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Midday Ticker: Klopp agrees to lead Liverpool; Messi faces 22-month sentence; and more




Just days after letting go of Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool has agreed to a deal with a German successor.

Multiple outlets in England are reporting that Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool have agreed on a three-year deal, with the manager set to be unveiled on Friday.

The German coach resigned from his post as boss of Borussia Dortmund in May, and he has been on a brief sabbatical from the game.

Klopp won two Bundesliga titles and one DFB-Pokal with Dortmund in seven years, as well as leading them to the finals of the 2012-2013 UEFA Champions League.

The German’s coaching staff of Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz will be following him from Dortmund.

Here are some more news and notes:


Lionel Messi and his father Jorge will soon face trial for $4.5 million in unpaid taxes from 2007-2009.

While it came out earlier this week that prosecutors in Barcelona had cleared the Argentine star of wrongdoing, new reports say that move has been overturned by a higher authority.

Prosecutors will supposedly push for a 22-month sentence for Messi and his father when the duo faces trial in Barcelona.

The Spanish tax authorities believe image rights payments made to the Blaugrana star have been channeled to offshore accounts in order to stay untaxed.

Messi maintains that he had no part in wrongdoing, stating that his father and advisors handled his finances completely.


Former FC Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has become an outcast at Manchester United under Louis Van Gaal.

It has recently come out that the Spanish keeper is not allowed a locker in the dressing room. Valdes was also kept out of the official team photograph and is not allowed to train with the U-21 team or any other youth players.

The deterioration of the relationship between Valdes and Van Gaal is attributed to an instance in 2014-2015 in which the goalkeeper refused to play for the U-21s. Since then, Van Gaal brought in Sergio Romero to play ahead of the Spaniard, as well as promoting United youth product Sam Johnstone.


Dinamo Zagreb player fails drug test after Arsenal win. (REPORT)

English Premier League set to earn £3 billion worldwide for TV rights. (REPORT)

UEFA Executive Committee stands behind Michel Platini despite FIFA suspension. (REPORT)


  1. Whoops! Sounds like someone forgot to pay off the local mafia for their fair share of his image sales. Nobody is above a government shakedown. Forget all the fame, fortune, and other tax revenue they benefitted from. There is never enough food to feed the parasites. Remember citizens, pay off your earthly masters or else!

  2. barca does a great job shielding their star child from the media. dude is much worse than ronaldo, but ronaldo catches most of the flack


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