Southampton has ruled out any plans or interests of other clubs in purchasing any of their key players, and is affirming that none of their players would leave the club.

Liverpool and Chelsea were formerly interested in acquiring Virgil van Dijk but Southampton has ruled out his departure from the club and is confident that he would stay with them into the new season.

Executive director of the south coast club, Les Reed made this revelation recently especially concerning van Dijk who since the turn of the year, has been consistently linked with a move away from the club.

Earlier this month, van Dijk was in the centre of a controversial pursuit by Liverpool. He had met with the manager of the Anfield club side, Jürgen Klopp to hold discussions in lieu a prospective transfer.

This was done without any official approach to Southampton by Liverpool for the services of the player.

Southampton felt aggrieved and consequently took it up filing a complaint to the Premier League. Thus Liverpool was forced to apologize for “any misunderstanding” before withdrawing their interest from the player. (more…)

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Jurgen Klopp comments on Surface of game against the Saints

Jurgen Klopp reckons that the nature of the surface on which yesterday’s game against the Saints was played was not ideal for his team and it’s because of its dryness that his boys failed to make the impact that they could have.

Klopp, however, didn’t point his finger on anyone for that condition of the ground. He revealed that there was as much water put on the ground as required, but, all the moisture was taken away by the breeze blowing across and just a few minutes into the match, the surface turned absolutely dry.

Stressing on the importance of home matches, Klopp said that for any team to have a great season, they have to make sure that they don’t give away too many points to the opposition on their home turf and that was the case with Liverpool in the past. They were quite a force whenever they used to play at Anfield, but, of late, some of the matches have ended with undesirable results. (more…)

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Erstwhile Premier League bad boy, Joey Barton who made a surprise return to the league last week announced his second coming at Burnley with a match-winning goal that sparked pandemonium.

Being introduced into the game in the 73rd minute after both sides could not settle the fight. His first touch prevented Shane Long from opening the scoring for Southampton, an inconsequential second touch followed and then came a 25- yard free-kick with his third touch, this became the defining moment of game.

Burnley may sit 10th place yet their travails away from home allow for reservations over their continuity in the league to linger. This therefore stressed the significance of Joey Barton’s addition to a wage bill of around £40 million, as comparable as a snowball in the Alps in top flight terms. (more…)

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Adam Lallana continued his fine form this term as he contributed two goals as Liverpool thrashed Middlesbrough 3-0 on Wednesday.

The Reds star has all the right stats and is turning to be the perfect Premier League star this season. His goals and assists under manager Jurgen Klopp has seen him rise to the perfect forward for any fantasy Premier League team.

The midfielder is having a time of his life at Anfield. Strikers Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez are the only players with more goals than Lallana now and only Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has more assists than him this term. Lallana’s assist to Divock Origi is his sixth this campaign.

Of English players in the league this term, his six goals and six assists stats ensures he is the best performing Three Lions player. His stats in the visit to Middlesbrough is his third this season and no other player has done more than him this term – scoring a brace and getting an assist in the same game. (more…)

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Rooney Pays Tribute To Buncrana Tragedy

For football fans Wayne Rooney needs no introduction. Known for his fame as a professional footballer, he has captained teams like England’s national team as well as Manchester United. Most of his playing career has been as a forward but he is also adept in midfield positions. At the age of nine Rooney had become part of the Everton team. He started to play professional football at the age of 16. Having spent two seasons in the Merseyside club, he then joined Manchester United in 2004. With Rooney the team won Premier League several times including the FIFA World Cup. He scored the 200th for the team in 2013. With his current score of 244 goals he has been the second top scorer of goals for the team in all times.

Being a celebrity figure in UK his tribute to the death of two children in the tragedy that hit Buncrana pier has made world news. Among the five people who lost their lives as a car plunged into the water were two young boys, Evan and Mark McGrotty, aged 8 and 12 respectively. The two boys were traveling with their dad along with the grand mother and her younger daughter. Rooney has three sons under six years of age. He tweeted to pay his respects to the young boys who were lost to the family.

On the professional front, the upcoming European Championship and its starting lineup is being decided and it is debated whether Wayne Rooney will get to make the start. It also indicates a difficult season that Rooney has endured at the Manchester United team. His injuries will prevent him from playing the friendly matches with Holland and Germany as part of England’s team. Due to his injuries it is debated whether he can have the right form in time for the championship. As he is taking time off the field, it might have an impact on his playing form, making the team members take a decision as to what would be right for the country team.

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