Haaland’s Manchester United admission, Atletico’s boost, PSG top money charts – Liverpool rivals’ news #PremierLeague

Haaland’s Manchester United admission, Atletico’s boost, PSG top money charts – Liverpool rivals’ news




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Liverpool could find themselves 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table by tomorrow evening, should they secure a victory over bottom-of-the-table Norwich City.

The Reds will resume their Premier League title charge at Carrow Road tomorrow teatime, following the league’s first-ever winter break.

After Manchester City’s Premier League clash with West Ham United fell victim to Storm Ciara last Sunday, the Reds maintained their 22-point advantage at the summit, meaning they can extend it even further with a 17th successive league victory against Daniel Farke’s team.

Whatever the outcome of the clash at Carrow Road, Liverpool will have little time to rest as they resume their Champions League title defence against Atletico Madrid in the first-leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday evening.

With the Reds in an ideal shape to lift their first league title in 30 years and defend their Champions League crown, there is plenty of work for their rivals to do, both at home and right across Europe.

Here is a round-up of the day’s latest news concerning the Reds’ rivals at home and abroad.

Haaland didn’t turn Manchester United down because of money

Teenage striker Erling Haaland has revealed that his decision to join Borussia Dortmund instead of Manchester United during the January transfer window was not because of money, report Sky Sports News.

Haaland, who was previously playing for RB Salzburg, attracted interest from a whole host of clubs during January, including United. Despite the Red Devils being desperate to sign him, the Norwegian international opted to join Dortmund, even though he has admitted that his move to Germany was not down to money.

He told Norwegian television channel Viasport: “It’s kind of comical for me to be given that label. All the people closest to me know that’s not the kind of person I am. It’s really just funny.

“When the season was over, my father and I started talking. At that point, he didn’t mention Dortmund at all. Then I asked him, ‘What about this club? That would be nice.’ Then he said, ‘We’ll see.’

“I didn’t have that much to do with it, to be honest. The process was to find the best possible club for me.”

Liverpool.com says: United’s delusion when it comes to Haaland is exactly why the club is in such a rot. Haaland was looking for a stepping stone to get to one of Europe’s elite as quick as possible, He weighed up his options and decided, rightly, that Dortmund was a better stepping stone to the likes of Real Madrid than United.

United’s problem is that they haven’t realised they’re no longer among the elite and should be adding younger players with the idea of improving them then moving them on to Madrid or Barcelona. Until they identify that strategy, they will continue to fall short when chasing the next generation of European stars. 

Atletico poised for striker boost

Atletico Madrid look set to be able to welcome striker Alvaro Morata back into the squad ahead of Tuesday evening’s Champions League clash with Liverpool, according to Goal.

Morata, who has never scored against the Reds in the past, is set to feature in Atletico’s La Liga clash with Valencia this evening, after recovering from a muscle injury he suffered earlier this month.

Though Atletico look set to have Morata available for the meeting with Jurgen Klopp’s team, they may not be able to call upon another former Chelsea striker, Diego Costa, who is still struggling with a herniated disc injury.

Liverpool.com says: Morata’s return is a significant boost. He is Atletico’s current best all-around striker, capable of coming deep or peeling off the back man. Costa can inject craziness into Atleti’s lineup. João Félix is the creative force who looks to drop-off into holes. Morata is the man who can do a little of everything, giving Diego Simeone the option to play with one up top if he chooses.

PSG top the financial charts

Ligue 1 giants PSG have overtaken Manchester City as the most financially powered club in world football, according to the Soccerex Football Finance 100 report.

The 2020 edition of the report has seen City knocked off top spot for the first time in the report’s three-year history. City’s Football Finance Index (FFI) score, which is made up of playing assets, tangible assets, cash in the bank, potential owner investment and net debt, came in at 5.197, whilst PSG totalled a score of 5.318.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have come in ranked in 8th place whilst Manchester United have plummeted all the way down to 16th.

Liverpool.com says: Oil money, mostly, powers football now. It’s a shame, but it’s true.

The Liverpool news does indicate that a smart ownership group can use the history of the club to frame excellent marketing campaigns to churn out cash, provided the team is successful on the pitch.



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