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  1. Coutinho Could Refuse To Play For Liverpool

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    Spanish website Sport is reporting that want away Philippe Coutinho could refuse to play for Liverpool in the Champions League.

    The Spanish publication is claiming that Coutinho, who is still keen on a move to Barcelona, could refuse to play for Liverpool in the Champions League in the hope that he will be able to line out for the Catalan side should a move go ahead in January.

    It’s claimed that Coutinho will take this radical step as he has not given up hope of securing his dream move.

    Coutinho has however been included in Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League squad which was announced in recent days.

    According to Sport, Coutinho is very upset and is showing his frustration at not being allowed to move. The Brazilian has done everything he could to try to force a move but Liverpool held their position to ensure that Coutinho remained a Liverpool player when the window closed in Spain last Friday.

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    Coutinho is due to return to Liverpool immediately after their World Cup qualifier away to Colombia. It’s understood that he will board a specially chartered flight, along with fellow Premier League players to return to the UK.

    It remains to be seen how this situation will pan out but one thing is for sure. He has not endeared himself to the Liverpool faithful with his behaviour. Liverpool fans would not entertain the prospect of his departure at the start of the window but that sentiment has now changed with many saying Liverpool should have taken Barcelona’s last offer and cashed in on the Brazilian.

    Spanish newspapers have played a big part in trying to unsettle the player over the summer and it looks like that trend is set to continue throughout the of the season.

     


  2. Pele Says Coutinho Doesn’t Have To Move

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    Brazil legend, Pele says Philippe Coutinho does not need to leave Liverpool in order to win the Balon d’Or.

    Speaking to Marca, 76 year old Pele was asked about Neymar’s ability to win the Balon d’Or now that he has moved to PSG. He said “Of course he can. Neymar has a football at his feet which is all he needs.”

    He then continued by saying, “Coutinho is a player I think we should all look at too because he is excellent for his team. No doubts at the moment though that Neymar is the one.”

    “You don’t necessarily have to change teams all the time to prove you are good. It all depends on taking your opportunities.”

    This will be music to some Liverpool fans ears after the multiple unsuccessful bids from Barcelona over the summer which unsettled the Brazilian majician enough for him to submit a transfer request.

    Coutinho returns to Liverpool this week after making an appearance as a substitute in Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Ecuador where he got on the score sheet as Brazil ran out 2 – 0 winners.

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    Coutinho’s antics over the Barcelona interest have angered many Liverpool fans as he handed in a transfer request to try to force a move to the Catalan club before claiming that he was injured.

    He was fit enough to join up with the Brazil squad where doctors claimed he showed no signs of injury and it was likely a result of stress from the entire episode.

    It’s still unclear whether he will be included in Jurgen Klopp’s side to face Manchester City at the Etihad this weekend.


  3. Sadio Mane: Torn Boots To Liverpool Sensation

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    Sadio Mane has hit the ground running and has been an instant success at Liverpool but the majority of fans know little about his time before he joined Liverpool.

    Fans would have been familiar with him from his days as a Southampton player before Liverpool used their Southampton Loyalty Card to bring him to Anfield this Summer but few would have known much about him before that.

    After being included in Goal 50, a list compiled of the best 50 players in the world where he places in 39th spot, Mane spoke to Goal.com and outlined his early football career and the struggles he went through to get noticed.

    He recalls a time he had to make a 500 mile journey from his home city of Sedhiou to attend a trial as a 15 year old saying,  “I left my city to go to the capital with my uncle, and there were trials on.”

    “We went to them and there were lots of boys being tested and getting organised into teams. I will never forget this, and it is funny now, but when I went to try out there was an older man that looked at me like I was in the wrong place.”

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    “He asked me ‘are you here for the test?’ I said I was. He asked me, ‘with those boots? Look at them. How can you play in them?’. They were bad, really bad – torn and old. Then he said, ‘and with those shorts? You don’t even have proper football shorts?’”

    “I told him what I came with was the best I had, and I only wanted to play – to show myself. When I got on the pitch, you could see the surprise on his face.”

    “He came to me and said ‘I’m picking you straight away. You’ll play in my team.’ After those trials, I went to the academy.”

    Sadio Mane playing for Metz

    Sadio Mane playing for Metz

    Mane took some convincing to leave home and go to the academy, Generation Foot which is responsible for producing player like Papiss Cisse and Diafra Sakho.

    He recalls, “I was in the city, just playing ‘on the way’ – in the street or wherever there was a game.”

    “Since I was two or three years old, I remember always being with the ball. I would see kids playing on the street, and would join them.”

    “That is how I started – just on the roads. When I got older, I would go to watch games, especially when the national team played. I wanted to see my heroes and imagine myself as them.”

    “There was big excitement in the country in 2002 during the World Cup, but it was already only football for me before that.”

    Senegal advanced to the quarter finals of the 2002 World Cup in their first appearance in the tournament, beating hosts France in the opening match.

    “We also used to have a tournament in our village, and I would always go to see that.”

    “Everyone would tell me I was the best in the city, but my family wasn’t a footballing one. They are big on religion and wanted different things for me.”

    “When they could see that in my head and my heart there was only football, I started to convince them to let me go to Dakar.”

    “In the beginning they didn’t accept it, but the more they saw how much I wanted it and that there was nothing else for me, they helped me.”

    Such was Mane’s obvious talent that people who didn’t know even helped to ensure that he got the best possible chance to impress and improve. He mentions his uncle as one of the people who helped.

    Mane in action for Red Bull Salzburg in 2013 - Photo by Werner100359

    Mane in action for Red Bull Salzburg in 2013 – Photo by Werner100359

    “My uncle was a big help, but not the only one at the start. When I moved to Dakar, I went to live with a family that I didn’t even know!”

    “My family knew someone who knew them, and he took me to their house. They took me in, they took care of me and did everything to help me just worry about football until I left for Metz.”

    Mane later moved to Red Bull Saltzburg where he was watched closely by a host of managers, including Jurgen Klopp who had noticed him during the Olympics in 2012.

    Klopp tried to bring Mane to Borrusia Dortmund but Salzburg were very difficult to deal with and the move never went through.

    Mane remembers, “I was so excited. I couldn’t believe it – that he wanted to meet and thought I could help his team, who were so good. I used to watch them all the time.”

    “Things didn’t work out back then and it was frustrating, but that’s life – nothing just comes easy”

    “I told myself to just carry on working hard, push myself and something big would come. I did that. I went to Southampton, I played well and then, Klopp wanted me again”

    Mane had a big money offer to move to the Russian league with Spartak Moscow but he wanted to advance his career by playing football in Europe and moved to Southampton in 2014 where he reached double figure goal tally’s in both season’s at St Mary’s.

    Mané fighting for the ball in a pre-season friendly against Valencia in 2015. - Photo by Werner100359

    Mané fighting for the ball in a pre-season friendly against Valencia in 2015. – Photo by Werner100359

    Klopp came calling again in Summer 2016 and this time Mane jumped at he chance to work with the 49 year old German he clearly has huge admiration for.

    “Now I’m lucky enough to be working with one of the best managers in football. It was meant to happen and I am very happy to be learning all the time from him.”

    When he scored his first goal for Liverpool at the Emirates stadium against Arsenal, he ran, pointing to his new manager with his arms outstretched and jumped on Klopp’s back.

    Reminising about the earlier times and sacrifices people made for him Mane said, “I was so young and it wasn’t easy at all to leave what I knew.”

    “I missed my family so much, missed being with my mum and my sisters. But to be a footballer is all I wanted and I knew these tough days were to help me achieve that.”

    “Many, many, many people I grew up with, such skilful players, didn’t have the chance I did to become a professional.”

    “I knew the things that were hard were important for me to succeed. Now I am here, with no regrets, living my dream.”

    Mane with Senegal National Team in 2015

    Mane with Senegal National Team in 2015

    Mane has slotted right into life at Liverpool and has developed close relationships with a number of Liverpool players, which is evident in their on pitch relationship as well as they act as one unit in Liverpool’s dynamic attacking partnership.

    “A good thing for footballers is not to think too much, especially when you’ve got to move to a big team like Liverpool, because that’s when you start to confuse your mind.”

    “In my head, I knew I was coming to a team that wanted me, to a manager who knew me well, and I was coming to work hard and to help.”

    “That is all I focused on, not how things would go or what could happen – good or bad. I left my mind open and was ready for anything.”

    “I’m very happy to be part of a team with big, big talent with everyone working for each other. It makes it easy for a player when you’ve got really good teammates and when everyone wants the same thing.”

    “When you’re a little boy, sometimes you think you know everything about football. You want to do it your way.”

    “But I have learnt so many different styles, different tactical things, and how to be a more complete player from my days at the academy until now, with the help of great coaches and teammates.”

    “I’m someone who likes to listen, who likes to watch and who likes to learn.”

    “I’m still young and building myself and I always want to improve. Every day is another chance to work hard and to go closer to being successful.”


  4. Lovren: I Wanted To Jump Into The Crowd

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    Dejan Lovren spoke out about how he felt when he scored his goal against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Lovren scored to put Liverpool 2 -1 up at Selhurst Park to make amends for gifting James McArthur an equalizing goal on 18 minutes.

    Lovren was quick to recover from his mistake when he headeded home Liverpool’s second goal to put the reds back in front just 3 minutes later.

    “I was angry. I was definitely angry,” said Lovren. “The lads asked me in the dressing-room, ‘What did you want to do when you scored the goal?’ I said I wanted to jump into the crowd. I didn’t know what to do, because I would say I didn’t deserve this.”

    “I said to myself, ‘It’s not possible, I am working too hard to do a mistake and to lose the game’. I said I was angry and I wanted to score the goal.”

    “When you have a winning team you have to have your character and to move on quickly and I think we showed that, especially in the first half after the mistakes.”

    “If you want to be in the top four at the end of the season or be champions, you need to win the smaller games like today and even the next game against Watford. And then we will see against the big teams.

    “But I think we have shown this year that we can play against the big teams, we are not scared. I think the biggest opponent for us is us.”