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Lionel Messi named three players he wants Barcelona to sign in January

Then there's Leicester's Riyad Mahrez, who seemed to want a move in the summer that never materialised...

Lionel Messi named three players he wants Barcelona to sign in January

Then there's Leicester's Riyad Mahrez, who seemed to want a move in the summer that never materialised...

08 November 2017 Wednesday 16:03
Lionel Messi named three players he wants Barcelona to sign in January

Lionel Messi reportedly has three names he'd rather on the team sheet with his next season than Philippe Coutinho, who was linked to Barcelona heavily in the summer.

Spanish publication Diario Gol says the little maestro likes the look of Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, a major transfer target for a number of clubs including Arsenal.

Messi is also apparently interested in playing with Lyon's Nabil Fekir, who was at the centre of dramas at St Etienne after he scored a second goal in the Rhone derby - his 12 goals in 15 games would turn the head of any scout.

Then there's Leicester's Riyad Mahrez, who seemed to want a move in the summer that never materialised.

Roy Keane tells Liverpool fans to "lighten up"

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has told Liverpool fans to "lighten up".

Keane took a swipe at the Reds last week, having been left distinctly unimpressed despite their Champions League win over Maribor.

The ex-Manchester United captain said they were "drifting nowhere" under Jurgen Klopp and stated he wouldn't watch them if they were playing in his back garden.

Keane's claims led to a something of a split among the club's supporters, with some furious at his claims and some questioning whether they are indeed making progress under Klopp.

Asked about the claims on Tuesday, as he prepares for Ireland's World Cup playoff with Denmark later this week, Keane responded: "It was tongue in cheek.

Roy Keane takes fresh swipe at Liverpool: "I wouldn't watch them if they were playing in my back garden"

"Anyone who has ever spoken to me about football will tell you the huge respect I have for Liverpool. I grew up watching them in the 80s winning leagues every year.

"My comments were tongue in cheek and hopefully people will see it that way. People should lighten up a little."

Philippe Coutinho could risk wrath of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp by playing for Brazil

Philippe Coutinho could face the wrath of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp if he features against England next week.

The Brazilian has missed Liverpool's last three matches with a thigh problem but was called up for international duty.

Brazil's team doctor has revealed Coutinho is unlikely to feature against Japan in Lille on Friday but may be involved at Wembley next Tuesday.

He trained in the gym on Monday and is expected to step up his recovery with some ball work later in the week.

"Coutinho had a muscle injury in the adductor of the left thigh," Rodrigo Lasmar told Globo Esporte.

"He is in the final phase of recovery. We knew that he would not be fully fit, but we chose to make his final recovery with us.

"The possibility of him playing against Japan is remote, but we are working to make sure he's available against England.

"He may not be able to participate [against Japan]. If he can, he could be on the bench and play for a few minutes.

"But it's a small chance. Our focus is to get him back for the second game."

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