Balague expects Liverpool to overcome Barcelona in the Champions League

Sky Sports reporter Guillem Balague has said that Liverpool have the quality within their ranks to overpower Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final. The Reds are regarded as the underdogs heading into the double-legged tie but Balague has warned the Blaugrana that they cannot afford any defensive mistakes against the Merseyside giants.

In a report covered by The Express, Balague suggested that the Blaugrana have weaknesses in their gameplay and the same could be exploited by the Reds. However, he added that the Spanish champions could yet prove him wrong with the mesmerising talents of Lionel Messi in their ranks, he quipped: “Barcelona have shown weaknesses of course. In the first 10 minutes against Manchester United, if it had been Liverpool, it could have been [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane, 2-0 to Liverpool. If you give the advantage to Liverpool and they take it – and normally they do – it’d be Liverpool going through. Unless Messi decides otherwise.”
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Stephen Warnock fancies Mohamed Salah to regain his scoring form

Sky Sports pundit Stephen Warnock has backed Mohamed Salah to find his scoring form as Liverpool embark on the final two months of the Premier League campaign. The Egypt international has failed to score in eight successive games for the Reds this year, but that has recently generated concerns regarding his form in the run-in.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Warnock acknowledged that Salah is not enjoying the best of runs with the Mersey side outfit after going more than 50 days without scoring for them. However, the former Liverpool man revealed that the attacker has still been impressive with the link up play alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and he should find the scoring touch in due course.
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Stephen Warnock mentions two Manchester United graduates who can make the step up

Former Liverpool ace Stephen Warnock has said that Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong are two players, who could make the step up from the Manchester United reserve side. The Red Devils have been fond of promoting young graduates into the first-team over the years with Marcus Rashford being the most-recent one, who has earned plenty of plaudits.

Speaking to Stadium Astro, Warnock indicated that United have top talents in the academy but there are two players in Gomes and Chong, who could make a name for themselves with the senior side, he said: “I think they have some exceptional youngsters. When you look at [Angel] Gomes and [Tahith] Chong – they are players that United have earmarked for future game time. “I think they think they’re big stars in the making. Solskjaer has worked in the youth team before, Kieran McKenna will know those players inside out and how they’ll handle the occasion of playing for United.”
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COVENTRY CITY CONFIRM CAPTURE OF MEYLER

Irish international David Meyler has completed his switch from Championship outfit Reading to Coventry City on a loan deal that will see him remain at the club until the end of the current season.

Meyler, who has since been deemed surplus to requirements at Madejski Stadium, will be pleased at finally getting this loan deal over the line following several weeks of speculations.
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Sky Sports pundit raves about Leeds United’s newest signing

Sky Sports pundit Stephen Warnock believes Leeds United have landed themselves a big coup after completing the signing of Kiko Casilla on a free transfer from Real Madrid. The 32-year-old has been a proven winner with Los Blancos in recent seasons and Warnock feels the shot-stopper could make the underlining difference in Leeds’ promotion push under Marcelo Bielsa.

Speaking to Football League World, he said: “He’s one of those where pedigree is good, the club he’s coming in from is very good,” Warnock told Football League World. He (Bielsa) obviously feels he needs a goalkeeper to get him over the line and he probably feels that this is the signing that helps Leeds over the line. It’s a big signing for them, I think he’s signed a four-and-a-half year deal, so it shows their intent to him. I think it’s a good signing for both parties.”
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Sky Sports pundit compares Leroy Sane with Premier League great

Sky Sports pundit Stephen Warnock has placed a huge compliment on Leroy Sane by comparing the German attacker with Premier League and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs. The Germany international endured a tough start to the top-flight season with Manchester City but he has sorted himself over the past few months where he has contributed six goals and six assists from just seven league starts.

Speaking on Sky Sports News, Warnock has praised the qualities of Sane and believes the German would be the closest that can be compared to Giggs, he said: “Leroy Sane is the closest thing we’ve seen to Ryan Giggs in years. His ability to glide past players makes it look effortless. But what I like about the two wingers is when the ball’s on the opposite side as we saw last night with Sane’s goal and with [Riyad] Mahrez’s goal later on is that they become a second striker when the ball’s on the opposite side of the pitch and it’s something that Pep’s making sure that they do. It’s getting men in the box, it’s getting people in the right areas and that’s why they’re scoring so many goals.”
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Frank Lampard pleased with Mason Mount’s England call-up

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has said that on-loan midfielder Mason Mount won’t be fazed by the prospect of playing alongside England’s elite after he earned a maiden call-up to the national team. The 19-year-old has been a huge success for the Rams since joining them on a season-long loan from Chelsea and he has now been offered the chance to link up with the Three Lions for the upcoming internationals against Spain and Croatia.

Speaking to reporters, Lampard highlighted that the midfielder won’t have any issues adjusting to the new environment alongside the England players. However, the Chelsea legend happened to warn the midfielder that he needs to maintain a consistency with his performances through the season or else he could find himself dropped.
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Stephen Warnock: Surprised With Leeds United Signed Barry Douglas

Stephen Warnock has revealed in an interview that he is surprised to know that Leeds United was finally able to sign Barry Douglas from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leeds United made an announcement that their capture of the Douglas the Scotland international last week has become the first permanent signing of the club during this transfer window.

Stephen Warnock is now 28-year-old and he is in huge demand. He has helped Wolves in the promotion of the Premier League last season, but there is one more thing present, which is more impressive than his performance and that, is his fee. According to the reports, United has paid this player a bargain £3 million for him. On the other hand, Warnock, who spent almost two years at Elland Road, is blown away by the fact as how his old club pulled him off with such a superb business bit.

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Stephen Warnock Announced Retirement From Football

The once defender of Liverpool and England Stephen Warnock has made the announcement that he will retire from football. He said he will take the retirement when this season will end. He is presently on loan at the Sky Bet League One side Bradford, and he played two matches for the Three Lions. He was also the part of the 2010 World Cup team.

 

In an interview, Warnock shared his career history and said, “There were some really good time I spent on the ground and it will always remain in my memories like after coming through the youth ranks at Anfield. I went to be the part of the 40 Premier League games for Liverpool, and then won the Super Cup UEFA in the year 2005.
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