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Klopp sends message to Unai Emery as Liverpool book semi-final spot

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed Villarreal manager Unai Emery as the “king of the cups” after his side set up a Champions League semi-last meeting with the La Liga outfit.

Klopp picked to roll out seven improvements to the side who drew with Manchester City on Sunday and watched his supporting cast play out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Benfica at Anfield.

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Ibrahima Konate and a Robert Firmino support saw Liverpool improvement by two goals on total however not many would question Benfica made it troublesome on the evening.

Villarreal themselves pulled off a shock by beating Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening, their second enormous scalp of the competition on the twist following a success over Juventus in the round-of-16

Speaking after the win at Anfield, Klopp said to BT Sport: “If I could do an analysis of Villarreal right now that would be very strange. I saw the results, the game was very impressive.

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“I only picked up pieces but to beat Juventus and Bayern Munich they deserve to be in the Champions League semi-finals. Unai Emery is the king of the cups, it is unbelievable what he is doing. But give me a bit of time to prepare it properly.”

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Former Man Utd and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reveals his unique tattoo

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Former Man Utd and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reveals his unique tattoo

Jose Mourinho has celebrated his European title treble by getting a remarkable tattoo that no one but he can have.

Mourinho won the Europa Conference League with Roma last season.

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Furthermore, his accomplishment with Roma saw Mourinho become the first football manager to secure each of the three European titles including the Champions and Europa League.

The Portuguese tactician lifted the Champions League two times beforehand with Porto and Inter Milan.

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He likewise caught the Europa League during his doomed spell as Manchester United‘s bosss, having recently won the Uefa Cup with Porto.

And oneself broadcasted ‘special One’ took his bragging to new heights by crowning the accomplishment with a tattoo consisting of all the trophies along with the clubs he won it with.

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The Roma lead trainer disclosed the exceptional design on Instagram, clarifying that no other manager could do as such simultaneously.

He wrote: “This is my tattoo. The joy of the Roman people led me to do it. Then I thought about something special, something that would honour all the clubs where I won European competitions.

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“At the same time, I wanted a unique tattoo, one that, so far, I am the only one who can have it.

“Alberto showed me some proposals, I just changed a few details. Here is my tattoo.”

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Source: TheSun

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Egypt doctor claims Salah played Champions League final through injury

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Egypt national team doctor Mohamed Abou El Ela has uncovered that Mohamed Salah is as yet battling with a physical issue he got a long time before the Champions League final.

“Salah’s injury occurred during the FA Cup final in the adductor muscles, then he played against Wolves and in the Champions League final, and all of this in just 14 days,” the doctor told On Time Sports.

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“We read a statistic that he’s the second-highest player in terms of minutes played this season.

“We send and receive players with medical reports, and Liverpool’s said that he had pain and should get an x-ray, there’s not a 100% fit player, but there’s the question of whether he can push himself and play without risk.

“The club thought that one [AFCON qualifying] game is enough and we chose the Guinea game because the second against Ethiopia would be hard for him to travel in a long flight. He couldn’t play another game after three days.”

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In fairness, Salah played just close to 30 minutes in both the FA Cup final against Chelsea and in the last Premier League game against Wolves – where he even scored a goal.

In any case, obviously Salah was not at his best toward the finish of the last season, and that injury might’ve had something to do with it.

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Source: On Time Sports

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Rodrygo reveals how Real Madrid players reacted to Salah’s ‘revenge’ claims

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At the point when Liverpool learned they would face Real Madrid in the Champions League last, nobody was more joyful than Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian was very vocal in his longing for ‘revenge’ for the defeat in the 2018 final.

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However, Real Madrid won for this present year too, and as indicated by their forward Rodrygo, Salah’s words filled in as an additional piece of inspiration for them.

“When a guy provokes someone, sometimes you just want to win so you can make fun of them. In training [before the CL final] we used to say ‘come Salah, come Salah’… In our head, it was already: ‘We have to win to make fun of Salah’,” Rodrygo has said on Podpah podcast.

“When the Champions League final was over, Modric passed in front of Salah and said ‘next time you try again’,” the Brazilian added.

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Source: Podpah

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