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Huddersfield Town 0-1 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp admits Reds had to 'work hard' for win

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 22:58

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that his side to had to work "really hard" for their 1-0 victory over Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.

MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield Town 0-1 Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp draws Anthony Joshua comparison in criticism of Nations League

Fri, 19/10/2018 - 18:08
Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has compared the Nations League to world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua having to box "every second night".

The Reds boss called the competition "senseless" before the international break, citing added strain on players.

Nations can be promoted and relegated in the new Uefa format, which replaces friendlies with competitive games.

"I like competition but at one point somebody has to step back and think, they are players," Klopp said.

"If they don't perform I am angry, so how can we make sure they perform?"

Liverpool, who are third in the Premier League and travel to Huddersfield on Saturday, had players including Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson in Nations League action.

But their casualties were Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita, who sustained muscle injuries in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, and Sadio Mane, who broke a thumb training with Senegal.

The Nations League offers a route to qualification for the 2020 European Championships. Klopp believes it is a "good idea" as a concept but one that does not work in practice because of a lack of "space" in the calendar.

He added: "At one point we have to think do we want opera every night, or every two months?

"You don't want to see Anthony Joshua fighting every second night. That's not possible. In no other sports - in American football you have a summer break that is nearly longer than our season has.

"In basketball they have a summer league. Only in football everyone wants big competitions where you can get relegated, promoted, playing for something.

"The Nations League is a good idea but do it in another sport because in football there is no space for it. I realise that I could have told my coffee machine because nobody is really interested [in my opinion]."

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Premier League predictions: Chelsea v Man Utd - Shane Warne predicts who will be victorious

Fri, 19/10/2018 - 14:05

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Australian cricket legend Shane Warne predicts this weekend's Premier League scores - including a big win for his team Chelsea against Manchester United.
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Huddersfield Town v Liverpool

Fri, 19/10/2018 - 13:00
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Huddersfield Town v Liverpool live

Fri, 19/10/2018 - 11:15

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Huddersfield Town host Liverpool in Saturday's final Premier League match - team news, text updates and analysis.
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Naby Keita: Liverpool midfielder set for scan after injury

Tue, 16/10/2018 - 22:12
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita will have a scan when he returns to the club after being injured playing for Guinea.

Keita hurt his hamstring in Tuesday's 1-1 draw in Rwanda in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, reports Agence France Presse.

The 23-year-old has made 10 starts for the Reds since joining from RB Leipzig.

Keita is the fourth Reds player - along with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk - to be injured in the international break.

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Liverpool are back where they belong among 'European royalty', says Peter Moore

Tue, 16/10/2018 - 18:56
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Liverpool are back where they belong among "European royalty", according to chief executive Peter Moore.

The Reds reached the Champions League final for the first time in 11 years last season, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid.

They finished fourth in the Premier League last term to make it back into Europe's top competition and spent almost £170m on transfers this summer.

"We are a club used to winning silverware and that is the one piece we are focused on," said Moore.

"My job is to harness the power of what we have and bring it together off the pitch and provide the support the team needs.

"Being financially viable and being able to afford players is key to that success in modern football but winning football is key and last season is indicative of that."

Since joining the five-time European champions in the summer of 2017, Moore has overseen Jurgen Klopp's side break transfer records in the past two windows - paying a world record for a defender of £75m for Southampton's Virgil van Dijk in January and the most for a goalkeeper, in a deal worth £66.8m, when they signed Alisson in the summer.

Chelsea subsequently surpassed that record with their purchase of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

The Reds currently sit behind Chelsea and Manchester City on goal difference at the top of the Premier League after eight games.

Peter Moore

"I think we are back where we belong," the 63-year-old told Radio City Talk.

"There is a banner on the Kop which says 'European Royalty' and that is who we were - who we are - and no one wants Liverpool in Europe right now."

Moore says the club's Melwood training base, a "world class" scouting and coaching network and sporting director Michael Edwards all complement each other.

"My role and my team's role is to provide them with all the support they need to make the football happen, to drive the revenue to fund a world-class team, which I believe we have now," he added.

"Our job as a club is to help in any way we can to build that team to be successful."

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Sean Cox: Roma fan was 'not looking for trouble'

Mon, 15/10/2018 - 21:06

A Roma fan accused of a joint attack on a Liverpool supporter was "not looking for trouble" when fighting broke out, a court has heard.

Filippo Lombardi, 21, has admitted violent disorder but denies wounding Sean Cox, 53, outside Anfield stadium before a match in April.

He told Preston Crown Court he met Liverpool fans who "weren't friendly," so took his belt off to defend himself.

Mr Cox was seriously injured after being punched to the ground.

Mr Lombardi is believed to have become involved with the attack during his walk from Liverpool Lime Street station to Anfield with a group of supporters.

It is alleged that Mr Lombardi swung his belt in Mr Cox's direction while another man threw the punch which left him in a coma.

Mr Lombardi also told the court he had swung the belt at a man standing behind Mr Cox's brother, who he believed was being aggressive towards him.

He said: "I saw a few of the Liverpool fans in front of one pub and they started to tell me something, but I didn't understand what they said.

"I was lost because I didn't know the right way. I thought that in this street could be a dangerous situation so I wrapped the belt around my hand."

He said he had the belt wrapped around his hand when he walked into Walton Breck Road, which was full of Liverpool fans.

But he told the court he unwrapped it when a man with a white scarf started talking to him aggressively.

'Covered his face'

He said: "I didn't hit him and I didn't want to hit him, just get him away from me because I think he started to tell me something aggressive."

Mr Lombardi said it was only after he swung the belt that he saw father-of-three Mr Cox lying on the ground.

"I didn't realise what happened because I didn't see," he said.

The defendant continued to tell the court he had then become involved in a fight with another man who, he said, covered his face and started a confrontation.

He added: "I realise that I have done a mistake being violent in this situation."

The court heard that he had been to Europe to watch Roma play about 10 times before, but had never previously been arrested or involved in football-related disorder.

Mr Lombardi added: "I feel really sorry for him for what happened, it's a very, very horrible situation for them, but I'm not involved in this assault."

The jury has been told that Mr Cox, from Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland, is unable to talk or sit up unaided following the attack.

The trial was adjourned until Wednesday, when the jury is expected to hear closing speeches.

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Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool and Netherlands defender to miss Belgium game with rib injury

Sun, 14/10/2018 - 15:48
Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk will miss the Netherlands' friendly with Belgium on Tuesday with a rib injury.

The Dutch Football Association said the centre-back, 27, is still suffering from the injury he sustained in Liverpool's Premier League win against Southampton on 22 September.

Van Dijk scored the opening goal as the Dutch beat Germany 3-0 on Saturday in the Nations League.

Reds forward Mohamed Salah left Egypt's squad on Saturday with a muscle strain.

Liverpool's next game is at Huddersfield on Saturday, 20 October.

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Mohamed Salah: Liverpool forward leaves Egypt squad with injury

Sat, 13/10/2018 - 17:08
Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah has returned to Liverpool after he was injured during Egypt's 4-1 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win over eSwatini on Friday.

The 26-year-old forward put Egypt 4-0 up shortly before half-time, scoring direct from a corner.

Salah, who scored 44 times for Liverpool last season but is without a goal in his past four club appearances, later limped off with a muscle strain.

The Reds' next game is at Huddersfield on Saturday, 20 October.

Egypt assistant coach Hany Ramzy told Bein Sports: "The initial diagnosis, according to the team doctor, is a strong muscle strain. It is not a tear. I think it is not serious."

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Mo Salah will not be prosecuted over phone driving video

Thu, 11/10/2018 - 19:41

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah will not be prosecuted after he was apparently filmed using a mobile phone while driving.

Merseyside Police said there is "insufficient evidence" for them to take further action after footage circulated on Twitter in August.

The force said the 26-year-old had been "spoken to by officers and given advice and guidance around mobile phone use in a vehicle".

Liverpool FC have declined to comment.

In August, the Premier League club said they had alerted police after discussions with the player.

"We have spoken to the player also and will deal with any follow-up internally," they added.

The video appeared to show the Egypt international, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season, using his phone while behind the wheel as his car is surrounded by fans, including children.

It is thought to have been taken after Liverpool's 4-0 home win against West Ham on 12 August, in which Salah scored the opening goal.

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

"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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Roma fan 'lashed out' at Liverpool supporter at Anfield

Thu, 11/10/2018 - 16:25

An Italian football fan lashed out at a Liverpool supporter during a joint attack before a Champions League semi-final, a court has heard.

Filippo Lombardi, 21, denies wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm on Sean Cox, 53, who was assaulted outside Anfield in April.

Mr Cox was "knocked unconscious and seriously injured" by a blow struck by another man, Preston Crown Court heard.

He was left in a coma before the first leg of the Liverpool and Roma match.

An earlier court hearing was told the father-of-three from Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland, was out of the coma, but his condition remained "very dire".

Opening the trial Neville Biddle, prosecuting, said: "Before the match, a Liverpool supporter, Sean Cox, a middle-aged family man from Dublin, who was a lifelong Liverpool supporter and who had come to Liverpool with his older brother Martin, was assaulted and knocked unconscious and seriously injured."

'Threatening manner'

He added: "It's the Crown's case that two men were involved in the assault on Sean Cox - this defendant and another.

"It was the other man that struck the blow that felled Sean Cox and rendered him unconscious."

He said it was "a joint attack" with the two men "acting together and therefore equally responsible for the injuries inflicted".

The court was told a second man had been arrested in Rome and was awaiting extradition.

Mr Biddle said Mr Lombardi and the man shown on footage punching Mr Cox, referred to as N40, were at the front of a group of about 50 fans who walked from Liverpool Lime Street station to the stadium ahead of the match.

He said: "A witness, Mykel Askew, was on Venmore Street when he noticed the group of Italian fans all walking in the same direction approaching the ground, many of them had their faces covered and they were chanting in Italian.

"He believed that they were going to cause trouble.

"Some of the group were taking their belts off and were holding them in a threatening manner."

Mr Biddle said Martin Cox had gone to move away from the group, but as he did so "he turned to see Sean Cox lying motionless on the ground".

'Went too far'

He said footage pieced together from CCTV and mobile phones showed Mr Lombardi raising his belt as if to strike Sean Cox, before the other man punched him.

He added: "As he is falling to the ground, the defendant lashes out at him as he falls."

Some members of Mr Cox's family left court as the jury were shown video clips of the attack.

Footage filmed by the BBC showed Martin Cox standing over his brother as he lay on the floor and being kicked by one of the Italian fans, which caused him to fall over.

Alison Gurden, defending, said Mr Lombardi had admitted an offence of violent disorder and accepted his behaviour following the attack on Mr Cox "went too far".

She said he had "no idea" N40 was going to assault Mr Cox or anyone else in an unprovoked attack.

The trial continues.

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Kopa Trophy: Trent Alexander-Arnold on award shortlist

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 21:10
Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool and England defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has been named on a 10-man shortlist for the inaugural Kopa Trophy for players aged under 21.

The 20-year-old made his Reds debut in 2016 and was part of the England World Cup squad in Russia this summer.

Paris St-Germain's France striker Kylian Mbappe and Roma and Netherlands forward Justin Kluivert, both 19, are also among the nominees.

The winner will be named in Paris on 3 December.

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Sean Cox: Rome arrest over Liverpool FC fan attack

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 17:33

A man has been arrested in Rome over an alleged assault on a Liverpool fan before the team's Champions League semi-final against Roma.

Sean Cox, 53, from Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland was left in a critical condition in hospital after receiving head injuries near Anfield on 24 April.

Police said a 30-year-old had appeared in a court in Rome on Saturday.

He was remanded ahead of an extradition hearing and Mr Cox was recovering slowly, Merseyside Police said.

Doctors placed Mr Cox in a coma following the attack outside a pub near Anfield stadium, less than an hour before kick off.

Police said the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Meanwhile, another defendant Filippo Lombardi, 21, is due at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday ahead of a trial on Thursday for wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox.

Mr Lombardi denies the charge.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold outwitted by chess grandmaster in five minutes

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 17:05

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You've just celebrated your 20th birthday with Liverpool taking on Manchester City and you're off on international duty this week. Obviously there's time for a quick game of chess...

There is if you're taking on world champion Magnus Carlsen.

Trent Alexander-Arnold went up against Carlsen on Monday but lost in 17 moves to the 27-year-old Norwegian. The game took five minutes.

The Liverpool full-back is a keen chess player and grew up competing with his brothers when football wasn't on the agenda.

"When I find the time I always try to get a game in," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"It's hard to find other people around my age who are similarly involved in chess. That's something we can look to change going forward."

The defender was not deterred by his defeat and showed his competitive side when discussing the match afterwards.

"Although it may go down as a 1-0 loss, I will be practising more and maybe there will be a rematch," he added, after the match which took place to promote the upcoming World Chess Championship between Carlsen and challenger Fabiano Caruana.

There's a crumb of comfort for the Liverpool defender when he compares his performance to Bill Gates, though. The Microsoft founder lasted just nine moves when he locked horns with Carlsen in 2017.

Before his match, Alexander-Arnold had some coaching from two of the country's most promising young chess players, Kyan Bui, 12, and Shreyas Royal, nine.

"Football and chess can seem like sporting polar opposites, but there are so many similarities with the modern game," he said. "Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the life of a footballer and I guess that is true across most sports now."

Championship chess matches can last around six or seven hours but, despite his rapid victory, Carlsen was impressed with the England international.

"It was a great game, Trent's good. He has a bit to learn but he definitely has talent," he said.

The full-back is part of the England squad, due to meet at St George's Park on Monday before Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.

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Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City: Jurgen Klopp says missed penalty was 'deserved luck'

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 21:24

Liverpool manager says the late missed penalty from Riyad Mahrez was "deserved luck" as his side drew 0-0 with Manchester City at Anfield.

MATCH REPORT: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City

Watch highlights of Sunday's Premier League games on Match of the Day 2 at 2230 BST on BBC One and on the BBC Sport website.

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Premier League predictions: Lawro v Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark

Sat, 06/10/2018 - 21:49
Lawro's predictions

Liverpool versus Manchester City is the game of the weekend, with the Premier League's top two meeting at Anfield - but how much will the outcome affect the title race?

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson said: "It is in danger of getting a little bit over-hyped, I'm afraid.

"If this is billed as the battle of the champions and all that - in mid-October - then I will smash my telly. There is still such an awfully long way to go.

"Yes, I am looking forward to it, yes they are the best two teams in the league and yes it should be a fantastic game of football, but it is not going to decide the title."

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This week's guest is Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark.

Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark

Stark, who co-presents 'That Peter Crouch podcast', describes himself as a "massive" Watford fan and says: "I have been for pretty much all my whole life.

"I have got to admit I was a little bit of a Manchester United fan for like the first five years of my life, but I think you just write that off to ignorance don't you? No offence to United fans.

"I have got too many Watford heroes to mention - at the moment big Troy Deeney is one of them, I just think he is amazing and he has done wonders for Watford.

"He gets written off every season and comes back stronger, so I love Troy.

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"From Watford teams gone by, I would say Paul Robinson - because I play left-back myself, even though I am right-footed - and Heidar Helguson, who was brilliant when he was up front for us.

"Then obviously there are legends of Watford's history, like Graham Taylor, Luther Blissett and John Barnes - the big names."

Premier League predictions - week 7ResultLawroChrisFRIDAYBrighton v West Ham1-02-12-1SATURDAYBurnley v Huddersfield1-12-13-1Crystal Palace v Wolves0-12-02-0Leicester v Everton1-22-11-2Tottenham v Cardiff1-03-00-1Watford v Bournemouth0-42-14-0Man Utd v Newcastle3-22-02-3SUNDAYFulham v Arsenalx-x1-12-2Southampton v Chelseax-x2-10-3Liverpool v Man Cityx-x1-12-1

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless stated.

FRIDAY Brighton v West Ham

Brighton 1-0 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Chris's prediction: This is a tricky one - I am not sure about West Ham at the moment. 2-1

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SATURDAY Burnley v Huddersfield

Burnley 1-1 Huddersfield

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Chris's prediction: I have a lot of respect for Burnley and Huddersfield, but I love Clarets boss Sean Dyche. Based on that, I am going to go for a Burnley win. 3-1

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Crystal Palace v Wolves

Crystal Palace 0-1 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Chris's prediction: 2-0

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Leicester v Everton

Leicester 1-2 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Chris's prediction: 1-2

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Tottenham v Cardiff

Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Chris's prediction: It is whether I want to go for the safe bet here? It is Tottenham at home, although is it really home yet? Do you know what, I am going to put some faith in Cardiff for this one - let's be different. 0-1

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Watford v Bournemouth

Watford 0-4 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Chris's prediction: Ah Watford - my team! I am going to be at this one and I think we are going to keep grinding out the results. 4-0

Chris on where Watford will finish this season: This season is really up for grabs, because we have started so well.

Can we keep this going? There is such an amazing energy at the club at the moment and if we can keep that up then really we can win any game.

We can get a lot of points this season, and the dream would be to finish in a Champions League place. It is achievable, I genuinely think it is.

If we manage it, it would make Watford history, and we would have the best party ever.

We have started well, there is a good feeling around the club, we have got an amazing team and we have got some quality players so why not? Let's go for it.

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Man Utd v Newcastle

Man Utd 3-2 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Chris's prediction: Everything about this game makes me think that Manchester United should get the win here, however I just can't put that much faith in this Manchester United team at the moment. Newcastle could do with a confidence boost and I think they will get it at Old Trafford. 2-3

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SUNDAY Fulham v Arsenal

Fulham v Arsenal (12:00 BST)

Ryan Sessegnon clattered the bar for Fulham against Everton last week when the game was goalless.

I just felt if the Cottagers were going to get a positive result at Goodison Park, they had to score first.

Unfortunately for them, they didn't - and they ended up collapsing a little bit in the end.

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I think they might get something out of this game, though. Arsenal are still on a very good run, but they played in Azerbaijan on Thursday while Fulham have had the week off.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Chris's prediction: I think Fulham can get a couple of goals here, and I am going to put this down as a draw. 2-2

Match preview

Southampton v Chelsea

Southampton v Chelsea (14:15 BST)

Imagine the mess Southampton would be in if Danny Ings had not been scoring goals for them?

Chelsea have been doing much better, obviously. Their draw with Liverpool was a brilliant game to watch and the Blues played really well.

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I still think Maurizio Sarri's side can look vulnerable, though, particularly away from home.

I am not convinced by Antonio Rudiger or David Luiz at the back because they just strike me as a pair who might have one or two off days.

I know Saints have not won at home yet, and the Blues have not lost away but I think we will see that run of results reverse on Sunday, and I suspect Ings is going to play a big part.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Chris's prediction: 0-3

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Liverpool v Man City

Liverpool v Man City (16:30 BST)

Manchester City were so dominant last season because they had long spells where they were near their peak.

In contrast, I don't think either of these teams are playing near their best level yet.

But from my memory of winning the league myself with Liverpool, that does not matter - you just try to win games, regardless of how well you are playing.

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And both teams just seem to keep on doing that. They are still getting results in the Premier League despite their players not really hitting their stride individually or collectively.

People are seeing City and Liverpool both being in quite average form as being a negative issue but, if you look at it another way, then they are both near the top of the table and they haven't even started playing the way they can.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Chris's prediction: This is the big one. I really think anything could happen at this game but it is at Anfield so I am going to give Liverpool the benefit of the doubt. 2-1

Match preview

How did Lawro do last week?

Lawro got eight correct results, including six perfect scores, from 10 matches for a total of 260 points - not only his highest score of the season, but also his best of all-time.

He beat comedian Karl Pilkington, who got six correct results, with one exact score, for a total of 90 points.

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Liverpool v Man City live in Premier League

Sat, 06/10/2018 - 12:00

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Man City defender John Stones said: "So close, it is one of those things in football. Riyad Mahrez was taking them really well in training all week, but it happens and we have to move on.

"It got their crowd going so we had to dig in because those moments can go both ways, so we had to keep our heads. It is progress from last season, they are a top team and to get a clean sheet at Anfield is something all of the team are really proud of.

"It was a tactical battle today and everyone put a shift in for the team."

On the decision to give Mahrez the penalty, Stones said: "I think it was just decided between the boys. He is deflated and I think he feels he let us down, but he gave everything and he kept the ball well, and had he scored it would have made his day.

"Their attacking threat is brilliant and we stopped that today. We defended as a team and not just a back four, and we kept them to the least number of chaces we could. It was always going to go right to the end."

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Liverpool responsible for Man City bus safety - Pep Guardiola

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 17:32
manchester city bus on it's way to Anfield

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says they "shouldn't need the police to protect the bus" on their first return to Anfield since April's hostile Champions League tie against Liverpool.

On that occasion, the City bus was pelted with objects as it arrived at the stadium before a 3-0 defeat.

"It is something for Liverpool, not me," said Guardiola when asked about a possible repeat on Sunday.

"The best way to protect the bus is for Liverpool fans to go into the stadium."

City are planning to use a different route this time, and have reportedly fitted their bus with 15 outward-facing cameras to capture any aggressive behaviour.

Coach Manuel Estiarte filmed the approach to Anfield in April, posting the footage - complete with the sound of objects hitting the bus - on social media.

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A window was smashed and thousands of pounds of damage caused.

In September, Merseyside Police said no arrests had been made over the incident.

Some City fans have considered arriving on Merseyside early to line the route to the stadium in an attempt to prevent any repeat.

But Guardiola insists it should not be necessary.

"Why do our fans have to protect our bus? Are you kidding me? We shouldn't need the police to protect the bus," said the Spaniard.

City finished 25 points clear of Liverpool in the Premier League last season, but succumbed to a 5-1 aggregate defeat in the Champions League quarter-finals.

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One of only two league defeats suffered by Guardiola's side in their title-winning campaign also came at Anfield, when they lost 4-3 in January.

The two are level on points at the top of the table this season, with City ahead courtesy of goal difference.

"They have a lot of weapons to attack you," said Guardiola.

"They are masters at taking advantage of your mistakes. They are a top side and a good contender. They deserve all the credit they get."

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Liverpool v Manchester City

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 16:36
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