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 Preview: Newcastle United v Liverpool

The Reds slipped to a late draw against West Brom last time out, and with Everton and Manchester United breathing down their necks, Klopp needs a result on Tyneside.

The German coach rotated against the Baggies and he looks likely to tinker again to keep his options fresh with James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain potential starters in this one.

As for the hosts, Steve Bruce’s selection plans are still be governed by an ongoing Covid-19 outbreak at the club.

Jamal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin are still sidelined for the Magpies, but Bruce can recall Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick.

And it’ll be a late start to complete this round of Premier League action with an 8pm kick off at St. James’ Park on December 30th.

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

Premier League Preview: Liverpool v Wolves

The Reds will have fans back for the first time in 2020 in what is a timely boost for Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

The German boss is without nine first teamers for the visit of Nuno Santo’s side, meaning he will once again need to rely on his young stars to step up.

Jordan Henderson and Andrew Robertson should be OK to start for Klopp but Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold are not yet fit enough to return.

Klopp’s injury list means Neco Williams and Curtis Jones should keep their starting spots with Irish keeper Caoimhin Kelleher in line for his Premier League debut.

Wolves talisman Raul Jimenez misses this game after suffering a head injury at Arsenal last weekend, with Portuguese teenager Fabio Silva set to fill in as his replacement in Santo’s only likely change.

And kick off is 7.15pm on Sunday night at Anfield.

Liverpool cruise past Leicester City with 3-0 Anfield Premier League win

Jurgen Klopp’s faced the Foxes without a host of first team stars, with goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, plus a Jonny Evans own goal, secured a vital win.

The Reds just about edged a tight opening at Anfield, as Jota and Curtis Jones forced early stops from Kasper Schmeichel.

But despite all of the attacking talent on display for Klopp, Liverpool’s opener came via a bizarre own goal.

Jordan Henderson’s corner caused problems in the Foxes box and the unfortunate Evans could nothing to stop the ball ricocheting off him an into the net.

That slice of luck boosted Liverpool’s confidence before the break, as Jota extended their lead on 42 minutes.

The Portuguese international has enjoyed a brilliant start to life at Anfield and he flicked home a perfect header from Andy Robertson’s cross.

Leicester did look to rally after the break, as Brendan Rodgers’ side cranked up the pressure, with Alisson making vital saves from Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes.

But Liverpool always look as though they had another gear to move up into, and Firmino wrapped up all three points for Klopp as he powered home James Milner’s corner.

Full Time at Anfield it’s Liverpool 3 Leicester City 0

Premier League Preview: Manchester City v Liverpool

Both sides have lost just once in Premier League action this season, but Jurgen Klopp’s defending champions have a four-point lead over City.

Pep Guardiola has already confirmed Sergio Aguero will miss out against the Reds, with Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy joining him on the sidelines.

Those injuries will force Guardiola’s hand in terms of selection tomorrow, but he is expected to make changes from their Champions League win over Olympiakos.

Rodri and Riyad Mahrez are both expected to return with Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres set to drop out.

As for Liverpool, Klopp remains short of options at centre back, meaning Rhys Williams could continue alongside Joe Gomez ahead of Joel Matip.

Thiago Alcantara is out with a knee problem with ex City man James Milner expected to fill in.

And man of the moment Diogo Jota is line to edge out Roberto Firmino in the starting eleven.

And kick-off is 4.30pm on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium.

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