(Video) Matip can’t stop laughing at Van Dijk’s ‘swagger’ walk in Liverpool promo

Beyond being appreciated for his defensive prowess, Joel Matip has endeared himself to Liverpool fans as a cult hero, being a constant source of joy for supporters.

Whilst shooting a promo, the Cameroonian centre-half couldn’t stop himself from laughing at Virgil van Dijk’s walk up the bowling alley.

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The 29-year-old has been ever-present in the Reds’ pre-season, impressing alongside summer signing Ibrahima Konate ahead of the start of the season proper.

With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez yet to feature in a fixture since being ruled out with long-term injuries last term – though the former could be in line for some minutes against Hertha Berlin – it’s possible that Matip could be set to start in the club’s opening league tie.

You can catch the clip below, courtesy of Liverpool’s Twitter account:

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Psychic predicts that Colombia won’t qualify for World Cup next year

The CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers will resume in early September, and the Colombia national team is facing Bolivia and Chile during these sets of matches. 

Colombia is coming off a summer where they defeated Peru on the road and then drew against Argentina despite falling behind early in the fixture.

Furthermore, Reinaldo Rueda’s squad finished third in the Copa America, so they’re heading into the fall on a good note. Before these cames take place, a psychic makes a warning that could lower the morale of some fans.

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Report: Pjanic rejects two proposals to leave Barcelona in hope of Juventus offer

With Barcelona’s financial situation at one of its worst phases in the club’s illustrious history, the Catalans are exploring every possible avenue to alleviate the wage bill. A handful of players have already been sold, while numerous others either are not too far away from making a switch.

One such player is Miralem Pjanic. The club has tried to offload the Bosnian midfielder but to no avail. Having rejected two proposals, his sights are set on one club and one club only: former Italian champions Juventus, as per a report relayed by Alfredo Pedulla.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has already dropped a quite significant hint in regards to the veteran’s possible return. In his official unveiling yesterday afternoon, he had this to say: “We have Cristiano [Ronaldo], who is good at shooting from distance, as well as [Paulo] Dybala, who is good from a closer range,” Allegri said.

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‘You can never say…’ – Reported Liverpool target responds to Anfield links

Christoph Baumgartner has responded to reports linking him with a switch to either Liverpool or Manchester United, appearing to confirm his contentment with remaining at Hoffenheim.

The 21-year-old was briefly rumoured to be a target for the Reds’ recruitment team, with the club said to be searching for a potential replacement for former No.5 Gini Wijnaldum.

“It is, of course, better if there are positive rumours instead of negative ones,” the Austria international was quoted as saying by Sport 1 (via Sport Witness).

“But I feel very comfortable here and can develop well here. In football, you can never say 1000 per cent of what happens within a few months – but I am very happy here and see a great opportunity here to develop myself and the team.

“Last year, I slipped into a role that I really like and that I can use to develop personally.

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Former Colombian footballer wants to see Everton ace with national team

This summer, Colombia national team manager Reinaldo Rueda decided not to have Everton FC midfielder James Rodriguez for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and Copa America. 

Rueda’s decision was controversial in Colombia, considering the player’s status in his native country. The decision to leave Rodriguez generated a deep division of opinions among the fans.

During the program Futbolred (via Marca), former Colombian footballer Adolfo Valencia discussed the issue regarding Rodriguez. Valencia states that the time has come for Rodriguez to “understand and acknowledge that mistakes are sometimes made.”

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Barcelona and the multi-layered benefits of parting ways with Griezmann

Subsequent to the widespread, though now dead rumours that Antoine Griezmann could be shipped to Atletico de Madrid in exchange for Saul Niguez, there was just about as strong a sense of relief as there was despair. A normally unified fanbase found itself split right down the middle, as few truly knew what to make of the situation.

The camp that argued in favour of him staying held the belief that giving him away would be detrimental to the dynamics of the team. After all, due to injuries and slow recoveries, Barcelona currently have no active wingers at their disposal, only makeshift wide players, as is the case with midfielder Alex Collado and with Griezmann himself when Barca used the 4-3-3.

There is also the worry that letting him go would mean that structural integrity would be at an all-time low. This is due to the fact that the forward … Read the rest

‘You worry for Liverpool’ – PL rivals are highlighting major concern for Reds, says ex-England No.1

Paul Robinson has noted that the potential spending power of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea highlights the lack of financial flexibility on Liverpool’s part.

Player exits have dominated the Reds’ window thus far, with it being accepted that sales will play a critical role in freeing up the funds necessary to bring in further new signings beyond Ibrahima Konate.

“It is a really big window for them. There is talk about Salah and Henderson leaving,” the former England shotstopper told Football Insider.

“Yes, they have recouped close to £30million but we know they did not have a huge transfer budget before that. So they could probably only add one quality player with that money.

“When you look at what Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are planning to spend in this window, you worry for Liverpool. You question their financial power.”

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Liverpool risk missing out on ideal midfielder as club establish maximum they’re prepared to pay

Liverpool face the possibility of missing out on Saul Niguez, with the club not prepared to meet Atletico Madrid’s demands.

That’s according to Todo Fichajes, who first of all note of the Reds’ desire to get Saul through the door this summer.

Saul has been a key player for Atletico Madrid over a number of successful years.

The midfielder was not at his best last term, which has intensified speculation that he could depart the Wanda Metropolitano.

Perhaps the downturn in his performance level has left Liverpool unwilling to splash the cash, as Todo Fichajes claim they aren’t prepared to pay a penny above €40M [£34M].

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Liverpool risk missing out on Saul Niguez this summer

Barcelona to offload legendary defender in case of salary conflict – report

Barcelona’s current financial system doesn’t seem to want to allow anyone breathing space. Moments after the club believes it has found a solution to a problem that had plagued them, another unprecedented issue appears out of the blue.

In this case, the problems have followed a sort of script: the players Barça seeks to part ways with will either be unwanted in the market or unwilling to leave; those they wish to keep will be reluctant to accept lower wages.

Jordi Alba falls neatly in the latter category. The Spaniard is adamant on keeping his salary as is, despite all the outside influence geared at pushing him to reduce it.

The four captains each set a precedent by cutting their wages in half for the betterment of the club, but Alba, rebellious, refuses to.

Naturally, as was reported by Catalan journalist Gerard Romero during his Twitch stream, there are people … Read the rest

Fabinho references 2018/19 Champions League moment that once infuriated him during Instagram Q&A – ‘Just ball ref’

When questioned about his favourite tackle on an Instagram Q&A session, Liverpool star Fabinho pointed to one against Luis Suarez in the club’s famous Champions League semi-final overcoming of Barcelona in 2019.

The Brazil international included a picture of his challenge against the former Reds star, during the Catalan giants’ second-leg clash, with the caption of: “Just ball ref”.

The 27-year-old was a vision of fury after the tie’s official handed him a caution in the form of a yellow card for his efforts, despite having apparently won the ball in the process.

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