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Confirmed: Nike will allow Liverpool to lift the Premier League title in New Balance kits 

The adjournment of the current season amid the coronavirus outbreak means that various football associations and clubs need to derive a common solution to the obstacles that bar further proceedings of the current campaign.

Liverpool, who were en route to their first league title in 30 years, might have to forego the trophy given the growing number of Premier League clubs are reportedly pushing for the cancellation of the current league campaign.

However, if the FA decides to get the season completed somehow, Nike, which takes over the Reds’ kit sponsorship deal from June 1, 2020, will have to concede huge amounts of money attached to the images of Jurgen Klopp’s men lifting the Premier League trophy, to the current sponsors New Balance.

Nike and New Balance seemed to be locked in an interesting battle for attrition over which team kit would be used while lifting the trophy.

While earlier it seemed home and dry, with New Balance having a watertight contract till the end of the regular season, the coronavirus pandemic put proceedings out of gear.

The dispute between the two sporting goods manufacturers can be explained in very simple terms – New Balance’s current contract gives them exclusive rights as kit suppliers for Liverpool until the 31st of May, after which suppliers’ rights would be transferred to Nike.

However, with the league being shut down until further notice, this means there is a great likelihood of a few fixtures being played after the said date, where both contracts would be overlapping for a short period of time.

The two companies will most definitely find themselves at odds with each other in financial terms – Nike would like to maximize the potential of an expensive contract where it is paying out 70 Million pounds a year, while New Balance would stand to gain a lot of merchandising moolah from the Reds’ players lifting the trophy in its kit.

New Balance and Nike Settle Fight Over Liverpool’s Livery

It has now quite surprisingly emerged that Nike has given the green light to let New Balance provide the kits for the Reds’ coronation as Premier League champions.

With some fresh information trickling through from top-dog journalist for The Athletic, James Pearce, Nike are of the opinion that it’s ‘only right’ that New Balance be allowed the rights to clothe the eventual title winners.

This was further confirmed after Liverpool’s managing director and chief commercial officer held a round of talks with both clothing giants.

A general consensus emerged that there will not be a change of kits before the end of the season despite uncertainty over when the remainder of the fixtures will be held.

A rare win-win-win for all parties involved as – Liverpool can breathe a sigh of relief, without a stressful court battle on the cards; New Balance get a nice little parting gift, and Nike get to enjoy the moral high ground even while they conserve their revenue.

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New leaked photos of Tottenham Hotspur home and away kits for 20/21 season surfaces online

The quarantine life has become a sort of monotony. With no football, the fans are running out of things to watch and chores to work upon. There has been little to no developments as far as the football community is concerned.

However, for the Spurs faithful, the day is going to be a tad more captivating than usual, as Tottenham’s home and away kit for the 2020/21 season has been leaked online.

Nike, Spurs kit sponsors since 2017, have opted for a slightly vibrant style to the traditional plain white shade of the home kit.

Tottenham fans online can’t seem to arrive at a unanimous decision as to whether the outfits look awesome or awful at best.

Fans are divided about the new home jersey which has the traditional white colour with shades of blue on the shoulder and collar along with a grey pattern all over white template.

The green away kit has received mostly negative reactions as most of the fans have refused to embrace it, leaving them frustrated and annoyed by the outfit presented by Nike.

Sometimes fans take a while to come around and accept the new club colors; and if these really are the kits that Spurs would be rocking next season, Nike better hope that is the case this time around as well.

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Photo – Eden Hazard goes completely bald whilst in quarantine

As we near the end of another week under quarantine, football has been a massive miss amongst the football fans. Meanwhile, the players are left wondering how to fill the void left by the halt in their usual routine of training and match days.

An ongoing trend, however, has surfaced among players, with several major footballing personalities including Premier League stars Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen opting to go for a highly trimmed look.

Today, former Chelsea star Eden Hazard joined the trend as the Belgian was snapped with a completely shaven head.

Although the look might feel a bit unorthodox to the eye, some suspect that the trimmed look might be more of a precaution rather than a fashion statement.

It is being inferred that going bald might help reduce the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

Since his move to the Los Blancos, Eden Hazard has struggled to find the form he was famous for back in his Chelsea days, which, for the most part, comes down to his nagging injury problems.

As football fans, we’d wish to see the player return to his magical form again, preferably in his usual look when football returns to normalcy.

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Tammy Abraham shoots down the rumor he was asking for £180k per week from Chelsea

The bulk of goalscoring ability and responsibility of leading the line for Chelsea had fallen on the shoulders of 22-year-old Tammy Abraham this season, and it’s safe to say he has exceeded everyone’s expectations, so much so that some fans even consider him to breakaway in the England squad. 

Amid the recent transfer ban imposed on Chelsea, the youth system was finally called into action as many Chelsea youngsters were given the chance to prove themselves with the first team and safe to say, many of these kids have made the most out of their opportunity.

Blues have acted fast and have tied Reece James, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour all for long term contracts at the club.

Even Hudson-Odoi who was rumoured to take his talents at Bayern this summer also committed his future at the club and is now reportedly earning £180,000-a-week.

But the same hasn’t happened with Tammy Abraham yet.

The future is currently uncertain for the Chelsea striker with reports suggesting that huge expectations in weekly salary continues to be a roadblock in the club agreeing a new deal with the striker.

The rumour spread far and wide among the Chelsea fans and needless to say they weren’t impressed, some were even outraged accusing him of even holding the club at ransom.

Much to the relief of the Chelsea fans though, Tammy Abraham himself came out on social media today to dismiss the ridiculous accusation put on him.

On an Instagram post stating that the allegations regarding the salary of the Chelsea no. 9 were a fake, Abraham commented “Finally some real news”.

Rubbish rumors aside and with two years left on his contract, Chelsea fans can again look forward towards a fruitful relationship with the striker when the football resumes again.

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Photo – Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen shows off brand new hairstyle whilst in quarantine

No single event has brought down the entire world on its knees spontaneously like the outbreak of coronavirus. It has in some way impacted each and every aspect of our lives, and sportspersons are no exception.

People are leaving no stones unturned and rightly so to tackle the spread of deadly virus. It is rumored to believe that having no hair or less amount of hair on one’s head prevents the virus from spreading via exposed hair, and also makes it easier to put on and take off protective gear.

Taking this advice like fish to water, you may have seen people shaving their beard or even their head and footballers are following suit. Basically, in this case defence is the best form to attack ( right, Simeone 😉)

Recently Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen revealed a different hairstyle than his usual one, while in quarantine.

Fans were quick to point out the striking similarities between his new found look to Game of Thrones famous character Jamie Lannister.

Vertonghen also expressed his displeasure as some people were not taking government advice to remain indoors seriously with this tweet –

Vertonghen’s future is in the air since Mourinho took charge of the club, as the player who has till now featured heavily for the North London side has found playing time hard to come by this season. 

His private life also took a hit recently when his family was held at knifepoint as four armed men burgled his home while he was on Champions League duty with Tottenham when they faced Leipzig.

Safe to say, this season has not turned out to be the ideal one for him, but he is a  seasoned player who ranks 11 on the Premier League appearances for the club, and has surely seen ups and down throughout his career.

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Jadon Sancho rumors about to go into overdrive after Man Utd striker sends birthday message to Dortmund star

With football taking a backseat amidst the current pandemic, the fans have turned to transfer rumors to satisfy their need for entertainment.

Various rumors have linked several players with different clubs but none more so than Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

Sancho had been linked with Europe’s biggest clubs and the team that is reportedly leading the pack are Premier League giants Manchester United.

Due to the break and an abundance of free time, the littlest of things done by players can set the fans abuzz.

The reaction was no different when Manchester United winger Marcus Rashford took to Twitter with a message for Sancho on his birthday –

Rashford’s tweet excited United fans as David Ornstein and Fabrizio Romano, two of football’s most reliable journalists, did confirm that talks had taken place between the club and the player.

The Borussia Dortmund star also sent Man United fans into frenzy with his actions during an Instagram live stream session yesterday.

Only time will confirm whether Sancho will move to United, but the validity of these rumors mean United fans might have a chance to welcome another superstar at Old Trafford.

Check out the reaction from Man Utd fans below –

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West Ham star Michail Antonio wears Tottenham shirt after losing to Ryan Sessegnon in FIFA

Although footballers betting amongst each other in the popular football simulation game is not a new thing, but one needs to be especially careful when the two players involved belong to the rival clubs.

West Ham United star Michail Antonio challenged Tottenham Hotspur youngster Ryan Sessegnon to take him on in FIFA, in order to decide the result of the clash between the two sides in-game after Friday’s game was postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Hence the rules were set: The loser will have to offer a full kit apology after the match.

Spurs ace Ryan Sessegnon decided to take on Antonio for the challenge and secured the victory for his side in the FIFA duel, winning 2-0 and seeing two penalties saved in a dominant victory.

Already put to the ground in FIFA, Antonio now had to face even more public embarrassment following his own bet as the Hammers forward posted a video on Twitter wearing the Spurs home kit.

Although he did try to save his blushes, scraping off the Tottenham jersey to unveil a West Ham kit, stating that wouldn’t let the rival kit touch his skin.

Nonetheless, it was all a light-hearted affair between the two which lead to a £1,000 donation to a mental health charity.

Check out the tweet from Antonio below –

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James Milner’s isolation XI whilst in quarantine is the best thing you’ll see this week

An important utility player on the field, James Milner has shown his humorous side off it, in a video that would instantly bring a smile to your face.

The Liverpool star put his free time to a unique use by putting forth his ‘isolation XI’, consisting of some of the huge personalities in English football.

In what was a hilarious pun-filled interchange with the fans, Milner described the players in his XI by relating them to a household object.

The defence consisted of Joe ‘Heart’ guarding the goal with Kyle Walker, John Terry, Dominic Matteo, and Leeds legend Trevor ‘Cherry’ just in front.

While, City’s David Silv(er)a, Leeds born David ‘Bat’ty and fellow teammate ‘Genie’ Wijnaldum completed the midfield trio.

The attack was lead by Patrik ‘Burger’, Theirry Henry and former Lincoln City striker Geoff ‘Hors’field.

Milner opted for a strong presence on the bench with major personalities such as ‘Bread’ Friedel, Gabriel ‘Heinz’e, Frank ‘Lamp’ard making the squad managed by none other than the former England manager Fabio ‘Cap’ello.

Check out the video below –

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(Video) Man Utd legend Paul Scholes effortlessly nails the toilet paper challenge

Figuring out what to do with the time spent in isolation has been a difficult task for many. Footballers in specific, are finding it hard to quench the feeling of having the ball at their feet.

Some unique ideas, however, has emerged on the internet. The toilet roll challenge has been a thing for some time now on social media with major footballing personalities including Xavi, Messi and Riqui Puig posting videos of their shot at the new trend.

Paul Scholes joined in on the action as well as the Manchester United legend showed he still hasn’t lost his touch.

Demonstrating remarkable skill and composure, the former United star juggled the toilet roll with such an ease that many don’t possess with a football.

During his time at Manchester, Scholes was considered one of the best midfielders in the world, heavily applauded for his superb sense of creativity and control, and over the years he still seems to have that bit of magic left in him.

With the self-isolation period not appearing to near an end, many other players will soon follow the United legend to the trend.

Although if they would be able to do any better than Paul Scholes himself, is another matter.

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Photo – Class act Jose Mourinho snapped helping the elderly amid coronavirus outbreak

When people get some free time, away from their jobs and family, what they do with that time will tell you the kind of person they are.

And with the current situation where people are left scared and out of supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak, it takes a man of class to step up and help those in need.

Enter the Special One: Jose Mourinho. The football community might perceive him as an egoistic, self-driven character who gives little thoughts on other’s feelings.

Although we won’t completely deny his abrasive personality, the Tottenham Hotspur boss certainly has a soft side to him as well which was apparent as he was seen (via @MichaelBridge_) helping deliver food to the elderly –

Given the higher vulnerability to elders from the virus, the fact that Mourinho,57, is out on the streets at Enfield helping to deliver the essentials to the ones in need, is truly fantastic to see him.

Love him or hate him, he has truly led by example on this occasion and showing all the people that if we need to fight this crisis, we need to help each and everybody, as much as we can.

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Photo – Man United star Anthony Martial goes bald during his time in quarantine

The most atrocious of ideas originate in the human mind when kept in isolation.

People are having it hard to break free from their dull and boring daily routine in self-isolation amid the coronavirus outbreak.

However, some silly yet brilliant ideas have surfaced the internet, take the toilet roll challenge for example.

In the midst of all this, the Manchester United star, Anthony Martial decided to go for a complete shave of the hair on his head.

The Frenchman posted his new bald look on social media and safe to say the fans were quite amused by his appearance.

Check out the photo of a bald Anthony Martial below –

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Photo – Memphis Depay spotted rocking remake of the classic Manchester United 83-84 home kit

Despite having all the talent in the world, current Lyon forward Memphis Depay failed miserably in his 18-month stint at Manchester United.

Fingers could be pointed at his work ethic during his time, the club’s fans’ gigantic expectations or the burden brought on him by the No.7 shirt, a shirt whose previous holders were stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, and Eric Cantona among others.

Depay had a torrid time at United, yet even three years after leaving the club, he still has a place in his heart for the Red Devils.

This season was going particularly well for Memphis, as he registered 9 goals and 2 assists in 13 games for Lyon in Ligue 1 until he tore his ACL in December. He was also instrumental in their Champions League campaign registering 5 goals in 5 UCL matches.

From being a Manchester United reject to consistently performing for club and country since making the switch to Lyon, it’s safe to say he is one of the hottest properties in Europe.

Manchester United had a buy-back clause inserted in his sale, so Depay could still move back to United.

To keep the rumors churning, he recently posted a picture of him rocking the classic Manchester United 83-84 retro home kit –

Despite having a bitter end to his stint at Manchester United, both the fans and Depay himself would wish to turn back the clock a bit and hope to have done things a bit differently.

However, given the recent resurgence in form, a return to Manchester might still be on the cards for Memphis owing to the buy-back clause in his contract.

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New Chelsea boy Hakim Ziyech spotted repping Liverpool on FIFA

Hakim Ziyech has a lot of things going right for him at the moment. The Moroccan attacking forward, who recently turned 27, will be arriving at Stamford Bridge for a reported fee of 40 million Euros, and is seen as a player who will massively impact the club’s fortunes with his clinical ability to score goals and provide assists.

Don’t take our word for it – consider what Blues legend and current gaffer Frank Lampard had to say about him.

Fans who have followed Ziyech’s exploits over the last year and a half in the Champions League are rightfully buzzed about signing him.

Ziyech ‘s transfer has, surprisingly enough, ruffled very few feathers among the Chelsea faithful, with it being a universal consensus that he will play a big role in helping the Blues consolidate this season’s progress.

The high regard in which he has been held by the fans so far, however, might have suffered a little setback after a photo of his setup on FIFA that emerged yesterday on Reddit.

The picture by itself seems innocuous – it shows Ziyech’s TV screen and his squad on Ultimate Team of the latest iteration of Electronic Arts’ football game, FIFA 20.

It’s only natural that he’s playing the game, considering all the major football leagues have been shut down owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, what will certainly bug Chelsea fans a great deal is that while Ziyech has used his own card in the position of striker, he’s inexplicably decided to opt for the playing kit of Chelsea’s arch nemesis Liverpool for the entire team.

It is no secret that this year the Merseyside club has been heavily favoured, with many of its players being highly rated on the game.

In fact, a record five players from the same club featured in the game’s highly coveted Team of The Year promotion.

Adding insult to injury, however, was Ziyech’s decision to add Reds’ manager Jürgen Klopp into the side.

While it was probably done to strengthen Virgil van Dijk’s card, Liverpool fans will have lost no time in proclaiming how even a future Blues player chooses to have Klopp in his team over his own manager.

One may, of course be reading too much into a situation that amounts to nothing. After all, the lad has proclaimed time and again his joy and appreciation for the Blues.

However, it is worth noting that in-game, at the very least, Ziyech prefers repping the Reds rather than his soon-to-be club.

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Arsenal fans slam ‘ridiculous’ rumor linking Burnley striker Chris Wood to replace Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been an indispensable figure up front for Arsenal since his arrival at the Emirates from the Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund back in January 2018.

The Gabonese striker coming up clutch in difficult phases of the game has been a recurring theme in Arsenal’s season. 

The stats provide further evidence of Arsenal’s reliance on the African star with over 30% goals coming from him in the Gunners’ sum in the Premier League. Aubameyang has increased his tally up to 49 goals in the Premier League while registering 10 assists to date. 

He’s our most important player.

Stats wise, there’s no question about the impact that he has on this team. 

Mikel Arteta on Aubameyang

However, the Arsenal boss admitted that a star with such potential and stats would look to demand more from his team and the club. 

With the emergence of new rumours linking Auba with a move away from Arsenal, the Gunners faithful are slowly grasping the fact that they might have to let go their beloved striker come the start of next season.

However, this recent report stating the possibility of the Gunners replacing the Gabonese ace with the Burnley striker Chris Wood has had Arsenal fans convulsed with laughter given the absurdity of the rumour.

On paper, this seems quite a mismatch in stature, or at least that’s what the fans think given their reaction on social media.

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But is the rumor as ridiculous as it seems?

Let’s get real for a second, and try to go behind the scenes to see if this rumour is really that ludicrous as it seems in the first look.

Woods has scored 11 goals in 26 games this season in the Premier league, of which, five goals came from set plays which are more than any other player this season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are one of the worst if not the worst team in the air in the whole Premier league, only Newcastle United have conceded more attempts from dead ball situations than the Gunners. He’s got a decent chance conversion rate of 1 in every 4.8 [chances] compared 1 in every 6.5 for Lacazette.

Woods plays for a Burnley side, whose playing style was branded as “anti-football” by David Luiz back when he played for Chelsea. Burnley play by far the highest percentage of long passes of any team in the Premier League – 23.5 per cent in total, so it’s safe to say Woods plays a crucial role in this. 

He may allow Arsenal to play a different style, to be that serious option in the opposition area, maybe perform the role that Giroud used to play.

Many people will scoff while listening to these rumours, surely Chris Wood isn’t “The” replacement if Aubameyang is to say goodbye to the Gunners. While Chris Woods being the direct replacement of Aubameyang certainly raises some questions, the Clarets star surely can prove to be a handy option to bring in from the bench given his proven track record in the Premier league.

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(Video) How Harry Kane is spending his time in quarantine

When everything around you is in a lockdown, and the world is going through a pandemic it has never experienced before, surely a simple video of a man training on a bike in his home wouldn’t be the source of much excitement, would it?

Perhaps, but not if you were a Tottenham Hotspur fan as star striker Harry Kane recently posted a video of him making progress in his recovery from the ruptured tendon he suffered in January.

Kane has been out since January 1st, after suffering the injury against Southampton. He underwent surgery since then, after which he took some time off to give himself some rest.

He was initially ruled out for the season by Jose Mourinho. But, the optimism of his return grew, after he responded positively during rehabilitation.

This was good news for Gareth Southgate as well, as he would have recovered in time for Euro 2020. All that changed, when all football action was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This meant that Euro 2020 was postponed for a year, while Premier League football was suspended until April 30th.

The break has been a blessing in disguise for many injured players, and Kane is no different.

The Spurs talisman was seen putting his time in self-quarantine to good use as he posted a story on Instagram to provide fans with an update on what he was up to –

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Photo – Liverpool away kit for next season with YNWA lyrics looks stunning

It’s still early days to talk about the new season amid the suspension of the current campaign because of the coronavirus outbreak. However, a recent Liverpool kit leak has the fans enthralled as they can’t wait to see the team rocking the mint design from their new sponsors Nike next season.

This will be the first time that the Reds don a green template since the 2008/09 season.

The emergence of the leaks soon followed the concept kits from various designers on the internet.

One that seems to stand out is this re-imagination from Twitter user @HarrisCreativ3 which combines the kit with the highlights of the lyrics of the famous YNWA chant –

The lyrics engraved in the background were the winner, as many fans unanimously agreed that the kit was definitely better than the leaked kit.

The other significant changes included the shifting of Liverpool’s logo and Nike’s iconic Swoosh symbol to the center of the kit.

Given the possibility that the FA pushes the current campaign even further, the Liverpool faithful might not have to wait for the next season to see their favourite players rock the new mint away kit and even witness the team lifting the Premier League trophy in the very same outfit.

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Photo – Arsene Wenger rocks Arsenal merchandise while taking a walk in London amid COVID-19 outbreak

Arsene Wenger is one of the most respected men in the world of Football. He has been instrumental in revolutionizing English football, and his Arsenal teams of the 1990’s and 2000’s were the teams to beat. He is Arsenal’s most successful manager and he remained at the North London club for the best part of last two decades.

Recently, he was pictured strolling in London, during the coronavirus pandemic. He was wearing the navy blue shorts from Arsenal’s 2016-17 kit, which was the last time they won a trophy.

Wenger’s fashion sense has never been in question, as he has been one of the sharpest dressed men in Football. After retirement, and despite currently being aged 70, he can still rock a pair of shorts, while also showing where his allegiance lies. 

And to top it off, he had also worn a cap, which had “Take It Easier” written on it. This was a message that could be effectively used in the current, coronavirus-hit world. It is important to note that Arsene Wenger is 70 years old, which makes him a part of the demographic that is the most affected by coronavirus.

He recently appeared in an educational video, alongside former Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino and other stars. The video was released by FIFA, regarding the precautionary measures that need to be taken in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

On Feb 19th, in an interview with Talksport, Wenger said that “I believe that the priority for the Premier League is to finish the season. That could mean pushing the fixtures back until the end of June, but they have to do that”.

Arsenal remains in contention to win the FA Cup this season. Wenger, even in his new role as FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, would be rooting for the Gunners to bring their first piece of silverware post his retirement. Gunners fans would definitely be pleased to know that their former manager still has their back.