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According to ESPN FC, Liverpool will not sell Mohamed Salah this summer under any circumstances.

Salah has been brilliant this season for Liverpool scoring 36 goals in a superb debut season, including four in the 5-0 win over Watford on Saturday.

He has already scored more goals than any other Liverpool player in their first season, beating Fernando Torres’ total of 33 in 2007-08.

The 25-year-old striker has been compared to Lionel Messi by his manager, and is recent weeks has been linked with a move away from Anfield.

Roberto Martinez has rejected the idea of following Antonio Conte’s lead and deploying Eden Hazard as a ‘false nine’.

Hazard has been asked to operate through the centre by Chelsea at times this season with Alvaro Morata out of form and Michy Batshuayi out of favour.

It is not a role he enjoys, however, and Martinez promised his star man:

‘Eden is not a false nine for me.

‘Chelsea can work with guys like Pedro around him but with us we have Romelu Lukaku, Michy Batshuayi, even Dries Mertens who can play there. I’m not going to put Hazard there.

It’s an international fortnight and with back pages to fill, the media has been full of stories about a mass exodus from Old Trafford this summer as Jose Mourinho cleans house of his underperforming stars.

According to various media outlets, as many as nine United players could leave Old Trafford this summer. Those nine are expected to include: Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial.

That is a lot of names, but are they quality names. I don’t think so and here is why.

Ronaldo Hits 50th Hat-Trick

Many strikers have a shelf or perhaps a cabinet to show off their hat-trick match ball collection. Cristiano Ronaldo needs a new house for his.

The former Manchester United superstar hit the 50th of his career on Sunday evening as Real Madrid defeated Girona 6-3 at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo scored four of Real’s six goals to reach yet another personal landmark in an illustrious career that shows no sign of slowing down.

The 33-year-old now has 37 goals for Real Madrid this season and a grand total of 566 club goals during his career. When goals for Portugal are included, he has scored a pretty astonishing 645.

Real Madrid have reportedly reached an agreement in principle to sign Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski in the summer.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Poland international has agreed personal terms on a two-year deal with Madrid after a series of meetings took place this month.

Madrid president Florentino Perez decided to make a move for the Bayern striker as he waits to see how the potential deal to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain evolves.

Real have been chasing Lewandowski for some time and managed to fight off interest from Chelsea, PSG and Arsenal to speak to his representatives first, with the forward understood to be keen on moving to the Bernabeu.

Jurgen Klopp claimed Mohamed Salah would not like the comparison – but the Liverpool manager agrees the Egyptian bears similarities to Lionel Messi.

Liverpool forward Salah was likened to the Barcelona star as he struck four goals in 5-0 thrashing on Watford on Saturday.

Salah also created another goal for Roberto Firmino in a devastating display amid snow flurries and freezing conditions at Anfield.

Asked in his post-match press conference if Salah could be mentioned in the same sentence as five-time world player of the year Messi, Reds boss Klopp said: ‘I think Mo is on the way.

Manchester United will face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final as the two highest ranked sides left in the cup were drawn together.

Chelsea, who beat Leicester after extra time in the last quarter final just before the draw took place, will face Southampton.

The two games will take place at Wembley on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of April.

Spurs were drawn as the away side in their tie with United, meaning they will have the unusual experience of using the away dressing room at Wembley. The venue has been their temporary home stadium this season while White Hart Lane is redeveloped.

Liverpool and Manchester City will face each other in the Champions League quarter-final in an all-English clash.

The two Premier League clubs will go up against one another at Anfield in the first leg before the return at the Etihad Stadium.

The three Spanish clubs have all been kept apart with Barcelona facing Roma, Real Madrid playing Juventus — a repeat of last year’s final — and Sevilla going up against German giants Bayern Munich.

Champions League Quarter-Final Previews
Liverpool v Manchester City

This is the draw neither team wanted. While City may be slight favourites, I can see Liverpool going through.

Arsenal have been drawn against Russian side CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-finals. The Gunners will host the first leg at Emirates Stadium on 5 April with the return game in Moscow a week later.

Spanish side Atletico Madrid, who are second in La Liga, face Sporting Lisbon of Portugal.

In the other ties Germany’s RB Leipzig play Marseille from France, while Italian club Lazio face Salzburg of Austria.

Arsenal beat AC Milan 3-1 in the previous round for a 5-1 aggregate win, to reach their first European quarter-final since 2010.

Manchester United are through to the FA Cup semi-final but Jose Mourinho has insisted he did not get the response he asked for after their shock Champions League exit against Sevilla earlier this week.

A sterling performance from Nemanja Matic helped United limp over the line on Saturday evening as they unconvincingly beat a spirited and resilient Brighton side 2-0 in the FA Cup quarter-final.

In an extraordinary rant after the game, Mourinho both singled out the Serbian for praise and slammed his side’s performance, saying Matic was ‘an island of personality surrounded by not water but lack of personality, lack of class and a lack of desire.’