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Liverpool star, Sadio Mane test positive for COVID-19

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Liverpool and Senegalese forward Sadio Mane is in self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus, his club said in a statement on Friday.


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‘When you win, you aim high, Anfield is my way’ – Thiago Alcantara

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After a summer of speculation Liverpool’s new midfielder is finally unveiled and Thiago Alcantara has big ambitions in the Premier League.


Liverpool have today announced the signing of Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich on a four-year contract. The deal sees Liverpool pay around £20million up front with another £5million of potential add-ons.

The Spaniard will take the number six shirt previously occupied by Dejan Lovren, the same he wore during his time with Bayern Munich. Speaking on LFCTV this afternoon, Thiago made clear that he feels a connection to the club and expects to win trophies on Merseyside:

“When the years are passing, you are trying to win as much as you can – and when you win, you want to win more. I think this club describes what I am as well; I want to achieve all of the goals, win as many trophies as possible.”

“It also [has] this kind of family [feeling] that I need because we [like to] have a very close relationship with the club and I think I will feel this, I will have this feeling, with this club as well.

“[The fans] are not more excited than I am, for sure not! It is not about saying words, it is about doing the things. I will give my heart on the field to my teammates, the club and also to the fans.”

The midfielder has spent two spells with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, at Barcelona and Bayern, winning four league titles and a Champions League together. His first meeting with his former boss will come in November’s Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

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FSG willing to spend to bring in “exceptional player”
The signing of a big-name 29-year-old marks a departure from Liverpool’s usual transfer dealings under the ownership of the Fenway Sports Group. The Reds have spent big on players like Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk in recent years but they were considerably younger and were viewed as players with the potential to improve.

Approaching 30, Thiago is already at his peak but is of such quality that Liverpool felt it a worthwhile outlay for a player who won the treble with Bayern last year. He featured as playmaker for the Bavarians and brings qualities that few else in the world possess to Anfield. He made more passes than any other player in the recent Champions League final victory and helped set up the winning goal with an incisive forward pass.

Bayern legend
His former Bayern coach Hansi Flick spoke about the departing midfielder in glowing terms on Thursday:

“Thiago is an exceptional player who spent seven hugely successful years here. He’s a wonderful person and an outstanding professional. It was very emotional today when he said goodbye to us all.”

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Under Jurgen Klopp Liverpool’s midfield has been very effective but sometimes lacks a degree of creativity that Manchester City boast in that department. The Reds’ full-backs tend to operate as wide play-makers to take the burden off the midfield trio but Thiago will give them a different option in the middle.

Barcelona interested in Wijnaldum
It had previously been reported that Liverpool would only make a move for Thiago if they offloaded one of their existing midfielders, with Gini Wijnaldum linked with a move to Barcelona to join former national team coach Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman is yet to sign an extension on his current deal which ends next summer, but seems likely to stay with an official bid from Barcelona yet to materialise.

Speaking in Friday’s press conference ahead of the Chelsea game, Klopp said that Thiago’s arrival “has no impact on anybody’s future in a negative way. There will be no impact.”

Thiago joins Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones as Liverpool’s midfield options. The Spaniard is expected to become a part of Klopp’s first-choice side but appears unlikely to feature from the start in Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge having only recently returned to pre-season with Bayern.


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Just in: Salah hits stunning HAT-TRICK against leeds

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Liverpool were far from their best in an empty Anfield but they roused themselves to see off a fiercely competitive Leeds United side.


Liverpool’s title defence got off to an entertaining start as they saw off Leeds United 4-3 as the away side found an equaliser three times to give the reigning champions a fright.

The new season was only a few minutes old when Leeds new boy Robin Koch got his Premier League career off to the worst possible start. The German international gave away a penalty for handball after his outstretched arm blocked Mohammed Salah’s shot and the Egyptian thumped home the spot kick.

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Leeds’ Hélder Costa had a goal disallowed soon after but the newly-promoted team were level within ten minutes with a great strike from Jack Harrison. The champions were soon back ahead through Virgil van Dijk after the big Dutchman evaded the attention of Koch from a corner. Far too easy from the new Leeds man and a debut to forget.

At his best Van Dijk makes elite football look incredibly easy but his relaxed style cost his side a goal as he failed to clear a long ball over the top from Stuart Dellas. The Liverpool defender tried to flick it away but only succeeded in prodding it into the path of a grateful Patrick Bamford, who slotted past Allisson.

Four goals within the first half hour in Anfield’s first fixture of the new season but the home side edged ahead with ten minutes of the first half remaining as Salah smashed home his second. Andy Robertson’s cross was nodded away from danger but Salah pounced on the loose ball and sent it crashing into the top corner.

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The pace of the game slowed notably in the second half as defences sought to stop the rot. Liverpool carved some decent chances for Salah and Sadio Mane but Leeds maintained a threat on the break throughout. The away side levelled up for a third time midway through the second half after a great goal from Mateusz Klich. The midfielder broke through the Liverpool lines and fired a great finish into the far corner.

Neither side could find the break-through until the final stages when Rodrigo marked his Premier League debut by dangling a leg toward Fabinho in the box. The penalty gave Salah the chance to complete his hat-trick and the Egyptian duly obliged. A chaotic start to the season for the champions but plenty to build on for Bielsa’s men.

Bielsa sticks to his principles
A trip to the champions is the toughest test on paper for any newly-promoted side but Marcelo BIelsa’s Leeds were never likely to change their style. The aggressive, ball-playing tactics made them one of the best teams to watch in England last year and they caused Liverpool problems constantly. Kalvin Phillips followed up his first England cap with an impressive performance at Anfield, the deep-lying midfielder’s long diagonal ball setting up Jack Harrison for their first. Both Harrison’s and Klich’s goals were strikes of real quality and Leeds’ will certainly cause Premier League sides problems this year.

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Disjointed pre-season takes its toll
Both teams finished their 2019/20 seasons in late July and have had little time to prepare for the new campaign with the recent international break. The less-than-ideal preparations seemed to take its toll with a number of avoidable mistakes from both sides. Koch only signed for Leeds in late August before going away with the German national team and his unfamiliarity with the system showed at times. A number of the goals were the result of defensive errors and neither coach will be particularly happy with their backline. Liverpool looked imperious for much of the last season at home but looked vulnerable against Leeds, although the lack of atmosphere must have taken the wind out of the home side’s sails. New signing Rodrigo looked sluggish and gave away a clumsy penalty with minutes remaining.

Reds’ full-backs struggle to impose themselves
A huge part of Liverpool’s success in recent years has been their full-backs who function as wide play-makers, launching attacks and pushing the side forward. Since the start of the 2018/19 season no Premier League players have racked up more assists than Trent Alexander-Arnold (25) and Andy Robertson (24). The left-back provided the corner for Van Dijk’s goal against Leeds but the full-backs were peripheral for much of the game. Leeds’ high-octane pressing game deprived them of the time and space that they usually enjoyed and they were not as effective as usual. Klopp will hope that teams do not follow their lead for the rest of the campaign


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