Roberto Firmino doubt for Liverpool clash with Bayern Munich due to virus Liverpool – Football Article

Roberto Firmino is a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich after missing training on Monday with a virus. Firmino is the fourth Liverpool player to fall ill since the start of the month, following a warm-weather trip to Dubai in January. Liverpool have since taken advantage of their exit from the FA Cup to travel to Marbella, but it has seen Firmino fall ill on their return. Dejan Lovren also missed training and will have a last-minute…

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Number of minutes all January Newcastle United loan players have played so far – Football Article

There were eight Newcastle United loan players went out on temporary moves in January. The club hoping young/fringe players could get first team football elsewhere, to continue their development and/or help to move them on. They have had various degrees of involvement so far. Players going out on loan mid-season often needing time to settle. A bit like Antonio Barreca, the Monaco left-back yet to make a start and only playing four minutes so far as a sub against Tottenham.…

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Liverpool Beat Bournemouth to Silence their Critics – Paisley Gates – Football Article

Following back to back draws, Liverpool got back on track with a workman like 3-0 victory against Bournemouth. Critics rounded on Liverpool after a home draw against Leicester City was followed up by another draw against West Ham. However, Liverpool were always in full command this afternoon and the home crowd can be satisfied with what they saw. The win means Liverpool are now level on points with Manchester City, but they hold a match in hand over Pep Guardiola’s…

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Manchester United hit with twin blows with Lingard and Martial injuries Manchester United – Football Article

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will both be out for between two and three weeks due to injury. Both players had to be substituted during Tuesday night’s Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and neither will be available for Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with Chelsea. But Alexis Sánchez – who reportedly picked up a knock after colliding with the linesman before he even came on the pitch in mid-week –…

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Steve Bruce impressed with training and ‘attitude’ shown by Achraf Lazaar and Rolando Aarons – Football Article

Steve Bruce says that January signings Dominic Iorfa, Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar will all get their chance this season. When taking charge of the team at the end of January, on deadline day Bruce bought Iorfa as well as loaning the Newcastle pair. The new Sheffield Wednesday boss even went of his way to thanks Newcastle United for their generosity. When Steve Bruce took over, the Owls were 11 points off relegation and 11 points off the play-offs. After…

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Newcastle v Wolves player ratings – Fans collectively rate one player as having a shocker but not Martin Dubravka – Football Article

The results of the Newcastle v Wolves player ratings by fans. Always interested to see what supporters have collectively made of the latest performance, when using our interactive ratings system. Each player marked out of 10 and the averages below. The (young) man of the moment is Sean Longstaff (8.4) and he gave a very mature performance, yet again. By some distance Newcastle fans rated him best on the night and he was up against a very decent Wolves midfield.…

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Lovren Faces Champions League Fitness Race, Good News for Midfield Trio – Paisley Gates – Football Article

After putting three unanswered goals past AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, Liverpool are set to enjoy a bit of a break with their next outing the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie with Bayern Munich on Merseyside a week from today. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been a big proponent of warm weather training since he took the reigns at Anfield and he’s seized the opportunity to get the squad a little sunshine ahead of their showdown…

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Jose Mourinho to host Champions League show on Russian channel RT Manchester United – Football Article

Manchester United’s ex-manager José Mourinho is to host his own show on Russian TV channel RT, formerly known as Russia Today, the station says. Mourinho, 56, will provide analysis of Champions League games in the fortnightly football programme. “I’m going to talk about football on RT. What else did you think I was going to do?” he says in a promotional video. As the world discusses what’s next for Jose Mourinho, we have the answer…https://t.co/2kGsQ7OSFC #JoseMourinho #ChampionsLeague #Mourinho pic.twitter.com/Utki5qGCg8 —…

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Harry Kewell attracts ridicule after explaining why players don’t want to play for Newcastle United – Football Article

Out of work manager Harry Kewell has been giving the benefit of his expertise to Newcastle fans, explaining why the club struggle to make signings. Kewell says ‘To be able to drag players up there is very hard.’ However, rather than Mike Ashley refusing  to pay the going rate on transfer fees and wages, the former Crawley and Notts County manager sees a far bigger problem. He claims the weather is a big barrier to players signing for Newcastle United.…

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Wolves 2018/19 better than Keegan’s Newcastle United 1993/94 – You’re having a laugh – Football Article

Phil Neville made a fool out of himself very early on this season, when claiming (see below) that Wolves were the best ever promoted team to come up out of the second tier in the Premier League era. A fair few other pundits/’experts’ joined in, as Nuno’s team made a good start to the season, including getting a few decent results against the better teams. Now we are two-thirds of our way through the season, we have a bit more…

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Premier League Match Preview – Paisley Gates – Football Article

Manchester City reclaimed top spot in the Premier League with a midweek win over Everton, but Liverpool hold a game in hand and can go three-points clear if they’re able to get past AFC Bournemouth at Anfield this weekend. For all the talk of pressure, things are going pretty well; if you were offered this position at the start of the season, you would have taken it with absolutely no questions asked. Back to back draws took a bit of…

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Michael Owen says he’s relieved Newcastle United have signed Miguel Almiron – Football Article

Michael Owen thinks it is a positive move for Newcastle to sign Miguel Almiron. However, he says it isn’t for certain that the Paraguayan will be able to do it in the Premier League. Nor does he think that even if he proves himself in England, Almiron can singlehandedly transform Newcastle United. Instead Owen sees the new signing as ‘another piece of the jigsaw’, with a lot more pieces/signings needed to be added if NUFC are going to be able…

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Jose Mourinho accepts suspended prison sentence for tax fraud Manchester United – Football Article

Jose Mourinho has been given a one-year suspended prison sentence and agreed to pay a €2.2m (£1.9m) fine after admitting tax fraud while he was coach of Real Madrid. The former Manchester United manager appeared at Madrid’s provincial court on Tuesday, where he confirmed a plea deal over charges that he had defrauded the Spanish tax authorities of €3.3m by failing to declare revenues from image rights in 2011 and 2012. Prosecutors had accused Mourinho, 56, of using offshore companies…

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Bookies give odds on Miguel Almiron scoring at least 6 goals this season for Newcastle United – Football Article

Monday afternoon has brought reports that Miguel Almiron is expected to be available to start training with his Newcastle United teammates by the middle of this week. The playmaker/number 10 travelled to Paris with his agent on Sunday in order to help speed up the process. Miguel Almiron has said he is desperate to start playing as soon as possible, with Wolves away next Monday (11 February) looking likely for him making his debut. With 13 games to go, the…

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Reds Need to Move on Quickly from Foxes Draw – Paisley Gates – Football Article

Was it two points dropped or a good point gained? That’s the question for Liverpool supporters the world ’round coming out of a 1-1 draw with Leicester City on Wednesday that in a lot of ways feels more like an opportunity squandered rather than a decent outing against a dangerous team. Was it two points dropped, or a good point gained? That’s the question for Liverpool supporters the world ’round coming out of a 1-1 draw with Leicester City on…

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Manchester United confirm Marouane Fellaini exit to China Manchester United – Football Article

Marouane Fellaini has left Manchester United to join Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng on a permanent deal. Fellaini, 31, travelled to China on Thursday to discuss personal terms – having already undergone a medical – after the two clubs reached an agreement in principle. The midfielder has been at Old Trafford since being signed from Everton by David Moyes in 2013 and was an important figure during Jose Mourinho’s reign. Huge thank you to everyone I have worked with…

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Rafa Benitez confirms 9 Newcastle United players unavailable for Tottenham match – Football Article

Rafa Benitez now has third placed Tottenham in his sights, four days after coming back to beat Manchester City who are currently the closest challengers to Liverpool. Much is made of a Tottenham injury crisis, when in reality it is only because they have two or three high profile names such as Kane and Alli missing. Nobody would claim that Newcastle have any players of that level, however, you can argue that the NUFC first teamers who have been unavailable,…

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Premier League Match Preview – Paisley Gates – Football Article

With fifteen matches left to play, Liverpool’s tenuous grasp at the top of the Premier League table could turn in to relatively decent grip when they welcome Leicester City to Anfield later today after Newcastle United upset defending champions Manchester City at St. James Park yesterday. The media, their pundits, the weird breed of football fan that is the “neutral” and this education PR agency all love a close title race, but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp can do without all…

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Match of The Day running order announced for Wednesday night – Football Article

Tonight’s Match of The Day running order has now been announced. Kicking off at 10.45pm on BBC1 this Wednesday night, there are ten matches in total. This is the twenty fourth round of Premier League matches and games that were key to both ends of the table. All 20 clubs are featured with matches from both Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Here is the Match of The Day running order of matches tonight: Liverpool v Leicester City Newcastle United v Manchester…

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Alvaro Morata joins Atletico Madrid from Chelsea on 18-month loan deal Atletico Madrid – Football Article

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has joined Spanish club Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the 2019-20 season. The 26-year-old joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in July 2017 for a then club-record fee of £60m on a five-year contract. He has made 47 Premier League appearances for the Blues, scoring 16 times. 🔴⚪🔴 #WelcomeMorata!Agreement with @ChelseaFC over the loan of @AlvaroMorata for the remainder of the current season and the next one.FULL STORY ➡ https://t.co/KiMEnruwJk#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/vHYMUSv3Vp — Atlético de…

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It’s not our game anymore – Football Article

Newcastle United and football is a business – it’s not our game anymore… Vague memories of a Panini sticker book, loads of swaps in the bottom of my school bag. This was primary school and the year was 1986. My eldest brother had started me off on the ritual of trying to complete the entire book and was seemingly trying a new tactic of sending his younger brother into the playground in search of a Diego Maradona. If my memory…

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A Testing Second Half of The Season Awaits Liverpool – Paisley Gates – Football Article

Having gone 20 Premier League matches unbeaten, defeat to Manchester City has provided a reality check for Liverpool fans. Having negotiated their way past the entire Premier League, the stakes will only get higher between now and the end of the season. Teams near the bottom of the table will be scrapping for points between now and May. There will be no easy games for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Tottenham may have lost five matches in the Premier League this season,…

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BT Sport launch embarrassing defence of Rio Ferdinand after shameful Mike Ashley comments – Football Article

A fortnight ago, Rio Ferdinand made himself and BT Sport a laughing stock. The comments on Newcastle United from the former Man Utd player almost as embarrassing as his excuses for missing a series of drugs tests, which led to a long-term ban in his playing days. Rio Ferdinand gave a series of comments over the course of the weekend when Chelsea beat Newcastle 2-1, both on BT Sport and via social media. Apart from the brainless and those bought…

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Barcelona agree £65m summer deal for Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong Barcelona – Football Article

Barcelona have confirmed the £65m signing of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, with the deal to go through in the summer. The 21-year-old, who will cost the La Liga leaders an initial 75m euros plus another 11m euros (£9.5m) in variables, has agreed a five-year deal. Netherlands international De Jong can also play in defence. He was linked to many of Europe’s top clubs including Manchester City, Juventus and Paris St-Germain. Frenkie de Jong, announced.Full story 👉 https://t.co/XRRql1NLyu #EnjoyDeJong🔵🔴 —…

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Mike Ashley ‘reluctant’ to allow Rafa Benitez to buy any players unless manager signs new contract this month – Telegraph – Football Article

Ahead of the summer 2018 transfer window, it was widely reported that Mike Ashley was refusing to give Rafa Benitez any transfer funds, unless the manager signed a contract extension. How we laughed, never heard such a ridiculous media claim, even Ashley wouldn’t stoop that low. That is, until the laughing stopped just ahead of the Premier League season kicking off. Not only did Mike Ashley refuse to give the manager any of the Premier League funds generated by Rafa…

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Premier League Match Preview – Paisley Gates – Football Article

After eking out a narrow win at the AMEX Stadium last weekend, Liverpool are back at home on Saturday and looking to hold on to top spot in the Premier League when Crystal Palace roll in to town. The hoodoo that’s come along with match-ups against the Eagles in recent seasons seems to have been broken with the Reds winning five of their last six outings against Roy Hodgon’s side, but as we slide in to the business end of…

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Barcelona sign Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo on loan deal Barcelona – Football Article

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of former Portsmouth and Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng on a loan deal until the end of the season. The 31-year-old former Ghana international has joined from Serie A club Sassuolo in a £1.8m deal which includes an option to buy for £7.1m in the summer. Boateng, who joined Portsmouth from Spurs in 2009 before going on to sign for AC Milan a year later was presented to the media on Tuesday morning. 🗣 @KPBofficial 💪…

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Amazing example of how Mike Ashley spin can still convince media and some Newcastle United fans – Football Article

Mike Ashley knows that he can’s convince all of the people/fans all of the time. However, the Newcastle United owner is very confident that he can still convince some of them, some of the time. It is quite amazing that after close on 12 years of his ownership, some Newcastle fans are still taken in by the spin that Mike Ashley and his people put out. It is the equivalent of keep sending cash to Nigerian royalty who promise you…

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Newcastle 3 Cardiff 0 – Instant United fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s victory – Football Article

Newcastle 3 Cardiff 0  – Saturday 19 January 3pm We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle. Newcastle deservedly winning against a very poor Cardiff side. The result means the Welsh club replace United in the bottom three. Brian Standen: “Great game – everyone turned up! “Schar gets the plaudits but whole team deserves it. “Rondon superb, Perez great game and so on. “Crowd were excellent as well –…

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Mousa Dembele joins Chinese side Guangzhou R&F from Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur – Football Article

Tottenham have reached an agreement to sell Mousa Dembele to Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F, subject to international clearance. The 31-year-old Belgium international had not played for Tottenham since November due to an ankle injury and had been chasing a move to China since the summer. Tottenham made the decision to allow Dembele to leave now so they receive a transfer fee, with the player’s contract set to expire at the end of the season. We have reached agreement…

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