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Premier League legend says Liverpool target has “right profile”

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Liverpool are expected to reinforce the midfield, having lost Gini Wijnaldum following the Dutchman’s departure for PSG.

Of the many options the club is linked to, Paolo Di Canio reckons Liverpool should move for Declan Rice.

Declan Rice has risen to become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League with West Ham United, starting from youth ranks.

The past few seasons have established him as one of the brightest midfield prospects in the game.

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It is understood that the Hammers would demand a fee of around £90m for their star player and Liverpool have been encouraged to make a move for him.

The Hammers legend told talkSPORT that “There have been suggestions that Declan Rice is a target for Liverpool and he would be a good fit for them. Liverpool like central midfield players who work hard.

“The kind of players Liverpool need are players like Rice, hard-working midfield players who get the ball forward, make tackles, win the ball, and keep it quite simple.

“He’s similar to Jordan Henderson in that way. So if he wants to come to Liverpool, he has the right profile for them.”

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Declan Rice is currently with the England national team that is set to play the final game against Italy later this week.

A decision is expected to be made by the club as soon as the European Championship is over but there are no doubts that he won’t be allowed to leave for anything less a few.

However, they face major competition from Man City who are also keen on his signature.

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What Klopp said that hints he could come for Arsenal star in future

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Arsenal have a number of future stars but one of them seem to have caught the attention of Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp.

The German boss might know Brazilian youngster, Gabriel Martinelli so well that he once spoken about his quality and what he could add to any team.

Klopp has previously spoken of his admiration for Martinelli. Describing him as ‘unbelievable.’

“He’s really unbelievable. So young, looks so mature already, is a proper threat. Yeah, he looks like a really decent player,” said Klopp speaking to Brazilian TV channel Esporte Interativo in 2019.

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“But I didn’t want to put any backpack [pressure] on his back with this thing [his earlier remarks] but I just really like good football players and obviously he’s a very good one.”

This means if an opportunity presents itself, Jurgen Klopp will sign the young Brazilian from Arsenal.

Gabriel Martinelli has proven to be a star with his early emergence but he was reduced by injury. Now that he is back, he has continued in fine form.

The Brazilian was on the score sheet against Newcastle United and seems to have caught the attention of manager Mikel Arteta.

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Gabriel Martinelli seems to have won a place in Arteta’s first XI ahead of Nicolas Pepe.

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Paul Ince tells Rangnick what he must do with Wan-Bissaka and Shaw to turn his team around like Liverpool

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Football pundit, Paul Ince has told Ralf Rangnick how he can drastically improve Manchester United to transform the team to an attacking side like Liverpool.

Recall that the German has been confirmed as United’s interim manager until the end of the season and could take charge of his first game on Sunday when Crystal Palace travel to Old Trafford.

Paul Ince tells Ralf Rangnick that with his high pressing football, he should demand more from Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw and make them attacking players so they can play like Liverpoolduo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

‘I think what he’d [Rangnick] want more is from his full-backs. You look at the full-backs putting balls into the box […] he needs to work with Wan-Bissaka, he really does,’ he told The United Stand.

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‘How can I put it? From an attacking point of view, the modern game is about players getting forward, we’ve seen it with [Trent] Alexander-Arnold and [Andy] Robertson.  They are high up the park like a third attacker.’

Ince, who won seven major honours during six seasons at Old Trafford, conceded United did not have the right platform for their full-backs to bomb forward like some of their Premier League counterparts.

‘He [Rangnick] needs to work on getting his full-backs up the pitch and the reason why it’s hard for them to get up the pitch is because they’ve got no pace at the back,’ the former England international added.

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What Thomas Tuchel and Klopp said about Ralf Rangnick, might not be what you expected

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Man United have reportedly settled for German manager, Ralf Rangnick as their interim boss and he is expected to take charge of the game between the Red Devils and Arsenal early December.

Chelsea and Liverpool managers, having worked in Germany and played against him, have reacted to the reported recruit of Rangnick as it is yet to be official.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel had to react to Rangnick’s expected arrival. He did not speak of the challenge he would bring to the EPL as expected but hailed the tremendous impact his compatriot has had on his own career at his pre-match press conference.

‘He helped me a lot because he was my coach and then he was one of the main figures to convince me to try coaching so he had a huge influence on all of us at this time,’ the Chelsea head coach said.

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‘He showed us it’s not necessary to follow people to the toilet in football games because that was the belief in these days, that the defenders follow the strikers wherever they go. He showed us it’s possible to defend everybody in a zone.

‘But listen, before I get carried away and talk too much, he is not appointed yet and let’s respect everybody.

‘Let’s respect Ralf and the club’s decision and when things are done then you can maybe talk about it.’

Also on his part, Liverpool head coach Klopp, speaking at his press conference, said that United were ‘unfortunately’ making a very shrewd move by bringing in Rangnick as their manager until the end of the season.

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‘So it’s a bit tricky, usually we don’t talk about things that are not confirmed yet but if you tell me it will happen then I might believe you,’ Klopp told reporters ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Southampton.

‘Yeah, unfortunately a good coach is coming to England, that’s how it is, to Manchester United.

‘He’s obviously a really, really experienced manager. He built most famously two clubs from nowhere to proper threats and proper forces in Germany with Hoffenheim and Leipzig.

‘He’s done a lot of different jobs in football but always his first concern was being a coach actually, being a manager, and that’s what his best skill is obviously.

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‘United will be organised, I think, on the pitch. I think we should realise that and that’s obviously not good news for other teams.

‘But like all coaches in the world, we need time to train with our teams and Ralf will pretty quickly realise he has no time to train because they play all the time so that makes it a bit trickier for him.

‘But apart from that a really good man and an outstanding coach, if it happens, will come to England.’

Asked to expand on Rangnick’s reputation in Germany and their personal relationship, Klopp added: ‘Between the coaches he is very highly regarded obviously.

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‘Where he was, he did incredible jobs. It started early as a very, very young man at Stuttgart coaching the second team, going from there.

‘I don’t know all the early clubs he had but I’m pretty sure he went to Ulm and brought them to the Bundesliga which was absolutely insane at that time and then made his way up from there.

‘We faced each other for the first time really when I was a really young coach and he was at Hannover.

‘He might have forgotten that but they played always our opponent a week later so he called me the young manager of Mainz and asked plenty of questions.

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‘I was happy that big Ralf Rangnick was calling me but he got all the information he needed and they got promoted and we didn’t so he owes me still something and apart from that in the football world in Germany he is very, very well regarded and rightly so.’

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Ramsdale reveals why Arsenal lost to Liverpool

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Arsenal goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale has claimed that the team lost because they sticked too rigidly to their original game plan against Liverpool.

Ramsdale made clear that Arsenal will learn have to learn from the experience.

“For the first 30 to 40 minutes, we did well – they might have had more possession and more shots, but we contained them,” he told Arsenal.com.

“At the start of the second half, we gave them chances and from then on, it was a mountain to climb. It was one of those nights but it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and this team will go again. We’ll learn from tonight.”

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Assessing the error-riddled first 15 minutes of the second period, he added: “I think that’s where we need to learn on the pitch.

“We obviously had our gameplan but as a young team, sometimes we stick to the gameplan too much and we need to learn to possibly be strong with each other and talk more to try and weather the storm.

“The quality that they’ve got – we’re aspiring to get there. We’re working and like I say, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

Bouncing back quickly is going to be very important. “Yeah, definitely – the boss has just said it in there and a couple of us have said it as well,” said Ramsdale.

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“We won’t have people moping around with their heads down. We’ll come in and evaluate the game. We’re an honest bunch of players. Mistakes happen – we want to play that way, so full focus now ahead of Newcastle.

“We’ve been on a 10-match unbeaten run, with eight of those in the league, so we can hopefully start another [run] like that.

“After three games, everyone was talking about us and then you produce a mini-run. I don’t feel like anyone hid today, although there were mistakes made from all of us. We’re still trying to play our philosophy and that’s the way it goes. Hopefully we get to this stage in our career with our team where we’ll be doing this to other teams.”

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Why I wanted to fight Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta, Klopp speaks

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Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta and Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp both had a heated argument with the two coming close in what would have been a physical combat.

This happened when the scores were level at 0-0 after Sadio Mane ‘s aerial challenge on Arsenal right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Both managers were issued yellow cards for distracting the game and Juegen Klopp has come out to explain what happened.

“It was about the situation that it was no foul from Sadio [Mane] but the Arsenal bench went up like it was a red card.

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“I asked what they want in that situation. It’s just not okay. We had to take Sadio off against Atletico [Madrid in the Champions League] because they wanted him to get a yellow card.

“The referee did really well in that situation – I deserved a yellow card. It wasn’t not OK and that is what I said. It just happened in the moment.”

Klopp was asked whether the exchange actually fired up both the Anfield crowd and his players, to which he jokingly quipped: “I don’t know, I’ll have to watch it back – I’ll do it more often if that’s the case.”

Mikel Arteta was asked the same question and he said “Nothing prompted it, I was defending my team, he was defending his.

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“I spoke to him afterwards and congratulated him on the performance, for me these incidents – they stay there, they are part of the heat and the way we like to compete.”

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Souness reveals how ‘angry’ Liverpool will approach game against Arsenal and why

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Former Liverpool boss, Graeme Souness has claimed that the Reds will be an ‘angry team’ when they meet Arsenal this weekend because they suffered their first defeat of the season last time out at West Ham and will want to bounce back.

Recall that Liverpool suffered a 3-2 defeat to the London club, a development that could hurt their bid to win the Premier League title this season.

The former Liverpool boss told Sky Sports’ Essential Football Podcast: ‘I think Liverpool will be the angry team having lost last time out where they were not at their normal standards.

‘So I’m expecting a full throttle Liverpool against an Arsenal team who will be turning up with a bit of confidence and I’d be cautious with that. 

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‘But given the teams they (Arsenal) have been playing of late, they’re not exactly top of the table teams: an average Leicester this year, a draw with Brighton, beating Watford, Norwich and beating a very poor Spurs team.

‘They’ve got some confidence from winning games and they’re sitting in a very healthy position in the league but the hard part of their season is ahead.’

Souness added that Arsenal’s recent Anfield record will continue on Saturday afternoon, especially after Liverpool lost to West Ham United last time out.

‘(It will go the) same way, Souness said when asked how the match will pan out given given Arsenal’s bad form at Liverpool. ‘No matter what Liverpool team play, whatever the selection is, I think Liverpool will be an angry team with a point to prove at the weekend.

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But should Arsenal win the game, they will be one point ahead of Liverpool who are just two points ahead before the game.

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Michael Owen exposes Arsenal, gives Klopp hints to defeat Gunners in Saturday’s clash

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Former Man United and Liverpool player, Michael Owen has exposed Arsenal ahead of their match against Liverpool on Saturday to give Jurgen Klopp’s men the advantage going into the game.

This is as he predicts victory for the Merseyside outfit ahead of the North London team.

Liverpool suffered a 3-2 defeat against West Ham United in their last Premier League game and would be looking forward to bouncing back against Arsenal.

However, Owen has exposed Arsenal, saying they do not have the defenders that can stop Liverpool. He stressed that he does not trust Mikel Arteta’s defence.

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Writing in his column for BetVictor, Owen said: “This fixture has produced some classics down the years, could we see another here?

“The Reds followed up that draw against Brighton with a defeat against West Ham and Jurgen Klopp was understandably not happy. They’ve had some defensive issues in recent weeks and that will need sorting.

“That’s now three wins in a row for Arsenal and just one goal conceded in that time. This will be a major test of where they are though.

“I fancy Liverpool to get back to winning ways here. I can see Arsenal scoring but I don’t trust their defence, 3-1 Liverpool.”

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Arteta’s words in the past that proves Arsenal still have Liverpool fears

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Arsenal will be on the road to Liverpool on Saturday afternoon as they return to Premier League action after the international break.

The North London outfit were in great form before the break with 10 games unbeaten in all competitions following a poor start to the season.

However, there are suggestions that manager Mikel Arteta still has some fears going into the game because the Liverpool team he played last season is no different, strength wise from this season.

Speaking after Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 last season, Arteta said: “They set incredible standards and they dominate every aspect of the game.

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“They have different weapons. When you go to the opposite side and do the high press perfect, they have Van Dijk and he plays a 60-yard pass into Salah’s chest and they are out. That’s quality.”

A win for Arsenal could fire the North London outfit to a high on the Premeir League table.

Howbeit, Liverpool have major injury concerns but some good news might be released from the Reds camp before the clash.

“Bobby is not good news with a serious hamstring injury, really unfortunate,” Klopp said.

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“We don’t know exactly how long he will be out but it will be not now after the international break directly. We have to work on that.”

Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson are also doubts for the clash against the Gunners at the weekend. They will have to be accessed before any confirmed statement.

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