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Klopp rules out a possible Liverpool return for Philippe Coutinho

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Jurgen Klopp is only compliments to Philippe Coutinho. However, the German manager doesn’t see him in Liverpool in the near future. No way. The current European Champions’ manager has ruled out any possibility of the Brazilian midfielder’s return, who has his departure from Barcelona constantly speculated in the current transfer window. Klopp even used several “big” – seven, to be precise – to illustrate the financial maneuver required in such an operation.

“I like Phil, I think he’s a fantastic player and all, but it would be a big, big, big, big, big, big, big-money signing and it’s not our year for that. It’s just not possible” said the German coach.

Coutinho played for Liverpool between 2013 and 2017. He has 201 matches and 54 goals for the team. He played under Jürgen Klopp between 2015 and 2017. The Brazilian evolved a lot since Klopp arrival and even got his place in the Selecao. But after a frustrating negotiation in the middle of 2017, he left England early the following year. His price-tag was 145 million euros in total. The Reds would not make a similar investment.

– In general, Coutinho still helps any team in the world. 100%. It’s just not possible. Like I said, having him makes any team better, and us included, but I really hope he finds his luck at Barca.??”

Coutinho is mentioned by both the French and Spanish press as Barcelona’s bargaining chip to try to rehire Neymar. PSG reportedly turned down different offers from the Catalans, which included Coutinho for Neymar. Klopp says he doesn’t care about speculation. And he went further. He said that if rumors have the same effect they have on him, Coutinho will be in Barca.

– If everything the newspapers write about me were true… Wow! If it’s similar to what they write about me, I’d say he’s completely happy at Barcelona and wants to sign a six-year contract extension

Copa America champion with Brazil, Coutinho has not yet presented himself to Barcelona for the preseason. The Catalan team are in Japan, where they lost to Chelsea in a friendly last Tuesday and face Vissel Kobe next Saturday. The Brazilian should only perform in Spain.

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RiVer con V de Var

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River dominó a Cerro Porteño durante gran parte del partido en el estadio Monumental, pero no pudo reflejar en el resultado la diferencia que existió en cuanto a juego y actitud. De esa manera, el Millonario viajará a Paraguay con un resultado a favor de dos goles a cero gracias a su jugador estrella, el VAR, protagonista de las 2 anotaciones.

Marcelo Gallardo habló en conferencia de prensa sobre el VAR, MVP del encuentro: “Es una herramienta a la cual nos tenemos que habituar”, dijo el DT.

“Los errores siguen siendo humanos, más allá del VAR y de la forma en que se observe. Igualmente no tengo duda de que la falta a De La Cruz fue penal, al igual que la de Carrizo a Palacios. Así como también nos anularon bien un gol, porque Suárez la toca con la mano”, declaró el Muñeco en el Monumental. Luego siguió con el tema: “En nuestro continente venimos discutiendo hace rato y en ligas europeas también hay errores humanos. Los que estamos más habituados somos los que jugamos Copa, los demás no. A veces te juega a favor y a veces en contra”.

Gallardo estaba picante y puso en claro una realidad en América del Sur: “Si el VAR no se implementó en ligas locales es porque estamos atrasados. Pero habrá intención de que se comience a utilizar”.

Por último, no se enfocó en un posible cruce ante el máximo rival Millonario: “Sabemos lo que genera una posibilidad de enfrentar a Boca. Desde hace rato se habla de esto. Nosotros tenemos claro que no nos vamos a anticipar”.

River con R de Robo logró una cómoda victoria y da un paso hacia unas posibles semifinales ante Boca que emociona a todo el mundo del fútbol menos a Gallardo. La revancha frente a Cerro Porteño se jugará el próximo jueves en el estadio General Pablo Rojas de Asunción, escenario más conocido como La Nueva Olla.

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PSG worried with “Neymar deadline” as Real Madrid is hopeful

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Every day, a new offer for Neymar is announced in the European press. The latest is a “royal” combo: Real Madrid would be willing to pay 100 million euros plus three more players – Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, and Keylor Navas – for Neymar. I swear I would close a swap-deal with the likes of Bale and James for Neymar. I don’t know what’s going on PSG’s chairman’s mind, but they have denied this absurd proposal.

PSG keep playing hard in order to keep the Brazilian striker, having already declined offers from two other European giants, Barcelona and Juventus.

In Real, the three players included in the proposal are set to leave. The Spanish club almost negotiated the Welsh Gareth Bale to China, but the player refused the transfer. James Rodriguez has returned from Bayern Munich loan and is not in the plans of coach Zinedine Zidane. And Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas wants to go out for a better chance to play, as Belgian Thibaut Courtois, somehow, has Zidane’s trust to be the absolute starter.

Meanwhile, I see a move back to Barcelona very improbable at this transfer window. It will be officially closed in 10 days, and the only way Barcelona could land Neymar is to paying his full-price, as PSG doesn’t seem to want to see Neymar back at Catalunia. At the same time, a move back to Barca is clearly Neymar’s wish, but I see his priority as to get out of PSG as soon as possible.

So maybe even despite the efforts from Lionel Messi, who has reportedly called Neymar to try to change the Brazilian’s mind on not to join Madrid will be in vain.

At the same time, keeping Neymar would not be a good idea for PSG, as they would still have to pay his wages, and it’s not good to have an unsatisfied player within the squad. Clock is running for both PSG and Neymar. Where will Neymar Junior be playing in some weeks? Let’s wait and see, but apparently, this whole situation is coming to an end.

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CR7: “Any player who hasn’t proved anything is worth €100M nowadays”

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It seems like the inflated Football transfer market has been upsetting the Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo. In a recent interview for Portuguese TV channel “TVI”, the legend has criticized the astronomical prices clubs have been paying for players who aren’t really worth that. I have a slight impression that Man United’s new signing Harry Maguire didn’t like it that much. Pass it on.

– Nowadays, prices are surreal. I’ll put aside the case of Joao Felix, but now any player without proving anything is worth a 100 million euros. This is madness. One sees center-halves and goalkeepers being transferred by astronomical values. But on the one hand, it is also good because it is a sign that the football business is alive and apparently in good health – said the 34-year-old who avoided setting a price tag for himself.

“When I see goalkeepers being sold at 75 million euros, a player who does what I do on the pitch and who scores goals has to be worth three, four times more. Easily.”

Besides that, he also gave his words on his childhood dreams back at Madeira Island:

– My dream was to be a soccer player, everyone told me I was a football star and I started to create this illusion. But if you ask me if I thought I would ever win a Golden Ball, two or three, I tell you I never thought about it. I know that obviously, the most important thing is to have talent, and this I have, but if you notice, great athletes from others sports, scientists or Nobel laureates, are all great workers. I like to copy good examples, not only in sports. All had great talent but were above all great workers.

And also on his move from Real Madrid to Juventus:

– Financially, I don’t need football to live well. I will live well throughout my whole life. There are projects, and this one from Juventus has caught my attention. It was a challenge. I had won it in England, Spain and was going to win here in Italy. And I got another record by winning the championship. I like challenges. For me, Madrid was already in my comfort zone. After winning 17 or 18 titles, it was one more. Routines were always the same. I wanted a new challenge, I am a person who aims the perfection in my area.

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