?Liverpool prevailed 3-2 against Milan on Saturday afternoon in a ‘legends’ match which featured some of the stars of the famous 2005 Champions League Final.
The match was held in front of 50,000 supporters at Anfield in aid of the LFC Foundation charity, which aims to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people. Robbie Fowler, Djibril Cisse, Andrea Pirlo and Giuseppe Pancaro all got on the score sheet, but it took a late strike from Steven Gerrard to win the game for the Reds.
??In typical Gerrard fashion, he picked the ball up on the edge of the 18-yard-box before firing the ball into the bottom corner, leaving the current Rangers manager to celebrate in front of the Kop End for the first time since he left ?Liverpool back in 2016.
??Liverpool fans were understandably thrilled to see their former captain rise to the occasion and plenty even claimed that he would still walk into the current midfield – especially as goals have been hard to come by for them so far this season.
????However, Gerrard wasn’t the only legend to make an impression on the match. Former ?Milan, ?Juventus and Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo also made sure to get in on the act, scoring a trademark free-kick which consummate ease.
Unsurprisingly, Twitter was awash with compliments, with some questioning whether he has even aged since he announced his retirement last year.
Finally, the long-standing relationship between man and flag was also rekindled as Filippo Inzaghi was ruled offside for about the 10,000th time – something that, of course, didn’t go unnoticed.
?Jose Mourinho has revealed that he has rejected multiple approaches since being sacked by Manchester United in December 2018.
The Portuguese has also revealed that he will aim to make his comeback to management in June, insisting that he is waiting for the perfect opportunity to present itself.
If his latest comments are to be believed, then being sacked by ?Chelsea and ?Manchester United in his last two managerial jobs has done little to detract suitors from approaching the 56-year-old.
Talking to beIN Sports as quoted by the ?Irish Times, the Portuguese said: “What I have in mind is that I would like to be back in June for a new club and a new pre-season.
“I know what I don’t want and that is the reason why I have had to say no to three or four different offers.
“I know what I want, not in terms of a specific club, but the nature of the job, and I am going to be waiting for that.”
The former ?Real Madrid and ?Inter manager went on to clarify the nature of his break from football since his Old Trafford departure, which saw the Portuguese depart United with the Red Devils 19 points off the top of the Premier League.
Mourinho has stated that he has used his enforced break to work hard in preparing himself for his next challenge instead of enjoying the idleness of unemployment.
He added: “I am two-and-a-half months without work, but I am preparing for the next one. It is not like I am on holiday or I am bored with nothing to do.
“When you are working every day with six press conferences, three matches a week, and all the problems you have day-by-day, you have no time to take care of yourself. Now, I have these months where I can come back even better prepared.”
?Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi became the youngest player to make their competitive debut for England’s senior team since Duncan Edwards in 1955 following his appearance from the substitutes bench in the Three Lions’ 5-0 win against the Czech Republic.
The 64-year-old record was broken in the 70th minute of England’s European Championship qualifying opener at Wembley on Friday, as the 18-year-old replaced hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling.
As reported by ?Goal, Hudson-Odoi beat former ?Manchester United forward Edwards record by 48 days, as he achieved his first cap on Friday night at the age of 18 years and 135 days.
The winger had been called up to the senior squad from the Under-21 side following a succession of withdrawals from manager Gareth Southgate’s original squad for the matches against Czech Republic and Montenegro.
The youngster also made an impact during his first senior outing for Gareth Southgate’s side, playing a key role in their fifth goal of the match as his late effort was saved by Czech goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka onto Tomas Kalas.
Hudson-Odoi was one of two 18-year-olds to finish the match for England on Friday night at Wembley, with ?Borussia Dortmund’s young prodigy Jadon Sancho also forming part of a youthful attack. It was the first time that two players aged 18 or younger have played in an England international since a match against Wales in 1881.
Jadon Sancho marked his fourth senior England appearance by playing an integral role in Gareth Southgate’s team’s sizeable victory, setting up ?Raheem Sterling’s opener in the 24th minute of the match.
?Chelsea, Arsenal and Roma are all reportedly hopeful of hiring Lille sporting director Luis Campos during the summer.
The Premier League sides will face stiff competition from Serie A team Roma for Campos’ services, following his role in Lille’s impressive domestic campaign this season with the club currently sitting in second in Ligue 1 and looking likely to qualify for the Champions League.
Lille’s performances have been seen as mightily impressive considering the French side only avoided the relegation play-off last season by a single point.
Campos was also the sporting director at AS Monaco during the 2016/17 season, in which Leonardo Jardim’s pipped Paris Saint Germain to the Ligue 1 title and also progressed to the Champions League semi finals before losing 4-1 on aggregate to ?Juventus.
According to ?TuttoMercatoWeb, the European trio will look to appoint Campos at the end of the season, with ?Arsenal and Roma in particular looking towards the Portuguese after Roma’s former sporting director Monchi left the Italian capital to join Sevilla, favouring the Spanish side over a move to Arsenal.
Campos can also boast a spell as a scout at Spanish giants ?Real Madrid during his career, as well as a stint as a manager at several Portuguese clubs such as Beira-Mar and Gil Vicente.
The 54-year-old is also accredited with the discovery of several well known European talents such as PSG’s ?Kylian Mbappe, ?Manchester United’s ?Anthony Martial and ?Manchester City’s ?Bernardo Silva.
Campos’ additions to Lille’s current squad include former ?Southampton players Jose Fonte and Jeremy Pied as well as former ??Chelsea striker Loic Remy.
Leeds are among a number of teams tracking Boca Juniors star and Uruguay international Nahitan Nandez ahead of a potential summer move.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have been one of the success stories of the Championship this season and the Argentine tactician already has an eye on his native market as he plans for a potentially exciting summer of deals.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, Bielsa is not alone in his admiration of Nandez, and Leeds could face competition from Serie A trio Fiorentina, Cagliari and Sampdoria. South American stars often move to Italy but league position could also prove a definitive factor if Leeds secure promotion to the Premier League.
League leaders Norwich have a four-point advantage on second place but just a point separates Sheffield United and Leeds with eight games remaining. That final position will have a huge say in Leeds’ appeal and transfer funds in the summer but for now, Bielsa is targeting some audacious moves.
The 23-year-old Nandez is a Uruguay international and played every game at the summer World Cup, helping his side to the quarter finals before they fell to eventual winners France. Nandez was also a regular starter in the Boca Juniors midfield as they won the Argentine Primera Division last season.
The combative star earned particular praise for his starring role in Uruguay’s win over Portugal at the World Cup and could add some much-needed mettle to Bielsa’s side. Leeds have been criticised for having a ‘soft underbelly’ which could prove crucial if the Whites find themselves in the Premier League next season.
Leeds are one of the favourites to secure promotion to the Premier League this season after spending the majority of the campaign in the automatic promotion places. A recent defeat to promotion rivals Sheffield United saw the Blades leapfrog Leeds into second place but the competition remains on for a tense climax to the campaign.