Milner Stars As Liverpool Grab Late Winner In Leicester Clash

Liverpool’s English midfielder James Milner celebrates with teammates after taking a penalty and scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on October 5, 2019. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

James Milner scored a stoppage-time winner as Liverpool moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Leicester, while Mauricio Pochettino’s problems mounted after Tottenham’s 3-0 loss at Brighton on Saturday.

Liverpool won for the 17th consecutive league game thanks to Milner’s dramatic contribution to a thrilling clash at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side ruined Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers’ first return to Liverpool since being replaced by the German in 2015.

By extending their remarkable winning streak, Liverpool have piled pressure on second placed Manchester City ahead of their home game against Wolves on Sunday.

Liverpool took the lead in the 40th minute when Milner’s long ball was misjudged by Leicester defender Jonny Evans and Sadio Mane clinically slotted in his eighth goal of the season.

Mane has scored exactly 50 goals in 100 Premier League games for Liverpool, making the Senegal winger the 10th player to reach that milestone for the Reds.

James Maddison snatched third-placed Leicester’s equaliser in the 80th minute when he collected Ayoze Perez’s pass and drove his shot under Adrian’s weak attempted save.

But five minutes into stoppage-time, Marc Albrighton took the ball away from his own goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and then clipped Mane, with Milner converting the penalty after a VAR review.

At the Amex Stadium, Tottenham’s crisis deepened as they turned in a desperate performance, while Hugo Lloris suffered a serious arm injury after another howler.

Tottenham keeper Lloris dropped the ball on the goal line and hurt himself in the process in only the third minute, allowing Neal Maupay to open the scoring.

It only got worse after that as Aaron Connolly’s double gave the impressive Seagulls a deserved three points.

It ranked as one of the worst performances of Pochettino’s reign and, following on from Tuesday’s 7-2 Champions League humiliation to Bayern Munich, the dark clouds are mounting over the club.

Pochettino was forced to emphasise his commitment to Tottenham this week amid speculation he has grown distant from a squad distracted by several players who have been linked with moves.

“We have to keep going. I have to say thank you for the fans. I feel sorry for them, it is massive effort to come and support us,” Pochettino said.

“Now you cannot find any words to console them and our players because I think we are living a tough moment.”

Everton woe 

Last season’s Champions League finalists have won just three of their opening 11 games of the campaign and five of their last 19 dating back to when these sides last met in April.

An 11th defeat in 2019 left Tottenham without an away league win in 10 games dating back to January.

Everton manager Marco Silva is also under mounting pressure following a 1-0 defeat at Burnley that left his team fourth bottom.

Jeff Hendrick got Burnley’s 72nd minute winner after Everton had right-back Seamus Coleman sent off early in the second half for a crude lunge on Dwight McNeil.

It is the first time Everton have lost four successive league games in four years.

Aston Villa’s 5-1 demolition of Norwich was given a royal seal of approval with Villa fan Prince William in attendance with wife Kate and his young family at Carrow Road.

Dean Smith’s side took a 14th minute lead through Wesley and the Brazilian forward struck again for his fourth goal of the season in the 30th minute.

Wesley wasted a chance to complete his hat-trick when his penalty was saved by Michael McGovern late in the first half after Kenny McLean fouled Conor Hourihane.

It didn’t prove a problem for Villa as Jack Grealish got their third goal in the 49th minute and Conor Hourihane made it four.

Douglas Luiz’s 83rd minute goal completed Villa’s biggest away Premier League win for 11 years despite Josip Drmic’s reply for Norwich.

Watford remain bottom after a goalless draw with Sheffield United.

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Liverpool Beat Cardiff To Mount Pressure On City

Liverpool’s English midfielder James Milner (R) celebrates scoring their second goal from the penalty spot with Liverpool’s English midfielder Jordan Henderson (L) during the English Premier League football match between between Cardiff City and Liverpool at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on April 21, 2019. GEOFF CADDICK / AFP

 

Liverpool continue to put the pressure on Manchester City as a hard-fought 2-0 win at relegation threatened Cardiff moved them back top of the Premier League on Sunday.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s opener just before the hour and James Milner’s penalty secured a ninth consecutive win in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side and moved them two points ahead of City, who have a game in hand, at the top of the table.

City travel to Manchester United on Wednesday in what appears the toughest hurdle left for the English champions to clear and deny Liverpool a first Premier League title in 29 years.

The Reds remain poised to pounce if Pep Guardiola’s side fail to pick up maximum points in their remaining four games.

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While Liverpool were cruising into a second successive Champions League semi-final in midweek, Cardiff gave their chances of survival a huge boost with a 2-0 win at Brighton to close within three points of safety.

If Neil Warnock’s men are to defy the odds to stay up, it is upcoming games against already relegated Fulham and Crystal Palace they will need to win, but they did not make life easy for Liverpool.

The visitors should have taken the lead midway through the first-half when their front three clicked together for the first time when Mohamed Salah fed Sadio Mane and the Senegalese’s pass put Roberto Firmino clean through on goal. However, the Brazilian blazed over with just Neil Etheridge to beat.

Salah has found his form in front of goal at the right time for Liverpool’s bid for a Premier League and Champions League double.

However, after scoring in three of his past four games, Salah could not keep that streak going as he fired too close to Etheridge when played in by Jordan Henderson.

Cardiff’s massed ranks of defence allowed Liverpool to enjoy nearly 75 percent possession, but the home team did not pose a threat of their own until they nearly took a shock lead just before the break.

Victor Camarasa’s mishit shot fell kindly for Oumar Niasse and the on loan Everton striker nearly brought even more a smile to fans of his parent club on a day they beat Manchester United 4-0, but his shot was turned over by Alisson Becker.

There was little reason for Liverpool to panic at half-time as their previous four Premier League games had also been won with second-half goals and so it proved once more.

Trent Alexander-Arnold bagged his 10th assist of the season as the England international’s corner was pulled back for Wijnaldum to lash into the net first time.

Liverpool’s midfield has begun to chip in with crucial goals at the right time of the season and Henderson should have provided other moments later when he fired wastefully over with the goal at his mercy.

Klopp vented his frustration at Henderson’s miss, and it was nearly costly when Cardiff captain Sean Morrison had a glorious chance to level 26 minutes from time.

Morrison seemed to have the simple task of heading into an empty net as Alisson got caught underneath a corner, but he mistimed his header and the ball instead bounced to safety off his back.

And Morrison was the Cardiff villain at the other end when he was adjudged to have brought down Salah inside the area 10 minutes from time and substitute Milner confidently dispatched the spot-kick.

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EPL: Mourinho, Klopp Satisfied With Draw

Liverpool, Manchester United, man United, Jurgen Klopp, Jose MourinhoManchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, wants his players to stop spurning chances after they needed an 84th-minute equalizer from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to rescue a 1-1 draw against Liverpool.

Only seven of United’s 32 Premier League goals this season have been scored in the first 35 minutes and Mourinho wants his team to stop letting their opponents off the hook.

United, who had won their previous nine matches in all competitions, remain sixth, four points off the top four.

On the flipside, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp believes his team dominated play and deserved more from the game.

A James Milner penalty handed the visitors the lead in the 27th minute after Paul Pogba handled the ball in the box.

After the game, Klopp was quick to praise the performance of his Liverpool side but admitted that while a draw was satisfactory, the performance merited more.

James Milner Retires From International Football

James-MilnerLiverpool Midfielder, James Milner, on Friday, confirmed his retirement from international football.

“I would like to thank Sam for taking the time to come and see me in person and have the conversation face-to-face, regarding my international future and role within the England set-up,” Milner told TheFa.

“I think the decision we have reached is all about common sense. I wish Sam, the players, staff and supporters success in the future.”

Meanwhile, the new England Manager, Sam Allardyce, said he respects the decision of the midfielder and wished him well as he continues his club career.

“James has had the chance to reflect on his international career in recent months and consider his next steps, particularly with a young family at home and having allowed himself little free time away from the professional game in the past 15 years,” Allardyce said.

“After we had a lengthy conversation with him earlier this week, he has decided to take a step back from international duty; a decision I fully respect.

“James can be proud of his seven-year career as a senior England player and has never let his country down when called upon. His club career, already glittering, has many years ahead and we wish him well with Liverpool this season and beyond.”

Milner, 30, made 61 appearances for England, including being a squad member at two World Cups and two European Championships.

Sevilla Stun Liverpool, Win Third Successive Europa League Title

Sevilla, Europa League, LiverpoolSevilla have become the first team to win three successive Europa League title after beating Liverpool 3 – 1 on Wednesday night in Basel.

The Reds initially mounted a pressure on the Spanish after Daniel Sturridge scored a goal with a fantastic assist from Philippe Coutinho in the 35th minute.

Liverpool maintained the 1 – 0 lead till the end of the first half.

Sevilla came tough in the beginning of the second half just as Kevin Gameiro scored the equaliser, barely two minutes from the kick off.

Vitolo (Víctor Perez) also made an assist which was utilised by Sevilla’s defender Coke (Jorge Moreno) to set the Spanish on the lead before he (Coke) subsequently scored an unbelievable goal as the game ended 3 – 1.

Sevilla, Europa League 2

The defending champions have endured a disappointing domestic campaign, finishing seventh in La Liga and failing to win a single away game, the only team in Europe’s top five leagues to do so.

Sevilla, Liverpool Set For Europa League Final

Europa League, Sevilla, LiverpoolLiverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp, has urged his team to become “Liverpool Legends” by winning the Europa League crown against Sevilla in Basel.

The Reds beat Premier League rivals Manchester United, Klopp’s former side Borussia Dortmund and Spanish club Villarreal on their way to the final.

And the Reds boss will be hoping to build on that run to end an 11-year wait for European success at St. Jakob-Park.

On the flipside, Sevilla Coach, Unai Emery, wants his team to stay focused on their game if they are to achieve history in this season’s Europa League final.

The defending champions, Sevilla, have won the last two editions of the tournament and hold a record four UEFA Cup/Europa League triumphs, all in the last decade.

If Sevilla beat Liverpool in Basel they will become the first team to win three successive Europa League titles.

Sevilla have endured a disappointing domestic campaign, finishing seventh in La Liga and failing to win a single away game, the only team in Europe’s top five leagues to do so.

Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder, James Milner, says winning the Europa League final against Sevilla would mean more than playing “six years” in the Champions League.

Both sides meet in Wednesday night’s final in Basel and Milner championed the tournament as a way of winning an all-important trophy, rather than winning it because it awards a berth in the Champions League.