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Burnley v Liverpool - A clash of contrasts

Liverpool head to Turf Moor to take on Burnley this weekend.

The Reds enter the game having agreed a deal to sell Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace for 32 million pounds.

Burnley have been splashing the cash too - but their club record capture of Steven Defour for 7.5 million really emphasises the gulf between them and some of their Premier League rivals.

Chris Hall looks ahead to the game.

Liverpool reject £23million offer for Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke Credit: PA

Liverpool have rejected an initial £23million offer from Crystal Palace for striker Christian Benteke as they hold out for a fee similar to the one they paid last summer.

Press Association Sport understands that Palace, whose own transfer kitty has been swelled by Yannick Bolasie's move to Everton on Monday, lodged a bid that, with add-ons, was thought could rise to £30million.

Benteke is seen as surplus to requirements among the six strikers at Anfield just one year on from his £32.5million switch from Aston Villa, yet the Reds want to recoup as much of that money as possible and have turned down Palace's offer.

Never mind football - Wigan boss says they need to get better wine in ahead of Mourinho and Klopp visit

It's a big sporting weekend for Wigan with football fans treated to the return of Premier League glamour.

On Sunday, Jurgen Klopp brings Liverpool to town for a pre-season friendly.

But before that, on Saturday, Wigan will host the small matter of Jose Mourinho's first match in charge of Manchester United.

Latics boss Gary Caldwell says he's looking forward to welcoming two of the world's best managers to the DW Stadium.

However, he admits their visit does mean he needs to get some better wine.


talkSPORT presenter Colin Murray quits as The Sun owners buy station

Radio presenter Colin Murray Credit: Colin Murray/Twitter

Radio presenter Colin Murray has quit talkSPORT after the station was taken over by the owners of The Sun newspaper.

The Liverpool Football Club fan from Northern Ireland tweeted a statement to announce his resignation this afternoon.

In the statement he refers to the newspaper's coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.

The statement reads:

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The Sun newspaper has been heavily criticised for it's coverage of the Hillsborough disaster of 1989.

The newspaper, edited at the time by Kelvin MacKenzie, who was personally responsible for the headline The Truth, ran claims from anonymous police officers that, as people were dying at Hillsborough, their fellow supporters stole from them, urinated on police officers and beat up “brave cops” trying to help - all claims that were untrue.

Jurgen Klopp signs new six year deal at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has committed his future to Liverpool Credit: PA

Jurgen Klopp has signed a new six year deal at Liverpool.

Klopp arrived from Borussia Dortmund in October last year, and guided Liverpool to the Europa League final in his first season.

His trusted assistants Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawiet have also signed new contracts.

The new deal ties the 49 year-old to Anfield until 2022.

It’s hard to express in words how honoured myself, Zeljko and Peter feel by the commitment shown in us by the ownership and the club in general.

We are very much at the beginning of our journey, but to already have the connection we have with this very special place is incredible.

– Jurgen Klopp

Sadio Mane 'close to Liverpool move"

The Southampton forward Sadio Mane is due to have a medical at Liverpool after a £30 million pound fee was agreed for the Senegal international, according to reports.

Press Association Sport says it understands the 24-year-old will undergo his physical examination and discuss personal terms today.

It says providing there are no hitches a deal is likely to be concluded by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Sadio Mane Credit: Nigel French / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mane, who scored 11 league goals last season, will become manager Jurgen Klopp's fourth signing after agreeing deals for midfielder Marko Grujic, centre-back Joel Matip and goalkeeper Loris Karius.

He would become one of Liverpool's most expensive signing.

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