Liverpool predicted XI v. Southampton: Jurgen Klopp set to make three key changes

Liverpool are up against Southampton in the Premier League this weekend, and go into the fixture on the back of a poor run of form.

After looking to have secured slender 1-0 victories against Leeds and Newcastle, the Reds collapsed in both games and dropped four points.

Southampton played out a 1-1 draw with Leicester City recently, but may fancy themselves against an out-of-form Liverpool side.

Jurgen Klopp tinkered with his starting XI against Newcastle, with some decisions caused by ill-timed injuries, but here’s how we see him setting up against the Saints…

Wijnaldum and Thiago played as a duo against Newcastle, but it wasn’t as effective as it’d seem on paper

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In goal will be Alisson, and he’ll have a back four of Ozan Kabak, Nat Phillips, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

Fabinho was utilised as an … Read the rest

Video: Mikel Arteta comes locked and loaded with excuses after Arsenal’s season ends in shame

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta came locked and loaded with excuses for his post-match interview following the Gunners’ exit from the Europa League.

The Gunners, who headed into tonight’s game knowing that their season would effectively be over unless they progressed in the competition, were unable to break Villarreal’s resolve and overturn the 2-1 first-leg deficit.

As a result, Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League, meaning the club are set to miss out on European qualification for the first time since the 1995/96 campaign, which doesn’t bode well for Arteta.

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Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League after a 0-0 draw with Villarreal.

New report claims Liverpool’s 20-goal star wants to leave as PSG see forward as a Mbappe replacement – Le Parisien

PSG are reportedly considering Liverpool star Mo Salah as a potential replacement for Kylian Mbappe, should the Frenchman depart in the summer window, as reported by Le Parisien (via Sport Witness).

The report in question has claimed that the Egyptian would be prepared to leave the Reds should if the aforementioned eventuality were to occur.

Speculation has surrounded the former Roma man’s future at Anfield following a spate of interviews in which the 28-year-old suggested he would be open to a switch abroad.

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Given that the forward also made clear his desire for renewed terms at Liverpool, effectively leaving the ball in our hierarchy’s court, it’s far from set in stone that the 20-goal man would be interested in parting ways come the season end.

From our perspective, taking into … Read the rest

Door OPENED for Eden Hazard Chelsea return as Real Madrid make huge decision after Champions League defeat

It’s not like Real Madrid to make huge knee-jerk reactions in the wake of a big defeat, and it looks like Eden Hazard will be the scapegoat this time round.

He might be seen as an easy target because of the price tag and constant injuries that have come his way since his transfer, and it now appears that Real Madrid have “transfer listed” him after the defeat tonight:

Hazard is clearly still a very popular man with the Chelsea support and it looks like the club still has a special place in his heart, so this absolutely opens the door for a dramatic return to Stamford Bridge.

Of course there will be concerns about paying too much to bring him back especially if he does struggle with injuries, but … Read the rest

Over 3,000 Liverpool fans have their say on Minamino’s future with resounding answer

Thousands of Liverpool fans have weighed in on an interesting debate regarding the future of Japan international Takumi Minamino.

A tweet posted by our friends over at LFC Transfer Room included a poll which quizzed Twitter users on whether the Reds should keep or sell the forward.

At the time of writing, the poll has just under 3,000 participants and the message is clear: with 67% of the vote, fans think it’s time to move Minamino on.

Take a look at the full results below:

Minamino had a few highlights from the first half of the season with Liverpool, particularly in the domestic cups

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We at Empire of the Kop are somewhat shocked by the result, as we’d be up for giving Minamino more time to prove himself … Read the rest

Man United owner Avram Glazer confronted by reporters, refuses to apologise for role in ESL plans

Manchester United fans – look away now.

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Club owner Avram Glazer has been confronted by reporters while in Florida and has refused to apologise for his part in the recently collapsed European Super League.

Tensions are exceptionally high among Red Devils’ fans.

Last Sunday saw hundreds and hundreds of supporters take to the Old Trafford in protest against the Glazer family.

Urging the US billionaires to pack up, sell up and get out, Manchester United fans will be left reeling after Sky News recently claimed Glazer has refused to even say a simple ‘sorry’.

Sky News claims that reporters approached Glazer and said: “This an opportunity for you – an apology perhaps?” and “Are fans just customers to you?”

Instead, the American businessman got inside of his car and opted to drive off without uttering … Read the rest

Premier League introduces measures to prevent breakaway tournaments after ESL fiasco

The Premier League have confirmed in a statement on their website they’re introducing new measures to prevent breakaway leagues in the future.

Alongside a host of other giant clubs from around the continent, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur proposed the ‘European Super League’ – but their dream was short-lived.

Less than 48 hours after it was announced, the Premier League sides involved pulled out of the plans and it began to collapse.

The proposed European ‘Super League’ was welcomed with fierce criticism

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The Premier League has now announced new measures to ensure the threat of a breakaway league cannot be repeated – these are as follows…

•    Additional rules and regulation to ensure the principles of the Premier League and open competition are protected

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Physiotherapist explains recurring calf issues for Everton’s James Rodríguez

This season, Everton FC midfielder James Rodríguez has suffered various calf injuries. One Spanish media outlet decided to speak with an expert to find out why this issue keeps occurring. 

Rodríguez injured his calf recently but isn’t a severe injury. Nonetheless, Marca spoke with Marcos Sánchez, physiotherapist, and director of the Fernando VII Clinic in Madrid, to discuss why this is a recurring issue for the Everton star.

Sánchez has experience treating elite athletes and footballers, and the physiotherapist provides the two reasons these calf injuries keep happening for Rodríguez.

“The most frequent cause is because the one you had for the … Read the rest

Manchester United could force Liverpool to wait for fixture reschedule

Liverpool could be forced to wait for their Premier League fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford to be rescheduled.

Because of the fan protests against the club’s ownership, the match was called off before the players had left their hotels.

The problem with rescheduling the fixture is United’s busy calendar for the next few weeks.

As the Red Devils are still competing in the Europa League, their potential mid-week slots are already occupied with Roma and the final in Gdansk – the latter of which is pencilled in.

The Premier League’s biggest fixture was called off this weekend after Manchester United fans stormed Old Trafford

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That means United have two fixtures per week until the end of the Premier League season, posing a rescheduling issue.

The first window of opportunity could be tomorrow (3 May) – but that’ll take … Read the rest

Manchester United ready to pay £56million to get major transfer done before Euro 2020

Manchester United are reportedly ready to pay as much as £56million to seal the transfer of Villarreal defender Pau Torres this summer.

The Spain international is also being linked with Real Madrid, but Diario Gol claim Man Utd are ready to pay big for him and want a deal done before the start of this summer’s European Championships.

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The report explains that the Red Devils feel Torres’ value might only go up further if they delay the move for any longer, so they’re keen to get things finalised quickly.

Torres looks like he could be ideal for United’s needs next season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lacking a solid enough partner for Harry Maguire.

Victor Lindelof has had a decent season but still has errors in him, whilst some might also argue his playing style is too similar to that of Maguire, meaning … Read the rest