Thursday, January 21, 2021 – 8pm (GMT)
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Referee: Mike Dean
It’s not been the best few weeks, has it? It’s an unusual situation Liverpool find themselves in after nearly two seasons of perfection and now a reaction is desperately needed.
Despite much of the talk centred around the ‘makeshift’ nature of the Reds’ defence, it is the attack which needs a new lease of life after just one goal has found the net in the last four league games.
A return which has seen Jurgen Klopp‘s side slip to fourth in the table, and while the nature of the season ensures the gap is anything but insurmountable, the slide has to stop.
And the challenge which awaits is against a Burnley side who sit just four points above the relegation zone after goal struggles of their own, netting just nine in 17 games.
On paper, it sounds a kind fixture but Liverpool have already dropped points to those positioned two places below Burnley and two above, making this another ‘dangerous’ match.
But while there has been little to hang onto recently, this side is not one to ride a slump for an extended period of time and let’s hope this fixture can act as a turning point at what would then be the halfway stage of the season.
Three points please, Reds.Is Matip Available?
While the boss remained coy in saying “we have to make a decision,” Matip is expected to mark his return, which could then see Jordan Henderson move back into his natural midfield role.
An update on Naby Keita was not provided on Wednesday, but patience looks to be the Reds’ course of action as a series of setbacks continue to ensure he is unable to pick up any rhythm.
Diogo Jota remains absent and is “still a few weeks away,” while Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are on the long-term list and Kostas Tsimikas is back in the mix after his return to training prior to the Man United game.
For the visitors, meanwhile, defender Charlie Taylor has a chance of featuring having not played in 2021 to date but otherwise, they remain with few absentees.
Possible Burnley XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Brady, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Barnes, WoodLast 5 Home to Burnley (All Competitions)
Drew 1-1 – January 2015 (Robertson; Rodriguez)
Won 4-2 – March 2019 (Firmino 2, Mane 2; Westwood, Gudmundsson)
Drew 1-1 – September 2017 (Salah; Arfield)
Won 2-1 – March 2017 (Wijnaldum, Can; Barnes)
Won 2-0 – March 2015 (Henderson, Sturridge)
It has not been the best of times in front of goal, as we all know, so much so that for the first time since 2005 the Reds have not scored in three games in a row.
And they will be desperate to avoid four successive league games without a goal, a run last recorded in the 1999/2000 season.
But, interestingly, the date this fixture falls on could be a good omen as not since 1911 have Liverpool not scored in a game played on January 21 from 21 games.
At this point, we will take any sign of the barren run ending and we have club statistician Ged Rea to thank for shining a light on it.Form
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Burnley – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Klopp shared his “respect” for Burnley and Sean Dyche and the way in which they approach games:
“When you look at the goal difference, I think it’s nine-22, that means obviously they didn’t score a lot of goals but they don’t concede a lot as well.
“So that just shows us how tough the game will be, but it was always like this against Burnley: a proper fight, second-ball fight, defending the channel balls, defending the intensity – Burnley puts in a specific intensity – and all these kind of things.
“They play a specific way and I really respect that. They do it for years and Sean is always able to squeeze really good performances out of the squad, even when it’s not the biggest squad in the world.”TV & Liveblog Info
Chris Williams has you covered on This Is Anfield’s matchday liveblog, keeping you entertained with his usual bias take, starting from 7.15pm.
Liverpool are preparing for a big, albeit tough, game against Burnley – but we’ve also got a load of transfer news and build-up talk for you.Renegotiations not on the menu
A few recent reports have suggested that the likes of Salah, Fabinho or others might either be in line for new contracts, or else at least want one.
It isn’t happening right now, though.
Multiple reports today say that while reviews are ongoing, no terms have been outlayed to player and there aren’t plans to do so any time soon, as the pandemic continues to impact finances.
A large batch of first-team players have contracts due for renewal in the summer of 2023, including the captain, our centre-forward, our No. 10, our top scorer and our best centre-backs, both from the realms of “currently fit” and “in the world”.
Lots of planning to do, but nothing imminent.Origi on Leipzig’s loan list
Divock Origi‘s future remains subject to plenty of speculation, though the Bundesliga has largely taken centre stage when it comes to the rumours.
Aside from Wolves and Belgium in general, both links which have since been debunked, every club seems to have come from Germany’s top flight when linked with the striker – and he spent time there on loan, of course, earlier in his Reds career.
However, it’s a bit of a step-up this time from struggling Schalke: RB Leipzig are the contenders to land him, say Sport BILD.
They claim Julian Nagelsmann wants to add a forward to keep the momentum going in the title race and they could strike a “lightning deal” for a loan player, whatever that is. Presumably a half-season loan on short notice?!
Origi has played a sub role of late for Klopp, but it seems unlikely we’ll let him leave unless on a permanent deal.Build-up to Burnley
The Clarets are decent in defence. We cannot go a fourth league game without a goal!Quickfire LFC news
Contract negotiations 101: when club aren’t offering the megasalary you want, link yourself to Liverpool, Spurs and United.
Step right up, Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala.Tweet of the day
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Fulham vs United at 8.15 for the domestics. Leipzig vs Union at 7:30 for the fun footy.
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Premier League clubs have agreed to trial permanent concussion substitutes in response to mounting concern over head injuries.
The League announced on Wednesday that clubs will adopt an initiative announced by the International Football Association Board in December under which teams will be allowed to make up to two additional substitutions for players with suspected or confirmed concussion.
A Premier League statement said: “Premier League shareholders today formally agreed to introduce the International Football Association Board’s (IFAB) additional permanent concussion substitutions trial.
“The trial will be confirmed when the implementation of the reporting processes, including private medical information, has been resolved with IFAB and FIFA.
“With player welfare the Premier League’s priority, the protocols will allow a maximum of two concussion substitutes to be used per team, with the opposition side able to use the equivalent number.
“The additional concussion substitutions may be made regardless of the number of substitutions a team has already made.
“The trial is a result of the IFAB’s consultation with stakeholders and recommendations from their concussion expert group to allow additional substitutions for players with actual or suspected concussion.”
The move comes with Wolves striker Raul Jimenez still working his way back from the fractured skull he suffered in a clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz on November 29.
Luiz initially played on, but had to be replaced at half-time as a result of the collision.
In addition, a series of high-profile former players have been diagnosed with dementia, leading to concerted calls for greater consideration of the impact of head trauma in the game.
Meanwhile, the Premier League has also announced that all games from January 30 until the end of February will be shown live in the UK.
Matches will continue to be screened via existing broadcast partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC, with fans unable to attend stadiums due to the current lockdown.
“These plans have been made with the co-operation of our broadcast partners, working with us to deliver these additional matches while stadiums are missing the supporters who are such an integral part of the game.”
All games in December were available live after the league moved away from a much-criticised pay-per-view model.
It was introduced for the games which followed the October international break, with fans needing to pay £14.95 to watch matches not selected for regular television broadcast in the UK.
The move drew immediate criticism from supporters, who in many cases opted to give the money to charitable causes such as food banks instead.
It looks highly likely that all remaining games this season will also be made available to watch live after Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said last week that he expects the remainder of the campaign to be played behind closed doors.
Capacities of up to 2,000 were allowed at some grounds when the regionalised tier system came into effect in early December, which saw a return of spectators for the first time since March.
However, a variant strain of the coronavirus led to a sharp rise in infections and forced the country into another national lockdown and Masters, who also saw the league’s new Covid-19 protocols ratified by members, does not think supporters will return in 2020/21.
Joel Matip has returned to full training ahead of Liverpool's Premier League clash with Burnley on Thursday night.
The centre-back joined his teammates in sessions this week as he completes his recovery from an adductor injury sustained on December 27.
Jürgen Klopp will now make a call on whether to restore Matip to his line-up for the visit of the Clarets to Anfield.
“Joel is in full training,” the Reds boss said at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday.
“Now we have to make a decision and we will see how that will be until tomorrow. Yesterday he trained completely normal.”
Klopp, who did not disclose any fresh injury concerns or other returning players during his media preview, also confirmed Diogo Jota remains ‘a few weeks away’.
“I don’t know exactly how long but it will not be in the next one or two weeks,” he said of the forward’s knee issue. “He needs time, the injury needs time.”
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is hopeful of welcoming full-back Charlie Taylor into his squad again for the 8pm GMT kick-off, meanwhile.
“He is certainly back in contention, we gave him an extra few days from the last game. He is back in the thinking,” Dyche told reporters.
“The hardest job is to get them all Premier League fit because that comes when you get out and play.”
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United (January 17): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Henderson, Robertson, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Salah, Mane, Firmino.
West Ham United 1-0 Burnley (January 16): Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Westwood, Brownhill, Gudmundsson, Brady, Barnes, Wood.
Liverpool and Manchester City will go head to head in front of the Sky Sports cameras in February as a thrilling Premier League title race gathers pace.
Sky Sports has announced its latest televised fixtures, with the Anfield clash between Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola's title rivals on Sunday February 7 (kick-off 4.30pm) one of 15 top-flight games added to the schedule for February.
The Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton on Saturday February 20 (kick-off 5.30pm) and Manchester United's trip to Chelsea on Sunday February 28 (kick-off 4.30pm) are also among Sky Sports' picks for the forthcoming weeks.
Sky Sports can also confirm three extra games will be shown on the final weekend of January as Manchester City host Sheffield United, Wolves travel to Crystal Palace and Brighton face Tottenham.
The Premier League has announced that all games from January 30 to the last weekend of February will be made available to fans to watch live in the United Kingdom via existing broadcast partners as part of an "accessible solution for fans" while they remain absent from stadia.Confirmed Premier League fixtures live on Sky Sports Image: Man City and Liverpool drew 1-1 at the Etihad in November - watch the rematch live on Sky Sports
Mon Jan 18: Arsenal vs Newcastle - Kick-Off 8pm
Tue Jan 19: Leicester vs Chelsea - Kick-Off 8.15pm
Wed Jan 20: Leeds vs Southampton - Kick-Off 6pm
Thur Jan 21: Liverpool vs Burnley - Kick-Off 8pm
Sat Jan 30: Man City vs Sheff Utd - Kick-Off 3pm
Sat Jan 30: Crystal Palace vs Wolves - Kick-Off 3pm
Sat Jan 30: Arsenal vs Man Utd - Kick-Off 5.30pm
Sat Jan 30: Southampton vs Aston Villa - Kick-Off 8pm
Sun Jan 31: Leicester vs Leeds - Kick-Off 2pm
Sun Jan 31: West Ham vs Liverpool - Kick-Off 4.30pm
Sun Jan 31: Brighton vs Tottenham - Kick-Off 7.15pm
Sat Feb 6: Fulham vs West Ham Utd - Kick-Off 5.30pm
Sun Feb 7: Wolves vs Leicester - Kick-Off 2pm
Sun Feb 7: Liverpool vs Man City - Kick-Off 4.30pm
Mon Feb 8: Man Utd vs Everton - Kick-Off 8pm (subject to FA Cup)
Sat Feb 13: Man City vs Tottenham - Kick-Off 5.30pm
Sun Feb 14: Arsenal vs Leeds - Kick-Off 4.30pm
Mon Feb 15: Chelsea vs Newcastle - Kick-Off 8pm
Sat Feb 20: Liverpool vs Everton - Kick-Off 5.30pm
Sun Feb 21: Aston Villa vs Leicester - Kick-Off 2pm
Sun Feb 21: Arsenal vs Man City - Kick-Off 4.30pm
Mon Feb 22: Brighton vs Crystal Palace - Kick-Off 8pm
Sat Feb 27: Leeds Utd vs Aston Villa - Kick-Off 5.30pm
Sun Feb 28: Tottenham vs Burnley - Kick-Off 2pm
Sun Feb 28: Chelsea vs Man Utd - Kick-Off 4.30pm
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The Premier League title race, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson’s defensive partnership and Burnley’s form were among the topics covered during Jürgen Klopp’s pre-match press conference.
Liverpool’s boss previewed his team’s clash with the Clarets by fielding journalists’ questions from the AXA Training Centre on Wednesday afternoon.
Read on for a summary…
On the regular changes of leadership at the top of the Premier League…
Yes, it changed all the time and that’s because it’s so close. We’ve known that since a few weeks [ago] and that makes it a slightly different title race or race in general this year. We have to be ready 100 per cent and that’s what we try to do constantly. I know that in this business only results count, I’m long enough in to know that. But before you have the result you need to have performances and the last performance was really good… we said it how it was, how we saw it. But we didn’t win, we know that, and now we have another chance to change that and that’s exactly what we try.
On what winning this season’s title will require and whether ‘close to perfection’ remains the case following the last few campaigns…
Again, close to perfection but ‘perfection’ depends on the situation. There is no perfect season with 114 points, there is just dealing with circumstances, dealing with the situation and dealing with the amount of games and these kind of things. We have to be as perfect as possible and that’s what we all try. Pretty much all the teams had meanwhile kind of a dip here and there and some sorted it already [while] some are on the way to sorting it. That’s the situation. I understand 100 per cent the need to talk all the time about it but we cannot change it just in a minute… you can imagine the day is 24 hours, we think about a lot of stuff and most of the things the public thinks about we think about as well, but not all of them. And for sure somebody has to be calm in this kind of situation, it’s not a catastrophe or whatever, our situation. It’s not perfect but that’s not important because it’s just really to be as good as you can be and I saw a lot of good signs in the Man United game and if we would have won that game everybody would have seen them. Because we didn’t win, then nobody was interested in it. That cannot change my view.
On whether Liverpool are still striving to ‘attack the title, not defend it’…
Believe it or not, we still chase it. Nothing changed. ‘Chasing’ doesn’t mean that you are always in the best possible position, ‘chasing’ is more a general mood. So we go for it and if you don’t see that, I cannot change it. If you think we don’t score goals because we don’t want it enough, I cannot change that. If you think we don’t score goals or have enough results because we are not good enough, I cannot change that, not here. The only thing I can do is work with the boys on the right stuff and that you all see it again in the football games we play.
On the thought process behind partnering Fabinho and Henderson at centre-back against Manchester United…
We played with a six and an eight in the centre-half position. If you go back, Hendo is an eight, a box-to-box player, and I think Fabinho would describe himself as a six. Defensively they did outstandingly well and offensively you can make a positive difference with these kind of players in the build-up and against United you have to build. We did that really well and so that was the thought process behind it. I was never in doubt that they can defend. Now the next game is a different game because some things are similar, the areas they defend and stuff like this, but the way Burnley counter-attacks is different to how United counter-attacks. There are differences and we have to make sure we find a solution for that again. How I said, defensively the boys did really well, all of the boys did defensively well since we started the season. But we cannot change the situation and asking me if I ‘miss’ somebody in midfield: if I would think it was better to play them in midfield than in the last line then we would do it. But we thought for that game it’s better this way around.
On Burnley’s form and whether they have improved since Ben Mee’s return…
When you look at the goal difference, I think it’s nine-22, that means obviously they didn’t score a lot of goals but they don’t concede a lot as well. So that just shows us how tough the game will be, but it was always like this against Burnley: a proper fight, second-ball fight, defending the channel balls, defending the intensity - Burnley puts in a specific intensity - and all these kind of things. Ben Mee is a very, very important player for Burnley, I knew that before, that’s clear. They have a really settled line-up, not only with Tarkowski and Mee, but these two and Pope, these three players I think are the heart of the team. Then they have the strikers up front who work their socks off and good footballers in midfield. That’s the situation. They play a specific way and I really respect that. They do it for years and Sean is always able to squeeze really good performances out of the squad, even when it’s not the biggest squad in the world and of course if they have injuries that hurts them maybe even more than other teams. But that’s the situation, they know that [and] they deal with it very well and we have to face it.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Joel Matip has returned to full training but will face a late fitness test ahead of their match against Burnley.
Matip has missed Liverpool's last four matches after suffering a muscular injury against West Brom on December 27.
Klopp was forced to play two midfielders - Jordan Henderson and Fabinho - at centre-back in Sunday's goalless draw with Manchester United, a result which saw Liverpool drop to fourth in the Premier League after wins for Manchester City and Leicester.Thursday 21st January 7:30pm Kick off 8:00pm
The defending champions next face Burnley at Anfield on Thursday, live on Sky Sports, and Klopp is hopeful Matip can make his return to the side.
"Joel is in full training. Now we will have to make a decision, we will see how that will be tomorrow," said Klopp at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday.
"Yesterday he trained completely normal."Image: Jurgen Klopp confirmed Diogo Jota is still recovering from a knee injury and is a number of weeks away from a return
Klopp also confirmed Diogo Jota is still a number of weeks away from a return after suffering a knee injury against Midtjylland on December 9.
"Diogo is still a few weeks away, I don't know exactly how long but it will not be in the next one or two weeks," added Klopp.2:57 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the goalless draw between Liverpool and Manchester United in the Premier League
"He needs time, the injury needs time. How much I miss the player is not important because when the player is not there, we are not allowed to miss him. We never think like that.
"That is why we have to deal with the situation, that is what we've done and we'll all be happy when, hopefully in the near future, he will be back again."Klopp: Our form is not a catastrophe 0:56 Klopp admits his side are not 'where they want to be' with the champions fourth in the Premier League, four points behind leaders Leicester
Liverpool have not won in their last four Premier League matches and have also not scored in their last three league games - their worst run since 2005.
However, Klopp insists their current form is not the "catastrophe" it is being made out to be.
"I understand the need to talk all the time about it but we cannot change it in a minute," he said.
"Most of the things the public thinks of we do as well but someone has to be calm in this situation, it is not a catastrophe.
"It is not perfect but I saw a lot of good signs again in the Man United game but because we didn't win, nobody was interested."Carra 'worried' for Firmino at Liverpool 5:52 Jamie Carragher explains why Liverpool's front three have been struggling to score in recent weeks, and admits he's concerned about the form of Roberto Firmino
Liverpool's front three will soon have to be broken up and Roberto Firmino could be the first man to make way, according to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Firmino have been instrumental in Liverpool's success under Jurgen Klopp, scoring 183 Premier League goals between them across the last four seasons.
But their form has come under scrutiny lately following a run of three games without a goal in the Premier League, including Sunday's scoreless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.Image: Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City's great front threes were together for a maximum of three years
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Carragher pointed out that the trio have already been together for longer than other great Premier League front threes and while he expects Mane and Salah's form to improve, he is less sure of Firmino's long-term prospects.
"When we talk about this Liverpool team, we talk about the front three," said Carragher. "It's almost like they come as a package.
"The reason I say that Liverpool's front three is unique is not that they are better than other front threes, it's how long they've stayed together.Image: Firmino has scored just five goals in 25 games for Liverpool this season
"They are now in their fourth season and the great front threes in the Premier League have normally only been together for two or three years.
"We're now in year four for Liverpool and we're maybe going to go into year five because they've all got two or three years left on their contracts.
"They are all getting to their late 20s and sooner or later that front three will have to be broken up You can't, in two years' time, say 'we're going to buy a new front three' and replace them all. It will change over time.
"At this moment, I think Mane and Salah are going through poor form. It happens. I'm still confident that Mane and Salah will start scoring goals again, but I must say I am worried for Firmino."
Joel Matip could come into contention for Thursday’s Anfield tie with Burnley, but Diogo Jota remains ‘a few weeks away’ from a return, Jürgen Klopp confirmed.
Matip has resumed full training alongside his teammates at the AXA Training Centre having been absent since the draw with West Bromwich Albion on December 27 due to an adductor injury.
However, Jota’s rehabilitation from a knee issue is likely to continue into February.
Klopp told his pre-match press conference: “So, first and foremost, Joel is in full training.
“Now we have to make a decision and we will see how that will be until tomorrow. Yesterday he trained completely normal.
“Diogo is still a few weeks away, I don’t know exactly how long but it will not be in the next one or two weeks. He needs time, the injury needs time.”
Prior to the injury sustained against FC Midtjylland on December 9, Jota had struck nine goals in 17 appearances this season following his transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers in September.
Asked whether he ‘missed’ being able to call upon the services of the forward, Klopp replied: “How much I miss a player is not important because when a player is not there it’s not allowed to miss him.
“I never think like that, it is just he is not there and that’s why we have to deal with the situation and that’s what we did.
“We are all happy when hopefully near future he will be back again."
Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk were today named in UEFA's Fans' Men's Team of the Year for 2020.
The Liverpool pair claimed a place in the XI, which was decided by football fans around the world in an online poll that yielded more than six million votes.
Thiago had helped Bayern Munich lift the Champions League trophy in 2020 before his transfer to the Reds last September, while Van Dijk of course was integral to Jürgen Klopp’s side as they clinched the Premier League title.
Liverpool had eight nominees in the original shortlist, also including Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
UEFA Fans’ Men’s Team of the Year 2020: Neuer, Kimmich, Ramos, Van Dijk, Davies, Thiago, De Bruyne, Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Lewandowski.
Adam Lewis marked his full debut at Plymouth in memorable fashion with his first goal at senior level as Marko Grujic received a rare 90-minute runout in Portugal.
Merely three days after making his debut for Plymouth in a late cameo and five days on from sealing his latest loan move, Lewis notched his maiden goal in a timely League One win.
The 21-year-old played as a left wing-back against Sunderland in his first start for Ryan Lowe’s side as the suspended Panutche Camara led to a reshuffle – and he seized his opportunity.
In fact, it took just 11 minutes for Lewis to edge his side into the lead as he showed off his awareness to seek out the ball having drifted from the left of the penalty area right into the path of Conor Grant’s low cross by the right upright.
His run went unchecked and a tidy flicked finish left the ‘keeper with no time to react, securing his first professional goal and setting Plymouth up for a 2-1 victory.
“It was a bit of a shock because I don’t score many, but the main thing is we come out of here with the three points,” Lewis said told Plymouth’s official website post-match.
Lewis played 62 minutes before being withdrawn after showing signs of fatigue following a lengthy period without regular football after a disappointing stint with Amiens in France.
Fellow League One loanee in Liam Millar was not able to be on the winning side for the second successive game, however, as Charlton let their early lead slip at Peterborough in a 2-1 loss.
The Canada international, who was named in League One’s team of the week for the weekend’s fixtures, was in the XI for the fourth game in a row but experienced a relatively quiet evening.
The 21-year-old battled hard throughout but struggled to find a way through the division’s fourth-best defensive outfit, playing 79 minutes before his withdrawal.
The outing represented a rare start and 90-minute outing for the midfielder, where he played in a double-pivot alongside Mateus Uribe.
A cagey affair ensued and the deadlock was only broken with 10 minutes left on the clock, with Porto edging into the lead thanks to Moussa Marega where a place in the final beckoned.
But an eight-minute brace from Sporting’s Jovane Cabral at the death snatched victory from Porto’s grasp to lead to a 2-1 defeat for Grujic’s side, where the Reds was a physical presence and also had a number of attempts on goal without success.
And, finally, Harvey Elliott saw Blackburn’s game against Swansea postponed on Tuesday due to a waterlogged pitch.Liverpool Loan Watch Roundup
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David Alaba's future is still clouded in uncertainty following comments from both his father and manager.
The 28-year-old Bayern Munich defender looks certain to leave the club before too long, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
The likes of Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with the player, but Real Madrid have emerged as the most likely suitors, with some reports claiming they could even sign Alaba this month.
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