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ESPN FC - Liverpool News 25 Mar 12:00

Has new stand improved Anfield atmosphere?

Gary McAllister believes the new stand at Anfield has improved the atmosphere ahead of the Liverpool v Real Madrid legends match.

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Mar 11:04

Barcelona 'launch Operation Coutinho' over possible move

Sport claim Coutinho, who only signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool in January, is ready to quit Anfield. The Spanish newspaper says Barca have been in touch with the player's agent.

ESPN FC - Liverpool News 25 Mar 10:38

Life as a scout at Rafa Benitez's Liverpool: Q&A with Igor Gluscevic

Steve Nicol wraps up all of Sunday's Premier League action, with United and Spurs getting much-needed wins and Liverpool and City battling to a breathless 1-1 draw. Steve Nicol wraps up all of Sunday's Premier League action, with United and Spurs getting much-needed wins and Liverpool and City battling to a breathless 1-1 draw. Years before he took a full-time position as a European scout for Liverpool, Igor Gluscevic was massively influential in the club signing Dirk Kuyt -- one of its most loyal and hard-working players, who made 285 appearances during his time at Anfield. After a lengthy career that featured spells at CF Extremadura, Sevilla and Sparta Prague, Gluscevic retired at the age of 34 and took up a scouting role at Liverpool in 2008, monitoring players from the Balkans area before his decision to leave...

ESPN FC - Liverpool News 25 Mar 10:36

More misery for Wenger as Tottenham tipped to finish above Arsenal

The ESPN FC crew reckon Arsenal could finish outside the top four. The ESPN FC crew reckon Arsenal could finish outside the top four. The ESPN FC crew reckon Arsenal could finish outside the top four. The ESPN FC crew reckon Arsenal could finish outside the top four. The ESPN FC crew reckon Arsenal could finish outside the top four. The ESPN FC crew reckon Arsenal could finish outside the top four. With the Premier League in the final straight, the race for the Champions League is hotting up.  Chelsea probably have the Premier League all sewn up, but behind them, it's all to play for. Just nine points separate Tottenham in second and Everton in seventh -- so who is sealing a spot in the top four? ESPN FC's club bloggers discuss their team's hopes for the remainder of the campaign and pick their qualifiers for next season's Champions League. CHELSEA Something cataclysmic would have...

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 25 Mar 10:21

Paper Talk: United to tie up Perisic deal; Chelsea want Griezmann

Jose Mourinho has been pictured in Croatia and two players have been linked with moves to Man Utd, while Chelsea are chasing Mourinho’s top summer target Antoine Griezmann, all in the papers.

MOURINHO ON BUSINESS IN ZAGREB

Jose Mourinho is in Croatia and believed to be trying to tie up a move for Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic.

The Sun report the Man Utd gaffer flew to Zagreb to meet up with “long-time pal and transfer mastermind Predrag Mijatovic”.

Croatian publication Index.hr claim the reason for Mourinho’s visit was to watch Perisic and midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 24.

Jose Mourinho in Zagreb, Croatia today. Regarding discussing potential transfers for Croatian players [Index.Hr] #MUFC pic.twitter.com/9xS2uQ7xVz

— Manchester United (@ManUtdUpdates_) March 24, 2017

Croatia defeated Ukraine 1-0 last night and while Brozovic played, Perisic was not involved.

The Sun though believe Mourinho is trying to seal a deal for Perisic with the help of Mijatovic, who has helped Mourinho get big deals over the line in the past.

Here, more photos of Jose #Mourinho in Zagreb, Croatia. [src index.hr] pic.twitter.com/UqR7ReQY1k

— Ivan Žeželj (@izezelj) March 24, 2017

Mijatovic apparently played a key role in Real Madrid signing Luka Modric from Tottenham in 2012 and he helped Mourinho land Nemanja Matic in 2014 for Chelsea.

 

CHELSEA MOVE FOR GRIEZMANN

Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Man Utd’s top summer target Antoine Griezmann.

The Sun claim they “exclusively revealed that Chelsea are in the race for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann”.

But as far as any more details are concerned that is your lot. The article then goes on to list a possible Chelsea XI for next season which includes Jan Oblak in goal, Leonardo Bonucci, Radja Nainggolan and Griezmann.

Atletico striker Griezmann was yesterday reported to be very close to signing for United with the Manchester Evening News claiming the deal was almost agreed.

The France forward does have a buyout clause which is believed to be £86million and boss Diego Simeone says if that figure is met then he will likely be waving goodbye to the 26-year-old.

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Eden Hazard: Endured some rough stuff against Man United

Real Madrid intend to make a summer move for 26-year-old Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard and are also considering a bid for his Stamford Bridge and Belgium team-mate, 24-year-old goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. (Guardian)

The Blues plan to offer Hazard a new contract and will reject any bids for the player. (Telegraph)

Arsene Wenger claims Luis Suarez had verbally agreed to move from Liverpool to Arsenal in 2013, after the club bid £40,000,001 for the 30-year-old forward, who joined Barcelona for £75m a year later. (Bein Sports)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino met Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu this week. The Spanish champions are seeking a new boss, with Luis Enrique leaving in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Barca are interested in signing Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez, but the Foxes will demand over £40m for their 26-year-old Algeria international. (Telegraph)

Manchester United have moved a step closer to signing 16-year-old forward Daishawn Redan after Ajax confirmed the Netherlands youth international will be leaving this summer. (Sun)

United’s neighbours Manchester City and Premier League leaders Chelsea also want Redan, who has chosen not to sign a professional contract with Ajax. (Daily Mail)

Jack Wilshere wants to go back to the Emirates and show he can still be a major player for Arsenal. (The Sun)

Romelu Lukaku has reaffirmed his decision to snub a new Everton deal. (Various)

Manchester City are sweating on the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne ahead of their crucial matches against Arsenal and Chelsea. (The Sun)

Former Arsenal forward Robert Pires says manager Arsene Wenger signing a new deal with the Gunners is more important than extending the contracts of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, both 28. (Daily Mail)

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is destined to become the manager at Anfield in the future, says ex-Reds midfielder Xabi Alonso. (Liverpool Echo)

Manager Paul Lambert admits Wolves could struggle to keep £13m-rated winger Helder Costa, who has been watched by Arsenal and Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)

Preston will try to sign on loan winger Aiden McGeady if Everton pay off the final year of his contract. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are planning to sell 22-year-old Netherlands striker Vincent Janssen, who has scored one goal from open play since joining from AZ Alkmaar, in the summer. (Mirror)

Vincent Janssen: Staying put

Erik Lamela’s future at Spurs is also in doubt after a row over the 25-year-old Argentina winger’s treatment for a hip injury. (Times)

Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson is a target for Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham. Boro value the 24-year-old at £25m. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool could be aided in their pursuit of Gibson by former Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate, who is now a scout for the Anfield club. (Daily Star)

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has told manager Pep Guardiola he wants to stay at the club, but the Spaniard says there will be no talks on the 33-year-old’s future until the end of the season. (Manchester Evening News)

West Bromwich Albion are interested in signing Nigeria winger Moses Simon, 21, who plays for Gent in Belgium. (Birmingham Mail)

Wolverhampton Wanderers want to re-sign Crystal Palace’s 28-year-old Mali winger Bakary Sako – less than two years after he left Molineux for the Eagles. (Express & Star)

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare is refusing to look beyond the season in the role – despite four straight wins since taking charge. Shakespeare, 53, was announced as the Foxes’ manager until the end of the campaign earlier this month. (Leicester Mercury)

Arsenal’s Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, 24, says critics have unfairly painted him as a “brainless idiot” because of his disciplinary problems this season. (24heures)

The Football Association could be fined over the behaviour of some England fans during Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat in Germany. Sections of the away support booed the German national anthem and sang about World War Two. (Telegraph)

Liverpool’s Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 24, can replace 32-year-old Spain international Andres Iniesta at Barcelona, says ex-Barca and Reds forward Luis Garcia. (TalkSPORT)

Real Madrid midfielder Isco, 24, has hit out at rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona. (Marca)

Isco: Could leave Real Madrid this summer

Barcelona are preparing to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, 23, this summer as a replacement for Neymar, who is a target for Paris St-Germain, Manchester United and Chelsea. (Mundo Deportivo)

Brighton & Hove Albion will not go on a “crazy spending spree” if they reach the Premier League for the first time. The Seagulls have a six-point automatic promotion safety cushion in the Championship table with eight games to go. (The Argus)

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Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Mar 01:59

England U19 3-0 Spain U19

England comfortably made it past Spain on Friday to seal their passage to the Under-19 European Championship in Georgia this summer. Trent Alexander-Arnold was the hero, scoring a brace.

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Mar 00:38

Ronnie Moran loved being part of Liverpool - Robbie Fowler

Moran, who died on Wednesday at the age of 83, served the Reds for a total of 49 years in various capacities and was on the coaching staff when Fowler made his first-team breakthrough in the 1990s.

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 24 Mar 20:37

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino shares intimate snap with wife

Tite's side came back from a goal down to storm to victory against Uruguay in their World Cup Qualifier in Montevideo to put them seven points clear at the top of their qualifying group.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 24 Mar 17:37

Man City fined over Champions League tie

Manchester City are fined £15,573 by Uefa for incidents regarding the home leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Monaco on 21 February.

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 24 Mar 16:50

Xabi Alonso was close to leaving Liverpool FC for Arsenal

Xabi Alonso has lifted the lid on how he was on the verge of quitting Liverpool for Arsenal in a deal that fell apart over a £3million fall-out. Arsenal offered £15m before Real Madrid signed Alonso.

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 24 Mar 16:47

Man City accept FA charge after ugly Liverpool scenes

Manchester City have accepted an FA misconduct charge relating to the behaviour of the players in last weekend’s draw with Liverpool. 

The club were charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion following a controversial penalty decision in the second half of Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at the Etihad Stadium.

City, who were given until Friday to respond, have now indicated they will plead guilty. The case will be heard by an independent regulatory commission in due course.

City’s players complained to referee Michael Oliver after the official adjudged Gael Clichy to have fouled Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino. They continued their protests after James Milner had struck from the spot to give Liverpool the lead in the 51st minute, delaying the restart of the game.

The incident was one of a number of talking points in an incident-packed encounter, with City feeling particularly aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty themselves for a challenge on Raheem Sterling in the first half.

News that City have accepted the charge came on the same day it emerged the club failed to heed a written warning ahead sent three weeks before their critical third breach of FA anti-doping regulations last year.

City were charged with breaking the FA’s ‘whereabouts’ rules in January and a three-man panel gave the club a £35,000 fine in February.

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Under anti-doping regulation 14D, clubs must provide the FA with accurate information about training sessions and players’ addresses so doping control officers can find them for no-notice drugs tests. If clubs fail to provide this information – or testers are unable to find the players they are looking for – three times in a rolling 12-month period then they are deemed to have breached the rule.

The written reasons for City’s sanction have now been published. The club’s ‘three strikes’ were:

:: Failing to inform the FA of an extra first-team training session on July 12, 2016.

:: A first-team player missing a test on September 1 of last year because the hotel address provided was no longer correct.

:: Anti-doping officials being unable to test reserve players on December 7 because six of them had been given the day off without the FA being informed.

The final breach occurred despite the FA writing to City on November 14 to remind them clubs must notify the governing body if five or more players in a particular squad are given a day off from a scheduled session. They were also warned in writing after the second strike in September.

City told the FA the two training-session breaches were “administrative errors” related to the club’s new management team under Pep Guardiola being unfamiliar with the system.

The Premier League club said they believed they had grounds to challenge the hotel mix-up but the FA rejected this and City did not contest the point. That acceptance of guilt was welcomed by the panel and resulted in a smaller fine than it was “minded to impose having noted all the other applicable considerations”.

But the panel was critical of City’s failure to meet their obligations and heed warnings.

“It is no less concerning that in this case, despite the club being made aware of their breaches on two previous occasions (and) the resources available to the club, they failed to deal with these and implement a system to correct this,” it said.

City, Fleetwood and Bournemouth have all been charged with this offence this season, with the latter still waiting for their sanction.

City have decided not to comment on the FA sanction.

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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 24 Mar 15:23

Liverpool ace wanted to join Arsenal, Arsene Wenger claims

Luis Suarez wanted to ditch Liverpool and join Arsenal a year before he left for Barcelona, says Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Wenger lodged an infamous bid of £40,000,001 for the striker in 2013, an offer which they hoped would trigger a release clause in the Uruguayan’s contract.

However, Liverpool remained steadfast in their refusal to allow him to join a Premier League rival and he remained on Merseyside for another year.

Wenger, though, believes Suarez himself coveted the switch to the capital.

“He was very close [to signing for Arsenal],” he told beIN Sports. “We had an agreement with the player. We had been wrongly advised that he had a clause, with a minimal clause, but we had an agreement with the player. You can ask him.

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“I’m convinced he wanted to join us and then they sold him. They kept him one more year, improved his contract and promised to sell him the year later to a club abroad.”

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ESPN FC - Liverpool News 24 Mar 15:18

Chris Coleman doesn't understand 'fuss' over Ben Woodburn call-up

Ben Woodburn's emergence at Liverpool has caught the attention of Wales. Chris Coleman says he does not understand the "fuss" around calling up Ben Woodburn to the Wales squad. Woodburn, 17, was included in Wales' 23-man squad for the World Cup qualifier with Republic of Ireland. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp voiced concerns about the first-time call-up for the club's youngster ever goal scorer, and said Coleman did not call him before making his decision.  However, Coleman says Woodburn has "coped" with the demands of international football so far, insisting there...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 24 Mar 15:05

Ex-youth scout held over 'sex offences'

A former youth football scout has been arrested by police investigating allegations of historical sex abuse.

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 24 Mar 14:44

Former Liverpool favourite urges Coutinho to make Barca move

Philippe Coutinho should be starting to consider quitting Liverpool and joining Barcelona, says former Anfield favourite Luis Garcia.

Countinho has long been linked with the La Liga giants, and that speculation was renewed this week when Brazil team-mate Neymar urged him to join him at the Nou Camp.

Garcia agrees that he would be a fine fit for the Catalan club, but says Coutinho should focus on Liverpool until Andres Iniesta’s star has faded.

“It is not the first time he has been linked to Barcelona and it would be a tough call for him, but hopefully he decides to stay at Liverpool,” Garcia told TalkSPORT.

“Coutinho is a very important player for Liverpool and, as a former player from both teams and the love I have for both of them, I would like to see Coutinho for a few more years in a red shirt.

“Coutinho is still a very young player. Iniesta is maybe going to be in the first team for two of three more years and with the quality and technique that Coutinho has got it would be a brilliant time for the team [for him to join].”

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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 24 Mar 14:03

Kolasinac agent rubbishes rumours of Man City talks

Sead Kolasinac has not held talks with Manchester City over a possible summer free transfer from Schalke, the player’s agent has confirmed.

The 23-year-old left back is out of contract at the Veltins Arena in the summer and has so far failed to agree an extension with the Bundesliga club.

That has alerted several clubs across Europe, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, AC Milan, and Juventus all being credited with an interest.

However, in an interview with Bild, Kolasinac’s agent, Gordon Stipic, denied reports of early talks with Man City.

“That’s nonsense,” he said. “There have been no talks with Pep Guardiola.”

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ESPN FC - Liverpool News 24 Mar 13:55

Arsene Wenger: Luis Suarez wanted to join Arsenal from Liverpool in 2013

Paul Scholes has explains Arsene Wenger has earned the right to do as he'd like at Arsenal due to the success he's brought. Craig Burley suggests Arsene Wenger's uncertain future is affecting potential replacements and others around football. Arsene Wenger says Arsenal had an agreement in place with Luis Suarez about a transfer from Liverpool and is "convinced" the striker wanted to join the Gunners. Arsenal launched a now-infamous bid of £40 million-plus-one-pound for Suarez in 2013 in an attempt to trigger his release clause at Liverpool -- a move that was met with derision from Reds owner John Henry. Liverpool refused to sell and the Uruguay international moved to Barcelona in a £75m deal a year later. Wenger shed some light...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 22 Mar 14:54

Liverpool legend Ronnie Moran dies

Former Liverpool captain and coach Ronnie Moran, who spent nearly five decades at the club, dies at the age of 83.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 21 Mar 14:37

'Wales didn't call Klopp about Woodburn'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he was not told Ben Woodburn was to be given his first Wales call-up.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 19 Mar 22:07

One of my most special days - Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his side's 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Etihad Stadium was "one of his most special days in management".

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