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'Inter confident on Sturridge'

Sat, 20/01/2018 - 17:41

Last Updated: 20/01/18 4:01pm

Daniel Sturridge has endured a frustrating season but has interest from Italy and SpainDaniel Sturridge has endured a frustrating season but has interest from Italy and Spain Daniel Sturridge has endured a frustrating season but has interest from Italy and Spain

Inter Milan remain confident they will be able to sign Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, according to Sky in Italy.

Sturridge has been widely linked with a January move to Serie A, while Spanish side Sevilla are also believed to be interested in the 28-year-old.

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Inter are understood to want a loan deal to take Sturridge to Italy, with an option to buy, but they are not willing to pay the €40m Liverpool want to make the move permanent.

The England forward has not played since early December because of a thigh injury and his chequered record is part of the reason why Inter are looking to pay a smaller transfer fee.

Sturridge also has only 18 months left on the last contract he signed with the Premier League club in October 2014.

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He joined Liverpool in January 2013 but has only once played more than 20 league games in a season, when he scored 21 goals in a brilliant 2013-14 campaign.

Inter are looking for another attacking option, with only Mauro Icardi (18) and Ivan Perisic (7) having scored more than three goals for them in Serie A this season.

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Merson's predictions

Sat, 20/01/2018 - 00:00
Paul Merson

Football Expert & Columnist @PaulMerse

Last Updated: 20/01/18 12:20am

Paul Merson reveals his Super 6 predictions for this weekend Paul Merson reveals his Super 6 predictions for this weekend

Paul Merson is back with another round of his Premier League predictions - how will he fare this week?

Merse enjoyed a successful weekend last time out, correctly predicting a Liverpool win over unbeaten Man City, as well as two perfect scores in Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal and West Brom 2-0 Brighton. He also earned a further four correct results.

But who is the Magic Man tipping to win? Read on to find out...

Brighton v Chelsea (Saturday from 11.30am, live on Sky Sports Premier League)

I was at Chelsea on Wednesday night, and I know it's not their first team, but they look devoid of confidence. I watched Chelsea against Leicester last weekend, and the Foxes were by far the better team in that game, and were unfortunate not to win.

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Brighton are decent at home. There's no Alvaro Morata, and I watched Michy Batshuayi on Wednesday and thought: "Go on, work hard, and you've got every chance to put pressure on the manager!" He wasn't even interested. I think this is a hard game, but I'm just tipping Chelsea.

PAUL PREDICTS: 0-1 (4/1 with Sky Bet)

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Southampton v Tottenham (Super Sunday from 3.30pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League)

Southampton looked a lot better than Watford in large parts last weekend, but still managed to draw the game 2-2 when they should have won by four or five.

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Make no mistake, Saints are in big, big trouble. They've won just one in 14, and that was against David Unsworth's Everton.

I don't see anything put a Tottenham win, Harry Kane can't stop scoring, and their movement is brilliant. I can't see Shane Long causing the back line of Tottenham many problems.

PAUL PREDICTS: 0-3 (11/1 with Sky Bet)

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Swansea v Liverpool (Monday Night Football from 7pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League)

Swansea have done alright recently under Carlos Carvalhal. I was shocked when he got the job, and he was probably shocked himself. But he's done what he had to do so far.

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He got a good result at Newcastle, where they couldn't lose, and then they beat Wolves in the FA Cup.

When clubs change managers, all they ask for is a reaction, that's why they change them. He's achieved that so far. This is another hard game, and I can't see anything but a Liverpool win. But I think Swansea will improve as the season goes on.

PAUL PREDICTS: 0-2 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

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Arsenal v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm)

Assuming there's no Alexis Sanchez, I'm trying to make a case for Arsenal winning here. I don't know where they're going to hurt Palace. If you look at the Palace forwards to the Arsenal forwards, it's chalk and cheese.

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I'm going for a Palace win. I know people will say: "Oh you're going against Arsenal again," but I really can't make a case for them without Sanchez! Alexandre Lacazette doesn't look like he will score in a month of Sundays, Danny Welbeck is not a winger, Granit Xhaka is not going to score you a goal, and no matter how good Jack Wilshere is playing he's not going to be the one who scores you the goals.

They let in goals for fun, and that's where Palace are dangerous. Arsenal will have to have a go at Palace and won't be able to deal with them on the break!

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (16/1 with Sky Bet)

Burnley v Man Utd (Saturday, 3pm)

I think Burnley have hit a bit of a brick wall. They've had some hard fixtures of late, and have been a tad unlucky. I think Sean Dyche said the defeat at Palace was an even game, I don't think it was that even. Palace had better chances than Burnley in the game.

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I think Man Utd are just solid. I just think they won't allow Burnley anything, they're very hard to beat. They'll be Mourinho efficient.

PAUL PREDICTS: 0-2 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

Everton v West Brom (Saturday, 3pm)

Good result for West Brom last week, it was coming, and I think they've been a bit unlucky recently, not getting the results but making the chances.

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I think Everton have a little bit of a pick-me-up signing Theo Walcott, the crowd will be buzzing. I can see why Everton have gone for him, they've needed some pace for a while. And if you get over 100 goals for Arsenal, that's no mean feat.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0 (9/2 with Sky Bet)

Leicester v Watford (Saturday, 3pm)

Leicester's draw at Chelsea was one of the best times I've seen them play, even when they won the Premier League. When they won the title, let's be honest, it was sit back, sit back, sit back, counter-attack, score, then sit back, sit back.

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They literally took the game to Chelsea on Saturday, and could have had five goals in the first 20 minutes! They were outstanding.

I know Watford had a fightback second half against Southampton when Troy Deeney came on, but in the first half they were all over the place

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (8/1 with Sky Bet)

Stoke v Huddersfield (Saturday, 3pm)

Paul Lambert's first game in charge. If you could pick a game, this may be it. I know there are no easy games, but Huddersfield haven't got the greatest away record and have just been battered by West Ham.

I was a bit shocked by the Lambert appointment, but I'm pleased for him. I think he was too nice at Villa, with the Randy Lerner situation, he backed the owner and didn't complain, instead of saying the board are giving me nothing.

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I think he has learned from that situation, and I'm going to go for a good start for him. It'll be a cagey game, nonetheless.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

West Ham v Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm)

These two teams are like a bag of revels. You see West Ham go to Huddersfield and rip them apart, then they take 120 minutes to beat Shrewsbury at home.

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Then you see Bournemouth beat Arsenal, then go to Wigan to form a cup run, and get turned over. Who knows, they could have gone far in the FA Cup. Don't make excuses about Bournemouth having to stay up, Wigan have got their own priorities trying to get out of League One!

I don't know how Bournemouth could stop Arnautovic, so I'm going for a home win, as he makes the difference.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)

Man City v Newcastle (Saturday, 5.30pm)

I don't think Man City are going to come up against a team like Liverpool for the rest of the season, particularly in those 20 minutes in the second half.

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They're a bit downbeat at Newcastle at the moment; the takeover failing, they needed to beat Swansea but didn't, I think it's a bit subdued there. I think they just want to get this game out of the way, and make sure it's not a huge defeat.

I think it's a case of leaving without many injuries and looking at how other teams got on below them.

PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

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Sky Live: Swansea v Liverpool

Fri, 19/01/2018 - 21:30

Last Updated: 19/01/18 6:39pm

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Virgil van Dijk is set to make his first Premier League appearance for Liverpool when they travel to Swansea on Monday Night Football.

The £75m January signing, who scored on his debut for the Reds in the FA Cup win over Everton, saw a tight hamstring rule him out of last weekend's thrilling 4-3 win over Manchester City.

But he is set to feature against Swansea, while Loris Karius will keep his place in goal ahead of Simon Mignolet.

"Of course Loris has to deliver, he knows that, but he is the No 1 now," said manager Jurgen Klopp. "I am really fine with our goalkeeper situation. Yes, Karius could have made a save for the first goal against Manchester City, but he is a really good goalkeeper.

"We brought him in because we wanted him to play. He has settled, there are a lot of really good things in his game. We have changed a lot of positions throughout the season. I changed not my opinion but the situation - that is all."

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Loris Karius will keep his place in the starting line-up Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Loris Karius will keep his place in the starting line-up

Liverpool's win over City saw them move up to third in the Premier League.

However, Swansea's form has improved since the appointment of manager Carlos Carvalhal in late December. They have taken four points from three Premier League matches under the former Sheffield Wednesday boss.

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Swansea are waiting to assess striker Tammy Abraham as he has missed the last four games with a hip injury, but the return of Wilfried Bony from a hamstring problem has bolstered the strikeforce.

Mike van der Hoorn (muscle injury), Renato Sanches (hamstring) and Angel Rangel (calf) should all be available.

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Liverpool top scorer Mohamed Salah and defenders Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan are all expected to recover from illness.

Captain Jordan Henderson (hamstring) and Alberto Moreno (ankle) are back in training but are not likely to be ready until next weekend's FA Cup tie at home to West Brom.

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Although Swansea have conceded 27 goals in 13 Premier League games (W3 D3 L7) against the Reds, just six of those have come at Liberty Stadium.

Since Swansea and Liverpool last met in the Premier League at Liberty Stadium in October 2016 - Francesco Guidolin's last match in charge - the Swans have had five different managers take charge of a Premier League game (Bradley, Curtis, Clement, Britton and Carvalhal), spanning 54 games; by contrast, Liverpool have had five different managers span 517 Premier League games.

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Liverpool, who won 5-0 in the reverse fixture, haven't won both league matches in a season by such a margin or greater against an opponent since 2001-02 against Ipswich Town (6-0 away, 5-0 at home).

This will be Liverpool's first away league visit to a side starting that day bottom of the Premier League since February 2016, when they won 6-0 at Aston Villa.

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Roberto Firmino has scored five goals in his last three Premier League games against Swansea, including doubles in each of the last two.

Mo Salah has scored 18 goals from 44 shots on target in the Premier League this season - Swansea, by contrast, have scored just 14 goals as a team from 52 shots on target.

Merson's prediction

Swansea have done alright recently under Carlos Carvalhal. I was shocked when he got the job, and he was probably shocked himself. But he's done what he's had to do so far.

He got a good result at Newcastle, where they couldn't lose, and then they beat Wolves in the FA Cup.

When clubs change managers, all they ask for is a reaction, that's why they change them. He's achieved that so far. This is another hard game, and I can't see anything but a Liverpool win. But I think Swansea will improve as the season goes on.

PAUL PREDICTS: 0-2 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

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Klopp won't rule out more transfers

Fri, 19/01/2018 - 17:10
By Rory O'Callaghan

Last Updated: 19/01/18 2:52pm

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out more transfer business at Anfield this January. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out more transfer business at Anfield this January.

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool are not actively looking to sign new players, although he refused to rule out further transfer business at Anfield before the end of January.

The Reds have already been involved in the two biggest transfers of the month, with Philippe Coutinho heading to Barcelona for £146m and Virgil van Dijk arriving from Southampton for £75m.

Klopp insists Liverpool are not actively looking for new arrivals but stopped short of declaring his transfer business finished for the month.

"If something jumps in my face, maybe we would think about it but we don't actively try to find new players that we don't know," said Klopp.

"I've said it before, we have to use the players that we have. That makes sense. We have really high-quality players, especially Adam Lallana.

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"He is not the replacement for Philippe Coutinho, he is a completely different player but a fantastic player. He is back, that is good. Are we active? No."

Sky sources understand that Sevilla have made contact with Liverpool over a loan move for Daniel Sturridge but Klopp refused to confirm if an approach has been made for the England international.

"If there are any rumours, I am not aware of them but it is not important," said Klopp. "We will see what happens until January 31.

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"We have a long and very decisive part of the season still to play. We need all of our players, we will see how it will be."

Liverpool face Swansea on Monday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, less than a month after defeating the Welsh club 5-0 at Anfield in the reverse fixture.

Klopp insists the trip to the Liberty Stadium is by no means a guaranteed three points and has urged his side to build on their impressive 4-3 win over league leaders Manchester City.

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He said: "It is a big challenge. We played against the top of the table and played a fantastic game. We played against Swansea a few weeks ago, not too long ago, when they had a caretaker-manager and I said after the game it was much more difficult than the result suggested.

"They are bottom of the table but they are in a good way since the new manager came in. They are improving, much better results, they are doing well. That is all we think about.

"I don't think you can look at our [previous] game against Swansea, it will be a different game."

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Klopp also revealed that club captain Jordan Henderson is set to return to full fitness in time to face the Swans on Monday.

He said: "Hendo had a clearing session. He should be in completely normal training by tomorrow.

"Alberto Moreno is in a good way, he is training four or five days a week and looks good. We've had a few players struggle with illness - Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren and Mo Salah. Ragnar and Mo should be back today or tomorrow.

"Clyne is doing well but a few more steps to go and Virgil [van Dijk] is training as normal."

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Henderson, Van Dijk return to training

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 18:30
By Ross McAuley

Last Updated: 18/01/18 10:50pm

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Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk have returned to Liverpool training ahead of their clash with Swansea on Monday night, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Van Dijk, who missed Sunday's 4-3 win over Manchester City with a tight hamstring, could be in line to make his first Premier League appearance for Liverpool since his £75m transfer from Southampton.

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Henderson has been sidelined from first-team action for a month after suffering a hamstring injury in the Reds' 3-3 draw with Arsenal on December 22.

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping his side can continue their momentum after ending Manchester City's 22-game unbeaten start to the season with a win at Swansea.

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Van Dijk will be hoping to build on his strong start to life at Anfield, after he scored a late winner in the Merseyside derby against Everton to ensure Liverpool progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Alberto Moreno was also present at training, the former Sevilla full-back has been out injured since December, however Andy Robertson has laid down his claim to Klopp with a string of impressive performances in recent weeks.

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Premier League questions

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 18:09
By Cian Cheesbrough and Richard Morgan

Last Updated: 18/01/18 4:18pm

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Will Arsenal and Man City bounce back from defeats? Will Paul Pogba continue his fine form? And will Paul Lambert get off to a winning start?

Brighton host Chelsea on Sky Sports Premier League at 12.30pm on Saturday, while Tottenham's trip to Southampton is on the same channel on Super Sunday at 4pm.

On Monday Night Football, we have Swansea v Liverpool from the Liberty Stadium at 8pm on Sky Sports Premier League.

Will Batshuayi step up to the plate for Chelsea? (Brighton v Chelsea, Saturday 12.30pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League)

Michy Batshuayi will have a good chance to fill the shoes of suspended and out-of-form striker Alvaro Morata in Chelsea's visit to Brighton, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Saturday.

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Chelsea are on a winless run of four in all competitions and have scored just once in those games, against Norwich in the FA Cup.

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Brighton may be fancying their chances against a Chelsea side that looks short on confidence of late, however they themselves have recorded just 17 goals in the league this season, with only bottom-of-the-table Swansea scoring fewer.

Kane to pile more misery on struggling Saints? (Southampton v Tottenham, Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League 4pm)

Premier League top-scorer Harry Kane will look to add to his 20-goal tally this season as Tottenham travel to Southampton on Super Sunday.

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Kane scored another two goals last week in the impressive 4-0 win against Everton, and also recorded a hat-trick against the Saints on Boxing Day, which saw him set a new record for the most top flight goals scored in a calendar year (39 goals).

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Mauricio Pellegrino's side were unlucky not to take all three points last week against Watford, and will be desperate to overturn a run of 10 games without a win in the league - which has seen them slip to just one point above the drop zone.

Will struggling Swansea handle Liverpool's in-form attack? (Swansea v Liverpool, Monday Night Football, live on Sky Sports Premier League, 8pm)

Liverpool head into this encounter on the back of ending Manchester City's unbeaten start to the season with an impressive attacking display at Anfield.

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Liverpool's front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah scored three more goals to take their combined tally to 50 in all competitions this season.

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Strugglers Swansea returned to the foot the table after West Brom's win against Brighton so will be keen to claim an unlikely win on Monday Night Football at the Liberty Stadium.

Liverpool hit five with no return in the reverse fixture of this on Boxing Day, so Swansea will be determined to seek revenge under new boss Carlos Carvalhal.

Arsenal to get back to winning ways? (Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Saturday 3pm)

Arsenal head into Saturday's London derby with in-form Crystal Palace in urgent need of a win following a poor recent run of form.

Arsene Wenger's side have slipped to sixth in the Premier League, and eight points adrift of the fourth and final Champions League berth, after failing to win any of their last five matches in all competitions.

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In fact, the Gunners' last victory came against Palace at Selhurst Park on December 28, while their previously dominant home form has also disappeared.

After a run of 12 consecutive league wins at the Emirates, Arsenal have now won just one of their last four in north London, meaning they can afford no more slip-ups against the Eagles.

Will Pogba continue his recent good form? (Burnley v Man Utd, Saturday 3pm)

Paul Pogba will be relishing Manchester United's trip to Burnley on Saturday afternoon having been in eye-catching form since his return from suspension.

Pogba's two assists in the Monday Night Football clash with Stoke City took his tally for the season to nine in just 13 Premier League games, with no player having recorded more than the Frenchman, who also managed two more in United's previous fixture at Everton.

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At Turf Moor this weekend, Burnley - who themselves have not won any of their last seven contests in all competitions - will need to pay close attention to a player who has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 top-flight encounters (four goals, 10 assists).

Will the Baggies make it back-to-back wins? (Everton v West Brom, Saturday 3pm)

West Brom ended their 20-game winless run in the Premier League with a much-needed 2-0 home victory over Brighton last time out.

Alan Pardew's side remain deep in trouble though ahead of their trip to Merseyside to take on Everton on Saturday afternoon, with the Baggies 19th in the table and two points from safety.

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So what better time for West Brom to record back-to-back league victories for the first time since their opening two matches of the campaign against an out-of-sorts Everton team who have not won themselves since beating bottom-of-the-table Swansea City at Goodison Park on December 18.

Will Paul Lambert silence his critics with a win in his first game in charge? (Stoke v Huddersfield, Saturday 3pm)

Paul Lambert will be keen to get off to a good start as Stoke City boss with his side having won just one of their last eight Premier League games.

Lambert was seemingly the third-choice candidate behind Quique Sanchez Florez and Martin O'Neill for the hot-seat, which has left many Stoke fans underwhelmed by the appointment.

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Huddersfield at home will surely be as good a chance as any prove those critics wrong in his first game; the Terriers themselves were turned over 4-1 last week by West Ham.

Watford to return to winning ways at Leicester? (Leicester v Watford, Saturday 3pm)

Watford will be looking to return to form against Leicester City, who were unlucky to not gain all three points from an impressive display away against Chelsea last time out in the league.

Watford's last win in the Premier League actually came against Leicester on Boxing Day, and they can consider themselves fortunate to escape with a point against struggling Southampton after a contentious last-minute equaliser.

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To have a chance of winning, Watford will surely have to keep a close eye on in-form winger Riyad Mahrez, who has been directly involved in a goal in five of his last six games in all competitions for Leicester City (two goals, four assists).

West Ham or Bournemouth to push themselves further away from the drop zone? (West Ham v Bournemouth, Saturday 3pm)

Both West Ham and Bournemouth will be looking to record back-to-back wins in the league after impressive victories against Huddersfield and Arsenal respectively.

West Ham have not recorded two league wins in a row since January last year, and will be buoyed by their recent upturn in form under Manager David Moyes.

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Bournemouth, however, lost 3-0 at League One Wigan on Wednesday night in the FA Cup, but will look to pick up where they left off in the Premier League.

Both teams can move up to 10th with a win on Saturday and will want to further distance themselves from the drop zone.

Man City to bounce back with a win against Newcastle? (Man City v Newcastle, Saturday 5.30pm)

Table-topping Manchester City suffered their first defeat of the season in a thrilling 4-3 defeat against Liverpool on Super Sunday.

City have been dominant in the Premier League this season but were blown away by a stunning second-half display by Liverpool.

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Pep Guardiola will have a good chance to bounce back against Newcastle, who themselves could only manage a point against bottom club Swansea in their last game.

There is a subdued mood around Newcastle at the moment following the collapse of the sale of the club to businesswoman Amanda Staveley and City will look to take advantage of that with a win on Saturday.

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Sevilla make Sturridge enquiry

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 16:26
By Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 18/01/18 1:53pm

Sevilla have made contact with Liverpool over a loan move for striker Daniel Sturridge, but are yet to make a formal offer, according to Sky sources.

Sturridge joined Liverpool from Chelsea in January 2013, but his spell on Merseyside has been blighted by a succession of injuries.

The 28-year-old has featured only nine times in the Premier League this season, with manager Jurgen Klopp preferring to play Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in attack.

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Sky in Italy understands Inter Milan are also interested in signing Sturridge, who has 18 months remaining on his current deal at Anfield.

Klopp previously stated that Sturridge would need to put aside his concerns over a lack of first-team action for the good of the club.

"I can imagine a player with his quality is not happy that he is not starting all the time, but that's all," said Klopp.

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"The situation with the player is completely OK. At this moment we are in November and need all our players - even if he feels a little different.

"There is around one-and-a-half months before the window opens and I don't think about things like this. There are so many games before then and I need all of them (his players)."

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Premier League goals & reaction

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 11:30

THAT'S A WRAP!

That's your lot for today then folks. The day's big stories? Arsenal firing in four in the opening 22 minutes against Palace was impressive, as was Chelsea's run-away win at Brighton. There was a cracking win for Paul Lambert on his debut in the Stoke dugout, and an "efficient" display from Man Utd, in the words of Paul Merson, to see off Burnley. Performance of the day though has to be Sergio Aguero with his excellent hat-trick this evening against Newcastle. 

All that remains is for me to point you in the direction of Nissan Super Sunday tomorrow which comes to you from St Mary's as Southampton take on Spurs. That's live on Sky Sports Main Event from 3.30pm. 

So join us, one an all, to see if Spurs can keep up the pressure on those top four spots or if Saints can put a little distance between themselves and the bottom three, where they will be spending tonight.

Thanks for joining us, hope you've enjoyed it. I certainly have.

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Juventus confirm Can approach

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 02:40

Last Updated: 17/01/18 11:52pm

Juventus are trying 'all they can' to sign Emre CanJuventus are trying 'all they can' to sign Emre Can Juventus are trying 'all they can' to sign Emre Can

Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta says the Serie A champions are trying "all they can" to sign Emre Can from Liverpool.

The 24-year-old's contract with Liverpool runs out on June 30, meaning he is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a club outside of the Premier League.

Sky sources understand Can is set to hold further talks with Liverpool this month regarding his future, but Juventus are trying to convince him Turin is the best place for him to develop.

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"Emre Can is a player whose contract is running down, so it allows us to approach him for negotiations and that is the course we have taken," Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.

"I can't say if he could sign a new contract with Liverpool, but I can say we will try all we can to get the player. Obviously, we have to respect what the player wants."

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The Germany international reached an impasse with Liverpool during the previous set of negotiations, with the stumbling block believed to be the Reds' reluctance to break their club precedent and insert a buy-out clause into any new deal.

Can's development since his £9.75m move to Anfield from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014 saw him grow in stature on the international scene and become a regular in the Germany set-up.

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Speaking recently of his future, Can outlined his dedication to Liverpool while maintaining he was still in talks with several parties.

"My agent is looking after everything but I am here until the summer. I haven't signed anything (with Juventus) or anyone," said Can.

"I am talking with everyone, of course I am talking with Liverpool. Why not? I still have a contract here. It is an amazing club. What can I say? My agent does the rest."

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Can set for further Liverpool talks

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 14:03
By Danny Gallagher

Last Updated: 17/01/18 1:58pm

On the latest episode of Transfer Talk, Sky Germany reporter Marc Behrenbeck says Emre Can will hold talks with Liverpool this month over a new contract. On the latest episode of Transfer Talk, Sky Germany reporter Marc Behrenbeck says Emre Can will hold talks with Liverpool this month over a new contract.

Emre Can is set to hold further talks with Liverpool this month regarding his future, Sky sources understand.

Can's current deal is set to expire in six months, allowing him to leave Merseyside on a free deal.

Speculation has mounted over a potential move away, with the player able to sign a pre-contract agreement this month with a club outside of the Premier League.

The Germany international reached an impasse with the Reds during the previous set of negotiations, with the stumbling block believed to be Liverpool's reluctance to break their club precedent and insert a buy-out clause into any new deal.

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Juventus have been heavily linked with the 24-year-old and have made their interest in a possible deal known.

As recently reported by Sky Sports, Can revealed he does not have any existing agreement in place with the Italian side ahead of a summer switch.

The player's representatives will again sit down with Liverpool to discuss the option of continuing Can's stay with Jurgen Klopp's side.

Can's development since his £9.75m move to Anfield from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014 saw him grow in stature on the international scene and become a regular in the Germany set-up.

Since his move to Anfield in summer 2014, Can has become a Germany regularSince his move to Anfield in summer 2014, Can has become a Germany regular Since his move to Anfield in summer 2014, Can has become a Germany regular

Speaking recently of his future, Can outlined his dedication to Liverpool while maintaining he was still in talks with several parties.

"My agent is looking after everything but I am here until the summer. I haven't signed anything (with Juventus) or anyone," said Can.

"I am talking with everyone, of course I am talking with Liverpool. Why not? I still have a contract here. It is an amazing club. What can I say? My agent does the rest.

"I just concentrate on my performance and the football. I will give everything for this team," the German added.

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Transfer Talk: Who leads Sanchez race?

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 01:00

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

The sixth episode of Transfer Talk is available to download now!

Host Pete Graves was joined in the studio by Sky Sports News reporters Kaveh Solhekol and Bryan Swanson to chat about the latest moves in the transfer market.

The panel discuss the potential swap deal involving Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and whether Chelsea could succeed with a last-ditch bid for the Chile international.

Click here to listen and subscribe via iTunes.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague provides updates on Arsenal's pursuit of Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the future of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Sky Germany reporter Marc Behrenbeck joined the show to speak about a potential move away from Liverpool for midfielder Emre Can and the futures of some of the Bundesliga's biggest stars, including Arturo Vidal and Leon Goretzka.

Click here to listen to the Transfer Talk podcast.

If all that was not enough, Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth graced the podcast with his presence to discuss Chelsea's pursuit of West Ham forward Andy Carroll and help answer your transfer questions.

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Mignolet considering Reds future

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 15:00
By Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 16/01/18 12:09pm

Simon Mignolet says he has to consider his future with Jurgen Klopp rotating his goalkeepersSimon Mignolet says he has to consider his future with Jurgen Klopp rotating his goalkeepers Simon Mignolet says he has to consider his future with Jurgen Klopp rotating his goalkeepers

Simon Mignolet admits he has to think about his future following his exclusion from Liverpool's starting line-up for Sunday's victory over Manchester City.

The Belgium international has started 19 of Liverpool's 26 Premier League games but has not featured since the New Year's Day victory at Burnley as Jurgen Klopp rotates his goalkeepers.

Loris Karius started in Sunday's 4-3 win over City, with the German also being selected for all six of the Reds' Champions League group games and the FA Cup win over Everton, and Mignolet is becoming increasingly frustrated with his lack of consistent game time.

Loris Karius has started Liverpool's last two gamesLoris Karius has started Liverpool's last two games Loris Karius has started Liverpool's last two games

"After the game against Burnley I had a conversation with the coach, among other things about his ongoing rotation. I did not find that a healthy situation for a goalkeeper," Mignolet said.

"My place on the bench against City confirmed his words. I am not satisfied with that (being dropped) but you have to respect a decision of the trainer."

Mignolet now believes that he has more understanding of his position under Klopp, but is not happy with his current situation as the World Cup approaches.

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"After everything that has happened this season, I know where I stand and the situation has become clearer. I have been in such situations before and have always come out stronger," Mignolet said.

"I have to think about my future and the World Cup is coming. This situation should not last too long, that is clear. But I cannot say more about it either."

Liverpool are next in action on Monday Night Football when they travel to Swansea, who they beat 5-0 in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day.

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Can: No deal with Juve in place

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 02:10
By Danny Gallagher

Last Updated: 15/01/18 11:14pm

Emre Can denies a deal is in place for him to sign for Juventus and insists he is still in talks with LiverpoolEmre Can denies a deal is in place for him to sign for Juventus and insists he is still in talks with Liverpool Emre Can denies a deal is in place for him to sign for Juventus and insists he is still in talks with Liverpool

Emre Can insists he has no deal in place with Juventus and is still speaking with Liverpool over a contract extension.

The German's Anfield deal is set to expire at the end of the season, with speculation mounting regarding where his future may lie.

Recent reports from Sky in Italy outlined an initial agreement between the midfielder and Italian giants Juve, though Can maintains talks with Liverpool are still ongoing.

The 24-year-old is able to sign a pre-agreement with a foreign club in the January window, but nothing is yet in place according to the player himself who is prepared to wait until the end of the current campaign.

"My agent is looking after everything but I am here until the summer. I haven't signed anything (with Juventus) or anyone," said Can.

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"I am talking with everyone, of course I am talking with Liverpool. Why not? I still have a contract here. It is an amazing club. What can I say? My agent does the rest.

"I just concentrate on my performance and the football. I will give everything for this team," the German added.

Can put in one of his finest Liverpool performances of the season against Manchester City at Anfield, helping the Reds to a 4-3 win.

Jurgen Klopp's side brought City's 30-match unbeaten Premier League run to an end in thrilling style with the victory and Can believes the result has earned the Merseyside club the widespread respect across European football.

Can thinks it could give them a psychological advantage, particularly with a key Champions League last-16 tie to come against Porto in a month's time.

The German believes teams will now see exactly what Liverpool are capable ofThe German believes teams will now see exactly what Liverpool are capable of The German believes teams will now see exactly what Liverpool are capable of

"Of course against Manchester City we played brilliant," said the German international.

"If the teams saw us playing like that, they will give us a lot of respect and we will take a lot of confidence.

"If teams watch our performance they will think 'oh wow!' They will see we are a strong side.

"Every single player performed and did an amazing job. Sadio (Mane), Roberto (Firmino), Mo (Salah), they scored the goals, but Robbo (Andrew Robertson), Joel (Matip), Joe (Gomez) did an amazing job. We don't have to pick one player.

"We have played a lot of games that are very good but this one? It was one of the best we have done, for sure.

"But this is just one game, it is just three points, and we have to keep going," Can added.

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Nev: How to beat Man City

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 23:20

Last Updated: 16/01/18 12:09am

Jamie Carragher looks at the second-half spell which won Liverpool the game against Manchester City Jamie Carragher looks at the second-half spell which won Liverpool the game against Manchester City

Gary Neville says Liverpool have shown the world how to beat Manchester City - but other teams will struggle to replicate their success.

Jurgen Klopp's side ended Pep Guardiola's unbeaten run in a thrilling 4-3 victory at Anfield on Super Sunday and the Monday Night Football experts explained how that was down to pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back in the City half.

Liverpool recovered the ball in that area six times in the final 30 minutes and scored three times - through Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah - in a scintillating nine-minute spell.

However, Neville argued other teams lack the qualities possessed by Liverpool's forwards and midfield players.

He told Monday Night Football: "The reason it's difficult is that Liverpool have got the players who are wired to press, the manager who is wired to press and the ground that emotionally allows you to go and do it.

"Also, the intelligence of those six players was fantastic. The front three were connected as a unit. You talk about back-four units, but they were a unit in their pressing yesterday. All three of them were connected all the time and so were the midfield three.

"There's not many teams in the Premier League who've got the energy of those six or the quality to do what they did with the finishes.

"Do the other teams have the energy, the quality or the intelligence? I'm not sure."

Highlights: Liverpool 4-3 Man City Highlights: Liverpool 4-3 Man City

City needed an injury-time winner to beat Bristol City, who used similar tactics in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final in midweek - and Neville said other teams must take notice.

He added: "Of course you've got to try and win the ball higher up the pitch against Manchester City, but I question whether the other teams have got the energy and the ability to finish like that to do what Liverpool did.

"But certainly what Bristol City have done and what Liverpool have done has to be a better way than what we've seen in the two previous months where teams have gone right back.

"City just put you in a headlock for 90 minutes, keep the ball at 75% possession and inevitably win because they are that good on the ball in the final third."

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Fellow Monday Night Football expert Jamie Carragher agrees that Liverpool got their tactics right - but argued their approach was nothing new.

He said: "People will ask if this is the template and we've talked all season about how teams should play against City.

"It's not the template this season, it's the template last season. Go back to Celtic when they drew 3-3 at home to City and then a few days later at Spurs. Leicester did it and Everton did it at Goodison Park.

"This is nothing new, it's just that City are a lot better this season.

"The way to go after Man City is to go after them and press them. You can't do that for 90 minutes - and we saw at times that Liverpool couldn't get the ball of them - but in a spell you can win the ball and cause them problems.

"That has to be the way forward, it has to be."

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Wijnaldum: We must finish games off

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 15:48
By Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 15/01/18 1:23pm

Georginio Wijnaldum wants Liverpool to become more ruthless with their leadsGeorginio Wijnaldum wants Liverpool to become more ruthless with their leads Georginio Wijnaldum wants Liverpool to become more ruthless with their leads

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admits they will not be title contenders until they learn how to finish off matches.

The Reds ended Manchester City's unbeaten Premier League run with a 4-3 win, City's first loss since April.

However, having been 4-1 up with seven minutes to go, Liverpool conceded twice late and faced an unnecessarily nervous finish - with Sergio Aguero going close to a late equaliser.

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Wijnaldum accepts that Liverpool need to improve in those situations to be able to challenge for the Premier League.

The Dutch international said: "That's the reality and you have to accept it. There were some difficult games for them but they still scored and killed the game.

"That is something we didn't do. We still gave them a chance to come back. That is the biggest thing we have to change if we want to compete with teams like City.

"I don't want to say the difference is not big because they show it every game, and even in the games they did not play very well they won. So that is the step we have to make to compete for the title."

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Liverpool are on an 18-game unbeaten run which is their best since 2008, but despite this the former Newcastle midfielder wants his side to take more advantage of winning positions at Anfield.

"The first game (of the season) against Watford we played well and conceded at the end of the game (to draw 3-3)," said Wijnaldum.

"Burnley (1-1) at home we created chances and did not score often. At home we have had games we did not score - you have around six points there already. We gave a lot of points away that we could have collected."

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Mon, 15/01/2018 - 03:00

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Liverpool's thrilling front three

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 22:50
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Last Updated: 15/01/18 12:04am

Liverpool's thrilling front three - Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane - proved the Reds can still cut it without Philippe CoutinhoLiverpool's thrilling front three - Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane - proved the Reds can still cut it without Philippe Coutinho Liverpool's thrilling front three - Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane - proved the Reds can still cut it without Philippe Coutinho

The 'Fab Four' have become the 'Thrilling Three', as Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane show Liverpool can still win without Philippe Coutinho, writes Peter Smith...

They sold Coutinho but they've still got Salah, Mane and Bobby Firmino - or so the Kop's new favourite song goes.

And while the loss of the brilliant Brazilian to Barcelona is, undoubtedly, a blow, Liverpool showed in their electric 4-3 victory over Manchester City that their remaining front three still have plenty of thrilling firepower.

They certainly needed it, with the Reds' error-prone defence throwing the visitors an unlikely lifeline late on. But in Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, Jurgen Klopp has pace, power and precision-finishing at his disposal.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put Liverpool ahead with a low, long-range drive, but when Leroy Sane danced in from the left flank and lashed the ball past Loris Karius at his near post, City looked like they would go on to rack up a 21st Premier League win this season. Nicolas Otamendi was the width of the bar away from making it 2-1.

"The game was in our hands," reflected Pep Guardiola afterwards. "But then, after 10 to 15 minutes, it went from 1-1 to 4-1."

The official timing showed Liverpool's three-goal blitz came in just nine second-half minutes, as Firmino out-muscled John Stones before converting a wonderful chip, Mane smashed a left-foot stunner into the top corner and Salah trapped Ederson's panicked, mis-hit clearance and lofted it over the stranded goalkeeper to take the game away from the Premier League's runaway leaders.

Jurgen Klopp praised both Liverpool and Manchester City for the way they played during the Reds' 4-3 win. Jurgen Klopp praised both Liverpool and Manchester City for the way they played during the Reds' 4-3 win.

Or so we thought. Instead, Liverpool's nervy backline allowed City back into it, with Bernardo Silva and then Ilkay Gundogan setting up a grandstand finish. But Liverpool held on - and can reflect on becoming the first English team to beat Manchester City this season, and having done so without £146m man Coutinho.

Leading the line was Firmino, who had posted on Facebook "Liverpool is no longer the same without you" after his good friend left the club this week. But his compatriot's departure didn't put him off his game. Perhaps it ramped up Firmino's determination to make his mark.

Only central midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum covered more ground than Firmino, only Mane made more sprints, as the 26-year-old striker tore across the turf to find space, to create space, to hold up the ball and link up with his team-mates.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola congratulated Liverpool on their 4-3 win over his side and insisted they must now focus on their next game. Man City boss Pep Guardiola congratulated Liverpool on their 4-3 win over his side and insisted they must now focus on their next game.

That tireless, selfless style has become Firmino's trademark since he arrived in 2015 but his composed finish over Ederson also highlighted his often overlooked finesse with the ball at his feet.

"We're talking about one of the most underrated players in the Premier League in Firmino," Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said afterwards.

"He's very highly rated by the manager but outside of Liverpool you certainly don't mention him when you're talking about the top strikers, because we don't see him as an out-and-out goalscorer in the way we see Harry Kane or Romelu Lukaku.

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"But this season he's got 16 goals. I'd say he's the first name on the teamsheet with his hold up play, his work off the ball, but now, getting goals, he's one of the top attacking players in the Premier League."

Mane and Salah can also claim to have that standing. While the Senegal international may not have hit the great heights of last season, with six goals and four assists to his name from 14 Premier League starts this season, he's in a good position to surpass his 2017/18 figures of 13 goals and five assists.

I can't think of a Liverpool signing who has ever, in the history of the club, made a better start.

Jamie Carragher on Mohamed Salah

As for Salah, his opportunistic strike on Sunday takes his tally for the season to 24 goals and seven assists across all competitions. That's some return already on Liverpool's £34m summer investment to bring him from Roma. "I can't think of a Liverpool signing who has ever, in the history of the club, made a better start," said Carragher.

Combined, they make a tremendous trio capable of pulling apart the Premier League's meanest defence, as they showed at Anfield. "You score four goals after the week Phil Coutinho left the club, it's a big statement," Klopp told Sky Sports. And it certainly was.

They may have been disappointed by his departure, but Liverpool supporters can look ahead to the post-Coutinho era with excitement of what's to come.

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Lightning Liverpool end City streak

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 21:10
By Jack Wilkinson at Anfield

Last Updated: 14/01/18 8:08pm

Highlights: Liverpool 4-3 Man City Highlights: Liverpool 4-3 Man City

Liverpool brought Manchester City's unbeaten domestic run crashing to an end with a scintillating 4-3 victory at Anfield on Nissan Super Sunday.

Sensational goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in nine devastating second-half minutes saw Liverpool become the first British side to beat Pep Guardiola's men since Arsenal in the FA Cup last April, ending their 33-game unbeaten domestic run in the process.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had fired the Reds ahead inside nine minutes, only for Leroy Sane to haul the runaway Premier League leaders level before half-time.

Late goals from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan set up a tense finale, and Sergio Aguero headed a late chance wide, but Liverpool held on to avenge September's 5-0 thumping at the hands of City, whose 81-year wait for a league double over the Reds extended.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Karius (6), Gomez (6), Lovren (6), Matip (7), Robertson (8), Wijnaldum (8), Can (8), Oxlade-Chamberlain (8), Salah (8), Mane (8), Firmino (8).

Subs: Milner (6), Lallana (6), Klavan (n/a).

Man City: Ederson (5), Walker (6), Otamendi (5), Stones (5), Delph (5), Fernandinho (6), Gundogan (6), Sterling (5), De Bruyne (6), Sane (6), Aguero (5).

Subs: Danilo (5), B. Silva (6).

Man of the Match: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Both sides lived up to their pre-match billing, trading blows from the first whistle before Liverpool drew first blood as Oxlade-Chamberlain's low 20-yard drive flew past Ederson.

Liverpool continued to exert pressure but City steadied themselves and almost levelled through Aguero on 20 minutes, but he narrowly missed Kevin De Bruyne's cross.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates giving Liverpool a ninth-minute leadAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates giving Liverpool a ninth-minute lead Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates giving Liverpool a ninth-minute lead

Dejan Lovren, filling in for the injured Virgil van Dijk, then deflected a Sane shot inches wide soon after, while a bobbling De Bruyne effort saw City register their first attempt on target with 35 minutes on the clock.

Ederson was a match to Salah's curled effort but the same could not be said for Loris Karius in the 40th minute as Sane's fierce near-post drive flashed home to haul City level before the interval.

Leroy Sane scores for Manchester City against Liverpool in the Premier League.Leroy Sane scores for Manchester City against Liverpool in the Premier League. Leroy Sane scores for Manchester City against Liverpool in the Premier League.

The second half continued in the same vein as Nicolas Otamendi crashed a header against the bar on 51 minutes, but Liverpool then embarked on a scintillating spell from which City could not recover.

Ederson made saves from Salah and Oxlade-Chamberlain in quick succession before Salah clipped the bar at the end of a pulsating 56th minute. But the pressure soon told as Firmino shrugged off John Stones before chipping over the City 'keeper and into the net via the post.

Jurgen Klopp decided not to risk Virgil van Dijk, who sat out due to a hamstring strain, as Dejan Lovren returned. Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum returned in the two other changes from Liverpool’s FA Cup win over Everton. Ederson, Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Fabian Delph, Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero were recalled as Pep Guardiola made six changes to the side that beat Bristol City in the Carabao Cup.

Mane then struck the post before thundering home a left-footed drive from the edge of the area, and a shell-shocked City went further behind as Salah punished Ederson's poor clearance to make it four with a lofted, long-range strike.

Substitute Silva and Gundogan threatened to inspire the most remarkable comeback but, after Aguero headed wide in stoppage-time, City were left to come to terms with their first Premier League defeat since losing at Chelsea on April 5 2017.

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  • Liverpool inflicted Manchester City's first Premier League defeat since last April against Chelsea, bringing an end to their 30-game unbeaten run.
  • Pep Guardiola has lost five matches against Jurgen Klopp in his managerial career, more than against any other manager.
  • This was Manchester City's first 4-3 defeat in the Premier League since they lost to Manchester United by that scoreline in September 2009.
  • Manchester City's run of 22 matches unbeaten from the start of the season can be bettered by only two teams in Premier League history - Arsenal in 2003-04 (38 games) and Man Utd in 2010/11 (24 games).
  • Mo Salah has scored 24 goals and assisted another seven in 30 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season.
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Jurgen Klopp: "That's a game which proves why many people love this game. That is football. That's how football can look if two teams combine quality, skills with attitude. I never thought the result would be 4-1, even when we were 4-1 up, because for them it's always possible to come back. But we deserved the three points."

Jurgen Klopp praised both Liverpool and Manchester City for the way both sides played during the Reds' 4-3 win over league leaders City. Jurgen Klopp praised both Liverpool and Manchester City for the way both sides played during the Reds' 4-3 win over league leaders City.

Pep Guardiola: "Congratulations Liverpool for the victory. I have to give credit to the opponent. We know how difficult Anfield is and how aggressive Jurgen Klopp's side are. We tried to make good build-up and found the spaces sometimes, but credit to Liverpool. You have to live this kind of situation during the season."

Man City boss Pep Guardiola congratulated Liverpool on their 4-3 win over his side and insisted that they must now turn focus on their next game. Man City boss Pep Guardiola congratulated Liverpool on their 4-3 win over his side and insisted that they must now turn focus on their next game. Man of the Match - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Many questions have been asked about how Liverpool will go about replacing Philippe Coutinho but Oxlade-Chamberlain showed he is ready to step up.

The former Arsenal forward has had a slow start to his Anfield career but he was outstanding on this occasion. His goal was a superb individual effort, with a crisp low drive capping a fine run. He seemed everywhere thereafter, contributing in defence and attack.

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When Thommo met Klopp

Sat, 13/01/2018 - 10:00

Last Updated: 13/01/18 9:15pm

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Soccer Saturday pundit and Liverpool legend Phil Thompson headed to Melwood to discuss Philippe Coutinho, Virgil van Dijk, and more, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool will look to end Manchester City's unbeaten start in the Premier League when hosting the leaders at Anfield on Sunday.

Ahead of that clash, live on Sky Sports Premier League, Thompson sat down with Klopp to cover a wide range of subjects.

The £75m arrival of Van Dijk and the £146m departure of Coutinho to Barcelona were high on the agenda for Thompson, who won seven league titles and three European Cups with the club between 1971 and 1984.

Now returning to Melwood as a fan, here is a transcript from his interview with Klopp - which you can also see on Soccer Saturday from 10am on Sky Sports News.

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Thommo: Do you feel as though it was meant to be for you, Liverpool Football Club?

Klopp: To be honest? Yes. I'm a football romantic. I'm confident but not as confident as other managers, thinking this club will call, that club will call. A lot of clubs called and I said 'No, no chance, I need to make a break now'. Even my wife knew, if Liverpool is calling, I go.

Thommo: Wow

Klopp: Yeah. And that's really difficult to explain. Yes there was interest - Manchester United, yes they were interested a year or a year-and-a-half before, but it didn't feel right. I couldn't say Man United is not my club, it didn't feel right.

When Liverpool called, I had no chance. It was actually too early for my plans. I said, 'Wow, come on!' But then coming here and feeling the spirit immediately, it was just, for me, a match in heaven.

Thommo: Does it match everything that you thought? Or more?

Klopp: It's much better.

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Thommo: Philippe Coutinho. Wow.

Klopp: Okay. Now it's getting serious!

Thommo: What a massive loss. Can I ask you the big burning question, now I'm a Liverpool fan? Why? Why now?

Klopp: We had no chance to use him in the second part of the season. We all tried everything to convince him.

Thommo: You tried for a loan as well, didn't you?

Klopp: I cannot give you the details, but we tried all you can imagine, believe me.

It started in the summer. That was the problem, it was really late. Philippe says, and it's 100 per cent the truth, I really believe that he wouldn't have left Liverpool for any other club in the world.

He was convinced he wanted to go, so in the second half of the season we couldn't have used him. Having a player of his quality and bringing him out there [to play], but his head is already away, and then he plays at 40 percent, gets injured or not, it's a difficult situation for the whole squad.

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And so, that was the moment, we went okay, we have to do it. To make the best for us. For sure, he can fulfil his dream, but we are still here and it's a big business with the money.

Thommo: It's astronomical.

Klopp: Two years ago I could not imagine it could happen.

Thommo: For an offensive midfield player, £140-odd million! You couldn't even dream about it! You spent £75m on Virgil van Dijk.

Klopp: I can't say all these numbers!

Thommo: I'll say it. I'll say it.

Klopp: 'Roughly.'

Thommo: Roughly. But, to me, he's a special player. It was a massive statement for Liverpool.

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Klopp: We made massive statements in the last window, we bought Sadio Mane. The whole league tried to get him but he wanted to come to Liverpool. Mo Salah, the whole world wanted him, and he wanted to come to Liverpool, so we made this statement.

Thommo: These are offensive players Jurgen. This is a centre-back, you paid £75m. But, I think he's a special player.

Klopp: Yeah, he can be.

Thommo: I think he is a Rolls-Royce.

Klopp: Haha!

Thommo: No, he is! The way he moves.

Klopp: Hopefully more mobile!

Thommo: I think £75m for that one goal, in a derby game, is worth all the money.

Klopp: Haha! Done. So now it's a free transfer actually.

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Thommo: We've got Man City coming up. I look at you, and Pep, and I think, are they twins?

Klopp: Wow.

Thommo: Not identical twins. But because it's similar, very offensive, quick, high pressing. You look at it, and maybe the defences have not been the best.

Klopp: Thank you.

Thommo: No problem. But what do you think?

Klopp: When I think about the game on Sunday, I cannot forget the first we played against them. It changed the season for City in a positive way and gave us a little knock for a few days and weeks.

That was unlucky, it was an open game. Nobody cares about that anymore but it's the truth. We got a red card, which was the worst place in world football to be one down - wow! No chance that day.

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We have to pay back, in a football way. We have such a strong group here, they really love working together, if you would have seen the sessions this week they are on fire. I love that, but that doesn't mean we will win against Man City, but that does mean we can be really difficult for City.

Thommo: I think everybody is looking forward to it. Good stuff, I appreciate the time. It's nice being back in the office.

Klopp: You can stay! No problem.

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When Carra met Van Dijk

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Last Updated: 12/01/18 11:52pm

Jamie Carragher heads to Melwood to see how Virgil van Dijk is settling in and whether the Dutchman feels any pressure to perform following his move. Jamie Carragher heads to Melwood to see how Virgil van Dijk is settling in and whether the Dutchman feels any pressure to perform following his move.

In an exclusive interview, Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher sat down with Liverpool's record signing Virgil van Dijk ahead of Super Sunday.

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Liverpool spent £75m to sign the Southampton centre-back, with the Netherlands international completing his drawn-out move to Merseyside on the first day of the January transfer window.

The most expensive defender on the planet opens up on what brought him to Liverpool, what makes a modern-day defender, and what he can bring to a much-criticised Reds' defensive line.

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The price tag

Carra: Virgil, £75m, the most expensive defender in the world. Does it make you nervous, or does that inspire you because the club felt you were worth that kind of money?

VVD: It doesn't make me nervous, it's a big compliment to myself for the hard work I've put in so far, that Liverpool are willing to pay that much money. I can't change anything about that.

Carra: There was talk of Man City, champions-elect some would say, and Chelsea, last season's champions, being interested in signing you. Why Liverpool?

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists the £75m price tag is a big compliment to his hard work, and does not make him nervous. Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists the £75m price tag is a big compliment to his hard work, and does not make him nervous.

VVD: I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is amazing. You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is amazing. I'm just very happy to play for the club.

Carra: How big was the manager in all of this?

VVD: Everybody knows how he is as a manager. You can see it on TV, how lively he is and how much confidence he can give players and pushes the team forward. I think it's a perfect fit for me as well. I think as a player you would love to have a manager who does that. Sometimes it's a bit crazy, but I like it.

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Carra: In the summer, the transfer sort of collapsed. Between August and January, did you ever think that if you were to move on from Southampton it would have to be to another club, or was it always Liverpool?

VVD: Until the last couple of weeks I was just focused on Southampton, fully focused. There was nothing going on really until a couple of weeks ago, when I had a conversation with Les Reed. It happened after that.

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Carra: How difficult have you found it this year at Saints with the constant talk? How did it impact you mentally, and your performance? Watching you play this season in comparison to last season, you didn't quite seem yourself.

VVD: I think it was multiple factors. I had a tough injury, didn't play for eight months, and then came back with enough of pressure on my shoulders, it wasn't easy. I think after all that happened it wasn't easy to do anything good. With the result we had at the time, it's easy to blame one guy, but I had to take it, and it made me stronger. I'm just happy that everything is done, I enjoyed every bit of it at Southampton, with the players I had there and the managers too.

The debut

Carra: So, your first game in the Merseyside derby, tell me about it.

VVD: Well, I wasn't supposed to play, first of all. I think Klopp changed his mind just before the game and gave me a chance.

Van Dijk scored on his Liverpool debut in the FA Cup win over Everton Van Dijk scored on his Liverpool debut in the FA Cup win over Everton Van Dijk scored on his Liverpool debut in the FA Cup win over Everton

Carra: Do you realise what you've done?! A late winner at the Kop end against Everton, something every Liverpool fan dreams of doing, and you've done it on your debut!

VVD: It was unbelievable. Some of my family and friends said you will score on your debut, but to actually do it, in the 84th minute, is something very special. It gave me goosebumps, and is something I'll never forget.

Carra: Is that something you think you can bring to the team, scoring goals? I've been told Virgil van Dijk can take a wicked free-kick! With Philippe Coutinho gone are you now the man for that?!

VVD: That's not my decision! There are plenty of good takers I think. The thing is, I just want to keep clean sheets, win games, be important for the club. My main focus is to not concede, organise well.

Carra: Talking of clean sheets, one of the reasons you've been brought in his Liverpool's high-profile defensive problems. Do you feel over the next few months or years, if Liverpool don't improve defensively, considering your price tag, a lot of questions could be pointed at you? Because you're seen as the man who can come in and change that.

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VVD: I just want to give everything I have. I think I can help the team maybe achieve more than the club is already doing. It doesn't mean I'm going to play every week, just because of the price tag, I still need to prove myself. There are amazing defenders here, don't get me wrong.

The defence

Carra: What do you think you can bring to the defence that is maybe not there at the moment?

VVD: My qualities can always bring something extra, but as I said, the rest do it extremely well still. I think Joel Matip is a great defender, Dejan [Lovren] is very good defender, Joe Gomez is coming through the ranks, Ragnar Klavan obviously I know from back in Holland is doing very well too. I just want to work hard, show what I can bring, and if that's enough to play every week.

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Carra: I think the performance against Everton impressed as much as the goal. Liverpool fans saw you organise players, telling them where to go, the job of a centre-back which is sometimes lacking in the game now. Is that leadership something you can bring?

VVD: Definitely. I'm a player who needs to be vocal, needs to talk, otherwise I'm not 100 per cent myself either. I need to be coming off the pitch every game with my voice gone, and that's something I can bring. I am just someone who likes to organise, make sure everything is well organised, because that makes it a lot easier for yourself too. And when I have the ball I want to be comfortable and play out from the back.

The modern-day defender

Carra: You fit in with the modern centre-back. Do you think centre-back is becoming a more difficult position?

VVD: People ask a lot more of us, especially at a club like Liverpool. But I'm just looking forward to what is coming. I love to have the pressure of having to win every game, love the pressure of keeping clean sheets every game, no matter if we're 5-0 or 6-0 up. I just want to keep winning, and getting better myself.

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Carra: In the short time you've been here you've noticed just how big the club is. The demand, fans all over the world, is it something you can feel straight away?

VVD: Definitely. I think over the past year or so, 90 per cent of fans I meet are Liverpool fans. It's just something special. You want to give it back to them, work hard and achieve, and then get trophies with this beautiful club. It's just a massive club, and I feel it.

Carra: Another massive club, you're up against Man City on Super Sunday. Are these big games, and potentially coming up against Sergio Aguero, the reason you've made this step up?

VVD: You become a football player to play in these games, going up against the best players in the league. It's going to be tough, but with the quality we have, I think we can make it an interesting game.

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