Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may have to face the tedious task of keeping hold of his star players in the summer if they continue to get linked with moves away from Anfield. The club’s poor form this season has raised questions as to whether they would still be able to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season since they are almost confirmed to be out of the title race.
Some Liverpool players have been touted to leave the club. With midfielder Georgia Wijnaldum already confirmed to be leaving the club at the end of the season, Attackers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have also both been linked with potential exits from the Premier League Champions. While Mane has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, Salah has been linked to Madrid’s fierce rivals Barcelona and has been tipped to make the switch if the Reds do not turn their season around.
Barcelona are favourites to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey semi-finals ahead of the quarterfinal clash at the home of Granada tonight. The Copa Del Rey format has changed since last season from a two-legged format to a winner-takes-all one-leg clash due to the effects of the dreaded Coronavirus on the round leather game.
Barcelona will face a top flight team for the first time this season in the Copa Del Rey when they take on Granada but they can take solace from their league result in the same fixture. Some weeks ago, Barcelona thrashed Granada 4-0 away from home with a brace each from club skipper Lionel Messi and the in-form Antoine Griezmann. Continue reading
Spanish giants Barcelona will be looking to climb further up the table as they travel to Athletic Bilbao in a crunch La Liga tie. Athletic Bilbao welcome the Catalans to the San James on Wednesday night and will also be looking to have one over Ronald Koeman’s men.
The home side are currently sitting in 9th position in the standings but will be looking to use the home advantage to secure Bragging rights having dropped vital La Liga points in 11 out of the 17 games they have played so far in the league.
On Sunday night, Barcelona welcome Levante to the Camp Nou in a match that they must win if they want to be anywhere near the top 4 by the end of the day. They will be looking to snap up all three points and bounce back from the home defeat to a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Juventus in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.
Ronald Koeman’s men suffered two consecutive defeats both in the league against Cadiz and in Europe against Andrea Pirlo’s Juve. Koeman will then be looking forward to clinching a win at the weekend in a bid to lift the spirits in the dressing room.
The Spanish giant Barcelona is facing deep distress as they have initiated a drastic change in the team line up. They have just released the Uruguay striker Luis Suarez just after their awful result in the recent past. Lionel Messi who is the icon of Barcelona also had to think about his career after the miserable results in some of the matches in the recent past. But now someone has appeared in front to speak out for the players and that’s Gerard Pique. He kept his silence intact for long and hadn’t spent a single word on these circumstances. Finally, he has broken his silence and has brought his thoughts on the matter in front of the management as well as the supporters.
In one of his interviews with La Vanguardia, the reliable center back has given his views on several matters but the most interesting matter was the acts of Ernesto Valverde as he axed upon some of the key players of the team and also Messi had to think on the dicey position of the club about him.
Barcelona manager Quique Seiten is not bothered by the downfall of Messi’s number of goals when compared to other seasons. He says that the Argentinian is contributingmore to the club than merely scoring goals. Even though he is the top goalscorer in the current season with 22 goalsthis is the least number of goals scored by the player than in any other season.
His previous lowest goalscorer was in the 2008–2009 season and in the current season, he still has two more matches left to play whether he will get to score or not is doubtful. His previous scores from 2015 to 2019 are 26, 37,34 and 36 and his current score is lesser than the previous ones.
Ivan Rakitic has said that he will be staying in Barcelona for another yearas there has been speculation that he will be leaving the club. In the 2019–2020 season, his playing time in the regular team has been reduced which has brought a bit of frustration upon him. He was transferred from Sevilla in 2014 for £16 million.
Since his arrival, he has made 299 appearances and scored 35 goals. During this time period, he has established himself as one of the best midfielders. With Barcelona, he has won four La Liga titles and a Champions League title.
Former Liverpool star Stan Collymore believes Chelsea boss Frank Lampard should avoid signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona during the summer transfer window. The Brazil international is presently on a season-long loan at Bayern Munich but he is expected to return to the Camp Nou at the end of the campaign.
Speaking to The Mirror, Collymore said that signing Coutinho would be a mistake for the west London side and Lampard should stay away from the playmaker. He added that the player would benefit teams such as Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United and branded the 27-year-old as one of the most overrated attacking midfielders.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Barcelona will struggle to win this season’s Champions League, given they don’t have the required creativity from the centre of the park. The Catalan giants recently picked up a 1-1 draw from the away leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Napoli but their performance was not overly impressive despite their dominant possession stats.
on BeIN Sports, Wenger acknowledged that the Blaugrana are not well placed in
the pursuit of the Champions League title and believes they can be exploited in
the midfield department, where they have lacked regular goalscorers, he told: “I
would agree (that they aren’t good enough to win it. This Barcelona side on
average since the start of the season has similar numbers to Napoli.
Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo has said that the Blaugrana must improve with their overall performances in order to win the Champions League title this season. The Blaugrana previously won the elite competition in 2015 and they have since failed at the quarter-final stage on three occasions while missing out on the final to eventual champions Liverpool last term.
in a press conference, Semedo said that there is room for improvement in the
defensive point of view following a shock 3-1 defeat to Levante at the weekend.
He added that the Blaugrana were previously on a seven-match winning run prior
to the defeat but they have set standards whereby they can’t afford any
setbacks in between.