In surprising news, and seemingly in a U-turn from other reports, the Times say that Fulham’s teen sensation Ryan Sessegnon is preparing to put pen to paper on a four-year deal to remain at Craven Cottage when he celebrates his 17th birthday in Many to ward off interest from Liverpool and a number of other clubs.
The left-back has been given special dispensation by the FA to be paid appearance fees as part of his existing deal, which is on apprentice terms at the Championship club, and he is keen to remain in the second tier to establish himself before making the move to the Premier League.
That will come as a blow to Jurgen Klopp, who spoke out after the draw with Manchester City on Sunday to praise his team and defend Adam Lallana after what could be a costly miss, as he told the club website:
“So, am I proud about the performance? Yes, of course. But maybe I’m a lucky guy and I’ve had a few nicer moments in my life. It’s a good moment, actually. It’s very important for us that we again gave this sign to all the people who are interested in us that we can really perform like this… Immediately after the game, Adam said ‘sorry’ to me and I thought ‘why?’ – but now I know why he thought he had to say sorry. But he didn’t have to because his performance was outstanding again… We are still in a battle, that’s how it is. It’s a really important sign that we can already do this. We have to improve – in a game like today, we have to improve and in all of the other games, we have to improve.”
Lallana’s almost unbelievable miss could have given the visitors a winning goal which would have seen them leapfrog the Citizens into third place, but instead they were forced to settle for a point and remain in fourth place.
At the other end of the pitch, the Mirror say that the club could make a move for AS Roma and Greece defender Kostas Manolas as Jurgen Klopp looks to add strength to his defence which has been a real problem position for the Reds this season. The £35 million-rated centre-back has also attracted attention from Arsenal and Manchester United.
The 25-year-old has been a regular for the Italian side this season with 35 games under his belt this season and a move could be feasible as a sell-on clause in the deal which saw him join Roma from Olympiakos has now expired. It is thought that the clause was the reason that Arsenal failed in a £35 million bid last summer.
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