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Liverpool nips Man City in New Jersey

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Sadio Mane converted a Dominic Solanke-won stoppage time penalty as Liverpool beat Manchester City 2-1 in an International Champions Cup game in New Jersey on Wednesday.

Leroy Sane and Mohamed Salah traded goals early in the second half.

Man City started few familiar names, with Riyad Mahrez and Claudio Bravo the most experiences, while Liverpool used nine regulars from last season as well as new man Fabinho.

Second half subs included Sadio Mane and Dominic Solanke for Liverpool, while Pep Guardiola introduced Joe Hart, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, and new signing Claudio Gomes.

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Fabinho was fortunate to not give a penalty away to Lukas Nmecha within the first quarter hour. Riyad Mahrez found Nmecha in the box and Loris Karius put the rebound back to the player. Fabinho made contact with the back of Nmecha’s leg before the player popped the ball over a goal, but what followed was only a corner kick.

Fabinho then fouled former NYCFC midfielder Jack Harrison moments later.

Curtis Jones provided rare early danger for Liverpool, but Claudio Bravo had little trouble with the youngster’s shot.

Man City’s Riyad Mahrez was the bright spot of the first half hour for both teams.

Jones forced Bravo into another low save in the 33rd minute. He’d later be whistle for a perceived dive in the 43rd minute, but this was clearly a man not in the penalty-giving mood.

Liverpool made plenty of halftime changes, and Sadio Mane nearly scored in the 48th minute.

Caoimhin Kelleher stopped a Leroy Sane effort in the 53rd minute. At the other end, Solanke had a goal pulled back for offside.

That’s when Sane scored a beautiful goal, using his speed to get behind the Liverpool back line before hammering a shot inside the far post that bounded into the top of the goal.

Salah subbed into the game, and scored a headed goal moments later. He was offside, but the fans were pleased and the linesman didn’t spot it.

Salah could’ve made it two had a back post header not been cleared wide by Cameron Humphreys-Grant.

Liverpool was the better money for a goal over the rest of the match, Mane and Salah giving the American crowd plenty of reason to ooh and aah.

Solanke was taken down in stoppage time with a body check from Tosin Adarabioyo.

Transfer rumor roundup: Ings on the move; Godin to Man United

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Danny Ings looks set to leave Liverpool this summer with multiple outlets reporting he has agreed with Jurgen Klopp to move on to find regular action.

Ings, 25, has been hit with two major knee injuries during his three seasons at Liverpool and battled back to make 14 appearances last season off the bench for the Anfield club.

However, it doesn’t appear that regular minutes will be upcoming for Ings with Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Dominic Solanke ahead of him in the pecking order.

Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Inter Milan are all said to be interested in signing the England international and many more clubs will be sniffing around Ings as he’s been linked with Burnley, Newcastle and West Ham in the past.

He is a poacher in the box, works the channels superbly and is hungry to regain the form which saw him score 11 PL goals in 2014-15 for Burnley. A sharp Danny Ings is a danger to any defense in the Premier League.


Diego Godin, 32, has been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Uruguay’s captain has been a monster so far for La Celeste at the World Cup, as the Atletico Madrid center back has led them to three victories in the group stage to set up a last 16 clash with Portugal.

Per a report from Spanish outlet AS, Godin could be available for just $23.8 million this summer as he has just one year left on his current deal at Atleti. Although contract talks are expected with Atleti, the Uruguayan is said to be contemplating a move with both United and Juventus interested.

Jose Mourinho wants to add extra steel to his defense and with United already signing Fred and Diogo Dalot this summer, the Red Devils aren’t messing around when it comes to rebuilding their squad.

Godin’s no-nonsense style of defending will certainly slot in with Mourinho’s love for combative play and you can see him being one of his generals at Old Trafford.

Championship Sunday, rounded up

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The Premier League put a bow on its remarkable season with a 100-point flourish from Man City, and a new single-season scoring mark.

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It also waved goodbye to Arsene Wenger, at least at Arsenal. All that and more in the PL roundup.

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Gabriel Jesus‘ stoppage time winner — man, does this club play to the final season’s whistle — made sure Man City added “first 100-point club” to its list of amazing accomplishments.

Liverpool 4-0 Brighton and Hove Albion — RECAP

Mohamed Salah set the new Premier League scoring record, while Dejan Lovren, Andy Robertson, and Dominic Solanke also scored to lead Liverpool back into the UEFA Champions League regardless of the final against Real Madrid.

Huddersfield Town 0-1 Arsenal — RECAP

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became the fastest Gunner to 10 Premier League goals and notably has status as the last player to score in Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal.

Newcastle United 3-0 Chelsea — RECAP

Newcastle fans are dreaming of the transfer market after Rafa Benitez put another fine line on his resume with a demolition of the Blues. Ayoze Perez scored twice and Jonjo Shelvey also scored to clinch a Top Ten finish for the Magpies, who were in a relegation battle deep into the season. Chelsea is off to the Europa League, and in poor form ahead of next week’s FA Cup Final against Manchester United.

Swansea City 1-2 Stoke City — RECAP

Spirit remains at Stoke despite its relegation, as it dragged Swansea down with it. An early goal for Andy King was long forgotten after Badou Ndiaye and Peter Crouch gave the traveling Potters support a win in their final Premier League match for at least 15 months.

Tottenham Hotspur 5-4 Leicester City — RECAP

Don’t tell these clubs they had nothing to play for…

Harry Kane became the second Premier League player to score 30 goals this season, as Spurs trailed 1-0 and 3-1. They also were level at 4 following Jamie Vardy‘s second of the night when Kane completed his brace.

What a way to end a season.

West Ham United 3-1 Everton — RECAP

David Moyes‘ Irons hammered his former club, in doing so embarrassing former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce. The Toffees spent big this season and hired Big Sam to fix their season and lead them back into European contention. He largely failed. As for Moyes, has he reclaimed his Premier League mojo?

Burnley 1-2 Bournemouth — RECAP

Chris Wood‘s early goal was canceled out by Joshua King, then substitute Callum Wilson claimed all three points for the Cherries in this match-up of two of the finest British managers in the game.

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion  — RECAP

Wilfried Zaha and Patrick Van Aanholt ended Roy Hodgson‘s Manager of the Year campaign with another win, as left-for-dead Palace finishes 11th despite an 0-7 goalless start!

Manchester United 1-0 Watford  — RECAP

Marcus Rashford scores the lone goal on a play began by Michael Carrick and helped along by Juan Mata. That’s why Mourinho plays Lukaku so much (#jab).

Jurgen Klopp hails “unbelievable season”

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Jurgen Klopp was delighted with Liverpool securing UEFA Champions League qualification on the final day of the Premier League season.

Liverpool went into their home game against Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield knowing a draw would be enough to finish in the top four and make the UCL for the second-straight season.

The Reds started with intensity and purpose and were 2-0 up at half time via Mohamed Salah and Dejan Lovren, then Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson added goals in the second half as they coasted to victory.

Klopp told Sky Sports the following after the game.

“What the boys did this season was unbelievable. We missed Adam Lallana for the whole year and I can’t believe we have achieved this without him. I’m really proud of the boys, a nearly perfect season,” Klopp said. “We had no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can go for is a Champions League spot. It is a big thing.”

“When everyone tells you you are fantastic all season it is hard to stay on track so I am pleased with Mo Salah. Congratulations to Man City, it is incredible to get 100 pionts, Thoroughly deserved. We need more consistency to challenge and a little bit more luck with injuries. But we have got a lot of experience from this season. We have matured and we will do that again. In our good moments it is not easy to play better football. We will add to the squad, we need more players but I’m a big believer in developing the team. These boys made a big step.”

With Liverpool now having a two week break before they face Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev, they look sharp, fired up and ready to try and win a sixth UCL trophy in club history.

Salah’s record-breaking season with 32 goals a new record in a 38-game PL campaign, will steal the headlines but across the board this Liverpool team is in fine form and Klopp will be hoping they can produce the goods one more time to seal immortality.

 

Liverpool 4-0 Brighton: Top four finish secure

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  • Salah sets new PL record for most goals in a 38-game season
  • Liverpool finish fourth
  • Brighton finish 15th

Liverpool beat Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday to secure their place in the UEFA Champions League for next season.

Mohamed Salah set Liverpool in their way and goals from Dejan Lovren and Dominic Solanke either side of half time, plus a late strike from Andrew Robertson, gave the Reds the win they ended to secure a top four spot.

With the victory Liverpool finished the season on 75 points and in fourth place, while Brighton finish in 15th.

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Liverpool had two early shouts for handballs in the box with Anthony Knockaert looking guilty of handling in the box but no penalty kick was given.

Salah then went down in the box under a heavy challenge from Shane Duffy and it looked like a certain penalty kick but, once again, no penalty was awarded.

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Sadio Mane then had a glorious chance as he raced through but shot right at Mat Ryan instead of slotting the ball to Roberto Firmino to tap home, but soon Liverpool had the lead.

Dominic Solanke played in Salah and he finished superbly for his 32nd Premier League goal of the season (his 44th of the season in all competitions) to set a new record for the most goals scored in a 38-game season.

The chances kept coming for Liverpool with Firmino, Salah and Wijnaldum denied as Brighton struggled to get out of their own half. Before the break Lovren headed home Robertson’s brilliant cross to make it 2-0 to all but seal Liverpool’s spot in the top four.

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After the break that man Salah raced clear and he teed up Solanke who smashed home his first goal as a Liverpool player to make it 3-0.

Salah kept creating chances for Liverpool as Firmino went close but Ryan saved well and Liverpool then saw out the win easily.

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Robertson added a fourth late on as he scored his first goal of the Premier League season to seal the 4-0 win.

With a two week break until the Champions League final, Klopp’s men had the perfect finish to the season.