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Rumor roundup: De Ligt talks with Liverpool

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Our top rumors for Sunday reside on Merseyside.

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Liverpool has “been talking” with Ajax center back Matthijs de Ligt in a bid to set up their back line for a long while.

De Ligt’s been linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United amongst others, but Guillem Balague says Liverpool has approached the 19-year-old about its project to bring a first Premier League era title to Anfield.

He has almost 10,000 first team minutes for Ajax despite not turning 20 until August. De Ligt has 15 caps for the Netherlands national team, scoring once, and pairing with Virgil Van Dijk could not only help his continued growth but would also give Liverpool one of the best center back pairings in the world.

Ajax will be rubbing its hands together in anticipation of a proper bidding war as the fight for De Ligt may last for some time.


Jordan Pickford is still Everton’s No. 1, but the Toffees will have insurance should the England keeper dip in form or go adventuring again.

That’s thanks to Huddersfield Town’s release of Jonas Lossl, who was outstanding in 2017-18 and just a bit less so this season as the Terriers were unable to keep their Premier League status.

The 30-year-old would take the place of former Fulham backstop Maarten Stekelenburg, who Sky Sports says is expected to leave the Goodison Park set this summer.

Bargain buys: Relegated players for Premier League clubs to target

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This season, it was Ben Foster arriving at Watford from West Brom and Xherdan Shaqiri switching from Stoke City to Liverpool.

Before that, it was Harry Maguire from Hull City to Leicester, and Jordan Pickford from Sunderland to Everton. Idrissa Gana Gueye from Aston Villa to Everton before that.

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Yes nearly every year, at least one player from a relegated squad becomes a difference maker of some repute on a safe Premier League side.

So who will it be this year? Here are some candidates, though several may look to help their clubs rebound back to the top flight.

Neil Etheridge, GK, Cardiff City — The PL’s first Filipino player nearly kept the goal-starved Bluebirds in the top flight, somewhat similar to Lukasz Fabianski‘s work at Swans before moving to West Ham. Is there a spot for him somewhere in the top tier?

Philip Billing, CM, Huddersfield Town — The Swiss defensive midfielder averaged 2.7 tackles and two interceptions per game for the Terriers, and is just 22 years old.

Victor Camarasa, MF, Cardiff City — Five goals and four assists for a side that couldn’t find the back of the net shouldn’t be scoff material. At just 24, someone should take a look.

Aaron Mooy, CM, Huddersfield Town — Capable of unleashing a rocket, the former Man City pupil wasn’t as good in year two at the John Smith’s Stadium. Most weren’t.

Callum Paterson, DF, Cardiff City —  Also just 24, the versatile Scot can deputize at defense, midfield, and occasionally forward for his new side.

Ryan Babel, FW, Fulham — The winger may be 32, but did he ever look quite this good on his first run through the Premier League. Five goals and three assists in 16 appearances following a mid-season transfer.

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, MF, Fulham — He’s a bit of a card accumulator, but Fulham was better with him than without him. The 23-year-old was also outstanding at Marseille in the Ligue 1 club’s run to last season’s Europa League Final.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, FW, Fulham — He’s now scored and angered defenses on two offense-hungry clubs, and rang up 11 goals while nabbing an almost silly 6.5 aerial wins per match. He’s still only 24.

USMNT midfielder Williams not retained by Huddersfield Town

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Danny Williams‘ tenure with the Terriers is complete.

The 30-year-old German American midfielder was one of five players released by Huddersfield Town on Friday, days after their final Premier League match.

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Williams was a significant factor in the Terriers’ beating the drop in 2017-18, but injuries and a coaching change combined to limit him to just six appearance this season.

He scored an FA Cup goal for Huddersfield last season, but made just one start before suffering a knee injury in his sophomore campaign.

Goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and forward Laurent Depoitre were two other notable names not retained by Huddersfield, who also axed Erik Durm and Jack Payne.

Final Premier League standings of the 2018-19 season

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Feast your eyes upon the final Premier League table of the 2018-19 season, in which:

  • Manchester City are champions with 98 points;
  • Liverpool finish second on 97 points, the third-highest total in history;
  • Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur backed into third and fourth place, respectively;
  • Arsenal and Manchester United missed out on Champions League qualification;
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers finished seventh in their first season back in the top flight
  • Fulham and Cardiff City head back down to the EFL Championship after one season;
  • Huddersfield Town finish bottom and head back down after two seasons in the PL
Team GP W D L GF GA GD PTS
 Manchester City 38 32 2 4 95 23 72 98
 Liverpool 38 30 7 1 89 22 67 97
 Chelsea 38 21 9 8 63 39 24 72
 Tottenham Hotspur 38 23 2 13 67 39 28 71
 Arsenal 38 21 7 10 73 51 22 70
 Manchester United 38 19 9 10 65 54 11 66
 Wolves 38 16 9 13 47 46 1 57
 Everton 38 15 9 14 54 46 8 54
 Leicester City 38 15 7 16 51 48 3 52
 West Ham United 38 15 7 16 52 55 -3 52
 Watford 38 14 8 16 52 59 -7 50
 Crystal Palace 38 14 7 17 51 53 -2 49
 Newcastle United 38 12 9 17 42 48 -6 45
 Bournemouth 38 13 6 19 56 70 -14 45
 Burnley 38 11 7 20 45 68 -23 40
 Southampton 38 9 12 17 45 65 -20 39
 Brighton 38 9 9 20 35 60 -25 36

 Cardiff City 38 . 10 . 4 . 24 . 34 . 69 . -35 . 34
 Fulham 38 7 5 26 34 81 -47 26
 Huddersfield Town 38 3 7 28 22 76 -54 16

Southampton, Huddersfield draw (video)

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  • Redmond gave Saints lead
  • Pritchard equalized for Terriers
  • Saints winless in 5 games

Southampton and Huddersfield Town battled to a 1-1 draw on the final day of the season at St Mary’s Stadium.

Nathan Redmond gave Southampton the lead in the first half with a stunning strike, but bottom side Huddersfield equalized in the second half through Alex Pritchard‘s strike.

With the draw Saints finish the season in 16th on 39 points, while Huddersfield have 16 points and finish in 20th in their final game in the Premier League after their relegation was confirmed in March.

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Saints started well and Danny Ings cut in from the left before setting up Redmond, but his shot was blocked by a sea of Huddersfield defenders.

Shane Long then had a speculative effort from distance which sailed harmlessly wide, as Huddersfield were increasingly a threat on the counter with Aaron Mooy‘s shot curling just wide.

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Before half time Saints finally broke through as Ings again linked up with Redmond and the latter cut inside before curling home a stunning shot to make it 1-0.

Ings caused havoc all game long and he then had a shot blocked at the last moment as Huddersfield’s defense were run ragged.

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At the start of the second half Saints almost scored their second spectacular goal of the game. James Ward-Prowse let fly from distance but Joel Coleman did superbly to tip the ball onto the bar.

Huddersfield then scored after a horrendous mistake from Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn, as he a failed to control a pass from Ryan Bertrand and Pritchard robbed him of the ball and scored. 1-1.

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Both teams huffed and puffed but couldn’t find a winner, as Christopher Schindler went close but the game ended in a draw.