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Liverpool set to land Sevilla, Atletico Madrid backs to boost defense

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Both sides of Liverpool’s back line could be stronger and deeper soon, as Sky Sports is reporting the Reds are close to transfers for Atletico Madrid right back Javi Manquillo and Sevilla left back Alberto Moreno.

Liverpool’s 50 goals allowed in 2013/14 were the most of any Top 5 team, and manager Brendan Rodgers has already moved to address his defensive depth by signing Dejan Lovren from Southampton.

Moreno will cost a lot more than Manquillo, as the Sevilla back is tipped to cost in the neighborhood of $34 million while Manquillo’s move would begin as a loan that could eventually net Atleti $10 million.

Liverpool has spent loads of dough on attackers and wingers since selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona, but needed depth all around for their return to UEFA Champions League football. Lovren joined a corps that includes Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson, Jon Flanagan and Mamadou Sakho amongst others.

From Sky Sports:

Chief executive Ian Ayre has flown to Spain to try and complete the transfers, which would take Liverpool’s summer spending through the £100m barrier if completed.

The deal for Manquillo is reported to be a loan, possibly for two seasons, with a permanent deal worth in the region of £6m following at the end of that.

Moreno, who like Manquillo, has also been linked with Arsenal this summer, is expected to cost the Reds £20m.

Moreno, 22, scored thrice in 43 appearances for Sevilla in Spain and Europa League play last season, appearing once for the Spanish national team. The 20-year-old Manquillo has made just six appearances for Atletico. Both players are under 5-foot-9.

A lot of attention has been focused on how Liverpool would replace Suarez, but these moves would speak to what the Reds really need to make a title challenge in England. The Reds allowed 23 more goals than No. 3 Chelsea and 13 more than No. 1 Manchester City.

Newcastle’s Krul on crutches after injury in Dutch win

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Tim Krul of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United’s horror start under Steve McClaren just got worse.

Magpies No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Krul is on duty with the Netherlands, and was forced from the Dutch’s 2-1 win at Kazakhstan in Euro qualifying action.

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Krul left the game after landing awkwardly on his knee, and left the stadium on crutches.

Newcastle’s back-up keepers are Karl Darlow, new from Nottingham Forest, and veteran Rob Elliot.

The Magpies are in 20th place, without a win through eight Premier League matches.

McClaren’s crew just finished a brutal run of matches that saw Newcastle face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.