The amount of money in football these days is pretty staggering. Around 30 years ago, Ian Rush’s £3.2m transfer from Liverpool to Juventus was a British record. Last year, Paul Pogba transferred from Juve to Man Utd for a whopping £89.7m.
And earlier this year, Neymar Jr transferred from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for an eye popping £200m. The Blaugrana, according to this graphic below, have a total revenue of £465m, out of which close to £140m (nearly 30%) is from sponsorship deals Continue reading
Liverpool squandered a three goal lead, and a chance to book their spot in the last 16 of the Champions League at the end of MD5, as they walked away from Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with a point following a 3-3 draw with Sevilla.
The Reds, who had lost on their last three visits to Spain, made two changes to the XI that had beaten Southampton 3-0 at Anfield over the weekend, with Lorius Karius replacing Simon Mignolet in goal and Joe Gomez coming in for Trent-Alexander Arnold at right back. Continue reading
West Ham United plunged into deeper trouble as Mohamed Salah’s double gave Liverpool victory over Slaven Bilic’s side at the London Stadium.
The Hammers fielded a makeshift backline with several regulars unavailable for selection, while Liverpool were able to call on the services of Sadio Mane ahead of schedule.
West Ham’s defending for atleast three of Liverpool’s four goals was poor, and despite sending on all three of his attacking subs available, Bilic was not able to produce a repeat of their miraculous Cup comeback against Spurs at Wembley, and the home side eventually crashed to a 4-1 defeat- the second time in a row that Liverpool have scored four at the London Stadium.
Salah and Mane combined for the first on the counter after West Ham left only Aaron Cresswell behind on an attacking corner, and paid the price for it. Mark Noble was the unwitting villain for the second, while Winston Reid, just returned from injury, showed that he should perhaps not have been on the park as he was outmuscled by Firmino in the leadup to AOC’s goal, the first of his Reds career.
Salah drilled in a fourth, again on the counter, after West Ham had given the ball away cheaply.
The home side’s only goal was a moment of individual brilliance from Manuel Lanzini, although young Joe Gomez will not look back at the highlight reels too fondly for that one. But otherwise, Simon Mignolet had a relatively quiet evening, with the Hammers mustering just one shot on target.
Liverpool will be taking on Burnley this weekend, a little over six months after Jurgen Klopp’s men hosted the Clarets in the 16/17 season. On that occasion, the Reds put in a dire first performance but emerged 2-1 winners thanks to second half goals from Can and Wijnaldum. It wasn’t pretty, but they got the job done.
Going into this weekend, both teams have 7 points, but Burnley are ahead of Liverpool in the league table on goal difference. LFC, of course, will be looking to recover from their poor results against Man City and Sevilla. Continue reading
It was Liverpool’s first Champions League game since 2014, and defensive frailties again came to haunt the Reds as Spanish side Sevilla, on paper their only real opponents for top spot in what otherwise seems to be an easy group, came away with a draw from Anfield.
Roberto Firmino also missed a penalty as Liverpool spurned a host of chances in the two sides’ first competitive meeting since the 2016 Europa League final, which Sevilla won 3-1 in Basel.
Sevilla could’ve even come away with all three points had Luis Muriel not fluffed his lines in stoppage time Continue reading
The seventh red card for Sadio Mane, and it wasn’t a happy return from international duty for the Senegalese as he got himself sent off v Liverpool with his side 1-0 down. Looking at the angles, you could perhaps sympathise with Mane a bit, but there was little Jon Moss could do but give him a red Continue reading