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Three things learnt from Liverpool’s emphatic 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich




Last season, the highlight of Liverpool’s pre-season was a 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona at Wembley. This year, they thrashed Bayern Munich by three goals to nil at the Allianz Arena.

The Reds started impressively, with Sadio Mane racing through to open the score just minutes into the game. That was soon followed up by Mohamed Salah, who pounced with a header at the far post to make it a two goal lead for Jurgen Klopp.

Marko Grujic almost added a third in the second half after good work by Ryan Kent, but it was bizarrely ruled out for offside as Adam Lallana was adjudge to be blocking goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. Daniel Sturridge did make it three with a smart run and exquisite chip, though he did injure himself in the process.

Here is what The Boot Room learnt from the game…

Daniel Sturridge is still made of glass 

Introduced as a second half substitute, Daniel Sturridge has been praised of late. Set for a first injury free pre-season in years, the England man has been as fit as Jurgen Klopp has seen him. That made it all the more devastating that as he ran through to chip the ball into the net for a third goal that he pulled up with a muscle problem.

There is no indication yet of how serious the issue is for the former Chelsea man, but any knock is a concern. His substitution may have been a precaution but it was a tragic blow for the striker after scoring an excellent goal.

Liverpool are in great shape

The Reds were in incredible form and showed their fitness levels to be above and beyond their German counterparts. Their high pressing and energy was too much for Bayern and they couldn’t handle it, often being forced to scythe down Liverpool’s attacking players as they burst forward.

Perhaps the most pleasing of all was the performance of Sadio Mane. In only his second appearance of pre-season, the winger was on fire, racing through to give his side an early lead. He may have been taken off at half time but it was as good a 45 minute display as Mane could have hoped for.

Carlo Ancelotti has reason to be concerned

Bayern Munich were not only sloppy defensively, but looked thoroughly out of sorts. Having won their home competition four times out of five before now, being beaten in such humiliating fashion is a real embarrassment as far as a pre-season tournament can be.

The Germans looked unfit and had little desire, being easily overwhelmed by Jurgen Klopp’s pressing game. If they are to become contenders in Europe again, having failed to impose themselves at the elite level since Jupp Heyncke’s departure, they will need to up their game once the competitive action begins.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Done Deal: Swansea City sign Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich on season-long loan



In a summer transfer window full of crazy and unexpected moves, Swansea City may have just put the icing on top of the cake as the South Wales outfit have secured a deal for Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches.

Paul Clement has well and truly proved the old cliché ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ and utilised his contacts from his time as the German side’s assistant coach to push a deal through.

Who is Renato Sanches?

The Portuguese midfielder originally made a name for himself coming through the Benfica youth system as child, being signed up in 2006, and since then he moved from Benfica ‘B’ to the first-team.

During his solitary season playing in Portugal he quickly became a key member of their starting eleven, featuring six times in the Champions League, and he alerted the attention of Europe’s elite.

But it was Bayern Munich who secured a lucrative deal for Sanches last summer, setting the Bundesliga side back £27.5 million, and it was thought that he would be the next big young midfielder.

It hasn’t quite worked out like that in the past 12 months though, starting just four league matches all season, and a spell in the Premier League may be what’s needed for him to rejuvenate his career.

What is the deal?

The two sides have come to an agreement – as reported on Swansea’s official website – that sees Sanches arriving on a season-long loan at the Liberty Stadium, completing the necessary paperwork yesterday.

Where will he fit in at the Liberty?

With talisman Gyfli Sigurdsson leaving in a £45 million move to Everton, there’s a distinct lack of attacking prowess in the Swansea City midfield and this is where Sanches is worth his weight in gold.

He is a stereotypical box-to-box midfielder, having excellent technical ability and skills when in possession of the ball and always loking to use his power try drive forward and influence attacks.

And alongside that boss Clement knows that he’ll bring his endless work-rate to the Swans, adding much-needed defensive steel to a somewhat limp current side with his natural tough-tackling play.

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How Twitter reacted to Swansea City signing Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches on loan

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Swansea City have confirmed the arrival of Renato Sanches on a loan deal from Bayern Munich. Sky Sports report that the Swans will pay a loan fee in excess of £2 million to take the midfielder to the Liberty Stadium for a year. This is a remarkable deal by the club and underlines the contacts that manager Paul Clement has in the game.

The Swansea manager will have worked with the 20-year-old for a short period last season at the Allianz Arena before he took the job in the Premier League. He worked at Bayern Munich as the assistant to Carlo Ancelotti and the Italian has now done his close friend a favour by letting him have one of the most exciting young midfielders on loan for a season.

Bayern Munich want the midfielder to gain regular first-team football as he has now reached a key stage in his development. It was a frustrating first season in the Bundesliga for Sanches and he now gets the opportunity to test himself in another league. The Premier League will suit his physicality and energy in the middle of the park. It won’t have been in his plans to go on loan to a club like Swansea, but he will relish the opportunity to play regularly.

It is thought that Sanches was keen to move to Swansea over other clubs, due to his existing relationship with Clement. He joined Bayern Munich last summer for a fee of £28 million and that shows the standing he has in the European game. It is a huge coup for Swansea and one that will excite the supporters.

Last summer, Sanches was named the Young Player of the Tournament at Euro 2016 as he helped Portugal to win the competition. He showed a maturity beyond his years and established himself as one of the best young midfielders in the game. The last year hasn’t gone as well as he would have hoped, but he now has the opportunity to further his development in England.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:

Swansea fans were understandably excited by the signing:

Supporters of other clubs were jealous of the signing:

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Chelsea look to Bayern Munich for latest wing-back target – Is a move likely?




As Chelsea prepare for a potentially busy deadline day, German newspaper Bild suggest that one potential arrival could be Bayern Munich full-back Rafinha.

What would Rafinha bring to Stamford Bridge?

One thing that the 31-year-old can offer in abundance is experience. As a winner of the Bundesliga and Champions League with Bayern Munich, he could help the more inexperienced members of Chelsea’s squad as they return to Europe’s elite competition this season.

He also offers versatility. It is most likely that Rafinha will take up a wing-back role if he does move to Stamford Bridge, but Antonio Conte will be keen on the fact that he can play on either flank. He can also play as a central defender if required, and that could encourage Chelsea to make a move for him.

The Brazilian also shares a number of attributes with both Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses. In particular, his impressive range of passing and crossing will appeal and he is a clear threat when bombing down the flank on the attack.

Is a move likely?

Bayern are hugely reluctant to sell their man as Carlo Ancelotti feels that he is a reliable second choice right-back. With Philip Lahm having retired, he has also picked up the reigns as the experienced veteran in the Bayern defence, which carries huge importance on and off the field.

However, it’s not yet clear if the Brazilian is content with such a role. Having played just 23 minutes so far this season, he may be keen to move abroad and have a go at the Premier League as, at his age, it could be his last opportunity to do so.

Chelsea could well pursue a move for him. It’s clear that wing-back is one of their top priorities this summer as they look to add cover and competition for Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses. With only 10 months left on his contract at the Allianz Arena, they could be in a strong negotiating position.

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He may be on a list of Chelsea targets, but it seems unlikely that he would be a priority. With only hours left and Bayern not willing to sell, it seems unlikely.
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