Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah expresses desire to play alongside ex-Roma team-mate Daniele De Rossi

Sport360 staff 23:09 29/05/2019
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Mohamed Salah

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah praised Roma legend Daniele De Rossi and revealed that he would love to play with the Italian at the Merseyside club.

De Rossi played his final game for Roma last week and was met with an emotional farewell. Salah, who was his team-mate for two seasons at the Italian club, voiced his emotions in a recent interview with Sky Sports Italia.

“He is a legend of the club and of Italian football, not just because he is a great friend of mine,” Salah said.

“I don’t know what to say, I saw the game and the affection of the fans who saluted him. He made many sacrifices for his team, I would like to thank him. He is one of the best of which I have played with. Good luck for the future.”

Salah admitted that the feasibility of having De Rossi could be an issue, but he did reiterate that he is looking forward to playing alongside the Roma legend again.

“It would be beautiful,” said the Liverpool star when asked if De Rossi could join him in the Premier League. “But I don’t know if it’s possible. It would be pleasing for me to play with him again, he is an optimal player.”

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Press Association Sport 17:53 24/05/2019
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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker admits next week’s Champions League final is the biggest match of his career.

The Brazil international reached the semi-finals last season, when his Roma team were knocked out, coincidentally, by Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The £65million signing was a pivotal figure in a gripping Premier League title race – won by a point by Manchester City – but he and his team-mates have a second shot at glory in Madrid against Tottenham on June 1.

“Once we finished the Premier League, there were 20 days to prepare the final,” he told liverpoolfc.com.

“I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to playing this big game. It’s maybe the biggest game in my life.”

The squad are coming to the end of a week-long training camp in Marbella as manager Jurgen Klopp has put his players through a mini pre-season programme in order to retain their sharpness with a three-week spell between competitive matches.

He did a similar thing last year ahead of their final defeat to Real Madrid and Alisson believes it is the best option.

“It’s good for preparation, it’s good for us to keep our minds free from external things,” he added.

“Coming here is special for us, we can have more time together and speak more – that’s important for a team that wants to achieve great things.

“It’s nice weather – perfect weather to work. It’s a bit hot compared to what we are used to for training but it’s the weather we’ll find in Madrid, so it’s good for us.”

Alisson’s first season has been an unqualified success with 26 clean sheets to his name, with 21 of those coming in the Premier League to earn him the Golden Glove award.

The Brazilian was keen to share the praise with his team-mates, however.

“It was such an honour, such a big award in the world of football,” he said.

“The award is not just mine, it’s an award for my team-mates also, who work hard to keep clean sheets in the game. It’s a target for everyone.”

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Liverpool 'in talks' to sign Matthijs de Ligt as Ajax star makes three-club shortlist

David Cooper - Writer 12:01 20/05/2019
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Matthijs de Ligt and Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool are in talks to sign one of the hottest defenders on the market, according to Guillem Balague.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily Podcast, the respected Spanish journalist said Liverpool are among the clubs interested in signing Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt.

Balague expanded on those comments earlier today by saying De Ligt has made a shortlist of three teams he wants to sign for and they are awaiting his response.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Barcelona and Liverpool are all believed to be chasing the the 19-year-old’s signature.

The Dutch international was widely believed to have reached an agreement with Barca back in April but according to reports in Spain, the deal has broken down over wage demands.

The Reds hold some sway with De Ligt’s international team-mate Virgil van Dijk an attractive defensive partner for him at Anfield.

Balague says the Reds are definitely interested and have “been talking to him” about a potential move.

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