LeBron James has a favorite for the MVP award – himself

first_imgCHICAGO, IL – MARCH 17: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers moves against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — LeBron James has someone in mind for the MVP award this season.Himself.ADVERTISEMENT This is a season where prohibitive MVP favorite James Harden has done phenomenal things with NBA-leading Houston, where reigning MVP Russell Westbrook has been fantastic again for Oklahoma City, and where Anthony Davis has found a new stratosphere to take his game, especially after New Orleans lost DeMarcus Cousins.James raves about them all. But …FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I would vote for me,” James told The Associated Press. “The body of work, how I’m doing it, what’s been happening with our team all year long, how we’ve got so many injuries and things of that nature, guys in and out, to be able to still keep this thing afloat, I definitely would vote me.”It’s not an unreasonable take. — New Orleans at Cleveland, Friday: Notable for one reason in particular: Larry Drew coaches the Cavs, son Larry Drew II plays for the Pelicans.— Toronto at Boston, Saturday: The Raptors are trying to lock up the No. 1 seed in the East, and the Celtics are the only team still in their way.— Houston at San Antonio, Sunday: One of 13 games on Sunday’s NBA schedule, before everybody gets Monday off for the NCAA championship.— Indiana at Denver, Tuesday: The Pacers are in and now thinking about seeding, while the Nuggets are merely trying to stay in the West chase.___STAT LINE OF THE WEEKKemba Walker, Charlotte: His 46-point effort on March 22 was against tanking Memphis, but it still should be remembered for at least a couple of reasons. One, he needed only 28 minutes to score like that. And two, he became just the third player in NBA history to make at least 10 3-pointers and 10 free throws in the same game. The others? Kyrie Irving in 2015, and Joe Dumars in 1994.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lassiter says Beermen have no room to relax vs Hotshots Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Heat got stuck in Indianapolis on Sunday night, losing in overtime to the Pacers and then being unable to get home because of plane difficulties.They made the best of the situation.A quick call to the Capital Grille in Indianapolis — where the manager initially didn’t believe that the Miami Heat, travel party of 51, were on the way — set up dinner for everyone, and hotel rooms were secured while everyone dined. The restaurant was in shutting-down mode for the night, then scrambled to get the staff needed to deal with that many diners arriving all at once.The team wound up flying out Monday morning.___THE WEEK AHEADSome of the games to watch over the next seven days:— Boston at Utah, Wednesday: The game that was slated to be Gordon Hayward’s return to Salt Lake City still matters plenty to both teams.— Milwaukee at Golden State, Thursday: Kevin Durant is expected to return to the Warriors’ lineup, and he’ll be working toward playoff form.— Grand Rapids at Raptors 905, Friday: A G League one-game playoff matchup, Grand Rapids’ first game since the tragic death of Zeke Upshaw . Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism His numbers this season compare favorably — or exceed — the five-season run between 2008-09 and 2012-13 where he won the MVP award four times. His averages then: 27.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.3 assists on 52 percent shooting while playing 38 minutes per game.This season’s numbers: 27.4 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds on 55 percent shooting.They are MVP-worthy, without question.“He’s continued to prove everybody wrong and find new levels,” said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, James’ longtime friend and two-time former teammate. “In his 15th season, to be 33 years of age and to be playing the way he’s playing, as consistent as he’s playing, that is as impressive as anything that anybody has ever done.”Averaging 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds is an NBA rarity.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Oscar Robertson had numbers like those five times, in five consecutive seasons from 1960-61 through 1964-65 (he won his lone MVP award in the 1963-64 season). No one posted averages like that again until last year, when Harden and Westbrook both pulled it off.Robertson, Harden and Westbrook were all twentysomethings when they had those numbers.James is in position to join them, at 33. A fifth MVP wouldn’t define him. He’s long been a Hall of Fame lock, but believes this one would be earned.“At this point in my career, I’m just trying to break the mold, break the narrative of guys in their 15th year. … I’m trying to do things that have never been done before,” James said. “It’s crazy because I’m not setting out to do it. It’s just kind of happening organically. I’m just training my body and training my mind and going out and playing and seeing what happens.”The Cavaliers are in the mix to finish as high as No. 3 in the Eastern Conference, despite having 21 different players on the roster, 24 different starting lineups and counting, a slew of injuries, even with head coach Tyronn Lue falling ill and missing games.The season has been rocky. James says he’s been at his best anyway.“I’ve said it,” James said. “Obviously, I’ve had some unbelievable seasons before, but I’ve said it: This is the best I can go, just from a complete basketball player standpoint.”Time will tell if MVP voters agree.___STORM LIFE Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Dominant debut for No. 1 pick Ayton in Suns’ exhibition game

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown UP NEXT: The Kings (1-0) travel to Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Thursday. … Phoenix (0-1) will play host to the New Zealand Breakers on Wednesday.76ERS 120, MAGIC 114Joel Embiid had 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds in 22 minutes. Ben Simmons added nine points, five rebounds, seven assist, two steals and a block.Furkan Korkmaz made 6 of 8 from the field, including 3 of 5 from behind the arc, and finished with 18 points in 18 minutes for the 76ers.Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 20 points and blocked two shots. Terrence Ross hit three 3s and finished with 13 points and three steals.76ERS: Markelle Fultz, the top pick in the 2017 draft who missed 68 games last season, had 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. … Jerryd Bayless did not play after suffering a sprained knee during practice Sunday. He’ll be re-evaluated in 3-to-4 weeks. Wilson Chandler, who strained his hamstring in Friday’s preseason opener, did not play. MAGIC: D.J. Augustine and Mo Bamba, the No. 6 overall selection in June’s draft, scored 12 points apiece. Augustine hit 3 of 4 from 3-point range and had six assists. … Isaiah Briscoe had 11 points and Aaron Gordon added 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.UP NEXT: The 76ers (2-0) play Dallas in Shanghai on Friday. … Orlando (0-1) returns home to play Flamengo.KNICKS 124, WIZARDS 121, OTRookie Kevin Knox had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Knicks’ preseason opener.The No. 9 pick in the draft started and added three assists and two steals in 26 minutes. Lance Thomas scored 12 points. MOST READ John Wall played just 9 ½ minutes of Washington’s exhibition opener, scoring six points. Bradley Beal had 11, but shot just 3 for 12 in 22 minutes.KNICKS: Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing, now coaching Georgetown, spoke to Knicks players earlier Monday. … Damyean Dotson scored 12 of his 14 points in overtime, making all three shots, including two 3-pointers. … Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 11 points. … Second-round pick Mitchell Robinson, who didn’t play in college last season, had six points and seven rebounds. … Rookie Allonzo Trier, signed to a two-way contract, had 13 points. … Courtney Lee sat out with a strained neck.WIZARDS: Dwight Howard remained out with a back injury that has sidelined him since training camp began. … Kelly Oubre Jr. led Washington with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists. … Otto Porter Jr. scored 13 points. … Markieff Morris was ejected after exchanging words with Mitchell. … Austin Rivers had seven points off the bench in his first game with the Wizards. … Jordan McRae was 4 for 4 for nine points in OT.UP NEXT: The Knicks visit Brooklyn on Wednesday. Washington (0-1) hosts Miami on Friday.PELICANS 116, HAWKS 102DeAndre’ Bembry had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists and John Collins scored 18 points for Atlanta. Rookie Trae Young had 11 points and eight assists, but was just 5-of-16 shooting.Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 17 minutes, and Jrue Holiday hit 3 of 4 from 3-point range and finished with 13 points. Julius Randle had 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds.PELICANS: Jahlil Okafor (ankle), Darius Miller (biceps), Nikola Mirotic (Achilles) and Alexis Ajinca (quadriceps) did not play. … New Orleans shot just 36.5 percent (38 of 104) from the field, including 8 of 39 (20.5 percent) from behind the arc.HAWKS: Justin Anderson (leg) Dewayne Dedmon (ankle), Daniel Hamilton (rotator cuff) and Omari Spellman did not play. … Alex Poythress had 13 points and five rebounds in 14 minutes. … Tyler Dorsey scored 11 points.UP NEXT: The Pelicans (0-2) travel to New York to play the Knicks on Friday. … Atlanta (1-0) plays the Grizzlies in Memphis on Friday. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The exhibition opener for both teams featured the top two picks in the most recent draft. Marvin Bagley III of Duke came off the Sacramento bench for seven points in 25 minutes.Ayton — Bagley’s one-time high school teammate — looks a little more NBA-ready. The former Arizona star leaped high for alley-oop and showed off a nice touch with a hook, finishing 9 for 16 from the floor and 6 of 8 from the free throw line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJoel Embiid, perhaps the league’s top current big man, matched up Monday with another top-10 center from the draft, Orlando’s Mo Bamba. Embiid kept Philadelphia unbeaten with 21 points in the 76ers’ final game before they head to China for a pair of games against Dallas.KINGS 106, SUNS 102 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) boxes out Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, right, during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Deandre Ayton might be the NBA’s next great man in the middle.The No. 1 pick had a dominant debut Monday night, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in the Phoenix Suns’ 106-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum nears twice-to-beat bonus, routs Mapua Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Yogi Ferrell had 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and Willie Cauley-Stein added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento.Josh Jackson added 17 points and six assists for Phoenix, and TJ Warren scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting.Ayton missed his final four field-goal attempts and went 2 of 4 from the line with an offensive foul in the final minute.KINGS: Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee), Kosta Koufos (hamstring), Iman Shumpert (calf) and Nemanja Bjelica (knee) did not play. … Harry Giles III, who missed all of last season after being selected 20th overall in the 2017 draft, scored 14 points. … Bagley shot 2 for 7 and grabbed two rebounds.SUNS: Mikal Bridges, the 10th overall selection in June’s draft, was scoreless with one rebound in 12 minutes. … Devin Booker, who had surgery on his right hand last month, did not play. He is expected to miss all of the preseason but expects to be ready for the start of the regular season.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Condemning ongoing campaign to discredit the PPP presidential candidate

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me to respond to the ongoing vitriolic and virulent campaign by the APNU/AFC supporters to discredit and disparage the credibility of the PPP presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali.Ali is by far one of the most qualified persons to ever contest for higher office in Guyana. His exemplary and impeccable track record as a Government Minister, apart from being one of the leading figures behind the 2011-14 orchestrated economic boom through the unprecedented housing programme, undoubtedly, allowed him to reach the zenith of his political career, whereby he is now the presidential candidate of the largest single political party in Guyana.It must be noted, however, given the ongoing ad hominem attack and spurious allegations of academic fraud in the media, any sane person would grasp the notion that this is clearly a politically driven campaign by the Government to tarnish Ali’s image. On that note, I would like to address one of the latest attacks, one penned by Shawn Sam in the Guyana Chronicle on March 2, 2019. In the article, Sam alleged that Ali obtained a fictitious Master’s Degree in Finance from Anglia Ruskin University. This is, however, far from the truth. Ali’s degree from Anglian Ruskin University (ARU) was obtained through Arden University, an institution that collaborates with ARU in the delivery of online graduate programmes. Similarly, his other Master’s Degree from the University of Sunderland, was obtained through RDI distance learning. And in the interest of putting all accusations to rest, each university was written to, seeking confirmation and validation of all certificates.Hence, Ali’s commitment to self-improvement and intellectual development is astounding. In his latest quest for higher education, he is currently enrolled in the prestigious and internationally recognised LLM International Commercial Law at the University of Salford. The programme, inter alia, will explore critical areas of international commercial law, corporate law and governance. Notwithstanding, he is also awaiting results from the University of the West Indies on his PhD dissertation. Hence, his unmatched self-discipline and commitment to achieve higher education should be celebrated and not condemned.Sincerely,Name withheldlast_img read more

City advising residents of debris burning

first_imgThere will be some burning of land clearing debris in the area of the West Bypass in Fort St. John starting Friday.The area is located between 102 and 106 Ave. and 108 and 116 St.The land developer is going to be using excavators to put the debris into large drums where it will be burned.- Advertisement -The drums will also be fed considerable amounts of air to hasten the burning.The City wants to advise residents that the contractor has obtained all required permits from the Ministry of the Environment and has been working with the Ministry and the fire department on a burning plan.City officials say the contractor is aware of the issues associated with burning debris within city boundaries and is attempting to ensure the process is done efficiently and effectively.Advertisement They add the burning should only occur in two locations at any given time.last_img read more

Bolt offered contract with Malta football club

first_img0Shares0000Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt scored twice in his first start for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners © AFP / PETER PARKSSYDNEY, Australia, Oct 16 – Sprint king Usain Bolt could be making his way to Europe after being offered a two-year professional football contract in Malta, reports said Tuesday, with the club saying it wanted to “write history” with the signing.Bolt, 32, has been on trial with A-League club the Central Coast Mariners since arriving in Australia in August in his bid to pursue a boyhood dream of becoming a footballer after retiring from athletics last year. The 100 metres world record-holder scored his first two goals in professional football on Friday when he started a pre-season game against second-tier Macarthur South West United in Sydney.Malta club Valletta FC said they had made a formal offer which includes playing in its upcoming cup final, with chief executive Ghasston Slimen saying the move to snare Bolt was “about writing history”.“Usain Bolt broke the record in Beijing (Olympics) in 2008, and I have followed him for the last year-and-a-half on his football journey,” Slimen told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.“We play the final of the Super Cup on December 13, which we will win… so can you imagine Usain Bolt lifting the Super Cup trophy 10 years after he broke the record in Beijing?“This isn’t about money, this is about history. This is something that they will talk about in 50 or 100 years’ time.”A group of investors from the Sanban Group in the United Arab Emirates acquired a majority stake in the club last month, vowing to qualify for the group stages of Europe’s Champions League.– Room for improvement –Bolt celebrate scoring with his trademark lightning bolt pose © AFP/File / PETER PARKSSlimen admitted Bolt still had to improve his footballing skills, but said he was inspired by the former sprinter’s jubilant celebrations — including the trademark lightning bolt victory pose — after the goals.“I don’t want him to be here on holiday, I want him training hard,” he said, adding that he wanted Bolt to be lifting trophies during his stint at Valletta.“I don’t want to make a big fuss, I want him to sign the contract, get on the flight, arrive in Malta and train, because we need to prepare for the Super Cup.”The Australian agent who arranged Bolt’s trial with the Mariners declined to confirm or deny the reports when contacted by AFP on Tuesday.Bolt does not yet have a contract with the Mariners ahead of the start of the A-League season this Friday, with the club’s chief executive Shaun Mielekamp saying in a statement that the Jamaican “will continue his indefinite training period… until any further notice”.Media reports suggest the Mariners are waiting for governing body Football Federation Australia to decide whether it will contribute to a potential Aus$3 million (US$2.1 million) offer to Bolt.FFA head David Gallop said Tuesday “the story of a contract in Europe is news to me”, but that any financial support from the governing body would not be drawn from a marquee fund set up to attract top players to the A-League.“The ball is very much in the Mariners court. They have to make a decision whether they want to move to put Usain onto a contract,” Gallop told Macquarie Sports Radio.“If they get to that point (of signing Bolt) then we’ll look at what’s feasible for us but it can’t be from the marquee player fund…. we can’t use that money but we’ll look at if we can do anything else.”The 32-year-old previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway to no avail.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Brom manager dismisses Lescott injury fears

first_imgWest Brom manager Alan Irvine has dispelled fears of a fresh injury set-back for summer signing Joleon Lescott, after the defender limped off during a pre-season friendly.The England international joined the Baggies on a free transfer following the end of his contract at Manchester City, but he has been sidelined with a calf injury in the build-up to the new Premier League season.Lescott made his comeback in a trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, but lasted just 35 minutes before being substituted with a suspected knee problem, with the Baggies eventually losing 1-0 at the City Ground.But Irvine insists the defender feels fine despite his early bath.“I’ve just spoken to Joleon Lescott and he feels ok,” the Baggies boss said.“He felt something on the outside of his knee, something he felt during the warm-up, and he just felt it go in the game.“He said it’s settled down now, but we were a little bit worried about it at the time, so hopefully that’s nothing too bad.“But we’re so thin on the ground so we took him off. We’re just trying to look after people, we can’t afford an injury at this time.”last_img read more


first_imgMET Eireann has included Donegal in a Yellow Status weather alert today.The forecasters says heavy thundery downpours are likely today with rainfall amounts of up to 40mm.The warning runs from 9am until 9pm. STATUS YELLOWRainfall Warning for Munster, Connacht and DonegalHeavy thundery downpours are likely today leading to local spot flooding.Very intense rainfall possible over short periods of time. Totals of 25 to 40 mm possibly in places.Valid:Tuesday 20 May 2014 09:00 to Tuesday 20 May 2014 21:00 WEATHER ALERT: MET EIREANN ISSUES SPOT FLOODING WARNING FOR DONEGAL was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalspot floodingWarningweather alertlast_img read more

View from middle enriches daily life

first_imgMy family consists of a mother who is always pushing her sons to do the very best, a father who is there for encouragement and two brothers who are often annoying beyond belief, but are always there for support and understanding. What many fail to see behind closed doors is the confusion that lies within my life. Every day, I feel, is a new challenge that needs to be faced head-on, and is filled with questions that need answering and decisions that need to be made. My family is the reason I have done so well in life. If it were not for them, I do not believe I would have made it this far in my life. But there is one aspect of my life that is constantly bugging me: the fact that my family, like many others, lacks money and must endure the challenges that arise from it. In life, there are those families that do not make enough but are rewarded with grants and other financial assistance. Then there are those who have money and can afford anything and everything. And then, there’s my little income bracket, filled with people who make more than the requirement for financial assistance but cannot afford all that is needed. It is in stating this that I am just shocked at how our world operates. It is no wonder that people are often faced with challenging lives. So many do not fall in the two categories of “rich” or “poor,” but they fall into the “average American” category, which makes life tougher. I have been at the center of a family struggling to get by. I have seen my parents struggle to make payments and for what? To just get by one month and await the monthly bills to be dropped off again? But in seeing such struggles, I have also seen strengths blossom. And I have found the best way to live one’s life, and that is day by day, and to treat each day like there is no tomorrow. For there is no hardship that can hold me back; all the challenges and struggles only make for a stronger and even wiser person. I feel that I have become a person who will do all I can to strive and work hard at whatever comes my way. This will make me not only a better person, but also one who will let no obstacle get in the way of my goals. I owe thanks to my family and the support that they have given, which only helps to en”rich” my life. Justin Jimenez, a senior at Pioneer High School, is a staff writer and a cartoonist for the school newspaper. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgWEEKEND PROMO: Management at Sister Sara’s have another top-class line-up of entertainment for revellers this weekend. Management have also decided to reward loyal customers by providing some superb promotional offer on cocktails and other refreshments.Get TWO refreshing Strawberry Daiquiri’s for the price of ONE! There will be other drink promotions on offer throughout the entire weekend.Resident DJ Marty Curran will be in the house on Saturday night playing all the dance floor hits.STAG and HEN groups can pre-book for reserved seating and champagne by calling us directly on 0877923207.On Sunday, if you haven’t been able to get a ticket then join us to watch the BIG GAME on the BIG SCREEN. Hopefully if the sun is shining you can enjoy the game for our superb beer garden.All the staff at Sister Sara’s would like to wish Rory Gallagher, Declan Bonner and all the Donegal players involved with both the senior and minor squads all the very best for the game against Tyrone on Sunday.ENTERTAINMENT: SUPERB PROMOTIONAL OFFER ON COCKTAILS THIS WEEKEND AT SISTER SARA’S was last modified: May 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The six players to follow Dominic Solanke to Liverpool this summer?

first_img 6 4. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) – Liverpool need to up their game if they want to sign the promising Sessegnon this summer, with Tottenham Hotspur, according to The Times, moving ahead of the pack in the race for his signature. The left-back position is a priority in the market for the Reds and with Klopp keen on nurturing youth, a deal for Sessegnon would make sense. They’ve got to get Spurs out of the running, though. 2. Mohamed Salah (AS Roma) – There could be nothing in this one, but it’s yet to be ruled out. Salah’s agent, earlier this week, posted a photo to Twitter of his flight ticket to the UK and followed Liverpool on the social media site, which inevitably caused a stir with the Anfield faithful. The Liverpool Echo report that the former Chelsea winger is ‘one of a number of wide attackers across Europe under consideration’ by Klopp. 6 3. Iker Casillas (FC Porto) – Casillas’ contract expires at the end of next month and the former Real Madrid ‘keeper has rejected the opportunity to extend his stay in Portugal by a year. Retirement doesn’t yet seem to be on the cards, so several clubs are understood to be interested. One of those is Liverpool, whose goalkeeping problems have been prevalent in recent years. Klopp does have faith in Simon Mignolet, but the availablity of the experienced Casillas, on a free transfer, could be too good to ignore. 6. Naby Keïta (RB Leipzig) – Leipzig finished second to Bayern Munich in the race for the Bundesliga title and Keita was a key player throughout an excellent season. Klopp is understood to be an admirer of the midfielder, who is efficient in a defensive and attacking positions in the centre of the park. The 22-year-old has consistently been reported as being at the top of Klopp’s wish list and is still being linked with a move. As Sky Sports report, he’ll cost around £50m. 6 6 6 6 5. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) – There won’t be many believing Oxlade-Chamberlain really will swap the Emirates for Anfield this summer, but with the 2018 World Cup next summer, the Arsenal midfielder might well be assessing his future. While Liverpool, in reality, wouldn’t be a significant step up for the England international, the 23-year-old might have a better chance of sustaining a starting place under Klopp. A report from the Telegraph, at the beginning of May, claimed the Ox is considering interest from Liverpool. Liverpool have acted early to sign Dominic Solanke from Chelsea, and he won’t be the last player to make the move to Anfield.So who could follow the 19-year-old to the Reds?We’ve taken a look at the latest transfer rumours to reveal six players who could be readying themselves for a move to Merseyside.Scroll through the gallery above to check out who features. 1. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at more players who could follow Solanke to Liverpool this summer – Liverpool, if reports are to be believed, are in pole position to sign Van Dijk this summer. The Dutchman has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City previously, but the Mirror understand the centre back is keen to work with Jurgen Klopp. With Champions League to offer next season, the Reds are growing in confidence over sealing a deal for one of the Premier League’s most wanted defenders. It’s also been suggested Man City are willing to pay big money for Van Dijk, though, so there is plenty of work to be done if Liverpool are to seal a deal. What better way for new Reds CEO Peter Moore to make his mark? last_img read more