When two decades have passed since a nation last made an appearance at a finals, all positives tend to get seized upon.
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With the transfer window set to open again on January 1, plenty of business is expected to be done by Premier League clubs.
What the papers say Manchester United will not support any move by Paul Pogba to leave in January, the Daily Mail says. Pogba’s return from two and a half months out with an ankle injury has been delayed by illness. The star midfielder, however, won no new friends at United by posting a video of himself dancing at his brother’s wedding on the weekend after news of his illness was announced. While he is said to be keen on a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona, United have no intention of selling him.
Even on his bad days Mohamed Salah is capable of something quite brilliant and he duly delivered against Red Bull Salzburg to guide Liverpool into the Champions League last 16.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is confident his players can handle “the most intense period of their lives” to keep their Champions League and Premier League title ambitions on track.
The Champions League group stage concludes this week with a host of issues still to be resolved.
Prolific Red Bull Salzburg teenager Erling Braut Haaland could pose a major threat to Liverpool’s hopes of defending their Champions League title.
What the papers say Ryan Fraser looks likely to be leaving Bournemouth but his destination is not north London, as had been predicted. The Daily Mirror, which cites TalkSport, says Liverpool are in advanced talks to secure the Scotland winger in the January transfer window. Arsenal had been interested in the 25-year-old after he had the second-highest number of assists in the Premier League last season. But his form has not continued this season and Bournemouth are keen to trade him before his contract expires next summer, with a swap with on-loan Reds winger Harry Wilson rolled into the deal.