Omar Abdulrahman looks set to move to Al-Hilal on season-long loan

Pointing the way to Riyadh? Al-Ain's Abdulrahman could be on his way to Al-Hilal.
Updated 01 August 2018
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Omar Abdulrahman looks set to move to Al-Hilal on season-long loan

  • UAE star set to sign new deal with Al-Ain which could see him move to Al-Hilal on a season-long loan
  • Move would bolster Riyadh giants' squad already packed with big names

Al-Hilal are set to add United Arab Emirates star Omar Abdulrahamn to their star-studded squad with reports that the 26-year-old is ready to pen a new contract with
Al-Ain but only on condition that he can join the Riyadh giants for a season-long loan.
The forward, long regarded as the Middle East’s best player and the 2016 Asian player of the year, has long been the subject of transfer speculation with European clubs eyeing the UAE’s creative force.
However, Abdulrahman has remained committed to Al-Ain. That appears to remain the case, but while he has said that he will never play for another club in the Emirates, he is likely to sign for Al-Hilal for a season having extended his contact with Al-Ain.
When contacted by Arab News, Al-Hilal officials remained tight-lipped over the possibility of signing West Asia’s biggest star. Abdulrahman, however, did little to quell speculation in an interview with Arabic YouTube late last week.
“I reached Al-Ain and I’ve been blessed since then,” said the Emirati international. “Al-Ain was the only one. And there will never be any other club for me here in the UAE.”
The addition of Abdulrahman to the squad will boost the Riyadh giants who have enjoyed a good pre-season camp in Austria, where returning stars such as Carlos Eduardo and Omar Khribin have blended well with new signings such as Andre Carrillo.
The season-long loan signing, a goalscorer for Peru at the recent World Cup, said that the training camp had gone well and the mood ahead of the new season was positive.
“We have a lot of skilled players and I met some of them during the friendly game that we played against the Saudi Arabia national team,” the Peru international said.
“I guess that working all together and applying the strategy and tactics under the supervision of our coach, in addition to the individual skills of each one of us, will lead us to be better during future games.
“During the last friendly the team had more chemistry than the previous games, because we started to work together a short while ago and have long way to go. We are working to make things better,” he said.
The Benfica player, who played 28 times for Premier League outfit Watford last season, revealed the presence of new boss Jorge Jesus in the Al-Hilal dugout was a big reason behind his decision to move to
the side. Jesus, who joined the Riyadh giants earlier this summer, is an ex-Benfica coach and knows Carrillo well.
“For me, joining this club is a major step in my career,” the 27-year-old said. “Obviously it is a big club; it is the biggest in Saudi Arabia and Asia. My meeting with the president in Madrid was very important.
“The coach, Jorge Jesus, has played a major role in my transfer to Al-Hilal. I am very happy to be with this club and it is clear that the club’s ambitions are high — they eagerly want to win. We will work together to achieve this.
“The fans have showed us full support — this proves that I came to play with a big club. I have received thousands
of comments with blue hearts. I am very happy to be here,” Carrillo said.
Last night Al-Hilal’s final match in Austria saw them draw with Serie A side Udinese. A Mukhtar Fallatah strike 15 minutes from time cancelled out Darwin Machis’ goal for the Italians.


Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool to beware of Bayern Munich ahead of Champions League clash

Updated 19 February 2019
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Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool to beware of Bayern Munich ahead of Champions League clash

  • Reds boss worried about resurgent German giants ahead of second-round first-leg clash.
  • Bayern defender Joshua Kimmich claims Liverpool are the favorites.

LONDON: Jurgen Klopp has warned his Liverpool side they will have to be at their very best if they are to beat Bayern Munich.
The Reds head into the Champions League clash as slight favorites after months at the top of the Premier League. But having drawn the German giants in the second round, Klopp has told his players they have to keep their feet on the ground worthy could end up out of the competition before it really gets going.
“It’ll be very tough,” there Liverpool manager said.
“(Bayern are) only two points off Dortmund in the domestic league and have been consistent finalists and semifinalists.
“They’re a world class team but at the same time we’re confident we can cause them problems.
“They’ve got world class players so we know how difficult it will be.
“Everyone has to be at 100 percent otherwise we’ll get nothing from the game.
“Having said that we have confidence we have the ability to hurt them, and it’s up to us to show that.”

After a tough start to the season Bayern are up to second in the Bundesliga. 


Liverpool went al the way to the final last year, before losing to Real Madrid. But the momentum created by that surprise run has been maintained in the Premier League and another trip to the Champions League knockout stages.
Bayern currently lie second in the Bundesliga and are starting to look like their old levels agains after a tough start to the season. For Klopp, who managed Dortmund before arriving at Anfield, that could spell trouble for the Reds.
“After six years of pretty much dominating the league it was clear this year was going to be a tougher situation.
“It’s actually still the same, being at the top of the league and still in the last-16 of the Champions League.
“It’s a normal situation with a high quality team.
“Munich’s situation, from my point of view, makes them even more dangerous and even more of a threat from my point of view.
“This is a competition, in Europe, where they always do well.”
For the Germans the role of underdogs suits them perfectly. At least that is according to Joshua Kimmich.
The defender said: “Liverpool are the favorites.
“They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.”
Before a ball has been kicked Bayern did receive some good news. Winger Franck Ribery was originally left out of the squad to play at Anfield and did not fly with his teammates. But after becoming a father, the Frenchman has now decided to join up with the squad and will be available for selection. One man who definitely will not make the pitch is Jerome Boateng. The central defender is suffering from a stomach virus.
The Bavarians will also have to wait until Tuesdays to determine whether winger Kingsley Coman will be able to play after picking up an ankle injury on Friday.
The Frenchman scored twice but was injured in the final stages of their 3-2 win at Augsburg.

KEY MAN — ROBERTO FIRMINO 

Of Liverpool’s brilliant attacking trio the Brazilian is perhaps the most underrated and important. When he plays well the Reds usually do likewise. He links up the play well, settling up as many goals as he scores. Liverpool will be hoping he turns up with his A-game tonight, because if he does Bayern Munich could be in for a  long night. 

ARAB NEWS PREDICTS

For once Bayern are not having it all their own way in the Bundesliga. But they are improving and giving Borussia Dortmund something to think about in the race for the title. But home advantage will be key and a resurgent Reds will prove too strong for a Bayern defence that has, on occasions this campaign, looked less than watertight. The only question is can Liverpool get a decisive lead and put the tie to bed before the second leg?