Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City: Pair of Reds stunners stupefy City


When Philippe Coutinho curled in the winner with 15 minutes to go, history repeated itself at Anfield today in more ways than one.

Coutinho once again stunned Manchester City with a winner late in the match to peg back their title hopes. Not only was the bit of brilliance a repeat of last year when he knocked off the Citizens late, but it was a repeat of the first half, when Jordan Henderson lit up Anfield with the opener just 11 minutes in. Coutinho’s winner was almost a carbon copy of Henderson’s lovely goal, as City saw red twice.

The game got off to a roaring start. Manchester City started better of the two, overwhelming the Liverpool third on a number of occasions, but Liverpool had the better early chances. Adam Lallana had a pair of opportunities inside 10 minutes, a breakaway through the central defenders that he put straight at Joe Hart under pressure, and a goal on a tight angle ruled out for the offside flag.

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Those sprung Liverpool to life, and they’d cash in after just 11 mintues. Philippe Coutinho, who set up both Lallana chances, won the ball off Vincent Kompany in the midfield and started the attack. The ball came to Henderson at the top corner of the box, and after taking a moment to collect himself, he touched once towards the top of the key before unleashing a powerful curling effort that gave Joe Hart no chance and set Anfield alight.

Manchester City nearly had an immediate response. David Silva popped a long ball that caught out the Liverpool back line, over the heads of Martin Skrtel and Emre Can right at the feet of Sergio Aguero, but his shot from the edge of the box clanged the post and came rocketing back out.

They didn’t score on that occasion, but the visitors worked passing lanes and quick touches to look for an equalizer, and they’d find it before the half-hour mark. Silva found space in the middle of the Liverpool third, and he hit Aguero who cut into the middle. Dzeko snuck behind Skrtel who had stepped forward, and Aguero carved up the Liverpool defense with a pass before his strike partner finished it off from close range.

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Lallana had one more half-chance which he couldn’t complete, and the teams went to halftime level. Straight after the break, City started brightly again, and Aguero headed just over the bar less than a minute in. Liverpool had its chances too in the opening stages of the second half, with Lallana finding Sterling with a cross bang in front of goal but under pressure the young striker couldn’t convert. Lallana had another goal ruled out for offsides on 54 minutes, with Skrtel just off on a free kick.

It was clear Liverpool was gaining steam, and while it took a few tries, they finally broke through for another lead. Coutinho, as he did last year, and as Henderson had done in the first half, ripped a curling strike from outside the box to take the lead and give the visitors nightmares.

Both sides then rang the changes, most notably Kolo Toure coming on for the first time ever in a competitive match against his brother Yaya. Daniel Sturridge came on as well, and had a chance with three minutes left in regulation but put it wide. That would do it, as Liverpool picked up a huge three points, moving level with Arsenal (for now) on points, back in fifth on goal differential. Manchester City remains five points adrift of Chelsea, who will now have a game in hand as they focus on the League Cup final this weekend.


Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Henderson, Allen, Moreno (Toure 73′), Markovic (Sturridge 76′), Lallana, Coutinho, Sterling.

Goals – Henderson 11′, Coutinho 75′

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Mangala, Kompany, Kolarov, Fernandinho (Bony 78′), Toure, Silva, Nasri (Lampard 83′), Dzeko (Milner 58′), Aguero.

Goals – Dzeko 25′

Report: Edinson Cavani set to join Inter Miami next summer

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Edinson Cavani is reportedly set to make a big splash in Florida.

According to Uruguayan journalist Alvaro Izquierdo, Cavani, 32, is set to join David Beckham’s Inter Miami next summer. The club will make their MLS debut next season.

The specifics of the supposed move are not know, but per the report from Izquierdo, Cavani will join Miami on a free transfer after his contract with PSG expires in June. Since joining in 2013, El Matador has been irreplaceable for the French giants, scoring over 160 goals and becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. This season, Cavani is off to a perfect start -scoring in the first two games of the Ligue 1 season.

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The striker is one of the first superstars linked to Miami, but the general vibe given off by owners Jorge Mas and Beckham is that the club will look to spend big – similar to Atlanta United, LAFC and LA Galaxy.

Miami has signed three players so far ahead of their 2020 MLS debut – Christian Makoun, Julian Carranza, and Matias Pellegrini all currently makeup the squad.

‘But hey this is MLS’: Wayne Rooney slams MLS’ travel arrangements

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Wayne Rooney is not a fan of MLS’ travel arrangements.

D.C. United lost 1-0 to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday in Canada, and had to fly back to the nation’s capital before prepping for a midweek showdown with visiting New York Red Bulls. To the 33-year-old Englishmen the trip should’ve taken six hours, not half a day.

MLS is notoriously known for the lack of charter flights it offers its teams, a mere four per season is the reported amount each team is allocated. Traveling on commercial flights has caused routine delays for a slew of team’s this season, with certain teams arriving only hours before the first whistle in some cases.

Players, however, will reportedly push for better travel in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Not only for Rooney, but for the majority of professional athletes around the world, flying charter is customary.

Upon his arrival to D.C. in 2018, Rooney turned down first-class flights offered by the Black-and-Red, among other fine accommodations. “If you are going to be part of the team, you have to be part of the team,” Rooney said on his decision to reject first-class flights and private hotel rooms. “All in and do the same things. I don’t want special treatment — I wanted to be treated the same as the players. I’m part of this team.”

Rooney, despite being on his way out of D.C. to join Derby County in January, is certainly a part of the team.

He is also now a part of the complex fight for better travel in MLS.

Vela scores 24th, LAFC clinches playoff berth

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SANDY, Utah (AP) – Carlos Vela scored his MLS-leading 24th goal of the season, Tyler Miller had four saves and Los Angeles FC beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Saturday night to clinch a playoff berth.

LAFC played a man down after defender Walker Zimmerman, who was shown a yellow card for time wasting in the 17th minute, was given a red for unsporting behavior in the 48th., Real Salt Lake’s Aaron Herrera, who blocked two would-be goals in the first half, was shown a straight red for denial of a goal scoring opportunity on Vela, who then converted from the spot to make it 1-0 in the 64th minute.

Vela, whose 15 assists are tied with Diego Valeri of the Portland Timbers for the league lead, broke the MLS record for combined goals and assists. Sebastian Giovinco’s had 22 goals and 16 assists for Toronto FC in 2015.

Miller has eight shutouts this season for LAFC (18-3-4), who have won four consecutive games and seven of their last eight dating to June 28.

Adama Diomande side-netted a rising right-footer to cap the scoring in the 82nd minute.

Salt Lake (12-10-4) had its six-game unbeaten streak, including three straight wins, snapped and allowed multiple goals for the first time since a 4-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on June 1.

Lampard: ‘We need more personality’

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Frank Lampard‘s baptism of fire as Chelsea boss continued on Sunday, as the Blue coughed up a 1-0 lead and were lucky to draw at home against Leicester City.

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After being hammered at Manchester United in their opening PL game last weekend, then losing to Liverpool on penalty kicks in the Super Cup final in Istanbul on Wednesday, Chelsea started superbly against Leicester but only led 1-0 thanks to academy graduate Mason Mount scoring his first goal for the club.

Speaking to our partners Sky Sports after the game, Lampard revealed he was not happy at all with the second half display and urged his young side to show more personality on the pitch.

“It was a really good start, fantastic, and we could’ve been two or three goals up. We were quick, bright, energetic, then we allowed Leicester back in the game and in the second half I was not very happy, we offered them too many chances on the counter attack,” Lampard said. “We can only look at ourselves. In all our matches I have been delighted in big passages of having the ball but we didn’t have enough angles or options to keep the ball moving. We have to have more personality, we saw that in midweek, but today we didn’t have that.”

The most disappointing thing for Lampard will be the way Leicester grabbed hold of the game in the second half.

Brendan Rodgers‘ side launched counter after counter as Jorginho and N’Golo Kante were overrun in midfield by James Maddison and Youri Tielemans, and both Maddison and Jamie Vardy should have won the games for the Foxes.

“You can attack, but still be in positions to not allow the counter-attack,” Lampard added. “I’m not here to play great attacking football and then concede counter-attack goals. We need to show more than we did. I was under no illusions that there would be moments like this. We have to work on the pitch on the things we can improve.”

Lampard is spot on with his assessment, but how does he change things?

The most obvious thing is that he needs his team to be more consistent. They’ve started their last three games fast but failed to make the most of big chances and have been made to pay for that with some sloppy passing in midfield.

It is still early days for Lampard in his first season as a PL boss, while many of his youngsters are also finding their feet in the top-flight. Chelsea’s fans will stay patient but the fact that have yet to grab a win shows there is plenty of work to do but the Blues have shown flashes of brilliance, usually at the start of games.

Having a consistent lineup is one thing, but Lampard now needs his players to be brave, show their personality and stand tall for the cause as he ushers in his new era. Too many of them went missing in the second half against Leicester at Stamford Bridge, which will be more than a little concerning for the Chelsea legend.