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ESPN FC News 22 May 21:55

England name Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane captain for World Cup

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner examines England's strike force and wonders if they'll have what it takes to lead the Three Lions to glory at the World Cup. After the excitement of England's World Cup squad announcement, the Exploding Heads are here to break the bad news to those who didn't make the cut. England have named striker Harry Kane as their captain heading into the World Cup in Russia this summer. Kane, 24, the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner, is the vice captain to Hugo Lloris at Tottenham and has occasionally worn the armband since Wayne Rooney retired from international competition in 2017. England manager Gareth Southgate made the announcement in a live video on Twitter on Tuesday morning. "Last night, we told the rest of the players that we've named Harry as captain for...

ESPN FC News 22 May 21:53

Troisi embraces competition for spots

James Troisi speaks from Socceroos camp in Turkey.

ESPN FC News 22 May 21:24

Zlatan introduces himself, Salah's lookalike, Ronaldo statue redemption in best of Toe Poke

Relive 10 of the best stories that amused and amazed in this season of football around the world. It's that time of year again when we here at Toe Poke pause a moment to take stock of the season just gone -- the thrills, the spills, the truly, truly dreadful penalty kicks (stay tuned!). Here are our various winners and indeed losers from 2017-18 ... Redemption of the season November brought with it redemption for one of the biggest laughing stocks of last season, as Portuguese artist Jose Antonio Navarro Arteaga was handed an artistic reprieve. Arteaga is of course the man who made a hash...

ESPN FC News 22 May 21:03

West Ham appoint Manuel Pellegrini as manager to replace David Moyes

Manuel Pellegrini has signed a three-year contract to become West Ham United's manager. The former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss

ESPN FC News 22 May 12:59

Transfer Talk: Tottenham optimistic over Martial move, Lewandowski to Chelsea?

The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow live with our daily blog throughout the

Liverpool FC News | Liverpool FC Transfer News | Mail Online 22 May 11:29

Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal and rest of Europe

For many of Europe's top stars, the end of the domestic season means attention now turns to the World Cup in June.  Follow all the latest news as it happens with Sportsmail.

Liverpool FC News | Liverpool FC Transfer News | Mail Online 22 May 11:26

Monchi insists Roma's Alisson won't be going to Liverpool, Real or PSG

Roma sporting director Monchi has joked goalkeeper Alisson will leave the club if he comes out of retirement. The Brazilian has been linked with Liverpool, Real Madrid and PSG.

Liverpool FC News | Liverpool FC Transfer News | Mail Online 22 May 11:24

Hundreds of seats may be empty at Champions League final

Los Blancos have reissued the returned tickets to supporters who were included in the original ballot, however it is feared that hundreds will remain unsold.

Liverpool FC News | Liverpool FC Transfer News | Mail Online 22 May 11:22

Zidane warns Real Madrid are hungry for third straight Champions League win

Zinedine Zidane has warned Liverpool that winning the last two Champions League has done nothing to dampen Real Madrid's hunger for more success.

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 22 May 11:19

No encouragement from Newcastle kingpin over Liverpool transfer talk

Liverpool transfer target Jamaal Lascelles has given no indication he is ready to leave “massive” Newcastle United.

The England hopeful is on Jurgen Klopp’s wanted list, according to The Independent with Liverpool chasing a new centre-back.

Lascelles is one of two defensive targets on Klopp’s wanted list with Burnley’s James Tarkowski the other name in the frame as the Champions League finalists look for a long-term partner for Virgil van Dijk.

Toon skipper Lascelles though has not entertained the latest talk though, although it’s not clear just when the Newcastle Chronicle obtained the thoughts from the former Nottingham Forest man.

“This is the happiest I’ve been,” Lascelles told The Chronicle. “I’m playing week in, week out. And I’m the captain here, the fans love me, and I’ve got a good relationship with them because I love them. And we’re doing well, too.

“I’m very happy here. You hear things, you hear rumours and stuff, but I’m a young player and I need to be playing football at a good club – and that’s what this is.

“Overall it’s been an unreal season as far as I’m concerned, both for me personally, and more importantly for the club.”

Lascelles was linked with a £30million move to Chelsea in March by the Daily Mirrorwhile earlier this month the same tabloid claimed Everton were lining up a £25million move for the player, who was also understood to have been watched by Tottenham.

The centre-back, who made 35 appearances this season, seems more than happy on Tyneside with The Chronicle detailing a “beaming smile” when asked about all the speculation.

“This is the happiest I’ve been,” Lascelles added.

“I’m playing week in, week out. And I’m the captain here, the fans love me, and I’ve got a good relationship with them because I love them. And we’re doing well, too.

“I’m very happy here. You hear things, you hear rumours and stuff, but I’m a young player and I need to be playing football at a good club – and that’s what this is.

“Overall it’s been an unreal season as far as I’m concerned, both for me personally, and more importantly for the club.

“This is the right club for me at the right time We have a huge fanbase, an amazing manager, and this club is massive. It has so much history.

“As captain, I want to see how far we can go – and potentially take it back to where it belongs.”

 

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Liverpool FC News | Liverpool FC Transfer News | Mail Online 22 May 10:54

Andy Robertson aiming to make grand-da and gran proud against Real Madrid

This will be a special occasion for Harry and Cathy Robertson. One to moisten the eye and swell the heart with pride. Even at the age of 86, life still has a capacity for fresh wonder.

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 22 May 09:43

Paper Talk: Liverpool plan ambitious 140m triple swoop; Arsenal chase defensive man mountain

Liverpool have been linked with a triple swoop for £140m worth of talent, while Arsenal hope to fix their defensive woes by swooping for Porto’s defensive lynchpin, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.

 

LIVERPOOL LOOKING TO MAKE TRANSFER STATEMENT

Liverpool are attempting an audacious swoop for three players they hope will further strengthen their new-found defensive resolve.

The Reds finished the season with the fourth-best defensive record in the Premier League in 2017/18, but had the season started 10 matches in, Liverpool would have had the best.

Their new-found defensive steel was hugely helped along by the £75m January arrival of Virgil van Dijk, but Jurgen Klopp knows he will need to further strengthen his backline if the club are to mount a push for the Premier League title next season.

As such, the Daily Mirror reckons Liverpool are now ready to make AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma their new No 1 goalkeeper target and will spend up to £70million to land the young Italian.

A clause in Donnarumma’s contract allows him to leave Milan after they failed to qualify for the Champions League and Klopp believes the goalkeeper is more obtainable than Alisson Becker at Roma.

Liverpool have also reportedly targeted swoops for Newcastle defenders Jamaal Lascelles and James Tarkowski, according to the Independent.

The duo are rated at around £35million apiece and are seen as cover and competition for both Van Dijk and, more likely, Dejan Lovren.

Although Liverpool would unlikely sign both, the addition of all three players, including Donnarumma, the papers seem to think the triple deal would set the Champions League finalists back a cool £140m.

 

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AND THE REST

Danilo Pereira: A potential summer target for Liverpool

Arsenal are continuing their long-term pursuit of Porto’s defensive man mountain Danilo Pereira (Daily Mirror)

Ipswich have interviewed Frank Lampard twice as they search for a new manager (Daily Mirror)

Ian Wright has slammed Arsenal’s U-turn over Mikel Arteta as ’embarrassing’ (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is wanted by Italian giants AC Milan. The Belgian international is available on a free transfer after refusing a new deal at Old Trafford (The Sun)

Willian: Winger was linked with a move to Man Utd

Willian is desperate to stay at Chelsea – but his future depends on whether the club sacks manager Antonio Conte (The Sun)

Joe Hart could be given a shock get out of Man City by MLS sister team New York City (The Sun)

Barcelona are planning a summer move for Spurs’ 17-year-old English forward Reo Griffiths (The Sun)

Chelsea make Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski their top transfer target (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea are ready to spend as much as £100m to land Poland hitman Lewandowski (Daily Express)

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has emerged as a surprise candidate for the Chelsea manager’s job (Daily Express)

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However, TEAMtalk exclusively revealed Jokanovic was on the Blues’ shortlist way back on May 1

Chelsea fans are concerned that Roman Abramovich will be driven out of the club (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City are in fresh talks with Leicester to sign Riyad Mahrez (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham have agreed a deal with Manuel Pellegrini for up to £7m per year (Daily Telegraph)

Real Madrid are set to make a move for Gianluigi Buffon with Manchester United reluctant to sell David De Gea (Daily Express)

Former Norwich striker Grant Holt is to become a pro-wrestler with a UK franchise (Daily Mail)

Danish Superleague side FC Nordsjaelland have announced their entire club is committing to Juan Mata’s Common Goal charity (Daily Mail)

James McClean has revealed Celtic broke his heart by signing another player over him (Daily Record)

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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 22 May 08:55

Alexander-Arnold on how Salah helps him prepare for Ronaldo

Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he has a difficult balancing act in showing Cristiano Ronaldo enough respect but not too much that he is taken advantage of in Saturday’s Champions League final.

The 19-year-old has been on an upward curve since making his first-team debut in a League Cup tie in October 2016 which has ultimately led him to a senior England call-up for this summer’s World Cup.

But first he has a Champions League final against Real Madrid to play in Kiev on Saturday and a meeting with the competition’s leading scorer both this season and of all-time.

Alexander-Arnold excelled against Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year Leroy Sane, three years his senior, in their quarter-final clash with Manchester City but the Liverpool academy graduate knows the 33-year-old Ronaldo poses a greater threat.

“Most opponents aren’t Ronaldo! You have to show him respect but not too much, because that’s when you get taken advantage of,” said the right-back.

“You have a job to do and whoever I am up against I will try to come out on top like I always try.

“Obviously, the right preparation for these kind of tests is training against world-class players like Mo (double Player of the Year and Premier League Golden Boot winner Mohamed Salah).

“All the team push each other every single day, and every day we see an improvement in all of us.

“We’ve come a long way this season and hopefully at the weekend we can top it off.”

He may not have a vast amount of experience but Alexander-Arnold believes he has learned plenty in his short time in and around the first team, even going back to his unconvincing debut for the under-23s against Manchester City at Anfield.

“It was one of the first times I’d played right-back. I hadn’t played there too often,” he recalled.

“I was up against an unbelievable team and an unbelievable player in Brandon Barker.

“That’s probably one of the hardest games I’ve had. It brings back bad memories for me, but it’s those type of games that help you learn.

“They are the ones that you learn from the most. It’s not the good ones, it’s the bad ones.

 

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“You make mistakes that you want to learn from, that you don’t want to happen again, and that’s what I try to do.

“I’ve worked hard for two years, and even longer than that, to get to this point and a lot more hard work will go into keep developing and hopefully keep getting better.”

 

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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 21 May 17:09

Klopp out to beef up Liverpool defence with Prem-based duo

James Tarkowski and Jamaal Lascelles are two of the surprise names on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool transfer list, a report has revealed.

Despite spending £75million on Virgil van Dijk in January, Klopp wants to add another nameto his ranks and beef up his options at the centre of defence.

Dejan Lovren, who looks set to start the Champions League final on Saturday, only signed a new contract at Liverpool in April, but rather than replacing the former Saints man, Klopp wants more depth to his squad.

And The Independent claims that Burnley’s Tarkowski, 25, and Newcastle’s Lascelles, 24, are under consideration this summer.

The report suggests Klopp, who added four signings last summer, is chasing “three to four players in the close-season window”.

That includes a goalkeeper, whom the paper believes will be Jack Butland, another attacker, but centre-half is a priority position and one of Tarkowski or Lascelles will be pursued, with the duo believed to be valued at around £35million apiece.

Tarkowksi, who has made 33 appearances for the Clarets, helping them into seventh-placed finish, has been named on the standby list for England’s World Cup squad.

Lascelles has been equally as impressive, helping Newcastle survive in the top flight and only signed a new contract until 2023 last October.

 

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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 21 May 16:32

Klopp refuses to answer loaded Salah press conference question

Jurgen Klopp refused to answer a question about Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo at his Champions League news conference today.

Klopp though feels Liverpool are ready to make the final step of their “very exciting journey” by beating Real Madrid  in Kiev on Saturday.

The Reds knocked out Premier League champions Manchester City and then Roma to secure a place in the showpiece European final at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium.

In Real Madrid, however, Klopp’s men face a club looking to become the first to win the European Cup for three seasons in a row since Bayern Munich in 1976.

Victory in Kiev would, though, give Liverpool a sixth European crown – and Klopp is relishing the challenge ahead.

“We feel really good. It has been a very exciting journey so far. Now we want to bring it to the best possible end,” the German coach said.

“They are more experienced – that is a fact. Experience is important in life, but it is not the only thing.

“You can level it with desire, attitude and work-rate – and that is why I love football.”

Klopp refused to answer a question about whether star man Mohamed Salah, leading scorer in the Premier League, is more important to Liverpool than Cristiano Ronaldo is to Real, the Portuguese forward out to claim a fourth Champions League crown in five years.

“I can already read the headlines… which is why I won’t answer that question!” he said.

Centre-back Dejan Lovren has urged his team-mates to seize the opportunity in Kiev.

The 28-year-old Croatian said at a press conference: “I would say it is a dream come true for everyone. I always dreamed of being in the final and of one day lifting the trophy.

“We have the biggest chance of our lives. For some it will be the only one, others will have more.

“Hopefully we can do ourselves proud. We have done a great job from the beginning.”

Lovren added: “We really deserve to be in the final. Hopefully in many years we can tell our kids and families we did our best and won the trophy. We have nothing to lose. We can’t wait.”

Liverpool spent part of last week at a training camp in Marbella, but have now returned to Merseyside before travelling to Ukraine later this week.

Earlier on Monday, James Milner and Emre Can had both featured during an open training session at Anfield.

Milner missed the final Premier League game of the season with a muscle problem, while fellow midfielder Can has been out since March with a back injury, but could come into contention for Saturday’s European tie.

 

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 26 Jun 14:04

Liverpool reject 11m Moreno bid

Liverpool reject an £11m bid from Serie A side Napoli for Alberto Moreno - and will demand £15m for the Spanish defender.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 24 Jun 08:20

World Cup winner Arbeloa retires aged 34

Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa is retiring from football at the age of 34.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 23 Jun 13:53

Liverpool complete 34m Salah deal

Liverpool complete the 39m euro (£34m) signing of Roma's former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, who joins on a five-year deal.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 16 Jun 18:07

Rams agree fee with Liverpool for Wisdom

Derby County agree a deal to sign defender Andre Wisdom from Premier League side Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 14 Jun 10:00

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