Mark Dobson

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Name: Mark Dobson
Date registered: March 12, 2015
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/manchestercity

Latest posts

  1. Jürgen Klopp fumes at Chris Coleman over Ben Woodburn’s Wales call-up — March 21, 2017
  2. Olivier Giroud: Arsenal players want Arsène Wenger to stay on — March 20, 2017
  3. Romelu Lukaku tells Everton he will not sign a new contract — March 14, 2017
  4. Video review system could be used in English football next season — March 2, 2017
  5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Nothing done yet on my Manchester United future — February 12, 2017

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Mar 21

Jürgen Klopp fumes at Chris Coleman over Ben Woodburn’s Wales call-up

• Liverpool manager unhappy 17-year-old is thrust into spotlight
• Klopp was expecting a phone call from the Wales manager

Jürgen Klopp has revealed his exasperation over Chris Coleman’s decision to call up Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn to the Wales squad.

The 17-year-old striker, who was an unused substitute at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday where Liverpool drew 1-1 with Manchester City, has played for the Wales’ Under-19s and was propelled into the senior squad by Coleman following only seven first-team appearances at club level.

Related: Jürgen Klopp vows to protect Liverpool record-breaker Ben Woodburn

Related: Ben Woodburn’s rise no surprise despite Klopp’s kid-gloves approach at Liverpool | Andy Hunter

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/21/jurgen-klopp-ben-woodburn-liverpool-wales-chris-coleman

Mar 20

Olivier Giroud: Arsenal players want Arsène Wenger to stay on

• Striker says the players hope manager will renew his contract
• Wenger digging in after vicious criticism from pundits and fans

Olivier Giroud believes the Arsenal players are right behind manager Arsène Wenger and want him to stay on at the club despite mounting fan unrest and a poor run of form.

Wenger is determined to continue and, with a two-year contract on the table, says an announcement will be made “very soon”.

Related: Secrecy over contract will do little to silence Arsène Wenger’s detractors | Paul Doyle

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/20/olivier-giroud-arsenal-players-backing-arsene-wenger-contract

Mar 14

Romelu Lukaku tells Everton he will not sign a new contract

• Striker wants summer move to play Champions League football
• Everton informed after training session

Romelu Lukaku is set to spark a summer transfer scramble after telling Everton he will not sign a new contract at Goodison Park.

The 23-year-old’s agent Mino Raiola has insisted Lukaku would put pen to paper on lucrative new terms and claimed he had agreed “99.9%” of the £100,000-a-week deal which would have made him the best paid player in the club’s history.

Related: Rejuvenated Ross Barkley reaps benefits of Everton’s midfield makeover

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/14/everton-romelu-lukaku-contract-sign-champions-league-chelsea

Mar 02

Video review system could be used in English football next season

• International Football Association Board to discuss video reviews on Friday
• Southampton’s Manolo Gabbiadini had goal disallowed in EFL Cup final

English football could see video technology introduced next season as early as the Community Shield with FA Cup ties also being targeted as possibilities for its trial use.

The International Football Association Board is set to discuss live trials of video reviews, in matches scheduled by the Football Association, during its annual general meeting on Friday.

Related: Southampton’s Manolo Gabbiadini grabs the limelight but is denied final glory | David Hytner

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/02/video-review-system-international-football-association-board-english-football-manolo-gabbiadini

Feb 12

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Nothing done yet on my Manchester United future

• Striker says he has already done enough to trigger option
• Mourinho convinced forward will stay on at Old Trafford

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is no closer to resolving his Manchester United future, despite claiming he has already done enough to trigger a contract extension.

The 35-year-old moved to Old Trafford in the summer on a one-year deal with the option of another season, although the make-up of that extension clause is shrouded in mystery.

Related: Manchester United’s Ibrahimovic says he has made critics ‘eat their balls’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/12/zlatan-ibrahimovic-manchester-united-contract-future-jose-mourinho

Feb 10

Ian Wright: Arsène Wenger says he is ‘coming to the end’ of his Arsenal time

• Former Arsenal striker says manager looks tired
• Wenger has come under fire from fans after disappointing results

Arsène Wenger believes he is “coming to the end” of his time at Arsenal, according to Ian Wright.

The radio and TV pundit was speaking on BBC Radio 5 live after meeting with the manager on Thursday night and now believes Wenger is ready to end his 20-year Arsenal career. Wright, who scored 185 goals in 288 appearances for Arsenal, said: “He didn’t say to me: ‘I’m leaving at the end of the season’ but … I just get the impression in him and looking at him that’s it. I think that’s it. He actually mentioned when we were talking that he’s coming to the end. I’ve never heard him say that.

Related: Arsenal v Hull City: match preview

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/10/ian-wright-arsene-wenger-coming-to-end-arsenal-career

Jan 20

Fifa gives Liverpool green light to play Joël Matip against Swansea

• Confusion about defender’s eligibility is finally over
• Cameroon had wanted centre-half at Africa Cup of Nations

Joël Matip has finally been given the green light to play for Liverpool again after Fifa announced Cameroon had no hold over the defender.

Liverpool had become utterly exasperated by the confusion surrounding his eligibility during the Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon announced they wanted the 25-year-old to play in Gabon.

Related: Steven Gerrard to make Liverpool return as full-time academy coach

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/20/liverpool-joel-matip-fifa-green-light-cameroon-africa-cup-of-nations

Jan 18

Steven Gerrard tells Daniel Sturridge to fight for his Liverpool future

• Former captain urges striker to stay put and ignore transfer offers
• Sturridge endured difficult night against Plymouth Argyle in FA Cup

Steven Gerrard has told Daniel Sturridge to roll up his sleeves and fight for his Anfield future.

The former Liverpool captain watched on at Home Park as the striker endured a disappointing night in the 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third round replay before being substituted by the manager Jürgen Klopp.

Related: Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Liverpool: FA Cup third round replay – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/18/steven-gerrard-daniel-sturridge-stay-at-liverpool-transfer-fa-cup

Jan 15

Jürgen Klopp calls for Fifa to make a decision over Joël Matip

• Cameroon have tried to call up Matip for Africa Cup of Nations
• Defender forced to miss Manchester United showdown

Jürgen Klopp has demanded answers from Fifa on the Liverpool defender Joël Matip after he was forced to leave the player out for the 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

The Cameroon centre-half retired from international football in 2015 but the national team coach Hugo Broos has attempted to call him up for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Related: José Mourinho: Jürgen Klopp thought I was trying to get Firmino sent off

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/15/liverpool-football-jurgen-klopp-joel-matip-fifa-cameroon-manchester-united

Jan 11

Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp explains contents of note to Daniel Sturridge

• Liverpool manager gave striker piece of paper during EFL Cup tie
• Forward ran around offering instructions to other players

Jürgen Klopp revealed what was written on a note handed to Daniel Sturridge during the second half of Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at Southampton.

The striker ran around barking out instructions after receiving the piece of paper and then seemed to have trouble discarding it. Klopp explained what it contained: “New system. Whatever we want to call it, 3-5-2. Lucas at the back, Emre in the centre, two wingers, two strikers. Half space for Lallana and Coutinho. That’s all. No more information but it was enough. Maybe it was a little bit too late.

Related: Claude Puel’s Southampton neutralise Liverpool to put Wembley in sight | Ben Fisher

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/11/liverpool-football-jurgen-klopp-daniel-sturridge-note-efl-cup-southampton

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