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Virgil van Dijk is best positioned to win Player of the Year award this season – Paul Merson

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Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is best positioned to win the Premier League player of the year award this season.

This is according to former Arsenal star, Paul Merson, who believes Van Dijk should win the award ahead of his team-mate Jordan Henderson.

Van Dijk’s fine performance has helped Jurgen Klopp’s side build a 22-point lead at the top of the league table.

The Dutch international has started all 28 of Liverpool Premier League games this term, scoring four goals.

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Henderson has also been in top form in the midfield this season, netting 3 and providing 5 assists.

However, Merson sees Van Dijk as the favourite to win the PFA player of the year award this season.

Merson told Sky Sports,

“Virgil van Dijk has to be up there. If you took him out of this team and put him in City’s team, City would win the league. If you put Henderson in City’s team, he wouldn’t even get in the team!

“At the start of the season, Raheem Sterling was putting up figures that not even Messi and Ronaldo were putting up, but he’s not even a mention now. It’s all about the moment in time. Nobody remembers August, September and October!

“Henderson, at the start of the season, wasn’t always in the team, or was being subbed or was a sub, but I think he is a must now and has turned it around.

“He has dragged the team along when they have struggled, but for me he’s been the most improved players, and he thoroughly deserves to be up there, but for me I can’t get away from Van Dijk.”

Liverpool were handed their third defeat of the season last night when they fell 2-0 to Chelsea crashing out of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.

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Wenger, perfect candidate to become new Arsenal chairman – Martin Keown

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Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has said legendary manager Arsene Wenger, would be the perfect choice to become the new Arsenal chairman.

Sir Chips Keswick retired from the position last week, after spending 15 years on the board.

Keswick admitted he always wanted to leave, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made him bring his decision forward.

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The Gunners are now looking for Keswick’s successor and Keown insists Arsenal should look no further than Wenger.

“It would be something special to see Arsene Wenger come onto the board.

“I don’t think so somehow, I think he’s said recently he doesn’t want to do that, never saw himself as someone who would sit on the board but they could do a lot worse.

“You know that I feel that would be almost the perfect answer for Kroenke, the young Josh Kroenke, he needs that older person perhaps around, someone with the experience,” Keown told talkSPORT.

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Aisha Buhari adopts kids of late Para-Powerlifting champion, Ndidi Nwosu

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Nigerian paralympic gold medalist Ndidi Nwosu is dead

Four-time para – powerlifting world medalist, Mrs Ndidi Nwosu had been laid to rest at her Umuagbada, Umuoba, Eziachi Orlu, home in Imo State.

Speaking at the funeral of the late sports ambassador, the wife of the president and grand patron, Nigeria Para Powerlifting Federation, Hajia(Dr) Aisha Buhari, who was represented by the Deputy Governor of Enugu State and Matron of the Nigeria Para Powerlifting Federation, Hon. (Mrs) Cecilia Ezeilo expressed shock over the death of the late sports ambassador, Mrs Ndidi Nwosu.

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She said that through her Non-Governmental organization, she will carter for the late Ndidi ‘s two children. Hajia Buhari described, Ndidi as a “great Nigerian”, saying:

“She came, represented Nigeria in international Para Powerlifting championships and came home with medals.”

The wife of the president prayed God to grant Ndidi eternal rest.

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In her funeral oration, the Deputy Governor of Enugu State and matron, Nigeria Para Powerlifting Federation, Hon. (Mrs) Cecilia Ezeilo said she was touched by her death.

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Rohr must win trophies, not just qualifying for tournaments – Akanni

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I will accept a pay cut to coach Eagles- Rohr

An ex-international footballer, Wahidi Akanni, on Tuesday said with the re-appointment of Gernot Rohr as the manager of the Super Eagles, winning trophies should be his major focus rather than qualifying for major tournaments.

Akanni said this in an interview with Newsmen in Lagos.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) recently renewed  Rorh’s contract as coach of the Super Eagles for another two and half years.

“Well, having been on the job now for sometime, he’s got a good knowledge of the players in the team, I will expect to see a certain play pattern for the team that can make him achieve what NFF has set for him.

“Nigerians will expect better results than just qualifying for tournaments. Nigeria needs to win trophies.

“It is no longer enough that we qualify for major tournaments, we ought to have moved passed that and set new goals,” Akanni said.

Recently, the minister of Youths and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, stated that the NFF could terminate the appointment of Rohr whenever they felt he was falling short.

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But Akanni wondered whether Rohr needed such reminders at this time.

“My opinion will be that, he’s just renewed his contract, he should be allowed to work.

“Dangling harsh or sack tunes on him now is not good for the super eagles, in as much as I am not a fan of foreign coaches.

“He was employed as the coach, he should be allowed to work and until he doesn’t perform, then he can be relieved of his job,” the former Lagos FA boss said.

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