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Liverpool suffer potentially huge injury blow ahead of Carabao Cup final clash with Chelsea

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Liverpool striker Diogo Jota may be an injury doubt for the Reds when they face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final later this month.

The Portugal international had to be withdrawn by Jurgen Klopp in the first-half of their Champions League clash with Inter Milan on Wednesday night, citing ankle issues as the reason.

The German coach later stated that Jota could have potentially played on, but a swollen ankle meant he was not going to take any chances.

Liverpool are set to know the full extent to his injury later this week, with the Reds facing Norwich and Leeds in the Premier League before the cup final against the Blues.

Speaking after the game to BT Sport, Klopp said: “I am really happy with everything apart from the fact that Diogo [Jota] had to go off with something around the ankle ligament, we don’t know exactly.

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“He could play on obviously, which maybe is a good sign, but at half-time the ankle was swollen anyway, so we had to change..”

He also added in his post-match press conference: “Do I know the full extent yet? No, I don’t know that yet.”

It was the 25-year-old who happened to book his side a place in the final, scoring twice against Arsenal in the semi-final second leg at the Emirates.

However, with an array of attacking talents, Klopp still has options at his disposal.

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Former Chelsea man Mohamed Salah has already scored twice against the Blues this season, while Sadio Mane has also been one the scoresheet.

Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino opened the scoring on Wednesday against Inter Milan and would be most likely to reprise the central striker role in Jota’s absence.

January signing Luis Diaz joined from Porto is yet to be fully integrated into the side, but will be a danger if he plays, whilst a returning Harvey Elliott, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino may also cause problems.

Thomas Tuchel has some injury concerns of his own to deal with, as Mason Mount faces a race against time to be fit for the match at Wembley.

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The England international picked up an ankle injury in the Club World Cup final against Palmeiras, getting substituted before half-time.

On the injury, Tuchel said: “He was injured. It was in one of the first actions, he had a run at the back post with Azpilicueta.

“They fell and his opponent fell on his ankle and he hurt his ligaments badly. So we have to see. It’s an injury.

“He came to me and said he didn’t feel good, stiff and painful. He didn’t know if he could continue so we took the decision.”

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Man Utd ready to agree net £34million+ contract for signing, guarantee stability for decades – AS

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Manchester United are serious about signing a world class star in the form of Casemiro and reports suggest that they are ready to agree a mammoth contract to convince the player.

As per today’s version of AS (news image provided below), the Real Madrid superstar is really tempted by the offer made by the Red Devils.

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The famous Spanish news source have mentioned that Man Utd have tabled a five year deal that will make the midfielder earn a net salary of more than £34million (40 million euros).

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Casemiro is now in a massive dilemma. United’s offer is so succulent that it guarantees the midfielder and his family’s stability for ‘decades’.

On the other hand, by accepting such a contract, the Brazilian international will have to give up on immediate sporting glory.

Moving to Old Trafford would mean swapping Champions League for Europa League and it is a hard decision to make for someone who is currently a European Champion and has won the continent’s premier competition five times.

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AS claim the situation must be resolved soon. If Casemiro gives the green light to leave, then Real Madrid would demand a fee of at least £68million (80 million euros) to sell him.

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The Samba star is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but the Los Blancos have already prepared for the future by signing youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni, who can effectively play in the DM position.

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At Old Trafford, Ten Hag does not have a specialist holding midfield star and someone like Casemiro will largely improve the squad. However, the question is, should Man Utd spend £68million to sign a player who will turn 31 next year?

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Man United ready to agree net £34million+ contract for signing, guarantee stability for decades

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Manchester United are serious about signing a world class star in the form of Casemiro and reports suggest that they are ready to agree a mammoth contract to convince the player.

As per today’s version of AS (news image provided below), the Real Madrid superstar is really tempted by the offer made by the Red Devils.

The famous Spanish news source have mentioned that Man Utd have tabled a five year deal that will make the midfielder earn a net salary of more than £34million (40 million euros).

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Casemiro is now in a massive dilemma. United’s offer is so succulent that it guarantees the midfielder and his family’s stability for ‘decades’.

On the other hand, by accepting such a contract, the Brazilian international will have to give up on immediate sporting glory.

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Moving to Old Trafford would mean swapping Champions League for Europa League and it is a hard decision to make for someone who is currently a European Champion and has won the continent’s premier competition five times.

AS claim the situation must be resolved soon. If Casemiro gives the green light to leave, then Real Madrid would demand a fee of at least £68million (80 million euros) to sell him.

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The Samba star is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but the Los Blancos have already prepared for the future by signing youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni, who can effectively play in the DM position.

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Charlie McNeill called up to Manchester United first team training

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Erik ten Hag has called up Charlie McNeill to first team training, with the young striker pictured in training on Wednesday.

The call up is a great way for McNeill to make an impression on the Manchester United manager, amid a tricky start to the season.

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McNeill was an unused substitute in Manchester United’s final pre-season friendly in at Old Trafford against Rayo Vallecano.

This was the closest the young striker has come to the first team, and he was back with the under-21s to start the season

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McNeill was a substitute in United’s most recent under-21 fixture, with Spanish striker Mateo Mejia preferred.

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But it was McNeill who got the nod to join Erik ten Hag’s most recent training session, where he was pictured alongsie Christian Eriksen, James Garner, Scott McTominay and Tyrell Malacia

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