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Who is Jean Michael Seri - the Liverpool linked midfielder at the heart of Nice's rise?

icLiverpool.co.uk - 21 min 5 sec ago

With Liverpool's summer-long search for a new midfielder still ongoing as the transfer window enters its final fortnight, Jurgen Klopp has been linked with a move for Nice star Jean Michael Seri.

Reports in France have suggested the Ivory Coast international could be heading for Anfield in a £20.5m deal as the Reds move on from their pursuit of RB Leipzig star Naby Keita.

Seri, who has also been linked with moves to Arsenal and Barcelona, scored seven goals and grabbed 10 assists last season as, alongside former Reds striker Mario Balotelli, he helped Nice shock the French Ligue 1 with a third-placed finish.

Who is he?

Name: Jean Michael Seri

Age: 26

Height: 5' 4"

Nationality: Ivory Coast

Current club: Nice

What would he bring to Liverpool?

In theory, a bit of everything. Like Naby Keita, he is regarded as a versatile player who can fulfil a number of functions in the middle of the park.

Nice won a lot of admirers last season not just for upsetting the applecart in Ligue 1 and maintaining their position near the top of the league table throughout the campaign but also for the way they played their football, thumping champions elect Monaco 4-0 as well as seeing off the billionaires of PSG 3-1.

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Seri was at the heart of that, being virtually ever-present throughout and contributing a respectable tally of six goals along with nine assists, with only Marseille's Morgan Sanson setting up more goals for team mates.

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He is thought of as a hard-working, dedicated and humble character who has had to graft his way into the big time after initially failing to make a mark at FC Porto, who he joined in 2012 from ASEC Mimosas in his home country.

A more productive spell at Paços de Ferreira in Portugal saw Nice snap him up for a mere €1m in 2015 and he immediately established himself as a regular in the Eaglets' midfield, playing 38 games in his debut season and scoring three goals.

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2016/17 however really saw his reputation start to flourish, along with that of his team, as they started the Ligue 1 season on fire and kept their foot on the gas on to secure a third-place finish and a spot in the Champions League play-off round, where they face a big task to qualify for the group stages having been beaten 2-0 by Napoli in Italy in the first leg this week.

Lorenzo Insigne vies with OGC Nice player Jean Seri during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round First Leg match between SSC Napoli and OGC Nice at Stadio San Paolo on August 16, 2017

Ball retention is key to Seri's game, having completed over 90% of his passes last season, with the Ivorian - who has told of his dream of playing for Barcelona one day - previously having spoken of Xavi as his idol and role model.

Where would he fit in at Liverpool? Nice's Ivorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri celebrates after scoring a goalduring the French L1 football match vs Toulouse (TFC) Nice's Ivorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri celebrates after scoring a goalduring the French L1 football match vs Toulouse (TFC) (Image: Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

It's no secret Jurgen Klopp is hoping for more dynamism in the middle of the park and this is one of the functions Seri would provide.

He has performed in a number of positions in midfield, including a deep-lying 'Pirlo' role although with Jordan Henderson back in the action after two injury-hit campaigns, Klopp may identify him as more suitable for more of a box-to-box remit or occasional role behind the srikers.

Getting and giving the ball are all said to accomplished parts of his skill-set as is his shooting from long range and set pieces (if he can get the ball off Trent Alexander-Arnold, that is).

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An analysis of his strengths and weaknesses by FourFourTwo suggests he may have a tendency to go missing when his team are under pressure but, in light of the fact he has only played two seasons in a major league so far, this aspect may improve with more experience and with playing alongside better players.

One aspect to bear in mind if Seri does end up Anfield - the midfielder is said to suffer from CHILBLAINS in cold conditions so Klopp and his kit team may need to get some long johns sorted for him!

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Who is Jean Michael Seri - the Liverpool linked midfielder at the heart of Nice's rise?

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 21 min 5 sec ago

 Scouting report into the midfielder said to be in Liverpool's sights

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Injured sprint legend Bolt to miss Man Utd charity match

BBC Sport - 50 min 47 sec ago
Analysis: How Bolt's career ended in heartbreak

Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will not be able to play in Manchester United Legends' game against Barcelona at Old Trafford on 2 September due to injury.

It had been planned for the 30-year-old sprinting great, a lifelong United fan, to play in the fixture, which will raise money for the Manchester United Foundation.

However, Bolt suffered a hamstring injury as he ran the final leg of the 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships in London on Saturday.

The Jamaican - the world record holder in both the 100m and 200m - has had further scans on the injury, which showed the damage to be worse than anticipated.

Bolt, who also won 11 world titles, has now retired from sprinting.

Former United players Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes, Denis Irwin, Dwight Yorke, Phil Neville, Ronny Johnsen, Louis Saha, Mikael Silvestre, Jesper Blomqvist, Quinton Fortune and Dion Dublin are all expected to take part in the charity game.

Bolt says final goodbye to athletics'I've never been one to cheat my fans'

Bolt tweeted an image of his muscle tear and said the injury will require three months of rehabilitation.

The Jamaican could only manage bronze in his penultimate race - the men's 100m at London 2017 - before pulling up injured just as he began to hit top speed in his final event, the 4x100m relay, last Saturday.

It meant the 19-time global champion, recently described by Lord Coe, the president of athletics' governing body the IAAF, as "a genius" akin to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, bowed out being helped off the track by his team-mates, barely able to stand upright.

"I don't usually release my medical report to the public but sadly I have sat and listened to people questioning if I was really injured," Bolt said on social media.

"I have never been one to cheat my fans in any way and my entire desire at the championship was run one last time for my fans."

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Jurgen Klopp: No complaints about Philippe Coutinho's attitude

BBC Sport - 53 min 58 sec ago

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he has no complaints about Philippe Coutinho's attitude but admits the situation involving speculation over the Brazilian's future is 'very difficult.'

READ MORE: Liverpool midfielder to miss Crystal Palace game with back injury

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"Робертсон получит свой шанс"

ЛиверпульФК ру - 57 min 25 sec ago

Liverpoolfc.ruЮрген Клопп уверен, что новичок команды Эндрю Робертсон в скором времени получит шанс проявить себя.

Двадцатитрёхлетний защитник, который присоединился к "Красным" в конце июля из Халл Сити, до сих пор не дебютировал за Ливерпуль, шотландец пропустил выездные матчи против Уотфорда и Хоффенхайма.

Тем не менее, Клопп признаёт, что он доволен адаптацией Робертсона в команде, и выразил уверенность в том, что защитник воспользуется предоставленным ему шансом.

"С ним всё отлично. Он хорошо адаптировался, отлично тренируется, он действительно хороший игрок, но конкуренция за позицию крайнего защитника у нас высока. Эндрю присоединился к нам поздно, ему нужно привыкнуть к нашему стилю игры".

"Такие вещи случаются, посмотрим что будет дальше. Мы недавно вернулись из Германии, мы провели там очень сложный матч, интенсивность нагрузок была велика. Так что посмотрим".

"В течение сезона многое может измениться, и игроки должны знать это. Я говорил им об этом, говорил, что это тяжело для игрока, а я сам был игроком несколько лет назад, но впереди длинный сезон".

"Правило заключается в том, что если вы усердно работаете, очень и очень интенсивно трудитесь, развиваетесь, то вы добьётесь результата".

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"Робертсон получит свой шанс"

LiverpoolFC ru - 57 min 25 sec ago

Liverpoolfc.ruЮрген Клопп уверен, что новичок команды Эндрю Робертсон в скором времени получит шанс проявить себя.

Двадцатитрёхлетний защитник, который присоединился к "Красным" в конце июля из Халл Сити, до сих пор не дебютировал за Ливерпуль, шотландец пропустил выездные матчи против Уотфорда и Хоффенхайма.

Тем не менее, Клопп признаёт, что он доволен адаптацией Робертсона в команде, и выразил уверенность в том, что защитник воспользуется предоставленным ему шансом.

"С ним всё отлично. Он хорошо адаптировался, отлично тренируется, он действительно хороший игрок, но конкуренция за позицию крайнего защитника у нас высока. Эндрю присоединился к нам поздно, ему нужно привыкнуть к нашему стилю игры".

"Такие вещи случаются, посмотрим что будет дальше. Мы недавно вернулись из Германии, мы провели там очень сложный матч, интенсивность нагрузок была велика. Так что посмотрим".

"В течение сезона многое может измениться, и игроки должны знать это. Я говорил им об этом, говорил, что это тяжело для игрока, а я сам был игроком несколько лет назад, но впереди длинный сезон".

"Правило заключается в том, что если вы усердно работаете, очень и очень интенсивно трудитесь, развиваетесь, то вы добьётесь результата".

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"Робертсон получит свой шанс"

LiverpoolFC.ru - 57 min 25 sec ago

Liverpoolfc.ruЮрген Клопп уверен, что новичок команды Эндрю Робертсон в скором времени получит шанс проявить себя.

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The Everton and Liverpool soccer camps that kids can go to this summer

icLiverpool.co.uk - 57 min 28 sec ago

A number of soccer schools and soccer camps are being run by Everton and Liverpool this August.

The events are being coached by trained football staff and youngsters can pick up a raft of new skills in a fun environment.

They are aimed at outfield players and there are sessions put on especially for goalkeepers.

So if you want to treat the kids to a day out at the football you can send them to one of these sessions before they go back to school in September.

Everton soccer camps ran by Everton in the Community Everton players warm up at their training camp at Schruns Everton players warm up at a training camp

The Soccer School offers youngsters the opportunity to enhance their skills and learn new techniques in a sun and safe environment.

This is run by trained coaches from Everton and children - who are aged from four to 14 - will be taught skills and techniques are used by Blues stars Leighton Baines and Wayne Rooney.

Children can meet new friends and a day at a camp includes a ‘footballer’s style’ warm-up, skill sessions, small-sided games and a penalty competitions.

It takes place on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 9am to 3pm, and Wednesday, August 23, 9am to 3pm at Everton Soccer Schools, the Netherton Activity Centre, Glovers Lane, Netherton, L30 3TL.

The cost of the course is £30.

For more information and to book, call 0151 530 5232 or email community@evertonfc.com

Or click here .

Liverpool FC soccer camps Liverpool's Kirkby Academy Liverpool's Kirkby Academy

Three day LFC Academy Soccer School

The Soccer School is available for boys and girls of all abilities between the ages of five to 15 years of age.

The course takes place between 10am to 3pm daily with a closing presentation at 2.30pm on the final day.

The course includes games, skills sessions and competitions with their International Academy coaches.

Everyone will get an official LFC certificate signed by Reds legend Ian Rush and two LFC items, such as a mini ball.

It will take place on Wednesday August 23, Thursday August 24, Friday August 25 at the Liverpool FC Academy, The Liverpool Way, Kirkby, L33 7ED.

The cost of the course is £149.

To Book click here .

A Liverpool soccer school day

LFC Academy GK Masterclass

The Liverpool FC Academy Goalkeeper Masterclass session is available for boys and girls of all abilities between the ages of 5 to 15 years.

The course takes place between 10am to 3pm daily wand there will be a closing presentation on the final day at 2.30pm.

Youngsters will be taught specific skills, and play in games and competitions with the International Academy coaches.

Everyone will get an official LFC certificate signed by Ian Rush and two LFC items.

It will take place on Wednesday August 23, Thursday August 24, Friday August 25 at the Liverpool FC Academy, The Liverpool Way, Kirkby, L33 7ED.

The cost of the course is £149.

To Book click here .

Ian Rush Soccer School Soccer School

Three day LFC Academy Soccer School

This course is available for boys and girls of all abilities between the ages of 5-15 years.

It involves games, skills sessions and competitions with their International Academy coaches.

The course takes place between 10am to 3pm daily and a closing presentation will be held on the final day at 2.30pm.

All players will get an official LFC certificate signed by Ian Rush, individual learning plan and two LFC items.

It will take place on Tuesday, August 29, Wednesday August 30 and Thursday, August 31 at the Liverpool FC Academy, The Liverpool Way, Kirkby, L33 7ED.

The cost of the course is £149.

To Book click here .

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during a training session at Melwood Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during a training session at Melwood

Three day LFC Academy Soccer School LFC Academy GK Masterclass

This course includes goalkeeper specific skills sessions, games and competitions with their international Academy coaches.

It takes place between 10am to 3pm daily and there will be a closing presentation at 2.30pm on the final day.

It is available for boys and girls of all abilities between the ages of 5 to 15 years.

Everyone will receive an official LFC certificate signed by Ian Rush and two LFC items.

The course will take place on Tuesday August 29, Wednesday August 30th, Thursday August 31 at the LFC Academy, he Liverpool Way, Kirkby, L33 7ED.

The cost of the course is £149.

To Book click here .

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The Everton and Liverpool soccer camps that kids can go to this summer

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 57 min 28 sec ago

 Kids can learn new skills from trained football staff

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Simon Mignolet penalty save costs one unlucky Liverpool supporter £8,000

icLiverpool.co.uk - 1 hour 12 min ago

Simon Mignolet has earned himself a reputation as a ' penalty specialist ' during his time at Liverpool - but the goalkeeper's impressive feats from the spot back-fired on one particular supporter this week.

Mignolet kept out Andrej Kramaric's spot-kick on Tuesday as the Reds earned a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Hoffenheim in the first leg of their Champions League playoff tie.

And while seeing Mignolet saving a penalty would usually be cause for celebration for Reds fan Chris Griffiths, the supporter narrowly missed out on a whopping £8,000 windfall because of it, after placing a £1 bet on.

Chris had backed both teams to score in each half alongside games pitting Hull against Wolves and Millwall versus Ipswich, and would have netted the handsome sum had Kramaric scored Hoffenheim's penalty.

Simon Mignolet saves a penalty during Hoffenheim v Liverpool Simon Mignolet saves a penalty during Hoffenheim v Liverpool (Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images) Read More

Chris told the ECHO: "Mignolet's penalty save stopped me winning nearly eight grand!

"I'm a huge Liverpool fan and have always backed Mignolet.

"I was in the pub with the lads watching it, and I said: 'I bet you he saves it'.

"I'm regretting it now!".

Mignolet's penalty save was the seventh of the 20 he has faced since signing for Liverpool four years ago, and the Belgium international admitted earlier this month it is an area of his game he takes pride in.

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"I'm a specialist in penalties, but I have to give credit to the analysts at the club," he said.

"At the end of the day you have to keep it out and I've managed to do that, but the information before the game is priceless. We have great analysts working at the club."

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Simon Mignolet penalty save costs one unlucky Liverpool supporter £8,000

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 1 hour 12 min ago

 The Reds goalkeeper kept out Andrej Kramaric's spot-kick for Hoffenheim on Tuesday, much to the dismay of one particular Reds supporter

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Why Jurgen Klopp must start thinking about plan B with regards to transfers and what next for Liverpool and Coutinho?

icLiverpool.co.uk - 1 hour 26 min ago

Fitzy is in a bit of a fizz.

Liverpool don't look likely to land either of their top targets, Naby Keita or Virgil van Dijk, Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request and even Alberto Moreno has returned at left-back.

That means that Neil Fitzmaurice has a lot to get off his chest - and this week he's joined by James Pearce and Joe Rimmer to talk about all the latest goings on at Anfield.

The lads discuss the opening day draw with Watford, what is going on at set-pieces and take a closer look at whether zonal marking really works for this side.

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They then take a look at the Champions League win in Hoffenheim and what the 2-1 victory means for next week's second leg.

Moreno's position at the club is discussed and the lads try to get their heads around what is going on with transfers and whether Jurgen Klopp will have to turn to plan B.

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Why Jurgen Klopp must start thinking about plan B with regards to transfers and what next for Liverpool and Coutinho?

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 1 hour 26 min ago

 Podcast - Neil Fitzmaurice is joined by James Pearce and Joe Rimmer to talk transfers, plan Bs, Philippe Coutinho and Alberto Moreno's return

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Новости из лазарета: Старридж, Коутиньо, Клайн

ЛиверпульФК ру - 1 hour 32 min ago

Liverpoolfc.ruЮрген Клопп предоставляет обновлённую информацию о состоянии игроков.

Дэниел Старридж приступил к тренировкам с основной командой, и, скорее всего, будет включён в заявку на матч против Кристал Пэлас. 

Филипе Коутиньо пропустит матч из-за повреждения спины.

Также Юрген Клопп сообщил, что Натаниэл Клайн продолжает реабилитационной процесс после травмы задней поверхности бедра, и участие защитника в матче против Кристал Пэлас исключено.

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Новости из лазарета: Старридж, Коутиньо, Клайн

LiverpoolFC ru - 1 hour 32 min ago
Иногда, если ты плюешь вверх, плевок может вернуться тебе в лицо.

Реакция Жерара Улье на насмешки менеджера Кристал Пэлас Клинта Моррисона после первого матча полуфинала Уортингтонского Кубка в 2001.


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Новости из лазарета: Старридж, Коутиньо, Клайн

LiverpoolFC.ru - 1 hour 32 min ago

Liverpoolfc.ruЮрген Клопп предоставляет обновлённую информацию о состоянии игроков.

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"Уже сейчас я доволен трансферной ...

ЛиверпульФК ру - 1 hour 41 min ago

Liverpoolfc.ruЮрген Клопп заявил, что доволен проделанной работой клуба на трансферном рынке.

Босс "Красных" отметил, что мерсисайдцы по-прежнему в поисках усиления команды, но не стал гарантировать появления новичков до закрытия "трудного трансферного окна".

Ливерпуль потратил 44,9 миллиона фунтов стерлингов на Мохаммеда Салаха и Эндрю Робертсона этим летом, а стоимость Доминика Соланке определит специальный трибунал.

На вопрос о возможных трансферах Юрген Клопп ответил: "Очевидно мой английский недостаточно хорош, чтобы я мог дать пятьсот разных ответов на один и тот же вопрос".

"Вы видите, рынок довольно сложный, и мы продолжаем поиск новых игроков. Это то, что я делаю всякий раз, когда мы не тренируемся или не проводим матч".

"У нас есть несколько травмированных парней, но на самом деле у нас отличная команда. Трансферное окно - очень важное время, но также важно то, что мы делаем с той командой, которой обладаем".

"Увидим, что произойдёт. На самом деле я не знаю. Очевидно, для оформления трансфера требуется согласие двух сторон".

"Всё идёт к тому, что 31 августа будет очень сложным днём. Будем ли мы участвовать в переговорах в этот день - я не знаю. Мы увидим".

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"Уже сейчас я доволен трансферной ...

LiverpoolFC ru - 1 hour 41 min ago

Liverpoolfc.ruЮрген Клопп заявил, что доволен проделанной работой клуба на трансферном рынке.

Босс "Красных" отметил, что мерсисайдцы по-прежнему в поисках усиления команды, но не стал гарантировать появления новичков до закрытия "трудного трансферного окна".

Ливерпуль потратил 44,9 миллиона фунтов стерлингов на Мохаммеда Салаха и Эндрю Робертсона этим летом, а стоимость Доминика Соланке определит специальный трибунал.

На вопрос о возможных трансферах Юрген Клопп ответил: "Очевидно мой английский недостаточно хорош, чтобы я мог дать пятьсот разных ответов на один и тот же вопрос".

"Вы видите, рынок довольно сложный, и мы продолжаем поиск новых игроков. Это то, что я делаю всякий раз, когда мы не тренируемся или не проводим матч".

"У нас есть несколько травмированных парней, но на самом деле у нас отличная команда. Трансферное окно - очень важное время, но также важно то, что мы делаем с той командой, которой обладаем".

"Увидим, что произойдёт. На самом деле я не знаю. Очевидно, для оформления трансфера требуется согласие двух сторон".

"Всё идёт к тому, что 31 августа будет очень сложным днём. Будем ли мы участвовать в переговорах в этот день - я не знаю. Мы увидим".

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"Уже сейчас я доволен трансферной ...

LiverpoolFC.ru - 1 hour 41 min ago

Liverpoolfc.ruЮрген Клопп заявил, что доволен проделанной работой клуба на трансферном рынке.

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Cycle to Anfield on a matchday

LiverpoolFC TV - 1 hour 41 min ago
Liverpool FC's free Cycle Hub service is returning to Anfield for the new season.
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