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Sturridge, Moreno to leave Liverpool; Jagielka departing Everton

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Liverpool has confirmed that striker Daniel Sturridge and defender Alberto Moreno will depart the club this summer at the expiration of their contracts, while Everton captain Phil Jagielka is also set to depart Merseyside after 12 years with the Toffees.

Both Liverpool had seen their playing time decrease over the past few seasons, as injuries and poor form took their toll.

Sturridge joined Liverpool in January of 2013 from Chelsea and made an immediate impact, scoring 10 goals in 14 games to finish the 2012/13 season before logging a massive 22 goals in 29 league appearances the following year. However, injury problems began to set in, and Sturridge struggled to find the field consistently from that point on, dealing with constant hip and hamstring issues. The England international topped the 20 appearance mark just once from 2014 on, seeing time in 18 Premier League matches in the most recent campaign, mostly as a substitute. The 29-year-old finishes his Reds career with 160 appearances across all competitions, scoring 68 goals and assisting 26 more.

Moreno, still just 26 years old, joined Liverpool from his boyhood club Sevilla in the summer of 2014 and was a first-team regular for two years, making 50 Premier League appearances in his first two seasons with the club, including 32 of them during Jurgen Klopp‘s first season with the club. He was replaced, however, by James Milner at left-back in the 2016/17 season and while he returned to first-team action to start the 2017/18 campaign, an ankle injury in December ended that run and he never regained his place in the side. The rise of Andy Robertson in the Liverpool squad confirmed Moreno’s status as a backup, and he made just two Premier League appearances last season.

“The most important words to say to these two remarkable players is ‘thank you’” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. “They were here when I arrived as manager and during that period they – as much as anyone – helped to establish us as a team that would be heading in the right direction. Without them we wouldn’t be the team and club we are in this moment.”

Everton is also set to lose a longtime player as Phil Jagielka confirmed his departure. With the 36-year-old’s contract set to expire this summer and just seven Premier League appearances last season, he is set to leave the club he joined in 2007 from Sheffield United and captained for the last six seasons.

“All I can say is thanks to all the players I’ve played alongside, all the staff that have helped me in their own way, the chairman and of course the amazing fans,” Jagielka wrote on Instagram. “Wishing everyone associated with this special clubs the very best for the future!”

Jagielka accumulated 385 appearances for the club over his 12-year career, scoring 19 goals and assisting 11 more. He made at least 25 Premier League appearances in nine of his 12 seasons at the club, with his 2014/15 campaign amassing 37 appearances and four goals as Everton finished 10th, winning the club’s Goal of the Season award that year for an equalizing stoppage-time howitzer against derby rivals Liverpool. He won Premier League Player of the Month in February 2009 and was twice Everton’s Player of the Season.

Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool: Coutinho stars in season’s first heavyweight bout

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  • Walcott gave Arsenal a 1-0 first-half lead
  • Reds scored 4 goals in a row
  • Gunners nearly brought it back level

Liverpool did not play well across the first 45 minutes, but they have Philippe Coutinho, and with the Brazilian spark plug, the fuse can ignite at any moment.

Coutinho scored a pair and assisted another as Liverpool won a free-flowing game 4-3 at the Emirates. The game swung back and forth, as the Gunners were up 1-0 most of the first half, the Reds scored four goals in a row to take control, and then the home side came just short of completing a remarkable late comeback.

The match began with a cagey nature, with Arsenal holding a fair amount of possession but being pressured by the Jurgen Klopp press. The first chance fell to the Gunners on 15 minutes when a long ball from Monreal was not cleared properly by Alberto Moreno, who instead headed directly into the path of Aaron Ramsey. The Reds defender made up for his mistake with a pinpoint tackle to see out the chance.

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Liverpool pressed well, but their attack seemed disjointed, finding themselves in offside positions or misplaced passes that killed chances early. The Reds had their first opportunity on 23 minutes, when Georgino Wijnaldum won the ball back from Monreal, leading Jordan Henderson to deliver a ball in to a free Roberto Firmino, but Hector Bellerin just put Firmino under enough pressure to see him bungle the chance.

Arsenal should have gone in front when given a penalty in the 29th minute. Moreno needlessly dropped Theo Walcott at the edge of the area, and the referee pointed directly to the spot. Simon Mignolet produced a fantastic save on the penalty, as Walcott looked to poke it into the low corner. Walcott would atone minutes later, however, as he’d get behind Moreno. Alex Iwobi found him on the right, and the English international found the far corner for a 1-0 Arsenal lead.

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Liverpool’s physical nature of play began to build up the card count, with Moreno earning himself a yellow card for his foul on Walcott, and both Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren picked up first-half cautions. The Reds appeared second-best for much of the first half, but Philippe Coutinho single-handedly brought them back level on the stroke of halftime.

Into first-half injury time, Coutinho won a questionable free-kick, and took the strike from well outside the area, and from at least 30 yards out he deposited an absolutely outrageous strike into the top corner past a helpless Petr Cech. The goal is the second straight on opening day for Coutinho, having scored the 1-0 winner against Stoke City last season.

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Following the break, Liverpool looked much more cohesive, and they were duly rewarded. Coutinho cut into the left edge of the box and plucked a beautiful flick to a waiting Adam Lallana on the far side. The England international chested it down and finished cooly from a tight angle for a 2-1 lead just four minutes after the break.

Just minutes after that, Coutinho would get his second goal and put the Reds 3-1 up as Nathaniel Clyne whipped in a pacey cross and the Brazilian easily touched home from point-blank range. Arsenal looked shell-shocked, and it would get worse. Sadio Mane ran straight around Calum Chambers and ripped an off-balance scorcher into the top corner for a 4-1 Liverpool lead.

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The Reds weren’t able to celebrate their stunning scoreline for long, as the Gunners picked up a lifeline in what turned into a goal fest. Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored just 56 seconds after Mane’s goal, emulating his predecessor by flicking the ball past Nathaniel Clyne and beating Simon Mignolet at his near post.

Coutinho was removed on 70 minutes after cramping up suddenly on a one-on-two breakaway, replaced by Emre Can. Arsenal brought on debutant Granit Xhaka to shore up the midfield, and the Gunners would grab a lifeline. With 15 minutes remaining, a beautiful curling free-kick from substitute Santi Cazorla glanced off the head of a rising Chambers in the box, and the Gunners were suddenly back within one.

The home side poured numbers and pressure forward, but it wasn’t enough as the Gunners were downed by Liverpool at home for just the second time in their last 21 meetings.

WATCH: Moreno smokes a long shot past Stoke goalkeeper Haugaard

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Stoke City dawdled, and Alberto Moreno made the Anfield visitors pay.

James Milner quickly played a free kick to Moreno, who had yards of space and tested his luck on Jakob Haugaard.

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The Stoke netminder had little chance to react to what can hardly be described as anything other than a laser shot from well outside the 18.

Well done, sir. Daniel Sturridge has also scored for Liverpool, which leads 2-1.

Southampton 1-6 Liverpool: Origi hat trick as Reds head to League Cup semis

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Liverpool overcame a lightning-quick deficit to advance to the League Cup semifinals with a 6-1 win over Southampton at St. Mary’s on Wednesday.

Divock Origi scored a hat trick, Daniel Sturridge scored twice, and Jordon Ibe also tallied for the Reds.

The semifinal draw is held shortly after the game. Liverpool joins Manchester City, Stoke City and Everton in the final four.

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For Southampton, Sadio Mane scored with just 44 seconds gone at St. Mary’s, as Ryan Bertrand sent a cross over a mass of players and Mane rose over Alberto Moreno to head home the opener.

Sturridge equalized in the 25th minute, collecting a long diagonal ball from Joe Allen and creating space to belt a low, hard shot past Maarten Stekelenburg

The next goal needed just one touch, as Emre Can looped a ball over the top to a streaking Sturridge. The star striker one touched a shot under a diving Stekelenburg.

‘Twas a simply incredible ball from the German, and a classy finish from Sturridge.

Then Origi made it 3-1 when he deflected Moreno’s belting first-touch shot from outside the 18. Stekelenburg claimed an attacker near him was offside to no avail.

Ibe sent Origi in for the fourth goal with about 22 minutes to play, and five minutes later Ibe was on the end of a Moreno cross. Origi added another late in the match.

Thursday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: De Bruyne to Manchester City, Digne to Liverpool

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According to various reports, including in the Daily Mirror, Manchester City are said to be willing to pay $94 million for Belgian winger Kevin de Bruyne. That would be a record transfer fee in the Premier League.

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The Wolfsburg winger has been a long-term target for City, and the 24-year-old is said to be keen on returning to the Premier League after a short and unsuccessful spell with Chelsea. De Bruyne recorded 20 assists in the Bundesliga last season, that’s more helpers than any other player in any of Europe’s top five leagues.

How can City afford him, I hear you cry? Well, after the $75 million signing of Raheem Sterling they are certainly splashing the cash again after FFP restrictions were lifted this summer, however Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed Edin Dzeko’s future at City is uncertain and Stevan Jovetic has been linked with a move away. That will free up some cash to splash. If City line up with De Bruyne and Sterling on the wing and Sergio Aguero up top next season then they could overtake Chelsea as favorites to win the Premier League.

The Daily Mail say Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is close to sealing a season-long loan move to AS Roma. Szczesny, 25, is likely to be Arsenal’s third-choice goalkeeper for the 2015-16 season behind new signing Petr Cech and Colombian international David Ospina. Roma had been interested in signing Szczesny permanently, but a loan deal seems likely for the Polish international who has spent nine years with the Gunners. 

Liverpool have been linked with Paris Saint-Germain left back Lucas Digne as Brendan Rodgers’ transfer spree continues. Digne, 22, is a French international but has found chances hard to come by for PSG over the past 12 months. The Daily Mail claims Liverpool could look for an initial loan deal as the Frenchman would provide competition at left back. Alberto Moreno had a tough first season in the PL and despite new teenage signing Joe Gomez impressing out of position at left back during preseason, he may be just short of being ready for a first season in the top flight.