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Football: Liverpool sign Brazilian goalkeeper, Alisson for £65m from Roma

Liverpool Complete Record Transfer Of £65m Alisson From RomaReports have it that Liverpool have announced the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker from Roma on a long-term contract.

The Reds did not disclose the fee involved in signing Alisson but the Giallorossi revealed that the Selecao star moved clubs for €72.5m (£65m), a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

“Alisson, 25, will join the Premier League side for an initial fee of €62.5m (£56m), the most expensive transfer fee ever paid for a goalkeeper,” read a statement on the Roma website.

“The agreement also includes a number of performance-related clauses, on the part of both the player and the English club, that add up to an additional €10m (£9m).”

“I’m really happy, it’s a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt for a club of this size that is used to always winning,” reads a statement on the club’s official website.

“In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. You can be certain that I’ll give my all.”

Across his two seasons in the Italian capital, Alisson made 64 appearances in all competitions.

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Football: Liverpool to up set Real Madrid in Kiev

Image result for Real MadridIt will be tough . The final game between English Premier League giants Liverpool and current European champions Real Madrid as they seek to make history in the UEFA Champions League.

The final game of the European season today at the 70,000 capacity NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine, offers a chance for both clubs to get the biggest prize in continental football after both teams failed to clinch any domestic title. Real finished third in La Liga and Liverpool clinched qualification for next season’s competition on the last day of the EPL after finishing fourth.

Real last season won their 12th European title and made history as the first European club to win the Champions League back-to-back in consecutive seasons. In their 16th European final, they are seeking to further extend the history on Saturday by becoming the first team to hold the title for three consecutive seasons.

But Liverpool, whose last Champions League triumph came in 2005, have won the title five times. Making their eighth appearance in the final, they were losing finalist in 2007 – to AC Milan, who they defeated in 2005 to win their fifth title. They will however, be seeking to stop Real from achieving their piece of history.

It is the second time the two sides will be meeting in the final of the competition. The first meeting in the 1981 final at the Parc des Princes ended in a 1-0 win for the English side at the expense of their Spanish opponents as Liverpool lifted their third Champions League title.

En route to the final, Zinedine Zidane’s Real finished second in Group H behind Tottenham Hotspur. In the round of 16, they got a 5-2 aggregate win over French champions Paris Saint-Germain before edging Juventus 4-3 in the quarterfinals and beating Bayern Munich 4-3 in the semi-finals.

Until their 4-2 loss to Roma in the second leg of their semi-final tie, Liverpool were unbeaten in this season’s Champions League. Jurgen Klopp’s men finished top of Group E before beating Porto 5-0 in the round of 16. They ousted EPL champions Manchester City Liverpool 5-1 on aggregate in the quarterfinal before sending Roma packing 7-6 on aggregate in the semi-final.

While Real rely on Champions League all-time goal scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool are counting on their Egyptian talisman Mohamed Salah, who has been phenomenal this season for the Reds – scoring 44 in all competitions so far.

A strong attacking Liverpool forward line made up of Salah, Roberto Firminho and Sadio Mane has been responsible for the most goals in this season’s competition. The trio has scored 29 goals among them.

But Real’s strength has come from their defence led by Sergio Ramos and Ronaldo’s 15 goals in the competition.

“We have seen what Salah can do this season but he will just be one of 11 players we face against Liverpool,” Ramos said.

“Throughout my career, I have faced the best forward players in the world – many of them who are considered among the greatest ever. For me, there is never a fear – A respect, yes, but never a fear.”

He added, “We know they’re very tough opponents. They are very fast going forward and can really hurt you on the break. Firmino and Salah are such quick and direct players who are very difficult to get hold of. So we’ll try to keep them under control and ensure they don’t have one of their inspired days, because they can certainly cause you damage.

“(Liverpool are) very good technically and are full of pace, but we’ll try to hurt them with our players who have similar attributes. We know we can also cause them problems on the counter. We’ll try to take advantage of that and we also know we are a threat from set pieces.”

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren also believes that the club’s defenders can deal with the threat posed by Ronaldo.

“He’s a fantastic player. He’s showed already over 12 to 15 seasons that every year he can score,” Lovren told CNN Sport.

“Even if he has a bad season he will score at least 30 goals. It will be quite difficult, of course, a big challenge. But I’ve been working so hard in my life to reach the final of the Champions League and I play week in, week out against the best Premier League strikers in England so I’m ready for that.

“We’ll defend like a team. In some moments I will be in situations one against one, but I also have my confidence like he has.”

He added, “Real Madrid are not without reason three times in the final in a row and we need to respect that. They have confidence, experience and they know how to play these finals. From our team, for every player it will be our first final, but we are healthy, we are young, and we are ready to fight.”

Klopp, who is seeking to end his run of loss in European finals, told BBC Sport, “It’s a game of football. Sure we have the chance to win. We are going to have to work hard for it because it is the final of the Champions League. But if anyone thinks it will be easy for either of the two sides then they are mistaken. It’s going to be a huge struggle for both teams. Brilliant! Bring it on!”.Image result for Real Madrid

Trending: Ronaldo Will Be Fit To Face Liverpool In UCL Final

Image result for cristiano ronaldoIt has been reported that Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to face Liverpool in the Champions League final.
Ronaldo picked up an ankle injury in the process of converting Karim Benzema’s knockdown which made it 1-1 for Madrid in Sunday’s El Clasico with Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
He was later withdrawn at the break with Gareth Bale rescuing a 2-2 draw against 10-man Barcelona following Sergie Roberto sending off.
Speaking during in his press conference on Tuesday ahead of Real Madrid’s league clash away to Sevilla on Wednesday, Zidane also hoped that Isco and Dani Carvajal would recover in time for the final on May 26.
“They are all going to arrive at the Champions League final,” Zidane said.
“The worst is Cristiano, because it’s just happened, but he’s fine.
“Isco will train with us normally and Carvajal has a little way to go, but physically he is working well.”
“It’s incredible that he’s (Ronaldo) already walking after 48 hours.
“That shows his ambition, his desire to want to play. It would be perfect if he was able to play against Villarreal (Madrid’s last game of the season).
“It’s a sprain, but there’s not damage to the fibula. The ankle is stable.”

Salah Voted PFA Player Of The Year, Sane Best Young Player

Salah Voted PFA Player Of The Year, Sane Best Young PlayerThis is celebration time for Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah who was voted the Professional Footballers Association’s (PFA) English Premier League Player of the Year.

Salah beat midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who also had a fine season with EPL champions Manchester City, to the award, which was held in London on Sunday night.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, Manchester City’s Leroy Sane and David Silva, and Tottenham’s Harry Kane were also nominated for the award.

Egypt star Salah has scored 41 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions, 31 goals in the league, tying for most goals scored by a single player in a season in Premier League history.

Salah, 25, is the seventh different Liverpool player to win the PFA Player of the Year award after Luis Suarez (2014), Steven Gerrard (2006), John Barnes (1988), Ian Rush (1984),
Kenny Dalglish (1983) and Terry McDermott (1980).

Meanwhile, Sane was named Young Player of the Year, beating Kane among others to the award.

Football: Rise and rise of Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Salah Wins EPL March Best Player Award, Dyche Is Best ManagerNo doubt, Egyptian and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is the hottest player currently according to his scintillating records this season.

He has been named Premier League Player of the Month for March, becoming the first player to win the award three times in one season after his previous wins in November and February.

Salah is enjoying a record-breaking debut season, having scored 39 goals in all competitions, and one more goal will make him the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush in 1986-87 to reach the 40-goal mark.

He was on target in both legs of the Champions League quarterfinal win over Manchester City that set up a semifinal showdown with Serie A club Roma and has scored 29 league goals.

UCL: Real Madrid Cruise Past P S G Into Quarter-Finals, Liverpool Advance

Image result for Real MadridReal Madrid booked a place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after defeating 10-man Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the second leg of their round of 16 tie on Tuesday.
Champions Real Madrid advanced with a 5-2 aggregate win after winning the first leg 3-1 in Madrid three weeks ago.
It was PSG’s second home defeat in 47 games. They were without their injured superstar Neymar, who just underwent surgery for a broken metatarsal.
Casimero scored the winner for Real Madrid in the 80th minute of the encounter.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opener in the 53rd minute with a thumping header for Real Madrid.
The goal was Ronaldo’s 12th in the competition this season and his 31st in all competitions for Real Madrid.
 A deflected goal from Edinson Cavani drew PSG level in the 71st minute.
 
The defeat denied Unai Emery a chance in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League for the sixth time.
Marco Asensio was also denied a goal by the post in the 65th minute.
Marco Verratti was sent off for dissent after he protested to the referee for being fouled in the 69th minute.
Cavani restored parity for PSG deflecting in Javier Pastore’s diving header.
But Casimero’s deflected shot put the game beyond PSG.
Ronaldo had two late chances to add to his UEFA Champions League tally of 12 goals but he was denied by the post.
At Anfield, Liverpool sealed their passage to the next round of the competition despite being held to a 0-0 draw by FC Porto in the second leg of their round of 16 tie in Anfied also on Tuesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s side advanced to the quarter-finals courtesy of a 5-0 aggregate win from the first-leg at the Estadio Dragao three weeks ago.
Substitute Mohammed Salah and Saido Mane both missed crucial chances to break the deadlock in the encounter but a draw was enough to book a place in the last eight.

UCL Results last night: Shakhtar End City Unbeaten Run, Liverpool Rout Spartak, Ronaldo Sets Goals Record

liverpool-manchester-city-real madrid-uefa-champions-league-champions league-completesportsnigeria.comLiverpool 7 vs 0 Spartak Moscow

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 vs 1 Man City

Real Madrid 3 vs 2 Dortmund

Spurs 3 vs 0 Apoel Nicosia

Maribor 1 vs 1 Sevilla

Feyenoord 2 vs 1 Napoli

Porto 5 vs 2 AS Monaco

Leipzig 1 vs 2 Besiktas

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