In non-Nicolas Anelka West Brom news, the Baggies have signed winger Scott Sinclair on a season long loan from Manchester City.
The terms of the loan allow Albion to sign Sinclair on a permanent deal after the season.
The former Chelsea, Swansea and Wigan midfielder passed a medical earlier today and has been handed the No.10 shirt.
Sinclair is a player Baggies boss Steve Clarke welcomed Sinclair to the club. “Scott understands he needs to play football and it will be good to work with him again,” said Clarke. “We’re delighted he feels this is the right club for him at this stage of his career.”
Clarke went on to label Sinclair as a player that Albion “were missing from the squad,” describing the 24 year old as “a pure winger, who is quick, direct and scores goals.”
Clarke is quite familiar with Sinclair after the two worked together while the winger was coming through the ranks at Stamford Bridge. “I know him well and he is a good person, who I know is 100 per cent committed to our cause,” said Clarke.
“He is frustrated he did not get the chances to play at Man City last season and hopefully he will take those frustrations out on Premier League defenders this season.”
Sinclair’s decision to leave Swansea for City was one that he quickly regretted after finding himself well over his head in competition. The likes of David Silva, Samir Nasri, James Milner and, at times, Aleksander Kolarov were enough to limit Sinclair to a mere 12 league appearances (10 of which were as a substitute).
At Albion, the Bath-born player should find playing time easier to come by as he competes with Graham Dorrans, James Morrison and Chris Brunt for a place on either wing.
AS Roma turned around a three-goal first leg deficit against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, and i Lupi feel prepared to do it against Liverpool, too.
Roma fell 5-2 to the Reds on Tuesday, but again struck late to bring away goals back to Italy. This time, it was Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti ruining a host’s clean sheet.
[ MORE: Match recap | Klopp reacts ]
Manager Eusebio Di Francesco was not thrilled with his side on the night. From ASRoma.com/En:
“We weren’t on their level tonight – we were lacking a bit of strength and physical presence,” he said. “We let them swamp us too easily on occasion.”
A better second leg is almost assured, but can Roma complete another comeback?
“I have total belief,” Di Francesco said. “You can’t just give in during a game, especially in this type of competition. Sometimes you take a few hits, but the team wasn’t able to stay in the game and at times we lost a bit of unity.”
Sporting director Monchi admits that he thought his side was cooked before Dzeko opened Roma’s account.
“Up until the final 10 minutes we were out of the competition,” he said. “Now we still have some hopes, and we must take this small chance and do the same thing we did against Barcelona.”
Former Spurs defender Federico Fazio, now with Roma, thinks it can be done.
“We always focus on the positives,” said Fazio. “We are fighters and we will give absolutely everything until the last second. We are not beaten yet, once again with the strength of our fans behind us we will fight to the last moment to try and turn this tie around.”
Liverpool won Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semifinal 5-2 against Roma at Anfield, but it’s show-stopping 80-minute isn’t carrying a ton of momentum in the echoes of the final whistle.
[ RECAP: Liverpool 5-2 Roma ]
That’s because of two factors:
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was stretchered off the field with an ugly injury
- The two in the score line came in the final 10 minutes, as Liverpool almost inexplicably lost focus.
Before we get to Point No. 2, here’s Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on “The Ox”:
“Oxlade-Chamberlain is probably a really bad injury,” Klopp said on BT Sport in England. “That is bad news for us. The squad doesn’t get bigger at the moment so we need to be creative in the next few games.”
As for the Roma goals, Klopp was frustrated but ultimately happy to walk away with a three-goal lead.
Edin Dzeko headed home the Roma opener in the 81st minute before Diego Perotti converted a penalty kick after James Milner handled a ball in the box. Roma collected shot attempts in the final 10 minutes to finish the match 21-14 in Liverpool’s favor.
Klopp did not think it should have been a PK.
“Long term perfect performance for pretty much 80 minutes or so,” he said, via the BBC. “We made defensively one mistake. Penalty is not a penalty but that is the situation and now it is 5-2. Of course we would have been more happy with 5-0 or 5-1 but 5-2 is a fantastic result. We go there and try again.”
Count Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson among those let down by the final 10 minutes of their UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg on Tuesday.
The Reds took a 5-0 lead and conceded goals to Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti to give the visitors hope with two away goals heading back to Italy for the May 2 second leg.
[ RECAP: Liverpool 5-2 Roma ]
“It felt as though we were in full control but we basically gave them two goals, you can’t do that in the Champions League,” Henderson said. “At the same time we played well, we will go there with a three goal advantage.”
Reds center back Virgil Van Dijk was visibly frustrated even when discussing the boss-level effort in building a lead which should be very hard to erase in Rome.
“It was a fantastic evening, lot of good goals,” Van Dijk said. “A lot of passion, frustration, but the last minutes stays in my mind right now. … It can’t happen. Obviously we know Roma have a lot of quality but we need to do better. But we have a 5-2 lead to take with us to Rome. It’s going to be very tough, but we’ll be ready.”
So 3-0 or 4-1 would do it for Roma next week in Italy, but that’s far easier said than done. Liverpool fans won’t be booking too many flights for Ukraine yet, but Jurgen Klopp will be scouting Bayern Munich and Real Madrid on Wednesday with an eye toward Kiev.
- Ex-Roma star Salah bags 42nd, 43rd of season
- Picks up two assists as well
- Firmino also has two and two
Liverpool’s trident impaled its visitors again and again, as the Premier League side took a 5-2 first leg lead over AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League semifinal at Anfield on Tuesday.
Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino braces bookended a Sadio Mane marker as the front three ran riot on Roma ahead of May 2’s second leg in Italy.
Roma’s only consolation comes in the form of two goals in the final 10 minutes; The first was an Edin Dzeko marker in the final 10 minutes. The second a penalty given for a James Milner handball that Diego Perotti converted for a second away goal.
[ MORE: Full box score and statistics ]
Roma will carry the same hopeful message as it did in the first leg against Barcelona, down three but this time with a pair of away markers.
Salah scored the first two goals, and the opener was a precise finish for the Egyptian wonder.
An offside but uncalled Salah worked a 1-2 with Firmino to add to his total before finding Mane to make it 3-0 with a tap-in.
Trent-Alexander Arnold sent Salah down the right side for the fourth goal, his 62nd minute pass reaching Firmino for an attempt he’ll finish 95 times out of 100.
It was simply calamity off a corner for the fifth goal, a disheartened Roma offering little as Firmino completed his brace.