Mohamed Salah strikes as Liverpool cruise to victory over Southampton

As Jürgen Klopp is fond of telling it takes greed, aggression, talent and a phenomenal work-rate to execute his gameplan, yet Liverpool are making victories look routine. His team returned to the top of the Premier League with their seventh straight win of an as-yet flawless season, dispatching Southampton with ease at Anfield. Liverpool were home and hosed after only 45 minutes against Mark Hughes’ visitors as a Wesley Hoedt own goal, Joël Matip header and Mohamed Salah tap-in established an emphatic first-half lead. Klopp’s team now have two points more than Manchester City did at the corresponding stage of last season’s record-breaking title success. Not that anyone at Anfield is looking too far ahead, of course. Continue reading...

The night Kevin Keegan sneaked back into Newcastle in a flat cap and overcoat

• Former manager reveals he is unwelcome at St James’ Park
• ‘I will always be persona non grata’ in the Mike Ashley regime Kevin Keegan has revealed he felt compelled to enter St James’ Park in disguise when attending a private function at Newcastle United’s home. That brief visit apart, Keegan has not stepped inside the ground he graced as both a player and a coach since his second spell as Newcastle’s manager ended, acrimoniously, in 2008. He has now vowed never to return again until Mike Ashley’s troubled tenure as the club’s owner is over. Continue reading...

Jürgen Klopp wants Liverpool to become ‘ugliest team’ to play against

• Manager praises side’s ‘greed’ and ‘aggression’ in flying start
• Xherdan Shaqiri could make first start against SouthamptonJürgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s 100% start to the season has been fuelled by a desire to be the ugliest opponent in the Premier League. Liverpool made it six wins out of six with victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and can return to the Premier League summit on Saturday with a seventh consecutive triumph, against Southampton. The Liverpool manager, who could give Xherdan Shaqiri his full debut against Mark Hughes’ side, insists his team are too busy to feel the momentum building at Anfield and that only silverware will confirm it has substance. But they are succeeding, Klopp claims, in making life as uncomfortable as possible for every opponent. Continue reading...

Liverpool v Southampton: match preview

The momentum of the stoppage-time win over Paris Saint-Germain should outweigh any Champions League fatigue for Liverpool, who are seeking a seventh consecutive victory from the start of the season and have not conceded a goal in their last seven home league games. Jürgen Klopp has played down concerns over Mohamed Salah’s form but changes are likely with a demanding run underway. Mark Hughes’ side won at Crystal Palace on their last away trip but will need something special to record only the sixth league win at Anfield in the club’s history. Andy Hunter Saturday 3pm Continue reading...

Liverpool sparkle again but don’t forget the toilers behind front three | Eni Aluko

James Milner, Naby Keïta and Georginio Wijnaldum are as important to Liverpool as their attack as Klopp’s team prove again they are Manchester City’s most potent challengersThe Champions League was back this week and what a start to the competition it has been. For me the highlight was Liverpool’s late victory against Paris Saint-Germain to maintain their brilliant unbeaten start to the season. I said in my opening column that I believed Liverpool would be the team to mount a serious title challenge to Manchester City this season. Well they’ve certainly proved that with six wins in a row, and while I understood but disagreed with Gary Neville’s comments that they should sacrifice the Champions League for the Premier League, I think it will be very difficult for Liverpool to win both in the same season. They certainly have a very strong, dynamic and now consistent starting XI but Continue reading "Liverpool sparkle again but don’t forget the toilers behind front three | Eni Aluko"

Dejan Lovren denies wrongdoing after being charged with perjury

• Liverpool defender posted a statement on Instagram
• ‘I did not commit any criminal offence’ Dejan Lovren has denied any wrongdoing after being charged with perjury in Croatia. The Liverpool defender and his fellow Croatia international Luka Modric were caught up in the scandal that brought down Zdravko Mamic, a powerful football administrator, who was sentenced to six and a half years in jail this summer. Continue reading...

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk: we want to win it all, that’s our mindset

• Dutch defender believes Reds are a threat in four competitions
• ‘It’s a great time to be a Liverpool player. Everyone is excited’Liverpool have made an excellent start in both the Premier League and the Champions League, winning their first six matches of the season, and Virgil van Dijk believes the time has come to regard the club as a threat in all competitions. “This is a great time to be a Liverpool player,” the Netherlands centre-half said after the victory against Paris Saint-Germain. “Everyone is excited, everyone wants to be a part of it and though we know the season is very long, with four competitions to play in, we want to win everything. That is basically our mindset. Continue reading...

PSG are not playing Tuchel football. It may not even be football | Jonathan Wilson

Leaving three forwards to float about and occasionally pull off a trick may be enough in Ligue 1 – but not when it comes to elite level. How have PSG not learned?A net €750m spent in eight years and that’s all you get? Success without money is all but impossible in the modern game, but wealth brings no guarantees. Football still has the capacity to make the richest of men seem very foolish if they pursue glamour at the expense of substance – a heartening moral, so long as you don’t think too closely about the source of the wealth that is paying for Neymar to squander his immense talents in an entitled fug of self-indulgence. For Paris Saint-Germain, there has been no development. The lessons of last season have not been learned. All the flaws that undid PSG against Real Madrid in last season’s last 16 were there Continue reading "PSG are not playing Tuchel football. It may not even be football | Jonathan Wilson"

Nabil Fekir’s failed transfer and World Cup glory give Lyon much to celebrate

The France forward was so close to joining Liverpool he even conducted an interview with the club’s TV channel. On Wednesday, he lines up for Lyon against Manchester CityThe day after Nabil Fekir joined his France teammates and an estimated million supporters on the Champs-Élysées to show off the World Cup trophy, he was invited to attend another celebration. This time, there were only a few hundred people present at the Stade Francisque-Jomard de Vaulx en Velin – where his father, Mohamed, is president – to catch a glimpse of the town’s most famous son as he was made an honorary citizen. “Thank you all,” whispered a nervous-looking Fekir into the microphone as he addressed the crowd. “We did something beautiful.” As summers go, 2018 will take some beating for the player who turned 25 two days after France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia. Despite seeing his proposed £53m Continue reading "Nabil Fekir’s failed transfer and World Cup glory give Lyon much to celebrate"

Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool have the stamina to stick to his gameplan | Andy Hunter

With Roberto Firmino absent from the starting lineup, James Milner, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold proved their worth against PSG In the blink of a damaged eye Roberto Firmino brought Anfield the victory its team deserved and the finale an enthralling contest merited. He also reinforced Jürgen Klopp’s point about not wishing to swap Liverpool’s front three for those of Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool made it six wins out of six games this season with a stoppage-time winner that epitomised why they held the edge over the French champions. It was converted owing to the outstanding quality of Firmino and created thanks to the relentless industry of James Milner who, even in the 92nd minute and despite the setback of conceding an 83rd-minute equaliser, harried Kylian Mbappé off the ball on the edge of the PSG penalty area to launch one last, telling attack. Continue reading...

Jürgen Klopp: no mountain is too high for my Liverpool team to scale

• ‘When you are playing PSG you don’t think no chance’
• Klopp also full of praise for Firmino and SturridgeJürgen Klopp claimed Liverpool’s dramatic victory over Paris Saint-Germain showed there is not a mountain his team cannot climb in the Champions League. Roberto Firmino’s injury-time winner inflicted a first defeat of the season on the French champions while maintaining Liverpool’s 100% start. The Brazil forward was a late substitute having damaged an eye at Spurs on Saturday and struck a superb finish after Kylian Mbappé had equalised for Thomas Tuchel’s team in the 83rd minute. Continue reading...

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino leaves it late to sink PSG in five-goal thriller

It wasn’t until the 83rd minute that Kylian Mbappé decided it was time to introduce himself to Anfield properly and at that stage PSG must have imagined they had salvaged a draw. Unfortunately for them, Roberto Firmino had other ideas and the game was deep into stoppage time when the substitute provided the decisive moment with an emphatic right-footed drive. Until that point, it had seemed as though they might not fully appreciate why Anfield, without exaggeration, might currently be the most challenging stadium for any away side in the Champions League. Overall, however, it was a deserved victory for Jürgen Klopp’s team on a night when they seemed determined to show that their adventures in this competition last season did not have to be a one-off. Continue reading...

Champions League: previews for the big matches this week

Form guide, fitness news and facts on Inter v Spurs, Liverpool v PSG, Manchester City v Lyon and Real Madrid v Roma By Martin Laurence for WhoScored Tottenham’s two previous trips to San Siro have been eventful to say the least. Eight years have passed since Gareth Bale announced himself on the European stage with a second-half hat-trick in Milan. Those goals weren’t enough for Spurs to avoid defeat on the night, having conceded four goals before the break, but they did go through as group winners – along with Inter. Spurs’ most recent visit to San Siro, for the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie in 2013, ended in sheer relief. Spurs went into the game with a 3-0 lead from the first leg but again conceded four, only scraping through thanks to a late away goal from Emmanuel Adebayor. Continue reading...

Thomas Tuchel returns to Liverpool with scars and a point to prove

PSG’s manager resumes his rivalry with Jürgen Klopp two years after his Borussia Dortmund were beaten in an Anfield epic When Thomas Tuchel steps out at Anfield on Tuesday the memories will come flooding back. He will wince at how the Kop sucked in that late Dejan Lovren header and what it felt like to be on the wrong end of Jürgen Klopp’s red wave. He will remember how Liverpool drew inspiration in a frenzied atmosphere, fighting back from an almost impossible position to win their Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund in April 2016, and it will not be easy for him to ignore the lingering mental scars. It was one of the great European comebacks and if it was sweet for Klopp to beat the man who had replaced him at Dortmund a year earlier, imagine how galling it must have been for Tuchel to fall short against Continue reading "Thomas Tuchel returns to Liverpool with scars and a point to prove"

Jürgen Klopp all bubbly as Liverpool take on PSG free of Kiev hangover

Champions League final marked a beginning not a dismal defeat and the manager expects to see positivity and belief to the foreThere was a time, and it was not so long ago, when the sight of such talents as Neymar and Kylian Mbappé joking around Anfield on the eve of a Champions League tie would have pointed to Liverpool being the underdogs against Paris Saint-Germain. That time has gone: 115 days since Kiev it is not the despair of defeat that lingers around Jürgen Klopp’s team but the belief the exhilarating run to the final last season marked a beginning. “It is a different club to the club I joined,” the Liverpool manager said on Monday. Continue reading...