match report

Liverpool

Five Talking Points From Moscow

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1) One of those days... again? How do you have a front line consisting of Salah, Firmino, Mane and Coutinho yet fail to be clinical? It's amazing isn't it, you're sat there thinking "you know what would be perfect here? An in-form Peter Crouch." Ok maybe that's a slight exaggeration but you get the jist, this side needs a true finisher.

Five Talking Points From Hoffenheim Away

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1) Trent double A What a goal from the youngster and what a superb way to open your score card, by netting your first goal for the club in a Champions League qualifier with a beautiful free kick that also happens to make you the youngest Liverpool goalscorer the competition has seen (both as the European Cup and as the Champions League).

Five Things We Learned At London Stadium

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1) Playing two strikers can actually work

I've been saying for months now, Liverpool should not be afraid to field two strikers. For me, the whole season we have faced sides such as West Ham and failed to break them down with our Plan A. I love Jurgen Klopp but I think most of us would agree that he can be a bit stubborn at times.

Emre Can, What A Hero

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Liverpool took a huge three points from Watford on Bank Holiday Monday thanks to a wonder strike from Emre Can. The German international performed some insane acrobatics to reach Lucas Leiva's cross and scissor kick home the Reds' only goal of the night.
As the race for the top four continues to be too close to call, Jurgen Klopp simply had to steer his side to victory against Watford.

Firmino Goal Seals Another Three Points

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Without getting too tied down in football cliches it certainly was a scrappy game at The Hawthorns for Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. The Reds walked away with all three points thanks to a single goal from Roberto Firmino but it wasn't exactly plain sailing.

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Five Things We Learned From The Merseyside Derby

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1.The Reds still have it The 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday afternoon showed that the Reds haven't lost it. When push comes to shove Liverpool have one of the most exciting attacks in the Premier League and while there have been some lacklustre performances of late against smaller sides, this victory highlighted all the positives.

Four Things We Learned From Burnley

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1) Good to grind out a result Liverpool's 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday afternoon may not have been the most emphatic of victories but it was a win that proved the Reds do have the ability to grind out a result.

Going 1-0 down after seven minutes seemed far too familiar for Jurgen Klopp's side.

Five Things We Learned From The Arsenal Game

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Mane is class On his day Mane is absolute quality. The confidence he shows when facing a side like Arsenal is just superb, never afraid to take a man on he caused the Gunners several problems on Saturday and also scored a great goal at 40 minutes.

Frustratingly he can sometimes go missing in some of the smaller fixtures but I still feel he is a player that will have clubs knocking down doors for him in the summer.

Ranieri Who?

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It was just bound to happen wasn't it? A managerless Leicester turn up at the King Power having failed to find the back of the net in 2017 yet manage to put three past Liverpool with absolute ease.
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It would have been a bad time for any side to face Leicester to be honest but as mentioned in the match preview, this fixture had all the makings of a banana skin for the Reds.

The Draw Is Not Enough

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On another day in another season a 1-1 draw with Chelsea would have been a fantastic result but after 90 minutes on Tuesday evening Reds fans were left thinking "what if?"
What if that free kick which wasn't a free kick wasn't actually given? What if we'd of beaten Swansea? What if Sadio Mane had of been around for a few extra games?

Hungry Like The Wolves

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So, yesterday was perhaps one of the worst matches I have ever had the misfortune to watch as a Liverpool fan, a Liverpool fan who hails from Wolverhampton. For those of you not following my Twitter updates throughout the day, this post should give you an idea of how I was feeling from kick off to the final whistle.

Reds Miss Out On Wembley

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A performance lacking any real dynamic or end product left Liverpool with no route to Wembley on Wednesday night as Southampton once again proved they deserved their place in the final.
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A late winner from substitute Shane Long didn't tell the complete story of the match but Southampton undoubtably should get full credit for pushing Jurgen Klopp's team to one side.

I Scored Last Week In Training...

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Get in. Thank god we got past Plymouth, as a Liverpool fan from Wolverhampton I would have never heard the last of it. I was so desperate for us to win last night it was ridiculous, who'd of thought you could get as nervous for Plymouth away in an FA Cup replay as you did for the Champions League final?

Reds Have To Settle For Draw

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Frustration. Mega frustration. That's not something I thought I would be feeling come 90 minutes at Old Trafford this weekend. In all honesty, prior to kick off I was expecting us to lose. What I didn't expect was us to fight tooth and nail to create a lead and hold on to it only for United to score an offside goal.

Five Things We Learned From The West Brom Win

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1. Team goals Liverpool's first goal against West Brom on Saturday evening was absolutely brilliant. The team effort to break for that goal, the pace of the interlocking passes followed by the simply sublime cross from Roberto Firmino to set up Sadio Mane's strong finish was just superb.

The Reds have displayed some strong team efforts during their start to the Premier League season but this particular goal highlighted a real positive that has been created under Jurgen Klopp.

Five Things We Learned From The Swansea Game

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1) The grey area between a penalty or simulation The decision to give Daniel Sturridge a yellow card for simulation was an absolute joke in my opinion. After logging on to Twitter at half time it appears some people felt he got what he deserved. For me, he was clearly impeded via the action of a push and while this action obviously didn't warrant a penalty it isn't to say the alternative was to book him for simulation.

Five Things We Learned From The Chelsea Game

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1) Best ever finish with a black eye? Who knew Dejan Lovren had it in him?! Opening up the scoring after 17 minutes, the defender pulled off a finish any striker would have been proud of. Not only this but his positioning and decision to remain up top meant he was in exactly the right place at exactly the right time.

Philadelphia Union

Match report: New York Red Bulls 0-0 Philadelphia Union

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The Union and Red Bulls played to a scoreless draw in sunny Harrison, NJ on Sunday. The hosts battered the Union defense all afternoon but were left without a goal thanks to an unflinching performance from Andre Blake.

Match report: New England Revolution 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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Stuck in first gear, Philadelphia Union failed to trouble the New England Revolution, who rode a brace from Kei Kamara to a 3-0 victory.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 Columbus Crew

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Philadelphia brushed aside nine-man Columbus Crew 3-0 at Talen Energy Stadium, but an on-field confrontation between Roland Alberg and C.J. Sapong took some luster off the victory.

Match report: Columbus Crew 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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The Union's shorthanded, sputtering offense failed to threaten Columbus Crew SC, who rode a lucky goal from Justin Meram to a 1-0 victory at MAPFRE Stadium.

Match report: Montreal Impact 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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The Union fall on the road in Quebec due to careless defending and a lethargic final touch.

Friendly match report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Swansea City

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Goals from C.J. Sapong and Jay Simpson earned the Union a 2-2 draw in their friendly match against Premier League side Swansea City.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 New England Revolution

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Sumptuous goals from Ilsinho and Roland Alberg highlighted a solid performance by Philadelphia Union, as they defeated the New England Revolution 3-0.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-0 D.C. United

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A Fafa Picault strike, an Andre Blake penalty save, and a red card given... then rescinded highlighted Philadelphia Union's first win since May, a 1-0 home victory over D.C. United.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-2 New York Red Bulls

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Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice late as the Red Bulls defeated 10 man Philadelphia Union 2-0.

Match report: D.C. United 0-4 Philadelphia Union

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The Union destroyed an abject D.C. United team 4-0 behind Haris Medunjanin's dominance in midfield, winning their second consecutive match.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 New York Red Bulls

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The Union rode a hat trick from C.J. Sapong to their first win of the season, 3-0 over New York Red Bulls.

Preseason match report: Philadelphia Union 2-3 DC United

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Philadelphia Union gave up three early goals and only pulled two back in the second half as they finished out an uneven preseason with a loss to DC United.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Montreal Impact

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Montreal twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against the Union in preseason play.

Match report: Toronto FC 3-1 Philadelphia Union

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Sebastian Giovinco, Jonathan Osorio, and Jozy Altidore were all on target as Toronto FC dispatched the Union in the first round of the MLS Playoffs.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-2 New York Red Bulls

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The Union clinched the final Eastern Conference playoff berth despite a 2-0 loss to the Red Bulls.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-2 Orlando City SC

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The Union turned in one of their worst home performances of the season, losing 2-0 to Orlando with a chance to clinch a playoff spot on the line.

Match report: Portland Timbers 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Fanendo Adi and Diego Valeri were both on target as the Timbers edged the Union 2-1 in Portland.

Fanendo Adi

Timbers start final week of regular season by outlasting Rapids 1 to 0 to win 2016 home finale

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Fanendo Adi, shown here scoring against Seattle earlier this season, tallied his 16th goal of the 2016 season off a 35th minute penalty. However, Adi missed a second penalty 5 minutes later and the Timbers had to hold on against...

Timbers set record with 11th home win in 2016 to defeat Union 2 to 1

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Timbers forward Fanendo Adi continued his torrid scoring pace in notching his 15th goal of 2016 to give his team a 2 to 1 lead. Adi and Diego Valeri have combined for 27 of their 45 goals this season, but...

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Real Salt Lake third match

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14 goals so far this season and 5 more matches to add to the total. Yeah, he's had a pretty good season in 2016. Thank you, Fanendo!Portland Timbers For a look back at match highlights and more thoughts about the...

Feisty Timbers make Adi goal stand up in 1 to 0 win over Real Salt Lake

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While the Portland Timbers have struggled on the road, they've been fabulous at home. Portland battled a game Real Salt Lake side in a very intense match at Providence Park, and they were able to make a Fanendo Adi 12th minute strike stand up for the victory in front of their 100th consecutive sell out crowd.

The Rest

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel 0-1 Charlotte Independence

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Bethlehem Steel FC fall 1-0 to Charlotte Independence

Portland Timbers 1, Deportivo Saprissa 1: Video

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