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Bellamy beats Goldenballs to the Olympics

Bellamy’s inclusion above Beckham has shocked everyoneNews broke yesterday that former England Captain David Beckham would not be selected for the upcoming GB Olympic squad.

The 37 year old midfielder was classed by many to be a certainty for the GB squad given his international experience as well his notoriety around the world, not to mention the work he did on the 2012 Olympic bid.

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Bellamy’s inclusion above Beckham has shocked everyoneNews broke yesterday that former England Captain David Beckham would not be selected for the upcoming GB Olympic squad.

The 37 year old midfielder was classed by many to be a certainty for the GB squad given his international experience as well his notoriety around the world, not to mention the work he did on the 2012 Olympic bid.

It would seem that Stuart Pearce has chosen Ryan Giggs, Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy as his three over the age of twenty three players.

Becham had certainly played a major role in bringing the games to London in 2012 and has spoken recently about how he “wanted to be a part of history” by competing in the Olympics in his home town. Beckham himself stated in May that he thought he he a “good chance” of being selected in the GB Olympic squad.

Some may say that at the age of 37 Beckham is far past his prime, whilst it is true that he is not the David Beckham that ran himself into the ground during the qualifying game with Greece all those years ago. He still is in great shape, injury free and has passion for his country that is unquestionable.

Craig Bellamy’s selection in the squad may have come as a shock to many especially given his inclusion over that of David Beckham. As a Liverpool supporter I can’t deny that Bellamy was one of our best players last year, but looking realistically and knowing his recurring knee problems, is he suitable to be playing in tournament football with games coming every few days?

Personally I can’t see Bellamy starting, more so being used as a substitute. It is still unclear exactly who has been selection in the 23 man GB Olympic squad. One thing we know for certain that none of England’s Euro 2012 Squad will be selected. With the squad being submitted early next week one can only guess who will make the final 23.

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“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants

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Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.

The American was a target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in 2016 (h/t Liverpool Echo), but the Reds had their offer rejected by the Bundesliga giants.

The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.

Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.

The American told Colin Cowherd (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.

“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”

The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic

Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.

The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.

Read more: “I was alive in the time of Mo Salah…” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after Salah’s Bournemouth hat-trick

The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.

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“I rate him among the very best at the top” – Liverpool star heaps praise on teammate after Bournemouth win

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Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum believes James Milner is one of the best players in the world and praised the versatility of the 32-year-old.

The Englishman played his 500th Premier League game for the Reds in our 4-0 win over Bournemouth and even captained the side as Jordan Henderson was on the bench.

Speaking after the game, Wijnaldum was all praise for the Englishman, who play at right-back on Saturday (h/t Mirror):

“Which player in the world can you play in every position in a team and he will do really well in all of those positions? There is no-one, apart from Milner.

“He has played in so many different roles — and he is always brilliant. That’s why I rate him among the very best at the top, I really do.”

James Milner

James Milner

The Dutchman added that Milner always puts his 100% on the pitch, which is good for the team.

“What Milner is capable of at this level, I have never seen other players do that. Milner will always get great marks, no matter on what position our manager puts him.”

The midfielder has been used all around the park by Jurgen Klopp. The former Leeds United star even played a majority of a season as our first-choice left-back ahead of Alberto Moreno during the 2016/17 season.

The 32-year-old has only gotten better with each season under his belt and Wijnaldum highlighted the professionalism of the midfielder.

“Some players can get frustrated when they have to switch positions. But with Milner, you will never see a mood swing. His attitude just stays the same.”

Read more: Liverpool contact Paris Saint-Germain over out-of-contract Frenchman

The Reds play Napoli in a huge Champions League clash, and we can be sure that Milner will give his 100% on the pitch.

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“It’s like one of those goals you’d see Maradona score” – BBC commentators in awe of Liverpool star in 4-0 win over Bournemouth

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick against Bournemouth in our 4-0 win on Saturday. His first two goals were great but the third one was a thing of beauty.

The Egyptian rounded the Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic twice, before beating a couple of players on the goal-line.

The 26-year-old won a lot of plaudits for the goal, and one BBC commentator claimed this goal had an air of “Diego Maradona” about it.

Conor McNamara raved about Salah’s goal on BBC 5 Live (h/t Express):

“You don’t see that often. He goes around the goalkeeper twice, he’s calmness personified. It’s like one of those goals you’d see Maradona score in the 80s.

“It was the sort of flick you do if you’re playing with your nephews in the back garden or something ‘lets flick it passed you no problem’, he just sort of nonchalantly scored.”

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Former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell compared it to a classic goal scored by Ricky Villa for Tottenham, while McNamara claimed the goal was “outrageous” and showed just how confident Salah is of his abilities.

“You go around the goalkeeper and he’s thinking hang on a minute, I’ve done it once, I’ll do it again.”

The Egyptian is peaking into form at the right time, which is perfect for us as we look to make it to the next round of the Champions League.

Read more: “Calms my nerves so much” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy as summer signing breaks record after Bournemouth win

The Reds face Napoli at Anfield on Tuesday, where we need a 1-0 win or a two-goal difference win (if the Italians score).

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