Sport Mikel Arteta heaps praise on Liverpool new boy Thiago Alcantara
Argentine club confirm James Rodriguez joined Everton for FREE
The Merseyside outfit pulled off the shock signing of the Real Madrid forward this summer, signing a two-year deal at Goodison Park. He made his debut against Everton on Sunday.The Merseyside outfit pulled off the shock signing of the Real Madrid forward this summer, signing a two-year deal at Goodison Park.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes new Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara is 'very special'.
The Reds purchased Thiago from Bayern Munich for a deal worth £25million earlier this month and made his debut in Liverpool's 2-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Arteta was speaking at his pre-match press conference as his side face two trips to Anfield with the first coming in the Premier League on Monday night.
Juventus 'could offer Moise Kean an escape route from Everton'
Italy international Kean started just six Premier League matches and scored only two goals during a disappointing first season with the Merseyside club.The 20-year-old signed for the Toffees last summer in a £25million deal but struggled to make an impact.
Asked if Arsenal tried to sign Thiago, Arteta said: 'We don't discuss the things we try and do in the market, but I like him from my time in Barcelona.
'Incredible personality, great talent, very special, great qualities to play in midfield and yes, I think he is a great signing for Liverpool.'
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will miss Monday's visit of Arsenal as he has not fully recovered from the knock which forced him off at half-time of Sunday's win at Chelsea.
The absence of the England midfielder increases the chance of a first start for new signing Thiago, who was Henderson's replacement at Stamford Bridge.
No Barcelona offer as Pochettino talks up Real Madrid dream
Mauricio Pochettino spoke about links with Barcelona and the possibility of coaching Real Madrid.Pochettino was linked with Barca following Quique Setien's sacking before the embattled Spanish powerhouse opted for Ronald Koeman after a trophy-less 2019-20 campaign.
Klopp also received some good news with Joe Gomez set to return to training to give him the option of restoring his first-choice centre-back partnership, having been forced to play midfielder Fabinho there last weekend.
'Joe should be back today in training. Billy the Kid (17-year-old centre-back Billy Koumetio) is back in training. Joel (Matip) is not. Hendo is not yet, this game is for sure too early.'
New arrival Thiago impressed after he replaced Henderson at Stamford Bridge, and Jurgen Klopp hinted that he could make his first start for the Reds.
'We will see. We have a few days to train, some boys have to recover so we will see how we set up.
'I have an idea but we time until Monday. He (Thiago) is in contention for sure. Let's see.'
Video: Just how good is new Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara? (Mirror)
Liverpool left sweating over Jordan Henderson's thigh injury
The Premier League champions are worrying about the fitness of their club captain who was injured during the Merseysiders' Premier League clash away at Chelsea on Sunday. The Reds captain did not reappear for the second-half at Stamford Bridge due to a thigh issue and was replaced by new signing Thiago at the interval. Henderson played a key role in the Liverpool midfield as the Premier League champions stifled Chelsea's plans to be effective on the counter attack during the opening period.
Man United 'to table take-it-or-leave-it £90m offer for Jadon Sancho' .
United have been chasing Sancho all summer but have been unable to reach an agreement with Borussia Dormtund, who have remained firm on their £108m asking price for the forward. But according to Mirror Sport, the Red Devils will issue a final offer of £75m up front with a further £15m in add-ons and claim Ed Woodward will inform the Bundesliga side there will be no negotiating over the fee or structure of the deal.