Jurgen Klopp angered by Hamza Choudhury’s tackle on Mohamed Salah

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reacted angrily towards the challenge from Hamza Choudhury on Mohamed Salah. The Reds faced one of their toughest games of the Premier League season against Leicester City but they eventually prevailed with a 2-1 triumph following a late penalty converted by James Milner.

Towards the end of that game, Salah was substituted with an ankle concern which resulted from a tackle from Choudhury and that has certainly angered the Reds boss. Speaking to BBC Sport, Klopp said that there was no need for the challenge from the Foxes midfielder, given Salah was no longer in possession of the ball.
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Pepe’s agent insists the attacker was tempted by project at Arsenal

Nicolas Pepe’s representative Samir Khiat has revealed that Arsenal managed to lure the attacker ahead of other teams after making the better proposal in terms of the project. The Ivorian had been linked with the likes of Napoli and Liverpool during the summer transfer window but the Gunners managed to edge in front by offering him with the assurance of a regular starting role.

He told L’Equipe Mercato: “For us it was the best decision for Nicolas, it was the right choice. We always made the footballing choices, rather than financial ones. Arsenal can bring him a continuity in terms of what he did before. And also in terms of playing time. What he did last year… he has no limits. He was sought after by the biggest clubs in Europe, there were offers from top five European clubs.” Continue reading “Pepe’s agent insists the attacker was tempted by project at Arsenal”

Rohr says Nigeria are working to solve goalscoring problems at AFCON

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has said that the squad are working hard to solve the goalscoring crisis during the group stage of the African Cup of Nations. The west African nation managed only 1-0 triumphs over Burundi and Guinea in the group stage before suffering a shock 2-0 loss to competition debutants Madagascar.

As such, they ended the group phase with a goal difference of zero and that has brought about criticism over the style of play implemented. Speaking to reporters, Rohr acknowledged that the team has not played to the best of their abilities and that has largely come about from the opposition being defensively organised.
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Kevin-Prince Boateng admits surprise over Barcelona move

Former Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng has admitted that he was surprised when he received the offer from Barcelona. The forward had initially thought that he was off to Catalonia with Espanyol but to his surprise, he was approached by the Blaugrana during the winter transfer window.

Speaking to Goal.com, Boateng hailed his agent while admitting his surprise at the sequence of events leading to the Camp Nou switch, he said: “[The transfer to Barcelona] went also very fast for me. I just have the best agent in the world. He called me one day and said, ‘You have to play well against Inter, someone is watching.’ But he didn’t tell me who is watching. But under pressure I play best. I was the best man on the pitch and after the game my agent came to me and said, ‘We’re going to Barcelona!’ “I thought he meant Espanyol. But he immediately said, ‘No, the right ones.’ That was incredible. I could not believe it until the sporting director called me.”
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Samuel Chukwueze determined to fulfil his international dreams

Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze has spoken about the ambition of featuring for Nigeria at big tournaments after receiving the country’s Young Player of the Year accolade. The 19-year-old has been making a name for himself with Villarreal during the current campaign and he was recently involved in a thrilling 4-4 draw with Barcelona.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Chukwueze acknowledged that he is honoured as being named as the country’s best youngster for the calendar year and he is hopeful of making the cut with the Super Eagles for the big tournaments in the future, he told BBC Sport: “It serves as a motivation to keep working hard for more success. I’m very motivated and inspired by this, because it is unbelievable. Everything happening still seems like a dream. I have dreams of playing for my country in big tournaments and this shows that if I put more effort into my career, personal and team rewards will follow.”
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Liverpool manager leaps into the defence of Mohamed Salah

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has leapt into the defence of Mohamed Salah amid his six-match scoring drought for the club. The Egypt international has been the Reds’ standout performer since joining them in 2017 but he has experienced a rare scoring drought in the past month where he has been both unlucky and poor with his finishing.

Speaking in a press conference, Klopp said that Salah has been getting into good positions but he has not been lucky in terms of the scoring. He added that the attacker’s drought could be considered as a good sign, given the likes of Sadio Mane have turned up to make the difference, he quipped: “It is good that we split the goals a little bit, absolutely it’s good. We have 73 points and each goal we scored brought us there, and from time to time it’s clicking for the one [player] more. To explain the situation of Mo a little bit because I think he is in outstanding shape, but the situation he had in the last second [against Bayern] when Sule came – that’s a goal if Sule would switch off. Mo did everything right and nobody can know if Sule is there to put his foot in.”
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Egyptian football league outfit Ismaily SC have been reinstated with immediate effect to the African Champions League following their expulsion from the continental club competition.

Just last month, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) banned Ismaily SC from participating any further in this year’s Champions League following tantrums from the club’s fans during a home game against Tunisian club side Club Africain.

Chelsea confirm Victor Moses’ loan switch to Fenerbahce

Chelsea have confirmed the loan departure of Victor Moses to Turkish giants Fenerbahce. The Nigeria international had struggled for game time following the arrival of Maurizio Sarri at the helm during the summer and this has eventually urged him to pursue a fresh challenge with Fenerbahce in Istanbul.

“Victor Moses has today joined Fenerbahce on loan until the end of the 2019/20 season. Moses, who joined the Blues from Wigan Athletic in 2012, was a key member of the Chelsea team which lifted the Premier League in 2017 and FA Cup in 2018, operating primarily as a right wing-back in a 3-4-3 formation. We wish Victor, a popular member of the squad, all the best on his loan deal in Turkey,” a statement on the club’s official website read.
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Cote d’Ivoire denies hosting rights being taken away

The Football association of Cote d’Ivoire has rubbished the stories doing rounds in the African media that the 2021 edition of the AFCON is not going to take place in the country and is rather going to take place in Cameroon.

There was an interview published of the chairman of caf, which is the governing body of the game in Africa, where he had said that the confederation had assessed the situation in Cote d’Ivoire and they felt that they were not going to be in a position to fulfill all the criteria to be able to organize the tournament in 2021, so a decision has been made that the 2021 edition is given to Cameroon and the next edition after that will be given to Cote d’Ivoire. But the next edition; that is of 2023, has already been given to Guinea. So it’s all confusing at the moment.
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Isaac Success pens new long-term contract with Watford

Nigerian forward Isaac Success has been rewarded with a fresh long-term contract to keep him at Watford until the summer of 2023. The 22-year-old had struggled to make a notable impression during the backend of the previous season under manager Javi Gracia but the current campaign has fared much better for him with gametime in each of the opening 13 league matches.

Owing to this, the Hornets appeared to have no second thoughts about committing him for the long-term and they have now confirmed the extension via their official website. Shortly after the announcement, Chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury said: “This is a just reward for Isaac’s continued hard work and application this season. We look forward to seeing him develop further over the coming years.”
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