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

West Brom steal late 1-1 draw at Liverpool

The Baggies set their stall out to make life as difficult as possible for the Reds, but Sadio Mane’s early goal had looked to be enough to secure, before Semi Ajayi stole the headlines late on.

With the visitors playing with ten men behind the ball in the opening stages, Jurgen Klopp’s team were forced to be patient, before Mane edged them ahead on 12 minutes.

Joel Matip’s long pass caught his opposite centre backs too square and Mane raced on and smashed past Sam Johnstone.

That early goal did nothing to change the flow of the match as West Brom sat in and Liverpool grew more and more frustrated.

Liverpool continued to boss everything after the break with skipper Jordan Henderson flashing an effort wide.

And with Klopp’s side unable to break through, the Baggies stayed in the game and pull off Allardyce’s masterplan with 10 to go.

Matheus Pereira’s deep corner caused problems in the Liverpool box and Ajayi got highest to nod home.

Full Time at Anfield it’s Liverpool 1 West Brom 1

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

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

Everton secure dramatic 2-2 Merseyside derby draw against Liverpool

With local pride at stake at Goodison Park neither side were in any mood to back down as the hosts twice came from behind to secure a vital point.

Jurgen Klopp’s side flew out of the traps against their neighbours as Sadio Mane raced in behind to fire them ahead after three minutes

The visitors were almost handed a golden opportunity for a second two minutes later, but referee Michael Oliver made the first of a string of bizarre decisions.

Blues keeper Jordan Pickford clattered into Virgil van Dijk from a corner and despite the Liverpool’s screams for a penalty, Oliver pulled it back for an offside against the Dutchman.

That call knocked Liverpool’s first half focus as Everton grabbed an equaliser on 20 minutes.

With van Dijk off injured, there was no one to marshall the defence at a corner, and Michael Keane got up highest to bullet home.

The hosts then picked up the pace after the break with James Rodriguez beginning to pull the strings and Richarlison firing against the post.

And with the Blues unable to edge in front the ever efficient champions ruthlessly punished them.

Yerry Mina’s clearance on the edge of the box was a poor one and Mo Salah powered home the loose ball.

But despite the balance tipping in Liverpool’s favour, Everton have proved themselves to be a different beast this season as man of the moment Dominic Calvert-Lewin nodded them level.

However, with both sides going hammer and tongs in the final few minutes it was to be Oliver that decided the outcome.

He didn’t even blink before flashing a red card at Richarlison for scything down Thiago.

And with Klopp screaming on from the sidelines, skipper Jordan Henderson benefitted from another Pickford mistake to put the Reds in front.

But Oliver was determined to be the headline act as after long long VAR check he controversially ruled it out for a marginal offside.

FULL TIME AT A BREATHLESS GOODISON PARK IT’S EVERTON 2 LIVERPOOL 2

Liverpool see off unambitious Arsenal at Anfield.

Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota, on his home debut, all scored after Alexandre Lacazette had been gifted the opener after a Robertson error.

If the France international’s finish from Arsenal’s first shot on target in the 25th minute was not that convincing his performance in two second-half one-on-ones – one latterly flagged offside – with Alisson Becker was even less so and his misses will have left Mikael Arteta wondering what night have been on a wet Monday night in Anfield.

Liverpool dominated however and had 21 shots on goal compated to their opponents 4 and in truth looked very comfortable beofre Diogo Jota marked his debut with a late goal on the 88th minute.

Arsenal, with David Luiz restored to a back three and two holding midfielders in Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka, seemed in no mood to take the game to their hosts as Premier League newcomers Leeds had so thrillingly done on the opening weekend of the season.

Instead they sat back, rarely engaging as Liverpool played out from the defence, in the hope of hitting on the break.

There was a touch of fortune rather than thought about the Gunners opener with a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s over-hit cross mis-controlled by Andy Roberson into the path of Lacazette.

The France international also mis-kicked his shot but he succeeded in bouncing it into the floor and agonisingly over the outstretched arm of Alisson.

However, if Arteta was hoping to hold on to that lead his plan was dashed after 147 seconds as Leno parried Mohamed Salah’s shot and Mane pounced for the equaliser.

Seven minutes later Liverpool were ahead as yet another Alexander-Arnold cross found its target in the penalty area, this time his opposite full-back Robertson making amends for his earlier error by controlling on his chest and poking home.

The final word was left to Liverpool’s new signing Jota, on as a late substitute, who finally put the match to bed two minutes from time when he seized a weak David Luiz header, controlling and firing low into the Kop net having earlier wasted a better chance with only Leno to beat.

Liverpool are now joint top of the League with Leicester and Everton with the final score at Anfield Liverpool 3 – Arsenal 1.

Liverpool Cruise To 2-0 Premier League Win At 10-Man Chelsea

Sadio Mane was the Reds hero in West London with two second half goals, but in truth, Chelsea’s focus will once again be centred on under fire goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Neither side created much in a tight opening half hour, with half chances for Timo Werner and Mo Salah the closest either came to a breakthrough.

But despite creating nothing in terms of goalscoring excitement, the first half ended on a huge moment of controversy.

Andreas Christensen found himself the wrong side of Mane on the edge of the box, and as just as Mane was about pull the trigger, the Dane decided to give him what looked like a very very awkward hug.

Referee Paul Tierney initially flashed him a yellow card, but after a quick VAR check, Christensen was eventually given his marching orders.

Liverpool took full advantage of the extra man immediately after the break, as Salah, Roberto Firmino and
Mane all combined with the latter to nod them in front.

That goal hinted at the floodgates opening for the Reds, but in reality, Mane’s second was a gift from Kepa.

The Spaniard tried a tricky pass out to Kurt Zouma, but Mane read him like a book, and tucked home the Reds second.

Despite facing a mountain to climb in the closing stages, Chelsea were handed a lifeline with 20 minutes left, as Reds debutant Thiago barged Werner over inside the box.

But on a day where nothing went right for the Blues, Jorginho’s normal hop skip and goal technique came up short, as Alisson produced a fine save.

Kepa did manage to claw back some pride with vital late stops from Salah and Mane, but Frank Lampard looks set for another raft of questions about his Spanish stopper.

FULL TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE IT’S CHELSEA 0 LIVERPOOL 2

Newcastle United 1-3 Liverpool: Klopp’s side secure comeback win at St. James’ Park

Jurgen Klopp’s side haven’t broken the magic 100-point mark this season, but goals from Virgil Van Dijk, Divock Origi and Sadio Mane secured a winning end to 2019-20.

Klopp opted to rest a host of his stars for the trip to St. James’, and it looked like a mistake from the German, as his were caught out inside the first 30 seconds.

Former Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey wasted no time in clipping a quick free kick over Van Dijk, and Dwight Gayle raced clear to slot the hosts in front.

That goal was a shock to system for Liverpool, as they struggled to break Newcastle down.

But despite not creating much in the first half, Van Dijk headed them level just before the break from a whipped Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain free kick.

Liverpool were back the old selves after the break, as Van Dijk drew a fine stop from Martin Dubravka just after the restart.

Klopp’s side went up through the gears from there, as Origi curled them in front on the hour mark.

That goal took the edge off any potential Newcastle fightback, as Klopp brought on the cavalry of Salah, Mane and Firmino in the closing stages.

And with Newcastle looking tired in the closing minutes, Liverpool showed that touch of title winning ruthlessness, as Mane stepped onto Firmino’s pass to fire past Dubravaka.

FULL TIME ST. JAMES’ PARK IT’S NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 LIVERPOOL 3