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WATCH: Did Salah dive against Palace?

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Last Updated: 19/01/19 10:29pm

0:51 Mohamed Salah was accused of diving to try and win a penalty in Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace but was it the correct decision? Mohamed Salah was accused of diving to try and win a penalty in Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace but was it the correct decision?

Mohamed Salah might have scored twice in Liverpool's 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, but did he also dive to try and win a penalty?

With Liverpool trailing 1-0 in the first half, Salah went down in the box after a challenge by Mamadou Sakho.

The defender did swing a leg towards the ball but there didn't appear to be contact with Salah, who fell to the floor.

The referee did not give a penalty and several Palace players vented their frustrations towards Salah, with Sakho gesturing to say he had dived.

What do you think? Watch the video at the top of the page to see the incident

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Klopp praises 'world-class' Salah

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 18:43
Salah scores 50th Premier League goal in win

Last Updated: 19/01/19 6:43pm

4:01 Jurgen Klopp gives his reaction to Liverpool's 4-3 win over Crystal Palace Jurgen Klopp gives his reaction to Liverpool's 4-3 win over Crystal Palace

Jurgen Klopp praised "world-class" Mohamed Salah after he scored twice to help Liverpool win 4-3 against Crystal Palace.

Salah levelled the game shortly after half-time and then scored his 50th Premier League goal after an error from Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni.

"He's a world-class player," said Klopp, who celebrated wildly at the final whistle.

"It worked really well bringing him from Roma, it was absolutely a win-win situation. He benefits a lot from the way the team is playing and his scoring desire and being in the right positions is a really rare skill, which is why everyone is looking for players like this. It's just fantastic."

The win moves Liverpool seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, with second-placed Manchester City playing Huddersfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

2:09 We take a look at Mo Salah's five best Premier League goals after he netted his 50th in the competition We take a look at Mo Salah's five best Premier League goals after he netted his 50th in the competition

The Reds were pushed hard by Palace, who led at half-time and equalised at 2-2, but Salah and Sadio Mane struck to ensure victory.

"It was clear we had to step up a bit," said Klopp. "In the first half we were dominant like not that often before, but in the end it worked out for Palace because they are strong on the counter-attack, especially if they use Wilfried Zaha, who is not easy to defend on one-on-one situations - what a player.

"We needed more direction and to put more pressure on their last line. We created too much without having someone in a finishing position so we had to change that.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's first goal Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's first goal Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's first goal

"We forced it a bit more, scored two really quick goals and then again we wanted to control the game more but it's difficult. The boys were not 100 per cent sure if we were still attacking or controlling and you could see that, so they could get their set-pieces, which are brilliant. They equalised.

"We scored, maybe a bit lucky for 3-2, then Sadio [Mane] scored a world-class goal for 4-2 and then injury-time they scored a third so it stayed exciting until the end, but I am very happy with the result."

Liverpool now have a warm weather training camp before their next Premier League game on January 30 against Leicester.

"It's only a couple of days then we come back and prepare for Leicester, hopefully it will be a little energiser," said Klopp.

"We need that as we had a few knocks and the players need two days to rest and then nine days to prepare for Leicester."

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Liverpool beat Palace in thriller

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 17:14
Report and highlights as Mohamed Salah scores his 50th Premier League goal to send Reds seven points clear of Manchester City By James Walker-Roberts

Last Updated: 19/01/19 8:19pm

2:55 Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace

Liverpool overcame a strong challenge from Crystal Palace to win an exhilarating game 4-3 and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.

Having beaten Manchester City last month, Palace looked like they might have another say in the title race when Andros Townsend struck in the 34th minute at Anfield.

Liverpool hit back after half-time with two goals in seven minutes from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, but James Tomkins headed in from a corner in the 65th minute.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (5), Robertson (6), Van Dijk (5), Matip (5), Milner (4), Fabinho (7), Henderson (8), Keita (6), Mane (7), Salah (8), Firmino (7)

Subs: Shaqiri (5), Lallana (5), Camacho (5)

Crystal Palace: Speroni (4), Van Aanholt (5), Tomkins (6), Sakho (5), Wan-Bissaka (5), McArthur (5), Milivojevic (6), Kouyate (5), Townsend (7), Ayew (5), Zaha (6)

Subs: Schlupp (5), Meyer (6), Wickham (5)

Man of the match: Jordan Henderson

An error from 39-year-old goalkeeper Julian Speroni gifted Salah a second goal - his 50th in the Premier League - and Sadio Mane made it 4-2 in injury-time after James Milner had been sent off.

Max Meyer scored a late goal for Palace but Liverpool held out to extend their lead over City, who play Huddersfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

Julian Speroni looks dejected after Liverpool's third goal Julian Speroni looks dejected after Liverpool's third goal Julian Speroni looks dejected after Liverpool's third goal

It was City's surprise defeat to Palace in December that had initially swung the title race in Liverpool's favour, and Jurgen Klopp's side battled hard to ensure they did not lose any of their advantage.

The hosts controlled possession from the start and went close in the eighth minute when Milner slipped a pass into the box for Joel Matip, who saw his shot smothered by Speroni.

But that was the only save that Speroni would have to make in the first half.

Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring Liverpool's second goal Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring Liverpool's second goal Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring Liverpool's second goal

Matip and Virgil van Dijk both missed the target with headers before Palace took the lead in the 34th minute, Wilfried Zaha effortlessly skipping past Milner and then pulling back for Townsend to finish with a low shot.

Van Dijk headed over shortly afterwards, while Palace players were aggrieved with Salah for seemingly exaggerating contact after a challenge from Mamadou Sakho in the box.

Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-1 lead Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-1 lead Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-1 lead

Liverpool were quickly out of the blocks in the second half, with Salah flicking in a volley after Van Dijk's shot deflected over the Palace defence.

Firmino then made it 2-1 with a scuffed shot, but Palace fought back as Tomkins headed in from a corner.

Liverpool made three changes from their win at Brighton as Milner, Keita and Matip replacing Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum and Shaqiri.
Palace handed a start to 39-year-old goalkeeper Speroni, who hadn't played for the club since December 2017. He featured due to injuries to Guaita and Hennessey.

Speroni, making his first start in a year due to injuries to Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita, was at fault for Liverpool's third as he flapped at a cross and Salah finished on the line.

Milner was sent off after being booked twice for fouls on Zaha, but Mane scored Liverpool's fourth in the 93rd minute to ensure Meyer's late strike was only a consolation.

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  • Liverpool have won seven consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since January 2014.
  • Crystal Palace are the first Premier League team to score more than once at Anfield since February 2018 when Tottenham drew 2-2 with Liverpool.
  • Liverpool hit the 1000-goal mark in the Premier League at Anfield (1002 in total), only the third side to score 1000+ goals at a specific venue in the competition (Man Utd, 1094 at Old Trafford and Chelsea, 1005 at Stamford Bridge).
  • Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni (39y 246d) became the oldest player to make a Premier League appearance this term, and the oldest to appear in the competition since Shay Given (40y 151d) vs Crystal Palace in September 2016.
  • Courtesy of his assist for Andros Townsend's opener, Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha registered a goal involvement for the first time in his last 14 Premier League games.
  • Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has scored his 50th Premier League goal in his 72nd appearance in the competition - only Andy Cole (65), Alan Shearer (66) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (68) have reached the milestone in fewer appearances.
  • Since Jurgen Klopp took over at Liverpool in October 2015, Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in 69 Premier League goals, more than any other player for the Reds (45 goals, 24 assists).
  • James Milner picked up his second red card for Liverpool in the Premier League, also being sent off against Crystal Palace in March 2016 after a foul on Wilfried Zaha.
  • Liverpool's Sadio Mane has scored in his last four Premier League games against Crystal Palace, the first time he has netted four in a row against a single opponent in the competition.
Man of the match - Jordan Henderson

Salah might have scored twice, but it was Henderson who was the standout performer for Liverpool. The midfielder kept his side ticking over (making more passes in the opposition half than any other player and having more touches than any other player) while also playing a key defensive role.

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With no FA Cup game next weekend, Liverpool are heading on a warm weather training camp this week. Their next game is at home to Leicester on Wednesday, January 30. Palace host Tottenham in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday before going to Southampton in the Premier League on January 30.

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Transfer Talk: Does Higuain suit Chelsea?

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 21:53

Last Updated: 18/01/19 10:16pm

0:35 Italian football expert Adam Digby tells the Transfer Talk podcast panel why Maurizio Sarri could get the best out of Gonzalo Higuain. Italian football expert Adam Digby tells the Transfer Talk podcast panel why Maurizio Sarri could get the best out of Gonzalo Higuain.

The latest episode from the third series of our Transfer Talk podcast is here!

Host Tom White is joined by Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth to talk about all the latest moves as the January transfer window heats up.

Italian football expert Adam Digby joins the show to discuss the reasons behind Maurizio Sarri's move for Gonzalo Higuain, the relationship the two share and how the Argentina striker will fit into the playing system at Chelsea.

Leandro Paredes could follow Higuain in at Stamford Bridge - Adam gives the inside track on the former Serie A midfielder and also analyses where Aaron Ramsey will fit in at Juventus once he completes his move to Turin.

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With Harry Kane out until March and Heung-Min Son currently away with South Korea at the Asia Cup, could Tottenham be tempted to dip into the transfer market? Dharmesh assesses the options for manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Transfer Talk: Does Higuain suit Chelsea?

The panel discuss Maurizio Sarri's move for Gonzalo Higuain and how the Argentina striker will fit in at Chelsea…

Is Uruguay striker Maxi Gomez the man to replace Marko Arnautovic at West Ham? South American football expert Tim Vickery joins the show to explain what Gomez could bring to West Ham and the competition they may face in their attempts to sign him.

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Tim also provides updates on Newcastle target Miguel Almiron, currently of MLS side Atlanta United, and Porto defender Eder Militao.

Finally, the panel go round the rest of the Premier League as we hear from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Unai Emery, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola at their weekly news conferences.

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Pep: Hats off to Liverpool

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:50

Last Updated: 18/01/19 6:19pm

1:26 Pep Guardiola has praised Liverpool for their season so far but says his focus is to keep winning games with Manchester City. Pep Guardiola has praised Liverpool for their season so far but says his focus is to keep winning games with Manchester City.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Liverpool fully deserve their place at the top of the Premier League.

Reigning champions City face a tough battle over the last 16 games of the season to defend their crown, trailing Liverpool by four points heading into the weekend's fixtures.

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City could find themselves seven points adrift by the time they face managerless Huddersfield on Sunday, with Liverpool strong favourites to beat Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday.

Although Guardiola was able to celebrate a 2-1 win over Jurgen Klopp's leaders earlier this month, he accepts City have a big challenge ahead of them to catch and pass Liverpool.

"We still have a lot of games to play but all I can say right now, to Liverpool, and what they have done so far, is hats off," Guardiola told Sky Sports.

2:56 Highlights from Manchester City's win over Liverpool in the Premier League. Highlights from Manchester City's win over Liverpool in the Premier League.

"When a team wins this amount of games, and win in that way, it is not because they are lucky or in one short period - that's why for us it's a big challenge.

"We have to be there, to make them feel we are there. That is all you can do when you are behind.

"The best way is winning our games and producing through our games and the way we play the feeling for our opponents of 'they are strong'. That is the only way.

0:47 Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have identified 'three or four' potential defensive midfielders as transfer targets. Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have identified 'three or four' potential defensive midfielders as transfer targets.

"I will not say this season is better than the previous season - it is a different challenge and we knew it.

"We spoke from the beginning that we cannot expect to win 18 games in a row, or to have the opponents in January or February be nine, 10, 11 points behind us.

"We cannot deny it - there is one team in the Premier League up to now that has been better than us. We have to accept it and challenge them."

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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace preview

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:20

Last Updated: 18/01/19 5:31pm

Jurgen Klopp is eyeing another Saturday 3pm victory Jurgen Klopp is eyeing another Saturday 3pm victory Jurgen Klopp is eyeing another Saturday 3pm victory

Liverpool have a chance to once again go seven points clear of Manchester City in the title race - for 24 hours at least - when Crystal Palace visit on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp's men have been top of the tree since December 8 and bounced back from two straight defeats with a professional 1-0 victory at Brighton last weekend.

1:12 Jurgen Klopp says Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum could feature against Crystal Palace as they step up their recovery from injury. Jurgen Klopp says Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum could feature against Crystal Palace as they step up their recovery from injury.

With City playing on Super Sunday against Huddersfield, Liverpool know another victory in a 3pm Saturday kick-off - they have won their last nine games kicking off at that time - will put the pressure back on their title rivals.

In the visiting dugout will be former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson, who spent an uncomfortable five months at Anfield in 2010, taking charge of just 20 Premier League games before being sacked.

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Hodgson did his former club a big favour over the Christmas period when Palace surprisingly won at Manchester City but he heads back to Anfield knowing he has lost both previous meetings with Klopp's side.

Palace arrive in good form, though, having taken 10 points from their last six games after only registering six points from their previous 11 games.

Team news

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum are expected to miss the visit of Palace.

The pair have sustained knee injuries of differing severity and, although Klopp insists they will be assessed "day-by-day", it is unlikely they will be considered.

1:01 Patrick van Aanholt intends on 'shutting down' Mohamed Salah when Crystal Palace face Liverpool on Saturday Patrick van Aanholt intends on 'shutting down' Mohamed Salah when Crystal Palace face Liverpool on Saturday

Midfielder Adam Lallana is back in training after a muscle injury, but centre-back Dejan Lovren (hamstring) will not be available until the end of the month.

Goalkeeper Julian Speroni will start for Palace as he makes his first appearance since December 2017.

The 39-year-old is the Premier League's oldest player and will feature after Vicente Guaita suffered a calf strain and Wayne Hennessey a muscle injury in last week's defeat by Watford.

Christian Benteke is pushing to start for Palace, having returned from injury as a substitute in that 2-1 home reverse.

1:23 Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he will give a first Premier League start to goalkeeper Julian Speroni since December 2017 Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he will give a first Premier League start to goalkeeper Julian Speroni since December 2017 Opta stats
  • Liverpool have won five of their last six Premier League games against Crystal Palace, including the last three in a row. They've never won four consecutively against the Eagles in the top flight
  • Palace have won three of their last four Premier League visits to Anfield to face Liverpool, though they did lose this fixture last time out in August 2017
  • Liverpool are looking to win seven consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since January 2014
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 31 Premier League home games - they last had a longer run in the top flight between February 1978 and December 1980, a club record run of 63 home games without defeat
  • Liverpool haven't conceded more than once in any of their last 16 Premier League home games, keeping 12 clean sheets in that time (four goals conceded)
  • Palace are looking to win three consecutive away Premier League games for the first time since May/August 2015, and the first time within the same season since February 2015
  • Palace have failed to score in six of their last seven Premier League games against sides starting the day top (W1 D1 L5), with the exception being a 2-1 win at Chelsea in April 2017
0:39 Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool believe they will win the Premier League title, but admits Manchester City's players will be feeling the same way Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool believe they will win the Premier League title, but admits Manchester City's players will be feeling the same way Merson's prediction

This is a dangerous fixture. It could be a problem for Liverpool. Palace have the tools to hurt them. They've got major pace and match-winners in Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha. They've also got an unbelievable manager in Roy Hodgson, who doesn't get the credit he deserves. He knows how to win these types of games. I think they'll score.

However, if Liverpool are serious about winning the league they must win the game. If they do it could also be a psychological advantage over Man City, who lost to Palace.

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Robertson signs new Liverpool deal

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 18:00

Last Updated: 17/01/19 6:20pm

Andy Robertson has extended his Liverpool contract Andy Robertson has extended his Liverpool contract Andy Robertson has extended his Liverpool contract

Andy Robertson has signed a long-term contract extension with Premier League leaders Liverpool.

The Scotland left-back has been an influential performer in Liverpool's back four, one which has conceded a Premier League-low 10 goals in 22 games this season.

Sky Sports News understands the 24-year-old's new deal ties him to the club until the summer of 2024.

Robertson arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2017 from Hull City for an initial fee in the region of £8m and has since established himself ahead of Alberto Moreno as a first-team regular.

2:59 Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton

"As soon as the club came to me, it was a no-brainer for me - I want to stay here, so as soon as they put an offer on the table it was signed as quickly as that," he told the club's website.

"It was a pretty easy contract for me and I'm sure for the club as well. We both agreed very quickly, that's why it's been done so quickly.

"Getting to know the lads and working with all the staff at Melwood has been a pleasure. The best thing about work is when you love coming in every day - and that's what I do here.

"I am glad I have extended my stay and hopefully we have a lot of good days ahead.

Robertson joined the club in 2017 Robertson joined the club in 2017 Robertson joined the club in 2017

"I hope to achieve success as a team over the course of this new deal. This club demands trophies and too long has probably passed without trophies.

"So I hope to help bring another couple of trophies to this club and help push in that direction because the fans demand it and the club demands it, so that's what we aim to give.

"We came close, of course we have with the Champions League and things like that, but it's about taking that next step and hopefully getting a winner's medal around your neck, whatever competition it is. That is the main aim for us."

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Wijnaldum: We believe we'll win PL

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:30

Last Updated: 17/01/19 6:06pm

0:39 Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool believe they will win the Premier League title, but he admits Manchester City's players will be feeling the same way Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool believe they will win the Premier League title, but he admits Manchester City's players will be feeling the same way

Georginio Wijnaldum has told Sky Sports that he thinks it would be "stupid" for Liverpool not to believe they will win the Premier League.

With the Reds four points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table and having bounced back from their first loss of the season - to their title rivals - with a win at Brighton last weekend, Wijnaldum said "it would be a bad sign" if Liverpool did not believe in their ability to hold out.

In the past decade, every team leading the pack at Christmas has gone on to lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the season, with the exception of Liverpool, who finished second in 2008/09 and 2013/14.

Wijnaldum told Sky Sports the Reds are confident they will not add to that unwanted record this season, although he has urged his team-mates to focus on Saturday's clash with Crystal Palace.

"I think it would be stupid if I said 'no' [I don't think we will win]," he said. "If you ask people from Manchester City 'will they be champions?', they'll say 'yes'.

"It's a bad sign if you say no, but we'll see what happens until the end of the season. We will give everything we have, try to win every game and see what happens at the end of the season. There's still a long way to go.

Liverpool were beaten in the league for the first time this season by City on January 3 Liverpool were beaten in the league for the first time this season by City on January 3 Liverpool were beaten in the league for the first time this season by City on January 3

"I'd prefer to speak about games, like now against Crystal Palace, than about the championship. We just want to make the season as good as possible.

"We are trying to give everything during the season and hope we will succeed in the season. When we look back at the end of the season we will say, 'Ok, what we have right now, we gave everything to reach that'."

Liverpool take on Palace at Anfield on Saturday almost 24 hours prior to second-placed City visiting Huddersfield, with the latter live on Sky Sports Premier League from 12.30pm on Sunday.

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The pressure will once again ramp up on City if they are seven points off the pace prior to kick-off at the John Smith's Stadium, if Liverpool win the day before.

Wijnaldum faced a similar situation when he was a PSV player and they lifted the Eredivisie title ahead of Ajax in 2015 - and said playing first could act in Liverpool's favour.

He said: "It's difficult to say. I had the feeling it felt like an advantage when I was at PSV, we felt like we were putting pressure on them whenever we won a game, but we were not thinking we have to win today to put pressure on Ajax.

"We went out, tried to enjoy it and win the game - and we won nearly every game so it worked well. We concentrated on our own game, that's the only thing you can control."

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Fabinho: I've adapted well to new role

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:40
By Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 17/01/19 11:56am

Fabinho has played in central defence in Liverpool's last two matches Fabinho has played in central defence in Liverpool's last two matches Fabinho has played in central defence in Liverpool's last two matches

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho believes he has adapted well to his makeshift role in central defence.

The Brazilian has been forced to fill in at centre-back in the club's last two matches due to a mounting injury list at Anfield.

Joe Gomez [ankle], Trent Alexander-Arnold [knee] and Dejan Lovren [hamstring] are all currently sidelined, while Joel Matip is yet to feature since returning to full training after a fractured collarbone.

Fabinho says Virgil van Dijk has helped him adapt to his new role Fabinho says Virgil van Dijk has helped him adapt to his new role Fabinho says Virgil van Dijk has helped him adapt to his new role

Jurgen Klopp could play Fabinho in defence again on Saturday when Crystal Palace visit Anfield, while James Milner remains another option for the Reds boss.

"Some weeks ago, I knew this could be an option because we had some players out injured and we only had two centre-backs available," Fabinho told Liverpool's website.

"When Dejan got injured, I knew it would be logical that I'd play in that position.

"I had some training sessions playing in that position, which helped me adapt better and pick up certain aspects, like positioning and movements you need to be natural at to play in this position.

2:59 Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League

"In the last game against Brighton, I think I played well. Playing alongside Van Dijk helped, he's really vocal, he guided us. He helped me a lot.

"In this position, which I haven't played in a lot, I think I adapted well. There are some aspects, such as positioning, that I need to improve on.

"If I were to play in this position more, I'd improve on these things, but that's natural."

The Brazilian says he has good relationship with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp The Brazilian says he has good relationship with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp The Brazilian says he has good relationship with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp

Fabinho had to wait until mid-September for his Liverpool debut, following his £43.7m move from Monaco, but has now featured in the club's last nine matches in all competitions.

"Of course, playing more and getting more minutes is going to lead to my confidence growing," he added.

"The chemistry on the field between players has been improving. The more you play, the more natural these things become and I hope I can keep on being important for the team.

"The relationship with the coach is good. He understands things about us, things we need to improve on."

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Man City's awesome scoring stats

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 06:00
Man City vs Huddersfield is live on Sky Sports at 1.30pm on Sunday By Nick Wright

Last Updated: 16/01/19 3:06pm

Pep Guardiola's side are enoying a free-scoring season Pep Guardiola's side are enoying a free-scoring season Pep Guardiola's side are enoying a free-scoring season

Manchester City are one goal away from reaching 100 for the season ahead of their Super Sunday clash with managerless Huddersfield.

Their 3-0 win over Wolves on Monday Night Football took them to 99 goals in all competitions with four months of the campaign still to play.

Pep Guardiola's side still have plenty of work to do to catch Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, but no side in Europe's top leagues - let alone in England - comes close to their extraordinary scoring record this season.

City's total of 99, which works out at an average of 2.9 per game, puts them 18 clear at the top of Europe's scoring charts ahead of French giants Paris Saint-German.

Liverpool may be four points ahead of them in the Premier League, but their goal total of 61 only puts them eighth in Europe's scoring charts, with Tottenham the second highest-scoring English team on 70 goals and Arsenal third on 66 goals.

Chelsea have scored one goal fewer than Liverpool, with Barcelona (75), Sevilla (71), Real Madrid (62), Borussia Dortmund (59) and Bayern Munich (59) making up the rest of the top 10.

City's scoring feats have accelerated in 2019, with 22 goals scored in four games so far, including their seven and nine-goal thrashings of Rotherham and Burton Albion respectively.

2:53 Highlights from Manchester City's win over Wolves Highlights from Manchester City's win over Wolves

City have shared the goals out so far this season, with 16 different scorers and five own goals.

Gabriel Jesus' double against Wolves put him level with Sergio Aguero on 14 for the season.

Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have scored 14 goals each in 2018/19 Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have scored 14 goals each in 2018/19 Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have scored 14 goals each in 2018/19

Raheem Sterling is next on 11 goals, with Leroy Sane (10), Riyad Mahrez (nine) and David Silva (nine) not far behind him.

Bernardo Silva has contributed seven goals, with Ilkay Gundogan (four), Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Aymeric Laporte (all three), the departed Brahim Diaz, Kyle Walker (both two), Fernandinho, Nicolas Otamendi and Oleksandr Zinchenko (all one) the other players to have got in on the act.

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No fewer than 84 of Manchester City's goals have come from inside the box, including 14 headers and three penalties, while their 15 goals from outside the box included two direct free-kicks.

City's total have been split almost evenly across both halves, with 49 coming before the break and 50 coming after.

The numbers add up to a daunting task for Huddersfield, live on Super Sunday.

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'Police chief's failings led to deaths'

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 17:13
David Duckenfield denies the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 football disaster By By Mike McCarthy, Sky News reporter

Last Updated: 15/01/19 6:18pm

2:26 Mike McCarthy reports from Preston Crown Court, where prosecutors opened their case against David Duckenfield, the match commander at the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 Mike McCarthy reports from Preston Crown Court, where prosecutors opened their case against David Duckenfield, the match commander at the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989

Jurors in the trial of former Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield have been told his "extraordinarily bad" failures contributed substantially to the victims' deaths.

The former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent is charged with gross negligence manslaughter in relation to all but one of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 football disaster.

Under law at the time, there can be no prosecution in relation to Tony Bland, who died more than a year after the tragedy.

Richard Matthews QC said it was the prosecution's case that "each of those who died did so as a result of participation in the wholly innocent activity of attending a football match as a spectator on April 15, 1989".

"Each died as a result of the extraordinarily bad failures by David Duckenfield in the care he took to discharge his personal responsibility on that fateful day," Mr Matthews added.

Ninety-six people died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster Ninety-six people died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster Ninety-six people died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster

Preston Crown Court was told that Duckenfield, now 74, had failed to delay the kick-off to quickly declare a major incident or to order emergency measures to free trapped supporters.

Crushing at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's ground happened after an exterior gate was opened to relieve pressure outside the stadium, the court heard.

Duckenfield - who denies gross negligence manslaughter - is accused of failing to block off a tunnel leading to already overcrowded pens before the gate was opened.

Mr Matthews said that each of the deceased had been failed by many, in many ways and over a protracted period; before, during and even after the disaster.

He added: "Nonetheless, it is the prosecution's case that none of the many individual failures that played a part in, or contributed to, causing the deaths of each of those 96 men, women and children, takes away from, or lessens, the degree to which David Duckenfield grossly failed to discharge his personal responsibility for the safety of deceased."

The court sat in hushed silence as a clerk took a full five minutes to read out the names of the 95 people represented in the gross negligence manslaughter charge.

Relatives of the deceased watched from the public gallery as the case was heard by a jury of six men and six women.

Graham Mackrell denies the two charges against him Graham Mackrell denies the two charges against him Graham Mackrell denies the two charges against him

Sheffield Wednesday's former club secretary Graham Mackrell is also on trial charged with health and safety breaches.

The jury was told that he "turned a blind eye" to the conditions of the club's safety certificate by failing to agree with police the methods of entry to the stadium.

Mackrell denies the two charges against him.

The trial is expected to last for up to four months.

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Alexander-Arnold likely to miss two weeks

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:00
Georginio Wijnaldum doubtful to face Crystal Palace By Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 15/01/19 1:09pm

Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold injured his knee against Brighton Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold injured his knee against Brighton Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold injured his knee against Brighton

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is likely to be out for at least two weeks with a knee injury, Sky Sports News understands.

The England full-back hurt his knee in the warm-up ahead of last weekend's 1-0 win at Brighton but played the full 90 minutes, only for the ligament damage to have become apparent after the match.

It is understood surgery is not required and the 20-year-old's return date is down to healing time, but Liverpool will not take any chances and are closely monitoring the player's fitness.

Georginio Wijnaldum is a doubt to face Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday after also taking a knock to his knee and will be assessed on a day-to-day basis.

Georginio Wijnaldum is a doubt to face Crystal Palace Georginio Wijnaldum is a doubt to face Crystal Palace Georginio Wijnaldum is a doubt to face Crystal Palace

Joe Gomez is still working his way back to fitness after a broken foot and right-back Nathaniel Clyne has been loaned to Bournemouth earlier this month, leaving manager Jurgen Klopp short of options at full-back.

Midfielder Fabinho played centre-back for Liverpool's win over Brighton because Gomez, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren are not fully fit.

Matip was an unused substitute at the Amex Stadium after recovering from a broken collarbone, while Gomez has yet to return to full training.

Rafael Camacho, 18, made his first-team debut at right-back in the FA Cup defeat at Wolves and is likely to be on the bench again.

Fellow academy player Ki-Jana Hoever also made his debut at Wolves at centre-back, the 16-year-old becoming the third-youngest player in the club's history.

The Netherlands youth international was since sent off in Liverpool under-23's 1-1 draw with Brighton in Premier League 2 competition.

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Ref Watch: Did Pogba escape red card?

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:06

Last Updated: 14/01/19 10:36pm

Pogba (right) catches Alli with a high boot at Wembley, but was it worthy of a red?
Pogba (right) catches Alli with a high boot at Wembley, but was it worthy of a red?
Pogba (right) catches Alli with a high boot at Wembley, but was it worthy of a red?

Should Paul Pogba have seen red against Tottenham? Were Liverpool fortunate to get a penalty at the Amex? Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher gives us his verdict from the weekend's games and Tuesday's VAR controversy at Wembley.

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As always, there were a whole host of hotly-contested decisions over the past few days. So whether it was disputed penalties, potential offside goals, or possible sendings-off, Dermot spoke to Sky Sports News about all those big incidents...

Tottenham 0-1 Manchester United 2:38 Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp were involved in a lively debate over whether Paul Pogba should have been sent off against Tottenham Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp were involved in a lively debate over whether Paul Pogba should have been sent off against Tottenham

INCIDENT: Paul Pogba is booked after catching on Dele Alli with a high tackle, before the United midfielder then kicks the ball away.

VERDICT: Correct decision, just a booking.

DERMOT SAYS: I think yellow card. He goes to win the ball with the other foot, he has taken a step to go over it, he does go over the ball and he catches him on the back of the thigh. It is reckless, but he genuinely goes to play the ball.

Is he going to be second yellow-carded for delaying the restart? Well, he did not really delay the restart because the restart could not take place because Mike Dean had to give him a yellow card, he probably had to speak to him and say: 'Look, I think you are reckless, that is a high-tariff yellow card'. He wanted time to take him out and cool him down and in that period, you could not really restart the game.

He may be stopping a fast free-kick, but the referee controlled that himself, so he did not really delay the restart himself.

2:55 Highlights from Manchester United's 1-0 win against Tottenham in the Premier League Highlights from Manchester United's 1-0 win against Tottenham in the Premier League

INCIDENT: Harry Kane has a first-half goal disallowed for offside

VERDICT: Correct decision, offside

DERMOT SAYS: Great call because when the ball comes across, the assistant has to be aware of where Kane is. When it comes in, he is obviously not in an offside position. The minute Dele Alli knocks it down... and this is a lad [Dan Robathan] who is new to the Premier League, he has done less than 20 games, but has had a fantastic start. And again, it is all about the start position.

Brighton 0-1 Liverpool 2:59 Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League

INCIDENT: Pascal Gross gives away a penalty after hauling down Mohamed Salah in the box.

VERDICT: Correct decision, penalty.

DERMOT SAYS: It was a clumsy tackle - if you watch, he catches him on the back of the thigh with his left leg, it is just clumsy, he has gone down and I think it is a penalty. And again, the referee [Kevin Friend] is in a decent position and as Salah is shaping to shoot, he catches him on the back of the leg and he has only got one leg on the ground, so he is going to go over.

Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea 3:42 Highlights of the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg tie between Tottenham and Chelsea Highlights of the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg tie between Tottenham and Chelsea

INCIDENT: Tottenham are awarded a penalty by the VAR after Harry Kane is upended by Kepa, but was the Spurs striker onside?

VERDICT: Correct decisions on both calls.

DERMOT SAYS: The big, big talking point of the week. How they calibrate it (the offside) with then feet, he certainly is onside and I think the right decision was made on both counts (the offside and the penalty).

Was Harry Kane offside? Was Harry Kane offside? Was Harry Kane offside?

That is how it is (calibrating offside decisions on where a player's feet are) and what you have to say is everybody wanted this to come into place and that referees need help. We can see already that we are going to be in a better place for it, so now is not the time to be dissing it off.

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal 2:40 Highlights from West Ham's 1-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League Highlights from West Ham's 1-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League

INCIDENT: Fourth official Stuart Attwell has to come on as an assistant referee for Andy Halliday, who felt unwell.

VERDICT: The best time for this to happen is at half-time of a match!

DERMOT SAYS: What I will say is, if ever you are going to change to be an assistant from the fourth official, the perfect time is half-time. The reason I say that is because he has a chance and all that time to warm up. The worst point is about 25 minutes into the game which has just unfolded and all the players are up to speed, you come in there straight off the line because you feel obliged to go straight in and you have not warmed up. So, if it is going to happen, that is the best time.

Leeds 2-0 Derby 0:54 Leeds were denied a penalty after 32 seconds against Derby, the referee ruling in favour of his linesman, who had already raised his flag for an offside decision against Ezgjan Alioski Leeds were denied a penalty after 32 seconds against Derby, the referee ruling in favour of his linesman, who had already raised his flag for an offside decision against Ezgjan Alioski

INCIDENT: Leeds are awarded a penalty, but the referee's assistant says Ezgjan Alioski is offside in the build-up.

VERDICT: Wrong decision, onside

DERMOT SAYS: He is just not focused on it. The referee [Andy Davies] has made the right decision, the game has gone on and it is a penalty. The assistant calls him across and says it is offside, but when you see it sideways on, he is clearly onside. I never like criticising assistants as they have such a tough job, but at this level he should not be making an error of that magnitude. It was a big error as then it compounded it as it would have been a penalty.

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Monday's Liverpool transfer rumours

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 09:25

Last Updated: 14/01/19 9:27am

Ben Woodburn has struggled to make an impact out on loan this season Ben Woodburn has struggled to make an impact out on loan this season Ben Woodburn has struggled to make an impact out on loan this season

A round-up of Liverpool transfer rumours, with stories circulating regarding Moanes Dabour and Ben Woodburn.

Red Bull Salzburg striker Moanes Dabour is once again being linked with a move to Liverpool, report TuttoMercatoWeb.

The 26-year-old has scored 20 goals for the Austrian side this season and has attracted plenty of attention for his performances in the Europa League.

He has reportedly received interest from Valencia but wants to work with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

Moanes Dabour has 20 goals in 30 appearances this season - including against Celtic in the Europa League Moanes Dabour has 20 goals in 30 appearances this season - including against Celtic in the Europa League Moanes Dabour has 20 goals in 30 appearances this season - including against Celtic in the Europa League

Philippe Coutinho's family are not ready to move back to England amid speculation of a summer bid by Manchester United, according to reports.

The report in Mundo Deportivo says Coutinho may consider his future this summer.

Ben Woodburn looks set to leave Liverpool on loan again in January.

The 19-year-old Wales international spent the first half of the season on loan at Sheffield United but returned to Anfield a few weeks ago. Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is interested in taking him at Rangers while West Brom could also make a play.

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'Diving accusations unfair on Salah'

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 22:50
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Last Updated: 13/01/19 11:18pm

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Andy Robertson has defended Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah from accusations of diving and insists the Egyptian is "not that type of player".

Liverpool have been awarded four penalties in their last four league matches, with three coming for fouls on Salah.

Rafa Benitez claimed the former Roma winger won a 'soft' penalty in the 4-0 win over Newcastle on Boxing Day, while Jurgen Klopp was forced to defend Salah after he was accused of simulation in the win 5-1 over Arsenal.

Salah was awarded another penalty against Brighton on Saturday after being clearly fouled by Pascal Gross and the Egyptian was subsequently booed by the crowd at the Amex Stadium after converting the spot-kick.

Robertson is frustrated by the accusations against Salah and believes they are mere "desperation" from opponents.

Liverpool have been awarded four penalties in their last four league matches Liverpool have been awarded four penalties in their last four league matches Liverpool have been awarded four penalties in their last four league matches

"He's not that type of player," said the Scotland international.

"Every time it happens then we go back and everyone looks at the video and you go, 'well, it's not a dive' so how many times is it going to happen?

"I'm not sure if the Brighton players did say it was a dive or not and I'll need to see it back but I was at the edge of the box and for me it was a stone-waller.

2:59 Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League. Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League.

"If people are starting to say Mo has gone down easily it's not fair because the one against Arsenal, especially, he got clipped three times on his way down and they still appealed it so it's a bit of desperation.

"I've not seen this Brighton one back but it's a no-brainer really for the referee."

Liverpool restored their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at the Amex and Robertson believes the result could prove to be crucial at the end of the season.

"The two Brighton games have been massive for us because we have not been at our best," he said.

Robertson says the accusations are merely 'desperation' from opponents Robertson says the accusations are merely 'desperation' from opponents Robertson says the accusations are merely 'desperation' from opponents

"When we played them at home we weren't at our best and they probably had a few more chances and we won 1-0. And then on Saturday we did the exact same.

"It's that winning mentality. Whoever wins the league will look back on some games and go 'do you know what, we probably weren't at our best there, and that was probably one that helped us turn one point into three or zero into one'.

"So there will be games over the season and whoever does that will probably have three or four games to look back on and if we manage to do it, I'm sure we'll look back on this game as one of them."

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Fabinho: I could've joined PSG

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 14:08
Fabinho: "What's funny is that this PSG loan story came out just before our Champions League match [on November 28]. It's a strange coincidence, isn't it?"

Last Updated: 13/01/19 2:40pm

Fabinho has played in Liverpool's last nine matches in all competitions Fabinho has played in Liverpool's last nine matches in all competitions Fabinho has played in Liverpool's last nine matches in all competitions

Fabinho insists he is happy with his decision to join Liverpool and revealed he spurned the chance to join Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian has grown in stature during the course of the season and has firmly established himself as a vital member of Liverpool's squad as they hunt a Premier League title.

Fabinho joined Liverpool from Monaco in a £44m deal last summer but was linked with a return to France with Paris Saint Germain in November.

PSG were in the same Champions League group as the Reds, and Fabinho suggests reports the French champions had resurrected their interest in him was by no means a coincidence.

"I never thought of going elsewhere," Fabinho told L'Equipe.

4:29 Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool side showed a level of maturity in their win at Brighton which they haven't shown prior to this season. Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool side showed a level of maturity in their win at Brighton which they haven't shown prior to this season.

"I know a lot of things were written in the newspapers, but it wasn't true. What's funny is that this PSG loan story came out just before our Champions League match [on November 28].

"I had already experienced a similar story the day before the Coupe de la Ligue final between PSG and Monaco [in March 2018]. It's a strange coincidence, isn't it?"

"If I had to sign at PSG, it's the year before it could have been done," Fabinho added.

"They were very interested, I talked a lot with Antero Henrique [PSG's sporting director] and the club's leaders, but it didn't work. The year after, I did not wait for them and then I thought it was time to leave France."

Fabinho played alongside Virgil van Dijk and helped Liverpool keep a clean sheet Fabinho played alongside Virgil van Dijk and helped Liverpool keep a clean sheet Fabinho played alongside Virgil van Dijk and helped Liverpool keep a clean sheet

Fabinho was a towering presence in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton, producing an assured performance as an emergency central defender at the Amex Stadium.

With Joel Matip only just returning to training, Dejan Lovren expected to be unavailable for next weekend's visit of Crystal Palace, and Joe Gomez still sidelined, Fabinho could again be an option in defence for Liverpool in the future, according to Jurgen Klopp.

2:59 Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League. Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League.

Asked if Fabinho could play in defence again if needed, Klopp replied: "He is a brilliant player and I am happy that he can play (against Brighton) - it's now pretty clear (that he can play in defence).

"It's not like it came one attack after the other from Brighton. We had the ball most of the time, so then it makes sense to have a good footballer in that position.

Jurgen Klopp was thrilled with Fabinho's performance against Brighton Jurgen Klopp was thrilled with Fabinho's performance against Brighton Jurgen Klopp was thrilled with Fabinho's performance against Brighton

"I think Brighton tried a little bit to bring the long balls and (Glenn) Murray around him. That's what they did, by the way, against Joe Gomez in the home game as well.

"He did well in these situations and with the ball it's absolutely clear. He has a defending brain and can do it in different positions, it's good."

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PL goals: Willian's curler, Rice's winner

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 00:00
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'We're not the Harlem Globetrotters'

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 18:10
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4:29 Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool side showed a level of maturity in their win at Brighton which they haven't shown prior to this season Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool side showed a level of maturity in their win at Brighton which they haven't shown prior to this season

Jurgen Klopp delighted in Liverpool's "most mature" performance of the season after they beat Brighton 1-0 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Mohamed Salah scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 50th minute as the Reds responded after back-to-back defeats.

Victory sends Liverpool seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, and Klopp told Sky Sports: "It was very hard earned.

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"I thought it was an unbelievably mature performance from my side. I really like that because it's a new skill and we have to keep that. It's not opera football but it's still a really nice song."

2:59 Watch highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League Watch highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League

Speaking in his post-match press conference, the Liverpool boss added: "We are not the Harlem Globetrotters, we have to deliver results. For that, we need to perform. The performance was good. It was not the best performance of the season in a few departments but I would say it was the most mature performance of the season.

"It's so important. On the good days everybody can win; on average days not a lot of teams can win football games and, on a bad day, only a few can win. Today was not a bad day but it was a difficult day because Brighton is doing really well."

Liverpool were frustrated in the first half at the Amex Stadium as Brighton held firm.

But Salah's goal proved to be enough for the Reds, who will now see if title rivals Manchester City and Tottenham can close the gap when they play on Monday and Sunday respectively, both live on Sky Sports.

It's not opera football but it's still a really nice song.

Jurgen Klopp

Asked about the pressure on Liverpool ahead of the game, Klopp said: "We are Liverpool and we have to win games, that's not new for us, so we should be used to it.

"You don't want to draw or lose here so you need these moments, but you have to work and take each step of the game. Keep them busy, play around, try to create and, if you find a way, then use it the second and third time maybe.

"It's really difficult, Chris [Hughton, Brighton manager] is a smart fox and they close the spaces perfectly. It's difficult to stay 100 per cent concentrated in a game where you always have the ball.

Mohamed Salah puts Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot Mohamed Salah puts Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot Mohamed Salah puts Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot

"Then you try something at the wrong moment, they win the ball and we all have to run. It's a challenge, but this is a proper football game and we won it."

Liverpool looked like they might have to make a late change for the match after Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to suffer an injury when he stretched for a ball in the warm-ups.

But, after consultation with the team doctor, the full-back played the entire match.

"It was a shock in that moment," said Klopp." It was the last situation of the warm-up apart from the sprints. He wanted to play 100 per cent so he didn't say immediately if it was good or not good; because he didn't speak immediately that means it's not good.

"On the way in we thought he couldn't play but the test from the doctor was good. We have to wait to see what it is. It was a brilliant decision from the doc and Trent. He played well."

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Salah penalty secures Liverpool win

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 17:15
Report and highlights as Liverpool extend lead over Manchester City and Tottenham By James Walker-Roberts

Last Updated: 12/01/19 8:00pm

2:59 Brighton 0-1 Liverpool Brighton 0-1 Liverpool

Mohamed Salah's penalty earned Liverpool a gritty 1-0 win at Brighton that moved them seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Having lost their previous two matches in 2019, the Reds were frustrated in a tight first half at the Amex Stadium.

However, Salah scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 50th minute after he was clumsily fouled by Pascal Gross.

Player ratings

Brighton: Button (6), Montoya (5), Dunk (6), Duffy (6), Bong (5), Stephens (5), Propper (6), March (5), Gross (5), Locadia (6), Murray (5)

Subs: Andone (5), Knockaert (5), Kayal (5)

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Robertson (7), Van Dijk (7), Fabinho (7), Alexander-Arnold (7), Henderson (7), Wijnaldum (7), Shaqiri (6), Mane (6), Salah (7), Firmino (6)

Subs: Milner (6), Keita (5), Origi (5)

Man of the match: Fabinho

Brighton did not manage a shot on target and Liverpool will now wait and see if title-rivals Tottenham and Manchester City can close the gap when they play live on Sky Sports on Sunday and Monday respectively.

Jurgen Klopp had said before the match that Liverpool's situation remained "very positive" even though they had suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season.

And even though it took them a while to break down Brighton, a third straight defeat never looked on the cards.

Salah puts Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot Salah puts Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot Salah puts Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot

The Premier League leaders soon asserted control of the game as Roberto Firmino slid and poked wide from Andy Robertson's low cross in the ninth minute before Xherdan Shaqiri flicked a header wide after a cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold, who played despite suffering a slight injury in the warm-ups.

Fabinho, playing at centre-back, was hardly tested, aside from a header that Glenn Murray nodded over the bar.

Mohamed Salah and Gaetan Bong battle for possession Mohamed Salah and Gaetan Bong battle for possession Mohamed Salah and Gaetan Bong battle for possession

It was a similar story in the second half, albeit Brighton were chasing the game after Gross clumsily fouled Salah in the box and the Premier League's joint-top scorer fired the penalty past David Button.

Brighton occasionally threatened on the break but Fabinho blocked a shot from Gross in the box and Alisson tipped away a shot from Jurgen Locadia.

Brighton made one change from their last Premier League game as Bong replaced Bernardo. Fabinho started at centre-back for Liverpool and Shaqiri made the XI ahead of Milner. Mane made his 100th Premier League appearance for the club.

Otherwise Liverpool remained in control until the final whistle, even though Salah spurned a fantastic chance to make it 2-0 when he shot wide from eight yards out in the 88th minute.

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  • Liverpool have 57 points from 22 Premier League games this season; in English top-flight history, only Preston (58 in 1888-89), Tottenham (59 in 1960-61), Chelsea (61 in 2005-06) and Manchester City (62 in 2017-18) have ever had more at this stage when adjusting to three points for a win.
  • Liverpool have conceded just 10 goals in their 22 league matches this season; only Chelsea in 2004-05 (eight goals) have ever conceded fewer after 22 matches in an English top-flight season.
  • Brighton manager Chris Hughton has lost more league games to Liverpool in his managerial career (seven defeats from seven meetings) than any other side. His sides have conceded 26 goals across those seven games.
  • This was Liverpool's 50th clean sheet in the Premier League under Jurgen Klopp in their 128th match with the German in charge since his first in October 2015; 42% of those have come since Virgil van Dijk's league debut in January 2018 (21 in 37 games since).
  • Brighton have now lost as many games at the Amex Stadium in all competitions this season (four of 12) as they did in the entirety of 2017-18 on home soil (four of 22 matches).
  • Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has scored the opening goal in nine Premier League games this season, at least three more than any other player.
  • Of the last 10 Premier League penalties taken by left-footed players, six have failed to score - the other four have all been scored by Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.
The managers

Chris Hughton: "There's no intent and referees have a hard job, but sometimes you feel things go your way and sometimes you feel some of the decisions don't go your way. I felt today it was one of those days. No malice or anything towards the referee but I thought the bulk of decisions favoured Liverpool today."

2:10 Chris Hughton felt the bulk of decisions 'favoured Liverpool' Chris Hughton felt the bulk of decisions 'favoured Liverpool'

Jurgen Klopp: "I thought it was an unbelievable mature performance from my side, I really like that because it's really a new skill and we have to keep that. It's not opera football but it's still a really nice song."

4:29 Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool side showed a level of maturity in their win at Brighton which they haven't shown prior to this season Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool side showed a level of maturity in their win at Brighton which they haven't shown prior to this season Man of the match - Fabinho

Asked to play as a makeshift centre-back for the second game in a row due to injuries, Fabinho did not disappoint. He was strong in the air, made a couple of crucial blocks and looked composed in possession.

What's next?

Brighton travel to Manchester United next Saturday before hosting West Brom in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, January 26. Liverpool are at Anfield for their next two Premier League matches as they host Crystal Palace on Saturday, January 19 and then Leicester on Wednesday, January 30.

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Transfer Talk: Eriksen is Real's priority

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 20:45
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Last Updated: 11/01/19 9:46pm

0:24 Spanish football expert Graham Hunter tells the Transfer Talk podcast why Real Madrid could target Christian Eriksen and Eden Hazard in the summer Spanish football expert Graham Hunter tells the Transfer Talk podcast why Real Madrid could target Christian Eriksen and Eden Hazard in the summer

The latest episode from the third series of our Transfer Talk podcast is here!

Host Pete Graves is joined by Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth and skysports.com features writer Pete Hall, to discuss all the latest moves as the January transfer window heats up.

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Click here to hear Graham Hunter discuss why Eriksen is Real's priority summer target, and whether Hazard may join him

Spanish football expert Graham Hunter joins the show to discuss why Tottenham's Christian Eriksen is Real Madrid's priority summer target, and whether Chelsea's Eden Hazard may join him at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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There are also updates on the futures of Jose Mourinho, Neymar and Willian, as well as Manchester United pair Ander Herrera and Juan Mata.

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The panel discuss the future of Chelsea's Willian, plus the pros and cons of Maurizio Sarri moving for Gonzalo Higuain and why the club must fight to keep Callum Hudson-Odoi.

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Also on the agenda is whether Marko Arnautovic could follow in Dimitri Payet's footsteps by forcing his way out of West Ham.

Finally, the panel look at why Arsenal are only targeting loan signings in the January window, plus there is news from Crystal Palace and Cardiff.

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