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Champions League final: Liverpool dealt pre-match blow as AZ Alkmaar snub friendly with Reds ahead of Tottenham clash

Champions League final: Liverpool dealt pre-match blow as AZ Alkmaar snub friendly with Reds ahead of Tottenham clash

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rejected Jurgen Klopp wanted to keep his players fresh by taking on the Dutch side in the run-up to the June 1 showpiece Liverpool’s hopes of playing a friendly before the Champions League final have been dashed, according to reports in the Netherlands. Jurgen Klopp hoped to prepare for the June 1 showpiece in Madrid by keeping his playing squad fresh with a pre-match fixture against Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. Getty Klopp wants to guide Liverpool to Champions League success after missing out on the Premier League title However, Dutch sources say Alkmaar told Liverpool to ‘abandon’ the plans as much of their first-team squad will be on holiday, as they have no more football to play with their 2018/19 campaign ending earlier this week. Th
Jurgen Klopp describes Liverpool players as ‘f****** giants’ live on TV after extraordinary Champions League triumph over Barcelona

Jurgen Klopp describes Liverpool players as ‘f****** giants’ live on TV after extraordinary Champions League triumph over Barcelona

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'fine me!' And BT Sport host Gary Lineker refused to apologise! Jurgen Klopp was lost for words following Liverpool’s extraordinary Champions League triumph over Barcelona – and could only describe his players as ‘f****** giants’. The Reds boss could be excused for swearing live on TV – BT Sport host Gary Lineker refused to apologise to viewers – after his side pulled off a miraculous 4-0 victory against the Spanish giants to reach the Champions League final. Klopp was overcome with joy Klopp told BT Sport after the game: “It’s ten past ten, most of the children are probably in bed. These boys are f****** giants. “It’s unbelievable. It is unbelievable. Fine me, fine me if you want. “I’m not native, I don’t have better words for it. It is unbe
Chelsea 3-0 Watford: Blues win to secure Champions League place

Chelsea 3-0 Watford: Blues win to secure Champions League place

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Chelsea secured their place in the Champions League next season with victory over Watford at Stamford Bridge.The win, combined with Arsenal's draw against Brighton, means the Blues are guaranteed a top-four finish in the Premier League.After a quiet first half, Chelsea scored twice within three minutes early in the second period through headers by Ruben Loftus-Cheek and David Luiz. Gonzalo Higuain sealed the points with a neat finish from Pedro's pass for his fifth goal for the club.The win moves Chelsea up to third, one point ahead of Tottenham and four points clear of the fifth-placed Gunners.FA Cup finalists Watford started brightly, going close through Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu, but...
Watch: Lionel Messi curls in long free kick, Barcelona tops Liverpool in Champions League

Watch: Lionel Messi curls in long free kick, Barcelona tops Liverpool in Champions League

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May 1 (UPI) -- Lionel Messi scored twice in seven minutes to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Liverpool in the first leg of a Champions League semifinal matchup on Wednesday in Barcelona. His second score was an absolute golazo. Barcelona led 1-0 after the first half, getting first blood from Luis Suarez in the 26th minute. The home squad doubled its lead in the 75th minute when Messi tapped in a rebound of a Luis Suarez shot that hit the crossbar. Then came the booming bender from Messi's left boot.[embedded content] Barcelona was awarded a free-kick from more than 30 yards out after a challenge from Liverpool's Fabinho. Messi stepped up to the ball and launched a bending attempt toward the top left corner. The rip sailed over a diving Alisson and into the net, giving Barcelona a 3-0 le...
Lille 5-1 PSG: Champions in waiting stunned by five-star LOSC performance

Lille 5-1 PSG: Champions in waiting stunned by five-star LOSC performance

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CHAMPAGNE ON ICE Les Parisiens will have to wait before they can be crowned kings of France again Paris St Germain must wait to secure the Ligue 1 title after a humbling 5-1 defeat at Lille on Sunday. Second-half goals from Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan Bamba, Gabriel and Jose Fonte saw the second-placed side inflict a painful defeat on the champions in waiting, who had Juan Bernat sent off in the 37th minute after losing Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier to injury. Lille humbled ten-man PSG Kylian Mbappe had two goals disallowed for offside in the first half, which saw Lille lead through a Meunier own goal before Bernat replied. PSG’s eighth Ligue 1 title remains a matter of time but they have now passed up chances to confirm it on cons