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Coach Jurgen Klopp has recently changed the Reds football formation to 4-3-2-1 but this new change has seen Brazil international and Liverpool striker, Roberto Firmino get a new role.

In the last weekend match at John Smith stadium against Huddersfield, Coach Jurgen Klopp had brought in Roberto Firmino as an attacking midfielder behind Daniel Sturridge.

However, in Liverpool’s last two matches, Jurgen Klopp has repeated this pattern by starting the Brazil international in a similar role behind Mo Salah.

Liverpool used it against Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday in the UCL and against Cardiff City yesterday and so far it has been effective for the Reds as they have scored four goals in each of the matches.

Coach Jurgen Klopp in a statement hinted that the role of an attacking midfielder would not be Firmino’s permanent role but only temporary.

He hinted that the Brazil star was given the role because he is a flexible player and very good defensively.

According to Klopp in a statement with Liverpool Echo, he said Firmino is ‘so smart in defending that it makes absolute sense that in a game where second balls are the most decisive thing, we have a player who is always around it and chasing the guy. That helped.’

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Deal Off: Spurs Rebuffed In Bid To Sign Liverpool Target

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Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur have had their request turned down in their chase to sign Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio.

According to trusted Spanish newspaper AS, Tottenham Hotspur were told that Spanish international Marco Asensio is not for sale.

It was revealed that Real Madrid is not open to the idea of selling Marco Asensio despite his disappointing outing for the Los Merengues last season.

Tottenham Hotspur are not the only club interested in a move for the aforementioned Asensio.

The likes of Chelsea and Liverpool have previously been linked with a move for the 23-year-old attacker.

Marco Asensio didn’t have much impact at Real Madrid during the just concluded season.

The Spaniard failed to live up to expectations in the wake of the sale of former Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese national team captain secured a club-record move to Italian champions Juventus last summer.

Juventus paid around €100m for his transfer from Real Madrid before handing him a very lucrative four-year contract.

The likes of Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale and Isco failed to step up in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and that affected Real Madrid a great deal.

Real Madrid were out of contention for all the major competitions as at the start of March.

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Deal On: Man Utd Still Retain Free Transfer Interest In Liverpool Target

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Adrien Rabiot

Premier League giants Manchester United are still in the running to sign Paris Saint Germain (PSG) midfielder Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer this summer.

This is according to report from the Manchester Evening News which claimed that the Red Devils are still interested in signing the player alongside other suitors like Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona and Liverpool.

Manchester United are expected to sign at least a new midfielder in the wake of the exit of Ander Herrera.

The Spanish midfielder has left Manchester United after the expiration of his contract and he’s expected to join French giants PSG on a free transfer this summer.

Ironically, he would replace the aforementioned Rabiot at PSG after recent reports claimed that he has agreed on a four-year deal with the French capital club.

Adrien Rabiot has run down his contract at PSG and he’s expected to leave PSG on a free transfer this summer.

Spanish champions Barcelona were the favourites to sign him but their interest has cooled down in recent weeks and months.

Adrien Rabiot was frozen out of the team in December last year after he refused to sign a new contract.

His last PSG appearance came in December during the Champions League away clash at Red Star Belgrade.

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Deal Off: Man Utd Out Of Race To Sign £30m Liverpool Target

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Ryan Fraser

Three-time European champions Manchester United are reportedly not in the race to sign Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Fraser according to the publication from popular English media portal Independent.

It was revealed that the Red Devils are not interested in a move for the petite Scottish international player contrary to previous reports which claimed that Manchester United were in the running to sign him this summer.

Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in the player though the former might be able to offer him first team assurances, unlike the Reds.

Ryan Fraser joined Bournemouth from Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen in 2012 and he has grown to become a key player for the Cherries since then.

He has just one year left on his contract with the Cherries who are almost resigned to losing him this summer.

Bournemouth have already slapped £30m on him though favourites Arsenal believe they can sign him for less.

Aberdeen have a 20% sell-on clause in his contract from the Scottish club to Bournemouth seven years ago.

Ryan Fraser scored eight goals and also assisted 15 more during the just concluded season including seven goals plus 14 assists in the Premier League.

Only Chelsea star Eden Hazard (15) made more assists than Ryan Fraser in the Premier League.

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Deal Close: Rangers Set To Sign Liverpool Winger On Loan

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Sheyi Ojo

Scottish Premiership giants Rangers are closing in on a loan move for Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo according to the Daily Record.

It was revealed that the Nigerian-born English winger will join the Scottish club on a season-long loan deal this summer.

Sheyi Ojo spent this season on loan at French Ligue 1 club Stade Reims.

The young Liverpool winger helped Reims to a top-eight finish at the end of the 2018/19 French league season which ended on Friday with an impressive 3-1 win over champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) at home.

Sheyi Ojo was an unused substitute during the PSG game.

Reims have exceeded expectations in their first season back in the top flight of French football.

Sheyi Ojo is expected to sign a new five-year contract at Liverpool before joining Rangers on loan for the new season.

He will team up with Reds legend Steven Gerrard at Rangers ahead of the new season.

Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard led Rangers to second place behind champions Celtic in the just concluded Scottish Premiership season and the target is to do better next season by winning the league title.

In his quest to win the title, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is searching for talents like Sheyi Ojo to boost his squad ahead of the new season.

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Confirmed: Liverpool Target Given Permission For Lyon Exit

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Lyon skipper Nabil Fekir has been told that he can leave the French Ligue 1 giants during this summer’s transfer window.

According to outspoken Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, Nabil Fekir can end his six-year association with the Lyon first team this summer.

He was speaking shortly after Lyon came from two goals down to beat Nimes 3-2 away from home in what was the French giants’ last game of the season.

Nabil Fekir has been attracting the interest of several clubs like Premier League giants Liverpool since the start of last season.

The Lyon skipper came close to joining Liverpool in the summer before the move was called off by the Reds.

The Champions League finalists had agreed on a £53m deal for his transfer before pulling out of the deal as a result of concerns over his knee on the long-term.

Nabil Fekir recovered from that setback to play a big role for France as they conquered the whole world at last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

He has scored 12 goals in all competitions for Lyon this season.

In total, Nabil Fekir has scored 69 goals in 192 appearances for the French Ligue 1 giants since his debut in 2013.

Apart from Liverpool, the likes of Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have also been touted as possible transfer destination for the French international player.

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Borrowed Time: Liverpool Urged To Sell Fringe Players

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Dejan Lovren

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has called on the club to sell its fringe players during this summer’s transfer window.

The former Liverpool defender talked about the Reds and their transfer plans while he was doing his punditry job with the ESPN.

According to him, Liverpool need to get rid of the fringe players as they attempt to bolster their squad for another title challenge.

The Reds missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City on the final day of the season.

Manchester City won the league by one point after a devastating and ruthless run of 14 straight wins since the 2-1 away defeat at the hands of Newcastle United in January.

Liverpool have not won a trophy for the last seven years but they have the opportunity to end that in Madrid at the start of next month.

The Reds will face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final on June 1 and a victory would end a seven-year wait for a major trophy.

A win over Spurs will give the Reds a first major trophy since their League Cup triumph in February 2012.

Recent reports claimed that fringe Liverpool players like Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana are on borrowed time and that they are expected to leave the club this summer.

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Deal On: Napoli Eyeing Summer Move For £15m-rated Liverpool Defender

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Italian Serie A giants Napoli have made the signing of a new right-back their top priority for this summer’s transfer window and they have turned their attention to the Premier League to achieve their target.

According to the publication from Goal, Napoli are plotting a £15m move for Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne this summer.

Nathaniel Clyne is expected back at Liverpool in the coming days following his loan move to South Coast club Bournemouth.

The England international player spent the second half of the season on loan at Bournemouth in a bid to get more playing time after he was left on the fringes of the Liverpool team.

Nathaniel Clyne was the first choice right-back at Liverpool before injuries stopped him in his track.

The emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold also played a big part in his temporary exit from Liverpool.

The Reds might sell him this summer if they receive a concrete bid from him.

Napoli are interested in the former Southampton and Crystal Palace defender and a fee of around £15m would be enough to prise him away from Liverpool this summer.

The Italians are preparing to make a big assault on the Italian Serie A next season under Carlo Ancelotti.

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Transfer Advice: Man City Urged To Sign 19-Year-Old Liverpool Target

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Ex-Ajax Amsterdam manager Peter Bosz is certain that club skipper Matthijs De Ligt will be a good fit for Premier League champions Manchester City.

Ajax captain De Ligt is expected to leave the Dutch Eredivisie giants during this summer’s transfer window.

Bayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz chatted with Voetbal International about Matthijs De Ligt and how the Dutch international star would be a perfect fit for Aymeric Laporte at the heart of the Manchester City defence.

According to him, De Ligt will be forced to play on the left side of the central defence at Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona because of club legend Gerard Pique but he can play in his preferred right centre back position at Manchester City.

At least five major European clubs are keen on a transfer for the 19-year-old central defender.

Apart from Barcelona and Manchester City, other European giants like Italian champions Juventus, Champions League finalists Liverpool and three-time European champions Manchester United are also in the running to sign the aforementioned De Ligt.

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has formed a potent centre back partnership with De Ligt for the Dutch national team and many people (especially Liverpool fans) believe that they can reprise that partnership if the Reds go all out to sign him.

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Perfect Fit: Bayern Encouraged To Sign 16-Goal Liverpool Target

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Bayern Munich defender Joshua Kimmich is adamant that international teammate Timo Werner would be a good signing for the Bavarian giants.

Timo Werner plays his club football for German Bundesliga club RB Leipzig at the moment and he has been linked with an exit from the club in recent weeks.

In a chat with Sportbuzzer, Kimmich revealed that Timo Werner would be an asset to many teams including Bayern Munich.

Joshua Kimmich was speaking ahead of the German Cup final between his Bayern Munich side and RB Leipzig.

The Bayern Munich star is a utility player that can function well as a right-back or as a midfielder.

He joined Bayern Munich from RB Leipzig in 2015.

Kimmich and the Bavarian giants can win a domestic double by beating RB Leipzig in the DFB Pokal final (German Cup final) having already sealed the Bundesliga title.

Bayern retained their league title on the last day of the season at the expense of nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund who finished two points behind.

Petite striker Timo Werner has been touted as a possible transfer addition to many clubs in European football including Bayern Munich.

The 23-year-old has also been linked with clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Liverpool.

The Liverpool target scored 16 goals during the just concluded German Bundesliga season as his RB Leipzig side sealed a return to Champions League football via a third-placed finish.

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Future Target: Ex-Liverpool Star Reveals MLS Ambition

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raheem sterlin

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has revealed his desire to feature in the MLS (Major League Soccer) before the end of his football career.

The 24-year-old attacker told Wall Street Journal Conference about his MLS desire.

For now, the former Liverpool star is a key player for Manchester City who have dominated English football for the last two seasons.

Raheem Sterling joined Manchester City from Liverpool in 2015 and he has grown to become a key player for the Citizens under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.

Sterling and Manchester City won the Premier League title for the first time in four years last season in record-breaking style with 100 points, the most points recorded by any Premier League team.

Manchester City had earlier won the Carabao Cup final at the expense of North London giants Arsenal before the league title was wrapped up.

Sterling and Manchester City were able to retain the two aforementioned trophies in this campaign before adding the FA Cup title last weekend.

Former Liverpool attacker Sterling scored twice as Manchester City thrashed Watford 6-0 to win the FA Cup trophy for the first time under the Pep Guardiola era at the club.

The FA Cup title ensured that Manchester City completed a clean sweep of all the trophies available on the domestic scene which is a record in English football.

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