Gio van Bronckhorst wants to get his talismanic striker up to full sharpness during international break. Rangers are breathing a sigh of relief with the news that Alfredo Morelos has not been called up by Colombia this international break. New boss Nestor Lorenzo has named a 26-man squad for friendlies against Guatemala in New Jersey on September 24 and Mexico in Santa Clara, California, three days later with top stars like Olympiacos midfielder James Rodriguez and Rayo Vallecano striker Radamel Falcao along Eintracht Frankfurt’s Rafael Santos Borre who scored against Ranger in last season’s Europa League Final.
However, Lorenzo has resisted the temptation to ask Morelos to fly across the Atlantic to be part of his plans as Colombia regroup after failing to qualify for the Qatar World Cup this winter – and that’s music to the ears of Gio van Bronckhorst. Morelos made his first start of the season in the 3-0 defeat by Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday having been publicly rebuked and dropped by his manager for having the wrong attitude and being in poor physical condition. Read more
Newly promoted team Fulham will have to their latest Premier League campaign on a difficult note with the visit of Liverpool on Saturday afternoon. Fulham secured their place in the Premier League this season after winning the English Championship title ahead of Bournemouth, Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest last season.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Juventus are open to letting Cuadrado go for a decent offer. The contacts with his agent Alessandro Lucci have been frequent. He is also handling the potential acquisition of Filip Kostic from Eintracht Frankfurt. Roma could be interested in the Colombian veteran since they in the hunt for a player in the role, SportMediaset informs. Read more
Liverpool’s new £37million signing has impressed so far since from Porto in January – despite netting just twice so far – and he gave supporters further evidence of his class by getting his country off the mark in brilliant fashion during their World Cup qualifying clash. Colombia won 3-0 on the night, with Diaz’s first strike being followed up by Miguel Borja and Mateus Uribe to keep their slim hopes of reaching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar alive.
Liverpool fans had the chance to watch new signing Luis Diaz in action for the first team when the Colombia attacker came on as a second half substitute during the FA Cup fourth round clash with English Championship strugglers Cardiff City. Colombia international Diaz came on as a 58th substitute for young midfielder Curtis Jones.
Fiorentina striker DusanVlahovic has taken the lead in the race for the Golden Boot in the Italian Serie A after he scored against Empoli over theweekend. The Serbian international took his tally to 11 goals when he scored the opening goal of the match to give Fiorentinathe lead on 57 minutes.Vlahovic broke the deadlock after a goalless first affair and he was on course to be the matchwinner before Empoli scored twice in the final three minutes to secure a 2-1 win over the team from Florence.