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How this youngster began his journey to greatness at Anfield



Joe Gomez

Football is far becoming a game for the young ones, that’s the major reason why clubs are paying more attention to their youth teams.

Arsenal and Chelsea are known as clubs who don’t joke with their respective academies as they know the financial and other benefits they stand to gain from every star that progress out of the youth set up.

Liverpool are not in the exception, the Reds have been in the business of producing youngsters for quite a while, however, the presence of Jurgen Klopp has further improved the concentration the club’s hierarchy now give to the youth team.

Knowing fully well that Klopp is a manager who has so much trust in young talents, the Reds hierarchy spent some huge amount on scouting for teenagers who will grow up to become great footballers in their first-team squad on the long run.

Joe Gomez’s promotion to the first-team shows Klopp’s affection for youth development

Joe Gomez got promoted to the first-team for the first time under Jurgen Klopp in the previous season.

The youngster was in awesome form for Charlton Athletic’s youth team throughout the previous campaign. His understanding at the back of the pitch for the club’s U23 side was far beyond his age and that struck Klopp’s attention.

The German manager reportedly sent his scout to watch the England youngster in action. After 90 minutes of action, Klopp got an impressive report from scouts, who were happy with what they saw in Gomez and the Merseyside club signed him from Charlton Athletic for just £3.8m.

He trained with Liverpool’s first-team for the first time at age 18 but couldn’t break into the starting lineup.

After many failed attempts to break into the team, the youngster continued to put up fine performances to convince Klopp that he’s ready to feature more prominently in the team.

Luckily for the England star, Liverpool’s regular right-back Nathaniel Clyne picked up a long-term injury which kept him out of action for months, Klopp turned to the youngster, though, that wasn’t his comfortable position.

Despite featuring out of his comfort zone, the youngster didn’t look out of place. He was wonderful against Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea. He didn’t just defend well, he joined the attacking frontline at ease, making inviting crosses into opponent’s box.

His displays throughout Clyne’s duration at the sideline gave Klopp so much to think about — should he continue with Gomez or integrate the injured defender back into the team?

However, Klopp was eventually delivered from his confusing state as the 21-year-old picked up an injury which ruled him out of action for the rest of the season.

2018-19 season

Gomez started this season as a centre-back, partnering Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of the defense. This is a result of injuries picked up by regular starters Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren prior to the start of the campaign.

Though both players are in good shape a, Klopp continued with the youngster at the back of the pitch as he didn’t want to halt the great success he’s achieved so far.

Gomez is currently injured and he’s expected to spend six weeks in the recuperating room, nonetheless, his new five-year contract deal is a great and welcome development.

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Unai Emery speaks on rift with Sven Mislintat



Unai Emery

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has reacted to the speculations on the media that he has fallen out with the club’s head of recruitment.

This is following the reports that Sven Mislintat would be leaving the club for the German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munch for failing to be on the same page with some of the club’s hierarchy.

The report claims that the rift between the Spanish boss and the head of recruitment came to be as a result of the efforts to land Spanish La Liga outfit star Denis Suarez with the duo taking different positions on the deal.

It has been made clear that the Gunners will not sanction any major deal this winter window as a result of the lack of funds which has being a major bone of contention with the Denis Suarez deal.

However, the former PSG boss in is reaction stated that media reports of a rift with the team’s head of recruitment is surprising as he noted that they have been in talking terms and working together towards having additions at the club.

He made it clear that it has not been easy to secure a deal in this winter window but stressed that they have both been working together for the past two to three weeks.

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United keen to land 16-year-old wonderkid



Manchester United are believed to be willing to secure the signature of a 16-year-old Ligue 1 striker, Noam Emeran if reports from the press are anything to go by.

Noam Emeran, who plays for Amiens is reported to be interesting the Red Devils and they are keen to ensure he lands at the Old Trafford in coming days before the January winter window ends.

However, United will have to battle to land the signature of Noam Emeran knowing that a number of top European sides including French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain as well as German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are al interested in his signature as well.

The player in his reaction to the various interests claimed to be holding talks with his family and will hope the best of the decision is made soonest.

According to him, he will only continue to do his job on the pitch and improve in his game so as to be able to achieve his goals and dream as a player.

Suggestions are that Man United will win the race for the player but there has to be an assurance of handing him first team appearances which is the only luring strength they have got.

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Ole Guunar to take permanent United role



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

There are indications that Manchester United could settle for interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a permanent role ahead of next season.

The Red Devils have been in search of a new manager since the sack of Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho as they hope to have a permanent and world class manager in the summer.

United only handed a temporal role to the former Red Devils forward with the view that he steps down at the end of the season but he has been fantastic and have returned smiles to the faces of the United fans and the players.

Since his emergence, the Red Devils have not lost any game and most importantly, they have been able to pull six wins in six of the games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

However, a number of managers including Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte have been linked with the job.

But with the latest report which claims that both players and management staff are keen to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer land the job on a permanent role having enjoyed his reign in charge.

The decision will now be left to the Red Devils management to make with suggestions that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not mind giving the job.

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Man United winning the race to land this Real Madrid forward



gareth bale

Manchester United have been tipped to win the race to land Spanish La Liga outfit forward Gareth Bale when he is ready to move away from the Los Blancos.

The report hints that the former Tottenham player will be leaving the Spanish giants at the end of the season and will fancy a retune to the Premier League with United tipped to win the race.

Since the Red Devils lost Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo, they have not been able to secure a replacement for him which is the reason why they have been on Gareth Bale and this could just be their time.

Cristiano Ronaldo was Man United’s best player, having helped the Red Devils win the Champions League as well as Premier League titles before leaving to Spain.

Gareth Bale is being restricted by a ban on him from the European Union which will stop him from working abroad, making a return to the Premier League a possibility.

However, efforts are already being made to work out a license that will enable Gareth Bale to work in Spain as well as fulfil other conditions required.

Howbeit, United will have the opportunity of landing the star player should an agreement fails to be reached.

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Scholes names who to blame for Mourinho sack




Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has revealed who was responsible for the sack of former manager Jose Mourinho.

The former Portuguese boss was relieved of his job by the United management after seeing a 5-1 humiliation in the hands of the English Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was immediately assigned in same December 2018 to replace the former Chelsea boss who had only two-and-a-half-year at the Old Trafford.

Speaking of life after the former manager, Paul Scholes made it clear that no one was behind Jose Mourinho’s woes at the Old Trafford but noted that he was the problem of himself.

Paul Scholes made it clear that Mourinho had a number of issues that needed to be dealt with which includes his relationship with the press as well as his negative comments which were not needed.

The United legend, therefore, confessed that the former Chelsea boss lost it with the players and they could not play for him anymore.

According to the legend, he suspected that the former United boss was seeking a move away from the club which is the reason why he put in all of the attitudes. However, Jose Mourinho remains jobless at the moment as he is yet to pick up an offer.

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Argentine striker storms London to complete Chelsea move .



Gonzalo Higuain

Former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain is expected to arrive in London on Friday night as he closes in on a move to Premier League club Chelsea in this transfer window.

The Daily Express reported that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants the deal completed by the 12 pm deadline required for him to be eligible for the big Premier League clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.

Chelsea on Wednesday night agreed on a loan transfer for Gonzalo Higuain on Wednesday night with the former Real Madrid and Napoli player scheduled to join the Blues until the end of the season with the option to buy him permanently in the summer.

The Argentine striker is currently on a season-long loan deal at AC Milan from rivals Juventus but he has told the San Siro giants that he wants to leave the club midway into his loan contract with the seven-time European champions.

The San Siro outfit splashed the whopping sum or £11.5m on Higuain for his loan deal at the start of the season with an option to make it permanent for £37m.

Gonzalo Higuain is keen to reunite with Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri having played under him for just one season (2015/16) at Napoli.

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Barcelona set gaze on Chelsea duo ..




Chelsea strikers, Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have reportedly made the five-man strikers’ shortlist for Spanish La Liga giant Barcelona.

The La Liga giants are eyeing a striker signing to replace Munir El-Haddadi who has joined fellow Spanish side, Sevilla.

Munir signed for Europa League campaigners Sevilla last week in a deal worth just £1.5m.

According to the Daily Mail, they claim that the Catalans have already drawn up a five-man shortlist to replace Munir.

The aforementioned Chelsea duo of Morata and Giroud made the list alongside West Ham United star Lucas Perez, Girona striker Christian Stuani and Tottenham Hotspur Fernando Llorente.

Barcelona are said to be targeting a loan move for the striker and that could rule out Morata.

Chelsea want a permanent transfer for the Spaniard who’s holding out for a move to Atletico Madrid following the imminent arrival of Gonzalo Higuain from Italy.

Tottenham Hotspur won’t be open to the idea of selling Llorente again following the injury to Harry Kane.

England national team skipper Kane will miss the next six weeks at least after he suffered a serious ankle injury in the Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday evening.
Harry Kane sustained the injury in the final moments of the game which ended in a 1-0 win for Manchester United.

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Chelsea set to offer Bayern target new contract to keep them at bay ..



Callum Hudson Odoi

West London club Chelsea are willing to offer young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi a new contract at the club to ward off the interest of German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

According to the Daily Mail, they revealed that the Blues want to offer the English junior international a new long-term contract worth £70,000 on a weekly basis.

This is despite the intense transfer interest shown by Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, has less than 18 months on his current Chelsea deal billed to expire at the end of the 2019/20 season.

The Maurizio Sarri led side Chelsea want to offer him a new deal that will see the former Chelsea Academy player commit his long-term future to the club beyond the end of next season.

Bundesliga sides Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are said to be interested in signing the English talent.
Five-time European champions Bayern Munich have already firmed up their interest in Hudson-Odoi with four separate bids including a last bid of £35m which happens to be the asking price from Chelsea.

The Blues wanted to insert a buyback clause in a potential sale of the player but that didn’t go down well with Bayern Munich.

It seems Chelsea have changed their position on Callum Hudson-Odoi and would want him to stay at the club though regular playing time could be the stumbling block for him to sign a new deal.

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Liverpool Pondering Move For American Midfielder



Weston McKennie

Premier League table toppers Liverpool are ruminating over the idea of a transfer for highly rated American midfielder Weston McKennie according to reports emanating from the British media.

Weston McKennie plays his club football for German Bundesliga side Schalke 04 at the moment.

The Sun claim that the Reds are keeping tabs on the player with a view to potentially make a move for him.

The 20-year-old has been in superb form for Schalke 04 since he broke into the first team at the start of the season.

The American midfielder has impressed for Schalke 04 in both the German Bundesliga and the Champions League thereby leading to interest from other European clubs including Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Weston McKennie would definitely be a signing for the future if the Reds splash the cash on him.

He will find it hard to break into current Liverpool midfield with players like Dutch international star Giorginio Wijnaldum, Brazilian international player Fabinho, James Milner, Guinean midfielder Naby Keita and club captain Jordan Henderson.

The aforementioned midfielders have been able to fire the team to the top of the table in the Premier League.

Liverpool are four points ahead of defending champions Manchester City ahead of the weekend’s set of games.

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No deal insists Genoa for West Ham Chase of Chelsea Target



Krzysztof Piatek

A major team in the Italian Serie A club Genoa have reportedly turned down two separate bids from the same club for striker Krzysztof Piatek.

Popular media outlet, Daily Mail revealed that London club West Ham United firmed up their interest in the Polish international striker with two separate bids only for them to be turned down by Genoa.

Krzysztof Piatek was previously linked with Chelsea in the final months of last season but it seems like the Blues have turned their attention to another Italy-based player (Gonzalo Higuain) in the quest to solve their goalscoring issues.

West Ham United have stepped up their interest in the former Cracovia attacker following the doubts over the future of Marko Arnautovic.

The Austrian National team player is another player that has been linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge outfit Chelsea especially in the last months of 2018.

The former FC Twente and Werder Bremen player is keen to leave the Hammers in this transfer following the interest of Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG.
Krzysztof Piatek could replace Arnautovic at the Olympic Stadium.

Marko Arnautovic further fuelled a potential £35m to China after he appeared to wave his goodbyes to the Hammers faithfuls when he was substituted during last weekend’s game against London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League.

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