Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum has blasted Everton's conduct as "completely unacceptable" following injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara sustained in Saturday's Merseyside derby.

Van Dijk is likely to miss most of the campaign after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage following a wild challenge from Jordan Pickford in the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.

With Van Dijk having been flagged offside, Everton's goalkeeper did not receive any punishment for the tackle, while the Football Association confirmed on Monday that Pickford would not face retrospective action.

Premier League leaders Everton did subsequently have a player sent off, with Richarlison seeing red for a lunge on Thiago late on, and the former Bayern Munich star has not made the trip to Amsterdam to face Ajax in the Champions League.

Richarlison's red card was the 22nd sending off in a Merseyside derby in the Premier League era, with the Toffees having had 15 players dismissed.

The incidents left a sour taste for Wijnaldum, with the Dutchman believing Everton – who had four players carded on Saturday compared to Liverpool's two – have a track record of being too robust in derbies.

"Of course we are upset. The way Pickford went in was completely stupid," he said.

"I believe he didn't want to injure Virgil, but the way he took the tackle, he didn't care. I think we've had it a lot in the games against Everton.

"In my opinion, they take it way too far in the games we play against them. Sometimes you go a little over the top, but this was too much.

"We can talk about the tackle from Richarlison, it was also a nasty one. That's what bothered me the most. Accidents can always happen, you can be unlucky, but the way they were doing it was completely unacceptable. It makes it harder that they don't get punished."

While Richarlison issued an apology for his tackle on Thiago, it was confirmed on Sunday that Van Dijk will require surgery and Wijnaldum acknowledged that the squad are hugely concerned for their star defender.

"First of all we're still devastated, it's also different than normal. The way it happened is really hard for us," he added.

"Everyone has a really bad feeling about it. When we were speaking with the players after Saturday I think none of the players slept because of what happened with Virgil. It's a really hard one to take.

"People will say that because Virgil is really important part of our team. He had really big performances, a really important player for us, a leader.

"It's quite normal people will say that, but it's up to us. It's a situation we didn't deal with before, but it's what we have to deal with. Everyone can see what kind of impact he's had."

Will Manchester City land Lionel Messi?

City were reportedly close to luring Messi to the Premier League during the previous transfer window.

Messi remains at Barcelona, but City are believed to be planning another move.

 

TOP STORY – CITY CONTEMPLATING MESSI MOVE

Manchester City are considering an offer to prise Lionel Messi from Barcelona in January, according to the Daily Star.

Messi handed in a transfer request at the start of the season and the Barca captain was tipped to join City before opting to remain at Camp Nou.

Pep Guardiola's City, however, have not given up on Messi as they eye a £15million (€16m) bid for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner – who was also linked to Juventus, Inter and Paris Saint-Germain previously.

 

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- The Mirror claims Barca are eyeing January moves for Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and City defender Eric Garcia. Lyon captain Memphis Depay has also been linked.

Liverpool and Tottenham are set to battle it out for the signing of Leeds United's £50million midfielder Kalvin Phillips, reports the Mirror.

- The Sun says Manchester United are circling for Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde. United believe a swap deal involving Paul Pogba could be possible due to Valverde's £640m (€705m) release clause.

N'Golo Kante has no intention of leaving Chelsea, according to Le10 Sport. The France international has been linked to Inter and Madrid.

Ronald Koeman has confirmed Barcelona were interested in signing Georginio Wijnaldum in the transfer window and is hopeful a deal for Memphis Depay can still be agreed.

Barcelona failed with a deadline-day move for Lyon attacker Depay earlier this month and Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum was also strongly touted as a target for the Catalan giants.

Wijnaldum, who like Depay played under Koeman with the Netherlands national side, is due to be out of contract at Anfield at the end of the season and remains a target for Barca.

"In a general sense, I think our selection could use some depth, especially without the ball," Koeman told AD. 

"Gini has a great sense of space, he can get to the goal fantastically well from midfield and could really add something to the team. 

"But the financial situation was known to the club, and his position ultimately had less priority than, for example, the right-back or the striker position."

A deal for Depay appeared to be far closer for Barca in the closing stages of the window but they were ultimately unable to raise the funds required to sign the 26-year-old.

He has been directly involved in 79 goals since arriving at Lyon from Manchester United in January 2017 - a tally bettered by only Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe in Ligue 1 in that time.

Koeman understands why a transfer failed to materialise before the October 5 deadline and is happy to bide his time to bring his compatriot to the club.

"It's up to the club. For me it is therefore just a matter of waiting," he said. 

"We wanted Memphis because he is a great player and because he has qualities that we lacked in my opinion: especially depth in the attacking game.

"Most attackers at Barcelona want the ball at their feet. Memphis can be used as a starting point. He is strong, dynamic and can play through the middle as well as from the left. 

"Of course I spoke to him about my ideas beforehand. In principle everything was ready, but due to the rules of LaLiga we knew that we had to sell a player first. 

"In the end it did not happen. Too bad, but Memphis also knew what the situation was."

Asked if Barca will revive their interest when the transfer window reopens, Koeman said: "That is certainly a possibility, yes. 

"I will try, because I like to have him there. But I cannot estimate now what the financial situation of the club is like in January. We will have to wait."

Kylian Mbappe has long been coveted by Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward has also made no secret of his admiration for fellow Frenchman Zidane.

But Erling Haaland could be a cheaper option for Madrid amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 

TOP STORY – MADRID TURN TO HAALAND?

Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland is an alternative transfer target for Real Madrid if Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe does not move to the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the front page of Tuesday's Marca.

Mbappe – also linked to Liverpool – has long been Madrid's number one transfer target and the LaLiga champions are preparing to make a move for the PSG star in 2021.

But if Mbappe does not make the switch from France to Spain, Haaland has emerged as another option for Zinedine Zidane.

 

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- Barcelona are targeting a triple transfer swoop in January, reports Tuesday's edition of Mundo Deportivo. After failing in the previous window, Barca are prepared to renew their attempts to sign Lyon captain Memphis Depay, Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and Manchester City defender Eric Garcia.

Manchester United are very interested in Rennes and France sensation Eduardo Camavinga, says AS. The teenage midfielder has been heavily linked with Madrid and PSG.

- Calciomercato says Roma will return for Napoli outcast Arkadiusz Milik in January. Roma tried to sign the forward before the transfer window closed. It comes as Roma could offer Edin Dzeko a new contract after he was poised to join Juventus.

- Football London claims Chelsea are set to hand midfielder Jorginho a new contract after rejecting a move to rivals Arsenal.

Thiago Alcantara and Liverpool are a perfect match, according to fellow Reds midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. 

Wijnaldum, who is in the last year of his Liverpool contract and was linked with a move to Barcelona, saw his future come under scrutiny when Thiago was signed from Bayern Munich last month. 

The Netherlands international ultimately stayed at Anfield, though, and believes his new team-mate is an exceptional addition. 

Thiago enjoyed a stellar debut off the bench in Liverpool's win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge - he had 75 successful passes, the most by any player to have played a maximum of 45 minutes in a Premier League match since Opta began collecting passing data in 2003. 

However, the Spaniard has since had to wait for a first Liverpool start after a positive coronavirus test ruled him out of league and EFL Cup matches with Arsenal, along with the shock 7-2 loss to Aston Villa prior to the international break. 

"Everything impressed me," Wijnaldum said about Thiago to Liverpool's website. 

"I saw him play for years now, I played against him when we played against Bayern, and the awareness he has on the pitch, the confidence he has on the ball and the way he manages to let the team play is unbelievable. 

"He's such a quality player that is going to make this team even better than we were before. So, I'm really happy, everyone is really happy, to have him here. He is also happy to be here. 

"I think it's a perfect match: Liverpool and Thiago."

As well as Thiago, Liverpool signed defender Kostas Tsimikas and forward Diogo Jota during the transfer window, while teenage goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga has also joined. 

Wijnaldum added: "I'm really happy with the signings. They are also good personalities, good people – they totally fit into the team we have. 

"Brilliant, class – class players. They already showed at their previous clubs that they are really good players and we are really happy to have them here, because they make the squad better. 

"With them, we have a bigger squad; I think you need that during a season. 

"But the most important thing is that they are quality players and that makes the team even better than we were before."

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum says there was "nothing concrete" in Barcelona's reported interest in him during the transfer window.

Wijnaldum was linked with a move to Camp Nou after his former boss with the Netherlands national team, Ronald Koeman, took over from Quique Setien. 

His position in Liverpool's midfield was also thrown into doubt following the Premier League champions' capture of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich. 

A deal never materialised for the 29-year-old, though, and he has started the season strongly, featuring in all four of the Reds' Premier League games. 

"I don't think [the Barcelona interest] was that serious, otherwise you would have read a bit more, or more would have happened," Wijnaldum told a media conference ahead of Netherlands' friendly with Mexico and Nations League games against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italy. 

"There was nothing concrete. I didn't have to think about it. I will stay on [with Liverpool] it looks like now. My contract will run for another 10 months.

"It could still change, of course you never know that in football. So we'll see."

Jurgen Klopp hinted Thiago Alcantara is close to joining Liverpool from Bayern Munich and insisted the midfielder's arrival will not have an impact on Georginio Wijnaldum's future.

Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed on Thursday that Thiago will leave the club after seven trophy-laden seasons in Bavaria to join English champions Liverpool.

The Spain international bid an emotional farewell to Bayern on Friday ahead of finalising terms on a four-year contract at Anfield.

Reds boss Klopp, while unwilling to discuss Thiago's qualities until the move is official, told Liverpool fans to monitor social media channels with a transfer believed to be imminent.

"There's nothing really to say because it's not official until it's announced," he said. "I don't really know what I can say. It looks quite promising. My hands are tied. 

"Probably for all Liverpool supporters it's useful to look at LFC channels today and we'll see when whatever happens.

"I think most of the things I will say, if it happens are obvious. It's tricky now for me, nothing is announced. That's all I can say.

"I can answer after something is announced. We cannot now talk about these things in a hypothetical way. We just have to wait a little bit."

Stats Perform News understands the deal for Thiago could eventually be worth £25million (€27.5m), with Liverpool due to pay a guaranteed £20m for the 29-year-old.

The Spaniard's arrival is sure to increase speculation Wijnaldum will end his Anfield stay, with Barcelona tipped to make a move, but Klopp stressed that is not necessarily the case.

"If [the Thiago deal] happens, there's no impact on anybody else's future in a negative way," he said.

Liverpool have been linked with a number of players since lifting the Premier League last season but have so far brought in just back-up left-back Kostas Tsimikas.

With less than three weeks of the window to go, Klopp suggested the English champions could further strengthen their squad if the right opportunity presents itself.

"It's about timing," he said. "Sometimes you buy before you sell, there are different scenarios. 

"The only thing that is always true for us is what we earn with football, we spend on football. 

"That's a short summary of the philosophy but it's one of the key points. We work constantly on improvement. That's a fact.

"The window is open until October 5. I cannot promise we will do something and I wouldn't but I cannot say it's 100-per-cent cent sure that we wouldn't."

Real Madrid have made no secret of their admiration for Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe himself has flirted with the possibility of working with fellow Frenchman Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu.

A blockbuster transfer could be getting closer…

 

TOP STORY – MADRID WAITING FOR MBAPPE

Real Madrid are prepared to target Kylian Mbappe next year as the Paris Saint-Germain forward wants to leave the Ligue 1 champions, according to reports in Spain.

Mbappe has reportedly told PSG he wants to depart the French capital at the end of the 2020-21 season.

Monday's editions of Marca and Diario AS are dominated by Mbappe, with the front pages saying Madrid are waiting to pounce for the France star in 2021.

 

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- The Telegraph claims Manchester United have shown an interest in Inter's Ivan Perisic as the Red Devils struggle to negotiate a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho. Perisic spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich.

Tottenham have set their sights on Southampton striker Danny Ings, says Football London. Spurs are desperate to bolster their attacking stocks, though it will be tough to prise the former Liverpool man to London.

- Sportitalia claims Roma have agreed personal terms with Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik, who has also been linked with Tottenham and Juventus. Milik's possible arrival in Rome could see Edin Dzeko leave for Serie A champions Juve.

Milan are confident of signing Federico Chiesa from Fiorentina, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport. Milan's faith is based on the likely exit of Lucas Paqueta and Chiesa's dropping price tag.

- Mundo Deportivo says Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum is set to stay at Anfield despite interest from LaLiga champions Barcelona. Ronald Koeman's Barca could now rival Liverpool for Bayern's Thiago Alcantara, who has also been linked with United.

Roma are struggling to reach a deal with United for defender Chris Smalling, claims Calciomercato. Roma had hoped to sign the former loanee by the weekend, but the Italian club are now turning to Torino centre-back Armando Izzo as a possible alternative.

- Madrid defender Sergio Reguilon prefers another loan move to Sevilla rather than a United transfer, according to Diario AS. Despite United's interest, Reguilon wants to remain in Spain as he eyes a possible return to the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of 2020-21.

Jurgen Klopp stated he "cannot end the speculations" linking Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool and also left Georginio Wijnaldum's future up in the air ahead of their Premier League title defence.

Liverpool kick off an English season as champions for the first time in 30 years when they host newly promoted Leeds United on Saturday.

Throughout the truncated close season, Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago has been touted for a move to Merseyside and Klopp declined when asked at a pre-match news conference if he would like to stop that particular strand of transfer talk from rumbling on.

"If I would invent now a word that could end speculations, I think I would become really rich," Klopp beamed.

"I cannot end speculations as long as the transfer window is open.

"Did I mention that Thiago Alcantara is a really good player? Long ago.

"It's nice that we are linked with him but that's pretty much all, really. It's because he's a good player and Liverpool is a big club, so that's nice.

"Apart from that, really, nothing to say about it. Maybe good for you, I cannot end the speculations."

There could also be a midfield outgoing at Liverpool, if Ronald Koeman's purported interest in taking fellow Dutchman Wijnaldum to Barcelona comes to fruition.

Klopp confirmed he held talks with the former Newcastle United player after he returned from international duty this week, but insisted that was nothing out of the ordinary and did not offer any guarantees on the player's future.

"Since Gini is here I think I had 500 or 600 talks with him," he said.

"That's exactly the same, like always. So, nothing else to say about that.

"Of course, I speak to Gini, he came back from international duty and then we have to talk. It's always like this and that's all, really.

"I cannot speak about the future in a few years, but it's all fine. It's all good for the moment.

"You know the situation. Between Gini, me and the club everything is completely fine, apart from anything to announce to you.

"But that's more your problem than ours because we are completely fine in this situation."

Irrespective of the make up of his squad when the transfer window closes, Klopp is frustrated over the restrictions put on how many of them he will be able to use on each Premier League matchday.

Upon the league's resumption last season following the coronavirus shutdown, teams were allowed to name matchday squads of 20 and make five substitutions during each game.

Premier League clubs voted to revert to 18-man squads and three subs, with arguments in favour of competitive balance mooted, although Klopp feels this will be to the detriment of player welfare.

"It all changes constantly," he added. "I thought from a common-sense point of view it would be 100 per cent clear that this year - only this year and not forever - we would have 20 and five.

"It's not about giving an advantage because we have better players and can bring five top players on the pitch.

"I really don't like that we deal with this thing based on the wrong facts. It's not about having advantages; it's about players' welfare and it's about having the highest quality in the games for all teams.

"I was really surprised when I heard the league decided against it."

Eduardo Camavinga is highly coveted following his exploits for Ligue 1 outfit Rennes.

The 17-year-old's stock has also risen after making his first France appearance.

Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly vying for his signature.

 

TOP STORY – GIANTS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD FOR CAMAVINGA

Real Madrid face competition from Paris Saint-Germain to sign Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga, according to Marca.

Camavinga, who made his international debut for France on Tuesday, has been heavily linked with a move to LaLiga champions Madrid.

However, Ligue 1 holders PSG are reportedly determined to keep the 17-year-old in France.

The front page of Friday's AS Diario adds Camavinga, PSG star Kylian Mbappe and RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano are being targeted by Madrid in 2021.

 

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- TyC Sports claims Barcelona have made a new offer for Inter forward Lautaro Martinez. Repeatedly tipped to swap Inter for Barca, Martinez's agents are believed to be in Spain to discuss another bid.

Ronald Koeman has handed Barca a four-player shortlist, including Lyon's Memphis Depay, Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, Inter defender Stefan de Vrij and Manchester City defender Eric Garcia, claims Marca.

- FootMercato reports Madrid are considering a move for City attacker Riyad Mahrez.

- Sky Sport says Inter are convinced they will sign Arturo Vidal from Barca. It comes as Cagliari and Rennes try to sign veteran Nerazzurri defender Diego Godin, while Inter reportedly close in on Parma full-back Matteo Darmian.

- Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud has agreed a provisional contract to join Juventus as the Serie A champions wait on Barca veteran Luis Suarez, claims Sky Sports Italia. Juve have also been linked with Roma's Edin Dzeko, Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik and Alvaro Morata of Atletico Madrid. Andrea Pirlo's Juve have also eyed former forward Moise Kean but Everton are unwilling to do a loan deal, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.

- Fabrizio Romano reports Juve striker Gonzalo Higuain, meanwhile, is set to complete his move to David Beckham's Inter Miami in MLS.

Leicester City want to sign Saint-Etienne defender Wesley Fofana but former Foxes boss Claude Puel is reluctant to part with the centre-back, according to Le10 Sport.

As Luis Suarez seemingly nears a Barcelona exit, the LaLiga giants could be getting close to two additions.

Barca were given a huge boost on Friday as star Lionel Messi announced he would stay at the club for another season.

But there are still set to be moves at Camp Nou.

 

TOP STORY – BARCELONA CLOSE TO DEPAY, WIJNALDUM DEALS

Barcelona are close to deals for Lyon star Memphis Depay and Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, according to AD.

Depay and Wijnaldum have been reported to be targets for Barca, who are rebuilding under Ronald Koeman after a tumultuous 2019-20 season.

Goal reports Barcelona are confident of landing Wijnaldum, who is out of contract next year.

 

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- The Barcelona rebuild is set to see several exits, however. BBC reports Suarez has agreed a deal with Serie A champions Juventus.

- With Messi staying at Barcelona, perhaps Manchester City will turn their focus elsewhere. Gianluca Di Marzio reports the Premier League giants are set to make a new offer – of at least £66.8million (€75m) – for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

- The other half of Manchester are enduring frustrations of their own. The Daily Star reports Manchester United are preparing to walk away from a deal for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho due to the Bundesliga club wanting £110m (€123.5m) for the forward.

- Arsenal could face competition for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey. ESPN reports Paris Saint-Germain have joined the Premier League club in the race for Partey.

- While Zlatan Ibrahimovic is staying at Milan, the Serie A club may be looking for more firepower. Tuttosport reports they are again considering a move for Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic, who struggled in his first season in the Spanish capital.

- Also at Milan and Fabrizio Romano reports they are close to reaching an agreement with Chelsea for midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. It would be a loan for €3m (£2.7m) with an option to buy for €30m (£26.7m).

With a crucial meeting set to take place in the Lionel Messi saga, the Barcelona star has reportedly agreed to a deal with Manchester City.

Messi, 33, has sensationally requested to leave the LaLiga giants, where he has spent his entire professional career.

But just whether a move happens could hinge on an upcoming meeting.

 

TOP STORY – MESSI AGREES €700M DEAL WITH CITY

Messi has agreed to terms on a deal worth £623million (€700m) with the City Football Group (CFG), which owns Manchester City, according to the Daily Record.

The deal is reportedly five years in length, including three in Manchester and two with MLS side New York City.

A six-time Ballon d'Or winner, Messi is set for a Barcelona exit after a tumultuous and trophy-less 2019-20 season.

 

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- Messi's dad, Jorge, is set to meet with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, according to Mundo Deportivo. It reports Jorge is drafting an exit for Messi, but Barcelona plan to tell him the superstar has a contract and they will not negotiate. It also reports Barca are preparing to offer Messi a renewal until the 2022 World Cup.

Jurgen Klopp refused to be drawn over Georginio Wijnaldum's future at Liverpool, insisting the situation was "all good" amid speculation the midfielder is a transfer target for Barcelona.

Wijnaldum has become a key member of Klopp's squad in recent seasons, making 37 Premier League appearances last term as Liverpool ended their 30-year title wait.

The Netherlands international was also influential during the Reds' Champions League success in 2019, though has now entered the final year of his contract at Anfield.

Media reports have linked the player with Barca, where his former national team boss Ronald Koeman is in charge, but Klopp was unwilling to discuss the matter in great detail on Friday.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Community Shield against Arsenal, the Liverpool boss said: "That's an open contract situation, otherwise we would know.

"It's all between us and the player, these kind of things. It's all good at the moment, all fine. Gini played very well in pre-season and has obviously had a couple of good seasons for us. 

"That's all I can say about that."

The reigning champions may have lined up reinforcements in midfield, however, if rumours of a move for Thiago Alcantara are to be believed.

The Spaniard helped Bayern Munich achieve the treble but has made clear his desire to move on for a new challenge, though the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic could restrict the amount of business Liverpool do during this transfer window.

"I don't know, I don't know what will happen. There's a long time to go until October 6 [when the window closes]," Klopp replied when asked about potential new signings in general.

"I think the philosophy of this club is pretty clear. We will see how much we can, or how much we want to spend, all these kind of things."

The emergence of Rhian Brewster, who scored twice in the pre-season friendly against Salzburg this week, could negate the need to add further firepower up front.

Alternatively, the 20-year-old forward could be sent out on loan again, as was the case in the previous season when he had a temporary spell in the Championship with Swansea City.

"We have to see what will happen in the next few weeks or so. We want to use Rhian but want to help him as well, that's why we have to make decisions," Klopp said about Brewster.

"He looks really promising. He can obviously score goals, that's good. All the rest? We will see. He's still a young boy, especially with his position, a number nine up front. We have to see where we can give him experience, here or somewhere else.  

"We haven't decided yet - and why should we? There's absolutely no reason to rush anything. He's our boy and he's here."

Liverpool held off a Christian Pulisic-inspired comeback as the runaway Premier League champions overcame Chelsea 5-3 ahead of the trophy presentation at Anfield. 

Jurgen Klopp's title winners got into the party spirit as they were involved in an eight-goal thriller on Merseyside in their final home game of an unforgettable season, though there was little sign of the late drama to come when they led 4-1. 

Naby Keita's right-footed rocket opened the scoring, and there was a long-awaited home goal for Roberto Firmino - his first in the league since March 2019 - early in the second half. 

The impressive Pulisic helped the Blues battle back to 4-3, raising hopes of clinching the draw they required to make certain of a top-four finish, but Liverpool had the last word, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slamming home to secure the win.

Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold said winning the Premier League is "something we've always dreamed of" after the club's drought ended on Thursday.

For the first time since 1990, Liverpool were crowned English champions thanks to Manchester City's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Chelsea.

Liverpool, who have only lost once this season with 28 wins in 31 matches, cannot be caught with seven games to spare in the Premier League.

Alexander-Arnold – born in Liverpool – revelled in the triumph, telling the club's website: "It hasn't sunk in yet. Maybe tomorrow morning it will sink in, we're just trying to soak in the moment right now.

"But it's something that people will remember for a very long time. The fans and the team have waited so long for this. It's something very special. Hopefully we will be able to soak it all in."

"We probably thought as a team we would be able to do it ourselves, but we don't really care how we did it at the end of the day," the 21-year-old England full-back said.

"We are Premier League champions and we are proud of that.

"Obviously things are not as we imagined probably a few months ago or even a year ago how we imagined to win the Premier League, but we are not going to complain and make a fuss of.

"It's something we've always dreamed of. As fans I think it's something that will always be remembered."

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum added: "It's difficult to describe but I can say that I'm really happy and really pleased that I can be a part of this team, be a part of this club. 

"And I'm really happy that this time we can give this title to the supporters because they have waited so long for this title. The supporters were so loyal during the years since I'm here and even before I came here. 

"That makes it more beautiful because when you have such loyal supporters and you can give them one of the best gifts, it makes it more beautiful than it is."

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