Jose Mourinho Identifies One Player Who Was Key to Liverpool’s Champions League Success

?Whilst providing analysis for the Champions League final in Madrid, former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has singled out one player who he feels made the difference for Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were dispatched by Real Madrid in the final last season with two blunders from Loris Karius costing his side dearly. The Reds ended up losing 3-1 that night and the goalkeeping department has been the main area of change for Klopp this season.

Loris Karius

Mourinho has identified the introduction of Alisson Becker as being the reason why Liverpool were able to lift the trophy this time around, after his solid performance between the sticks enabled his side to keep a clean sheet.

Whilst speaking on beIN SPORTS after the match and as quoted by ?The Mirror, Mourinho explained: “They [Liverpool] stayed with the block of seven, they were very pragmatic, they were very solid defensively.

“And when Tottenham managed to do something and to create something, the player that was missing last season was there today [Alisson].

“He was not phenomenal, he didn’t make five or six or seven saves, but he had a couple of saves that stopped ?Tottenham to draw.”

The Brazilian was signed for £67m last summer and has turned out to be pivotal to ?Liverpool’s success this term. He kept 20 clean sheets in the ?Premier League and won the Golden Glove.

Klopp echoed Mourinho’s views and also praised his keeper whilst speaking to ?BT Sport directly after the final whistle. Engulfed in celebrations, Klopp proclaimed: “We had a goalkeeper who makes difficult things look easy. Tonight this is going to be great. This may be the best night of my life, professional wise.”


Real Madrid ‘Offer’ Man Utd Their Choice of 5 Star Players in Bid to Reduce Cost of Paul Pogba Deal

?Real Madrid are set to offer Manchester United their choice of five star players as part of Los Blancos’ bid to sign Paul Pogba.

Zinedine Zidane’s side are set for a summer of transition which could see a huge overhaul of their playing ranks, with the futures of multiple Madrid stars seemingly up in the air, whilst the club are widely reported to be closing in on a deal for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Another one of ?Madrid’s long-term targets is ?United star ?Pogba, amid suggestions that Zidane would be keen to join forces with his compatriot at the Bernabeu. However, according to ?The Times, Los Blancos are aiming to secure the Frenchman for a reduced fee.

It is said that the La Liga giants are hoping to avoid splashing a huge fee to sign the 26-year-old, particularly given that he is on the back of a lukewarm campaign at Old Trafford in which he drew widespread criticism for his inconsistent performances and commitment.

Madrid are apparently prepared to move on a star name to help offset the cost of signing Pogba, and ?Gareth Bale is the star name among a group of five first team players that Los Blancos could part ways with.


The former ?Tottenham star has seemingly fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu amid claims from Zidane that the Welshman does not fit his system, and the attacker could be on offer to United as part of any deal for Pogba.

Other names in the mix could include James Rodriguez, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at ?Bayern Munich but is set to return to the Spanish capital this summer, along with fellow star playmaker Isco, even though the latter apparently remains a popular figure with Zidane.

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas and left back Theo Hernandez could also be offered to the Red Devils, with neither commanding first-choice status in their respective positions at the Bernabeu and both likely to edge towards the exit in the coming months.

Gareth Bale

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also seemingly planning a similar overhaul of his squad following a disappointing campaign, the chance to sign a seasoned star with Champions League-winning experience could be of great appeal.

Gareth Bale is the standout name among those apparently on offer to United, and the Welshman could be an ideal replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who appears highly likely to have played his last game for the Red Devils.


Liverpool’s Total Earnings in Prize Money for Champions League Triumph Over Tottenham Revealed

?Liverpool’s Champions League final triumph on Saturday is set to earn Jurgen Klopp’s side an additional £17m in prize money – with total earnings of £66m for winning the competition.

The Reds overcame Tottenham in Madrid courtesy of an early Mohamed Salah penalty and a late strike from super-sub Divock Origi, crowning what has been a fine season for Klopp’s men in which they also missed out on the Premier League title by just one point.

The Champions League success ensures that ?Liverpool will have silverware to show for their successful campaign, but their exploits will also be rewarded with lucrative prize money. According to the ?Mirror, the club will earn just under £17m for lifting the trophy.

That is added to the total amount they have already received for their progression through the competition, with the overall figure expected to reach £66m for winning the Champions League.

It is said that Champions League sides share a total prize fund of £1.73bn. Initial prize money is awarded in the group stage, which is worth around £13.2m, whilst performance bonuses are also applicable for each match that is won or lost.

Divock Origi

An additional £8.2m is then awarded for reaching the last 16, £9m for progression to the quarter-finals and another £10.3m for reaching the semi-final stage, whilst both Liverpool and ?Tottenham earned £12.9m apiece for reaching the final.

However, that prize money is purely accumulated directly through the competition itself. There are also further earnings from TV revenue, through which the clubs split the £260m market pool, whilst there are also co-efficient shares which reflect their 10-year performance ranking.

Those additional earnings are apparently set to see both Liverpool and Tottenham earn £31m from TV revenue alone for reaching the showpiece event at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

In total, Liverpool are set to earn a whopping £97m for their Champions League exploits, whilst Tottenham are set to pocket just £1m less than their counterparts.


Unai Emery ‘Demands’ Arsenal Sell Mesut Ozil This Summer With £24m Contract Buy-Out Touted

?Arsenal manager Unai Emery is said to be desperate for the Gunners to part ways with Mesut Ozil this summer, regardless of what it may cost them.

Ozil’s future under Emery has been the subject of much debate since the start of last season, and his bitterly disappointing performance in the Europa League final defeat against Chelsea has left many fans calling for the German to be sold.


According to the ?Daily Star, Emery agrees with them, as he will demand that the club get rid of ?Ozil this summer when he meets club officials to discuss their transfer strategy for the upcoming summer window.

Ozil failed to impress against ?Chelsea, and was visibly unimpressed with Emery’s decision to substitute him in the second half of the game, and the manager is said to be furious that the club’s top earner would act in such a way.

The 30-year-old earns £270,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium, where he is under contract until the summer of 2021. However, with transfer funds hard to come by, freeing up money by cutting ties with Ozil is thought to be high on Emery’s wish list.


The problem is, having watched his uninspiring performances this season, few clubs are seriously interested in signing Ozil this summer, especially given the finances of the deal. 

Arsenal may be forced to agree to a free transfer, or even pay a portion of his wages to send him away on loan. The final option, which Emery is said to be prepared to act on, is to pay Ozil £24m to buy him out of his contract.

Unai Emery

The Gunners are thought to only have around £45m to spend this summer, but Emery is ready to use more than half of that to cut ties with the problematic German, whose presence in recent weeks is described as “toxic” by the Daily Star.

Both ?Inter and ?Juventus have been linked with a move from Ozil, as they are two sides who would be able to match his massive salary demands. However, with offers yet to arrive, Emery may be forced to take drastic measures.


Super Cup: Liverpool Set Up First Ever All-English Final Against Chelsea With Champions League Win

?Liverpool will face Chelsea in the first ever all-English UEFA Super Cup final after their Champions League triumph on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men picked up a 2-0 win over fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to lift Europe’s most prestigious trophy for the sixth time in their history.

As another reward for their success, they will face ?Chelsea in the Super Cup final in Istanbul on 14 August, with the Blues having qualified by beating ?Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

?Liverpool have history on their side, as they are the last English side to win the trophy. Back in 2005, Djbril Cisse stole the show as the Reds picked up a 3-1 win over CSKA Moscow, and they will certainly be looking to replicate that success in August.

Opponents Chelsea do not have fond memories of the Super Cup, as they fell to a convincing 4-1 mauling at the hands of ?Atletico Madrid in the final of the competition in 2012. Striker Radamel Falcao netted a first-half hat-trick to ensure the Blues had no chance of glory.

Juan Mata,Mario Suarez,Falcao

With two English sides reaching the final, ?La Liga’s stranglehold on the competition is over. The Super Cup final has been an all-Spanish affair in four of the last five years, with ?Real Madrid, ?Barcelona and Atletico all lifting the trophy.

The current holders of the trophy are Atletico, who picked up a dramatic 4-2 win over cross-town rivals Real in Tallinn, Estonia.

Antoine Griezmann

This will be the sixth competition which Liverpool will be involved in next season, as they also prepare for a Community Shield showdown with ?Premier League champions ?Manchester City. However, they will not take part in the Club World Cup, after FIFA opted to make that a four-yearly event.