Andy Hunter at Anfield

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Dec 13

Jürgen Klopp brings back Liverpool top brass but West Brom result stays same

There was no rotation or controversy to blame at Anfield on this occasion but it was another episode of torment for Liverpool as they were held to a second successive home draw. West Bromwich Albion recorded an unwanted club record of 16 games without …

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Dec 10

Wayne Rooney penalty earns Everton unlikely derby point at Liverpool

Not scoring in a Merseyside derby had always been one of Wayne Rooney’s great regrets in football. No longer. Everton’s captain for the 229th meeting between the Merseyside rivals ticked that box at Anfield and ensured regret belonged firmly to Jürgen …

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Dec 07

Jürgen Klopp’s plan baffles supine Spartak with help from boys from Brazil | Andy Hunter

Philippe Coutinho and the Liverpool frontline ran riot against Spartak Moscow to show they are a team to fear in the knockout stages of the Champions LeagueJürgen Klopp bestowed the Liverpool captaincy on Philippe Coutinho for the first time in a compe…

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Dec 06

Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool strike force will have last-16 rivals worried

• Liverpool join four other English teams in Champions League knockout stage• ‘We showed we learned from the mistake we made in Seville’Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool’s formidable attacking quartet will strike fear throughout the Champions League after hi…

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Nov 25

Liverpool denied victory over Chelsea after Willian’s late equaliser

Mohamed Salah reminded Chelsea of the talent they declined to nurture with his 10th Premier League goal of the season but his and Liverpool’s celebrations were ultimately contained. Willian, an 83rd-minute substitute, spared Antonio Conte’s champions f…

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Nov 18

Mohamed Salah hits double to help Liverpool cruise past Southampton

Mohamed Salah has become known as “The King of Egypt” around Melwood since his penalty heroics took the country to its first World Cup since 1990. He has quickly established a regal presence at club level, too. The £36.9m summer signing swept Liverpool…

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Nov 01

Mohamed Salah opens up Maribor for Liverpool to pull away

Jürgen Klopp can add fortune-telling to his list of talents. The Liverpool manager predicted Saturday’s 3-0 defeat of Huddersfield Town would be perfect preparation for their Champions League return with Maribor and so it proved with unerring accuracy….

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Oct 28

Daniel Sturridge sends Liverpool cruising to victory over Huddersfield

David Wagner planted a little kiss on Jürgen Klopp’s cheek as the two friends embraced on the final whistle. The Liverpool manager will have cherished three points much more. There was audible discontent around Anfield at half-time of what Klopp had la…

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Sep 16

Liverpool frustrated by missed chances after Burnley hold on for draw

Liverpool celebrated the 125th anniversary of their first ever game with mosaics around Anfield and a roll-call of former luminaries but more contemporary problems re-emerged to douse the party spirit against Burnley. The destruction of a sorry Arsenal side is beginning to feel a long time ago for Jürgen Klopp.

Klopp’s team dominated against Sean Dyche’s side but another cheap goal against and another profligate display despite having 35 shots made it a third game without a win in all competitions for Liverpool. Burnley were never going to be a simple assignment having learned the lessons of last season on the road but the home side lacked the cutting edge and defensive concentration to secure what would have been an important victory.

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Sep 13

Joaquin Correa’s equaliser for Sevilla spoils Liverpool’s return

Liverpool returned to the Champions League with a performance that gave credence to what the Premier League has long suspected. Jurgen Klopp has constructed an exhilarating attacking force on suspect foundations. Weak defending came to the fore once again as Sevilla thwarted Liverpool’s ambitions at Anfield.

Klopp’s team dominated for long spells but a dreadful error from Dejan Lovren and a collective failing that allowed Joaquín Correa to equalise late on undermined their impressive efforts in the final third. It could have been worse for Klopp’s side had Luis Muriel not wasted a gilt-edged chance in the final minute before Joe Gomez was sent off for a second bookable offence on the outstanding Correa. Klopp was embroiled in a touchline row with Sevilla coaches after the final whistle but his ire should have been reserved for his rearguard.

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Aug 27

Jürgen Klopp’s Loris Karius gamble left untested by Arsenal’s familiar failings | Andy Hunter

The Liverpool manager gave his No1 goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet, a break but his second choice got a rest too as Alexis Sánchez and co failed to threaten

Sir Alex Ferguson once galvanised Manchester United for victory with a team-talk that stretched no further than: “Lads, it’s Tottenham.” The same brutally dismissive thought may have crossed Jürgen Klopp’s mind before Liverpool destroyed their north London rivals. The Liverpool manager chose the perfect day and the perfect opponent to rest his first-choice goalkeeper. His second choice enjoyed a day of rest too, although Loris Karius was on the pitch against Arsenal.

Any misgivings or judgment on Klopp’s decision to give Simon Mignolet a day off was postponed by yet another anaemic Arsenal performance at Anfield, where they have conceded 17 goals on their last five visits. Familiar failings from familiar faces made a mockery of claims of change at the Emirates Stadium. So much for the Liverpool manager’s risk. Karius, Mignolet’s replacement for one Premier League game only, did not have a save to make against an abject opponent. The only threats to the Germany Under-21 international came when he had the ball at his feet.

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Aug 27

Arsène Wenger hits out at ‘disastrous’ showing in defeat against Liverpool

• Manager condemns players after crushing 4-0 loss at Anfield
• ‘From the first to the last minute we were not at the level requested’

Arsène Wenger labelled Arsenal’s performance against Liverpool “absolutely disastrous” and “unacceptable” after his side endured another abject defeat at Anfield.

Liverpool humiliated Wenger’s team 4-0 with goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and the substitute Daniel Sturridge – and could have scored more in a one‑sided contest. Arsenal have now conceded 17 goals in their past five visits to Anfield and have lost two of their opening three league games for only the third time in 26 seasons.

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Aug 23

Jürgen Klopp praises ‘thunderstorm’ after seeing Liverpool rejoin elite

• Manager says Champions League qualification means everything
• German believes result could help with player recruitment

Jürgen Klopp said Champions League qualification meant everything to Liverpool as he celebrated the “thunderstorm” that swept aside Hoffenheim in the play-off second leg at Anfield.

Liverpool secured their return to the European elite, and a fifth place for a Premier League team in this season’s competition, with three goals in the opening 21 minutes against Julian Nagelsmann’s adventurous but exposed side. Goals from Emre Can (2), Mohamed Salah and the outstanding Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 6-3 aggregate win with Klopp claiming his team’s start to the game took Hoffenheim completely by surprise.

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Aug 23

Liverpool return to big time after early flurry sinks Hoffenheim

Julian Nagelsmann, Hoffenheim’s bright young thing of a coach, proclaimed he was not in awe of Anfield but his team were overawed by the attacking prowess of Liverpool. Overrun and overpowered too as Jürgen Klopp’s side advanced into the Champions League group stage with an emphatic defeat of Hoffenheim. The likes of Barcelona will not be competitors only in the transfer market this season.

A mesmerising display from Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and the Hoffenheim old boy Roberto Firmino in particular helped to give Liverpool a commanding early lead against the European debutants. Emre Can profited twice with Salah and the outstanding Firmino also on the scoresheet. Hoffenheim fought back valiantly through Mark Uth and Sandro Wagner but a Liverpool victory was never in doubt. Klopp’s team seized the opportunity to shape their season for the better.

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Aug 19

Sadio Mané makes vital breakthrough for Liverpool against Crystal Palace

Jürgen Klopp issued a familiar update on the Philippe Coutinho saga following Liverpool’s first home game of the season. “Nothing has changed,” he said. The same applied to his team’s performance against defensive opposition until a gift from Luka Milivojevic and a predatory finish from Sadio Mané lifted the curse of Crystal Palace here.

Liverpool’s first league win of the campaign and first home win over Palace in four years was merited. Their focus was admirable, too, given Barcelona’s persistent pursuit of Coutinho produced a third bid for the injured Brazil international, and third rejection from Liverpool, on the eve of the game. But it took that unforced error from Milivojevic and a glaring miss from Christian Benteke against his old club to ease Liverpool’s recurring frustrations on home soil.

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Apr 23

Christian Benteke shocks Liverpool to lift Crystal Palace’s hopes

The Kop gave Christian Benteke a round of applause when he exited the fray in the 88th minute at Anfield. Sporting in the extreme. The Crystal Palace forward left his former club bruised and battered on his return to Liverpool, scoring twice in a merited win for Sam Allardyce’s side, and may have had the same impact on Jürgen Klopp’s Champions League aspirations.

“You must be sick of us,” the Palace fans chanted after Benteke’s double took the Eagles closer to Premier League safety and left Liverpool at risk of being caught by Manchester United in the race for a top four finish. Palace’s third consecutive league win at Anfield punished a mediocre Liverpool display – one on which a growing injury list took a visible toll – and could have damaging repercussions for Klopp’s remaining target. Dejan Lovren was also forced off after taking an accidental blow to the face from Benteke’s elbow.

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