Virgil Van Dijk set to sign massive Liverpool deal

Reports in England claim Virgil van Dijk is set to sign a new contract at Liverpool that will see him double his salary.

The Dutchman has become a pivotal part of the Red’s success and won the PFA player of the year last season for his impressive form.

Liverpool want to tie the defender down to a new long-term deal at Anfield, even though his current contract still has a few years left to run.

According to 90min, van Dijk will double his £125k-per-week wages to £250k-per-week as part of the agreement.

In doing so, he will become the latest in a significant crop of players to extend their contracts on Merseyside as Liverpool, as claimed by the Mirror, focus on keeping hold of their key stars.

Half-Time Report: Norwich 2-2 Chelsea

Both sides are level as they go in for the break after a massively entertaining first half at Carow Road.

Tammy Abraham fired the Blues into the lead inside three minutes with a well-taken half-volley, before Todd Cantwell poked home to level moments later.

Chelsea were soon back in front thanks to Mason Mount, who cut inside his man well before a decisive finish found the back of the net.

But the drama hadn’t stopped there, as Teemu Pukki continued his rich vein of form by finishing past Kepa Arrizabalaga to equalise, recording his fifth goal in three Premier League games.

The two sides have looked great going forward, but rather kamikaze at the back.

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Norwich manager aware of Chelsea threat despite Kante’s absence, says Lampard will eventually record success (Teams’ line-up here)

Norwich boss Daniel Farke has praised his counterpart Frank Lampard, and claimed success is a matter of time for the Blues boss.

The big news coming from the team announcements then is the omission of N’golo Kante from the Chelsea line-up.

Kante has been struggling with injury after the Blues’ draw with Leicester last week, and does not even get a spot on the bench.

The Canaries are hoping to build on last week’s 3-1 win over Newcastle with another positive result, but Farke is wary of facing a Chelsea side determined to earn their first victory.

“When I judge the first games it is not a question if Frank is going to be successful. It is when, Farke said as cited by the Mirror

“Hopefully not this weekend. They caused Liverpool an unbelievable amount of problems, in the first half against Leicester they played them off the park.

“There will be a moment when everything comes together and they produce an outstanding result and then I expect a few results like that in a row. That is the danger when you face such a side in this moment.”

Speaking of his opposite number in the dugouts, Farke added: “It is a bit surprising on one level to be managing such a big club so early in your coaching career but on the other hand it is not a surprise.

“Frank is a Chelsea legend who has done a really good job in his first coaching year at Derby.

“It might be harder not to have 10 years experience to draw on but I like his style and his work at Derby.”

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Tammy Abraham’s racist attack: Chelsea, Manchester United spoil for showdown with Twitter

Reports in England claim Chelsea have joined Manchester United in demanding a showdown meeting with Twitter after Tammy Abraham suffered racist abuse online.

The Blues are seeking their own meeting with the social media company to find out just what they plan to do to combat the growing problem on their platform.

They are following Manchester United in pushing to meet Twitter officials, after they were left fuming at the way Paul Pogba was targeted by trollslast week.

According to The Sun, Chelsea have been in touch with Twitter in an attempt to exert more pressure on the company to take a greater responsibility for the things that are published on their platform.

The London club following United in chasing more direct action is a sign of the growing unrest football clubs have over what appears to be unregulated content that continues to appear on social media.

Blues boss Frank Lampard hit out last week after Abraham was racially abused and sent death threats after missing a penalty in the Uefa Super Cup final against Liverpool.

Emerson Palmeiri reveals Frank Lampard’s style of keeping Chelsea strikers busy during matches

Former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s style of football has been ditched for good at Stamford Bridge as confirmed by the club’s defender Emerson Palmieri.

According to the Italy international, Frank Lampard has been teaching them a direct approch and gradually showing in their recent outings.

Speaking to the club website, the Brazilian said: “With Frank, we’re trying to play very direct football, always trying to attack and be as close to the goal as possible.

“We’re looking to get our centre-forwards into the game so that means lots of crosses into the area and balls into them.

“We’re creating chances and I’m sure the goals will follow. Against Leicester, in the first 15 minutes we had several shots on goal and against Manchester United we had both Tammy Abraham and myself hit the frame of the goal.

“Frank is always looking for us to play in that way.

“The message is all about intensity and direct, offensive football so we’re working on improving that because we know we have quality in our team.

We have so much potential to improve going forward with a manager who’s always working with us on the offensive aspect.

“I’m really enjoying the fact we’re playing this way in such an offensive style and I’m sure the results will come.”