Sanchez's arrival could spark a new era at Arsenal.

Reports: Arsenal closing in on Alexis Sanchez, Liverpool turns to Markovic and Origi

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According to reports, clubs Arsenal and Liverpool are close to sealing deals for a pair of attacking players as they bolster their front line in preparation for the upcoming Premier League season.

With the two clubs battling it out for Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez, it appears Arsenal will come out winners for his services, making a $55 million bid that’s reportedly been accepted.

With Lionel Messi, Neymar, and likely Luis Suarez at Barcelona’s disposal up front, Alexis Sanchez becomes excess and Arsenal will be thankful for their fortune.

Sanchez scored 19 goals in 34 La Liga appearances last season with the Catalans, but with the club disappointing compared to its fans’ standards, there is some restructuring taking place.  He also impressed for Chile at the World Cup, scoring two goals and assisting another in four matches.

Liverpool were in heavily for Sanchez, but missing out, Benfica winger Lazar Markovic has reportedly had his $34 million release clause triggered by the Reds.

The two clubs have apparently been in talks for a few weeks over the 20-year-old winger, and seems to be a pretty good backup option.

Markovic made 26 appearances in the Primera Liga last season, scoring five goals and four assists for Benfica. He also made eight appearances in the club’s Europa League run which saw them make the final before falling to Sevilla in the finals.

He is jointly owned by Benfica (50%) and a third party in accordance with the sale by FK Partizan last year. Chelsea reportedly had the recent option to buy for around $20 million, which David Luiz – former Benfica teammates of the youngster – urged his former club to do, but they decided not to.

In addition, the Reds are looking to bring Belgian wonderkid Divock Origi to Anfield. The 19-year-old stepped in for a struggling Romelu Lukaku at the World Cup and did surprisingly well, despite only making Marc Wilmots’ roster thanks to Christian Benteke’s injury.

The fee is reportedly near $17 million. Origi currently plays for French club Lille.

Klopp’s Liverpool squad enthusiasm: “Everything is there”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Jurgen Klopp is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC during a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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It isn’t Dortmund, but that’s a good thing for Liverpool.

Our own Joe Prince-Wright was on the scene for Jurgen Klopp’s unveiling as the latest Reds manager, and the 48-year-old German had a lot to say.

Perhaps most poignant for Liverpool fans are Klopp’s words on the talent he inherits from Brendan Rodgers. Sure there are quips that will hit the headlines, but how about Klopp’s assertion that success shouldn’t take nearly as long as his dramatic work at BVB.

From JPW on Merseyside:

“We did in Dortmund what we had to do, to improve the players, to work for a common idea of play. That is what we did and its the same thing we want to do here. They are not the same players of course,” Klopp told NBC Sports ProSoccerTalk. “These players from Liverpool are better, more experienced in some ways and younger in other cases. Everything is okay, I am here. I am not here only because LFC was calling. I believe in the potential of this team. Four or five strikers you can work with when they are not injured, midfielders is really good, defenders experienced and very young, goalkeeper is really good. Everything is there.”

Everything. A powerful word and one that doesn’t get lost in translation. Liverpool has a batch of world class talent, and Klopp’s is anxious to organize it in world class fashion. Strap in, Anfield.

CONCACAF Cup preview: Ultimate guide to USMNT vs Mexico

Beasley, and other US veterans, have been asked to take the young guys under their wing.
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So here we go: the biggest rivalry in U.S. Soccer, the one that sends fans racing for the stadia for a glimpse of history.

It’s the U.S. and Mexico for the right to go to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, and it will play out at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.

National pride is on the line, and national jobs may rightly be in jeopardy. Let’s swing through our coverage, and what’s at stake in just over 24 hours time.

The Battles

Who is the key to Saturday’s match? Is it Michael Bradley? Fabian Johnson? Andres Guardado? Will Klinsmann opt for players with Liga MX experience, stay Euro Heavy, or appease the domestic set? Read more here.

The XI

So how will Klinsmann line ’em up? JPW has his preference, some options, and a prediction of what the manager will do.

The history

What are the chances this one finds its way into the upper echelon of matches in the Mexico/U.S. rivalry? This is the company it could join.

Klinsmann’s future

The folks in the anti-Klinsmann brigade seethe with pure detestation of the USMNT boss. Any quote from him is self-serving and dishonest, any success accidental. Beat Germany or the Netherlands in friendlies on the road? Coincidental and Unimportant. Lose a friendly to Brazil? The worst thing ever.

[ MORE: The case for firing Klinsmann after a loss ]

So this match, being meaningful and testing his unbeaten mark vs Mexico, is going to be a clarion call for U.S. Soccer fans. Barring a cataclysmic loss in horrific blowout fashion, he won’t be canned. But a win will be validation for his supporters while a loss would cue a genuine hot seat. And for his detractors, already foaming at the mouth from the words of icon Landon Donovan? Kablammo.