita said: "I don't think that physical aspect is going to have a negative effect on me at all. "I've watched a lot of English football and I'm getting used to this kind of physical aspect. Through the process of the pre-season friendlies, hopefully I'll be up to speed with it. Winning the ball back is something I like." 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. Alisson Becker has officially joined Liverpool from Roma in a "long-term" deal that makes him the world's most expensive goalkeeper. The Reds did not disclose the fee involved in signing the Brazilian but the Giallorossi revealed that the Selecao star moved clubs for €72.5m (£65m), a world-record fee for a goalkeeper. It surpasses the £34.7m Manchester City paid in 2017 to sign Ederson, Alisson's understudy for Brazil. "Alisson, 25, will join the Premier League side for an initial fee of €62.5m (£56m), the most expensive transfer fee ever paid for a goalkeeper," read a statement on the Roma website. "The agreement also includes a number of performance-related clauses, on the part of both the player and the English club, that add up to an additional €10m (£9m)." Alisson told the Liverpool website: "I'm really happy, it's a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt for a club of this size that is used to always winning. "In terms of my life and my career, it's a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. You can be certain that I'll give my all." Manager Jurgen Klopp added: "At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign one of the world's best goalkeepers. "Then it's not a long thought, to be honest, it's only that you need to have a little talk with the owners! They were quite excited, so we did it. "I think it's something we have to do. He has nothing to do with the price, we have nothing to do with the price, it's the market, that's how it is and we will not think a lot about it. "It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment. It will happen a lot in the next few weeks I guess and that's it, so we are really happy to have him here now. "His English is surprisingly good and he is a real personality. He has meanwhile a lot of experience in the last few years, in Europe and in Rome, he's played there on an outstandingly high level and he did the same at the World Cup." 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 boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed that his players will welcome the help from the club's new signings rather than fear competition for places. Midfield trio Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri have arrived during the transfer window. Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker is also believed to be on the verge of joining for a fee of €75m (£67m), subject to a medical. A hectic end to last season and a number of injuries left Liverpool's resources thinly stretched, and Klopp is determined to avoid that this season as they look to mount a serious title challenge. "Maybe it is the first year we don't sell a key player. There was always a lot of change, but in both directions," he told Sky Sports. "Now it is more in one direction. Big teams, successful teams, if you don't buy it, you have to build it. That means stay together, bring additions in and make the next step. "The team and squad are in a really good moment. We had the situation where we had 12 [senior] players [fit] - they know we need the depth in the squad. It is not like they say, 'Bring in another midfielder? Why? We are all still here'. "They know we need the quality and they know that if we win something here then we will win it with 25 players. "In the whole period in the last two months of the season this club and this team came closer together because we had to fight like crazy. What the boys did in those last two months was exceptional." 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. Liverpool have announced that Mohamed Salah has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield. The 26-year-old Egypt international joined the Reds for £34m from Roma last summer and has scored 44 goals in 52 appearances for the club. Salah's new deal, which runs until 2023, does not contain a release clause. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said on the club's official website: "I think this news can be seen for what it is - rewarding a person who performed and contributed greatly for the team and the club last season. "It demonstrates two things very clearly also - his belief in Liverpool and our belief in him. "We want world-class talent to see they have a home at Anfield, where they can fulfil all their professional dreams and ambitions. We are working hard together to achieve this. "When someone like Mo Salah commits and says this place is my home now, it speaks very loudly I think. "Equally, our commitment to him says we see his value and want him to grow even more and get even better within our environment. "The key thing to remember is the best thing about Mo is that he never sees himself as being more important than the team or anyone else within it. "He recognises his teammates and this club helped him achieve individual success last season. He sees the individual awards come because he is part of something bigger that is special. "Mo reflects where we are as a team, I think. Last season was special with many special moments - but we want more. "We want to be more successful and achieve more together. As the supporters sang so loudly, 'we're never gonna stop'. "This has to be the attitude individually and collectively." 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. Lyon have claimed that negotiations with Liverpool for the transfer of midfielder Nabil Fekir have ended, with the France international staying at the club. Fekir was expected to join Jurgen Klopp's side before Les Bleus left for the World Cup, but Lyon have now halted talks and called off the deal. A Lyon statement read: "Transfer negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the captain of OL have not succeeded and Olympique Lyonnais have decided to put an end to this negotiation tonight at 8pm. "Although Liverpool have been the priority of a possible transfer for Nabil...Olympique Lyonnais is delighted to be able to count on the presence of our captain, who is a leading player for the 2018/19 season when the club will play in the Champions League." In reply to Lyon's tweet confirming the move had broken down, club president Jean-Michel Aulas wrote: "We love you Nabil, come on France, come on Lyon!" 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. Roberto Firmino has revealed that he has asked Roma goalkeeper and fellow Brazil international Alisson to join Liverpool. The Reds have been heavily linked with a summer move for the Giallorossi stopper, who came up against his compatriot in the semi-finals of the Champions League. "Sometimes I talk to him about it and have a joke with him, saying 'you should come to Liverpool'," said Firmino. "His agent is sorting his future but it wouldn't be a bad thing to have him here at Liverpool." Firmino also hit back at comments from Sergio Ramos regarding his actions in the Champions League final, which saw Mohamed Salah come off injured and Loris Karius suffer concussion. The Spain international claimed that the incidents were blown out of proportion and added: "The only thing that is missing if for Firmino to say he has a cold because some of my sweat dripped in him." "I think it's an idiotic thing for him to say," the Brazil international told Marca. "I prefer not to comment, he's right that he's a champion." 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. Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius sustained a concussion during last month's Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid, doctors have said. The 24-year-old collided with Sergio Ramos during a Madrid corner early in the second half, and moments later he was at fault for Karim Benzema's goal. Karius also made a mistake for Real's third strike, failing to deal with Gareth Bale's long-range shot as the Spaniards ran out 3-1 winners in Kiev. The Germany international, who was widely criticised for his performance on the night, was booked in for medical scans by Liverpool as he holidayed in the United States. A statement on the Massachusetts General Hospital website read: "After carefully reviewing game film and integrating a detailed history - including his reported present and immediate post-contact subjective symptoms - physical examination and objective metrics, we have concluded that Mr Karius sustained a concussion during the match on May 26, 2018. "At the time of our evaluation, Mr Karius's principal residual symptoms and objective signs suggested that visual spatial dysfunction existed and likely occurred immediately following the event. "Additional symptomatic and objectively noted areas of dysfunction also persisted. It could be possible that such deficits would affect performance. "We also note that Mr Karius has reported significant and steady improvement since the concussive event, and we expect him to make a full recovery based on the results of the examination." 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. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been given a two-match ban, one of which is suspended for one season, for improper conduct following his dismissal in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool in April. The 47-year-old was sent off at half-time in the quarter-final second leg at Etihad Stadium on 10 April for complaining about a decision, and he will miss one match next season, with a second game deferred for a year. Former Barcelona boss Guardiola said he "did not insult" referee Mateu Lahoz when protesting that a disallowed goal shortly before half-time should have stood. City were leading 1-0 - but trailing 3-1 on aggregate - when Leroy Sane was adjudged offside despite firing in after the ball deflected into his path off Liverpool midfielder James Milner's knee. Liverpool, meanwhile, were fined 30,000 euros (£25,450) over crowd incidents during the quarter-finals and semi-finals. 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. Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho believes that fellow Brazil star Neymar and former Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah will stand out at this summer's World Cup. Lionel Messi and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo have been deemed the best players in the world over the last 10 years, but Coutinho believes that PSG forward Neymar and Egypt talisman Salah will be next in line. "It feels like the right moment for ­someone to take their chance at this World Cup," Coutinho told The Mirror. "Messi and Ronaldo have been up there on their own for so many years. I think it may be time for other players to aspire to be the best in the world – and the best at this World Cup, too. "For me, Salah and Neymar have serious chances to do that. It depends on how the tournament goes, of course, but they have the talent to do it. Those are the players I would pick out." 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.

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