Manchester United edge out Liverpool in Old Trafford FA Cup thriller

This clash lived up to is billing as heavyweight scrap at Old Trafford with both sides showing their class in front of goal.

Neither side were able to create much in a frantic opening 20 minutes before a touch of inspiration from Mo Salah edged Liverpool ahead.

Roberto Firmino’s pass caught the United back line square and the Egyptian star kept his head to clip past Dean Henderson.

But Solskjaer’s side were not to be set back by that as rising star Mason Greenwood immediately levelled things up.

Marcus Rashford’s lofted pass escaped James Milner’s lunging header and Greenwood lashed past Alisson.

That high octane end to the first half set the tone after the break as Greenwood and Rashford swapped roles to put United in front.

Greenwood’s whipped pass forced an error from Rhys Williams on the counter and Rashford raced on to fire home.

But again the pendulum was to swing in the final 30 as the alert Salah reacted quickest to Milner loose to fire the Reds back level.

And just as the game looked destined for a manic final period both managers turned to their benches to tip the balance and it was Solskjaer that found the answer.

Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes has already established himself as a fans favourite at Old Trafford and it was his brilliant free kick that swerved United in Round Five.

Full Time on a dramatic afternoon at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 3 Liverpool 2

Liverpool beat the Aston Villa kids in FA Cup win

Following a string of positive Covid-19 tests for Villa, stand in boss Mark Delaney had to field a full starting XI of academy players against the Reds.

But, apparently Jurgen Klopp didn’t read the pre-game script, as the German boss named a strong side to face the kids.

Sadio Mane handed Liverpool an early lead as he powered home Curtis Jones’ cross before Louie Barry netted a superb equaliser.

Calum Rowe’s pass caught out Rhys Williams and the highly rated Barry raced on to slot past Caoimhin Kelleher.

Liverpool reacted ruthlessly after the break however, as a five-minute blitz saw off Villa’s plucky challenge.

Gini Wijnaldum swept home from the edge of the box before the ever reliable Mane and Mo Salah ended any chance of a fairy tale.

Full Time on a strange night at Villa Park it’s Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 4

Premier League: Newcastle United 0-0 Liverpool

Nathaniel Phillips was handed a Premier League start for Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp’s defensive resources having been further depleted.

With Joel Matip having joined long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the casualty list, Phillips was included along with former Magpies midfielder James Milner in two changes to the side which drew 1-1 with West Brom as Matip and Georginio Wijnaldum made way.

Newcastle Head Coach Steve Bruce made just one change in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester City, striker Callum Wilson returning from an ankle problem in place of Miguel Almiron.

Newcastle started brightly with Wilson forcing two saves from keeper Alisson inside the opening 12 minutes and giving as good as they got for much of the half.

However, Liverpool might have taken the lead 11 minutes before the break when Mohamed Salah stabbed wide having seemingly done the hard work, and it took a fine reaction save from Karl Darlow to deny Roberto Firmino in stoppage time and ensure the sides headed back to the dressing rooms with the scoreline still 0-0.

Salah was guilty of another glaring miss after the break and Darlow produced another stunning save to prevent Firmino from snatching the win two minutes from time as Liverpool once again had to make do with a point.

Liverpool HAMMER Crystal Palace 7-0 at Selhurst Park

Two goals each for Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah powered the Reds to their best ever win in the Premier League, on a dominant day at Selhurst Park.

Jurgen Klopp’s team were on top form right from the off in this one as forgotten man Takumi Minamino slotted home Sadio Mane’s pass after just three minutes.

But despite taking their foot off the gas after that, the visitors eventually found themselves three up at the break, as Mane powered home Firmino’s pass and the Brazilian calmly poked home Andy Robertson’s delivery.

Palace did look to try and fight from some pride after the restart, but with Liverpool in this type of form there was simply no answer from Roy Hodgson’s side.

Skipper Jordan Henderson cushioned home his first of the season from Trent Alexander Arnold’s pass
before the brilliant Firmino made it five just after the hour.

Klopp threw on Salah to give Palace a few more nightmares in the last 30 and the Egyptian’s pass was cleverly dinked home by Firmino.

And with Mane and Firmino both enjoying brilliant afternoons in South London, Salah was not to be left out in final ten minutes.

Liverpool’s top scorer this season stayed alive in the box to nod home Joel Matip’s knockdown before he curled home the goal of the day to make it a magnificent seven for Klopp.

Full Time at Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 0 Liverpool 7

Fulham secure shock 1-1 draw with Liverpool

The visitors struggled to click into top gear at Craven Cottage as Scott Parker’s team clinched a deserved point.

Fulham flew out of the blocks at the cottage with the returning Alisson forced into early action to save from Ivan Cavaleiro and Ademola Lookman.

And despite being denied a penalty after Fabinho tangled with Cavaleiro, Parker’s side were not to be denied as Bobby Reid fired them ahead.

Liverpool had three bites at the cherry to clear a corner and Lookman calmly rolled in Reid to smash past Alisson.

The Reds only manage to rouse themselves in patches before the break as Sadio Mane headed their best chance over the top.

The expected Liverpool reaction never really materialised after the restart as Mo Salah’s long-range effort was stopped by Alphonse Areola.

Klopp’s team did inevitably carry the bigger threat at Fulham began to bed in for the final 20 minutes, with Jordan Henderson missing an excellent chance.

Roberto Firmino’s cute pass freed the Reds skipper behind the Fulham defence but Areola was on him in a flash to make a block.

But with pressure creeping up and up, Klopp’s visitors grabbed their chance to equalise from the penalty spot.

Aboubakar Kamara handled Gini Wijnaldum’s free kick inside the box and Salah kept his nerve to hammer home.

Curtis Jones also set up a dramatic come back in the closing minutes but Areola stood firm to secure an unexpected point for Fulham.

Full Time at Craven Cottage it’s Fulham 1 Liverpool 1

Liverpool return to Anfield with 4-0 win over Wolves

The defending champions welcomed back supporters for the first time this season and goals from Mo Salah, Gini Wijnaldum and Joel Matip ensured a happy return.

The Reds were quick out of the blocks against Nuno Santo’s side, with Sadio Mane nodding just wide, before Salah handed them a deserved lead.

Wolves skipper Conor Coady made a mess of Jordan Henderson’s long ball forward and Salah darted in behind to fire home.

The visitors did look to have forced a way back into before the break as Coady went down under a challenge from Mane inside the box.

But despite originally awarded a spot kick, referee Craig Pawson changed his mind after a VAR check.

That lucky break powered Klopp side on after the break as Wijnaldum’s long range strike put them 2-0 in front.

Despite trailing to a two goal deficit, Wolves worked hard to stay in the game, but Liverpool’s cutting edge proved the vital difference late on.

Matip powered home a header from a delightful Salah cross and Nelson Semedo bundled home a late own goal as Anfield found its voice once again on a cold night on Merseyside.

Full Time at Anfield Liverpool 4 Wolves 0

Brighton fightback to secure 1-1 Premier League draw with Liverpool

Graham Potter’s side looked to be heading for defeat in the closing stages before Pascal Gross tucked home a 93rd minute spot kick.

Jurgen Klopp was left incensed by the decision at full time, but in truth, his side struggled to close the game out on the south coast.

The Seagulls were the better side in the opening half hour, with Aaron Connolly wasting a golden opportunity to put them in front.

However, the Irishman made amends on 22 minutes, as his industry inside the box won a penalty from Neco Williams.

But despite being handed another perfect chance to take the lead, Neil Maupay failed to test Alisson, as his poor penalty flew past the post.

Liverpool did shake themselves into life after the break, as Diogo Jota netted his ninth Reds goal to edge them ahead on the hour.

Mo Salah slipped him in on the edge of the box and the former Wolves man slalomed past two Brighton challenges and fired past Mat Ryan.

The game turned scrappy in the final quarter of an hour and with Liverpool unable to find a second, Brighton snatched a late point.

Andrew Robertson appeared to clip Danny Welbeck inside the area and Gross kept his cool to smash home.

Full Time at the AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 1 Liverpool 1

Premier League Preview: Liverpool v Leicester City

Jurgen Klopp is already without both of his first-choice centre backs after Joe Gomez joined Virgil Van Dijk on the sidelines.

Skipper Jordan Henderson is also out, after picking up a groin injury on international duty, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and
Mo Salah also missing from a depleted Reds side.

James Milner is expected to fill in for Trent at right back, with Fabinho moving back into defence in place of Gomez.

However, despite the mounting injury list for Klopp, Thiago Alcantara and Andy Robertson have both been passed fit to return.

For the Foxes, Rodgers also has issues in defence, with right backs Ricardo Pereira and Timothy Castagne ruled out.

Wesley Fofana should be OK to start at centre back, meaning Rodgers could name an unchanged starting line up from their win against Wolves last time out.

And it’s all set up for a 7.15pm kick off tomorrow night at Anfield.

Mo Salah tests positive for COVID-19

The international break has not been kind to the Premier League champions – a long-term injury to Joe Gomez earlier in the week and now Salah contracting COVID is far from ideal.

Gomez has underwent surgery for a problem which is set to keep him out until the new year, but Salah’s loss is arguably just as detrimental, as the talisman is set to miss an important period for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Salah has been in fine form this season, scoring freely as Liverpool sit top of the Premier League table after eight games, as they seek to defend their title for the first time.

At this stage he remains in quarantine within the national team set-up and he will face further tests “during the coming hours”, with the Egyptian national team set to face Togo in back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers this week.

Salah was filmed at his brother’s wedding earlier this week, and it is entirely possible that this is the source of his positive test, given the restrictions currently applied in many parts of the world over crowded and closed-in social gatherings.

The forward, who has 8 goals in 8 games this season, will now face a period of quarantine before becoming available for selection again, meaning he is almost certain to miss the games against Leicester City and Atalanta in the coming weeks.

It couldn’t have came at a worse time for Liverpool, who have suffered countless blows through players picking up injuries on international duty in recent years. The news that there’s not another one until March will be music to their ears.

Manchester City and Liverpool battle out 1-1 Premier League draw

Both sides showed plenty of desire to win this game, and based on the balance of chances, its likely to be City that will feel this was a missed opportunity.

The two teams showed plenty of hustle and bustle in the opening stages but a clinical edge was missing at both ends.

Klopp’s side just about edged the first 10 minutes and they were handed a deserved lead through star man Mo Salah.

Kyle Walker clumsily brought down Sadio Mane inside the box and the Egyptian kept his cool to tuck past Ederson from the spot.

City did look to impose themselves more and more following that setback as Raheem Sterling tested Alisson and Kevin De Bruyne began to pull the strings in midfield.

And that increase in City pressure was exactly what the hosts needed as Gabriel Jesus powered them level on the half hour.

De Bruyne fed the Brazilian inside the box and he cleverly spun away from Trent Alexander-Arnold and prodded past Alisson.

And with their tails up from City were awarded a controversial spot kick just before the break.

De Bruyne’s cross caught Joe Gomez on the arm and after consulting VAR, Craig Pawson pointed to the
spot.

The Belgian will have backed himself to give City a vital lead from 12 yards, but despite sending the Alisson the wrong way, his effort thudded back off the post.

The game continued at breakneck speed after the restart as Diogo Jota forced a stop from Ederson and Jesus nodded a brilliant chance wide.

But after such a hectic opening hour in Manchester, both sides began to run out of steam in the closing stages but Pep is likely to see this as two vital points dropped.

Full Time at the Etihad Stadium it’s Manchester City 1 Liverpool 1

Liverpool seal late 2-1 Premier League Anfield win over West Ham

Jurgen Klopp’s side struggled for large parts against the Hammers but on form Diogo Jota’s late goal secured a crucial three points.

David Moyes’ side started slowly at Anfield but the visitors were gifted an opening goal inside the first ten minutes.

Joe Gomez made a complete mess of Arthur Masuaku’s cross into the box and Pablo Fornals reacted quickly to lash an effort past Alisson.

Liverpool did look to launch a response before the break with Trent Alexander-Arnold almost catching out Lukasz Fabianksi and Andy Robertson firing over.

But just as West Ham were gifted an opening goal, Liverpool were given a massive helping hand for their equaliser just before the break.

Masuaku tangled with Mo Salah inside the box and despite any contact appearing minimal, referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot, and the Egyptian tucked home.

The Reds looked to take up the initiative after the break as Klopp threw on Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Those changes tipped the balance for hosts as Jota bravely converted Sadio Mane’s saved shot.

But Friend was to frustrate Liverpool this time as he ruled it out for offside against Mane.

However, Jota was not to be denied another goal in his impressive start to life at Liverpool as gambled on Shaqiri’s clever chip to fire home.

Full Time at Anfield it’s Liverpool 2 West Ham 1

Liverpool fight back to secure 2-1 Premier League win over Sheffield United

A first half penalty from Sander Berge gave the Blades a fighting chance at Anfield but goals either side of the break from Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota secured all three points for the Reds.

Liverpool looked to overpower Chris Wilder’s side right from the off on Merseyside as John Egan cleared Sadio Mane’s effort off the line inside 60 seconds.

But despite struggling to live with Liverpool early on the visitors were handed a perfect opportunity after ten minutes.

Oli McBurnie was caught by Fabinho just inside the box and after a quick VAR check Berge calmly tucked home from the spot.

That goal injected some life into the Blades as McBurnie forced a smart stop from Alisson and Berge fired just wide.

But just as United were second best from kick off, Liverpool produced an equaliser out of nothing just before the break.

Aaron Ramsdale reacted brilliantly to keep out a header from Mane but Firmino stayed alive to cushion the rebound.

The Blades picked up the initiative after the break and Alisson was called into to beat out Oli Burke’s drive.

However, with United unable to turn their pressure into goals, Liverpool showed the clinical style of champions as Jota netted his first Premier League goal for the club.

Mane did brilliantly out wide to twist and turn and stand up a cross into the box with Jota arrived right on cue to power a header past Ramsdale.

United were forced to go for broke in the closing minutes as substitute David McGoldrick fired over the top before Salah wasted a golden chance to make it three.

Full time at Anfield it’s Liverpool 2 Sheffield United 1