Liverpool is starting to offload some of its extra weight, and it comes at the expense of the back line.
The Reds announced the sale of central defender Ragnar Klavan to Cagliari, with reports in England claiming the transfer fee was a paltry $2.5 million.
That leaves Liverpool with a relatively thin remaining central defensive corps behind starters Virgil Van Dijk and Dejan Lovren, with just Joel Matip and Joe Gomez the only ones left as natural center-backs. It’s a bold move by the Reds in a campaign full of high expectations.
The 32-year-old Klavan joined Liverpool in the summer of 2016 from German club Augsburg for around $5.5 million, but struggled to crack the first team in a consistent manner. Klavan made 39 Premier League appearances in his time at Liverpool, but was pushed back in the pecking order after the Reds brought in van Dijk last January. Still, he made a solid eight Champions League appearances last season – three of them starts – and was an important piece of Liverpool’s squad depth.
Klavan signed a two-year contract at Cagliari, where he will compete for playing time with the likes of Marco Andreolli, Fabio Pisacane, and
The UEFA Champions League group stage is back for the 2018-19 season, with some early kick offs (12:55 p.m. ET) in Group B serving up mouthwatering clashes.
It is okay to drool over the UCL games instead of your lunch this Tuesday. Honest.
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Tottenham Hotspur head to the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium to take on Inter Milan as Mauricio Pochettino has raised some eyebrows with his squad selection following back-to-back defeats in the Premier League. Inter have had a tough start in Serie A, winning just once and losing twice (against Sassuolo and Parma) in their opening four games, but the likes of Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi start in attack as they look to inflict more misery on Spurs.
Elsewhere in Group B, Barcelona host reigning Dutch champs PSV Eindhoven at the Nou Camp with Lionel Messi and Co. starting off as one of the favorites to lift the trophy in Madrid next May. PSV and Mexico star Hirving Lozano will be seen as a huge threat to Barca, as the Dutch giants aim for an upset.
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While here are the starting lineups for all four teams.
Inter Milan v Tottenham
Barcelona v PSV
LIMA, Peru (AP) A Peruvian soccer league match resumed on Monday after being suspended a day earlier because of fighting between fans of the same team.
The country’s soccer association said the last 25 minutes of the match between Alianza Lima and Sporting Cristal would be played behind closed doors.
Sporting Cristal was leading 2-1 Sunday when the match was suspended. Four people were wounded by gunshots outside the stadium during the match.
Peruvian Interior Minister Mauro Medina says the incident happened after rival groups of Alianza Lima fans clashed with each other. Police used tear gas to stop the fight.
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Premier League player Power Rankings are back after a frantic Week 5 of the 2018-19 season.
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With a bevvy of fine individual displays after the international break, we have plenty of top talents to choose from.
Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League and based on them actually playing in the previous Matchweek. If they didn’t play due to injury or suspension, they aren’t going to make this list. Simple.
Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.
- Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Even
- Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool – New entry
- Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – New entry
- Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) – New entry
- Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) – New entry
- Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Down 4
- Romelu Lukaku (Man United) – Down 4
- Jorginho (Chelsea) – Down 2
- Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – New entry
- Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – Up 5
- N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) – New entry
- Ruben Neves (Wolves) – Even
- Raheem Sterling (Man City) – Even
- James Milner (Liverpool) – New entry
- Glenn Murray (Brighton) – Up 4
- Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – New entry
- Willian (Chelsea) – New entry
- David De Gea (Man United ) – New entry
- Josh King (Bournemouth) – New entry
- Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham) – New entry
It’s not about how much you spend, it’s about what you spend it on, right?
Well, sort of.
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How much have the top clubs on the planet spent to assemble their superstar squads? In short, a ton. But the deeper analysis shows a clear trend: Premier League clubs are dominating the money spent in the transfer market to assemble their rosters.
The guys over at the International Centre for Sports Studies – CIES Football Observatory, have calculated the biggest spenders on the planet in terms of purchasing their current squads, and eight of the top 20 are from the PL with seven of the top 11 from England’s top-flight.
Take a look at the list below as four of the top six clubs come from England.
Manchester City at the top of the tree having spent $1.14 billion to assemble their current squad, PSG are in second with a spend of $920 million, while Manchester United sit in third after spending $918 million. Liverpool after fourth after dishing out $823 million to put together their current roster, Barcelona have spent $807 million and Chelsea sit sixth after spending $786 million.
Focusing on the Premier League specifically, you can see how much each of the current 20 teams have spent to assemble their squads.
Biggest takeaways: Southampton and West Ham should be doing a lot better, while Bournemouth, Watford and Wolves are punching well above their weight.