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Liverpool Has Most Valuable Squad In Europe

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The research group CIES Football Observatory have just released its most valuable squads in the transfer market from Europe’s top-five leagues, and it is the current European and World Champions who now sit top the pile.

The Liverpool squad is now worth a whopping €1.4 billion (£1.27 billion), which puts them ahead of every other club on the continent. Second is Premier League rival Manchester City at €1.36b.

Spanish giants Barcelona (€1.17b) and Real Madrid (€1.1b) are third and fourth respectively, with Chelsea shockingly in fifth place (€1.08b) despite having been banned from signing players in last summer’s transfer window.

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Courtois “A Doubt For Manchester City Clash”

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is reportedly ‘doubtful’ to play against Manchester City in the Champions League next week after limping off after the shock defeat by Betis.

The Belgian shot stopper is set to have tests on his left leg on Tuesday to discover how serious his injury is, according to Spanish outlet AS, who say he must wait an extra day to be looked at ‘due to inflammation’ in the area.

Madrid next play against at home against Eibar on Friday night before travelling to the Etihad to face City, and he will be a question mark for both games.

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Ole Looking At Next Season As United Beat City Again

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed Bruno Fernandes had energised “the whole club” but insists Manchestre United still need new players after their derby victory over Manchester City.

United boss Solskjaer also hailed the character of the January signing after he had the last laugh in a heated exchange with City manager Pep Guardiola late in United’s 2-0 success at Old Trafford.

Portugal midfielder Fernandes, who set up the opening goal for Anthony Martial, put his fingers to his lips after arguing with Guardiola moments before Scott McTominay sealed victory in injury time.

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Manchester City CEO Says FFP Breaches ‘Simply Not True’

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Manchester City’s “serious breaches” of Uefa’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations are “simply not true”, says chief executive Ferran Soriano.

On Friday, Premier League champions City were handed a two-year Champions League ban and fined 30m euros (£25m).

The decision is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“The fans can be sure of two things. The first one is that the allegations are false,” said Soriano.

“And the second is that we will do everything that can be done to prove so.”

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Could Man City Be Stripped Of 2014 Premier League Title?

Manchester City’s top-flight triumph in 2014 could be chalked off if a Premier League investigation finds financial wrongdoing by the club, according to a report.

An investigation by UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) has already led to City being banned from European competition for the next two seasons, after the club allegedly overstated its sponsorship revenue.

City are set to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after releasing a statement saying they were “disappointed but not surprised” by the ruling.

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Manchester City Given Two Year Champions League Ban

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Manchester City were on Friday night banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons for ‘serious breaches’ of UEFA’s financial fair play regulations.

The Champions League ban has been rumored to be happing for months, but the announcement still sent shockwaves through football and may now see questions raised over their domestic success.

The reigning English champions were found to have circumvented FFP rules between 2012 and 2016 and have been fined €30 million.

City’s problems are not just with the UEFA. Serious questions will asked by the Premier League, with a points deduction plus removal of City’s titles in 2012 and 2014 all possible outcomes.

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Pep Guardiola Concedes Title Race

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Pep Guardiola has given up on the title race but ruled out prioritizing cup competitions for fear of missing out on the top four after Manchester City’s latest crushing defeat.

The Premier League champions failed to reduce their 14-point deficit to leaders Liverpool after Wolves completed a stunning comeback victory on a fiery night at Molineux.

Guardiola claimed he will not allow the Champions League or domestic trophies to take precedence – even though defending the title for a second consecutive year now looks impossible. City still have an eight-point cushion over fifth-placed Wolves.

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Chelsea Close In On Jadon Sancho

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Chelsea are looking to beat both Manchester United and Liverpool in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, according to reports.

The England international, rated at £120million, is currently a man in huge demand after shining in Germany with Dortmund and a return to the Premier League could very soon be on the cards.

According to media reports, Chelsea are now working on a deal which could see them fork out a club-record fee for one of the world’s biggest talents.

The Blues have reportedly emerged as the most likely destination for the 19-year-old winger after indicating they will match Dortmund’s big-money valuation.

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Champions League Probability

Chelsea could well find themselves on a collision course with Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League with that the most likely outcome from Monday’s draw.

A calculation of the probabilities of each pairing shows that Liverpool and Manchester City are most likely to face a trip to Madrid to play either Real or Atletico.

Tottenham, meanwhile, will be thrilled if they avoid the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain and pull out their most likely tie against Valencia.

The Twitter account LaLigaenDirecto, run by mathematics graduate Fran Martinez, has calculated the percentage chances of each club being drawn together in the last-16.

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Pep Says Not Thinking About Liverpool Despite Eight-Point Gap

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Pep Guardiola called Manchester City’s defeat at Wolves a “bad day” but isn’t thinking about Liverpool despite slipping eight points behind in the title race.

Adama Traore’s second-half double helped Wolves stun City 2-0 to leave Liverpool in control of the title race at this very early stage heading into the international break.

Regarding the title race, Guardiola said:

“It is a lot of points [difference].

“They [Liverpool] don’t drop points for many reasons.

“But it is better not to think about that. It is better to think about what is next.”