European Super League is on “standby”

The European Super League is on “standby” despite nine of the 12 founding teams withdrawing, says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. After a furious backlash against the proposed tournament that was announced on Sunday, all six Premier League clubs involved withdrew. “We’re going to continue working,” said Perez. “The project is on standby.” Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus have not withdrawn, although Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli said the project could not now proceed. “You cannot get out of the contract like this – they are binding contracts,” he added. When asked…

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Football has to keep changing and adapting to the times

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said on Tuesday that plans by 12 clubs including the Spanish giants to form a European Super League (ESL) were made to save football. On Monday, six Premier League teams — Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur — joined forces with Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and Italian trio Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan to launch ESL. “Football has to keep changing and adapting to the times. Football is losing interest. Something must be done,” said Perez “Football is the…

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Liverpool has eye on Champions League

LONDON: Liverpool made light of their Premier League woes to ease into the quarter-finals of the Champions League by beating RB Leipzig 2-0 in Budapest for the second time in three weeks. The Champions League this season and next is now the Reds focus as they try to salvage a campaign decimated by injuries and a drastic decline in form after romping to a first league title in 30 years last season. With a seven-point gap to make up on a resurgent Chelsea or 10-point deficit to bridge to third-placed…

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Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier dies at 73

PARIS, Dec 14 — Former France manager Gerard Houllier, who rebuilt Liverpool from Premier League underachievers into a cup treble winning side in 2001, has died aged 73, his former club said today. Houllier, who also coached Paris St Germain, Olympique Lyonnais and Aston Villa, died after having a heart operation in Paris. “We are mourning the passing of our treble-winning manager, Gerard Houllier,” Liverpool said on Twitter. “The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Gerard’s family and many friends. Rest in peace, Gerard Houllier 1947-2020.”

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Takumi Minamino: Liverpool new signing is ‘one of a kind’ inspired by Ronaldo

Takumi Minamino is a winner. Or at least he has a desperate desire to win, often stating how he hates losing. It is a characteristic that will serve the Japan winger well as he joins a Liverpool side unbeaten in 34 Premier League games – their longest such run in the top flight. All Minamino has ever wanted to do is play football – his unequivocal love for the beautiful game evident since an early age. As a child, Minamino was substituted while playing for local club Sessel Kumatori, where…

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Takumi Minamino: Liverpool to sign Red Bull Salzburg winger in January

Liverpool have confirmed they will sign winger Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg when the transfer window opens on 1 January. The Japan international, who is thought to have a release clause of £7.25m, has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal until summer 2024. Minamino, 24, has scored nine goals and provided 11 assists in 22 appearances for the Austrian side this season. “It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player,” he said. Minamino finalised personal terms and passed a medical on Merseyside on Wednesday. “To play in…

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Club World Cup: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is ‘wrong person’ to address Qatar issues

Jurgen Klopp says he is the “wrong person” to address concerns over Qatar’s human rights record. Liverpool are in the country for their Club World Cup semi-final with Mexican side Monterrey on Wednesday. Concerns have been expressed about the country hosting this event and the 2022 World Cup because of its stance on homosexuality and immigrant workers’ rights, among other issues. “Organisers have to think about these things, not the athletes,” Klopp said. “When sportsmen have to decide to be part of a competition, it’s not right.” The Reds won…

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No one wants to face Liverpool in Champions League last 16: Robertson

Defending champions Liverpool will be the team others want to avoid when the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is held on Monday, left back Andy Robertson has said. Liverpool reached the knockout stages as group winners with a 2-0 victory at Salzburg on Tuesday, and could be drawn against Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Atalanta or Olympique Lyon. Juergen Klopp’s team have made the final of Europe’s elite club competition two years in a row, finishing runners-up to Real in 2017-18 and beating Tottenham Hotspur…

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Klopp hails Salah’s ‘sensational finish’

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp praised Mohamed Salah for showing self-belief after he spurned several straightforward chances before scoring from a tight angle to help the defending champions reach the Champions League knockout stages on Tuesday. Liverpool beat Salzburg 2-0 to advance as Group E winners, with Salah adding to midfielder Naby Keita’s opener after rounding opposition goalkeeper Cican Stankovic. “He played really well but didn’t score in the situations we expect him usually to score, but staying on track and making such a decisive and very difficult finish, that probably…

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Liverpool: Klopp faces wait over fitness of Fabinho

Liverpool face an anxious wait over the fitness of Fabinho after he suffered an ankle injury during Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Napoli. The Brazil midfielder is suspended for Saturday’s Premier League match against Brighton, but manager Jurgen Klopp is worried he could miss more games. Liverpool host Everton on 4 December, their first game in a packed schedule for the month. “I don’t want to say what I expect,” said Klopp. “It’s early and we all hope it’s not too serious but it’s pretty painful and in an area…

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