Player ratings from Liverpool’s 3-1 thumping of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

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It was disjointed at times, even ugly for the first hour or so, but there’s little debating the emotion, frenetic and frankly desperate nature of Liverpool’s visit to Chelsea on Saturday.

The Blues and their boss needed three points badly, and the Reds wanted badly to assert that life was different under Jurgen Klopp.

[ MATCH RECAP: Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool ]

The Klopp revolution is being televised, and probably just as visibly as Mourinho’s downfall. The score line read Normal One 3, Special One 1, as Mourinho was outfoxed (or maybe out-foxed himself), but how did the players rate?

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Chelsea

Asmir Begovic — 5 — Wasn’t going to do anything on Coutinho’s goals, and a big save on Moreno in the 77th minute, but there’s no good way to give up three goals, is there?

Kurt Zouma — 5 —  Couple pivotal first-half clearances, and clearly not a right back but deputized well enough. What was Mourinho thinking? Especially given how poor his center backs played.

Gary Cahill — 4 — Some good clearances through the first 45 gave way to some shaky stuff early in the second. And then total collapse. Woeful stuff from Chelsea’s center back pair.

John Terry — 3 — He hasn’t looked good dating back to the preseason tour, but the first half saw shades of his best defending. The second half… didn’t. It’ll be ironic if Jose Mourinho goes out giving two English center backs every chance to right his ship.

Cesar Azpilicueta (Off 75′) — 6 — Fantastic work on the left side was punctuated by his wonderful cross to Ramires for the early Blues goal.

John Obi Mikel (Off 70′) — 4 —A bit slow to react all day, but was dealing with an incredibly lively Liverpool midfield. Silly, silly yellow card foul against Lallana.

Ramires — 5 — Celebrated his new deal with a well-taken headed goal, but was duped by Coutinho’s faked shot right before the equalizer. (Can you believe he’s 28? Feels like we’ve known him forever).

Willian — 4 — One of Chelsea’s better players when lively and active, he was far from impactful.

Oscar —  4 — Aside from a nifty dribble or two, did little to give Costa a chance to break down the door. Almost caught Mignolet off his line with a long blast.

Hazard (Off 58′) — 3 — Can anyone explain Hazard’s dip from the precipice of truly elite to nearly invisible?

Diego Costa — 4 — A lack of service makes it hard for a lone striker to make things happen (aside from diving, scowling, and doing world-class awful things like kicking Martin Skrtel in the chest).

Subs

Kenedy (On 58′) — 6 — An immediate injection of life, a midfielder willing to run and dribble at the defense.

Fabregas (On 70′) and Falcao (On 76′) — 4 — These guys played in the game, huh? You’re sure?

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during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2015 in London, England.
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Liverpool

Simon Mignolet — 6 — Didn’t have much to do in the first 45, and perhaps you want your keeper to save the Ramires goal, not just get a hand on it… but hung a bit out to dry there.

Nathaniel Clyne — 6 — Lively on the wing in the first half, settled into a more defensive role as the match moved forward.

Martin Skrtel — 6 —  Not without his scary moments, but marshaled the back line in a big way.

Mamadou Sakho — 7 — He’s a player, making several big tackles and marking very well.

Alberto Moreno — 4 — Failure to pick up Ramires allows Chelsea to strike early is enough for a poor grade

Lucas Leiva — 7 — Clearly a critical part of Jurgen Klopp’s plan. In attack, the 28-year-old helped Liverpool’s possession with calm. In defense, he was cantankerous and on the edge. Did he deserve a second yellow card?

Emre Can — 6 — Steady. Did his job well enough that he barely stood out.

James Milner (Off 64′) — 3 — Struggled to start the match, and never found his rhythm.

Adam Lallana (Off 90+1′) — 7 — Good first half, and worked the Reds into a rare early second half chance before helping to cement the win on Benteke’s late insurance goal.

Coutinho — 10 — Yes that’s a 10. What a pair of goals from the Brazilian: the movement to get free, the reception of the ball, the curling shot. Gorgeous. The second was deflected by Terry, but slightly.

Firmino (Off 75′) — 7 — Looked dangerous early, and combined neatly with country-mate Coutinho on the equalizer.

Subs

Christian Benteke (On 64′) —  7 — How’s that for an injection of finish? Klopp goes from a myriad of wily attackers to a big target man who makes both Terry and Cahill look like rookies.

Jordon Ibe (On 75′) — 6 — Didn’t have much to go, as game was firmly in hand.

Dejan Lovren (Off 90+1′) — N/A

USMNT vs Colombia live: How to watch, stream link, start time

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Anthony Hudson takes the reins for his second friendly in charge of the USMNT, two days after the U.S. Soccer Federation confirmed that he’ll be the interim coach through a hiring process that could take through the end of the summer.

Hudson’s first game was a 2-1 loss to Serbia on Wednesday, as Julian Gressel cued up a Brandon Vazquez goal but a mistake at the back and a brilliant free kick helped the Serbians to victory.

[ MORE: Follow FA Cup scores, updates ]

San Jose star Cade Cowell impressed with his electric pace and engine, while Chelsea goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina was put in some tricky spots over his time. Walker Zimmerman and Aaron Long split time at center back, next to LA Galaxy youngster Jalen neal.

Colombia’s first game of 2023 is just its fifth since the conclusion of World Cup qualifying in 2022.

Los Cafeteros, like the USMNT, will not have a ton of usual suspects, but Frank Fabra will be joined by Cucho Hernandez, now with Columbus Crew, as well as five other MLS players.


How to watch USMNT vs Colombia live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 7:30pm ET, Saturday (January 28)
Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, Calif.
TV channels in English: TNT
TV channels en Español: Universo
Streaming en Español: Peacock


USMNT vs Colombia Preview

The Yanks fell 2-1 to Serbia in a match about as scattered as you’d expect for a largely out-of-season, MLS-based side and a Serbia team with droves of uncapped players.

Saturday’s opponents will be of similar ilk, as no player besides veteran Frank Fabra of Boca Juniors boasts more than three caps.

[ MORE: Grades for USMNT players at 2022 World Cup ]

With recent USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter currently under investigation by the U.S. Soccer Federation after he admitted kicking his now wife in 1991 when they were in college together, assistant coach Anthony Hudson will lead the USMNT. Hudson has been leading practice during the January camp and will take charge until the USMNT tabs a new coach by the end of summer.

Five players who went to the 2022 World Cup with the USMNT are on this roster (Aaron Long, Walker Zimmerman, Kellyn Acosta, Sean Johnson and Jesus Ferreira).


USMNT quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 13
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 11
Coach: Anthony Hudson (temporary)

Colombia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 17
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
Coach: Nestor Lorenzo


USMNT vs Serbia video highlights, Brandon Vazquez goal video

Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

[ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA ]

After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League is back with a bang and the start to 2023 has delivered plenty of fun.


Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest though Newcastle is not going away and Manchester United has surged into contention.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

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Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle, while Liverpool is struggling to stay in the Champions League scrap. Chelsea has some work to do while surprising Fulham and Brighton are hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns.


Who are the candidates for relegation?

Everton, Bournemouth, and Southampton currently occupy the relegation places.

But Leicester, West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Wolves, and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom three after a topsy-turvy start.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.


Premier League table – January 23

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FA Cup fourth round schedule, how to watch live, predictions

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The FA Cup always delivers shocks and plenty of Premier League clubs have tricky tasks facing them in the fourth round.

After Aston Villa, Newcastle, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth were all knocked out by lower league opponents in round three, plus Everton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Brentford knocked out by fellow Premier League sides, there are only 11 top-flight teams left in the last 32.

[ LIVE: Follow FA Cup scores, updates ]

The fourth-round draw’s already been conducted and Arsenal will tangle with Manchester City in a tantalizing tie, while Brighton against Liverpool has the makings of a classic and Manchester United will be on upset alert against Reading and so too will West Ham as they face a tough trip to third-tier Derby County.

Read on for FA Cup stream info, fixtures, and predictions.


FA Cup live scores, schedule, dates, how to watch

Dates: Fourth round (January 27-30)
Times: Below
Online: Live updates via NBCSports.com
How to watch: ESPN+


FA Cup fourth round schedule

All games 10am ET unless otherwise stated

Friday
Man City vs Arsenal – 3pm ET

Saturday
Accrington Stanley vs Leeds United – 7:30am ET
Walsall vs Leicester City – 7:30am ET
Fulham vs Sunderland
Bristol City vs West Brom
Sheffield Wednesday vs Fleetwood Town
Blackburn Rovers vs Birmingham City
Luton Town vs Grimsby Town
Ipswich Town vs Burnley
Southampton vs Blackpool
Preston North End vs Tottenham Hotspur – 1pm ET
Manchester United vs Reading – 3pm ET

Sunday
Brighton vs Liverpool – 8:30am ET
Stoke City vs Stevenage – 9am ET
Wrexham vs Sheffield United – 11:30am ET

Monday
Derby County vs West Ham – 2:45pm ET


FA Cup fourth round predictions – By Joe Prince-Wright

Friday
Man City 2-1 Arsenal

Saturday
Accrington Stanley 1-3 Leeds United
Walsall 1-2 Leicester City
Fulham 1-2 Sunderland
Bristol City 1-2 West Brom
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Fleetwood Town
Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Birmingham City
Luton Town 3-1 Grimsby Town
Ipswich Town 1-3 Burnley
Southampton 2-0 Blackpool
Preston North End 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United 2-1 Reading

Sunday
Brighton 2-2 Liverpool
Stoke City 2-1 Stevenage
Wrexham 1-2 Sheffield United

Monday
Derby County 1-1 West Ham


FA Cup third round replays

Tuesday 

Swansea City 1-2 (AET) Bristol City
Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Birmingham City (original tie postponed due to waterlogged pitch)
Wigan 1-2 Luton
Wolves 0-1 Liverpool
West Brom 4-0 Chesterfield

Wednesday

Leeds United 5-2 Cardiff City

Tuesday, January 24

Accrington Stanley vs Boreham Wood


FA Cup third round results

Friday

Manchester United 3-1 Everton

Saturday

Preston North End 3-1 Huddersfield Town
Reading 2-0 Watford
Tottenham 1-0 Portsmouth
Gillingham 0-1 Leicester City
Forest Green Rovers vs Birmingham City — PPD
Crystal Palace 1-2 Southampton
Hull City 0-2 Fulham
Middlesbrough 1-5 Brighton
Fleetwood Town 2-1 QPR
Ipswich Town 4-1 Rotherham
Bournemouth 2-4 Burnley
Blackpool 4-1 Nottingham Forest
Chesterfield 3-3 West Brom
Millwall 0-2 Sheffield United
Boreham Wood 1-1 Accrington Stanley
Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Sunderland
Brentford 0-1 West Ham
Coventry City 3-4 Wrexham
Luton Town 1-1 Wigan
Grimsby Town 1-0 Burton Albion
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Newcastle
Liverpool 2-2 Wolves

Sunday

Bristol City 1-1 Swansea City
Derby County 3-0 Barnsley
Cardiff City 2-2 Leeds
Stockport 1-2 Walsall
Hartlepool 0-3 Stoke City
Norwich 0-1 Blackpool
Aston Villa 1-2 Stevenage
Man City 4-0 Chelsea

Monday

Oxford United 0-3 Arsenal


Manchester United vs Reading: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Manchester United looks to stay in the mix for a pair of domestic cups when it hosts old pal Paul Ince and Reading in the fourth round of the 2022 FA Cup on Saturday.

United scored a solid win at midweek to move within 90 minutes of the League Cup Final and of course also harbors hopes of winning the Europa League and, perhaps less so, the Premier League.

[ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA ] 

Reading sits 14th in the Championship, five points off the playoff places and fairly clear of the relegation mess.


Manchester United vs Reading, FA Cup fourth round: How to watch live, stream link

Kick off: 3pm ET, Saturday
TV Channel: ESPN+
Online: Updates via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & in-form players to watch 

Tom Ince, Paul’s son, is leading the club both in goals and assists, and sits among the leaders in pretty much everything else from tackles to completed dribbles.  Yakou Meite has also been a busy piece of what Reading has done well.

United’s stars are well-known, as Marcus Rashford continues to thrive at forward. Wout Weghorst picked up his first Man Utd goal at midweek and could be in line for more playing time while Anthony Martial recovers from injury.


Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

Manchester United won’t have Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot, Donny van de Beek, and Jadon Sancho, while Luke Shaw is a question mark with an illness.

Reading team news, injuries, lineup options

Paul Ince’s bid to upset United will not include Naby Sarr, Sam Hutchinson, and old foe Andy Carroll.