Liverpool fans in awe of 6’4″ 17-year-old Koumetio after brilliant cameo against Stuttgart

Many Liverpool fans were blown away by young defender Billy Koumetio, as the Frenchman made his first appearance for the senior team, against Stuttgart in a friendly match.

The 6’4″ centre-half immediately caught the eye as soon as he stepped onto the pitch and dwarfed everyone, but his performance took it to another level entirely.

Being so confident on the ball and dominant in the air really made the 17-year-old turn heads, with even some of his own team-mates seemingly surprised by his ability.

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Loads of supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Koumetio, with many of them tipping the young Frenchman for big things in his future at Anfield.

The defender was brought on late in the second-half as Jurgen Klopp looked to keep legs fresh, with another game in just three days’ time – … Read the rest

‘This is where I want to be’ – PSG superstar puts paid to transfer rumours

As Paris Saint-Germain gear up for an appearance in their maiden Champions League final, one of their star players has put paid to rumours suggesting he wants to leave the club.

Ever since the end of his first season in the French capital, Neymar has had to contend with stories linking him with former club Barcelona.

Though it may have been true at that point, and a link-up with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez would surely have lit the blue touch paper at the Camp Nou again, it seems as though that particular ship has finally sailed.

“This is where I want to be,” he said to the Daily Star.

“The owners have a big project and part of that project is to be considered the best in Europe. We have never been closer than we are now – but we must stay focussed.”

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Pirelli explains 2021 rule changes’ likely impact on the tyres

The British Grand Prix saw several dramatic tyre failures at the end of the race – an issue Pirelli partially attributed to “the biggest forces ever seen on tyres generated by the fastest Formula 1 cars in history.” And with the same generation of tyres set to carry over to next year, Pirelli boss Mario Isola has welcomed news that the rules for next season will reduce the downforce on the cars, and therefore the stress on the tyres.

Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz all suffered sudden deflations in the last few laps of the race at Silverstone, which prompted Pirelli to investigate what had caused them. A long stint on the same rubber and the extreme forces generated by the current F1 cars were determined to be behind the issues.

Originally the current tyre compounds – which first ran in 2019 – were to be retired at the end of this year, … Read the rest

Mikel Arteta will relish transfer responsibility

It’s amazing to think that a week from today we’ll be previewing the Community Shield. It doesn’t feel like there’s been anywhere enough time since the end of the season to the start of the new one. I mean, the European competitions are still going on. But, I suppose, this is the world we’re living in now, where everything we thought was set in stone, everything that was sacrosanct, has now been affected by Covid-19.

I know there are some clubs out there, and some high profile managers, who view the Community Shield as a trophy, adding it to their list of achievements. It’s not though, regardless of how much you try to convince people it is. It’d be like a musician releasing an album of farts and trying to tell you it was a rock opera. It’s the equivalent of a novelist producing an 80,000 word tome, but the … Read the rest

Murray: 'There Will Be A Lot Of Upsets'

Andy Murray flew into New York with a degree of trepidation, but his concerns have eased ahead of the Western & Southern Open.

Initially staying at a house in Greenwich, Murray moved to the hotel a few days ago and has been pleasantly surprised by the work the United States Tennis Association has undertaken to ensure the players’ stay is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The USTA have done, in my opinion, an excellent job of setting everything up. They’ve done a really good job at the hotel, They got games and arcades and things like that, which I enjoy. [I’m] still a bit of a child in that respect. They’re putting on different food in the evenings for the players. We can get delivery. [The] room is absolutely fine. You have a gym there. I had considered staying in a house.

“I would say going into … Read the rest

Eiyuden Chronicle by Suikoden Creators Shows United Hero Attacks in New Video

Today Rabbit & Bear Studios revealed new videos featuring its upcoming JRPG Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.

The video features Unite Hero Attacks, which look really nice in this prototype footage.

That being said, we also get an interview with producer and art director Junichi Murakami, who mentions that the footage we have seen so far includes many areas that need to be improved, but he believes the team will be able to impress us, even more, going forward.

You can check, out both videos below.

The crowdfunding campaign keeps growing and it’s now at $3,266,543, which means that the first DLC (which backers will get for free) has been unlocked.

A dueling system that was teased with the last update has been fully revealed and will come at $3.425 million, while another goal at $3.7 million has been announced. For now we only have the title, “Playing Favorites.”

Duels –

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Harry Maguire latest: Player faces three serious criminal charges in court tomorrow

Further details have emerged throughout the day about Manchester United captain Harry Maguire’s arrest in Mykonos, Greece in the early hours of this morning.

As reported here earlier, Maguire along with two others was questioned by police following an altercation outside a bar in Mykonos town with another group of Englishmen.

Maguire was handcuffed and taken to a police station and was reportedly verbally abusive and physically assaulted police officers.

It is understood that he was arrested on charges of verbal abuse, aggravated assault and attempted bribery.

The Guardian quotes a police official as saying ‘the soccer player was verbally abusive to an officer and then hit him. The three were resisting when brought to the Mykonos police station.’

The same paper then quotes a police spokesperson as saying:

‘There were several policemen there. At some point, one of the three members of the group – they were aged … Read the rest

LFC predicted XI v. Stuttgart: Big rotation expected as Shaqiri, Ox and Origi miss training

Liverpool duo Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could miss out on the friendly match this weekend against VfB Stuttgart.

The German outfit is Jurgen Klopp’s hometown club and were an obvious option for an exhibition match, as they’re in the area.

But eagle-eyed Liverpool fan Jack Sear spotted that neither Shaqiri nor Ox were training with the squad today in Austria.

He does appear to be right, but the claim that neither were present in training yesterday as well is false – they were both pictured at the training camp.

Divock Origi was also absent, but he hasn’t trained with the squad for a few days now.

With that considered, it’s probably safe to … Read the rest

Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign world class centre back on a free transfer

Sometimes a club will need to find a short term solution to a ongoing problem, so bagging a world class veteran at the end of their career for a season or two can be the ideal solution.

Chelsea’s defence was a real weak point last season, but you could also argue that the general standard of defensive play has got worse in recent years.

That means we don’t see too many world class defenders going about, and it certainly means they won’t be available very often.

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Thiago Silva is getting older but he’s still a top class player, and he’s available on a free transfer once he leaves PSG this summer.

There were some murmurings that Chelsea might hold an interest, and that’s been confirmed after a report stated they are in advanced talks with the player:… Read the rest

Lichtsteiner: ‘Winning is in Juve’s DNA’

Former Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner believes Juve’s dominance is down to the club’s mentality: ‘Victory is in their DNA’.

The Swiss Express finally hung up his boots last week, announcing his retirement from football at the age of 36, a career that included 7 years with the Bianconeri.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Tuttojuve, Lichtsteiner recounted his time in Turin and offered his thoughts on new coach and former teammate, Andrea Pirlo.

The news of your retirement came like a bolt from the blue – How did this incredible decision come about? What can you tell us about it?

“For several years, with my family, I was making this decision. I was already close to retiring last season, but then I decided to do another year in Germany and then to give up permanently. It was not a choice made at the last moment. My priority is my … Read the rest