Celtic boss Rodgers: Liverpool sack led to hospital admissionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCeltic boss Brendan Rodgers admits his Liverpool sacking led to admission to hospital.The Northern Irishman, now in charge at Celtic, told The Coaches Voice after his sacking he was rushed to hospital having spent time on holiday.Rodgers said: “I went to Spain for a week. Then I came back, and flew to Dubai. Within a couple of days in Dubai, I was rushed into hospital.“I went through all the tests. It was felt that I was having some issues internally, but then they got into the process of what had happened with work, with my life.“They pieced it all together, and it was simply a case of my body being so tense, so tight, from all that had happened in finishing my time at Liverpool.”It reinforced for me that it was time to find a calmness, to re-energise and make sure I was genuinely ready for the next challenge.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Arsenal inform Juventus of Ramsey January priceby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have informed Juventus they can sign Aaron Ramsey this month.The midfielder, off contract in June, is understood to have settled pre-contract terms with Juve.The Wales international has agreed to a €6.5m-a-year deal.And Gazzetta.it says Arsenal have told Juve they can sign Ramsey immediately for £20m.Juve’s board are now weighing up whether to match Arsenal’s valuation.
Wife of Man Utd, Arsenal target Carrasco: Many clubs interestedby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe wife of Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco admits offers are arriving this month.The Belgium international is being linked with Manchester United and Arsenal.And Carrasco’s wife Noemie told RTBF: “There are a lot of things going on. “He has been called by many clubs. Many clubs are interested. Now nothing concrete, nothing has been signed yet.”Carrasco’s deal at Dalian Yifang runs to 2021. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Aubameyang in line for new pay-rise at Arsenalby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in line for a new pay-rise at Arsenal.Sport says Arsenal have opened negotiations with Aubameyang over a new contract at the club.Aubameyang has two years remaining on his existing deal at the Emirates, but the Gunners are keen to secure his future through to 2023.Since joining from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, Aubameyang has scored 49 goals in 75 appearances for Arsenal. The Gabon star has made it clear he’s happy with the Londoners. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Solskjaer tactics spot on against Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Phil Neville says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got his tactics “spot on” against Liverpool on Sunday.Solskjaer’s decision to play with five in defence nullified Liverpool’s attacking threat at Old Trafford for the majority of the game, before Adam Lallana equalised in the final minutes.”Tactically, Ole got it really spot on,” the England women’s manager told Optus Sport.”Five at the back, they defended the middle of the pitch really well, the three centre-backs, in particular, defended the goal really well, every cross that came in from wide areas they were set.”Just that cross at the end when it gets fired across the box. Rojo just lost a little bit of concentration and it got punished.”Liverpool did finish really strong and United will feel like that’s two points dropped.”
Amid rumours of interest in Alvaro Morata, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde admitted there is room in his squad for a new striker.On Friday, the La Liga leaders agreed a €1 million fee with Sevilla for Munir El Haddadi, who was set to depart the club at the end of the season when his contract expired.Instead, Munir will leave in January, opening up a spot in the Barcelona team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? With a strong forward line, there wasn’t a lot of gametime available for Munir, who made one start for Barca this season, along with six substitute appearances.However, the publication Sport reported the club had joined the hunt for out-of-favour Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.And while Valverde did not comment on those rumours, he did admit the team will be looking to add to their strike force, if not from outside the club, then from within.“There’s space [for a new striker] with Munir leaving,” Valverde said. “The window’s open and we’ll see if we can bring someone in. If not, we will look to the B team.”Morata has come in for frequent criticism the last two seasons, though he has scored nine goals for Chelsea in all competitions this season.A midweek defeat to Levante in the Copa del Rey round of 16 arguably showed Barca’s need for depth in their forward line.The La Liga champions struggled in a 2-1 defeat away, as Valverde elected to rest several of his starters, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, though they have a second leg at Camp Nou to overturn the deficit.Barca’s only goal came from the penalty spot from Philippe Coutinho, and was won by Denis Suarez, who is expected to join Arsenal during the January window.Valverde is likely to restore his starters as his Barca side host 13th placed Eibar on Sunday.They will be aiming to maintain or extend the five point lead at the top of the table held coming at the start of the weekend.
It is getting on for two years since Adam Lallana gave an interview in which he was asked about the plethora of rising stars at Liverpool.He had a few to choose from at the time. Trent Alexander-Arnold had recently made his Premier League debut, Ben Woodburn had become the club’s youngest ever goalscorer a couple of months previously, while Ovie Ejaria was a regular with Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad at Melwood.Lallana, though, chose to wax lyrical about another of the Reds’ teenage talents. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I see great potential for Harry Wilson,” he told the cameras. “Everyone is talking about Ben, Trent, Ovie, but Harry keeps his head down, works hard, and I think he has a great future ahead of him. He has a great left foot.”The world knows all about that left foot now. “The wand,” they used to call it at Liverpool’s Academy up in Kirkby, but Wilson has since taken his magic on the road, away from Merseyside.Manchester United know what he can do, Southampton too. He impressed against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and has been delivering for Wales on the international stage. Frank Lampard loves him and so does Ryan Giggs.The question now is whether Klopp can find a place for him in his Liverpool squad.Wilson’s loan at Derby could hardly have gone better. With 10 Championship goals, and 12 in all competitions, the Wrexham-born wideman is catching the eye on a weekly basis. He’s already putting together his very own ‘Goal of the Season’ compilation, with a series of sublime left-footed strikes from outside the area. His 30-yard free-kick at Old Trafford, surely, is the best of all.Impressive stuff, though the idea that Wilson is a ‘highlights reel’ player has recently been dismissed by Lampard.“Ten [league] goals is a great return, and his spectacular goals have been great on the eye but my biggest pleasure is seeing his performances in the past month,” said the Rams boss.”His all-round game, the energy, the personality to receive the ball and be pivotal in the game has gone up a notch, and I think there are more notches to go.”That is credit to Harry and hopefully he can continue that progress in the second half of the season.”Liverpool had the option to recall Wilson earlier this month, but chose to let him remain at Pride Park. They have tracked his progress closely through Julian Ward, their loan pathways manager, and have been delighted with the 21-year-old’s development. In Lampard, and particularly in Derby assistant Jody Morris, the Reds have found coaches with both the patience and personality, as well as skill, to handle such a talent.Wilson’s decision to snub other offers in the summer has paid off. He could, for example, have chosen Aston Villa or Stoke, big clubs with Premier League aspirations, fanbases and infrastructures. Both, though, have changed managers following underwhelming starts to the season. For a young player on loan, stability is key.So, at Derby, he has been able to find his feet in a vibrant, possession-focused team. Lampard has used him on both flanks, as well as centrally as both a No.8 and a No.10. No wonder Wilson’s all-round game has come on. Remember the callow teenager who struggled in League One with Crewe three years ago? He’s been replaced by a confident, decisive attacker who makes an impact almost every time he steps onto the field.Suddenly, Liverpool have a huge asset on their hands. Wilson will return to Merseyside in the summer hoping he can be a part of Klopp’s plans for the future. Given his performances in the second half of last season at Hull, and before that as the free-scoring captain of the Under-23s, he could hardly have done more.So far, he has managed just one senior appearance for the Reds, as a substitute against Plymouth in the FA Cup back in January 2017. He impressed during the last pre-season, but the presence of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, and the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, meant that a loan made more sense than a year on the fringes of the first team.It’s proven to be a good decision, for all parties. Wilson will play for Derby at Accrington in a televised FA Cup fourth-round tie on Saturday, and his next appearance will be the 50th of his professional career. He is adding to his game by the week, getting stronger and fitter, learning about game management and the importance of consistency. He’s performing home and away, against Premier League opposition as well as Championship. His development is obvious.What would Liverpool get if they chose to sell in the summer? Wilson signed an improved five-year contract before moving to Derby, and his value has rocketed since. He surely has a higher ceiling than either Dominic Solanke or Danny Ings, each of whom will fetch the Reds close to £20 million, and he will have no shortage of Premier League suitors next summer, you can be sure. Liverpool have already fielded enquiries from clubs asking to be kept in the loop.A nice dilemma to have, for sure. For now, though, the debate can wait. Wilson has his eyes on a successful end to the season.“I want to help Derby get into the Premier League,” he says. “I want to keep scoring and assisting, helping the team and getting us as high up the league as I can. I’m loving it.”If he carries on as he has been, he’ll give Liverpool – and Klopp – plenty to think about in the coming months. A new signing? Not quite, but the Reds have built themselves a £20 million footballer, for sure. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The Tom Herman contract at Texas is a large one.After being hired as Texas’ head football coach, reports immediately came out about what his contract could look like. Now, the wondering is over as the details of his five-year deal have been released.According to USA Today, Herman is set to receive $28.75 million in basic compensation under financial terms for a five-year deal which was approved Saturday by the board of regents.As far as a year-by-year breakdown, he’ll be receiving a raise each season.“Herman will be paid $5.25 million during the first year of the deal, and his compensation is scheduled to increase by $250,000 in each subsequent year.”Year one: $5.25 millionYear Two: $5.5 millionYear Three: $5.75 millionYear Four: $6 millionYear Five: $6.25 millionHere is a look at his non-guaranteed incentive payments via USA Today:Herman is now the sixth highest-paid college football coach in the nation. Herman was making $3 million as Houston’s coach.
Barcelona have confirmed that they will face Napoli across a two-legged clash in the United States in the inaugural La Liga-Serie A Cup during their pre-season preparations this year.The Spanish champions and Italian heavyweights will square off in two games played across two states in early August as part of their schedule ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.The first encounter, on August 7, will take place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, at the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Barcelona were set to face Girona in a regular season La Liga fixture at the venue earlier this year, though the endeavour was ultimately shelved after it was met with strong opposition from FIFA and UEFA.The second, three days later on August 10, will see the duo take in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, at the University of Michigan, in what will be the largest venue either side has ever played in.Affectionately known as ‘The Big House’, it is the second-largest stadium in the world after North Korea’s national football ground, with a current capacity of 107,601.The fixtures represent Barcelona’s first visit since pre-season last year, when they played three International Champions Cup games in Pasadena, Arlington and Santa Clara, while Napoli make their first trip stateside for three decades.Both teams professed their excitement at the upcoming fixtures, with club presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Aurelio de Laurentiis expressing their delight for the encounters.”Visiting the United States and being able to get closer to our fans is always a great thing for Barca,” Bartomeu stated.”On top of that, we will also have the chance to play at two iconic stadiums: at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, where in 2017 we played the LaLiga Clasico, and at Michigan Stadium, the largest in the United States.”While there, we hope to put on a show and entertain our American fans with our style of play.””We could not be happier to be playing against Barcelona in the United States,” added de Laurentiis.”Our club has not visited the country for thirty years and the chance to go back to the American market for these two games and against an opponent like Barca is extraordinary for us.”Barcelona have already confirmed an additional pre-season trip to Japan, where they will face Vissel Kobe and Premier League outfit Chelsea.
Lionel Scaloni admitted Argentina were “lucky” to still be alive in the Copa America after a 1-1 draw with Paraguay on Wednesday.Lionel Messi’s second-half penalty cancelled out Richard Sanchez’s goal in the Group B clash in Belo Horizonte.But Argentina also needed goalkeeper Franco Armani, who saved a spot-kick from Derlis Gonzalez to earn his side their first point of the tournament. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Scaloni, whose team are facing a group-stage exit and need a win over Qatar on Sunday, said Argentina were fortunate.”The solution is that we have to win. We are lucky to be alive,” he told a news conference.”We have to look more like the second half, but be more balanced and thus be able to manage the game.”He added: “Our first half was not good, we played with desperation at times and we couldn’t control the play or create attacks.”We had a very clear plan but couldn’t execute it as we kept losing the ball.”They scored with their first attack and that caused us a lot of uncertainty.”For a team like Argentina, which feels like it always has to win, the first blow is hard to take, but we assured the players at half time that it was just one goal.”The introduction of Sergio Aguero at the interval led to a more dangerous Argentina as the forward played alongside Messi and Lautaro Martinez.But an unhappy Martinez was substituted in the 67th minute with what was later described as a glute injury.”I don’t know if it was the best version [before Martinez came off], but without a doubt it was the most dangerous,” Scaloni said.”Sergio entered very well.”Argentina remain bottom of the group on one point, behind Colombia (six), Paraguay (two) and Qatar (one) ahead of Sunday’s games.