Mohamed Salah embarrasses Liverpool team-mates before Watford clash

Mohamed Salah danced his way around his own team-mates before kick-off (Picture: Liverpool FC)Mohamed Salah’s own team-mates got a taste of the kind of torture opposition defenders go through before Liverpool’s 5-0 thumping of Watford.

The Egyptian forward grabbed four of Liverpool’s five goals against Watford and the comparisons with Lionel Messi grew louder as Jurgen Klopp’s talisman sent the Anfield faithful into a frenzy.

Salah looked in the mood even before kick-off on Saturday afternoon as he effortlessly jinked his way around several of his Liverpool team-mates in warm-up.

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The likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Andrew Robertson were tripping over each other as they tried to nick the ball from Salah in vain.

They have families too you know, Mo…

Salah’s four goals against the Hornets took him to 36 in all competitions this season, meaning he matched Robbie Fowler’s record tally for a Liverpool player in the Premier League era.

Fowler scored 36 goals across 53 games for the Reds back in 1995/96.

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Klopp praised Salah’s tremendous attitude following Liverpool’s thumping of Watford and warned that the Egyptian could improve further still before the end of the season.

‘We will not treat him like: “You don’t have to train, Mo – just come on Saturday for the game and we’ll see you there at Anfield or whatever.” He doesn’t want that,’ Klopp said.

‘He’s in the moment of his career but he knows there is a lot for him to come.

‘He wants to learn and he wants to improve.’

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Atletico Madrid eye former Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi as replacement for Jan Oblak but will face competition from Chelsea

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak is one of Arsenal’s primary summer transfer targets (Picture: Getty)Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are eyeing a summer move for RB Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, according to reports.

The Premier League champions are yet to agree terms with Thibaut Courtois over a new contract, while Arsenal are said to be readying a world record offer for Jan Oblak, whose current deal with Atletico includes an £89million release clause.

Arsenal are in the market for Petr Cech’s long-term replacement and have been linked with several options, including Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno and Stoke City’s Jack Butland. But according to AS, Oblak is at the top of Arsenal’s shortlist.

Peter Gulacsi is a reported target of both Chelsea and Atletico Madrid (Picture: Getty)

Thibaut Courtois is yet to agree terms on a new Chelsea contract (Picture: Getty)Both Chelsea and Atletico are assessing their options should their current first choice goalkeepers leave in the close season and both have earmarked Gulasci as a potential option.

The Hungary international spent five years at Liverpool without starting a first team game but would still be a considered a home grown player should he opt for a move to Stamford Bridge.

RB Leipzing, who are currently sixth in the Bundesliga and face Marseille in the quarter finals of the Europa League, would be reluctant to lose the 27-year-old but ESPN claims they are already aware of Chelsea and Atletico’s interest.

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The best, worst and surprisingly successful January transfers featuring Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Virgil van Dijk

Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcot, Daniel Sturridge, Virgil van Dijk and Patrice Evra were among the players on the move in January (Picture: Getty; PA)It’s been nearly two months since the close of the January transfer window and with the cheques having cleared we can assess which moves really warranted all the hype.

It was arguably the most exciting mid-season window ever, with huge stars switching between some of the biggest clubs and vast sums of money changing hands.

But which new arrivals have had fans out of their seats and which have had them pulling their hair out?

Biggest flop – Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez couldn’t stop Manchester United being dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla (Getty)Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United was the biggest deal of the lot, with the Chilean dramatically snubbing Manchester City in favour of Old Trafford (and the £350,000-a-week that came with it). The Red Devils revelled in his capture with the release of a cringey video to make the announcement, but things haven’t gone so well since.

In 10 appearances he’s scored just one goal and has looked well short of the levels he once showed at Arsenal. His arrival has also caused Jose Mourinho a selection dilemma in attack, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial pushed to the margins. Paul Pogba’s bad season has also deteriorated since January, with some pointing to Sanchez’s role in the team.

And now it’s even being reported that Sanchez is cutting an isolated figure and is eating alone in the Manchester United canteen. Is the former Arsenal man the new Angel Di Maria?

The perfect fit – Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk’s arrival was announced before the window even opened (Getty)For what felt like years Liverpool were persistently told ‘buy a top quality defender and you could be genuine contenders’. In January they finally heeded that advice with the £75m signing of Virgil van Dijk and the upturn in defensive displays from Jurgen Klopp’s side has been dramatic.

They’ve kept clean sheets in half the 10 games the Dutchman has played and some are beginning to believe Liverpool could be Man City’s biggest title challengers next season.

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Inevitably disappointing – Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley upon his arrival at Chelsea (Getty)Chelsea’s signing of Ross Barkley always felt more likely to fall into the category of a Scott Parker or Steve Sidwell arrival than the next Frank Lampard. And so far there’s been little evidence to the contrary.

Following his switch from Everton he’s made just three appearances and has since suffered a recurrence of the hamstring injury that scuppered a move last summer. His one showing in the Premier League was the 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.

Surprising success – Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott has been Everton’s best player since his arrival (Getty)There was so much focus on a certain Alexis Sanchez and the possibility of some big-name arrivals at Arsenal that the departure of Theo Walcott went relatively unnoticed. But he’s arguably been the most successful transfer of the January window. In his eight appearances for Everton he’s scored twice, created another two and overall been the Toffees’ standout player.

Potential life saver – Kenedy

Kenedy celebrates one of his two goals against Southampton (Getty)In Newcastle’s final match before the international break young Chelsea loanee Kenedy scored a brace in a 3-0 win over relegation rivals Southampton. A couple more performances like that will be enough to save the Magpies from the drop.

Depressingly predictable – Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge moved to West Brom on loan (Getty)Switching to West Brom on loan looked the perfect move for Daniel Sturridge. Away from Liverpool he would get the regular football he needed and with the motivation of a place in the England World Cup squad there would be no stopping him.

But just three games into his loan spell at the Hawthorns the inevitable injury happened and, without a goal to his name, he hasn’t played since.

Smart buy – Alex Pritchard

Alex Pritchard celebrates (Getty)Huddersfield looked to be on an inevitable slide back to the Championship with the club suffering five straight Premier League defeats in January. But since then, they’ve picked up seven points from 15 and moved away from the relegation zone.

The busy displays of Alex Pritchard in midfield, signed for around £12million from Norwich, have been key to that. The former Tottenham academy product has weighed in with a goal and an assist and could just keep David Wagner’s team up.

Least missed – Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho switched to Barcelona (Getty)Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona saw him become the second most expensive player in history. But rather than feeling the void of one of the world’s best players having just left, Liverpool have thrived in his absence with the club third in the Premier League and through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Still to convince – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has three in six (Reuters)The most expensive arrival in the Premier League during the January window has bagged three goals in six appearances for Arsenal which is a healthy return. But having essentially ousted Alexandre Lacazette from the side and been unable to play in the Europa League (the only competition that actually matters to Arsenal) it’s too early to say if he was worth the £56m Arsenal paid.

Unhappy return – Patrice Evra

Patrice Evra in action for West Ham (Getty)Patrice Evra is something of a Premier League legend having won a shedload of titles with Manchester United. So when it was announced he was returning to England in the colours of West Ham it was widely welcomed. But since the veteran’s free transfer, he’s played twice and been on the wrong end of two 4-1 scorelines. Meanwhile West Ham fans have suffered a total meltdown and recently came close to a full-on riot at the London Stadium (although to be fair to Evra, that wasn’t really his fault).

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The one that got away – Michy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi celebrates one of his eight goals for Borussia Dortmund (Getty)During the January window Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wanted a striker who could provide competition for Alvaro Morata and bang in a few crucial goals. So in came Olivier Giroud from Arsenal who’s managed to score one goal in eight appearances. At the same time Michy Batshuayi went out on loan to Borussia Dortmund where the Belgian has since scored eight goals for his new club. It’s impossible not to conclude that somewhere Chelsea made a mistake.

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Liverpool star Emre Can pulls out of Germany training with back injury

Emre Can was replaced in the first-half of Liverpool’s defeat of Watford (Picture: Getty)Liverpool star Emre Can was forced to pull out of Germany’s training session ahead of the side’s clash with Spain.

Can started Liverpool’s match against Watford last weekend but the 24-year-old was substituted in the 27th minute and replaced with James Milner before the Reds went on to win 5-0.

Despite Can struggling with back problems at Anfield, Joachim Low named the midfielder in his Germany squad for their friendlies against Spain and Brazil.

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However, Can was forced to leave training on Wednesday after only 15 minutes of the session.

It’s understood his back injury was still causing him problems in Dusseldorf ahead of Germany’s clash with Spain on Friday evening.

The midfielder is a doubt for Germany’s clash with Spain (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp played down Emre Can’s injury (Picture: Getty)Asked about Can’s injury after the defeat of Watford, Jurgen Klopp said: ‘He doesn’t think, and I don’t think, it is too serious – but it was too serious to continue,

‘He had that problem a little bit during the week; we gave him one day of extra recovery but he thought it would work and he trained normally yesterday.

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‘It is a muscle thing but it should not be that serious.

‘He will go to the national team I think, and have their treatment.’

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Liverpool star Emre Can hints he will join ‘very big club’ this summer

Emre Can is set to join Juventus at the end of the campaign (Picture: Getty)Liverpool star Emre Can has dropped a hint that he’s set to join Juventus in the summer transfer window.

Can has made 115 Premier League appearances for Liverpool since arriving on Merseyside back in 2014 but the 24-year-old is expected to move on from Anfield ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

It’s understood Can has sealed an agreement in principle to join Juve at the end of the season, with the Germany international out of contract with Liverpool at the end of June.

‘I have the self-confidence to say that my qualities are sufficient to play in a very big club next season,’ the midfielder told German outlet SportBild.

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‘I’m doing great in England. Here it is is physical and that suits me. The Spanish league is also attractive.

‘The same applies to Germany, where tactics are concerned, and Italy, which has recently caught up.

The German is out of contract in June (Picture: Getty)‘Incidentally, the same applies to France, this league has now established itself as one of the best in Europe.

‘Therefore, I do not want to exclude anything because I do not know what I will do from summer.’

Giuseppe Marotta has made no secret of Juventus’ pursuit of Emre Can (Picture: Getty)Juventus’ general manager Giuseppe Marotta confirmed earlier this week that Can will be the club’s top target.

‘It is well-known that we are concentrating on Emre Can, who will have to give us an answer,’ he told ANSA.

‘He will be the first goal if he shows interest.

‘Otherwise, we will have to move to other targets.’

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The Serie A giants are also keeping close tabs on Jack Wilshere, with the Englishman out of contract at Arsenal in the summer.

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Barcelona want Andres Iniesta to stay and help mentor former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho was signed from Liverpool in January as a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta (Picture: Getty)Barcelona are desperate for Andres Iniesta to snub a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League and help mentor the club’s record signing Philippe Coutinho.

Iniesta has until April 30 to make a decision on his future, but Barcelona are said to be growing increasingly concerned that the 33-year-old will call time on his glittering Camp Nou career.

The Liga leaders have already taken steps to replace one of the most iconic players in the club’s history by recruiting Coutinho for £142million in January, while Artur Melo will complete his move from Gremio in the close season.

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Andres Iniesta was given a heroes reception when he was substituted against Chelsea last week (Picture: Getty)

Arthur is expected to complete his move from Gremio to Barcelona this summer (Picture: Getty)Despite their forward planning, Sport claims Barcelona, and in particular their manager Ernesto Valverde, are concerned at the prospect of Iniesta leaving prematurely and want him to stay and educate the new arrivals on the essence and philosophy of the club.

Iniesta is still mulling over his future but concedes he has been well treated by Barcelona’s hierarchy including President Josep Maria Bartomeu and was touched by the reception he received from his home crowd when he was substituted during last week’s win over Chelsea in the Champions League.

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Ian Wright warns Liverpool why Mohamed Salah could have head turned by Real Madrid

Mohamed Salah is understood to be interesting the biggest clubs in the world (Getty)Mohamed Salah will be unable to ignore interest from Real Madrid, Ian Wright has warned Liverpool.

The Egyptian striker has been sensational following his move from Roma last summer. He’s the Premier League’s top scorer with 28 goals and has been the most prolific Liverpool debutant in history.

Rumours are beginning to circulate that he will be the subject of interest from Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona in the summer.

Liverpool know only too well about the power the pair wield, with both Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho departing for the Nou Camp in recent times after impressing in a Liverpool shirt.

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Arsenal legend Wright believes a similar scenario could unfold with Salah.

‘Anyone that has come into the Premier League and scored that amount of goals, you’re going to court that kind of attention,’ Wright told Sky Sports.

‘When you have had such an impact, you are going to court attention. What clubs will have seen with Liverpool is that if you keep pressing for one of their players, you might get them in the end.

‘This is the problem Liverpool will have. If Salah continues this kind of scoring next season, they will be courting him.’

Salah scored four goals for Liverpool last weekend (Metro)Wright added that Salah could be unable to resist the lure of moving to one of the two biggest clubs in the world.

‘Not being disrespectful to Liverpool, but Salah won’t have grown up dreaming of playing for Liverpool – if Real Madrid come knocking, he’s going to be taking notice of that.’

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With Salah having only joined last summer, it’s understood Liverpool will strongly resist any attempts to lure him away, despite talk of offers in excess of £200million.

The club managed to delay the exits of both Suarez and Coutinho before they eventually left, but Wright warns if their current star player goes it will have a major impact.

‘Losing Salah would be a much bigger loss than losing Coutinho,’ he said.

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Real Madrid to ditch Eden Hazard to pursue world-record Mohamed Salah move

Salah is a major target for Europe’s elite (Picture: Getty)Real Madrid are ready to abandon their pursuit of Eden Hazard and focus on a world-record £200million transfer of Mohamed Salah.

The Spanish giants have been stunned by the Egypt international’s form in the 2017/18 season, which has seen him compared to Lionel Messi, and they are ready to smash Neymar’s £198m transfer record in order to sign him.

However, they are not alone in the chase for the Liverpool forward, with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all preparing offers, according to the Sun.

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After losing Philippe Coutinho for £145m in the January transfer window, Liverpool will be reluctant to let Salah leave any time soon.

But Real Madrid bosses are convinced that the club’s owners would Fenway Sports Group would not be able to resist a fee of £200m or higher.

Hazard is set to stay at Stamford Bridge (Picture: AMA/Getty)The 25-year-old cost Liverpool just £34.3m from Roma last summer, but his 28-goal Premier League tally has seen his value skyrocket.

Should the Reds sell up, it’s good news for Chelsea as Real will cool their interest in prized asset Hazard.

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah insists Manchester United jibe all in good fun

Mohamed Salah is in superb form for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah has insisted social media is just for fun and fans should not dwell on his posts for too long.

The Liverpool star is regularly active on his Twitter account and aimed a well-timed swipe at Manchester United after the Red Devils were knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla.

United had beaten Liverpool in their previous game and Salah had been showered with abuse from rival supporters after a below par performance.

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Ashley Young even got in on the act after the game, before Salah gained revenge over United by tweeting after the shock Sevilla victory at Old Trafford: ‘The UCL draw can’t come soon enough.’

Salah has now addressed the tweet while on international duty with Egypt.

He said: ‘As for being active on social media, I sometimes go on it and follow things… At the end of the day, social media for me is something you do for fun.

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The UCL draw can’t come soon enough 😁
— Mohamed Salah (@22mosalah) March 13, 2018

(Picture: Getty)‘I can’t let it affect me, change my mood or change my perspective on life. I’m not even bother by it.

‘I can go on it for joking around, like the funny thing that happened last week. It was funny but it’s all over now.’

Liverpool secured their quarter-final spot with ease against Porto, but United failed to make it past Sevilla despite the second leg being at home.

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(Picture: Getty)United will now focus their energies on finishing second in the Premier League and claiming a FA Cup trophy.

Liverpool drew Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and will need two big performances from Salah to progress past the soon-to-be English champions.

Salah’s hat-trick against Watford last weekend took him to 28 league goals for Liverpool in his debut season as a Red.

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Mohamed Salah will follow Philippe Coutinho by leaving Liverpool for Spain, claims Ian Wright

Mohamed Salah has had a sensational season forArsenal legend Ian Wright believes Liverpool will struggle to hold onto Mohamed Salah this summer and believes the winger could follow Philippe Coutinho by moving to La Liga.

Salah’s scored 28 goals in 32 league appearances for the Reds this season, a sensational return in his debut campaign following a £36million move from Roma.

The Egyptian scored four in a 5-0 rout against Watford on Saturday and could be crowned PFA Player of the Year at the end of the season.

However, Wright believes Liverpool will have a fight on their hands to keep Salah and says Real Madrid are likely to come in for him.

Coutinho joined Barcelona in January (Picture: Getty)‘The major issue for them is whether he’ll continue to do so in a red shirt at Liverpool, or a white one as a Real Madrid Galactico,’ Wright told the Sun.

‘Salah’s displays for Liverpool have been phenomenal. It’s reaching the stage where it’s pointless making comparisons with heroes of the past because he’s outdoing them all.

‘And ironically it is his performances on Merseyside which could — and almost certainly will — give them a huge problem before too long. Are you telling me when the rebuilding begins at Real — and they need it — he won’t be at the top of their wanted list?

‘And while it’s blindingly obvious Liverpool will put up the fight of their lives to keep him — point out he’s contracted to 2022 with another deal in the offing — it’s a battle they will find hard to win.’

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Liverpool rejected a transfer request from Coutinho in the summer of 2017 but eventually granted the Brazilian his move to the Camp Nou in January.

Barcelona paid £142m for the former Inter Milan man and Liverpool, though unwilling to sell Salah, value the Egyptian at roughly the same.

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