Liverpool legend Ian Rush has praised the ‘fantastic’ work of Jurgen Klopp following his first season at Anfield and still hopes the German coach can lure Mario Goetze to Merseyside. At the end of his first season in charge, Klopp steered Liverpool to the Europa League final last week, only to fall to a 3-1 defeat to Sevilla in Basel. It was Klopp’s fifth consecutive defeat in a final as a coach, and his second of the season after also losing the League Cup final against Manchester City. Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League last season and the 54-year-old Rush, Liverpool’s all-time top scorer, expects Klopp to face a tougher second campaign.
Wenger opens stadium named in his honour
Arsene Wenger travelled to France over the weekend to officially open a stadium named in his honour. ‘Stade Arsene Wenger’, home of USL Dippinheim with a capacity of 500, are based near Strasbourg where Wenger was born. Wenger, while speaking to reporters, hopes the honour will encourage other local youngsters to follow their own dreams.
Arnautovic refuses to commit future to Stoke
Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes admitted he has no idea if Marko Arnautovic plans to extend his stay at the club. The Austria international is busy preparing for his country’s Euro 2016 campaign, but Scholes is aware of interest in one of the club’s key players who is yet to sign a contract extension. Arnautovic’s deal does not expire until the end of the 2016-17 season, but with a release clause of £12.5million in his contract, potential suitors might be tempted to make a move particularly if he can continue his strong form from the domestic season on the international stage