TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: The winger Liverpool boss Klopp wanted ahead of Salahby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wanted to sign another winger ahead of Mohamed Salah last year, it has been revealed.The Times says Klopp originally wanted to sign Bayer Leverkusen youngster Julian Brandt ahead of Salah.Liverpool completed the signing of Salah last summer for around £36million from Serie A giants Roma.In his debut term he went on to score 44 goals in 52 appearances – and won a Puskas Award for his splendid effort against Everton.However, it has since been reported that Salah was not even Klopp’s preferred choice of target.Klopp was very keen on Bayer Leverkusen youngster Brandt. The Germany star has impressed over the past couple of seasons and has attracted the attention of several top European clubs.
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About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Hyndman improved from Scotland stintby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe is happy at the progress he has seen from Emerson Hyndman.The 22-year-old was on loan at Hibernian for six months.It was his second spell in Scotland, having previously been loaned out to Rangers. Now he is back with the team, adding to the competition for places in midfield.Howe said to reporters: “Emerson has done well in Scotland. We are really pleased with the progress he has made.””From the perspective of dealing with the media, big crowds and high expectations, Scottish football is excellent.”The football is high-tempo. It’s very similar to football in this country where it is blood and thunder and the games matter so much. The supporters are really passionate at every club.”It has been beneficial for him.”
Inter Milan coach Spalletti warns Man Utd off Skriniarby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has warned suitors off Milan Skriniar.The defender is being linked with Manchester United this month.“Nobody has the money to pay for Skriniar. He is priceless,” said the Coach in this evening’s Press conference.“He is staying here, because nobody can afford him.”The situation is different for Brazil international Joao Miranda.“This sort of rumour damages Inter and weakens the club. If Miranda did tell anyone he wanted to leave Inter, he didn’t say it to me. Every time I played him, Miranda has done well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhüttl: Spurs defeat an opportunity missedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl was disappointed losing 2-1 at ten-man Tottenham on Saturday.Spurs went down to ten men after the dismissal of Serge Aurier in the 31st minute, shortly after taking the lead through Tanguy Ndombele, but Saints fought back to level things up through Danny Ings’s bizarre equaliser.The boss felt it was important his side got in at half time at 1-1, but instead Harry Kane struck the winning goal for the depleted hosts just before the interval.“It’s an opportunity missed – a big chance,” Hasenhüttl said. “We came back into the game but didn’t do enough to make Tottenham struggle.“After the equaliser, 1-1 and one more on the pitch, you must go in at half time and think about what you can change, but we missed this chance to go in with a good feeling, because we gave it away in a very easy way. We can defend it much better, and that kills you.“In the first 25 minutes of the second half, I think it was ok. We really played flexible and created scenes in the box, but the last 20 minutes after the subs was not what I expected it to be.
TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 20: Fans cheer during play between the Clemson Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 20, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)College sports fans, though passionate and loyal, can also be really, really annoying. But who’s the worst of the worst? We’ve gone through and picked out the 64 most annoying fan bases in college sports. You guys are going to tell us which deserves to be crowned the most intolerable of all. You can vote on the #BBN Region here, the #WeAre Region here and the #PAWWWL Region here.The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases BracketVote On The #FSUTwitter Region Below1. Duke Basketball Fans vs. 16. Arizona Basketball FansArizona fans are a bit full of themselves, but nothing like Duke’s – supposedly. More Annoying: Duke Basketball Fans or Arizona Basketball Fans?2. Florida State Football Fans vs. 15. Baylor Football FansFans of a team that reached the College Football Playoff vs. fans who believe their team should have reached the College Football Playoff. More Annoying: Florida State Football Fans or Baylor Football Fans?3. USC Football Fans vs. 14. Rutgers Football FansFans who are more concerned with celebrities than football vs. fans who would have a hard time getting a celebrity to attend a game. More Annoying: USC Football Fans or Rutgers Football Fans?4. Fans Who Tweet At Recruits vs. 13. Ole Miss Football FansFans who enjoy tweeting at 17-year-old kids vs. fans who really like to tailgate. More Annoying: Tweeting Fans or Ole Miss Football Fans?5. West Virginia Football Fans vs. 12. Conference Realignment RumormongersFans who burn couches too often vs. fans who think conference realignment is a game of musical chairs. More Annoying: West Virginia Football Fans or Rumormongers?6. Florida Football Fans vs. 11. NCAA ApologistsFans who hate former coaches vs. fans who think the NCAA has a clue about what it’s doing. More Annoying: Florida Football Fans or NCAA Apologists?7. North Carolina Basketball Fans vs. 10. Michigan State Basketball FansFans of two storied programs who have their own fierce in-state rivalries. More Annoying: UNC Basketball Fans or Michigan State Basketball Fans?8. Oklahoma Football Fans vs. Kansas Basketball FansFans of two squads whose teams consistently under-deliver in the postseason. More Annoying: Oklahoma Football Fans or Kansas Basketball Fans?Now Vote On The #WeAre Region
Michigan is one of the big winners of National Signing Day, landing No. 1 recruit Rashan Gary a few hours ago. That doesn’t impress everyone from the state, however. NBA All-Star and former Michigan State basketball great Draymond Green was tweeted at about Gary by a Michigan fan. In response, he brought up his recruitment, and the fact that former Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell, now one of the NFL’s top rushers, was a two-star [email protected] yeah I was 127 out of 150 when I left high school and LeVeon bell was a 2 star. That never matters!!!— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) February 3, 2016Green wasn’t the top player in his class back in 2008, but he was a four-star recruit according to most recruiting services. His point about Bell is valid, however. ESPN, Rivals, and Scout all had Bell as a two-star. While schools like Michigan State often do well with diamonds in the rough, most coaches would rather fill their classes with known superstars, and take their chances that way.
Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne has joined Bournemouth on loan until the end of the season.Goal revealed earlier on Friday that the England international was eager to move in search of regular first-team football, and that the Reds were ready to sanction his departure.And Liverpool later this evening confirmed the right-back has moved to the seaside club on short-term basis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Clyne has started just one Premier League game this season, though he performed admirably against Manchester United, and with Trent Alexander-Arnold firmly established, and James Milner having shown he can fill in ably at right-back this season, Jurgen Klopp was willing to let the 27-year-old leave.The former Southampton man was plagued by injuries last season, making just five appearances in total. A host of Premier League clubs, including Cardiff City, had expressed an interest in signing Clyne, but it is Bournemouth who have won the race.“I’m really excited by this opportunity. It’s great chance for me to come and play football,” Clyne told afcbTV.“I’ve spoken to the manager and we’ve talked about what we can achieve for the remainder of the season. It’s a great club with a great story. I can’t wait to get going,” he added.Manager Eddie Howe also added his delighted at the deal’s conclusion.”Nathaniel is vastly experienced and has the benefit of being able to play in a couple of positions for us,” said the Bournemouth manager.“With Simon Francis’ injury we felt it was important to bring someone in capable of filling that void, and it’s great to have Nathaniel on board.“Naturally, he wants to play football and is very keen to bring his attributes to the team. We’re excited about what he can deliver for us.”Liverpool also allowed Dominic Solanke to join Bournemouth on Friday, who fought off comeptition from Brighton to sign the the once-capped England international on a permanent deal.Youngster Rafa Camacho is also the subject of loan interest, with Sporting CP keen on signing the 18-year-old on a short-term deal. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Rodrigo Bentancur has signed a new contract with Juventus that ties him to the Serie A champions until 2024.Fresh terms in Turin bring any transfer talk around the midfielder to a close.It had been suggested that the 21-year-old was attracting interest from Arsenal and Barcelona. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Sources close to matters at Juventus had, however, revealed that admiring glances from afar were set to be shunned.Bentancur has now committed his long-term future to the Bianconeri.A statement released on Juve’s official website read: “Rodrigo Bentancur has officially extended his Juventus stay by penning a contract, which will tie him to the club until 2024.“After only making his Bianconeri bow two years ago, Bentancur has shown in that time that he can be a dependable, intelligent and an agile midfielder, who demonstrates his class each time he steps onto the pitch.“Arriving from Boca Juniors before the start of the 2017/18 season, fans were already curious to see what impact he would bring to the team, and he duly answered with a large of number of mature displays.“Although we talk about his maturity, we must remember that Rodrigo is still just 21 years of age, despite having already gone on to be crowned a league champion on four different occasions (two with Juventus and two with Boca Juniors), winning seven trophies overall in his club career.“Young and talented are two recurrent terms if we talk about him, and he was among the list of Bianconeri who scored this season, with Moise Kean the only player younger than him in the team to find the back of the net.”✍️OFFICIAL⎮ Rodrigo #Bentancur has extended his stay with Juventus until 2024! ⚫⚪➡️https://t.co/TQLm3cMY6o#Bentancur2024 pic.twitter.com/0COgaHLSes— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 22, 2019Juve believe there is still a lot of potential in Bentancur to be unlocked.He has achieved plenty to this point, with 21 senior caps also collected with Uruguay.The hope is that he will remain an important presence for club and country over the coming years.A show of faith in him from the Bianconeri comes amid much speculation suggesting that the Italian giants are keen on further bolstering their midfield ranks.Aaron Ramsey is joining as a free agent from Arsenal, while rumours regarding a potential return to Turin for Paul Pogba continue to rage with the summer transfer window open.
Phil Neville praised Toni Duggan’s response to an “unacceptable” incident in which Augustine Ejangue appeared to spit on the England forward.An ill-tempered clash between the Lionesses and Cameroon in the Women’s World Cup last 16 on Sunday saw a number of flashpoints that overshadowed the final scoreline – and video replays seemingly showed Ejangue spit on Duggan’s arm.England coach Neville, who oversaw a 3-0 win, said he was “ashamed” of the Cameroon players’ behaviour throughout the tie but reserved praise for Duggan, who remained focused on the task at hand. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “[The press officer] just mentioned it to me now,” he told a press conference.”I think it’s pretty clear, so it’s unacceptable.”I will praise Toni Duggan because that, for me, is the worst form of anything you can do on a football pitch really. There’s no place for it on a football pitch.”Duggan was fantastic, the way she handled it. I think it showed the humility and class my players showed. She wiped it off her and got on with playing football. That, for me, makes me very proud.”Calm in battle, victorious in result #Lionesses pic.twitter.com/zmgDmPm7v1— Lionesses (@Lionesses) June 23, 2019Neville was dealt a late blow as captain Stephanie Houghton was the subject of a heavy challenge from Alexandra Takounda Engolo, who escaped with only a yellow card in the game’s closing stages.Houghton missed her post-match media duties to receive treatment and Neville admitted that his staff face a tough task in getting her fit for the quarter-final against Norway.”We’re concerned about her, she’s not someone who stays down,” he said.”It was a late tackle and we’re going to have to do everything possible to get her fit for the quarter-final. She’s a big player for us, our captain, and her and Lucy Bronze were outstanding.“Steph Houghton was player of the match and can’t be here as she’s on the treatment table, from the tackle that everyone saw.“She needs to recover, she’s in a lot of pain. It’s not FIFA’s fault, this time.”The big players stand up in the big occasion. I thought the composure of the two captains spread through the team.”
When Zlatan Ibrahimovic brashly proclaimed this week that he was without question the best player in Major League Soccer, even as Carlos Vela is in the midst of the best season in league history, it sounded like the kind of talk that even the superstar Swede would have some trouble backing up.Well, leave it to Ibrahimovic to walk the walk after talking the talk. The LA Galaxy star scored a hat-trick, including a pair of stunning strikes, to give the Galaxy a resounding 3-2 LA derby triumph over Vela’s Los Angeles FC on Friday night.It was the kind of display that suddenly made his proclamation that he was a “Ferrari among Fiats” in MLS a hard one to find fault with, even if the Ferrari doesn’t always hit the kind of top gear we saw on Friday. At his best, Ibrahimovic is still capable of destroying a defense, even one as reliable as LAFC’s usually is. LAFC hadn’t given up more than two goals to any opponent this season, boasting the stingiest defense in the league with 17 goals allowed in 20 matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Then came Zlatan to add another stunning chapter to the relatively young rivalry he had already put his stamp on with an unforgettable double in his MLS debut a year ago. Back then, when Ibrahimovic signaled his MLS arrival with a jaw-dropping goal from 40 yards away, it felt like the kind of performance he wouldn’t be able to top while with the Galaxy.Consider it topped after Friday’s triple, which began with a highlight-reel caliber masterpiece, and ended with a long-range blast that sealed a victory that wasn’t just important because of the bragging rights in Los Angeles, but also because the Galaxy had been in a prolonged funk that had seen them lose seven of their past 11, including a pair of ugly defeats against the San Jose Earthquakes.ARE YOU KIDDING [email protected]_official levels the game in style! #LAvLAFC pic.twitter.com/Q9VUeKZ13f— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 20, 2019 Part of the Galaxy’s struggles could be pinned on missing Jonathan Dos Santos and Uriel Antuna during the Gold Cup, but Ibrahimovic also deserved some of the blame for some lackluster performances.Perhaps the old lion needed something to get him going, and it came in the form of a date with LAFC, the best team in MLS, and an opponent that could bring the best out of Ibrahimovic. He took dead aim at LAFC’s best player in Vela — who is putting together an MVP season — and ran the real risk of providing the kind of bulletin board material that could motivate an LAFC that hasn’t exactly needed much help in tearing up opponents.It’s clear that the talk served its purpose in motivating Ibrahimovic himself to have to live up to the big talk he delivered in the lead-up to Friday’s derby. The question is whether that performance will mean more than a one-game statement for a Galaxy side that has underperformed.🎩 🎩 🎩@Ibra_official’s second MLS career hat trick! pic.twitter.com/FDegsRqlJW— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 20, 2019 Is Ibrahimovic ready to dominate more consistently, which is what Vela has been doing all season with LAFC? He can claim bragging rights for now, but if LAFC continues to run away with the league, and the Galaxy continue to struggle with consistency, the significance of Friday’s masterpiece will fade.That said, Friday’s victory could be the kind of result that inspires the Galaxy and spark a run at an MLS Cup title that had been starting to feel like it is LAFC’s to lose.Friday’s loss doesn’t change LAFC’s status as title favorites, but it should slow down any talk disputing Ibrahimovic’s status as the best player in MLS. Vela is putting together what may wind up being the best season in MLS history, and he will have plenty of time to bolster his own case to the label, but after Friday’s hat-trick, it’s difficult to deny Ibrahimovic’s claim to the crown of Best in MLS.