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Liverpool, Man Utd set to benefit as Premier League ace ‘rejects’ latest contract offer

Youri Tielemans Leicester

Liverpool or Manchester United could swoop in to land a Premier League star after he rejected the offer of a new contract at his current club.

The two English giants have had different fortunes in recent weeks. Jurgen Klopp’s men have gone from strength to strength, with a lot of help from Mo Salah.

The Egypt forward has now scored in nine consecutive matches in all competitions, which is a club record. His two goals during the 3-2 victory over Atletico Madrid mean he is also Liverpool’s all-time top scorer in the Champions League.

Liverpool sit second in the Prem on 18 points after eight rounds of matches. They are top of their UCL group, five points ahead of Atletico.

United, meanwhile, seem to be going downhill. They have gained just one point from their last three league fixtures. The 4-2 defeat to Leicester City was particularly disappointing as goals from Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka picked them off late on.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is coming under increasing pressure. He isn’t helped by their tough run, which includes a clash against Liverpool on Sunday.

Like always, both teams are scouting the Prem for players who can take them to the next level.

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And they seem to have had a boost in the pursuit of a classy Belgian midfielder. 90Min report that Leicester ace Youri Tielemans has rejected the club’s latest contract offer.

The Foxes are desperate to sort out new terms as they are aware of Liverpool and United’s interest. Real Madrid and Atletico are also keen on the playmaker.

But Tielemans has indicated that he is ‘not in the right place’ to agree an extension. He wants to feature regularly in the Champions League and compete for the title.

Brendan Rodgers’ side will have to improve this season if they are to keep the midfielder. They have finished fifth in each of the last two campaigns.

Tielemans’ current deal expires in June 2023. That means Leicester may have to consider a sale in 2022 if new terms cannot be agreed.

Alisson reveals Klopp influence on Liverpool win

Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson Becker has opened up on Liverpool’s win over Atletico on Tuesday.

The Reds were 2-0 up inside 13 minutes but were soon pegged back by an Antoine Griezmann double. They came out on top after an eventful second half at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Alisson has revealed that Klopp motivated the players during his half-time team talk. “I believe the boss is a maestro in talking in the right moments, the right things,” the keeper said. “I think he brought us in the game again in the changing room and also our attitude changed a little bit in the second half. It is not easy when you are 2-0 up – I think it was before 15 minutes – and then you concede a goal and you know that it will be hard.”

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On Salah’s goalscoring exploits, Alisson added: “I’m really happy for him, he’s a fantastic player. He’s showing on the pitch all the time, making really nice goals, not just easy goals.

“But he contributes a lot for the team as well – not only scoring but helping in the defensive phase, playing for the team. He is a hungry player, he’s a hungry striker.”

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