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Thiago and Matip will depart Liverpool at the conclusion of the season

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"I had the opportunity to be a part of an exciting history with a fantastic coach and an incredible squad at an unbelievable club. We have won several titles and have the finest fans in the world." The former Cameroonian international was a member of Liverpool's Champions League-winning team in 2019, setting up Divock Origi for the second goal as they defeated Tottenham in the final. The next year, Matip won the Premier League championship, the club's first in 30 years. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp stated, "In all the years I've been involved in football, I don't think I've come across many players that are more liked than Joel Matip.

Liverpool have revealed that midfielder Thiago Alcantara and defender Joel Matip will depart the club at the end of the season.

Thiago, 33, joined Liverpool from Bayern Munich in 2020 and has made 98 appearances at Anfield.

Matip, 32, has made 201 appearances and scored 11 goals for Liverpool since joining from Schalke in 2016.

Injuries have reduced the pair’s playing time this season.

Centre-back Matip hasn’t played for the Reds since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) against Fulham in December.

Thiago, a former Barcelona player, returned to action in February against Arsenal after missing the first six months of the season due to a hip injury, but a muscle problem during his brief comeback has kept him out since.

“It has been eight wonderful years here in Liverpool,” Matip stated.

“I had the opportunity to be a part of an exciting history with a fantastic coach and an incredible squad at an unbelievable club. We have won several titles and have the finest fans in the world.”

The former Cameroonian international was a member of Liverpool’s Champions League-winning team in 2019, setting up Divock Origi for the second goal as they defeated Tottenham in the final.

The next year, Matip won the Premier League championship, the club’s first in 30 years.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp stated, “In all the years I’ve been involved in football, I don’t think I’ve come across many players that are more liked than Joel Matip.

“I’m not even sure it would be possible to say anything bad about him.”

German Klopp will also quit following Liverpool’s final game of the season, against Wolves at Anfield on Sunday.

Matip and Thiago both won the FA Cup and EFL Cup with Liverpool in 2022.

Liverpool lost short of a quadruple that season, losing the league title to Manchester City by one point and the Champions League final to Real Madrid.

Thiago viewed his time at Liverpool as a “life-changing experience”.

“Appreciation and gratitude – they are two words that come to mind on the day I have to say goodbye to all of you, Reds,” he wrote in a social media post.

Klopp stated, “Before he ever got to Liverpool, I thought that if you truly love football, you should watch Thiago Alcantara play.

“I understand that injuries have been frustrating for him and us, but the level at which he could play while he was available was fantastic. “This is what I’ll remember.”

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Ghana coach Otto Addo: We will not relax against CAR in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers

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They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros. Despite the remarkable win over Mali's favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus. "One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. "For everyone who thinks it'll be easy, we hope it is, but it's a very difficult game," Addo told reporters on Sunday. "We can't relax now," said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach. The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

Otto Addo, Black Stars coach, has advised his players to be focused and not take their next encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) lightly.

Ghana will face CAR on Monday, June 10, at the Baba Yara Stadium in the fourth of four matchdays in the 2026 World Cup qualification.

The Black Stars came into this game off a 2-1 victory against Mali in Bamako, raising their total to six points in three games.

They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros.

Despite the remarkable win over Mali’s favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus.

“One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. “For everyone who thinks it’ll be easy, we hope it is, but it’s a very difficult game,” Addo told reporters on Sunday.

“We can’t relax now,” said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach.

The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

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2026 WCQ: Otto Addo expects a tight game against CAR

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"This is going to be really difficult. "For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don't believe it will happen," remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach. "They're performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They're quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali," he continued. The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

Ghana coach Otto Addo expects a tough encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Black Stars will meet CAR in the fourth round of matches on Monday at Baba Yara Stadium, with kickoff at 19:00 GMT.

Reflecting on their recent comeback win over Mali in Bamako during the third round, Addo emphasised the importance of the forthcoming encounter against CAR.

“This is going to be really difficult. “For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don’t believe it will happen,” remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

“They’re performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They’re quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali,” he continued.

The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

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Mohammed Kudus: Qualifying for the 2026 World Cup is the ultimate objective

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Ghana striker Mohammed Kudus has stated that the Black Stars are aiming to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

The squad recently returned to form, defeating Mali 2-1 in Bamako on their third matchday, due to second-half goals from Ernest Nuamah and Jordan Ayew.

With this victory, Ghana is presently third in Group I with six points.

Ahead of their matchday four against the Central African Republic on Monday at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kudus, who plays for West Ham United, emphasised that the Black Stars’ primary goal is to qualify for the coveted event in 2026.

“The belief has always existed; that we all want to go to the World Cup. “That is our ultimate goal, regardless of how we achieve it,” Kudus told the press on Sunday.

“Our coach has his strategies, but sometimes the game gets tougher. “We just have to do our best and get the results,” he said.

Kudus is likely to play an important part for Ghana when they face the Central African Republic in this critical qualifier.

The highly anticipated encounter is due to begin at 19:00 GMT.

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