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BREAKING NEWS:Liverpool has successfully signed a talented midfieder,klopp’s smile’s and said have gotten what I wanted

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Liverpool have been tracking Chelsea’s Mason Mount for some time now but could end up looking at James Maddison if they don’t get him.

Mount is one of Liverpool’s number one targets heading into the summer window. However, there is hefty competition for the England man. Reports this week claim Manchester United are prepared to bid, while Arsenal are also keen.

And according to journalist Ben Jacobs, if Liverpool do end up missing out, then Leicester star Maddison is someone they – and others – could turn towards.

Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty ImagesLiverpool could consider James Maddison

Taking time to update everyone via his Twitter account today, journalist Jacobs had his say on the Maddison situation.

And while he didn’t explicitly say Liverpool could make their move, he did suggest that should those looking at Mount – of which Liverpool are one – miss out, then Maddison could emerge as a target.

Jacobs claims Leicester may now only want around £40m, especially if they are relegated as expected this weekend.

A handful of other Premier League clubs also monitoring Maddison. #AFC have other priorities for now, but are aware of his situation. Same for #MUFC.

Clubs looking at Mason Mount could turn more seriously to Maddison if they fail to land the Chelsea midfielder.

— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) May 27, 2023

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Maddison is expected to attract a host of interest from other clubs. Tottenham and Newcastle are the two current favourites to sign him.

However, with a big and long summer to come, Maddison won’t be short of interest and could end up having the pick of a few.

Liverpool, then, could well tempt him.

A bold move if it happens

James Maddison is likely to get a good choice of clubs this summer. The England man has been a good player for Leicester even in a dismal season.

Liverpool wouldn’t be the worst idea for Maddison. Jurgen Klopp is set to oversee a little transition period in the summer and midfielders are on his agenda.

Maddison, then, will face a big call. He’s set to make a big jump regardless. The question now is, who is going to pay the money, and who does Maddison feel takes him to the next level. Time will, of course, tell.

Choosing a‘non-Big Six’Premier League Team of the Season

It’s that time of the year when the Premier League awards and individual honours are dished out, with fans eager to see which stars have made the Team of the Season.

The end-of-season awards are often dominated by the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ clubs and just three players from outside of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have made the PFA Team of the Year since 2017/18.

We’ve decided to honour the teams often overlooked, after a campaign which has seen several teams punch above their weight in the Premier League.

Here is our non-Big Six Premier League Team of the Season.

Goalkeeper: Nick Pope – Newcastle

The Big Six might soon become seven after Newcastle’s ambitious project took a huge step forward this season. Eddie Howe’s team will compete in the Champions League next season after a top four finish in the Premier League, with the Magpies’ challenge built on a brilliant defensive record across the first half of the campaign.

Pope kept 12 clean sheets across Newcastle’s first 21 games of the season and has conceded less goals per 90 minutes (0.88) than any other goalkeeper. There will be more glamorous signings from Newcastle’s new owners than the £10m arrival of Pope from relegated Burnley last summer, but he has been a pivotal part of a successful season at St James’ Park.


BIG save from Nick Pope 🤯

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 22, 2023

Fulham’s Bernd Leno and Brentford’s David Raya deserve honourable mentions.

Right-back: Kieran Trippier – Newcastle

Kieran Tripper has been in brilliant form during Newcastle’s campaign of overachievement, with the England right-back one of the most influential defenders in the division.

Trippier leads the Premier League for crosses and passes into the penalty area this season, while he ranks second for expected assists, expected assists per 90, key passes and shot-creating actions.

Kieran Trippier took a risk when he left Atletico Madrid to join a relegation threatened Newcastle.

18 months later, he’s won their Player of the Season award and captained them into the Champions League.

Incredible 👏

— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) May 23, 2023

The 32-year-old has provided seven assists in the Premier League and has emerged as the leader of Eddie Howe’s fast-improving side. Trippier has been nominated for the Premier League’s Player of the Season accolade and was awarded Newcastle’s Player of the Year award last week.

Centre-back: Lewis Dunk – Brighton

Lewis Dunk’s excellent season has been rewarded with an England call up, five years on from the defender’s sole appearance for the Three Lions.

Dunk has risen through the divisions with Brighton and is producing the best football of his career under the current regime, with the centre-back confident in possession and dominant defensively. He has adapted brilliantly to the demands of Roberto De Zerbi, whose emphasis in building from the back is reliant on Dunk’s assuredness in possession.

This season, Lewis Dunk has played every single minute of Brighton’s best-ever top-flight season, securing European football for the first time in the club’s history.

After five years, he’s back in the England squad. 💪

— Squawka (@Squawka) May 24, 2023

Dunk might be 31, but the Seagulls’ captain appears to be getting better under the tutelage of De Zerbi and his performances have made him impossible for Gareth Southgate to ignore.

Centre-back: Sven Botman – Newcastle

Newcastle fought off competition from a host of leading clubs to sign Sven Botman last summer, having waited patiently to land Eddie Howe’s top defensive target.

The club’s £35m investment already appears money well spent with Botman a prominent figure in a resolute rearguard at St James’ Park. Newcastle’s backline has been a formidable unit and Botman’s domineering presence has been central to their success.


— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 23, 2023

The Dutch defender is calm under pressure, good on the ball and dominant in duels. The Magpies conceded 62 goals last season, but have allowed just 32 in this season ahead of the final weekend and Botman has been a major part of that. He’s been a brilliant addition and looks set to be a long-term fixture at Newcastle.

Left-back: Pervis Estupinan – Brighton

Brighton have had a historic season with the Seagulls having secured European football for the first time. The club’s success has come despite seeing several assets prized away by richer clubs, with elite recruitment having ensured Brighton continue to progress.

Marc Cucurella won a clean sweep at Brighton’s end-of-season awards in 2021/22, but the Spaniard has barely been missed. It’s a strong argument that Estupinan has been an upgrade on Cucurella, such has been his level of performance this season.

The Ecuadorian bombs forward with intent, is an excellent crosser and never neglects his defensive duties. He’s been arguably the best left-back in the league this season.

Midfield: Joao Palhinha – Fulham

Joao Palhinha has made his mark during an outstanding debut season at Fulham, with the summer arrival from Sporting Lisbon adding steel to Marco Silva’s midfield.

Palhinha tops the Premier League for tackles won and has won more duels than any other player across Europe’s top five leagues. His brilliant ball-winning has made Fulham tough to beat and the Cottagers have avoided a relegation dogfight to consolidate for another season comfortably.

A combative, crucial, cog in the Fulham side, the west Londoners failed to win in any of the three games Palhinha has missed this season. That is no coincidence.

Most Tackles Won in the Premier League so far this season:

80 – João Palhinha

52 – Idrissa Gana Gueye & Lucas Paqueta

Destroyer. 💥

— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) May 24, 2023

Midfield: Declan Rice – West Ham

West Ham have disappointed domestically this season, but Declan Rice has continued to enhance his own reputation as the heartbeat of the Hammers’ side.

Rice leads the Premier League for interceptions and has been the driving force of West Ham’s best performances. The 24-year-old’s game has become increasingly rounded with an ability to both break up the game and drive forward with purpose, attributes which will make him one of the most sought-after players in the upcoming transfer window.

Declan Rice is the only player in Europe’s top five leagues with 30+ in these metrics in 22/23:

◉ 62 interceptions

◉ 51 clearances

◉ 38 take-ons completed

◉ 36 aerial duels won

◉ 36 chances created

◉ 33 shots

And he’s won possession more times than any other player (322).

— Squawka (@Squawka) May 7, 2023

He will want to depart West Ham having become the club’s first captain since 1980 to lift a major trophy, having impressed during the Hammers’ run to the Europa Conference League final.

Midfield: Moises Caicedo – Brighton

Another name set to be in-demand this summer, Moises Caicedo has been the tenacious and tireless centrepiece of Brighton’s brilliant team.

Since breaking into the side during the latter stages of last season, Caicedo’s reputation has grown and grown with the Premier League’s top clubs keen on a midfielder who can add real bite and dynamism to the side.

.@MoisesCaicedo55 is SO good. 🤤

— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) January 5, 2023

The 21-year-old is one of just two Premier League players to have created 40+ chances from open play, made 40+ successful tackles and made 40+ interceptions this season, while he has become just the fourth player aged 21 or under to record 100+ tackles in a Premier League season since 2016/17. The Ecuadorian is already immensely impactful and has the capabilities to get even better.

Forward: Kaoru Mitoma – Brighton

Kaoru Mitoma makes it a Brighton quartet in our non-Big Six Team of the Season, with the Japan international having been one of the most watchable players in the division.

Mitoma had to be patient for his chance after returning from a loan spell at Union Saint-Gilloise, but has thrived under the management of Roberto De Zerbi to give Premier League full-backs nightmares.

You can’t stop Kaoru. 😏 @Kaoru_Mitoma 💫

— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) October 4, 2022

Mitoma has seven goals and five assists in 24 league starts for the Seagulls, but more than that contribution he has raised the excitement levels at the Amex Stadium on a weekly basis. His desire to take on defenders has often been worth the admission fee alone.

Forward: Callum Wilson – Newcastle

Callum Wilson has fired Newcastle into the Champions League and the Magpies can look forward to big European nights returning to St James’ Park.

Wilson has had to make do with a reduced role on occasion following the arrival of Alexander Isak, but has proven his worth during the run-in with a phenomenal run of form.

The 31-year-old has scored 11 goals in his last 11 league appearances, part of a career-best haul of 18 goals in the Premier League this season. Wilson’s return has come from just 21 league starts, with the forward exceptional for Eddie Howe’s side and well worthy of his England recall.

Wrapping up the three points! 🫡@CallumWilson

— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) April 30, 2023

Only Erling Haaland can better his average of 0.87 goals per 90 minutes this season.

Forward: Ivan Toney – Brentford

Ivan Toney has had a career-best season for a Brentford side who continue to upset the odds in the Premier League on a fraction of the budget enjoyed by rival sides.

Toney’s first full season in the Premier League was impressive last term, but the forward has reached another level in 2022/23 to score 20 league goals and become an England international.

🏆 @IvanToney24 is our 2022/23 Players’ Player of the Season

Presented by @safetyculturehq

— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) May 24, 2023

The 27-year-old has been monstrous in the air and clinical on the ground, exhibiting an all-round game which would have made him coveted this summer. Brentford will need to find a way to replace his impact, after an eight-month ban for breaching gambling rules.

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Done Deal Liverpool Has Successfully Signed PSG and Chelsea Target €100 million – Reports

Liverpool have now reportedly joined in the race to sign Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) target Manuel Ugarte this summer.

The Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder is currently regarded as one of the most in-demand players in Europe heading into this summer’s transfer window. His performances for Sporting this season have caught the eyes of top European clubs, who are keen on signing a holding midfielder.

The Uruguayan is very much a traditional holding midfielder, who is very good at protecting the defense line as well as winning tackles and possession for the team.

Ugarte also has a sizable release clause with Sporting Lisbon, one which most clubs would consider a bargain in today’s inflated transfer market.

A fee in the region of €60 million is reportedly what it takes to sign a capable Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder this summer.

Meanwhile, it was expected that the duo of Chelsea and PSG were the frontrunners for Ugarte’s signature as both teams have shown commitments to meeting his release clause.

However, it is now said to be a three-horse race for the Uruguayan’s signature as Liverpool have also reportedly indicated interest in signing the 22-year-old.

Ugarte has so far made a combined total of 43 appearances across all competitions for Sporting Lisbon this season.

What are Manuel Ugarte’s chances at Liverpool, PSG, and Chelsea?

Ugarte against Tottenham Hotspur: Group D – UEFA Champions League

Ahead of a proposed exit from Sporting Lisbon this summer, it will be interesting to see which club the Uruguayan international will sign for this summer.

As it stands, the trio of Liverpool, Chelsea, and PSG are fighting to sign the 22-year-old holding midfielder, having indicated an interest in meeting his €60 million release clause.

All three clubs are currently tipped to revamp their midfield this summer and Ugarte could be a huge addition to either side.

Premier League club Liverpool is expected to lose two first-team midfielders this summer on free transfers. The duo of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita will leave the club when their current contracts expire this summer.

As such, it is greatly expected that Liverpool would be in dire need of quality replacements. However, for the holding midfield position which Ugarte excels in, he would need to contend with the experienced Fabinho for a starting position.

At PSG, Ugarte could still have a couple of players to contend with in midfield. However, the French club would be offering him the chance of playing in the Champions League next season.

Chelsea, on the other hand, are another club keen on addressing their midfield situation this summer. As it stands, Ugarte could easily nail down a starting spot at the base of the Blues’ midfield next season as they currently don’t have a recognized holding midfielder.

His arrival could also give more room for Enzo Fernandez to operate higher up the pitch, while he, Ugarte, would be saddled with the defensive responsibilities.

Edited by Akshay Saraswat

Pundits agree over Southampton vs Liverpool score prediction as Roberto Firmino point made

Liverpool have little to play for in their Premier League finale against rock-bottom Southampton as they get ready to wave goodbye to four long-serving players on Sunday afternoon.

With their summer departures already confirmed, vice captain James Milner and ever-popular Brazil striker Roberto Firmino may appear one last time for Jurgen Klopp before moving on next season, while Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also on their way.

Here’s what the pundits expect will happen at St. Mary’s Stadium…

Paul Merson – Sportskeeda

Liverpool will destroy Southampton to finish their season on a positive note, I’m going for a 4-0 win for the away side. On a hot summer’s day down at St Mary’s Stadium against a relegated team, they will finish on a blast.

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Mohamed Salah loves scoring goals and I expect him to play a big role for Jurgen Klopp’s side as the Reds say their farewells to the likes of Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Firmino is an unbelievable player, and I would like to think he’s a legend of the Jurgen Klopp era at Liverpool. Salah and Sadio Mane produced the numbers season after season, but Firmino knitted it all together. I couldn’t talk highly enough of the man – Liverpool wouldn’t have been as good as they were if it wasn’t for him.

Score prediction: Southampton 0-4 Liverpool

Chris Sutton – BBC Sport

Southampton don’t have many fond memories to look back on this season, especially at home, where they have won twice during the entire campaign. They will be playing for pride, but that won’t be enough against a Liverpool side who have built up a bit of momentum in recent weeks.

It’s been a difficult campaign for Klopp’s side, too, while missing out on the Champions League is a disappointment for them, but at least they will finish off on a bit of a high note. I’m expecting Mohamed Salah to score and Liverpool to win.

Score prediction: Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

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Mark Lawrenson – Paddy Power

Liverpool will win this easily. Southampton are in disarray.

Score prediction: Southampton 0-2 Liverpool


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