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Low backs 'great addition' Klopp for Liverpool success

Germany coach Joachim Low believes Liverpool are set to make a great addition by appointing Jurgen Klopp their manager.

Low has backed Klopp to be succeed at Liverpool. Credit: PA

Negotiations are continuing with the former Borussia Dortmund boss with a view to having him in place by the end of the week.

Low thinks the similarities between the two clubs will help Klopp.

World Cup winner Low said:

He had an extraordinarily successful time in Dortmund. He released loads of emotions in the Dortmund crowd.

If you look at it from afar there are some parallels between Dortmund and Liverpool with the fantastic supporters' culture. Klopp would be a great addition to any team.

– Germany head coach Joachim Low


Leicester in talks to sign ex-Inter winger

Former Inter Milan winger Ezequiel Schelotto says he has been in negotiations with Leicester about a move to the Premier League side and wants to play for them.

Schelotto, who was born in Argentina but has been capped by Italy, is currently a free agent after leaving Inter following the termination of his contract with them in August.

Schelotto wants to move to Leicester. Credit: PA

Leicester's Italian boss Claudio Ranieri recently played down talk of the Foxes signing the 26-year-old, calling it "speculation".

But on Wednesday the player was quoted as telling La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I'd like to play there and I'm ready to get back into action.

"I don't know what stage the negotiations are at with Leicester, but if (former Foxes and Argentina midfielder Esteban) Cambiasso can do well there, then I'm sure I can too.

"I would never have imagined I'd find myself without a club at the age of 26. Now I'm waiting for a gift - a new club."

Ex-Arsenal midfielder not fit for Marseille debut

Abou Diaby is not yet ready to make his first appearance for Marseille as he seeks full fitness.

OM hoped the injury-plagued former Arsenal midfielder could feature in Friday's friendly against Nimes to build match-sharpness before the Ligue 1 season resumes after the international break.

But team doctor Christophe Baudot has ruled the 29-year-old out as the club take a careful approach to his integration.

Abou Diaby has suffered from a collection of injuries. Credit: PA

"We will wait until he is 100 per cent in every regard," he told the club website.

"He is 100 per cent in some areas but not others. A player like him needs to be 100 per cent across the board.

"He cannot play on Friday because he needs to be right physically but also technically.

"He will train again from Monday through to Sunday."

Arsenal forward happy to help Spurs midfielder

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is more than willing to put an arm around Tottenham teenager Dele Alli, who has been called up for the first time after impressing Roy Hodgson with his early-season performances for Spurs.

It is nine years since Walcott was a surprise inclusion in the 2006 World Cup squad and he knows all too well what it feels like to be involved with the national side from a young age.

Dele Alli is in the England squad for the first time. Credit: PA

Walcott said of Alli: "Seeing him for the first time in the flesh, he's a big lad. He's very classy on the ball and he's only 19 so he's got a long England career ahead of him, and with Tottenham as well.

"He's in the spotlight straight away. I'm always there for him as I obviously was in the England squad at the early age of 17. I've been through it so he's always got plenty of people here to talk to.

"Looking at him, he's the sort of player who'd be able to deal with anything."


Man United striker Rooney an England doubt

Wayne Rooney didn't train on Wednesday. Credit: PA

Wayne Rooney looks to be a major doubt for England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia after he missed a second successive training session because of an ankle injury.

Rooney sat out training when the 25-man squad met on Tuesday and he was absent from the latest session at St George's Park on Wednesday morning.

The England captain suffered a knock to the ankle in Manchester United's 3-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.

Crewe defender taken to hospital after clash of heads

George Ray was treated on the pitch for 15 minutes. Credit: PA

Crewe Alexandra defender George Ray was stretchered off and taken to hospital after clashing heads with Wigan Athletic's Jordi Hiwula.

The Wales Under-21 international was treated on the pitch for 15 minutes before being taken to hospital.

League One Crewe later confirmed the defender had regained consciousness.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi cleared over tax fraud case

Prosecutors have dropped their tax fraud case against Lionel Messi. Credit: PA

Spanish prosecutors have cleared Barcelona star Lionel Messi of wrongdoing in a tax fraud case, but have called for the arrest of his father.

The Argentine footballer had been expected to stand trial in relation to unpaid taxes totalling more than €4 million (£3m).

A Spanish judge recently rejected an appeal filed by the player's lawyers to drop the Barcelona star from the case.

Prosecutors are still seeking an 18-month prison sentence for his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office in unpaid taxes from 2007 to 2009.

In the documents made public on Tuesday, prosecutors also called for a fine of €2 million (£1.5m) for the father of the Argentina playmaker.

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