Liverpool vs Mancherster United: Two huge teams, but a world of difference

Liverpool vs Mancherster United: Two huge teams, but a world of difference

When the twenty-two players returned to the locker room at the half-time, all wondered how the score could still be the parity between Liverpool and Manchester United, as the difference in level between the two teams seemed huge. 

The Red Devils experienced a real ordeal from the start of the match against the high pressing and structured men of Jurgen Klopp. The Red Devils could not get out the balls properly and put their game and were content with long balls in front. Liverpool took advantage of the space left by United to accelerate and combine quickly but lacked precision in the last move. In the middle, the trio Wijnaldum-Fabinho-Keita took control of the midfield and was never presented in their transmissions forward.

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An armored United lasted almost 80 minutes, but Anfield was too much for Mourinho’s ultra-defensive approach. Liverpool left United cornered with a tremendous intensity, although with more pressing than accuracy in the final shot. Klopp’s side fetched eleven shots and seven corners in 45 minutes, generated many by a great Fabinho, more and more comfortable in the English schemes. It was the same Brazilian who assisted Sadio Mane to turn the effort into a goal on 24th minute.

United played with courage and chaste in defense, but blurred and shy in the attack, and taking oil from nothing. Lingard tied before the break taking advantage of a bad mistake by Alisson. Mourinho signed the same script for the second half and, in truth, almost succeeded. But the entry of the Swiss-born in Kosovo, Xherdan Shaqiri, overflowed and defined without complexes, taking advantage of two rebounds in the 73rd and 80th minute and broke the lock for Liverpool.

With the win, Liverpool extends one of their best starts in the Premier League and sinks the ‘Red Devils’ that move 11 points away from the Champions League spot. The difference increases to 19 points with Anfield, something unheard for 28 years, since 1990.

The winner: Fabinho, an outstanding performance in a perfect role
Finally perfectly integrated into the team and acclimatized in this new environment, Fabinho delivered a performance of high standing against Man Utd. As much in the recovery as in the orientation of the game, the Brazilian was at his supreme best. His bright opening for Mane allowed Liverpool to find the fault for the first time, and his partnership with the Senegalese was also surgical throughout the match. In this role, behind Wijnaldum and Keita, as a regulator and organizer of the game, he was irresistible, including 75% of his passes forward. He could have even scored with a heavy shot from thirty meters, but De Gea interposed. One thing is certain, the future looks bright for Klopp and his midfielder.


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The loser: Jose Mourinho
The “Special One” opted for a system with three defenders in 3-4-2-1 for this Premier League giant clash. Obviously, this tactical choice did not pay, either in the midfield where Matic and Herrera were completely dominated, or within this strengthened defense, but struggling. At half-time, he decided to go back to four behind, and bring in Fellaini. Pogba still had to sit on the bench. The team never knew how to get out of the opposition pressure and very often just swinging in front. The addition could have been much heavier for the Red Devils and Mourinho, who conceded 36 shots. If the title is already largely out of reach, the top 4 is also gradually becoming a sweet dream. Manchester United is 11 points behind Chelsea, the 4th team in the league race.

Jurgen Klopp’s best Liverpool signing | Mane, Salah or Virgil Van Dijk?

Jurgen Klopp's best Liverpool signing | Mane, Salah or Virgil Van Dijk?

Jurgen Klopp has brought with him an aura of hope and optimism, that has really created a sense of belief for the Liverpool fans.

The Reds have been below par for a few years now, and they will be itching to get their hands on silverware. Jurgen Klopp has come into the club as a ray of sunshine and has pulled off some fabulous transfers after his appointment, especially the big three in the form of Salah, Mane, and Virgil Van Dijk. While there is continued debate over who among the three is his best signing, let’s take a look at the impact each of them have had. 


Mohamed Salah

Many believe that Mohamed Salah is Liverpool’s best ever signing in their recent history. The Egyptian King has been nothing short of exceptional since making his debut for the Reds and has been a masterstroke by Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool to sign the Egyptian on a fee as cheap as 31.50 million Euros. Salah topped the goalscoring charts last season and won the Premier League golden boot among numerous other laurels he won during the course of his debut Premier League season. The man who plays on the right of one of the most deadly trio’s in world football is certainly one of the three top contenders for Jurgen Klopp’s best ever Liverpool signing.


Sadio Mane

Liverpool’s Senegalese superman has been one of the key figures in Jurgen Klopp’s team, since the German’s arrival. Mane was one of Klopp’s first additions to the Liverpool squad and the pace and trickery of the Senegalese are adept to the game style that a Jurgen Klopp team is known for. He was overshadowed by the sheer number of goals scored by his partner in crime Salah, but his contribution to this new look Reds team is almost unmatched. He has been pivotal in every Liverpool squad that has taken the field during the Jurgen Klopp’s era and is undoubtedly one of the top contender’s for the best Liverpool signing made by Jurgen Klopp.


Virgil Van Dijk

The world’s most expensive defender has undoubtedly proved time and again in a Liverpool shirt why the Merseyside club paid such a large fee to acquire his signature. Before his arrival, Liverpool clearly lacked in the defensive department. People say that one man cannot change how a team defends, but the big man from the Netherlands and Klopp certainly proved them wrong. His leadership at the back for Liverpool is unmatched and has proven that he is not only one of the best Centre backs in the league, but certainly one of the best in the world. The captain of the Dutch almost single-handedly transformed Liverpool into a side that boasts one of the best defensive records in all of Europe. With big Virgil at the heart of the defense, Liverpool are certainly looking to give Manchester City a run for their money for the Premier League. 

There can be numerous reasons why each of them are more than capable to be given the status of Klopp’s best signing, but it is most certainly clear that all three of them are key to Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool team. 

Premier League | 3 things to watchout for as Arsenal host Liverpool

Unai Emery Jurgen Klopp Arsenal Liverpool

As Unai Emery’s men welcome Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to the Emirates, football fans around the globe will be glued to a match that promises to be nothing short of a blockbuster. 

Liverpool are unbeaten in the Premier League this season and are on second place, only behind Manchester City on goal difference. But they will be facing Arsenal, a side that are unbeaten in the last 12 games in all competitions. Fans could only hope that the match will deliver all that is expected of this high-intensity matchup. It’s Jurgen Klopp vs Unai Emery’s men at the Emirates. Let’s take a look at three key factors to watch out for as the two sides square off against each other.

Liverpool need a win to solidify the “title contenders” status

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team have shown a lot of improvement this season on the aspects that they were lacking in last time out. The most important aspect is their defence. Since the arrival of Virgil Van Dijk Liverpool have the best defensive record in all of Europe and that has had a telling impact on how their season has turned out thus far. The Reds now manage to win games that are hard fought by a small margin, something that they failed to do last year. With the front three firing again in the last few games, Arsenal will have a game on their hands come matchday. With Manchester City playing Southampton, they will most certainly get the three points and hence, Liverpool cannot afford to drop points if they are to keep up with Pep Guardiola’s men and challenge for the title.

Fans hoping for a goal fest

The last five times Liverpool faced Arsenal, they managed to score at least three goals and have a total of 17 goals against them. If they are to repeat the feat, it will be the first time a team has done it against Arsenal six times in a row. But with Aubameyang and Lacazette firing on all cylinders for the gunners, and the attacking style of play of both teams, the game promises to be a goal fest and the defence of either team will decide who the winner will be at the end of the 90 minutes. 

Unai Emery’s big test

Emery had a tough start to the season as the Arsenal manager had to face Manchester City and Chelsea in the first two games in charge as the manager but his team has improved considerably as the season progressed. And the matchup against Liverpool is a chance to prove that this is an improved Arsenal team. However, it wouldn’t be an easy task. Jurgen Klopp is yet to lose a game against Arsenal as the manager for Liverpool and will be well aware of what this Arsenal team is capable of on their day. 

The game looks like a matchup between two very attacking sides and promises to be a goal fest. However, fans hope that this match wouldn’t turn out like the match between Manchester City and Liverpool that ended in a boring one all draw after all that it had promised before kick-off.

Premier League | Mane and Salah on scoresheet as Liverpool top table

Premier League | Mane and Salah on scoresheet as Liverpool top table

Sadio Mane scored a brace and Mohammed Salah continued his rise to form with a goal and two assists as Liverpool cruised to 4 – 1 victory against Cardiff in the Premier League on Saturday.

After critics suggested that Salah is a one season wonder and that he will not be able to cope with his goal drought, the Egyptian king has been on the rise again after netting four games in his last three games including one on Saturday. It took him 10 minutes to open the scoring for Liverpool as he latched on to a ball inside the box after Mane’s shot was saved and buried it into the net. Liverpool enjoyed 86% of the procession and had 12 shots on target in a commanding first-half display from the Reds, but the only surprise was that they were unable to net another goal in the first half.

It took the Reds 66 minutes to double their lead in the form of Senegalese winger Sadio Mane. Mane wriggled through a couple of challenges before unleashing a powerful shot into the corner with his left foot. Mane had a good start to the season before going into a somewhat dry goalscoring spell until Saturday. The winger is often the most underrated player among the much talked about front three but his contribution to the Reds is equally as important to them as the contributions of Firmino and Salah and this year he hopes that he will get the recognition he deserves.

In the 77th minute, Cardiff set up a potentially nervy finish to the game when Cullum Paterson scored after a deflection from Van Dijk fell for him kindly in front of goal and made no mistake in putting it at the back of the net. But it was only a matter of time that Liverpool extended the lead with Shaqiri scoring his first goal at Anfield for the Reds. That came after a slick move by the Reds with Salah setting up Shaqiri who netted with a classy finish into the bottom corner. But the best goal of the game in the dying minutes when a superb move that started with a tackle with Fabinho and ended with a world-class finish by Sadio Mane as he chipped the rushing keeper with ease after Salah played a brilliant ball through the middle that set up the goal. They looked in fine form a week before they play Arsenal in the Premier League, a team that had an unbeaten run of 11 games coming into this week’s fixtures. Liverpool must be no short of their best to get the job done against a quality Arsenal side.

UCL Results: Liverpool VS Red Star Belgrade | Salah back in form with a double

UCL Results: Liverpool VS Red Star Belgrade | Salah back in form with a double

UEFA Champions League Group C Results: Liverpool 4 – 0 Red Star Belgrade. Salah, Firmino, and Mane find the net to cruise Liverpool to a comfortable win at Anfield.

Liverpool reignited their Champions League campaign as they cruised to a comfortable 4 – 0 victory against Red Star at Anfield yesterday. It was a night where the Reds fans were treated to a glimpse of what they can expect from their team in the coming games. As Mo Salah broke yet another record in Merseyside Red by overtaking Fernando Torres and becoming the fastest Liverpool player to reach a landmark 50 goals. The Egyptian king did this in a mere 65 games and also made 18 assists during this time. Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino too came to the party as the Liverpool front three looked almost as good as they were last season, but it was not only about them this game.

The new dimension to Liverpool’s midfield


Last night saw Fabinho getting his first Champions League start and this came after a lot of chatter has been going around about why the Brazilian hasn’t played as many minutes for the Reds. Klopp insisted over this period of time claiming that the man wasn’t ready to start and even compared him to Andy Robertson and the Ox. Last night Klopp stated that he was ready and the Brazilian celebrating his 25th birthday, started for the first time in the Champions League for the Reds.

He started along with Gini Wijnaldum who partnered him in the midfield in a 4-3-3 formation with the trio of Firmino, Salah, and Mane in front of them at the start of the game, while as the game progressed this changed into a 4-2-3-1 formation with Gini and Fabinho playing as the holding midfielders. Fabinho took a little while to settle, but once he did he stamped his authority in the Reds midfield and showed the Kop why exactly Liverpool splashed 40 million for him. His tackles were firm, positioning excellent and his game intelligence, something he was known for during his time at France, came to the fore. But what many people don’t know is the man’s ability to carry the ball forward and his drives into the heart of the Red star defence hinted at a fresh dimension to this Liverpool midfield with Shaqiri continuing to impress ahead of Gini and Fabinho. As Fabinho continues to become a fully fledged midfield option for Klopp, the Liverpool fans can only expect more from the Brazilian.

Liverpool’s front three rediscover scoring touch

Remember the time when Mohamed Salah was in crisis? Or the time when the front three was having a goal drought?

It was only a mere days ago that the Liverpool front three were on the brink of implosion if some of their critics were to be believed. In all honesty, though, they have not been at their best so far this season but the only performance that causes worry was that of Mo Salah against Napoli. However this win against Red Star was the first time the front three scored together since their Champions League win against Roma last season, but the important thing for the Reds is the fact that their defence have come to the forefront and have led their team to victories as Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League. The front three definitely have much more to offer this season, and if this game was a sign of how things will turn out then the Liverpool fans are in for one crazy ride this season.

Liverpool Captain Van Dijk

Virgil Van Dijk led the Reds out in the absence of Henderson and Milner in a team that looked like the best team the Reds have started this season. This being said, Milner and Keita when fit can challenge Fabinho, Milner, and Shaqiri for their starting spot but that can only be good news for Jurgen Klopp. There was no doubt on Van Dijk’s leadership quality as the Dutch captain has been a true leader on the pitch for the Reds since his arrival and it looks like he would be handed the armband on many more occasions in the future.

With PSG and Napoli playing out a 2 – 2 draw in the other game, Liverpool go top of the table and will look to hold their own in this three-way battle in an extremely hard Champions League group. Liverpool now face Cardiff in the Premier League on Saturday and will look to continue their form with a win before they face Arsenal next weekend.

Napoli 1 – 0 Liverpool | UEFA Champions League Highlights

Napoli 1 - 0 Liverpool | UEFA Champions League Highlights

Liverpool lost their first game in the Champions League this season as they lost 1 goal to nil in a frustrating night at Naples. Napoli is always a tough team to play away, but much more was expected of the Reds who hardly got no shots on target. The fatigue of their tough run of fixtures was evidently showing in their poor performance at Naples. There are a lot of things being said about the Liverpool front three and despite scoring 10 goals amongst themselves this season, they are looking far from their best. Although it is a concern for manager Jurgen Klopp, it doesn’t seem like the end of the World for Liverpool. Although they haven’t been off the blocks scoring those goals, they are pulling off ugly hard-fought wins this season, to the delight of their manager and even recorded the greatest start to their season. 

Only goal difference keeps them off the top of the Premier League Table ahead of Sunday’s clash with reigning champions Manchester City. Meanwhile, they started their Champions League campaign with a memorable 3 – 2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield two weeks ago. However, questions will now no doubt be asked after a 1 – 0 defeat away at Napoli as Liverpool failed to register a shot on target for the first time under Klopp. The last time something like this happened was in the early days of Brendan Rodgers reign when they played away at Hearts in the Europa League. Liverpool now face defending Champions Manchester City on Sunday after failing to get a win in their last three outings and they needed to thank Daniel Sturridge for maintaining their unbeaten run after his heroics won them a point at Chelsea. He was introduced late on in Naples too but it was Insigne who got the late winner for the hosts. 

Liverpool never looked like scoring throughout the game, as three men marked Mo Salah,  was yet again ineffective and the same could be said about Mane and Firmino too. This is something that no one has ever been to accuse Jurgen Klopp’s men of. The Reds have rarely been at their best this season. But if you think of it, they were still finding their feet in the first two months of last season. They were at their majestic best at Arsenal but it was autumn when the Reds really took off. That was the time when we saw the best of Jurgen Klopp’s team and the best of Salah, Mane, and Firmino. David Ospina might have had a quiet evening between the posts, but Klopp has vowed that there won’t be many more who say that until May. This might be frustrating due to the result and the fatigue, but the best of the Liverpool front three are yet to be seen.

Champions League – Liverpool vs PSG, Combined 11

Champions League - Liverpool vs PSG, Combined 11

As Liverpool and PSG get set to kick off their Champions League Campaign with a blockbuster of a game, let’s take a look at who makes the combined eleven for the encounter.


Gigi Buffon was certainly the prime candidate to get the number one jersey on this team, but with Areola starting for the Parisian’s, Alisson seems the better bet between the posts for this squad. Alisson has conceded just two goals in the league this season and after proving his mettle in Europe last season with AS Roma, he is certainly a prime candidate for the spot.


Big Virgil has certainly established himself as one of the best center-backs in the world after his class performances for the reds over the last season and his solid start to this one. He almost single-handedly transformed the Liverpool defense and should make the squad for any combined eleven in the world.


The PSG captain has been a rock at the heart of their defense for a good number of years now and is a straight choice to partner Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of this teams defense. He and Van Dijk will be a dream partnership pairing for any team in the world. 


Robertson has been an absolute star for Liverpool since he got his opportunity last season and he hasn’t looked back ever since. The man has been vital for the Liverpool team and how they set up to play the football they play. He is one of the best left-backs in the Premier League and that in itself makes him a contender. 


Munier was one of the stars of the world cup for Belgium and his attacking runs down the flank gives nightmares to any defense in the World. His attacking ability, coupled with his defensive vigor makes him the right back of this team. 


Verratti hasn’t been at his best this season but there is no question of the talent he processes. He is undoubtedly one of the best in the world on his day and he would be the man pulling the strings in this team. 


Keita has not yet shown the Liverpool fans everything he is capable of as yet, but he is a man they can turn to in the big European games. His tireless performance in the midfield is just what Liverpool need to outplay their opponents in the center of the park. 


The Brazilian sensation usually plays on the left flank for his team but is more than capable of producing the flair and the spark from the CAM position too. Neymar is arguably the biggest star on the show and will look to take his team across a big hurdle by beating Liverpool in their opening fixture. 


Sadio Mane has been in terrific goalscoring form this season and has looked really bright on the left for Liverpool. The man of the match for Liverpool in their Champions League final last year is certainly a man for the big occasion and Mane will look to set the competition alight once again. 


The golden boy of football established himself as one of the best in the world at the World cup and has continued his form in the French league for PSG. He will be key for this PSG team and his battle with Virgil Van Dijk will be the one to watch out for this match. 


The Egyptian King hasn’t had the best of starts to his season in goal scoring terms but has certainly seemed like a big influence in on the right side for his Liverpool team. He is capable of playing down the middle as he does for his country and will look to shine at the biggest stage of them all in club competition and show the world why he is one of the best there is. 

Champions League – Liverpool Vs PSG, Match Preview

Champions League - Liverpool Vs PSG, Match Preview

Liverpool kick-start their UEFA Champions League campaign against Paris Saint German in an encounter that promises to be a blockbuster. Both the teams are unbeaten in their respective Leagues, winning all five of their games. Both the teams will look to kick-start their campaign on a high and winning this game means giving out a statement to all the other teams across Europe that they are certainly favorites. However, both teams will know that they are placed in a tough group, with Napoli and Red Star Belgrade forming the other two teams in the group. As the players completed their last training session before the game, they looked really focused, knowing what’s at stake. 

Liverpool – Team News

One major injury scare for the reds is the absence of Roberto Firmino in training and the Merseyside club will be sweating over his fitness come the game against the French giants. He was taken off after a nasty looking eye injury inflicted by Tottenham defender Vertonghen and if he doesn’t play, it would be a huge loss for the Reds, as their highly rated front three is what makes them fearful. If the Brazilian is not fit, it looks likely that Daniel Sturridge will get the nod to play up front for the Reds

PSG – Team News

PSG, on the other hand, will have a fully fit squad to choose from after manager Tuchel chose to leave their star men Neymar and Mbappe out of the matchday squad so they would be fresh to face Liverpool in the Champions League. This clearly shows the advantage that club’s from other leagues have over the Premier League. Neymar and co. will be the biggest challenge thus far for the Liverpool defense and this match will prove the credentials for the Liverpool defense for the season ahead. 

If the match delivers anything even close to what the two teams promise it to be, then the fans are in for a roller-coaster of a ride as arguably the two best-attacking trio’s in the World and though Firmino might not be fit, Liverpool will look to prove their mettle against one of the best teams in Europe. PSG are clear favorites to win the game, but the Anfield atmosphere will have a huge role to play come matchday. 

Liverpool vs Spurs – 5 talking points

Liverpool vs Spurs - 5 talking points

Liverpool made it five wins in five on Saturday after they overcame a Tottenham team that looked nowhere close to their best. In a game that could have so easily have finished four or five goals to one in the favor of the Reds ended in a 2 – 1 victory, courtesy goalkeeping errors from stand-in goalkeeper Vorm. Here we look at the five talking points that we can take for the season ahead. 


Liverpool lost the same fixture last season 4 goals to one, but they seemed to be very well prepared for it this time around. Jurgen Klopp got one better than his rival manager and tactically outwitted him. He instructed his wingers to make space behind the Spurs fullbacks. Salah and Mane kept making overlapping runs behind Trippier and Rose causing them serious problems during almost every turnover. Klopp’s team won the midfield battle as well. They didn’t see much of the ball but their forward pressing and the speed of their passes were certainly too much for Spurs to handle. 


James Milner turns 33 this year, but his fitness level just keeps getting better and better. He wasn’t expected to feature much in the Liverpool squad this year following the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho but Milner has featured in every game this season for the Reds. And his strong start continued with a man of the match performance at Wembley. According to Premier League tracking data, he covered just shy of 13km at Wembley – more than any other player on the pitch. At 8km/h, he also registered the fastest average speed. Milner applied constant pressure, making more tackles (five) than any other player and helping Liverpool win possession in dangerous areas. The man might not get as much credit as some of his other teammates but there was certainly no one as good as Milner on Saturday at Wembley


Harry Kane scored twice in the fixture last time out but failed to make an impact this time out. He hardly got the ball, let alone create something. To be fair to the striker, the service he got wasn’t too great either but his stats were surely poor. He managed only two shots on target for the entirety of the game, something that happened only twice during the entire last season. He also had only 22 touches throughout the game which is extremely poor for anyone’s standards, let alone the World Cup golden boot winner.


The Dutchman came into the team in the place of captain Lloris and hasn’t played a single premier league game since last January. Yesterday his performance at Wembley is not something he would want to remember for a long time. He did make a few fine saves but was partly in error for both the goals. The first goal resulted from a punch that was not convincing enough that fell to Wijnaldum who headed home and the second one resulted from him failing to gather a ball that deflected off the post, one that Firmino stabbed in for the second. 


Another solid display from the Dutch captain reinstated his value to the club. Lamela’s late consolation meant that Liverpool couldn’t keep their fourth clean sheet but the commanding presence of Van Dijk in the heart of the Liverpool defense meant his team pulled off yet another stunning defensive display. The most impressive aspect of his game against Spurs was covering defending. He made interceptions on numerous important situations and made up for a few errors that his partner Joe Gomez made pretty comfortably. His arrival at the club has certainly strengthened their defense massively, an aspect that is vitally important if they are to have a good season this time around. 

Liverpool vs Totenham – Match Prediction | Premier League

Liverpool vs Totenham |Match prediction

After a pulsating international break, Premier League action returns to Wembley with a blockbuster clash as Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow evening. Liverpool just like Tottenham come into the game with four wins in four, conceding just a single goal in the Premier League. They have been very solid defensively but have not yet shown the attacking prowess that they are capable of like last season. If Liverpool manage to win tomorrow, it would be only the third time in the top flight season where they have won the opening five games of the season. Including the final game of last season, Liverpool have won their last five league matches. The last time they won six in succession was during a club record 11-game run in April 2014 under Brendan Rodgers.

On the other hand, a Spurs win will mean that they equal their highest tally of 12 points after five matches of a Premier League season. Apart from that, Spurs have won eight of their last nine games in the premier league. They will, however, be without two of their main men, Delle Alli and world cup winning captain, Lloris. Whether they will be missed or not can only be known once the game commences but they are impact players who are capable of taking the game by the scruff of their neck at any moment. Lucas Moura’s rise to prominence has been nothing short of an inspiration for Spurs this season and the White Heart lane faithful will expect a similar performance from the Brazilian against the Reds. 

Liverpool might hand Fabinho his first start in the Premier league if Klopp considers him ready. After playing a full ninety minutes for Brazil and considering the intense run of fixtures that Liverpool have coming up, handing him a start will not be the dumbest decision that Klopp has made in a time where Liverpool’s bench will be tested. The match promises to be thriller as it always has been when these two teams meet and the fans will hope that they get nothing short of it.