Former Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann was spotted at the Oval earlier today, watching the Australia v India Cricket World Cup game. England are currently hosting the 50 over World Cup, and are one of the favourites to lift the crown.
Germans aren’t known for their love of cricket, but Hamann developed a liking for it during his tenure at Anfield, with test cricket particularly getting him into the game. The 2005 Ashes, which caught the nation’s imagination like nothing else, made Didi a life-long cricket fan.
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Here are the newspaper headlines from the top three sporting newspapers in Spain following Barcelona’s shock exit from the Champions League after a 4-0 loss at Anfield.
We covered player ratings from France and Italy, and here are the paper reactions from Spain.
It’s always interesting to see what the foreign media think of our players. We showed you what French paper L’Equipe thought of the Reds’ performance against Barcelona, and here are some ratings from another well known continental newspaper- Italy’s Gazzetta Dello Sport.
Like L’Equipe, Gazzetta has Lionel Messi as Barca’s best player (6/10), but somewhat surprisingly, gives Coutinho a 5/10. The 5/10 is on par with what Arturo Vidal got, and many would agree that the Chilean had greater influence on the game than Phil.
L’Equipe’s player ratings tend to be notoriously harsh, and they came down heavily on some of Barcelona’s players after the Catalan giants lost 4-0 to Liverpool at Anfield last night.
The worst Barcelona players on the evening, according to L’Equipe were Luis Suarez (a former Liverpool player himself) and left back Jordi Alba, both of whom got a 2/10. A similar rating was given to Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, who was soundly criticised for his tactics after the game.
Lionel Messi (6) and Arturo Vidal (5) were the only outfield players to emerge with any credit for the Blaugrana.
Lionel Messi scores his 600th goal for Barca
The Blaugrana’s third and final goal on the evening- a sumptuous free kick from Lionel Messi, was also the Argentine’s 600th for his club
Liverpool’s fourth Champions League defeat this season
Following away losses at Napoli, PSG and Red Star in the group stages, this loss at the Nou Camp was Liverpool’s fourth in the competition. They’ve only lost three in all other competitions put together (Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup)
LFC’s joint heaviest Champions League defeat
The 3-0 was Liverpool’s joint heaviest CL defeat- the other 3-0 was also inflicted by Spanish opposition in the form of Real Madrid.
Liverpool’s European hopes were left hanging by a thread after they suffered a 3-0 loss in the first leg of their UCL semifinal against Barcelona. Former Reds striker Luis Suarez opened the scoring for the Catalans, before a second half double from the talismanic Lionel Messi, which saw the Argentine reach the 600 goal landmark for Barca, saw the Blaugrana prevail 3-0.
Despite the scoreline being in favour of Barcelona, the match didn’t entirely go their way. That’s reflected in the player ratings for this game- Barca average 5.8, while Liverpool got a 5.2. Gini Wijnaldum had one of his poorest days this season, and that’s reflected in his 3/10 rating- the lowest for a player across both sides