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Trump's aides insist he 'deplores' domestic violence, but when he speaks for himself he's deplorable

Donald Trump’s aides are trying to convince the press and the public that Trump cares, really cares about domestic violence and has great sympathy for the two ex-wives his now-former staff secretary, Rob Porter, abused. It would probably help if this wasn’t Trump’s public stance:

Mr. Trump has expressed sympathy for Mr. Porter and none for the two ex-wives who have accused him of physically abusing them. Despite photographs showing one of the women with a black eye, Mr. Trump on Friday emphasized that Mr. Porter had protested his innocence, and on Saturday he complained that a “mere allegation” could ruin someone without due process.

That speaks a little louder and more convincingly than this:

Hogan Gidley, a White House deputy press secretary, said Monday on Fox & Friends that “the president has been out against domestic violence for a long time” and that “the president deplores, thinks that domestic violence is grotesque. He’s said that on multiple occasions and there’s no place for it in this country. There’s no place for it in this White House and the president won’t stand for it.”

Or than Kellyanne Conway saying “I have no reason not to believe the women,” which is rather different than “I believe the women.” But Jennie Willoughby, Porter’s second wife, doesn’t need Conway or Trump—she’s speaking out on her own, writing in Time magazine that “my strength and worth are not dependent on outside belief—the truth exists whether the President accepts it or not.” But she sees clearly what’s going on:

The words “mere allegation” and “falsely accused” meant to imply that I am a liar. That Colbie Holderness is a liar. That the work Rob was doing in the White House was of higher value than our mental, emotional or physical wellbeing. That his professional contributions are worth more than the truth. That abuse is something to be questioned and doubted.

Donald Trump calling victims of abuse liars is nothing new—he’s done it repeatedly to his own groping and harassment victims. No wonder he has so much sympathy for Rob Porter. They’re two peas in a misogynist pod.

LA Galaxy president speaks out about Zlatan Ibrahimovic rumours

LA Galaxy president Chris Klein was careful to neither confirm or deny rumours claiming Zlatan Ibrahimovic will move to the MLS in March.

The 36-year-old has endured a difficult second season at Old Trafford, returning from injury in November but only managing two starts before aggravating his knee problem again.

Reports have claimed that Zlatan has already agreed a deal with LA Galaxy ahead of the MLS season beginning in March, although Jose Mourinho has dismissed the rumours, insisting the Swede had said nothing to him about a move away.

And Klein was decidedly coy about the potential deal when asked about it earlier this week.

“We’re nowhere,” he said. “We wouldn’t comment on it.”

And when asked whether he could confirm whether talks with the forward were taking place, Klein said: “We wouldn’t [confirm that]. It’s unfair, because he’s contracted to another club.”

The idea of Zlatan jumping ship mid-season to the flushing Californian meadows for a more languid pace of football doesn’t make too much sense. Such a move would be tantamount with admitting his second year at Old Trafford was a write off, a mistake, and that he no longer belongs at the highest level.

And while his eyes may have been too big for his stomach, so to speak, when it came to his early return, you doubt that Zlatan will be willing to throw in the towel just yet.

Liverpool boss Klopp speaks out on Lallana’s outburst v Tottenham U23’s

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It wasn’t the greatest of weeks for Adam Lallana after he was seen to have lost his temper in a game for the Liverpool U23’s against Tottenham.

Lallana was given game time in the youth side to get back to full fitness after a small injury and a game like that was perfect for his recovery.

That was until it all turned very sour between the former Southampton man and one of Spurs’ young players.

The Englishman was shown a straight red after grabbing Tottenham youngster George Marsh, who had put in a hefty challenge.

Safe to say, he wasn’t happy in the slightest and his actions grabbed the headlines, leading to much criticism.

While not defending Lallana’s actions, Jurgen Klopp has come out and spoken about the incident in his press conference today.

It’s safe to say that he isn’t impressed by what happened with the player but that does not change his plans for this weekend.

In fact, the player still remains in contention for a spot against his former side Southampton.

‘It’s not nice. I spoke to him, it’s not how it should be. He wasn’t happy about the reaction and I wasn’t either.’ he explained.

‘When we played football, we all did a few things we weren’t proud of.

‘He’s an option for the squad (on Sunday). He’s in good shape and looks fresh but he has been injured twice now. We need to settle a little bit.’

Virgil van Dijk’s special treatment ahead of Liverpool v Southampton return

Another player who will be returning to Southampton this weekend is Virgil Van Dijk.

The defender moved to Anfield in a record-breaking deal in January and will be returning for the first time this weekend.

Though, while Van Dijk won’t be the only returning to St Mary’s, he will be getting some special treatment.

Click here to find out what that is. 

Agent speaks out about Man United's interest in Jorginho

Manchester United target and Napoli midfielder’s agent Joao Santos has confirmed that a decision would be made over his future in the summer.

Jose Mourinho is keen to add to his midfield reinforcements ahead of Michael Carrick‘s retirement and Marouane Fellaini‘s potential departure in the summer.

The club has expressed interest in the Brazilian midfielder in response to his pivotal role in guiding Napoli to the top of Serie A.

And Santos, speaking earlier this week, made it clear that no decisions over his future would be made until the season ends.

“From June he’ll have two years on his contract and maybe we’ll start discussing it then, it’s pointless messing with his head,” he said.

“The contract isn’t expiring any time soon, there’s time. He’s happy in Naples, Jorginho is happy and the city is very beautiful.

“Manchester United and Manchester City? When you’re playing for the Serie A leaders it’s only logical that important teams will ask for updates: for example on the length of the contract. I’m glad to come here [to Naples] too, it’s a very Brazilian climate. In Manchester it rains too often!”

Mourinho seemingly has a litany of midfield targets to choose from, with Jean Michael Seri, Julian Weigl, Arturo Vidal, Fred and Mateo Kovacic among the other potential signings ahead of the summer transfer window.

And you sense Jorginho, a specialist in maintaining balance at the base of midfield whilst simultaneously moving play forward quickly, would be one of the more logical replacements for Carrick, but prizing him away from Naples and manager Maurizio Sarri may prove difficult.

Will Mourinho take the risk of waiting for the perfect but harder to secure midfielder, or will he find someone who would jump at joining United in a heartbeat instead?