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Arthur Melo: Pundit clarifies Liverpool’s stand after shock exit talk

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Sport journalist Guillem Balague has refuted claims that Liverpool are looking to terminate Arthur Melo loan agreement early.

The 26-year-old has so far only appeared in one game for Liverpool, entering for 13 minutes of the Champions League demolition of Napoli.

Liverpool are said to be keeping an eye on Arthur Melo’s development and haven’t drawn any hasty conclusions about his time at Anfield.

In the wake of those reports, it was stated that Liverpool was having unsettling second thoughts about Arthur. According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Reds could terminate the loan agreement early.

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However, Spanish journalist Guillem Balague stated that Liverpool’s position is clear.

“Liverpool have not decided to extend the loan or buy Arthur but have no intention to send him back in January,” Balague claimed. “They are still assessing him.

“In fact the coaching staff congratulated him on his understanding of the system and his quality.”

Balague added that Arthur is putting in as much work as he can to become a key Liverpool midfield option as soon as possible.

“He decided to ignore days off to keep working as he knows he still has got to catch up with demands,” Balague wrote on Twitter.

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“He’s working on an individualised fitness plan to get him up to speed because he didn’t have a regular pre season.

“Pretty standard stuff considering the lack of match fitness.”

On the final day of the transfer window this summer, the Reds acquired the Brazilian midfielder on loan from Juventus. Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, initially insisted he didn’t want a new midfielder but quickly changed his mind.

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And Liverpool turned to Arthur after a failed deal for at least one target, as revealed by Klopp.

The Brazilian international, who has 22 caps, began his career at Gremio before moving to Barcelona in 2018.

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However, he had trouble making an impact at Camp Nou and left for Juventus in 2020.

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EPL: Bacary Sagna predicts scorelines for Man City vs Utd, Arsenal vs Tottenham fixtures

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Former Arsenal defender, Bacary Sagna, has predicted the scoreline for Manchester City’s Premier League clash against Manchester United.

Sagna also predicted the outcome of Arsenal’s Premier League tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

Man City will host Man United in a Premier League derby at Etihad on Sunday, while Arsenal will take on Tottenham in a London derby at Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

Providing his predictions, Sagna said Man City would beat Man United by three goals to nil, while Arsenal will defeat Tottenham 2-0.

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“I can’t see anyone other than City winning this match. I think City will win 3-0,” Sagna told Lord Ping.

He added, “Arsenal will win. Arsenal 2-0.”

“Listen, make no mistake, this will be a tough game for Arsenal. Tottenham has quality players, dangerous players. Son [Heung-min] has come into a bit of form. [Harry] Kane, we all know what he can do.”

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Volleyball: Offa, Customs win Premier League

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Offa Volleyball Club (male) and the Nigeria Customs Service (female) have emerged the champions of the 2022 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League competition.

In the men’s final match at the indoor hall of the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure, Offa defeated Nigeria Correctional Service 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 25-17, 17-25, 15-11), while in the women’s category, Customs emerged champions, beating Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-21) on the final day of the league.

Offa coach, Suleiman Ajeigbe, expressed delight over the victory, saying the trophy would be going to Offa community for the first time.

Ajeigbe also commended his players for properly executing their game plan and playing to instruction.

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He said, “I feel so proud, I feel so excited and I give all glory to God almighty. It has been a very challenging one, but to the glory of God. In the history of the Nigeria Volleyball Premier League, Offa, a local government in Kwara State will be lifting the trophy, this is historical, this has never happened before.

“Offa Volleyball Club came into being to help the youths in my community. I started the club to ensure that every member of my team is Kwara-born, majority of them are born in Offa. It is to the glory of God that I was able to start it, most of my players are playing outside the country now. I started the club in 2010, so it’s been a long time actually.”

Customs coach, Sunny Akapson, said his side’s victory was as a result of hard work, determination and dedication.

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EPL: Glen Johnson predicts result of Arsenal vs Tottenham derby clash

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Former Chelsea star, Glenn Johnson has provided his prediction for Saturday’s North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham.

Mikel Arteta’s side will receive Antonio Conte’s Spurs at the Emirates on Saturday.

The Gunners would be leapfrogged by Tottenham at the top of the Premier League table if they hand Arteta’s side their second defeat of the season.

Arsenal has won six out of seven of their opening games, losing once to Manchester United.

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Spurs are unbeaten and just a point behind them in third, with Tottenham able to leapfrog their rivals with a victory.

Johnson told SafeBettingSites: “It’s going to be a tough one to call, to be honest.

“Tottenham looks great, Arsenal looks great. Finally, we’ve got two good teams going into the north London derby!.

‘This is their first big test, for both teams. [I’m going] 2-1 to Arsenal.’

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