Netherlands striker Wout Weghorst has admitted he was ‘disappointed’ by the conduct of Lionel Messi following Argentina’s victory over the Oranje in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Messi was conducting a post-match interview following the game when he broke away to lock eyes with Weghorst, saying to the former Wolfsburg striker: “What are you looking at, dummy? Go on that way, dummy. Go away,”
Speaking in his own post-match interview, Weghorst claimed he had only been looking to shake Messi’s hand and congratulate him, but was dismissed by the 35-year-old.
“I wanted to give him a hand after the match. I’ve got a lot of respect for him as a football player,” insisted Weghorst.
“He smashed my hand away and he didn’t want to speak with me.
“My Spanish is not so good, but [Messi’s] words were not respectful. It’s really disappointing.”
Weghorst had turned the tide of the game when he came off the bench to score two late goals and level the scores, the second of which was a tidy finish after a well-worked free-kick routine in the 101st minute of normal time.
Despite being a thrilling contest between two top international sides, the game was at constant threat of boiling over as arguments and physical fights broke out between the two sets of players.
Messi added further fuel to the fire when he celebrated scoring Argentina’s second goal directly in front of the Dutch bench, holding his hands up to antagonise Dutch manager Louis van Gaal after feeling ‘disrespected’ by the boss.
The Paris Saint-Germain winger has garnered a reputation for his cool head and humility throughout his career, but appeared to let the mask slip in what will go down as a legendary World Cup match.
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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