Virgil van Dijk pleased Liverpool youngster has left the club

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is pleased that Rafael Camacho has made the return to Sporting this summer. The 19-year-old managed just two appearances with the Reds during the course of the campaign and that urged him to make the return to Portugal rather than considering an extension with the Merseyside outfit.

Speaking to O Jogo, Van Dijk said that Camacho has plenty of potential within himself and he is pleased that the youngster will continue his development with Sporting, he told: "He is still young, has a lot to learn. He has been in Sporting's youth set-up and probably feels like returning home. I am happy for him and I hope he is happy. He has quality and he knows what he has to do, because we all know that there are many players who have quality, but then they lack the rest."

Michael Owen reacts positively to Lampard becoming Chelsea manager

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen has backed Frank Lampard to be a success with Chelsea while hoping that the move paves way for the recruitment of more young English managers at the highest level. The 40-year-old took charge as the new head coach of Chelsea on Thursday following a prolonged wait where the Blues were settling on a compensation package with Derby County.

Writing on his official Twitter account, Owen suggested that every managerial appointment has a risk and put Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane as prime examples during the beginning of their jobs. He added that Lampard can prove a success with the west London side and hopefully provide the confidence for other clubs to choose young English managers.

Michael Owen praises Liverpool after Champions League success

Michael Owen has praised the current crop of Liverpool players after they ended the long wait for a trophy with the Champions League title. The Reds had not won any form of silverware since the 2012 League Cup but they managed to end the piece of unwanted history by beating Tottenham Hotspur to the Champions League crown.

Speaking on BT Sport, Owen applauded the efforts of the Reds team and said that the Champions League glory could be the beginning of a cycle of success under Jurgen Klopp, he told: “It’s absolutely brilliant. Liverpool have played so well all season and what have they been given for it in the Premier League? Nothing. So who cares if they played well or poorly – the main thing today was getting over that line and getting your hands on that trophy, because this team are unbelievable. This is their cycle now. They have to win trophies while they’re at the top of their game. And they’ve gone and won the big one for starters.”

Henderson heaps praise on Tottenham ahead of Champions League final

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has said that Tottenham Hotspur should not be underestimated during next month’s Champions League final. The Reds were the better side than Spurs in the league as they finished 26 points ahead while beating them on both occasions when they met.

Despite this, Henderson is not taking the north London side lightly and believes the Reds could be braced for a tough Champions League final in Madrid, he said: "It means everything. For the club, for the fans, for everybody involved but most importantly for the players. Not many people would have thought [it was possible] at the start of the season - especially at the end of last season, it was a difficult end. We all know how good Spurs are - great players and on the day, they can beat anybody really. So it'll be a really tough final. So we need to be ready."

Klopp hails Lionel Messi’s performance in Champions League semi-final

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that Lionel Messi was unstoppable during the Reds’ 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. The Merseyside outfit went head-to-head with the Blaugrana for the entire 90 minutes but the better finishing ensured that the Spanish champions prevailed with a comfortable triumph.

Speaking after the game, Klopp was pleased with the performance from his team, who created an equal amount of goalscoring chances with the better possession. He added that Messi was the key difference between the sides and the Argentine was ‘unstoppable’ as he bagged a brace to reach the historic 600-goal tally with the Blaugrana.

Michael Owen believes Liverpool can beat Barcelona

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen believes the Reds can get the better of Barcelona and reach the final of the Champions League in Madrid. The Reds made light weather of their quarter final tie against Porto which they won with a comfortable 6-1 scoreline, and they are now scheduled to face Barcelona in the final four of the competition.

Speaking on BT Sport, Owen said that the Reds have the edge over the Blaugrana in the semi-final, given the opening leg has been scheduled at the Camp Nou, where the club can seek the important away goal, he quipped: “With the first game at the Nou Camp that's a huge advantage. Going back to Anfield that's a real bonus.”

Owen fancies Manchester City to overcome Spurs in the Champions League

Former Liverpool star Michael Owen believes Manchester City have the advantage over Tottenham Hotspur in the quest to reach the semi-final stage of the Champions League. The Citizens suffered a slender 1-0 defeat to Spurs during the first leg of the quarter-final on the road but they could have quite easily scored the away goal, had Sergio Aguero managed to score from the penalty spot.

Ahead of the second leg, Owen admitted that Spurs had the luxury of resting some of the regulars unlike Manchester City at the weekend, but still backed the latter to prevail with the home advantage on Wednesday night, he told BetVictor: “City returned to the top of the Premier League table – however briefly – with an excellent performance at Selhurst Park on Sunday when Raheem Sterling again showed what a vital cog he is to the City machine.

Michael Owen believes Liverpool are still favourites for the Premier League crown

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen believes his former club still hold the advantage over Manchester City in the race for the Premier League crown. The Reds recently dropped a couple of points in the 0-0 derby draw against Everton and this has witnessed them relinquish the top position to the Citizens.

Still, Owen insists that the Reds have the advantage in the title pursuit, given they have gone through the tricky away games while they face the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in their home patch, he told Goal.com: "It looks like it’s a two-horse race. There’s only Manchester City and Liverpool that are potentially going to win the Premier League. “I’ll feel sorry for whoever doesn’t because in any other year the second team would’ve won the Premier League by maybe 10 points. This year has been an exceptional standard and it’s going to go a long way yet.

Michael Owen feels Liverpool will struggle to recruit a top-class striker this summer

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen believes Liverpool could have a tough time recruiting a top-class striker during the summer transfer window. The Reds have constantly worked with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the frontline over the past 20 months and Owen feels the club’s strong backing for the trio may affect their summer transfer plans.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Owen highlighted that teams outside of the top six may have an easier chance of pursuing top-class strikers when compared to Liverpool, where the new arrival may have to settle for a bench role. He added that the Reds may have to either recruit a quality marksman approaching the final years of his career or settle for a promising youth prospect.

Michael Owen insists Marcus Rashford needs to continue scoring regularly

Michael Owen believes Marcus Rashford must showcase his scoring touch for the long run, if he is to become the first-choice striker at Manchester United for years to come. The England international has been handed a regular role upfront since the temporary appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December and this has paid dividends with him scoring six times from the nine league matches played.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Owen believes the youngster is making progress towards becoming a world class player with the improvement shown with the finishing which was not the case earlier in the campaign, he said: “He’s looking more and more world class as we go on really, isn’t he? He’s a top player.

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