Watch Mane’s goal, reactions and more as Liverpool get past West Ham
An early Sadio Mane strike just before the half hour mark saw Liverpool hold back West Ham. Take a look at all the tweets, reactions, and more from yesterday’s game here!
Liverpool’s narrow win over West Ham in words
A game where Trent Alexander-Arnold shone offensively and in defense. West Ham coming close and giving Klopp’s men a run for their money at times, but a Sadio Mane finish was enough to grab all three points.
The game started off well for Liverpool, as Moh Salah was released on West Ham’s backline. However, his shot was stopped by Fabianski after he got into his iconic shooting stance.
𝟭𝟰 goals this season for Sadio Mane 🤩pic.twitter.com/VjIUIkt3tE
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) March 5, 2022
Soon came a half chance West Ham’s way with Antonio running behind Reds’ defense. He shot but the angle made it incredibly difficult for the West Ham striker to get past Alisson, who stopped the ball.
It did give him a little scare as it looked like dropping back into the goal, though.
Trent has sniping scopes for eyes
Then, just before the half hour mark Trent Alexander Arnold put one of his classic balls across into the box. It connected with Mane’s feet and boom, one nil Liverpool.
His 16th assist of the season and an excellent goal line clearance to help preserve a clean sheet👏 @TrentAA is your @Carlsberg Player of the Match! pic.twitter.com/0EuXd3G4Ll
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 5, 2022
Another chance came very soon for the right-back to register another assist. However, stubborn defending from West Ham’s defenders and a goal-line clearance saw the score-line stay 1-0.
West Ham got a very easy 1v1 falling their way, as Fornals finished it with a dink over Alisson. It wasn’t meant to be, as Trent once again pulled off a miraculous goal-line clearance.
Trent Alexander-Arnold's first half by numbers vs West Ham:
100% take-ons completed
67 touches (most)
52 passes (most)
7 ball recoveries (most)
5 acc. long balls (most)
4 chances created (most)
1 goal-line clearance
Incredible at both ends. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/VO27mgWZwT
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 5, 2022
Have a look at Trent’s stunning goal-line clearance here!
The second half continued with both teams getting chances of their own, but none going in. Reds are now just three points behind City, having played 27 games each as of yet.
Three points behind leaders City with a game in hand. City face United on Sunday.
Liverpool mood: pic.twitter.com/Qw6dNh0kAJ
— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 5, 2022
Man of the night for Liverpool was certainly Trent, though. The right-back received plenty of plaudits and cheers from pundits and fans alike.
Read this tweet below.
Souness: “If you’re a striker, you know if he’s [Alexander-Arnold] on the ball, any sort of movement and he’s going to find you.”
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) March 5, 2022
Such words coming from a Liverpool legend are definitely not to be take lightly. Both full-backs have shown time and again why they’re the best full-back pairing in world football right now.
Record Breaking Van Dijk
Talking about defenders, Virgil Van Dijk is arguably the biggest reason why Liverpool’s defense is so good. Yet another clean sheet as he broke another record last night!
60 – Virgil van Dijk has never been on the losing side for Liverpool in 60 Premier League games at Anfield, setting a new record for most home games for a single club without ever losing in the competition (W52 D8). Imperious. pic.twitter.com/3WAjoBSrBO
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 5, 2022
The Dutch wall has been absolutely colossal ever since he’s joined Liverpool, an absolute legend. After the match, the team and the coach were in festive mood.
Look at how Jurgen Klopp reacted after beating West Ham.
Klopp's fist pumps, featuring a quick drop of the shoulder to ditch the cameraman 👊🏽 pic.twitter.com/5QLAdiTMeN
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) March 5, 2022
That’s all we’ve got for you after last night victory for Liverpool against West Ham as they continue to pile pressure on City!
Next up, the Reds will be facing Inter Milan on Tuesday night in the Champions League round of 16!
Clash of the titans comes to a draw as Liverpool, City both equal
Read up all about yesterday’s poetic draw in which Liverpool and Man City went toe to toe. Check out all the opinions, tweets about the Premier League fixture here!
Arguably the two best teams in world football right now, and their fixture did not disappoint. The Etihad was rock and rolling but Liverpool replied perfectly to all questions Pep’s team asked.
Man City v Liverpool: Epic clash comes to a draw as both draw equal blood
In a dramatic start, Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected shot beat Alisson from outside the box. Nevertheless, just a little afterwards Jota replied in a beautifully carved move by the Reds.
Amidst the chaos from a set piece, a sniped ball in from Joao Cancelo helped Jesus take City ahead. Once again, Liverpool had to come back from a goal behind to put themselves on level terms.
City have dropped points in 4 of their last 9 league games.
Liverpool have dropped points in 1 of their last 9 league games.
— The Anfield Talk (@TheAnfieldTalk) April 11, 2022
Just as the 2nd half kicked off, Sadio Mane saw himself through making a darting run on goal. Salah delivered a nicely weighed through ball which let the Senegalese forward finish it past Ederson first time.
Liverpool sit just one point below Manchester City after this draw as nothing changed after a potential title decider.
Everyone talking shit about City – Liverpool rivalry because there's no hate & fights. For me, it's refreshing to see a rivalry where teams are that good but still remain respectful. I don't think I've ever seen it before. As opposed to fights, which is every rivalry ever.
— Josip (@JosipFCB93) April 11, 2022
Manchester City dominated possession and had the majority of chances, including one for Sterling. However, Liverpool’s pure quality in their starting XI ensured the Reds always maintained a level of threat.
Pep Guardiola’s surprise for the game with Gabriel Jesus’ first start in months certainly paid off too. The Brazilian contributed well in pressing as well as bagging himself a key goal ahead of half time.
Man City vs. Liverpool lived up to the hype 🔥 pic.twitter.com/zCtwZNGHcU
— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 10, 2022
One thing for sure, now dubbed the English ‘El Clasico’, the game certainly showed why it’s a Box Buster.
Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, however share a friendly rivalry, or frenemies to say so. Post match, there’s a video of Jurgen Klopp jokingly dashing away after seeing Pep Guardiola arrive, for hilarious viewing.
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Klopp, Pep sing each other’s praises ahead of English ‘El Clasico’
Just before Sunday’s all crucial fixture, Jurgen Klopp has showered his rival Pep Guardiola in high praises. The German has called his Spanish compatriot Pep Guardiola the best manager in the world.
Not sure many Reds fans would agree with that one, though. The Gaffer’s comments came after Pep Guardiola jokingly admitted to overthinking allegations in the Champions League.
Klopp defends Pep Guardiola in the press
Guardiola commented that the solution to his overthinking might be to just ‘play with 12 players.’ This comes as City have blown away their huge lead in the league over Liverpool from the start of the year.
Jurgen Klopp when asked about Guardiola’s comments, he went onto explain what Pep actually meant. Read what the German said below.
“It was ironic! I saw there was a story in Ecuador this week which claimed I didn’t understand Luis Diaz. You[journalists] have a responsibility on this planet.
If you want to talk to us then please do us a favour and help us. Pep said ironically, ‘I overthink, and I like overthinking’.”
Not only this, the German then went onto claim Guardiola is the best manager in the world.
“Pep is the best coach in the world. I think we would all agree on that and it might be a coincidence that it didn’t work out in the Champions League so far. If anybody doubts him, I have no idea how that could happen.”
The Bromance goes both ways, as well. Pep has several times termed Klopp’s Liverpool as the toughest team he’s ever encountered.
Guardiola says Klopp makes world football a ‘better place’
When asked about he thinks of Klopp’s comments, Pep denied that he thinks he’s the best. He further said he’d love to have a drink with the German if City won the game, jokingly.
“Jurgen makes world football a better place to live. His message, he is a huge competitor.”
Over the likes of SAF’s Man United, Jose’s Madrid and Inter, and even Simeone’s Atleti. Needless to say, Klopp rightly deserves that praise. Out of all those managers, Klopp has the best record against Guardiola.
Many have termed this game as the biggest in recent English history and dubbed the English ‘El Clasico’.
The duo are evenly tied at 9 wins each and 4 draws out of their 22 encounters throughout the years. The game is setting up to be a potential title decider with Liverpool in red hot form currently.
Reds build a 2 goal lead over Benfica in UCL quarters
Read up all about yesterday’s UCL night as Reds thrashed Benfica 1-3 away to put one leg into the semis. Check out all the opinions, tweets and more by scrolling down below!
It was a classic Champions League night out for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp as they demolished Benfica. The Reds scored thrice, conceding just one playing away at the Estádio da Luz in Portugal.
Benfica v. Liverpool: How the Reds have almost cemented their path to the semis
Benfica did try to fight back and got back 1 goal courtesy D. Nunez after conceding twice. However, the Reds gained back their 2 goal advantage over Benfica with a Luis Diaz goal 3 mins off the 90 min mark.
The game kicked with Liverpool getting a flurry of chances, but struck from a corner as Konate scored a towering header. Just at 34 minutes, and 17 minutes after their first goal, Liverpool scored a stunning direct goal.
Alisson on Ibrahima Konate:
"It’s really important for us. He’s a young player, a big talent with a lot of qualities. He is a good defender, a top guy and a really nice person as well. I’m happy to have him on the team – we can count on him as well to score goals." #awlive [lfc] pic.twitter.com/cW1yrdebe2
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) April 6, 2022
Trent Alexander-Arnold played in one of his signature cross the field long balls to Luis Diaz. The Uruguayan with his presence of mind cushioned the ball with a header for Sadio Mane to tap in.
The 23 year old right back keeps showing why he’s one of the best, if not the best in the world at his position.
Trent is 23.
A constant starter for a top 5 team for 4 years.
He broke a record. Twice.
The main creator AND the main proggressor for Liverpool.
Started 2 CL finals.
A key player in 99 & 97 points league campaigns (2 of the 4 best campaigns of all time).
— HT (@half_turn) April 6, 2022
Reds got plenty of chances afterwards to increase their lead, including a 1v1 for Salah, who was denied. At the start of the second half, Liverpool’s defense was caught napping as Nunez got a clear chance and he turned it in.
This saw Benfica try to fight their way back into the game with only a 1 goal difference. Yet, with all their efforts, the Portuguese side was unable to increase their score-line.
Divock Origi on Jurgen Klopp:
"He knows how to read the team. The way he spoke to the team last season when it was really tough, he knows how to relate to different players to get the best out of them. He is one of the best managers in the world." #awlive [lfc] pic.twitter.com/TveAoG83y3
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) April 6, 2022
Liverpool’s perseverance paid off finally, with Luis Diaz getting a run at Benfica’s defense in the dying minutes. The forward ran at the defense and winded up the keeper before finishing it off for the Reds with ease.
Luis Diaz is turning into a star already for Liverpool as he scored and assisted for Liverpool in a CL night.
Safe to say Luis Diaz's celebrations are quite a bit better than Fabinho's 😂 pic.twitter.com/IVnbcnHhqk
— Forever Red (@ForeverRedUK) April 6, 2022
The Reds will now be facing Man City in a potential title decider on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium.