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Klopp Struggling To Turn Liverpool Around

RodgersvKloppTo be fair, there was no way that Jurgen Klopp could have lived up to the hype and hysteria surrounding his appointment as Liverpool manager in October was understandable.

While Klopp had a brilliant CV he was taking over a Liverpool squad that had been badly managed by Brendan Rodgers and the infamous Liverpool transfer committee and he needed to learn the nuances about managering in England.

But 17 games into the Klopp reign and even the more avid kopites had to have been hoping for a little more than what they have seen from the German.

Did Chelsea Turn Down A £57.5m Bid For Oscar?

OscarOver the past three or four seasons few teams have done as well selling players as Chelsea. From Juan Mata, to David Luiz to Ramires, Chelsea have consistently gotten top money for anyone they sold.

So it is bit unusual to hear that Chelsea have reportedly turned down a £57.5m bid for Oscar from Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning, who snapped up Ramires from the Blues recently.

While Chelsea may have dismissed the claims of a bid, Oscar has suddenly started telling people how happy he is at Stamford Bridge, saying to Chelsea TV:

lvgandMouLot of chatter in the last week about how that Jose Mourinho has turned down offers to return to Real Madrid and Inter Milan because he is heading to Old Trafford in the summer. It sounded like the Special One to United was a done deal.

And it might be. There are more than a few whispers that Mourinho has signed a United contract, but that the deal will not be announced until the summer.

But according to the Manchester Evening News, the former Chelsea manager is only convinced of getting his dream job if Louis van Gaal fails to clinch a top four spot this season.

old-trafford-new2Despite their struggles on the pitch this season, Manchester United are a money-making machine off it, and the Premier League side is on target to become the first British club to earn more than £500m in one year.

United announced in their second-quarterly financial results on Thursday that they expect revenue for the year to hit £500-510m. That translates into about €638m, which would put United right behind Real Madrid as the two biggest clubs in the world, in terms of revenue.

ArsenalvmlsallstarsArsene Wenger and Arsenal have announced that part of their pre-season preparations for next season will take place in the USA. The Gunners will kick off their American adventure against the 2016 MLS AT&T All-Stars at Avaya Stadium in San Jose on July 28th before traveling to Los Angeles to take on Chivas de Guadalajara at the StubHub center on July 31.

The StubHub Center is an interesting venue for a match between a top English side and a top Mexican side due to the fact its capacity is only 27,000.

Arsene Wenger told the club’s official website:

usaworldcupqualifyingThe U.S.A. is pulling out all the stops for its crucial World Cup qualifier against Guatemala, as US Soccer has announced that the match will take place in Columbus, Ohio on March 29. – Buy USA v Guatemala Tickets

I don’t think that their is a bigger home-field advantage for the Americans than the home of the Columbus Crew. Since first opening in 1999, the MNT has gone 7-0-3 all-time and 6-0-2 in eight World Cup Qualifying matches at the venue. Most notably, the site has played host to four straight World Cup Qualifiers against Mexico, each finishing with the famous “Dos a Cero” score line.

newkopIf Liverpool fans want a glimpse into the future then all they need to do is take a look at the ticket prices for the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox, owned by Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group, had the highest average ticket prices in baseball last season at $52.34.

FSG wants to wring as much money from Liverpool fans as possible and have announced a new ticket pricing system that includes the first £1,000 season ticket and £77 match day tickets. The official Liverpool Supporters’ Committee (LSC) branded the new ticket pricing structure as “morally unjustifiable”.

An LSC statement read:

jackson-martinezThe Chinese Super League continue to splash the cash around Europe with Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande the latest club to smash China’s transfer fee record after signing Atletico Madrid’s unsettled Colombian striker Jackson Martinez for €42m (£32m).

The purchase broke the week-old Chinese record fee of €28m paid by Jiangsu Suning to acquire Brazilian midfielder Ramires from Chelsea.

It lifted the Chinese Super League’s total spending during the current transfer window to €203.9m, according to website transfermarkt which tracks commercial dealings in the sport, second only to the English Premier League.

wenger-head-in-handsAfter spurning chance after chance against Southampton on Tuesday night Arsene Wenger was forced to defend his decision not to sign a striker during the January transfer window.

Tuesday’s goalless draw means that Arsenal have now dropped nine points from their last four games, dropping them to fourth in the table and five points behind leaders Leicester.

Having added only midfielder Mohamed Elneny to his ranks in the January transfer window, Wenger was again forced to defend his decision not to bring in any firepower despite Arsenal having gone 270 minutes and 34 shots at goal in the Premier League without scoring

yayatoureThe arrival of Pep Guardiola at Eastlands will mean the departure of Yaya Toure from Manchester City, especially after Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk was quoted as saying that

The truth is that my grandfather would win the title with Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they are big clubs with great players.

Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini is desperate to bring Toure to the San Siro but that is looking very unlikely if the story of interest from China for the midfielder is true.

According to The Telegraph, Toure will be offered a stunning £30million-a-year contract to move to China,