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Liverpool ends unbeaten run of rattled Man City

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Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah scored second half goals as Liverpool topped Man City 4-3 at Anfield on Sunday

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Leroy Sane traded first half goals before Liverpool exploded after the break. The Reds move third with the win on 47 points, 15 back of leaders City.

Bernardo Silva scored in the 84th minute and Ilkay Gundogan nabbed one in stoppage time for Man City to close the gap.

Virgil Van Dijk missed out for Liverpool with a minor leg injury.

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Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were perhaps a bit too excited to find a fourth minute break, and an early chance was wasted but a warning sign proffered to Man City.

Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring to cap a frenetic first 10 minutes when he belted a low shot past a slow-to-react Ederson. It was 1-0.

Sergio Aguero just missed a sliding equalizer when his offside run nearly met a Kevin De Bruyne cross.

Minutes later, Leroy Sane saw a left-footed shot deflect off Dejan Lovren‘s back and out for a corner kick which City played short. And Karius was low to collect a De Bruyne shot in the 35th minute.

Fabian Delph was injured and replaced by Danilo, but it was another fullback who picked up an assist as Man City, to the surprise of few, had an answer before the break.

Kyle Walker sent a long ball over the top of the defense to Sane, and an overeager Joe Gomez let Sane’s chest trap befuddle him. The German then cooked Joel Matip before blasting an effort past Loris Karius to make it 1-1.

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Nicolas Otamendi’s fine season nearly took the next step when his header off a 51st minute corner popped off the cross bar.

Liverpool’s aim to reclaim the lead was stymied by an Ederson stop on Salah, but a corner soon followed when Oxlade-Chamberlain’s attempt at a brace was partially blocked by City.

Firmino did restore the advantage when he bodied off John Stones and chipped Ederson to make it 2-1 in the 60th.

And Anfield just avoided pure bedlam when Mane cranked a shot off the cross bar less than a minute after the goal.

That wild reaction arrived in the 62nd minute when Mane got another chance. Salah blocked an Otamendi clearance, and a composed Mane betrayed his cool with a vicious strike past Ederson.

Then this, from Salah:

But it wasn’t over, somehow. Bernardo Silva was in the catbird seat to pull within two, and Gundogan just poked a ball home in the first of four minutes of stoppage time.

City then won a free kick in the fourth minute of stoppage. De Bruyne presided over the effort, as Klopp subtituted Ragnar Klavan for Mane to waste precious time.

Aguero’s diving header deceived the eyes and the rules as he was offside when his header sailed into the outside of the netting.

FA to investigate Firmino, Holgate incident

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It doesn’t get any more Merseyside than this…

The English FA will be looking into an incident from Friday’s derby between Liverpool and Everton in the FA Cup third round — which resulted in a 2-1 Reds victory — after a spat between Roberto Firmino and Mason Holgate escalated in the first half.

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Holgate was seen shoving the Brazilian attacker into the stands after the two had a clash of words, prompting match referee Bobby Madley to submit a report to the FA.

“The FA can confirm that referee Bobby Madley was made aware of an allegation during the Liverpool versus Everton game at Anfield last night and has subsequently reported this to The FA, which will now begin making enquiries into the matter.”

FA investigating potential racial incident involving Firmino, Holgate

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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Liverpool says the club will cooperate with soccer authorities following a confrontation between striker Roberto Firmino and Everton opponent Mason Holgate during the Merseyside derby match on Friday.

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Holgate angrily remonstrated with the referee, Bobby Madley, after being verbally abused by Firmino toward the end of the first half of the third-round match in the FA Cup at Anfield.

“The club and player will fully co-operate with the relevant authorities to ensure the facts are established in a thorough manner, if deemed necessary or requested,” Liverpool said. “While that process is ongoing, we will not be making any further comment.”

Asked whether Holgate accused Firmino of using a racist term, Everton manager Sam Allardyce said, “I’m telling you nothing until whatever systems are used to find out what exactly happened and what didn’t happen.”

“Whatever happens (outside football),” Allardyce added, “has to be dealt with the authorities.”

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Allardyce didn’t want to discuss if he had spoken to Holgate about the incident.

“I’ve left it with the director of football (Steve Walsh) today,” he said. “I said to sort that out.”

The incident was sparked by Holgate shoving Firmino into — and over — the advertising boards surrounding the field in the 40th minute. The Brazil striker vaulted back onto the playing surface and sprinted toward Holgate, swearing in Portuguese. Referee Bobby Madley stepped between them to intervene.

Holgate then became aggrieved, and appeared to complain to Madley. Madley spoke to his the fourth official, before play continued.

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The incident will be included in the match report, which will go to the Football Association. The FA could then seek observations from both teams.

Everton hasn’t commented on the issue beyond Allardyce’s remarks.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said he thought Madley and the fourth official were discussing whether to take action against Holgate for the original push on Firmino.

Klopp then said: “I had information that something happened … but I can’t say anything about it.”

Liverpool 5-0 Swansea City: Boxing Day Blowout

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  • Coutinho scores beauty (video)
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Philippe Coutinho had a goal and an assist as Liverpool handled Swansea City 5-0 on Boxing Day at Anfield.

Roberto Firmino scored twice, and Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also scored for the Reds, the latter goal a pretty nice one at that.

The win pushes Liverpool back into the Top Four, while Swansea City remains dead last.

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Liverpool went ahead in the sixth minute through typical Coutinho magic. Roberto Firmino took the ball away from Jordan Ayew, and Mohamed Salah cued up the Brazilian scorer for a vicious curler from well outside the 18.

The game’s next chance saw Ayew force Simon Mignolet into a save on a ninth minute header.

Young Swans striker Oliver McBurnie produced a couple decent moments for the visitors in the first half in a surprise start, though Mignolet wasn’t really tested by the Leeds-born 21-year-old.

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Salah took a cut pass from Firmino and worked around Federico Fernandez to test Fabianski in the 50th minute.

Firmino got his goal just over a minute later, running onto a Coutinho free kick and beating Fabianski to his right.

Alexander-Arnold ran onto a blocked shot and burst his shot past a flailing Fabianski to make it 3-0, before Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain supplied the final markers.

Liverpool mashes Bournemouth in 4-0 win

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Liverpool ran a red-hot first half to an easy 4-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho scored highlight reel goals, with Dejan Lovren and Roberto Firmino pitching in flying headers, as the Reds moved into the Top Four with 34 points.

Bournemouth sits 16th, a point ahead of the relegation zone, and witnessed a match much different than last season’s 4-3 win over Liverpool at the same venue.

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Joe Gomez curled a shot wide of the goal in the fourth minute. A Nathan Ake foul six minutes later gave Liverpool a free kick just outside the 18, and Philippe Coutinho struck a sweet effort off the inside of the post… and out.

Coutinho nearly put a chance home moments later, so it was not surprise when he scored the match’s first goal. A mazy dribbled past two Cherries ended with a shot across his body and inside the near post. Wonderful stuff. 1-0.

Lovren had 2-0 within six minutes, hitting the deck with a diving header goal after Roberto Firmino saved a corner kick on the line at the back post.

Jermain Defoe timed his run well for a 1v1 with Simon Mignolet, but his shot caromed off the far post.

It would’ve been 3-0 were it not for an outstanding reaction save from Asmir Begovic as Mohamed Salah attempted to cap off a terrific team play in the 43rd minute.

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Salah got his goal in stunning fashion, bodying off a defender before dribbling past two more to finish with an off-balance belt past Begovic.

Substitute Ryan Fraser had a chance to pull one back in the 56th minute, but rang it wide of the near post.

The Reds raised their advantage to four on another Robertson started move, with Firmino heading a Coutinho cross beyond Begovic.