The Offside Daily: Klopp to sign for Kop tomorrow, Walcott’s England desire and Brazil legend’s praise for Jon Flanagan.

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1. As Carlo Ancelotti ruled himself out of contention, Jurgen Klopp looks to be edging ever closer to succeeding Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and is expected to sign his contract with the club tomorrow.

2. Theo Walcott has admitted that he wants to play as a central striker for England in the future, but acknowledges that Wayne Rooney and others may be preferred to him in the role.

3. Germany and Bayern Munich legend Gerd Muller is being treated for Alzheimer’s disease. Muller, 70 next month, scored 68 goals in 62 games for the former West Germany.

4. Paul Gascoigne looks set to face legal proceedings over abusive tweets he sent to his ex-girlfriend Amanda Thomas, in addition to harassing a photographer in the same period.

5. After the Polish striker suggested a strong referee may be required as is country take on Scotland this week, Russell Martin has warned Robert Lewandowski that Scotland will not miss the chance to put another hefty challenge on him.

6. Braintree Town players shook hands with all 30 of their fans who went to support them at Cheltenham Town, the National League game ended in a 1-1 draw (The BBC).

7. Happy Birthday Diego Costa … Or not, as some Twitter-based well wishes had a slight edge to them (The Independent).

8. Brazilian World Cup winner Cafu has said that he believes Liverpool’s Jon Flanagan can become one of the best full backs in the world (The Liverpool Echo).

9. In the midst of a great season for the little Spaniard, it appears Juan Mata’s list of talents has grown further (The Daily Mirror).

10. Robbie Keane proved he is braver than most people as he responded to namesake Roy’s comments about the striker breastfeeding his newborn baby (The Telegraph).

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