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Liverpool clinch fourth after Mohamed Salah kickstarts romp against Brighton

Liverpool may have left it typically late to seal Champions League qualification but their farewell to the Premier League season and warm-up for Real Madrid was otherwise faultless. Mohamed Salah began a comprehensive win over Brighton with a record 32…

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Jürgen Klopp warns ‘brilliant’ Liverpool to prepare for Roma backlash

• Klopp challenges ‘outstanding’ Mo Salah to prove he is world’s best • Di Francesco: ‘This tie is not over. We scored three against Barça’Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool will withstand another Roma recovery next week after seizing control of their Champio…

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Mo Salah says Champions League win is far more important than goals record

• Salah only third Liverpool player to score 40 goals in a season• ‘It is a great feeling but I am just happy to score for the team’Mohamed Salah has spoken of his pride at becoming only the third player in Liverpool’s history to score 40 goals in a se…

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Rampaging Liverpool answer Klopp’s call for bravery to eviscerate City | Andy Hunter

Pep Guardiola’s safety-first approach handed the initiative to Liverpool and to a man they seized it with vigour on another momentous European night at AnfieldThis was the wrong time and place for making concessions. The team coaches were re-routed awa…

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Mohamed Salah strike helps Liverpool to resounding win over West Ham

It is testament to the power of Liverpool’s attack and momentum that even on a day when Jürgen Klopp’s side were not at their fluent best they cruised to victory over West Ham United and into second in the Premier League. The fab three of Mohamed Salah…

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Jürgen Klopp blasts officials over decision-making on Tottenham penalties

• ‘If I say what I think, I’d pay biggest fine in football’ – manager• Mauricio Pochettino says referee ‘right in every single decision’Jürgen Klopp said he would be hit with “the biggest fine in world football” for his true thoughts on Tottenham Hotsp…

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Harry Kane’s last-gasp penalty earns Spurs dramatic draw at Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp sprinted towards the Kop in celebration of Mohamed Salah’s 21st league goal of the season. Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach, John Achterberg, tumbled on to the pitch with clipboard in hand. A decisive step towards Champions League qualificati…

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Jay Rodriguez’s West Brom double dumps Liverpool out of FA Cup

VAR intruded on West Bromwich Albion’s endeavour at Anfield but could not derail their triumph. Alan Pardew’s side produced a clinical away display to shock Liverpool and send Jürgen Klopp’s men out of the FA Cup at the fourth-round stage for a second …

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Jürgen Klopp praises Liverpool’s adventure in win over Manchester City

• Manager says Liverpool ‘made the right statement’ after Coutinho exit• ‘You have no alternative if you want to beat City. We should try to win this way’Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool issued an “important statement” about their future without Philipp…

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Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City: player ratings from the Anfield thriller | Andy Hunter

Roberto Firmino led from the front for Liverpool and scored a fine goal to put them back ahead, but Raheem Sterling put in a poor display in front of a hostile crowdLoris Karius Strong in the air when called upon but beaten convincingly at his near pos…

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Roberto Firmino racism allegations overshadow Liverpool win over Everton

• Brazilian forward clashed with Mason Holgate in first half of Cup tie• FA expected to launch an investigation into the flare-upThe Football Association is expected to launch an investigation into allegations by the Everton defender Mason Holgate that…

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Virgil van Dijk crowns Liverpool debut to see off Everton in Cup derby

The first instalment has been repaid. Virgil van Dijk announced his arrival as Liverpool’s record signing and the world’s most expensive defender with an 85th-minute winner to knock Everton out of the FA Cup, the first time the visitors have suffered t…

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Mohamed Salah double inspires Liverpool fightback after Vardy opener

In Jürgen Klopp’s eyes the £75m that Liverpool are paying for Virgil van Dijk is “not nice” but Mohamed Salah represents “a catch” at £36.9m. It was not hard to agree with both assessments as the Egypt international continued his prolific form to inspi…

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Roberto Firmino double leads Liverpool’s rout of sorry Swansea

Huw Jenkins, the Swansea City chairman, slumped lower and lower in his padded seat in the Anfield directors’ box as Liverpool served up a Boxing Day rout. Jürgen Klopp’s team were a league apart from the struggling south Wales club and next season they…

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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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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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Philippe Coutinho leads Liverpool’s merry band of inspired attackers | Andy Hunter

Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool’s 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 competi…

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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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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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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 …