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Pundit said ‘Love It’ as Leeds chase Liverpool defender

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Former England goal scorer Darren Bent has stated that Leeds United deserve praise for targeting 20-year-old Liverpool defender Yasser Larouci.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Prenton Park academy graduate with two senior Liverpool appearances to his name, Darren said signing young footballers is “the way forward”.

It is unlikely that Yasser Larouci has a future at Liverpool as he has not been favoured with a first-team appearance and it is not expected to happen soon. This is evident as he was not called upon for a role even with the injury of Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, as well as the scarcity of defenders in the team.

There is no doubt that he doesn’t have a future with the Merseyside outfit and they have resigned to let him leave, especially as he turned down their offer for a new deal.

On his part, Yasser Larouci wants to leave the club because he longs to play regularly for a senior side and that opportunity is not given to him at Anfield.

Leeds United are known to be long-time suitors for Yasser Larouci after attempting to sign the Algeria-born left-back over the summer as talks between the two clubs failed.

Now, that Yasser Larouci’s contract is expiring in six months, the door is open for the Yorkshire giants to re-enter negotiations and Darren Bent says that going after young players is a commendable strategy from the Leeds United hierarchy.

He told Football Insider: “I think it’s unfortunate with the times we live in, we’re gonna see a lot of footballers leaving a lot younger because they are going to have to, with this whole Covid situation.

“But if that’s the way Leeds are going to go about their business and buy youngsters then I’m all for that. I love it, seeing youngsters get opportunities and do really well.

“I’d rather them give experience to a youngster, give him an opportunity than go and buy someone who’s been there done that and doesn’t quite fit the system. With those sorts of deals, you have to pay a lot of money and there’s no real resale value. Youngster, on the other hand, that’s the way forward.”

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Legend ignores Man Utd, names six teams that can win champions league

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Danny Murphy

Experienced legend, Danny Murphy has listed the six clubs he thinks can win the Champions League this season.

His list include title holders Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. However, Manchester United was not mentioned.

Danny Murphy predicts English clubs could be a dominant force in Europe this campaign, with Chelsea hoping to defend the title they won after beating Manchester City in last season’s champions league final.

For Liverpool, they reached successive Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019 and would be eager to challenge for another this seasonn.

Danny Murphy insists Manchester City are one of the favorites as with Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, PSG and Atletico Madrid.

Asked which teams he expects to challenge for the Champions League title, Murphy told MailSport:

“I personally think the winners will come from one of six – Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and PSG.

“Atletico are an outsider because Diego Simeone has matchwinners in Luis Suarez and Griezmann in addition to the remarkable team spirit he’s fostered.”

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How Liverpool fans react to Callum’s transfer rumours

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Chelsea star, Callum Hudson-Odoi has been tipped to leave the Stamford Bridge before the transfer window shuts and Liverpool fans have been discussing the prospect of the winger heading to Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp has only made one signing and Reds supporters are still hoping there will be a last-gasp addition of Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has been mentioned as a possible option for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The England winger has gone down the pecking order in Thomas Tuchel’s squad and could move away from Stamford Bridge before the deadline passes.

Learning of the interest and possible move, the fans have gushed to the social media to talk about it.

Some believe he would be a solid acquisition.

@indykalia: “Anyone think Callum Hudson-Odoi would be perfect for Liverpool?”

@kop_for_ever: “At this point our fanbase will say yes to any forward other than Origi”

@okekemezie1: “He is good. Just needs to find a good environment and coach for him. Remember two years ago Bayern wanted to pay big money for him, [they] wanted him badly.”

@SamuelLFC: “I’d take any attacker at this point”

@LFCryan_: “Would be a great signing. Being used poorly by Chelsea and I still believe has the talent to be one of Englands best players in the future. When he was a youth player he was miles ahead of the other players.”

However, a number of Reds fans are unsure as to whether or not Hudson-Odoi is the right kind of profile.

@KopDXB19: “Doesn’t suit our system as he plays in Mo [ Salah ]’s position. He prefers to go on the outside and get crosses in for a type of striker we just don’t have!”

@AndrewH48696976: “Personally I would prefer we make a big offer for Raphinha (now that Leeds are signing Dan James). Raphinha more a Liverpool type player with pace, dribbling skills and can finish.”

@medical_photo: “If he can’t get near Chelsea’s first 11 how on earth would he get near Liverpool’s? He needs to go to someone like Southampton and play 30 – 40 games in a row so it can be seen if he is a player with real potential or a player who used to have potential.”

@JpNOkwuba: ” Is he different, or better than Ox? I feel we should go for a player capable of going straight into the team, a player that can confidently play instead of Mane or Salah. I’m not sure that player is Odoi.”

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Liverpool given big transfer mandate, could be next season

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Former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood has urged Liverpool to be in the race for Tottenham forward Harry Kane next season.

Harry Kane was linked with a move this summer transfer window but that did not happen. Reports had linked him with a move to Man City but the Etihad team seem not to be interested anymore.

The England international has now been tipped to still make the move in the coming summer transfer window.

Harry Kane has a asking price of £150 million but Daniel Levy is unwilling to lower it for the 28-year-old.

Sherwood is now suggesting that Liverpool could be an option for the forward as a move could happen next summer window.

“For me, it looks like it might be now or never,” he said on Sky Sports.

“Harry Kane, at the end of next season, I think he stays there for the whole season, even though he said that he is staying ‘for this summer’.

“Other teams, like Man City probably go for Erling Haaland now. On a £70 million buy, so that blocks the pathway. He won’t leave for leaving sake.

“He will leave because he needs to go to a club where he knows they can win.

“Now, that’s probably Liverpool in the Premier League, Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea. It won’t be Chelsea now because they have signed Romelu Lukaku.

“I can see him staying there for the remainder of his career.

“That could be the only one, couldn’t it? Man United because Ronaldo isn’t going to be there forever.”

Kane made his first Premier League start of the season on Sunday as Tottenham continued their perfect start to the campaign with a 1-0 win over Watford. He was expected to push for a move away from the North London club but he did not.

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