Mane reportedly another key Liverpool player set to commit to the club

first_img Liverpool latest possible standings REVEALED shining Although he has three years remaining on his current deal, the Mirror report Klopp is keen to ensure the player is rewarded financially for two stellar seasons with the club.After joining from Southampton in a £34million deal in 2016, Mane has 33 goals in 73 games for Liverpool.Team-mates Salah and Firmino both signed new five-year contracts this summer, on £200,000 and £180,000 per week respectively, and Klopp believes Mane warrants a similar wage packet.The German believes the willingness of these high-profile names to remain with the club, despite interest from elsewhere, shows how Liverpool are no longer a stepping stone to bigger things.Claiming the environment at the club had shifted since Philippe Coutinho left for Barcelona in January, Klopp said: “We are Liverpool as a team and the boys want to be part of it.“That’s really cool and it’s a big achievement for the club because these boys, Bobby Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, and a lot of the others as well, could play for pretty much any team in the world.“That’s how it is and a good sign for the club.“It is an improved situation that these players don’t use us and then go.“It’s cool but now we all together have to deliver. Sign your contracts but now, go again.”Having spent a league-leading £175m on new talent this summer, Liverpool are one of the favourites to challenge holders Manchester City for the Premier League title in 2018/19, and end a 29-year wait for a championship. smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday cracker How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow Mane celebrates scoring for Liverpool during the Champions League Final Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Sadio Mane will sign a new long-term deal at Liverpool in the next few weeks.In the latest piece of good news for the club this summer, the Senegal star joins fellow Reds frontmen Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in committing his future to the club.Despite often being less heralded than the other members of Jurgen Klopp’s fearsome attacking trio, Mane, 26, still hit the 20-goal mark last season.That tally included ten in the Reds’ Champions League run, with the winger grabbing Liverpool’s equaliser in the final against Real Madrid. 1 silverware last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Hasan Ali, Azhar Ali destroy England as Pakistan reach first-ever final

first_imgPakistan cruised to the ICC Champions Trophy final after thrashing hosts England by eight wickets in the first semi-final at the Sophia Gardens  on Wednesday.Chasing a below-par 212, the Green Brigade rode on a brilliant 118-run opening stand between Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) before Babar Azam (38 not out) and Ali helped the team with a 55-run second-wicket stand to set their date with the winner of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh, on Sunday.After bowling the hosts out for 211, thanks to pacer Hasan Ali’s 3/35, the Pakistani opening duo of Ali and Zaman made light work of the English bowlers as the visitors crossed the 50-run mark at the end of the mandatory powerplay.The 27-year-old Zaman was the more destructive of the two, bringing up his second consecutive fifty off 49 balls, laced with six boundaries and a six off a bouncer from pacer Mark Wood in the very first over of the innings.It seemed the Pakistan batsmen were in a hurry to get to the total as the duo helped the team touch the three-figure mark in the next seven overs before Ali too got to his half century off 68 deliveries.Unable to find the breakthrough, English skipper Eoin Morgan got Adil Rashid back into action, and the leg-spinner delivered on the very first delivery of his fourth over with the wicket of the dangerous Zaman, stumped by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.The wicket of Zaman brought in Azam, who wasted no time in settling down, dancing down the track to loft Rashid over for a straight six as the visitors crossed the 150-run mark in no time.advertisementAli slowed down a bit midway till he picked Liam Plunkett for a boundary as the second wicket partnership flourished to 50 off 55 deliveries.But a slower one from pacer Jake Ball saw the back of the opening batsman. Ali, who had by now faced 100 deliveries, only managed to get a bottom edge which crashed into his own stumps.Needing 39 runs to win, the experienced Mohammed Hafeez (31 not out off 21 balls) and Azam finished off in style with a 42-run unbeaten third-wicket stand.Hafeez, who started off clobbering all-rounder Ben Stokes for a massive six, got the winning runs with a boundary off the same bowler as Pakistan overhauled the target with 77 balls to spare.Earlier, Pakistan bowlers led by Hasan Ali put up a quality display to restrict England to 211 runs in 49.5 overs. Ali was complimented well by Juniad Khan and debutant Rumman Raees, who chipped in with two wickets each.For England, Joe Root (46), Jonny Bairstow (43) and Ben Stokes (34) were the major contributors to the cause.England, who were brilliant in the group stages, wasted a steady start, thanks to the immaculate line and length of the bowlers, who were right on the coin throughout the match.The home side’s ploy to bring back Bairstow in place of Jason Roy clicked but some poor middle-order batting saw Pakistan dominating the game.Unlike the previous matches, England’s lower-order drastically failed to live up to the pressure as Jos Buttler (4), Moeen Ali (11), Rashid (7), Plunkett (9) and Wood (3) only managed to add 30 runs for the cause.last_img read more