Why Liverpool signing 6’4″ Fiorentina star ticks all the boxes for Jurgen Klopp – opinion

Liverpool are being linked with a move for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic by the reliable Gazzetta dello Sport (via the Express).

The Italian outlet claim both the Reds and Manchester United have touched base with the agent of the Serbia international over a potential summer transfer.

Milenkovic, said to be valued at around £25million, will see his current contract run out in the summer of 2022 and is ‘destined’ to move to the Premier League when he leaves Fiorentina, according to the same report.

Even though Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies were signed by Jurgen Klopp just last month, Liverpool looking to the market for another defender makes sense.

First and foremost, Kabak was signed on a short-term loan deal from Schalke and the Reds are not obliged to make the move permanent if they don’t see fit, while Davies is yet to make his debut despite … Read the rest

CONMEBOL reveals the winnings that South American clubs can earn in this years’ Copa Libertadores

The Copa Libertadores qualifying rounds are underway, but CONMEBOL has released how much clubs will earn at each stage of the South American competition.

Brazilian media outlet TNT Sports relayed the comments made by Gonzalo Belloso, Deputy General Secretary of Football and Development Director at CONMEBOL, in an interview with Argentine radio La Red

When it comes to the total amount of money that the South American clubs will share among the clubs will exceed $200-million, approximately $230-million.

Each home game amounts to $1-million in the group stage … Read the rest

Competition for Juventus’ Bundesliga target is intensifying

Germany has given the world some of the best midfielders in history and the next big midfield star that could come out of the European nation is Florian Neuhaus.

He currently plies his trade with Borussia Monchengladbach, but it is only a matter of time before a top team signs him and Juventus wants to be that team.

A report in England via Calciomercato says the Bianconeri are one of several teams that want to sign him.

However, Juve is facing serious competition for his signature with English champions, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and AS Monaco also looking to sign him.

He has caught the attention of his suitors by some of his fine performances for the Champions League campaigners.

They were in the same Champions League group with Inter Milan and Real Madrid, yet they reached the round of 16 where they will face Manchester City.

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3 Players Barcelona can sell to ease their financial burden

A debt of €1.173 billion, more than €700 million of which is short term, has sent FC Barcelona down a rabbit hole. The club’s gross mismanagement on both sporting as well as financial levels is no longer a secret. The former board of directors, led by president Josep Maria Bartomeu has consistently spent inordinate amounts of money on ludicrous signings. Most of which have come to bite the club back.

Now, they find themselves in a stickier situation than ever, with an astronomically high wage bill and multiple liabilities to clubs across Europe for signings. In addition, Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona hangs in the balance. If the club are to conduct any business whatsoever, it will have to begin by offloading a few players.

After Ronald Koeman arrived at the club following the disastrous end to the 2019-20 season, a few key names have already been sold. As the … Read the rest

Gordon Murray Automotive reveals the T.50s Niki Lauda

Gordon Murray Automotive has unveiled its T.50s Niki Lauda track-focused supercar for the first time. Developed in parallel with the T.50, the most driver-centric supercar ever built, the T.50s Niki Lauda has been conceived, designed and engineered to offer the ultimate on-track driving experience.

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Like the T.50, the T.50s Niki Lauda has been designed and engineered without compromise, but with an even more extreme specification. It weighs just 852kg and will be powered by a substantially redesigned version of the T.50’s Cosworth-engineered 3.9-litre V12, producing 725bhp, revving to 12,100rpm and going through a newly-designed Xtrac six-speed paddle-shift gearbox. Advanced aerodynamics, aided by a 400mm rear-mounted fan, will produce up to 1500kg of downforce for optimum track performance.

Gordon Murray Automotive reveals the T.50s Niki Lauda

Just 25 T.50s Niki Laudas will be made, costing £3.1m (before taxes). Production will start in January … Read the rest

NASCAR fines, gives 1-race suspension to Chip Ganassi for COVID-19 protocol violation

Chip Ganassi will have to watch his NASCAR Cup Series team compete from home this weekend. As part of Monday’s penalty report, NASCAR gave the team owner a one-race suspension and fine of $30,000 for violating the sanctioning body’s COVID-19 protocols during the previous weekend’s Daytona road course event.

At the road course weekend, Ganassi invited a guest who is not considered race-related personnel into a restricted area, a violation of Section 12.8.1.b of the NASCAR rulebook. The guideline stipulates rules on how industry members should behave in order to comply with rules set by NASCAR to protect the industry during the pandemic. In particular, officials explained the infraction was “bringing into the competition area a non-essential individual that was restricted from the footprint.”

Unless he successfully appeals, Ganassi will be prohibited from going to the upcoming weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, his Chip Ganassi Racing team’s drivers … Read the rest

Remarkable: Man United the only team to have this stunning statistic

Manchester United have had their fair share of issues this season but it seems creativity is not one of them, at least according to the statistics.

Given how some of the team’s attackers haven’t been in the best vein of form just yet, it’s a huge positive lots of chances are still being created.

United’s defensive woes has been an obvious pattern this season and it’s clear that is the main area in need of attention.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to shore up his defence if he hopes to mount a title challenge and it should be an easier task when he knows his attack is sorted.

The Red Devils recently overcame Newcastle 3-1 and while it wasn’t a vintage performance, he’ll be glad chances were converted nonetheless.

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Liverpool handed boost in Mbappe pursuit as striker makes demand known – report

Liverpool have seemingly been handed a significant boost in their rumoured pursuit of PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe.

The Reds’ apparent interest in the World Cup winner has been widely reported, but the same could be said of a potential contract extension for the striker.

Mbappe has told PSG he will only sign a new deal if a clause is inserted to allow him to leave for ‘certain clubs’, as reported by Foot Mercato (via CaughtOffside).

Two clubs immediately stand out: Liverpool and, admittedly, Real Madrid – but there are thought to be two others.

The European giants reportedly locked horns when interest was expressed in Mbappe from both sides ‘from the very beginning‘ of the saga.

MORE: Liverpool handed huge boost as Diogo Jota’s return imminent

French outlet Le Parisien states PSG are keen to get a contract extension sorted out with the 22-year-old, but … Read the rest

“I want him out” – These Liverpool fans fume as “dumb” Reds player appears to like Everton star’s Instagram post after derby embarrassment

Liverpool star Roberto Firmino has risked the wrath of the Reds fanbase by appearing to like an Everton star’s Instagram post – which includes a picture of him celebrating at Anfield.

As if the Reds’ shocking form of late, which has essentially ended their defence of the Premier League title, was not bad enough, Jurgen Klopp’s men were nothing short of dire in Saturday’s 2-0 Merseyside Derby defeat.

It was the first time they’ve lost to their rivals on home soil in the 21st century, and considering the current mood around the club, it came at the worst possible time.

As has this pretty inexcusable action from Roberto Firmino, which has seen him like an Instagram post shared by Everton star and international teammate Richarlison, where he can be seen celebrating after scoring early on in the contest.

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Juventus cruise to impressive win to keep tabs on the league leaders

Juventus have earned a 3-0 win over Crotone in what could have been a bigger scoreline, as they close the gap to five points between them and Inter Milan.

The match started rather evenly, Crotone were relatively solid in limiting space in the final third, and the Old Lady were not enjoying the opening 30 minutes.

In fact the counter-attack of the visitors was looking the most dangerous, but that tide took a turn.

The final 15 minutes of the opening half could have seen the home team go into the break with a four-goal cushion, but Ronaldo only managed to score the middle two of those chances.

The Portuguese’s first goal came from a perfectly weighted cross from Alex Sandro, and the second came from Cristiano Ronaldo’s powerful shot from range, which happened to be parried into the path of Aaron Ramsey, who then meets the in-running CR7 who … Read the rest