Liverpool

Salah, Coutinho sublime as Liverpool thrash Bournemouth 4-0

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:39:00 PST

Liverpool returned to their goal-scoring ways behind goals from Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. English Premier League: Roberto Firmino (66') Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool English Premier League: Mohamed Salah (44') Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool English Premier League: Dejan Lovren (26') Bournemouth 0-2 Liverpool English Premier League: Philippe Coutinho (20') Bournemouth 0-1 Liverpool English Premier League: Philippe Coutinho (11') Bournemouth 0-0 Liverpool BOURNEMOUTH, England -- Three thoughts from a comfortable 4-0 win for Liverpool at Bournemouth. 1. Scintillating Liverpool leap back into top four Liverpool are back in the top four and if anyone needed a reminder of what Jurgen Klopp's team are capable of, then they provided it on Sunday evening. This was a rout, albeit against obliging opponents, with the result rarely in doubt after Philippe Coutinho scored a wonderful early opener. Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino added three...

Zinedine Zidane hints at interest in Liverpool star Mohamed Salah

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:34:00 PST

With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Zidane hints at Salah interest This might sound like 2 + 2 = 5, but Zinedine Zidane has been impressed with Mohamed Salah's displays for Liverpool and could try to bring the forward to Real Madrid, according to the Sun. Salah has been in fine form since moving to Anfield in the summer and leads the Premier League goal-scoring chart...

Limp Liverpool must get back on track at Bournemouth after recent stumble

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:46:00 PST

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says Liverpool got what they deserved against West Brom. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says Liverpool got what they deserved against West Brom. Liverpool's last two drawn games have sparked some annoyance among supporters. The one major concern before this season began was that European football would create fixture congestion too tough for an inadequate squad to overcome. That began to seem a lot of worry over nothing. The Reds safely negotiated their Champions League group, even finishing top, at the same time positioning themselves in the Premier League top four. So far so good, but as soon as Europe went on the backburner until February...

Transfer Rater: Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, Willian to Manchester United

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:31:00 PST

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Daniel Sturridge to Newcastle United Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is looking to bring in reinforcements during the January transfer window in an attempt to...

Liverpool slip but remain in contention in fight for Premier League top four

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:33:00 PST

The Exploding Heads recap the midweek Premier League fixtures. For the second time in four days, Liverpool were left feeling frustrated with themselves and aggrieved at not getting the rub of the green from a match official. Wednesday night's goalless stalemate with West Brom came hot on the heels of the 1-1 draw with neighbours Everton and has put a small dent in Liverpool's top four aspirations. Perspective is needed though, as a small dent is all it is and there is no cause for alarm at this stage. Liverpool were not at their best in their last two games...

Pele pays tribute to Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah after stunning year

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:17:00 PST

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says he's surprised by Mo Salah's stunning form for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah's incredible 2017 has been recognised with all kinds of awards and accolades, but perhaps his greatest achievement this calendar year has been to receive high praise from arguably the greatest football player that's ever lived. Indeed, after Salah was named BBC African Footballer of the Year, Pele congratulated the Liverpool forward on the feat. Parabéns, @22MoSalah! It's been an incredible year! Keep going and I look forward to seeing you play on the greatest stage next year - the World Cup. https://t.co/1QYSqBboM0— Pelé (@Pele) 13 December 2017 The Brazilian great also looked ahead to seeing Salah on the World Cup stage in Russia this summer. Egypt qualified for their first World...

Liverpool stars fail to shine, supporting cast comes up short vs. West Brom

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:46:00 PST

Dominic Solanke's goal was disallowed due to a speculative handball as Liverpool drop two more points at home. Dominic Solanke's goal was disallowed due to a speculative handball as Liverpool drop two more points at home. Steve Nicol and the ESPN FC crew delve into Liverpool's lack of sharpness after they dropped points for a second consecutive game. Jurgen Klopp vented frustration in regards to the referee after Liverpool's scoreless draw with West Brom. Liverpool lacked guile, energy and composure in another disappointing home draw -- this time 0-0 against West Brom -- with another negative side. Momentum has been lost and it will take great character to get it back quickly. Positives The hosts' unbeaten run reaches 11 games but there was little else to cheer on a cold, wet Anfield night. Negatives If their main stars fail to catch fire all at once, there's little Liverpool's supporting casr can do to rescue the situation. Usually somebody comes...

On-loan Liverpool striker Divock Origi's horror miss for Wolfsburg vs. Leipzig

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:52:00 PST

Liverpool loanee Divock Origi provides miss of the season contender for Wolfsburg. Divock Origi managed to produce a rock solid contender in the Miss of the Season award stakes as Wolfsburg hammered out a 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga on Tuesday evening. With the scoreline level and little over 10 minutes remaining, Origi was presented with a proverbial Christmas gift directly in front of an open goal. However, the 22-year-old Liverpool loanee squandered the chance and in spectacular style, somehow sending his shot over the crossbar from three yards out. After tumbling...

Dejan Lovren's raw deal over Everton penalty shows Liverpool trust issues

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:47:00 PST

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Dejan Lovren was hard done by in the Merseyside derby. Jurgen Klopp did not take the decision to award Everton a penalty in Sunday's Merseyside derby particularly well. The German was petulant and spiky in his postmatch interviews after Wayne Rooney had taken full advantage of referee Craig Pawson's generosity to steal a point for the Blues in a game in which they rarely ventured outside their own half. Klopp was genuinely staggered at the number of journalists and pundits who felt the decision was correct and that Dejan Lovren had fouled...

Transfer Rater: Daniel Sturridge to Valencia, Gianluigi Donnarumma to PSG

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:43:00 PST

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Daniel Sturridge to Valencia - 2.3 Struggling for minutes behind the "Fab Four" reports suggest Sturridge would be willing to move abroad in January to help find...

Champions League draw: Neymar to haunt Real? Chelsea to fall at Barca?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:50:00 PST

With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss some of the biggest ties of the UCL last 16 draw as Real Madrid face PSG. Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. With all five English teams advancing to the Champions League knockout stage, Stevie Nicol predicts who'll go all the way. The draw for the Champions League round-of-16 has been made, and there's one clash that stands out as Neymar's PSG take on champions Real Madrid. But there are plenty more storylines to follow. Here's what to watch for. Real Madrid vs. PSG Real's punishment for finishing second in Group H could hardly have been more severe -- a tie that many would have fancied for this year's final and one that will eliminate one of the tournament's super-favourites in one stroke. There is not much head-to-head...

Jurgen Klopp's gamble fails to pay off in Liverpool's draw with Everton

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:14:00 PST

The ESPN FC crew debate whether Dejan Lovren's clash with Dominic Calvert-Lewin was a penalty or not. The ESPN FC crew debate whether Dejan Lovren's clash with Dominic Calvert-Lewin was a penalty or not. The ESPN FC crew debate whether Dejan Lovren's clash with Dominic Calvert-Lewin was a penalty or not. The ESPN FC crew debate whether Dejan Lovren's clash with Dominic Calvert-Lewin was a penalty or not. Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Everton extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches, winning seven of them and being in the lead until late on in the other three. They were ninth after their last defeat, to Tottenham in October, now they're fourth after also securing Champions League progress. If you thought all that would appease everybody, the reaction to the draw with Everton soon corrected such notions. Rotation yet again became the No.1 bugbear. Fixture congestion, and how Jurgen Klopp dealt with it,...

UCL draw: Real Madrid vs. PSG, Chelsea vs. Barcelona, Juve vs. Spurs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:00:00 PST

The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The business end of the Champions League starts here. The draw for the round-of-16 has been made, and there's a bunch of intriguing clashes as teams plot their way to the Kiev final on May 26. Here, correspondents covering the remaining 16 teams give their verdict on the clash awaiting their team in the first knockout round, with Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain arguably the highlight. Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain REAL MADRID Real Madrid will not be happy to have got Paris Saint Germain...

Mohamed Salah, Joe Gomez star, Dejan Lovren culpable in derby draw

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:25:00 PST

The 229th Merseyside derby ended all square, as Wayne Rooney converted a contentious penalty to wipe out Mohamed Salah's stunner. Janusz Michallik and Mark Donaldson discuss how Liverpool should've put the Merseyside derby out of sight before Everton's dubious penalty award. Janusz Michallik and Mark Donaldson discuss how Liverpool should've put the Merseyside derby out of sight before Everton's dubious penalty award. The 229th Merseyside derby ended all square, as Wayne Rooney converted a contentious penalty to wipe out Mohamed Salah's stunner. Jurgen Klopp rips into a reporter about the referee's decision to award Everton a penalty in the Merseyside derby. Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp was annoyed with the decision to award Everton a penalty as Liverpool drew 1-1 in the Merseyside derby. Liverpool dominated from start to finish but failed to make their superiority count and were undone late on by a contentious penalty decision. The performance was good but the result was massively disappointing.     Liverpool Everton 1 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives It's not easy to see too many positives when the sense of frustration is still so fresh. Mohamed Salah continued his fantastic goalscoring run with another wonderful strike while Joe Gomez produced another strong performance at right-back.   Negatives Sadio...

Rooney's penalty saves Everton as Liverpool pay for missed chances

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:24:00 PST

The 229th Merseyside derby ended all square, as Wayne Rooney converted a contentious penalty to wipe out Mohamed Salah's stunner. Janusz Michallik and Mark Donaldson discuss how Liverpool should've put the Merseyside derby out of sight before Everton's dubious penalty award. Janusz Michallik and Mark Donaldson discuss how Liverpool should've put the Merseyside derby out of sight before Everton's dubious penalty award. The 229th Merseyside derby ended all square, as Wayne Rooney converted a contentious penalty to wipe out Mohamed Salah's stunner. Jurgen Klopp rips into a reporter about the referee's decision to award Everton a penalty in the Merseyside derby. LIVERPOOL, England -- Three thoughts on Liverpool and Everton's 1-1 draw in the Premier League. 1. Liverpool let Everton off the hook Christmas may be a time for giving, but there are limits. Liverpool dominated a Merseyside derby played out in seasonally appropriate snowfall, but squandered a lead they should have quadrupled long before Wayne Rooney's 77th-minute penalty saw the points shared. No matter how soft the challenge, there was no need for Dejan Lovren to push Dominic Calvert-Lewin; the...

Liverpool flying before Everton test as Klopp's revolution hits second phase

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 01:00:00 PST

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says selling Philippe Coutinho would help Liverpool sort their defence. Liverpool go into Sunday's derby clash against Everton with several unbeaten records on the line. They haven't lost since a sobering 4-1 loss to Tottenham in October. Everton haven't won a derby for seven years, with no Anfield victory since 1999. That leads to either a pessimistic realisation all good things come to an end or a bubbling confidence in the Reds under Jurgen Klopp finally beginning to look the part -- with a fixture against opposition they usually beat coming up next. A few weeks...

How Jurgen Klopp's personality and manner helped to galvanise Liverpool

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 08:17:00 PST

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expects a challenging match as Everton visit Anfield. Jurgen Klopp remarks on the strength of competition in the round of 16 and is confident that no team will be happy to face Liverpool. In his new book, "Klopp: Bring The Noise", Raphael Honigstein looks at the story of the Liverpool manager's career. Here, he details the impact of Klopp's arrival at Anfield. The flight of Klopp's private plane from Germany to Liverpool had been monitored on the Internet by 35,500 Reds supporters, before the club had put him up in a boutique hotel on Hope Street ahead of his unveiling. The heavy symbolism was not accidental: in the minds of many fans, the Swabian wasn't so much the new coach but...

What makes a good derby? Anatomy of the Merseyside, Manchester rivalries

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 12:17:00 PST

Alison Bender previews the Manchester derby as Manchester United prepare to host Manchester City at Old Trafford. Don Hutchison and Alison Bender discuss Everton's chances of a first win at Anfield since 1999. The sheer paranoia, fuss and aggressive energy that goes into them is quite something. And that's just in the days leading up to a domestic derby. In the space of a few hours Sunday, Merseyside and Manchester will host their own hyperlocal square-ups at Anfield and Old Trafford, feeding the obsession with a fixture that offers as many points as any other. But what makes a classically great derby game? Globally local These double-derby days are a convenient quirk of the mythical "fixture...

Five players we want to see win the 2018 Ballon d'Or, not Ronaldo or Messi

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:06:00 PST

Steve Nicol says Cristiano Ronaldo is well deserving of his fifth Ballon d'Or, which now ties him for most all-time with Lionel Messi. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed his rivalry with Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi is just starting. The 2017 Ballon d'Or is upon us and it's Cristiano Ronaldo who walks away with the prize once more. But who do we want to win the award next year? Not who deserves it, but rather who we'll like to see atop the podium. Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah They really can't be separated this season in terms of form, as goals and assists have flowed for Manchester City and Liverpool, respectively, but they are also part of a special club: the "deemed not good enough by Jose Mourinho" club. As...

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona: Summer move more likely

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:00:00 PST

While Coutinho-to-Barcelona rumours resurface, Jurgen Klopp insists no one with influence at Liverpool has told him the midfielder is leaving. Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool scored early and never looked back, putting seven past Spartak Moscow on their way to winning Group E. Philippe Coutinho netted his first hat trick for Liverpool in style, contributing to a 7-0 rout of Spartak Moscow. Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool scored early and never looked back, putting seven past Spartak Moscow on their way to winning Group E. While Philippe Coutinho's future remains uncertain, it's no surprise he's one of Liverpool's most important players. Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho had the opportunity to shut down any renewed talk about of a future move to Barcelona following his hat trick in Wednesday's thrilling 7-0 Champions League win over Spartak Moscow. He declined. "I do not know how the future is going to be," he said. "What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer." Those comments will be music to the ears of Barca fans who came tantalisingly close to seeing the Brazilian in their...


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