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Heskey: Liverpool have upper hand

2 hours 55 min ago
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Last Updated: 18/03/19 3:13pm

3:49 Liverpool have the upper hand in the title race but Manchester City have the benefit of experience, says Emile Heskey Liverpool have the upper hand in the title race but Manchester City have the benefit of experience, says Emile Heskey

Emile Heskey says Liverpool have the upper hand over Manchester City in the Premier League title race, but says the defending champions have the advantage of experience on their side.

Liverpool went top of the Premier League on Sunday when they beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage, and are now two points ahead of Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

Liverpool and Manchester City have been neck and neck throughout the season, and with just seven games remaining for Jurgen Klopp's side and eight for City, Heskey says the Reds will be relieved to have left south west London with three points.

"A lot of teams are expecting Liverpool to go and score five or six goals, but Fulham are fighting for their lives as well," Heskey told Sky Sports News.

"I'm guessing they're already gone, but it's about pride; to play against Liverpool and to get a result would be good, especially for Scott Parker.

2:59 Highlights from Liverpool's 2-1 win against Fulham in the Premier League Highlights from Liverpool's 2-1 win against Fulham in the Premier League

"Within football you have games where you're not going to be playing the best, but it's about winning ugly. This was one of those games."

Heskey says despite City's game in hand, Liverpool hold the advantage going into the international break.

"Psychologically it's very important," Heskey said of Liverpool's lead. "As you saw before, they were always having to chase Manchester City, they were always trying to stay ahead. Now they've got the upper hand.

"It's better to have the points in hand rather than having to go out there and fight for it.

"Manchester City have got to go into the next game knowing that they need to win that game, putting the pressure back on them and seeing how they fare with that pressure."

Manchester City went top of the table earlier this month when they beat Watford Manchester City went top of the table earlier this month when they beat Watford Manchester City went top of the table earlier this month when they beat Watford

The former England international says some teams enjoy chasing the league leaders, and believes City are one of those teams.

"Manchester City seem to flourish in that sense - they have done, anyway," he added. "They've got players who really want to battle for that, but they have to still go out there and do it."

The 41-year-old says Pep Guardiola's side are familiar with the pressure of going for a title, having succeeded in their quest last season.

"You saw it with Manchester United the years when I was playing; year after year doing it, knowing what it takes when you get to a certain stage during the season, knowing what it takes to actually keep in there and keep pumping out those results."

Mane is Liverpool's key man now

As Mohamed Salah's form has dipped, Sadio Mane has stepped up for Liverpool in the title run-in.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are chasing a title win that has eluded them for almost 30 years. Heskey says there is pressure on this Liverpool squad to deliver, but that it is no different from pressure felt elsewhere.

"There's going to be an expectation - there's an expectation when you're at all big clubs," said Heskey. "There's an expectation for all of them to actually go out there and be winning every week, and the players understand that; the players know that, the players are aware of that. That pressure brings the best out of you at times.

"It's a massive chance for them to be put down as legends. It's a great time for the club."

One of the stars for Liverpool last season was Mo Salah, who this season is struggling for the same goal-scoring form, and Heskey says the Egypt international is guilty of forcing things in his efforts.

Mohamed Salah is struggling to replicate his heroics from last season Mohamed Salah is struggling to replicate his heroics from last season Mohamed Salah is struggling to replicate his heroics from last season

"He's still got 17 goals, so he's not having that bad a season but he's probably just trying a little bit too hard.

"He's looking at the season before when he was scoring all these goals, confidence was high, things were ricocheting then going in.

"He's not getting that luck now, but he still wants to get the goals and everyone is still looking at him as that go-to guy for the goals.

"There's times when he should be passing the ball but he's wanting to score himself. That is the danger.

"When you're going through that patch you need the balance. You need to know when to pass the ball, when to take the shot.

Sadio Mane has been in goal-scoring form for Liverpool this season Sadio Mane has been in goal-scoring form for Liverpool this season Sadio Mane has been in goal-scoring form for Liverpool this season

"You've got to remember we were talking of him last season in the same vein as [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, so he's probably got that in his head as well, so he wants to be scoring the goals like they are."

Sadio Mane continued his impressive showings for Klopp's side by scoring the opening goal against Fulham.

"It's a blessing for Liverpool isn't it, that they have someone of his stature - someone of his ability - to step in to the plate where Salah has failed to produce," said Heskey. "He's such a dynamic, quick player.

"If you look at the season before, he went through little spells where he was scoring three goals, four goals, but now he seems to be making it more consistent."

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Ref Watch: Maddison had to be booked

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Plus, should VAR be used in all FA Cup ties?

Last Updated: 18/03/19 3:29pm

Maddison (right) was yellow carded after scoring and then taking off his shirt to reveal a message Maddison (right) was yellow carded after scoring and then taking off his shirt to reveal a message Maddison (right) was yellow carded after scoring and then taking off his shirt to reveal a message

There was plenty for Dermot Gallagher to get stuck into from the weekend's Premier League and FA Cup games, with goal celebrations, controversy involving the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and red cards and penalties all on the agenda.

Read on to see what the former top-flight referee had to say on just a few of the big decisions from the last few days' action...

Burnley 1-2 Leicester Maddison reveals the message after scoring at Turf Moor Maddison reveals the message after scoring at Turf Moor Maddison reveals the message after scoring at Turf Moor

INCIDENT: James Maddison is booked after scoring and then taking off his shirt to reveal a message for Sophie Taylor, the five-year-old girl he supported throughout her battle with cancer.

DERMOT'S VERDICT: There are no winners in this situation.

DERMOT SAYS: It is for all kinds of reasons that that rule was brought in. What I would say is that there are no winners in this situation because Michael Oliver is duty bound to yellow card him. What I did think was really nice was you could see Michael, who has to apply the law, he might not like it, but he did take time to explain that to Maddison. And total respect to Maddison, who has come out publicly to say he is only doing his job.

Also, regarding tweets about Michael Oliver, he’s just doing his job and didn’t have a choice. He didn’t enjoy showing me a yellow and shared his condolences about the passing of Sophie which I thought was very respectful👍🏼

— James Maddison (@Madders10) March 16, 2019

INCIDENT: Harry Maguire is shown a straight red after a last-man foul on Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

2:59 Highlights from Leicester's 2-1 win against Burnley in the Premier League Highlights from Leicester's 2-1 win against Burnley in the Premier League

DERMOT'S VERDICT: Correct decision, sending-off.

DERMOT SAYS: The only decision to make here is, is it a foul? That is the only call you have to make and I think it is a foul. And on that basis, he [Michael Oliver] has got to send him off. It is unfortunate, but that is the law. He has a clear run on goal and he clips his heels and there is no doubt it is a foul.

Swansea 2-3 Man City Swansea's players protest City's late winner Swansea's players protest City's late winner Swansea's players protest City's late winner

INCIDENT: Sergio Aguero's scores a late winner against Swansea in the FA Cup despite being offside, but there was no VAR in use because FA rules this season state it is only used at games being held at Premier League stadiums.

DERMOT'S VERDICT: It was still a level playing field at the Liberty Stadium.

DERMOT SAYS: There are two issues. One, if you have that facility to use in Premier League grounds, they did and why would you not use something you have got. And secondly, the two grounds that did not use it, it is still a level playing field for the teams. It is not as if it is a league competition. It is a cup competition, so for the two sides on that day, it was still a level playing field and it was for Swansea and Man City. It was unfortunate how the decisions panned out, but nobody was to know that when they kicked off.

Everton 2-0 Chelsea 2:52 Highlights from Everton's 2-0 win against Chelsea in the Premier League Highlights from Everton's 2-0 win against Chelsea in the Premier League

INCIDENT: Marcos Alonso trips Richarlison in the area.

DERMOT'S VERDICT: Correct decision, penalty.

DERMOT SAYS: He stands on his foot, takes him down and Anthony Taylor has a brilliant position. When you see it at normal speed, it is easier to tell it is a penalty.

Fulham 1-2 Liverpool 1:46 The Super Sunday panel discuss whether Liverpool should have been awarded a late penalty at Fulham for Sergio Rico's tug on Sadio Mane The Super Sunday panel discuss whether Liverpool should have been awarded a late penalty at Fulham for Sergio Rico's tug on Sadio Mane

INCIDENT: Sergio Rico drops the ball and then pulls down Sadio Mane.

DERMOT'S VERDICT: Correct decision, penalty.

DERMOT SAYS: He has panicked and just pulled him down. The referee [Craig Pawson] has no choice but to give a penalty. If he had thought it through, Mane would not have got to the ball though. Once you wrap your arms around a player, you are duty bound to give a foul.

Leeds 0-1 Sheffield United 0:42 Casilla is dismissed against Sheff Utd Casilla is dismissed against Sheff Utd

INCIDENT: Kiko Casilla is shown a red card in stoppage time for a professional foul on Billy Sharp.

DERMOT'S VERDICT: Correct decision, sending-off.

DERMOT SAYS: If you watch where the foul occurs, the full back would not have got across to prevent a goal, it is an obvious goalscoring opportunity that is being denied. So it would always be a red card as once Sharp is by the 'keeper, he can just roll the ball into an empty net.

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Klopp: This is only the beginning

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 17:31
Liverpool beat Fulham 2-1 to go back to the top of the Premier League By Gerard Brand at Craven Cottage

Last Updated: 18/03/19 11:13am

5:40 Jurgen Klopp hailed his Liverpool side for retaking the lead against Fulham Jurgen Klopp hailed his Liverpool side for retaking the lead against Fulham

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool are at the beginning of their development, not the end after their "massive" 2-1 win at Fulham on Super Sunday.

Liverpool went two points clear at the top of the Premier League above second-place Manchester City, who have a game in hand, as goals from Sadio Mane and James Milner (pen) gave them a nervy win.

Ryan Babel had equalised for Fulham after a mix-up involving Virgil van Dijk and Alisson with just 16 minutes remaining, and though Klopp said the game was "average", he was overjoyed with the scoreline.

📊Liverpool have dropped points against only 1 of their remaining 7 opponents in PL this season (drew v Chelsea & beaten Tottenham, Southampton, Cardiff, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves) pic.twitter.com/qckwwkBcDY

— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) March 17, 2019

He told Sky Sports: "Now I like the result more with the 2-1 than the 1-0, because coming back from a situation like that. I think we fully deserved to win the game. It was an average game, massive result.

"First half was a bit rusty. Second half we could have finished it off and then it is clear at 1-0 if you don't kill it off that can happen. Babel was there, that is how football is. They deserved a goal but we deserved three points. A brilliant afternoon I have to say.

2:59 Highlights from Liverpool's 2-1 Premier League win at Fulham on Sunday Highlights from Liverpool's 2-1 Premier League win at Fulham on Sunday

"I am not in any doubt about my players' nerves. It is about intensity. We go for perfection but it is rare that you get it. People will say we need to be more convincing, but we are at the start of a development, not the end.

"They are cool enough. On our day we are a flying team, that's all there, but the consistency is rare."

Liverpool rounded off a fine week with the victory, having beaten Burnley 4-2 last Sunday and then Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 before being drawn with Porto in the quarter-final.

Sadio Mane celebrates with Liverpool team-mates after opening the scoring Sadio Mane celebrates with Liverpool team-mates after opening the scoring Sadio Mane celebrates with Liverpool team-mates after opening the scoring

Klopp insists he needs to deal with the post-Champions League midweek matches better, but is delighted to go into the international break before returning to "fight" for the Premier League title with seven games remaining.

"We played Burnley, Munich and Fulham, it's like three different kinds of sports actually, and obviously it's difficult.

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"We started really well, and did a lot of good things but lost the rhythm a bit. I am not the most experienced manager and I have similar problems after Champions League games.

"Let's go, let's go for it, let's fight, all that stuff. Today we set again the basis for the finish, and it's good. We only have to win and I smile all day."

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As Mohamed Salah's form has dipped, Sadio Mane has stepped up for Liverpool when it mattered most, writes Adam Bate.

Mane is the key man now

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Klopp plays down Bayern talk

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 11:34
By Richard Cooke

Last Updated: 17/03/19 1:05pm

Jurgen Klopp says he has to keep proving himself at Liverpool Jurgen Klopp says he has to keep proving himself at Liverpool Jurgen Klopp says he has to keep proving himself at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp says he loves working at Liverpool but has to keep proving himself after Franz Beckenbauer backed him for the Bayern Munich manager's job.

Before Liverpool's 3-1 over Bayern Munich on Wednesday, which took the Reds to the Champions League quarter-finals, Beckenbauer said that the former Borussia Dortmund coach would be an ideal appointment at Bayern Munich.

"Jurgen Klopp at FC Bayern. That would be the highlight. Jurgen was the one who taught the Germans how to play football quickly," he said.

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However, Klopp insists he is focused on winning trophies with Liverpool, although he admitted such praise from Beckenbauer was akin to being awarded a knighthood.

"There is no bigger legend in Germany than Franz Beckenbauer," said Klopp. "It feels great he speaks positively about me. It is just like the king with his sword calling a man 'sir'.

1:13 Klopp insists he is not interested in a place in Liverpool's history books, and wants the title 'for the people' Klopp insists he is not interested in a place in Liverpool's history books, and wants the title 'for the people'

"If he thinks that, it is a compliment to Liverpool. Bayern have done everything right in the last 10 or 15 years without making many mistakes but I feel I am a good fit where I am.

"I love it here, there are lots of opportunities to develop an already really good team. I have enough confidence to say I am the right manager for Liverpool at the moment, though in football we all constantly have to prove ourselves."

1:08 Klopp says Jordan Henderson will not be available for the match against Fulham while Naby Keita faces a late fitness test Klopp says Jordan Henderson will not be available for the match against Fulham while Naby Keita faces a late fitness test

Liverpool will return to the top of the Premier League if they beat Fulham at Craven Cottage and, with eight games to go, Klopp believes the future is rosy at Anfield.

"So far, it has worked out, and hopefully it will last a lot longer. That would be cool.

"We are very happy about the situation and very positive about the future. We are fine with what we've done so far, but now we have to finish the season the best way possible.

"It is a big opportunity. We have improved a lot, but people judge it only on winning titles. We know that, but we can change it in the future."

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Klopp urges Reds to seize opportunity

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 07:00
Watch Fulham vs Liverpool from 1.30pm on Renault Super Sunday; kick-off at 2.15pm

Last Updated: 16/03/19 11:30am

Jurgen Klopp has called on his Liverpool players to take the opportunity to return to the top of the Premier League table when they take on Fulham, live on Renault Super Sunday.

With current leaders Manchester City in FA Cup quarter-final action this weekend, a win at Craven Cottage would take Liverpool back above Pep Guardiola's side, two points clear albeit having played a game more.

However, Klopp warned that relegation-threatened Fulham are playing without pressure since Scott Parker took caretaker charge and should not be taken lightly.

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"Scott is in now and nobody thinks so desperately about staying in the league, it's about playing football, getting points and seeing where it leads to," he told Sky Sports.

"There is no pressure anymore really, that's what makes them dangerous. Not only that, we had a tough game against them [at Anfield].

"It was difficult enough that day, we know that and we respect that but it's still a game for us. So it has to be an opportunity as well, hopefully we can use it."

Liverpool should arrive in the capital in confident mood after progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals, where they will play Porto, with a memorable 3-1 win away at Bayern Munich.

Virgil van Dijk scored Liverpool's second in their win in Munich Virgil van Dijk scored Liverpool's second in their win in Munich Virgil van Dijk scored Liverpool's second in their win in Munich

The time on the training ground that Klopp values so highly will therefore be at a minimum as they challenge on two fronts, but the German is not spending any of the precious free time he and his team do have worrying about it.

"We are pretty experienced in that, it's not the first time," he added. "Pretty much since I came in, apart from one year, we have always been in two competitions until the last match day, we were in the Europa League final, Champions League final and this year we're still in the competition.

"It's a normal thing, we cannot train a lot, that's how it is. You have to use each minute to rest and relax, for the boys it is very important, for us as coaches it is important as well.

"Then, in the moment when the rest is over you have to immediately restart, reboot the machine and then it's onto the next one."

3:02 Highlights from Liverpool's 4-2 win over Burnley in the Premier League Highlights from Liverpool's 4-2 win over Burnley in the Premier League

Liverpool's hunt for a first league title since 1990 will be put on hold for a couple of weeks after the Fulham game as Klopp's charges jet off to play for their respective national teams.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss will be counting the days until they return though, he hopes fully fit and ready for one final sprint to the line.

"The boys should know to inform me immediately after the game (that they are fine), a thumbs up is enough or if it's not a thumbs up then that's not so cool but that's information as well," he added.

"[A thumbs up to the camera] would be cool but they don't think about me immediately after the game, that's OK but I think constantly about them so that's the difference."

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The only thing that might make the time away from his players that much more bearable for Klopp would be the knowledge that his side are top of the table for the duration of their absence - and for that, Liverpool must beat Fulham on Sunday.

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Klopp reveals summer transfer plans

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 00:01

Last Updated: 16/03/19 10:58am

Jurgen Klopp wants to focus on developing Liverpool's current squad of players Jurgen Klopp wants to focus on developing Liverpool's current squad of players Jurgen Klopp wants to focus on developing Liverpool's current squad of players

Jurgen Klopp has outlined his future transfer plans by saying Liverpool do not need to spend "big money" in the summer.

The 51-year-old German wants to focus on developing the players he already has at his disposal, after Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri all arrived at Anfield in the summer.

Liverpool face 19th-placed Fulham live on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday, and with leaders Manchester City not in action, Klopp's side could return to the top of the table with a win.

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Asked about the Reds' summer transfer plans, Klopp said: "I don't want to talk exactly what we will do, but I don't think this is a team at the moment where we have to spend the big money or whatever.

"The best way to do it is bring together a group of players, try to develop them altogether and then stay together for a while.

"That was maybe the main problem of Liverpool for the last decade. When they had a good team after a season they went all over the world. That will not happen this year for sure."

3:02 Highlights from Liverpool's 4-2 win over Burnley in the Premier League Highlights from Liverpool's 4-2 win over Burnley in the Premier League

With Liverpool and City in a two-horse race for this year's Premier League title, Klopp discussed the views of neutral fans who might have an opinion on who they want to lift the trophy in May.

He added: "I think if you are a supporter of Everton you vomit in the morning when you think 'Oh Liverpool, they are great.'

"Why should other people like us? That's football. So long as they don't hate us because that is a bit too much.

"We only have to be focused on what we can achieve. It's all good, it is just about us."

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Sky Live: Fulham vs Liverpool

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 14:35
Watch Fulham vs Liverpool live on Sky Sports Premier League this Sunday

Last Updated: 15/03/19 2:43pm

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Liverpool can go back to the top of the Premier League table if they beat Fulham on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

With Manchester City in FA Cup action this weekend, Jurgen Klopp's side have the chance to take a two-point lead ahead of the international break.

However, the manager played down the importance of going back into first, saying: "Psychologically we didn't struggle because we are not ahead of them anymore and it doesn't change.

"Being ahead of City is not that important but we have a game at the weekend and we want to win that game.

1:13 Jurgen Klopp insists he is not interested in a place in Liverpool's history books, and wants the title 'for the people' Jurgen Klopp insists he is not interested in a place in Liverpool's history books, and wants the title 'for the people'

"Obviously we are then ahead but it doesn't mean a lot. The game in hand for City is (Manchester) United, for sure not an easy one, but it is not decided at the weekend because of that."

Scott Parker is yet to win a game as caretaker manager of Fulham, and he knows his side faces another big test against potential Premier League winners.

"It's going to be a massive challenge. Liverpool is a team that is fighting at the right end, in terms of fighting for the championship," he said. "They're a team full of individual quality and are up there with the world's best."

1:47 A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend's Premier League action, including Fulham against Liverpool and Chelsea's trip to Everton A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend's Premier League action, including Fulham against Liverpool and Chelsea's trip to Everton Team news

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will miss the trip with an ankle injury sustained in the midweek Champions League victory over Bayern Munich.

It means Fabinho will come back into the side, having initially been rested for the Champions League tie, while Naby Keita will be assessed after missing the trip to Germany with a minor injury.

1:08 Jurgen Klopp says Jordan Henderson will not be available for Sunday's Premier League trip to Fulham while Naby Keita faces a late fitness test Jurgen Klopp says Jordan Henderson will not be available for Sunday's Premier League trip to Fulham while Naby Keita faces a late fitness test

Parker has no new injury concerns. Fulham will still be without a trio of players - although Andre Schurrle is training again after a virus.

Defender Alfie Mawson (knee) remains absent as does goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli after surgery on his own knee issue.

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Fulham have lost their last five Premier League meetings with Liverpool since a 1-0 win at Anfield in May 2012.

Liverpool have won their last two Premier League away games against Fulham - they've never won three in a row on the road against the Cottagers in the top-flight.

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None of Fulham's 13 Premier League home meetings with Liverpool have finished as a draw, with the Cottagers winning five and losing eight.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games against promoted sides (W10 D1), winning the last eight in a row. They've scored 31 goals and conceded just four in that run since a 0-2 loss at Hull in February 2017.

Fulham have lost nine of their last 10 Premier League games (W1), including each of the last six in a row. They've not lost more consecutively in the top-flight since a run of 11 in February 1962.

Liverpool have conceded more goals in their 10 Premier League games in 2019 (9) than they had in their 20 such matches before the turn of the year this season (8).

Liverpool's last three Premier League away games have finished level, with the last two ending 0-0. They last drew four in a row on the road between April-August 1996, while they've never had three consecutive goalless draws away from home in the top-flight.

3:02 Highlights from Liverpool's 4-2 win over Burnley in the Premier League Highlights from Liverpool's 4-2 win over Burnley in the Premier League

Fulham have lost a league-high 17 Premier League matches by a margin of two or more goals this season. The most a side has ever lost by 2+ goals in a 38-game season is 19, by Fulham themselves in 2013-14.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has had a hand in 12 goals in his last eight Premier League appearances against newly-promoted sides (6 goals, 6 assists).

Liverpool's Sadio Mane has scored eight goals in his last eight Premier League games, though just one of these has come away from Anfield.

Charlie's prediction

A fantastic result in Munich could come at a cost. Yes, you're in the draw and you deserve to be there, but it wasn't a good performance. Bayern were terrible, Liverpool were just a shade better. Sadio Mane is the man, not Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino.

2:56 Highlights from Leicester's 3-1 win over Fulham in the Premier League Highlights from Leicester's 3-1 win over Fulham in the Premier League

Virgil van Dijk and Mane are the two getting them through this situation and I'm not convinced with their midfield either but I think Fulham are gone also [with Huddersfield]. There's a bit of pride to be left, but I don't know what Scott Parker can do to keep anything going. I'm expecting Salah to get back on the scoresheet this weekend.

It eases the burden of the pressure [City not playing in the league this weekend] because they don't look really nervous. They do get agitated and frustrated, because when the front three are playing that well they need someone else to get them through. It has been Jurgen Klopp who has been getting caught up in the pressure of the situation but good coaches can ease the burden. I think it will be a fairly comfortable statement [by Liverpool] and it will be a statement of intent to say to Man City 'we're not going away'.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: Fulham 0-3 Liverpool (7/1 with Sky Bet)

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Spurs face City, Utd draw Barca in CL

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:44
Liverpool to meet Porto, Ajax drawn against Juventus

Last Updated: 15/03/19 12:57pm

Tottenham and Manchester City will face each other in the Champions League quarter-finals Tottenham and Manchester City will face each other in the Champions League quarter-finals Tottenham and Manchester City will face each other in the Champions League quarter-finals

Tottenham have been drawn against Manchester City in an all-English Champions League quarter-final tie, while Manchester United will face Barcelona.

In the other two ties, last season's finalists Liverpool were drawn against Porto, while Real Madrid's conquerors Ajax will face Juventus in a rematch of the 1973 and 1996 finals.

United and Barcelona have met twice in the final, in 2009 and 2011, with the Catalan giants winning on both occasions.

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against Manchester United in the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley Stadium Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against Manchester United in the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley Stadium Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against Manchester United in the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley Stadium

The draw means a return to Nou Camp for United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who scored a stoppage-time winner in United's Champions League final win over Bayern Munich in 1999.

Although Barcelona were initially drawn to be at home in the first leg, the tie will take place at Old Trafford to accommodate neighbours Man City.

UEFA said ahead of the draw: "Manchester City and Manchester United will not be able to play at home on the same night, nor on consecutive nights, following a decision made by the relevant local authorities.

"Therefore, should both clubs be drawn at home in the same week, the team having finished lower in the domestic league the previous season - in this case Manchester United - will be reversed in accordance with the UEFA Club Competitions Committee principles."

0:39 David Moyes believes Barcelona are the favourites for the Champions League, but says his former club Manchester United should have no fear in the quarter-final tie David Moyes believes Barcelona are the favourites for the Champions League, but says his former club Manchester United should have no fear in the quarter-final tie

The first legs of the quarter-final ties will take place on April 9 and 10, with the second legs coming a week later on April 16 and 17.

Spurs will travel to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on April 20, live on Sky Sports, meaning the two sides will play three times in the space of 10 or 11 days.

Liverpool's quarter-final against Porto will be a repeat of last year's last-16 tie which Jurgen Klopp's side won 5-0 on aggregate.

Liverpool will meet Porto in a repeat of last year's last-16 tie Liverpool will meet Porto in a repeat of last year's last-16 tie Liverpool will meet Porto in a repeat of last year's last-16 tie

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told the club's official website: "What can I say? It's Porto and we've played there already and we know how good we had to be last year.

"The result in the end was a strange one; it was very good for us, of course, but it was a strange one. In the second leg, we saw the character of Porto and the quality they have.

"I could not be further away from thinking it's the best draw because it isn't - it is just the draw, it's the opponent we have to prepare for and that's all we will be thinking about from when we start preparing for the game."

Speaking about Manchester United's tie with Barcelona, former Old Trafford boss David Moyes told Sky Sports News: "It's an incredibly tough draw but a great draw. After beating Paris Saint-Germain you can take anybody on.

"A great occasion, the sort of games that Manchester United are used to and it will be a great night."

The draw was also made for the semi-finals, where United would meet Liverpool, should both progress to the last four. Tottenham or Manchester City will face the winner of the quarter-final between Ajax and Juventus.

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Klopp: Title for the people, not me

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:40
"I love what I do, I think I have a fantastic team. That’s all I need to be a happy person." By James Dale

Last Updated: 15/03/19 11:54am

1:13 Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to win the Premier League title 'for the people' Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to win the Premier League title 'for the people'

Jurgen Klopp has "no interest" in being remembered as Liverpool manager in 50 years and says winning the title would be "for the people".

Liverpool have lost three major finals since Klopp took over three years ago, and are yet to win a trophy under him.

Klopp went two seasons without silverware at Borussia Dortmund but then became known as the 'champions' coach' after back-to-back Bundesliga titles.

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"I don't need that," Klopp said, when asked about going down in Liverpool's history. "You can't imagine how less interested I am in that. I've never thought about that."

Liverpool will overtake Manchester City and return to the top of the Premier League with victory over Fulham on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, as the club go in search of their first league title in 29 years.

"My job is to do everything I can to help the team be as successful as possible," Klopp said. "I'm not searching for being remembered in 50 years or whatever.

1:08 Klopp says Jordan Henderson will not be available for Sunday's Premier League trip to Fulham Klopp says Jordan Henderson will not be available for Sunday's Premier League trip to Fulham

"For me it is no pressure, it is only opportunity. I love what I do, I think I have a fantastic team. That's all I need to be a happy person. I respect a lot the desire, the people and players. I can be a part of that dream but it's not for me, it's for the people.

"God will judge me one day and that's the only thing I'm interested in. What other people say about me I couldn't be less interested in."

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CL final ticket allocations revealed

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 10:31
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Last Updated: 14/03/19 11:18am

Could the Champions League trophy be lifted by an English club for the first time since 2012? Could the Champions League trophy be lifted by an English club for the first time since 2012? Could the Champions League trophy be lifted by an English club for the first time since 2012?

The two Champions League finalists will receive 17,000 tickets each, raising concerns English clubs will not be able to meet season-ticket holder demands if they reach the final.

UEFA have announced just over half (34,000) of the 63,500 capacity at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano will be made available for the fans of the two teams who reach the final on June 1.

Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium will host the 2019 Champions League Final Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium will host the 2019 Champions League Final Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium will host the 2019 Champions League Final

Another 4,000 tickets will be made available to the general public while the remaining 25,500 tickets "are allocated to the local organising committee, UEFA and national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters".

Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are all in Friday's quarter-final draw raising the possibility that at least one English team could reach the final.

Manchester City are one of four English clubs left in the competition and are the bookmakers' favourites to win Manchester City are one of four English clubs left in the competition and are the bookmakers' favourites to win Manchester City are one of four English clubs left in the competition and are the bookmakers' favourites to win

But with those clubs all having more than 17,000 season-ticket holders, some fans look set to miss out on the final in Madrid.

The cheapest ticket at for the final is £60, while the most expensive ticket is £513 with the general public ballot open from Thursday afternoon.

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How Van Dijk inspired Liverpool

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 23:18
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Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane were on target at the Allianz Arena

Last Updated: 14/03/19 1:02pm

Virgil van Dijk celebrates with Sadio Mane Virgil van Dijk celebrates with Sadio Mane Virgil van Dijk celebrates with Sadio Mane

Liverpool moved into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Sadio Mane led the way in attack but the victory owed a lot to the big man at the back…

Van Dijk inspires Reds

Is there anything Virgil van Dijk cannot do? The Dutchman has been outstanding all season, transforming a leaky defence into one of the strongest in Europe, and he showed his full array of talents against Bayern.

His headline moment came midway through the second half, when he rose above a crowd of red-shirted defenders to head home James Milner's corner. But there was also a vital assist, his raking, long-range pass setting up the chance from which Sadio Mane scored his stunning opener.

Bayern fought back in between those two moments, with Joel Matip's own goal temporarily switching the momentum in the hosts' favour, but Liverpool were not to be denied. Mane's second goal of the night, a diving header from Mohamed Salah's cross six minutes from time, completed an emphatic victory after the goalless draw in last week's first leg.

Van Dijk was outstanding against Bayern Munich Van Dijk was outstanding against Bayern Munich Van Dijk was outstanding against Bayern Munich

Van Dijk excelled defensively as well as offensively. Liverpool's away performances in the Champions League have been uncharacteristically sloppy this season, but against a Bayern side who had scored 11 goals in their previous two games, Van Dijk inspired a much-improved display.

He set the tone early on, getting back to make a vital intervention as Robert Lewandowski latched onto a ball over the top, and he continued in the same vein throughout. Lewandowski had scored four goals in his last two games, but by the end of the night Van Dijk had limited him to only a single shot on goal.

I can write a book about his skills, his strengths, how much I like him, what a fantastic person he is, so young and already so mature, so strong, all good.

Jurgen Klopp on Virgil Van Dijk

Van Dijk made more clearances than anyone else on the pitch, winning all of his aerial duels, and he was also a calming influence in possession. His 85 per cent passing accuracy rate was the highest of Liverpool's starters. Those factors, coupled with his goal and assist, made this another hugely influential display from him.

Mane's scoring run continues

There was no goal for Mohamed Salah, whose scoreless streak stretched to six games, but what does that matter when Mane is in this kind of form?

The Senegal international's opening goal was incredible from start to finish. There was the impeccable first touch from Van Dijk's pass, the Cruyff turn to elude Manuel Neuer, and then the finish, delicately lifted over Rafinha and Niklas Sule to find the bottom corner. "I need to watch it again and again and again," said a beaming Jurgen Klopp afterwards.

Mane celebrates after his exquisite opening goal Mane celebrates after his exquisite opening goal Mane celebrates after his exquisite opening goal

Mane's opener showed sublime skill and composure, but his second was all about movement and striking instincts. He spotted the space between Mats Hummels and Rafinha and timed his run perfectly, meeting Salah's outside-of-the-boot cross with an unstoppable diving header.

That goal made Mane Liverpool's highest away scorer in Champions League and European Cup history, with seven, and it also continued his rich vein of form. He has now scored nine times in his last 10 appearances in all competitions. Many of those goals have been decisive, but none has been more spectacular than his opener in Bavaria.

Premier League implications

Inevitably, there will be questions over whether Liverpool's continued Champions League involvement will harm their Premier League title prospects. Gary Neville suggested they would be better off out of Europe earlier this week and history suggests there is a case for it. None of the last six Premier League title-winners have progressed past the quarter-finals.

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The fixture congestion that comes with Champions League commitments is a strain on any squad, but Liverpool have handled it well so far. In their seven Premier League games directly after European fixtures this season, they have recorded five wins and two draws - the draws coming against Manchester United and Manchester City.

The extra work may yet catch up with them, but there is little evidence to suggest they are suffering from fatigue just yet. Liverpool could be seen swarming all over Bayern players in the second half at the Allianz Arena and the Premier League tracking data shows they are still playing with their trademark intensity domestically, too.

Liverpool have registered high numbers for sprints in recent weeks Liverpool have registered high numbers for sprints in recent weeks Liverpool have registered high numbers for sprints in recent weeks

In fact, the statistics suggest Liverpool have been playing with even greater energy than usual in recent weeks. In their last five Premier League games, they have averaged 135 sprints per game compared to 121 per game in the previous 25.

They are covering the ground with their usual appetite too. In the 4-2 win over Burnley at the weekend, they recorded their third-highest total for distance covered in any Premier League game all season. Over the course of the season, the numbers are consistent.

Liverpool's distance covered stats do not hint at fatigue Liverpool's distance covered stats do not hint at fatigue Liverpool's distance covered stats do not hint at fatigue

It remains to be seen for how long Liverpool will be able to keep it up, but the numbers are certainly encouraging. For now, supporters can simply sit back and savour another memorable European night.

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Klopp: We're back where we belong

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 23:00
Klopp also lauds Virgil van Dijk after another commanding display

Last Updated: 14/03/19 11:15am

0:45 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side are back on the international football landscape following their win against Bayern Munich Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side are back on the international football landscape following their win against Bayern Munich

Jurgen Klopp declared Liverpool are back where they belong in the "landscape of top international football" after beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

After a goalless draw in the first leg of their last-16 tie, Liverpool beat Bayern 3-1 in the Allianz Arena to advance to the quarter-finals.

Sadio Mane scored twice and Virgil van Dijk also netted as Klopp's side produced a controlled display to become the fourth Premier League team in the last eight.

"Scoring three here is really difficult, that's massive, and a big step for us," said Klopp.

"We will see what we can do with it, but it's a fantastic sign. I love it. We set a mark for LFC with this wonderful club that we really are back on the landscape of top international football.

"We all think that's where this club belongs and tonight we proved it at least a bit. I am really happy about the result and the fact we are through.

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"There are some places in world football where whatever team comes, whether it's Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, they know it is a very tough place.

"It's not about playing your best free-flowing football, that's not possible against this quality because you cannot use your speed really because the other team is quick as well. It's not a massive advantage. You have to find different ways and tonight we found them.

"That makes me really proud and happy because I really think this club deserves the awareness again. We are back, it's so good. We have a lot to improve and develop and a lot to learn but we are back and I like that fact."

Virgil van Dijk celebrates with Sadio Mane Virgil van Dijk celebrates with Sadio Mane Virgil van Dijk celebrates with Sadio Mane

Klopp was also full of praise for defender Van Dijk, who produced another commanding display to help keep Bayern at bay.

"I can write a book about his skills, his strengths, how much I like him, what a fantastic person he is. He's so young and already so mature, so strong; all good.

"Virg knows that he can play better than he did tonight, we can play better than we did tonight. But especially in the second half, we played as good as necessary and possible in a game like this.

"It's so important to stay in the game and you are stable and have answers to the questions and can change things and use different tools.

"We had so many good football moments in the second half especially. It's a difficult place to come and not a lot of teams have an away win at Munich on their cards. We have that now and that's cool."

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Klopp: We must be brave in Munich

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 19:00

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0:55 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is prepared for the challenge his side will face against Bayern Munich in their Champions League second leg on Wednesday Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is prepared for the challenge his side will face against Bayern Munich in their Champions League second leg on Wednesday

Liverpool must be brave to overcome "world-class" Bayern Munich in the Champions League, says Jurgen Klopp.

Bayern host Liverpool in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday night with the contest delicately poised after the goalless first leg at Anfield a fortnight ago.

Both teams have won the competition on five occasions and Klopp believes the finer details could settle the tie between two of Europe's footballing superpowers.

"It's a challenge, we need a rhythm and we need to do the right things in the specific moments," Klopp said on the eve of the game.

Bayern Munich tuned up for their clash with Liverpool with a 6-0 win against Wolfsburg at the weekend Bayern Munich tuned up for their clash with Liverpool with a 6-0 win against Wolfsburg at the weekend Bayern Munich tuned up for their clash with Liverpool with a 6-0 win against Wolfsburg at the weekend

"Bayern is a world-class football team - which everyone knows - with world-class players and you need to defend them at absolutely the highest level.

"When you have the ball you have to be really confident and that is difficult against world-class teams. You need to be brave and playing your best football and that is what we have to show tomorrow night.

Sadio Mane has scored eight goals in his last eight Premier League games Sadio Mane has scored eight goals in his last eight Premier League games Sadio Mane has scored eight goals in his last eight Premier League games

"There will be moments where we can dominate. There will be moments, probably more, when Bayern is dominating. In both moments you can use the situation but it is all about the balance."

There has been plenty of speculation about how Liverpool can manage the rigours of a Premier League title chase alongside a Champions League run.

2:23 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says their success in this season's Champions League will not affect their chances of winning the Premier League Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says their success in this season's Champions League will not affect their chances of winning the Premier League

Klopp insists the clash with Bayern is one of a number of huge games facing his side in coming weeks, suggesting getting past the Bavarian giants could have a transformative effect on Liverpool's season.

"This game has nothing to do with anything else," he said.

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"If we stay in this competition, if we win tomorrow night, if we deserve to go through, if we play good football, it could change the world for us. If not, then we say on Thursday morning 'now it's over, now we concentrate on Fulham'.

"It's only one game - a very important game and more important games will come, like Sunday against Fulham and then Tottenham and then the next one. But tomorrow night we only play one of them, and that's against Bayern."

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'Attacking Liverpool would be crazy'

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 14:21

Last Updated: 12/03/19 2:50pm

Lothar Matthaus has warned his former team against over-committing against Liverpool Lothar Matthaus has warned his former team against over-committing against Liverpool Lothar Matthaus has warned his former team against over-committing against Liverpool

Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus has warned his old team not to go all out against Liverpool due to their attacking threat.

Bayern host Liverpool in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday night with the contest delicately balanced after the goalless first leg at Anfield a fortnight ago.

Lothar Matthaus captained Germany to World Cup glory in 1990 Lothar Matthaus captained Germany to World Cup glory in 1990 Lothar Matthaus captained Germany to World Cup glory in 1990

Matthaus is well aware of how dangerous a proposition Liverpool are despite the scoreless first leg: "0-0 is a decent result on the face of it but of course Bayern don't have an away goal, and that's all the more dangerous when you're playing Liverpool, who carry a huge attacking threat," he told Sky in Germany.

"Bayern have to find the right balance - don't concede, and score one themselves, that's all they need.

Matthaus won the UEFA Cup with Bayern but never the Champions League Matthaus won the UEFA Cup with Bayern but never the Champions League Matthaus won the UEFA Cup with Bayern but never the Champions League

"But the balance is very important - and also very dangerous: a bit too attacking, and Liverpool can exploit that; too defensive, then that'll maybe reduce Bayern's own attacking threat.

"They've got to score a goal somehow, because I don't believe that in a game like this you can aim for a 0-0."

The game is a battle between two European superpowers, both have won the trophy five times, Liverpool were beaten finalists last season and Bayern have reached at least the semi-final in seven of the last nine seasons.

Liverpool and Bayern drew 0-0 in the first leg at Anfield Liverpool and Bayern drew 0-0 in the first leg at Anfield Liverpool and Bayern drew 0-0 in the first leg at Anfield

With the game likely to be settled by a narrow margin, Matthaus believes sound defence is key: "You start with a solid defensive game, in the same way they played in Liverpool, but definitely not too defensive.

"Firstly they're playing at home, and secondly they've got to get a goal, but actually in recent weeks Bayern have been good at the back, compact, and that's how you keep in check a strong attack like Liverpool's.

"You can't throw everything at Liverpool from the start, no coach would be that crazy, because we know how strong Liverpool are, and that's why the approach in the first leg was a bit more cautious than in other Champions League games."

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Keita absent ahead of Bayern trip

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 13:10

Last Updated: 12/03/19 1:31pm

Naby Keita appeared to be absent from Liverpool training ahead of Wednesday's Champions League last-16 second leg against Bayern Munich.

Liverpool were taking part in their final session before flying out to Munich on Tuesday, but the midfielder was not seen to be taking part.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner took part in training at Melwood.

Full-back Alexander-Arnold was taken off towards the end of Sunday's 4-2 Premier League win over Burnley as a precaution and midfielder Milner, who has been hampered by a muscle problem, sat that game out.

Another player not seen to be taking part was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose comeback appearance in a Premier League 2 match on Friday ended prematurely.

The midfielder, who has been sidelined by a knee injury sustained last April, was scheduled to play 45 minutes in the game but came off just before half-time with a minor hamstring issue.

3:02 Highlights from Liverpool's 4-2 win over Burnley in the Premier League. Highlights from Liverpool's 4-2 win over Burnley in the Premier League.

The withdrawal was purely precautionary and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said there was nothing to be concerned about.

Liverpool go into Wednesday's second leg at the Allianz Arena having drawn 0-0 with Bayern at Anfield in the first leg on February 19.

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Salah: I'll sacrifice CL dream for title

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 22:04
By Blake Welton

Last Updated: 12/03/19 1:32pm

0:39 Mohamed Salah says he will sacrifice his dream of winning the Champions League, if it means Liverpool win the Premier League title this season. Mohamed Salah says he will sacrifice his dream of winning the Champions League, if it means Liverpool win the Premier League title this season.

Mohamed Salah says he is ready to sacrifice his own Champions League dream to help Liverpool win their first Premier League title.

Jurgen Klopp's side are currently second in the league, one point behind Manchester City with eight games to go.

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They face Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday with the tie finely poised after a goalless draw at Anfield.

Although Salah admits the Champions League is the most "prestigious competition" for him, he would be happy for Liverpool to win the Premier League instead.

Salah said: "I will be honest with you, the most prestigious competition for me is the Champions League.

"But the dream for the entire city and the club is the league.

"So, I am happy to sacrifice my dream for their dream but if we win both that would great and this is what we are trying to do."

1:18 Jurgen Klopp says he is not worried by Mohamed Salah's lack of goals in recent weeks. Jurgen Klopp says he is not worried by Mohamed Salah's lack of goals in recent weeks.

The Egyptian international said he hopes that leaders City will slip up with Liverpool, and himself, ready to capitalise.

"The competition is very tough and we have difficult games left as do they," added Salah.

"All you can do is win your games and hopefully they will fail in one so we can win the title.

"My mind is sharp and there is pressure but I am strong mentally and we just have to keep going.

"We will see what we can do at the end of the season but mentally I am ready for everything."

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Man Utd: Sharp shooters of Europe

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 14:18
Almost 50 per cent of Manchester United's shots have hit the target this season, according to the Football Observatory

Last Updated: 11/03/19 2:30pm

Manchester United may have suffered defeat to Arsenal on Super Sunday but the statistics show they are the sharp shooters of Europe.

According to a study by the Football Observatory, United have registered the highest percentage of their shots on target in Europe's top-five leagues this season.

The Red Devils, whose 2-0 loss to Arsenal was their first in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, have fired an unrivalled total of 48.6 per cent of their shots on target this season.

Liverpool have the next-highest percentage of shots on target among Premier League clubs (45.6 per cent), putting them fifth overall, with Barcelona (48.3 per cent), Borussia Dortmund (46.3 per cent) and Spanish minnows Girona (45.8 per cent) making up the rest of the top five.

2:57 Highlights from Arsenal's 2-0 win over Manchester United Highlights from Arsenal's 2-0 win over Manchester United

Tottenham (42.8 per cent), Manchester City (42.7 per cent) and Arsenal (42.1 per cent) are also among Europe's top 20 clubs for shooting accuracy, with Paris Saint-Germain (45.0 per cent) and Bayern Munich (43.0 per cent) other notable inclusions.

The study also measures average shot distance. Of the four English clubs in the top 20, City take their shots from closest to the goal (16.6 metres), followed by Arsenal (16.9m), then Tottenham (17.4m), then United (17.8m).

Wayward shooters

At the other end of the scale, the most wayward shooters in Europe's top-five leagues are Italian side Cagliari, who have hit just 28.9 per cent of their shots on target this season.

The lowest-ranked English side are Crystal Palace (32.3 per cent), with Cardiff (32.6 per cent) and Huddersfield (34.6 per cent) also among the bottom 20.

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Ref Watch: Did Man City get lucky?

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 13:55
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Last Updated: 11/03/19 2:24pm

Dermot Gallagher tells us whether Raheem Sterling's opening goal for Man city against Watford on Saturday should have been ruled out for offside Dermot Gallagher tells us whether Raheem Sterling's opening goal for Man city against Watford on Saturday should have been ruled out for offside Dermot Gallagher tells us whether Raheem Sterling's opening goal for Man city against Watford on Saturday should have been ruled out for offside

There was plenty for Dermot Gallagher to get stuck into from the weekend's Premier League games, with contentious goals, debatable penalties and possible red cards all on the agenda.

Read on to see what the former top-flight referee had to say on just a few of the big decisions from the last two days' action...

Man City 3-1 Watford 1:04 Manchester City were awarded a controversial opener in their Premier League win over Watford, the goal had initially been ruled out for offside by the linesman but was given after consultation with the referee Manchester City were awarded a controversial opener in their Premier League win over Watford, the goal had initially been ruled out for offside by the linesman but was given after consultation with the referee

INCIDENT: Raheem Sterling opens the scoring against Watford despite the referee's assistant initially flagging for offside.

DERMOT'S VERDICT: Wrong decision, no goal, offside.

DERMOT SAYS: He is in an offside position, which is not an offence. This is a little bit complicated, but the week before we saw the Harry Kane one (against Arsenal). And if people had looked at that one, then they may have got a bit of a clue with this in so much as Sterling is in an offside position, which is not an offence. When he challenges for the ball, then he becomes active and at that point, he should then be penalised. (Referee's assistant) Adrian Holmes realises he is in an offside position, he saw the ball go in the net from Sterling and then flagged offside. Sterling is closer to the ball than Daryl Janmaat, so he forces Janmaat to make that tackle because he has moved towards the ball. And the key there is that he has impacted on Janmaat because, a bit like Kane and Shkodran Mustafi last week, he has made him make that challenge. And because he has made him make that challenge, Paul Tierney has felt that Janmaat has played the ball and therefore he has taken ownership of that situation. But what he has not realised is that Sterling has actually got the drop on him and therefore when they have pooled their resources, Paul has overridden him and said, 'No, I am going to give the goal,' which was incorrect.

Arsenal 2-0 Man Utd 1:39 Jamie Carragher is unsure why Arsenal were awarded a penalty in their 2-0 win against Manchester United Jamie Carragher is unsure why Arsenal were awarded a penalty in their 2-0 win against Manchester United

INCIDENT: Fred barges Alexandre Lacazette over in the box to concede a penalty.

DERMOT'S VERDICT: Wrong decision, no penalty.

DERMOT SAYS: No (it's not a penalty). I can understand why the referee [Jonathan Moss] gave it from his position, but when you see it from the front angle, I think he thinks he trips him. But when you see it front on, he does not. There is a slight coming together with the thighs, but that is not enough to give a penalty and it is also something the referee would not have seen.

Newcastle 3-2 Everton 0:57 Pickford's 'rugby tackle' on Rondon Pickford's 'rugby tackle' on Rondon

INCIDENT: Jordan Pickford escapes a sending-off after a rugby tackle on Salomon Rondon.

DERMOT'S VERDICT: Wrong decision, red card.

DERMOT SAYS: There is no defence whatsoever for not sending the player off because he has grabbed him around the waste, he has no intention of going for the ball and he has stopped Rondon from getting to the ball. And [Kurt] Zouma is a red herring as he will not get to the ball. So it is a penalty and a red card.

Liverpool 4-2 Burnley 0:47 Ashley Westwood scored direct from a corner in Burnley’s 4-2 defeat at Liverpool, but Alisson appeared to be impeded on the line Ashley Westwood scored direct from a corner in Burnley’s 4-2 defeat at Liverpool, but Alisson appeared to be impeded on the line

INCIDENT: Ashley Westwood scores direct from a corner despite James Tarkowski appearing to foul Alisson.

DERMOT'S VERDICT: Wrong decision, goal should have been ruled out.

DERMOT SAYS: It's a foul. Not only are there arms on the shoulder, but he completely stops him going for the ball and it is just a foul. He has quite clearly held him down and Alisson cannot get the ball, so it should have been a foul.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton 0:47 Anthony Knockaert may have been lucky not to have been sent off after 15 seconds against Crystal Palace on Saturday Anthony Knockaert may have been lucky not to have been sent off after 15 seconds against Crystal Palace on Saturday

INCIDENT: Anthony Knockaert is booked after just 28 seconds for a high tackle on Luka Milivojevic.

DERMOT'S VERDICT: Correct decision, just a booking.

DERMOT SAYS: I think the referee [Craig Pawson] has got it almost right. I think both players are culpable and I do not think it is a red card because both players go two footed. Milivojevic, for me, is equally culpable, he has gone with his boots as well and a split second the other way, it could have been a boot in the other person. So I think both players should have got yellow cards there and it has to be quite a serious foul for a red card, so the referee was quite right not to send him off.

Chelsea 1-1 Wolves 0:29 Did Jimenez handle in the box? Did Jimenez handle in the box?

INCIDENT: The ball hits Raul Jimenez on the arm following a corner.

DERMOT'S VERDICT: Correct decision, no penalty.

DERMOT SAYS: It is just a clumsy clearance, he goes to clear it and it flies up and hits his arm. And the law does not allow the referee [Michael Oliver] to give a penalty there because as I said, he goes to clear the ball as you can see quite clearly, he makes a mess of it and it has gone up and hit his arm and that is what happened.

Southampton 2-1 Tottenham 0:52 Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko was lucky to escape a red card for an apparent headbutt on Nathan Redmond in Spurs' 2-1 loss to Southampton in the Premier League Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko was lucky to escape a red card for an apparent headbutt on Nathan Redmond in Spurs' 2-1 loss to Southampton in the Premier League

INCIDENT: Both players are booked after Moussa Sissoko appears to headbutt Nathan Redmond.

DERMOT'S VERDICT: Wrong decision, red card to the Spurs midfielder.

DERMOT SAYS: I can't condone that. If a player puts his head into another player like that with force, then it has to be a red card. There is nowhere else you can go as a referee.

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Bayern vs Liverpool preview

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 11:36
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Last Updated: 12/03/19 6:28pm

Mohamed Salah attempts to control the ball for Liverpool against Bayern Munich Mohamed Salah attempts to control the ball for Liverpool against Bayern Munich Mohamed Salah attempts to control the ball for Liverpool against Bayern Munich

Jurgen Klopp returns to Germany to take on his former foe as Liverpool travel to Bayern Munich for the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.

Bayern snatched several of Klopp's Borussia Dortmund players during his time in Germany, and also broke Dortmund hearts in the 2013 Champions League final, even if Klopp managed to top Bayern to win back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12.

Klopp's latest clash with Bayern is a tough one, with Liverpool having been held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg at Anfield, but by shutting out Bayern, they know an away goal means Bayern would then have to score twice to progress to the last eight.

However, Liverpool's record away from home in Europe is far from impressive this season, having lost all three of their group stage away games, including to Red Star Belgrade. In fact, Liverpool's only goal in their three away Champions League games this season was a James Milner penalty against Paris Saint-Germain.

Since the Anfield leg, Bayern have won three in a row, scoring 12 goals in the process, to move back to the top of the Bundesliga, and are looking to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the eighth consecutive season, last failing at the round of 16 stage in 2010/11 against Inter Milan.

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Naby Keita did not travel with Liverpool Naby Keita did not travel with Liverpool Naby Keita did not travel with Liverpool Team news

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita did not travel with the 21-man squad which flew out to Germany. The Guinea international missed out with a minor injury which forced him to remain on Merseyside.

Defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was taken off as a precaution during Sunday's win against Burnley, and midfielder James Milner, who missed that match with a muscle problem, were both included in the travelling party.

Hosts Bayern Munich are without suspended duo Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller, while Arjen Robben (calf) and Corentin Tolisso (knee) are also missing.

David Alaba is set to return against Liverpool David Alaba is set to return against Liverpool David Alaba is set to return against Liverpool

Left-back David Alaba and midfielder Kingsley Coman are available after recovering from recent injuries, while Bayern are expected to deploy James Rodriguez in an attacking midfield role.

Opta stats
  • 68 per cent of teams to have drawn 0-0 away from home in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie have ended up progressing to the next round (21 out of 31).
  • Bayern Munich have won only one of their eight matches in European competition against Liverpool (D5 L2), that came in the Cup Winners' Cup back in November 1971 with two goals from Gerd Muller and one from Uli Hoeness in a 3-1 win in Munich.
  • Liverpool and Bayern Munich's only previous encounter in the European Cup/Champions League before this season came in the 1980/81 semis. Liverpool progressed on away goals (1-1 on aggregate) - they would go on to beat Real Madrid in the final (1-0).
0:39 Salah says he will sacrifice his dream of winning the Champions League, if it means Liverpool win the Premier League title this season. Salah says he will sacrifice his dream of winning the Champions League, if it means Liverpool win the Premier League title this season.
  • Bayern Munich have only failed to score once in their last 26 Champions League home games, that was against Sevilla in last season's quarter-finals (0-0).
  • Liverpool have lost their last four away games in the Champions League (3 goals for, 9 against) - they have never lost five in a row in European competition.
  • Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has scored 23 goals in his last 22 Champions League games at the Allianz Arena, including nine in 10 knockout games.
Charlie's prediction

It's another big test for Liverpool. Van Dijk missed the first one, so if people are putting him right in there as the best defender in the world layer of the Year by a distance then this is the game for him to step up. He is a Rolls Royce footballer this and that, but Bayern have returned to top of the Bundesliga and are playing with a swagger so this one will be difficult.

0:44 Former Liverpool star Gary McAllister tells Sky Sports that the Reds will win the Premier League by a point from Manchester City. Former Liverpool star Gary McAllister tells Sky Sports that the Reds will win the Premier League by a point from Manchester City.

I think Liverpool will score but have to give the front three as quick a service as possible. It may have to be counter-attack football and Liverpool are at their best when they play like that. With the tie being balanced, Liverpool will play on counter-attack and I have a decent feeling about this.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1, Firmino to send Liverpool through (45/1 with Sky Bet)

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