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Nicolas Anelka urges Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to resist Bernabeu as he praises Jurgen Klopp

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Former Liverpool striker Nicolas Anelka has told Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to stay at Anfield and target more Premier League glory.

The potent pair have been linked with moves abroad but Anelka knows the pressure they would face at the Bernabeu from his own brief unsuccessful spell there after leaving Arsenal in 1999.  

Anelka, who had a 20-match loan spell at Liverpool from Paris Saint-Germain during the 2001/02 season, told the Liverpool Echo: ‘It’s an amazing front three.

Nicolas Anelka has told striker Mohamed Salah that Liverpool is 'very much the place to be'

Nicolas Anelka has told striker Mohamed Salah that Liverpool is 'very much the place to be'

Nicolas Anelka has told striker Mohamed Salah that Liverpool is ‘very much the place to be’

The former France hotshot also wants Sadio Mane (right) to resist overtures from other clubs

The former France hotshot also wants Sadio Mane (right) to resist overtures from other clubs

The former France hotshot also wants Sadio Mane (right) to resist overtures from other clubs

‘I love them all, especially Roberto Firmino because he is the key for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane’s success.

‘Salah and Mane are ranking in the top five best players in the world right now. They have the quality to play for Real Madrid.

‘But today Liverpool can compete with Real Madrid so they don’t need to move. Liverpool is very much the place to be.’

Manager Jurgen Klopp has led his side to their first Premier League title in 30 years and the Champions League in the past 13 months, with his preferred strikers playing a pivotal role and contributing 44 league goals this season. 

Nomadic hitman Anelka scored four times in 20 games during a loan spell at Anfield from PSG

Nomadic hitman Anelka scored four times in 20 games during a loan spell at Anfield from PSG

Nomadic hitman Anelka scored four times in 20 games during a loan spell at Anfield from PSG

Anelka has described current Reds boss Klopp as a 'genius' who will ensure long-term success

Anelka has described current Reds boss Klopp as a 'genius' who will ensure long-term success

Anelka has described current Reds boss Klopp as a ‘genius’ who will ensure long-term success

‘The players can be proud after 30 years of waiting,’ said Anelka, who retired in 2015.

‘It’s a shame it had to come at the same time as this coronavirus so they won’t be able to celebrate with the fans like they should. But it’ll do.

‘Jurgen Klopp is a genius. I love his work, the way he is with his players and the players he has signed. They’re top-class players. They’ll be competitive for many years.’ 

Anelka scored 37 goals in 89 appearances for dethroned champions Manchester City between 2002 and 2005, and is a great admirer of current City boss Pep Guardiola.

He said: ‘It’s been a great battle since Guardiola and Klopp took over. To have these two coaches increases the level in the Premier League.

‘It’s nice to see them fight it out at the top and I hope it’ll be like that for many years. I love both teams but I’ll always have a special feeling for Liverpool.’

The 41-year-old enjoyed success with Manchester City and is a major admirer of Pep Guardiola

The 41-year-old enjoyed success with Manchester City and is a major admirer of Pep Guardiola

The 41-year-old enjoyed success with Manchester City and is a major admirer of Pep Guardiola

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Giggs eager to see Bale as part of ‘mouthwatering’ Tottenham front three with Kane and Son

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Ryan Giggs had admitted he cannot wait to see Gareth Bale form part of a ‘mouthwatering’ front three at Tottenham.

The Wales star sealed a return to Spurs last week on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid, seven years after leaving north London for the Spanish capital.

Bale is currently recovering from a knee injury that will keep him out until next month, but even without the Welshman, Spurs demolished Southampton thanks to four goals from Son Heung-min, all of which were assisted by Harry Kane before the England striker added a fifth in the 5-2 win. 

Ryan Giggs (right) had admitted he cannot wait to see Gareth Bale (left) at Tottenham

Ryan Giggs (right) had admitted he cannot wait to see Gareth Bale (left) at Tottenham

Ryan Giggs (right) had admitted he cannot wait to see Gareth Bale (left) at Tottenham

The Wales star sealed a return to Spurs last week on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid

The Wales star sealed a return to Spurs last week on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid

The Wales star sealed a return to Spurs last week on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid

But Giggs believes Jose Mourinho’s side will have another dimension added to it in attack when Bale returns.

‘It looks mouthwatering – Kane, Son and Bale. They have so many good players at Tottenham. I am really looking forward to seeing how he does,’ Giggs said.

‘It’s good to have him back in the Premier League. We want to see the best players in the world in the Premier League and it will be interesting to see how he does.’

Wales boss Giggs has continued to pick Bale at international level even when he was being frozen out by Real boss Zinedine Zidane.

Without Bale, Harry Kane (right) and Son Heung-min helped Spurs beat Southampton

Without Bale, Harry Kane (right) and Son Heung-min helped Spurs beat Southampton

Without Bale, Harry Kane (right) and Son Heung-min helped Spurs beat Southampton

And Giggs believes Bale will form part of a formidable attacking trio with Kane and Son

And Giggs believes Bale will form part of a formidable attacking trio with Kane and Son

And Giggs believes Bale will form part of a formidable attacking trio with Kane and Son

The 31-year-old was captain for the Nations League wins over Finland and Bulgaria earlier this month but looked rusty due an apparent lack of match fitness.

The forward then picked up the knee problem after being on the end of a strong challenge in the second half of the 1-0 victory over the Bulgarians in Cardiff.

Bale however could be a doubt for the friendly against England on October 8 followed by a double-header away to the Republic of Ireland and Bulgaria in the Nations League. 

But when asked if he was relieved Bale will see more game time ahead of Euro 2021 next summer, Manchester United legend Giggs replied: ‘Yes but not as many trips to Madrid anymore. It will be great. He has Ben Davies there as a team-mate as well.

Giggs admitted he is relieved Bale will see more game time ahead of next summer's Euros

Giggs admitted he is relieved Bale will see more game time ahead of next summer's Euros

Giggs admitted he is relieved Bale will see more game time ahead of next summer’s Euros

‘It’s a huge boost when you see someone like that walk through the door.

‘They got off to a disappointing start to the season, but to see him fit and firing, he will score goals, he’ll make assists, he’ll be a massive lift.

‘I’m sure the Tottenham fans cannot wait to see him.’

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6am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar ‘contract AGREED’, Partey LATEST, Mustafi exit ‘gaining momentum’

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HOUSSEM AOUAR has reportedly agreed a contract with Arsenal, however the Gunners have yet to match Lyon’s asking price.

It is also reported that should Mikel Arteta only be able to sign one of the two players he will opt for the French ace rather than Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.

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6am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: £21m Alex Telles bid ‘IMMINENT’, Jadon Sancho deal expected, Dan James to Leeds

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MANCHESTER UNITED remain confident Borussia Dortmund will lower their £108m asking price for Jadon Sancho, according to reports.

Meanwhile Porto’s Alex Telles is said to be on the verge of handing in a transfer request to join the Red Devils.

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