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Swansea v Liverpool: Away ticket update

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 15:42

Liverpool FC have released the following away ticket update for the Premier League fixture at Swansea City on Monday January 22.

A limited number of returned tickets will be available online only to season ticket holders, official Members and fan card holders based on attendance at Premier League away fixtures during 2016-17 on the following days.

Attendance at 17 or more games: from 11am until 1.45pm on Wednesday January 17.

Only in the event that tickets remain, sales will then take place in the following order on a first come, first served basis. Ticket availability is limited and we cannot guarantee that all of the advertised sales below will take place.

Attendance at 16 or more games: from 2pm on Wednesday January 17 until 10.45am on Thursday January 18.

Attendance at 15 or more games: from 11am on Thursday January 18.

Click here for a step-by-step guide to purchasing tickets online.

For further information before travelling, please click here.

Categories: LFC NEWS

Rhian Brewster injury update

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 15:00

Rhian Brewster has suffered a high ankle sprain and will undergo further assessments on the injury later this week.

The Academy striker was stretchered off shortly before half-time in Liverpool U23s’ meeting with Manchester City on Friday night after a heavy fall.

Brewster has an initial diagnosis of ligament damage and further tests will be conducted this week to determine the full extent of his injury.

The 17-year-old has been a regular for both Neil Critchley’s table-topping side and Steven Gerrard’s squad for the UEFA Youth League this season.

Categories: LFC NEWS

Alisson gives Liverpool encouragement

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 13:20

Roma goalkeeper Alisson has refused to rule out a move to Liverpool but insists he will be staying with the Serie A club until the end of the season.

Reports this month have claimed that Jurgen Klopp wants to make the Brazilian his new No.1 at Anfield.

Over the weekend, Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Roma are not prepared to sell Alisson in the January transfer window but are open to a €50 million (£44m) deal in the summer.

And the 25-year-old has suggested that he could potentially be open to the prospect of a switch to the Premier League.

‘I am happy in Rome,’ Alisson told Sky Sport Italia.

‘It’s always a pleasure to feel that lots of people are monitoring you but my head is focused on Roma. I leave my future in the hands of God.

‘In June, maybe we will speak about it again but for now I am concentrated on Roma.’

Source: Metro

This story has been reproduced from today's media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

Categories: LFC NEWS

Photos: City celebrations you might have missed

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 12:50

Liverpool provided supporters with plenty of reasons to cheer as they beat Premier League leaders Manchester City 4-3 yesterday.

Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah brought an end to the visitors' 22-game unbeaten run in the division and sparked wild scenes inside Anfield.

Our were on hand photographers to catch the best of those celebrations and some brilliant moments you may have missed first time around.

Check out the must-see gallery below to relive a memorable afternoon.

Categories: LFC NEWS

Loan watch: Divock draws with Dortmund, Sheyi beats Boro

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 12:41

Divock Origi played the full 90 minutes as Wolfsburg claimed a 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.

On-loan Liverpool forward Origi started as a lone striker at Signal Iduna Park and helped Martin Schmidt's side take a hard-earned point from their first Bundesliga fixture following the mid-season break.

Sheyi Ojo, meanwhile, started for Fulham in their dramatic 1-0 victory at fellow Championship play-off chasers Middlesbrough - a result secured by a 95th-minute winner.

Elsewhere, Ryan Kent made his debut for Bristol City as a substitute in their 1-0 home defeat to Norwich City, and Allan Rodrigues de Souza played as Apollon Limassol drew 1-1 with Anorthosis Famagusta in a clash between the third and fourth-placed teams in Cyprus.

Categories: LFC NEWS

Video: Oxlade-Chamberlain's best moments against City

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 12:01

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produced perhaps the best performance of his Liverpool career so far in Sunday's 4-3 victory over Manchester City.

The midfielder was a constant influence on the thrilling Premier League contest and bagged the first of the afternoon’s seven strikes with a sublime surge forward and low finish across the goalkeeper.

He set up Roberto Firmino to restore the Reds’ lead in the second half, too, which prompted a remarkable nine-minute passage of play that saw the hosts create a three-goal advantage.

LFCTV GO subscribers can examine Oxlade-Chamberlain’s outstanding display in the montage of his finest moments below. Not yet signed up? Click here to join.

Categories: LFC NEWS

Watch: Salah's long-range City strike from five angles

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 11:50

See Mohamed Salah's long-range strike against Manchester City from every available angle on LFCTV GO now.

The Liverpool No.11 capped off an incredible nine-minute blitz in the second half to put his team three goals clear at Anfield.

Collecting Ederson’s wayward clearance around 40 yards from goal, Salah instinctively sent the ball back over the City goalkeeper’s head and into the net.

Take a look at how the Egyptian pounced from a variety of different viewpoints in the video below. Not yet signed up to LFCTV GO? Click here to join.

Categories: LFC NEWS

50 Men Who Made LFC: Ron Yeats

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 11:30

A footballing giant in terms of his size as much as his standing, big Ron Yeats was the defensive cornerstone of Bill Shankly’s first great Liverpool team and later served as chief scout under a succession of Anfield managers.

A rugged centre-half in the 60s, he played a major role as the club escaped the wilderness of Division Two and marched proudly into Europe - captaining the Reds to League and FA Cup glory in the process.

'Six foot two and strong as an ox', Yeats was a colossus under Shankly, with the Reds boss inviting journalists to walk around his new signing when he arrived at Anfield.

An imposing and commanding presence at the back, ‘Rowdy’ instilled confidence in those around him, with his awesome aerial ability and thunderous tackling also high on a long list of good attributes.

After an illustrious playing career that spanned a decade, it seemed only natural that a living legend like Yeats would one day return to Anfield in some capacity.

He did just that in 1986 when appointed chief scout, a duty he fulfilled with great success for 20 years. 

Click through our 50 Men Who Made LFC countdown below

Categories: LFC NEWS

'You get chills when Liverpool play like that'

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 11:23

Liverpool left Dejan Lovren with chills during the 10-minute blitz that put Manchester City on the brink of their first Premier League defeat of the season.

The division’s two most prolific teams locked horns at Anfield on Sunday and were on level terms at the halfway stage, after goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Leroy Sane.

What followed was spectacular.

Roberto Firmino’s roll around John Stones and deft dink over Ederson paved the way for Sadio Mane to smack home an unstoppable third and Mohamed Salah to loop a fourth over the City goalkeeper when he failed to adequately clear an attack.

The visitors rallied and threatened a comeback as Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan beat Loris Karius, but the damage earlier in the period was too significant to recover from.

Lovren, who captained the Reds on the day, admitted the second-half passage of play which effectively decided the outcome was a wonder to witness.

“You get chills. You feel that the crowd is taking you [forward] and you have big support at your back,” the defender told Liverpoolfc.com.

“We knew we could score goals against them because they like to play football; if we defended well and took the ball into their half, we could score.

“We believed from the first second we were the better team. That is the key point.

“If you think about City and how many goals they have scored, you will be a little bit afraid. But Jürgen [Klopp] told us to keep playing football and being aggressive – and that’s what we did.”

LFCTV GO: Extended highlights of the 4-3 victory

Lovren spoke positively in the build-up to the match, insisting that Liverpool should not flinch in the face of the 22-game unbeaten run Pep Guardiola’s side had recorded in the Premier League.

And the centre-back felt the fact the hosts fulfilled that task made them worthy winners.

“We showed from the first minute that we deserved this win. It was an unbelievable match to play in,” the No.6 reflected.

“We showed our quality from the beginning, we believed from the first second. In the last 15 minutes we shouldn’t have dropped too deep, maybe it was automatic as we were defending together. But we learned from previous games.

“It was a brilliant game by everyone.”

Categories: LFC NEWS

LFC 4-3 City: Watch the best of the seven-goal thriller

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 03:00
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Premier League 14th January 2018

ALL THE ACTION

Liverpool's best tackles against Man City

Watch a collection of tenacious tackles from Liverpool's match against Manchester City.

14th Jan 2018

1:29 mins

Robertson's 75 yard press

Watch Andy Robertson's phenomenal run and press against Man City

14th Jan 2018

0:31 mins

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Robertson's sterling performance against Man City

Take a closer look at Andrew Robertson's performance against Man City.

14th Jan 2018

1:35 mins

LFC v Manchester City: Full match

Watch all the action from Anfield where the Reds took on league leaders Manchester City.

14th Jan 2018

104:22 mins

LFC v Manchester City: Highlights

Watch extended highlights from the Reds Premier League match against Manchester City.

14th Jan 2018

10:31 mins

Five angles of Salah's brilliant lob

Take a closer look at Mo Salah's magnificent lofted goal from 40 yards after Ederson’s poor clearance.

14th Jan 2018

0:59 mins

LFC v Man City: 90 Seconds

All the action from Anfield as Liverpool take on Manchester City in the EPL.

14th Jan 2018

1:30 mins

Oxlade Chamberlain's best bits against Man City

The best of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's performance against Man City.

14th Jan 2018

1:34 mins

Salah lobs Ederson to make it four

A poor clearance from Ederson falls to Salah who lobs the keeper from 35 yards.

14th Jan 2018

1:13 mins

Firmino restores Reds lead

Firmino snatches the ball from John Stones possession and acutely chips Ederson.

14th Jan 2018

1:25 mins

Mane smashes home to make it three

Sadio Mane launches a left footed shot into the top corner past Ederson.

14th Jan 2018

1:18 mins

Oxlade-Chamberlain opens the scoring

A superb driving run and goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain puts Liverpool into the lead.

14th Jan 2018

1:05 mins

Mane's tricky training ground goal at Melwood

See Sadio Mane score from behind the goal following Wednesday's training session at Melwood

11th Jan 2018

0:20 mins

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Inside Training: Reds up the tempo in preparation for Man City

Take a look at the Reds in training ahead of Sunday's visit of Manchester City to Anfield

10th Jan 2018

2:56 mins

INTERVIEWS & ANALYSIS

Klopp's post-Manchester City press conference

Watch in full as the boss speaks to the media following his side's thrilling victory over Manchester City

14th Jan 2018

9:39 mins

Robertson: The Kop singing my name gave me Goosebumps

Andy Robertson talks about his performance and the fans singing his name.

14th Jan 2018

3:42 mins

Lovren: We deserved the win

Liverpool's captain Dejan Lovren spoke of his pride after his team beat Manchester City 4-3 at Anfield.

14th Jan 2018

3:11 mins

Klopp: I'm delighted by the performance

Jürgen Klopp spoke to LFCTV straight after Liverpool's thrilling win over Manchester City at Anfield.

14th Jan 2018

2:34 mins

Klopp: Virgil was really good - but he won't play every game

Jürgen Klopp discusses the centre back pairings now available to him.

12th Jan 2018

2:19 mins

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Jürgen Klopp on Coutinho transfer and January window

Jürgen Klopp on Philippe Coutinho's decision to leave Liverpool and other transfer speculation regarding the club.

12th Jan 2018

5:27 mins

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Klopp updates injury situation with Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno

Jürgen Klopp gives an injury update on the Liverpool squad.

12th Jan 2018

0:56 mins

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Mohamed Salah fit to face Manchester City

Mohamed Salah is ready to return from injury when Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield.

12th Jan 2018

0:12 mins

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Klopp's pre-Man City press conference in full

Watch the full press conference from Melwood as the Reds' boss gives his thoughts ahead of the Manchester City match at Anfield.

12th Jan 2018

19:18 mins

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Categories: LFC NEWS

Robertson: Kop chants gave me goosebumps

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 02:11

Andy Robertson declared the atmosphere during Liverpool's 4-3 win over Manchester City the best he has ever played in, and admitted to getting 'goosebumps' upon hearing his name chanted by the Kop.

The Scot put in another outstanding performance at left-back as the Reds inflicted a first Premier League defeat of the season upon the division's runaway leaders.

His efforts were recognised by the home support, who sang their approval after seeing the defender put in another committed tackle to deny City an opportunity down his flank.

Recalling the moment, Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com: "Just after we scored the fourth, I'd won a couple of tackles and to hear them sing your name it's always nice, especially [from] the Kop, the noise they make. 

"It started getting going and it gives you goosebumps; I can't thank them enough for the support they've shown me from day one. 

"When people come to Anfield, you know what the atmosphere's going to be like and I thought today was the best I've played in."

Robertson was also a prominent part of the celebrations after the Reds went 4-1 ahead courtesy of a brilliantly controlled Mohamed Salah lob over Ederson.

And the 23-year-old conceded he may have lost the run of himself after getting somewhat caught up in the moment. 

He added: "I was right behind it so maybe I would say that was my favourite but I think I showed that in my celebrations! 

"You just get carried away, especially with the fans making that much noise, you can get carried away with your celebrations. 

"Mo shows his technique and composure to just take an unbelievable first touch and just dink it over the 'keeper."

Liverpool produced a tactical masterclass to deny their expansive visitors the time and space to create opportunities in the final third for large parts of Sunday's game.

Robertson believes the extra preparation time afforded by a Friday FA Cup fixture proved helpful to the hosts' cause in that regard.

"We've had a longer build-up due to playing last Friday so we could maybe work on a wee bit more things throughout the week," he continued.

"They're so good at just picking the pockets, it was all about half-spaces and closing them and then, if we let the switch happen, get out there - and I think we managed that today. 

"I think our plan was good, even in the first half [even though] we did lose a sloppy goal. First half, it was nip and tuck and then second half we did enough to get too far in front. 

"I'm sure for the neutrals watching today it was a great game and exactly what the Premier League is about. 

"We probably would have liked it a wee bit more comfortable [and] I'm sure the fans would have. 

"[But] second half, especially, the first 20-25 minutes, I thought we were unbelievable, they couldn't handle us and luckily we took the chances when they came."

Ever the perfectionist, the left-back went on to insist the focus must now switch to ironing out the issues that resulted in the concession of three goals.

"I'm sure the coaches and the manager will put things together and we'll see what we could have done better for the last two goals," he said.

"They were probably sloppy on our part but it was all about getting the three points today whether it was 1-0 or 4-3, we're absolutely delighted with it. 

"Once it all calms down I'm sure we'll get the analysis out and see what we could do better for all three goals and if we look at that we can try and cut out the mistakes."

Categories: LFC NEWS

Lovren: Being Liverpool captain was an honour

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 23:18

Dejan Lovren gave an emotional description of the experience of captaining Liverpool in Sunday's thriller with Manchester City – one he 'will never forget'.

The centre-back was handed the armband by Jürgen Klopp for a game that delivered on the pre-match expectations as the Reds claimed a sensational 4-3 win over the previously unbeaten Premier League leaders.

It was an honour Lovren was delighted to accept on a day that will be remembered fondly for years to come. “It was a dream come true,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It was something I will never forget in my life. Maybe only once I will wear it but that’s enough. It’s a great honour to represent a club like Liverpool.”

Categories: LFC NEWS

Jürgen Klopp: Beating City was 'simply the right statement' from LFC

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 22:35

Jürgen Klopp felt Liverpool sent out ‘simply the right statement’ as they became the first team to beat Manchester City in the Premier League this season with a thrilling 4-3 win at Anfield on Sunday.

In an absorbing contest on Merseyside, the Reds took an early lead via Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s powerful run and strike; however, Leroy Sane restored parity before the break.

But in an incredible nine-minute spell around the hour mark, the hosts left their opponents stunned as they raced into a 4-1 lead thanks to strikes from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

City did threaten a comeback in the dying stages as Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan netted to reduce Liverpool’s advantage, but Klopp’s side held on to clinch a victory and extend their own unbeaten sequence to 18 matches in all competitions.

Read on for a summary of the manager’s post-match press conference…

On his reaction to Liverpool’s performance…

It was not too bad! I am really, really, really happy about it; I’ve had absolutely worse days in my life, not a lot of bad ones but to be honest, [I’ve had] a few worse than that. I really respect the quality of the opponent to be honest. You can see what they do. If you want, you can see Man City five times a week pretty much; you watch it, you see it and you know you have to avoid this and deny that. OK, it’s all possible but it’s quite difficult. You need a really good football team to do that and thank God I have one! It then makes sense to try it – and they tried really hard today. It was just a joy to watch, how both teams threw everything on the pitch. The wind made it sometimes a little bit tricky here and there - the first goal we conceded and the fourth goal they conceded, I think the influence of the wind was quite obvious in these moments. But then, both again tried to play football - defended really well without not a lot of half-fouls, a few tacticals, especially from City in the period when we were really on track. It’s just a nice commercial for Premier League football. The whole world was watching it and if somebody didn’t like football until now then probably they would say, ’that’s why you watch it all the time’. I am really happy about it.

On the Anfield atmosphere…

I enjoyed it! It was good. It was outstanding from the first second, from the minute of applause [for Tommy Lawrence] when the club again showed how respectful they deal with things, and I am really about this. From that second on, the first whistle, the atmosphere was outstanding and that helps always, that helps a lot. It’s one of the best places in the world football if we are all on our toes. To be honest, if the atmosphere would not have been good in a game like that then something would have been really wrong!

On the difficulties of stopping Manchester City…

I said maybe it’s a historical day today because maybe this is the only game they will lose in the whole season. They are just strong, they are really good, but I really think we deserved the win to be honest against a really good football team. No injury issues [for City] I think; yes, David Silva didn’t play but his replacement was Ilkay Gundogan – not too bad! 100 per cent City’s team, [but] we played them really well. I think they deserved the tight result, but of course we could have won 4-1 as well. Tonight, we were really the deserved winner. If you look back to the first game [at the Etihad in September], it was like this until we got the red card. After that, it was not the same game anymore. It’s good to know for us that we can do it. We did really well and I am really happy about the game. It was fantastic.

On Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performance…

It’s so nice to see how much he adapted. It’s just good and I am happy. I could not have had kind of an idea of what a good guy he is, to be honest. If you asked me what is better, the football player or the person, I would have to think a little bit about it. He is on a good way and enjoys it. He can still play the wing, which is really important, [but he was] using the speed more and more in a midfield role. He needs to adapt a little bit and the midfield role was more of a dream for him than a reality because he didn’t play there often, but he is in a really good way.

On whether the result and performance made a statement…

It was simply the right statement. It’s not that I said in the meeting that I said, ‘boys, it would help a lot if you could win tonight so nobody speaks about Phil Coutinho anymore’ because we like talking about him, actually. He was probably still jumping in his new living room in Barcelona and happy about the win tonight. For us, it is important to show it is possible to play without him and we did that. It was a very important statement, absolutely, but that’s all – we knew before the game, we can only get three points and not more. We got them in a very important moment, so it feels good for tonight and now we have another long week to prepare for the Swansea game. So we should use that.

On Liverpool’s front-foot approach to the game…

You have no alternatives to beat City. Yes, you can win the lottery and they tackle each other! Then you can stand deep in your own box and in the end you hope nothing happens, but it is not really likely. We are Liverpool, we should not try this way to be honest. Then you have no alternatives, you need to be brave, you need to play football and I am really happy about that. The pressing in the second half around the goals was different class. Just outstanding. Really outstanding, but playing football first half against a really good organised side. If you talk about City, it is always about good they are football playing wise, but they are also brilliantly organised, so against an organised team like that, playing football in the spaces we played with the situations we created – not plenty of chances, but half-chances and good moments - there is no alternative to play against them. That’s why we tried it again. I cannot make a match plan to avoid criticism after a game, I could not be less interested in that. We wanted to win the game and the boys deserved it tonight. That’s cool.

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Ox: The manager has been telling me to shoot more

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 22:29

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's brilliant opener against Manchester City had its roots in conversations with Jürgen Klopp about shooting more often.

The No.21 broke the deadlock in the showdown between the Premier League’s most prolific teams on Sunday, by surging forward to the edge of the box and smacking a low effort across Ederson.

“I managed to win the ball back. I drove through and there was a little gap that opened up. The manager keeps telling me to shoot so I gave it a go – and luckily it went in,” he told Sky Sports after the 4-3 victory.

Leroy Sane had levelled Oxlade-Chamberlain’s strike shortly before the break, but an incredible 10-minute period after the interval saw the Reds take a three-goal lead through Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

And, though Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan found the net late on to threaten a comeback, Klopp’s men secured a result that inflicted a first defeat of the season on City.

“It’s a nice statement for us to make. They have been brilliant all year, they are a fantastic side and they have showed that,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“We knew we had what it took, if we were at 100 per cent, to get three points. It’s good that we did it. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter who it is, we just wanted to win.”

Asked to explain Liverpool’s gameplan against Pep Guardiola’s side, he added: “They like to play out from the back and they’re really good at it. But at the same time we thrive when teams try to do that. It can play into our hands.

“In the second half, when we went on a bit of a rampage for five or 10 minutes, that showed. They got out a few times, as they will, they’re a quality side.

“The plan was to defend them all over the pitch as well as we can, chase them down and then when we get the opportunities, attack and play football like we can.”

The England international’s final words were saved for the home supporters.

He said: “The fans were absolutely unbelievable. It’s one of the best atmospheres I’ve played in. I often say that when I play here most weeks. But they were fantastic today and they helped us over the line.”

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Emre Can withdrawal down to illness, Klopp reveals

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 22:03

Emre Can's late withdrawal during Liverpool's 4-3 win over Manchester City was due to the midfielder suffering from illness, Jürgen Klopp has revealed.

The German was replaced by James Milner 11 minutes from the end of normal time, despite having acquitted himself well alongside Gini Wijnaldum up until that point.

But, speaking after the game, Klopp explained that both Can and teammate Mohamed Salah had been feeling unwell in the build-up to Sunday's fixture - and it was for that reason that the former was forced off.

"Before the game, Emre and Mo [were] on the way to becoming ill and obviously with Emre it was a little bit more difficult," he told reporters.

"[At] half-time [it] was already difficult but we have not a lot of options so he tried everything.

"Usually, 4-1 is a good moment [to make a substitution] but against City maybe it's difficult!"

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Photos: Liverpool end Man City streak in style

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 21:10

Liverpool brought Manchester City's unbeaten Premier League run to an end as they won a thrilling game 4-3 at Anfield on Sunday.

An even first half ended all square as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's opener was cancelled out by Leroy Sane, but the Reds took it up a gear in the second as Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah all netted.

City launched a late fightback through Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan but were held off as Jürgen Klopp's team claimed a big three points.

Check out the best of the pictures from the game below.

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Report: Reds stun Man City to edge seven-goal Anfield clash

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 20:54

Liverpool stunned Manchester City to become the first team in the Premier League to defeat them this season – and extend their own unbeaten run to 18 matches – with a 4-3 victory at Anfield on Sunday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wonderful run-and-finish gave the Reds an early lead, but Leroy Sane restored parity before the interval when he cut in from the left and fired into the back of the net at the near post.

However, an incredible spell in the second half saw Jürgen Klopp’s side power into a 4-1 lead as they rattled the visitors.

First, Roberto Firmino shrugged John Stones off to reach Oxalde-Chamberlain’s pass and delicately lift a finish over Ederson.

Mane then cracked the post before driving into the top corner just moments later from the edge of the area after Mohamed Salah had won the ball back.

Salah then got in on the act himself, scooping Ederson’s poor attempted clearance over the goalkeeper and into the net from 40 yards.

Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan grabbed late consolations for City, but it was a day that firmly belonged to Liverpool.

The key points…

  • Oxlade-Chamberlain fires Reds into ninth-minute lead with fine solo effort.
  • Sane levels before half-time with powerful run and strike.
  • Otamendi struck top of crossbar with header in second half.
  • Firmino chip restores Liverpool lead on the hour before Mane adds quick-fire third.
  • Salah makes it four, lofting Ederson’s poor clearance into the net from 40 yards.
  • Bernando Silva and Gundogan reduce deficit for visitors, but hosts hold on.
  • Liverpool unbeaten streak now 18 matches, while City suffered first league loss of the season.

The team news…

Liverpool made three changes to the line-up deployed against Everton last time out. Dejan Lovren returned and captained the side with Virgil van Dijk ruled out due to a tight hamstring. Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum also started, while Loris Karius was selected in goal.

The first half…

On a bitterly cold Anfield afternoon, the hosts set about looking to become the first team to overturn the league leaders in the division this season.

And just three minutes had elapsed when Firmino’s ball over the top released Mane into space. The No.19 couldn’t get it fully under control and it rolled for Salah, whose whack was blocked by the thigh of Stones.

Indeed, Liverpool had started the contest strongly – and they duly took the lead with nine gone.

Oxlade-Chamberlain pounced on possession 25 yards from goal, burst beyond two blue jerseys before arrowing a low shot across Ederson and into the bottom corner.

The Reds’ approach was causing Pep Guardiola’s side plenty of concern and Salah threated a second shortly after, but could only stab wide at the near post after twisting into space in the area.

But City demonstrated their ample threat for the first time in the contest when Kevin de Bruyne’s low ball across the area narrowly evaded Sergio Aguero in the centre before Sane had an effort deflected wide by Lovren.

The visitors were forced into a change on the half-hour mark, with Fabian Delph limping off to be replaced by Danilo – and could have been further behind just seconds later, but Firmino could only head Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross wide at the front stick.

However, City drew level before the break when Sane chested Kyle Walker’s crossfield pass beyond Joe Gomez and sped into the box, evading the challenge of Joel Matip before firing the ball into the back of the net at the near post to ensure the sides went in on level terms at the break.

The second half…

Liverpool restarted the game once again looking to get on the front foot, though they were thankful to see Nicolas Otamendi’s looping header from a corner bounce off the top of the crossbar and behind in the early stages.

At the other end, Salah’s crisp snap-shot from a half-cleared corner was acrobatically saved by Ederson before the goalkeeper thwarted Oxlade-Chamberlain seconds later after the Reds forced the ball back into the danger zone.

But on the hour mark, Liverpool conjured up a rampant nine-minute spell that left Pep Guardiola’s team shell-shocked as they raced into a 4-1 lead.

It began with Firmino out-muscling Stones to reach an Oxlade-Chamberlain pass before sublimely lofting the ball over the advancing Ederson in scenes reminiscent of a goal Robbie Fowler scored at Old Trafford two decades ago.

Mane then cannoned against the upright before finding the back of the net with an arrow of a left-foot finish after Salah had won the ball back.

And predictably, the Reds’ top scorer added his name to the goal tally when he pounced on Ederson’s low attempted clearance from outside his area and lofted it back over the goalkeeper and into the net from 40 yards.

With the game edging towards its conclusion, substitute Bernardo Silva swept in a loose ball inside the area to reduce the arrears while Gundogan nudged in a third for City, but Liverpool survived the late fightback to clinch a vital – and deserved – win.

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Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City - how it happened at Anfield

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 18:56

Follow everything that happens as Liverpool face Manchester City - with updates, videos, photos, stats, quotes and more from Anfield here in our live blog.

  • Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Mane and Salah strike for Reds
  • City launch fightback but suffer first PL defeat of 2017-18
  • Liverpool move level on points with Chelsea and Manchester United
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LIVE: Liverpool 4-2 Manchester City - updates from Anfield

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 18:56

Follow everything that happens as Liverpool face Manchester City - with updates, videos, photos, stats, quotes and more from Anfield here in our live blog.

  • Oxlade-Chamberlain strike puts Reds ahead (9mins)
  • Sane equalises for the league leaders (41mins)
  • Firmino, Mane and Salah hit quickfire goals (62mins)
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LIVE: Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City - updates from Anfield

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 18:56

Follow everything that happens as Liverpool face Manchester City - with updates, videos, photos, stats, quotes and more from Anfield here in our live blog.

  • Oxlade-Chamberlain strike puts Reds ahead (9mins)
  • Sane equalises for the league leaders (41mins)
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