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    Chelsea to decide Conor Gallagher and Broja transfer futures in pre-season with Tuchel giving duo chance to impress him

    THOMAS TUCHEL will give Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja the chance to impress him in pre-season.The two Chelsea loanees have impressed at their respective clubs this year.
    Conor Gallagher has impressed on loan at Crystal PalaceCredit: Rex
    Armando Broja has scored nine goals for Southampton this seasonCredit: Getty
    In 37 appearances for Crystal Palace, Gallagher has scored eight goals and assisted five, earning him England recognition.
    Meanwhile, Broja has scored nine goals and recorded one assist in 38 appearances for Southampton.
    Many Chelsea fans have been calling out for the duo to be given a chance at Stamford Bridge and the time could finally come this summer.
    Tuchel said: “They will come back for sure. I want to have them in pre-season.
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    “We will decide in pre-season what goes on. It is heavily up to Broja and Gallagher – and how they do.”
    While Chelsea are keen to bring Gallagher back to West London, Crystal Palace want to keep him at Selhurst Park.
    Eagles chairman Steve Parish is known to be a huge admirer of the young star.
    He said: “We would love to have Conor Gallagher back, I am not going to pretend that is not the case.
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    “Conor will make his own choices of course, and the club will have something to say about it, but we have enjoyed every minute of having him here this year.
    “So if that is all we get of him, and I hope not, he has been a fantastic asset to the club as a player, and as a person as well.”
    Chelsea’s first scheduled pre-season game will take place in Orlando, Florida on July 23.
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    Christensen pulled out of Chelsea clash earlier this season before refusing to play in FA Cup final, reveals Tuchel

    THOMAS TUCHEL has revealed that Andreas Christensen pulled out of the Chelsea squad on more than one occasion this season.Christensen, 26, withdrew from the FA Cup final party on Saturday morning – just hours before kick-off.
    Andreas Christensen pulled out of the FA Cup final squadCredit: AFP
    Thomas Tuchel revealed that Christensen has pulled out of the squad more than onceCredit: Getty
    He was expected to start the game, so the Blues boss was forced into an emergency defensive reshuffle with Trevoh Chalobah coming in as his replacement.
    But, Tuchel has now confirmed that Christensen has left the squad on multiple occasions this season.
    He said: “Andreas came the morning of the match to tell me he’s not ready.
    “He had his reasons, they stay private and confidential. It was not the first time as you can see.
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    “Over the last weeks that we had the same situations.”
    Chelsea went on to lose 6-5 on penalties to Liverpool after extra time.
    Christensen will leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season.
    He has reportedly agreed a five-year deal with Barcelona.
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    Tuchel is aware of his upcoming departure, but he has insisted that this is not the reason for the defender’s behaviour.
    He added: “I don’t think that it’s that he does not want to play. There is a big difference.
    “I don’t know the reason but he is always very nervous. I don’t know what to say. We had to accept it and we will accept it.
    “I try the best I can to not take things personally. I still believe that Andreas wanted to play and I still believe that he could.”
    Chelsea could risk losing two more defenders to Barcelona at the end of the season.
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    Best players who left Chelsea on a free transfer as Antonio Rudiger heads to Real Madrid, including Lampard and Drogba

    CHELSEA face a free transfer exodus.German international Antonio Rudiger is Real Madrid-bound, after failing to agree a contract with the Blues.
    Antonio Rudiger is heading for the exit door at ChelseaCredit: Getty
    Fellow defender Andreas Christensen is also set for LaLiga – with Barcelona leading the chasing pack for the Denmark star’s signature.
    But the Premier League giants have done this dance before – losing a host of great players on free transfers in the past.
    Here’s the best who have left for nothing over the years.
    Frank Lampard
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    Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer, Lampard signed for MLS side New York City in 2014.
    However, rather than wait till January for the US season to start, he was controversially loaned out to Manchester City for match fitness.
    Astonishingly, his first goal for City came against Chelsea – which moved Lampard to tears.
    Didier Drogba
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    Legend Drogba’s last kick in a Chelsea shirt won the West Londoners their first ever Champions League against Bayern Munich with the final penalty in a shootout.
    His next kick, after moving for nothing, was for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.
    But in 2014, he returned to Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho’s blessing to “make more history”.
    Hilariously, he left again on a free for Montreal Impact after 40 appearances and seven goals.
    Frank Lampard became Chelsea’s highest goalscorer before he was released on a freeCredit: Getty
    Chelsea legend Didier Drogba departed the club twice for freeCredit: Getty
    John Terry
    Loyal servant Terry left Chelsea for Aston Villa in 2017, following 717 appearances for the Blues.
    His final season in football nearly earned his new side promotion from the Championship.
    He later joined the Aston Villa coaching staff, before departing the club in 2021.
    John Terry’s time at Stamford Bridge ended in 2017Credit: Getty

    Ashley Cole
    After winning Premier League titles, FA Cups, a Champions League and Europa League, among other trophies, Cole’s work was done in 2014.
    He had already lost his place in the first team to César Azpilicueta in his final season at the club, so it was no surprise he was on the list of players leaving the club once their contracts were up.
    Embarking on a new adventure, he spent a season at Roma – before a stint at LA Galaxy, and then finishing his career at Derby County.
    Ashley Cole won the Premier League with the Blues before departing for pastures newCredit: Getty
    Claude Makelele
    The France midfielder won two league titles with Chelsea before leaving the club in 2008.
    It appeared he had run his race in the Premier League, but at new club PSG he found a new lease of life.
    He won the Coupe de France in 2010, and was then appointed assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti from 2011-2013.
    Claude Makelele left the Blues after five seasons at Stamford BridgeCredit: Getty
    Salomon Kalou
    Super-sub Kalou was often the unlikely hero at Chelsea.
    But, wanting regular first team football, he was released in 2012 and soon joined French side Lille.
    In Ligue 1 he was a hit, scoring 34 goals across two full seasons.
    The Ivory Coast star finished his career at Hertha Berlin – where he played 172 games and scored 53 goals.
    Interestingly, he never won anything after leaving our shores.
    Super sub Salomon Kalou moved to Lille for regular first team footballCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Branislav Ivanovic appeared 377 times for the BluesCredit: PA
    Branislav Ivanovic
    In ten seasons at Chelsea, Ivanovic hardly ever let the club down.
    In 377 appearances, he won it all – Premier League titles, FA Cups, a League Cup, Champions League and Europa League too.
    But, in his final season cracks were beginning to show – and the Blues made the heartbreaking decision to cut the Serbian.
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    Chelsea chief hails Blues ‘gutsy and aggressive’ FA Cup defeat of Manchester City

    EMMA HAYES quashed any ideas of leaving Chelsea after claiming her 11th major trophy at the helm with their FA Cup defeat of Manchester City. The jubilant Kingsmeadow boss paid tribute to her players after stating she was f**king happy with her team’s 3-2 victory.
    Emma Hayes and goalscorer Cuthbert helped Chelsea to their fourth FA Cup winCredit: �MI News & Sport Ltd
    An extra-time goal from Sam Kerr led to a 3-2 Blues defeat of Manchester CityCredit: Getty
    An Erin Cuthbert boomer and a brace from Sam Kerr saw Chelsea bring joy to Blues fans after their Prem side suffered FA Cup heartbreak against Liverpool on Saturday.
    And the team claimed their fourth trophy in the competition under Hayes in dramatic fashion in front of a contest record crowd of 49,084.
    A stunning extra-time solo effort from Kerr sealed the victory for her side.
    Hayes said: “That was so amazing for the women’s game, two teams that respect the crap out of each other going toe-to-toe…we were so gutsy.
    “I loved the game plan I thought it was really aggressive, but we had to grind, we had to work.
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    “I’m just so f**ing happy. I’m being dead honest! Those women will go down in history.
    “I will look back in 10 years’ time and will be like ‘that group was immense’.
    “They are the best team I have ever coached. We have a group of people that won’t be on the losing team. They will find a way.”
    The Kingsmeadow chief paid tribute to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and club chairman Bruce Buck.
    The duo reportedly expected to remain in their roles under prospective new owner Todd Boehly.
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    And she dismissed any notion of calling it day with the club having led them to double silverware triumph.
    Hayes added: “Everyone knows I have a contract at Chelsea so what is the speculation about?
    “Is there a job you guys are telling me I am going for that I know nothing about?
    “As far I am concerned, I don’t have to kill any speculation, I am under contract and there is nothing to talk about.”
    Ji So-Yun made her final Chelsea appearance ahead of her departure from the clubCredit: PA
    Hayes saluted outgoing players Ji So-Yun, Drew Spence and Jonna Andersson.
    The trio all played their last games in Chelsea shirts sealing their exits with a trophy double.
    The Blues chief said: “I’m so gutted to lose three brilliant people.
    “I’ve coached Drew since she was 19/20 years of age. I watched her grow up and I’m so proud of her and Jonna.
    “I said the same thing to all three of them at the end of the game, ‘this is your legacy’.
    Chelsea took the lead with Kerr heading them in front off the back of Millie Bright’s curled free-kick in the 33rd minute.
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    Man City levelled with Hemp walloping past Ann-Katrin Berger before Cuthbert’s second-half thumper restored Chelsea’s lead.
    But a late equaliser from Hayley Raso took the match into extra time before Kerr bagged the winner jetting down the wing before firing home a 99th-minute winner.
    Despite the loss, Gareth Taylor said he was proud of his team’s endeavours.
    The City boss said: “My feeling isn’t really one of disappointment. Of course, we have lifted the trophy before and wanted to do it again 
    Gareth Taylor is proud of his team’s recent performances the ‘disappointment’ of their FA Cup loss to ChelseaCredit: �MI News & Sport Ltd
    “But my feeling is pride in the way the team has played at times.
    “There are areas we have to improve on and there were mistakes made – the only thing of disappointment is that if you give Chelsea three goals you will have to do a lot to win the game.
    “We know we have areas to improve but we have a lot of good young talent coming through at the club so the future is bright.” More

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    Chelsea ace Andreas Christensen PULLED OUT of playing FA Cup final just hours before kick-off leaving team-mates stunned

    ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN pulled out of Chelsea’s FA Cup final squad just hours before kick off – leaving team-mates stunned.The defender told boss Thomas Tuchel that he was not ready to play.
    Andreas Christensen pulled out of Chelsea’s FA Cup defeat to Liverpool just hours before kick-offCredit: Getty
    Christensen had played the whole 90 minutes of the previous match at Leeds.
    Surprised Tuchel was forced into an emergency reshuffle of his Wembley plans and started rookie Trevoh Chalobah in the Denmark centre back’s absence.
    Chelsea went on to lose the final 6-5 on penalties to Liverpool after extra time.
    An hour after the final whistle Tuchel confirmed that Christensen is leaving Chelsea when the season finishes next Sunday.
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    Head coach Tuchel said: “We are losing Toni, we are losing Andreas, so this is tough.”
    Spanish giants Barcelona have agreed a deal to take Christensen on a free transfer this summer.
    A source close to Christensen claimed the player had felt unwell in the days leading up to the biggest domestic match of the season.
    Fellow Chelsea stars were left bewildered when Christensen left the team hotel.
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    It now looks like the former youth team star has played his last game for Chelsea.
    They are at home to Leicester on Thursday and then Watford on Sunday and Christensen is unlikely to feature at all.
    Chelsea still need three points to guarantee third place in the Premier League.
    The sour end to Christensen’s time as a Chelsea player is a blow to Tuchel who is losing Rudiger and facing the uncertainty of new ownership taking over the club after it was hit by Government sanctions. More

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    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel may complain about a lack of depth – but Liverpool have built their squad like few others

    AS the Roman Abramovich era draws to a close, Thomas Tuchel complained Chelsea lacked Liverpool’s squad depth.It was an incredible comment from the most recent beneficiary of the billions of Vladimir Putin’s crony — but it wasn’t inaccurate.
    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes the Blues’ squad depth is inferior to Liverpool’s – but Jurgen Klopp has built an incredible side without spending as much as othersCredit: EPA
    When Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk limped out of the FA Cup final, Diogo Jota and Joel Matip hardly weakened the Reds.
    After the ineffective £97.5million Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku was withdrawn, Tuchel employed Ruben Loftus-Cheek as an emergency  centre-forward.
    Yes, Tuchel suffered injuries to Kai Havertz and Timo Werner in the build-up.
    But it is still remarkable Liverpool’s nine-man bench looked stronger than Chelsea’s. Jurgen Klopp’s sub options are usually more experienced and diverse than Manchester City’s, too.
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    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, a 28- year-old, three-time FA Cup winner with 35 England caps, didn’t even make the matchday squad of 20.
    Tuchel had just seen Liverpool’s reserve left-back Kostas Tsimikas slot home the winning penalty which clinched the first FA Cup in 16 years for the Reds.
    And Tsimikas, who was excellent in last Tuesday’s win at Aston Villa and is pressing Andy Robertson hard for a place in  Klopp’s best XI, has been a fine addition for a  modest £11.75m.
    To head into the final fortnight of the season, still capable of winning the Quadruple, would be astonishing even for a team who were the wealthiest in their nation.
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    Yet Liverpool’s net transfer spend under Klopp — around £30m a year — is dwarfed by both Manchester clubs and is also less than that of Everton, Aston Villa, Arsenal and Tottenham.
    While football’s opaque transfer system means such figures can vary, Klopp’s Kop spend a similar amount each year to West Ham, Wolves and Brighton.
    If there had been one criticism of Klopp before this season, it would have been his lack of success in domestic knockout competitions — and often his dismissive attitude towards them.
    But his perceived ‘disrespect’ for the cups was only voiced because Liverpool didn’t lift either trophy in the previous six seasons.
    Look at the starting line-up for the defeat of Leicester  in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, for example, and only Jordan Henderson would be in Klopp’s strongest side.
    Yet the Reds won, thanks to some shootout heroics from back-up keeper Caoimhin Kelleher.
    In the FA Cup quarter-final at Nottingham Forest, Klopp started with Tsimikas, Joe Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Harvey Elliott, as well as Roberto Firmino — the one-time mainstay as a deep-lying centre-forward — who has become peripheral.
    Klopp’s squad building, and his rotation of resources, has been exceptional.
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    Now the longest-serving manager in the top flight, Klopp trusts every man in his squad.
    Like Sir Alex Ferguson — the  only other manager to win the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup with the same club — he constantly improves from a position of strength.
    Since the title win of 2020, Liverpool have brought in  Jota, Thiago Alcantara, Ibrahima Konate, Luis Diaz and Tsimikas. All  played important roles in Saturday’s Cup triumph.
    None cost anywhere near as much as Lukaku.
    Of course, all praise of Klopp’s team is currently tinged with the bizarre idea that the entire country is cheering them on.
    This is a spectacular misreading of the national mood from Tuchel and Pep Guardiola.
    If we’re all Liverpool supporters now, then I’m sure you’d have been jeering and whistling the gospel choir singing the traditional Cup Final hymn ‘Abide With Me’ before kick-off.
    The crowing banner ‘Imagine Being Us’ is read by most of us with an entirely different tone to that with which it was written.
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    In reality, few who do not actively support the ‘This Means More’ brigade are revelling in their outstanding campaign.
    But we are going to have to get used to it. Klopp has signed up for another four seasons and Liverpool aren’t going away.
    A club whose recruitment system was derided under Klopp’s  predecessor Brendan Rodgers — and disliked by Rodgers himself —  has thrived since the German arrived in 2015.
    Klopp has already started next season’s rebuild by agreeing to  sign the gifted Fulham attacking midfielder Fabio Carvalho, who, at 19, already looks capable of playing regularly for Liverpool.
    And we’re yet to witness the  full ability of Elliott, the last  kid Liverpool poached for a minimal compensation fee from Craven Cottage.
    Some, including supersub striker Divock Origi, will leave Anfield this summer.
    But like so many Liverpool fringe players, the big Belgian has frequently stepped up at crucial moments for them. Usually in Merseyside derbies.
    So as Chelsea pass into American ownership, Tuchel can only hope that Todd Boehly runs the club similarly to Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group.
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    And like Tuchel’s complaint  about squad depth, that is not an inaccurate reflection of where these two clubs are currently at. More

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    Chelsea legend and serial trophy winner looks unrecognisable with new hairstyle and goatee beard

    THIS Chelsea legend and serial trophy winner looks unrecognisable with a new hairstyle and trendy goatee beard.But can you guess who it is?
    This Chelsea legend looks unrecognisable with a new hairstyle and goatee beardCredit: Instagram @chelseafc
    This former Stamford Bridge favourite used to run the show from midfield each week.
    Making an instant impact in London, he spent five-and-a-half years with Chelsea.
    And he also won an impressive 52 caps for his country.
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    Yes, it is Blues icon and former Brazilian midfield ace Ramires.
    He spent his time at Chelsea with a smooth, shaved head – as well as no facial hair.
    But Ramires revealed a new look ahead of the club’s FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.
    Sending a message of good luck to Chelsea, Ramires declared: “Hi guys, Ramires here.
    Ramires won multiple trophies at Chelsea during a five-and-a-half year spellCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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    “Just wanted to wish you best of luck before the FA Cup final.
    “Let’s have a repeat of our final win 10 years ago against Liverpool. Good luck guys.”
    Chelsea fans went wild for Ramires’ sharp new style, with one saying: “How much your face has changed. First I did not know you!”
    Another noted: “Looking very handsome my bro.”
    One cried: “Your face changed a lot, couldn’t figure it out at first. You look great.”
    Another added: “Ramires’ glow up is unbelievable.”
    Ramires joined Chelsea from Benfica in 2010 for £18million, having just won a Portuguese league and cup double.
    And he went on to score 34 goals in 251 games as a dynamic box-to-box midfielder.
    Ramires won a Premier League title, FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League during his Stamford Bridge spell.
    But he was shown the door in January 2016 when he joined the Chinese Super League revolution with Jiangsu Suning for £25m.
    Ramires played 71 times for the Far East side before returning to Brazil with Palmeiras.
    Making 43 appearances, he won the 2020 Treble before departing soon after.
    Ramires has been without a club ever since, although he has not officially retired.
    And in 2018 the star admitted he’d love to play again for Chelsea one last time.
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    FA Cup star Kostas Tsimikas was always meant to be a Liverpool hero, many just didn’t know

    LIVERPOOL’S quadruple hopes are still very much alive thanks to an “unlikely hero” in Kostas Tsimikas.Tsimikas scored the winning penalty on Saturday’s FA Cup Final at Wembley after yet another goalless draw and sudden death shootout against Chelsea.
    FA Cup final star Kostas Tsimikas was always supposed to be a Liverpool hero since his arrival in 2020Credit: Reuters
    The left-back was the final hero who made it two out of four for the Reds – but there was nothing “unlikely” about him.
    The 26-year-old defender burst onto the scene in 2018 at Olympiacos following two successful loan stints at Esbjerg and Willem, who played a crucial role in his development.
    Loans rarely work for Greek youngsters as many mistake them for rejection and instead of making the most of it abroad they prefer to stay at home – but not Tsimikas who saw it as a great opportunity to hone his craft.
    Then aged 22, Tsimikas quickly won over the Greek giants’ manager Pedro Martins, who quickly established him as his starting left-back.
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    Greek clubs prefer quick fixes, which is why they often turn to players from overseas instead of investing time on youngsters, meaning Tsimikas had to overcome even more obstacles.
    He played a critical role in Olympiacos’ stunning 2019-2020 season, in which they won the domestic double and eliminated Arsenal from the Europa League before taking Wolves to the limit in the last 16.
    It was obvious the Greece international was not just another flash in the pan like so many youngsters before him – he was hands down the club’s best left-back since the legendary Grigoris Georgatos.
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    It was only a matter of time until Europe’s elite came knocking and Liverpool splashed £12million in 2020 at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
    Tsimikas’ departure left a huge void at Olympiacos, who are still struggling at full-back without his trademark forays down the wing and his pinpoint crossing.
    Switching the Superleague for the Premier League is always a huge leap for every Greek lad and his debut season got even tougher as he was stricken by injury and Covid-19.
    Tsimikas’ admittedly underwhelming first year at Anfield, which only allowed him seven appearances across all competitions, saw many hastily and mistakenly dub him a flop despite his limited pre-season.
    Liverpool ace Kostas Tsimikas scored the winning penalty in the FA Cup FinalCredit: Getty
    There were also times when he was dropped for Norwich full-back Dimitris Giannoulis in Greece’s national team.
    Few allowed for his lack of pre-season, the injury setbacks he suffered or his adjustment to life in Liverpool.
    On Merseyside he has continued to have a hardworking attitude and has formed a friendship with star man Mohamed Salah.
    Fortunately manager Jurgen Klopp continued to believe in the quality he showed at Olympiacos and gave him a second chance that included an injury-free pre-season.
    Tsimikas has managed to stand out this term, even though he is still just Andy Robertson’s backup, with six assists in 25 appearances so far.
    GREEK SCOUSER
    The Greek talent has earned a chant from the Reds’ fans and the Greek Scouser nickname, which he proudly carries with him just like NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo does with his Greek Freak tag.
    The former Panserraikos ace has proven to be a luxury backup that has lefte his mark on Liverpool’s quadruple bid – just as he did at Wembley.
    The Greek Scouser, and of course Alisson, stepped up when the former’s good pal Salah hobbled off with an injury, Luis Diaz missed a raft of chances and Sadio Mane wasted a crucial penalty.
    If there’s one person who isn’t surprised then that’s probably one of his biggest fans, Klopp, who asked him to take a penalty.
    Kostas Tsimikas proved his critics wrong after a poor debut seasonCredit: AFP
    The defender embraced the immense risk of sudden death that could have seen him become either a hero for the ages or the villain that ended the quadruple bid.
    The Greek ace has an important decision to make about his future no matter how the season ends: stay at Liverpool and remain Robertson’s understudy or become a starter – which he deserves – elsewhere.
    But until then he remains so loyal to Liverpool he even raised their Greek Scouser nickname by proudly calling himself the “Scouse Greek”. More