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Premier League: Klopp rules out return for Liverpool’s Henderson and Lallana ahead of West Brom trip

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(Jürgen Klopp has ruled out any prospect of Lallana and Henderson playing on Sunday. Photo credit per http://assets.lfcimages.com)

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has ruled out the prospect of any involvement for the Reds’ midfield pair of Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana ahead of Sunday’s match against West Bromwich Albion at 13:30 BST (08:30 EST)

Klopp has been without his captain Henderson since February after the England international picked up a foot injury after the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Lallana has been sidelined with a hip complaint for the last month and is currently rehabilitating.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash at The Hawthorns, Klopp was upbeat on his skipper’s chances of returning to first-team action ahead of a crucial run-in for the Reds.

“[They are] better, but not good enough for the weekend.

“With Jordan, it was clear from the beginning that it’s not a fixed time until he is back. We have to wait until he feels absolutely nothing, that’s how it is. That’s what we are still waiting for.

“In all of what he is doing at the moment, he feels nothing, but we have to make steps still, steps to go [so] that he can be part of team training.

“For the Watford game again, with Jordan it could be next week in training, could be the week after, but I think we are in a good way with him also. Everything will be good and I am pretty sure he will have a few games in this season.”

However, Klopp was sure that Lallana will be available after the visit of Crystal Palace, with an important remaining four games for Liverpool to secure a UEFA Champions League place.

“With Adam, it is a little bit easier to say. I am pretty sure after the Crystal Palace game, he will probably be in normal training and that means then [for Watford] he is in the squad or we can think about him then.”

The former Borussia Dortmund manager also had his say on the dramatic events in Dortmund on Tuesday night, in which his former club’s team bus was attacked en route to their Champions League quarter-final against AS Monaco.

There were no serious injuries to anybody on-board, although defender Marc Bartra was taken to hospital with minor injuries on his arm. The match was postponed and replayed on Wednesday evening at 17:45 BST (12:45pm EST).

“First of all, I don’t think what I say is too important, but how everyone can probably imagine, it was a really difficult moment for me because I was I don’t know how often in the team hotel at Dortmund with my team.

“I know exactly the road, exactly the place where it is. A lot of my friends were in the bus.

“At first, I was on the way home from Melwood and I got a call telling me that something happened with the bus. I tried immediately to get some information, it was strange and I was really concerned and I was scared for them.

“Then how it was for everybody, in the first moment it looked like a little bit of relief or not too serious, then the more information you could get, the more serious it got and that was really difficult.”

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Neymar Suspended 3 Games for Punching Fan in Stands

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Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain club had just lost to Stade Rennes in a 6-5 penalty shootout, and following the loss the 27-year old superstar and his team had to go through the crowd to get their second place medals.

That’s where things got a little of hand for Neymar and a fan in the stands.

As Neymay traveled through the crowd he claims a fan lurched at him and began shouting various insults which prompted Neymar to punch him in the face. Neymar later stated that; “I was wrong but I don’t have cockroach blood.”

The fan who was struck claims he suffered a bloody nose and a split lip from the punch and Neymar was hit with a 3-game suspension from the French Football Federation, a suspension the team has described as “severe.”

PSG and Neymar will appeal the suspension.

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Juventus Fans Arrested After Clash with Police

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Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash between Juventus and Ajax has already been marred by violence and controversy, before the teams even took to the pitch.

According to Ansa, citing a report from De Telegraaf, dozens of fans were reportedly arrested in Amsterdam in the hours leading up to the game.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini (h/t Football Italia) took to Facebook live video to state that “around 120” fans had been arrested.

Per the report from De Telegraaf, fans near the Johan Cruyff Arena were “in possession of knives, clubs, pepper spray and flares.” Also, dozens of Ajax supporters were reported to have clashed with riot police in separate incidents outside the stadium and were eventually dispersed with the use of tear gas and water cannons.

The Mirror posted the following images on their Twitter page:

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Man City forward Raheem Sterling Looking to Combat Racism on the Pitch

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Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, who spoke out last month after being subjected to taunts during England’s game in Montenegro, is looking to take his fight against racism to the pitch, saying he would rather stay on the field than let racism force him to walk off of the pitch during a match.

Sterling’s manager Pep Guardiola, stated that he would support players walking off in protest if it happened again, in a strong statement that racism is simply not acceptable.

“I think everyone are entitled to their own opinions. My mum has taught me to be comfortable in my own skin and I am,” Sterling said, according to the Manchester Evening News.

“I wouldn’t personally agree with [walking off], to win the game would hurt them even more they’re only trying to get you down. If you walk off they win, to score or win would be better.

“Everyone’s different. Everyone has their own opinion, how they deal with things emotionally and you have to support everyone.”

Sterling opened up about the racism he has faced in his life, discussing when he first expereinced racism when he moved from North London up to the north-west back in 2010.

“I don’t think trying to make a difference or making a difference, it’s about speaking what you experience. Some people might shy away from it, if more players speak up that might be better.

“It’s offensive but growing up my mum always told me I’m a wonderful black child and I know this. When I hear it, it’s nothing new. I’m happy with it. I’m confident, I’m black and I’m proud. Some people can’t take it but my mum has always told me to love who I am.

“The first time I experienced racism is when I went up north to Liverpool – in London in schools and on a day-to-day basis you’re surrounded by a diverse community. Only a few occasions growing up in the academy in Liverpool, and then mainly in the last couple of years of being a professional.”

 

 

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