Liverpool star Mohamed Salah can surpass Steven Gerrard and extend record vs Fulham

Mohamed Salah is on the cusp of taking up yet more pages in the Liverpool history books, as the Premier League action finally returns for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Salah will lead the line for the Reds as they travel to west London to take on newly promoted Fulham, fresh off the back of his bumper summer contract extension which has made him the highest paid Liverpool star of all time.

But it is goals that the Egyptian has on his mind, and at Craven Cottage Salah has the chance to extend his own record of scoring on five occassions of the Premier League season’s opening day return.

No other player has matched the feat, and Salah can make it six when Klopp’s men go up against the Cottagers in a match which they are heavily tipped to leave with maximum points.

Salah has a point to prove after penning a lucrative £350,000-per-week deal on the run-up to his 30th birthday, and the forward can do so in style by also passing club icon Steven Gerrard at the same time.

Should Salah find the back of the net against Fulham, he will not only extend his opening day scoring run, but also pull one goal ahead of Anfield darling Gerrard with 121 Premier League goals.

Gerrard boasts 120 for the Reds, which Salah himself currently also sits on.

Liverpool’s Egyptian maestro is just 31 goals away from breaking into the top 10 of all-time Premier League goalscorers, and looks certain to do so given his future has now been committed to the Red half of Merseyside.

Salah’s closest rival in terms of collective goals scored is none other than Jamie Vardy, who himself is 18 Premier League strikes away from breaking into the top 10.

Vardy has in recent days found himself linked with both Manchester United and Chelsea, who have reportedly checked in with Leicester City regarding the future of the veteran striker and whether a summer transfer could emerge as a possibility.

It is understood the Foxes are reluctant to part ways with their main goal-getter, who shares a strong understanding with manager Brendan Rodgers.

As for Salah, another record in his sights is of course the top-scoring overseas player of all time, in the Premier League.

That honour currently rests with Sergio Aguero, who amassed 184 goals during his trophy-laden spell with Manchester City.

Given Salah likely has the remainder of his career to unfold in the English top flight with Liverpool, the target is very much within reach.

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    Anthony Joshua has three next fight options if he loses rematch with Oleksandr Usyk

    With Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk II only a few days away, a lot has been made about where ‘AJ’ will go if he loses on August 20. A victory sets up the long-awaited undisputed unification bout with Tyson Fury, but defeat leads to less familiar territory.

    Here, Express Sport gives you three potential fight options for the Watford powerhouse if he fails to overcome the odds in Saudi Arabia.

    When Eddie Hearn pondered this exact question, he stated that Deontay Wilder would be the main target for Joshua if he loses this weekend. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ – like Joshua – is a fearsome puncher and there has been a lot of interest in this fight ever since the pair turned over as professionals. Hearn recently revealed that he has made Wilder’s management an offer to make the fight happen after Usyk but is yet to receive a response.

    “I actually reached out to Shelly Finkel the other day because I have got so much money for Deontay Wilder in an offer, but they never come back to me, so I don’t know whether Deontay Wilder doesn’t want to hear about that offer or whatever,” Hearn told Seconds Out.

    “Right now, standing here, I am honestly not thinking about any other fight for AJ than Saturday night, they all come through victory, do you know what I mean? I think if he loses, the Wilder fight is there, if he wins all he’s thinking about is that final fight with Fury to win all the belts.”

    Dillian Whyte is keen to fight Joshua again after losing his first ever professional contest to his fierce rival back in 2015. If their first fight is anything to go by then a rematch will certainly be entertaining and with both men finding themselves in similar career trajectories – providing Joshua loses – it makes a lot of sense.

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    Former Team GB teammate Joe Joyce has had a lot to say about Joshua since his defeat to Usyk. ‘The Juggernaut’ has repeatedly stated that Joshua “hasn’t looked good for a while” and has not been his biggest fan ever since sparring footage of the pair was leaked that Joyce claims was selected to make ‘AJ’ look good.

    A fight between these two would make for entertaining viewing and a worthy challenge for Joshua as he attempts to overcome the relentless pressure and durable nature of Joyce.

  • 13 минут назад 19.08.2022Sport
    Man Utd can sell four players to fund ‘massive’ transfer bid for Ajax winger Antony

    Manchester United are planning a late summer spending spree to salvage their season after a dreadful start to the new campaign. Head coach Erik ten Hag has already identified several targets, including Ajax star Antony, who could improve the squad as the Red Devils face a challenging two-week period to get deals over the line.

    Having already spent £70million this summer on Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez, with Christian Eriksen arriving on a free transfer, Ten Hag knows he will have to sell some of the dead wood in his squad to make way for new arrivals.

    Antony is rated at around £60m by the Eredivisie giants and it will not be a simple process in trying to convince the Dutch champions to sell their prized asset, but the club are set to present a ‘massive’ bid this week, according to Sky Sports. Along with Antony, Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest is a target for Ten Hag after working with him at Ajax and a £60m move for Casemiro is progressing.

    Express Sport looks at which players could be heading out of Old Trafford to raise funds for United’s raid on the transfer market.

    Crystal Palace are understood to be edging closer to sealing a move for their former academy graduate Wan-Bissaka, who they sold to United for a club-record £50m back in 2019.

    The 25-year-old has struggled for form over the past 12 months and has lost his place in the team to Diogo Dalot. He is yet to feature for the club this season and now looks set to try and resurrect his career back in south London.

    It is unclear whether the deal will be a permanent deal or a loan, with an option to purchase. But given that United are reportedly looking for just £10m, it speaks of a botched recruitment strategy at the club that has left United with a huge £40m deficit.

    Arguably fourth choice at United behind Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, Lindelof may find himself pushing for an exit after five years at Old Trafford.

    The Swede has been a fairly consistent, if not an unspectacular signing, after arriving for £38m from Benfica in 2017 when Jose Mourinho was in charge. While his performances have often gone unheralded, Lindelof has been guilty of some catastrophic errors at the back during his time at the club.

    There is no imminent deal in place to take him away from United, but the club would surely listen to offers for the 27-year-old, who is thought to earn around £120,000-a-week.

    Nottingham Forest are signing just about every player going in the transfer window and Garner has emerged as a target for the ambitious Premier League new boys.

    Garner, 21, enjoyed a successful loan 18-month loan spell with the club, scoring eight goals in 69 appearances. And it seems Steve Cooper is keen to get the central midfielder back on a permanent deal.

    The central midfielder has not been called upon by Ten Hag despite the Dutchman’s issues in the centre of the park with Fred and Scott McTominay. It is believed United are ready to sell if their £15m asking price is met, bringing an end Garner’s 13-year association with the club.

    Signed as a virtual unknown from Atalanta in January 2021 for a deal that could rise to £37m, there are doubts about whether Amad can cope with the rigours of top-level football.

    The young Ivorian, 21, has not quite delivered on the potential expected at the club despite an impressive start, scoring against AC Milan in the Europa League.

    A serious knee injury scuppered his chances of a loan spell to Feyenoord and he instead headed to Rangers, where he flattered to deceive in his 13 appearances for the Scottish outfit, scoring just three goals. If the right offer comes along, United may consider it if they are to step up their efforts for Antony.

  • 59 минут назад 19.08.2022Sport
    Megan Rapinoe ‘told Joe Biden to do MORE to free Brittney Griner’ in phone call

    US Soccer star Megan Rapinoe last month urged President Joe Biden in a phone call to do more to secure the release of Brittney Griner from her detention in Russia.

    According to Politico, Rapinoe made the request when Biden called her to inform her she would be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian in America.

    When Rapinoe attended the ceremony at the White House on July 7, she wore a blazer with Griner’s initials inscribed on the lapel.

    Griner, 31, was sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia earlier in August after being convicted of drug possession and smuggling.

    Griner brought vape cartridges with cannabis oil into Russia when she flew to Moscow to play basketball in the city of Yekaterinburg during the WNBA offseason.

    Biden denounced the ruling as ‘unacceptable’, with the verdict coming amid soaring tensions between the US and Russia over Ukraine. There have been numerous reports that Griner could now be involved in a high-profile prisoner swap between the two countries.

    But Rapinoe, 37, still took her opportunity to tell Biden to secure Griner’s release as quickly as possible.

    Politico says that Biden phoned Griner’s wife, Cherelle, in the days after speaking with Rapinoe.

    Rapinoe also called for Biden to step up efforts to free Griner in a speech at the ESPY awards in July.

    ‘We love her, we miss her, we’re doing every single thing we can to get her out,’ Rapinoe said. ‘BG deserves to be free, she’s being held as a political prisoner – obviously.

    ‘Every time we see BG’s face, every time we say her name in interviews it puts pressure on everybody. it puts pressure on the administration, on Russia and lets BG know we are thinking about her all the time.

    ‘We haven’t done enough, all of us, we can do more, we can support her more.’

    Cherelle Griner has previously outlined frustration with how the Biden administration is dealing with Griner’s situation.

    Speaking in June, she said: ‘I wish I could say I have a clear understanding (of the White House’s strategy to free her). They do a lot of talking in code with me.’

    Since then, reports have surfaced of the possible prisoner swap with Griner and Paul Whelan, a former US marine who is held in Russia.

    Griner has been held since February 17. Earlier this week, her legal team in Russia appealed her conviction.

    On Thursday, Russia’s foreign ministry said it was engaged in ‘quiet diplomacy’ over the possible swap involving Griner.

    ‘Quiet diplomacy is under way and it should bear fruit if Washington follows it, and not fall into propaganda through media hype to score points before an election,’ said Ivan Nechayev, a spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry, referring to the midterm elections in November.

    Griner is a two-time Olympic gold medallist and a star player in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) – she plays for Phoenix Mercury.

  • 59 минут назад 19.08.2022Sport
    South Sydney forced to take drastic step as fans hit young star Jaxson Paulo with vile abuse

    South Sydney supporters have turned on their own, with torrents of abuse being levelled at young gun Jaxson Paulo after he had a night to forget in the Rabbitohs’ 26-22 loss to Penrith on Thursday night.

    The winger was unable to finish off two regulation tries and committed five errors in the loss which ensured the Panthers will finish the regular season as NRL minor premiers.

    Fans savaged the 22-year-old, blaming him for the loss and squaring him up with vile abuse.

    That resulted in Paulo changing his Instagram account to private and South Sydney shutting down comments on their official match thread on Facebook.

    ‘Full Time. We’ve now turned off the comments, we’re all in this together,’ the post read.

    While most of the comments were moderated and removed from social media, many still remain.

    ‘This is NRL football … not a counselling session. Paulo is complete and utter s*** and played like a pony. He lost us the game – simple as that. The sooner the fans stop wrapping players in cotton wool the better,’ one furious supporter posted.

    ‘Paulo is paid good money to play football. He was crap he needs to go. That should be his last game at Souths,’ said another.

    ‘I never want to see Jackson play for us again ducking hopeless lost us the game still proud of the effort from the team but Jackson [sic] has to go,’ posted another.

    Former NRL player Keith Galloway slammed the abuse aimed at the Souths back, pointing out the hypocrisy of calling for better mental health support after the tragic death of Paul Green, then attacking players who have a bad game.

    ‘Last week everyone was preaching mental health, this week people are attacking Jaxson Paulo online, I hope the poor kid doesn’t read social media. It’s only a game of football,’ he said.

    After the loss, Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou indicated that Paulo could face the axe for his performance.

    ‘We’ll sit down and have a conversation,’ Demetriou said.

    ‘Against the best teams that’s the level that you’ve got to get to. As a young bloke you understand every error has an impact on the game.

    ‘I still think we should have defended better, Liam Martin scores a barge-over to win the game — that’s a tackle we’ve got to make, and we don’t make it.’

    The Fox Sports commentators were quick to point out Paulo’s errors as well.

    ‘The shake of the head, Jaxson Paulo did not commit enough to this one,’ Andrew Voss said after Paulo bombed his first try.

    ‘He had the lottery, he had the winning ticket, it blew away in the breeze, what happened,’ Voss said.

    ‘Jaxson Paulo, that is his second chance tonight,’ he added when Paul bombed his second.

    ‘It was bobbling, he was given a chance, then he spilt his lollies,’ Fox League’s Michael Ennis said.

    Souths fans were quick to rally around their embattled winger on Friday.

    ‘How about you leave the kid alone. Do you think he deliberately set out to have a bad game. He would be feeling crap enough without our so called fans attacking him. When did we become a club that insults our players?’ asked one supporter.

    ‘I am sick of them bagging of players, yes he had a bad game but no need to crucify the young fellow,’ said another.

    ‘Please stop these pointed remarks towards players accidental errors. Stop and think what mental buttons you may press by picking out or ridiculing any unintended mistakes an individual might make,’ another fan posted.

    Penrith supporters also showed empathy toward Paulo and called for NRL fans to leave the young winger alone.

    ‘Noted that the South Sydney page has now turned off comments for last nights game. Given what I observed last night at Accor stadium, and how some of the supporters were about to have an aneurysm screaming and abusing both team players [and supporters] I am not surprised. Passion is good, I applaud it, but no need to be feral animals either,’ a Panthers fan posted.

    ‘Some of the things I have seen written about Jaxson Paulo are disgusting and they should turn off their comments,’ said another

    ‘Your [sic] not wrong I was reading it last night and this morning savage,’ posted another.

  • 59 минут назад 19.08.2022Sport
    James Hird could coach Essendon as club is slammed for ‘butchering’ coach Ben Rutten

    James Hird could coach Essendon next year after their main target Alastair Clarkson inked a five-year deal with North Melbourne.

    It would be a stunning turnaround of fortunes for the former champion midfielder, who required mental health assistance following the infamous drug supplements saga of 2011 and 2012.

    Hird eventually quit at Windy Hill in 2015 after serving a 12–month suspension imposed by the AFL stemming from the drug fiasco.

    Few felt he would ever return, but with under siege current coach Ben Rutten likely to be shown the door once the Bombers conduct a season review, Hird has emerged as a genuine candidate for 2023 and beyond.

    In May this year, Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson said he would like to see Hird – viewed by many as the sacrificial lamb at the height of the Essendon drug scandal – be given another opportunity as an AFL head coach.

    ‘I hope Hirdy gets a senior job,’ Thompson told the Herald Sun.

    ‘He got cut out of the game pretty quickly, too early, and he never cut his teeth into coaching.

    ‘Look, everybody makes mistakes and you don’t hang people for making those sorts of mistakes. You try to give them another chance. You help them.’

    Hird is currently working as an assistant with the GWS Giants.

    Meanwhile, Rutten’s manager Adam Ramanauskas has hit out at the treatment of the embattled Essendon coach amid the Bombers’ audacious and unsuccessful pursuit of Clarkson, a four-time Hawthorn premiership coach.

    The 39-year-old is contracted for next season but it didn’t prevent Essendon from pursuing Clarkson, who opted on Friday to coach the Kangaroos ahead of the Bombers.

    Ramanauskas, who played in Essendon’s last premiership back in 2000, is staggered by how his former club has handled the situation.

    He labelled the treatment of Rutten ‘poor’ and ‘really disappointing’.

    ‘The behaviour and way he’s been treated is fundamentally not right,’ Ramanauskas told RSN on Friday.

    ‘Whether that’s Ben Rutten or another senior coach, there’s only 18 of these jobs available in the country, it’s a very high-pressure job.

    ‘The way you treat these individuals is critical to the success of your football club.’

    Ramanauskas claims the club, and David Barham, who replaced Paul Brasher as president on Monday amid board turmoil, had failed to inform Rutten of their intentions.

    ‘It’s fair to say Monday and half of Tuesday were pretty difficult days because no one was telling (Rutten) what was going on,’ Ramanauskas said.

    ‘He was reading on Monday he was sacked, and there was nobody who was telling him otherwise.’

    Ramanauskas was joined in his condemnation by ex-West Coast star Will Schofield, who wrote: ‘What a complete and utter butchering by Essendon – they still have a coach, who they clearly don’t want, board is spilling and now look completely lost. Weren’t they winning the premiership this year?’

    Barham defended the club’s failed pursuit of Clarkson, claiming he would have been ‘derelict in his duty’ if he didn’t speak with the former Hawks coach.

    He also apologised for not contacting Rutten after reports emerged he had been stood down on Monday, admitting it was a ‘mistake’.

    ‘It’s been horrible, but my job is to make sure the footy club is the best footy club it can be,’ Barham said.

  • 59 минут назад 19.08.2022Sport
    New York Knicks announce $3,000 ticket prices for new section of courtside ‘ultra-premium’ section

    The New York Knicks and owner James Dolan have become well known for making headlines in recent years whether good or bad and it appears they’ve found a way to make another one.

    New York has placed front row tickets on sale for the exuberant price of $3,000.

    Yes, you read that right – $3,000 will now get you a seat in the Knicks new ‘ultra-premium section’.

    The new section will now take up the first and second rows where media members and game officials would normally sit, giving fans a premium view of the action.

    ‘New York Knicks courtside seats are located right next to the scorer’s table and an arms-length away from the players on the floor.

    ‘The best Knicks courtside seats are described as Scorer’s Table Seats and fill out the sideline on either side of the scorer’s table,’ according to Knicksseatingchart.com

    This would appear to be a work around to the Knicks not raising ticket prices this year, something Dolan refuses to do following years the team doesn’t make the playoffs… One of the very few things Knicks fans approve of him doing.

    The New York Rangers on the other hand, whom did make the playoffs last season will indeed be raising on the other hand. The Rangers made it to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing the series 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightening.

    Madison Square Garden Sports on Thursday reported both the Knicks and Rangers are now at a 91% season ticket renewal rate and rising.

    Either way the Knicks still brought in an average of $2.99 million in gate receipts per game.

    This was good enough for third in the NBA so New York will should have no problem selling tickets. No matter how highly priced they may be.

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