Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims the Reds handed Dejan Lovren a new deal hoping that the centre-back will improve in the future. After a difficult start to his Liverpool career, Lovren transformed his game at the end of the last season under the former Borussia Dortmund manager's guidance. Mamadou Sakho was not included in Klopp's plan for this season, forcing him to join Crystal Palace on loan in Janaury.
A Bayern Munich win on Saturday would see the Bavarians lock up the Bundesliga for a record fifth straight year. And they did more than win -- they wiped the floor with their opponent. Bayern crushed Wolfsburg 6-0 on the road to win the league crown. It was this David Alaba free kick in the first half that served as the winning goal: Just dominant. Here's the table with Bayern 10-points clear, a number that can't be reached with just three matches remaining. And how about that 62 goal differential? Again, it's Bayern and then everybody else: Of course, in the end, Bayern won't be overly thrilled with this season. The team was knocked out of the Champions League in the quarterfinals by Real Madrid
It has been an astonishing season for Monaco, which has scored 146 goals in all competitions and is on course for a French league-Champions League double. Monaco has been averaging nearly three goals per game and tops the French league standings with a three-point lead over Paris Saint-Germain, having played a game less. On the continental stage, Monaco has come a long way since July 27 last year, when it started out in the qualifying rounds with a trip to Istanbul.