Soccer – Rodgers bemoans Celtic failings

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says his team let themselves down with their second leg performance in the Europa League against Zenit St Petersburg, who are 40/1 with bet365 to win the tournament.

The Scottish champions held a 1-0 advantage from the f…


Formula 1 – Alonso apprehensive about 2018 campaign

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, who is 14/1 with bet365 to win the Drivers’ Championship, says he’s slightly nervous about the new season due to the pressure on the team to improve.

The Woking-based outfit unveiled their 2018 car on Friday as they b…


Soccer – Arsenal paired with Milan in Europa League

Arsenal have been handed a tough draw for the Europa League last-16 after being paired with Italian heavyweights AC Milan, who are 12/1 with bet365 to win the tournament.

The Gunners rode their luck when seeing off Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the p…


Florent Hadergjonaj: ‘This is my dream. I want to play these teams regularly’ | Paul Doyle

Huddersfield right-back on adapting to the top flight, choosing Switzerland over Kosovo and why his club are right to stick with David WagnerThe first time Florent Hadergjonaj played against a Premier League team could have been his last. Romelu Lukaku…


For Pep Guardiola this final could start a Manchester City dynasty | Jamie Jackson

If Guardiola’s first season was about bedding in, the accent now is on trophies and the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal could be the first of three in a matter of months for CityIf Manchester City beat Arsenal in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final their ques…


Burnley v Southampton: match preview

Burnley were the undoubted success story of the first half of the season, accumulating 32 points from their first 19 games. Since Christmas a brake has been applied, with four draws and four defeats. While survival is unlikely to be an issue for Sean D…


Arsenal face AC Milan in Europa League last 16

Arsenal will play seven-time European champions AC Milan in the Europa League last 16. The Gunners will travel to Italy for the first leg on 8 March, with the return match a week later. Milan, who are seventh in Serie A, beat Bulgarian club Ludogorets …


Leicester City v Stoke City: match preview

Leicester have lost some momentum in the league following a disappointing run that has been overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez’s antics. Mahrez, however, is set to make his first league start for more than a month here. Stoke, who will be without the injured…


'It's my dream to win the Premier League – but I want to win it with Liverpool'

Media playback is not supported on this device

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah says he dreams of winning the Premier League and wants to do “something special” in this season’s Champions League.

The Anfield club can go second in the league by beating West Ham on Saturday and lead Porto 5-0 after the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Egypt international Salah has scored 22 goals in 26 league games since signing from Roma for £34m last June.

“I came to here to win titles,” the 25-year-old told Football Focus.

Ex-Chelsea player Salah made three substitute appearances totalling 30 minutes when the Blues won the league in 2014-15, ending the season on loan in Italy at Fiorentina.

He spent the following season on loan at Roma before joining the Serie A side for £12m in August 2016.

Salah has made a huge impact on his return to the Premier League and hopes his efforts can propel Liverpool to a first trophy since 2012.

“I can tell the fans we work 100% to try and win something for the club,” he said.

“It’s a long time since the club won the league. It’s my dream to win the Premier League – but I want to win it with this club.”

‘Much more to come from me’

As well as scoring 22 times, Salah has also provided seven assists in an outstanding start to his Liverpool career – but he reserves praise for his Anfield team-mates.

“It’s easy to play with this kind of quality,” he said. “If you look at me now and five years ago, everything has changed both mentally and physically.

“I’m trying to improve myself every day. I always like to put myself under pressure to improve more.

“I give all my life to football, I only think about football. This is what is on my mind all the time.”

Salah’s 2017-18 in the Premier League… …and how it compares to the best
Goals: 22 Second to Harry Kane (23)
Total shots (including blocked): 103 Second to Harry Kane (150)
Shots on target: 49 Second to Harry Kane (62)
Two or more goals in a game: Five times Second to Harry Kane (six)
Minutes per goal: 92.55 Fourth (second excluding players who have only scored once)
Assists: Seven Joint fifth (Kevin de Bruyne top with 14)
Chances created: 44 Joint 11th (Kevin de Bruyne top with 84)
Dribbles completed: 64 Fourth (Eden Hazard top with 115)
Touches in opposition box: 192 Second to Raheem Sterling (199)

Inspiring a nation

Media playback is not supported on this device

Salah has come a long way since making daily nine-hour round trips from his home village of Nagrig to train and play for Arab Contractors (El Mokawloon) in Cairo at the age of 14.

He travelled by bus – sometimes changing five times – and those sacrifices he made as a teenager to follow his dream of reaching the top have paid off.

This summer, Salah will feel the weight of a nation on his shoulders when Egypt take on hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia at the World Cup. It is a challenge he is relishing.

“I gave a lot for football because I wanted to be as professional as possible. I was travelling nine hours a day,” said Salah, the 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year.

“I want all Egyptian people to follow my way to improve themselves. We are a huge country. We have many children. I want everyone to dream and feel they can do something.”

You can see the full interview on Football Focus from 12:00 GMT on Saturday.

Media playback is not supported on this device

Let’s block ads! (Why?)


Europa League last-16 draw – live!

Updates as Arsenal discover their last-16 fate in Nyon, 12pm GMT‘We were too complacent,’ says Wenger after Östersund scareAnd feel free to mail Ben or tweet @benfisherj to get in touch 11.57am GMT When will the games take place? The last-16 matches wi…


West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town: match preview

Alan Pardew has put his faith in Jonny Evans to lead West Bromwich Albion out of trouble saying “God teaches us to forgive” with regard to reinstating the defender as captain. Pardew seems to recognise the importance of moving quickly on from the Barça…


Winter Olympics day 14 – in pictures

Devoted fans, beauty on ice, highs and lows: all the latest pictures from the Winter Olympics in PyeongchangSee the best photography from previous days Continue reading…


Sports quiz of the week: League Cup final, Winter Olympics and a great mind

Who is wasted? What did RB Leipzig build? And where is Ailsa Craig? Related: Spot the sport – take our Winter Olympics picture quiz Manchester City are hoping to win their first trophy under Pep Guardiola on Sunday in the League Cup final. How many tim…


Talking Horses: Cheltenham plans for Nigel Twiston-Davies’ horses

The Gloucestershire trainer may not fancy his chance of a Festival success this year but he’s got plenty of contendersHere’s a quick canter through some of the Cheltenham Festival targets for Nigel Twiston-Davies horses, for which there was no room in …


Wales ready for Ireland’s aerial assault in must-win Six Nations match

Kicking coach Neil Jenkins believes battle of the boot will be key for Wales as they seek to avoid a defeat that would all but end their title hopesIreland and Wales meet on Saturday in Dublin to determine the heir apparent to England for the Six Natio…


Second Russian athlete tests positive for doping at Winter Olympics

Nadezha Sergeeva finished 12th in the bobsleigh this weekRussian curler was stripped of bronze medal on ThursdayNadezha Sergeeva, who finished 12th in the two-woman bobsleigh, has become the second Russian to test positive for a banned substance at the…


Bubba Wallace, Nascar’s African American star, takes on tracks and the trolls

The genial 24-year-old held his mother in a teary embrace after his second place at the Daytona 500 last weekend. Now the hard work beginsThe enduring image from last Sunday’s Daytona 500 isn’t of race winner Austin Dillon easing into Victory Lane behi…


Football fans clash ahead of Athletic Bilbao v Spartak Moscow match – video

A police officer has died in Bilbao, Spain, after fans fought before the Europa League tie between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow on Thursday night. The officer died of a heart attack after trying to prevent the violencePolice officer dies after fa…


Premier League and Carabao Cup final: 10 things to look out for this weekend

A grudge match at Old Trafford, Arsène Wenger looking to settle his affairs and Jonny Evans seeks to appeaseEven those in Arsenal’s “Leave” camp might indulge Arsène Wenger’s chance to tick off missing items in his résumé. Winning the Europa League wou…


Football transfer rumours: Raheem Sterling to Real Madrid?

Today’s fluff is only just getting startedRaheem Sterling is mainly famous for crazy antics such as spending his own money as he pleases and generally acting as though he’s some kind of free human being. But he is also an excellent footballer, and Manc…