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Liverpool eyeing Real’s Illarramendi

Sunday People is reporting that Liverpool are considering a summer swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

With Steven Gerrard set to leave and Lucas Leiva linked with a summer exit, the Reds are in the market for midfield reinforcements.

According to Sunday People, Liverpool are keeping close tabs on Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

The Reds have already contacted the La Liga side and inquired about the possibility of luring the 24-year-old to Anfield at the end of the current campaign.

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Luis Enrique angered by Granada pitch

Barcelona moved back to within a point of the Liga summit with a 3-1 win at Granada, but Luis Enrique was not pleased with the pitch.

Luis Enrique gave a scathing assessment of Granada’s pitch after the surface proved problematic in Barcelona’s 3-1 win on Saturday.

The Catalan club ultimately ran out comfortable winners, with Ivan Rakitic, Lionel Messi and the impressive Luis Suarez getting the goals to take them back to within a point of pacesetters Real Madrid at the summit, with Carlo Ancelotti’s men due to face Villarreal on Sunday.

But Luis Enrique focused much of his attention on the state of the turf at Estadio Nuevo los Carmenes.

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Lisandro Lopez moves to Brazil

Former Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez has penned a short-term contract with Internacional, the Brazilian side have announced.

The Argentine forward was a free agent after having his deal with Al Gharafa rescinded and he in turn signed a four-month contract with the Brazilian giants.

The deal also contains an option for a two-year extension that can be triggered at any time in case all the parties agree.

Former Al Gharafa coach Diego Aguirre, who had taken over the reigns at Internacional, played a crucial role in bringing the experienced forward to Brazil.

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Espanyol 1 Cordoba 0: Abraham goal secures the points

Abraham’s goal shortly before half-time saw Espanyol earn all three points with a 1-0 win over La Liga’s bottom club Cordoba.

Espanyol inflicted further misery on La Liga’s bottom side Cordoba with a 1-0 home win on Friday.

Abraham proved to be the match-winner, with a well-taken goal two minutes prior to the interval.

The former Barcelona man ran on to Felipe Caicedo’s knockdown and thumped a low drive into the bottom left-hand corner from just outside the area.

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Liverpool v Man City – Man City is 6/1 Enhanced Odds to Win

Liv v Cit Lad opt 1 300x143 Liverpool v Man City – Man City is 6/1 Enhanced Odds to WinHaving crashed out of Europa League at the hands of Besiktas, Liverpool turn their attention towards the Premier League, where they climbed to sixth thanks to the great run of results, but still face an uphill task against the reigning champions.

Manchester City may have lost the Champions League clash to Barcelona, but big wins over Stoke and Newcastle saw the Citizens revive their title bid and put extra pressure on Chelsea. With that in mind, you should know that new Ladbrokes customers are quoted a special 6/1 price on away win.

In order to qualify, register a Ladbrokes account through this link and back Manchester City to win at the standard price. If the Citizens win the game, extra winnings will be added to your account within 24 hours.

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Besiktas 1 Liverpool 0 (aet, 1-1 agg, 5-4 pens): Lovren misses decisive spot-kick

Besiktas reached the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League with a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Liverpool in Istanbul on Thursday.

Dejan Lovren missed the decisive penalty as Besiktas beat Liverpool 5-4 on spot-kicks to advance to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League.

Liverpool famously have previous when it comes to shootouts at the Ataturk Stadium, having won the Champions League on penalties at the same ground a decade ago.

But their luck was out on this occasion, as Lovren blazed over from 12 yards with the last kick before sudden death.

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Porto slap €40m price tag on Danilo

Spanish daily newspaper Marca has suggested that FC Porto value defender Danilo Luiz da Silva at €40 million.

Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are believed to be leading the chase for the 23-year-old footballer, but few more top clubs are also keen on his services.

Due to the heavy demand, Porto hope to receive no less than €40 million for their prized asset, despite the fact that the full-back’s contract is due to expire in June 2016.

The interested sides will obviously attempt to lower the asking price, but the Dragons chairman Pinto da Costa is known as a tough negotiator and he rarely sells his players below the set asking price.

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