VAR could be introduced to the Champions League this season, UEFA has confirmed. European football's governing body had announced that the technology, which was rolled out in the 2018 World Cup and La Liga this campaign, will be used in the Champions League next season. But UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli have suggested it could in fact be put in place within the next few months for the knockout stages of this season's competition. Speaking at a news conference in Brussels, Ceferin and Agnelli - who is also the Juventus chairman - said VAR would be in use "at the latest next season". Ceferin said: "We have started to do all the preparation. [UEFA referees chief] Roberto Rosetti and his team are very good. There are important points of view – the referees and all the technical aspects. "I expect the report in a week or so and then we will see when we can implement it. At the latest next season." Read More Mirror … [Read more...] about How Liverpool and Man Utd will be affected by UCL rule change
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In terms of festive traditions, it is up there alongside the John Lewis Christmas advert and Black Friday. As the nights draw darker, the light of the January transfer window lingers in the distance. And most years, without fail, comes the firm denial from those in and around Liverpool. No deal. Supporters hoping to see in the New Year with a shiny new player bedecked in red have often been left disappointed. Granted, Virgil van Dijk was a welcome change to that as 2017 became 2018; few will forget the Dutch defender man-marking a Christmas tree to give Jurgen Klopp exactly what he wanted. But that will prove to be the exception, rather than the rule. How Liverpool's squad rates so far this season With Liverpool engaged in title combat, questions have been raised over the advantage Klopp can work in January. The midfield is plentiful in numbers but, so far this season, lacking in diversity. Naby Keita's promising start has been cut short with injury, while Xherdan Shaqiri is the man … [Read more...] about The key January transfer difference between Liverpool and Man Utd
Arsenal have confirmed to Wales star Aaron Ramsey that he can leave at the end of the season. The 28-year-old has been in limbo over the past few months after a contract - which was on the table for him to sign - was withdrawn at the last minute by Emirates chiefs. Ramsey lifted the lid on his contract situation last week, saying: "We all know that the contract was taken off the table. I’m not sure exactly why because a few weeks before we sort of agreed and I was ready to sign. Something happened, I am not sure exactly what, but that contract is no longer there, or nothing’s on the table." The Gunners have now told Ramsey face to face that his contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the campaign. It gives Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool and Old Trafford outfit Manchester United a free run at signing the playmaker, who also has admirers from all over Europe. Juventus, Valencia, Barcelona and Real Madrid have all expressed interest, as have Everton and Chelsea … [Read more...] about Liverpool and Man Utd given green light to sign Aaron Ramsey
The glee with which Kevin De Bruyne's injury has been greeted by fans of Manchester City's title rivals is a little sad, to say the least. But before those supporters get too carried away with celebrating the absence of one of the Blues stars for the next three months, they need to realise one thing. While De Bruyne is a special talent, City are less reliant on him than Liverpool are on Mo Salah, or Manchester United are on Paul Pogba. De Bruyne is the undoubted king of assists in the Premier League – he topped the chart with 16 last season. But in that regard, City are hardly desolate without him – De Bruyne only left Southampton clutching the PFA's first Playmaker of the Year trophy because his brilliant pass led to Gabriel Jesus' late winner. If the goal had not gone in, he would have shared the award with Leroy Sane, who finished the season with 15 – and he was followed by David Silva and Raheem Sterling with 11 each. Obviously, last season was a one-off, but the … [Read more...] about Liverpool and Man Utd fans shouldn’t be smug about City’s De Bruyne blow
Manchester City are overwhelming favourites to retain their Premier League crown in 2018/19. City were devastating last season as they beat every side who lined up against them, and this term it seems the biggest threat stopping them from winning consecutive titles is themselves. Pep Guardiola's champions scored more goals and won more points than any side in Premier League history as they finished 19 points clear of neighbours Manchester United. This summer, Guardiola has strengthened his attacking options further with the £60m signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester. After missing out on Jorginho to Chelsea, the club insist they will not make any more major signings, so Guardiola's all-conquering squad will be trusted to retain their title. However, Liverpool and Arsenal have spent millions to solve long-term problems, Chelsea have appointed Maurizio Sarri as manager, while Manchester United and Tottenham are still in the market for reinforcements. So who will realistically … [Read more...] about Are Liverpool and Man Utd City’s biggest rivals for the title?