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Liverpool and Man United fined by Uefa over chanting

Liverpool and Manchester United have been fined £30,565 each - half of which has been suspended - for illicit chanting by their fans during March's two-legged Europa League clash.

Liverpool and Man United have been fined by Uefa. Credit: PA

The Reds were fined a further £12,995 for the offences of setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects, crowd disturbances and a late kick-off and ordered to contact United within 30 days for the settlement of the damages caused by their supporters at Old Trafford.

United were fined £13,751 for the offences of blocking stairways, crowd disturbances and the throwing of objects.

Uefa's control, ethics and disciplinary body announced 50 per cent of both clubs' fines for illicit chanting were suspended for a probationary period of two years.

Uefa to take action against Liverpool and Sevilla

A Liverpool fan pictured with an injury before kick-off. Credit: PA

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Liverpool and Sevilla following the Europa League final in Basle on Wednesday night.

The charges laid against Liverpool are for crowd disturbances and the setting off of fireworks, and Sevilla for crowd disturbances and the throwing of objects, UEFA has announced.

The case will be dealt with by UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body on July 21.


Germany boss advises Liverpool target to leave Bayern

Germany coach Joachim Low has suggested Mario Gotze find himself a new club this summer.

Gotze wasn't one of Guardiola's top boys. Credit: PA

Gotze has been given limited time at Bayern Munich this season, with coach Pep Guardiola preferring other players.

While Guardiola is leaving this summer and being replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, Low nevertheless believes a change of scenery would do the 23-year-old Germany forward good.

"In general, I would say that a transfer can release new energy," Low told the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. "A new environment, new surroundings, new motivations.

"Just look at how Toni Kroos has come on. He was a top player at Bayern already, but he has taken another leap in Madrid."

Gotze, who has a year left to run on his contract in Munich, has been linked with former club Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Liverpool, and Low says the player should focus on who he would be working for rather than where he will ply his trade.

"He needs a coach who desperately wants him in his team, but that is not in any way a criticism of Bayern or of Pep Guardiola," Low added.

Liverpool manager to look 'in the mirror' after defeat

Jurgen Klopp will begin the post-mortem into Liverpool's Europa League final loss to defending champions Sevilla by taking a long look at his own performance before that of his team.

Klopp's starting with the man in the mirror. Credit: PA

Liverpool lost 3-1 despite having led through a brilliant Daniel Sturridge strike as they fell apart in the second half , with neither the players nor their manager able to do anything to halt the decline.

It was a chastening experience for all but particularly Klopp who, having inspired a remarkable comeback against Borussia Dortmund in the last eight, has now lost his last five finals.

His credentials are not in question as the progress made since he took over from Brendan Rodgers in October is evident but that will not stop the German analysing himself - before turning the spotlight on his squad.

He said:

The first thing you have to do when you look at the man in the mirror is criticise yourself. As manager of the team all I have to do is self-criticise, nothing else.

It is all about us, all about me. It is my job to help the players to react in different situations better. I can improve a lot.

– Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp


Liverpool v Sevilla starting line-ups revealed

Former Liverpool manager odds-on to take over at Celtic

Brendan Rodgers has emerged as odds-on favourite to take over at Celtic as the club step up their recruitment process.

Rodgers has emerged as the favourite to land the Celtic job. Credit: PA

The former Liverpool manager recently hinted at his potential interest in succeeding Ronny Deila and Celtic are believed to have followed up on that willingness to talk.

Reports now claim that the Northern Irishman is the number one target. However, it is understood that Celtic have a long list of candidates and they are going through the recruitment process methodically.

It is understood that former Watford and Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, a former Celtic player, was interviewed last week.

Former Celtic midfielder Roy Keane has also been heavily linked with a post which he turned down before Ronny Deila accepted the position two years ago.

The Republic of Ireland assistant manager later described the offer as the "right job, wrong time" after feeling Celtic could have done more to make him feel wanted.

Liverpool captain Henderson doesn't expect to start final

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson faces an anxious wait to discover whether he will lead out the side in the Europa League final.

Henderson is not banking on starting the Europa League final. Credit: PA

The England midfielder returned to action with a 26-minute cameo against West Brom on Sunday after more than five weeks out with a knee ligament injury.

But as Liverpool prepare for their first European final in nine years the 25-year-old thinks he has probably not done enough to force his way back into the line up against defending champions Sevilla in Basle.

He admitted:

I don't expect to start. I know I've been out a long time and I've only played 25-30 minutes and when I've been injured the team's done very well and played in some big games to get to the final.

At the same time I feel good and hopefully have been okay in training and in the game the other day. I'm ready to play as long or as little as the manager wants me to.

The injury has been good. In the last few weeks it has progressed really well, I've trained a few times and managed to play at the weekend. I don't know the team. We will probably only find out a few hours before the game as always. It's a huge night for everybody involved and every single player wants to play in it.

– Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson
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