Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel is certain that Reds defender Virgil Van Dijk has a weakness that could be exploited.
Ryan Babel is a teammate of Van Dijk at the international level (Netherlands) and he plays his club football for struggling Premier League side Fulham at the moment.
According to him, Virgil Van Dijk is far from the perfect player been portrayed in the British media.
Ryan Babel told reporters that his national team colleague has a weakness before adding that he won’t say it.
He was speaking ahead of the Premier League meeting between Fulham and Liverpool scheduled for the Craven Cottage.
West London club Fulham are on the brink of suffering relegation from the Premier League after a disastrous season that has seen them change managers twice.
Fulham have just 17 points from 30 games and they are 13 points off safety with eight league games left to play starting with the Liverpool match on Sunday evening.
A win over Liverpool can give the Cottagers renewed hopes in their battle to survive the drop.
On the other hand, Liverpool have to win the game to move ahead of title rivals Manchester City on the table with the Citizens not in action due to their FA Cup commitment.
Arsenal, United told the player now available for cut-price
English Premier League outfit Arsenal have been told that their star target and AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas is now available for sale and for a cut-price fee ahead of the coming summer transfer window.
It is claimed that AS Roma are struggling to secure qualification to the Champions League ahead of the coming season and an agreement has been reached that he would be allowed to leave the club if that fails to happen.
However, Kostas Manolas will have his release clause triggered and would be available for the Gunners and the Red Devils for a fee of about £31 million.
This, therefore, means that the North London outfit and the Man United team will have to battle for the signature of the star defender as it is not looking likely that the Serie A outfit will secure qualification.
Both Arsenal and Man United are desperate in need of defenders and that department will be the focus for the two sides.
The North London outfit have conceded most goals so far this season amongst the top six teams, especially at the start of the season which makes it important for them to land a defender in the coming summer window.
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.
Agent drops transfer hint as Arsenal plan to act fast on United
North London outfit Arsenal are set to snap up Man United long-term target Gabriel Martinelli ahead of the coming summer transfer window if reports in Brazil are to be believed.
The Gunners are ready to spend some cash in this coming summer window so as to strengthen their team ahead of the coming season with the Brazilian international as a major target.
However, it is claimed that Gabriel Martinelli has been on the radar of Man United for a long period of time but the Gunners are keen to play fast to land him ahead of the Red Devils.
Gabriel Martinelli will come in to replace Denis Suarez who is reported to be leaving the team at the end of the season after failing to impress on his loan spell.
Meanwhile, it is claimed that the North London outfit have got just £40 million available to spend in the coming transfer window but it could be increased should they secure qualification to the Champions League next season.
Gabriel Martinelli’s agent Marcos Casseb has therefore dropped the hint that there are plans for his client to move abroad and he expects that to happen in the nearest possible future. This gives hope to Arsenal and Man United.
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.
Arsenal make u-turn in decision for Denis Suarez
The North London outfit Arsenal are reported to have made a u-turn in their decision to keep Spanish player Denis Suarez ahead of the coming season.
The Gunners were able to capture Denis Suarez on loan from Barcelona and had the option of signing him on a permanent deal but that will no longer happen, according to claims that he has not been able to impress manager Unai Emery.
Denis Suarez has just been able to earn six appearances since joining the Emirates Stadium with no start yet to his name. He has worked with the Gunners boss in Sevilla but there has not been a repeat of results since he joined.
Suggestions are that Denis Suarez will not be able to meet up with the rigour of the English Premier League and will need a lot of time to be able to adapt but there seems to be no patience from the club for that.
However, Arsenal are expected to move in other direction for the signature of a replacement as they look to get busy in this coming summer window.
A number of names have been speculated to be interesting the North London outfit and it is expected to see them fly the club’s colours ahead of coming season.
How Hector Bellerin’s pace developed, Des Ryan
Arsenal Academy head of sports Des Ryan on Spanish right full-back Hector Bellerin seems to have an explanation for why his pace for the North London outfit Arsenal was discovered along the line.
The pacy wing-back joined Arsenal from Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona in 2011 to be with the Academy until he was handed the opportunity of first-team football. No doubt that his pace is a major factor that was considered by the former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
Des Ryan, therefore, noted that from the inception, Hector Bellerin was identified as a high-level player who is now at the big stage because of his hard work and dedication, stressing that he is known for his skill and strength.
He noted that while the Spanish star was with the Academy, they ensured the use of functional competence, mobility, stability, flexibility and running technique because of his natural talents which include his speed.
Des Ryan, therefore, stressed that all that happened to Hector Bellerin was an evolution and not a revolution because of the natural talent he has got.
However, Hector Bellerin is now being linked away from the club to Barcelona where he first started as a youth player and there are suggestions that he could be released but for the right fee.
Arsenal have first summer target in place
North London outfit Arsenal have got their first summer transfer target to move in for with interest in Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid star Gelson Martins who is on loan with French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco.
Gelson Martins has been on the radar of the North London outfit for many months with an inquiry reported to have been made in the last January winter transfer window but the Gunners could not forge ahead with an offer because of their financial restrictions.
Now that the Gunner seems to be ready with some funds in the coming summer window, they could move in for Gelson Martins who could also be available for a transfer as long as he can be guaranteed regular playing time.
The North London outfit had secured the signature of Denis Suarez from Barcelona on a loan deal in the last winter window but he has failed to live up to expectations and there are claims that he could be allowed to leave the cub at the end of the season.
Gelson Martins could be the man to take Suarez’s space at the Emirates Stadium as he has been condemned to make an impact at the Spanish capital.
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.
Chelsea Target Is Top-Six Material – Club Legend
Former Crystal Palace midfielder Shaun Derry is sure that Eagles right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has the quality to play for a top-six team in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace legend Derry told Express Sport that both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha can play for a big club in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has enjoyed a remarkable rise at Selhurst Park this season in what’s his first campaign as a Premier League footballer.
The 21-year-old broke into the first team at the start of this season and he has not looked back since then.
He has usurped former first choice right-back Joel Ward as the Eagles’ undisputed first choice right-back.
His form has not gone unnoticed with the major Premier League sides.
Top-six teams like Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea have registered their interest in him.
Recent reports claim that Chelsea and other interested parties will have to spend as much as £40m to prise him away from Crystal Palace in the summer.
Wilfried Zaha has previously played for a top-six team.
The Ivorian international was a Manchester United player for two years between 2013 and 2015 but the winger was unable to live up to his immense potentials at Old Trafford before he returned to Crystal Palace.
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