Jurgen Klopp gives up on Premier League title after 3-1 defeat to Leicester City

Jurgen Klopp has conceded the title after Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Leicester.

The shellshocked boss said: “Yes. I can’t believe it …. but yes [we are out of the race].

“I don’t think we can close that gap this year to be honest.

“We have to win football games and a big part of our football was today again really really good but we have to do it more consistently.

“We have to avoid mistakes and avoid misunderstandings. Today on two occasions we didn’t do that and that’s why they scored two goals.

“For the title, we are not silly. We have a tough game on Tuesday and then on Saturday, I think, a derby and these are the things we are thinking about now.

“If we want to have a good season in the end we have to win these games.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo wants his former Real Madrid team-mate to join him at Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo has again urged Juventus to sign his former Real Madrid team-mate Marcelo, according to reports.

And with Real reportedly keen to sell him this summer the chances of the pair being reunited are higher than ever before.

Ronnie had similar conversations with Juve chiefs in the spring of 2020.

Back then, officials from the Old Lady were said to have planned a trip to Madrid to thrash out a deal with the player’s representatives, only for the coronavirus pandemic to hit.

Now, ForzaItalianFootball say Ronaldo has been knocking on the door again.

Marcelo’s Madrid contract does not expire until June 2022 but Los Blancos are looking to offload him at the end of this season to ensure they receive a fee for the 32-year-old.

Erling Haaland told to snub two Manchester clubs for Chelsea

Erling Haaland should snub the two Manchester clubs and join Chelsea instead, according to Paul Merson.

Reports say Chelsea will prioritise a centre-back and a striker this summer with Erling Haaland top of their list.

But the Norwegian’s wage demands and his agent Mino Raiola are said to be a problem for the Blues.

The Telegraph claims Thomas Tuchel wants to bring Haaland’s to Stamford Bridge.

But there are a number of obstacles in the way, including his wage and the Chelsea board’s poor relationship with Raiola.

Meawhile, Merson told the Star: “Of all the teams who are in for Erling Haaland, Chelsea are the ones who need him most.

“They have always been successful with someone who has a presence up front and Haaland has that. He’s going to score bundles wherever he goes.

“And if you buy him this summer, you still have the prospect of being able to sell him for a profit later down the line because of his age.

“I’m not sure he’s such a good fit for Manchester City, where he probably wouldn’t play as much.

“But for whoever gets him, it will be worth it. He puts up numbers and he keeps on doing it. Whoever signs him will have a chance of winning the league.”

“Manchester United should also be in for Haaland. Edinson Cavani has done great there but he isn’t the future of Manchester United. If they went and got Haaland it would take them to another level.

“But do they go for Harry Kane instead? Kane isn’t going to Chelsea. No chance. But he might go to United. And that would leave Chelsea to go for Haaland.”

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Leeds United manager sues former club

Marcelo Bielsa is suing former club Lille for £16.6million – and hit out in a French court after being interrupted for speaking over his permitted time.

On a video conference earlier on Friday, the Leeds boss was given 15 minutes in his appeal over unpaid compensation following his 2017 sacking. But Bielsa spoke for 45 minutes and became ‘angry’ when those overseeing proceedings spoke over him.

According to Get France Football News, the Argentine said: “I have suffered abuse and you will not allow me to complete my presentation.”

In December 2017, six months before his Elland Road arrival, he was fired after just 13 games for ‘serious fault’ with Lille in a relegation scrap.

Having not received the money he believed he was owed after signing a two-year deal worth £7.5m, Bielsa, 65, filed a lawsuit. And he appealed the decision after the claim was rejected in March 2018 and he was ordered to pay £263,000 in damages.

The case centres on two contracts the ex-Argentina head coach signed at the time of his appointment at the Ligue 1 club in 2017.

Manchester United boss reveals why he wants his stars to stay off social media

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his players to stay off social media to avoid abuse.

Personal and racial abuse of players has become rife on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Manchester United stars including Marcus Rashford and Axel Tuanzebe have received horrific messages recently.

United boss Solskjaer said: “We’ve already come too far anyway at this concept and the abuse has gone overboard and is unacceptable.

“We would hope we have educated our players enough to stay away from much of the criticism.

“To stop this would be easy, should be so easy that people just have to verify who they are and not all those fake name as and stuff. That’s my wish if you want to have an account it has to be verified.”

Manchester United star heavily fined for using fake documents

Manchester United new boy Amad Diallo has been handed a £42,000 fine in Italy over accusations he used fake documents to enter the country back in 2015.

The teenager left Serie A club Atalanta for Old Trafford during the January transfer window in a deal that could reach £37.2million, though had been subject to an investigation by the Italian football federation (FIGC).

It had been claimed that Diallo used fake papers to get into Italy and be reunited with his supposed parents, though the investigation concluded that the two people cited were not related to Diallo at all.

The FIGC confirmed, according to the Metro, that both Diallo and his brother, Hamed Junior Traore, had accepted plea bargains – though it was even claimed that the pair are not related either.

A statement from the FIGC said they had: “Committed acts aimed at obtaining false or altered certificates or documents to circumvent the rules on entry into Italy… through reunification with said Ivorian citizens, already residing in Italy, who pretended to be parents of the footballer.”

The ruling also stated that bogus documents had been used to ‘certify the relationship of kinship’ and were used when Diallo signed for both Boca Barco – his first club back in 2015 – and Atalanta.

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