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TWO months ago referee Mike Dean was celebrating wildly on the terraces watching his beloved Tranmere reach the League Two play-off final.
But tonight he was back to the day job as he refereed a pre-season friendly involving Liverpool - against Tranmere!
And Dean might have found it hard watching - the Reds trounced his team 6-0 at Prenton Park.
But at least Dean's boys can look forward to competing in League One this season - they beat Newport County in the last second of extra-time in the League Two play-off final in May.
Liverpool were 1-0 up after just six minutes when Nathaniel Clyne netted.
It was 3-0 at half-time as rookie Rhian Brewster notched twice.
The second half went the same way, sadly for Dean and Tranmere.
Curtis Jones, Divock Origi and Bobby Duncan put Jurgen Klopp's European champs six goals to the good against their near-neighbours.
And that's how it stayed in front of a bumper crowd in Tranmere.
Liverpool's next game will be against a team in an even lower league than Tranmere this season - Bradford.
The two clash at Valley Parade on Sunday with the game a sell-out in West Yorkshire.
It is also a fundraiser for the the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.
This was co-set up by former Liverpool and Bradford defender Stephen Darby, who was forced to retire from the game after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
MANCHESTER UNITED are confident a compromise can be reached with Leicester in their pursuit of Harry Maguire.
But they have dropped their interest in Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff after being quoted £50million for him.
The Red Devils had a £70m bid — including add-ons — rejected for Maguire before they left to tour Australia at the weekend.
The Foxes want £90m for the England centre-back — but there is hope a deal can still be done.
United will make a further bid before the transfer window closes, with their valuation ahead of Manchester City, who consider him worth around £65m.
Maguire would become the world’s most expensive defender, beating Virgil van Dijk’s £75m fee when he moved from Southampton to Liverpool.
But United have been put off midfielder Longstaff.
Newcastle want £50m for a player who has only nine Premier League appearances to his name for them.
United will pay £20m and thought a deal would be done.
But they were left stunned when given the valuation and will now look elsewhere.
Longstaff, 21, was also left shocked by the figure, which effectively prices him out of a dream move to Old Trafford.
There are no other clubs in for him and Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not overpay for players.
He said: “We’re still in the market looking to do some business but we’re patient, we’re Manchester United, we don’t have to sell or overpay.
“You have to have the right players at the right price. If you look at the squad we’ve got there are many good players.”
United yesterday told Inter Milan they have to find £75m or forget signing Romelu Lukaku.
Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has held talks with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
The Italians’ manager Antonio Conte wants the Belgian, 26, to be his main man up front.
But SunSport understands United will not budge on the £75m valuation.
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