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Diogo Jota has gone to a new level, and Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't like it

With seven minutes to go, it looked as though Portugal were going to be held by Hungary for a second successive Euros campaign. The two teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at the last tournament, but this one appeared to be on its way to a goalless stalemate. Instead, Raphaël Guerreiro finally found the decisive breakthrough in the 84th minute, before Cristiano Ronaldo scored either side of the 90-minute mark to produce a cruelly inflated scoreline. These strikes took him past the 10-goal mark

Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool leadership is approaching a crucial point

Jürgen Klopp will forever be a Liverpool legend. That much is not in doubt. The German inherited a team languishing in 10th, and in the six years that have followed he has delivered the Premier League and the Champions League. Any manager who ended the long wait for a league title would have etched themselves into club folklore: that Klopp did so by building a 99-point juggernaut, capable of going toe-to-toe with a far more expensively-assembled Manchester City squad over the course of two full

Jürgen Klopp will be ready for hectic period of Liverpool fixtures

Fixture release day is always eagerly anticipated. It provides the first dose of excitement for the new Premier League season, drawing a line under the old campaign and shifting the outlook to the next one. Fans are quick to scan the list for any tough periods, and on this occasion there is one set of Liverpool fixtures that really catches the eye. The run falls around Christmas, involving six games in an intense 22-day stretch. Such a challenge could be season-defining for Jürgen Klopp and his

Kingsley Coman linked with £45 million Liverpool switch, Patson Daka also "keen"

Welcome to our Liverpool.com media watch piece. Maybe not the first, we've definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways it's not that new at all. Anyway, we thought we would enter the world of football in a broad and roundabout manner for you and have some fun with some of the stories and captions doing the daily rounds. Jürgen Klopp is looking to bolster his left-sided options with a shock move for Kingsley Coman, according to . Liverpool would re

Nat Phillips could fulfil a classic Jürgen Klopp function next season

Between the 2017/18 and 2019/20 campaigns, Jürgen Klopp’s median third substitution time from leading positions was the 88th minute. The German is by no means the only manager to turn to late personnel changes as a way of killing time and arresting the opposition’s momentum, but he has made the introduction of an extra defender something of a signature move. Opportunities to make such alterations have been few and far between recently — Klopp has had to look under the sofa to find two starting c

Raheem Sterling's transfer reality sends warning to Mohamed Salah and Liverpool

Raheem Sterling is still only 26. Already a Premier League regular for Liverpool as a teenager, he has been a household name for close to a decade. It is therefore easy to forget that he is three years the junior of Mohamed Salah — the Manchester City winger should only just be entering his prime. Instead, Sterling has seen his goal contributions diminish in each of the last three league campaigns. While his returns are still by no means poor, it seems clear that both player and club have grown

Remarkable Xherdan Shaqiri statistic shows why it’s time for Liverpool to sell

A hypothetical football fan who only emerged for major international tournaments would have an interesting picture of Xherdan Shaqiri. Most likely, they would consider him among the very best players in the world. The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan man has the knack for producing his absolute best in the red shirt of Switzerland: his bicycle kick from the edge of the area against Poland at Euro 2016 immediately springs to mind, but there are many other examples. Shaqiri has continued this

Bundesliga starlet indicates Liverpool ambitions

Welcome to our Liverpool.com media watch piece. Maybe not the first, we've definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways it's not that new at all. Anyway, we thought we would enter the world of football in a broad and roundabout manner for you and have some fun with some of the stories and captions doing the daily rounds. Joško Gvardiol has declared that he would one day like to sign for Liverpool. The RB Leipzig defender spent last season on loan in

Emre Can will prove Liverpool right over Wijnaldum’s contract

Liverpool do not make a habit of losing players on free transfers. On its face, such a transaction represents a business failure: an asset has been allowed to depreciate to nothing, and the club has missed out on any return from sunk costs such as the wages and the initial transfer fee. However, Emre Can is a case study in how the reality is much more complex — and why Georginio Wijnaldum’s departure need not be seen as a disaster. Flashing back to the summer of 2018, there was uproar among Liv

Kalvin Phillips’ England performance will have come as no surprise to Liverpool

International tournaments are a curious thing. In the public eye, they are perceived as a time when players can truly burst onto the scene, maybe even earning themselves a big move in the process. There are even examples of this happening — Liverpool themselves have been tempted into the practice, with Euro ‘96 influencing a move for Patrick Berger. Later, the 2002 World Cup proved decisive in the decision to acquire El Hadji Diouf. However, the Senegalese striker is practically the definition o

Liverpool may break their own rules for the perfect Wijnaldum replacement

The Liverpool transfer rumour mill has taken a little bit of time to grind into gear this summer, but the departure of Gini Wijnaldum has really provided a kick-start. Suddenly, names from across Europe are being touted as potential successors to the Dutchman’s ever-present position in the heart of Jürgen Klopp’s midfield. While Rodrigo de Paul has not been linked as heavily as the likes of Florian Neuhaus, the player’s recent comments mark him out as a great stylistic fit for the club. The Udi

FSG Super League trend extends beyond football

Plans for a European Super League rocked football last season. It felt grimly fitting that such an out-of-touch idea should come during a time when fans were absent from stadiums; a scheme drawn up in clinical boardrooms met with the same old artificial cheers from the sterile pumped crowd noise. However, real supporters made their voices heard, and the project was all but dead in the water within a whirlwind 48 hours. Liverpool joined Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hots

Klopp could make return to Germany to fix his midfield problem

When Jürgen Klopp took the reins of his first summer transfer window with Liverpool, it seemed like a sign of things to come. No fewer than four of his six signings came from the Bundesliga, one of whom hailed from Klopp’s native Germany. Flash forward five years, and not a single further German has done the famous lean at Melwood (or, latterly, the AXA Training Centre — is the lean dead?). In a similar vein, just three more players have been signed from the Bundesliga. Klopp has largely looked

There’s something missing from Liverpool’s £50 million training centre

No expense has been spared at Liverpool’s new AXA Training Centre. Completed towards the end of last year, the £50 million project is a joint space for the first-team and the academy to train. Between the hydrotherapy room, beach volleyball setup and giant cinema screen, most of the conceivable professional and personal needs of the players and staff have been met. There’s even a paddle tennis court built to accommodate the regular competitions between Jürgen Klopp and Pepjin Ljinders. However,

Liverpool's search for Gini Wijnaldum's replacement leads to Newcastle

Since signing for Liverpool in Jürgen Klopp's first summer transfer window, Georginio Wijnaldum has become emblematic of the German's footballing philosophy. Over the course of five years, the former Newcastle United man has been a central figure in a transformation that has seen the club triumph in both the Premier League and the Champions League. However, while it is easy to forget it now, Wijnaldum seemed like an odd signing when he first arrived. There was a certain perception of the Dutchm

Liverpool’s Wijnaldum shortlist features two prominent names

Welcome to our Liverpool.com media watch piece. Maybe not the first, we've definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways it's not that new at all. Anyway, we thought we would enter the world of football in a broad and roundabout manner for you and have some fun with some of the stories and captions doing the daily rounds. Liverpool have a firm interest in Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini, according to . The Spanish outlet reports that Barcelona and Atletico

Patson Daka would be a huge gamble for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool

In 28 league matches this season, Patson Daka has scored 27 goals. He’s assisted a further seven for good measure, producing a goal involvement every 57 minutes. On paper, it’s the kind of record which should interest any club. Particularly for Liverpool and FSG, whose emphasis has always been on signing future superstars, the prospect of picking up Red Bull Salzburg’s heir to the Erling Haaland throne initially seems to make a lot of sense. However, the reality is a lot less straightforward. F

Takumi Minamino is a vindication of Liverpool’s transfer strategy

There is much uncertainty over the future of Takumi Minamino. The latest indications are that the Japanese international will at least be afforded the chance to link up with his teammates in pre-season, but rumours continue to swirl regarding interest from Southampton. Michael Edwards and the recruitment team will no doubt be watching this all unfurl with complete serenity: the manner in which Minamino was signed from Red Bull Salzburg now puts Liverpool in a win/win situation. Minamino moved t

The £63 million transfer void FSG and Liverpool have to fill this season

Liverpool is an entirely different proposition to a decade ago. Gone are the days when big-name departures were the norm: 10 years ago Raul Meireles was following Fernando Torres out of the door to Chelsea, hot on the heels of the sales of Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano in the two preceding summers. Today, Liverpool have arguably not lost a key player since Philippe Coutinho in January 2018. However, a deep squad and a sprinkling of Michael Edwards magic has ensured that transfer revenue has

Liverpool defender leaves Harry Maguire and Ruben Dias trailing

Nobody expected Rhys Williams to play a part for Liverpool at the start of the season. Fresh from a loan spell with Kidderminster Harriers, he would ordinarily not have found himself anywhere near the first team. However, with injuries thrusting him into the limelight, the youngster ended the campaign as a regular partner to Nat Phillips. The centre-back has generally received plaudits for the role he played in helping secure a finish in the Champions League places, but any praise that comes hi
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