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Liverpool FC News | Liverpool FC Transfer News | Mail Online 25 May 03:08

Cristiano Ronaldo rejects comparison with Mohamed Salah

Both Ronaldo and Salah have been in inspirational form for their respective clubs this season, with the former scoring 43 goals for Real Madrid and the latter hitting 44 for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

Liverpool FC News | Liverpool FC Transfer News | Mail Online 25 May 03:07

Sergio Ramos is slowly easing into the Real Madrid history books

PETE JENSON: Sergio Ramos had a date with his tattoo artist Rodrigo Galvez prior to his flight to Kiev on Thursday. He already has the names and birthdays of his sons Sergio and Marco on his arm.

Liverpool FC News | Liverpool FC Transfer News | Mail Online 25 May 03:03

Liverpool step up 60m pursuit of in-demand Lyon forward Nabil Fekir

Fekir is one of the most sought after players in Europe and, personally, enjoyed a superb season with Lyon; he scored 22 goals in all competitions and his form has attracted countless scouts.

Liverpool FC News | Liverpool FC Transfer News | Mail Online 25 May 02:57

Liverpool fans 'attacked by hooligans' ahead of Champions League final

Some Liverpool supporters having dinner in the Ukrainian capital on Thursday are reported to have been attacked by masked hooligans. The fans were eating near the Olympic Stadium.

Liverpool FC News | Liverpool FC Transfer News | Mail Online 25 May 01:30

Georginio Wijnaldum dreaming of Champions League glory with Liverpool in Kiev

Helping Liverpool win a sixth European Cup in Kiev would be an accomplishment that Georginio Wijnaldum has dreamed about since the day he joined the club two years ago.

ESPN FC News 24 May 21:31

John Terry can skip Chelsea games if Aston Villa win promotion - Steve Bruce

Aston Villa will allow John Terry to decide whether he plays against Chelsea if the club gain promotion to the Premier League,

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 24 May 21:28

Mino Raiola ready to negotiate cut-price Donnarumma sale to Liverpool

Gianluigi Donnarumma looks likely to find himself touted for a move to Liverpool this summer after his desire to leave AC Milan took two dramatic twists.

According to reports in Italy, Gianluigi Buffon’s impending move to PSG and Real Madrid’s intention to sign Alisson Becker from Roma, will leave Donnarumma with no other avenues open to him should he push through with his desire to leave Milan. Those rpeorts believe in fact that Liverpool will be left as his only credible option and the only genuine contenders for his signature.

According to Calciomercato, Donnarumma’s agent Mino Raiola is desperate to get his client out of the San Siro following their failure once again to qualify for the Champions League. The Italian outlet claims Liverpool are ready to meet with the super-agent to hold tentative talks over the transfer.

Despite Milan’s improvement under Gennaro Gattuso, a disastrous first half of the season ultimately cost them a Champions League place – and it looks set to cost them their prized asset also, with the reports claiming talks with Liverpool could begin as soon as the Reds have concluded the Champions League final.

A clause in Donnarumma’s contract allows the player to negotiate a move away in the event of failure to qualify for the Champions League and il Corriere dello Sport claim the San Siro club have reduced that valuation of the 19-year-old from £61.3m (€70m) to nearer the £35m (€40m) mark.

That would likely prove too good an opportunity to turn down should the reports prove genuine.

Liverpool were linked with Donnarumma earlier this week, as well as two other central defensive targets.

It is worth nothing, however, that respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio did claim earlier on Thursday that Donnarumma was intent on staying at Milan this summer and was hoping to win around the supporters, who had turned against him in recent weeks.

 

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ESPN FC News 24 May 18:45

Liverpool fans see cancelled flights to UCL final, hotel price hikes in Kiev

Flight issues and hotel price hikes in Kiev, Ukraine, are ruining the Champions League final for some fans two days before Real Madrid and

ESPN FC News 24 May 17:37

Xavi Hernandez signs new contract to play for Al-Sadd into his forties

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has penned a new two-year deal with Al-Sadd to extend his stay in Qatar until at least

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 24 May 17:35

Euro Paper Talk: Mourinho to make personal check on ?80m Man Utd target in CL final; Dembele given Liverpool nudge

Jose Mourinho will be an interested spectator in Saturday’s Champions League final as he watches a Real Madrid target, while Ousmane Dembele has bee advised to strongly consider a big-money move to Liverpool, according to Thursday’s European papers.

 

MOURINHO TO RUN RULE OVER ISCO IN KIEV

Jose Mourinho is being tipped to be an interested spectator in Saturday’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Kiev as he personally runs the rule over a prospective big-money Manchester United summer signing.

The United boss is pondering major changes to his squad this summer and Real Madrid star Isco has been linked with a move.

Isco has confirmed to the Spanish media that he will assess his future once again in the summer after failing to establish himself as an out-and-out regular under Zinedine Zidane.

And that has predictably led to claims in Don Balon that a €80million move to Old Trafford is once again on the cards.

The Spanish publication believes Mourinho wants to build his side around the former Malaga man and will watch him on Saturday in Kiev ahead of a likely summer bid.

Isco has also been linked with a move to Manchester City this summer, but it’s believed United would hold the upper hand if Real gave any indication they will sell the talented playmaker.

 

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COUTINHO ADVISES DEMBELE ON LIVERPOOL MOVE

Liverpool’s hopes of bringing Ousmane Dembele to Anfield this summer have been given a glowing endorsement from Philippe Coutinho, if reports in Spain are to believed.

The France winger could be allowed to move on this summer after struggling to make an impact following his €130m move to the Nou Camp from Borussia Dortmund last summer. The imminent arrival of €100m man Antoine Griezmann is likely to further restrict Dembele’s opportunities at the LaLiga champions and it’s believed they are actively looking to move the former Rennes star on.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will have vast sums to spend this summer if reports are to be believed and Don Balon claims former Reds favourite Coutinho has already held held informal talks with his Barcelona teammate over what life would be like at Anfield should he make a reported €100m switch.

And it’s claimed Coutinho has spoken warmly about life on Merseyside, telling the player he would be well advised to revive his career under the expert tutelage of Klopp.

Meanwhile, other reports in Spain suggest Dembele might not be the only Barcelona man heading to Anfield this summer.

Mundo Deportivo claims Ernesto Valverde has told Paco AlcacerAleix Vidal and Andre Gomes to all move on and it’s suggested Klopp may have an interest in €40m striker Alcacer.

 

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AND THE REST

Lothar Matthaus has urged Barcelona to cash in on £50m Man City target Thiago Alcantara, branding him no longer good enough for the Bundesliga champions (Bild)

Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen has spoken of his disappointment at seeing a January move to Newcastle break down – and hopes a deal can be resurrected this summer (Bold)

AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli is one of Lazio summer transfer targets (Tuttosport)

Porto defender Marcano has snubbed a move to Everton and has agreed to join Roma this summer (Il Tempo)

 

New Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti is plotting a surprise offer to Chelsea for out of favour defender David Luiz. And Napoli could sign the Brazilian for free if they agree to waive their claims for compensation for boss Maurizio Sarri, who is due to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge (Corriere dello Sport)

Ancelotti has also put Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema at the top of his transfer request wish for the summer (AS)

Didier Deschamps has revealed that Antoine Griezmann will sort out his Atletico Madrid future before the World Cup starts – with a move to Barcelona thought to have been finalised (Sport)

 

Atletico Madrid are considering a shock move for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon. The Venezuela striker has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave in the event of relegation (AS)

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard has played down reports linking him with a move to LaLiga side Sevilla (Estadio Deportivo)

Juventus are believed to have sealed the signing of Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante. The midfielder was also linked with Manchester United, but will move for a fee of between €25m with €5m add-ons (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Timo Werner has denied claims he will use the World Cup as an audition for a move to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Liverpool (Socrates Magazine)

 

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian met Juventus’ director of football Fabio Paratici in Milan on Wednesday with a €13million agreement to bring him back to Serie A virtually agreed (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Sevilla could make a move for Girona goalkeeper Yassine Bounou (Mundo Deportivo)

Roma director of football Monchi has opened talks over a deal for Benfica forward Talisca, who is also a target for Manchester United (Tuttosport)

Arsenal are ready to swoop for PSG and France midfielder Adrian Rabiot after his World Cup snub (Calciomercato)

Wolves have agreed a £10million fee with Porto to turn defender Willy Boly’s loan into a permanent deal (A Bola)

Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed talk of Real Madrid’s interest in Neymar as mere speculation (El Chiringuito de Jugones)

Bayer Leverkusen have signed former Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky on a free transfer – increasingly speculation that Berd Leno is on the verge of a £22m move to Arsenal (Bild)

Manchester United have submitted a €30m bid for Real Betis midfielder Fabian Ruiz amid doubts over Marouane Fellaini’s future (Don Balon)

AC Milan have offered Fioretina star Milan Badelj a four-year deal (Tuttosport)

Watford want to retain the services of on-loan Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu this summer (Mundo Deportivo)

Torino and AC Milan could open talks over a potential swap deal involving Patrick Cutrone and Andrea Belotti (Calciomercato)

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has signed for Japanese side Vissel Kobe after bringing the curtain down on his brilliant Barcelona career

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ESPN FC News 24 May 17:11

Tottenham sign Mauricio Pochettino and staff to new five-year contracts

Mauricio Pochettino and his backroom staff have signed new five-year contracts with Tottenham until 2023, the Premier League club announced

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 24 May 16:48

Can you name Liverpool?s top 20 Champions League scorers? ? PF

Liverpool have a proud history in the Champions League, including some wonderful goalscorers.

Try the quiz here.

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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 24 May 16:41

Lawro?s verdict on how Klopp?s Reds would fare v 1984 winners ? PF

Mark Lawrenson says the Liverpool side he helped win the European Cup could teach Jurgen Klopp’s side a thing or two about the “dark arts” – but he admits the 1984 vintage could be blown away by the modern day team’s attack.

Read the full story here.

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ESPN FC News 24 May 16:25

Neymar gets signed Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball jersey at Brazil training

Brazil star Neymar is busy at home getting back up to speed for this summer's World Cup after spending the last few months out following surgery on his broken foot. But the Paris Saint-Germain playmaker took a timeout from his rehab and training with his Selecao teammates after getting a surprise get-well gift from the Los Angeles Lakers. Thanks to my friends @wishshopping. I love @ZO2_ from @lakers. I will see you in LA soon. pic.twitter.com/0v0fAVHv4J— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) May 24, 2018 The NBA team sent Ney a signed replica jersey from the Lakers' 2017 No. 2 pick in the draft, Lonzo Ball and the former Santos player took to Twitter to show his...

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 24 May 15:42

Jurgen Klopp?s finals record explained: Pragmatism v idealism?

Our resident LFC blogger Dave Tindall reveals his rollercoaster of emotions as his beloved Reds prepare to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

 

1977 Liverpool 3 Borussia Moenchengladbach 1

“That’s nice. That’s McDermott. And that’s a goal!”

“Oh yes! And what a delighted scorer. It’s Tommy Smith!”

“Neal against Kneib…. and with such simplicity, the European Cup surely is won.”

1978 Liverpool 1 Bruges 0

“Now Dalglish. Across the face of the goal. It’s there, Dalglish.”

 

1981 Liverpool 1 Real Madrid 0

“Alan Kennedy…. and he goes on… and he scores!”

1984 Liverpool 1 Roma 1 – won on penalties

“Liverpool are European champions. What joy. Alan Kennedy’s penalty goal leaves Rome distraught and Merseyside jubilant.”

 

2005 Liverpool 3 AC Milan 3 – won on penalties

“Riise. Charged down by Cafu. In towards Gerrard! Hello! Hello! Here we go. Steven Gerrard puts a grain of doubt in the back of Milan minds.”

“Hit by Smicer. It’s in! It’s in! Vladimir Smicer! Two goals in two minutes for Liverpool. Miracles are possible.”

“Ohhh, saved by Dida, Xabi Alonso! The impossible is accomplished! Liverpool were 3-0 down five minutes ago…. and, now, look at that scoreline!”

“There will be no second chances if Shevchenko misses… he’s saved it! The European Cup is returning to England and to Anfield! Liverpool are champions of Europe again!”

The soundtrack – for me, at least – to Liverpool’s five glorious European Cup wins. The words of Barry Davies (1977 & 1981), Brian Moore (1978 & 1984) and Clive Tyldesley (2005) that are guaranteed to unleash a torrent of happy memories.

The past is glorious. But how about the future? What will be the memorable lines spoken in Kiev on Saturday night?

It’s a subject that has constantly invaded my thoughts ever since we booked our place in the final.  In fact, with Red Letter in mind, I’ve even kept a diary about it…

 

May 2

It’s the night of the semi-final second leg in Rome. We’re through. God knows how we almost weren’t after holding a 5-0 lead in the first match at Anfield but who cares about the details now! We’re into the final – against Real Madrid. Right now, I have a strange couldn’t care less feeling about what happens in Kiev. Just getting there is amazing. What a journey.

 

May 3

Still on a high. Watch re-runs of all our Champions League goals this season. Incredibly, there’s been 46 of them – the most ever in a CL campaign by anyone. It beats the 45 netted by Barcelona in 1999/2000. We’ve averaged 3.29 a game. Bonkers.

 

May 6

I’ve got a bad feeling about the game at Chelsea today and I’ve had it for the last 48 hours. If we lose it, our place in next season’s Champions League will still be in doubt. It would be criminal not to be in Europe’s elite competition in 2018/19 given how good we’ve been this time. We do lose it. 1-0. Sigh.

May 7

Cheer myself up by watching our 46 Champions League goals again. I saw 10 of them and only went to two matches – the 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow and the 3-0 triumph over Man City. Two memorable Anfield nights, the second one extra special.

May 9

Thanks Huddersfield. Jurgen Klopp’s mate, David Wagner, guides his team to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge so we now just need to avoid defeat against Brighton to book our spot in next season’s Champions League.

May 10

My God. I’ve been offered a ticket for the final in Kiev! It’s a long story but involves an ex-footballer now in the media. We have to make our own way there but my mate Mark has a plan involving staying at his friend’s in Stockholm and flying into Kiev from Sweden. This is too good to be true!

May 11

It is too good to be true. The flight from Sweden has gone up from £200 to £1400. Now we’re looking at a road trip. It involves Eurotunnel, a stay over in Berlin, another stop in Poland and the same coming back. The problem is that it’s going to take us about five days. I’m a freelancer. Not only will I have to fork out for the trip itself, I’ll also lose hundreds in lost work. There’s also a possible flight to Vienna and an overnight sleeper train into Kiev. I’ve now got my Dad on the case. He likes trains, he speaks fluent Russian and he loves planning daft journeys. Surely he can pull a rabbit out of the hat.

May 12

The dream is dying. Even my Dad can’t find a solution despite a heavy trawl through the timetables of Europe’s railways systems. Flights are silly money but it’s a plane we need to stop this becoming a return journey taking the best part of six days.

May 13

I concede defeat. It will cost a few thousand and it’s hard to justify that if you have kids and want to take them on a summer holiday. The romantic in me says ‘but this is a once in a lifetime experience’. The realist then kicks into action and reminds me that this is the third time we’ve been in the Champions League final in the last 14 years. Not exactly once in a lifetime then; more like once every 4.67 years. Somehow that stat makes me feel better about the whole thing. I’ll go to next year’s final in Madrid instead. That’ll be a doddle to get to. And….. the good news is that I can start planning. Liverpool 4 Brighton 0. Just about the least stressful afternoon I could have imagined. Good old Rafa helped drop the heart-rate even further by guiding Newcastle to a 3-0 win over Chelsea. We finish fourth and, under UEFA’s new rules, are automatically though to the group stage next season. Yes!

 

May 15

I watch Istanbul 2005 again, or at least 10-minute highlights. As I’ve seen it about a thousand times, when I view it now I’m looking at stuff in the periphery. It’s like the JFK assassination. Rather than watch the car and the head-shot, I’m peering at the Umbrella man. In the same way, when I watch Didi Hamann pass to Vladimir Smicer to crash home the second, I’m looking at Kaka bent down messing with his laces and shin-pads rather than paying any attention to a Liverpool throw deep in the Milan half. And I’m laughing at an irate Jamie Carragher trying to get the ref to send off Gattuso for fouling Steven Gerrard whereas the other Liverpool players are just delirious at the penalty award.

 

May 17

I’m pondering Jurgen Klopp’s poor record in finals. You’d think his huge charisma and inspirational leadership qualities would be a difference maker on such occasions so how come he’s lost five of the six finals he’s contested? The best I can come up with is that finals are often underwhelming affairs when pragmatism beats idealism. Then again, he’s usually in charge of the underdogs (four of the six I reckon) so maybe it’s that simple. Thankfully, Real Madrid don’t really deal in pragmatism. I’d be more worried if the final was against their city rivals Atletico.

 

May 19

It’s the Royal Wedding! That’s all well and good but for LFC fans, it’s another one of those weird omens. When Prince Harry’s parents, Charles and Di, got married in 1981, we beat Real Madrid in the European Cup final in Paris that year!

 

May 20

Someone asks “how are the excitement levels?” and it sort of throws me. Because of the gap between our last Premier League game and Kiev on Saturday, the very fact we’re in the Champions League final seems an almost abstract concept. It means I can’t quite believe it’s true and, hence, I’m strangely calm. I watch our 46 Champions League goals again. Wow. We’re good, aren’t we. Even if we get beat on Saturday, we’ve sprinkled stardust on the tournament this year. It’s been one of my favourite ever seasons as a Liverpool fan.

 

May 21

I watch a documentary on LFCTV about Kiev. The Ukrainian capital has a population of three million and ex-heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko is the mayor. We’ve played at Saturday’s venue, the Olimpiyskiy Stadium (50,000 capacity), before (something I couldn’t recall), beating Dynamo Kiev in the 2001/2 Champions League thanks to a 67th minute winner from some fella called S Gerrard. It’s a 20-minute walk from the centre or you can get the local Metro for just 14p in English money. Maybe I could have afforded this trip after all.

 

May 22

Definitely feeling the excitement now and I even buy a Chicken Kiev from the supermarket. Watch a programme about Steve McManaman on LFCTV. Macca, of course, left us for Real Madrid in 1999 and scored in the 2000 Champions League final for them. Lovely strike too. Also watch our 5-0 aggregate win over Real Madrid in 2009, Yossi Benayoun heading in a late winner in the Bernabeu and Gerrard and Torres running amok in 4-0 second-leg romp at Anfield. Sergio Ramos was in the Real team then. Hopefully he’s on the wrong end of another drubbing on Saturday night.

 

May 23

People keep asking me for a prediction and I realise I haven’t quite settled on anything. I’ve got two conflicting thoughts – they’re there for the taking and they’ll have too much know-how for us. We’re the team on the up; they’re coming down from their peak. Will we have reached the cross-over point by Saturday? I’m also scouring the bookies for betting opportunities and there’s a special at William Hill that seems in incorporate a few things that I think/hope will happen – Mo Salah to score, Liverpool to win and both teams to score. It’s a 13/2 chance. Hills also have enhanced odds about Roberto Firmino scoring the first goal. It’s a hefty 10/1. Yes please.

When asked about Liverpool’s chances of winning various big games this season, I’ve always defaulted to this same response: “If we get Salah, Firmino and Mane to the start-line, we’ll win.” Between them they have a ridiculous 29 goals in this season’s Champions League and that shared power means we’re not just pinning our hopes on one of them. If any of that trident has an off-night, two of the others may drive a spike into Madrid’s fragile defence. This may make me sound like some sort of rubbish psychic but I’m getting the number ‘3’ in my head. Three goals for us? Three for them? Three for Salah? Or a goal each for our front three? Two x three = six and this could be our sixth European Cup win. I’m slowly descending into madness. And it’s still only Wednesday night.

 

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Liverpool reject 11m Moreno bid

Liverpool reject an £11m bid from Serie A side Napoli for Alberto Moreno - and will demand £15m for the Spanish defender.

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World Cup winner Arbeloa retires aged 34

Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa is retiring from football at the age of 34.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 23 Jun 13:53

Liverpool complete 34m Salah deal

Liverpool complete the 39m euro (£34m) signing of Roma's former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, who joins on a five-year deal.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 16 Jun 18:07

Rams agree fee with Liverpool for Wisdom

Derby County agree a deal to sign defender Andre Wisdom from Premier League side Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.

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