Football Today, August 19, 2022: Jurgen Klopp refuses to count Manchester United

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Klopp wary of injured United

Jurgen Klopp is taking nothing for granted ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Manchester United on Monday night.

The Red Devils come into the game having lost their first two Premier League matches.

But Klopp, who saw his Reds pick up just two points themselves, knows Erik ten Hag’s side cannot be underestimated.

He said: “United can’t change anything or everything, so we don’t know.

“It’s a very delicate preparation, but it’s the start of the season and we don’t have a lot of information anyway.

“It’s tough but it’s okay. United away will never be easy, so we’re trying to do our best.

“We have to deal with all the situations in the game and at the moment nobody knows what will happen. The whole world will be watching it.”

We want him to stay

Pep Guardiola does not want to lose Bernardo Silva

Pep Guardiola has reiterated his desire to keep Bernardo Silva at Manchester City.

Silva, 28, has been linked with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

But speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Newcastle on Sunday, Guardiola said: “He’s our player and he knows our wishes as a club, me as a manager, his friends.

“What’s going to happen, I don’t know. I’ve said many times [I want him to stay].”

Chelsea sign Casadei

Cesare Casadei has been granted a six-year contract after joining Chelsea from Inter Milan.

The 19-year-old midfielder is considered one of Italy’s brightest prospects having shone at youth level for club and country.

Blues academy boss Neil Bath said: “Cesare has been a player we’ve followed for some time and we’re delighted he has joined Chelsea, where he will initially strengthen our Under-21 side.

“He is another exciting emerging talent who we look forward to seeing develop and progress further as he breaks into senior football in the years to come.”

Kante sidelined

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is at risk of a few weeks out with a hamstring injury.

Blues boss Tuchel, who will also be without Armando Broja and Mateo Kovacic for Sunday’s trip to Leeds, said: “It’s quite serious. We’re talking about weeks. It’s not good news.

“We are disappointed and sad because N’Golo was super important and super fit. He will be out for several weeks.

“Armando is out for a few days. He can’t come with us to Leeds. Mateo is still out with knee problems.

“Christian Pulisic had Achilles problems but trained today. Let’s see.”

Kante, 31, was hampered by injury problems last season and the Frenchman faced his latest problem in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham last weekend.

Bruno stays at Toon

Eddie Howe has told Real Madrid to forget trying to sign Newcastle star Bruno Guimaraes.

The 24-year-old Brazilian, a £35million signing from Lyon in January, has been touted as a Casemiro replacement should he leave Real Madrid for Manchester United.

But when asked if he would consider selling Guimaraes, Toon boss Howe replied: “No, absolutely not. We are trying to build a team here which we believe can take the club to success at the course of the next few years.

“We want to build this team and improve the group, not take away our best players.

“As far as speculation goes, I have no problem with that as such. It’s a compliment to Bruno and how well he’s done for us.

“He’s been amazing and I think he’ll only get better from now on. He’s a very valuable member of our team.”

Arsenal plan to extend Saka’s stay

Arsenal want Bukayo Saka to sign a contract extension
Arsenal want Bukayo Saka to sign a contract extension

Mikel Arteta is confident that Bukayo Saka will sign a new deal with Arsenal as soon as possible.

The England star, 20, has two years left on his current contract and continues to be a vital part of Arteta’s squad.

Asked about a new contract for Saka, the Gunners boss said: “I’m very confident that we as a club and Bukayo, his family, his agent, everyone, we are very aligned on what we want to achieve.

“And now it’s about putting it on a piece of paper. I don’t want the player or anyone else to be distracted while we’re in the middle of the season.

“But these things take time and they have to go through the right process. I think the process has been really good.”

Foxes are Madd for James

Leicester are determined to keep James Maddison
Leicester are determined to keep James Maddison

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Leicester have opened contract talks with James Maddison.

The 25-year-old playmaker has two years left on his contract but attracted interest this summer from Newcastle, who saw a £40million offer rejected.

Asked if any talks had taken place, Rodgers said: “I believe so, I believe they have spoken. I’m pretty sure the club would want to do that. [and tie him down]. Both parties must be able to come to an agreement.

“With James two years to go, the club would naturally want to protect the asset. But it works both ways.

“He’s an exceptional player and Leicester would benefit from keeping him for longer.”

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