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Robbie Fowler admitted to similarities between his goal against Manchester United in 1995 and Roberto Firmino's in last week's 4-3 win over Manchester City - but claimed his own was better, as he shoved Gary Neville out of the way!
Firmino gave the Reds a 2-1 advantage against the runaway Premier League leaders last Sunday when he muscled John Stones out of the way before chipping it over the on-rushing Ederson.
The goal was very similar to a famous Fowler goal at Old Trafford 23 years ago when he shoulder charged Neville away before clipping it over Peter Schmeichel.Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates the second goal against Manchester City (Image: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images) Read More
And the Liverpool legend thinks fans will agree his was the better of the goals - as it was Neville he sent packing before the finish.
Speaking to The Mirror, Fowler said: "I was at Anfield last Sunday and noticed the similarity between Roberto Firmino’s goal and my one against Manchester United in 1995.
"Except mine was better, obviously!
"I think Liverpool fans will agree too, but only because it was Gary Neville who I smashed out of the way."
With 17 goals for the season, Firmino is enjoying the most prolific campaign of his career, and the forward is now just 11 goals away from becoming the all-time top-scoring Brazilian in Premier League history.
Fowler, who knows all about leading the line as Liverpool's No.9, having scored 183 times for the Reds, has been impressed with Firmino.Robbie Fowler celebrates with Jason McAteer after his stunning brace against Manchester United at Old Trafford, October 1995 Read More
"Firmino is having a top season for my old club," Fowler added.
"He’s not got as much attention as Mo Salah or Philippe Coutinho, but he has a lot to his game, and you can see he brings a lot to Jurgen Klopp’s team.
"I don’t think he’ll ever be an out-and-out goalscorer, but that’s not his role."
The family of John Barnes have defended the former Liverpool star over claims he made homophobic comments in the Celebrity Big Brother house.
The ex-England player provoked anger among many viewers during a conversation with fellow housemate Shane Jenek.
When Shane was speaking about experimenting, John interjected, stating: “Kick them out of the club. Kick them out of the club.”
He added: “I’ll tell you why, because if anything happened in that room he’s out of the club. If anything happens in the room, Andrew’s out of the club. He’s not in my club if anything happens.”John Barnes on Celebrity Big Brother (Image: Channel 5) Read More
Now John's family have released a statement on his twitter page which states that the way his comments were presented and the subsequent backlash has been "highly distressing" and "completely out of keeping" with their own experiences of the star.
Read the full statement below:
Leroy Fer has warned Liverpool that Swansea City are now a different proposition ahead of Monday's Premier League showdown at the Liberty Stadium.
The Dutch midfielder was part of the Swans side thrashed 5-0 when the clubs met at Anfield four weeks ago.
However, since then Carlos Carvalhal has taken over as manager and overseen two wins and two draws in his five matches in charge.
Swansea remain bottom but are only six points from safety as they battle to avoid losing their top-flight status.
“I think we have improved since the last time we played them,” Fer told Swanseacity.com.Georginio Wijnaldum competes with Leroy fer at Anfield in December
"I feel we can deliver a better and more competitive game. We have more confidence now than we had just a couple of weeks ago. We want to win this game in front of our home fans.
"It is going to be a hard game against one of the best teams in the Premier League. Even though they have lost a player like (Philippe) Coutinho, they still have plenty of big threats going forward.Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool competes with Leroy Fer of Swansea City (Image: 2017 Liverpool FC) Read More
“We will have to be very organised and at our best. We have to make sure we don’t give balls away to allow Liverpool to counter. If we do that, we will give ourselves a chance of getting a result.”
Liverpool have been the big movers in this January transfer window.
The Reds made history at the beginning of the month when Virgil van Dijk signed for £75m to become the most expensive defender of all time.
But just how long do the Reds have to reinvest the eye-watering Coutinho cash?
Here's everything you need to know ahead of the window typically 'slamming' shut later this month.When does the January transfer window close? Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrates (Image: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) Read More
The transfer window opened on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2018) and will close on January 31 at 11pm GMT.
This makes January 31 transfer deadline day - one of the busiest days of the football calendar, of course.Is 11pm the real deadline?
As is often the case, some signings go through after the 11pm deadline.
That is down to the 'deal sheet' that clubs have to submit to the Premier League for any last-minute transfers.
From 9pm on deadline day, teams can submit a 'deal sheet' to let the authorities know an agreement has been made.
Such leeway gives teams until 1am to send over all the completed paperwork.When can signings play for their new clubs? New Barcelona signing Philippe Coutinho (Image: David Ramos/Getty Images) Read More
Premier League rules state that a club must register any new player before midday on the working day before the match in which they would like him to play.
This means any player brought in by the Reds on deadline day would be free to feature when they host Tottenham on February 4.What action can we expect from Liverpool?
The Reds have already enjoyed something of a blockbuster window.
Around £217m worth of deals have been concluded at Anfield this transfer window, but Reds supporters are eager to see a Philippe Coutinho replacement.
The likes of Thomas Lemar and Riyad Mahrez have been linked, although the ECHO understands there is no interest in the latter.Riyad Mahrez takes on Andy Robertson (Image: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
A move for £90m-rated Monaco star Lemar may also have to wait until the summer.
Plenty want to see new blood arrive in goal, but any fan's hopes of a big-money move for Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak are almost certain to be dashed.
Speaking about reinvesting the Coutinho proceeds, Klopp said: "I don’t think about money.
"Nobody told me that I have to think about money because we are always reasonable, we always try to do the right thing.
"Obviously we don’t hesitate to spend the money, we did a few times, but it is not about the moment, it is about making the right decision."Thomas Lemar celebrates against Toulouse (Image: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images) Any outgoings?
Daniel Sturridge has informed the club he wants to leave this month.
As the ECHO reported earlier this month, the wantaway striker has told the Reds that he wants to leave during the current window in order to secure the regular action required to force his way into England’s World Cup squad.
Liverpool aren't prepared to offload Sturridge on the cheap however. The Reds are looking for £30m for his services.
Emre Can's contract impasse rumbles on.Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring in the match between Liverpool and Huddersfield Town (Image: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Juventus are keen to snare him on a free transfer this summer, and the Serie A champions can agree pre-contract terms with the Germany international.
Can's next move is still very much a mystery however.
Marko Grujic has already joined Championship side Cardiff on loan.
Bobby Adekanye struck twice as Liverpool Under-23s kept their Premier League Cup hopes alive with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Charlton Athletic.
The former Barcelona teenager helped himself to a first-half double as Neil Critchley's side produced a dominant performance in torrential conditions at Chester City.
Having only won one of their opening three group games, the young Reds had to triumph in order to revitalise their chances of reaching the knockout stages and they did that in style.
Louis-Michael Yamfam briefly gave the Addicks hope by reducing the deficit but goals from Toni Gomes and captain Harry Wilson in the second half put the result beyond doubt.Bobby Adekanye of Liverpool (Image: (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images))
Critchley has seen his options depleted by loan moves for Marko Grujic , Matty Virtue and Corey Whelan, as well as the permanent exit of Cameron Brannagan.
However, the under-23s boss was still able to field a line up brimming with attacking intent.
Adekanye and Yan Dhanda started as wing-backs in his 3-4-3 formation as Wilson and Ovie Ejaria supported central striker Gomes.
Liverpool took control from the start with Gomes nodding against the post after a fine cross from Adekanye.Liverpool's Toni Gomes shoots for goal.
Dhanda's fierce strike was then parried by Ashley Maynard-Brewer, who reacted smartly to thwart him again from the rebound.
The breakthrough finally arrived on 19 minutes. Adekayne hammered Dhanda's inviting cross goalwards and the keeper couldn't stop it from crossing the line.
Liverpool remained firmly in the ascendancy with Herbie Kane's 25-yarder expertly clawed behind.
Charlton struggled to contain Wilson and he came in for some rough treatment. Dan Bowry, Ryan Blumberg and George Lapslie were all booked for kicking lumps out of the Wales international.Liverpool U23 manager Neil Critchley (Image: Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Critchley was forced into a change when Paulo Alves limped off with Luis Longstaff replacing him.
Ejaria was thwarted by Maynard-Brewer but the Reds finally made it 2-0 five minutes before the break.
Kane picked out Adekanye at the back post and he made no mistake as he nodded into the bottom corner.
Liverpool were cruising with Wilson going close to extending their lead but on the stroke of half-time they got sloppy.
Ejaria gave it away on the edge of his own penalty area and Yamfam drilled home via the far post.
Whatever Critchley said at the interval clearly re-focused minds as Liverpool flew out of the traps at the start of the second half and wrapped up the points by netting twice inside eight minutes.
First, Wilson and Kane combined to tee up Gomes who finished in style.Harry Wilson in action for Liverpool U23s Read More
Wilson then bagged the goal his overall contribution deserved. Latching on to a long ball over the top, the skipper held his nerve as he clipped the ball past the advancing Maynard-Brewer.
As the rain lashed down and pitch increasingly cut up, it got desperately scrappy.
Dhanda and Gomes almost added to Liverpool's account, while at the other end Caoimhin Kelleher ensured there was no late consolation for Charlton.
The Republic of Ireland youth international produced a sprawling save to thwart substitute Terrique Anderson with the impressive Juanma sliding in to stop Lapslie from tucking away the rebound.
Liverpool: Kelleher, Masterson, Johnston, Juanma, Dhanda, Alves (Longstaff 32), Kane, Adekanye, Wilson, Ejaria, Gomes.
Not used: Sharif, Grabara, Glennon.
Оуэн - о переходе Санчеса: "Если бы я хотел стать лучшим нападающим, я бы не стал переходить в команду Моуринью". 13:40
Бывший нападающий "Манчестер Юнайтед" Майкл Оуэн написал на Daily Mail заметку по поводу перехода нападающего "Арсенала" Алексиса Санчеса в команду Жозе Моуринью. По его словам, чилиец переходит в команду из-за денег.
"Очевидно, что есть одна причина, почему Алексис Санчес выбирает "Манчестер Юнайтед", а не "Манчестер Сити". Естественно, он хочет увеличить свои доходы, но, будучи игроком атаки, я удивляюсь, что он предпочел Моуринью Гвардьоле.
Моуринью явно феноменальный специалист с точки зрения завоеванных трофеев. Вы не можете спорить с двумя Лигами Чемпионов, восемью чемпионскими титулами, Лигой Европы, Кубком УЕФА, четырьмя национальными кубками в четырех странах и четырьмя Кубками Лиги.
Я восхищаюсь им. У него был трудный путь на вершину. Поэтому, когда он руководил "Порту" и оттачивал свои идеи, он должен был быть реалистом, но он выиграл Лигу чемпионов, а затем оказался под давлением, когда перешел в "Челси". Потом он проявил себя в "Интере", выиграв серию А и Лигу чемпионов. Итальянский клуб имел больше ресурсов, чем "Порту", но он был ограничен, если сравнивать с великолепной "Барселоной" Гвардьолы.
Но у Моуринью есть кое-что от аутсайдера. По мере того, как он становился опытнее, я думаю, что он стал менее охотно брать на себя риски. В 2004 году, когда он только перешел в "Челси", он подписал Дидье Дрогба и Арьена Роббена, которые были неизвестны. Но потом они стали лучшими в мире. Он поддержал известных игроков, таких как Златан Ибрагимович в "Интере" или Криштиану Роналду в "Реале".
Однако стоит посмотреть на его приход в "Челси". Он сначала избавился от Маты, хотя позже он воссоединился с ним в "МЮ". Он отпустил Лукаку, с которым работает сейчас. Он продал Де Брейне и Салаха, которые терзают его оборону, выступая за "Сити" и "Ливерпуль" соответственно.
Я бы не стал обвинять Санчеса за то, что, как говорят, его зарплата будет в районе 400 тысяч фунтов в неделю. Он просто футболист, зарабатывающий на жизнь в соответствии с рыночными реалиями, но если говорить о чисто футбольных желаниях, то "МЮ" явно не был бы на первом месте.
Как атакующий игрок, он должен знать, что его попросят умерить свою игру. По сравнению с сезоном, который он провел в "Барселоне" при Гвардьоле или при Венгере в "Арсенале", – написал Оуэн.
He's won three club Player of the Month awards for the Reds, was named the African Player of the Year, the Arabic Player of the Year and the exploits of "the Egyptian King" are being regularly sung off in some of the city's more lively boozers.
Twenty-four goals and counting, with 18 of those in the Premier League and six in the Champions League, there's been no fleshing out with easy goals against lower league opposition.
Liverpool statistician Ged Rea has been crunching the numbers, looking at how often Salah scores compares to his actual time on the pitch.Mohamed Salah during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on January 19, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Image: Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
And it's a pretty incredible result.
For in fact no other Liverpool player of the Premier League era has scored at the rate of Salah.
Looking at players who've scored at least five goals, Salah is grabbing a goal every 93 minutes on the pitch, and no-one has ever done it quicker.Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates grabbing a second against Leicester City (Image: James Maloney)
Suarez? Torres? Fowler? They're all trailing in his wake at this stage.
Here's how he compares to those who came before:Best Premier League goal/minute ratio
Mohamed Salah - 93 mins
Fernando Torres - 121 mins
Daniel Sturridge - 131 minsDaniel Sturridge, Robbie Fowler, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez - 139 mins
Michael Owen - 142 mins
Robbie Fowler - 159 mins
Titi Camara - 161 mins
Christian Benteke - 169 mins
Sadio Mane - 175 mins
Главный тренер «Ливерпуля» Юрген Клопп рассказал о том, как клуб намерен заменить полузащитника Филиппе Коуитньо, который перешел в «Барселону».
«Я не думаю о деньгах. Мне никто не говорил думать о деньгах, потому что мы всегда ответственны в этом вопросе, всегда пытаемся поступать правильно. Мы не стесняемся тратить деньги, мы несколько раз делали это. Но все зависит от ситуации, все зависит от выбора правильного решения.
Замена Коутиньо? Если в трансферное окно будет доступен нужный нам игрок, мы не будем отказываться от трансфера. Но мы не будем подписывать кого-нибудь, чтобы просто успокоить ситуацию или показать людям, что мы не дремлем», — сказал Клопп.
Напомним, что Коутиньо перешел в «Барселону» за 120 миллионов евро. Еще 40 миллионов англичане могут получить в качестве бонусов.
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has sent his best wishes to stricken Everton midfielder James McCarthy.
McCarthy suffered a horrendous double leg break during Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Brom at Goodison Park.
The Republic of Ireland international was challenging for the ball with Baggies striker Salomon Rondon when he went down clutching his right leg.Everton's James McCarthy leaves the field on a stretcher (Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire) Read More
The incident left Rondon in tears, despite the Venezuelan being blameless for the accidental collision.
McCarthy now faces an arduous road to recovery, but the former Wigan star has been inundated with messages of support since Saturday.
Reds legend Fowler has sent his own message and said he wished McCarthy well in his convalescence.
Fowler tweeted: "Nasty injury to @JMcCarthy_16...never nice seeing that happening to players regardless of who they are or what club they're at...wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery".
West Brom striker Rondon said he was "devastated" by the incident after the game.Robbie Fowler speaking at the Robbie Fowler Education and Football Academy open day at The Hilton Hotel
"I am absolutely devastated after such an unfortunate incident," said Rondon.
"I feel really sorry for James. Rivalries are forgotten about when a colleague suffers such an unlucky injury.
"Even if the move had resulted in a goal, I would have preferred not to score if it meant an opponent avoided suffering such a terrible injury."