How Senegal’s quiet but steely Sadio Mane went from Africa Cup of Nations heartbreak to World Cup delight.
The Reds have let in three or more goals four times this season but the main problem is not just in defence but more the lack of a proper holding player
At around 10 to 10 local time on Tuesday Liverpool were leading Sevilla 3-0. The home side were pressing and had had chances in the first half but there was no real sense of danger. Only the knowledge of Liverpool’s past record suggested the game might not be over.
All they had to do was hold out, wait for the storm to pass, avoid doing anything stupid. Alberto Moreno did something stupid.
Gary Neville’s time at Valencia included a miserable 7-0 thrashing by Barcelona but, 21 months on, Los Che are emerging as one of the Catalan side’s title rivals.
Mesut Ozil wants 370,000 euros a week at Barcelona, PSG after Marouane Fellaini, Liverpool interested in Julian Draxler, plus more.
Caretaker manager David Unsworth has had a “positive” impact on Everton despite a “disappointing” Europa League defeat by Atalanta, says Wayne Rooney.
• Liverpool the latest beneficiary of Egyptian forward’s eye for goal
• Hazard intends to swap shirts when the teams meet at Anfield on Saturday
Eden Hazard has conceded Mohamed Salah “did not get his chance at Chelsea” as the former club-mates prepare to meet as rivals at Anfield on Saturday, with the Belgian so impressed by the impact made by the winger at Liverpool that he intends to ask after the match for his shirt.
Chelsea had trumped Liverpool in January 2014 to secure the Egyptian from Basel for around £11m when Salah was in effect replacing the departed Juan Mata, only for him to find opportunities limited under the management of José Mourinho. He made six Premier League starts, his top-flight career failing to extend beyond nine hours of football, before loans to Fiorentina and Roma and, eventually, a permanent move to the Stadio Olimpico.
• ‘They are not the sort of people to be bullied into making a decision’
• Swans face lowly Bournemouth after six league defeats from seven
Paul Clement is confident his job is not on the line when Swansea City take on Bournemouth at home on Saturday and adamant the Welsh club’s board remain firmly behind him despite growing relegation fears after losing six of their past seven Premier League matches.
That awful run, combined with the fact that Tony Pulis became the fifth Premier League manager to lose his job this season when West Bromwich sacked him on Monday, has shifted the spotlight on to Swansea’s plight and Clement’s position in particular. Clement, however, insisted his discussions with Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, the club’s majority shareholders, remained “positive” and also stated his belief that they were not the sort of people to be “bullied” into making a decision because of fans or media.
Everton did not pick the most auspicious day to announce they have just signed the land contract for a new stadium at Bramley Dock on the Mersey waterfront.
Nearing the end of their doomed European non-adventure, a dead rubber against almost qualified Atalanta fell a long way short of filling the present stadium as the caretaker, David Unsworth, made nine changes from the side who drew at Crystal Palace on Saturday. The only part of the ground where empty blue seats were not conspicuous was the section of the Bullens Road stand filled by 3,000 noisy Italians.
Carl McHugh says Celtic will find Motherwell more difficult opponents in the Scottish League Cup final than they did last season.
• Midfielder responds after Aluko accused former team-mates of lack of support
• Potter maintains recent upheaval will not stop them qualifying for World Cup
Jo Potter has said she and her England team-mates “know we have the right morals” as the fallout from the Eni Aluko affair continues.
The squad have been criticised in the wake of Aluko’s complaint that, bar those playing alongside her at Chelsea, she has received no support from her former international team-mates.