Category: La Liga

Everton look to Europa League winner to solve goalscoring issue

Everton could make a move for Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro when the transfer window reopens in January, according to The Mirror.

What’s the word?

The Merseyside outfit are in desperate need of some firepower up front having scored just four Premier League goals in six matches.

Sandro Ramirez was bought in the summer to help the team’s goal threat, but he is yet to find the back of the net.

Towards the closing stages of the transfer window, manager Ronald Koeman was rumoured to be hunting for a new striker, but he failed to get a deal over the line.

Now, The Mirror claims that the Dutchman could make a £20m move for Gameiro, who is likely to drop down the pecking order due to Diego Costa’s arrival.

Is Gameiro the right man?

There is always an element of risk bringing in a player who does not have any Premier League experience, but Gameiro has shown in the past that he can be prolific.

In his final season at Sevilla before joining Atletico in 2016, the 30-year-old scored 16 La Liga goals and produced four assists.

For Atletico, Gameiro had a positive debut campaign, finding the back of the net 12 times and assisting five goals, but he has only made two substitute appearances so far this season.

Everton were always going to struggle to replace Romelu Lukaku, so rather than depend on one man, the team need a handful of players to produce goals.

If Gameiro comes through the door and former outcast Oumar Niasse stays consistent, then the pair could share the burden.

'Top performance', 'He is a complete joke' … Liverpool fans divided on star after Sevilla draw

Liverpool’s return to the group stages of the Champions League began with a 2-2 draw against Sevilla at Anfield on Wednesday night, and Reds fans were divided on the performance of left-back Alberto Moreno.

Despite coming under criticism and finding himself behind James Milner in the pecking order last season, the Spaniard is being given more of a chance in the side by Jurgen Klopp this season and started against his former team on Wednesday.

While he perhaps should have done better from a defensive point of view in the fifth minute when Wissam Ben Yedder gave the visitors the lead after being caught on the wrong side of the forward, he did set up Roberto Firmino for the equalising goal just 15 minutes later.

The 25-year-old went on to pick up a yellow card for a poor challenge and was unlucky not to score just before the break in what was an eventful first 45 minutes.

Liverpool supporters were quick to have their say on Moreno’s showing via social media, and they were divided with their opinions.

While some feel that he put in a “top performance”, others described him as a “complete joke”.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…

'He is beyond help', 'His time here is up' … Liverpool fans slam star after Sevilla draw

Liverpool drew 2-2 with Sevilla in their opening Champions League group game at Anfield on Wednesday night, and Reds fans were furious with defender Dejan Lovren for his latest below-par performance.

The centre-back returned to the starting line-up in place of Ragnar Klavan following Jurgen Klopp’s men’s 5-0 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday, but he was at fault for the La Liga outfit’s fifth-minute opener.

The Croatia international looked certain to clear Sergio Escudero’s low cross from the left, but he fell over and the ball went under his foot with Wissam Ben Yedder on hand to tap home.

The hosts regained control of the game through goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, but the Brazilian missed the chance to give his team a two-goal advantage when he missed a penalty just before the break.

Questionable defending from Lovren and centre-back partner Joel Matip saw Joaquin Correa score the equaliser and Liverpool supporters were quick to have their say on the former’s poor performance via social media, with some saying the time is now surely up on his career with the Merseyside outfit.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…

In Focus: Liverpool handed boost as European giants set their sights elsewhere

Liverpool’s hopes of retaining Philippe Coutinho’s services beyond the January transfer window have received a huge boost as Barcelona have set their sights elsewhere, according to Sport.

What’s the word?

The future of Liverpool’s Brazilian starlet Philippe Coutinho was one of the biggest sagas of the summer transfer window and the general expectation was that Barcelona’s crusade to bring the South American to the Nou Camp would commence once again in January.

It’s no secret that Coutinho wanted to move to Catalonia but Liverpool held firm with their monstrous demands, aware that Barcelona had plenty of cash to spend after the world-record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

Whilst speculation persists on Coutinho’s future, Sport reports Barcelona will not return in the new year and will instead set their sights on securing the signature of OGC Nice midfielder Jean-Michel Seri; widely regarded as the ‘new Xavi’.

Will Coutinho stay?

Whilst this does hand a boost to Liverpool’s attempts to keep Philippe Coutinho for the long-term, it doesn’t necessarily bring an end to the saga. Coutinho made it clear he wanted to leave and could push for an exit next year, particularly after the World Cup.

He’ll also be likely to jump ship if Liverpool fail to secure Champions League football again next season, which is a stern test for Jurgen Klopp’s side due to the wealth of competition in the Premier League, and at 25 he may feel it’s time to take the next step.

However, the fact that he’s no longer considered their priority target means that Liverpool should have more time to prepare for the Brazilian’s exit- or even persuade the South American starlet to commit his future to the Merseyside outfit and snub a move to La Liga.

In Focus: Star set for Chelsea loan exit before January switch

Diego Costa won’t be remaining at Chelsea until January and will instead move out on-loan before moving to Atletico Madrid in the new year, The Daily Mail reports.

What’s the story?

Diego Costa’s fall from grace in the eyes of Antonio Conte has been well publicised and the two-time Premier League winner looks set to end his stint with Chelsea imminently, with Spanish outlet AS stating the striker has returned to Spain and will stay there until his future is resolved.

The signing of Alvaro Morata in the summer has reiterated Chelsea’s view that Costa is surplus to requirements and he’s hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge, leaving compatriot Costa out of the frame despite his fellow striker being named in Chelsea’s first-team squad for the first-half of the season.

That suggested that Diego Costa could still play a part in Chelsea’s campaign over the course of the coming months before returning to Atletico Madrid in January but The Daily Mail report he could be on his way to Saudi Arabia on-loan instead, joining Al Hilal.

Why’s it such a mess?

Chelsea really have made a dogs meal out of the situation concerning Diego Costa, which started when Conte decided to inform the Spanish striker that he’s surplus to requirements via text- a precedent for the shambles that followed.

Atletico Madrid, handed a transfer ban until 2018, couldn’t finalise a move in the summer window but Costa has refused to return to West London, staying in Brazil before flying his family out to Madrid in the past week- where AS say the striker has now joined them.

Both parties are guilty of mismanagement in this situation but it definitely casts a rotten picture of Chelsea, which could prove to be problematic should things go wrong this season- and it may even put players off joining the Premier League champions.