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New UEFA Champions League rule may affect Liverpool if they make it to the quarter final

English football club, Liverpool were close to lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy last season but were held back by Real Madrid, who have now won it three times in a row.

The Reds had managed to make it to the final stage and would have lifted the trophy if not for the injury afflicted on their star player, Mohammed Salah and Goalkeeper, Karius by Sergio Ramos.

Well,  Liverpool made it to the UEFA Champions League tournament this season again but unlike last season things are quite different.

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According to the new rules set by UEFA, the quarter-final of the tournament will now be played using VAR (Video Assistants Referees) technology, similar to the one used in the 2018 Russian World Cup.

This means if Liverpool are able to repeat last season stunt and make it to the last 8, they will have to play using the VAR.

According to schedule, the 32 football clubs will be paired in Monaco next week as the tournament will commence soon.

The last time Liverpool made use of the VAR technology was last season during a match against West Brom in the FA, which ended in a 3 – 2 defeat for the Reds.

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Granit Xhaka reveals what Unai Emery did to him

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It is a new life for Arsenal players since the beginning of the season with new manager Unai Emery praised for making it happen.

Most Arsenal players including Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette have all found a new form under the Spanish coach and Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka is not left out of the new beginning.

Xhaka has started all of the 8 Premier League games for the Gunners this season and has kept the middle of the Arsenal play intact with his fine form, a part of why the North London side have gone nine games winning streak.

He has attributed the success he has recorded and the improvement in his game to the Spanish manager, adding that he enjoyed a lot of benefits having Emery as a coach.

Speaking with Mail on Sunday, the Swiss said he is beginning to get back to his best and discovering his form under the former PSG manager.

He, therefore, noted that more will be seen of the current Arsenal team once the character and philosophy of the new manager is well known and understood by the players.

Xhaka noted that he is improving on a daily basis on his tactical level and he will always appreciate Emery for that.

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Wenger breaks silence on Arsenal, Ramsey, says he is happy for this reason

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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is speaking on the happenings at the club for about the first time since leaving at the end of last season.

The French manager had a 22 years reign as the manager at the North London side before he was made to quit against his wish.

Since his departure, the manager has yet to secure another job and surprisingly refused to comment on the happenings at the club.

However, he has now broken his silence by making a claim on the contract issues involving Aaron Ramsey.

Wenger admits the Wales international now has the knife in his hands and in the best position to make any cut but he believes an agreement could still be reached.

According to Arsenal former boss, situations like that happened in the past but it was resolved by his efforts.

He made it clear he is happy not being at the club at this moment as it will no longer be his responsibility.

Ramsey is one of the layers who grew to limelight with the opportunity handed him by Wenger who is a believer of the youth system.

Meanwhile, the Wales midfielder has made it clear he will not be leaving the Emirates Stadium in the January window making it clear that he will leave the club as a free player unless there is a change of heart to sign a new deal.

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Why United not bothered about De Gea’s failed contract talks

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea seems to have made up his mind to leave the Old Trafford this season but that might not happen as the club have all it takes to keep him for a longer period of time.

De Gea’s contract runs into the last months and there is still no agreement between him and the club because of his decision to walk away.

The Spanish goalkeeper was offered a whopping sum of £375,000 per week deal to remain at the Old Trafford but that is not attractive enough to lure him to remain at the club.

However, United have made it clear that he will not be leaving even if he refuses to sign a new deal until January when he will be free to talk to suitors.

The Old Trafford are laced in an advantage position having made it clear in the contract terms that they have the option of extending the player’s stay by another year should he refuse to commit his future again.

It has been revealed that United are aware of the interests from Barcelona and PSG for the player, hence they will ensure the former Athletico Madrid goalie is delayed for not being loyal to the club.

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Wenger backs Thierry Henry to succeed at Monaco

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There are lots of connections between former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and the club’s legend Thierry Henry who has been appointed as Monaco’s manager.

Aside both being French men, they had got a good relationship as a player and manager at Arsenal before they both parted ways.

Now, it will be in the history of French outfit, Monaco that Wenger and Henry have managed the club as the former Arsenal boss had his reign at the French side from 1987 to 1994.

However, Wenger who is familiar with both the club and the new manager is positive that something good can now be heard of his former side.

Wenger praised the recruit of the Arsenal legend, noting that it has a lot of credibility because of the quality he has got.

According to him, the former Belgium assistant manager has the intelligence and understanding of football that will help him succeed at the club.

While noting that a bit of luck is needed to succeed as a manager, Wenger made it clear that Henry has got all the ingredients that will help him become a great manager in future.

Henry will have a taste of the job when Monaco travel to face Strasbourg in Ligue 1 encounter on October 20.

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Uefa Nations League! Lukaku replies critics with Belgium brace

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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has replied his critics by scoring a brace in Belgium’s 2-1 victory against Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League.

The United striker has been criticized for not giving his best for the club scoring only two goals this season in all competitions.

He was pointed to as one of the reasons why the Red Devils have struggled this season with his goal drought.

However, Lukaku broke the deadlock by finding the back of the net on two occasions in the game.

It would be recalled that the Belgium striker admitted he was going to cool off from the controversies at the Old Trafford, stating that his side’s 3-2 win against Newcastle before the international break was a big relieve to him and the team.

Before the Newcastle win, United had gone four games without a win including the exit from the Carabao Cup when they were defeated by Derby County.

The Old Trafford fans will only expect Lukaku to return with his form to help Manchester United secure a win in the all-important Premier League clash against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku who has been under firing at the club side has now scored a total of 45 goals in 78 international league games.

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