Mastering momentum: exploring the anatomy of amazing comebacks | Andrew Anthony

Psychological momentum helped Spurs and Liverpool reach the Champions League final, even if they did not realise it Whatever you think about Jos Mourinho, most would agree he knows a thing or two about football. Surveying the two epic semi-final second legs of the Champions League, he came to two very different conclusions about Liverpools and Tottenhams unlikely victories. In the first case, he said, losing 3-0 in the first leg to mentality, specifically the mentality instilled in the team by Jrgen Klopp. In the second, he thought Spurs three second-half goals to snatch the tie against Ajax were all down to tactics, namely playing long balls up to Fernando Llorente. Both analyses have their merits but they miss out …

The Premier League teams ineptitude index 2018-19

Its awards time for the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who cant take throw-ins to others who revel in needless yellow cards Welcome to the Guardians fifth annual index of ineptitude, a catalogue of calamity, a prospectus of the piss-poor. As each season draws to a close, the best moments, players and teams of the year are all charted, celebrated and cheered. Which means that what comprises most of the rest of the Premier League experience is missed. So here is a (not always serious) commemoration of cackhandedness: heres where to cheer goalkeepers who help the opposition, those who cant score from 12 yards, players given cards for removing their shirts, and professionals who cant even …

Mohamed Salah downs Chelsea and keeps Liverpool ahead of City

Sadio Man and Mohamed Salah scored second-half goals as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 to stay two points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League It was an arrow into the top corner of Chelseas goal and potentially the hearts of Manchester City from Mohamed Salah. The great players rise with pressure and the striker chose his moment and his spot to perfection to drive Liverpool over the most daunting hurdle remaining in their pursuit of the title. We can finally close the slipping book, Jrgen Klopp reflected. A greater sense of closure is tantalisingly within reach should City falter now. Parallels with the Chelsea visit that derailed Liverpools title pursuit in 2014 ran only as far …

Liverpools title charge driven by Champions League pain, says Klopp

Jrgen Klopp believes his Liverpool team are fired by their Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid last season rather than a league slip-up against Chelsea five years ago Liverpool are driven in their pursuit of the Premier League title by the pain of last seasons 2-0 defeat derailed the title ambitions of Brendan Rodgers team. Klopp admits a determination to make amends is a factor in Liverpools challenge this season but cited defeat by Real Madrid last May as the source, not a different team under a different manager falling into Jos Mourinhos trap. It is not important to talk about what happened. It is too long ago, the Liverpool manager said. We have enough reasons to be positive …

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekends action

Neil Warnock cuts out the moaning, Jordan Henderson scythes through Chelsea and injuries may leave Spurs midfield blunted 1) Henderson relishing his licence to roam After 76 minutes, when he was withdrawn to a deafening ovation, Jordan Hendersons work was done. A lung-busting display by the Liverpool captain set the tone for a vital victory, a relentless performance typified by the moment when he burst to the byline and supplied a hanging cross for Sadio Man to convert. Henderson asked Jrgen Klopp if he could play further forward in a more natural No 8 role one he has impressed in for his country and he flourished there against Chelsea. Mohamed Salahs rocket, another peerless defensive display by Virgil van Dijk …

Jrgen Klopp blown away by Mohamed Salahs thunderbolt against Chelsea

The Liverpool manager said Mohamed Salahs goal was an outstanding finish Jrgen Klopp was blown away by the brilliance of Mohamed Salahs strike against Chelsea as he urged Liverpool to produce a flawless finish to the Premier League title race. Salah struck an astounding goal 142 seconds after Sadio Man opened the scoring at Anfield as Liverpool retook a two-point lead over Manchester City with Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Liverpool get out of jail as Alderweirelds late own goal earns win over Spurs

Toby Alderweirelds 90th-minute own goal got Liverpool out of jail at Anfield as they edged to a crucial 2-1 win over Tottenham The clock was seconds away from the 90-minute mark when the final, decisive blow sparked euphoric scenes at Anfield. Liverpool were a few minutes of stoppage-time away from a result that who knows? could have been a grievous setback. But then the ball was aimed high towards Mohamed Salah at the far post and what happened next, put bluntly, changed everything. Suddenly it did not seem quite so important that Salah had played so far below his point of maximum expression. Hugo Lloris, who can be surprisingly error-prone for a World Cup-winning goalkeeper, had not been able to …

Tottenham and Manchester City prepare to join the All England Club | Paul Wilson

Tottenham and Manchester Citys Champions League quarter-final is the latest in a line of intrigue-filled English derbies in Europes top competition A new chapter in the colourful history of English teams meeting each other in the Champions League is set to open on Tuesday, when the first European game at Tottenhams scored three goals in a stunning 20-minute burst at Anfield. City did not play badly in either leg but ended up losing them both. After The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Terrys miss sent the shootout into sudden death, where Edwin van der Sar denied Nicolas Anelka to secure a 6-5 win. Avram Grants Chelsea came second in the league to Manchester United that year, …

Premier League title race: five key areas for Liverpool in the run-in | Andy Hunter

Keep Virgil van Dijk fit, hope Mohamed Salah recaptures his form and deal with the demands of European football Win, win, win, win, win and win again (and pray Manchester City slip up) is the obvious answer to what Liverpool must do to be finally crowned Premier League champions. As they prepare for Fridays visit to Southampton, we look at five key areas that can help Jrgen Klopps team maintain their push for that elusive title Wrap Virgil van Dijk in cotton wool There is no overstating Van Dijks importance to Liverpools chances of winning the biggest prize in England or Europe this season, as Moussa Sissoko can testify. The 75m centre-half so good his price-tag as the at Anfield …

Klopp and Pochettino have reminded English football what it does best | Jonathan Wilson

Liverpool and Tottenham meet on Sunday when the high press will be evident in what is likely to be an engaging ninth meeting of the men in the dugout English football has, of course, learned before about the dangers of hailing golden ages before theyve hatched, but with four Premier League clubs in the last eight of the Champions League and a youthful national side playing with rare verve, it can reasonably be acknowledged that there is a profound sense of positivity and promise about the game. At least at the top end. And if you only look at whats happening on the pitch. And you ignore the looming iceberg of Brexit. A huge part of the reason for that …

Mohamed Salah misses reflect Liverpool forwards loss of edge | Jonathan Wilson

The solidity of Jrgen Klopps team in defence has come at a cost in attack and against Everton they passed up five decent chances in a draw that kept them off the top Another Sunday away against a local rival, another goalless draw, and another point that will either be what ended up winning Liverpool the league or that ended up costing them the title. Thats the problem with games like these: it can never be said an away point in such an environment is a bad result, but equally too many of such outcomes could be costly. And again there is the underlying thought that something has gone wrong with the forward line, that just when Liverpool could have …

Sadio Man and Virgil van Dijk take Liverpool past Bayern Munich

Sadio Man scored twice, either side of a Virgil van Dijk goal, to give Liverpool a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich and put them into the last eight It was a night when Liverpool reminded themselves why a banner can be seen at their games to proclaim European football royalty. And, finally, when the action was over, Jrgen Klopp was running across the pitch to pump his fists towards the Liverpool supporters in the highest tier of this spectacular stadium. His players could celebrate a hugely satisfying night of mature and controlled football and, for the first time since 2009, the Premier League had four teams in the quarter-finals. Not that Liverpools euphoria at the final whistle was, in any …

Man and Firmino lead Liverpools 4-2 win over Burnley to keep City in sight

Liverpool kept the gap behind the Premier League leaders, Manchester City, to a point with a 4-2 win against Burnley with two goals each from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Man It would be too simplistic to say Liverpool responded to the test of nerve set by Manchester City. Jrgen Klopps contenders have been doing that since the first day of this enthralling title race. This was a test of nerve, quality and composure set by Burnley, the match officials plus the elements and they delivered on all counts to remind the champions that, as Klopp defiantly put it, nobody gets rid of us. Liverpool remain on Citys shoulder courtesy of an impressive but far from routine home victory over Sean …