Sanchez’s Man United apology, £75m star confirms exit talks, Liverpool legend wants Coutinho, Klopp sent Van Dijk warning
Here is a roundup of the latest Liverpool and Manchester United news and gossip
Alexis Sanchez has sent Manchester United fans an apology for his poor performances at Old Trafford.
Since his move from Arsenal just over 18 months ago, Sanchez has looked nothing like the player that caused havoc to opposing defences during his stay at the Emirates, and there has even been some talk that he could be sold at the end of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to raise some funds and make some space in his squad for incoming arrivals, and getting the £350,000-a-week off the wage bill, will go along way to balancing the books at Old Trafford.
Sanchez posted on Instagram after United were beaten 2-0 at home on the final day to apologise to supporters and explain the reasons for his below-par campaign.
“It was a very tough season…the fans are the ones who deserve an apology as they always support you no matter what happens.
“Personally, I didn’t perform as much as I was expecting because of unpredictable injuries.
“Press and people were speculating of things that were not even true. I was always a professional in all aspects.
“I apologise to the fans for not be able to achieve our goals. Nevertheless we are Manchester United! Players and Staff are questioning if we were doing the right thing and if we were giving our best for this football shirt.
“I’m certain that Manchester United one day will return to be the club, as it was in the old days with Mr. Alex Ferguson.” (Sanchez)
Manchester United and Arsenal target Matthijs De Ligt has revealed he has talks to leave the Dutch giants, with the Premier League an option for him.
After helping Ajax reach the Champions League semi-final, beating the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus in the process, De Ligt has become one of the most sought after defenders in the game.
The 19-year old has shown great leadership, ability and is a physical specimen already, with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United all hoping to try and get a deal done.
Gunners boss Unai Emery may have one of the best attacks in the game, but his back-line has some serious issues and he needs a top-class defender like De Ligt to come in and protect Bernd Leno.
United are also in the market for a new defender having failed to get back inside the top four because of the clubs defensive issues, and are reportedly ready to meet the £75 million Ajax currently value De Ligt at.
De Ligt’s team-mate Frenkie de Jong has already agreed to join Barcelona at the end of the season for an initial fee of £65m, and now the powerful Dutchman has revealed he has held talks to leave the club.
Asked if he’d made his last appearance for the club, de Ligt replied on the Sky Sports website: ‘I don’t know yet. ‘There have been conversations, but there is still no agreement.’
BBC pundit Garth Crooks has claimed Virgil Van Dijk could leave Liverpool if they fail to win the Champions League at the end of the month.
After months of speculation Liverpool managed to win the race to the signature of De Ligt just over 12 months ago to make the Dutchman the worlds most expensive defender when he officially signed for the Reds, and since then he has become arguably the best centre-half in world football.
His performances and leadership at the back for Liverpool have made the Reds one of the best defensive sides in Europe, and has also made them a force to be reckoned with as they chased a Premier League and Champions League double.
And Crooks has come out and claimed that Liverpool should be worried about losing the big powerhouse in the coming windows as both Barcelona and Madrid will be casting their eyes on Van Dijk.
‘I have almost run out of superlatives to describe Virgil van Dijk’s performances this season,’ said Crooks.
‘What the Dutch international has brought to Liverpool’s defence is almost unquantifiable.
‘I do feel however, that if Liverpool fail to win the Champions League, and that is by no means certain, it may hasten Van Dijk’s departure.
‘Players of his class need to be playing for the best team in the world.’ (Read More)
Liverpool great Phil Thompson has claimed that he would take unhappy Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho back in the summer.
Coutinho was an absolute superstar at Anfield before he got his dream move to Barcelona just a few seasons ago, and despite the Reds impressive attack, there have been many in the media which have claimed they have not found an adequate replacement.
And there has been some speculation that he could be heading back to the Premier League at the end of the season, with Manchester United reportedly keen to tie down a massive £100 million transfer deal.
However, former Liverpool captain Thompson said bringing Coutinho back to the Premier League for half of what Barcelona paid for him would be a shrewd bit of business.
“I would take him back in a heartbeat, but it would have to be now,” Thompson told Sky Sports News. “You don’t want to leave it another 12 months, I think he still has the ability.
“He’s suffered at Barcelona. We’ve seen him playing out wide on the left, but he’s not Neymar.
“He likes to be in the middle where he can pull strings and is getting on the ball to hurt teams.
“He doesn’t do that and he’s not a left-winger and that’s where he’s playing at Barcelona; they don’t love him like Liverpool loved him.”