Liverpool plotting move for Barcelona target Clement Lenglet

Liverpool are interested in signing Clement Lenglet (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are eyeing a move for Sevilla star Clement Lenglet, according to reports in Spain.

Lenglet, 22, has only made 67 appearances for Sevilla since joining the club from Nancy in January 2017, but the defender is already being linked with with a big-money switch away from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

The Frenchman is firmly on Barcelona’s radar, with the La Liga giants preparing for Samuel Umtiti’s possible departure, and Liverpool are understood to have stepped up their interest.

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Sport suggests Jurgen Klopp views Clement Lenglet as the ideal centre-back partner for January signing Virgil van Dijk.

Lenglet has a £26million release clause in his contract at Sevilla.

The young Frenchman is attracting interest from Barcelona and Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Clement Lenglet came up against Liverpool earlier this season (Picture: Getty)Sevilla boss Vincenzo Montella fueled rumours of a potential move in the summer by claiming that Lenglet has the quality to play for Barcelona.

‘He is a champion with a strong mentality and in the future he can definitely play for Barcelona,’ Montella said earlier this week.

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Lenglet has made 48 appearances for Sevilla this term and faced Liverpool in the Champions League back in November.

The youngster missed the Group E match at Anfield but starred in the return fixture as Sevilla salvaged a 3-3 draw.

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Champions League fixtures for quarter-finals and when is the semi-final draw?

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola will clash in the Champions League last eight (Picture: Getty Images)The Champions League is back this week with four huge games, most notably the massive all-Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester City.

The Reds are the only side to beat Pep Guardiola’s men in the league this season, although City also hammered Liverpool 5-0 earlier in the campaign, so this is interestingly poised.

With Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham all falling at the round of 16 stage, these are the only two British clubs left in the competition, with six more of Europe’s biggest teams.

The first-legs are played this week, so here is all you need to know about the upcoming fixtures.

Liverpool and Manchester City have had two memorable league meetings this season (Picture: Getty Images)When are the Champions League quarter-final first legs?

Tuesday, 3 April

Juventus vs Real Madrid (BT Sport 2)

Sevilla vs Bayern Munich (BT Sport 3)

Wednesday, 4 April

Barcelona vs Roma (BT Sport 3)

Liverpool vs Man City (BT Sport 2)

Barcelona are now favourites to win the Champions League (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)When are the Champions League quarter-final second legs?

Tuesday, 10 April

Man City vs Liverpool

Roma vs Barcelona

Wednesday, 11 April

Bayern Munich vs Sevilla

Real Madrid vs Juventus

Juventus are the dark horses for the competition yet again (Picture: Getty Images)When is the Champions League semi-final draw?

The draw will take place on 13 April at midday, with the first legs being played on 24 and 25 April and the second legs on 1 and 2 May.

What are the odds to win the Champions League?

Barcelona – 5/2

Man City – 16/5

Bayern Munich – 7/2

Real Madrid – 9/2

Juventus – 10/1

Liverpool – 12/1

Roma – 66/1

Sevilla – 66/1

All odds courtesy of Betfair

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Champions League quarter-final draw: Liverpool to play Manchester City, Juventus to meet Real Madrid

Liverpool will face Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final. (AFP/Getty Images)Manchester City will face Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Real Madrid will meet Juventus.

Elsewhere, Barcelona face Roma, while Bayern Munich will play Sevilla.

The first legs will be played on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 April, with the return legs on 10 and 11 April.

Liverpool reached the last eight after comfortably seeing off Porto in the last-16, while Manchester City also cruised through the last round by beating Swiss champions Basel 5-2 on aggregate.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have already played Pep Guardiola’s men twice in the Premier League this season.

The first fixture at the Etihad Stadium in September ended in a 5-0 victory for City after the visitors had Sadio Mane controversially sent off in the first half.

Manchester City beat Liverpool 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium in September. (AMA/Getty Images)

But Liverpool beat City 4-3 at Anfield in January. (Getty Images)

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL DRAW

Barcelona vs RomaSevilla vs Bayern MunichJuventus vs Real MadridLiverpool vs Man City

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In the return game at Anfield in January, Liverpool held off a late comeback from the Premier League leaders to win 4-3.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid play Juventus in a repeat of last year’s Champions League final, which Zinedine Zidane’s side won 4-1.

Barcelona last faced Roma in the Champions League group stage in the 2015-16 season, drawing 1-1 in Italy and securing a 6-1 victory at Camp Nou.

Bayern Munich have never met Sevilla in Europe.

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Barcelona’s players want to avoid two teams in Champions League quarter-final draw

Lionel Messi and Barcelona are hoping to avoid Real Madrid and Sevilla. (AP)Barcelona’s players want to avoid Real Madrid and Sevilla in Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw, according to reports in Spain.

The La Liga ended up comfortably securing their place in the last eight with a 3-0 victory over Chelsea at Camp Nou on Wednesday evening.

Lionel Messi played a key role in the win with two goals, while the Argentine also set up Ousmane Dembele for his first-half strike.

Bayern Munich, Juventus, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool, Sevilla and Roma are also in the pot for Friday’s quarter-final draw, which begins at 11am.

And according to Sport, Barcelona’s players are hoping to avoid Real Madrid and Sevilla.

Antonio Conte praised Messi after Barcelona beat Chelsea. (EPA)The report claims that the players do not want to face a Spanish team as they are used to playing each other, while the prospect of playing Madrid three times in the short period would take up a lot of physical and mental energy.

The quarter-final first legs will be on 3 and 4 April, with the return legs on 10 and 11 April. Barcelona are also due to play Real Madrid in La Liga on May 6.

Sport also report that Barcelona’s players are hoping to get Roma or Liverpool in the draw.

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Who Manchester City and Liverpool could face in Champions League quarter-final draw

Man City and Liverpool are in the Champions League quarter-final draw. (Getty Images)Manchester City and Liverpool are the only two Premier League clubs remaining in the Champions League ahead of Friday’s quarter-final draw.

Manchester United suffered a surprise exit at the hands of Sevilla on Tuesday evening, while on Wednesday night, Chelsea were unable to get the better of Barcelona at Camp Nou.

That means City and Liverpool are England’s only representatives in Friday’s quarter-final draw, which begins at 11am.

But who can they face – and more importantly – who will they want to avoid in the draw?

Liverpool hammered their way past Porto in the last-16. (EPA)

Man City beat Basel to reach the last eight of the Champions League. (Getty Images)

WHO MAN CITY & LIVERPOOL CAN FACE IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINALS

Barcelona

Bayern Munich

Juventus

Real Madrid

Roma

Sevilla

City and Liverpool could face each other as in the quarter-final stage, teams from the same nation can be drawn together.

But both teams could also face tricky ties against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

On paper, the two teams City and Liverpool would want to face are Roma and Sevilla, although both sides have proven to be capable of getting results against Premier League sides in recent years.

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Mohamed Salah fires dig at Manchester United after their Champions League exit to Sevilla

Mohamed Salah has mocked Manchester United’s Champions League exit. (Getty Images)Mohamed Salah has fired a dig at Manchester United following their surprise Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla on Tuesday evening.

United were lethargic in the first half and were punished after the break following a quick-fire double from Wissam Ben Yedder.

Romelu Lukaku struck with six minutes remaining to provide a glimmer of hope for United, but Jose Mourinho’s side were dumped out of Europe as Sevilla held on to their 2-1 win.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are safely through tot he quarter-finals after sealing their 5-0 aggregate victory over Porto at Anfield last week.

And Salah has sent a timely reminder of that fact on Instagram with a post of the Champions League trophy almost immediately after the full-time whistle of United’s defeat at Old Trafford.

Salah’s post after United’s defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League. (Instagram)Salah then followed that up with another post on Twitter saying: ‘The UCL draw can’t come soon enough.’

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

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Jose Mourinho tells Manchester United stars to forget about Liverpool victory and focus on Sevilla and Brighton clashes

Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United to forget about the Liverpool win (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has told his Manchester United stars to move on from their victory over Liverpool and focus on a ‘live or die’ week for the club.

Marcus Rashford’s first-half brace helped the Red Devils secure a 2-1 win over rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The three points saw United move back into second place, but Mourinho labelled upcoming matches against Sevilla and Brighton as more important.

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United can progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday when Sevilla travel to Manchester. The first leg, in Spain last month, finished goalless.

Mourinho’s side then face Premier League rivals Brighton at the weekend for a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

‘Sevilla and Brighton are more important games than Liverpool,’ Mourinho said.

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‘Liverpool was Liverpool, it was a big match, a match against a direct competitor for the top four, but nothing is decided yet. We have eight more games and 24 points to play for.

‘But Seville and Brighton are “die or live” games, so the next two are much more important than the Liverpool one.’

Mourinho has inspired victories over Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool this season but said wins against rivals ‘mean nothing’.

Manchester United 2017/18 Fixtures

Sevilla – Champions League (H) – Tue Mar 13Brighton – FA Cup (H) – Sat Mar 17Swansea (H) – Sat Mar 31Manchester City (A) – Sat April 7West Brom (H) – Sat April 14AFC Bournemouth (A) – Sat April 21Arsenal (H) – Sat April 28

‘It says nothing, in modern football, you have to live day-by-day, week-by week and match-by-match,’ the former Real Madrid boss said.

‘I can imagine that if we lose against Sevilla, everyone will have forgotten what we did in the last couple of weeks. That’s modern football – you have to live in the moment and cope with it.

‘So, yes, we beat Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool – only Manchester City we’ve not beaten in the current top six – but that means nothing because in football these days you have to prove it every day.’

United face Sevilla at Old Trafford on Tuesday (Picture: EPA)

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Club-record signing Paul Pogba missed Saturday’s clash against Liverpool through injury and could also be ruled out of Tuesday’s fixture against Sevilla.

Mourinho said: ‘He was injured in the last minute of the last training session before the game. Incredible!

‘If I finished the training session one minute before he would have been OK. I don’t know how long he is out for.’

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Mohamed Salah’s angry reaction to Sevilla’s late goal against Liverpool captured

Mohamed Salah could not believe his eyes (Picture: Getty)A furious Mohamed Salah could only watch from the bench as Liverpool conceded a 93rd minute equaliser against Sevilla on Tuesday night.

The Liverpool attacker had enjoyed another good game for the Reds, despite not scoring, but Jurgen Klopp hauled him off with three minutes of normal time left.

Klopp wanted fresh legs on the pitch to keep a resurgent Sevilla at bay and it meant Salah had to sit out the final minutes of the game and four minutes of injury time.

Sevilla won a corner in the final minute of injury time and then scored from the resulting set piece after some dreadful defending from Liverpool.

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Guido Pizarro’s goal completed a remarkable comeback for Sevilla who were three nil down at half-time.

The performance from Liverpool’s attackers should have been more than enough to secure three points, but the Reds’ midfield and defence collapsed in the second half.

Footage has emerged of Mo Salah’s reaction to Sevilla’s late equaliser from the bench.
We know the feeling, lad 😫
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— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) November 23, 2017

(Picture: Getty)It was an embarrassing result for Liverpool and footage has emerged of Salah’s furious reaction on the bench to the late equaliser.

Salah is sitting watching nervously with the other substitutes, probably counting the seconds down, before he reacts in disbelief to the goal.

Daniel Sturridge is sitting beside his fellow goalscorer and as the Englishman puts his head in his hands, Salah slams an object down at his feet.

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

Chelsea (H) – Sat 25 NovStoke (A) – Wed 29 NovBrighton (A) – Sat 2 DecSpartak Moscow (H) – Wed 6 Dec (Champions League)Everton (H) – Sun 10 DecWest Brom (H) – Wed 13 DecAFC Bournemouth (A) – Sat Dec 17Arsenal (A) – Fri Dec 22

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(Picture: Getty)The 3-3 draw means Liverpool must wait until next week to book their spot in the last-16 of the Champions League.

The Reds need to beat Spartak Moscow to top their group and cannot afford a loss to the Russians at Anfield.

Sevilla’s fightback means they can top the group should they win their final game against Maribor and Liverpool fails to defeat Spartak.

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Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo told players he had prostate cancer at half-time before comeback against Liverpool

Eduardo Berizzo’s side completed an incredible comeback against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo reportedly informed his squad that he had prostate cancer at half-time before the side’s incredible comeback versus Liverpool.

The Reds flew out of the blocks in the fast-paced Champions League clash and went 3-0 in front on the 30-minute mark following a brace from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane’s header.

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Jurgen Klopp’s men looked to be cruising to a Group E victory but Sevilla were a different beast after the break and it’s understood Berizzo gave an impassioned speech at half-time where he confirmed the bad news to his players.

Sevillainfo claim the Argentine has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and Sevilla’s president, Jose Castro, responded to the reports in the aftermath of Tuesday night’s memorable 3-3 draw.

‘As it is a personal and complicated issue, I prefer to wait to tomorrow [Wednesday],’ he told Spanish radio station Cope.

Eduardo Berizzo informed his players he had prostate cancer at half-time (Picture: Getty)Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega suggested that everybody at the club is behind Berizzo.

‘He is the most important of all of us, he has on the right path and we are with him to the hilt,’ Banega said.

Ben Yedder scored a second-half double against the Merseyside giants (Picture: Getty)Klopp does not believe his side have a mentality problem despite their second-half collapse at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

‘I don’t doubt the mentality of the boys, not a bit. We showed already a fantastic mentality. We showed it in a lot of other games. It’s not like this,’ he said.

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‘Yes, it was not perfect, that’s true, but it’s not a general problem.

‘Could we have done better? 100%. Do I think it’s a mentality problem? 100% not. It’s a misjudgment.’

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Liverpool defender Joel Matip has ‘big chance’ to face Chelsea despite missing Champions League clash, says Jurgen Klopp

Joel Matip has not travelled with the rest of the Liverpool squad to Spain (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool defender Joel Matip has a ‘big chance’ of facing Chelsea next weekend despite being ruled out of the Champions League clash with Sevilla.

Matip, 26, missed the Reds’ victory over Southampton on Saturday with a thigh injury and did not travel to Spain for Tuesday’s European encounter.

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But Klopp is confident the Cameroon international will be available when reigning Premier League champions Chelsea travel to Anfield on Saturday.

‘The squad looks good. They are pretty much all here from the normal squad, apart from Joel,’ said Klopp.

Jurgen Klopp said Matip was making good progress (Picture: Getty)‘He is in Liverpool and full training, so all good. I think there will be a big chance he will be ready for Saturday.

‘But there was no chance for this game. It was a little bit too quick, but it’s all good.’

Spanish outfit Sevilla scored a late leveller against Liverpool in the reverse fixture and manager Eduardo Berizzo expects another entertaining game on Tuesday.

‘It was a game of rapid transitions, which made us suffer at that speed,’ said Berizzo. ‘We were unarmed and that is what we have to take into account.

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‘One of the keys is the use of the ball and the depth of our attacks, having a tight and precise elaboration in what we do with the ball and finish our attacks.

‘If we lose the ball, lose it as high as possible. We must be smart and not play a crazy game. That kind of game I do not think suits us.’

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