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Five things we learned from the Champions League

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Paris (AFP) – Five-time winners Liverpool romped into the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday, while Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto and Sevilla also joined them in the knockout stage.

Here, AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the final day of group-stage matches:

Liverpool’s ‘fab four’ ready for latter stages

Needing only to avoid defeat against Spartak Moscow at Anfield to reach the last 16 for the first time in nine years, Liverpool hammered the Russian champions 7-0 to win Group E and send out a statement of intent to future opponents.

Five things we learned from the Champions League

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Paris (AFP) – Five-time winners Liverpool romped into the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday, while Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto and Sevilla also joined them in the knockout stage.

Here, AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the final day of group-stage matches:

Liverpool’s ‘fab four’ ready for latter stages

Needing only to avoid defeat against Spartak Moscow at Anfield to reach the last 16 for the first time in nine years, Liverpool hammered the Russian champions 7-0 to win Group E and send out a statement of intent to future opponents.

Salah’s armada gets Liverpool shipshape

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London (AFP) – Mohamed Salah has hogged the headlines this season, but as Liverpool’s 5-1 demolition of Brighton and Hove Albion demonstrated, he is but one component in a scintillating attacking armada.

Salah took a back seat at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, contenting himself with an assist as Roberto Firmino scored twice and Philippe Coutinho found the net with a delightful free-kick beneath the jumping Brighton wall.

Firmino double helps Liverpool down Brighton

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Brighton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Roberto Firmino scored twice as Liverpool continued their recent fine run with a 5-1 win away to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.

Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho were also on target for the visitors at the Amex Stadium before a late own-goal from Lewis Dunk took Liverpool’s tally to 25 goals from their last eight games.

Reds Throw Away 3-0 Lead

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Only Liverpool could let a 3-0 lead slip like that couldn't they? In the grand scheme of things the draw probably won't even matter but it's not the point is it? The Reds are so unbelievably weak at the back and facing a distinct lack of leadership I just don't think we have enough in the attack to carry us through the season.

Liverpool not mentally weak despite Sevilla surrender: Klopp

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defended his side’s mental strength despite crumbling under the pressure of an inspired second-half Sevilla comeback to throw away a three-goal lead in Spain on Tuesday.

A thrilling 3-3 draw leaves Liverpool still on top of Champions League Group E, but means they still require a point when the English side host Spartak Moscow on December 6 to book their place in the last 16 for the first time in nine seasons.

Liverpool not mentally weak despite Sevilla surrender: Klopp

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defended his side’s mental strength despite crumbling under the pressure of an inspired second-half Sevilla comeback to throw away a three-goal lead in Spain on Tuesday.

A thrilling 3-3 draw leaves Liverpool still on top of Champions League Group E, but means they still require a point when the English side host Spartak Moscow on December 6 to book their place in the last 16 for the first time in nine seasons.

Liverpool Throw Away Three Goal Lead In Seville

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Liverpool fans got to see both sides of their team on Tuesday night in Spain as they raced to a 3-0 lead over Sevilla as Roberto Firmino scored either side of a goal from Sadio Mane in a blistering opening 30 minutes.

But thenReds fans had to sit and watch in horror as Liverpool's defensive frailties reared their head once again as they conceded three times in the second half and squandered a chance of early Champions League qualification.

Champions League: Liverpool Throw Away 3-0 Lead In Jekyll And Hyde Display In Seville (Video)

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Tuesday night's Champions League schedule produced a 'Miracle of Seville' as Liverpool threw away a 3-0 half-time lead to take only a point away from the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.

Liverpool were superb in the first-half, blowing away their Spanish hosts, with Roberto Firmino netting within two minutes

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Klopp’s Liverpool afflicted as Southampton loom

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool have been besieged by fitness dramas as they prepare to face Southampton in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday, with even Jurgen Klopp not immune.

The manager was forced to miss training on Wednesday, having had a series of checks at a local hospital after complaining of feeling unwell.

Football Art: Excellent Retro-Flecked Illustrations Of Current Footballers Wearing Classic Kits Of Yesteryear (Photos)

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Jimmy O'Mara is a graphic designer by trade and the man behind Manchester-based design studio Entire Design.

He's recently found himself a whole flock of new fans with a line of illustrations he's created showing current-day footballers wearing classic kits because, chiefly, they're all rather brilliant.

Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge Nets 100th Club Goal As Reds Cruise To Victory Over Huddersfield (Video)

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Daniel Sturridge netted his 100th goal in club football as Liverpool produced a potent second-half display to beat Huddersfield 3-0 at Anfield

The first-half was disappointing, with the host failing to provide an attacking threat.

Mohamed Salah did have a chance to open the scoring for the Reds from the penalty spot, afterTommy Smith had fouled Roberto Firmino.

Five Things We Learned From The Sevilla Draw

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1 Same old defence Liverpool just can't seem to get out of this defensive rut, I don't even know what the answer is other than perhaps a complete rethink of tactics and training which seems very rash but the Reds need some kind of defensive intervention.
Dejan Lovren on Wednesday night should have easily prevented Sevilla's first goal but it's not even just him, the whole back four is a strange and disjointed set up at the moment.

Klopp says no magic solution to Liverpool woes

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London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp says the transfer market is not the magic solution to Liverpool’s defensive woes after familiar problems returned to haunt his side on their return to Champions League action against Sevilla.

Dejan Lovren’s slip allowed Wissam Ben Yedder to score early in Wednesday’s match at Anfield but goals from Roberto Firmino, who also missed a penalty, and Mohamed Salah appeared to have put the home side in control.

Klopp says no magic solution to Liverpool woes

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London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp says the transfer market is not the magic solution to Liverpool’s defensive woes after familiar problems returned to haunt his side on their return to Champions League action against Sevilla.

Dejan Lovren’s slip allowed Wissam Ben Yedder to score early in Wednesday’s match at Anfield but goals from Roberto Firmino, who also missed a penalty, and Mohamed Salah appeared to have put the home side in control.

Champions League: Liverpool Mark Champions League Return With Disappointing 2-2 Draw v Sevilla (Video)

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Liverpool returned to the Champions League for the first time since 2014 with a 2-2 home draw against Spanish side Sevilla at Anfield.

The Reds' defensive frailties were once again on show and the hosts went behind after just five minutes, with Wissam Ben Yedder scoring from close-range after Dejan Lovren stumbled when trying to clear the ball.

Liverpool’s wantaway Coutinho reports for training

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London (AFP) – Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho on Thursday returned to training at the club after failing to push through a move from the Premier League giants.

The Brazil playmaker submitted a transfer request on the eve of the season but Liverpool repeatedly rebuffed Barcelona’s attempts to lure him to the Camp Nou.

Liverpool Rip Arsenal To Shreds

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Arsenal were cut to ribbons by Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, the Reds providing a fine counter-attacking display.

Liverpool showed no signs of fatigue from their midweek Champions League match, used a counter-attacking masterclass to dismantle Arsenal in a highly convincing 4-0 Premier League victory at Anfield.

Liverpool Batter Arsenal In 4-0 Anfield Win

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Liverpool walked away from Anfield on Sunday afternoon with all three points after an emphatic victory over an extremely dire Arsenal side. The Gunners offered absolutely nothing in front of goal leaving Loris Karius with very little to do.
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The lack of goalkeeping requirement was perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Reds as Karius looked nervous on occasion stepping in to the role after months without a game.

Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal: Game in 10 Tweets as the Reds eviscerate The Gunners

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The early drama at Anfield ahead of Liverpool vs. Arsenal was all off the pitch. Eyebrows were raised at both team selections. For Liverpool, Simon Mignolet was left out ("rested" according to Jurgen...

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Liverpool thrash Arsenal, Wood rocks Spurs

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London (AFP) – Liverpool forwards Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah tore Arsenal to shreds as Arsene Wenger’s team crashed to a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

The trio all found the net to condemn Arsenal to a second successive defeat after their 1-0 loss at Stoke City, leaving them six points below early Premier League pace-setters Manchester United in 16th place.

Liverpool thrash Arsenal, Wood rocks Spurs

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London (AFP) – Liverpool forwards Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah tore Arsenal to shreds as Arsene Wenger’s team crashed to a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

The trio all found the net to condemn Arsenal to a second successive defeat after their 1-0 loss at Stoke City, leaving them six points below early Premier League pace-setters Manchester United in 16th place.

Dazzling Liverpool rout Wenger’s sorry Arsenal

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Liverpool (AFP) – Arsenal’s early-season problems mounted at Anfield on Sunday after they were condemned to a miserable 4-0 defeat by Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Liverpool.

Not even the return of Alexis Sanchez could inspire Arsene Wenger’s side as they fell to goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge.

Dazzling Liverpool rout Wenger’s sorry Arsenal

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Liverpool (AFP) – Arsenal’s early-season problems mounted at Anfield on Sunday after they were condemned to a miserable 4-0 defeat by Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Liverpool.

Not even the return of Alexis Sanchez could inspire Arsene Wenger’s side as they fell to goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge.

Liverpool thrash Arsenal, Morata lifts Chelsea

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London (AFP) – Liverpool forwards Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah tore Arsenal to shreds as Arsene Wenger’s team crashed to a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

The trio all found the net to condemn Arsenal to a second successive defeat after their 1-0 loss at Stoke City, which left them six points below early pace-setters Manchester United in 16th place.

Liverpool thrash Arsenal, Morata lifts Chelsea

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London (AFP) – Liverpool forwards Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah tore Arsenal to shreds as Arsene Wenger’s team crashed to a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

The trio all found the net to condemn Arsenal to a second successive defeat after their 1-0 loss at Stoke City, which left them six points below early pace-setters Manchester United in 16th place.

Hoffenheim Result, Champions League Draw And The League Cup

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So firstly, at 4:15am this morning, or some ungodly hour close to that, Liverpool drew Leicester away in the League Cup. Whilst we should care, none of us really do at the moment because we're all still hyped about the Hoffenheim win.
The Reds' 4-2 (Agg 6-3) victory over the German side means they have secured their place in Pot 3 of the Champions League draw which will take place by the time I have uploaded this post to blogger (don't worry I'll add commentary at the end).

Champions League Play-Off: Hoffenheim Fan Prioritises Dental Hygiene As Liverpool Swan Into Group Stage (Photos & Video)

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Pull your shorts up young man!

The Premier League will have five teams competing in the Champions League group stage for the first time ever after Liverpool sauntered past Hoffenheim in the second leg of their play-off at Anfield last night.

After emerging from Germany with a 2-1 win in the first leg, a four-goal glut in the second ensured that Jurgen Klopp's merry band of jesters made the aggregate cut.

Can double gets Liverpool back into big time

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Liverpool (AFP) – Emre Can struck twice as Liverpool convincingly defeated Hoffenheim 4-2 at Anfield on Wednesday to reach the Champions League group phase for only the second time since 2010.

Germany midfielder Can found the net twice in the opening 21 minutes, either side of Mohamed Salah’s first Anfield goal following his move from Roma, before substitute Mark Uth replied for the visitors.

Can double gets Liverpool back into big time

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Liverpool (AFP) – Emre Can struck twice as Liverpool convincingly defeated Hoffenheim 4-2 at Anfield on Wednesday to reach the Champions League group phase for only the second time since 2010.

Germany midfielder Can found the net twice in the opening 21 minutes, either side of Mohamed Salah’s first Anfield goal following his move from Roma, before substitute Mark Uth replied for the visitors.

Hoffenheim scout identifies Liverpool’s key player

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Roberto Firmino has been picked out as Liverpool's key player by a Hoffenheim scout. Lutz Pfannenstiel, the former Wimbledon and Nottingham...

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Set Pieces Still A Nightmare For Reds | Five Things We Learned

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Same old problems, same old Liverpool. The 3-3 draw with Watford has only highlighted our pre-existing issues which don't appear to be anywhere near solved. With a defence looking completely lost and a midfield struggling to pass freely it was a frustrating outing a Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon for the Reds.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City players in Brazil squad vs Ecuador and Colombia August 2017

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Tite has named his squad to face Ecuador in Porto Alegre on August 31st and then away to Colombia five days later. Brazil have already qualified for next year's World Cup and there are no surprises in Tite's call up.

The Brazil squad in full
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Cássio (Corinthians), Éderson (Manchester City)
Defenders: Daniel Alves (PSG), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atlético Madrid),
Marcelo (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan), Rodrigo Caio (São Paulo), Thiago Silva (PSG)
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Zenit), Luan (Grêmio), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Willian (Chelsea)
Forwards: Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (PSG),
Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk)


Liverpool down Bilbao to cap impressive pre-season

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Dublin (AFP) – Liverpool ended their globetrotting pre-season unbeaten after easing to a 3-1 win over Spanish side Athletic Bilbao at Lansdowne Road in Dublin on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side warmed up for next Saturday’s Premier League opener at Watford with an emphatic friendly victory, leaving them unbeaten inside 90 minutes over eight games that included a 3-0 win over German champions Bayern Munich.

Liverpool down Bilbao to cap impressive pre-season

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Dublin (AFP) – Liverpool ended their globetrotting pre-season unbeaten after easing to a 3-1 win over Spanish side Athletic Bilbao at Lansdowne Road in Dublin on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side warmed up for next Saturday’s Premier League opener at Watford with an emphatic friendly victory, leaving them unbeaten inside 90 minutes over eight games that included a 3-0 win over German champions Bayern Munich.

Shit Lookalikes: Roberto Firmino & The New Ken (Of ‘Barbie’ Fame) Doll

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WithBarbieapproaching her 60th birthday, Mattel have launched a new phalanxof on-trend Ken dolls fit for the 21st century.

That is to say, the new Kens come in a variety of skin tonesandhave cornrows and man buns, etc.

Indeed, we couldn't help but noticing that 'Fashionista' Ken bears a certain resemblance to Liverpool's very own top-knotted, fluoro-toothed hipster.

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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Liverpool Edge Closer To Champions League Football Next Season

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Jurgen Klopp was "really happy" with the performance of his Liverpool side on Sunday, as the Reds sealed a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

A dull first-half was punctuated by two near-misses from crosses by the Baggies, before Roberto Firmino scored his second winning goal in as many weeks.

Liverpool: Albert Moreno Misses Open Goal But Reds Still Beat West Brom (Video)

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Liverpool moved up to third in the Premier League table after beating West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns.

However, the Reds should have won the game by a greater margin, only for Alberto Moreno to make an absolute mess of a gilt-edged chance at the death.

Roberto Firmino scored the only goal of the game at the end of the first period, heading home after Lucas had flicked on a James Milner free-kick.

Firmino lifts Liverpool back to third at West Brom

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Roberto Firmino fired Liverpool to a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday that moved Jurgen Klopp’s men back into third place in the Premier League.

Firmino settled a scrappy game with a close-range header in first half stoppage-time to condemn Albion boss Tony Pulis to his first ever home league defeat against the Reds.