Liverpool suffer Cristiano Ronaldo blow ahead of Champions League final vs Real Madrid

Real lost 3-2 to Sevilla last time out(Picture: Getty)Cristiano Ronaldo has announced he’s ‘back’ after a brief injury scare, much to the disappointment of Liverpool fans.

The Real Madrid forward injured his ankle against Barcelona last weekend, with initial fears suggesting he may be out for the Champions League final against the Reds on May 26.

However, his latest social media post suggests he’s fit and ready to go, hinting he’ll be fit for the final in Kiev.

Before then, Los Blancos have the task of finishing off their La Liga campaign in style with two remaining fixtures, the first against Celta Vigo before travelling to Estadio de la Cerámica to face Villarreal.

Liverpool, however, host Brighton on Sunday to finalise their spot in the Premier League top four and will be hoping their own star player – Mohamed Salah – comes through unscathed.

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Police contact driver who filmed Jamie Carragher spitting after he gets ‘death threats’

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Police have spoken to the man who filmed Jamie Carragher spitting at his car with his teenage daughter inside.

Enquiries are continuing but it is understood both Carragher’s actions and the filming of the incident while driving could be punishable.

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On Monday, police said they were not investigating the incident and had received no complain from the driver – named as 42-year-old Andy Hughes.

It has just been announced that ex-Liverpool defender Carragher, 40, has been suspended from his job as a Sky Sports pundit for the rest of the season.

A Sky Sports spokesman said: ‘Following an internal review, Sky has suspended Jamie Carragher for the remainder of the football season.

Andy Hughes, pictured with wife Sarah, has received death threats over the video‘Jamie has taken full responsibility for what has happened and we will ensure he gets the help he needs to guarantee something like this never happens again.

‘Before the start of the next season we will sit down with Jamie to discuss whether he is ready to return to his role.’

Speaking to Sky News, the ex-Liverpool defender called it ‘a moment of madness’.

The incident occurred after Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Carragher, who has yet to be contacted by police, said he was ‘goaded three/four times while being filmed’ but that there was ‘no excuse’.

After the video was obtained by the Mirror and widely shared, police contacted the man who filmed the incident.

Jamie Carragher has been suspended from Sky Sports until the end of the season (Picture: PA)Andy Hughes, 42, from North Wales told the Mirror he has received death threats and felt ‘under siege’ after being identified.

He says he wishes he had never filmed the incident – and wants Carragher to keep his job at Sky.

Earlier today, Carragher tweeted: ‘I’ve made a big mistake and accept full responsibility.

‘I am the only person to blame for this sorry situation, so please leave the family alone.’

On Monday, the former England international said he would accept any consequences.

Daniel Sturridge trolled by fans after coming off injured THREE minutes into Chelsea game

Sturridge has an infamous record of being persistently injured (Picture: Getty)Daniel Sturridge hobbled off injured yet again just three minutes after kick-off in West Brom‘s Premier League match against Chelsea on Monday night.

Sturridge, who joined the Baggies on loan from Liverpool in January, looked to have pulled his hamstring as he headed straight down the tunnel.

He was replaced by Jay Rodriguez, who had a glorious chance to put the Baggies ahead just after coming on. However, he couldn’t make the most of Victor Moses’ poor backpass and sent his shot miles wide.

But despite his miss, fans watching the game preferred to discuss Sturridge’s early exit, with Newcastle supporters particularly vocal,  claiming their failure to sign the striker themselves in January was a ‘lucky escape’.

Does anyone feel sorry for Sturridge anymore? I don’t.
— Hersini (@HersiniJunior) February 12, 2018

Sturridge seems a boss lad but his body is made of cheese
— Euphoric Mess (@EuphoricMess) February 12, 2018

Lol Daniel Sturridge injured……… some things never change, no matter who the team. 😂
— J Ellacott (@jon_ellacott) February 12, 2018

Sturridge gone off injured, in other news water is wet
— Robert Tyrrell (@SquizzBFC) February 12, 2018

Daniel Sturridge…. what a joke!
That’s another 6 weeks sat on his arse earning a bastard fortune then
— Thomas Liversage (@TomLiversage) February 12, 2018

A shame for Daniel Sturridge, injured before Alan Pardew got the chance to try him out at left back.
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) February 12, 2018

Dodged a bullet with Sturridge glad he went to West Brom injured again by the looks of it 😂 #NUFC
— Rhys Jordan Tullin (@RhysTullin) February 12, 2018

However, there was the odd fan who had sympathy for him…

You’d have to feel sorry for Daniel sturridge a good player struck down by injuries couldn’t be good for him mentally ! As a football fan it’s not nice to see ☹️
— Jason Harkin (@JasonHarkin) February 12, 2018

Don’t think it’s necessary for any banter on Sturridge. And regarding his wages, he didn’t chose to have a career like that.
Feel sorry for him. Was a shrewd scorer when he was fit.
— Ranajit Gopinath (@RanajitG) February 12, 2018

The striker is known for suffering repeat injuries in the past, having not played more than 30 games for Liverpool in a single season since their 2013-14 campaign.

West Brom’s next game is against Huddersfield in the Premier League on February 24.

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Jurgen Klopp not happy with Adam Lallana after his red card for Liverpool’s Under-23 side

Klopp guided Liverpool to a 3-0 over Southampton in November. (Getty)Jurgen Klopp has revealed he’s unhappy with Adam Lallana after he was sent off for Liverpool’s Under-23 side against Spurs earlier this week.

Lallana saw red for violent conduct after reacting angrily following an aerial dual with Tottenham’s George Marsh.

The former Southampton midfielder jumped to his feet and grabbed the neck of Marsh, which prompted the match official to send off the England international.

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‘I spoke to him about that, he’s not happy about it,’ said Klopp. ‘Adam is not happy about the reaction as I was not happy about it. But that does not change my mind about Adam.

‘As a former footballer when I saw the other challenge, to be honest, I understand a little bit but it’s not to excuse. There is nothing good to say about the reaction.

‘As long as nobody has been seriously injured afterwards there will be after a few days nobody speaks about it again.’

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Southampton (A) – Sun Feb 11Porto (A) – Wed Feb 14 (Champions League)West Ham (H) – Sat Feb 24Newcastle United (H) – Sat March 3Porto (H) – Tues March 6 (Champions League)Manchester United (A) – Sat March 10Watford (H) – Sat March 17Crystal Palace (A) – Sat March 31

Lallana played for Southampton before joining Liverpool. (Getty)The Reds Under-23 side went on to lose the game 1-0 and they also ended the match with nine men after Liverpool youngster George Johnston also saw red for two bookable offences.

Klopp’s side take on Southampton in the Premier League on February 11 and he’s admitted Lallana’s remains a doubt to feature in the starting line-up.

‘He is for an option for the squad, if he is an option for first 11? I would rather think not at the moment,’ Klopp added.

‘I sleep twice before we play Southampton so maybe I’ll change my mind so we will see.’

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Barcelona ready to ditch Philippe Coutinho interest and move for Mesut Ozil

The Catalan club have chase Coutinho for months, but are finally ready to move on (Picture: Getty)Barcelona are ready to make Arsenal star Mesut Ozil their No.1 transfer target in January and believe he has two major advantages over Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.

The Spanish giants have long been linked with a move for Liverpool ace Coutinho and had been expected to reignite their move for the Brazilian playmaker in January.

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However, the Merseysiders are refusing to deal, and Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo now report that Barcelona are ready to make a move for Ozil instead.

The German is more appealing for two major reasons: firstly, he is out of contract in the summer and would be significantly less expensive then Coutinho, who Liverpool value at over £100m.

Ozil is also believed to be on Jose Mourinho’s shortlist, though he’d hoped to get him for free (Getty)Secondly, Ozil would be eligible to play in the Champions League in the second half of the season as he has not played in Europe this term, with Arsene Wenger fielding rotated XIs in the Europa League.

Even if he is selected in Arsenal’s remaining two matches in the competition, he could still be registered to play in the Champions League by Barcelona.

Barcelona see Ozil as an ideal – and much cheaper – alternative to Coutinho (Mundo Deportivo)Wenger has already opened the door to the possibility of selling Ozil in January, with the German now highly unlikely to agree new terms and Arsenal risking losing their former club-record signing for nothing.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has also been credited with an interest, though Barca – as a foreign club – could negotiate a pre-contract agreement with Ozil from January onwards.

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