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Jurgen Klopp not concerned with being “first on the moon” at Club World Cup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 14:44

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he feels no pressure to win the Club World Cup.


In the wake of their 3-1 victory over Manchester City which opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League, Pep Guardiola hailed the Reds as “the best team in the world right now.”

Liverpool will get the chance to prove that—and lift a trophy they have never won before—in Qatar next month.

However, Klopp is not concerned about being the man to bring home that particular piece of silverware for the first time.

“I didn’t think about that. I’m not someone who has to be the first on the moon or the first winning the World Cup with Liverpool, but when we are there then we will try with all we have,” he told FIFA.com.

“I don’t feel any pressure. I see it as an absolute opportunity as you don’t often have the chance to play for it.

“You have to win the Champions League [to qualify] as the European team, so that already makes it special.”

 Liverpool's players during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jons

Liverpool’s participation in Doha has caused more than its fair share of problems with the club faced with fielding two separate sides on two different continents within 24 hours of each other as they also have a League Cup quarter-final to play.

With the club in pole position to secure their first league title in 30 years everything else seems to be taking a back seat but Klopp said when they go to Qatar—a trip which will give their domestic rivals a chance to reduce their advantage while they are away—they will be focused on the task in hand.

“When we go there, we will be prepared and looking forward to it,” added Klopp.

“The boys want to play it, so it will be very interesting, and it will feel big for us, 100 percent.”

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Loan watch: Wilson on target but mixed fortunes for Reds

LiverpoolFC.TV - 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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Loan watch: Wilson on target but mixed fortunes for Reds

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 11:14
Liverpool’s clutch of loanees endured contrasting fortunes over the weekend.
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Virgil van Dijk: We're happy but not taking anything for granted

LiverpoolFC.TV - 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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Virgil van Dijk: We're happy but not taking anything for granted

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

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

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

LiverpoolFC.TV - 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.

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 10:00
Liverpool produced a fine display to record a 3-1 victory over Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.
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'What a game!' - Gini Wijnaldum analyses Liverpool 3-1 Man City

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

LiverpoolFC TV - 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.
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Is this Liverpool’s defining moment? – 5 talking points from the Premier League weekend

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 05:00

Liverpool’s thrilling 3-1 win against Manchester City lifted them eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.


City’s third league defeat of the season leaves them nine points behind in fourth place, while Leicester registered their fourth straight league win on Saturday to climb second with victory over Arsenal.

Chelsea also maintained their top-four challenge by extending their winning run to six, while Manchester United are up to seventh after Sunday’s home win against Brighton.

Here, the PA news agency looks at five things we learned from this weekend’s action.

Is this Liverpool’s defining moment?

Liverpool's Fabinho (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (PA Images)

Liverpool took a mighty step towards the Premier League title.

It is only November and only 12 games have been played, but they moved nine points clear of Manchester City after dismantling the reigning champions 3-1 at Anfield and few will be betting against Jurgen Klopp’s side going on to end their 30-year wait for the domestic crown.

Liverpool let slip a big lead over City last season, but it appears inconceivable they could do so again this time around.

They have dropped only two points this season, while their last league defeat was against Pep Guardiola’s side in January.

Yet more VAR controversy

 Manchester City's Sergio Agüero complains to referee Michael Oliver after Liverpool's opening goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

VAR took centre stage again in the biggest game of the season so far.

Liverpool’s thrilling win was marred by more uncertainty as it upheld referee Michael Oliver’s decision not to award City a penalty when the ball appeared to hit Trent Alexander-Arnold’s hand moments before Fabinho crashed home the opening goal from 25 yards.

Oliver opted not to consult the pitch-side monitor and there were plenty watching who felt if he had, he would have ruled out the goal and awarded Pep Guardiola’s side a penalty.

Foxes hit the heights

 Leicester City's James Maddison celebrates scoring the first equalising goal with team-mate Ayoze Pérez during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers played down talk of his side’s title challenge after they had out-played Arsenal, with goals from Jamie Vardy—his 11th league goal of the season—and James Maddison lifting them up to second, above Chelsea on goal difference.

Rodgers insisted his sole focus was on the Foxes’ performance levels, but if these can be maintained there is no doubt title favourites Liverpool will be looking over their shoulders.

The 2016 champions heaped more pressure on under-fire Gunners boss Unai Emery, whose side’s winless Premier League run stretched to four matches.

Who’s laughing at Blades now?

 Sheffield United's manager Chris Wilder celebrates his side's victory after the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Sheffield United FC at Goodison Park. Sheffield United won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sheffield United showed they can mix it with the Premier League’s big guns with another impressive display in their 1-1 draw at Tottenham.

Blades boss Chris Wilder said after George Baldock had cancelled out Son Heung-min’s second-half opener that his side had been ridiculed at the start of the season after winning promotion back to the top flight for the first time since 2007.

But they have drawn at both Chelsea and Tottenham, have beaten Arsenal and won at Everton.

They sit fifth in the table, above Arsenal and Manchester United, and no-one is laughing at them now.

Clouds lift at Old Trafford

 Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

United’s comfortable 3-1 win against Brighton helped maintain the air of optimism that has descended on Old Trafford in recent weeks.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could have won by a much bigger margin, but the performances of Fred, Marcus Rashford and teenage defender Brandon Williams, on his full Premier League debut, will have kept United’s fans in good heart.

Their side have won five of their last six games in all competitions and have moved up to seventh, their highest position in two months, while the only negative was the injury sustained by midfielder Scott McTominay.

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

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 23:59

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

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 23:59
Watch the goals, extended highlights and reaction from Liverpool's 3-1 win over Manchester City on LFCTV GO now.
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Hoever scores to help Netherlands reach U17 World Cup semis

LiverpoolFC.TV - 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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Hoever scores to help Netherlands reach U17 World Cup semis

LiverpoolFC TV - 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.
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Salah returns to form as Reds beat every approach – 5 talking points from Liverpool 3-1 Man City

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 21:00

Liverpool took an almighty step forward in their search to win the league with a 3-1 win over Man City at Anfield.


Liverpool 3-1 Man City

Premier League, Anfield
November 10, 2019

Goals: Fabinho 6′, Salah 13′, Mane 50′; B Silva 77′

CLINICAL!

 Liverpool's Sadio Mané celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

City settled better with the passing, but Liverpool’s own combination play was based on piercing the heart of their opponents at every opportunity.

Twice in the opening quarter of an hour, the Reds attacked with quick passes down the sides. Twice it ended in goals.

Second half: same story. City had the ball early on, a couple of crosses and set pieces… then Liverpool fashioned one superb build-up, back-to-front, Jordan Henderson sent over a brilliant cross and Sadio Mane headed the third.

City had more shots across the course of the game, but many were speculative, poor quality or wild – the Reds had more shots on target and certainly made the far better use of their chances.

Applause at the back

 Manchester City's Raheem Sterling points after hitting out at Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was the away side who had more possession in the first half, but they edged it rather than dominated: 54 to 46 per cent.

Against that slight majority, though, was Liverpool’s relentless work rate. A constantly tilting defence, a non-stop shifting midfield, the excellent organisation of the attack which pressed as a trio at every opportunity – this was like an extended training ground exercises…but with so much more riding on getting it right.

Gini Wijnaldum was superb with his balance of ball-winning and ball-protecting, but special note has to go to the right side of Liverpool’s defence in that first half.

At times either of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dejan Lovren have either been targetted by opponents or simply lacking in defensive execution, but the first 45 minutes they were just about spot-on: furiously concentrated, on the front foot, holding up play at least or outright winning the ball back when they could.

Full marks a and then a few more for Lovren’s second-half block on Raheem Sterling, too.

Every single player put in an almighty shift, made every challenge they needed to, and deservedly won the game.

Salah’s timely return to form

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s not an exaggeration to say Mo Salah has been outright poor over the last few weeks, having little impact in build-up play and missing his shooting boots.

What a game to pick to rediscover form and confidence.

He was one of the constant outlets, he ran Angelino ragged, his dribbling was on-point in tight areas… and he beautifully headed home the second goal.

The pace was there, the willingness to beat players, the work rate – all of it. Add together his match ratings from his last three or four games, and it’s probably about what he deserves for this game.

We could identify the greatness from pretty much every player on the pitch, but one other does deserve a mention for a big-game step-up: Gini Wijnaldum. Sometimes he goes missing, but this is the type of fixture he’s a must-have for.

Utterly brilliant.

Winning the two battles

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (R) challenges for a header with Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

How could this match be approached by either side, searching for the win?

They could either dominate physically, looking to overpower the other, or they could look to control the ball and dominate possession.

Liverpool won it both ways.

City had the ball first half as mentioned, but created nowhere near enough clear chances and the Reds battered them with transitional play, acceleration through spaces and physically bullying City on the second balls and 50-50s.

In the second half, Liverpool scored that early third – then embarked on their own long stretch of possession play, keeping City chasing shadows and running down their energy levels on largely pointless endeavours.

Yes, City scored one and yes, it was a more nervous-feeling last ten minutes than it needed to be, but that’s what big-game emotion is about.

Overall, across this 90 minutes (and these first 12 games), Liverpool were a much better side than Man City.

International break and EIGHT points clear

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp reacts during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Winning was a big deal for any number of reasons, but most surprising might be that it didn’t just put Liverpool nine points clear of the reigning champions, but also three places clear.

City’s other poor results this season, dropping points against Norwich and Wolves for example, means they’re down to fourth for the duration of the international break, with Leicester and Chelsea the two sides closest to Jurgen’s Reds.

Once again, most of the squad will be off on long-distance jaunts, flying to all corners for qualifiers, friendlies or training get-togethers, while Klopp and his reduced squad embark on a little more fitness and technical work of their own.

It should be a very, very pleasant international break as a Liverpool fan.

The gap at the top, for this or any other stage of the season, is massive – but the big winter test is to come.

The rest of November sees us face Palace, Napoli and Brighton… and then it’s a mammoth 11 games in 31 days to take us into the new year. By then, we’ll really know what this unbelievably good start to the season has earned us.

For now, it’s another job extremely well done, and a deserved two-week break from the stresses of the 90 minutes for the supporters!

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“That’s crazy” – Jurgen Klopp savours 9-point lead over Man City but title is not won yet

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 20:56

Jurgen Klopp admitted he could hardly believe his Liverpool side had opened up a nine-point lead over champions Manchester City.


Klopp’s Premier League leaders beat City 3-1 in the clash of the two title favourites at Anfield on Sunday.

But the German claimed it was far too early in the season for such an advantage to be significant and the pressures of the title race were yet to come.

Klopp said: “Today we were completely focused on this game and not the situation in the table and how many points we are ahead of City. That’s crazy.

“Nine points ahead of City—you cannot imagine that something like this would happen.

“But it’s not important because who wants to be first in November? You want to be first in May. It’s only November.

“The pressure is not there yet. It will come, but at the moment it’s just opportunity and go for it and do the work, throw in all you have and let’s see what happens.

“We don’t feel any pressure, to be 100 percent honest. Nine points is a positive but there’s a long way to go.

“People will 100 percent say, and have said already, that from now on Liverpool can only lose it.

“That’s a very negative approach but we don’t care, I can promise you that we don’t care.”

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (#11) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool took a firm grip on the game with two goals in the opening 13 minutes but there was controversy over the first.

The ball struck Trent Alexander-Arnold’s hand in the Liverpool penalty area but nothing was given and the hosts broke upfield to score through Fabinho.

There was a further penalty shout for handball against Alexander-Arnold late in the game but, again, City were denied.

Klopp said: “I haven’t seen the penalty incident in the first half before Fabinho scored so I can’t say anything about, but I’ve heard it was first handball by Bernardo Silva, I don’t know.

“I can imagine it’s not a situation Pep [Guardiola] is really pleased with. That’s normal.

“But the reaction we showed, 22 seconds later we were in front of their goal and Fabinho with his stunner brings us the 1-0 lead.”

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Mohamed Salah added Liverpool’s second and Sadio Mane grabbed the third after the break before Bernardo Silva struck a City consolation.

Klopp felt Liverpool’s intensity early on proved decisive.

He said: “At the beginning it was wild. It was great, pressing and pressing, not a lot of clear balls in behind.

“You could sense it was really important for both teams. They were both ready to put a proper shift in. They did.

“We scored two incredible goals, had to suffer in moments because of the way City play, but until around the 75th minute we could control it.

“After they made it 3-1 they had momentum and we had heavy legs and you need a little bit of luck.”

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It feels like Liverpool's year

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 20:52
Nick Wright

Comment and Analysis @nicholaspwright

Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were on target as Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield

Last Updated: 10/11/19 9:00pm

Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield

A title race can hinge on the smallest of moments.

What if, in January, John Stones had been a fraction of a second later to the goalline clearance which prevented Liverpool from going in front at the Etihad Stadium? Would Manchester City have gone on to win the game 2-1? Would they have gone on from there to retain the Premier League crown?

Liverpool looked back ruefully on that moment when City finished a point ahead of them in May. Perhaps this time, City will reflect on the decision not to award them a penalty when the ball struck Trent Alexander-Arnold's arm in the early stages of Saturday's meeting at Anfield in the same way.

Twenty-two seconds later, of course, Fabinho met Ilkay Gundogan's poor clearance down at the other end with the stunning drive which put Liverpool in front. It was a setback from which City did not recover. The 3-1 defeat leaves them nine points behind Jurgen Klopp's side and adds to the growing feeling that, finally, this might be Liverpool's year.

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Liverpool have now taken 34 points from a possible 36 this season. Include the final nine Premier League games of the last campaign and they have won 20 of the last 21. Their eight-point lead at the top of the table is the biggest at this stage of a season since Manchester United in 1993/94. Sir Alex Ferguson's side went on to win the title by eight points that year.

It is an encouraging omen and, penalty or not, it is becoming increasingly difficult to see quite how anybody will stop them. Even in the last few weeks, when their performance levels have dipped and they have been confronted by adversity in games against Leicester, Tottenham and Aston Villa, they have shown the persistence and powers of recovery needed to pull them through.

There has been good fortune along the way too, of course, but that only adds to the aura around this side right now and their performance against City on Sunday was the latest reminder of just how devastating they can be when they hit their stride.

 Liverpool have taken 34 points from a possible 36 this season  Liverpool have taken 34 points from a possible 36 this season Liverpool have taken 34 points from a possible 36 this season

It was the second goal, headed home by Mohamed Salah from a sublime ball by Andrew Robertson, who had been picked out by an even better one from Trent Alexander-Arnold, which showed Liverpool at their best. But the other two were perhaps more fitting for this side.

After all, when Fabinho can conjure up a strike like that, and when Jordan Henderson - your other workmanlike midfielder - can produce a cross with the quality of his assist for Sadio Mane's goal, then you know something special is happening. The belief coursing through this team is plain to see.

It should be noted, of course, that this Manchester City side have been here before. Last season, they found themselves 10 points behind Liverpool at the end of December. It required a gargantuan effort to overhaul them, with City winning 18 of their remaining 19 games.

But do they have it in them to claw back the deficit again?

Pep Guardiola described their performance as "incredible" in his post-match interview with Sky Sports at Anfield, insisting this title race is by no means over, but while it's true that City created plenty of chances, their issues at the other end mean the relentless form of their rivals is far from their only problem.

Their back four of Kyle Walker, John Stones, Fernandinho and Angelino struggled badly, their panic apparent not just in the routine passes they sent astray but in their body language too. There were rushed clearances, missed challenges and, at one point in the first-half, even a full-blown argument between Walker and Stones.

Andrew Robertson provided the assist for the opener Andrew Robertson provided the assist for the opener Andrew Robertson provided the assist for the opener

Ederson's absence in goal compounded matters and, with Aymeric Laporte unlikely to return for several months yet, City's prospects do not look bright. They are without a clean sheet in four games. They have conceded nearly three times as many goals as at the same stage of last season.

"The big mistake was not replacing the man in the studio, Vincent Kompany," observed Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports.

As well as lacking depth at centre-back, it appears Guardiola does not trust the players brought in to take City forward at full-back. Joao Cancelo was an unused substitute at Anfield while Benjamin Mendy did not even make the squad. "You've got £100m of full-backs who aren't playing through choice," said Gary Neville. "Pep Guardiola has no excuse."

It makes that nine-point gap even more daunting for City, who could find themselves even further back if they fail to beat Chelsea after the international break. And while the January transfer window will present an opportunity to sign an overdue alternative to Laporte, there are a further eight Premier League games to get through before then.

A lot can happen in that time. Liverpool are well aware of just how quickly things can change. But they also know that small moments like Sunday's can make big differences. They will take some stopping now.

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