Liverpool beats Manchester City in wild clash as Klopp sees red

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LIVERPOOL — This is the moment Liverpool’s season finally started.

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In front of a raucous Anfield, Liverpool beat Manchester City 1-0 as Mohamed Salah sent the home fans into euphoria as the noise levels went off the scale.

In a tight, tense game (on and off the pitch), Jurgen Klopp’s injury-hit and underperforming side dug deep and Salah’s second half goal was enough to grab a statement win.

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Pep Guardiola and City have lost their unbeaten record and the reigning champs are now four points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, and were left fuming as they believed Phil Foden had given them the lead in the second half but VAR ruled it out.

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Liverpool have 13 points from 10 games, while Man City have 23 from 10 and failed to score in a Premier League game for the first time this season.

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What we learned from Liverpool vs Manchester City

Haaland is playable: Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez gave everyone in the Premier League hope. You can play against Erling Haaland. After a poor start to the season, many expected Van Dijk to be run around by Haaland. That wasn’t the case. At all. Haaland still had a few looks on goal but he got his headers wrong, was denied by Alisson and couldn’t get free of the Dutch center back and Gomez who doubled up masterfully on him. This was a crucial battle in the game and Van Dijk and Gomez won it for Liverpool.

Passionate Klopp gets personnel spot on: He deserved to get sent off for confronting the linesman and Klopp will admit it. He got that wrong. He got everything else right. From playing Milner at right back and Jota, Elliott, Firmino and Salah up top in a fluid four with Fabinho, Thiago in midfield to get on the ball and try to calm things down, his plan worked a treat and this result will breath new life into Liverpool’s season. Klopp will now face a period in the stands but his team have shown they have not yet been sidelined in this title race. Not yet.

Guardiola overthinks it again: He played a 3-1-3-3 formation at times and had Silva playing deeper and Gundogan further forward. City dominated large swathes of this game but it didn’t really work. They didn’t carve Liverpool open and they were far too predictable, which is very rare for them but can happen when Guardiola overthinks things against an opponent sitting deep and ready to counter. In the end one mistake from Cancelo cost them and a draw was a fair result, but City overcomplicated things in a big game and paid the price. It wasn’t the first time Guardiola has done that.


Tactical focus

Pep Guardiola went with a strange lineup tweak as Bernardo Silva started in a much deeper role with Gundogan playing much further forward. City did have a lot of the ball but it seemed to stop them getting in-behind Liverpool as many of their best attacking weapons were playing too deep. Liverpool’s 4-2-3-1 formation worked well with Salah buzzing around centrally and the hosts look to get him Jota and Elliott in-behind on the counter whenever they could.

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Stars of the show

Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk: Had a great game alongside one another to keep Haaland fairly quiet.

Mohamed Salah: Played in a more central role and got the all-important goal. Was denied by Ederson when going clean through and curled another just wide. Back to his best and he loves playing against City.

Diogo Jota: So sad to see him get what looked like a bad injury late on. He caused so many problems for City on the counter and linked up well with Firmino and Salah.

Phil Foden: Made City tick and so good on the ball. He and Bernardo Silva were on a different level. Shame his goal was disallowed.


What’s next?

Liverpool host West Ham on Wednesday, Oct. 19, while Man City head are off as their trip to Arsenal was postponed due to the Gunners’ Europa League commitments.


How to watch Liverpool vs Manchester City live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30am ET, Sunday
TV Channel: USA Network
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Liverpool vs Manchester City live analysis! – By Joe Prince-Wright at Anfield

Wrapping things up from Anfield after a wild game (and especially second half!), I spoke with Klopp about his red card. He tried to explain himself.

Pep Guardiola isn’t happy with the decision to disallow Man City’s goal. At all. He says the officials stated that they would let everything go and they did. Except for the goal.

FULL TIME: Wild celebrations here at the final whistle as Liverpool win 1-0. Klopp is back out and his celebrations are pretty muted after his red card. That’s understandable.

Diogo Jota is carried off the pitch with an injury that looks really bad.

Six minutes of stoppage time. Can Liverpool hold on!?

Jurgen Klopp is SENT OFF!

Brilliant clearance from Van Dijk with Haaland about to head home. Man City throwing everything at Liverpool now.

Anfield is absolutely bouncing!

GOALLLL! Liverpool ahead! Alisson’s long kick forward finds Salah after Joao Cancelo couldn’t clear and Salah finished superbly. Anfield erupts. 1-0 to Liverpool! This feels like a HUGE moment in the season for Liverpool.

Salah curls one just wide at one end, while Haaland is denied by Alisson at the other. This is getting very tense now.

CHAOSSSS! First, Foden thought he had put City 1-0 up but referee Anthony Taylor went to the monitor after VAR told him to check a foul by Erling Haaland on Fabinho… THEN Liverpool break and Jota his the post when he should score…. THEN Pep Guardiola gets into it with the Liverpool fans around the City bench and goads them…. THEN it looks like a few things are thrown towards Pep and his staff. This is wild. How is it still 0-0!?

What a start to the second half! 

 

HALF TIME: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City – That was a very good watch. The 45 minutes flew by. Chances at both ends. Haaland had a couple of opportunities towards the end of the half but Liverpool were solid enough and looked a threat on the break. So far, so good for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

CHANCE! Kevin de Bruyne clips in a lovely cross for Erling Haaland but his header is straight at Alisson. He had to generate his own power on that but still, he will think he should have scored.

The game has opened up now. Elliott almost got in at one end and then Foden was played in but dallied on the ball when he should have got his shot off. Haaland has header over. Bubbling up nicely here…

OVER! Good ball in from Milner which Ederson pushes away with Jota lurking, then Robertson drills the rebound just over. Positive vibes here at Anfield as the home fans roar in appreciation. Robertson is angry with himself. He should have hit the target there.

This is a really weird formation from Manchester City. Looks like they are playing a 3-1-3-3 at times. Gundogan playing really high and Bernardo Silva much deeper than usual.

CHANCE! First big chance of the game and Diogo Jota heads at goal but it’s straight at Ederson.

Liverpool have started well and are trying to pin Manchester City back. This game has yet to get going.

KICK OFF: What an atmosphere here. We are off and running here at Anfield. Milner at right back for Liverpool with Fabinho, Elliott and Thiago in central midfield. Gundogan is playing in a very advanced role just underneath Haaland.

It is louddddd here today.

Team news is out and it looks like Fabinho could be at center back or James Milner at right back as Liverpool try to cope with their defensive injury issues. Cancelo looks like he’s playing at right back with Akanji and Dias at center back, plus Gundogan back in midfield.

Hello and welcome to a lovely early fall day here at Anfield!


Key storylines

Liverpool will be buoyed by their hammering of Rangers but Klopp’s side are giving up big chances galore in each game they play and the balance is totally off. Especially in midfield and defense. The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson look well off the pace, while Mohamed Salah hasn’t scored in his last five PL games. Klopp will hope Salah’s incredible six-minute hat trick (a Champions League record) at Rangers will get his season going. With injuries piling up and the formation being switched around, this is going to be a very tough ask for a Liverpool side seemingly questioning their tactics, ability and cohesion all at the same time.

Man City look pretty unstoppable right now as Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden and Haaland lead the way. All across the pitch they have wonderful squad depth and Guardiola is rotating his team expertly. After this game at Anfield they will expect to win pretty much all of their remaining PL encounters before the World Cup break and that should move them back to the top of the table. City are five games unbeaten against Liverpool and are unbeaten in their last 22 PL away matches and haven’t lost in the league in almost eight months. A true juggernaut is chugging along nicely.


In-form players to keep an eye on

Liverpool’s Mo Salah will be flying after that incredible hat trick at Rangers but it is Roberto Firmino that City will have to watch out for. The Brazilian has become the forgotten man in Liverpool’s attack after the arrival of Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez during the last two transfer windows. However, Firmino has scored eight goals in 12 games this season and has six goals in the PL. He only scored five PL goals all last season. Diogo Jota also assisted all three of Salah’s goals in midweek and is starting to look really sharp after injuries impacted his start to the season, while Nunez has scored two in his last two.

Manchester City’s Erling Haaland is on track to score 63 Premier League goals this season (the record in a 38-game campaign is 32) and he has 20 goals in 13 games in all competitions. Enough said. Kevin de Bruyne leads the Premier League in assists (nine) and scored home and away against Liverpool last season. At the other end Ederson has the most clean sheets (five) in the Premier League as Nathan Ake and Manuel Akanji have both stepped in and looked very good in defense.


Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup options

Luis Diaz, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip remain out, while Arthur Melo is also missing. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones are also doubts as they continue to recover. The good news is that Andy Robertson is back at left back which is a huge boost. Klopp has been going for what is almost a 4-2-4 system in recent weeks but it looks like he may switch back to his 4-3-3 system for this one with Joe Gomez at right back, Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho in midfield and Salah, Firmino and Jota in attack.


Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options

Kalvin Phillips, John Stones and Kyle Walker remain out for City, so that means Joao Cancelo is likely to start at right back with Nathan Ake potentially at left back and Manuel Akanji and Ruben Dias at center back. In midfield Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva will surely start and it could be Grealish alongside Foden and Haaland in attack.



 

Report: Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus could be out for lengthy period

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Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus has suffered a knee injury while on duty with Brazil at the World Cup and it could be very serious.

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According to one report from The Telegraph, Jesus could be out for up to three months which would be a hammer blow for the Gunners and their unlikely Premier League title push.

The striker suffered the injury during Brazil’s 1-0 group stage defeat to Cameroon and the Gunners are in contact with the Brazil medical team to figure out how serious the knee injury is.

Jesus, 25, has been instrumental in Mikel Arteta’s side sitting five points clear atop the Premier League table.

If he’s missing for a long period, Arsenal will seriously consider signing an emergency striker in January.


Latest update on Gabriel Jesus injury

The vibes are not good at all around this injury news.

An update below suggests that Arsenal are fearing and planning for the worst but hoping for the best.

If Jesus is out for the next few months, who plays up top for Arsenal? Does Gabriel Martinelli go central? Is Eddie Nketiah ready to fill the void?

Jesus hasn’t been banging goals in for Arsenal this season but his movement and slick interchange with Saka, Martinelli and Odegaard in particular has been the key behind their much-improved attacking displays.


France vs Poland: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Defending world champions France will begin their journey through the knockout rounds when they face Poland in the round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup on Sunday.

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Only twice in the history of the World Cup has a defending champion defended their title and went back-to-back. Italy did it in 1934 and 1938; Brazil did it in 1958 and 1962. 60 years later, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and captain Hugo Lloris hope to join those legendary sides for the rest of time.

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Here is everything you need for France vs Poland. 


How to watch France vs Poland live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Sunday (December 4)
Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium, Doha
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

For France, the group stage was a bit of a mixed bag results-wise, but the quality of performances was undeniable. Les Bleus hammered Australia, the eventual Group D runners-up, 4-1 in the opener, followed by a 2-1 victory over Denmark in game no. 2 and a surprising 1-0 defeat to Tunisia with next to nothing to play for in the finale. After losing Karim Benzema to injury during training just two weeks ago, on top of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba going down long before the tournament began, Mbappe (3 goals, 1 assist) and Griezmann (1 assist) shouldered the load in the group stage. 22-year-old midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni was the only player to start all three group games, as Didier Deschamps gives the Real Madrid star a crash course in World Cup football.

Despite having Robert Lewandowski, one of the best strikers of his generation, Poland managed just two goals during the group stage — both in the same game, their only win, against Saudi Arabia. On the flip side, keeping two clean sheets (also against Mexico) proved the difference in elimination and advancement. Poland are one of four sides (Australia, Morocco and Japan being the others) to have held less than 40 percent of possession and make it through to the knockout rounds.


France quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 4
World Cup titles: 2 (1998, 2018)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group D)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Key players: Kylian Mbappe, Hugo Lloris, Antoine Griezmann

Poland quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 38
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified from AFC via the intercontinental playoffs
Coach: Graham Arnold
Key players: Mathew Ryan, Aaron Mooy, Mathew Leckie

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World Cup 2022 schedule – how to watch, last 16, calendar, match schedule, brackets, dates

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The World Cup 2022 schedule is locked in and this tournament in Qatar has been sensational as the knockout rounds will capture the imagination of the globe.

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Japan, Australia and Morocco made the last 16 with so many huge shocks during the tournament, while Germany, Denmark and Belgium all crashed out in the group stage.

From the USMNT and England getting out of their group to Lionel Messi dragging Argentina through and Mexico just missing out on getting out of the group stages and amid upsets galore, there are plenty of intriguing games in the latter stages.

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We now have the small matter of the Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final to look forward to. Bring. It. On.

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Below is the schedule in full, details on how to watch the games and everything else you need..

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World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Knockout round kick-off times: 10am, 2pm (both ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H | Full tables


Round of 16 schedule

Match 49 – Saturday, December 3: Netherlands 3-1 USA – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

Match 50 – Saturday, December 3: Argentina 2-1 Australia – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm

Match 52 – Sunday, December 4: France vs Poland (preview) – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 51 – Sunday, December 4: England vs Senegal (preview) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

Match 53 – Monday, December 5: Japan vs Croatia (preview) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am

Match 54 – Monday, December 5: Brazil vs South Korea – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm

Match 55 – Tuesday, December 6: Morocco vs Spain – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 56 – Tuesday, December 6: Portugal vs Switzerland – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm


Quarterfinal schedule

Match 58 – Friday, December 9: Winners Match 53 vs Winners Match 54 – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 57 – Friday, December 9: Netherlands vs Argentina – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am

Match 60 – Saturday, December 10: Winners Match 55 vs Winners Match 56 – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 59 – Saturday, December 10: Winners Match 51 vs Winners Match 52 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Semifinal schedule

Match 61 – Tuesday, December 13: Winners Match 57 vs Winners Match 58 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

Match 62 – Wednesday, December 14: Winners Match 59 vs Winners Match 60 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Third-place play-off

Match 63 – Saturday, December 17: Losers Match 61 vs Losers Match 62 – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm


Final

Match 64 – Sunday, December 18: Winners Match 61 vs Winners Match 62 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am


Group stage results

Group A

Recap/highlights: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Senegal 0-2 Netherlands  – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 5am
Recap/highlights: Qatar 1-3 Senegal – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Netherlands 2-0 Qatar – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Ecuador 1-2 Senegal –  Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

Group B

Recap/highlights: England 6-2 Iran – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: USA 1-1 Wales – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: England 0-0 USA – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Wales 0-2 Iran – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Wales 0-3 England – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Iran 0-1 USA – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor

Group C

Recap/highlights: Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Mexico 0-0 Poland – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Argentina 2-0 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Poland 0-2 Argentina – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Saudi Arabia 1-2 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

Group D

Recap/highlights: France 4-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Denmark 0-0 Tunisia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: France 2-1 Denmark – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Tunisia 0-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Tunisia 1-0 France –  Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Australia 1-0 Denmark – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

Group E

Recap/highlights: Spain 7-0 Costa Rica – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Germany 1-2 Japan – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Spain 1-1 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Japan 0-1 Costa Rica – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Japan 2-1 Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Costa Rica 2-4 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Group F

Recap/highlights: Belgium 1-0 Canada – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Morocco 0-0 Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 5am
Recap/highlights: Belgium 0-2 Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Croatia 4-1 Canada – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Croatia 0-0 Belgium – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights Canada 1-2 Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor

Group G

Recap/highlights: Brazil 2-0 Serbia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Brazil 1-0 Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha – 11am
Recap/highlights: Cameroon 3-3 Serbia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Cameroon 1-0 Brazil – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Serbia 2-3 Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha

Group H

Recap/highlights: Portugal 3-2 Ghana – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Portugal 2-0 Uruguay – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: South Korea 2-3 Ghana – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: South Korea 2-1 Portugal – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Ghana 0-2 Uruguay – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah


World Cup Today – Latest news, analysis, reaction on 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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During the 2022 World Cup we are breaking down all the action and will be discussing all of the key storylines from Qatar.

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From upsets to powerhouses flexing their muscles, from the USMNT reaching the last 16 to new stars emerging and everything in-between, we have you covered.

Joe Prince-Wright, Andy Edwards and Nick Mendola will provide updates, analysis and reaction across our platforms here at NBC Sports.

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Below you can find every episode of their World Cup shows and above is the latest edition to make sure you’re up to date with everything you need.


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World Cup Today – Day 12 (December 1)


World Cup Today – Day 11 (November 30)


World Cup Today – Day 10 (November 29)


World Cup Today – Day 9 (November 28)


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World Cup Today – Day 7 (November 26)


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World Cup Today – Day 2 (November 21)


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