Three things we learned from Liverpool – Newcastle

Liverpool - Newcastle
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Liverpool allowed two goals in stoppage time, though only one counted in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Saturday.

A shocking late Newcastle equalizer was taken off the board by a sketchy rule as Callum Wilson’s inadvertant handling of the ball looked to give Liverpool a win at Anfield on Saturday, only for Joe Willock to rescue another big result for the Magpies in a 1-1 draw.

Liverpool survived poor finishing and a strong performance from Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka prior to Wilson’s would-be heroics, the substitute tucking his arm into his body after Alisson Becker’s stoppage-time save bounding toward him, then snapping the loose ball over the line.

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But Joe Willock snapped a shot off Fabinho and into the goal to give the Magpies a richly-desired, quite-unlikely, and well-earned point. Newcastle’s 36 points are nine points clear of 18th-place Fulham. Both have five matches left on the docket.

The Reds had led through Mohamed Salah’s third-minute goal but saw a series of saves from Dubravka and some wayward shooting keep the visitors in pursuit of their point. The draw stops Livrpool from a top-four spot, now a point behind Chelsea and West Ham before the London pair tangle later Saturday (start time 12:30pm ET on NBC and online via


Three things we learned from Liverpool – Newcastle

1. Newcastle show how far they’ve come: It’s only been a couple of months since we would’ve been asking whether Newcastle’s beleaguered attack could take advantage of a Liverpool team which had few answers in its own third. The Magpies now look like an actual Premier League attack — a healthy Allan Saint-Maximin sure helps — while Liverpool has figured out its defense despite Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez being joined by Jordan Henderson on the sidelines (though, it must be said, Fabinho’s absence is proving it was nearly as glaring as that of Van Dijk). On a day with Callum Wilson able to join Saint-Maximin in the Starting XI, maybe this is settled before stoppage time in favor of the visitors? Yet maybe it doesn’t, as Alisson was alert and his backs quite decent.

2. Back Kabak to come back? We know Ozan Kabak is not going to wind up with relegated Schalke by the time the  2.Bundesliga season starts, but should the 21-year-old end up with Liverpool. The 21-year-old is still rough around the edges but has shown multiple Premier League clubs that he can handle the rigors of the league and is a better passer than anticipated. It may not be at Anfield, with the Reds apparently targeting Ibrahima Konate, but Kabak can almost certainly be a PL back.

3. Salah scores early beauty but, well, that’s that: The Egyptian’s terrific third-minute blast into the upper reaches of the goal signaled blowout intent, but Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka was a significant hurdle to Salah and teammate Sadio Mane. The other one was the size of the goal, which as one of the biggest in sports wasn’t big enough for Liverpool’s substandard finishing. The Reds, for their improvements listed above, have not settled their top four fate and have a serious Champions League worry despite a very soft run-in aside from an upcoming tilt with Manchester United.

Man of the Match: Martin Dubravka

Eight saves and five from in-tight. Yeah, Salah and Mane weren’t anywhere near their best but the Magpies’ star Slovenian delivered the goods to keep Newcastle within sight of a suckerpunch equalizer.

Liverpool – Newcastle recap

It didn’t take long for the Reds to strike, Salah lashing a fourth-minute effort into the top of the goal after a tidy first touch and turn of a deflected Sadio Mane cross.

Saint-Maximin was again the cente rof everything Newcastle, drawing a few fouls and pushing into the box several times to the consternation of Ozan Kabak (who rose to the challenge).

Chances remained for Newcastle and Sean Longstaff couldn’t sort his feet to bear alisson, whose save led a corner. Newcastle had the ball in the goal but the flag was up against Jonjo Shelvey.

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Diogo Jota was bright but sloppy for the hosts, misfiring on two promising chances to make it 2-0.

Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka made an outstanding 1v1 save on a breaking Salah in the 37th minute, though the Egyptian will rue his finishing bid. The same can be said of Dubravka’s collection of a ball off Mane’s foot.

A cutting edge may have had this 1-1, but maybe not given the awareness and superb play of Alisson Becker. The Liverpool keeper made a terrific save on Joelinton in the 56th minute, his second of the game.

How many times has a team won the treble? Man City goes for history


There’s been a lot of treble talk these days, talk that’s found a new level of buzz since Manchester City moved within one win of joining the club.

It’s an elite club, by the way, of teams that have won their domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Nine times in history has a team won the treble, and only once has it been done by a Premier League club.

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That’s why Man City’s defeat of Manchester United earlier this month in the FA Cup Final rings so true for the Citizens; The blue side of Manchester would join the red side as treble supporters, as United won the treble in 1998-99.

Man City goes for the third jewel of its treble crown on Saturday versus Inter Milan in Istanbul when it kicks off the UEFA Champions League Final.

For more treble trivia, head below the jump.

How many times has the treble been won?

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic calls time on remarkable playing career


There are very few unicorns in sports, but one of them announced their retirement on Sunday as Zlatan Ibrahimovic called time on a legendary playing career at the end of AC Milan’s season.

Ibrahimovic scored more than 500 goals between club and country, and had nearly as many headline-making moments with eyebrow-raising quotes and gestures.

Many of his comments were self-aggrandizing — he called himself “Benjamin Button” and “Indiana Jones” and “bigger than all of MLS“– and often viewed with humor, though he earned sincere criticism for speaking against athletes like LeBron James being involved in political discussions.

He was also involved in humanitarian efforts, raising money for hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic and putting on temporary tattoos to raise awareness of childhood hunger.

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Ibrahimovic, 41, was limited to just four games this season due to injuries to his knee, calf, and hamstring, scoring one goal over 144 minutes. His last appearance goes down as a 17-minute cameo for Sweden in a EURO qualifier loss to Belgium on March 24.

Nominated for 11 Ballons d’Or and finishing fourth once, Ibrahimovic was named to four UEFA Teams of the Year and was honored thrice as the Serie A Footballer of the Year and three more times as Ligue 1 Player of the Year. Ibrahimovic was four-times the Swedish Male Athlete of the Year.

He’s also the only player to score in the UEFA Champions League for six different teams, and the only player to win the Capocannoniere — Serie A’s Golden Boot — for two clubs (AC Milan and Inter Milan).

Ibrahimovic claimed trophies at virtually every stop of his career besides childhood club Malmo and Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, where he set the MLS single-season goals record with 30.

He won two Eredivisie crowns at Ajax, Serie A scudetti with Juventus, Inter Milan, and AC Milan, a La Liga title with Barcelona, four Ligue 1 victories with PSG, and the League Cup and Europa League for Manchester United. He also scored the 25,000th goal in Premier League history.

Ibrahimovic retires a Swedish centurion, scoring 62 times in 122 caps including six goals in 13 EURO appearances. He failed to score in five appearances for Sweden between the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

His star lost some shine in Sweden when he purchased a stake in Hammarby, a rival to his boyhood club of Malmo: Fans sawed his statue off at the ankles.

Maybe now we’ll get the 10 “Rambo”-styled movies about Zlatan he once mentioned in a press conference.

Surely we’ll hear more from Ibra in the future.

Manchester City vs Inter Milan: How to watch Champions League Final, odds, predictions


Manchester City is on the chase for a historic treble and standing in the way is Inter Milan, one of Europe’s precious few clubs to claim such an honor.

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The Premier League winners three times running have an FA Cup under their belt after beating Manchester United on June 3 and the final jewel in their treble crown awaits with a win in Istanbul on June 10.

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Pep Guardiola could lead a second club to a treble after he did it with Barcelona in 2008-09, and they would give heated rivals United domestic company on the treble stage right down the road.

Guardiola says it’s now okay to talk about the treble. We agree, and we’ve laid out why the achievement is so special after the jump.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan.

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What Premier League clubs have won the treble?

Manchester United won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in 1998-99.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils are the lone Premier League club to win it.

That’s it. For now.

How many times has the treble been won?

Nine times in history has a team won its domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


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Man City (-250) vs Inter Milan (+625) | Draw over 120 mins (+380)

Over 2.5 goals (-160). Under 2.5 goals (+110)

Champions League Final predictions

Joe Prince-Wright: Man City 2-1 Inter Milan
Andy Edwards: Man City 3-1 Inter Milan
Nick Mendola: Man City 2-0 Inter Milan

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options


Inter Milan team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joaquin Correa. OUT: Dalbert.

Premier League ins and outs: Summer signings, exits for all 20 clubs


Some Premier League mainstays have left their clubs and may even depart the league this summer, whether their choice or the desire of their teams.

Ashley Young, Lucas Moura, and Joao Moutinho are among the players who will not return to their clubs, and all this before June is more than a few days gone.

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Meanwhile, some new names are arriving in the Premier League, with Brentford purchasing a new keeper and Brighton raiding Watford for a star attacking talent.

As the summer goes on, this page will be consistently updated with the comings and goings around all 17 returning Premier League clubs and promoted sides Burnley, Sheffield United, and Luton Town.

See all signings, after the jump.

AFC Bournemouth

Hamed Traore (Sassuolo)

Jefferson Lerma (Released)
Jack Stacey (Norwich City)
Junior Stanislas (Released)



Aston Villa

Ashley Young (Released)


Mark Flekken (Freiburg)
Ethan Brierley (Rochdale)

Pontus Jansson (Malmo)
Saman Ghoddos (Released)
Tariqe Fosu (Released)
Joel Valencia (Released)

Brighton & Hove Albion

Joao Pedro (Watford)


Jordan Beyer (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Ashley Barnes (Norwich City)


Dujon Sterling (Rangers)

Crystal Palace

James McArthur (Released)
Luka Milivojevic (Released)


Niels Nkounkou (Saint-Etienne)




Roberto Firmino (Released)
Naby Keita (Released)
James Milner (Released)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Released)

Luton Town


Manchester City


Manchester United

Ethan Galbraith
Phil Jones (Released)

Newcastle United


Nottingham Forest

Jack Colback (Released)
Will Swan (Mansfield Town)
Jordan Smith (Released)
Andre Ayew (Released)
Cafu (Released)
Jack Colback (Released)
Jesse Lingard (Released)
Jordan Smith (Released)
Lyle Taylor (Released)

Sheffield United


Tottenham Hotspur

Lucas Moura (Released)

West Ham United

Arthur Masuaku (Besiktas)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Jeong Sang-bin (Minnesota United)
Diego Costa (Released)
Joao Moutinho (Released)
Michael Agboola (Released)
Lee Harkin (Released)
Jack Hodnett (Released)
Luke Matheson (Released)
Taylor Perry (Released)
Jack Scott (Released)