It’s very rare that Jurgen Klopp‘s post-match comments are outclassed by one of his Liverpool players, let alone two.
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But both James Milner and Andrew Robertson were effusive in praise after Liverpool battered Bournemouth 3-0 to reclaim the top spot on the Premier League table, with Klopp a bit more understated.
As he should be, perhaps.
“Some of the play was mesmerizing,” Milner said. “We could have scored more. The crowd was immense. There’s not many better in the country when it is like that. It’s like a 12th man.”
Milner said the club is not just dealing with injuries but sickness, and Klopp revealed in rather plain terms that clever goal scorer Georginio Wijnaldum was dealing with some intestinal problems.
The Reds scored thrice, through Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane, but Robertson was just as happy to see a clean sheet and the killing of a game after consecutive draws restarted the Premier League title race.
“We can’t rest on a 2-0 lead,” Robertson said. “Getting the third just killed the game. It was all about staying professional. If there were any point to prove then it was in our dressing room. We were good all over the pitch.”
As for Klopp, he praised the third goal and the club’s response to dropping points in consecutive matches. Liverpool has defeated Bournemouth 3-0 or 4-0 in each of its last four matches.
Liverpool needed a big win heading into a week which will see it host Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League before visiting Manchester United in the Premier League.
In his first start since the U.S. Men’s National Team’s infamous defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, Jozy Altidore showcased his strength, speed and technical ability to help lead the U.S. to victory.
Altidore’s outstanding bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference in a sometimes dour game as the USMNT topped Panama, 1-0, Wednesday evening at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. The win kept the U.S. perfect through the Gold Cup group stage with no goals allowed, and it has somewhat erased the memory of the USMNT’s horrible run-up to the tournament, with defeats to Jamaica and Venezuela now firmly in the rear-view mirror.
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With the win, both teams head to Philadelphia for the quarterfinals this Sunday. Panama plays the undercard matchup against Jamaica while the USMNT faces Curacao.
Jozy Altidore put his stamp on the game and gave U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter more to speak about with one fell swing.
Altidore finished off a corner kick in spectacular fashion, executing a perfect bicycle kick to put the USMNT up 1-0 in the 66th minute. The goal came one minute after the entrance of Christian Pulisic, which perhaps was on the mind of the Panama defense.
It was Altidore’s second-straight game vs. Panama with a goal. His last two were in October 2017, when the U.S. pummeled Panama, 4-0. Of course, a few days later, a tired USMNT failed to win at Trinidad and Tobago.
It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.
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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.
In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.
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Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.