Hansi Flick has admitted a decision on his future as Germany manager must be made very quickly after the team’s shock elimination from the World Cup.
Germany were beaten by Japan in their opening fixture and needed the Asian side to lose to Spain on the final day, only for the Samurai Blue to snatch a stunning 2-1 comeback victory which saw Germany crash out at the group stages for the second tournament in a row.
With many fans calling for Flick to leave, the former Bayern Munich manager admitted a decision on his continuation will be made soon.
Asked whether he will resign after the latest humiliation, Flick told reporters: “We’ll work that out quickly, it’s difficult to answer now right after the game when we’re eliminated.
“We’ll see about that very soon.”
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Germany ended their campaign with a 4-2 victory over Costa Rica but, due to their initial defeat to Japan and subsequent 1-1 draw with Spain, they failed to rack up enough points to advance.
“I’m not speechless,” Flick said. “I was disappointed and angry with the team in the first half. We invited the opponent into the game through mistakes and carelessness. Nevertheless, we won.
“Our downfall didn’t happen today, but in 20 minutes against Japan. We could have won against Spain with a bit more efficiency. Nevertheless, the disappointment is huge.
“I don’t think it’s that we weren’t fired up. We missed a lot of chances in the first half and tried to do better in the second. Yet, we are going home. My disappointment is huge and the coaching staff feel the same way.”
Nottingham Forest announce signing of Andre Ayew
Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of free agent Andre Ayew despite interest from Everton.
The forward has been heavily linked with a move to the Toffees in recent days, but Forest have swooped in to sign the Ghanian.
Speaking to the club’s official website after finalising the move, the forward said: “It’s a great feeling to sign for Nottingham Forest.
“I know how big the club is and I know how much the club means to the city and the fanbase. It’s always been difficult whenever I’ve played against Forest and at The City Ground and I love the stadium.
“Steve Cooper is someone who knows me very well and knows how to work with me both on and off the pitch. We have a strong relationship, he’s a special coach and a special human being and someone who I really look up to.”
“I know what I can bring to the team, I’m ready to give my all and make sure that we are able to stay in the Premier League.”
Wolves vs Liverpool – Premier League: TV channel, team news, lineups & prediction
Liverpool will be looking to make a statement with a Premier League trip to Wolves this weekend, having been dumped out of the FA Cup by Brighton last Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are without a league win in their last three attempts and have slipped as low as ninth in the table. Depending on what Chelsea do against Fulham on Friday night, the Reds could be 10th by the time they kick-off at Wolves.
Wolves are still yet to really find their groove under Julen Lopetegui, although at least remain out of the relegation zone on goal difference for the time being.
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Wolves team news
Wolves have no new injury concerns ahead of this one, with Pedro Neto, Boubacar Traore, Sasa Kalajdzic and Chiquinho all still sidelined.
Wolves predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Sa; Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno; Neves, Nunes; Traore, Sarabia, Hwang; Jimenez.
Liverpool team news
Centre-back Ibrahima Konate is the latest Liverpool player to join the injury list, ruled out until at least mid-February with a hamstring problem.
Virgil van Dijk is also still out, as are Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota. Arthur Melo is making progress but is a couple of weeks away from resuming training.
Liverpool predicted lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Gakpo.
It’s certainly feasible that Wolves could continue to pile the misery on Liverpool.
The Reds had beaten Wolves in seven consecutive meetings until a recent FA Cup tie ended in 2-2 draw at Anfield. It was then only a single goal that decided the replay in the Merseysiders’ favour.
Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Liverpool
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