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Transfer rumor roundup: Weah to Lille; Lovren to Milan

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The Premier League transfer window is officially open again and that means one thing: transfer reports are going to start kicking up a few notches.

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Here’s a look at some of the latest gossip from around the PL…


Paris Saint-Germain and USMNT teenager Timothy Weah has been linked with a move to French side Lille.

After spending the second half of last season on loan at Celtic (a mixed spell which started well, then faltered as Brendan Rodgers left his role as manager) Weah was a leading light for the U.S. during the U-20 World Cup over the past few weeks.

But the prospect of regular playing time at PSG isn’t looking great for the young American forward and a report from L’Equipe says that he could be moving to Lille for $12 million on a five-year contract.

Weah, 19, would be a direct replacement for Nicolas Pepe who is expected to leave the northern French club for either the Premier League or the Bundesliga this summer. Lille finished second in Ligue 1 last season and will be playing in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League and have proven themselves as a club willing to give young players a chance. This would be a very good spot for Weah to end up at.

PSG have been great for his development but the chances of getting ahead of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar are slim, so Weah needs to move on. Previous reports had linked him with a move to several Bundesliga clubs but Weah staying in France and getting to play in the UCL next season would be great for his development. USMNT fans should be hoping this move happens.


Dejan Lovren‘s five-year stay at Liverpool appears to be up.

The Croatian defender has been the odd man out in recent months as Virgil Van Dijk has been partnered by Joel Matip who had a stunning 2018-19 campaign after replacing the injured Joe Gomez. With Matip and Gomez ahead of him to partner VVD, it appears that Lovren is leaving Liverpool this summer with AC Milan reportedly interested in signing him.

Multiple reports claim that with Milan about to add Ricky Massara from AS Roma as their new sporting director, he is a big fan of Lovren and wants to bring him to the San Siro.

Lovren is said to be valued at $37 million by Liverpool, as the former Lyon and Southampton defender signed a new contract in 2017 which runs until 2021.

He turns 30 in July and will want to play in the final years of his career. He has won the UEFA Champions League at Liverpool and despite some horrendous mistakes over the past few seasons, he has done okay for Jurgen Klopp and lasted a lot longer at Anfield than most expected he would. If Liverpool can get $37 million for Lovren and then buy a younger center back to be their fourth-choice next season, that is very good business for Klopp’s side.

Lovren, Firmino huge doubts for Liverpool v. Bayern Munich

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Liverpool could be seriously shorthanded for their massive UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg against Bayern Munich at Anfield on Tuesday.

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Dejan Lovren and Roberto Firmino did not take part in Liverpool’s final training session before their game against Bayern to give Jurgen Klopp more selection worries.

It has been reported that Firmino has a virus, while Lovren has been struggling with a hamstring problem and was always going to be a last-minute decision for the clash against the German giants.

Fabinho now looks certain to start alongside Joel Matip in central defense for Liverpool on Tuesday, as Virgil Van Dijk is suspended and Joe Gomez is injured.

As for up top, the likes of Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge could be placed in Firmino’s spot but it is likely Xherdan Shaqiri (if he is fully fit) will come into the team and Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane will switch to a central position in the front three.

Either way, not ideal for Liverpool as they have a huge week with this game against Bayern followed by a massive Premier League game at bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

In terms of Bayern’s injury news, Kingsley Coman has recovered from a knock in Friday’s win at Augsburg but Jerome Boateng is out through illness. Arjen Robben is recovering from injury and did not travel with the squad, while Franck Ribery will arrive in Liverpool separate from the team after becoming a father late on Sunday.

Lovren injury leaves Fabinho paired with 16-year-old for Liverpool

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Liverpool’s injury-hit back line needed just six minutes to take another blow in Monday’s FA Cup match against Wolves at the Molineux Stadium.

Dejan Lovren left the game with a hamstring injury in the sixth minute, where he was performing in a center back duo with Fabinho.

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You read that right.

While Fabinho is perfectly capable of playing center back, his new partner is in unchartered waters.

Sixteen-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever is the youngest Liverpool player to pull on the club’s legendary shirt for an FA Cup match.

So if we told you that Wolves took an early lead, you might expect it came through a Hoever error. Yet it was a James Milner mistake that allowed Raul Jimenez to give Liverpool a 1-0 lead.

A Netherlands U-17 back, Hoever moved to Anfield from Ajax in September.

Stars and duds from Man City 2-1 Liverpool

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Great saves, hard tackles, jangly nerves, and pretty goals combined to help Liverpool’s visit to Manchester City live up to expectations at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.

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Who were the stars of the show, and who didn’t bring their A, B, or C game? See below.

STARS

Sergio Aguero — If his run and finish on the goal was the only thing he did on the day, he’d be a star of this one. Aguero met Bernardo Silva‘s pass and seized the yard given to him by Dejan Lovren, smashing into the goal. But it wasn’t the only thing he did, as Aguero’s run into the box on the winner forced Trent Alexander-Arnold to follow him and give Sane space to score. He couldn’t beat Alisson a second time and also needlessly gave away stoppage time possession with a foolish 60-yard bid, but all will be forgiven (except maybe by Pep Guardiola).

Fernandinho — From Moment No. 1, the Brazilian enforcer was stuck into tackles and playing on the right side of the line by the thinnest of margins. Jurgen Klopp put three industrious shopminders in the center of the park to Man City’s one until Fabinho was introduced in the 57th. The one won.

Trent Alexander-Arnold — Unsure he’ll ever be a strong defender, but that wasn’t his job in the second half as the marauding right-sided player led the attack on several occasions. His pinpoint cross to Andrew Robertson set up Firmino for the equalizer, and he was left out to lunch on Man City’s second goal.

Just missed the list: Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Fabinho, Ederson, Alisson Becker.

DUDS

Danilo — Lost track of the ball on Alexander-Arnold’s cross to Robertson like a little leaguer outfielder back tracking his first deep fly ball. For a man playing as a defensive upgrade to Kyle Walker, he’s there to avoid mistakes. He didn’t.

Dejan Lovren — Caught flat-footed by Aguero on City’s opening goal, he also was one of the reasons Trent Alexander-Arnold was cooked by Leroy Sane for the second. Not too good.

Just missed the list: Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum.

Firmino, Liverpool torpedo Arsenal

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  • Arsenal takes early lead
  • Firmino scores two, the second a wonderful solo goal (video)
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Liverpool ran roughshod over Arsenal, continuing to buttress its championship credentials behind a Roberto Firmino hat trick and a 5-1 win over the Gunners at Anfield on Saturday.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles put the Gunners ahead after 11 minutes, but the Reds answered four times by half. Firmino scored twice, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane also netting before the break.

The win gives Liverpool a nine-point lead on second-place Spurs, while Arsenal is two points back of fourth-place Chelsea.

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It was a thrilling first 20 minutes at Anfield, with Arsenal taking a surprise lead off a Virgil Van Dijk giveaway. Maitland-Niles lost his mark and poked a seeing-eye cross from Alex Iwobi past Alisson.

But the Gunners were down one within minutes, both times due to Firmino.

The goals were not equal. His first came when a Mohamed Salah pass made several turns before the hustling Firmino was alone with the loose ball inside the six.

The second came moments later, as the Brazilian made his way through the entire Arsenal defense to beat Leno.

Mane made it 3-1 in the 32nd, blasting a sublime first touch pass from Salah beyond Leno off a long distance pass from Andrew Robertson.

The fourth goal came from Salah, who went down rather easily after slowing his run behind Sokratis. No matter, he capped the Reds’ outstanding half in style from the spot. 4-1. Goodnight, Unai.

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Fabinho was denied a bid to make it 5-1 in the 63rd minute when Leno dropped low to make an arm save.

Sokratis then conceded a penalty when Dejan Lovren hit the deck, and Firmino used the penalty spot to complete his hat trick.