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Premier League Sunday Review: Liverpool score four more; Newcastle, Norwich City back in the win column

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In terms of the league’s goals scored column, much of the attention throughout the Premier League’s 2013-14 season has been focused on Manchester City, whose recent scoring slumber (one goal in 270 minutes) has brought their 38-game pace to 100.8. In the process, and somewhat quietly, the Citizens have been passed for the most goals in the Premier League. With two goals each from Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson on Sunday, Liverpool’s now up to 70 goals this season, their 4-3 win over visiting Swansea City pushing them one goal ahead of the Citizens.

There’s a big asterisk to that. City, having played 26 goals, still have a match in hand on the Reds. Nonetheless, the race for the Premier League record that we’ve been quietly tracking all season has more than one contestant. Liverpool are on pace for 98.5 goals, within striking distance of the 103 goals Chelsea scored in 2009-10. With 13 goals in their last four games, the Reds recent returns may leave them favorite to set the league’s all-time mark.

Elsewhere, Newcastle ended a scoring drought that’d extended over nine games, scoring in stoppage time to down Aston Villa 1-0 at St. James’ Park. The same scoreline saw Norwich City to victory over visiting Spurs, with Robert Snodgrass’s early second half goal giving the Canaries a valuable three points as they try to ensure their Premier League survival.

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VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.

Agent: Liverpool contacted Klopp only after Rodgers firing

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Jurgen Klopp arrives to be unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC at a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.

However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.

“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”

Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”

It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.