The group of teams touring the USA this summer just got a little but more glamorous with the news that Liverpool will play three games in the US this summer.
Jurgen Klopp will bring his side stateside to play Borussia Dortmund at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind, vs. Sevilla at Fenway Park and finally they will wrap up their tour against Sporting CP at Yankee Stadium.
With little travel between the games, Liverpool are once again expected to conduct their preseason camp at Harvard University on Boston. Read more... (825 words, estimated 3:18 mins reading time)
Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists he can keep rotating to ‘protect’ his players and seal a top-four Premier League finish this season. Can he?
Arsenal made seven changes from Thursday’s Europa League win in Napoli for Sunday’s league clash with Crystal Palace, only to be beaten 3-2 by the Eagles.
The Gunners’ Champions League qualification hopes took a hit in losing a game they expected to win, with Palace claiming their eighth victory on the road this term.
Granit Xhaka should recover from a hip complaint in time for Wednesday’s league trip to Wolves, as manager Emery looks set to mix up selection once again. Read more... (305 words, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
It’s been a tumultuous ride for Mauro Icardi and Inter Milan over the last few months, and there doesn’t seem to be an end to the drama in sight for the controversial striker.
Amid a dispute with management, Icardi has now come under fire from the Inter ‘ultras.’
In a statement following Inter’s 1-1 draw with Roma on Sunday (via Calcio Mercato) the hardcore fans had some choice words for the Argentine.
Not even calling him by his name, instead referring to him as ‘that little man,’ and ‘the No 9,’ the statement says that he has shown no respect, and insinuates he should leave the club. Read more... (459 words, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)
Chelsea are eyeing a summer move for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho as they plan for life without Eden Hazard.
The Belgian is expected to complete a switch to Real Madrid this summer, with Zinedine Zidane making him his top transfer target after returning as manager.
Chelsea want around £100million for Hazard and have already begun looking at potential replacements for the former Lille star.
According to Telefoot, Coutinho is at the top of the Blues’ wishlist as they attempt to replace Hazard’s goals and assists.
The Brazilian has endured a difficult season at the Nou Camp after making a £146m move from Liverpool in January of last year. Read more... (194 words, estimated 47 secs reading time)
Real Madrid will attempt to ‘loan out’ Gareth Bale this summer after struggling to find any suitors for a permanent departure.
Bale has cut an unpopular figure at the Bernabeu this season and the Welshman had to endure whistles from the home crowd when he came off the bench against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Zinedine Zidane is known to be plotting a summer clear-out in the Spanish capital and, according to Marca, Bale will find himself eased out the exit door one way or another, with a loan featuring an option to buy the latest option under consideration. Read more... (391 words, estimated 1:34 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp isn’t too confident that Manchester United can get a result against Manchester City on Wednesday.
Liverpool’s quest to finish at the summit of the Premier League could rest on their greatest rivals getting a result in Wednesday’s derby at Old Trafford, with United the highest-placed team remaining for Pep Guardiola’s side to play.
But United have lost their last five matches in all competitions under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and reached a new low in the 4-0 defeat by Everton on Sunday.
Speaking to Sky Sports on Sunday after Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Cardiff, Klopp was asked if he’ll be ‘shouting at the screen’ watching Wednesday’s match at Old Trafford. Read more... (349 words, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has targeted further progress after guiding the club to an eighth straight Serie A title.
Alex Sandro strike and a German Pezzella own-goal cancelled out Nikola Milenkovic’s early goal wrapped up the Scudetto with five games to play.
However, despite becoming Serie A’s second-most successful coach behind Giovanni Trapattoni, Allegri is determined to see the club improve.
He said: ‘Next season the main objective is again the Scudetto. We’ll be up against the Milan clubs, who are improving, while Napoli are also growing. Roma and Lazio could strengthen over the summer. Read more... (383 words, estimated 1:32 mins reading time)
Juventus put the disappointment of a Champions League exit behind them as Massimiliano Allegri’s side beat Fiorentina 2-1 to secure an eighth consecutive Serie A title.
Playing in front of an expectant home crowd, Allegri’s players needed just a point to secure the title but went one better after Alex Sandro’s strike was doubled thanks to an own goal by German Pezzella in the second half.
Having lost to minnows SPAL last time out, missing the chance to secure their latest league title, nerves kicked in early in Turin when Nikola Milenkovic scored the opening goal after six minutes. Read more... (434 words, estimated 1:44 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp described Liverpool’s progression into the semi-finals of the Champions League for the second successive season as a ‘big statement’ and said he was looking forward to thinking up a way to beat Barcelona.
Liverpool eventually made light work Porto, winning 4-1 at the Estadio do Dragao to advance 6-1 on aggregate, and while Klopp has Lionel Messi at the back of his mind his immediate concern is facing a rejuvenated Cardiff on Sunday.
Klopp’s team look well-equipped to continue their challenge on two fronts, with Roberto Firmino rested for the first half in Portugal before coming on to score, with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk getting the other goals. Read more... (637 words, estimated 2:33 mins reading time)
Premier League powerhouses Chelsea and Arsenal are the bookmakers’ favourites to win this season’s UEFA Europa League after each advanced to the semi-finals.
Maurizio Sarri’s Blues are 5-4 frontrunners to win the competition after they beat Slavia Prague 4-3 at Stamford Bridge to round off a 5-3 aggregate result. They’ll face Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four, with the German side priced as 6-1 underdogs with Caesars.
Arsenal edged Napoli 1-0 at the Stadio San Paolo in their second-leg showdown to win 3-0 across 180 minutes. They’re second-favourites to London rivals Chelsea at 9-4, just ahead of semi-final opponent Valencia. Read more... (393 words, estimated 1:34 mins reading time)