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Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Salah scores three minutes after Mane



Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Mane, Firmino, Salah

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hazard, Hudson-Odoi


FT: Liverpool have beaten Chelsea at Anfield to return to the top of the Premier League.

Eden Hazard and Mohamed Salah have a cheeky chat straight after the final whistle. Laughs and smiles between the pair as Jurgen Klopp hugs everyone in sight!

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92: It’s party time inside Anfield now. Songs, chants and a bizarre swinging of scarves. Liverpool are a minute away from reclaiming top position and piling the pressure back on Manchester City.

90: Three minutes added time.

89: Blimey – blast from the past arrival as Xherdan Shaqiri replaces Mohamed Salah for the final few minutes.

88: Chaos! Kepa Arrizabalaga and Andreas Christensen have a moment of madness dealing with a lofted hoof. Kepa eventually takes charge and Sadio Mane nicks it off his toes. The goalkeeper’s blushes are spared when Mane’s touch takes it over the byline

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85: Martin Tyler gets very excited when Andrew Robertson SLIPS to give Chelsea possession. Fortunately it fell to the slowest man in the universe – Gonzalo Higuain.

No Stevie G 2014 repeat here folks.

83: Liverpool are seeing this out in style. They have Chelsea pinned inside their own half and have done for the last 10 minutes.

Mohamed Salah trots over to take another corner with Virgil van Dijk making his way into the box… poor delivery barely gets off the floor.

80: The ball is in the corner with Liverpool – and that’s exactly where they want it. It could have been a very different story had Eden Hazard not struck the post in the 60th-minute – but this SHOULD be a fairly comfortable final ten minutes for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

78: Injury blow for Liverpool with captain Jordan Henderson down injured. Not quite sure what’s wrong with the midfielder but James Milner takes his place.

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Gets a good bear hug from Jurgen Klopp. Naturally…

76: Yep, a chorus of boos for Ross Barkley, who replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

75: Maurizio Sarri is preparing his last roll of the dice. And that’ll be to introduce former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley. Wonder what kind of reception he’s going to receive…

73: Frustration setting in for Chelsea as David Luiz barges Roberto Firmino to the floor. Michael Oliver doesn’t book him but Liverpool have a free-kick about 35-yards from goal.

Trent whips it over to Fabinho, and Andreas Christensen manages to get himself in the way.

70: Save! Mohamed Salah cuts in off the right again but his shot is saved at the near post by Kepa. Liverpool really want this third – not sure they actually need it!

68: Jurgen Klopp’s seen enough of this end-to-end craziness. He brings Georginio Wijnaldum on for Naby Keita to try and regain control of the midfield.

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65: Meanwhile, Patrick Cantlay takes the lead in The Masters…

64: Maybe it’s Gonzalo Higuain’s introduction, maybe Liverpool are too eager to grab a third – but all of a sudden Chelsea have hit their stride.

Again Eden Hazard finds space in the box but his effort from close-range is saved magnificently by Alisson. Not quite sure how the Blues haven’t scored one.
61: Mohamed Salah’s strike was his first goal from outside the box in the Premier League since January 2018 (v Manchester City).

60: Woodwork! Eden Hazard is clean through on goal with only Alisson to beat. Everyone’s expecting the net to ripple but he slams it off the post. Unbelievable.

57: Callum Hudson-Odoi heads off with Gonzalo Higuain replacing him. I suspect that’s Maurizio Sarri admitting he messed up with this false 9 decision.


55: Chelsea are seriously on the ropes now. Liverpool look like scoring every time their push forward.


52: Wow. Just wow.

Mohamed Salah has just struck an absolute thunder-bang of a goal to double Liverpool’s lead and surely bag all three points.

The Egyptian smashes the ball from 25-yards out into the top left corner past the outstretched Kepa Arrizabalaga. Candidate for Goal of the Season. No doubt.

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50: Sadio Mane breaks the deadlock and Anfield goes absolutely ballistic!

Jordan Henderson floats the ball across the six-yard box for an easy nod home for Sadio Mane, who bags his 21st goal of the campaign.

Liverpool leapfrog Manchester City into top position.
49: Chelsea have dropped deeper and deeper as Liverpool continue to press. Roberto Firmino attempts a crafty backheel inside the box but Mohamed Salah can’t collect.

46: Liverpool straight on the front-foot in this second half. After some patient approach play Trent AA decides to blast from distance and hits a wall of blue shirts.


45: And we’re back underway at Anfield.

James Milner did an intense warm up during the break but he’s not been introduced yet. I imagine we’ll see him on at some point.
HT: Balanced. It’s very finely balanced here at Anfield. Both sides having given everything but the killer final ball alludes them both.

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Mohamed Salah had the best chance of the half in the opening 10 minutes but blasted straight at Kepa Arrizabalaga. Everything rests on the next 45 minutes of football.

46: Save! Trent Alexander-Arnold sends a wicked, skiddy delivery in from the left flank and Kepa makes an impressive relax save from point-blank range to deny the lunging Joel Matip.

Oh, it was offside. As you were.

45: Booked! Cesar Azpilicueta shown a yellow card for dragging Sadio Mane down. Could be in trouble in the second half with that pace to deal with.

44: “Operation Anfield,“ is trending in the UK. Says a fair bit about this game so far. Lots of huff and puff but no quality in the final third.
42: Antonio Rudiger is down again. Another challenge looks to have disturbed the earlier injury. Andreas Christensen takes his place.

40: Close! Salah plays a cute inside pass to Sadio Mane, who thwacks it first-time past the post. The winger has his head in his hands – he knew how good that opportunity was.

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38: Andrew Robertson caught in possession by Cesar Azpilicueta, who immediately finds Eden Hazard. The Belgian has four to beat and absolutely no support. Fabinho gets back to make the tackle. Perils of being a false nine, eh?

35: Chelsea enjoying a good period of pressure. Willian cuts the ball back for the arriving Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but Jordan Henderson and Fabinho are there to block the midfielder.

33: It’s Willian… still Willian… Willian shoots… miles wide of the target. Good solo run from the Brazilian who runs out of steam having covered 40 yards.
30: I’m surprised anyone has any energy left after this opening half-hour. Absolutely breathless stuff at Anfield.

28: You can’t beat a good ‘Operation Anfield Exercise.’ Whoever is in charge of the tannoy system has repeated it three times in the last five minutes.

Fabinho finds Mohamed Salah with a brilliant ball and the Egyptian heads it down for Jordan Henderson. His volley is deflected behind for a corner, which is cleared.

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26: Rudiger is back on the field now. Must have been a clash of knees. Anyway. Jordan Henderson’s ball to Sadio Mane is flicked on first-time but it’s too far in front of Roberto Firmino.

A Chelsea counter is then foiled by Virgil van Dijk, who is there to nod it back to Alisson.

23: There’s that Eden Hazard false nine threat. The Belgian skips past Joel Matip before reaching the byline. Hazard twists inside but his shot is rather tame and Alisson gathers.
21: Save! Naby Keita collects a sweeping crossfield pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold before cutting inside and firing low at Kepa.

20: Chelsea causing their own problems – but still look a threat going forward. Callum Hudson-Odoi is hugging the touchline waiting for his moment to spring.

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18: Penalty appeal! Mohamed Salah skips past Willian with ease before David Luiz arrives to stop him in his tracks. The Chelsea defender made minimal contact and referee Michael Oliver awards the goal kick. Could have been a booking for Salah on another day.

15: Good vision from Mohamed Salah to pick out Sadio Mane bounding through the middle. Kepa just beats him to the ball but extremely positive signs for the hosts. Chelsea simply can’t keep possession!

13: Boos for Eden Hazard as he gets to his feet. Not sure why really. Anyway, thematic sponge has done its job and the Belgian is back up and running.
10: Fabinho sets the Anfield crowd alight (not literally) with a great tackle on Eden Hazard, who had plenty of space to attack. Worrying signs for Chelsea as the Belgian international stays on the deck.

8: Chance! Cesar Azpilicueta loses track of Sadio Mane down the left channel. The winger crosses for the unmarked Mohamed Salah, who fires a volley straight at Kepa.

5: Liverpool continue to dominate the ball in Chelsea territory. Obviously way too early to say – but Eden Hazard looks a little isolated in attack.

3: Liverpool have Chelsea pinned inside their own half for the opening three minutes. Kepa looks to be feeling the pressure when catching a cross before lobbing it straight out of play.

Interesting to see tons of Game of Thrones trailers on the electronic advertising boards around the pitch. I guess some parallels can be drawn, right?


1: After another of those famous spine-tingling renditions of YNWA – we’re underway at Anfield. Standby for absolute mayhem!

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PFA team of the year: Liverpool, Man City players dominate list




English Premier League (EPL) defending champions Manchester City dominated the Professional Footballers’ Association’s (PFA) Team of the Year announced on Thursday, claiming six out of 11 spots.

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, forwards Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, midfielders Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho, and centre back Aymeric Laporte were all named in the side, which also had four players from Liverpool.

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The 2018/2019 EPL leaders are a point ahead of Liverpool in the race for the title, with both teams having three games left to play.

Liverpool dominated the defensive positions with centre back Virgil van Dijk joined by full backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the side and Sadio Mane named as a forward.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was the only player not from either Manchester City or Liverpool to be named in the team.

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La Liga: Real Madrid releases squad against Getafe




Real Madrid have released their squad that will tackle Getafe in tonight’s La Liga fixture at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez Stadium.

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane released a list of 19 players through the club’s official Twitter page on Thursday morning.

The Los Blancos head to the game following a 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Getafe:

K. Navas, Courtois, Altube, Carvajal, Vallejo, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Reguilon, Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Asensio, Brahim, Isco, Benzema, Bale, Lucas V.

The kick-off time for the match is 8:30pm

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Herrera, Sanchez, Juan Mata others tipped to leave Manchester United




Seven players have been tipped to leave Manchester United this summer, according to Manchester Evening News.

The club is expected to have a busy summer transfer window as manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer hopes to rebuild the club.

Solskjaer looks to rejuvenate his squad at Old Trafford to close the gap on rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

United may also face a battle to retain the services of key players.

Ander Herrera is approaching the end of his contract and the Spaniard is tipped to leave Old Trafford with PSG a possible destination.

Alexis Sanchez is also tipped to leave United this summer, after struggling to find consistency since his arrival from Arsenal in January 2018.

Also Juan Mata, another player approaching the end of his contract, is tipped for an exit.

Here is lists of players tipped to leave Old Trafford:
Ander Herrera, Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Marcus Rashford.

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