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Lucas Leiva will miss two months with a knee injury suffered against Aston Villa at the weekend.

Liverpool can ill-afford to lose Lucas. He's not only their best defensive midfielder, he's also one of only four senior midfielders in a team that plays with three at a time. Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen have had injury problems this year, leaving Liverpool with few options and very little margin for error.
Tue, Jan 21, 2014 11:47:00 PM

Sunderland made it four wins on the spin against Dijon on Wednesday, but the victory came at a cost after a muscular problem forced Patrick van Aanholt off early in the second half.

Robbie Stockdale confirmed van Aanholt "felt some groin tightness" although based on initial reports, his withdrawal appears to be precautionary: "There is absolutely no major issues," revealed the first team coach. "Whether we risk him on Saturday will depend on how he settles down over the next couple of days." Jermain Defoe is certain to miss out though, with the striker a doubt for the remainder of the preseason programme after suffering a thigh strain in training. However, and despite ongoing tests, the club remain confident he will be ready to face Manchester City in game week one. "At the moment it’s probably too early to say and we don’t think it’s anything serious, but obviously with a player like Jermain you don’t to take any risks."
Jul 28 - 8:40 AM

Gary Cahill grabbed the only goal in a hard fought International Champions Cup game in Pasadena as Chelsea beat Liverpool 1-0 at the Rose Bowl.

However, speaking post-match, Jürgen Klopp revealed his "biggest problem" was the loss of young Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic following a sickening clash of heads with Chelsea’s Bertrand Traore. "He is in hospital, because he can't remember anything. That's not too cool. Hopefully it's not too serious but of course a young boy in this situation is not too cool." Daniel Sturridge missed the defeat, instead, club physios decided to provide additional fitness work at the clubs’ training camp in Palo Alto while Nathaniel Clyne was not risked because of a minor hamstring problem. Both players could face Milan on Sunday but Belgium international strikers Divock Origi and Christian Benteke are not yet ready following their summer exertions at Euro 2016.
Source: The Express
Jul 28 - 9:10 AM

After a few actions by Mamadou Sakho that Jurgen Klopp deemed to show a "lack of respect", the Liverpool manager sent the defender home early from the club's preseason tour of the United States.

It has been a series of unfortunate events for Sakho in recent months, but while he was cleared from a doping violation and cannot be blamed for injuring his heel, there is no one to fault but the Frenchman for his behavior since the club embarked on their preseason tour. First, he missed the flight to the US, then he was AWOL from a training session and then was late for a meal with his teammates. Klopp was quoted as saying that the situation was "not that serious" and that he hasn't given up on Sakho. However, one has to think this only takes a serious hit to his status in the center back depth chart. Had the summer been free of incident, despite the additions of Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan, Sakho looked poised to be the Week 1 starter in partnership with Dejan Lovren. Now, it could easily be one of Matip or Klavan to take the spot away.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 28 - 6:26 AM

Bournemouth has completed the signing of yet another Liverpool player this summer in defender Brad Smith.

The 22-year-old left-back joins the Cherries on a four-year contract in a move reported to be in the £6 million range. The Australian international had one year left on his contract but had previously fallen out of favor at the club following the appointment of Jurgen Klopp. Smith follows fellow academy product Jordon Ibe to to south coast after the winger competed a £15 million move. Said chief executive Neill Blake said, "I am delighted to confirm that we have completed a deal to bring Brad to the football club. "Brad broke through at Anfield last season and impressed whenever he was called upon."
Jul 27 - 6:33 PM

Harry Maguire is being pursued by Middlesbrough, who have made a £4m bid.

Maguire is a young prospect who plays for the England U21 team and started 25 games for Hull City last season. He is likely going to make it to the Premier League sooner rather than later even if the move to Middlesbrough doesn't work. He would be a likely started if he made the move now.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 27 - 4:52 PM

Virgil Van Dijk played well and scored in Southampton's 2-1 win over FC Twente.

There were rumors sending Van Dijk to other Premier League clubs but he is currently still on Southampton's roster and playing well. He is guaranteed to start, and he will contribute random goals throughout the season like the one he scored today. The other Southampton goal came from Sam Gallagher, who will likely earn a bigger role as a backup for the Saints this season.
Source: SaintsFC
Jul 27 - 4:08 PM

Swansea have inquired about Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa.

Ulloa played backup for Jamie Vardy but was very effective off the bench and as a replacement for Vardy when injuries struck late in the season. There are multiple teams inquiring about him, and Swansea need a striker after selling Alberto Paloschi and parting ways with Bafetimbi Gomis. This would be a great fit and Ulloa would be a good late-round pick if he ends up with Swansea.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 27 - 4:17 PM

New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has stated that Nemanja Matic is not for sale.

There have been rumors regarding Matic going to Juventus after Chelsea acquired defensive midfielder N'Golo Kante. However, it seems that Conte is excited to have a choice between the two and that could be a big motivator for Matic. There is a possibility where Chelsea play both together, and move Fabregas to a more advanced position, but either way Matic is not going to be a good fantasy player this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 27 - 4:33 PM

Middlesbrough are in talks to acquire American goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Guzan was part of relegated Aston Villa side and has been deemed surplus at Aston Villa. The 31-year-old still has some time left as a starting goalkeeper and would be an upgrade over anyone currently at Middlesbrough. He will be a low-tier fantasy pick if he ends up with the new-comers.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 27 - 4:38 PM

Amid rumors of a transfer, Marko Arnautovic has tied himself to Stoke City for another four years after signing on renewed terms at the Britannia.

Stoke City continue to remake their image but Marko Arnautovic perhaps best represents the transition from the old (Pulis) Stoke to the new (Hughes) Stoke. Arnautovic blends physicality and a take-no-prisoners style with enough class to lead the Potters in goals from a wide attacking position. His loss would have been a significant blow as Mark Hughes continues to try to assemble the sort of squad that can regularly finish in the top half and entertain supporters at the same time.
Source: @StokeCity
Jul 27 - 11:00 AM

Arsenal are hoping to bring in some defensive cover after Arsene Wenger confirmed Per Mertesacker will be side-lined for "a few months" due to injury.

The German defender was injured during last Fridays’ pre-season friendly with Lens and although initial reports suggested the knock was only minor, further tests have revealed the extent of the damage and Mertesacker immediately went under the knife. Wenger was reluctant to give a definitive timeline at this stage although he did admit that he was hoping to sign cover during the interim. "We have to look for an option to get a bit more experience," said the Gunners boss. "With Per being out, we are a bit short on the experience front and we are looking to bring somebody in." One player who has been linked, is Valencia’s centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, and with the Spanish club looking to balance their books, the German international could be an ideal replacement.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 27 - 10:30 AM




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