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Swansea City 3-0 Norwich City: Swans dominate Canaries (video)

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Norwich will be hoping this loss at Swansea doesn’t come back to haunt them. With West Brom and Cardiff playing out a draw, and Crystal Palace beating Chelsea, the Canaries will be just four points clear of the relegation zone if Sunderland beat West Ham on Monday. Swansea, however, have made themselves comfortable, sitting seven points above the drop after their emphatic win at the Liberty Stadium.

It took some time for Swansea to break down the Norwich City defense, but by halftime, they were up 2-0.

Swansea had the lion’s share of possession and the majority of the shots, and right from the start, it only seemed a matter of time before the hosts took the lead. The first effort of the game saw Michu drag his eighth minute shot well wide, but his later effort, off a cross from Jonjo Shelvey, went barely wide of John Ruddy’s post. Moments later, the Canaries keeper performed a brilliant save to deny Wayne Routledge, while Wes Hoolahan came barreling in to make sure the rebound was cleared.

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The Norwich defense didn’t manage to hold out much longer, however. In the 30th minute, they failed to clear another cross from Shelvey and, with a little help from Michu, Jonathan de Guzman took advantage. The attacker put in a low shot from the edge of the area to put Swansea on top.

Eight minutes later, it was another for Swansea – and de Guzman. Again, Norwich were punished for their mistakes, losing possession in midfield. A tricky backheel from Wilfried Bony set de Guzman free, his chipped shot sailing over Ruddy and into the back of the net.

Chris Hughton made two changes at the break, bringing on Bradley Johnson for Jonny Howson and replacing Hoolahan with Jonás Gutiérrez. The change had immediate effect, with Ashley Williams forced to clear an effort from Robert Snodgrass off the line just after play resumed. Immediately after, Michel Vorm was called into action to deny a goal from Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

It looked as though Norwich would be able to make an impact on the game. The action swung from end to end, and Vorm did well again to push away a close-range shot from Johann Elmander.

But the Canaries’ hopes were dashed in the 75th minute, when Wayne Routledge put in Swansea’s third. Shelvey played the ball out wide to Routledge, who needed just one touch to blast past Ruddy.

Swansea City: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, Shelvey, de Guzman (Dyer 77), Michu (Hernandez 73), Routledge, Bony (Alvaro 88)

Goals: de Guzman 30′, 38′; Routledge 75′

Norwich City: Ruddy, Martin, Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass, Howson (Johnson 46), Tettey, Hoolahan (Gutierrez 46), Elmander, van Wolfswinkel (Hooper 74)

Klopp’s Liverpool squad enthusiasm: “Everything is there”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Jurgen Klopp is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC during a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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It isn’t Dortmund, but that’s a good thing for Liverpool.

Our own Joe Prince-Wright was on the scene for Jurgen Klopp’s unveiling as the latest Reds manager, and the 48-year-old German had a lot to say.

Perhaps most poignant for Liverpool fans are Klopp’s words on the talent he inherits from Brendan Rodgers. Sure there are quips that will hit the headlines, but how about Klopp’s assertion that success shouldn’t take nearly as long as his dramatic work at BVB.

From JPW on Merseyside:

“We did in Dortmund what we had to do, to improve the players, to work for a common idea of play. That is what we did and its the same thing we want to do here. They are not the same players of course,” Klopp told NBC Sports ProSoccerTalk. “These players from Liverpool are better, more experienced in some ways and younger in other cases. Everything is okay, I am here. I am not here only because LFC was calling. I believe in the potential of this team. Four or five strikers you can work with when they are not injured, midfielders is really good, defenders experienced and very young, goalkeeper is really good. Everything is there.”

Everything. A powerful word and one that doesn’t get lost in translation. Liverpool has a batch of world class talent, and Klopp’s is anxious to organize it in world class fashion. Strap in, Anfield.

CONCACAF Cup preview: Ultimate guide to USMNT vs Mexico

Beasley, and other US veterans, have been asked to take the young guys under their wing.
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So here we go: the biggest rivalry in U.S. Soccer, the one that sends fans racing for the stadia for a glimpse of history.

It’s the U.S. and Mexico for the right to go to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, and it will play out at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.

National pride is on the line, and national jobs may rightly be in jeopardy. Let’s swing through our coverage, and what’s at stake in just over 24 hours time.

The Battles

Who is the key to Saturday’s match? Is it Michael Bradley? Fabian Johnson? Andres Guardado? Will Klinsmann opt for players with Liga MX experience, stay Euro Heavy, or appease the domestic set? Read more here.

The XI

So how will Klinsmann line ’em up? JPW has his preference, some options, and a prediction of what the manager will do.

The history

What are the chances this one finds its way into the upper echelon of matches in the Mexico/U.S. rivalry? This is the company it could join.

Klinsmann’s future

The folks in the anti-Klinsmann brigade seethe with pure detestation of the USMNT boss. Any quote from him is self-serving and dishonest, any success accidental. Beat Germany or the Netherlands in friendlies on the road? Coincidental and Unimportant. Lose a friendly to Brazil? The worst thing ever.

[ MORE: The case for firing Klinsmann after a loss ]

So this match, being meaningful and testing his unbeaten mark vs Mexico, is going to be a clarion call for U.S. Soccer fans. Barring a cataclysmic loss in horrific blowout fashion, he won’t be canned. But a win will be validation for his supporters while a loss would cue a genuine hot seat. And for his detractors, already foaming at the mouth from the words of icon Landon Donovan? Kablammo.