Lethal Liverpool wallops West Ham

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  • Mane bags two
  • Salah scores (again)
  • Sturridge rounds it out

New-look Liverpool appeared even more dangerous than its previous edition, scoring four goals in a decisive win over West Ham United on Sunday at Anfield.

Sadio Mane scored twice in the win, Naby Keita was fantastic on debut, and both Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge found the back of the net in the win.

It was a shoulder-shrugging debut for Manuel Pellegrini as West Ham manager. What could he have done?

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The Reds were very lively early, as West Ham attempted to weather the opening charge at Anfield.

Salah got the opener by running to the back post to slot Andy Robertson‘s cross-six pass into the goal after Naby Keita dribbled into space.

Fabianski made an outstanding save on Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s 24th minute free kick, even if the effort may’ve simply clanged the post had the keeper not reached it.

Angelo Ogbonna swept a long ball over the top for Marko Arnautovic as the Austrian surged forward, leading to a corner collected by Alisson.

Fabianski had to collect a tame Salah header in the 37th, and then the Egyptian was stymied well by the Polish keeper following a Roberto Firmino pass to the doorstep.

If West Ham could just get to halft… whoops. Robertson spun a back post cross that could’ve easily been out for a goal kick had industrious James Milner not slid to rescue the ball and knock it into the path of Mane for a tap-in. 2-0.

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An offside Mane needed just seven minutes of second half play to make it 3-0 to the hosts, pushing a shot past Fabianski off a Roberto Firmino feed.

Sturridge had been in the game for less than a half-minute when he knocked a back post corner beyond Fabianski’s reach.

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.

VIDEO: Mane, Inui score in gripping Japan-Senegal clash

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Sadio Mane and Takashi Inui both scored in the first half of a gripping Group H clash on Sunday.

Senegal took the lead via Mane’s first World Cup goal which came in slightly fortuitous fashion but Japan hit back as Inui curled home a beauty.

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Below you can see both goals in the battle for supremacy in Group H.

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World Cup Group H Preview: Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan

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Perhaps the most wide-open group in the entire tournament, Group H is going to be oodles of fun. Of the four teams in the group, only Japan did not get at least one pick to top the group in PST’s writer predictions of the tournament results, and every team was picked to advance through to the knockout round at least once, with only Japan receiving less than two votes to advance.

Colombia: After a promising 3rd place finish in the 2016 Copa America, Colombia barely squeaked into the 2018 World Cup after struggling through a tough CONMEBOL qualification slate. After failing to win in any of its final four qualifying matches, Los Cafeteros have had a weird run-up to the tournament, beating France before a pair of 0-0 draws against Australia and Egypt. Nobody really knows what to expect from Colombia in Russia. READ FULL TEAM PREVIEW

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Senegal: Sadio Mane is a chic pick as one of the top players to watch in the 2018 World Cup, and Senegal has a surprisingly strong young team. The problem is the attacking support behind Mane, and when teams focus on the Liverpool star, they struggle to produce much else. Still, Senegal got a generous group draw without a clear frontrunner, and that could see them into the knockout round. READ FULL TEAM PREVIEW

Japan: The Samurai Blue is a true dark horse of this tournament, but their strong attacking group will work against them. They have decent star power in Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa, Leicester City’s Shinji Okazaki, and former AC Milan attacker Keiuske Honda, but the defense is unbelievably suspect. During the run-up to the World Cup, Japan coughed up six goals in three June matches against Ghana, Switzerland, and Paraguay. READ FULL TEAM PREVIEW

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Who’s going through: Poland and Colombia

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Who’s going home: Senegal and Japan

Marquee match: Colombia vs. Senegal, June 28 in Volgograd

Top 5 players to watch
1) James Rodriguez — Colombia
2) Robert Lewandowski — Poland
3) Sadio Mane — Senegal
4) Shinji Okazaki — Japan
5) Kalidou Koulibaly — Senegal

Report: Sadio Mane to Real Madrid on hold

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Liverpool has been linked with a bevy of attacking options for the 2018-19 season which, even given a need for depth, would probably require someone skipping town.

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Sadio Mane is being connected with a move away from Anfield, with France Football saying the move was done and dusted should Zinedine Zidane have stayed at Real Madrid.

The Senegalese winger, 26, just finished his second season at Liverpool, where he’s scored 23 Premier League goals in two seasons. There have been no signs Liverpool would want to move on from his services.

But Mane has not spent more than two years at a club in his career, moving from Metz to Red Bull Salzburg to Southampton and now Liverpool.

And if Real is buying, should it be true, you know that’s a lot of dough heading to Merseyside.

But will the next boss be in need of more attacking prowess at the Bernabeu, or might he prefer a different sort of winger? In Mane’s case, it could be a waiting game. That’s probably okay, as he has to deal with World Cup groupmates Poland, Colombia, and Japan.

Do you buy the idea that Mane could leave Liverpool?