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Wijnaldum brace puts Liverpool level v. Barcelona (video)

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp‘s halftime gamble looks like it’s paid off handsomely.

Klopp inserted Georginio Wijnaldum into the match for Andrew Robertson, and the Netherlands international scored a brace in two minutes to tie the aggregate score at 3-3, with all the momentum on Liverpool’s side.

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In the first goal, Trent Alexander-Arnold stole back a ball, dribbled forward down the right wing before sending in a cross into the box. It trook a slight deflection and ended up at the oncoming Wijnaldum’s feet before he fired home. Wijnaldum’s shot deflected off the hand of Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and in.

Two minutes later Xherdan Shaqiri, back in the starting lineup, delivered an outstanding cross into the box. Wijnaldum rose first and headed home past the on-looking ter Stegen to the absolute delight of the Anfield crowd.

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Liverpool handle business in Wales (video)

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  • Wiljnaldum scores opener off corner
  • Milner converts Salah-won penalty
  • Cardiff cannot finish chances

Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner scored to put Liverpool back atop the Premier League following a 2-0 defeat of Cardiff City on Sunday.

Neil Warnock‘s Bluebirds had their chances but simply lacked quality in finish. They remain three points back of Brighton and Hove Albion in the race to avoid relegation.

Liverpool is a point ahead of Man City before Wednesday’s Manchester Derby at Old Trafford.

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Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino broke the Cardiff back line, but Neil Etheridge closed down to help force the Brazilian to fire over the goal.

It was mostly Liverpool’s game, but Oumar Niasse need nearly luck into an in-tight finish after Victor Camarasa flubbed a shot into his path. Alisson Becker tipped it over the bar.

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Wijnaldum put the Reds on top about 12 minutes into the second half when he wrapped his right foot around a bounding set piece to send it flying past Etheridge.

Henderson’s would-be goal was blazed over the goal in the 61st minute. It wasn’t quite a sitter, but there was certainly some beckoning goal.

Cardiff’s Sean Morrison missed his second significant chance of the match off a 64th minute corner kick.

Roger East awarded a penalty kick to Liverpool when Morrison manhandled Mohamed Salah in the box. Milner rarely misses from the spot.

Etheridge made a tremendous save on Salah in the 90th.

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Stars and duds from Liverpool-Tottenham Hotspur

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There are many talking points from Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday.

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This was a match rife with mistakes and squandered chances, and there was not a man who was perfect.

Andy Robertson was very, very good, but a part of the Spurs equalizer. Danny Rose was a Spurs star, but flubbed a late bid to send in a beautiful cross.

Stars

Andy Robertson — The Liverpool left back not only served up an assist while habitually cooking Kieran Trippier, he blocked a seemingly surefire Christian Eriksen equalizer.

Roberto Firmino — This was about so much more than the opening goal — though what a header! — as the Brazilian striker served as a calm playmaker and a bully on the ball.

Georginio Wijnaldum The least celebrated of a safe midfield, Wijnaldum was the best of the bunch and went 90 minutes in the win

Danny Rose — Has been in fine form for club and country, and was a big part of several promising moves coming from Spurs’ left side. Almost was removed from this list for a horrid 87th minute blunder on a scoring chance, but was just too important over the first 87.

Christian Eriksen — Inventive and undeterred, his spinning assist was a just reward for his day’s work.

Lucas Moura — Struggled for much of the first half, but scored the equalizer and took a very smart tactical yellow with Salah on the break in the 79th minute.

Duds

Hugo Lloris — The match-deciding goal is entirely on him, even if it ends up going over the line via an otherwise steady Toby Alderweireld.

Kieran Trippier — As noted in the Robertson blurb, Trippier was very poor on the flank. His quick pass on the equalizer helped, but

Alisson Becker — A fine parry in the second half, but mostly looked out-of-sorts in a big spot.

Moussa Sissoko — Here for one reason: Sprung for a 2v1 with Heung-Min Son, he dribbled toward the defender until a pass was impossible before blazing an effort nowhere near the goal. Son could’ve helped by running away from goal, but my goodness.

Harry KaneThis was going to be “Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah,” but it felt like kicking a dead horse to put Salah here for struggling when he, along with Lloris, produced Alderweireld’s own goal. Kane was largely absent for a star striker, and working hard doesn’t get you the plaudits when you’re a Golden Boot chaser. So maybe Mohamed Salah should be here, too, having scored just once in nine matches.

Liverpool back on track with Bournemouth blowout (video)

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  • Reds dominant in return to win column
  • Wijnaldum scores beauty (video)
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Liverpool hammered Bournemouth for the fourth-straight time, scoring a 3-0 defeat to go back ahead of Manchester City on the Premier League table on Saturday at Anfield.

Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Mohamed Salah scored in the win, as all four matches have finished 3-0 or 4-0.

Liverpool and Man City are currently even in matches played, with City playing tomorrow.

Bournemouth sits 11th with 33 points.

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Mane has been performing well in Liverpool’s lull, and made it 1-0 when he darted in front of Dan Gosling to put a header inside of the near post.

The goal made Anfield explode, a week of title consternation eased by the stadium’s heroes.

Wiljnaldum spun a classy chip over the top of Boruc to make it 2-0, an exquisite bit of work.

Mohamed Salah nearly put the match out of reach in the 45th minute, an inventive half volley nearly dipping over Boruc.

He would end it early in the second, with Roberto Firmino backheeling a Naby Keita set-up to Salah for a left-footed finish inside the 18.

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AT HALF: Exquisite Wijnaldum goal paces relieved Liverpool

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Sadio Mane‘s goal helped Anfield explode in collective relief, but Georginio Wijnaldum‘s artistic follow-up was the one for the highlight reels.

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Sadio Mane’s header opener allowed Anfield to breathe, and Georginio Wijnaldum’s goal gave it the chance to celebrate true beauty (above).

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