Liverpool boost! Defender signs new long-term contract with club

first_img Mamadou Sakho 1 Liverpool have announced that defender Mamadou Sakho has signed a new long-term contract with the club.Sakho moved to Anfield from Paris St Germain in 2013 and wore the captain’s armband for the first time in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League draw in Bordeaux.The 25-year-old told Liverpool’s official website: “I am very happy to sign a long-term contract with Liverpool because, as I’ve always said, I am very happy here and my family are happy in Liverpool.“It is important for me because every day when I wake up, I am very happy to come into the training ground with all the players.”The news will be welcomed by under-pressure Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who said Sakho was in contention to start in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich.Speaking before the news was formally announced, Rodgers said: “He (Sakho) is really working hard on his fitness and his game and I think you have seen the benefits of that.“He was left out of the last France squad and you can go one of two ways – you can sulk, or you can put your head down and work even harder, and that is what he has done.“I think you can see that in his performance last night. I thought he was brilliant in the game and that is what we want, so he has certainly brought himself into contention for the weekend.”last_img read more

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How Liverpool can line up under Klopp – exciting new tactics and attack for the Reds

first_imgReports suggest Jurgen Klopp, who is currently out of work having left Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season, is set to replace Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool Football Club. It’s claimed that he could be unveiled within the next 48 hours.Therefore, it seems timely to now turn attention away from speculation over the candidates to succeed Rodgers, and rather discuss what Klopp will bring to the Merseyside outfit.During Rodgers’ three years at Anfield, the Northern Irish manager was unsuccessful in his attempts to establish a settled formation.He has been described as having an unhealthy ‘obsession’ with a 4-3-3 formation, while he also often dabbled with 3-4-1-2, which, despite far more successful than the former, never felt like a favoured formation.10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT JURGEN KLOPPAs such, Liverpool’s identity on the pitch over the past three seasons was difficult to understand and to predict.Klopp, however, appears to have a favoured formation in 4-2-3-1 – also prized by Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United – that reaped rewards during his tenure at the Westfalenstadion. On occasion, when injury forced him to alter his tactics, he too deployed a 4-3-1-2 and 4-3-3 formation.This was Dortmund’s XI for Klopp’s last game in charge of the Bundesliga side against Vfl Wolfsburg in the German Cup final:With such uncertainty over Liverpool’s formation during Rodgers’ spell on Merseyside, Klopp’s priority must surely be to settle his players into a regular position – just as Chelsea did so successfully in their title-winning last season – and it’s expected that he will remain loyal to 4-2-3-1. Taking on board his predicted formation, therefore, we’ve put together a line up that could be Liverpool’s strongest.If given the green light, Klopp is likely to step into the transfer market and may already have a wish list drawn up, yet with the January window a few months away, he will have to nurture the players that he has at his disposal, and, this could be his first choice XI:With Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings, Emre Can and Adam Lallana not included in this line up, Klopp will have plenty of options on the bench.Firmino’s development could be crucial to Klopp, particularly with rumours that Coutinho is keen on a move to Barcelona. Meanwhile, captain Jordan Henderson, while expected to be first choice in central midfield, is not set to return from injury until mid-November. Emre Can could be his replacement. Failing this, a re-shuffle in attack could see James Milner fill the role, with Jordan Ibe on the wing. Undoubtedly this will be Klopp’s biggest challenge thus far in his career, with settling a formation just one of the many areas that must be targetted at Liverpool.Yet if he is to be unveiled by the end of this week, it’s evidence that his infectious enthusiasm for the game remains firmly intact.Are you excited by this possible formation that Jurgen Klopp could introduce at Liverpool? Let us know by leaving a comment below… 1 Jurgen Klopp last_img read more

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho dismisses suggestion of Diego Costa falling-out

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho played down any suggestion of a falling-out with Diego Costa after dropping the striker for Sunday’s goalless draw at Tottenham.Costa was not used at White Hart Lane as Mourinho lost patience with the striker, who tossed his substitutes’ bib over his shoulder in the direction of his manager in the final moments of a goalless draw which will do little to kick-start the Barclays Premier League champions’ season.Mourinho said: “If he wants to hurt me, it’s not with a bib. I have a good relationship with him, no problems.“I think Diego is very privileged because he was the last one to be (put) on the bench.“Everybody was on the bench. I kept him in the team for all these matches and today we thought the best strategy to play was this one. We are happy with the decision.”Costa did not warm up ahead of the game and appeared pitch-side with trainers, rather than boots on, broadcasters sitting near the Chelsea bench reported.Mourinho says Costa warmed up when instructed to do so.“A top player going on the bench, they are not happy,” Mourinho added.“For me his behaviour was normal. He was ready to play when they went to warm up.”last_img read more

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Newcastle United announce signing of Henri Saivet from Bordeaux

first_imgNewcastle have announced the signing of midfielder Henri Saivet from Bordeaux.The 25-year-old Senegal international has joined the club for an undisclosed fee, understood to be in the region of £5million, on a five and a half-year contract.Saivet said: “I am very happy to be here at Newcastle. I am really proud to be able to play for this club, and I am really excited at the challenge that lies ahead.“St James’ Park is a really impressive and special stadium. In France, there is nothing that compares to this, and I can’t wait to get out there with my new team-mates and help the team climb the table.”Saivet’s arrival will come as a boost to McClaren, whose side currently sits in 18th place in the Barclays Premier League table and has lost each of its last four games in all competitions 1-0.The former England boss will hope his acquisition, who started his career as a winger, but has lined up in central midfield for Bordeaux this season, is the first of several to arrive at St James’ this month as he battles against relegation.The 54-year-old said: “Henri is someone the club has been watching for a while, and he has developed into an excellent player at Bordeaux.“This is someone with a very good mentality, who is a tough player and a winner. Those are key qualities you need in the Premier League and we are looking forward to seeing him pulling on the Newcastle United shirt.”Saivet came through the ranks at Bordeaux, making his senior debut at the age of 17 and going on to score 23 goals in 178 appearances. 1 Henri Saivet last_img read more

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Reports: Man United linked with huge double deal and £15.8m defender on verge of move

first_imgManchester United have disappointed this term, with Louis van Gaal’s future consequently becoming the subject of much debate.The Red Devils have struggled to keep pace with a spot in the Premier League’s top four, and there is concern that their place in next season’s Champions League is slowly slipping away.But this worry doesn’t appear to have put the club off from targetting some of the biggest names Europe has to offer.Take a look at the latest news and rumours on United, including a major double deal wanted by the club’s sponsors Adidas, by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 1. Aleksandar Dragovi? – Red Devils closing in on £15.8m deal? Read all about it, below, then click right to find out about six more Man United transfer stories – While United have impressed defensively this season, injuries have left Van Gaal short of options at the back. According to reports, the former Netherlands manager is therefore looking to strengthen his backline this month, and United are said to be ‘hours away’ from agreeing a £15.8m deal for Dynamo Kiev centre back Dragovic. 7 7 7 2. Toni Kroos – Vaal wants German midfielder partnership? – United are, according to various reports, set to battle Chelsea for the Germany international. The Red Devils failed to lure Kroos from Bayern Munich before the start of last season, but their interest remains intact after his Real Madrid move. It has been claimed that the Premier League giants have held talks with the midfielder’s agent over a £40m move to Old Trafford. Although with confirmation of Los Blancos’ transfer ban until the summer of 2017, this deal could be out of their reach. 7 3. Islam Slimani – Red Devils to battle with Premier League rivals? – Slimani, a target for Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Leicester City this month, could on his way to Old Trafford. The Algeria international has scored 13 goals in 16 league appearances this season, and with goals proving hard to come by for the Red Devils, Van Gaal could turn to the striker this month. According to reports, United have been monitoring his performances for the past two months and are open to meeting his £12m valuation. 5. Gianluigi Donnarumma – another goalkeeping target? – Oblak isn’t the only stopper on United’s radar. Donnarumma, 16, has been described as the ‘new Gianluigi Buffon’ and has made 11 appearances for the Rossoneri this season. The Red Devils have been interested in the teenager since his emergence onto the senior stage at the start of the campaign, and they are said to be preparing a £30m bid. 6. Pep Guardiola – Adidas to encourage United to move? – Guardiola recently opened the door to a Premier League move in the summer, which has put England’s elite on high alert. It remains anyone’s guess where the Spaniard will end up next, but what could play a key role in helping United to seal a deal for is their partnership with Adidas. The German sports manufacturer are said to be eager for the former Barcelona manager to replace Van Gaal at Old Trafford to help mend the club’s faltering status. 7 7. Lionel Messi – United’s sponsors want the Ballon d’Or winner, too? – Not only do Adidas want Guardiola, but they also want the world’s greatest player at the Theatre of Dreams. With the kit brand recently criticising United’s style of play, it seems that they are keen to rebuild United’s status as a European powerhouse, and want to reunite the Spaniard and Argentinian at Manchester United as part of their plan. Messi is Adidas’ most reputable client and they could thus play a key role in his future. 4. Jan Oblak – a hint that David De Gea’s future is far from certain? – Its been stated that Real Madrid will return with offer for De Gea, despite the fiasco in last summer’s transfer window, and, unsurprisingly, United are looking at possible replacements to their current number one. Oblak was linked with an Old Trafford move before the start of the current season, and while De Gea stayed put, signing a new long-term deal, the former has continued to be monitored by the Red Devils. 7 7last_img read more

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Crystal Palace ARE chasing former Arsenal and Spurs star, confirms Pardew

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has admitted he is considering offering Emmanuel Adebayor a deal at Selhurst Park.The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham striker remains a free agent having been released by Spurs in September.Pardew denied having any interest in the 31-year-old earlier this month, but the Eagles boss has now changed his tune.Palace have failed to score in their last four Premier League games and bringing in a new striker is their priority this month.Pardew said: “Adebayor is a player that is there for somebody and it is a question of ourselves looking at that one and wondering where the right club for him is and whether he is the right player for us.“It’s something that is in our mix and we’ll have to wait and see.“We are trying to bring a striker in – whether permanently or on loan – and myself and Steve (Parish, Palace’s chairman) are making a lot of phone calls to try and resolve that.“You want to try and bring in a quality player and so therefore you can’t dismiss anyone, or not think about all the strikers that are possibly available.“Of course 90 per cent of them are not available, they’re at clubs and they’re on good contracts and the clubs want them because they are successful.“There are not many who have not been in the first team. It is a very, very small market for us and we are focusing on that. (Adebayor) is in that group. Not just for us but many teams in the Premier League to wonder whether that is something you can do a deal with.“We still think another striker in the group would pay dividends given the position we’re in as we’re four (actually five) points off the Champions League positions.“Although we are in a little negative period in terms of our (recent) results, our results overall are still strong. In four of those games, we’ve got draws even though we haven’t scored. Two or three wins, and we would be really kicking ourselves if we didn’t strengthen.” Emmanuel Adebayor 1last_img read more

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‘Thank God he’s back!’ – Arsenal fans react to the return of Mesut Ozil as Alexis Sanchez is named on the bench

first_img1 Mesut Ozil has been named in the Arsenal starting XI for Sunday’s visit of Chelsea having missed last week’s goalless draw away to Stoke.The Gunners were berated for a lack of creativity in the German’s absence at the Britannia in a season where Ozil has already assisted 16 goals, seven more than anyone else in the league.The good news continued for Arsenal with Alexis Sanchez returning to the matchday squad for the first time since November 29th.And the return of the duo has buoyed the Arsenal fans on social media as they look to return to the top of the Premier League table with a win against their London rivals at the Emirates.See below for the best reaction to the Arsenal line-up!Line-Up: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil; Campbell, Giroud, Walcott.Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Gibbs, Gabriel, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlin, Sanchez. Mesut Ozil center_img [View the story “‘Thank God he’s back!’ – Arsenal fans react to the return of Mesut Ozil as Alexis Sanchez is named on the bench” on Storify]last_img read more

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The end for Garde? Aston Villa, Norwich and Newcastle unlucky relegation frontrunners – Coral Daily Download

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Having brought you the latest on the title race yesterday, Coral’s PR director brings us the odds with the battle against relegation hotting up.Aston Villa face a crucial game against relegation rivals Norwich at the weekend, can they boost their chances with only thier third win of the season?Villa, who are ten points away from safety, are 1/50 to go down, with Norwich 11/10 and Newcastle, who suffered a blow with a 3-0 defeat to Everton on Wednesday, also 11/10.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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‘It’s a great day’: Klopp reveals why he is so happy as Liverpool manager

first_imgJurgen Klopp hailed Liverpool’s 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa at Villa Park as a rarity when everything went right for his team.The Reds embarrassed Remi Garde’s relegation-threatened Villans, with six different players getting on the scoresheet in a one-sided Premier League affair.“It’s a great day,” Liverpool’s German manager told talkSPORT, following our exclusive UK radio commentary of the match. “It’s not very often in a manager’s career that you have days like this, that you score the goals always in the right moment and control the game the whole time. “There were a few situations, not really dangerous, but a few situations for Aston Villa [threatening the Liverpool goal], but we defended them well.”With Liverpool 2-0 up at half-time, and perhaps mindful of the way in which they let a two-goal lead slip at home to Sunderland with 10 minutes remaining last weekend, Klopp stressed that he was aware his team needed to push on after the break at Villa.“We went in at half time, it could have been 3-0, so we had to carry on,” he explained. “[We knew] Villa will come out, they will fight back, you can hear the crowd, then we scored the goals in the right moments, and nearly everybody scored a goal.”last_img read more

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Housing sales slowest in more than 20 years

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The region’s median home price last month fell to $444,000, down 3.9 percent from September and 8 percent from October 2006, DataQuick said. The figure marked the lowest median price since April 2005. Riverside County posted the sharpest drop, declining 15.1 percent from the year-ago period to $350,000. The price in San Bernardino County fell 9.6 percent to $330,000. Los Angeles County’s median home price dropped 3.8 percent to $500,000. The last time the county saw the figure decline on a year-over-year basis was March of 1997 when it dropped .03 percent. Orange County posted an 8.2 percent decline to $573,750. Southern California home sales plunged last month to the lowest level for October in more than 20 years, with many potential buyers scared away by falling prices in all six counties surveyed, a real estate data firm said Wednesday. In all, 12,999 new and resale homes were sold last month in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, down 45.3 percent from 23,745 in the year-ago month, according to DataQuick Information Systems. “A lot of potential buyers seem to be waiting this one out,” Marshall Prentice, president of DataQuick, said in a statement. “It’s hard to buy a home when you think it might lose value, especially when you have to borrow money to do it.” Sales climbed by 4.4 percent from September, but it was still the slowest October since DataQuick began keeping records in 1988. The previous low came in October 1992, when 16,887 homes were sold. The October sales average is 24,725 homes. October’s drop followed another 20-year record decline for September. Turmoil in the mortgage industry due to rising loan defaults has contributed to the slump. Many lenders have tightened underwriting guidelines, closing off access to affordable financing for many buyers who would have qualified for a loan just a few months ago. Lenders also have cut back on so-called jumbo loans exceeding $417,000 – the limit on the amount that government-backed mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will buy from lenders. Those restrictions have stung would-be buyers in Southern California, where homes often sell for more than $417,000.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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