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Jurgen Klopp offers damning verdict on Liverpool’s no-show against Leicester City

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Jurgen Klopp said there was “no explanation” for Liverpool’s below-par performance and claimed Leicester City “definitely” deserved their 1-0 victory.

The Reds came to The King Power Stadium knowing they needed maximum points to keep the pressure on league leaders Manchester City.

But they were made to rue missed opportunities with Ademola Lookman’s winner ensuring they will start 2022 at least six points off the Premier League pace.

Salah had a golden chance to put the visitors in front, after winning a penalty, but saw his spot-kick saved by Kasper Schmeichel, with his headed rebound hitting the bar.

Liverpool continued to dominate proceedings and Sadio Mane was guilty of spurning a glorious chance after firing over when one-on-one with Schmeichel.

And Leicester’s decision to throw Ademola Lookman paid off, with his strike beating Alisson and finding the bottom corner.

Klopp pulled no punches in his post-match assessment, accepting that his side’s performance didn’t warrant a better result.

He told Amazon Prime Video: “Definitely, it was well deserved [for Leicester]. It was a very strange game. We were just not good enough. We still had enough chances. What we did with the balls was just not right. We played a really bad game, so it was well deserved.

“Our decision-making [was poor], maybe a little bit of luck [was missing]. That’s how it is. We should have had more of those moments. We had enough to get the win, but if you lose you need more of the them.

Pep Guardiola and his City side will now have the chance to extend the gap to twelve points before Liverpool next play on January 2, in a potentially pivotal clash vs Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

But Klopp refused to be drawn on the title race, claiming the results will come if they continue to play their normal game.

“It’s a big gap [to City]. At this moment it is not my problem,” he explained. “If we play our normal football, Liverpool football, we have the chance to win more football games.

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Another Arsenal player leaves Emirates Stadium

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Daniel Ballard

Arsenal player, Daniel Ballard has agreed a transfer to Championship side, Sunderland.

The player, whose move to Burnley failed through last season, has also played for Swindon Town and Blackpool on loan.

The Northern Ireland international has not had the opportunity to play a single first team game for the Gunners.

And now his stay at the club is coming to an end as he is set for an imminent move from the north London side

The Athletic reports that Ballard was very close to joining Burnley last week, but a deal could not be agreed.

The likes of former club Blackpool and Sheffield United were interested in the player.

He is now on his way to Sunderland.

Despite never making the cut for Arsenal, Ballard has proved himself on the international stage, already picking up 15 caps for Northern Ireland and scoring two goals.

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EPL: Leeds to replace Raphinha with Super Eagles forward

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Leeds United are in the race to sign Moses Simon from Nantes, according to RMC.

The Premier League side are competing with another Ligue 1 side Nice for the Super Eagles forward.

With Raphinha in talks with Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona, Leeds are already looking for his replacement.

The Elland Road club is holding out for £65m for Raphinha and some of that income will be put back into the team.

Simon, 26, can play all across the frontline. He is right footed, although he played the majority of last season on the left wing.

The winger scored six goals and grabbed eight assists from 30 Ligue 1 games last season.

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Boehly set to sign two Man City players for Chelsea

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Chelsea are in talks with Manchester City over a move for both Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake, the UK Telegraph reports.

Sterling is the Blues’ top priority this summer, with Thomas Tuchel eager for the club to sign the England international.

Although Tuchel wants to bolster his attack, he is also looking to bring in defenders following the exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

Chelsea have now turned to their former defender Ake as part of their summer rebuild.

Ake made his Chelsea debut back in 2012 and made 17 senior appearances for the club.

In 2017, he joined Bournemouth in a £20million deal having impressed on loan the previous season.

Following Bournemouth’s relegation in 2020, the Dutchman joined City in a deal worth £40million.

It is believed Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly contacted City on Monday to discuss their valuation of both Sterling and Ake with the Blues keen to sign both players.

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