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Liverpool's Shaqiri looking forward to clash with former club Bayern Munich

Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri is relishing a Champions League reunion with former club Bayern Munich. Credit: PA

Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri is relishing a Champions League reunion with former club Bayern Munich.

Shaqiri spent two-and-and-a-half years at Bayern before joining Stoke in a £12million deal in July 2015.

The 27-year-old Switzerland international moved on to Liverpool last summer and said he always hoped he would face Bayern in the Champions League.

"I was very happy because I wanted to play against Bayern Munich, against my old teammates and my old team," Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com ahead of Tuesday's last-16 first-leg tie at Anfield.

"It was an amazing time (at Bayern). We won a lot of titles, we won the Champions League. We had the best team Bayern Munich had.

"It was an amazing feeling to win so many trophies. I had many great memories there, I will never forget them.

"I'm really looking forward to going there and trying to win the game in Munich with my team."

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Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman denies interest in buying Manchester United

Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman has denied reports that he intends to buy Manchester United. Credit: PA

Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman has denied reports that he intends to buy Manchester United.

The crown prince was said to be launching a £3.8billion offer to take control of the Premier League club, according to weekend reports.

But the kingdom's media minister, Turki al-Shabanah, wrote on Twitter: "Reports claiming that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman intends on buying @ManUtd are completely false.

"Manchester United held a meeting with @PIFSaudi to discuss sponsorship opportunity. No deal has been materialized."

United's American owners, the Glazer family, bought the club for £790million almost 14 years ago.

In October it was reported that United's owners have no intention of selling any stake in the club.

United already have business interests with Saudi Arabia, with Saudi Telecom the club's official integrated telecommunications partner.

The club also signed a memorandum of understanding with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia last year to help develop football industry in the country.

The crown prince has shown a big appetite for bringing sporting events to his country over the past couple of years, including motor sport and boxing, while Brazil and Argentina played a football international in Riyadh last October.

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Mourinho sacking costs Manchester United £19.6million

Sacking Jose Mourinho before Christmas cost Manchester United £19.6million, the Premier League club have revealed. Credit: PA

Sacking Jose Mourinho before Christmas cost Manchester United £19.6million, the Premier League club have revealed in their second-quarter financial results.

That sum, which is listed under "exceptional items" in the accounts, includes pay-outs for the five members of Mourinho's staff who left with him on December 18.

It is less than was reported in some quarters but four times the amount United had to pay predecessors David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal when they were fired in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

In the report, the club announced record revenues of £208.6million for the quarter, which translate into earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £104.3million and an operating profit of £44million.

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