Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is named Netherlands captain

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New Netherlands skipper Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been confirmed as Holland’s new captain by coach Ronald Koeman.

The former Southampton and Everton boss takes charge of his first match as Oranje boss when England arrive for a friendly in Amsterdam on Friday.

Ahead of the match, Koeman has confirmed Van Dijk – a player he worked with at St Mary’s – as his new captain.

“To be named international captain of Holland is very special and does a lot for me,” Van Dijk said.

“It’s going to be very special. Against England is a little bit more special.”

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Difficult seasons to come for Salah but Shearer says Liverpool star will break his record

Tom Biggs 22/03/2018
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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah

Former England and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer believes Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is likely to break his long-standing record for most goals in a Premier League season.

Shearer currently holds the joint-record for goals scored in a 42-game campaign (34) – alongside Andy Cole – and a 38-game season (31), a feat he shares with former Reds star Luis Suarez and ex-Manchester United man Cristiano Ronaldo.

Salah’s stunning form has seen him net 28 goals already in the Premier League this season, with seven games still to come for Jurgen Klopp’s men, and Shearer accepts he may be waving goodbye to two records come May.

“He’s got every chance. The form he is in is incredible,” Shearer told Sport360 after Hublot’s Match of Friendship in Basel. “Every time he goes out onto the pitch – and I know the feeling well – he feels as though he’s going to score goals.

“So he should. He’s in brilliant form and has been all season. If he can stay fit for the rest of the season then he’s got every chance of breaking those records.

“It’s brilliant that he’s doing so well. I’m pretty certain Liverpool fans will want him to stay long-term and do it every season. The hard part for Salah is when everyone knows your game and it becomes more difficult next season and the season after.

“But you can’t take anything away from him. He’s been absolutely magnificent and it has been great to see.”

Salah’s goalscoring displays mean he’s one of two names being touted for the PFA Premier League Player of the Year. The other standout performer in the eyes of many has been Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, and Shearer feels the battle for the individual award will go right down to the wire.

“They are the two this season. I honestly think right now that it is neck and neck. It all depends what happens in the next six or seven weeks until the end of the season,” Shearer added.

“There’s a lot still to play for, that’s for both of those clubs and the two players.”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is close to Man United exit

David Cooper 22/03/2018
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Man United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is poised to leave Manchester United.

The Swede was released last summer after a fine first season at Old Trafford ended in a serious knee injury but after getting himself fit again, he was rewarded with a contract until the end of the 2017-18 season in August last year.

However, Ibrahimovic is now set to leave United amid speculation over a move to the LA Galaxy – the Major League Soccer side whose interest in the player has been well-documented.

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