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  1. Liverpool Target Says He Turned Down January Move To Anfield

    FC Rostov’s Iranian attacker, Sardar Azmoun who was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool during the January transfer window has said he turned down a move to Anfield during the last window because he felt he would spend a lot of time on the bench.

    Speaking to an Iranian website he said, “there were talks of Liverpool having expressed an interest in me during the past winter transfer window, however, I did not feel the time to move was right.”

    “I would have ended up playing a few games and then spent a great deal of time on the bench as Liverpool were only looking to fill a void for a particular part of their season.”

    “I want to move to a big club to develop as a player and therefore I will time the move with great precision. I am sure I will be playing for a top European club in the near future.”

    Liverpool were rumoured to be interested in the 22 year old striker, dubbed “The Iranian Messi” and he was seen as a replacement for Sadio Mane who departed for the African Cup of Nations in January.


  2. Match Report: Liverpool 2 Spurs 0

    Liverpool showed creativity, composure and discipline by beating Tottenham Hotspur by 2 goals to nil at Anfield today to narrow the gap to second place to just one point.

    It was a tale of two halves as Liverpool showed great qualities in both attack and defence.

    The first half was a case of overloading Spurs and pressing them at every opportunity while the second half was an example of how to contain a team while still managing to create chances.

    Mane showed that Ben Davies was the weak link in Spurs side very early on and Liverpool took full advantage of it down that right hand side.

    From the four tackles Davies attempted during the game, only one was successful and he was caught out for pace and position on a regular basis.

    The first 20 minutes set the tone for the rest of the game. Mane put in a man of the match performance as he drew save after save from Hugo Lloris as well as putting two past him showing exactly what we have been lacking during January while he was away at the African Cup of Nations.

    Any questions of an AFCON hangover were put to bed after 20 minutes with 2 goals in 138 seconds and he continued to prove a thorn in the Spurs defence until he was replaced in the 92nd minute by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

    Spurs never really threatened even though Liverpool were not at full strength at the back.

    Lovren missed today’s game with minor injury and Klavan didn’t play much of a part in training during the week, having suffered with a virus.

    Klavan made the bench but Lucas got the nod ahead of him in the starting line up at the back.

    Lucas made sure Harry Kane didn’t get into today’s game and was replaced by Klavan in the 81st minute.

    Gini Wijnaldum was exceptional today and proved the point that Emre Can and Jordan Henderson should not start in the same line up.

    The second half saw Spurs come into the match a bit more but the frustration grew as did the card count for both Spurs and Liverpool as the game became a lot more scrappy.

    Liverpool just edged the possession with 51% to Spurs 49% but created twice as many chances as Spurs with 10 chances created.

    Liverpool had 17 shots with 13 of them coming in the first half compared to Spurs 7 with a passing accuracy stat of 72% compared to Spurs 70%.

    Speaking after the game, Jurgen Klopp praised his players saying, “every single one of them gave everything during the game.”

    “We had to show reaction and the reaction was perfect. “

    He continued by saying that there were a few outstanding performances today, naming Henderson and Wijnaldum as stand out players while also singling out Firmino by saying, “I never saw a better performance from a striker without scoring.”

    When asked about the performance in an interview with BT Sport after the game, Jordan Henderson said, “Even without the ball we looked good.”

    He continued by saying, “We need to play like that every week no matter who it’s against”

    Pochettino on the other hand was very critical of his side’s performance saying, “Liverpool were better and fully deserved the win. We were sloppy.”

    “In the second half we reached the same level as Liverpool but it was too late. We were very poor first half.”

    He refused to single out the defence and said that the whole team was poor.

    When asked about his team’s challenge for the title, he said, “Based on the first 45 minutes, that is not a team ready to challenge for the Premier League”

    Steven Gerrard said in his punditry for BT after the match that, “Liverpool never gave Spurs a chance to breathe today.”

    Liverpool now head into a two week break with our next game away to Leicester on Monday February 29th.

    Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that the time spent with the squad help to achieve his goal of winning the final 13 games.


  3. Liverpool Interested In Dutch Winger Quincy Promes

    According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool are interested in bringing Dutch winger, Quincy Promes to Anfield in January.

    The 24 year old who currently plies his trade for Spartak Moscow in the Russian Premier League has an impressive tally of 36 goals in 74 appearances with 19 assists and has scored 5 goals in 10 games this season providing 6 assists.

    He also has 16 caps for the Dutch national side scoring 2 goals and excelled for the Dutch U21’s, scoring 8 times in 9 games.

    Klopp is keen to add cover for Sadio Mane who is set to depart for the African Cup of Nations in January and Danny Ings who is a long term injury absentee and Promes is seen as the ideal candidate due to his speed, skill and his eye for goal.

    The Dutch international moved to Spartak Moscow from FC Twente in August 2014 for a fee of £13m and has recently just signed a new contract with Spartak worth £55k per week.

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    Promes is primarily a right winger but can also play in the left wing position and as a striker.

    If Klopp is to bring the talented attacker to Anfield, he will have to meet Spartak’s current valuation which is reported to be £25m.

    Obviously, Liverpool scouts are actively scouting the Russian league at the moment as Promes is the second name from the Russian League linked with Liverpool in recent weeks as FC Rostov’s Iranian midfielder, Sardar Azmoun was touted as a possible January target for the reds only last week.


  4. Sadio Mane: Torn Boots To Liverpool Sensation

    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.”