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  1. Liverpool Reject Third Bid For Sakho

    According to James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool have rejected a third bid from Crystal Palace for Mamadou Sakho.

    The bid reported to be an initial £22m up front with a further £3m in addons was submitted by Crystal Palace chairman, Steve Parish earlier today.

    Liverpool are adamant that the player will not be sold for less than their valuation of £30m and have no intention of accepting anything less than the asking price.

    Interest in Sakho is high with West Brom and Leicester also interested in the French centre back but apparently Sakho has told the club that he is only interested in a move to Crystal Palace.

    If Crystal Palace are to secure the out of favour defenders signature, they are going to have to come up with an offer that includes more cash up front.

    Sakho who has been out of favour at the club since his relationship with Jurgen Klopp broke down after being sent home from the clubs pre-season tour of the US last year moved to Anfield from Paris Saint Germain for £18m in 2013.

  2. Crystal Palace Submit Bid For Sakho

    Reports are emerging from France Football that Crystal Palace have submitted a €28m (£25m) bid for Mamadou Sakho.

    There is also interest from West Brom and Leicester city but neither side have submitted a bid at this stage.

    Sakho joined Crystal Palace on loan last January and played eight games for them before suffering a ligament injury in April which kept him out for the rest of the season.

    He made a massive impact with Palace fans in the eight games he played for the club and was a contender for their player of the season award.

    The French centre back fell out of favour with Jurgen Klopp after a number of disciplinary incidents, one of which saw him sent home from the Reds pre season tour of the US in July 2016.

    Since then, Sakho has played his football with the under 23’s and does not feature in Jurgen Klopp’s plans despite being light in the centre back department.

    Liverpool hoped to get £30m for the out of favour defender but could be tempted by the bid this late in the window.

    Update: A deal has been agreed for the transfer of Mamadou Sakho to Crystal Palace for a fee of £20m. The fee could rise to £30m with add ons.

  3. Firmino’s Goal Could Have Been Disallowed For Celebration

    Roberto Firmino’s superb goal for Liverpool against Crystal Palace on Saturday last could have easily been ruled out. Firmino celebrated scoring the goal by removing his shirt completely, something which he usually only hints at in his goal celebrations.

    The in form Brazilian received a yellow card for the celebration from referee Andre Marriner but according to the letter of the law, the goal probably should not have counted.

    The rules state: If play is stopped to caution the player, an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team from the position of the ball when play was stopped.

    As the ball had not crossed the goal line when Firmino removed his shirt, play could have been stopped and a yellow card issued. This would have meant that Palace would have been awarded an in-direct free kick instead of having to carry the ball to the centre spot.


    But this is apparently a grey area as yellow cards that are issued for shirt removal are given for unsportsmanlike behaviour and not for a foul.

  4. Liverpool Best Side We’ve Played This Year – James McArthur

    Crystal Palace midfielder has declared that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are the best team he has seen this season.

    McArthur, despite scoring twice against Liverpool at Selhurst Park on Saturday came out on the wrong side of a 4 -1 scoreline said, ““I’d say that’s the best side we’ve played this year as a team performance.”

    “The front six, the way they press the ball and rotate, they are a really strong contender this year in my opinion.”

    Alan Pardew also echoed McArthur’s statement by saying Liverpool’s pace and movement made them unplayable.

    Pardew said, “It’s very difficult to play against them. The speed, the runners, they’re coming from every angle. As much as I say my back four didn’t play well, I think the two set plays and the fourth goal is where I’m questioning them.”

    “They’ve got some fantastic players. Firmino plays that striker’s role really clever, you don’t really know where he is and it’s unnatural for centre halves. He pulls you around, pops up in midfield, then he’s in midfield, someone else replaces him. It’s like a piston in an engine working there.”

    “They are as good as anyone we’ve played this year. I’d put them in the same level as Spurs and Spurs were terrific.”

  5. Lovren: I Wanted To Jump Into The Crowd

    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.”