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LFC Retail Christmas gift guide: The best presents for her

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 17:01

Continuing LFC Retail’s handy guide to help with your Christmas present shopping, we present our top Reds gifts for women.

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Highlights: Sunderland 1-2 LFC U23s

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 15:20

Highlights of Liverpool U23s' 2-1 win over Sunderland in the Premier League Cup on Sunday are now available to watch on LFCTV GO.

Despite the home side taking the lead, Rhian Brewster played a big part in the comeback.

Firstly, his cross led to Michael Collins deflecting the ball into his own net and then the 19-year-old won a penalty and duly converted it to claim the victory.

Click play above to watch highlights of the game via LFCTV GO. Sign up now and claim your first month free.

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Watch: LFC commentators react to Reds' victory over City

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 15:00

For all those of a Liverpool persuasion, Sunday's 3-1 victory over Manchester City was cause for excitement - not least for our official match commentators.

Goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane sealed a fine win for the Reds, which moved them eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table heading into the international break.

As always, club commentator Steve Hunter was positioned in the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand gantry to cover the game, joined by John Aldridge for the visit of Pep Guardiola's men.

We placed a camera on the duo throughout the 90 minutes to capture their emotions - and you can see how they reacted to events on the pitch in our entertaining clip above.

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Reds mark Remembrance Sunday at Anfield

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 14:48

Liverpool FC welcomed representatives from the Royal British Legion and members of LFC Foundation’s Military Veterans programme to Anfield yesterday to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Prior to kick-off, LFC Foundation’s Military Veterans formed a guard of honour and both teams were led onto the pitch by Royal British Legion standard bearers Lyndsey Taggart and Eddie Flaherty, along with two service men from the Royal Navy - petty officer Michael T Bishop and leading hand Steve Haig, who signalled the minute's silence.

Liverpool FC chairman, Tom Werner, was also presented with a special plaque – a replica of the HMS Eaglet’s badge - from the Royal British Legion representatives.

The Reds played in shirts embellished with poppies to commemorate those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom, and after the match they players signed their jerseys for donation to the Royal British Legion to auction to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.

The club would like to thank the service men and women for their contribution to yesterday’s Remembrance activities and for their impeccable representation on the pitch before the game.

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Loan watch: Wilson on target but mixed fortunes for Reds

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 11:14

Liverpool’s clutch of loanees endured contrasting fortunes over the weekend.

Harry Wilson opened the scoring from a well-worked set-piece routine for Bournemouth, but the Cherries ultimately fell to a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

There was better news for Sheyi Ojo, who came on as a 58th minute substitute for Rangers in their 2-0 win at Livingston on Sunday – a result that keeps Steven Gerrard’s side level on points with Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premier League.

Elsewhere in Scotland, Liam Millar entered the action in the 77th minute as Kilmarnock were held at home by 10-man Hamilton Academical in a 2-2 draw.

Loris Karius was between the posts to help Besiktas to a 1-0 home win over Denizlispor in the Turkish Super Lig, but fellow custodian Kamil Grabara suffered a 3-1 defeat for Huddersfield Town at Preston North End. Shamal George’s Marine, meanwhile, played out a 1-1 stalemate with Pontefract Collieries.

Marko Grujic was an unused substitute for Hertha Berlin in their 4-2 Bundesliga defeat to RB Leipzig at the Olympic Stadium in the German captial on Saturday, while Nat Phillips remained on the bench for Stuttgart as they lost 1-0 at VfL Osnabrück.

In Brazil, Allan Rodrigues de Souza completed the 90 minutes as Fluminense were defeated 2-1 at Internacional.

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Virgil van Dijk: We're happy but not taking anything for granted

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 10:22

Virgil van Dijk acclaimed Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Manchester City as ‘a bit special’, but insisted no-one within the dressing room is getting carried away by the team’s standing at the Premier League summit.

A rampant Reds performance defeated the reigning champions at Anfield and opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the table, nine in front of Pep Guardiola’s men.

Nevertheless, while delighted by the outcome of a satisfying Sunday afternoon's work, Van Dijk explained why it’s far too early to draw conclusions from their position in the division.

He said: “It's like any other three points of course but it was a bit special because you are playing against the champions, your direct rival, and I think it was a very good game to watch. We are very happy to get the three points.

“We all know - and we all feel - there are so many games left that so many things can happen between now and May.

"The only thing which can happen is for everyone to stay fit and we need everyone to play as well as they can.

"We are very happy with the position we are in, but we cannot take it for granted. We just have to keep going and take it game-by-game.

"They are the champions first of all, so they will definitely be up there again. The other teams have been doing well, too.

"The only thing we focus on is the game ahead of us, it's pretty boring and I keep saying it, but it is actually a fact. Let's just go for it.

"You can imagine everyone is happy we got three points again, especially before an international break. It is not a nice feeling if you go into the international break having dropped points – especially at home – so we were very good and we had to be if we were going to get the three points."

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Liverpool return to action following the international recess with a trip to Crystal Palace on November 23.

Overall, the Reds will contest 13 matches in four different competitions between now and January 2 and Van Dijk knows it’ll be a testing period.

“We have so many games left," he continued. "The busy period is still to come: December is unbelievably busy. Then we have January and February and you never know what can happen.

"We want everyone to be fit and at their best but you can't be at your best every other day. Hopefully we will do it but we can't think about it. We are very happy with the situation and we shouldn't take it for granted. Anything can happen."

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In focus: The best of Fabinho's all-action display v Man City

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 10:10

Fabinho was one of the game's outstanding performers as Liverpool defeated Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday - and you can take a closer look at his display in our special video.

The midfielder opened the scoring for the Reds after just six minutes, firing in a long-range effort to beat Claudio Bravo and give Jürgen Klopp's men the perfect start.

In addition, Fabinho was imperious in the centre of the pitch, turning in a typically robust performance.

Take a closer look at his finest moments from the win in our video above now.

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The press on LFC 3-1 Manchester City: 'Fabinho so important to this team'

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 10:00

Liverpool produced a fine display to record a 3-1 victory over Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

The victory saw the Reds extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points.

Fabinho opened the scoring with a stunning strike while Mohamed Salah added a second following a superb combination between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

Sadio Mane made it 3-0 after a brilliant cross from Jordan Henderson and although Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back it was to be Liverpool's day.

Here is what the media made of the victory...

Henry Winter, Times

They talk of never walking alone in these parts: a celebration of togetherness, a trait that defines this special collection of men in red. They are bonded by a crest, a community, a captain in Henderson who keeps challenging teammates to strive for the heights, and a charismatic manager in Jürgen Klopp whose emotional response to a game’s ebb and flow invigorates his players further. So much of Liverpool’s prodigious work is rooted in sports science, in ensuring their peak conditioning, and in their tactical approach, raiding rapidly, switching play and crossing. It is something deeper, too, more visceral. Liverpool players are running on adrenaline. Players, supporters and manager share this dream of a first title since 1990 and all at Anfield yesterday could not escape the stirring evidence of a team on a mission. Everyone present, or tuning in, was privileged to witness a classic. This was Premier League football at its intoxicating best, fast and furious, skill at speed, and Liverpool embodied it best. Klopp’s side look best equipped to last the course, not simply because of their healthy eight-point lead, and medical staff’s ability to keep players fit, but because it is in their hearts. Emotion is so often central to the narrative at Anfield.

Neil Jones, Goal.com

The big game got the big performance required. And for Liverpool, the biggest of three points, and the biggest step towards ending that long wait for a Premier League title. Jürgen Klopp would have dreamt it like this last night. His team had been asked the question, could they deliver when the lights shone bright? Could they stare down Manchester City, the champions, the record-breakers, the treble winners? They could. The Reds’ 3-1 win takes them nine points clear of Pep Guardiola’s side, who once more found Anfield a hurdle they just couldn’t clear. City, the great City, had no answers. They remain fourth in the table. Leicester and Chelsea, for now, are Liverpool's nearest challengers. Even those two are eight points adrift. Their 11th league win of the season was by far their best, a triumph of grit, aggression and clinical finishing. The concentration levels shown, from start to finish, were astounding. Klopp had urged everyone, including the hot-dog sellers, to play their part in making City’s life as uncomfortable as possible. He got his wish. His fans were noisy, his team were wired. Anfield crackled, it booed and it roared. Liverpool’s players responded. Fabinho, meanwhile, has established himself as one of Klopp’s big players

Paul Gorst, Liverpool Echo

It was this reverse fixture earlier this year when the influential Fabinho was left on the bench before his introduction began to get the Reds ticking. Since that game, his importance to this Liverpool side has only grown and grown. Now one of the first names on Klopp's team sheet, the former Monaco man has been a revelation. The final whistle was greeted with a huge cheer from every corner as the three points were confirmed. It is now 13 points from a possible 15 against the rest of last season's top six. City, in the sharpest of contrasts, have picked up one from games with the Reds and Tottenham. "We are the champions, champions of Europe," boomed the Kop as the three points came into full view. Maybe, just maybe, those lyrics will be tweaked next season.

David Lynch, Evening Standard

Had you studied the countless combined XIs put together in the build-up to this game, you would not have found many instances of a Liverpool midfielder featuring. Manchester City possess an enviable wealth of talent in that position that makes them far superior on paper - unfortunately for them, football is played on grass. Here, the Reds’ less glamorous trio of Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho and Henderson dominated, not through possession - as City might have - but sheer intelligence. The visitors simply could not cope with Liverpool’s press, or their midfield triumvirate’s underrated knack of getting the ball into advanced positions through either driving runs or fizzed passes. Liverpool’s engine room will probably continue to be unfairly maligned by pundits, but today’s result and indeed the league table is proof of just how wide of the mark most of those assessments are. Speaking of unfairly maligned, how about Dejan Lovren’s performance? The 30-year-old saved his best performance since returning to the starting XI for today, shutting down Sergio Aguero with an impressive showing of front-foot defending. Matip is scheduled to return following the upcoming international break but, with Lovren playing like this, he may well face a battle to earn his place back.

John Cross, Daily Mirror

Anfield was rocking, shaking with excitement and anticipation. Klopp’s men have the momentum, the belief and the overwhelming confidence that this, finally, will be their year as it felt like a seismic power shift in the title race. Liverpool are the team to beat while City are now big underdogs. Liverpool just have this wonderful winning habit, they look unstoppable and, in the power of Anfield, they have perhaps the biggest weapon of all. This was their 13th consecutive Premier League win at Anfield. Liverpool had an edge in most departments. Fabinho was man of the match as he ran midfield and arguably the game. Liverpool were ruthless with their finishing while City were wasteful.

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'What a game!' - Gini Wijnaldum analyses Liverpool 3-1 Man City

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 08:00

Georginio Wijnaldum was left delighted after Liverpool once again showcased their unyielding resilience in beating Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield.

The Reds made it 34 points from a possible 36 in the Premier League this season by defeating the side that pipped them to the title last term on Sunday.

A long-range missile from the right foot of Fabinho and Mohamed Salah’s expertly guided header put Jürgen Klopp’s team two goals to the good inside the opening 13 minutes, before Sadio Mane stooped to nod in a third early in the second half.

Pep Guardiola’s visitors responded strongly and pulled one back through Bernardo Silva late on, but Liverpool stood firm in the face of sustained pressure to ensure they head into the international break with an eight-point lead at the top of the table.

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“What a game!” began Wijnaldum’s post-match analysis with Liverpoolfc.com.

“I think the way the game started was quite difficult - they play a long ball to the right side and I think they ended up with two corners, so at that moment you have to be awake immediately because otherwise you can concede a goal. But I think we did it quite well and next to that it was quite wild and hectic! 

“But after the first couple of minutes I think we played good football [and] scored two goals. In the second half we came out of the dressing room, started good and scored another one. 

“It was 3-0 and then at the end, because we were tired, it was a little bit difficult and they were getting better in the game and this resulted in one goal for them. But at the end we played a very good game.

“They just grew in the game [after Liverpool’s flying start] and we tried to stop them with all we had. 

“That’s what we did but you could still see that they have a lot of quality, so we did everything but sometimes they still came through our press. 

“That’s the kind of team we were playing against today but I think overall we did a tremendous job by playing the way we played in there and we can be proud of ourselves.”

Wijnaldum, a tireless and authoritative presence in the Reds’ midfield throughout Sunday’s contest, agreed that the belief within the European champions’ dressing room is growing with each passing week.

“Yeah, [with] the way we’re getting the results, with going behind and still managing to win the games,” the Dutchman stated.

“Look at last week when we played Aston Villa away, I think everybody thought we might lose the game or draw but we managed to win the game at the end. 

“Those kind of moments give you confidence during the season and that’s what we have right now: we have confidence because of the results we are getting but also because of the football we are playing. That’s what we showed today.”

There is, though, no chance of complacency creeping in, despite Liverpool’s commanding advantage in the standings.

Wijnaldum concluded: “It’s always good if you have a gap between the teams behind you [but] you can see with last season that it means nothing because if you don’t perform and get the results you need to get, they can close the gap really quick

“So what we have to do is just focus game by game and give our all and then at the end of the season we will see where we are. But I think we just have to enjoy the moment we are in now, because we worked hard for it, and try to carry on.”

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LFC 3-1 Man City: Watch extended highlights, reaction and more

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 23:59

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Hoever scores to help Netherlands reach U17 World Cup semis

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 21:33

Ki-Jana Hoever scored as the Netherlands reached the FIFA U17 World Cup semi-finals with a 4-1 win over Paraguay on Sunday night.

The Liverpool defender got the first goal of the last-eight tie in Vitoria on the half-hour mark and went on to play the full 90 minutes.

Hoever will, however, be suspended for the semi-final on Thursday after receiving his second yellow card of the tournament against Paraguay.

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Free video: Fabinho's stunning strike against Manchester City

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 20:41

Watch Fabinho's stunning opening goal against Manchester City from a special angle in our free video.

The Liverpool midfielder blasted his side in front with an unstoppable hit as the Reds won the Premier League clash 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday.

See how Fabinho did it with our True View footage above, simply by registering if you have not already done so.

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Watch: Anfield pays respects on Remembrance Sunday

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 20:00

Anfield observed a minute's silence ahead of kick-off against Manchester City to pay respects on Remembrance Sunday.

Liverpool’s match jerseys were embroidered with poppies, which after being autographed by its wearer, will be donated to the Royal British Legion to auction to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.

Prior to kick-off, the players, staff and supporters of both teams fell silent in honour of those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

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Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 19:46

Jürgen Klopp felt Liverpool's efforts made them deserved winners of Sunday's top-of-the-table showdown with Manchester City.

Goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane secured a 3-1 result for the Reds at Anfield to move Klopp’s team eight points clear at the Premier League summit.

At his post-match press conference, the manager explained how his side went about the challenge of defeating last season’s champions.

He also revealed his pride after meeting Seán Cox, the Liverpool supporter who watched the victory on his first return to the stadium since sustaining serious injuries from an unprovoked attack before the Champions League tie against AS Roma in April 2018.

Read Klopp’s verdict below…

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On his assessment of the game…

Nice one, eh? If you want to win against Manchester City, which is really, really difficult for each team in the world, you cannot play the way they play because they are definitely the best in the way they play. It makes no sense. So we have to try to push through our way. In the beginning, not only because of us, it was wild – pressing and pressing, not a lot of clear balls in behind. It was like everybody tried to come in the game but was always under pressure from the other team. But intense from the first second, you could sense it was really important for both teams. Both teams were ready to put a proper shift in and they did.

We scored two incredible goals, had to suffer in moments because of the way City play, but I would say until the 75th minute or around about, when they scored the goal, we could control it in some way. But after that, you saw immediately our legs got a bit tired and then I don’t know how many balls were rolling through our six-yard box in the far-post area – it doesn’t feel too good. You always think there must be a blue player but, thank God, there was nobody. But that’s exactly what City are doing usually. Of course, in moments you need a little bit of luck. After they scored for 3-1 they had momentum and we had heavy legs. We tried to change it a little bit; we actually changed at half-time to 4-4-1-1, and changed back late in the game to 4-5-1.

I like the game. I love the atmosphere, it was incredible, people just amazing, against an outstandingly strong opponent. Everybody asked me about – and I didn’t see it yet – the penalty situation or handball before Fabinho scores. I can’t say anything about it. What I heard was handball from Bernardo Silva, I don’t know, but I can imagine it’s not a situation Pep is really pleased with. That’s normal. But, still, the reaction we showed in that situation – I heard that 22 seconds later we were in front of their goal and Fabinho with his stunner brings us the 1-0 lead.

The second goal we scored, I don’t think I ever saw a goal like this. Probably not. A right full-back with a 60-yard pass to the left full-back; two more touches and a cross over 40 yards, 50, and a header. That’s pretty special. It was a good moment to score a goal like this. And the third goal very, very good as well, a sensational cross and Sadio in the right position. That was all good, and all around these three goals it was hardest work, and so the boys deserved these three points. Great.

On whether Liverpool consider the possibility of going through the season unbeaten…

Not at all. The 100 per cent truth is we just don’t think about it. The boys go now all over the world to play for their countries and hopefully come back healthy. Two days after they come back we play Crystal Palace – that’s what I’m concerned about, not how many games we won in the past. As you saw today again, it’s hardest work needed to win any football game but a game like this especially. So I’m really happy for tonight, but that’s it.

On whether Liverpool are feeling any pressure at the top of the table…

We don’t feel the pressure, to be 100 per cent honest. Where is the pressure? Look, the things will come up now, we know that, and if you are with us you say, ‘Wow, nine points’. There is a long way to go and lose here a point, lose there a point and stuff like this, what will probably happen. Other people 100 per cent said already from now on Liverpool can only lose it, but that’s a very negative approach. You can see it like this, but we don’t care. I promise you we don’t care. We were today completely focused on this game and not the situation in the table or whatever, how many points we are ahead of City. That’s crazy. Nine points, you cannot imagine that something like this happens, but it is not important because who wants to be first in early November? We want to be first in May and not only in November. We all know that, but we don’t have to say that because it is clear. We just try what we can and in the end we will see what happens. The pressure or whatever is not there yet. Maybe it will come or whatever, but in the moment it is just opportunity and go for it, do the work, throw all in what you have and then let’s see what happens.

On seeing Seán Cox after the match…

What’s important now... https://t.co/Qegp0GRFdu

— PeterMooreLFC (Peter Moore) 10th Nov 18:44

I saw him now after the game before the interviews. It was great, it was nice – very, very nice. He was very happy to see me, but I thought I was much more happy to see him, so I think we had a draw! It was really, really nice. His wife and son were there as well, so it was a wonderful day for them, that’s exactly what we wanted. I can say already, whenever he wants to come – he can move to Liverpool and then he gets a season ticket, 100 per cent. For all of the boys, it was really important news when we heard he was able to go to the stadium and watch a football game. I saw him today and, yes, he could enjoy the game. So, all good.

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Report: Reds beat City at Anfield to stretch lead at the top

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 18:30

Liverpool opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table after beating Manchester City 3-1 in a pulsating clash at Anfield on Sunday.

An electric opening saw the Reds race into a two-goal lead inside the first 13 minutes.

First, Fabinho powered in from 20 yards when he pounced on a loose clearance before Mohamed Salah glanced in a header from an Andy Robertson delivery soon after.

Sadio Mane furthered the European champions’ lead just after half-time when he stooped to nod in a Jordan Henderson centre at the back post.

Bernardo Silva reduced the deficit on 78 minutes, steering in at Alisson Becker’s near post to set up a tense finish, but Liverpool held on to go eight clear at the summit – and nine in front of the reigning title holders.

Team news…

Liverpool’s teamsheet showed five changes from the starting line-up deployed against Genk in midweek.

Dejan Lovren and Andy Robertson returned in defence, while Jordan Henderson was restored in midfield. In attack, Roberto Firmino and Mane re-joined Salah.

First half…

With the high stakes on offer, Anfield’s decibel rating was cranked up to greet kick off.

City attempted to quell the noise by forcing the early play, with a series of set-pieces testing Liverpool’s early concentration levels.

But, with six minutes on the clock, the noise went up a further few notches as Fabinho fired the Reds into the lead. Pouncing on Rodri’s attempted clearance, the Brazilian took a touch to set himself before drilling beyond Claudio Bravo from 20 yards.

Shortly after, a good start became a remarkable one as Salah doubled the advantage. A sweeping counter resulted in Robertson swinging a centre towards the back post from deep, where the No.11 judged the bounce of the ball and nodded it back across goal and into the far corner.

City threatened to reduce the arrears midway through the opening period with Sergio Aguero shifting into space inside the box; however, his subsequent effort was beaten away by Alisson.

Pep Guardiola’s side went closer still just before the half-hour mark when Angelino’s prod goalwards deflected off Robertson and clipped the base of the post.

At the other end, Lovren glanced wide from a Robertson corner and Firmino scooped well over after side-stepping Angelino’s attempted challenge.

The hosts’ No.9 had another strike parried by Bravo following a charge from deep by Trent Alexander-Arnold to create the opening.

Aguero then zipped one narrowly wide of Alisson’s far post after being played into space by Kevin De Bruyne’s pass, while City needed acrobatics from Bravo to thwart a Salah swipe towards the top corner on the stroke of half-time.

Second half…

Liverpool resumed the second period at Anfield knowing the next goal could prove crucial to determining the outcome of the contest.

And it was to be the Reds who’d get it when Henderson hoisted a cross towards the back post, where Mane arrived to stoop and nod in over the line six minutes after the re-start, sending the Kop into delirium.

City fashioned an opportunity to pull one back through Raheem Sterling, but he was denied by a stunning block by Lovren after the England forward had created the shooting chance inside the box.

They did get on the scoresheet with 12 minutes remaining when Bernardo Silva drilled in at the near post to set up a tense finale.

And Liverpool were afforded a let-off when Sterling squared across the six-yard box, but fortunately couldn’t pick out a teammate.

Kyle Walker headed an Angelino cross over as the game ticked towards its conclusion, but the Reds held onto their advantage to strengthen their grip at the Premier League summit to eight points.

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Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Five talking points

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 18:25

Liverpool powered to an 11th win in 12 Premier League games this season as they beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday.

First-half goals from Fabinho and Mohamed Salah were added to by Sadio Mane shortly after the restart, and the Reds saw it out despite a late response via Bernardo Silva.

Here are five talking points from a fantastic victory…

Fabinho’s rocket

Liverpool’s No.3 doesn’t score often.

Indeed, Fabinho’s tally for the club before the clash with City stood at precisely one – a late header to wrap up a comfortable home win last Boxing Day.

But when a clearance fell to him outside the area in the sixth minute and the crowd urged a shot from distance, he obliged with a hit of supreme accuracy.

Using the City defenders between him and goal as a guide, Fabinho walloped a perfect strike inside the left post to announce lift-off for Liverpool.

The blast was the Reds’ ninth goal from outside the box in all competitions this season, more than any other Premier League side.

‘It’s part of our game…’

At his pre-match press conference, Jürgen Klopp was asked about the influence of full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson on the way Liverpool play.

“You have to be really strong on the wings, however you do it, because the goal is in the centre of the pitch and the area around the goal is the most crowded area,” he replied.

“So you have to find a way to go through – that’s in behind, you pass it on the wings or you try to find little spaces between their lines.”

For example, the Reds’ second goal here.

Alexander-Arnold’s stunning diagonal pass from one flank to the other cut out the width of the pitch and presented Robertson with a chance to sweep in a brilliant cross to the box.

Salah was the gleeful recipient and matched the build-up work with a deft header back across City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and into the net.

Super Mane

Mane made his 100th Premier League start for the Reds on Sunday and, in characteristic fashion, marked it with a goal.

Picked out by a sumptuous deep cross from the right by Jordan Henderson, the No.10 met the ball at the back post with a header through the grasp of Bravo.

16 - Sadio Mané has scored 16 Premier League goals at home in 2019, at least three more than any other player. Riot… https://t.co/9YiJo7P1lI

— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 10th Nov 17:46

It was the Senegalese’s 18th goal in his last 17 Premier League starts at Anfield and also his 21st in the division this calendar year, in 30 appearances.

Awesome Anfield

Liverpool’s relentless home form continues.

Klopp’s men are now unbeaten in their last 46 Premier League games at Anfield, with this their 36th victory to add to 10 draws.

During that run they have trailed for a cumulative total of just 154 minutes.

The success against City was also their 13th consecutive home league win, which further extended a club record in the Premier League era.

Eight points the lead

And so it all means Liverpool take an eight-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table into the November international break.

Leicester City, who saw off Arsenal 2-0 on Saturday, are closest to the Reds in second on 26 points, ahead of Chelsea, in third, on goal difference.

Reigning champions City are a point further behind.

Liverpool will pick things up after the pause with a trip to Crystal Palace on November 23.

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Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:20
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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Manchester City

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 15:29

Liverpool make five changes for this afternoon’s Premier League clash with Manchester City at Anfield.

Dejan Lovren and Andy Robertson are restored in defence, while Jordan Henderson returns in midfield to take the captain’s armband.

Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane re-join Mohamed Salah in attack to complete the tweaks made to the line-up deployed against Genk in midweek.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Adrian, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Origi.

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Rhian Brewster seals Premier League Cup comeback win for U23s

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 14:58

Liverpool U23s made it two wins out of two in the Premier League Cup with a 2-1 comeback victory at Sunderland on Sunday.

Neil Critchley’s Reds had the better of the first half in the Group F tie, with Rhian Brewster’s header denied by home goalkeeper Anthony Patterson.

But it was the hosts who broke the deadlock right after the restart as Benji Kimpioka guided a finish beyond the reach of Daniel Atherton and into the corner.

Liverpool reacted excellently, however, and Patterson was called into action by both Isaac Christie-Davies and Tony Gallacher before they levelled.

Brewster’s cross forced a Sunderland own goal with 67 minutes played.

And the Reds’ determination was rewarded in the closing stages when Brewster was brought down in the box by Jack Bainbridge and the referee awarded a penalty.

The striker took responsibility himself and found the net with a kick down the middle to seal the comeback and keep Critchley’s charges in control of the section.

Liverpool U23s: Atherton, Gallacher, Larouci, Van den Berg, Clayton, Chirivella, Christie-Davies, Dixon-Bonner (Williams, 75), Brewster, Kane, Longstaff.

Unused substitutes: Winterbottom, Boyes.

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Jordan Henderson: We focus on our own qualities but we respect City

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 07:30

Jordan Henderson outlined his 'respect' for Manchester City and other Premier League rivals, but stressed how Liverpool always focus on their own qualities ahead of every match.

The Reds welcome Pep Guardiola's champions to Anfield this afternoon as two of the division's heavyweights meet in a high-profile showdown.

The teams took part in a nip-and-tuck title race last season as Henderson acknowledged the hunger both clubs possess in consistently lifting silverware.

In his column in the official matchday programme, the captain wrote: "If I was to pick just one word to sum up how we as a squad feel about Manchester City, it would simply be: ‘respect’.

"Of course they are an opponent we’ve had decent tussles with over the past couple of seasons in particular, both domestically and in Europe, but as a team here we have nothing but admiration for them.

"What they’ve achieved as a team is something that everyone in sport, let alone just football, can look at and appreciate. They are relentless winners who have found the hunger to go again and again.

"I think it’s important for a healthy rivalry that you can recognise someone else’s qualities and achievements without that leading to any sort of insecurity about what you’re doing yourself.

"As an example, I’ve never understood it when ourselves and City are asked whether we’d sooner win the Premier League or the Champions League, or then subsequently asked to compare which is more important or impressive.

"I’d bet anything you like that you’d get the same answer in both dressing rooms, whether there was a microphone in front of them or not: we want to win everything."

After playing 11 matches, Liverpool find themselves five points clear at the top of the table, having amassed 10 victories in that span, including hard-fought ones over Chelsea and Leicester City. 

Henderson continued: "The other part of this is that ourselves and Manchester City aren’t the only rivals this season when it comes to winning trophies domestically and I think it’s daft to ignore the others who are just as competitive.

"Chelsea are unbelievably impressive at the moment and I can see them pushing both of us all the way in the Premier League and having a massive say in the cups. We’ve played them twice already, in the league and the Super Cup, and they definitely have the players and the approach to go all the way.

"Likewise Leicester City who gave us such a tough contest at Anfield not that long ago. They still have players and staff who know from first-hand experience what it takes to do it and I haven’t seen many weaknesses in their set-up to suggest they won’t keep with the pace.

"Anyone who thinks this is about just two teams is wrong and in our dressing room we’re certainly not foolish enough to get caught in that trap.

"We have total belief in what we are doing and for occasions like today we always focus on our own qualities, like we do for every game we play regardless of the team we’re facing.

"But having a healthy amount of respect for the opponent, on and off the pitch, is important and I’m pretty sure both teams have that."

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