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Klopp: Still room for improvement

Sun, 21/10/2018 - 00:15
By PA Sport

Last Updated: 20/10/18 10:23pm

1:15 Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool's 'brilliant' start to the season but says there is still room for improvement after riding their luck at Huddersfield Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool's 'brilliant' start to the season but says there is still room for improvement after riding their luck at Huddersfield

Jurgen Klopp reflected on his best start to a season as a manager after Mohamed Salah's first-half goal sealed Liverpool's 1-0 win at Huddersfield.

Salah slotted home his fourth goal of the season and first in five club games in the 24th minute as Klopp's side bounced back to winning ways to stay level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Klopp accepted it had not been pretty. Huddersfield went toe to toe with his title challengers for long periods and hit the woodwork in the first period, but the Reds boss was delighted his side extended their unbeaten run to nine matches.

"The basis we have created so far is brilliant - 23 points," Klopp said. "I don't think I (have) had that before after nine games. And still space for improvement - good as well. So let's get home and work on improving."

Klopp said it was also the first time in his managerial career that one of his sides kept winning when not at their best.

2:42 Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win at Huddersfield in the Premier League Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win at Huddersfield in the Premier League

"It was not that bad," he said. "It's maybe the first period in my life that we are winning average matches. That's true.

"We cannot write a book tonight about how to win trophies. There is only one way, and that's to win football games. And for that there are different ways.

"To be honest, sometimes I prefer the spectacular way, but I take that today completely and I understand why it was like that.

"The main reason today was Huddersfield did well. They defended well and were very aggressive round the second balls.

"After this game, everybody knows how good they are and how good they will be in the future."

Mohamed Salah proved decisive as Dejan Lovren helped Liverpool to a sixth Premier League clean sheet in nine matches Mohamed Salah proved decisive as Dejan Lovren helped Liverpool to a sixth Premier League clean sheet in nine matches Mohamed Salah proved decisive as Dejan Lovren helped Liverpool to a sixth Premier League clean sheet in nine matches

Jonathan Hogg's long-range effort struck a post and Huddersfield also had a first-half penalty appeal turned down by referee Michael Oliver when the ball appeared to have hit James Milner's arm.

"You don't want to use the post to defend, to be honest. If it happens you take it, but it's not defending, it's lucky," Klopp added.

"Then with the handball, another penalty, maybe they would have missed. You need luck to only concede three goals (in nine league games), and we have sometimes needed it."

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Liverpool grinding it out

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 22:10
Adam Bate

Comment and Analysis @ghostgoal

Reds remain level on points with leaders Manchester City

Last Updated: 20/10/18 8:14pm

Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game as Liverpool beat Huddersfield Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game as Liverpool beat Huddersfield Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game as Liverpool beat Huddersfield

Liverpool were not at their swaggering best in beating Huddersfield but they got the win. Maybe that's a good sign for Jurgen Klopp...

Klopp did not seem to enjoy what he saw at Huddersfield as his Liverpool side were forced to withstand late pressure from a side still searching for their first win of the season. At one point, Klopp felt compelled to remind his players that there was only one goal separating sides, so sloppy was some of the work by his injury-hit team.

Ultimately, they ground it out to claim the three points that mean they remain level with Manchester City at the top of the table. That's nothing new this season. Having also won 1-0 at home to Brighton, Liverpool have already won more games by that score-line this season than in the entirety of last season. They are lacking fluency but the points are what matter.

After all, beating struggling sides was a struggle for Liverpool last season. They dropped points against all three relegated sides - being held to goalless draws at home to West Brom and Stoke as well as losing at Swansea. Even if the drop is to be the fate for old pal David Wagner and his team, Klopp will not be underestimating the importance of this victory.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shows his frustration on the touchline Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shows his frustration on the touchline Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shows his frustration on the touchline

That it was achieved without Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, both injured on international duty, and with Roberto Firmino not in the starting line-up suggests this was a bullet dodged. Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana came in for their first Premier League starts of the season, while Xherdan Shaqiri played his first 90 minutes in the competition for Liverpool.

With Dejan Lovren keeping his place as well and Fabinho making his Premier League debut off the bench, this did not feel like a classic Liverpool line-up and it was far from a classic performance. But on a day when Chelsea dropped points at home, the win was the priority. Liverpool will need to play better, but they can now win games even if they don't.

2:42 Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win at Huddersfield in the Premier League Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win at Huddersfield in the Premier League

Here's how Liverpool's squad players played their part at Huddersfield…

Xherdan Shaqiri

Against winless Huddersfield, Klopp felt confident enough to play Shaqiri in midfield and that decision was justified with a typically creative performance from the summer signing. Shaqiri created more chances than any other player on the pitch in the first half, providing the assist for Salah's opener. He can be a difference maker for Klopp's team.

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge has already scored four goals this season, including vital ones against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea but this was his first Premier League start for Liverpool in almost a year. There was no goal - only speculative shots - but his mobility was again encouraging and a lofted ball through to Salah on 63 minutes should have brought the killer second goal.

Adam Lallana made his first Premier League start since New Year's Day Adam Lallana made his first Premier League start since New Year's Day Adam Lallana made his first Premier League start since New Year's Day

Adam Lallana

Lallana was making his first Premier League start since New Year's Day and he announced his return to the line-up with a trademark Cruyff turn away from trouble in the first half. Playing from the left, the England international showed plenty of energy - only James Milner covered more ground before he substituted midway through the second half.

Dejan Lovren

It was a surprise when Lovren made his return to the Premier League starting line-up for the showdown with Manchester City before the international break but the defender did well and retained his place. Two games and two clean sheets underlines the fact that Klopp can tweak his back line, resting young Trent Alexander-Arnold without paying the price.

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Salah sees off struggling Huddersfield

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 21:37
By Michael Hincks

@MichaelHincks

Report and highlights as Liverpool return to second in the Premier League table

Last Updated: 20/10/18 11:20pm

2:42 Watch highlights as Liverpool beat Huddersfield 1-0 at the John Smith's Stadium Watch highlights as Liverpool beat Huddersfield 1-0 at the John Smith's Stadium

Mohamed Salah's first goal in five club games was enough to steer Liverpool to a 1-0 victory against a Huddersfield side who remain without a win after nine Premier League games.

Liverpool's only shot on target all match proved to be the winner as Salah latched on to Xherdan Shaqiri's through ball (24) to score his 50th goal in English football.

Jonathan Hogg hit the woodwork soon after, but it was as close as Huddersfield came to levelling, with David Wagner's side now without a home goal in five league games this season.

The result leaves Huddersfield in 19th on three points, while Liverpool move back up to second behind leaders Manchester City on goal difference.

Player ratings

Huddesfield: Lossl (6), Zanka (6), Schindler (6), Lowe (6), Hadergjonaj (6), Hogg (6), Billing (6), Mooy (7), Durm (7), Pritchard (6), Depoitre (6)

Subs: Mounie (6), Mbenza (6), Diakhaby (N/A)

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Gomez (7), Van Dijk (7), Lovren (7), Robertson (7), Milner (6), Henderson (6), Lallana (6), Shaqiri (6), Sturridge (6), Salah (7)

Subs: Wijnaldum (6), Fabinho (6), Firmino (6)

Man of the match: Dejan Lovren

Mohamed Salah proved decisive as Dejan Lovren helped Liverpool to a sixth Premier League clean sheet in nine matches Mohamed Salah proved decisive as Dejan Lovren helped Liverpool to a sixth Premier League clean sheet in nine matches Mohamed Salah proved decisive as Dejan Lovren helped Liverpool to a sixth Premier League clean sheet in nine matches

With Jurgen Klopp handing Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana their first starts of the season, it was a slow start to proceedings at the John Smith's Stadium as Liverpool struggled with their link-up play in the final third.

However, that was corrected midway through the half, as Shaqiri found Salah in a pocket of space before the Egyptian poked it across Jonas Lossl to score his fourth goal of the season.

Salah's strike was ultimately the only shot on target all half, though Huddersfield did come close when Hogg's fierce strike from 25 yards hit the post.

And the home side will feel they were denied a first-half penalty when the ball brushed both James Milner's thigh and hand, and soon after they saw a goal ruled out for offside when Alex Pritchard strayed just off before dinking an effort over Alisson.

After the break, a header from the backtracking Laurent Depoitre forced Alisson into his only save of the match 10 minutes into the second half.

Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk were fit to start for Liverpool, but Sadio Mane (hand) and Naby Keita (hamstring) were not in the squad.

Adam Lallana made his first start of the season in place of Georginio Wijnaldum, Daniel Sturridge started ahead of Roberto Firmino, while one Huddersfield change saw Florent Hadergjonaj come in for Rajiv van La Parra.

The game continued at a leisurely pace, and it was Salah who then spurned Liverpool's best chance of the half when stroking an effort wide of Lossl's far post.

Huddersfield's big opportunity came with 10 minutes to go, but after Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren failed to clear a cross, Steve Mounie could only fire over from 10 yards out.

Notes for Southgate

Joe Gomez impressed defensively for Liverpool, while Adam Lallana returned to the fold as he looks to build up his match fitness. Jordan Henderson went off at half-time with a tight hamstring, while chances were few and far between for Daniel Sturridge. Trent Alexander-Arnold remained on the bench.

Liverpool:
Won 7 of opening 9 PL games for 1st time since 08-09
10 pts better off than this stage last season
6th clean sheet in 9 games - joint most in PL, with Man City
200th away PL win pic.twitter.com/aNBd6vpflw

— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) October 20, 2018 Opta stats
  • Liverpool have become just the fourth Premier League side to win 200 Premier League games away from home after Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in 13 matches in all competitions against Huddersfield (W10 D3 L0) and haven't conceded a single goal in any of their last eight against the Terriers.
  • Huddersfield have managed just two shots on target across their three Premier League games against Liverpool.
  • Huddersfield have failed to score in their last seven home Premier League games since Tom Ince netted in a 1-0 victory for the Terriers against Watford back in April - only Manchester City (8 in 2006-07) have ever had a longer such run in the competition.
  • Huddersfield have become just the second side in Premier League history to fail to score in any of their opening five home games of a season after Everton in 1998-99.
Man of the match - Dejan Lovren Dejan  Lovren made 11 clearances, two tackles and two blocks against Huddersfield Dejan  Lovren made 11 clearances, two tackles and two blocks against Huddersfield Dejan Lovren made 11 clearances, two tackles and two blocks against Huddersfield

Highlights of the match are unlikely to make Liverpool's end-of-season showreel, but three points is still three points. They were clinical when it mattered, and resolute in defence once more, recording a sixth clean sheet in nine league matches.

At the heart of Liverpool's defence was Dejan Lovren, who made 11 clearances, two tackles and two blocks to keep Huddersfield at bay.

The managers

David Wagner: "If it's the case that luck over a season evens out, then we're going to have a lot of luck in the next 29 games.

"It's true we have problems scoring goals, but it's also true that we're performing at a very high level.

"We're creating opportunities and have the spirit and the passion and desire to limit an opponent like Liverpool."

0:57 David Wagner rues Huddersfield's lack of goals following the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool David Wagner rues Huddersfield's lack of goals following the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp: "The basis we have created so far is brilliant - 23 points.I don't think I (have) had that before after nine games. And still space for improvement - good as well. So let's get home and work on improving.

"It was not that bad. It's maybe the first period in my life that we are winning average matches. That's true."

1:15 Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool's 'brilliant' start to the season but says there is still room for improvement after riding their luck at Huddersfield Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool's 'brilliant' start to the season but says there is still room for improvement after riding their luck at Huddersfield What's next?

Huddersfield travel to Watford next Saturday for a 3pm Premier League kick-off, while Liverpool host Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League on Wednesday before welcoming Cardiff to Anfield on Saturday.

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Huddersfield v Liverpool preview

Fri, 19/10/2018 - 17:20
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Last Updated: 19/10/18 3:35pm

Naby Keita will not feature for Liverpool at the John Smith's Stadium Naby Keita will not feature for Liverpool at the John Smith's Stadium Naby Keita will not feature for Liverpool at the John Smith's Stadium

Naby Keita will not feature for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp faces close friend David Wagner's Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Guinea midfielder was taken off in the first half of his country's trip to Rwanda in the Africa Nations Cup qualifier on Tuesday and Klopp confirmed he had picked up a hamstring injury.

The Reds manager is also backing Wagner to succeed at Huddersfield despite their poor start to the season, and called another potential survival of relegation a 'third miracle'.

"This year it's a stronger side and stronger football. I speak to Dave [Wagner] most weekends and I think the club is brilliant," Klopp said.

1:56 A preview of this weekend's Premier League games, including Chelsea v Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and Leicester's trip to Arsenal A preview of this weekend's Premier League games, including Chelsea v Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and Leicester's trip to Arsenal

"There is no reason to be worried about Dave's situation at Huddersfield. This year if he stays in the league he has a hat-trick of miracles."

Wagner also called Saturday's game "special", but said his side are focused on the challenge at hand against a Liverpool team who are unbeaten in the Premier League.

"It's a game I always look forward to," he said. "It's a special game, for me and this football club. We play Liverpool, one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League at our stadium. We will invest everything and we aim to deliver something extraordinary.

Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner are firm friends, having coached together in Germany Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner are firm friends, having coached together in Germany Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner are firm friends, having coached together in Germany

"We are focused and we will try to prepare the team as well as we can. All together we have to show the passion and desire to be ready for this challenge."

Team news

Elsewhere for Liverpool, Mohamed Salah (hamstring) and Sadio Mane (broken thumb) are still in contention despite arriving back at Melwood with fitness issues.

Virgil van Dijk will continue to play with a rib problem, James Milner could feature despite a hamstring injury sustained just before the international break while Adam Lallana is set to feature in the squad for the first time since September 1.

Virgil van Dijk will be monitored ahead of the game Virgil van Dijk will be monitored ahead of the game Virgil van Dijk will be monitored ahead of the game

Philip Billing is hoping to prove his fitness in time for Huddersfield after sustaining an ankle injury while on international duty with Denmark U21s, but has returned to full training and will be monitored.

Isaac Mbenza (knee) will also be assessed, while club captain Tommy Smith (groin), Terence Kongolo (hamstring) and Danny Williams (knee) are out.

Opta stats

Huddersfield lost both Premier League meetings 3-0 against Liverpool last season, in what were their first league meetings with the Reds since the 1971-72 campaign.

Liverpool are unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions against Huddersfield (W9 D3 L0) and haven't conceded a single goal in any of their last seven against the Terriers.

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

Huddersfield have failed to score in any of their four Premier League home games this season - only Everton in 1998-99 have failed to score in any of their first five at home at the start of a Premier League campaign.

Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have lost five of their nine away Premier League games against teams starting the day in the relegation zone (P9 W2 D2 L5) and won none of their last six (W0 D2 L4) since a 6-0 victory at Aston Villa in February 2016.

Liverpool have lost just one of their last 16 Premier League games (W10 D5) and are unbeaten in their last nine (W7 D2 L0).

2:57 Highlights from Burnley's draw against Huddersfield in the Premier League Highlights from Burnley's draw against Huddersfield in the Premier League

Huddersfield have fired in a league-low 20 shots on target in the Premier League this season, while only Man City (16) have faced fewer shots on target than Liverpool (21).

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has already hit more goals in nine appearances in all competitions this season (4), than he did in 20 last term for Liverpool and West Brom combined (3).

Merson's predictions

There are a few injury problems for Liverpool to deal with heading to Huddersfield. Jurgen Klopp gets his side playing at such a high tempo and they play pretty much the same team every week so they are always likely to pick up injuries.

They have and it seems they have all come at the same time. However, I still think they'll have too much for Huddersfield. If you are going to have injuries this is the perfect game to have them. You don't want to be playing Manchester United or Chelsea away with an injury crisis.

Liverpool will be too strong for Huddersfield. I just don't see David Wagner's side scoring and that's their problem.

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Klopp not ruling out Salah, Mane

Fri, 19/10/2018 - 16:56
Naby Keita ruled out, Virgil van Dijk has 'no problems' By Danny Gallagher

Last Updated: 19/10/18 3:56pm

A late decision will be made on the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane A late decision will be made on the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane A late decision will be made on the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are waiting on the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane ahead of Saturday's clash with Huddersfield.

The attacking duo were expected to be doubts for the trip to west Yorkshire, but resumed first-team training this week.

"We had yesterday's session and a few of the boys trained, we'll have to see how they react," said Klopp.

"The only thing we are pretty sure is that Naby [Keita] will not be available with all the rest, we have to see how it develops, that's it pretty much."

One player who looks ready to resume domestic action for Liverpool is Virgil van Dijk, who Klopp confirmed is in good condition.

The £75million defender missed the Netherlands' friendly with Belgium, leading manager Ronald Koeman to suggest he had been playing with broken ribs.

0:55 Jurgen Klopp has confirmed defender Virgil van Dijk has 'no problems' Jurgen Klopp has confirmed defender Virgil van Dijk has 'no problems'

Klopp would not be drawn on the issue, but acknowledged his star defender had "major problems" he has had to play through.

"You saw when he went off, everybody saw when he went off [against Southampton] that Virgil would not leave pitch without any major problems.

"It's settled pretty quickly but that's how it is. Football players have to play very often with some kind of pain. But it's not too important.

"It's all good, he has no problems with that any more."

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Roma fan found not guilty of GBH

Thu, 18/10/2018 - 17:33
Roma fan jailed for three years for violent disorder By PA Sport

Last Updated: 19/10/18 6:04am

Liverpool fan Sean Cox was attacked outside Anfield ahead of the Champions League semi-final against Roma Liverpool fan Sean Cox was attacked outside Anfield ahead of the Champions League semi-final against Roma Liverpool fan Sean Cox was attacked outside Anfield ahead of the Champions League semi-final against Roma

Roma supporter Filippo Lombardi has been found not guilty at Preston Crown Court of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Liverpool fan Sean Cox.

The 21-year-old from Rome has, however, been jailed for three years for a separate charge of violent disorder, which he admitted.

Cox suffered "catastrophic injuries" when he was assaulted outside Anfield before the Champions League semi-final against Roma on April 24.

A jury of six men and six women found Lombardi not guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm by a majority verdict after deliberating for just under nine hours.

Lombardi - who had an Italian interpreter with him in the dock but gave most of his evidence in English - had admitted a charge of violent disorder before the trial.

The student was one of a group of about 30 Roma supporters who made their way down Venmore Street onto Walton Breck Road, outside the stadium, just after 7pm.

Lombardi was seen on footage swinging a belt as another man, referred to as N40, punched Mr Cox, causing him to fall to the ground.

Virgil van Dijk (C) and teammates hold a tribute to Liverpool fan Sean Cox Virgil van Dijk (C) and teammates hold a tribute to Liverpool fan Sean Cox Virgil van Dijk (C) and teammates hold a tribute to Liverpool fan Sean Cox

Recorder of Preston Judge Mark Brown said Lombardi's sentence would have been considerably longer if he had been convicted of the attack on Mr Cox.

But, he said: "Nonetheless, it is a feature of the case that during the violent disorder he was severely injured and that cannot be ignored.

"The violent disorder did not end with the attack on him because, as he was lying unconscious on the ground, it carried on regardless near to him and you, as is clear from the footage, were in the thick of it."

The court has heard Mr Cox, from Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in the attack and is still being treated in a rehabilitation centre.

Alison Gurden, defending, said Lombardi was of previously good character and had played as a goalkeeper in the AS Roma academy between the ages of 13 and 16.

She said: "Mr Lombardi has a background of someone who, since he was a young man, has been very responsible and very hard working."

She said he had had a "huge maturity increase" after spending nearly six months in prison.

Judge Brown said he did not accept that Lombardi had not been there to cause trouble.

He said: "There is no doubt in my mind that your purpose was to cause a violent clash with the Liverpool fans and that's demonstrated vividly in film footage.

Liverpool beat Roma 7-6 on aggregate to reach the Champions League final last season Liverpool beat Roma 7-6 on aggregate to reach the Champions League final last season Liverpool beat Roma 7-6 on aggregate to reach the Champions League final last season

"The footage shows that you had an active role and your assertion in evidence and in your basis of plea that you were just looking for signs for away supporter sections and were suddenly confronted by Liverpool fans is, in my judgment, nonsense."

Judge Brown said footage showed Lombardi using his belt "as a whip".

He said: "Your actions and those of the other Roma supporters in the group are likely to have scarred the good name of football.

"In my judgment, you have brought disgrace on AS Roma supporters."

He added: "The game will probably be remembered not because of the football skill on the field or the result, but because of the awful tragedy Mr Cox endured, and the violent disorder that took place outside the ground."

The court heard another man had been arrested in Rome in connection with the attack and was awaiting extradition.

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Roma fan awaits verdict

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 16:08
By Press Association

Last Updated: 17/10/18 2:31pm

The incident occurred on Walton Breck Road just outside Anfield The incident occurred on Walton Breck Road just outside Anfield The incident occurred on Walton Breck Road just outside Anfield

The jury in the trial of a Roma supporter accused of a joint attack on a Liverpool fan outside Anfield has been sent out to consider its verdict.

Filippo Lombardi, 21, from Rome denies inflicting grievous bodily harm on Irish father-of-three Sean Cox.

The 53-year-old suffered "catastrophic injuries" when he was assaulted before the Champions League semi-final on April 24.

On Wednesday, as he summed up the case, Recorder of Preston Judge Mark Brown said: "Football has been described as the beautiful game but the terrible events that took place outside Anfield stadium when Sean Cox was assaulted and suffered catastrophic injuries surely have blighted its reputation."

The jury at Preston Crown Court was told another man, referred to as N40, was responsible for the punch that knocked Mr Cox to the ground, causing his injuries.

The prosecution alleges Lombardi swung his belt towards Mr Cox as he fell and was jointly responsible for the attack.

The trial, which began last Thursday, has heard Lombardi arrived at the ground after walking from Liverpool Lime Street train station with a group of 20 to 30 Roma supporters.

Footage taken on Walton Breck Road, which was full of Liverpool supporters ahead of the game, appears to show Lombardi swinging his belt in the direction of Mr Cox, who was standing with his brother Martin.

Neville Biddle, prosecuting, said: "The Coxs had done absolutely nothing other than walk peacefully down the road.

"I suggest to you it's clear from those photos that Mr Lombardi, for whatever reason, was intent on causing trouble.

"He now realises that what he has done has caused catastrophic injuries to Mr Cox and he is quite simply not able to bring himself to admit that that is what he had done.

"What he has done is tell you a whole series of untruths to try to cover his situation, maybe because he is ashamed of what he did and can't bring himself to accept responsibility for it."

Lombardi, who had an Italian interpreter in court but gave most of his evidence in English, claimed he had taken his belt off because he became lost and feared he was walking into a dangerous situation among Liverpool fans outside the ground.

He said a man standing behind Martin Cox said something to him about a fight and he swung the belt at him to get him away but did not notice Sean Cox until he saw him lying on the ground.

In her closing speech, Alison Gurden, defending, said: "You don't have to be certain that what Mr Lombardi has said is accurate, you just have to effectively have doubt in your mind as to whether prosecution have proved this case."

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PL questions: More misery for Jose?

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 15:21
Chelsea v Manchester United, Everton v Crystal Palace, Arsenal v Leicester all live on Sky Sports

Last Updated: 17/10/18 2:20pm

Will Chelsea pile more pressure on Jose Mourinho? Will Chelsea pile more pressure on Jose Mourinho? Will Chelsea pile more pressure on Jose Mourinho?

Will Chelsea inflict more misery on Jose Mourinho? Will Harry Kane build on his England heroics? We look at this weekend's Premier League questions.

Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge to take on an unbeaten Chelsea in the weekend's first fixture, live on Sky Sports, before six 3pm fixtures - including the London derby between West Ham and Tottenham. Liverpool's trip to Huddersfield completes Saturday's games.

Super Sunday sees Everton host Crystal Palace, live on Sky Sports, with the hosts chasing a third straight league win, before in-form Arsenal take on Leicester in the Monday Night Football. Ahead of the games, we look at some of the weekend's talking points...

Will Chelsea pile misery on former boss Mourinho? (Chelsea v Manchester United, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 11:30am on Saturday)

To say it is not going to plan for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is an understatement. And, as is often the case in Manchester, when it rains, it pours, with his latest FA charge this week, for allegedly directing offensive language down the TV camera, meaning he could be banned from the touchline for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

3:00 Manchester United 3-2 Newcastle - highlights Manchester United 3-2 Newcastle - highlights

United have won just one of their last five games in all competitions, and have lost on their last three visits to Stamford Bridge under the Portuguese. Another humbling will only cause Mourinho yet more angst.

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Will Harry Kane build on his England heroics? (Tottenham v West Ham, Saturday 3pm)

Whenever Harry Kane fails to find the net, talk of a burnout rears its head. Three league goals since the end of August is not up to Kane's usual high standards, with two full 90 minutes for England in their recent UEFA Nations League fixtures also scoreless.

2:58 Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff - highlights Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff - highlights

However, while Kane did not finish off the moves that helped England register a 3-2 win in Spain on Monday night, he set two up, the first of which was a sublime through-pass into the path of Marcus Rashford. His hold-up play was exemplary, he did everything but score, and will take heart from his effectiveness ahead of Tottenham's trip to West Ham, who have improved markedly of late.

Which defence can hold out? (Cardiff v Fulham, Saturday 3pm)

It has been six years since a side has conceded more goals in their first eight games of a Premier League season than Fulham have done. Their 5-1 defeat to Arsenal before the international break took their tally to 21 conceded, while, ahead of their trip to Cardiff, they have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 22 Premier League away games.

Slavisa Jokanovic's Fulham have not had the start they would have hoped for after spending around £100m in the summer Slavisa Jokanovic's Fulham have not had the start they would have hoped for after spending around £100m in the summer Slavisa Jokanovic's Fulham have not had the start they would have hoped for after spending around £100m in the summer

Manager Slavisa Jokanovic acknowledged after the loss to Arsenal that defensively Fulham have not been good enough, and that will surely have been the main point of focus in training during the last two weeks.

The stats show that Cardiff have not fared much better defensively, but 12 of the 17 goals they have let in were against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. Having already played four of last season's top six, Cardiff now start a more favourable run of fixtures, and whoever can keep it tight at the back might prevail in this crucial contest between two newly-promoted teams.

Will Pep Guardiola break another record? (Manchester City v Burnley, Saturday 3pm)

Pep Guardiola might have the record for a team most Premier League goals and points points in a season, but there's more to come for Manchester City if they beat Burnley.

Anything but a Burnley win at the Etihad will see the hosts set the longest record for consecutive unbeaten games at 3pm on a Saturday, and would extend their run to 34 games without loss in that time slot.

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However, the Clarets have a record of their own to trouble Guardiola, having won 50 per cent of their games against reigning Premier League champions, a statistic only Manchester United and Bournemouth can match.

Back-to-back wins have alleviated some of the early-season stress around manager Sean Dyche, but Burnley are without a win in 14 away league trips to Manchester City, while the hosts have won 24 and lost just one of their last 30 home league games.

Have we reached must-win for Rafa? (Newcastle v Brighton, Saturday 3pm)

Aside from the off-the-pitch issues which have surrounded Newcastle United for years, things have rarely been this desolate on a Saturday at St James' Park.

Newcastle have never had a worse start to a top-flight season, having collected two points from their first eight games, and over the international break were the first murmurs Rafa Benitez may be worried about losing his job in the north east.

Newcastle scored two in a game for the first time this season against Manchester United - but still lost Newcastle scored two in a game for the first time this season against Manchester United - but still lost Newcastle scored two in a game for the first time this season against Manchester United - but still lost

Brighton have not won in their last 17 away games, picking up just five points in that time, and manager Chris Hughton, who was Newcastle boss from 2009 to 2010, has not won at St James' Park from the away dressing room.

So something has to give on Saturday - but will it be Newcastle's dreadful start which finally lets up? If they don't, they will equal an unwanted record of five straight home losses to begin a top-flight season - something only Manchester United (1930), Portsmouth (2009) and Bolton (2011) have done before.

And what else links those three teams? They all went on to be relegated.

Will West Ham reach home comforts at last? (West Ham v Tottenham, Saturday 3pm)

It's a question we ask ourselves every time West Ham win at the London Stadium - is this the turning point? The Hammers haven't made their Stratford home a welcome one more than two years after moving in, and they've won back-to-back league games there only once - over Burnley and Hull in December 2016.

It has got quieter with every false dawn since, and was muted again after the Hammers followed up a superb 3-1 win over Manchester United in London with a poor 1-0 defeat at Brighton before the international break.

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However, they have a chance to bounce back and continue their upturn in form, with seven points from their last four games.

Manuel Pellegrini can draw on a hoodoo West Ham have had over their London neighbours, picking up more wins against Tottenham than they have against any other team in the Premier League, beating them 14 times since its formation in 1992.

That said, in more recent times the pendulum has swung back the way of Spurs, and last season they were 3-2 winners at the London Stadium.

And their away form makes for impressive reading, with eight wins and a draw from their last 11 games on the road.

Will Wolves keep up odds-defying form? (Wolves v Watford, Saturday 3pm)

No one was too surprised by Wolves' bright start to the Premier League - after all, they romped to the Championship title last season after bringing in some players who looked a class above the second tier.

But getting results against both Manchester United and Manchester City en route to picking up 15 points from their first eight games would probably have been beyond Nuno Espirito Santos' expectations.

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They are already the most successful promoted team at this stage since Hull stunned the top flight in 2008 (17 points), and only two more promoted teams - Blackburn in 1992 (17) and Nottingham Forest in 1994 (20) - can beat their tally at this stage in Premier League history.

Watford have a record in their sights, albeit for different reasons. They are only the second team in Premier League history to win their opening four games and then go four without a victory, after Sheffield Wednesday in 1996.

Will bottom-three sides continue to haunt Liverpool? (Huddersfield v Liverpool, Saturday 5.30pm)

Here is a crazy stat amid all of Liverpool's positivity over the last year - Jurgen Klopp has not won an away game against a team starting the day in the bottom three since Liverpool thrashed Aston Villa 6-0 in February 2016, drawing two and losing four since that day.

They did win 3-0 at the John Smith's Stadium last season, though, and haven't conceded a single goal in any of their last seven games against the Terriers.

Swansea, then 20th, were the last team in the bottom three to beat Liverpool, in January Swansea, then 20th, were the last team in the bottom three to beat Liverpool, in January Swansea, then 20th, were the last team in the bottom three to beat Liverpool, in January

Huddersfield's momentum from their early-season form in 2017/18 has not materialised this year, and only Everton, in 1998, can beat their run of four home games without scoring at the start of a Premier League season.

They have racked up only 20 shots on target in their opening eight games of the season this time around, which is fewer than anyone else in the division.

Will Crystal Palace get sucked in? (Everton v Crystal Palace, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 3.30pm on Sunday)

After a bright start to the season, Crystal Palace have really struggled in their last few games, winning only one of seven following on from an opening-day victory at Fulham.

They are still some way away from their nightmare start from 2017/18, where they lost all of their first seven games, but seven points on the board leaves them closer to the bottom three than the top half after eight games.

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Things are better for Everton, though, who are chasing a third win in a row at Goodison Park on Sunday, something they have not done since January 2017, when managed by Ronald Koeman.

They are also unbeaten in seven games against Crystal Palace since a 3-2 home defeat in 2014, and the ground has not been a happy hunting ground for Palace boss Roy Hodgson either - he has only a draw to show from eight visits.

Will Arsenal make it double figures? (Arsenal v Leicester, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7pm on Monday)

How good would Unai Emery's Arsenal start look if he can add a 10th win in a row against Leicester City on Monday night? After starting his time at the Emirates with back-to-back defeats, that wouldn't be too bad at all for the new boss, and would represent their longest winning streak in more than 11 years.

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History is on his side, too. Arsenal have won their last 11 home games with Leicester, and have not been beaten on home soil by the Foxes since a 2-0 defeat at Highbury in 1973.

Leicester have won two of their last three away games, picking up just one point less than they did in their previous 11, but they are winless in their last seven games in London since beating West Ham in March 2017.

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Keita injury scare for Liveprool

Tue, 16/10/2018 - 20:30
Keita adds to Liverpool's growing injury concerns

Last Updated: 16/10/18 7:27pm

Naby Keita was reportedly carried off the pitch on a teammate's back after hurting his hamstring Naby Keita was reportedly carried off the pitch on a teammate's back after hurting his hamstring Naby Keita was reportedly carried off the pitch on a teammate's back after hurting his hamstring

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has reportedly suffered a hamstring injury while playing for Guinea in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old was substituted at half-time and was carried off the pitch on a team-mate's back because no stretcher was available.

Keita is the third Liverpool player to be injured on Africa Cup of Nations qualifying duty alongside attackers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Salah was substituted during Egypt's clash with Swaziland after straining his thigh muscle, while Mane is believed to have broken his thumb after being pictured with a bandage on his left hand following Senegal's 3-0 victory Sudan on Monday.

Liverpool are also monitoring the fitness of Virgil van Dijk and James Milner ahead of Saturday evening's trip to Huddersfield.

Milner went off with a hamstring injury in Liverpool's 0-0 draw with Manchester City before the international break while Van Dijk has been managing a rib problem.

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman says Van Dijk is fit to return for Liverpool, but claimed the defender has been playing with two broken ribs.

Both Salah and Van Dijk were called back to Anfield and have not been ruled out for Saturday's fixture.

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Euro papers: Liverpool consider Insigne

Tue, 16/10/2018 - 14:00
By Callum Rice-Coates, Football Whispers

Last Updated: 16/10/18 12:05pm

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Clubs across Europe are busy preparing for the January window.

That means the rumour mill never stops, so we asked our friends at Football Whispers to round up all the latest news and gossip from the continent.

Italy

Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne is a Liverpool transfer target ahead of the January transfer window. The Italy international has scored six goals this season - one of which was a last-minute winner against Jurgen Klopp's side in the Champions League - and the Reds are said to be planning an approach. (Rai Sport)

Kevin Mirallas is reluctant to return to Everton following the completion of his loan spell with Fiorentina. The Belgian winger, who joined the Serie A club in the summer, has so far made four appearances. "My aim is to remain here and convince Fiorentina to sign me on a permanent deal," he said. (La Nazione)

Cristiano Biraghi's crucial last-minute goal for Italy against Poland in the Nations League has attracted the attention of a number of Serie A clubs. Inter are believed to be preparing a move for the Fiorentina left-back, who spent seven years in the Nerazzuri's youth system. (Corriere dello Sport).

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek is a target. The Polish forward has emerged on the radars of several clubs after a superb start to the season, scoring nine goals in seven Serie A games. "It's true that I've spoken about Piatek with Preziosi (Genoa president) and even with the player's agent," De Laurentiis is quoted as saying. "We will meet again. (Corriere dello Sport)

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Manchester City are prepared to pay £62m to land Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong. Barcelona are considered strong favourites to secure the 21-year-old's signature and are said to have had a bid rejected. De Jong is also a Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham transfer target. (Mundo Deportivo)

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Malcom's future at Barcelona could depend on whether he features in the club's next three matches. The Brazilian has played just 25 minutes in La Liga since his summer arrival from Bordeaux and is determined to make an impact over the next two weeks. Barcelona play Sevilla and Real Madrid in La Liga, with a Champions League game against Inter in between. (Mundo Deportivo)

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has not ruled out a January exit after seeing his playing time decrease this season. The Ghana international was a key player for Diego Simeone last season, making 40 starts across all competitions. Arsenal are believed to be interested in acquiring his services should he opt to move on. (Marca)

Thomas Vermaelen's chances of a new contract at Barcelona are growing increasingly slim after he suffered another injury. The former Arsenal defender will be out for six weeks with a strained hamstring. (AS)

Germany

Manuel Neuer has insisted that he is still Germany's No 1 after doubts were expressed over his recent performances. Lothar Matthaus questioned whether the Bayern Munich goalkeeper should still start for Germany following his recent injury troubles, but Neuer said: "I can say that I'm fit. I have no problems, even as far as my foot is concerned, everything is fine. I'm on a good level. (Sport Bild)

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Alexandre Lacazette has admitted that he misses "Ligue 1's atmosphere". The Frenchman joined Arsenal from Lyon in the summer of 2017 and has made an impressive start to the season. But he has hinted that he might look to return to his homeland in the future. "There's a better atmosphere in French stadiums," he said. (Le Progres)

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Mane 'suffers broken thumb'

Tue, 16/10/2018 - 11:59

Last Updated: 16/10/18 10:00am

Sadio Mane has scored four goals in 11 appearances for Liverpool this season Sadio Mane has scored four goals in 11 appearances for Liverpool this season Sadio Mane has scored four goals in 11 appearances for Liverpool this season

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has reportedly suffered a broken thumb while on international duty with Senegal.

Images have emerged of the 26-year-old with a bandage on his left hand, coupled with an X-ray of the alleged injury.

Sky Sports News has contacted Liverpool for a comment and is awaiting a response.

Liverpool return to action on Saturday in the Premier League against Huddersfield.

Sadio Mane has broken this left thumb in training with Senegal national team, his injury could get worse if he played. He's expected to miss the game vs. Sudan and Liverpool's clash against Huddersfield in the Premier League. pic.twitter.com/U8weZuucy7

— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) October 15, 2018

Mo Salah suffered a muscle injury while playing for Egypt, while Virgil van Dijk aggravated a previously sustained rib injury during the Netherlands' 3-0 win over Germany last Saturday.

Both players have been called back to Liverpool as a result so the club can monitor their fitness, although Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman claims Van Dijk will be fine for Saturday's trip to the John Smith's Stadium.

"The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after back to Liverpool," said Koeman.

"He is ready to play next weekend."

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'Van Dijk fit for Liverpool return'

Mon, 15/10/2018 - 21:04
By Liam Grace

Last Updated: 16/10/18 10:34am

0:30 Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed Virgil van Dijk will be rested against Belgium, but insists the Liverpool defender is fit to play at the weekend Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed Virgil van Dijk will be rested against Belgium, but insists the Liverpool defender is fit to play at the weekend

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman says Virgil van Dijk is fit to return for Liverpool, but claimed the defender has been playing with two broken ribs.

Van Djik played 90 minutes and scored as the Oranje beat Germany 3-0 on Saturday, but Koeman confirmed he will be rested for Tuesday's clash with Belgium after being in contact with the Premier League club.

The 27-year-old, who is the captain of the national team, first injured his rib in Liverpool's win over Southampton last month but had been playing on through the pain.

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Van Djik is now back in England to focus on his recovery ahead of Saturday, when he is expected to be fully fit, as Jurgen Klopp's side travel to Huddersfield in a 5.30pm Premier League kick-off.

Koeman told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf: "Virgil has played with two broken ribs in the last weeks. He wanted to play against Germany but you have to give the club something back now."

He added: "He (Van Dijk) spoke to the manager. The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after back to Liverpool.

"He is ready to play next weekend."

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Meanwhile, Liverpool will continue to monitor Mohamed Salah, who suffered a muscle injury in Egypt's 4-1 win over Swaziland on Friday.

Salah was due to travel to Swaziland with his international team-mates for the return African Nations Cup qualifier, but the Pharaohs confirmed he has since travelled back to Merseyside.

Sky Sports News understands Liverpool have not yet ruled out Salah for the trip to Huddersfield.

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Henderson defends Nations League

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Injured Salah returns to Liverpool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'Gomez is a mini Van Dijk'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Salah injured after scoring from corner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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More PL fixtures live on Sky

Fri, 12/10/2018 - 19:00
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Last Updated: 12/10/18 10:49pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Confirmed Premier League fixtures live on Sky Sports

November

Fri 30: Cardiff v Wolves (8pm)

December

Sun 2: Chelsea v Fulham (12pm)

Sun 2: Arsenal v Tottenham (2.05pm)

Sun 2: Liverpool v Everton (4.15pm)

Sat 8: Bournemouth v Liverpool (12.30pm)

Sun 9: Newcastle v Wolves (4pm)

Mon 10: Everton v Watford (8pm)

Sat 15: Man City v Everton (12.30pm)

Sun 16: Southampton v Arsenal (1.30pm)

Sun 16: Liverpool v Man Utd (4pm)

Fri 21: Wolves v Liverpool (8pm)

Sat 22: Arsenal v Burnley (12.30pm)

Sun 23: Everton v Tottenham (4pm)

Wed 26: Fulham v Wolves (12.30pm)

Wed 26: Brighton v Arsenal (5.15pm)

Wed 26: Watford v Chelsea (7.30pm)

Thur 27: Southampton v West Ham (7.45pm)

Sun 30: Crystal Palace v Chelsea (12pm)

Sun 30: Southampton v Man City (2.15pm)

Sun 30: Man Utd v Bournemouth (4.30pm)

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January

Tue 1: Everton v Leicester (12.30pm)

Tue 1: Cardiff v Tottenham (5.30pm)

Wed 2: Newcastle v Man Utd (8pm)

Thur 3: Man City v Liverpool (8pm)

Sat 12: West Ham v Arsenal (12.30pm)

Sun 13: Everton v Bournemouth (2.15pm)

Sun 13: Tottenham v Man Utd (4.30pm)

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

Sat 19: Wolves v Leicester (12.30pm)

Sun 20: Huddersfield v Man City (1.30pm)

Sun 20: Fulham v Tottenham (4pm)

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

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Salah cleared over alleged car phone use

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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McAteer: Mental health is indiscriminate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"It is indiscriminate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can now watch Through the Storm for free on LFCTVGO

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Man held in Rome after Anfield assault

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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