Klopp slams defending, “very quiet” Anfield in Swansea defeat

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Jurgen Klopp was not a happy man after Liverpool lost 3-2 to Swansea City at Anfield on Saturday.

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Ahead of the clash against the Premier League strugglers, Klopp asked for the home support create an intense atmosphere and commented that 17 cup finals awaited his side between now and the end of the season as they challenge for the PL title. 

That didn’t happen.

Speaking after the game Klopp couldn’t hide his disappointment that the fans didn’t get behind their team and was frustrated with the defeat which means they could slip 10 points behind leaders Chelsea who play on Sunday.

“It was very, very quiet today,” Klopp said. “There is a lot of frustration and disappointment. You could hear in the stadium it wasn’t the most entertaining in the first half. Maybe other games we deserved more to lose. This was a big opportunity for us – (we) gave them the opportunity to win. It’s frustrating.”

Anfield has become a fortress under Klopp with the loss to Swansea marking Liverpool’s first defeat at home in 25 games in all competitions. Their last Premier League defeat came almost a year to the day as Wayne Rooney scored and Manchester United beat them 1-0 in January 2016.

Against Swansea Liverpool’s defending, once again, was their downfall as they’ve now conceded 27 goals in the Premier League. That’s more than any other team in the top seven and even though they’ve scored the most goals in the PL (50) Klopp understands they have to stop making defensive mistakes. Joel Matip can expect a recall to central defense in the coming days.

“I don’t want to speak about the mistakes for the header but we should have avoided the pass and the cross. Our reaction was very good [to the two goals], but nearly everything was wrong in the third goal,” Klopp added. “The defending around all three goals today was not good enough – 100 per cent. It’s our mistake – nobody else but ours. We have to show a reaction now.”

Liverpool now have yet another busy week coming up as they face Southampton at Anfield on Wednesday in the second leg of their EFL Cup semifinal with the Reds trailing 1-0 from the first leg. They then host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth round next Saturday.

Klopp will again ask to hear the famous “Anfield roar” from the home fans in both of those games but after just one win in six games in all competitions to open up 2017, can you blame Liverpool’s supporters for being a little timid?

FOLLOW LIVE: Timbers host Sounders in PNW showdown

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They don’t get much bigger, or more heated, than this one in MLS — it’s Portland versus Seattle, the Timbers versus the Sounders, tonight at Providence Park (10 p.m. ET).

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Seattle won the first meeting between these sides, 1-0 back on May 27, on their home turf at CenturyLink Field. Cristian Roldan, who’ll depart for U.S. national team camp following Sunday’s game, scored the only goal that afternoon in Seattle, a 4th-minute header from three yards out.

Mustafi: Arsenal players powerless, hope “brilliant” Sanchez will stay

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Shkodran Mustafi admits that he, along with his Arsenal teammates, feels helpless with over the ongoing transfer saga of Alexis Sanchez.

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The Chilean superstar is linked with a move away from Arsenal this summer, as the Gunners fell out of the Premier League’s top-four and the 28-year-old’s contract is set to expire next summer. Perhaps most importantly, Sanchez hasn’t so much as publicly stated a desire to remain at the club, which, from the outside, appears to have left his future in even greater doubt.

Mustafi admits he hasn’t a clue how things will shake out in the coming weeks, but he’s quick with a pleading sales pitch for Sanchez to stay — quotes from Goal.com:

“I have no idea. Obviously the other players cannot make that decision, he has to make that decision.

“I’m not too much involved. I hope he stays because he is a really brilliant football player but there’s nothing in my hands that I can do.”

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Arsenal would likely have to double (if not more) Sanchez’s current $180,000 weekly wages in order to convince him to forego a season in the UEFA Champions League and commit his long-term future to a club presently trending in the wrong direction.

Report: Frank De Boer accepts Crystal Palace job

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Frank de Boer is widely expected to be named new Crystal Palace manager this week, as he has reportedly accepted the job after having been offered the position this week.

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The 47-year-old Dutchman has been out of work since he was fired by Inter Milan in November. He lasted just 84 days at the San Siro, where he managed to win just five of 14 games. Inter Milan is Inter Milan, though, and that’s something worth remembering when critiquing Palace’s impending appointment of De Boer.

Palace are also widely expected to back De Boer in the transfer market this summer, in a big way. Kelechi Iheanacho is the biggest name linked with a move to Selhurst Park, as the 20-year-old Nigerian striker is reportedly unwanted by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

5th-place San Jose parts ways with Kinnear after 2.5 seasons

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Dominic Kinnear is out after two and a half seasons as head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes, despite leading the club to a hugely improved standing 17 games into the 2017 season.

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The move comes 17 hours after San Jose put to bed a three-game winless skid with a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday, a result which propelled them into fifth place in the Western Conference, just two points off second place. After seventh- and ninth-place finishes in Kinnear’s first two seasons back in Northern California (he managed the club in 2004 and 2005 before the club was relocated to Houston, where he would remain for nine seasons, through the 2014 season), this year’s team seemed to be moving in a positive direction quicker than most had previously expected.

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The club has named Chris Leitch head coach and Alex Covelo as assistant coach. Current assistant coach Steve Ralston and goalkeeper coach Tim Hanley will remain in their current roles.

“First and foremost, we would like to thank Dominic for his hard work, professionalism and contributions to this club over the years,” Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli said in a release. “He worked hard this year and was a first-class person all the way. This decision was made after a lot of thought and evaluation. We decided that we wanted to go in a different direction as we continue to build the identity of this club.”

Kinnear is the second MLS coach to be relieved of his duties this season, suffering the same fate as RSL’s Jeff Cassar, who lasted just three games before being fired in March.