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Sean Cox remains in critical condition

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:40
By Rory O'Callaghan

Last Updated: 09/05/18 10:59am

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The family of Liverpool supporter Sean Cox have confirmed he remains in critical condition after being injured in an attack outside Anfield last month.

Cox sustained serious head injuries after being attacked by a group of Roma fans ahead of the Champions League semi-final first leg on April 24.

Two Italian men were charged by Merseyside Police following the incident and are due to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on May 24.

Cox's family thanked Merseyside Police for their efforts in a statement released through Liverpool's website on Wednesday, and confirmed the Irish fan remains in critical condition at the Walton Centre in Fazakerley.

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The statement read: "As a family we have been overwhelmed and humbled by the support we have received since Sean was so badly hurt two weeks ago.

"From the wonderful medical staff at the Walton Centre who continue to care for Sean to the highly dedicated officers of Merseyside Police who have assisted us from the moment we arrived, it has been a great comfort to know that we are in such good hands.

"There are no words to describe the gratitude we feel to the ordinary people of Liverpool and Ireland who have taken Sean to their hearts in a way that underlines why those places have such a deserved reputation for generosity and solidarity.

Liverpool's players paid tribute to Cox after reaching the Champions League finalLiverpool's players paid tribute to Cox after reaching the Champions League final Liverpool's players paid tribute to Cox after reaching the Champions League final

"Every day letters and cards arrive from this country, from Ireland and beyond. Every one of them wishes us well and the accompanying offers of support have reminded us, even in our darkest moments, that we are not walking alone.

"Sean remains in a critical condition but he is a fighter and that, coupled with the medical and spiritual support he is receiving, gives us hope in our hearts and we long for the day when our husband, dad and brother returns home to Dunboyne so we can be together as a family once more.

"In the meantime, we would ask that our privacy continues to be respected and when we have news we will share it at the appropriate time. Until then, all we can do is hope and pray for Sean in the knowledge that he is receiving the best possible care."

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Liverpool v Brighton LIVE!

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:21

‘TODAY IS ABOUT OPPORTUNITY’ 

It’s a line he’s been towing in the build-up to Liverpool’s final league of the season and, writing in today’s programme, Jurgen Klopp has reiterated his side must focus solely on Brighton not the upcoming Champions League final. 

"Today is a cup final and it is. And that’s not to add unnecessary pressure, it’s just to highlight the opportunity. Today is about opportunity. 

"A Champions League place for next season and all that comes with it is within our grasp if we want to take it. Like any cup final, it will not be given or presented to us. We have to go and do our job, all of us. 

"But in a season where the competition in the Premier League has been of the highest quality ever and the intensity of the competition is the highest ever, we can achieve one of our major objectives by winning today."

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Premier League top four permutations

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 08:00

Last Updated: 09/05/18 8:06am

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Who could be the winners and losers in the Premier League as the battle for a place in the top four draws to a conclusion?

With under a week to go until the end of the season, the top-four race has yet to be finalised.

Just three points separate Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea.

With Chelsea and Tottenham in action on Wednesday evening, what are the permutations? We take a look....

How it stands Games playedPointsGoal difference Liverpool3772+42Tottenham3671+36Chelsea3669+27LIVERPOOL (72 points)

Simple. Liverpool will all but guarantee qualification for the Champions League with a win on the final day against Brighton due to their current 15-goal-difference advantage over Chelsea.

However, any slip-up against Brighton would leave the door open for Chelsea, who face Huddersfield (h) and Newcastle (a) in their remaining two games.

Of course, Jurgen Klopp's men can also qualify if they beat Real Madrid in this season's Champions League final.

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TOTTENHAM (71 POINTS)

Tottenham - like Liverpool - hold their destiny in their own hands. A minimum of four points from their remaining two home games against Newcastle and Leicester would be enough (barring no eight-goal swing with Chelsea) to secure a top-four place.

CHELSEA (69 POINTS)

After drawing 1-1 v West Ham on April 8, Chelsea were 10 points behind Tottenham but have since won four on the trot to close the gap. They still remain the outsiders to finish in a top-four spot as they need to better Liverpool or Tottenham's points haul between now and the end of the season.

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For instance, they need Liverpool to draw or lose against Brighton and win both their remaining matches against Huddersfield and Newcastle. Four points from those two games would also be enough if Liverpool lose to Brighton.

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Gomez out of World Cup after op

Tue, 08/05/2018 - 14:08

Last Updated: 08/05/18 5:13pm

Joe Gomez was initially hurt playing for England against the Netherlands in MarchJoe Gomez was initially hurt playing for England against the Netherlands in March Joe Gomez was initially hurt playing for England against the Netherlands in March

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez will miss the World Cup after undergoing season-ending ankle surgery.

Gomez injured his ankle in March while playing for England, but was able to play through the pain barrier and start Liverpool's Premier League games against West Brom and Stoke City.

But he suffered a recurrence of the problem against Stoke and further scans showed he needed surgery, which will rule him out of the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26.

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The 20-year-old was also a likely member of Gareth Southgate's England squad for the World Cup in Russia.

Gomez wrote on Instagram: "Gutted to confirm that my season for both club and country is over having undergone successful ankle surgery.

"Been a tough few weeks trying everything possible to be available on the pitch to help the team. I'm going to do all I can to get back and be in the best possible shape for pre-season. The focus now is to support the team in the two biggest games of the season."

Southgate has until May 14 to name England's provisional 35-man squad, which has to be whittled down to 23 players by June 4.

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WATCH & VOTE: PL Goals of the Week

Tue, 08/05/2018 - 08:00

Last Updated: 07/05/18 9:16am

Watch the best goals from matchday 37 in the Premier League, including strikes from Mark Noble, Xherdan Shaqiri and Ayoze Perez Watch the best goals from matchday 37 in the Premier League, including strikes from Mark Noble, Xherdan Shaqiri and Ayoze Perez

Take a look at the best goals from the weekend's Premier League games and vote for your favourite.

There were some eye-catching strikes on the weekend, starting with Ayoze Perez's well-struck effort at Vicarage Road, although it was still not enough to prevent Newcastle United from losing 2-1 at Watford.

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Elsewhere, Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur was on hand to round off a lovely passing move in the visitors' 2-1 win at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

Also on this week's list is Bournemouth wide man Ryan Fraser, whose excellent first-half strike from the edge of the area, after a cleverly worked free kick, helped the home team get the better of relegation-threatened Swansea City at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

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Speaking of set plays, Stoke playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri's brilliant free kick against Palace, which briefly gave his team hope of beating the drop, is a contender as well.

Finally, we end with both Sead Kolasinac's superb drive into the far corner of the net following a burst from midfield by Jack Wilshere in what was Arsene Wenger's final home game in charge of Arsenal on Sunday.

And Mark Noble's sensational first-time volley that sealed West Ham United's 2-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

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Hit play on the video above to see each of the goals and then vote for your favourite below...

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UEFA confirms CL spots for top four

Mon, 07/05/2018 - 18:30

Last Updated: 07/05/18 4:42pm

Tottenham are fourth in the Premier League after 36 matchesTottenham are fourth in the Premier League after 36 matches Tottenham are fourth in the Premier League after 36 matches

UEFA has confirmed the Premier League’s top four will all qualify for the Champions League even if Liverpool win the trophy and finish fifth.

Chelsea became European champions for the first time in 2012, but finished sixth in the league, resulting in fourth-placed Tottenham missing out on Champions League entry for the following season.

UEFA said: "The Champions League titleholder is guaranteed a place in the group stage, even if it does not qualify for the competition through its domestic championship.

"This allocation does not affect the ones of its national association. In that particular case with Liverpool, as the Champions League titleholder, not qualified to the competition through its domestic championship, the association may be represented by five clubs in the competition.

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"Those are UCL titleholder, top domestic competition's winner, runner-up, third and fourth-placed clubs."

UEFA introduced this rule in 2005 when Liverpool won the Champions League but finished fifth, behind Everton in the Premier League.

As a result, both teams qualified for the Champions League for the 2005/06 season.

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Klopp rebukes Salah for diving

Mon, 07/05/2018 - 08:50

Last Updated: 07/05/18 6:52am

Mohamed Salah was booked for diving at Stamford Bridge on SundayMohamed Salah was booked for diving at Stamford Bridge on Sunday Mohamed Salah was booked for diving at Stamford Bridge on Sunday

Jurgen Klopp has rebuked Mohamed Salah for his dive at Stamford Bridge after a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea saw Liverpool fail to secure a Champions League spot next season.

Last year's Premier League champions closed the gap on the top four thanks to Olivier Giroud's first-half header, and Liverpool must now beat Brighton on Sunday's final day to guarantee a place in the Champions League.

A disappointing afternoon for Liverpool saw Salah shown a yellow card after going down on the edge of the penalty area as he attempted to round Gary Cahill.

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"It was a dive or he waited for the contact. I'm not sure," Klopp said. "That's not what I want to see, that's not what he wants to do. It happened."

Salah, voted PFA and FWA Player of the Year, has one game remaining to break the Premier League goalscoring record in a 38-game season.

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Currently locked on 31, along with Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) and Luis Suarez (2013-14), Salah will turn his attentions to Sunday's match at home to Brighton following a frustrating showing at Stamford Bridge.

However, Klopp remains confident the Egyptian will find the target again before the domestic season comes to a close.

"He can do much better. He will score again no doubt about that," Klopp added.

Though Liverpool remain in the driving seat for a top-four spot, Tottenham could leapfrog them into third with victory over Newcastle on Wednesday night.

Chelsea also play host to Huddersfield on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, and a win would see them move level with Liverpool - though its the Reds who currently hold a far superior goal difference (+42 to +27).

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Klopp: Liverpool not clinical enough

Sun, 06/05/2018 - 23:20

Last Updated: 06/05/18 9:29pm

Jurgen Klopp claims his Liverpool side were good enough to claim a point at Chelsea as they lost 1-0 Jurgen Klopp claims his Liverpool side were good enough to claim a point at Chelsea as they lost 1-0

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side’s performance in their 1-0 defeat at Chelsea was good enough to earn a point but admitted they needed to be more clinical.

Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the game in the 32rd minute as Chelsea claimed a win that keeps Antonio Conte's team in the race for a top-four finish.

As such, Liverpool need to beat Brighton on the final day of the season to be sure of a place in next season's Champions League.

"I hate the result but the performance, it wasn't our best of the season but good enough to get a point here usually," Klopp told Sky Sports.

Klopp says Liverpool were not clinical enough against ChelseaKlopp says Liverpool were not clinical enough against Chelsea Klopp says Liverpool were not clinical enough against Chelsea

"It is clear against Chelsea that you have to avoid crosses and in that situation - I'm not 100 per cent sure but if I'm right - we were two versus one but not close enough. We couldn't avoid the cross and then it's there and it's difficult against Giroud.

"Chelsea is strong but then we had the ball, we had to create, we did our best, we had a few really good moments but in the end we were, for sure, not clinical enough.

"Like I said, the performance was OK with all the games we've had so far but the result is absolutely the opposite of what we wanted.

"They have quality and a defensive plan. You saw it, they played with eight people in and around the box and then two very, very good offensive players, that's a very smart plan, to be honest."

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After an intense game in Rome on Wednesday, Klopp is looking forward to having a full week to prepare for next weekend's Premier League finale.

"Before the game we didn't mention it but, of course, it is physically intense and with what we've done so far, the longer the game is going, of course, it is more difficult," he added.

"You cannot go to Chelsea and be shocked afterwards if you lose against Chelsea. That's always possible, that's no problem. Now we have one full week that will help massively.

"We don't have the squad, we have injury problems and it doesn't help [that] the boys play nearly constantly.

"The 11 or 12 players play constantly and that never helps. That's why I am so happy that we now have one full week and then we can show our full strength."

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Giroud keeps Chelsea in top-four hunt

Sun, 06/05/2018 - 20:30
By Sam Drury

Last Updated: 07/05/18 6:26am

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Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea kept their top-four hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

The Frenchman's flicked header just after the half-hour mark was enough to see off a Liverpool side who appeared jaded following their midweek Champions League exploits.

The result moves Chelsea to within two points of Tottenham in fourth and just three behind third-placed Liverpool with two games remaining.

Liverpool missed the chance to secure Champions League football with a game to spare but are still in a strong position courtesy of their superior goal difference and, barring a 15-goal swing, a win against Brighton next weekend will see them qualify again for the competition they could win later this month in Kiev.

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Home Team: Courtois (7), Azpilicueta (7), Cahill (6), Rudiger (8), Moses (7), Fabregas (7), Kante (7), Bakayoko (6), Alonso (6), Hazard (8), Giroud (7).

Subs: Willian (N/A), Zappacosta (N/A), Pedro (N/A)

Away Team: Karius (7), Clyne (6), Lovren (6), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (6), Alexander-Arnold (6), Wijanaldum (6), Milner (6), Salah (5), Firmino (5), Mane (7).

Subs: Henderson (6), Solanke (6), Moreno (N/A)

Man of the match: Eden Hazard

Jurgen Klopp's side started brightly and Roberto Firmino saw his third-minute effort saved by Thibaut Courtois after Trent Alexander-Arnold's ball over the top.

Chelsea slowly grew into the game but Liverpool maintained a threat on the break with Sadio Mane particularly lively coming in from the left.

The Senegalese had two firm efforts from the edge of the box kept out by Courtois but two minutes after the second of them, Chelsea took the lead.

Victor Moses reached the byline before checking back onto his left foot, his cross took a slight deflection and Giroud beat Dejan Lovren to the ball at the near post and guided it past Loris Karius and into the far corner.

Olivier Giroud salutes the fans after opening the scoring at Stamford BridgeOlivier Giroud salutes the fans after opening the scoring at Stamford Bridge Olivier Giroud salutes the fans after opening the scoring at Stamford Bridge

With Chelsea largely happy to sit back, protect their lead and look for opportunities on the counter, there was a lack of intensity to Liverpool's play and they struggled to create any clear openings.

Eden Hazard was becoming more influential for Chelsea and nearly added a second for the hosts after dancing past three Liverpool defenders, his near-post effort just rebuffed by Karius and with 10 minutes to go Marcus Alonso's spectacular left-foot volley whistled just past the post.

Klopp sent on Dominic Solanke to provide more of a physical presence up front and the Liverpool youngster had the visitors' two best efforts in the closing stages, firstly heading just over from 12 yards and then nodding wide in stoppage time.

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Gary Cahill marshalled the Chelsea defence well and helped restrict Liverpool to shots from distance, in the main, as he tries to force his way back into Gareth Southgate's World Cup plans.

Trent Alexander-Arnold showed his versatility as he started in midfield for Liverpool but produced an up and down performance against a disciplined Chelsea midfield.

Nathaniel Clyne put in a steady first half display in his first start of the season but tired in the second and could have left it too late to make it to Russia.

Jordan Henderson replaced him for the final half an hour and moved the ball quickly as Liverpool pressed in vain for an equaliser.

Chelsea held on though and can turn up the pressure on both Liverpool and Tottenham further with victory over Huddersfield on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Man of the match - Eden Hazard

The Chelsea playmaker just edges out Antonio Rudiger, who kept Mo Salah quiet all game. He started slowly but as he found his feet in the match, so did Chelsea.

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He was a constant threat to the Liverpool defence, particularly in his favoured left-hand channel and in the second half showed his strength to hold up the ball and help Chelsea get out as the away side tried to keep Conte's men penned in.

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  • Liverpool have only lost more Premier League games against Manchester United (28) than against Chelsea (20).
  • This is the first time that Liverpool have failed to score in consecutive Premier League games under Jurgen Klopp.
  • Antonio Conte is the fifth manager to have faced more than 20 Premier League teams and beaten them all, after Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Gordon Strachan.
  • After going unbeaten in each of Jurgen Klopp's first eight Premier League away games against the rest of the 'big six' (W4 D4), Liverpool have lost four of the last five (D1).
What's next?

Chelsea have another home game, against Huddersfield, to look forward to on Wednesday before ending their league campaign at Newcastle next weekend. Meanwhile, Liverpool have a week to recover before taking on Brighton at Anfield and then a further two weeks to prepare for the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

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Karius: We're working for each other

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 09:00
By Johnny Phillips, Soccer Saturday

Last Updated: 04/05/18 7:35pm

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Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius reflects on a special European campaign, and what the mood in the camp is like.

There were so many scenes of celebration on Wednesday night in Rome's Olympic Stadium. The Liverpool players out on the pitch, overcome with joy as they danced over to their supporters. Then as those fans were kept behind longer into the night, Jurgen Klopp headed over to celebrate too. And of course there was the now obligatory dressing room photo shot - clenched fists and beaming smiles.

Not every player got to experience it all, though. For goalkeeper Loris Karius there was the dreaded tap on the shoulder as he headed off the pitch towards the dressing rooms.

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"I got pulled for doping so I didn't get back to the hotel until 1am so I missed out on the celebrations in the changing room," he explains. "It's not what you want because they get you straight from the pitch and you can't even go back to the changing room, but that's just the way it is. If someone told me we'd get to the Champions League final but I'd have to do the doping I'd take it all day."

Sitting down on the grass beside the pitches to fulfil his media duties before heading out for an afternoon training session at Melwood on Friday afternoon, Karius is preparing for another big day on Sunday when Liverpool play Chelsea in the Premier League. But it is Wednesday night in Rome that still occupies the minds of all Reds supporters.

"There were family and friends in the hotel and everybody had a bit of a celebration downstairs in the lobby, nothing too crazy but everyone was just really pleased and it was nice to be with them. A lot of the players were really tired so it was a perfect way to round off the night."

Liverpool fans celebrate the victory in RomeLiverpool fans celebrate the victory in Rome Liverpool fans celebrate the victory in Rome

This Liverpool side has grown in stature as the season has progressed. As they stand on the brink of making history, the bond that exists between the players is clear.

"Especially after we beat Manchester City quite impressively we thought: 'Wow, we've done really good and we can reach something special here,'" Karius adds. "I think those two games meant a lot and brought us closer together, with the way we played and with the fans as well in the first game, how amazing they were. We're a great group, you can see that I think. Everyone is working for each other."

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For two individuals at opposite ends of their careers, the campaign has been particularly memorable. Away from the headline-grabbing acts of the front three, the dependable maturity of James Milner and the growing confidence of Trent Alexander-Arnold stand out. Karius is glowing in his praise of both men.

"You can always rely on him, he's so important," he says of Milner. "At the start of the season he came on from the bench and now he is starting pretty much every game. It's fantastic to see how much he works for the team, he's really needed. He does the dirty work for us. When you look after the game at how much running he does, it's hard to believe he can do that every three or four days but he does. He's like a machine, a really good player who is so important to us as a team."

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Alexander-Arnold, the local lad, an individual who understands the city like no other in the team, but still so young, is living out the dreams of every supporter.

"When I was 19 and started out in Germany I didn't really know what was going on at the beginning and this is 10 times bigger what he is doing right now," says Karius, with a smile. "I think the first chance he'll get to reflect is when he goes on holiday at the end of the season and he can see what he's achieved. He can be really proud to have reached a Champions League final and played a key role with the team.

"He also had a time in the season when he was a bit shaky for one or two games but then how he recovered after was outstanding. To have developed so much, he keeps getting better game by game, I think there's a lot more to come from him."

The game in Rome was a manic affair in an intimidating cauldron. Liverpool were roughed up and unsettled at times but never looked in danger of going out. The late penalty gave the result a more dramatic look than the match deserved.

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"Cup games are always different, you have the result from the first leg in your mind and it plays a part even though you don't want it too," Karius explains. "For me it didn't matter how many we conceded as long as we went through. I played my role in the team, but there is always space to improve. I'll take the four goals against me this time and try and keep a clean sheet next time."

So much is being asked of Liverpool right now. There will be no taking the eye off the ball this Sunday against Chelsea, but the players are aware of what awaits in Kiev at the end of the month if they can overcome Real Madrid in the final.

"You'll have that for the rest of your life and be remembered at the club forever," Karius says. "If you want to become a legend here that would be a big step, to win that trophy. Everyone knows how important it is and wants to do it. We know how good it would be, we all dream of it and will give it our all."

You can watch more from our Loris Karius interview on Soccer Saturday, midday on Sky Sports News

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'Liverpool create superheroes'

Fri, 04/05/2018 - 16:46
Jamie Redknapp

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Last Updated: 04/05/18 11:07pm

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Jamie Redknapp reflects on Liverpool's run to the Champions League final, how Mohamed Salah has gone to a whole new level this season and previews their Sky Live Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday...

There's something about Liverpool football club. It can transform players and take them to a whole new level.

Yes, Jurgen Klopp has this amazing ability to extract that little bit extra out of everyone, but we're seeing with Mohamed Salah right now what can happen when the Liverpool fans really get behind a player.

We've seen it with Fernando Torres. We've seen it with Luis Suarez. Before them it was Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush. It's like the fans can give certain players a super power.

There always seems to be that one special player appear, where you're like 'I didn't know they had that in their locker!'

We've seen it with Torres, Suarez, Fowler, Rush and now Salah. It's like the Liverpool fans can give certain players a super power.

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That's what's happened to Salah this season. He's been sensational. And it will be fantastic to see him and the whole Liverpool team go head to head with Real Madrid in the Champions League final, an incredible moment for those players, the fans and everyone involved.

As well as the brilliance of Salah in attack, for me, there's no way Liverpool would be in this healthy position if they hadn't signed Virgil van Dijk. Loris Karius, and the rest of the defence look better players with him alongside them. He's been amazing and a great influence on that backline.

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Hopefully he can give them some more stability and assurance next season, when the target has to be aiming for the Premier League title.

What they did to Manchester City over those two Champions League games proves they can win the Premier League. They just need to find a way to finish off the lesser sides when they sit back against them. And that's where superman Salah comes in.

But that's for the future - right now they'll be savouring this huge achievement of making it to a Champions League final. And thinking about whether they can become heroes in Kiev.

Jurgen Klopp insists his only focus is on Liverpool's upcoming 'semi-final' in the Premier League against Chelsea. Jurgen Klopp insists his only focus is on Liverpool's upcoming 'semi-final' in the Premier League against Chelsea.

If I was back at Liverpool I'd have so much confidence going into the final with Real Madrid. They certainly shouldn't go there with any fear. Look at what Tottenham did to Real earlier this season, when they pressed them high and hit them on the counter-attack. Of course Liverpool can win this game.

In fact, if it was a normal game at Anfield I'd expect them to do just that. But you have to take into account that it's a final, the history Real Madrid have in this competition and their experience of their last two Champions League wins.

Sometimes nerves in a big final like this can get the better of you and Real Madrid will know exactly what to expect from the occasion.

I make it a 50-50 game - but we all know Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are going to cause Real problems.

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The challenge for Klopp between now and then is how he manages his squad. He will know them better than anyone, but which ones does he keep playing? Which ones does he rest?

Some players, when they're in form and flying just want to keep on playing. While others might be feeling the toll of a long season and just need to be taken out of action a little to freshen up.

It's a tricky balance and there will be a lot of dialogue between the players and the manager - how do you feel, are you ready, do you need a rest?

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They just need three points from their final two Premier League games to guarantee a top-four finish and you'd expect them to get that - if not away to Chelsea then at home to Brighton on the final day.

They might not even need that if results go their way.

After such a draining Champions League semi-final - mentally and physically - I have to edge towards Chelsea for the match-up at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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There will be one or two players playing for their place in that Chelsea FA Cup final team, desperate to impress Antonio Conte, while it's so hard to raise yourself after a massive European night like the one Liverpool have had.

Chelsea have got to go for it to keep their top-four hopes alive and I think they may just catch Liverpool at the right time.

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Klopp focused on Chelsea 'semi-final'

Fri, 04/05/2018 - 16:20
By Rory O'Callaghan

Last Updated: 04/05/18 8:10pm

Jurgen Klopp insists he is not thinking about the upcoming Champions League final against Real Madrid Jurgen Klopp insists he is not thinking about the upcoming Champions League final against Real Madrid

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool must focus on their two "semi-finals" against Chelsea and Brighton before they can begin to prepare for the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Liverpool booked their place in Kiev after defeating Roma 7-6 on aggregate on Wednesday and Klopp's side will now look to secure a top-four spot in the Premier League when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, live on Super Sunday.

Liverpool will guarantee themselves Champions League football for next season if they beat the Blues and Klopp insists he will play a strong side, despite the risk of losing his key players to injury ahead of the final on May 26.

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"Both games are very, very important," said Klopp. "We have, how I see it, two semi-finals against Chelsea and Brighton. There is no chance to think about anything else.

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"After these two games, we have two weeks' time to prepare for the other game which is in three weeks. It would sound crazy if I was to think about it at the moment.

"They are both exactly the same important, there is no difference."

Chelsea are currently six points behind Liverpool with a game in hand, and Klopp understands the importance of avoiding defeat at Stamford Bridge.

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"The most important game of my career so far is the Chelsea game on Sunday," he said. "That is how it is, and then Brighton could be very important as well.

"I've had a few, not only here - with Dortmund. I had a few very important games with Mainz and they all have their own very important moment."

Klopp insists Liverpool have no new injury worries following the midweek trip to Rome, and says midfield duo Adam Lallana and Emre Can are progressing well in their rehabilitation.

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"As far as I know nothing else happened, they are all still fit," said Klopp. "Adam trained, his first real session, in Rome the morning of the game. That's good.

"I was in contact with Emre Can and maybe next Monday we can make the decision if he starts training with us immediately and if it is good news for the final. Probably not for the last game of the season [against Brighton]."

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Charlie's PL predictions

Fri, 04/05/2018 - 14:12
Charlie Nicholas

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Last Updated: 05/05/18 1:55pm

Charlie Nicholas provides us with his Premier League predictions this weekend, with the top-four battle and relegation scrap in the spotlight.

Stepping in as a late substitute for Paul Merson, Charlie offers up his thoughts on the penultimate weekend as Arsene Wenger says farewell to the Emirates Stadium and the relegation fight goes down to the wire.

The Magic Man will be back but here's what Arsenal legend Charlie is predicting this time...

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I think Brighton have all-but done the job in their fight for survival and the pressure is off Manchester United as well, although they do FA Cup final to look forward to and places to play for.

Jose Mourinho will make changes to get his side ready and come on, Jose, please give Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial a proper run-out.

Charlie predicts: 0-2 (15/2 with Sky Bet)

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Stoke have been struggling with goals but I think they have been playing well enough to still hold some hope going into this weekend.

Palace's job is done and, while they're dangerous, I think sheer determination will see Stoke win and scare the living daylights out of those above them.

Charlie predicts: 2-1 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

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I've watched Huddersfield in two out of their last four games and they're a nervous wreck. They don't know how to handle this situation as David Wagner only knows success.

Sometimes the game can go flat when you get the trophy but this Manchester City side are in the entertainment business and I think they'll wipe the floor with another team.

Charlie predicts: 5-0 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

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Liverpool looked on their knees on Wednesday night and they will have to make changes because that team will be exhausted.

It also looks like Antonio Conte's final home game, which he'll want to win, and these players are playing for their FA Cup final places.

He's got Cesc Fabregas working better, higher up the pitch and linking up better with the striker and Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud, who is proving his doubters wrong again.

Charlie predicts: 2-1 (8/1 with Sky Bet)

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Arsenal v Burnley (Sunday, 4pm)

Just because it's Arsene Wenger's last home game, they should have the focus to bounce back after the disappointment of Thursday night.

A few changes will be made with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coming back in and that freshness should give them enough to get the victory - even if it isn't the send-off Wenger wanted.

Charlie predicts: 2-1 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

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Eddie Howe was saying he wants to finish well and this is a Bournemouth side which are at their best when they're free-flowing.

The pressure is off and Jermain Defoe is back in the goals so I can see him putting Swansea right back in trouble.

Charlie predicts: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)

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I think Leicester have got their speedos on and I'm not a fan of their manager Claude Puel, so I can see West Ham getting something here.

If anything Andy Carroll will be lucky to be on the bench again, despite apologising, but I actually think it could help David Moyes get a reaction out of him.

Charlie predicts: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

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I think Javi Gracia is fighting for his job and could see that motivation be the difference here.

I've gone for a narrow home win but it could easily be 0-0 with neither side having much to play for.

Charlie predicts: 1-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

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I just think that Darren Moore has put himself in the frame for this job. There's a desire there and for the players there is guilt and embarrassment there. If I glanced at the side and saw him shouting at me I'd certainly look more enthusiastic.

Tottenham, on the other hand, look leggy and Harry Kane seems as if he's suffering a bit at the moment and needs to clear his head.

Charlie predicts: 1-1 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

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I think Everton supporters sometimes are not really bothered if they win and they're confused about what they want, getting fed up with the passing game and they haven't wanted Sam Allardyce from the moment he walked in.

What I saw was a lot of fight from Mark Hughes' team last weekend and I think Southampton's desperation and determination will see them get a vital victory here.

Charlie predicts: 1-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

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What happened to Salah at Chelsea?

Fri, 04/05/2018 - 08:00
By Nick Wright

Last Updated: 04/05/18 5:52am

Mohamed Salah had an unsuccessful spell at ChelseaMohamed Salah had an unsuccessful spell at Chelsea Mohamed Salah had an unsuccessful spell at Chelsea

Mohamed Salah returns to former club Chelsea on Super Sunday as a PFA and FWA Player of the Year-winner with Liverpool, so what went wrong for him at Stamford Bridge?

Chelsea and Jose Mourinho had high hopes for the Egyptian when he joined from Swiss side Basel for a fee worth £16m in January 2014, but he departed just a year later having struggled to make an impact in the Premier League.

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Salah spent time on loan with Fiorentina and Roma in Serie A, signing for the latter permanently in 2016 before his £34m transfer to Liverpool, where he has hit 31 Premier League goals in a record-breaking debut campaign.

Ahead of Sunday's reunion at Stamford Bridge, where Salah will hope to show his old side what they are missing, here is a timeline of his ill-fated spell in west London.

'Great potential'

Chelsea confirmed Salah's arrival on January 27, 2014, announcing he would take the No 15 shirt and clearing the way for Juan Mata to complete his move to Manchester United. Salah had also been wanted by Liverpool, ironically, but Chelsea won the race for his signature having been impressed by his performances against them in Europe.

"He's young, he's fast, he's creative, he's enthusiastic," said Mourinho at the time. "We analysed him and he looks the kind of humble personality on the pitch, ready to work for the team and to work and to adapt himself to a new life.

"We think with him and André Schürrle, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian we will be fine. We lose an experienced top player like Juan Mata but we bring in a young player with great potential. Hopefully, with the talented players we have around in the same positions we can all develop together."

First signs of trouble?

Salah was handed his Chelsea debut as a late substitute in a 3-0 win over Newcastle on February 8 and made another cameo from the bench in a 1-1 draw with West Brom a few days later, but there were alarm bells when Mourinho questioned his contribution in a 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester City soon after that.

Salah was a peripheral figure after replacing Samuel Eto'o at half-time at the Etihad Stadium, with Mourinho later insisting his £16m signing was not yet ready to make an impact for Chelsea. "He was not in the game against Manchester City," he said. "He has that pace but he was not in the game.

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"It's important for him to come step by step and try to improve and adapt. This is a different world, a different quality of football to the one he comes from. You know, playing at Stamford Bridge is not the same as playing for Basel.

"With Basel you play to enjoy your time and you have nothing to lose. While in the blue shirt, you have 40,000 people that you are required to please. Everyone wants you to be decisive, all the time. So I think Mohamed needs six months to adapt to our game and the demands of the Premier League."

Mourinho added that he had full confidence in Salah and said that the following season would be his "breakthrough" year, but it was perhaps not the arm-around-the-shoulder treatment the youngster might have hoped for so soon after his arrival.

Off the mark

Salah did not even make it off the bench in any of Chelsea's next six games, but he marked his return to action by scoring his first goal for the club in their memorable 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal in Arsene Wenger's 1000th match in charge.

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Salah had only been on the pitch for four minutes following his second-half introduction for Oscar when he beat Arsenal's offside trap and coolly dispatched his finish beyond Wojciech Szczesny.

Mourinho pumped his fist in the dugout before making more references to Salah's youthfulness after the game. "Salah's goal was very important for his confidence," he said. "He's a kid, like a baby really. He needs so much protection and support from all of us, the players are being fantastic with him so step by step we're getting there."

Man of the match

Salah's progress continued when he marked his long-awaited first Chelsea start with a goal and a man-of-the-match performance in a 3-0 win over Stoke at Stamford Bridge on April 5.

The Egyptian opened the scoring with a first-time finish from a Chelsea cut-back and went onto win a penalty for Frank Lampard's second goal before setting up Willian to score the third.

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"I think Chelsea did very well," gushed Mourinho afterwards. "We sold a player [Juan Mata] in the best moment of his career and we bought a kid from a different habitat, an Egyptian player playing in Switzerland.

"Today he had the first chance to play [from the start] and I think one thing you feel immediately is the connection between him and the crowd; they like him, they like his style of play and he is player that we need. We have wingers who like to have the ball at their feet he is the kind of winger who prefers it in the space. Chelsea did very, very well to bring him in."

Hooked at Norwich

Chelsea were still in Premier League title contention when they welcomed Norwich to Stamford Bridge in the penultimate game of the season, but a 0-0 draw all but ended their chances. Looking back, it might also have been a turning point for Salah.

The winger was selected to start against the relegation-threatened Canaries, only to be hauled off at half-time after an ineffective display. Mourinho was unimpressed, with the Daily Mail reporting he had singled out Salah and Nemanja Matic for criticism in an angry half-time rant.

"The first half was a lazy half," said the Chelsea manager. "Slow, with no pressure, the midfield never arriving to press an opponent, the passing slow."

Nightmare at New Meadow

Salah was involved throughout Chelsea's pre-season programme in the summer of 2014, scoring in their friendlies against AFC Wimbledon and Vitesse Arnhem, but when the campaign proper began, it soon became clear that it might not be quite the "breakthrough year" Mourinho had predicted back in February.

Salah found himself firmly behind Hazard, Schurrle, Willian and Oscar in Mourinho's Premier League pecking order, and on the rare occasions he was afforded opportunities, his confidence seemed to have suffered.

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He struggled badly in a League Cup tie with lowly Shrewsbury Town at New Meadow, with one wayward shot sailing out for a throw-in before he was withdrawn. It was an embarrassing moment which summed up his performance. Chelsea won the game 2-1, but Mourinho was less than impressed by the performances of his squad players.

"I expect players to give me problems," he said. "I love problems. But a lot of them didn't and they've made it easy to choose my team for Saturday. "If players who played 90 minutes two days ago were fantastic I expect people who are not playing a lot to raise the level to create me problems. They didn't create big problems for me."

Asked if he was referring to Salah and Schurrle in particular, Mourinho said: "Yes."

Exit confirmed

Salah only made two further starts for Chelsea after that - his last coming in Chelsea's shambolic 4-2 loss to Bradford in an FA Cup third-round tie at Stamford Bridge on January 24, 2015.

A week later, Salah was on his way to Fiorentina on loan, with Juan Cuadrado heading the other way on a permanent transfer. The Egyptian had only made 19 senior appearances in his 12 months at Chelsea, but he hit the ground running in Italy, scoring six goals in his first seven Fiorentina appearances. It was a sign of things to come.

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'Milner should make England U-turn'

Thu, 03/05/2018 - 19:33
Jamie Redknapp

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Last Updated: 03/05/18 5:56pm

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In-form Liverpool midfielder James Milner could play a key role for England at the World Cup if he was to end his international retirement, says Jamie Redknapp.

Milner announced he no longer wished to be considered for England duty in August 2016, following a disappointing European Championships, where he played just three minutes.

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However, the midfielder is the top assist maker in the Champions League this season, has been an important part of Liverpool's run to the final and, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury reducing England's options in central midfield, Milner would be a valuable option for Gareth Southgate, says Redknapp.

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"James Milner has been a revelation this season," said the Sky Sports pundit. "It makes you think - would you bring him back to the England squad? I've never seen Milner play better, he's in the form of his life.

"With Oxlade-Chamberlain out, we haven't got lots of central midfield players. But he's in great form, the best form he's ever been in. He's been a top performer in the Champions League, in terms of assists.

I've never seen Milner play better, he's in the form of his life.

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"Normally when a player retires, you don't like to go back but I don't think anybody in football, if Gareth Southgate did it, would say it was out of order. I think it would be a great decision, a brave decision on both parts, but one they should make."

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Milner was frequently used from the bench in the latter part of his England career, often when the team were looking to secure a result. However, Redknapp feels that while the 32-year-old's versatility would be useful, Milner has shown at Liverpool that he could play a more expansive role for the national team.

"He's a great lad, a winner - and the sort of guy you want around you in tournaments. He can play right back, left back, midfield, right midfield...

"But the days of him coming on for Roy Hodgson, to shore up a game, which people found boring are gone - now there's a lot more respect for what he's doing."

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Transfer Centre

Thu, 03/05/2018 - 09:40

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Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen says he will not look to leave the club despite the fact he wants to play more regularly.

Cillessen, who joined Barcelona from Ajax in 2016, has managed only 20 appearances for the Catalan giants as he plays back-up to Marc-Andre ter Stegen and is only guaranteed first-team action in the Copa del Rey

The Dutchman has reportedly attracted attention from elsewhere but says he has no plans to leave the Camp Nou.

Speaking to Ziggo Sport, he said: “I love this club, but I am a professional and I want to play more than ten matches in a season. The board already know that I want to play more, but I also read that they don’t want me to go, that they are happy with my work. I am not the type of player that will go to war with the clubs. I’ve been here for two years and, at the moment, I will continue.”

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Liverpool edge past Roma into final

Thu, 03/05/2018 - 08:10

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Liverpool booked a date with Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26, despite losing 4-2 in Roma, going through 7-6 on aggregate.

Holding a 5-2 first-leg advantage from Anfield, Liverpool eased any early nerves when Sadio Mane struck (9) but an unfortunate James Milner own goal (15) levelled the scores on the night.

Any hopes of a Roma comeback were dented by Georginio Wijnaldum (25) and although Edin Dzeko (52) and a double from Radja Nainggolan (86), (90+3) made the scoreline close, the visitors saw out a freakishly high-scoring tie to make their first Champions League final since 2007.

This win took free-scoring Liverpool's goal tally to 130 this season in all competitions, which is their second-highest scoring season behind the 138 goals scored in the double-winning 1985/86 campaign.

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Roma: Alisson (6), Florenzi (6), Manolas (5), Fazio (5), Kolarov (8), Pellegrini (6), De Rossi (5), Nainggolan (8), Schick (6), Dzeko (8), El Shaarawy (7)

Subs: Under (7), Gonalons (6), Antonuccia (6)

Liverpool: Karius (6), Alexander-Arnold (6), Lovren (6), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (7), Henderson (6), Milner (7), Wijnaldum (7), Salah (5), Mane (7), Firmino (7)

Subs: Clyne (6), Solanke (6), Klavan (5)

Man of the match: Radja Nainggolan

The build-up to the second leg was overshadowed by concerns about the safety of Liverpool's travelling fans, after 53-year-old Sean Cox was attacked before the first leg at Anfield, but there was no pre-match trouble reported in Rome.

No team had ever overturned a 5-2 first-leg defeat away from home in the Champions League and that three-goal deficit was soon four inside nine minutes as Liverpool made the perfect start.

There were no surprises in the Liverpool team as they made just one enforced change from the first leg with Georginio Wijnaldum replacing the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Roma made three changes as Lorenzo Pellegrini, Patrik Schick and Stephen El Shaarawy were handed starts.

Nainggolan gave the ball away on halfway, which allowed Liverpool to break clear through Roberto Firmino. He drove forward before finding Mane, who fired into the far corner.

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Roma needed to respond quickly, which they did on 15 minutes. A deep cross was lazily hacked clear by Dejan Lovren and the ball ricocheted off Milner's head before flying into the net.

The Stadio Olimpico sensed a comeback was back on, but, Liverpool dented those hopes on 25 minutes when Roma failed to clear a corner and Wijnaldum, who was played onside, turned and nodded a crucial goal home. The Italians now needed four to force extra-time.

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Stephan El Shaarawy hit a deflected effort that beat Loris Karius but came back off the post while Firmino - a constant threat - had a goal-bound effort blocked away.

Considering the visitors had a comfortable cushion, they still looked nervy at times and Roma made them pay after the break. Trent Alexander-Arnold got beat down the line by El Shaarawy and his effort could only be spilled by Karius, which left Dzeko with a tap-in.

Cengiz Under tested Karius minutes later before Alexander-Arnold survived a strong penalty shout when seemingly blocking El Shaarawy's effort with his arm. With Liverpool sinking deeper, Dzeko then blazed two chances wide in the space of 90 seconds.

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That chaotic period was a key storm for Liverpool to ride as Roma began to tire as the clock ticked down. However, there was still time for Nainggolan to rifle home a 25-yard effort home with four minutes left.

A grandstand finish was set but Roma could not force any more pressure until the last kick when Nainggolan smashed home a penalty after Ragnar Klavan handled inside the area.

The visiting players and supporters celebrated jubilantly at the final whistle with the prospect of a sixth European Cup firmly in their sights.

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There is a fantastic game now coming up against Madrid and they are 90 minutes away from making history. Liverpool are great offensively, but Roma showed tonight you can get after them and make chances, that's why they aren't up there competing with City. Madrid are an extreme of that as well; they can play scintillating stuff but you can make chances against them. The final could be any score.

Craig Bellamy

It's a huge achievement. There have been better teams than this Liverpool team down the years that haven't got to those types of final. Credit to them, though the Champions League format has suited the way they play. They score goals and are explosive when on the offence, but defensively we know they have problems.

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  • Liverpool have reached their eighth European Cup/Champions League final (first since 2007), at least three more than any other English side.
  • The final will be a repeat of the 1981 European Cup final, in which Liverpool beat Real Madrid 1-0. Liverpool v Real Madrid will be the third final to have been played in the competition as both the European Cup (1956 to 1992) and Champions League (1993 onwards), after Ajax v Juventus and Ajax v AC Milan.
  • With 13 goals over the two legs, this is the highest ever scoring Champions League semi-final, overtaking Monaco vs Juventus (4-6) in 1998.
  • Roma conceded twice in the opening 25 minutes, having kept a clean sheet in each of their five previous home Champions League games this season.
  • Sadio Mane's strike was his ninth in the Champions League in just his 10th appearance - no player has scored more in their opening 10 games in the competition (level with Harry Kane and Simone Inzaghi).
  • Dzeko's goal was his eighth in the Champions League this season, the most by a player for an Italian side in a single campaign in the competition since Samuel Eto'o at Inter in 2010-11 (also 8).
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Klopp: We needed luck

Thu, 03/05/2018 - 08:00

Last Updated: 03/05/18 6:08am

Jurgen Klopp celebrates victory over RomaJurgen Klopp celebrates victory over Roma Jurgen Klopp celebrates victory over Roma

Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool needed luck on their side as they won a "crazy" game against Roma to reach the Champions League final.

The Reds were beaten 4-2 by Roma in the second leg of the semi-final at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday, but advanced 7-6 on aggregate and will meet Real Madrid in the final in Kiev on May 26.

Roma came close to pulling off a dramatic comeback but could not take several chances that fell their way in the second half.

"I have to give a big compliment to Roma," said Liverpool manager Klopp. "What a performance, what a comeback, what a brave football game.

"It was the first time we were not as good as we can be, so we needed luck and that's what we had, but over the whole Champions League campaign it's deserved. As I said before the game, it would have been deserved for Roma too.

Both Danny Murphy and Craig Bellamy back Liverpool to go on and win the Champions League Both Danny Murphy and Craig Bellamy back Liverpool to go on and win the Champions League

"It would have been crazy if we played extra-time. I have no clue how that would have happened. Now it's 7-6 on aggregate which sounds crazy because it is. We came into the competition as a qualifier and are now in the final and I am really happy for the boys, for the club and our fans. It's been a fantastic ride so far and now we will go to Kiev, which sounds crazy but it is the truth.

"We cannot go to a Champions League final with constant nice football, that's not possible. You have to suffer from time to time and we suffered, I have no problem with that.

"Is there anything to criticise? No. These boys go constantly over their limit and I am really proud of that."

Giorginio Wijnaldum celebrates after putting Liverpool 2-1 up against RomaGiorginio Wijnaldum celebrates after putting Liverpool 2-1 up against Roma Giorginio Wijnaldum celebrates after putting Liverpool 2-1 up against Roma

Looking ahead to the meeting against Real Madrid, who are bidding to win the competition for the third year in a row, Klopp said: "We will be ready but it's Real Madrid. You cannot be more experienced in the competition than Real Madrid.

"I think pretty much 80 per cent of their team played all these finals - four times in the last five years - and they are still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be on fire.

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"We are looking forward to it but before that we have to play two more Champions League semi-finals in the Premier League and that's our job to do and then we have two weeks to prepare for the final."

Liverpool now turn their attentions back to the Premier League as they face Chelsea on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

The Reds can make sure of a top-four finish if they win at Stamford Bridge.

"Chelsea at the weekend is an unbelievably important game for us," added Klopp. "We recover tomorrow and then we go to Chelsea. They will fight for everything, that's life, and then we have one week before Brighton, which is very important probably."

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Wijnaldum: We're so close to final

Wed, 02/05/2018 - 01:30

Last Updated: 01/05/18 11:47pm

Georginio Wijnaldum is confident Liverpool can score in Rome and seal their place in this month's final in KievGeorginio Wijnaldum is confident Liverpool can score in Rome and seal their place in this month's final in Kiev Georginio Wijnaldum is confident Liverpool can score in Rome and seal their place in this month's final in Kiev

Georginio Wijnaldum has had no problems sleeping in the build-up to Liverpool's biggest match in over a decade.

The Reds are on the brink of their first Champions League final for a decade as they take a 5-2 first-leg lead to Roma's Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday night.

Everyone associated with the club would have been sleeping a lot more soundly had a late lapse not allowed the opposition to score twice - but it is not an issue for Liverpool's Netherlands international.

"Good. Relaxed. I don't have problems with sleep," was Wijnaldum's response to how he felt ahead of the showdown in the Italian capital.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is looking forward to the Champions League semi final second leg at Roma and sees it as a 'great opportunity' Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is looking forward to the Champions League semi final second leg at Roma and sees it as a 'great opportunity'

"It is the first time in this position where I play a game like this so it's not like I feel different or anything. Of course it is a different match but the feeling is the same.

"We are now so close that you can go to the final and try to win it but at the beginning of the season I didn't really think about it because this is my first season in the Champions League and I didn't know what to expect or how difficult it was.

Liverpool are the highest scorers in this season's Champions League with 38 goalsLiverpool are the highest scorers in this season's Champions League with 38 goals Liverpool are the highest scorers in this season's Champions League with 38 goals

"There was a little bit of disappointment (at conceding two goals) but if someone had said from the beginning would we take a 5-2 win over Roma, I think everyone would have taken it.

"It's basically like the game (quarter-final) against Manchester City; we had three goals in that and we were happy with that so why can't we be happy now?

"We always have confidence we can score, especially the way we play. Some days you don't score but then you have to make sure you don't concede."

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Boss Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are fully deserving of their semi-final place but admits his side are wary of the threat posed by a Roma side, who reached the last four after beating Barcelona 3-0 and going through on away goals.

"You cannot come to a semi-finals and, I don't know, play average football," said Klopp. "Rome is a really good side. In the first 20 minutes of the game [the first leg] they were really good.

"They had a big chance [Aleksandr Kolarov's shot from distance rebounded off the bar], maybe two. We had a big chance as well. It was a good game, like it should be. That's exactly what we have to try again.

"Everybody talks about the Anfield nights which have been outstanding. But the away performances - in Moscow or Hoffenheim. We have been spot on [in terms of attitude] all of the time.

"If Rome beats us, then they deserve it. That's the game. If we go through then we deserve it. Nothing else to think about. We can deserve the final."

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Madrid there for the taking?

Wed, 02/05/2018 - 01:02
Adam Bate

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Last Updated: 01/05/18 11:38pm

Real Madrid are in the Champions League final again but there are flawsReal Madrid are in the Champions League final again but there are flaws Real Madrid are in the Champions League final again but there are flaws

Real Madrid have reached the final but their obvious vulnerability only adds to Liverpool’s Champions League excitement, as Dennis Wise and Ian Wright point out.

The Liverpool fans have more immediate concerns as they look to see off Roma in their Champions League semi-final second leg in the Italian capital, but any of them watching Real Madrid somehow squeeze through against Bayern Munich would be encouraged. The two-time defending champions have a formidable reputation but the flaws are obvious.

Real Madrid squeeze into the final

Real Madrid squeezed into the Champions League final after a thrilling 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich, going through 4-3 on aggregate.

Bayern exposed them time and again. James Rodriguez should have scored long before he did and was later denied his second from eight yards out. Keylor Navas produced key saves and, when he did not, Thomas Muller, given the freedom of the Real Madrid penalty box throughout, was uncharacteristically inefficient in front of goal. The champs rode their luck.

Watching the game for Sky Sports, former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise felt Madrid were fortunate. "Bayern had so many opportunities but Real Madrid just had the luck on their side," said Wise. "Even towards the end of the game they put the ball into the box and they were in but Muller could not quite reach it. So everything fell for them quite nicely."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in Rome to fight for his dreams Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in Rome to fight for his dreams

There is a temptation to attribute an element of fate to Madrid's ongoing success. Such is the club's long association with the trophy - they are the 12-time champions, after all - that the myth-building around the club in Europe is seductive. But luck has played its part and Liverpool have qualities that can make a mockery of their long grip on the competition.

Jurgen Klopp's team have been irrepressible thus far. They are the top scorers in this season's Champions League, the top scoring English team in the competition's history. They will create chances against any team but there will still be concerns that, should they overcome Roma, Madrid's nous on the big occasion will be enough.

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That may have been true of the 2014 version under Carlo Ancelotti, a Madrid team that blew away a far better Bayern side than this by five goals to nil at the same stage four years ago. It may even have been accurate in recent seasons when Zinedine Zidane managed to bring the best out of his players in the biggest games. It is not so clear this time around.

The statistics show that Madrid have given up 29 clear chances so far in this Champions League campaign. That is more than any other team in the competition and it is not just due to the fact that they have played more games than many of the rest. They are conceding an average of 2.4 clear-cut chances per game, more than any side to reach the knockout stage.

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Even more revealing is the fact that Real Madrid have now conceded more clear-cut chances in this campaign than they did in both of their last two Champions League successes under Zidane combined.

"I just look at it and think that Liverpool can get through the Roma game I can actually see Liverpool beating Real Madrid just because of that openness," added Wise. "I just do. I know Madrid have a lot of qualities but there are a lot of older players. Sergio Ramos is getting older, Cristiano Ronaldo is getting older and Luka Modric is getting older.

"At one stage there were six Real Madrid players in the Bayern Munich box and four back here [on the halfway line]. There was nobody really in the middle so you were wondering what kind of game this was. It was bizarre to watch it and see how they played. It was just so open and I was a bit gobsmacked this was the semi-final of the Champions League."

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Ian Wright, alongside Wise for The Debate, was similarly unimpressed and believes Liverpool have the tools to succeed where the German champions fell short. "I don't think this was the kind of pressure that Liverpool will be putting on them," said Wright. "Liverpool will give them more of the run around and they looked to me like they were hanging on.

"I feel Liverpool could do the same to them in terms of blasting them early and not knowing what has hit them. If they do that with Liverpool then two passes and, bang, they are into their final third. That is the problem that Real Madrid will have. So I saw a lot of stuff tonight that made me think that if I were Liverpool, I would not be bothered about facing them."

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