Sachin Nakrani

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Feb 14

The Europa League is back and more than ever is a competition to savour

This season’s round of 32 is arguably the strongest since the Uefa Cup was rebranded in 2009 and should help the second-tier tournament shed its second-rate reputationIt’s hard to know sometimes if Arsène Wenger is an optimist or pessimist. A football …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/feb/14/europa-league-is-back-more-than-ever-competition-to-savour-round-of-32-arsenal

Feb 12

Jürgen Klopp casts further doubt on Simon Mignolet’s future at Liverpool

• Goalkeeper unlikely to feature in Champions League tie with Porto• Belgian lost his status as club’s No 1 to Loris Karius last monthJürgen Klopp has cast further doubt on Simon Mignolet’s future at Liverpool by suggesting the Belgian will not be…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/12/jurgen-klopp-casts-further-doubt-on-simon-mignolet-future-liverpool

Dec 09

Bad blood adds spice as Sam Allardyce and Jürgen Klopp prepare to meet again | Sachin Nakrani

Everton have not won at Anfield since 1999, but Allardyce, spurred on by memories of a previous meeting with Klopp, may be the man to change all thatTo put it into context, the last time Everton won at Anfield, We’re Going to Ibiza! by Vengaboys had sp…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/dec/09/sam-allardyce-jurgen-klopp-everton-liverpool-anfield-bad-blood

Nov 30

Forget Premier League’s alleged dinosaurs, it’s open and progressive | Sachin Nakrani

The appointments of Allardyce, Pardew, Moyes et al have caught flak but foreign managers from Pep Guardiola to Marco Silva are shining and likewise Englishmen such as Sean Dyche and Eddie HoweIt is a little more than a month since Sam Allardyce appeare…

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Nov 22

Alberto Moreno and Liverpool back to their slapdash worst in familiar collapse | Sachin Nakrani

Jürgen Klopp’s side had the chance to show what was supposed to be their new-found maturity against Sevilla, but they comprehensively failed the testGeorginio Wijnaldum’s expression said it all. As the final whistle blew at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/22/alberto-moreno-and-liverpool-back-to-their-slapdash-worst-in-familiar-collapse

Nov 09

Anthony Joshua will fight Deontay Wilder in 2018, says Eddie Hearn

• Promoter claims talks over heavyweight bout will start immediately• Joshua taunts Wilder, Tyson Fury and Joshua Parker via TwitterAnthony Joshua will fight Deontay Wilder in what would be a mouth-watering heavyweight clash in 2018, the British fighte…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/09/anthony-joshua-will-fight-deontay-wilder-in-2018-eddie-hearn-says-boxing-heavyweight

Nov 09

Witch-doctor has banished my injury curse, says Manu Tuilagi

• Tuilagi told groin, hamstring and knee injuries were caused by evil spirits• Spiritual healer balmed player with Fijian oil on Samoan island of UpoluManu Tuilagi has made the extraordinary claim that the injury problems which have blighted him in rec…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/09/witch-doctor-banished-injury-curse-manu-tuilagi

Oct 02

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is limping towards life on the sidelines | Sachin Nakrani

Laboured effort against Newcastle showed the striker, once among Europe’s best finishers, is now only a back-up option for his manager, Jürgen Klopp

Just before Daniel Sturridge was withdrawn from proceedings on a grey north‑east afternoon, he could be seen sitting on the turf clutching his left boot and looking in distress.

He soon rose to his feet and headed to the bench as Roberto Firmino came on for him as one of two 74th-minute Liverpool substitutions, the striker’s expression turning to glumness as he did so. For those who follow Sturridge’s career it was a poignant moment and for the most pessimistic, further evidence that a player who once shone so brightly so often is slipping further into the darkness of a career unfulfilled.

Related: Jürgen Klopp laments draw but confident Liverpool’s luck will improve

Related: Joselu hands Newcastle point with lucky strike to punish wasteful Liverpool

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/oct/02/daniel-sturridge-liverpool-reserve-striker-newcastle

Sep 12

Liverpool return to Champions League with hope and intent for past success | Sachin Nakrani

Jürgen Klopp’s side are back in Europe’s elite competition for the first time in three years and can draw on the German’s time at Borussia Dortmund as a template for success

Jürgen Klopp had not long sat down in the Etihad Stadium’s media room following Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend when he was asked about his side’s upcoming Champions League group match against Sevilla. Perhaps rattled by his heaviest loss since arriving in England two years ago, the German stumbled.

“We play Tuesday,” he said, before being corrected. “We play Wednesday? Really? One day more. Good.”

Related: Manchester City and Gabriel Jesus hammer 10-man Liverpool 5-0

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/12/jurgen-klopp-liverpool-champions-league-sevilla

Aug 16

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s display hints at bright future for academy product | Sachin Nakrani

The full-back’s performance against Hoffenheim suggests Liverpool may have the first locally born star on their hands since Steven Gerrard

The road from academy prospect to first-team regular is one that only a select few complete. The big clubs in particular are simply not prepared to be patient and wait for a raw teenager to make the grade. The demands are too great, the choices in an increasingly heated transfer market too tantalising. So when one does make a breakthrough it feels only right to take notice and especially when he is curling in free-kicks on his Champions League debut.

Related: Jürgen Klopp hails Alexander-Arnold’s courage after crucial Liverpool win

Related: Liverpool close on Champions League group stage with win at Hoffenheim

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/aug/16/trent-alexander-arnold-liverpool-academy-product