Seven-time European champions AC Milan have shifted their tentacles toward Merseyside in the bid to boost their striking options ahead of the second half of the season.
Italian news platform Gazzetta dello Sport claim that AC Milan are targeting the Reds’ striking duo of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi after failing to lure Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the club.
Milan were keen on a return for the LA Galaxy striker but they were unable to convince the 37-year-old to swap Major League Soccer (MLS) for the Italian Serie A.
It was further revealed that AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso is a big fan of both Sturridge and Origi and the Italian giants have made them striking alternatives to the aforementioned Ibrahimovic.
Sturridge and Origi have not featured much for the Reds in the new campaign.
Both players are behind the famed front trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in the pecking order.
Daniel Sturridge has played more than Divock Origi as he’s the fourth choice forward option after Salah, Mane and Firmino.
Divock Origi has been able to feature in just three games (one start and two substitute appearances).
He recently made a telling contribution for Liverpool with a late goal in the all-important victory over Merseyside rivals Everton in the Premier League.
Ex-Liverpool Striker Must Earn Italy Recall
Former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been told that he must improve his game to earn a recall to the Italian national team.
At a press conference on Monday, Italian national team manager Roberto Mancini urged Balotelli to work harder in order to earn an invitation back to the Italy squad.
Roberto Mancini left Mario Balotelli out of his Italy squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers despite his return to form with his club.
Mario Balotelli plays his club football for French Ligue 1 giants Marseille at the moment having joined the Champions League chasers during the winter transfer window.
The ex-Liverpool player joined Marseille from fellow French club Nice after he fell out with Patrick Vieira.
He didn’t score for Nice in 10 games at the start of the season and also fell out with Nice manager Vieira.
Balotelli has been able to resurrect his career at Marseille following his issues at Nice though it must be pointed out that his contract ends this summer.
He has scored five goals in eight games for his new team but Mancini wants more from him.
Roberto Mancini had earlier given him a recall to the Italian national team in May 2018 after a four-year hiatus from the Italy squad.
Euro 2020: Liverpool Star Out Of Qualifiers
Premier League leaders Liverpool have been dealt an injury blow following the news that Reds playmaker Xerdan Shaqiri has been ruled of his country’s qualifying games for Euro 2020.
Shaqiri has pulled out of the Switzerland squad after a painful inflammation in his groin area.
He will miss the upcoming games against Georgia and Denmark.
Xerdan Shaqiri joined Liverpool from Stoke City for around £13.5m at the start of the season and he has been in good form for the Reds in their quest for major honours in two competitions especially the Premier League.
The Swiss international star was unable to prevent Stoke City from suffering relegation from the Premier League in the last campaign and Liverpool capitalised on that to secure his transfer from the Potters.
Liverpool were able to sign him after they activated the release clause in his then contract at the Britannia Stadium.
In his first season at Liverpool, Xerdan Shaqiri has contributed a great deal to the Reds’ quest to win the Premier League for the first time in their history.
Shaqiri played his best game in a Liverpool shirt when he came off the bench to lead the Reds to a 3-1 home win over rivals Manchester United.
The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan player was subbed on in the second half and he scored twice against Manchester United to give his side victory.
In-form Liverpool Star On Real Madrid Shortlist
Liverpool fans have been left in a state of worry following the news that in-form Reds player Sadio Mane is on the transfer shortlist of Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid.
The interest of Real Madrid in Mane was revealed by popular media outlet France Football.
Real Madrid are expected to carry out a rebuilding job at the club after a disastrous season.
The Spanish giants have already been knocked out of all the three competitions namely the Spanish Copa Del Rey, Spanish La Liga and the Champions League.
Real Madrid have started the rebuilding job by reappointing Zidane as the club’s manager just nine months after he walked out on the job last summer.
The French football legend resigned from the Real Madrid managerial job last summer shortly after he led the club to a third successive Champions League title.
Sadio Mane could be a transfer option for Real Madrid in the summer as they try to replace Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club for Juventus at the start of the season.
The Senegalese international has been one of the most in-form players in European football since the start of the year.
He has scored 11 goals in 11 matches in all competitions including his strike at the weekend during the 2-1 away win over Fulham in the Premier League.
Salah Backed To Return To Scoring Form
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will soon rediscover his killer instincts in front of goals according to teammate Virgil Van Dijk.
Dutch international Van Dijk told reporters in his latest interview via Goal that Mohamed Salah will return to his best and that other teams would be delighted to have a quality player like the Egyptian international in their ranks.
Salah failed to hit the target for the fifth league game in a row during the weekend’s win over Fulham.
He has scored just three goals in his 11 games for Liverpool in all competitions.
Despite the lack of ruthlessness from Salah, Liverpool were able to secure a crucial 2-1 win over the Cottagers.
Liverpool took a first half lead through the in-form Sadio Mane off an assist from Roberto Firmino.
The Reds were cruising to victory until the mix-up between the aforementioned Van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson Becker gave the hosts their equaliser in the 74th-minute courtesy Ryan Babel.
Liverpool were then handed the chance to get the much needed three points after erratic Fulham goalkeeper brought down Mane in the box.
Reds substitute James Milner dispatched the penalty to give Liverpool a 2-1 win.
The result was enough to take Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table.
Liverpool Mental Strength Praised After Three Straight Wins
Liverpool defender Trent Alexandre-Arnold has lauded the mental strength shown by the Reds in the last one week.
Alexandre-Arnold and his Liverpool teammates have maintained their push for major honours in two competitions.
The England international right-back spoke about the new-found mental strength from Liverpool during his recent interview monitored by Goal.
According to him, the progress made by Liverpool in the last week was due to the mental strength displayed by the team.
Liverpool lost their spot at the top of the Premier League table to Manchester City after a run of two draws and one win but a run of two successive wins over Burnley and Fulham has since enabled them to climb back to the summit though their title rivals have played a poor game.
Liverpool came from a goal down to beat Burnley 4-2 at home courtesy goals from Sadio Mane (2) and Roberto Firmino (2) before the 2-1 victory over Fulham away from home sealed top spot on the Premier League table.
In between the Burnley and Fulham games, Liverpool beat Bayern Munich 3-1 away from home in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie to book their spot in the quarterfinals of the competition via a 3-1 win on aggregate.
They Function Like A Five-A-Side Team – Liverpool Legend Rips Into Chelsea
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has slammed Chelsea after their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Everton in their Premier League clash on Sunday evening.
Everton secured their first league win at home in over two months with an impressive victory over Champions League-chasing Chelsea.
The last home win for the Toffees was in January against South Coast club Bournemouth.
Everton were buoyed by a timid second-half performance from Chelsea with Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson getting the goals for the Toffees just after the halftime interval.
Reacting to the poor display from Chelsea, former Liverpool midfielder Souness ripped into Maurizio Sarri and his players while he was doing his punditry job on Sky Sports.
According to him, Chelsea played like a five-a-side team as they were dominant in possession without much end result to show for it.
He also pointed out that the Blues are over-reliant on star player Eden Hazard.
Chelsea missed out on the opportunity to stake a claim for a spot in the top four of the Premier League with the poor result against Everton.
A win would have taken the Blues to the same point tally (60) with London rivals Arsenal who occupy the final spot in the Premier League top four.
Van Dijk Relieved After Costly Mistake vs Fulham
Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk was relieved to see the Reds bounce back from his mistake during the 2-1 win over struggling Fulham in their Premier League clash at the Craven Cottage on Sunday evening.
The win was a narrow one for Liverpool but it was a significant one after the Merseysiders secured the Premier League summit at the expense of defending champions Manchester City.
Dutch international centre back Van Dijk was culpable in the 74th-minute equaliser from the home side.
International teammate Ryan Babel capitalised on the mix-up between him and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker to level proceedings for the West London club.
Ahead of the game, Ryan Babel told reporters that Virgil Van Dijk has a weakness and this is in contrary to the opinion of many football stakeholders who have struggled to point out any weakness in his game.
Van Dijk has had a phenomenal season for Liverpool until his mistake against Fulham on Sunday.
Reacting to the mistake in his post-match thoughts with Sky Sports, Virgil Van Dijk was relieved that his team ended the game on the winning side.
Mane had given Liverpool a 26th minute lead before the equaliser from Ryan Babel.
Substitute James Milner secured the precious three points for Liverpool from the spot with nine minutes left on the clock after Mane was brought down by Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
Mane Sets New Premier League Record In Fulham Win
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane continued his fantastic form for the Reds during the win over struggling Fulham in their Premier League clash at the Craven Cottage.
Mane was on target in the Reds’ 2-1 win over Fulham away from home.
The Senegalese international was the star of the show for Liverpool who have claimed the Premier League summit as a result of the victory over the Cottagers.
Sadio Mane has now scored 17 league goals in the Premier League to set a new record for the number of goals scored by a Senegalese in a Premier League campaign.
He beats the record of Demba Ba who scored 16 Premier League goals during the 2011/12 season.
Mane took his tally to eleven goals in eleven games in all competitions with his strike against Fulham.
He has now scored seven goals in his last five games in all competitions.
The Senegalese international star took a 26th-minute lead through Sadio Mane before Ryan Babel capitalised on a defensive mix-up to level proceedings for the home team on 74 minutes.
Mane was then fouled in the Fulham box by goalkeeper Sergio Rico thus paving the way for substitute James Milner to score the resulting penalty and hand the Reds a slim 2-1 win.
Man City Won’t Drop Many Points – Klopp On Title Race
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that Premier League title rivals Manchester City won’t drop many points between now and the end of the season as the race for the league title hots up.
Klopp, while speaking during his post-match thoughts after the Fulham game, told reporters that Premier League champions Manchester City won’t drop a lot of points in their remaining league games as they attempt to retain the title they won last season.
The German tactician also pointed out that Liverpool will have to continue to win to have any chance of beating Manchester City to the Premier League title.
Klopp and Liverpool had to work hard for their win over struggling London club Fulham in their Premier League clash on Sunday evening.
Sadio Mane is the most in-form player in the Premier League and he gave Liverpool a well deserved first-half lead in the 26th minute.
Liverpool were cruising to a 1-0 win until a mix-up between Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson Becker gave the home side an unlikely equaliser from former Reds winger Ryan Babel in the 74th minute.
Fulham were only level for seven minutes after a moment of madness from their goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
He brought down Mane in the box and James Milner slammed home the penalty to give the Reds a 2-1 win which was enough to take Liverpool to the top of the table ahead of rivals Manchester City.
They have a two-point lead over the Citizens who have now played a game less than Liverpool.
Average Performance, Spectacular Result – Klopp On Fulham Win
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the 2-1 win over Fulham in what was the Reds’ 31st league game of the season.
The win over their hosts was enough to take Liverpool above title rivals Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.
In his post-match thoughts after the slim victory over the Cottagers, Klopp told reporters that the performance of his players was average but the result was spectacular in the context of the title race.
Liverpool came into the weekend knowing that they have to make up a one-point deficit to defending champions Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.
The Fulham game was on the back of their thrilling 3-1 aggregate win over German champions Bayern Munich in their last 16 tie in the Champions League.
The Reds took a first-half lead against Fulham through Sadio Mane before the hosts were handed a route back into the game following the mix-up between Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker and defender Virgil Van Dijk.
That mix-up gave former Reds winger Ryan Babel the opportunity to score the equaliser for the Cottagers on 74 minutes.
Liverpool managed to get the win needed via an 81St minute penalty from substitute James Milner after Fulham shot-stopper Sergio Rico fouled Mane in the box.
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