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Henderson defends Nations League

Sun, 14/10/2018 - 01:21
England play Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Monday, live on Sky Sports By Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 13/10/18 11:44pm

Jordan Henderson played in England's 0-0 draw against Croatia but misses the Spain game through suspension Jordan Henderson played in England's 0-0 draw against Croatia but misses the Spain game through suspension Jordan Henderson played in England's 0-0 draw against Croatia but misses the Spain game through suspension

Jordan Henderson has insisted the UEFA Nations League is an important competition, despite Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp recently questioning its relevance.

Klopp described it as "the most senseless competition in the world of football" when asked what he thought of the Nations League ahead of the international break.

Henderson played in England's goalless draw behind closed doors in Croatia on Friday night but will miss Monday's match away to Spain - live on Sky Sports - after he picked up a booking in Rijeka.

That may please his club manager, but Henderson defended a competition that is intended to reduce the amount of meaningless friendlies played during international breaks and provide increased opportunities to qualify for major competitions.

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"As a player, you want to win every game - even if it's a friendly," said Henderson. "When you're a footballer, you play to win.

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"And for us, it's important because it has an effect on the groups of the Euros and the seeding. It's important for us to win, especially against big nations like Croatia and Spain.

"We want to take the next level, beating teams like that. So, it's a good challenge for us and an important challenge."

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Injured Salah returns to Liverpool

Sat, 13/10/2018 - 22:20
Salah was injured in Egypt's 4-1 win over Swaziland, having earlier scored directly from a corner By Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 13/10/18 8:31pm

Mohamed Salah was injured playing for Egypt Mohamed Salah was injured playing for Egypt Mohamed Salah was injured playing for Egypt

Mohamed Salah is to return to Liverpool after he suffered a muscle injury while playing for Egypt on Friday night.

The 26-year-old was forced off in the closing stages of Egypt's 4-1 victory over Swaziland in their African Nations Cup qualifier in Cairo, having scored directly from a corner earlier in the game.

Salah was due to travel to Swaziland with his international team-mates for the return fixture but the Pharaohs have now confirmed he will instead head back to Merseyside.

A statement from the Egyptian Football Association read: "Javier Aguirre [Egypt manager] has decided to let Mohamed Salah return to his club and not participate in the Swaziland match on Tuesday to give him more rest.

Salah scored his 38th international goal on the occasion of his 61st cap Salah scored his 38th international goal on the occasion of his 61st cap Salah scored his 38th international goal on the occasion of his 61st cap

"During the previous match against Swaziland, Salah complained of stress in the musculoskeletal muscle.

"He was examined medically and radiation was performed on the area of complaint after the game."

Liverpool's next game is away to Huddersfield on October 20 when the Premier League resumes after the international break.

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'Gomez is a mini Van Dijk'

Sat, 13/10/2018 - 14:40
By Richard Cooke

Last Updated: 13/10/18 5:22pm

Joe Gomez has helped Liverpool concede just three goals in the Premier League this season Joe Gomez has helped Liverpool concede just three goals in the Premier League this season Joe Gomez has helped Liverpool concede just three goals in the Premier League this season

Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Joe Gomez is one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League and has described him as "a mini Virgil van Dijk".

Gomez has impressed for Liverpool this season after missing out on the Champions League final and England's World Cup campaign with an ankle injury.

He has played in 10 of Liverpool's 11 games this season and helped Jurgen Klopp's side establish themselves in the top four of the Premier League.

The 21-year-old has mainly been deployed at centre-back alongside Van Dijk and his contributions have not got gone unnoticed by Alexander-Arnold.

"He [Gomez] is showing this season he is a top player," Alexander-Arnold told Liverpool's official website.

"At a young age, he's one of the best in his position in the league. That takes some doing, so that's credit to him especially with the setbacks he has had.

Virgil van Dijk is a role model to Gomez, says Trent Alexander-Arnold Virgil van Dijk is a role model to Gomez, says Trent Alexander-Arnold Virgil van Dijk is a role model to Gomez, says Trent Alexander-Arnold

"He has an immense hunger and drive to keep succeeding, going forward and getting better. You see that every day in training with the way he applies himself.

"The relationship he has forged with Virgil has really helped him. He probably looks up to Virgil as a bit of a role model. It's like he's a mini Virgil at times!"

Gomez's form has helped Liverpool to the joint-best defensive record in the Premier League this season, with Jurgen Klopp's side conceding three times in eight matches.

"There's probably a bit more of a difference from last season in terms of how we're defensively organised," Alexander-Arnold added.

"We're not conceding as many goals and we're still getting results, sometimes grinding them out.

"A win is a win at the end of the day and we've shown this year we can win in different ways."

Alisson has been in fine form for Liverpool since joining from Roma Alisson has been in fine form for Liverpool since joining from Roma Alisson has been in fine form for Liverpool since joining from Roma

Alexander-Arnold also singled out Alisson, who became the world's most expensive goalkeeper in the summer - before Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga, as another reason why Liverpool have made such a strong start to the season.

"The messages the manager gives us and the way we defend as a team is front-footed," he said.

"We don't want to concede too many chances and we haven't so far this season, but when the 'keeper has been called upon, Alisson has made some world-class saves and shown he is a world-class 'keeper."

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Salah injured after scoring from corner

Fri, 12/10/2018 - 22:29
Salah suffers "muscular injury" but Egypt hopeful its not serious By Matthew Treadwell

Last Updated: 12/10/18 9:28pm

Mohamed Salah scored directly from a corner in Egypt's 4-1 win over Swaziland Mohamed Salah scored directly from a corner in Egypt's 4-1 win over Swaziland Mohamed Salah scored directly from a corner in Egypt's 4-1 win over Swaziland

Mohamed Salah scored directly from a corner before being forced off with a muscle injury in the closing stages of Egypt's 4-1 win over Swaziland on Friday night.

Salah has struggled for goals at Liverpool this season having won the Golden Boot with 32 Premier League goals in the 2017/18 campaign, and has failed to find the target in his last four games for Jurgen Klopp's side.

Liverpool fans may take heart from the fact he at least found the net in the Africa Cup of Nations Group J qualifying match at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo, albeit in a match against a side ranked 136th in the world by FIFA.

Taking an inswinging corner from the right-hand side, Salah produced an audacious effort which caught out the Swaziland goalkeeper and nestled in the goal.

But there were concerning signs for Liverpool with Salah in heavy strapping at the end of the match, the forward briefly returning to action after treatment before being substituted a minute into stoppage time.

2:59 Highlights from Liverpool's goalless draw against Manchester City in the Premier League. Highlights from Liverpool's goalless draw against Manchester City in the Premier League.

Egypt are next in action on Tuesday in the return match at the Mavuso Sports Centre in Manzini and Pharaohs' assistant manager Hany Ramzy was hopeful Salah's injury was not too serious.

"[The] initial diagnosis of the medical staff of [the] Egypt national team is that Salah suffered a muscular injury," Ramzy told BeIN Sports.

"He will be examined to determine the details, but in my opinion it is not serious."

Liverpool's next game is away to Huddersfield on October 20 when the Premier League resumes after the international break.

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More PL fixtures live on Sky

Fri, 12/10/2018 - 19:00
Watch 126 live games on Sky Sports Premier League this season

Last Updated: 12/10/18 10:49pm

Sky Sports has announced its latest live Premier League fixtures for December and January, with 'Derby Day', Liverpool versus Manchester United and Manchester City against Liverpool all part of a packed schedule.

Derby Day serves up a hat-trick of crunch clashes on Sunday, December 2 as Chelsea play Fulham at Stamford Bridge at midday, before Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur in a 2.05pm kick-off at the Emirates and Liverpool face Everton at 4.15pm.

Another highlight from the latest selection of games sees Manchester United face arch rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, December 16.

Live PL games on Sky in December
  • Sun 2: Chelsea v Fulham (12pm), Arsenal v Spurs (2.05pm) & Liverpool v Everton (4.15pm)
  • Sat 8: Bournemouth v Liverpool (12.30pm)
  • Sun 9: Newcastle Utd v Wolves (4pm)
  • Mon 10: Everton v Watford (8pm)
  • Sat 15: Man City v Everton (12.30pm)
  • Sun 16: Southampton v Arsenal (1.30pm) & Liverpool v Man Utd (4pm)
  • Fri 21: Wolves v Liverpool (8pm)
  • Sat 22: Arsenal v Burnley (12.30pm)
  • Sun 23: Everton v Spurs (4pm)
  • Wed 26: Fulham v Wolves (12.30pm), Brighton v Arsenal (5.15pm) & Watford v Chelsea (7.30pm)
  • Thurs 27: Southampton v West Ham Utd (7.45pm)
  • Sun 30: Crystal Palace v Chelsea (12pm), Southampton v Man City (2.15pm) & Man Utd v Bournemouth (4.30pm)

There is a Boxing Day treat with three games to take in, starting with Wolves' match at Fulham (12.30pm), followed by Brighton's home clash with Arsenal (5.15pm), before Watford face Chelsea at Vicarage Road (7.30pm).

Another triple-header on Sunday, December 30 begins with Chelsea's trip to Crystal Palace at noon and takes in Manchester City's trip to Southampton at 2.15pm, before the day's action ends with United hosting Bournemouth at 4.30pm.

Meanwhile, 2019 kicks off with a New Year's Day double featuring Everton against Leicester at Goodison Park at 12.30pm, before Cardiff host Spurs at 5.30pm.

Live PL games on Sky in January
  • Tues Jan 1: Everton v Leicester City (12.30pm) & Cardiff v Spurs (5.30pm)
  • Wed Jan 2: Newcastle Utd v Man Utd (8pm)
  • Thurs Jan 3: Man City v Liverpool (8pm)
  • Sat Jan 12: West Ham Utd v Arsenal (12.30pm)
  • Sun Jan 13:Everton v Bournemouth (2.15pm) & Spurs v Man Utd (4.30pm)
  • Mon Jan 14: Man City v Wolves (8pm)*
  • Sat Jan 19:Wolves v Leicester City (12.30pm)
  • Sun Jan 20: Huddersfield v Man City (1.30pm) & Fulham v Spurs (4pm)
  • * Subject to FAC replays – move back to Sun 12pm if required

January also sees Premier League champions City play Liverpool at the Etihad - the two teams played out a goalless draw at Anfield last Sunday - with that titanic encounter taking place on Thursday, January 3 at 8pm.

As well as that eye-catching fixture, West Ham's meeting with Arsenal at the London Stadium on Saturday, January 12 and Manchester United's visit to Tottenham on Sunday, January 13 are also in store.

Confirmed Premier League fixtures live on Sky Sports

November

Fri 30: Cardiff v Wolves (8pm)

December

Sun 2: Chelsea v Fulham (12pm)

Sun 2: Arsenal v Tottenham (2.05pm)

Sun 2: Liverpool v Everton (4.15pm)

Sat 8: Bournemouth v Liverpool (12.30pm)

Sun 9: Newcastle v Wolves (4pm)

Mon 10: Everton v Watford (8pm)

Sat 15: Man City v Everton (12.30pm)

Sun 16: Southampton v Arsenal (1.30pm)

Sun 16: Liverpool v Man Utd (4pm)

Fri 21: Wolves v Liverpool (8pm)

Sat 22: Arsenal v Burnley (12.30pm)

Sun 23: Everton v Tottenham (4pm)

Wed 26: Fulham v Wolves (12.30pm)

Wed 26: Brighton v Arsenal (5.15pm)

Wed 26: Watford v Chelsea (7.30pm)

Thur 27: Southampton v West Ham (7.45pm)

Sun 30: Crystal Palace v Chelsea (12pm)

Sun 30: Southampton v Man City (2.15pm)

Sun 30: Man Utd v Bournemouth (4.30pm)

Liverpool and Manchester United meet at Anfield on December 16 Liverpool and Manchester United meet at Anfield on December 16 Liverpool and Manchester United meet at Anfield on December 16

January

Tue 1: Everton v Leicester (12.30pm)

Tue 1: Cardiff v Tottenham (5.30pm)

Wed 2: Newcastle v Man Utd (8pm)

Thur 3: Man City v Liverpool (8pm)

Sat 12: West Ham v Arsenal (12.30pm)

Sun 13: Everton v Bournemouth (2.15pm)

Sun 13: Tottenham v Man Utd (4.30pm)

Mon 14: Man City v Wolves (8pm) *

Sat 19: Wolves v Leicester (12.30pm)

Sun 20: Huddersfield v Man City (1.30pm)

Sun 20: Fulham v Tottenham (4pm)

* Subject to FA Cup replays - will move back to Sunday 13 January at 12pm if requested

Man City host Liverpool on January 3 Man City host Liverpool on January 3 Man City host Liverpool on January 3

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Salah cleared over alleged car phone use

Thu, 11/10/2018 - 19:18
Merseyside police say they have insufficient evidence of the incident and have given Salah guidance on mobile phone use in cars

Last Updated: 11/10/18 5:50pm

Mohamed Salah will not face prosecution after a video appeared to show him using a phone while behind the wheel Mohamed Salah will not face prosecution after a video appeared to show him using a phone while behind the wheel Mohamed Salah will not face prosecution after a video appeared to show him using a phone while behind the wheel

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will not be prosecuted over allegedly using his phone while driving near Anfield.

The Merseyside club referred Salah to the police in August after footage appeared online appearing to show the player on his phone while sitting in traffic.

A number of people, including children, gathered near his car before he drove off following Liverpool's home game against West Ham.

On Thursday, Merseyside Police said in a statement: "We can confirm a 26-year-old man was spoken to following an incident on Arkles Lane in Liverpool on Sunday, August 12 2018.

"Inquiries have taken place and there is insufficient evidence to support a prosecution and as such no further action will be taken.

"The man has been spoken to by officers and given advice and guidance around mobile phone use in a vehicle."

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McAteer: Mental health is indiscriminate

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 09:18
By Dev Trehan

Last Updated: 10/10/18 11:37am

1:15 Jason McAteer hopes the release of his Through the Storm documentary - made in conjunction with Liverpool FC - encourages people to open up about mental health issues. Jason McAteer hopes the release of his Through the Storm documentary - made in conjunction with Liverpool FC - encourages people to open up about mental health issues.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer has called on people affected by mental health issues to be brave and reach out to people.

McAteer recently opened up on the mental health struggles he encountered during his playing days, and has made a documentary with Liverpool called Jason McAteer: Through the Storm, examining mental health problems in football and wider society.

The hour-long documentary was released to coincide with World Mental Health Day on October 10, and McAteer insists it is an issue that affects everyone to some degree.

He told Sky Sports News: "Mental health is indiscriminate to whatever size house you live in, whatever car you drive, how much money you have in the bank, how many holidays you have.

"It is indiscriminate.

"It affects everybody in every walk of life. The ultimate message we are trying to put out there is be brave, talk to people and get help if you are in a difficult situation."

McAteer, who is now a club ambassador, was approached by Liverpool at the beginning of the year to take part in the documentary.

 Blood, Sweat and McAteer  Blood, Sweat and McAteer McAteer discussed his battle with depression in his 2016 autobiography: Blood, Sweat and McAteer

The former Ireland international was eager to get involved in the project and insists he is proud of the club for trying to draw attention to the issue.

"I'm extremely proud that the club have taken this on board," he said.

"It's a very sensitive and delicate subject and the club have taken a big step in trying to bring awareness.

"And the power that this club has - it is one of the biggest clubs in the world - they can reach out to millions and millions of people and that's what they are going to with this documentary

"I'm sure if we can help one person then we have done a job. I'm just really proud of the club for doing this. Fair play to them."

You can now watch Through the Storm for free on LFCTVGO

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Man held in Rome after Anfield assault

Tue, 09/10/2018 - 11:48
Sean Cox, a father of three, was left in a coma after he was assaulted before the Champions League semi-final at Anfield By Sky News

Last Updated: 09/10/18 10:33am

Liverpool players held up a banner for Sean Cox after defeating Roma in the second leg Liverpool players held up a banner for Sean Cox after defeating Roma in the second leg Liverpool players held up a banner for Sean Cox after defeating Roma in the second leg

Italian police have arrested a man in Rome over the assault of a Liverpool supporter who was left in a critical condition.

Sean Cox, 53, was attacked outside Anfield stadium ahead of a Champions League match between Liverpool and Roma on April 24.

Merseyside Police have worked alongside Italian officers to arrest a 30-year-old man on a European Arrest Warrant on suspicion of assault.

The suspect, who has not been named, appeared in court in Rome on Saturday and has been remanded in custody ahead of an extradition hearing.

Two other men have already been charged in relation to the incident.

Filippo Lombardi, 21, was charged with violent disorder and grievous bodily harm and remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday, October 10 ahead of a trial due to begin on Thursday.

Daniele Sciusco, 29, admitted violent disorder and was jailed for two-and-a-half years on August 24, 2018.

Mr Cox, a father of three, suffered a "catastrophic" head injury before the Champions League semi-final in April.

He was out of a coma but still in a serious condition in August 2018.

Sciusco, from Rome, was part of a group of "ultras" who had flown from Italy for the match.

Video footage showed the group of 25 fans, all dressed in dark clothing, going onto Walton Breck Road in Liverpool just before kick-off.

Mr Cox, from Dunboyne, Co Meath, was seen lying in the road after being attacked as fighting continued around him.

Liverpool won the Champions League semi-final match against Roma 5-2.

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Fabinho: I'm adapting to England

Tue, 09/10/2018 - 09:30
By Joe Shread

Last Updated: 09/10/18 7:40am

0:48 Fabinho says he is adapting to life in England and is improving under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp since his move to Liverpool Fabinho says he is adapting to life in England and is improving under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp since his move to Liverpool

Fabinho says he is adapting well to English football and is learning to improve under Jurgen Klopp following his move to Liverpool.

The Brazilian joined the Reds from Monaco for £43.7m in May, but has featured in just three of the club's 11 matches this season.

Furthermore, he is yet to play a single minute in the Premier League - but Fabinho insists he is getting to grips with life in England.

He said: "My process to adapt to English football has been very good. Since pre-season I believe I've understood the way Jurgen Klopp plays and the way the team plays.

Fabinho says Jurgen Klopp demands a lot from his players Fabinho says Jurgen Klopp demands a lot from his players Fabinho says Jurgen Klopp demands a lot from his players

"My relationship with my team-mates has also been very good, especially with the Brazilians. Roberto Firmino has been helping me, as well as Alisson.

"I've been playing a little bit more and that's important, because it's important to adapt on the pitch by playing matches.

"It's a new experience for me, because Klopp has a different way of working from the way I'm used to. But this is something I will learn.

"I've already learned a few things from him, but this is just the start. He's a coach who demands a lot from his players, not only in matches, but on a daily basis in training."

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Tyler's stats: Worst penalty record

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 13:09
Martin Tyler

Football Commentator & Columnist

Man Utd comebacks, Liverpool clean sheets and more top stats

Last Updated: 09/10/18 11:15am

2:17 Martin Tyler brings you the latest teaser from Anfield ahead of Liverpool’s match against Manchester City. Martin Tyler brings you the latest teaser from Anfield ahead of Liverpool’s match against Manchester City.

Who has the worst penalty conversion rate in the Premier League? Which side scored 17 second-half goals in a row? Martin has the stats...

Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler has the answers to those questions - and don't forget to try his tricky teaser in the video above.

Got a question for Martin? Tweet @SkySportsPL with the hashtag #TylersTeasers and the voice of football could be answering your question next week!

Tyler's starting stat - City's Anfield agony 2:59 Highlights from Liverpool's goalless draw against Manchester City in the Premier League. Highlights from Liverpool's goalless draw against Manchester City in the Premier League.

Manchester City's Anfield agony continued after Riyad Mahrez's penalty miss on Super Sunday. Their record in the Premier League at Anfield reads W1 D6 L15. They did, however, end a run of five consecutive league defeats at Anfield since a 2-2 draw in August 2012 when they were the defending champions.

Their only win came in May 2003 when they won 2-1. That's their only win at Liverpool in the league since December 1981. Their record since that game reads P28 W1 D9 L18.

This was the first time Liverpool have failed to score at home to Man City in the league since a 0-0 draw in August 1986.

Sergio Aguero has still not scored in 10 appearances at Anfield for either Atletico Madrid or Man City. He has still not won there either, drawing four and losing six.

Liverpool are now unbeaten in 25 games at home (W16 D9) in the Premier League since April 2017. Man City have lost only one of their last 26 Premier League away games. That was the 4-3 defeat at Anfield last season.

Liverpool have not conceded in their last nine Premier League home games, which has run 14 hours and one minute. That leads us to our first question…

Tight at the back Virgil van Dijk has been at the heart of Liverpool's defence Virgil van Dijk has been at the heart of Liverpool's defence Virgil van Dijk has been at the heart of Liverpool's defence

Liverpool have kept nine home clean sheets in a row. Is that a Premier League record? Emma

MARTIN SAYS: The last time Liverpool conceded a league goal at Anfield was when Michail Antonio scored in West Ham's 4-1 defeat there on February 24.

Since then they have kept clean sheets against Newcastle, Watford, Bournemouth, Stoke, Brighton (twice), West Ham, Southampton and Man City.

However, they'll need three more shut-outs to match Manchester United's record of 12 home Premier League games without conceding a goal, which has stood since 1994.

They had clean sheets in the last three home games of the 1993/94 season and then the first nine games of 1994/95 before Nottingham Forest's Stan Collymore ended the streak on December 17, 1994.

Liverpool will need clean sheets at home to Cardiff, Fulham and Everton to match that record - and then they could break Manchester United's record by keeping a clean sheet against… Manchester United in December.

Liverpool have previously kept nine home clean sheets in a row in the Premier League under Rafa Benitez in 2006/07. They were within minutes of a 10th clean sheet on March 3 when John O'Shea scored a last-minute winner at Anfield for Manchester United.

Sloppy spot-kicks 4:15 The Sky Sports studio panel discuss the penalty incident at Anfield where Riyad Mahrez overruled Gabriel Jesus before missing the spot-kick. The Sky Sports studio panel discuss the penalty incident at Anfield where Riyad Mahrez overruled Gabriel Jesus before missing the spot-kick.

Has anyone got a worse penalty record in the Premier League than Riyad Mahrez? Rob

MARTIN SAYS: Mahrez's miss for Man City against Liverpool means he has failed with five of the 12 Premier League penalties he has taken - which means he has failed with 41.67 per cent of penalties taken.

We asked Opta to look at players to have taken at least 10 Premier League penalties and only one player in the competition's history has a worse record.

That man is Juan Pablo Angel, who failed with five of the 10 penalties he took while at Aston Villa. That's a failure ratio of 50 per cent and includes two failures in one match against Fulham in 2005.

Dwight Yorke and Steed Malbranque have similar records to Mahrez, having failed with four of the 10 penalties they took in the Premier League (40 per cent), while Kevin Phillips failed to score seven of his 18 Premier League penalties (38.89 per cent).

Those who thought - including Pep Guardiola - that Gabriel Jesus should have taken the penalty, should note he has scored only one of his three penalties for Man City. He hit the post at home to Tottenham in December 2017 and had a penalty saved at home to Swansea earlier this year.

David Silva was also on the pitch at the time and had his only Premier League penalty saved by Southampton's Kelvin Davis in August 2012. Even Aguero, who had been substituted, has failed with four of his 26 Premier League penalties (and nine of his 42 Manchester City penalties in all competitions).

Perhaps the player most missed was Ilkay Gundogan, who has scored a penalty at both ends at Wembley - in the Champions League final for Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich and for Manchester City against Tottenham last April.

Comeback kings Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the winner for Manchester United against Newcastle Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the winner for Manchester United against Newcastle Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the winner for Manchester United against Newcastle

How many times have Manchester United come back from 2-0 down at half-time to win a Premier League game? Luke

MARTIN SAYS: The 3-2 win over Newcastle was the SEVENTH time Manchester United have been two or more goals behind at half-time in a Premier League game and won.

The previous six occasions were:

  • 07/11/1993: Man City 2-3 Man Utd
  • 29/09/2001: Tottenham 3-5 Man Utd
  • 25/04/2009: Man Utd 5-2 Tottenham
  • 25/01/2011: Blackpool 2-3 Man Utd
  • 02/04/2011: West Ham 2-4 Man Utd
  • 07/04/2018: Man City 2-3 Man Utd

No other team has fought back from 2-0 down at half-time in a Premier League game on more than three occasions. Liverpool, Aston Villa and Tottenham have all done it three times each.

Villa did it against Arsenal in 1998, Coventry in 2001 and Southampton in 2005; Liverpool did it against Spurs in 1999, Fulham in 2004 and Man City in 2008; and Spurs did it against Sunderland in 2001, West Ham in 2007 and Arsenal in 2010.

Arsenal, Fulham and Norwich have all fought back from two goals down at half-time to win on two occasions in the Premier League. No other side has done it more than once.

Leaving it late Matt Doherty celebrates scoring a second-half goal against Crystal Palace Matt Doherty celebrates scoring a second-half goal against Crystal Palace Matt Doherty celebrates scoring a second-half goal against Crystal Palace

Wolves' last eight PL goals have all come after half-time. Is that a record? Tom

MARTIN SAYS: You're right. Matt Doherty's 54th-minute goal at Crystal Palace followed Ivan Cavaleiro and Johnny v Southampton, Joao Moutinho v Manchester United, Raul Jimenez v Burnley, Adama Traore v West Ham, Willy Boly against Man City and Jimenez against Everton.

In fact, their only first-half goal this season came on the opening day when Ruben Neves scored one minute before half-time against Everton!

However, it's not a Premier League record.

Back in 1993/94, Manchester United scored 17 consecutive Premier League goals in the second half between September and November.

That run stretched eight matches and only ended when Ryan Giggs scored a 30th-minute goal against Norwich.

Manchester United's second-half run Date Opposition Score Scorers 25/9/93 Swindon (h) 4-2 Kanchelskis (4), Cantona (40), Hughes (51, 90) 2/10/93 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 3-2 Hughes (50, 67), Giggs (70) 16/10/93 Tottenham (h) 2-1 Keane (65), Sharpe (69) 23/10/93 Everton (a) 1-0 Sharpe (53) 30/10/93 QPR (h) 2-1 Cantona (53), Hughes (57) 7/11/93 Man City (a) 3-2 Cantona (52, 78), Keane (87) 20/11/93 Wimbledon (h) 3-1 Pallister (53), Hughes (65), Kanchelskis (80) 27/11/93 Coventry (a) 1-0 Cantona (60)

Eight is clearly a special number for Wolves… as this weekend they became the first team to name the same starting XI in eight consecutive Premier League matches.

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'Liverpool need creative midfielder'

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 22:41
Carragher: "There's no David Silva or Bernardo Silva or a player like that in the squad."

Last Updated: 07/10/18 8:50pm

Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness agree Liverpool could do with an additional creative option in central midfield Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness agree Liverpool could do with an additional creative option in central midfield Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness agree Liverpool could do with an additional creative option in central midfield

Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness believe Liverpool should look to sign a creative central midfielder in the January transfer window.

Liverpool drew 0-0 with Manchester City on Super Sunday to continue their unbeaten start to the season in a game of few chances.

The tightly-contested clash was largely played in midfield with Jurgen Klopp's side having two shots on target at Anfield, and it is in the central area where Carragher and Souness think Liverpool could do with a creative player if they are to compete for the title this season.

"If Liverpool are in a really good position in January, I think they've got to be looking to address that [midfield area]," Carragher said post-match.

"It's not even necessarily having someone who comes in and plays every single game. They just haven't even got anyone like that in the squad. Adam Lallana is too injury prone.

"Even if Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes back, [Naby] Keita goes in or Fabinho goes in they are all the same. Liverpool don't play with a No 10, but there's no David Silva or Bernardo Silva or a player like that in the squad.

"I'm not talking about that player playing every week. It's just the fact of having someone like that in the squad to turn to when you feel you need that player."

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Liverpool signed Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer from Stoke City and he was an unused substitute against City, but Souness echoed the thoughts of Carragher, saying: "In the summer Liverpool signed Fabinho, signed Keita and also tried to sign [Nabil] Fekir from Lyon. I think that tells you how Jurgen sees their midfield.

"I look at Liverpool's midfield and I bet they are three great lads, who work their socks off but they just haven't got that little bit of quality in games like this to look one way and deliver a pass the other way.

"I think the very fact that Jurgen signed two and tried to get three shows you they are a bit short there. I think that showed at times today when they were dominant and had a lot of the ball. The danger is, when you try to go for more quality, you might not get someone who puts the same shift in.

"That's the balancing act. Jurgen likes to call it 'rock and roll football' with high tempo and high intensity. Would you get that from someone who's got a bit more class?"

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Is tiredness an issue for Liverpool?

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 22:24
Liverpool drew 0-0 with Manchester City on Super Sunday

Last Updated: 07/10/18 10:37pm

James Milner was replaced by Naby Keita against Man City James Milner was replaced by Naby Keita against Man City James Milner was replaced by Naby Keita against Man City

Liverpool held on for a goalless draw with Manchester City as Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty at Anfield, but are Jurgen Klopp's side being hampered by fatigue?

Sunday's meeting with City capped a gruelling run of seven games in three weeks for Liverpool, including Champions League meetings against Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli and two tussles with Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea.

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Milner suffers injury against City

The heavy workload was the subject of much discussion at Anfield, with Liverpool lacking their usual edge in attack as they struggled to carve out clear chances against Pep Guardiola's side.

"They are a little bit flat today," said Gary Neville in the Sky Sports commentary box. "When do you ever see Liverpool like that? It's a little bit of fatigue and a little bit of edge off the energy levels.

"This Liverpool team, their greatest strength is their ability to sprint quickly, press quickly, and transition quickly. If they don't have that, they lose a lot."

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Graeme Souness agreed with that sentiment. "The way they attempt to play is not like a pragmatic approach where they sit and wait for their opposition," said the Sky Sports pundit.

"Liverpool try to outgun whoever they are playing against. They play with such intensity that it's a harder game of football than it would be if you're a team who sit in and play a close game.

"So the pressure is on these players A because of the amount of games and B because of the type of games they play."

What did the stats say?

There were certainly moments when it seemed Liverpool's recent exertions had taken a physical toll on their players, but the Premier League tracking data showed their running stats actually held up.

Liverpool covered 109km and made 129 sprints against City Liverpool covered 109km and made 129 sprints against City Liverpool covered 109km and made 129 sprints against City

The total of 109km distance covered was their joint-second-lowest of the season so far, but they made 129 high-intensity sprints - more than in any other game this season with the exception of last weekend's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

"It's the finish of a very intense period for us, with unbelievable games," Klopp told Sky Sports afterwards. "You can always wish for more but I saw that the boys gave everything."

Rotation dilemma

In the cases of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, however, recent performances suggests they may be feeling jaded. Salah has only scored once in his last eight appearances, while Firmino and Mane are without a goal in their last five and seven games respectively.

So should Klopp be rotating? Only Bournemouth, Chelsea, Watford and Wolves have made fewer line-up changes than Liverpool's eight in the Premier League this season, with each member of their front three starting every game in addition to featuring prominently in the cup competitions.

Daniel Sturridge has scored some important goals from the bench while Xherdan Shaqiri has made some encouraging cameos, but Neville feels a lack of attacking depth could be an issue.

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"There's a big drop-off in quality between Sane, Salah, Firmino and the ones below," he said. "Can these three really keep that energy up every single Wednesday and Saturday?"

Jamie Carragher, though, insists they can.

"Liverpool did it last year and got to the Champions League final," he said in the Sky Sports studio after the game.

"They never won the league but you wouldn't blame that on the front three. The front three were as good as anything in the league. You can't say they have to be rested in the Champions League because they weren't rested last year.

"Liverpool have played two tough away games against the top six and one at home. So they have played three big games against their rivals in the first eight games and they find themselves where they are without their front three firing. I think it's massively positive and I think the front three will start firing. They are too good not to go back to what they were."

Time for recovery?

Much to Klopp's frustration, the majority of his players will now join up with their national teams. As they head off to different corners of the world, his concern is that they will not get the rest they need.

"When we came back from the international break last time, it was clear," he said. "It was [a game] every three days and it's so difficult. You have to invest absolutely everything and think we did really well. I'm really proud of the boys.

"If people want to see the best football, somebody has to start to give the boys a little break. We can't do it because we play every three days."

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Klopp is aware that most of his players will play for their countries regardless of fatigue, but Sky Sports pundit Craig Bellamy pointed out another danger of international breaks.

"What I find, even with the young age groups, is that on international duty, it's 10 days away, they're away from their families, they train nowhere near the intensity than they do at their clubs, then they are sat around all afternoon or evening, some of them eating because they are bored."

Klopp: Liverpool need a break

Jurgen Klopp has called for Liverpool to be given a break after their gruelling three-week schedule.

"They come back overweight and nowhere near the training condition you need them in. Then you've got two days to work them up to the next game, so they come back mentally even more drained than when they go."

It's another concern for Klopp, but he can at least take comfort from Liverpool's upcoming fixture list. After a challenging run of games, they return to action with an easier period which starts against Huddersfield, Red Star and Cardiff. Those fixtures might finally give him the chance to make some changes.

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Liverpool let off by missed Mahrez pen

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 20:36
By Jack Wilkinson

Football journalist - @jacktwilkinson

Report and highlights as champions' 18-game winless streak at Anfield continues

Last Updated: 07/10/18 8:19pm

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Riyad Mahrez blazed over a late penalty as Manchester City missed the chance to end Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season in a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Super Sunday.

The Algeria international had the chance to snatch all three points for the champions after Virgil van Dijk tripped Leroy Sane in the area on 85 minutes, but he smashed the ball over from 12 yards as the much-anticipated top-of-the-table clash ended level.

Liverpool looked to have City's number in a blistering opening 10-minute spell but Pep Guardiola's men settled, limiting the Reds to few chances as both sides' flawless starts to the season remained intact.

The point lifts City top and Liverpool up to third in the Premier League on goal difference, with City's position heading into the international consolation after failing to end their 18-game winless run at Anfield.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (7), Gomez (7), Van Dijk (6), Lovren (7), Robertson (7), Milner (5), Wijnaldum (7), Henderson (7), Salah (6), Mane (6), Firmino (6).

Subs: Keita (6), Sturridge (5).

Man City: Ederson (7), Walker (6), Stones (7), Laporte (7), Mendy (6), Fernandinho (8), B Silva (6), D Silva (7), Mahrez (5), Sterling (6), Aguero (6).

Subs: Jesus (5), Sane (5).

Man of the Match: Fernandinho

Keen to add to their three victories over the champions last season, Liverpool flew out of the blocks. Mohamed Salah had the first opening inside four minutes as he latched onto a Joe Gomez header and skipped inside a defender, but he fired wide at Ederson's near post.

Sadio Mane looked to have set up Salah for the opener with an inch-perfect cross three minutes later, after bursting past Bernardo Silva to get into the area, but the outstretched leg of Benjamin Mendy bailed City out, hacking the ball to safety.

The trademark of Liverpool's powerful start was their ability to win the ball back high up the field - the first time City manage to replicate that, they created their first chance as Fernandinho slipped Raheem Sterling in down the right channel, and his shot was blocked behind for a corner.

City's first prolonged spell of pressure yielded a strong appeal for a penalty on 20 minutes. Gomez's sliced clearance fell for Aguero in the area where he was clumsily bundled to ground by Dejan Lovren but referee Martin Atkinson was unmoved.

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Liverpool suffered a blow just before the half-hour mark with the loss of James Milner to injury and that, coupled with the hosts' inability to maintain their break-neck start, allowed City to get a foothold in the game.

City's perseverance playing out from the back almost cost them dear nine minutes after the interval as Liverpool regained possession in opposition territory. Milner's replacement, Naby Keita, and Mane both tried to get shots away in quick succession but some last-gasp City defending scrambled the ball clear.

Jurgen Klopp made two changes following Liverpool’s midweek Champions League defeat as Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson replaced Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita. There were four changes to the City line-up as John Stones, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez were recalled.

City saw another appeal for a penalty turned down on the hour when Fernandinho was penalised for a push on Van Dijk instead of the Dutchman's handball.

The sense of injustice galvanised City, who created their best chance of the game a minute later. After David Silva threaded Mahrez through on goal, the Algerian outfoxed Andrew Robertson to fashion space and get a shot away but flashed a left-footed effort a yard wide.

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Liverpool rallied but their clinical final touch continued to evade them as Salah blazed an effort into the Kop, after latching onto Robertson's long through ball on 69 minutes, and substitute Daniel Sturridge failed to get enough power on a header 10 minutes later.

City's third penalty appeal proved successful after Van Dijk's lunge on Sane, but Mahrez's woeful attempt let Liverpool off the hook as City surrendered two points. How crucial those points are, come the end of the season, remains to be seen.

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  • Liverpool extended their home unbeaten run against Manchester City to 18 games in all competitions (W12 D6), with their last such defeat coming in May 2003 (1-2).
  • Pep Guardiola has won just one of his last eight managerial meetings with Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (D3 L4), and is winless in the most recent four (D1 L3).
  • Liverpool's return of 20 points is their joint-most after eight games of a Premier League campaign, having also done so in 1996-97 and 2008-09.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 home games against 'top six' opposition in the Premier League, winning six and drawing eight of these fixtures.
  • With Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all yet to suffer a league defeat this term, this is just the second time in Premier League history that as many as three teams have gone unbeaten in their opening eight games of a single season (also 2011-12, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle United).
Man of the Match - Fernandinho

City suffered heavy defeats on their last two trips to Anfield. They say things come in threes, and perhaps they would have done had Fernandinho not been on the pitch. The Brazilian epitomised everything Guardiola would have wanted from his side - grit, determination and the capacity to disrupt Liverpool.

The managers 5:33 Jurgen Klopp has called Liverpool to be given a break after they ended a gruelling three-week scheduled with a 0-0 draw against Man City. Jurgen Klopp has called Liverpool to be given a break after they ended a gruelling three-week scheduled with a 0-0 draw against Man City.

Jurgen Klopp: "It was a very intense game, two very well organised sides sticking to the plan. The start of the brilliant, spot on from the first second, we caused them a lot of problems. We had fantastic situations but couldn't finish unfortunately but stayed in the game over 90 minutes."

2:56 Pep Guardiola praised Riyad Mahrez's courage despite the Algerian late missed penalty at Anfield. Pep Guardiola praised Riyad Mahrez's courage despite the Algerian late missed penalty at Anfield.

Pep Guardiola: "We played so well. If you want to analyse the result, it is okay, it could be better. But at the end, the managers need to analyse what we have done and what we need to do. That is the most important thing."

What would VAR have changed?

Lovren's rash challenge from behind on Aguero was certainly worth another look, with the Liverpool centre-back failing to make contact with the ball as Aguero was sent tumbling. VAR could have been consulted to establish whether Mane kicked out at Fernandinho. The pair clashed in the 33rd minute, with the City midfielder adjudged to have fouled his Liverpool counterpart. When on the ground, Mane appeared to lash out, thrusting his legs into the air and towards the face of Fernandinho. Referee Atkinson looked on the incident favourable for Liverpool, with both players spoken to about their conduct.

What's next?

Both clubs resume their Premier League campaigns after the international break. Liverpool travel to Huddersfield for a tea-time kick-off on Saturday, October 20, while Manchester City host Burnley earlier that day at 3pm.

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Van Dijk: No special plan for City

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 08:40
By Jack Wilkinson

Football journalist - @jacktwilkinson

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0:47 Virgil van Dijk is unfazed by Manchester City's attacking threat, insisting Liverpool will treat the champions like any other team in Sunday's showdown at Anfield Virgil van Dijk is unfazed by Manchester City's attacking threat, insisting Liverpool will treat the champions like any other team in Sunday's showdown at Anfield

Virgil van Dijk is unfazed by Manchester City's attacking threat, insisting Liverpool will treat the champions like any other team in Sunday's showdown at Anfield.

Liverpool and City head into the Renault Super Sunday match with identical records - six wins and a draw from seven games - but Pep Guardiola's side sit top of the table by virtue of their superior goal difference.

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Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus arguably pose the greatest threat to Liverpool's unbeaten start to the campaign, but Van Dijk maintains the champions will not be given special treatment when the sides lock horns on Merseyside.

"I don't study them, that's not the way I get to know my opposition," the Netherlands international said. "Obviously you play against them, you know how they move.

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"City have so much quality, all the strikers in the Premier League are from such a high quality anyway.

"But we don't try to defend one player, we try and defend with the whole team, their whole formation and that's the way we try and win the ball back and not concede.

"There will be moments like one on ones, that's always going to be the case, but you've got to show your quality there as well with the help of your partner or full-back next to you."

Liverpool have won their last three games in all competitions against City, including a thrilling 4-3 victory at Anfield in January which ended their 22-game unbeaten league run.

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Asked what gave Liverpool the edge in those victories, Van Dijk added: "It's difficult to say.

"We made it very difficult for them at times in those games, obviously they had their moments in the games as well.

"But we do not need to look back at those three games, we know how difficult they are to play against and it's going to be a tough game."

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Liverpool have not conceded in a Premier League game at Anfield in eight games, stretching back to February's 4-1 victory over West Ham.

It's a record Van Dijk attributes to Liverpool's strong start to the season and is one he wants to extend.

"All credit to everyone, Anfield is a very difficult place to come for every team," he said.

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"As defenders, and everyone in the team, we try and keep a clean sheet because we know if we do we have a big chance to win the game.

"We always get opportunities, we will always be dangerous in front of goal and create chances so we know if we keep a clean sheet we have a big chance to win."

Liverpool were one of only two sides to beat City in their title-winning campaign, but finished the season 25 points adrift of the champions.

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Van Dijk believes consistency is key if Liverpool are to mount a substantial challenge to City's crown.

"We've had a good start to the season," he said. "The season has just started so there is so long to go.

"The key to winning or even competing to be champions is consistency, to win difficult games, perform week in, week out and grind results out. City did that very well last season, that's why they became champions."

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PL goals: Wolves still riding high

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 02:00
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Pep: Salah-Aguero comparison premature

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 01:07
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Last Updated: 06/10/18 11:15pm

Pep Guardiola believes Mo Salah must reproduce his form of last season over "eight or nine years" to justify comparisons to Sergio Aguero.

Salah scored 32 goals in 36 Premier League games in his debut Liverpool season - beating Aguero, who got 21 goals, to the Golden Boot.

However, Salah's total goals scored in the English top fight (37) trails City's all-time leading scorer's (148) by 111.

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"He (Salah) is younger and it was his first year back in England since his time at Chelsea, so we will see in the future," said Guardiola, talking ahead of City's visit to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

"But a guy who has the quality to score 50 goals in a season always has that quality. But football is all about ups and downs.

"Salah remains an excellent player and will score goals in the future. When you are in there scenting goals sometimes this happens.

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"Sergio has scored a lot of goals but there were periods when he didn't score goals.

"How many years has Sergio scored all those goals, eight or nine years? For Salah it was the first one so we will see in seven or eight years."

Guardiola insists he has no concerns about starting Raheem Sterling at former club Liverpool on Sunday.

Sterling has received hostile receptions and struggled in games at Anfield since leaving Liverpool Manchester for City in 2015.

Despite being one of City's key players throughout last season, the England international was used only as a second-half substitute when the sides met on Merseyside in the Champions League quarter-finals in April.

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But Guardiola claims that was a tactical decision and he is not shielding the 23-year-old, who he expects will learn to cope with the challenges of returning to his old stomping ground.

Guardiola said: "The reason why last time he didn't play was for other reasons: tactical. What I wanted to do was have Kyle Walker on the right side attacking more than him. That was the plan. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

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"I don't think about that (crowd reaction). Even if that happens - maybe it affects him, maybe not - but being so young, he has to learn about that.

"When he has been a player for us for a long time, and hopefully it will be for a long time, sooner or later he will go many times to Anfield.

"He grew up there, he has a good memories about his period there. Of course the Liverpool fans want (him) to play bad, and he has played bad but he wants to play good. Normally I don't do it for that reason."

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Klopp: City biggest force in football

Sat, 06/10/2018 - 13:50
By Allan Valente

Last Updated: 06/10/18 11:54am

Jurgen Klopp believes his Liverpool side must overcome the “biggest force in world football” if they are to usurp Manchester City this season.

The two sides meet on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports, with City leading the Anfield side at the top of the table on goal difference, with both having dropped two points from 21 this season.

However, Klopp says their financial power and the leadership of Pep Guardiola makes the task of overhauling City a very difficult one.

0:56 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says beating Manchester City never gets easier, despite winning the last three meetings between the two. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says beating Manchester City never gets easier, despite winning the last three meetings between the two.

"They are so strong. This team together with the club, the money they have and this manager is exceptional," Klopp said. "It is a good match, a good combination.

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"It makes them the biggest force at the moment - together with PSG - in world football.

"We have to battle and fight with them for different things in the league and maybe in the Champions League at one point if it comes to that again."

Klopp is hoping to be entertained on Sunday after enjoying his side's match against another potential title rival in Chelsea last weekend.

"I turned to [Chelsea boss] Maurizio Sarri and I was smiling and he looked at me like, 'You enjoyed that'. Yes, actually I do. This was a very good game and the City games (have been) very good games," Klopp said.

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"I really think the most important job of football is entertaining the people. Because it's only football. We don't save lives, we are only good at football. If we do not entertain the people, why do we play it?

0:40 Ahead of their match at the weekend, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Liverpool are one of the greatest sides in England. Ahead of their match at the weekend, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Liverpool are one of the greatest sides in England.

"It's not always possible and it's always hard work but that's really an important thing. That's why we have to try and create as often as possible and Pep's teams are best at that, and I can admit that easily because it's so obvious.

"We are not bad in a few other things and that's why we were not the most comfortable opponents for City but that means nothing for Sunday. We need to be at 100 per cent, if not 110 per cent, to deal with the quality of City."

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WATCH: Liverpool v City best moments

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 19:13
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Liverpool take on Manchester City in a top-of-the-table clash at Anfield on Sunday and we look back at some of the most memorable moments between the sides over the years.

The two teams have been involved in some riveting clashes in the Premier League era, including two goal-laden clashes at both Anfield and the Etihad last season.

In fact, most times the sides go head to head, there tend to be goals, goals and more goals.

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So whether it be Nicolas Anelka's last-gasp strike to hand City a rare victory on Merseyside, Andy Carroll's first goal for Liverpool or the dramatic five-goal title showdown at Anfield in April 2014, above are some of the best Premier League games between the clubs.

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Sky Live: Liverpool v Man City

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 17:58
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Liverpool and Man City go head to head live on Sky Sports this weekend as last season's champions face their nearest challengers.

The Reds got the better of Pep Guardiola's champions in three out of their four meetings last season and the two are already early title favourites, with Man City currently first on goal difference.

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But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes it is too early for title talk and has tipped this weekend's opponents for another good season.

"I don't think it makes sense at this moment to think about the title. There are a lot of games to play," Klopp said. "But, it is a home game against Man City and that is a tough one. Last year they were really special and I expect them to be like this again.

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"Teams that play like them can lose focus, but it never happened to City last year so they have all my respect. We have to be on our best to keep them away from our and create some chances in front of their goal."

Man City manager Pep Guardiola wants his side to keep improving when they play Liverpool, but insists no meeting between the sides is the same.

"Every game is completely different," he said. "In the Champions League, the first game we made a good performance except at the end of the first half. At home we made a very good game as well. It doesn't matter that we lost.

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"They are a top side in the way they play. Liverpool beat a lot of sides not just City [last season]. Liverpool is one of the two greatest teams in England. We try to be close to them. They are a top side and we try to be closer every time."

Team news

Liverpool are waiting on the fitness of midfielder Naby Keita after he was carried off with a back spasm during the Champions League loss to Napoli on Wednesday. Klopp was unsure whether he would be able to train ahead of the match.

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If Keita does not make it, Jordan Henderson is likely to start while Adam Lallana is back in full training after a groin problem.

Kevin De Bruyne has a chance of featuring as Man City after returning to training following a knee injury.

Benjamin Mendy is also back in contention after recovering from a foot problem but Ilkay Gundogan (hamstring) is doubtful and Fabian Delph is still on the sidelines. Claudio Bravo is a long-term absentee with a ruptured Achilles.

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Liverpool are unbeaten in 17 home matches against Man City in all competitions (W12 D5) since losing 2-1 at Anfield in the Premier League in May 2003.

Man City have lost three matches against Liverpool in 2018, losing in the Premier League in January and two Champions League matches in April. They've only lost four matches in one calendar year against an opponent twice before, doing so against Grimsby Town in 1936 and Spurs in 1993.

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Both Liverpool and Man City are unbeaten in their opening seven Premier League games this season - this is the latest meeting between two unbeaten sides in the competition since 2011-12 when Man City and Newcastle met in their 12th game of the season.

Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in each of their last eight Premier League home games - only in February 2007 (nine games) have they had a longer such run in the competition.

Manchester City have lost only one of their last 25 Premier League away matches (W20 D4), though it was in this exact fixture last season (3-4).

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Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 24 home league games, the longest current run in the Premier League (W16 D8).

City striker Sergio Aguero has played nine matches in all competitions at Anfield in his career (seven with Man City, two with Atletico Madrid), failing to score in any of those games, attempting just 11 shots and three on target.

Merson's predictions

I'm slightly favouring Manchester City. For me, it looks like hard work for Liverpool at the moment.

Last week they had a great game against Chelsea but I think it took its toll on Jurgen Klopp's team. Their pressing from the front looks like hard work whereas last year it looked natural. I think they are going to fall asleep a couple of times during the game for City to punish them.

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The pressure will be on City though. If Liverpool can pick up a win they'll be serious contenders for the title. However, a win for City and I think they'll run away with it again. The big difference is that certain Liverpool players have to play all the time and that will take its toll.

If Raheem Sterling, who has been great for City, doesn't play in a certain game he wouldn't really be missed but Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk, the full-backs and James Milner they have to play all the time otherwise the team gets severely weakened. Someone like Daniel Sturridge has come in and done well but can he do that for 10 games on the trot?

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That's the reason why I think City will have the edge. It's at Anfield and the Liverpool fans are as good as anybody else's fans, but I just think the last couple of games will have taken something out of Liverpool.

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

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Klopp expects another City thriller

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0:56 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says beating Manchester City never gets easier, despite winning the last three meetings between the two Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says beating Manchester City never gets easier, despite winning the last three meetings between the two

Jurgen Klopp says he expects Manchester City to fight just as hard against Liverpool in this season's meeting, as the Premier League's top two sides prepare to battle it out on Sunday.

Liverpool have won the last three matches against Pep Guardiola's team, including January's 4-3 thriller at Anfield which brought an end to City's 22-game unbeaten run.

The champions had been trailing 4-1 after three goals in 10 minutes from Liverpool's front three of Roberto Firminho, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, but City refused to give up and almost caused the ultimate shock by scoring twice late on.

Liverpool beat Manchester City 4-3 in their last Premier League encounter Liverpool beat Manchester City 4-3 in their last Premier League encounter Liverpool beat Manchester City 4-3 in their last Premier League encounter

City lost just once more as they eased clear of their nearest challengers, but this weekend's game sees the visitors ahead in the table on goal difference and with both sides unbeaten in the league so far.

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"In the 4-3 [game], they were really good and they won before that 60 or 70 games in a row, or that is how it felt.

"They never gave up, even when they were 4-1 down and that made them really special last year.

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"I expect them to be like this again. They are really going for results.

"Last year, we won the last three games against City, twice in the Champions League and once in the league.

Klopp's side have won the last three meetings with Manchester City Klopp's side have won the last three meetings with Manchester City Klopp's side have won the last three meetings with Manchester City

"After these games, you don't go into the dressing room and think 'now we have got it, now we know how to beat City', because there is no real way or one thing that you have to do.

"You have to be ready and have a fantastic football team. Thankfully, I have that, with outstanding character, ready to be brave and ready to make mistakes in a very difficult game against an outstanding opponent.

"It can work. That is all we need to know.

"When somebody says to me, 'good luck for Sunday', I think unfortunately we need it."

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