Liverpool star Sadio Mane has revealed how the inner sanctums of the Merseysiders’ team WhatsApp group works.
According to the Senegalese ace, James Milner is at the crux of the jokes and deliverer of “funny” images and videos to the whole group.
The veteran, who has carved out a reputation on Twitter as a bit of a joker having initially been tagged ‘Boring James Milner’, is a frequent poster, Mane says.
“Honestly, he’s so, so funny, sometimes,” Mane said in an interview at the launch of New Balance Football’s launch of the new Furon 4.0 and Tekela 1.0 boots.
Apparently, the name of the players’ group changes from city to city – so it might have been “Kiev boys” ahead of last season’s Champions League final!
Alongside Milner, Sane added that Milner had a close couple of contenders when it comes to being the chief joker – though one of them has now departed.
“Not really (Daniel Sturridge), he’s quiet,” he said. “(Andy) Robertson is funny, Ingsy (Danny Ings) but he’s gone now.”
By his own admission, Liverpool were not at their best against Crystal Palace – but Jurgen Klopp was thrilled to see his side triumph in adversity.
A contentious penalty won by Mo Salah and converted by James Milner was all that separated the two sides at half-time, before Sadio Mane wrapped up the three Premier League points for the Reds at the death.
Watch what both Klopp and Palace boss Roy Hodgson, who was mightily displeased with the spot-kick decision, had to say:
Liverpool are reportedly determined not to sell unwanted striker Divock Origi on the cheap as Borussia Dortmund prepare a move.
Origi, 23, spent last season on loan at the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg after he was made surplus to requirement by manager Jurgen Klopp. He only scored seven goals in 36 appearances for a relegation-threatened side, but BVB are in need of attacking reinforcements.
The Liverpool Echo reports that promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers refused to meet a £27 million asking price for the Belgium international earlier this summer. Dortmund have registered interest and could yet strike a deal as they look to bolster a threadbare forward line.
Origi, who cost £10m from Lille in 2014, has scored 21 times in 77 matches for the Reds.