Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, says the idea of ‘player power’ is exaggerated and claims only the Leicester City board, not the dressing room, should be held responsible for Claudio Ranieri’s sacking last week. The debate regarding the circumstances of Ranieri’s dismissal continues, but Klopp – who takes his side to the King Power Stadium tonight – rejected the accusation players force owners to act. The players need to be powerful but not in sacking managers.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he has already earmarked the players he would like to sign in the summer transfer window. Speaking before United's EFL Cup final against Southampton at Wembley on 26 February, Mourinho said he would like to move quickly when the transfer window reopens in the summer so that any new signings can be properly integrated at the club before the season begins. United have been strongly linked with a potential world-record move for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and Benfica centre-back Victor Lindelof, while captain Wayne Rooney is expected to leave the club in the summer.
Bryce Harper started his Grapefruit League campaign in style with a solo blast to right field in his first at bat. In his first Grapefruit League at bat of the Spring, Harper absolutely demolished a hanging 1-0 breaking ball from New York Mets lefty Sean Gilmartin, sending a solo shot to right field, well over the outfield fence in First Data Field in Port St. Lucie.