Frank Lampard’s heartfelt message to Mohamed Salah overheard off-camera

Frank Lampard was interviewing Mohamed Salah for BT Sport (LFCTV)Frank Lampard showed his class with a lovely message for Mohamed Salah ahead of Liverpool’s titanic Champions League final with Real Madrid.

Salah has had a record-breaking debut campaign on Merseyside and was named PFA Player of the Year after 32 goals for the Reds in the Premier League.

What makes Salah’s season all the more impressive, though, is how he has managed to bounce back from a disastrous spell at Chelsea in his first crack at English football.

The forward only scored two goals in 19 appearances before being eventually securing a permanent switch to Roma in August 2016.

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One man who saw Salah’s struggles first hand at Stamford Bridge was legendary midfielder Lampard, who played alongside the Egyptian in the 2013/14 season.

The pair met up for the first time since they shared a changing room as Lampard interviewed Salah for a BT Sport interview.

In a touching moment prior to the interview, captured by LFCTV, Lampard taps his former team-mate on the leg before saying: ‘I’m just so happy for you…brilliant.’

Salah stressed that he learned a lot from his time at Chelsea despite a lack of playing time under Jose Mourinho.

‘I had one season with you [Lampard] and we know each other. It was an honour to play with you, but when I was there I was not playing much. I was also still a kid,’ he said.

‘I went to Roma and changed and came back a different person but my time at Chelsea – I was just young and there I didn’t have my chance.

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‘When I look back I learned a lot from Jose, from the club, everything there was different for me because I came from Basel to Chelsea and it was different.

‘For me, I always wanted success and it was always in my mind to come back to the Premier League.’

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When does the transfer window open and close over summer 2018?

Transfer speculation over Willian is already rife (Picture: Getty Images)The Premier League season may be over, but we still have the Champions League final and World Cup to look forward to, not to mention the usual summer excitement surrounding transfers.

Thankfully we are being treated to actual football this summer, but that won’t stop the hype around which players are coming and going from all the major leagues across the world.

Speculation is already rife over the future of some players and we can expect some huge deals to go down this summer, but when can they be done?

Here is everything you need to know…

Will Anthony Martial be on the move this summer? (Picture: Getty Images)When does the transfer window open?

The transfer window is already open!

Yes, it was officially unlocked and pushed ajar on 17 May, but this is only for domestic transfers.

International transfers can only be made from midnight on 8 June (when FIFA’s Transfer Matching System opens).

Emre Can looks likely to leave Liverpool (Picture: PA)When does the transfer window close?

The window closes at 5pm on 9 August.

This is earlier than in previous years as clubs wanted to avoid disruption after the season starts on 11 August.

However, they can still sell players to foreign clubs after this deadline, until the deadlines in other countries are reached.

Chelsea youth star Isaac Christie-Davies to make Liverpool transfer

Isaac Christie-Davies had a trial at Liverpool in March (Picture: Getty)Isaac Christie-Davies is set to link up with Liverpool after Chelsea opted against extending his deal, reports say.

The 20-year-old’s contract with Chelsea expired in the summer and Liverpool are now ready to step in.

ESPN claim Liverpool are among several clubs who have been monitoring Christie-Davies’ situation at Chelsea.

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Christie-Davies was previously on trial at Liverpool in March and the Reds were impressed with the midfielder’s ability.

Liverpool have developed a recent history of poaching youth stars from Chelsea’s academy, with Dominic Solanke making the switch to Anfield last summer.

Solanke fought his way into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team set-up and scored his first goal for Liverpool on the final day of the Premier League season last Sunday.

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Dominic Solanke arrived from Chelsea last summer (Picture: AFP)Christie-Davies will not link up with the first-team straight away, but instead join the Under-23 group.

The youngster leaves Chelsea having won back-to-back FA Youth Cups and a Uefa Youth League title in 2016.

Liverpool are set for a busy summer with Klopp aiming to bring in three high profile signings, as well as add to the squad’s depth.

Klopp still needs to sign a replacement for playmaker Philippe Coutinho and is set to lose another midfielder, Emre Can, to Juventus.

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera claims Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the Premier League’s best player

Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, says Ander Herrera. (Getty Images)Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera claims Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League.

The Spain international is preparing to face the Belgian this Saturday as Jose Mourinho’s side take on Antonio Conte’s men in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Mohamed Salah has been crowned PFA Player of the Year after an impressive season at Liverpool, while the Egyptian also won the Premier League’s Golden Boot with his record-breaking 32-goal campaign.

But Herrera believes Hazard should still be considered the division’s best player.

‘For me, Hazard is the best player in the league,’ the United midfielder said on The Big Interview with Graham Hunter.

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‘In my opinion he’s the best player in the league, I’ve said that since my first day here.’

Herrera also believes his United teammate David De Gea is comfortably the best goalkeeper in world football.

‘For me, David is the best by far,’ said Herrera.

‘I think he has something that comes from god.

‘God chose him in the goal and god chose Messi on the pitch.

Herrera says David De Gea is easily the best goalkeeper in the world. (AFP/Getty Images)‘You cannot train what he did against Liverpool [at Anfield].

‘You cannot train what he did against Kun Aguero when he was two metres in front of him and he put the hand out, you cannot train it.

‘You can train when he receives the ball from the left defender and he passes the ball to Antonio Valencia pefect.

‘You can see when he receives the ball he knows always what to do.

‘He has some special abilities that I think he hasn’t trained them, because you cannot train them, you just have them.’

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If Liverpool win the Champions League will fifth-placed Chelsea qualify?

Sorry Chelsea fans, Europa League beckons no matter Liverpool’s result (Picture: Getty)After a pulsating final day of Premier League action that saw a tidal wave of goals across the 10 games, Liverpool sealed fourth spot with a comprehensive win over Brighton.

There had been a slim chance that Chelsea could leapfrog the Merseysiders if they won, Liverpool lost and there was a huge swing in goal difference – but Antonio Conte’s side suffered a humiliating loss at Newcastle.

Even if Liverpool had missed out on the top four, winning their upcoming Champions League final against Real Madrid would have secured their place in the competition regardless – so is it a similar case for Chelsea?

Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev (Picture: Getty)Will fifth place qualify if Liverpool win the Champions League?

The short answer is: no. The only circumstances in which a country can have more than four participants in the Champions League is if a team wins the Champions League or Europa League while finishing outside the automatic qualification spots.

This has happened before, both when Manchester United won the Europa League last season while only finishing sixth, and when Chelsea won the Champions League in 2011/12.

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But, sadly for Chelsea, their failure to make the final of either European cup, coupled with their fifth-place finish, means they will definitely be playing in the Europa League next season even if Liverpool beat Real Madrid.

The Champions League final will, however, determine which pot the Reds end up in for the group stage draw: win in Kiev and they will be seeded in pot 1, lose and they will be in pot 3.

No team has ever won the Champions League in three straight seasons (Picture: Getty)When is the Champions League final?

The Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool will take place in Kiev – the capital of Ukraine – on Saturday May 26th.

The game will kick off at 19.45 BST, and takes place at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, which was recently reconstructed for Euro 2012 where it hosted the final.

When is the draw for the Champions League 2018/19 group stage?

Incredibly, the preliminary round draw for the Champions League – which features teams from Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar and Kosovo – takes place before the World Cup has even started, with matches scheduled in the middle of the tournament. The first qualifying round, which will involve Celtic, also overlaps with the World Cup, though the play-off proper is not until the end of August.

No Premier League clubs will have to worry about that, though, with all four sides going straight in the group stages. The draw for the group stage will take place on Thursday August 30th in Monaco, not the usual location of Nyon, with the first matches played in the middle of September.

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Mohamed Salah sets new Premier League goal record, eclipsing Shearer, Ronaldo & Suarez

Mohamed Salah scored his record breaking goal against Brighton in front of the KopMohamed Salah has set a new record for most goals goals scored in a single Premier League campaign thanks to his 26th-minute goal against Brighton on Sunday.

The Egyptian has been in incredible form this season, scoring 42 goals in all competitions, and has now notched his 32nd goal of the Premier League campaign to break the record for a 38-game season.

Alan Shearer (1995-96), Luis Suarez (2013-14) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) had all shared the record with Salah, but now he has claimed it outright.

Salah is the only player to win three Player of the Month awards in a single season (Getty)But not content with being the greatest goalscorer of the modern Premier League era, Salah has made no secret of his desire to break the record for a 42-game season too.

Shearer (1994-95) and Andy Cole (1993-94) both netted an astonishing 34 times with Blackburn and Newcastle respectively.

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Salah has the remainder of Sunday’s clash with Brighton, the final game of the season, to try and get the hat-trick he needs to match Shearer and Cole’s record.

Salah has scored, on average, a goal every 91 minutes in the Premier League this season, as well as registering nine assists.

Premier League top scorers 2017-18

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 32 goalsHarry Kane (Tottenham) – 29 goalsSergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 21 goalsJamie Vardy (Leicester) – 19 goalsRaheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 18 goals

Speaking about his pursuit of both this season’s golden boot and the all-time scoring record, Salah told Sky Sports: ‘Honestly as you can see, I have had a great season and still some games to go.

‘For anyone the most important thing is to play good, to perform good, to score goals for your team. I am happy in the city, for the club and for myself for sure. It means a lot.’

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Which Premier League games are on TV today? Sky Sports showing three matches live on final day

Will Mohamed Salah secure the Premier League Golden Boot this afternoon? (Picture: Getty Images)The Premier League season comes to a conclusion on Sunday afternoon and three of the 10 games will be shown live on Sky Sports.

There is little to play for going into the final game of the season, but the matches that have anything on the line are being broadcast.

The battle for fourth spot is still alive and so both Liverpool and Chelsea’s games are being shown.

The Reds have the upper hand in that duel as they just need a draw at home to Brighton to confirm their spot in the Champions League next season.

Antonio Conte may be taking charge of his last Premier League game as Chelsea manager (Picture: Getty Images)Chelsea got to Newcastle needing a victory and in hope of Liverpool losing at home to the Seagulls.

Liverpool vs Brighton will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event, whilst the Blues against the Magpies will be on Sky Sports Premier League.

The other match being shown is Southampton vs Manchester City, with the Saints hoping to confirm survival in the division, but City wanting to reach 100 points for the season.

Raheem Sterling has had a superb season with Manchester City (Picture: Getty Images)Southampton need a point to guarantee their safety, although a loss will probably not hurt them as Swansea need  to win and make up a 10-goal swing to overhaul the Saints.

The Swans are at home to Stoke so victory for them and a loss for Southampton is not out of the question, but the goal difference will likely be too much for them to recover from.

Southampton vs Manchester City is on Sky Sports Mix.

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Which Premier League games are on TV?

Liverpool vs Brighton – Sky Sports Main Event – 3pm

Newcastle vs Chelsea – Sky Sports Premier League – 3pm

Southampton vs Man City – Sky Sports Mix – 3pm

Premier League fixtures on the final day of the season

Burnley  vs Bournemouth

Crystal Palace vs West Brom

Huddersfield vs Arsenal

Liverpool vs Brighton

Manchester United vs Watford

Newcastle vs Chelsea

Southampton vs Manchester City

Swansea vs Stoke

Swansea City look doomed (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham vs Leicester

West Ham vs Everton

All 3pm kick-offs

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Manchester City closing in on £50m transfer deal for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha

Manchester City are reportedly closing in on a deal for Wilfred Zaha (Picture: Getty)Manchester City are closing in on a £50million deal for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to reports.

Zaha has been instrumental in Palace’s stunning escape from Premier League relegation this season, scoring eight goals and making three assists in 28 appearances.

Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea have all expressed interest in signing the Ivory Coast international in recent weeks but City are hopeful of striking a deal.

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The Daily Mirror say Zaha’s displays for Palace have caught the attention of Pep Guardiola, who is determined to bolster his squad at City despite storming to the Premier League title.

Guardiola has told City he wants to sign a match-winning winger this summer and his focus has turned from Riyad Mahrez to Zaha.

Manchester City had a £60million bid for Leicester City’s Mahrez rejected in January and the Algerian playmaker may need to look elsewhere to finally get his desired move.

Pep Guardiola has identified Zaha as a top target (Picture: AP)

Zaha played a huge role in Palace’s relegation escape (Picture: Getty)Zaha has developed into a modern-day Palace legend in his two stints at Selhurst Park, first helping the club secure promotion to the top-flight before he was signed by Manchester United.

He made just two league appearances for the Red Devils, however, before returning to his boyhood club and rediscovering his form.

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Crystal Palace looked destined for the drop earlier in the season when they lost their first seven games without scoring a goal, but Zaha and his team-mates completed a remarkable turnaround under Roy Hodgson.

Speaking earlier in the week, Hodgson said of Zaha’s future at Palace: ‘I think Wilf enjoys his football here. He enjoys being part of our set-up.’

MORE: Man United, Arsenal and Man City make offers to Feyenoord teenager Melayro Bogarde

Manchester United, Arsenal and Man City make offers to Feyenoord teenager Melayro Bogarde

A number of Premier League clubs wants to sign Melayro Bogarde, right (Picture: Getty)Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City have all made contract offers to Melayro Bogarde, the teenage nephew of former Chelsea player Winston.

The talented defender will be in a position to sign his first professional deal when he turns 16 later this month and Chelsea and Liverpool are also monitoring the situation, according to The Guardian.

Bogarde is rated as one of the most promising young players in Europe and Pep Guardiola, the Man City manager, is said to see similarities between him and John Stones, who he signed from Everton two years ago.

Manchester City, who wrapped up the Premier League title last month, have invited Bogarde and his family to visit their Academy but United and Arsenal have also tabled similar proposals.

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The teenager is rated highly by coaches at Feyenoord (Picture: Getty)United will hope good relations with Feyenoord puts them in a better position than their domestic rivals – the club signed Tahith Chong from the Dutch side in 2016.

With a number of Premier League clubs interested in securing his signature, Bogarde is expected to decide on his next destination after considering which team will give him the best chance of eventually progressing to the first-team.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are all believed to have scouted the youngster extensively this season, while RB Leipzig are also known admirers.

The player’s uncle Winston earned 20 international caps with Netherlands and had a spell in the Premier League with Chelsea.

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Manchester United and Liverpool transfer target Jorginho tells friends Maurizio Sarri wants to take him to Chelsea

Napoli ace Jorginho is a target for a host of Premier League clubs (Picture: Getty)Manchester United and Liverpool target Jorginho has reportedly told friends that his current manager, Maurizio Sarri, wants to take him to Chelsea if he replaces Antonio Conte.

Conte looks set for the exit door at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea on the verge of missing out on a top-four finish just a year after winning the Premier League.

Sarri, the 59-year-old Italian who has worked at Napoli for the past three years, is considered one of the favourites to replace Conte in west London.

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One of Sarri’s most influential players in Naples has been Jorginho, the Italy midfielder has featured in over 150 games for Napoli since signing from Verona in 2014.

Jorginho is attracting interest from each member of the Premier League’s top six and, according to The Times, expects to move to England this summer.

It is claimed Manchester City, Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham have all scouted the Italian extensively in recent weeks and hope to secure his signature for around £53million.

Maurizio Sarri is in line to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)But Chelsea are also in the hunt and the player has reportedly told friends that he believes Sarri would be keen to sign him if he replaces Conte at the end of the season.

Recent reports suggested Manchester United were leading the race to sign Jorginho but his agent insists there has been no contact from Old Trafford chiefs.

‘I heard that Jorge Mendes would like to take him [Jorginho] to United but I do not know anything about it, nobody called me,’ Joao Santos told Radio CRC.

‘At the moment, given the two-year contract with Napoli, the last word is up to De Laurentiis [Napoli’s president].

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‘Everyone asks for information, but nobody has made any official offers so I can’t say which track is hotter.

‘I’ve already been to all the English clubs because that’s my job, I get information.

‘If he were to leave Napoli I can say that Jorginho wouldn’t play for any other team, even if he didn’t have any release clause.’

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