Man City failed to sign Harry Kane last summer but this year it looks like they have got their man.
Pep Guardiola’s side are on the verge of completing a deal for Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. The Norwegian has been in high demand for a number of seasons with clubs all over Europe lining up for his signature, with the Premier League side winning out in the end.
With the Citizens adding Haaland to their ranks, there is a belief among football fans and media that City will be unstoppable given the level they have played at this season without a recognised striker in their ranks. However, they have still managed 89 goals in the league alone.
Haaland’s signing may signal a return to the days where City could rely on a striker to find the back of the net 20 times in the league but there’s no guarantee he settles in England and his signing shouldn’t end Liverpool’s chances of domestic silverware next season or beyond.
Liverpool are reportedly ‘on the verge’ of striking a deal for Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay, in a deal that could rise to £6million with add-ons included.
The report adds that the Scottish Premiership side are ‘resigned’ to losing their young star, who is also being chased by Leeds United and several other sides in England and in Italy. Leeds United made an attempt to sign the Scot during the January transfer window, though were unsuccessful in their efforts.
Ramsay would offer a possible rotation option for Trent Alexander-Arnold and could spell the end of Neco Williams’ time at the club, despite making a positive impression while on loan at Fulham.
Steven Gerrard has urged the performance of Jon Moss to be assessed after his Aston Villa side were beaten by Liverpool.
Douglas Luiz’s third-minute opener was swiftly equalised by Joel Matip before Sadio Mane’s header midway through the second half gave the Reds a 2-1 win at Villa Park on Tuesday night.
Moss and his fellow officials prompted ire from both sets of supporters with a succession of questionable decisions during a combative game in which nobody was booked.
And when asked for his opinion on the referee, Gerrard said: “No comment, I just hope that it’s looked at. That’s all I say. I hope it’s looked at.
“Have I gone to talk to Jon Moss? No. I just hope his performance is looked at. I don’t want to be sour, Liverpool scored two goals against us and we need to look at that and I don’t want to cover over any cracks.”
Told that Moss was retiring at the end of the season, Gerrard responded: “Is he? Good.”
Villa had started strongly against a much-changed Liverpool side but were gradually pegged back by the visitors.
And assessing the game, Gerrard said: “Possibly we should have got more but we have to take the big moments we create in the game. We are frustrated we didn’t score more than once. The big positive for me was that we were ambitious, brave, courageous and went toe-to-toe against one of the best teams in the world.
“They have world-class players have that have been together for a long time, and my players haven’t let themselves down. I’m proud of them.
“We knew at the time we would have to suffer, Liverpool keep the ball extremely well. You have to be calculated and not too much on the front foot too often. But I thought we won the ball in some amazing areas and it was about trying to play down the sides and over the top of the Liverpool defence.”
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker made two important saves to deny former Reds striker Danny Ings during the second half, and Gerrard added: “I’m sure Danny is going to play one or two of those moments over in his head on the way home but for me his performance was outstanding.
“He has nothing to concern himself with. I know on another day he will take those chances. He should be proud of what he gave, he worked his socks off and gave Liverpool problems.”
The angry, anguished look on Fabinho’s face said it all. Barely half-an-hour into this chaotic encounter at Aston Villa, the Brazilian was forced to limp off after suffering a hamstring injury.
For a moment, Liverpool supporters would have been forgiven for believing Fabinho took with him remaining hopes of a quadruple, such has been his influence in the number six role this season.
Such fears, though, started subsiding once Jordan Henderson began to exert his influence on proceedings, a laudable feat given he was thrown in cold into a frenetic first half.
Setting the tone by snapping into some early tackles, where Fabinho had been struggling even before his game-ending injury – too often bypassed by the Villa midfield – Henderson brought steel and, later assisted by the introduction of Thiago Alcantara, much-needed composure into Liverpool’s play.
Henderson has been far from a regular starter of late, with his place in the starting line-up against Chelsea by no means guaranteed given inconsistent form during patches earlier in the campaign.
But if Fabinho fails to make it for Wembley – which, despite Jurgen Klopp’s cautiously upbeat post-match prognosis, seems likely – the captain clearly has the bit between his teeth. Henderson is setting the standard once more.
It may be pushing matters somewhat to suggest Villa Park represented a chance to force his way into the FA Cup final line-up.
But this was nevertheless an important night for Curtis Jones, making only his second start in the last 14 games in all competitions.
The 21-year-old has endured a frustrating season, sidelined by injury at inopportune times that have prevented him from building any momentum and harming attempts to push himself up the midfield pecking order.
Certainly, it seems an eternity since Jones was running rings around Porto at the Estadio do Dragao in a Champions League masterclass back in September.
Sadio Mane insists that he is happy at Liverpool after scoring a match winning goal against Aston Villa on Tuesday evening that keeps the Reds’ Premier League title hopes alive.
Jurgen Klopp’s side arrived at Villa Park knowing that only three points would do, but had to come from behind after Douglas Luiz had given Steven Gerrard’s side an early lead. Joel Matip poked home a quick-fire equaliser before Mane directed a close range header home mid-way through the second half to wrap up a vital away win.
Senegalese forward Mane has been the subject of speculation this week, linking him with a possible move to first Bayern Munich and then Barcelona, with only a year left to run on his current Anfield contract. But speaking after his match-winning performance, the 30-year-old was happy to set the record straight about his contentment on Merseyside.
Speaking to Sky Sports about his winning goal, Mane said: “I think it was possible because it was a good cross from (Luis) Diaz. I just needed to put it into the net, even without power, I usually try and score and normally I do. H e (Diaz) is a very good player. We know each other very well, we train everyday, and I know that when he has got the ball I know where he is going to put it.”
When asked how happy he was about being at Liverpool, he added: “Yeah, I am happy here, I think when we win trophies I am happier! But I think I am trying to enjoy every moment, trying to assist my team mates and I think the boys make it a lot easier for me, and I am very happy.”
Mane’s teammate and Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, was keen to lavish praise on his colleague. He said: “His performances are always incredible. The amount of work he does for the team, on and off the ball as well. Defending at the end, winning the ball high, his quality around the box and you saw that with his finish. He got us the three points but it was always going to be tough, but it is another big game at the weekend.”