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Liverpool cough up three-goal lead to Sevilla

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It should have been over. Done and dusted.

Liverpool took a 3-0 lead within the first 30 minutes of its UEFA Champions League match at Sevilla and Jurgen Klopp‘s side looked to be cruising into the knockout round, clinching the group in the process.

But the Reds didn’t count on Sevilla’s come-back spirit. Wissim Ben Yedder scored twice, including a penalty kick, and then in second-half stoppage time, Guido Pizarro slid to knock home a loose ball in the box to even the score.

The defensive miscues, which have happened all too often under Klopp’s tenure, cancelled out what was a brilliant counter-attacking performance in the first half, which saw a pair of Roberto Firmino goals to go with a Sadio Mane strike.

Klopp and the Liverpool faithful surely felt the full range of emotions, and the latest defensive display is going to have Klopp pulling more hair out of his head.

 

 

 

UCL Wrap: Tottenham, Man City clinch groups

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The UEFA Champions League returned to action Tuesday with a bang, with goals flying in across Europe.

Two Premier League clubs secured key victories, with Tottenham winning 2-1 at Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City knocking off Feyenoord, 1-0. Liverpool, after taking a 3-0 lead inside 30 minutes, settled for a draw on the road after allowing three second-half goals.

The wins for Tottenham and Man City clinched them their groups and turned around some bad feelings around Spurs after the North London derby defeat last Saturday.

[MORE: Champions League score picks: Week 5]

Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Tottenham

After sub-par performances over the weekend, Harry Kane and especially Dele Alli looked like the stars they’ve been all season, leading Spurs on a 2-1 comeback victory over host Borussia Dortmund. Alli played provider for both goals in the second half, with Kane scoring the first and Son Heung-min scoring the second. It was a confident performance from Mauricio Pochettino‘s side. With the loss, Borussia Dortmund are eliminated from the Champions League knockout round, but could still drop into the UEFA Europa League.

Sevilla 3-3 Liverpool

A second-half surge from Sevilla helped the Spanish side come back from a three-goal deficit to draw Liverpool, 3-3. But it was Liverpool which was in control early, as Roberto Firmino scored a brace, including a cheeky no-look tap-in in the 30th minute, sandwiching a Sadio Mane strike. With the draw, Sevilla now just needs another point and a Spartak Moscow loss or draw to advance to the next round, while Liverpool missed out on clinching Group E.

Manchester City 1-0 Feyenoord

A late Raheem Sterling goal made it five wins out of five for Manchester City, which clinched Group F in a 1-0 win over Feyenoord. It was looking as if both teams would end up with a point each but Sterling scored his fourth goal in as many Champions League games, looping the ball over Feyenoord goalkeeper Brad Jones for the goal in the 88th minute.

 

APOEL 0-6 Real Madrid

It was a vintage Real Madrid performance as a Cristiano Ronaldo brace led Real Madrid to a 6-0 rout. Luka Modric, and Nacho both scored while Karim Benzema had a brace as well. The win clinches a place in the last 16 for Real Madrid.

Spartak Moscow 1-1 Maribor

A late goal for Jasmin Mesanovic saved a point for Maribor and stunned host Spartak Moscow, which now must beat Liverpool in the final matchday to make it into the Champions League knockout round. The draw wasn’t enough for Maribor, but they’ll take the confidence boost after Mesanovic’s stoppage time goal canceled out Ze Luis’ 82nd minute finish.

Tuesday’s UCL Scores

Group E

Spartak Moscow 1-1 Maribor

Sevilla 3-3 Liverpool

Group F

Manchester City 1-0 Feyenoord

Napoli 3-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Group G

Besiktas 1-1 FC Porto

Monaco 1-4 RB Leipzig

Group H

APOEL 0-6 Real Madrid

Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Tottenham

Jurgen Klopp hails “perfect day” for Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp has had far from an ideal week but his Liverpool side ruthlessly dispatched Southampton at Anfield to end it on a high note.

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Klopp was sent to hospital earlier this week when he felt unwell but the German coach was given a big boost as Mohamed Salah scored twice in the first half, which included a stunning opener, and Philippe Coutinho finished Saints off in the second half as the Reds eased to victory and stayed in touch with the chasing pack behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

Speaking to the BBC after the game, Klopp was happy with what he saw from his side after he was fit enough to be on the bench on Saturday.

“Difficult game, Southampton are a really good football side. It was an open game, we had more chances before we scored. We need to be patient in a lively way,” Klopp said. “The first goal, wow, I have nothing to do with the goal and the second was a fantastic pass and Mo Salah makes great runs. We could have scored more often but it was a perfect day for us.”

Klopp, 50, sees his side just three points off second place after 12 games of the Premier League season, while his side remain firm favorites to qualify for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

So far, so good.

Yes, Man City will take some catching (and a collapse of their own) but Liverpool’s aim should be to secure a second-straight top four finish and go from there.

With Sadio Mane, Salah, Coutinho and Roberto Firmino in the form they showed on Saturday, plus a fifth clean sheet in six PL games this season at Anfield, the defensive woes Klopp’s team have faced away from home this season aren’t troubling them at home.

Next up is Chelsea at home for Liverpool, which will be a supreme test of their newfound defensive solidity at home. Their results against title contenders this season have been up and down with a draw against Manchester United, hammerings at Tottenham and Man City and a thrashing of Arsenal at home.

Liverpool’s clash against top four rivals Chelsea is followed by five winnable games before they travel to Arsenal on Dec. 22.

Between now and then we will see if Liverpool’s season will amount to more than just a top four challenge. Saturday’s shellacking of a lackluster Southampton may have been “perfect” but a much tougher test awaits next week against a rejuvenated Chelsea side who have Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard purring in attack

Can Liverpool’s oft-fragile defense cope? We are about to find out.

Liverpool 3-0 Southampton: Reds rip Saints apart

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  • Salah strikes twice
  • Coutinho adds another, Firmino goes close
  • Saints with 1 win in last 6 

Liverpool breezed past hapless Southampton to win 3-0 at Anfield on Saturday.

Two first half goals from Mohamed Salah set Liverpool on their way and Philippe Coutinho finished off the Saints in the second half.

The victory marked Jurgen Klopp‘s first win against Southampton in the PL in his fifth attempt, while Southampton’s boss Mauricio Pellegrino is facing the reality of a relegation battle with Saints four points off the drop zone.

Liverpool sit in fifth place with 22 points after 12 games but are still 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.

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Liverpool dominated early proceedings but Southampton held firm until a stunning opener arrived on the half hour mark.

Dusan Tadic gave the ball away as a Liverpool corner fell to him and the ball was swept over to the left where Salah curled home a stunning strike with his left foot to send Anfield wild and make it 1-0 to the home side.

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Before the break a deserved second goal arrived and Salah was again on target to score his 14th goal in 18 games for Liverpool since arriving from AS Roma for $45 million this summer. The Egyptian was played in on the left of the box and dinked the ball past Fraser Forster and in. Too easy.

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In the second half Saints managed to keep Liverpool at bay, with Coutinho hitting the post but with 20 minutes to go Coutinho struck to put the result beyond doubt.

After good work from Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino‘s initial effort was saved by Forster but Coutinho finished the follow up in front of the Kop.

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Liverpool’s first win in five in the Premier League against Southampton was an emphatic one as Firmino went close late on but couldn’t grab the goal his performance deserved.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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After 11 games of the season, we are almost a third of the way through the Premier League campaign. We have plenty of familiar names in our rankings.

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Players from Manchester City dominate our rankings with Pep Guardiola‘s men getting off to the best-ever start in PL history, while Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea are also well represented.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections of the top 20 players in the PL right now.


  1. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Even
  2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – New entry
  3. Leroy Sane (Man City) – Even
  4. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) – New entry
  5. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) Up 4
  6. David Silva (Man City) – Up 3
  7. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Down 5
  8. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Down 3
  9. Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) – New entry
  10. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Down 4
  11. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – New entry
  12. Sergio Aguero (Man City) – Up 2
  13. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – New entry
  14. Glenn Murray (Brighton) – New entry
  15. John Stones (Man City) – Up 2
  16. Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield) – New entry
  17. Eric Dier (Tottenham) – New entry
  18. Ederson (Man City) – Even
  19. Pascal Gross (Brighton) – Even
  20. Nemanja Matic (Man United) – Down 15