Liverpool-linked midfielder valued at £22.5m ‘reminiscent of De Bruyne’; set to face Man City in UCL clash

Liverpool-linked forward, Charles De Ketelaere, has been compared to Manchester City’s talismanic playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.

The pair combined during Belgium’s 2-1 defeat to Italy in the Nations League final during the international break, with the latter setting up his compatriot for a neat finish.

“Charles’ best position is number 10, but experienced star Hans Vanaken plays there, so he had been moved around, used in attack, on the wing and even at left-back,” Frans Buyse, a Belgian football journalist, told BBC Sport.

“Lately, he started to enjoy life in the penalty area, but his biggest strength is to have a lot of the ball in central midfield.

“De Ketelaere’s style is reminiscent of De Bruyne. He is intelligent, and possesses great vision and a superb passing range. His dribbling is similar to De Bruyne’s too. Eventually, he should take his place for Belgium.”

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Newcastle United in talks over replacing Steve Bruce ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Newcastle United are reportedly holding talks over hiring former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to replace Steve Bruce.

The Magpies have so far stuck with Bruce, who was in the dugout for the defeat to Tottenham at the weekend, though it seems only a matter of time before a change is made after the club were bought out by a wealthy Saudi consortium.

Newcastle will surely have big ambitions, and the Daily Mirror now claim they could try to kick-start this new era by appointing Howe to replace Bruce imminently.

The ex-Cherries boss could be in line to take over for Newcastle’s upcoming clash with Crystal Palace, according to the report.

Gary Neville’s ‘shoddy’ Man Utd verdict ahead of Liverpool clash will have Reds fans giddy

Gary Neville has slated his former side’s ‘shoddy’ performances this season, expressing his concern for Manchester United ahead of their upcoming fixtures.

The Red Devils are set to face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool outfit this coming weekend after a round of European ties.

“Having struggled against half decent teams, they’re now going to play against some of the best teams in the world,” the 46-year-old told Sky Sports (via the Echo).

“Next Sunday, they’re going to play Liverpool and then they have to play Man City the week after.

“They’re then going to play Tottenham and Chelsea and these are proper teams. Of course, the players could rise for those games, but that’s not a good start today [Leicester].

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Liverpool star makes Premier League history following superb performance vs Watford

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino hit a hat-trick in the Reds’ 5-0 Premier League win over Watford, and made a small piece of history in the process.

The Brazil international has become the first Brazilian player to score more than one hat-trick in the Premier League, having also previously netted a treble against Arsenal in the past.

This stat comes via BBC Sport, with Garth Crooks including Firmino in his latest Premier League team of the week, alongside his Liverpool team-mates Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

Firmino didn’t have the best of times for Liverpool last season, with the goals really drying up for the 30-year-old, but it now looks like he’s back to something closer to his best form.

(Video) Watch Kelleher’s stunning near post save to preserve Liverpool’s clean sheet

Caoimhin Kelleher may as well have joined Alisson Becker and Fabinho in Spain for the most part of Liverpool’s 5-0 encounter with Watford, given the Reds’ sheer level of dominance.

That having been said, the Irish shotstopper did have some work to do late in the tie, pulling out a fingertip save to push Ismailla Sarr’s effort onto the bar and out of danger.

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Considering the general lack of minutes the 22-year-old tends to get due to the availability of our world-class No.1, it’s remarkable the level of performance he can tap into when deputising in the odd game.

You can catch the clip below, courtesy of @KennysKids:

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“It says everything” – Solskjaer sums up his dismay with Man Utd’s performance vs Leicester

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer summed up his dismay at his team’s performance in his post-match press conference yesterday.

The Red Devils were beaten 4-2 by Leicester City in a thrilling encounter at the King Power Stadium, but Solskjaer was clearly far from impressed with his players.

Watch below as Solskjaer points out that it says everything about the display that his goalkeeper David de Gea was probably the best performer, despite conceding four goals…

United supporters will surely be growing impatient with Solskjaer at the moment, with this United team showing some of their worst form during the Norwegian’s reign, despite so much money being pumped into the squad.

Journalist confirms Liverpool ready to hand Salah £350k/w to keep him at Anfield

Liverpool and FSG are said to be preparing a bumper contract for Mo Salah, amounting to £350,000-a-week, to persuade him to extend his stay at Anfield until 2025, as noted in a tweet by Ekrem Konur.

The Egyptian international is reportedly looking for a new contract to keep him at the club until 2026, according to Football Insider.

A contract until 2025 would keep the former Chelsea frontman in Merseyside until he turns 33.

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Video: Jack Wilshere wants Declan Rice to stay at West Ham but it will harm his career

The best people to speak to about Declan Rice’s trajectory at West Ham United would be David Moyes and those who have played alongside the midfielder.

Jack Wilshere is one such player, and the former Hammer believes that the England star should stay at West Ham.

With the possible exception of winning the title, Wilshere clearly feels that Rice can achieve everything he wants to in his career whilst plying his trade in east London.

As one of the club’s youngest-ever captains, the football world really is Rice’s oyster, though it’s debatable that he will hit the highest heights if he remains at West Ham.

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With all due respect to West Ham, who are doing remarkably well under David Moyes, their ceiling has always been roughly whereabouts they finished last season.

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‘Liverpool do like him’ – £28m winger’s agent confirms Reds’ interest

Raphinha’s agent Deco has confirmed Liverpool’s interest in the Leeds United star.

The Reds were reportedly keen on the Brazilian attacker in the summer window, with the Anfield-based outfit said to be considering the possibility of bolstering the forward line following the drop-off in form from Sadio Mane and Bobby Firmino.

“Raphinha has become an important player in the Premier League, the club knows he has grown and things will happen naturally,” the former Chelsea star told ge.

“He’s young, he has many challenges ahead, there are certainly several clubs that like him, and Liverpool do like him, there were surveys, but nothing official. 

“Leeds wanted to keep him for another season.”

Despite the pair having started the season positively, amidst the return of a full-strength first-XI, however, speculation remains rife, with the forwards’ contracts set to expire in the summer of 2023.

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Robert Lewandowski isn’t right for Man City even if he’s ousted by Haaland at Bayern Munich

Next summer’s transfer window could see the merry-go-round turning apace once it’s known where Erling Haaland is going to end up.

The young Norwegian is likely to be the most sought after name in the transfer window, with most of Europe’s elite clubs vying for his services.

Christian Falk of Bild detailed in a tweet that Bayern Munich have discussed the possibility of bringing the 21-year-old to Bavaria, and would aim to do so if Robert Lewandowski’s career at the club is coming to an end.

The Polish hit man has been an incredible servant for Bayern, however, he isn’t getting any younger.

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Even at 33 years of age (34 by the beginning of the 22/23 campaign), Lewandowski still knows where the goal is, though it’s arguable that, despite his natural goalscoring instincts, he’s not as sharp as he once was.

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