27 Dec
2019

Five big Liverpool transfer stories – will signing make ‘massive difference’?

first_img 5. Liverpool not getting Naby Keita, say Leipzig – The 22-year-old midfielder has been on the receiving end of much praise this season, as Leipzig have secured qualification to the Champions League for next season. He’s been at the club since 2016 and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl believes he will remain with the club “forever.” 4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain considering Anfield move – According to the Telegraph, Oxlade-Chamberlain is considering leaving Arsenal for Liverpool. The midfielder is said to be tempted by the prospect of playing in a central midfield role, though will most likely wait to see what happens with Arsenal manager’s role. His current contract expires in 2018 and could still cost £25m. 5 3. Salah is an alternative to no.1 target – Reports surfacing this week suggest Liverpool will make a move for Roma winger Mohamed Salah if they cannot secure Julian Brandt to sign. The 20-year-old forward is very much in demand, but is cautious about moving if he will not be able to play regularly. Salah almost joined Liverpool in 2014 before his head was turned by Chelsea. 5 Here’s what is being reported about Liverpool’s summer transfer plans.The club are currently third in the Premier League, one point clear of Man City with three games remaining, and five in front of Man United.Who the club sign will depend on whether or not they qualify for the Champions League, but here are the latest rumours.Remain up to date with all the latest Liverpool news here. 5 5 2. Liverpool to fight for Jordan Pickford – In April, Klopp ruled out a move for Joe Hart because he didn’t need another goalkeeper. “It is not for us in this moment and hopefully not in the future – not because of Joe but because we already have two strong goalkeepers,” he said about speculation linking the 30-year-old with a move. Now, though, there is talk about 23-year-old Pickford becoming a Liverpool player and the club will fight Everton for the £20m-rated Sunderland man. 5 1. Michael Keane to bolster Liverpool defence? – Keane will be leaving Burnley in the summer and Liverpool are one club linked with the 24-year-old centre-back. Former Reds stopper, Jamie Carragher, said he’s not sure Keane is an upgrade on the current defenders. Carragher is a fan of the player, but isn’t sure if he is what is needed. “If you’re spending £25m on a centre-back he has to go straight in your team and make a massive difference” he told Sky Sports. “I don’t think he is quite at that level to come in and make a massive difference.” last_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

Which country has the heaviest representation in World Cup 2019? Not India

first_imgThe ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is underway in England and Wales with 10 of the best teams in the cricketing globe fighting each other for the sport’s greatest prize. With 15 players in each squad, there is a lot of talent at display at the tournament. But did you know that not all the players were born in the same nation which they currently play for at the World Cup?Of the 150 players who have turned up in England, there are many who were born in one country but shifted to another for some reason or the other. For example, the current England squad has 5 players who were born outside the country. Similarly, countries like New Zealand and Australia currently have multiple players born outside Oceania.India, Afghanistan, South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the only teams at the World Cup wherein the full 15-man squad was born in the same country.Looking at other teams, South Africa leads with a total of 17 players born in Protea country while India and Pakistan were the birthplaces of 16 players each at the World Cup.2 current England players – Jason Roy and Tom Curran – were born in South Africa, along with the New Zealand hard-hitter Colin Munro. Ben Stokes, England’s hero from their opening match against South Africa, traces his roots to Christchurch where he was born in 1991. England’s captain Eoin Morgan himself was born in and played for Ireland for a while before shifting allegiances elsewhere.Ish Sodhi – the New Zealand spinner – is the only player outside India’s squad to have been born in the country. While Pakistani all-rounder Imad Wasim was born in Wales in 1988, Aussie batsman Usman Khawaja and South African tweaker Imran Tahir were actually born in Pakistan.advertisementIncidentally, Zimbabwe, a side which missed out on a World Cup berth last year, can take solace from the fact that Colin de Grandhomme who was born in Harare will be turning up in New Zealand colours during the event.150 players in World Cup 2019 by country of birth:17 South Africa16 India16 Pakistan15 Afghanistan15 Bangladesh15 Sri Lanka14 Australia13 New Zealand10 England6 Barbados5 Jamaica4 Trinidad & Tobago1 Guyana1 Ireland1 Wales1 Zimbabwe #Trivia #CWC19Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) May 30, 2019Players in World Cup 2019 who were born in another country (numbers in bold depict the total number of players):17 South Africa – Jason Roy, Tom Curran, Colin Munro16 India – Ish Sodhi16 Pakistan – Usman Khawaja, Imran Tahir15 Afghanistan15 Bangladesh15 Sri Lanka14 Australia13 New Zealand – Ben Stokes10 England6 Barbados – Jofra Archer5 Jamaica – Chris Gayle4 Trinidad & Tobago – Nicholas Pooran1 Guyana – Shimron Hetmyer1 Ireland – Eoin Morgan1 Wales – Imad Wasim1 Zimbabwe – Colin de GrandhommeAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ashes catch was better as it came against Australia, feels Ben StokesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes joins Aravinda de Silva in sharing unique recordlast_img read more

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