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Roberto Martinez: ‘Clear that Romelu Lukaku must leave Manchester United’

Belgium manager believes it is important the 26-year-old finds the right club. Belgium boss Roberto Martinez believes “it is clear” that Romelu Lukaku has to leave Manchester United this summer. The 26-year-old endured a difficult second season at Old Trafford and has been linked with a move away. The likes of Inter Milan have been reportedly showing an interest in Belgium’s all-time record goalscorer, who has netted 42 in 96 games since joining United from Everton in 2017. Romelu Lukaku (right) is Belgium’s leading all-time leading goalscorer (Bradley Collyer/PA) However, he failed to find the back of the net in his last eight appearances of the season and was not an automatic starter under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Now Lukaku’s international boss, who was also h...

Roberto Mancini happy as Italy win “toughest game of the group”

Roma forward Edin Dzeko had fired the visitors into a 32nd-minute lead. Italy manager Roberto Mancini praised the character of his side after they came from behind to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 in their Euro 2020 Group J qualifier in Turin. The Azzurri were looking to make it four straight wins to stay at the top of the Group J table. Roma forward Edin Dzeko, though, had fired the visitors into a 32nd-minute lead following a swift counter-attack as Italy conceded their first goal of the qualifying campaign. Lorenzo Insigne‘s fine volley equalised early in the second half and Italy’s industry was rewarded with a late winner. With four minutes left, Napoli frontman Insigne got away down the left and cut the ball back for Marco Verratti, who slid his shot into the bottom corn...

Roberto Martinez refuses to rule out Barcelona job

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez refuses to rule out a move to Barcelona as a replacement for Ernesto Valverde. Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has refused to rule out a move to Barcelona this summer. Martinez is reportedly being considered by the Spanish champions as a potential replacement for Ernesto Valverde, who could lose his job at Camp Nou ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. The former Everton manager has responded to the rumours by claiming that he would not make any decision on his future without first talking to the Belgian Football Federation. “I won’t say yes to any team without first talking with [the president of the Royal Belgian Football Federation] Bart [Verhaeghe] and [the vice-president] Mehdi [Bayat],” Marca quotes Martinez as saying. Barca retained the La Liga...

Jurgen Klopp confident Roberto Firmino will be fit for Champions League final

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side are feeling “pure excitement” ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final – although Naby Keita misses out. The German manager, who guided the Reds to last year’s final only to suffer defeat by Real Madrid, will pit his men against Tottenham in the Spanish capital on Saturday. On Saturday’s showpiece, Klopp said: “We are all very excited about having the chance again. Destination: Madrid 🇪🇸#UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/7tUPDROGir — Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 28, 2019 “Last year we played it, and four years ago some of us played another final (with Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund) so we probably have more experience. “It’s about dealing with the situation, and so far we have controlled our em...

Roberto Martinez being lined up for Barcelona job?

Roberto Martinez is the leading contender to replace Ernesto Valverde as the next manager of Barcelona, according to a report. Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is reportedly being eyed up by Barcelona as a possible replacement for Ernesto Valverde. Barca are believed to be weighing up whether to part company with Valverde following a disastrous end to the season. The Catalan giants lost 4-0 to Liverpool in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final to crash out 4-3 on aggregate, before going down 2-1 to Valencia in last weekend’s Copa del Rey final. Should Barca chiefs opt for a change in the dugout, RAC1 claims that Martinez is the leading candidate to take over. Martinez has spent the past three years in charge of Belgium and guided the Red Devils to the semi-finals of the Wo...

Roberto Firmino returns to Liverpool training ahead of Champions League final

The Brazilian missed Liverpool’s last three matches with a thigh injury. Forward Roberto Firmino has given Liverpool a Champions League final boost by returning to training. The Brazil international has missed the last three matches with a thigh problem but was able to take part in the first session of the squad’s pre-final camp in Marbella. Firmino was the first player to arrive on the south coast of Spain having attended slightly earlier than his team-mates for some individual sessions with strength and rehabilitation staff. Liverpool said his reintroduction into full team training “will be carefully managed under their supervision, with specialised programmes planned over the coming days”. Roberto Firmino today trained alongside his teammates following a muscle s...

Paris Saint-Germain showing interest in Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino?

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly considering a summer bid for Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino. Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has reportedly emerged as a potential transfer target for Paris Saint-Germain. Firmino has enjoyed a hugely successful four-season spell at Anfield, with 66 goals being scored from 191 appearances in all competitions. The Brazil international also has four years remaining on his contract, but BBC Sport claims that PSG are looking to sign the 27-year-old during the summer window. The report says that boss Thomas Tuchel is an admirer of the player, although it remains unclear whether the German will remain in charge at Parc des Princes past the end of this season. Liverpool may refuse to entertain any bids for one of Jurgen Klopp‘s key men, while it appea...

Liverpool without 42-goal duo Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino for Barcelona clash

Liverpool’s difficult task against Barcelona got a whole lot harder after Mohamed Salah joined Roberto Firmino on the sidelines for their Champions League semi-final second leg at Anfield. The Egypt international is suffering from concussion after being carried off at Newcastle on Saturday, meaning two – with 42 goals between them this season – of the Reds’ feared front three will be absent as they seek to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Barca. However, they have no option but to go for it, although should Leicester get anything off Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Manchester City on Monday night they could be excused for their attention drifting to Sunday’s season climax, where a win at home to Wolves would secure a first domestic title since 1990. Mohamed Salah has been ruled out of #LFC...

Mohamed Salah doubtful, Roberto Firmino out for Barcelona clash

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has already been ruled out of the second leg against Barcelona. Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is a doubt for next week’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona after being carried off with a head injury in the 3-2 victory at Newcastle. The problems are adding up for manager Jurgen Klopp as Roberto Firmino, who tore a muscle last week but still managed to come on as a late substitute in the Nou Camp, has already been ruled out of Tuesday’s game. If they were to be without Salah, who is their leading goalscorer after netting his 26th of the season at St James’ Park, it would be a significant blow to their hopes. .@LFC manager Jürgen Klopp remains optimistic over @MoSalah‘s fitness for @FCBarcelona – although it may...

Team News: Roberto Firmino on the bench for Liverpool against Barcelona

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino only makes the bench for his side’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has only been deemed fit enough to make the bench for his side’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona at the Camp Nou this evening. The Brazilian missed Friday night’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town due to a small groin tear and has now failed to prove his fitness in time to be named in Jurgen Klopp‘s starting XI for tonight’s showdown. Firmino’s compatriot Fabinho does return to the side, though, having overcome the head injury which ruled him out of Liverpool’s last game. Fabinho’s return is one of four changes made from Friday’s match, with ...

Jurgen Klopp positive over Roberto Firmino fitness ahead of Barcelona showdown

Roberto Firmino appears to be winning his fight to be fit for the first leg of Liverpool‘s Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. The Brazil forward, who missed last Friday’s Premier League victory over Huddersfield with a small muscle tear, was included in Jurgen Klopp‘s 23-man squad to travel to the Nou Camp for Wednesday’s first leg. Firmino featured in training as the Reds allowed media cameras into their Melwood complex for their final preparations before flying to Spain on Tuesday afternoon. A great sight for Liverpool – Firmino training ahead of Barcelona game #LFC pic.twitter.com/8msFIZ9WUq — Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) April 30, 2019 Manager Klopp told the club’s website, www.liverpoolfc.com: “We all knew from the beginning it would be a...

Roberto Firmino turns out for Liverpool training

The Brazilian missed Liverpool’s win against Huddersfield with a “small muscle tear”. Roberto Firmino trained as Liverpool went through their final preparations before flying to Barcelona for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp. The Brazil forward missed last Friday’s Premier League defeat of Huddersfield with what manager Jurgen Klopp described as a “small muscle tear”. Firmino joined the rest of the squad as they held a training session in front of the media prior to travelling, raising Klopp’s hopes that he could be fit to play. Roberto Firmino training ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Barcelona #LFC pic.twitter.com/KB9nzL1LQr — Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) April 30, 2019 Rumours of an injury scare concerning...

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