Klopp explains why he substituted Salah when Liverpool needed a goal against Chelsea

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has offered an explanation as to why he removed Mohamed Salah from play when the Reds were losing to Chelsea.

As the Premier League’s leading goal-scorer, anyone would tip the Egyptian to be the most likely to level the playing field when his team is 1-0 down.

But Klopp opted to take Salah off just after the hour mark had gone by – replacing him with Diogo Jota.

Speaking after the game, the Liverpool boss explained he was concerned the forward looked like he was feeling the intensity and he didn’t want to risk his star player.

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Explained: Mohamed Salah angered ‘screaming’ Jurgen Klopp before Liverpool substitution reports Critchley

Jurgen Klopp shocked the football world with the decision to substitute Mohamed Salah in the 62nd minute of the Reds’ unwanted record-setting Premier League defeat to rivals Chelsea.

Salah made it clear he was frustrated at the change with his reaction as he sat down on the bench after he was hauled off in a double substitution that introduced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Diogo Jota.

Chances of the moment being forgotten quickly went out the window when the forward’s agent also decided to show his disappointment, to the entire internet via Twitter, in a foolish post.

All of that couldn’t explain why the 28-year-old was hooked against his former club, but reporter Matt Critchley appeared to notice precisely why the side’s biggest attacking threat was substituted.

Critchley reports that five minutes before the change, Klopp was ‘screaming’ at the wide forward to track back and contribute defensively, requests that Salah … Read the rest

Juve to rely on Bernardeschi against Lazio and Porto

Federico Bernardeschi has been one of the most criticized players in Juventus for at least the last two seasons.

The former Fiorentina man arrived to Turin as one of the brightest stars in Italian football, but he is yet to fulfill his initial promise.

However, after a series of underwhelming performances this campaign, the winger came to Andrea Pirlo’s rescue against Spezia.

Bernardeschi immediately provided the assist for Alvaro Morata’s opener after coming off the bench, before creating Federico Chiesa’s goal as well

Pirlo had been slowly transforming the Italian international into a deeper role, and on Monday, he appeared to play as a left wingback with a license to go forward.

According to the Republica (via TuttoJuve), Bernardeschi will be set for a key role for the upcoming encounters against Lazio and Porto.

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Gary Neville names Liverpool star as most underrated in the Premier League

Inviting fans to a Q&A on Twitter, Gary Neville responded to a question asking him who the most underrated player in the Premier League was with a Liverpool star’s name: Gini Wijnaldum.

The No.5’s contract at Anfield expires in the summer, with a number of elite sides thought to be eyeing the midfielder once he becomes a free agent.

The Dutch international is one whose performances tend to go under the radar, even within his own fanbase, though Jurgen Klopp is always quick to insist upon his importance within the Reds’ squad.

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There’s no denying that losing the former Newcastle man, even at the age of 30, would be a significant blow for the German.

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Steve Bruce on the brink of the sack at Newcastle after details emerge of furious training ground bust up

It always felt like the Newcastle fans were desperate for an excuse for Steve Bruce to get the sack, and that moment has finally come.

He’s already struggling after a dreadful run of form has seen them slip towards the relegation zone, but a report from The Daily Mail has indicated that he’s now on the verge of losing his job after a good old fashioned case of losing the dressing room.

The flashpoint came in training when it’s alleged that he had a bust-up with Matt Ritchie, where they both barged into each other and the player has supposedly called him a coward.

It’s said that the issues started after Bruce blamed Ritchie for his part in Wolves scoring in their recent clash, and the fall out went from there as the Scottish international then refused to go and see Bruce in his office and it sounds like he’s … Read the rest

Juventus set to steal the next big star from Valencia

Juventus’ determination to sign the best young talents from around Europe has landed them in Valencia.

The Bianconeri have been a team of established veterans for several years now, but the appointment of Andrea Pirlo as their latest manager is set to change that.

The former midfielder is starting his managerial career and he is looking to have a younger Juventus team.

They signed the likes of Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa in the summer and the next transfer window gives them to chance to land another set of youngsters.

One player who might join them is Jesús Vázquez of Valencia as he continues to develop well for the Spanish side, according to Todofichajes.

Valencia has moved from a team that played in the Champions League last season to relegation candidates in this campaign.

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Journalist early to Thiago transfer news claims Mbappe wants Liverpool

PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe reportedly favours a move to Liverpool after deciding to leave the French champions.

That’s according to Times journalist Duncan Castles, who has also claimed Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona are attractive options for the World Cup winner.

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, the reporter stated it’s a ‘dream’ of Mbappe’s to play in the Premier League and Liverpool is his preferred team.

This is somewhat noteworthy as Castles was very early to the news of Thiago Alcantara’s transfer from Bayern Munich over the summer.

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During a time when it seemed like nothing more than a pie-in-the-sky rumour, the Times journalist often dropped hints the Spaniard would wind up at Anfield.

As early back as August 4, six weeks before the Echo dashed links, Castles … Read the rest

Pics: Kevin-Prince Boateng’s unbelievable WAG Melissa Satta leaves little to the imagination in jaw-dropping Instagram lingerie snaps

Melissa Satta, an Italian TV presenter married to Kevin-Prince Boateng, has been treating her fans on Instagram by leaving very little to the imagination with her latest posts.

Boateng, who is entering the swan-song of his career, having enjoyed a late resurgence which included an unlikely move to La Liga heavyweights Barcelona, will have no problem keeping himself entertained when he finally does decide to hang up his boots.

The former AC Milan man is married to Melissa Satta, a popular Italian TV personality, who just happens to be absolutely gorgeous, and is making no secret of that fact on her Instagram page.

Juventus willing to offer two players for Arsenal fullback

This summer, Juventus are expected to bolster their currently-thin squad with several new arrivals.

A right back could be among the new players who will be making their landing in Turin next summer.

Juan Cuadrado has been reverted to play in the role for the last two seasons.

Whilst Danilo is the only other natural player in this position, the Brazilian has been deployed in several other positions throughout the campaign.

Therefore, a new right back would certainly be helpful for the Bianconeri, and they might have already decided on their prime target.

Hector Bellerin had his ups and downs throughout his Arsenal career, but at just 25-years-old, his best days might be ahead of him.

According English news reports (Via TuttoJuve), Juve could be willing to offer the Gunners one of two players in exchange for the Spaniard’s services.

The first player mentioned is Adrien Rabiot.

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Liverpool ready to make £26m move for Argentina midfielder – report

Liverpool are reportedly prepared to offer Udinese as much as €30million for midfielder Rodrigo de Paul.

The Argentina international has been linked with the Reds for a little while now, with the reputable Fabrizio Romano revealing on the Que Golazo Podcast that scouts have been sent to Italy by the Premier League champions.

The apparent willingness to offer up to €30million comes from TuttoUdinese, who also claim the Reds see de Paul as a potential replacement for Gini Wijnaldum.

The Udinese star is quite a different player to our Dutch maestro; he operates more as a No.10 and on the flanks, and has an impressive 30 goals to his name since signing for Udinese five years ago.

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Wijnaldum is going to be a difficult man to replace – but the role he’s played at Anfield can be … Read the rest