• Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United: Five talking points

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    Sadio Mane’s expertly-taken opening goal gave the Reds a deserved lead midway through the first half on Sunday, but Jesse Lingard equalised oalkeeper coach Xavi Valero says Nathan Trott will leave on-loan this season.Trott is due to leave after West Ham signed Roberto and David Martin in the past week.Valero told whufc.com: “Nathan is one of the growing young talents in England and it against the run of play to ensure the teams went in level at the interval.

    A dominant second-half display from Jürgen Klopp’s team was rewarded, though, with Xherdan Shaqiri scoring twice after coming off the bench to seal an impressive win.

    Here are five talking points on Sunday’s action…

    Shaqiri had been on the pitch for just 144 seconds before he tipped the balance of the match decisively in Liverpool’s favour with his first goal.

    And it took just another seven minutes for the Swiss to seal an invaluable victory with his second.

    Sure, there was a touch of fortune about both strikes - with his shots taking deflections off Ashley Young and Eric Bailly before finding the Kop-end net - but could anyone of a Liverpudlian persuasion care less about that?

    The home fans at Anfield certainly didn’t, with Shaqiri’s second goal - his fifth for the club - greeted by a celebratory chorus of ‘Xherdan Shaqiri!’.

    Never before had a Liverpool team recorded a sequence of 18 successive Premier League matches without defeat.

    Before Sunday, that was.

    A run that began on the final day of last season, when Brighton and Hove Albion were dispatched 4-0Daisy, was extended beyond the previous high wah Shay Given has warned Manchester United against recalling Dean Henderson next season.Henderson has been on loan at Sheffield United for the last year-and-a-half, and has won plaudits for his displays for the Blades.Given told the Daily Star: "It's termark set by Rafa Benitez’s Reds between March and October 2008.

    Those 18 outings have featured 15 victories, 41 goals scored and just seven conceded.

    Formidable form from the Premier League leaders.

    Speaking ahead of his first taste of this fixture, Fabinho noted: “When you sign for Liverpool, you have these types of they end the season trophyless.Having just missed out on a first title in 29 years after being edged out by Premier League defending champions Manchester City by one point, Jurgen Klopp's side have a second chance at success in the Champions League games in mind.”

    The Brazil international was clearly determined to leave his mark on one of world football’s biggest matches, too, and his display could be characterised as an impressive blend of defensive destruction and attacking creativity.

    A forceful presence at the heart of Liverpool’s midfield, Fabinho also provided a perfectly-measured clipped pass to assist Mane’s opener and went close to scoring himself with a low strike from the edge of the box in the first half.

    An outstanding all-round performance from the Reds’ No.3.

    The words of Klopp pre-match, while the boss explained the No.2’s inclusion in his starting XI.

    Few, it’s fair to say, would disagree with the manager’s assessment following the ever-dependable Clyne’s first Premier League appearance of the season.

    With Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and James Milner all ruled out, the 27-year-old slotted in to the right-back position and performed with impressive diligence throughout the 90 minutes.

    Clyne’s display was typified by the fact that he led the way in terms of tackles by Liverpool players on four.

    By any metric you care to mention, Liverpool merited their win.

    To say Mane’s opening goal was coming would be an understatement and, although United levelled before half-time, there was no doubt which team had their sights firmly set on the three points.

    At the break, Liverpool led the way in shots by 15 to three.

    By full-time, the Reds had registered 36 attempts on David de Gea’s goal, 11 of which were on target. Contrastingly, United had a total of six shots at Alisson Becker throughout the 90 minutes.

    That it was still 1-1 after 73 minutes did not seem to unduly concern Klopp's side, who appeared confident that the breakthrough would come.

    And when it did, Anfield erupted.

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  • Report: Camacho misses a penalty as U18s lose at City

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    Two goals in the opening 45 minutes were enough for the home side to secure a second-placed finish ahead of Steven Gerrard's team.

    The young Reds, who included Liam Coyle in their starting XI for the first time since September after returning from a back injury, created some great chances but just couldn't put them away.

    Henri Ogunby opened the scoring on 14 minutes and Keke Simmonds increased City's advantage with the second goal.

    Camacho then missed a great opening from close range as Gerrard's charges tried to find a way back into the game.

    A lifeline came early ing coach Ian Burchnall to Carlisle United.Burchnall was linked with the Cumbrians last week. However, OFK insist the reports are wide of the mark."Of course, that's not true. We haven't talked to any other coach. Ian is under contract and we have noin the second half when the Reds were awarded a penalty kick, but unfortunately Camacho fired his effort over the bar.

    Reflecting on the final game of the season, Gerrard told Liverpoolfc.com: "We were second-best all over the field in the first half but we had a great chas assistant coFabiach Giovanni Martusciello has urged fans to give manager Maurizio Sarri time.Martusciello insists Sarri's methods are still being bedded down amongst the players.“It's clear that winning everything right away isn't easy," he told suppnce when Rafa hit the bar from just eight yards out.

    "There were a lot of positives to take from our second-half display. Rafa missed a penaltyof player-boss Vincent Kompany.There's talk the former Manchester City pair could be sacked if they lose in the Cup tonight against Beerschot.Davies said, “Vinnie works very hard for the club to bring us back to where Anderlecht should be. "We will, we had one cleared off the line and missed some great chances.

    "I'm not saying we should have won the game but we certainly created enough chances to have taken something from it.

    "We did well in the second half and it was much improved from the first half."

    Kelleher, Larouci, Boyes (Walls, 80), Coyle (Hunter, 45), Clayton, Savage, McAuley (O'Rourke, 70), Dixon-Bonner, Millar, Camacho, Sharif.

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  • The story of the season – as told by Jürgen Klopp

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    The Reds will have a chance to secure qualification for the Champions League when football resumes inor a pivotal role at Chelsea.The 20-year-old has made the playmaker role his own in Frank Lampard's side this season."I was always ready," he said, when asked about his increasingly pivotal role in the team. "I've been at the club for a very long tim August, all thanks to the impressive 76-point haul that earned them fourth place in the Premier League this time around.

    Too often in recent years, Europe's premier Cadecup competition has taken place without its five-time winners - but, hopefully, no more.

    Just like the final-day clash with Middlesbrough that proved pivotal, the journey to this point has been far from stress-free for the manager, his players, and fans alike.

    That nervy finale was perhaps the best fit for a campaign full scored in their draw with Brighton.Witween Ranheem Sterling and Joe Gomenz.Sterling has been dropped from England's squad to face Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday after he tried to grab Gomez by the neck following their on-field spat during Liverpool's 3-1 win over Manchester City on Slder was generally happy with his side's efforts as they drew 1-1 with Albion.The Sheffield United boss said: “You can't do anything about when they have got five or six 6ft 4in lads.“You give a free-kick awaof ups and downs on and off the field.

    After the curtain closed on a memorable season for those of a Red persuasion, Liverpoolfc.com sat down with Klopp for an exclusive interview reflecting on the peaks and troughs of 2016-17 and his exciting vision for what's to come off the back of a year of progress.

    Click 'Next' below to begin reading the boss' account.

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  • Wolves fan was said to have racially abused Chelse

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    Wanderers supporter has received a four year ban from attending games.The Wolves fan was said to have racially abused Chelsea attacker Tammy ACadebraham.He was seen making chimp-like ge should'vsummer market.Guardiola fears the impact of Manchester City's proposed Champions League ban as well as the spiralling costs for players will hinder his summer transfer plans.Asked by Sky Sports News whether he expects this summer to be as busy on thee stood last night.Promes had Ajax 1-0 ahead in the Champions League tie - but VAR ruled it out for offside. Chelsea went onto win 1-0 thanks to Michy Batshuayi's goal.“It was very funny that it was rejected, I don't know if it was offsidestures in the stands.While he denied the charge, his ban was dished o
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  • Match preview: U23s ready for Tottenham test

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    Neil Critchley's side beat Derby County 1-0 last weekend and will head into the clash with Spurs full of confidence.

    s Suarez.The Watford Observer says Suarez is expected to see out his current loEdenan arrangement at Real Zaragoza after reports of a January move to Getafe were played down.The La Liga club are interested in signing the player during the January transfeHowever, with several players departing on loan before the transfer window closed, some new faces may be making Premier League 2 bows.

    With second-placed Leicester losing at Chelsea only solution to their losing run is hard work.The Hammers were thumped 3-0 by Burnley on Saturday.“I think it's a good time for a break," Pellegrini confirmed. “We need to work very hard and review this situation. Maybe last season was differenton Friday night, the young Reds would go six points clear at the top with victory.

    Read on for our preview of tonight's encounter...

    The match is taking place at the Lamex Stadium, home of Stevenage Borough FC, with kick-off set for 7pm GMT.

    We are showing the match live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO, with our coverage starting at 6.30pm.to sign up now.

    "With a number of players going out on loan we will certainly have a new look to the side. We always say we don't want to stand in the way of a boy and his development, and if everyone is in agreement then a loan move is the best option.

    "With Harry Wilson going to Hull City and Ovie Ejaria at Sunderland it is a great opportunity for them to play in the Championship. We will have a few new faces on Monday night and it's up to them to grab the opportunity that is going to come their way.

    "Early on in the season we had a fantastic win over Tottenham at Anfield. It was a terrific evening for us and it's always a great opportunity to play there. Harry scored a first-h for Ed Woodward to be replaced as executive vice-chairman.Neville believes his track record should be enough to see him replaced as the Old Trafford club look to restore their place amongst Europe's top performing clubs."Ed Woodward's had seven yearalf hat-trick and he was on fire that night! It was an entertaining game with lots of goals, chances and I'm expecting something similar on Monday.

    "People keep telling me we are top of Premier League 2 and it's important that we are up there and we want to do well and win games. We are out to win but just as pleasing for us is seeing the boys who have gone out on loan get starts and that is just as important.

    "This team doesn't go on to have a career in football. Eventually this team will break up and players will move on, hopefully to our first team or Melwood.

    "If they don't then we have to provide the right pathway for them to go on and have a career.

    "But whatever team we will have out on Monday night we want to win the game and I'm sure the boys will be chomping at the bit and desperate to prove themselves at U23 level. I'm excited by it and it's almost a fresh start with a new team and we are ready to go."

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  • ‘We’ve got a proper player in Andy Robertson’

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    Gary McAllister knows one when he sees one, and the former Liverpool midfielder has no doubt that the clubt boss Angelo Alessio as manager after the departure of Steve Clarke.The move was announced on Twitter, while Alessio expressed his delighted at having signed his contract.Kilmarnock finished third in the Scottish Premiership last term, earning a pla have found a gem in the form of his compatriot Andy Robertson.

    The left-back has started 12 matches for the Reds since the beginning of December after a patient wait for an extended chance in the side following his summer transfer from Hull City.

    McAllister has tracked the Scotland international’s progress since his formative steps north of the border – and believes Robertson has reached the level his ability warrants.

    “I’ve followed Andy right from Queen’s Park. I was working up in Scotland when he first signed for Dundee United and he was getting more exposure. I became a fan then,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

    “It was no surprise to see that clubs from England were interested and he went to Hull City. I’ve enjoyed looking at his development and watching his pathway.

    “He was rejected as a kid at Celtic, went part-time at Queen’s Park, got a chance at Dundee Unit上海后花园ed and took it, went to Hulnd international is being linked with Manchester United and Tottenham."My situation is I have a contract with Ajax and I am really happy," he said."You never know what is going to happen in the future but I can say nothing about that."He added: "Playl and took the opportunity, and now he’s at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

    “I’m really pleased for him. As a fellow Scot, it’s great to see a Scotsman producing at Anfield. I think we’ve got a proper player – he’s an outstanding player as far as I’m concerned.”

    Robertson’s journey to Anfield included spells playing in Scotland’s fourth tier and top flight plus, later, the Premier League and Championship with Hull.

    Along the way he graduated to full international honours, and McAllister makes no secret of his delight with seeing a fellow Scot fulfil his potential.

    “I think he will go on to get many caps for his country as well,” the 53-year-old added.

    “As a nation, Scotland needs that cycle of players coming from Scotland. They might not make the move from the Premier League in Scotland to the Premier League in England – they might have to take a littlre heavily linked with Doucoure during 2019's January transfer window.And the Blues may spring into action this summer after Doucoure admitted he wants to play in the Champions League but remain in the Prem.Doucoure said: "We are arriving at the end e detour into the Championship to then make the move up to one of the bigger clubs.

    “I’m just glad to see that we’ve got players that can come down here and make an impact at the top end of the Premier League.”

    Robertson got goosebumps when Anfield roared his name in approval during January’s thrilling 4-3 win over Premier League leaders Manchester City.

    The No.26 has won the respect of Reds fans by virtue of his endeavour on the pitch, though McAllister feels the defender’s predecessors laid down helpful foundations for a smooth transition.

    “It’s historic at this club. There is something, I don’t know what it is or how it happens, but there is a definite connection between Scousers and Scots,” he said.

    “Scotland is very much a working-class country, Liverpool is the same. The sense of humour and the people are similar. There is a definite connection. Scotsmen tend to do well here, that has been proven over the years.”

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  • Nabil Fekir speaks out about future

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    French international Fekir, 24, has been heavily tipped for a summer switch to Merseyside, following suggestions in France that he is lining up a £60million move.

    The Lyon skipper has scored 22 goals in 38 games for his club, inspiring a push for a Champions League place with a standout season from an attacking midfield position.

    And now he has spoken out about his future - with rumours he&rsul of making the secondDejan Lovren says he wants to move to Roma.All three parties are locked in talks over a deal.“Lovren is very open to joining Roma and I think that's obvious, seeing as we are talking about a great club," FIFA agent Alessandro Lucci told Tuttomercat-leg of the Champions League semifinal against Barcelona.Kop boss Jurgen Klopp revealed the Egyptian striker suffered a nasty bang on the head in a collision with Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka - and is struggling to facequo;s already met Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to iron out a deal.

    “The president told me, like he told everyone else when they signed their contracts, that we have the possibility to talk whenever I want to leave,” he told L’Equipe.

    “Nobody signs for life in a club. It doesn’t work like that.

    “But I don’t have a free pass to leave. I have a contract until 2020. I’ll let destiny handle the reEliaquim Mangala has left Manchester City for Valencia on a two-year deal.The 28-year-old signed a one-year extension with City in February after returning from a loan spell with Everton.He spent the 2016/17 season with Valencia."The club has reached an agreement with Eliaquim Mangala," Valencia said on their website.st.

    “I’m in Lyon for two more games and then we’ll see,” he added.

    “For now, there’s nothing. The president trusts me and I feel good at Lyon.”

    Yesterday Fekir’s father has rubbished suggestions the Lyon captain has met with Jurgen Klopp to discuss a switch to Liverpool.

    He has been mooted as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who left for Barcelona in January, despite the impending arrival of Naby Keita.

    But the player’s father, Mohamed, has dismissed talk that a deal iDaltons in the offing, denying that the left-footed schemer has been on Merseyside for discussions.

    “Nabil in Liverpool, that’s wrong,” he said, speaking to Olympique-et-lyonnais.com.

    “I hear there are arrangements, stuff like that - I was surprised.

    “I can deny this information right now; it’s not true. Otherwise Nabil would have told me right away, we are very close.

    “I can guarantee you that he never met him [Klopp]. His dream is to play in the Champions League with his boyhood club.”

    It comes after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas denied suggestions of a switch.

    “I do not know where this comes from,” said Aulas. “If we had to negotiate for Nabil with a club, I would be the first to know. There has been no contact.”

    Lyon are set to return to Europe’s top table next season, having been without Champions League football this term.

    Bruno Genesio’s side are second in Ligue 1 with two games to play, having surged ahead of Monaco and Marseille with an astonishing eight-match winning run.

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  • Klavan: It’s hard, but pre-season is so important

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    to begin preparations for 2018-19, with fitness tests the first port of call.

    That involves plenty of running for the players - not something many would cite as their favourite part of the profession.

    But, when asked if he was glad to be back at Melwood, Klavan told Liverpoolfc.com: "Yeah, osucceed with Manchester United.The Sweden international revealed that his newborn son gives him the motivation to work harder every day.“I know what player I should be and I have to play in a certain way," Lindelof told Sport Bladet.“If I miss a f course. It's quite good weather, actually, so I'm surprised, everything's nice.

    "It's always nice, the first day back at Melwood, you see so many excited faces and everybody's ready to rumble.

    "I think it's [difficult] but it's so important if you want to have a good season - this pre-season is needed.

    "A lot of running, of course, it's not ideal but ie been encouraged to take Masuaku off the Hammers' hands this month.The 26 year-old defender isn't regarded as a first-choice by Hammers boss David Moyes and has been made available.OM coach Andre Villas-Boas could take Masuaku on-loan for the remaint's what you do."

    The Estonian was also pleased to be able to catch up with teammates old and new,.

    Of the duo, Klavan said: "They seem like really good guys and they fit in no problem in this squad. It's good."

    And on the remainder of his colleagues, he added: &quted took a huge gamble selling Romelu Lukaku this summer.The burly Belgian was shipped off to Inter FalknerMilan for £74m, with United failing to sign a replacement.And Shearer thinks the decision could have negative ramifications for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.ot;You haven't seen [your teammates] for four weeks and you see them and everybody's well rested and ready to go.

    "Last week, I think I was a little bit [down] because my vacation [was] ending.

    "But the day you come back, you see those excited faces and everybody is ready to go and this is so cool."

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  • LFC legends and coaches support Special Olympics Ireland

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    Thirty-four athletes from six different Special Olympics clubs in Ireland took part wants to top off his debut season with a trophy.The Uruguay international has reinvigorated the Gunners midfield this season with his combative and aggressive style.And he hopes his impact can result in the club's first European trophy since 1994 wh in the session donated by club partner Joie, enjoying drills and small-sided games.

    Special Olympics Ireland is a sports organisation that provides year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability. The organisation offers opportunities to develop physical fitness, share skills, and build friendships with families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

    Anfield legends Rush and McAteer joined in the fun, too, chatting with the participants, posing for photographs, and even going between the posts to face penalties. The club’s official mascowas jeered by Leicester City fans throughout United's 1-0 win at Old Trafford yesterday, but the £80million centre back responded with a fine performance to help his side to a second clean sheet of the season."You know, I think the manager's said abt, Mighty Red, was also on hand to give out goodies and cheer on the athletes.

    Rush said: “Jason and I really enjoyed meeting all the participants and getting involved in coaching sessions with such inspiring youngsters.

    “LFC coaches always provide professional, high-quality coaching and ensure thatormer Southampton star Nicky Banger wants to see Adam Lallana return to the club.The Liverpool midfielder, who left Saints in 2014, has been down the pecking order since returning from injury earlier this season.The likes of Gini Wijnaldum and Naby K all those involved have fun.”

    Cade

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  • 30 photos from Liverpool training in New Jersey

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    The Reds returned to the Red Bull Training Facility on Thursday morning for a recovery session that involved running exercises.

    Take a look at the workout in Dejan Lovren is edging closer to a move to AC Milan.TMW says the potential transfer took another step towards reality on Friday.Giuseppe Riso, who is understood to be acting as an intermediary between Lovren and Milan, met with the Rossoneri's sport our photo gallery below.

    's Financial Fair Play breaches.Soriano also is adamant their name will be cleared in time to play in next season's Champions League.City's chief executive has spoken out for the first time since the Premier League champions were banned from European Earl cester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is buzzing over his preseason goalscoring form.The Nigerian scored against Cambridge on Tuesday before netting twice in the 2-2 draw with Rotherham United on Saturday afternoon."I am delighted, I am happy getting

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