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Okocha’s Goal Most Spectacular in Bundesliga History, Says Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp

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The Reds boss has rated the Nigerian legend’s strike as the best he has ever seen in the top-flight and also spoke about African stars at Anfield
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has picked Jay-Jay Okocha’s sizzling goal scored against Oliver Kahn as the most spectacular in the history of German football.

The 46-year-old Nigerian legend scored the goal when he played for Eintracht Frankfurt against Karlsruher during the 1992-93 Bundesliga season.

The midfielder dribbled past a number of his markers, leaving them flat on the floor, before calmly slotting home past future World Cup finalist Kahn.

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The wondergoal was voted as Goal of the Season by many football magazines and popular German TV sports programme Sportschau.

“Okocha scored the most spectacular goal in the history of German football. It took like five minutes of Kahn and his defenders diving on the floor before he put the ball in the net,” Klopp told the Guardian.

“Some of the world’s best players have been from Africa; George Weah, Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure. In their generation they were some of the best players so why should we not sign them? It’s great.”

Klopp currently has three African players at Liverpool – Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Guinea’s Naby Keita – and they have been key to the success of his team in the recent past.

Mane and Salah’s goals propelled the Reds to clinch the Champions League last season and their efforts have been instrumental to their current top position on the Premier League table.

Klopp, whose wife lived in Kenya for three years, explained there is a mentality that motivates Africans to do well, citing the case of Salah, who drives more than four hours to training every day.

“In Europe, it’s difficult to find that [special story] – maybe in London it’s possible, I’m not too sure. All the African players have this story. It means they are motivated through the roof. It’s about the story that is behind them,” he continued.

“If you look at Sadio Mane: running away from home. Mo Salah: driving four and a half hours every day to training. You have these stories there. You don’t have these stories here. I read an article about the influence of Mo Salah at this moment in the Arabic world – it’s unbelievable!”

Klopp revealed he loves to sign African players but admitted managers are often left frustrated when they depart for the Cup of Nations.

The biennial tournament was previously scheduled between January and March before it was recently changed to June and July, and the German tactician explained the previous timing of the competition made some Premier League outfits snub African stars or limit their numbers in their clubs.

“I love the fact that we have so many African players, until the Africa Cup of Nations starts. Then it’s: ‘Oh my God!’” he added.

“It’s still better than it used to be because before they were out in the middle of the season. In the past, because the Africa Cup of Nations was in the winter it was really a reason not to sign a player because you would lose him for four weeks in the middle of the season. That was really something we had in our minds always.”

Klopp will hope to help Liverpool win their first Premier League title in 30 years this season, having last clinched the league title in 1990. They currently have a 25-point lead over Manchester City

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I’m a Liverpool Fan, Not Chelsea – Nnamdi Kanu to Court After Denying Him Bail

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Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Wednesday, informed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that he has been a fan of Liverpool Football Club since childhood.

Kanu disclosed this when Justice Binta Nyako jokingly asked him his favourite football team.

The IPOB leader said he had been a fan of Liverpool Football Club since he was seven, NAN reports.

The development occurred when Kanu’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, complained that the Department of State Services (DSS) had not been allowing him and other counsel enough time to meet with the IPOB leader whenever they visited him in detention.

The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, who reminded Ozekhome that he had once thanked the DSS in open court for procuring an orthopaedic mattress, pillow and others for his client, said she had already ordered that the security outfit should give Kanu moderate treatment and care while in detention like food, clothing, medicare, etc.

Then Nyako turned to Kanu and said despite her order for him to change his clothes, the IPOB leader continued to put on the same milk-colour designer wear.

The judge said though Kanu, on his own accord, keeps coming into the court with the same attire, she saw him in the media with other clothes.

The judge then jokingly said she was a Liverpool fan and asked Ozekhome if he was also a fan of a football club, and the senior lawyer answered in the affirmative.

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He said he was also a fan of Liverpool F.C.

Nyako then asked Kanu if he was a fan of Chelsea Football Club, going by the designer’s clothes he keeps wearing to court.

“What is your team?” she asked.

Kanu gently stood up in the dock and said: “My team is Liverpool even from the age of seven”.

The judge then told the DSS legal director, who was in court, to always allow Kanu to watch the matches of his favourite football club.

“You must allow the defendant to watch the matches any day they are playing,” she said, adding that she was going to make an order to that effect.

The DSS official, however, said his office had always given him access to watch.

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Ratcliffe’s £4.25 Billion Chelsea Bid  Rejected 

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CEO of the Ineos Group, Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s bid to buy Chelsea has been “rejected out of hand”.

However, Sky Sports reports the 69-year-old remains interested in buying the Premier League club.

Ratcliffe, who is widely regarded to be Britain’s richest person, submitted a last-minute £4.25 billion bid to buy the Blues on Friday.

However, it is understood that Ratcliffe has not engaged in the process which has been out by the Raine Group and that makes it difficult for his bid to be considered.

A consortium led by American businessman Todd Boehly has been picked as the preferred bidders by the Raine Group.

They have until the end of this week to finalise the terms of an agreement to buy the club.

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Victor Osimhen to Manchester United?

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The race to snap up the Nigerian international from the grasp of Napoli may have been cranked up by the Red Devils

Italian publication La Repubblica (via Napolipiu) claims that Manchester United have made a sensational 100 million euros bid to Napoli for their Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen.

Osimhen is presently the most expensive African transfer after his over 80 million euros move to Napoli from Lille two years ago.

And the former Golden Eaglets star could smash that record should Napoli accept Man United’s offer, which would also make him one of the club’s most expensive signings.

According to the reports, Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has held a secret meeting with Victor Osimhen’s agent Roberto Calenda at the Castel Volturno to discuss the offer. Napoli does not consider Osimhen non-transferable, while the Super Eagles star favours a Premier League switch.

Arsenal and Newcastle United are among the English clubs interested in Osimhen, with the Magpies possessing the financial strength to battle with Man United for Osimhen’s signature.

Osimhen has 16 goals in all competitions for Napoli despite his many injuries and suspensions.

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