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.

Revealed: Messi’s last message to former Barcelona president Bartomeu with words full of anger

Cat Radio have revealed details of how the events evolved between Lionel Messi and former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Reportedly, the relationship between the two was ‘non-existent’, and often, Jorge Messi — Lionel Messi’s father and agent — was the mediator.

It is no secret now that Messi wanted to leave the Catalan club in the summer of 2019 after the Argentine lost his hope in the club project following the third consecutive disaster in the Champions League, this time a 2-8 loss against Bayern Munich.

Despite the promises that were made (such as the fact that Leo had no binding contract and could leave at the end of ‘any’ season), his exit was blocked by Bartomeu, and the Argentine did not want to sue Barcelona, the club of his love.

Bartomeu was only able to talk to Messi’s father and, finally, he achieved what he wanted, that Messi … Read the rest

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

Injury update: Barcelona right-back faces problems in his right leg

According to a report from AS, Sergino Dest is once again facing some troubles in his right leg. The American right-back has had a very irregular first season at Barcelona with multiple injury troubles. He has not been able to solidify his position as a constant name on the teamsheet despite Sergi Roberto’s absence.

Reportedly, troubles are a relapse of the sore quadriceps he suffered earlier in the year. The pain has been excruciating to the level that he was forced to sit out the games against Getafe and Granada. Lately, he has been infiltrating his leg to play. However, the pain has now subsided, and the former Ajax man will not have to infiltrate to play against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Doctors are still cautious with him to prevent further complications. Until now, the season has been hot and cold for Dest. The 20-year-old has a total of only … 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

Passing of the Torch: From Iniesta, Busquets and Xavi to Pedri, Busquets and De Jong

The perfect midfield is as synchronous as an orchestra, with each player acting as both a conductor and instrumentalist, dictating the tempo and creating a beautiful sound. They ebb and flow like the tides; as water moves in and out, players operate in accordance with each other’s movements. 

The key to this ideal midfield, may it be a three-player triangle or double pivot, is a mixture of individual brilliance, tactical attributes, and how well they fit together. As they say, it is all about having the right players in the right positions.

Barcelona have long been defined by their world-class midfielders and creators. Whether it be Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, or even Lionel Messi, the Barça way is often the midfielder’s way.  

Together from 2008 to 2015, Xavi, Iniesta, and Busquets embodied the pinnacle of what it means to be a midfield trio, reaching heights and dominating the … 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

•    A new Owners’ Charter that all club owners will be required to Read the rest