Porto star responds to Liverpool rumours after ‘advanced talks’

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Porto star responds to Liverpool rumours after ‘advanced talks’

Porto attacking midfielder Otavio claims he is not sure “if it’s true” that Liverpool were trying to buy him in the summer transfer window.

The Reds were linked with a number of midfielders during the summer after Georginio Wijnaldum left Anfield on a free transfer.

The Dutchman had been a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s success at Liverpool in recent years but they decided not to bring in a new midfielder before the transfer deadline.



One of the midfielders linked was Otavio at Porto after the 26-year-old scored three goals and provided eight assists for his team-mates last season.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola claimed in June that Liverpool were in ‘advanced talks’ for Otavio with his €40m release clause rising to €60m at the end of that month.

In early July,  by saying his client would go to Liverpool “if it’s good for Porto and for Otavio” but a deal never materialised.

And now Otavio has been quizzed on the rumours that he could’ve joined the Premier League side in the summer transfer window.

“I don’t know if it’s true that Liverpool were after me,” .

“But if I had any team after me it was because of my work, both in the league, in the Champions League, as in any game. When we wear the shirt, regardless of any game, we always have to give our best.”

Liverpool will come up against Otavio tonight and Jurgen Klopp has analysed the challenge ahead.

Klopp told the club’s official website: “Porto always change a little bit because they obviously have players going out and players coming in. Still the same manager.

“It’s not an advantage at all that we won the last two games there, absolutely not, because you only have to think of yourself in the position of the opponent – the first thing you want to do is make sure similar things will not happen again. So that makes the job not easier for us.

“But it’s not about that, we are not like that, we don’t think about the last two games we played there, we think about this game. They obviously have different opportunities to set up, line-up-wise, system-wise, and we have to prepare for that. Usually they play 4-4-2, but they changed already to a 4-5-1 in moments.

“They can obviously play with two strikers, which is a difference, or play Corona as a winger or as a full-back. There are different options they have and we have to be ready for that. But that’s the plan. We don’t have a lot of time obviously, with yesterday recovery and today second-day recovery.

“Tomorrow we cannot really train there because all the people in Porto are still Portuguese so we cannot really do – even when we train at Boavista or wherever – the information will get out. So, we cannot do shape or something like that tomorrow morning.

“We have to do everything today in a light version and make sure that we are ready tomorrow.”

 

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Robinson claims Nuno ‘had no say’ in Tottenham recruitment

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Robinson claims Nuno ‘had no say’ in Tottenham recruitment

Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson claims Nuno Espirito Santo “had no say” in summer recruitment “judging by his team selection against Arsenal”.

after Spurs’ manager search had seen them reportedly come close to appointing a number of different managers.

Brendan Rodgers, Graham Potter, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso are just a few of the names heavily linked with the job in north London.



They eventually appointed Nuno after exhausting other options and now the former Wolves boss is already under pressure this season.

Tottenham got off to a great start, winning their first three Premier League matches of the season, but they have now lost their last three, .

Spurs brought in Pierluigi Gollini, Bryan Gil, Cristian Romero, Pape Matar Sarr and Emerson Royal in the summer transfer window but Robinson doesn’t think Nuno had a say in any of the transfers.

“Nuno wasn’t first choice and judging by his team selection against Arsenal he had no say over the players brought in over the summer,” .

“For me, Romero plays. Why he didn’t play [in the north London derby] I don’t know.

“The same applies to Gil. He has been their best player attacking-wise so I would’ve started him as well.

“There is a lot to come out of Tottenham this week. There is a lot of unrest in the team and at the club, and the performance at the weekend epitomised that. There is a fundamental problem at the club at the moment.”

Tottenham boss Nuno took full responsibility for their north London derby defeat to Arsenal and admitted that his “game plan didn’t work out”.

“A lot of things went wrong, starting with decisions that I made,” Nuno said. “It’s not easy to expand, so I just ask for a bit of respect if I don’t go too much into it.

“The game plan didn’t work out. I’m very honest. If the game plan didn’t work out the way you wanted it to work out, it’s because you didn’t decide it well.

“I decided bad. Didn’t make the right decisions. And I refuse to go much further than that.“It’s my responsibility. All I have to say, I’ll say it to the players among us. Because us (we) must solve the problem.”

 

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