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Liverpool announce AXA will sponsor their new training ground at Kirkby

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Liverpool have revealed their new £50million training facility in Kirkby will be sponsored by AXA as the club showed a glimpse of their new home.

The French insurance company already sponsor the Reds’ training kit and have now extended their partnership to include the state-of-the-art training ground, which will be named the AXA Training Centre. It is the first time Liverpool have had a training ground naming partner.

The Premier League champions released a video of the new base alongside the agreement on Tuesday morning as the finishing touches are added to the complex.

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Liverpool have revealed their new £50m training facility in Kirkby will be sponsored by AXA 

The club showed a glimpse of their new home as they announced the agreement on Tuesday

The club showed a glimpse of their new home as they announced the agreement on Tuesday

The club showed a glimpse of their new home as they announced the agreement on Tuesday

Jurgen Klopp's office at the new hub, with a balcony overlooking the outdoor pitches

Jurgen Klopp's office at the new hub, with a balcony overlooking the outdoor pitches

Jurgen Klopp’s office at the new hub, with a balcony overlooking the outdoor pitches

The Reds showed off the three full-size pitches, goalkeeping and warm-up areas as well as sports hall in the brief look at the training hub.

The AXA Training Centre also has two gyms, a swimming pool, hydrotherapy and sports rehabilitation facilities.  

Liverpool are gearing up for moving into their new home in November following delays to the construction due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The insurance company already sponsor Reds' training kit and have now extended partnership

The insurance company already sponsor Reds' training kit and have now extended partnership

The insurance company already sponsor Reds’ training kit and have now extended partnership

A brief look at the nutritional facilities was shown in the clip posted by Liverpool on Tuesday

A brief look at the nutritional facilities was shown in the clip posted by Liverpool on Tuesday

A brief look at the nutritional facilities was shown in the clip posted by Liverpool on Tuesday

Liverpool were due to move training bases at end of last season but construction was delayed

Liverpool were due to move training bases at end of last season but construction was delayed

Liverpool were due to move training bases at end of last season but construction was delayed

The finishing touches are being added to the state-of-the art facility in Kirkby, Merseyside

The finishing touches are being added to the state-of-the art facility in Kirkby, Merseyside

The finishing touches are being added to the state-of-the art facility in Kirkby, Merseyside

Klopp's Premier League champions nd the club's Under 23s will train at the new complex

Klopp's Premier League champions nd the club's Under 23s will train at the new complex

Klopp’s Premier League champions nd the club’s Under 23s will train at the new complex

Jurgen Klopp’s side and the club’s Under 23s were originally set to make the transition from Melwood, where they have been located for 70 years, at the end of last season but the teams will now switch next month.  

‘The expansion of AXA’s partnership to include the naming rights of the club’s new Training Centre makes perfect sense,’ Liverpool FC’s chief executive officer Billy Hogan said.

‘We have already seen their emphasis on driving health, well-being, confidence and self-belief, and so deepening their relationship in the field of training makes this partnership a great fit.

‘We’re pleased to have AXA on board as we start this new chapter at the club and are proud to expand our relationship with a brand that shares our common values and aspirations both on and off the pitch.’

The Premier League champions will move into their new home from Melwood in November

The Premier League champions will move into their new home from Melwood in November

The Premier League champions will move into their new home from Melwood in November

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Allan says Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is ‘fantastic’ and he is settled in the Premier League

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Everton midfielder Allan has revealed that he has a close admirer in manager Carlo Ancelotti – and the feeling is very much mutual.

The Brazilian worked with Ancelotti while the Italian coach was the Napoli manager for 18 months between 2018 and 2019. He said Ancelotti was still helping him develop since the pair reunited on Merseyside.

‘Working with Ancelotti is fantastic. To work with someone who has won all the major trophies is marvellous,’ Allan told talkSPORT.

Allan has hailed Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti as 'fantastic' and someone he learns from

Allan has hailed Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti as 'fantastic' and someone he learns from

Allan has hailed Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti as ‘fantastic’ and someone he learns from

The Brazilian said  Ancelotti was a 'marvellous' coach who 'likes me and admires my football'

The Brazilian said  Ancelotti was a 'marvellous' coach who 'likes me and admires my football'

The Brazilian said  Ancelotti was a ‘marvellous’ coach who ‘likes me and admires my football’ 

‘You learn a lot from him every day in training. I’m really proud that a coach of that pedigree, who has had such a career, likes me and admires my football.

‘Hopefully together, here at Everton, we can achieve the things this club deserves.’

Ancelotti made no secret of his desire to bring Allan to the Toffees and secured the £21million transfer in September. At the time, Allan referred to ‘Professor Ancelotti’ and said he had done ‘everything possible to bring me here’.

The Brazil international has flourished during his time at Everton and he is a key player for Ancelotti, playing in all but one Premier League match and completing 90 minutes every time. 

To that end, Allan said he feels settled in English football. ‘The settling in and adaptation has been really relaxed and easy. 

Ancelotti was extremely keen to complete Allan's £21million signing from Napoli in September

Ancelotti was extremely keen to complete Allan's £21million signing from Napoli in September

Ancelotti was extremely keen to complete Allan’s £21million signing from Napoli in September

Allan said he hopes with Ancelotti's help Everton can 'achieve the things this club deserves'

Allan said he hopes with Ancelotti's help Everton can 'achieve the things this club deserves'

 Allan said he hopes with Ancelotti’s help Everton can ‘achieve the things this club deserves’

‘It’s not just my South American team-mates who have helped, my English teammates have also given me a lot of help, and the club give you all the necessary support to do you job.’

On the pitch, Allan said his combative midfield style has prepared him well for the rigours of Premier League football.

‘The Premier League is a competition with a lot of contact, very competitive and very intense,’ he said. ‘Without a doubt, my game is suited to the Premier League style.’

Having made his name playing for Udinese and Napoli in Italy, Allan is hoping to learn from English football to improve his game. 

‘I had great seasons in Italy in the Udinese shirt and with Napoli. I’m really happy with what I achieved there,’ he said.

Allan feels settled in the Premier League and said English football suits his combative style

Allan feels settled in the Premier League and said English football suits his combative style

Allan feels settled in the Premier League and said English football suits his combative style

Ancelotti managed Allan when they were together at Napoli in Serie A between 2018 and 2019

Ancelotti managed Allan when they were together at Napoli in Serie A between 2018 and 2019

Ancelotti managed Allan when they were together at Napoli in Serie A between 2018 and 2019

‘I learnt a lot as a football player, but also as a person. I grew a lot from being in Italy and I hope I can continue this in England, playing great games for Everton and winning the hearts of the Everton fans.’

Allan’s defensive midfield skills will no doubt be critical as Everton seek to get back to winning ways against Burnley on Saturday. 

After a flying start that saw them top the league for the first few weeks, the Toffees have lost four of their previous five games and sit in eighth place.

Allan said: ‘We’ve studied them [Burnley] a lot, we know what the qualities and strengths are of the opponent, so it will be a very physical game.

‘There will be a lot of battles on the pitch and I hope that we can control the game and it’ll be a good victory for us and we get the win that we’re all hoping for.’  

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Braga’s Wenderson Galeno LEVITATES off the ground with amazing piece of skill

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He may have scored the final goal for Braga in a 4-2 win over AEK Athens to seal a last-32 spot in the Europa League but Thursday night was all about Wenderson Galeno’s moment of magic.  

The 23-year-old effortlessly controlled a high, lofted ball onto his left foot, even balancing it briefly whilst he himself was levitating off the ground.

The outrageous piece of skill was the highlight of a dazzling display and quickly went viral 

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Wenderson Galeno with manager Carlos Carvahal after Braga's win at AEK Athens on Thursday

Wenderson Galeno with manager Carlos Carvahal after Braga's win at AEK Athens on Thursday

Wenderson Galeno with manager Carlos Carvahal after Braga’s win at AEK Athens on Thursday

Championship club Reading were previously linked with the young forward, and were rumoured to be interested in taking him on loan with a view to a permanent deal in the summer of 2019. 

However, Galeno eventually signed for Braga from fellow Portuguese club Porto that summer for a fee of £2.7 million.

Since signing, he has made 54 appearances, scoring 12 goals and notching 17 assists for Carlos Carvahal’s side.

Braga are currently second in the Primeira Liga, four points behind leaders Sporting Lisbon and travel to Belenenses on Sunday. 

Braga are through to the last 32 of the Europa  League following their 4-2 win in Greece

Braga are through to the last 32 of the Europa  League following their 4-2 win in Greece

Braga are through to the last 32 of the Europa  League following their 4-2 win in Greece

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Eddie Hearn mocked by Sky Sports TV viewers for ‘rascal 80s chic’ outfit as Freddie Flintoff asks ‘what’s he wearing?’

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EDDIE HEARN was mocked by Sky Sports viewers for his ‘rascal 80s chic’ outfit as cricket legend Freddie Flintoff asked “what’s he wearing?”.

Matchroom promoter Hearn was starring on TV as Billy Joe Saunders defended his WBO super middleweight title with a points victory over Martin Murray.

Eddie Hearn's choice of long-sleeve knitted polo was mocked online

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Hearn's polo is currently being sold at a discounted price by fashion retailer Reiss

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Hearn’s polo is currently being sold at a discounted price by fashion retailer ReissCredit: Reiss

But his eye-catching get-up stole the show, sending social media into a frenzy.

Celeb pal Flintoff called out Hearn on Twitter and wrote “What is @EddieHearn wearing @SkySportsBoxing” alongside a face palm emoji.

Boxing supremo Hearn, 41, saw the funny side and defended his outfit.

He replied: “Vintage 80’s chic mate you will be in it next year.”

Hearn’s zip-neck polo shirt in grey-marl caused quite a stir online and is sold by fashion giants Reiss.

The top is currently on sale for £60 with almost 50 per cent hacked off the list price of £115… and you can see why.

It is advertised along with the suggestion to ‘Style it with tailored trousers, trainers and finish with a bomber jacket for a refined weekend look.’

And Hearn appeared to take the manufacturers’ advice with a smart pair of light grey trousers twinned with his retro polo for the Friday night fight.

But boxing fans tore into Hearn online, with one suggesting he was: “Going crown green bowling after – either that or hosting bullseye.”

Another jibed: “Eddie you look like the new face of Jacamo!!”

A third joked: “80s is the age group not the era.”

A fight fanatic added: “Absolute rascal clobber from @EddieHearn tonight #SaundersMurray #boxing #SkySports.”

Hearn slams Government for snubbing sport from bail-out and not understanding the importance of the sport on communities

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