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Liverpool given hope as Mbappe rejects latest PSG renewal offer

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According to Marca, PSG star Kylian Mbappe has turned down a ‘blank-cheque’ offer from his present club. He doesn’t want to stay in France beyond the end of this current season when his current deal expires.

Liverpool have entered the race to capture Mbappé on a ‘free’ move, according to Catalan news publication Sport. With the French striker claimed to be enthusiastic on the proposal that the Reds have put forward.

Kylian Mbappe needs several conditions to be met to renew his contract with Paris Saint-Germain - Football Espana

Mbappe scored in the dying minutes against Madrid in the CL this month

At just 22 years of age, Kylian Mbappe has quickly established himself as one of the best strikers around. Having booted in 119 goals since his ligue 1 debut in 2016/17, he moved to PSG for $180m in 2017.

Jürgen Klopp is also be a ‘pull’ factor if Liverpool’s resources allowed them to fund a move for the Paris Saint Germain striker. The striker will demand a large salary even if no transfer fee was paid.

The German manager has also built up a reputation for himself as a coach capable of grooming youngsters. This may prompt Liverpool to pull off the unthinkable and steal Mbappe from Madrid.

Madrid have a ‘clear run’ to sign Mbappe from PSG on a free

The PSG forward was set to join Real Madrid in a deal around £200 million last summer. Nevertheless, PSG refused to budge from their position on not selling him.

The PSG star’s entourage has refused Barcelona and Man City every time they’ve inquired about Mbappe. The French international has always dreamed of playing for the Real Madrid, being a childhood supporter.

However, after seeing Carlo Ancelloti’s Real Madrid, the superstar has started having doubts. This has prompted speculation in the footballing world that the Reds may be back in the race for him.

While Klopp’s men lost to Real last season, they’re one of the best teams in Europe currently. Not just that, Mbappe himself would fit in like a glove in Jurgen Klopp’s system.

 

 

 

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Klopp, Pep sing each other’s praises ahead of English ‘El Clasico’

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Just before Sunday’s all crucial fixture, Jurgen Klopp has showered his rival Pep Guardiola in high praises. The German has called his Spanish compatriot Pep Guardiola the best manager in the world.

Not sure many Reds fans would agree with that one, though. The Gaffer’s comments came after Pep Guardiola jokingly admitted to overthinking allegations in the Champions League.

Klopp defends Pep Guardiola in the press

Guardiola commented that the solution to his overthinking might be to just ‘play with 12 players.’ This comes as City have blown away their huge lead in the league over Liverpool from the start of the year.

Jurgen Klopp when asked about Guardiola’s comments, he went onto explain what Pep actually meant. Read what the German said below.

“It was ironic! I saw there was a story in Ecuador this week which claimed I didn’t understand Luis Diaz. You[journalists] have a responsibility on this planet.

Klopp has previously said the pair have a ‘respectful relationship’

If you want to talk to us then please do us a favour and help us. Pep said ironically, ‘I overthink, and I like overthinking’.”

Not only this, the German then went onto claim Guardiola is the best manager in the world.

“Pep is the best coach in the world. I think we would all agree on that and it might be a coincidence that it didn’t work out in the Champions League so far. If anybody doubts him, I have no idea how that could happen.”

The Bromance goes both ways, as well. Pep has several times termed Klopp’s Liverpool as the toughest team he’s ever encountered.

Guardiola says Klopp makes world football a ‘better place’

When asked about he thinks of Klopp’s comments, Pep denied that he thinks he’s the best. He further said he’d love to have a drink with the German if City won the game, jokingly.

“Jurgen makes world football a better place to live. His message, he is a huge competitor.”

Over the likes of SAF’s Man United, Jose’s Madrid and Inter, and even Simeone’s Atleti. Needless to say, Klopp rightly deserves that praise. Out of all those managers, Klopp has the best record against Guardiola.

Many have termed this game as the biggest in recent English history and dubbed the English ‘El Clasico’.

The duo are evenly tied at 9 wins each and 4 draws out of their 22 encounters throughout the years. The game is setting up to be a potential title decider with Liverpool in red hot form currently.

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Match Report: Two tight finishes see Liverpool get over Arsenal

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It was a game of close margins as two close finishes from Jota and Firmino saw Liverpool through against Arsenal. Check out the match report, opinions and tweets from last night’s game here!

Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool: Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino fire Reds to within  one point of leaders Man City | Football News | Sky Sports

Diogo Jota always loves playing against Arsenal

A game of narrow margins and Jurgen Klopp’s Reds always know how to pull off results out of those. In the blink of an eye, two neat finishes of the highest order changed the complexion of the game in the span of eight minutes.

The first half of the game was even, as many had expected but without any goals. One could say Arsenal were even the better team till the first goal, but goals are the most vital.

At the 54th minute mark, a pinpoint threaded pass by Thiago Alcantara found its way to Jota.

The Portuguese was running at the Arsenal defense and kept doing so, before smashing the ball into a small pocket of space left by Ramsdale near post.

Diogo Jota has scored seven times against Arsenal since moving to Liverpool, with 5 of those at the Emirates. He truly loves himself a game against the Gunners, doesn’t he?

Just a little later, Firmino put in a cheeky outside boot to finish off the game. Robertson got the ball after a failed clearance by Saka, and the left-back ran with the ball till he put it on a platter for the Brazilian, who finished it with rather ease.

Arsenal are a good team, it’s certainly a fact that Arteta’s changed their whole outlook and aura. However, Liverpool never seemed to be moved or at unease during the whole game and they showed it in the 2nd half.

Almost as if this was a game between Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool of 16/17 versus the current one. A team in the ascendancy against a team settled, sure of itself and brimming with the demeanor of champions.

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MATCHDAY: Liverpool go to the Emirates in crucial title fixture

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Read up the matchday preview as Liverpool visit the Emirates in one of their most crucial games in the league. Liverpool’s trip to Emirates is set up to be increasingly important in the upcoming title race.

Matchday Preview: Liverpool travel away to the Emirates to face Arsenal

Liverpool will be going away to the Emirates to keep up their push for the Premier League this season. If they snatch a win here, they can in touching distance of the league leaders.

The Reds currently sit at second place in the league, a point less than leaders Man City. However, since Pep’s team played a goalless draw against Crystal Palace earlier this week, Reds have their best chance to close the distance.

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Liverpool beat Arsenal by a margin of two goals in their last game against each other in the EFL Cup

Arsenal, on the other hand, will be looking to cement their top four spot ahead of Man United. Arteta’s men are impressing on all fronts recently, as proven by their 5 consecutive win streak in the league.

Fans are gearing up for the game to be a cracker, with immense attacking talent on display on both sides.

Venue: The Emirates

Time: 8:15 pm local time

Referee: Michael Oliver

Team News

Reds supporters will be delighted to hear that Moh Salah is back in contention for the game, possibly. All this comes after the Egyptian suffered a foot injury in Liverpool’s weekend game against Brighton.

However, It still remains to be seen whether he can make the starting XI or not. If not, Klopp will have to choose between Jota or Firmino.

Regardless of Moh Salah making the lineup tonight or not, Liverpool still boast a frightening frontline. A trio consisting of Mane, Diaz and either of Jota or Firmino isn’t something to laugh at.

Possible Starting XIs

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz

Arsenal: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Lacazette, Martinelli

Result Prediction: Liverpool to edge it out at the Emirates

Arsenal 2 – 3 Liverpool

While Arsenal have been on an impressive run as of late, Liverpool are on an even better streak. With the Reds clicking at the right time of the season, we expect them to exploit Arsenal’s defensive woes.

The Gunners have been left exposed at times at the back due to their high press up the pitch. Opponents haven’t fully cashed in on that weakness, but Jurgen Klopp and his men are a different caliber altogether.

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