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Leicester City 2-3 Liverpool: Reds hold on to win

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Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho, and Jordan Henderson scored as Liverpool built a pair of two-goal leads before holding on to beat Leicester City 3-2 at King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy for Leicester, but Simon Mignolet stopped a Vardy penalty to preserve the three points.

The win moves Liverpool fifth. Leicester sits 16th with four points.

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Jamie Vardy raced past Liverpool’s backs to trouble Simon Mignolet in the sixth minute, and Riyad Mahrez put the rebound wide of the Reds’ goal.

Liverpool should have gone ahead when Emre Can‘s blast off the post rebound to Mohamed Salah, but the in-form winger missed his point-blank chance in howling fashion.

He turned to the bench and gave a thumbs up, so it’s no surprise that Salah made amends moments later with a back post header of Philippe Coutinho’s cross.

Coutinho scored a beauty of his own in the 23rd minute, as the Brazilian lorded over a free kick before spinning a goal just off the top of the wall and past a flying Kasper Schmeichel.

Okazaki had a goal ruled null when Harry Maguire‘s assist was rightly deemed offside, but made it 2-1 in the third minute of stoppage time. A corner kick bounded off Maguire and a lunging Okazaki beat Mignolet to the loose ball.

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Vardy had a shot blocked which turned into a Liverpool counter goal through Henderson, but the English striker restored the deficit to one when he nodded a Demarai Gray rebound past Mignolet in the 69th minute.

And the industrious striker drew a penalty within two minutes when Mignolet missed a clearing attempt and took down Vardy. It wasn’t malicious, but it was a foul in the box.

Mignolet saved it!

Can nearly gave away a second PK with a handball moments later, but the linesman ruled that there was no intent in Can’s arm striking the ball.

“Outstandingly good” – Klopp joins NBC crew pitchside at Anfield (video)

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Jurgen Klopp is pretty pleased after Liverpool finished wiping the floor with Arsenal 4-0 on Sunday.

The Reds manager joined Arlo White, Lee Dixon, and Gary Neville to talk about the blowout win, and heaped praise on his men, especially given their midweek match against Hoffenheim taxed the squad.

[ MORE: Match recap | Wenger reacts ]

“I know it’s quite a challenge after an international game, being spot-on immediately, but if you really want, if you really want, then you can do it,” Klopp said. “We wanted to show our ambitions today and the boys did outstandingly good.

“I’m sure Arsenal was able to do much better, but we didn’t let them. We defended really well, the different spaces where they wanted to play. They had a high formation, we still played football. It was a more than good performance. 2-nil, 3-nil, 4-nil, I don’t care. You don’t need to beat Arsenal 4-0. You need to win.”

Klopp also talked about giving starting keeper Simon Mignolet a rest from the 18 — “Simon keeps the shirt” — and discussed the end of the transfer window. See the video above.

 

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool: Reds nab away goals

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  • Mignolet stops PK
  • Alexander-Arnold scores free kick (VIDEO)
  • Milner adds insurance
  • Uth scores off bench

James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold gave Liverpool a leg up on Hoffenheim with a 2-1 win in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League playoff round first leg at Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

Mark Uth scored for Hoffenheim, which will need at least two goals at Anfield on August 23 to advance to the group stage.

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Simon Mignolet stopped an Andrej Kramaric and made a handful of other impressive interventions in helped a Liverpool back line which again suffered through fits and starts.

Joel Matip intervened to divert a tempting Hoffenheim cross in the 6th minute, and the hosts’ dangerous attack had another chance when Dejan Lovren cleared a free kick off his hand that Mignolet rescued outside the six.

Lovren got a piece of Serge Gnabry after the former Arsenal man made a quick cut, and Kramaric stepped up to the spot. He was denied Hoffenheim’s first goal in Champions League history when his poor attempt was parried by Mignolet.

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Mohamed Salah bungled a chance to score on a 50-yard breakaway when he grounded a shot wide of the goal.

Only indecision and nerves in the final third kept Hoffenheim off the scoreboard in the first half hour, though Liverpool had moments where it appeared to have its footing in the match.

Sadio Mane‘s danger was evident, and the Senegalese forward won the Reds a free kick from closer than 25 yards. Trent Alexander-Arnold curled the ball over a non-leaping edge of the wall and slipped it inside the far post to make it 1-0 Reds against the run of play.

Sandro Wagner came close to equalizing in the 43rd minute when Gnabry’s blocked shot rebounded to the forward. Wagner’s shot knocked the post en route to a goal kick.

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Gnabry looked to have made it 1-1 in the 49th minute, but was rightly called offside after beating Mignolet low and inside the near post. It was not the only time Gnabry would threaten during the half, though he left after watching Salah miss another Liverpool chance in the 70th minute. The ensuing free kick saw a Lovren header collected by Oliver Baumann.

Milner gave the Reds a second away goal when his cross deflected off Havard Nordtveit‘s chest, chipping Baumann in the 74th minute.

Mignolet made an outstanding diving stop on Nadiem Amiri’s side-volley in the 83rd minute.

The clean sheet was ruined minutes later, as Uth collected a diagonal cross over Alexander-Arnold — who proved to be fallible — and laced a low shot across Mignolet and inside the far post. 2-1.

Marko Grujic gave away a free kick as the match entered four minutes of stoppage time. Justin Hoogna rose to head a great offering from Kerem Demirbay, but it fired over the crossbar.

Klopp praises ailing Coutinho’s big performance

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As usual, Jurgen Klopp was not at a loss for words to describe Liverpool’s come-from-behind win at Stoke City on Saturday.

Trailing on a Jon Walters goal, Klopp introduced Roberto Firmino and ailing Philippe Coutinho in the second half to inspire a 2-1 win that keeps the Reds third in the Premier League table.

[ RECAP: Stoke 1-2 Liverpool ]

Coutinho left Liverpool’s midweek match with illness, and wasn’t fit to start against Stoke. But the club’s predicament meant he’d need to gut out a performance.

He definitely did. How bad was the illness, Jurgen? Nearly seven pounds bad, apparently. From the BBC:

“Philippe Coutinho lost three kilos in the past three days, which some people wish – but for a professional footballer it’s not too cool.

Simon Mignolet saved our life. Job done, feels good. Nice weather, 63 points and I couldn’t feel any better.”

The win was huge and necessary, with the four teams chasing Liverpool all possessing matches in hand. Coutinho has been a wizard for the Reds in recent weeks (and years!).

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Reds pile misery on sinking Gunners

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  • Reds leapfrog Gunners
  • Arsenal’s third loss in 4 PL games
  • Sanchez starts on bench
  • Wijnaldum puts it to bed

Sadio Mane had a goal and an assist as Liverpool used a pair of first half goals to beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday.

Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum scored the Reds’ other goals, while Danny Welbeck scored in the second half for the Gunners.

Alexis Sanchez was controversially left out of the Starting XI by Arsene Wenger, and the Chilean made an instant impact as second half sub. It wasn’t enough.

The win boosts Liverpool to third with 52 points, while Arsenal slips a point ahead of sixth-place Manchester United.

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Joel Matip was forced to concede a corner thanks to a strong Hector Bellerin cross, and Arsenal had a fifth minute opportunity that wound up in the arms of Simon Mignolet via a Francis Coquelin shot.

The Reds went ahead, as even a struggling Firmino couldn’t miss his 10th minute chance in the goal mouth. Philippe Coutinho missed Sadio Mane’s cross, but Firmino had time to finish.

Coutinho did force Petr Cech into a solid save in the 29th minute, and the Gunners dealt with the ensuing corner.

Arsenal’s poor defense again let Liverpool to the doorstep in the 40th minute. This time Mane was left alone to his devices, and he lashed a shot behind Cech.

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Alexis Sanchez subbed into the match at halftime, and almost immediately paid dividends. Olivier Giroud headed a terrific cross toward the corner, but Mignolet made a fantastic save to push the ball off the crossbar and collect the danger.

Welbeck dragged Arsenal back into the match off an Alexis cross in the 57th minute, an exquisite finish chopped behind a flayed Mignolet.

Cech made a full-extension stop in the 76th minute to keep the score 2-1.

There was a question as to whether Emre Can would be sent off after clattering into a tackle along with teammate Joel Matip, but Bobby Madley was unmoved by the clip.

Divock Origi flicked a header off the post following an 83rd minute free kick from James Milner.

Wijnaldum put it to bed after Adam Lallana used a majestic turn — almost a Beckenbauer — at midfield to spy Origi down the right. Origi found Wijnaldum, 3-1.