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Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal (5-4pens) Curtis Jones slots winning spot kick after Divock Origi’s volley at the last minute.

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Liverpool reached the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, beating Arsenal 5-4 on penalties after the game finished 5-5 in a thriller.

Shkodran Mustafi turned in an own goal to give Liverpool an early lead but the Gunners responded as Lucas Torreira equalised before Gabriel Martinelli scored twice, capitalising on sloppy defending by the Reds.

Harvey Elliot was then fouled in the box and James Milner converted his penalty to make the score 3-2 at the break. Ainsley Maitland-Niles restored the two-goal lead with a tap-in after Milner’s soft back-pass allowed him to steal in. But then powerful efforts from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi brought the hosts level again.

Joe Willock’s incredible strike made it 5-4 to Unai Emery’s men just when the tide seemed to have turned. Divock Origi’s volley at the death took the game to penalties. Curtis Jones slotted home after Dani Ceballos was the only player to have his effort saved.

More to follow… Curtis Jones was mobbed by his team-mates after slotting the winning penalty to give the Reds victory at AnfieldCurtis Jones was mobbed by his team-mates after slotting the winning penalty to give the Reds victory at AnfieldThe youthful Liverpool team ran from the halfway line to celebrate after seeing Jones earn progression to the quarter-finalsThe youthful Liverpool team ran from the halfway line to celebrate after seeing Jones earn progression to the quarter-finalsThe Arsenal players were left dejected and Jones sprinted off having put the fifth penalty past the goalkeeperThe Arsenal players were left dejected and Jones sprinted off having put the fifth penalty past the goalkeeperDivock Origi volleyed home a late equaliser to take the game to penalties when it looked like Liverpool were heading outDivock Origi volleyed home a late equaliser to take the game to penalties when it looked like Liverpool were heading outJoe Willock (right) scored a sensational winner and thought he'd handed Arsenal victory in a topsy-turvy clashJoe Willock (right) scored a sensational winner and thought he’d handed Arsenal victory in a topsy-turvy clashThe youngster curled a venomous strike from outside the box to send the away fans into delirium and it seemed they'd winThe youngster curled a venomous strike from outside the box to send the away fans into delirium and it seemed they’d winThe Reds were left deflated after fighting their way back heroically only to fall behind to Willock's wonderful effortThe Reds were left deflated after fighting their way back heroically only to fall behind to Willock’s wonderful effortRhian Brewster jumped in the air to celebrate after Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi turned one past his own goalkeeperRhian Brewster jumped in the air to celebrate after Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi turned one past his own goalkeeperThe Gunners responded quickly and Lucas Torreira equalised at Anfield, although replays showed he was offsideThe Gunners responded quickly and Lucas Torreira equalised at Anfield, although replays showed he was offsideThe diminutive Uruguayan midfielder has now scored twice this season at Anfield and had a simple finishThe diminutive Uruguayan midfielder has now scored twice this season at Anfield and had a simple finishGabriel Martinelli then put the visitors 2-1 up after a well worked team move but the Liverpool defence was poorGabriel Martinelli then put the visitors 2-1 up after a well worked team move but the Liverpool defence was poorArsenal's players came together to celebrate extending their advantage in the first half of action on Wednesday nightArsenal’s players came together to celebrate extending their advantage in the first half of action on Wednesday nightMartinelli tucked home his second of the night past Caoimhin Kelleher after being picked out by Bukayo SakaMartinelli tucked home his second of the night past Caoimhin Kelleher after being picked out by Bukayo SakaMartinelli showed his killer instinct to ram home a first time finish after Liverpool had given away possession sloppilyMartinelli showed his killer instinct to ram home a first time finish after Liverpool had given away possession sloppilyJames Milner converted a penalty just before the break to make the score 3-2 after Harvey Elliot was fouledJames Milner converted a penalty just before the break to make the score 3-2 after Harvey Elliot was fouledMilner's mistake enabled Ainsley Maitland-Niles to tap home after Mesut Ozil pulled the ball back to himMilner’s mistake enabled Ainsley Maitland-Niles to tap home after Mesut Ozil pulled the ball back to himAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain hammered home a powerful finish against his old club and refused to celebrateAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain hammered home a powerful finish against his old club and refused to celebrateAdam Lallana jumped on his team-mate's back after the brilliant goal that pulled the Reds back in touching distanceAdam Lallana jumped on his team-mate’s back after the brilliant goal that pulled the Reds back in touching distanceA neat turn allowed Divock Origi to manufacture some space and the Belgian's shot was too powerful for the keeperA neat turn allowed Divock Origi to manufacture some space and the Belgian’s shot was too powerful for the keeper.
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EPL: Liverpool Fc defeated Manchester City Fc 3-1.

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EPL: Liverpool players celebrating a goal against Manchester City today.

Liverpool FC on Sunday extended their lead at the English Premiership League to nine points with a 3-1 victory over arch-rivals Manchester City.

Two first half goals from Fabinho and Mo Sallah as well as a fine header from Sadio Mane in the early minutes of second half gave Liverpool a comfortable lead.

Bernado Silva scored for Manchester City in a game marred by furious protests by the two coaches – Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola – over questionable officiating.
The season is still early though, but can we simply say this time around Liverpool will win the league?

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EPL: Liverpool Vs Manchester City Preview And Predictions.

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EPL: What are the prediction between Liverpool Vs Manchester City

Liverpool Vs Manchester City finally comes later today, What are the expectations, predictions?

Preview

The Super Sunday is finally upon us. The match that everyone has been talking about for weeks unending, a fixture that is keenly anticipated by all. It is indeed a clash of titans.

Liverpool have had a great start this season, continuing from where they left off last season. They have gone eleven games unbeaten in the league! their attacking powerhouse have been relentless this season. Their fullbacks are also not left out in this goal scoring spree.

However, we have noticed a decline in the effectiveness of their defense as Liverpool have only managed two clean sheets in eleven matches played so far. This is an area Jurgen Klopp must pay close attention to. But in all, Liverpool are a fantastic side.

Manchester City are the defending Champions seeking for their third consecutive Premier league title. And as they make a trip to Anfield today, their intention will be to close in on the gap between both sides in the table.

We have seen Pep Guardiola’s side struggle a bit this season. They have lost games, dropped points in fixtures everyone would’ve expected them to win.

Both sides have great squad depth, fantastic style of play, and great managerial skills. So the only difference and perhaps an edge Liverpool have over Manchester City, is City’s inconsistency. And a defeat tonight would see Leicester City maintain the 2nd place they are temporarily occupying and Liverpool will be nine points clear City

Team News

Liverpool will be without long-term absentee Nathaniel Clyne. Joel Matip and Xherden Shaqiri are still absent. Jorden Henderson has recovered from the illness that kept him out of midweek champions league action. So he is available for selection.

Manchester City’s goalkeeper Ederson was substituted at halftime in midweek. So he joins David Silva, Aleks Zinchenko, Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte in the treatment room.

Possible lineups

LiverpoolAlisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Manchester CityBravo; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy; De Bruyne, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling

Predictions

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 5 home matches against Manchester City

Manchester City have lost one of their last 5 away matches

Cs: Liverpool 2 vs Manchester City 1

Tips: 1x

Kick-off 5:30pm­

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Forget it, Leo Messi – not even him can drag this barca side to UCL glory.

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The Argentine wants to get his hands on Europe’s top-tier club trophy once again, but on this evidence he will have to wait…

Lionel Messi has made no bones about his desire to win the Champions League again, but if Barcelona continue like this, he will only be able to touch it in his dreams.
The Argentine star, 32, is drifting into the final years of his career and last tasted European glory in 2015.

Messi, widely considered the best player of all time, has lifted the trophy four times, but only once in the last eight years.

After horrendous collapses against Liverpool and Roma in the previous two seasons, Barca are showing little evidence they will be capable of satisfying Messi’s deepening hunger this season.

Tuesday’s 0-0 home draw with Slavia Prague means the Catalans are unbeaten and lead Group F with eight points from four games, but they have not produced a single convincing display in the competition this season.

They still lead La Liga too, despite a humiliating 3-1 defeat by Levante on Saturday, but these performances aren’t fooling anybody.

Nelson Semedo and Ernesto Valverde said Barcelona needed to react against Slavia Prague, but the backlash never came.

The nerves started early for the hosts, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Clement Lenglet scrambling to keep the ball out at the near post.

Slavia Prague, like in their narrow 2-1 defeat by Barcelona in the Czech capital, didn’t come here to be the whipping boys many still expected.

Instead Jindrich Trpisovsky’s side got forward in numbers, unafraid of the cavernous Camp Nou and their opponents’ illustrious history and star-studded line-up.

Gerard Pique was in the book early for taking down the troublesome Peter Olayinka, the Spanish defender’s ninth yellow card in 14 games this campaign. He had seven in 52 appearances last year.

Pique’s malaise now seems worse than his usually slow starts to the season and questions over his frequent extra-curricular activity and business trips are looking increasingly justified.

Nelson Semedo soon joined Pique in referee Michael Oliver’s notebook and Slavia became more daring as Barcelona struggled.

Antoine Griezmann struggled to make relevant contributions from the left, Ousmane Dembele lost the ball time and again on the right, Arturo Vidal ran around like a headless chicken and only Messi threatened.

The Argentine maestro produced one heart-stopping dribble and strike, cannoning the ball against the crossbar in Barcelona’s best opportunity of the first half.

On another occasion he broke in down the left but was denied by a fine Ondrej Kolar save.

Slavia then put the ball in Ter Stegen’s net through Jan Boril but the goal was ruled out for offside; a chastening warning for the Catalans, but apparently not enough to shake them from their slumber.

Barcelona left to whistles at half-time, while a striker for their women’s side, Asisat Oshoala, even tweeted: “Take care of the damn ball.”

The hosts did not take heed and barely turned the screw on the visiting minnows, who held on comfortably to their point after the interval.

Vidal had a goal ruled out for offside – Messi’s left foot was fractionally off before he set up the Chilean – and the No.10 missed a good chance himself when Ansu Fati crossed for him.

Barcelona can blame Kolar’s fine performance, or marginal refereeing calls, if they like, but the truth is they aren’t doing enough to support the jewel in their crown, Messi.

The club’s top scorer and five-time Ballon d’Or winner can do it all himself a lot of the time, but not always, and to win the Champions League he needs help.

Barring a shift in form similar to that in January 2015 when Luis Suarez, Messi and Neymar finally clicked to explosive effect, or other deeper changes – axing Valverde, although that is another conversation – it is hard to imagine Messi getting his hands on the Champions League trophy in Istanbul next year.

Source: Allfootballapp

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