Luka Milivojevic reveals what Mohamed Salah said after winning penalty against Crystal Palace

Mohamed Salah won a penalty for Liverpool just before the break at Selhurst Park (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah was adamant that referee Michael Oliver had made the correct call when he awarded Liverpool a penalty against Crystal Palace.

Mamadou Sakho brought down Salah inside the box just before half-time and, despite the protestations of Palace’s players, James Milner was handed an opportunity to put Liverpool in front from the penalty spot.

Milner made no mistake with his spot-kick and Sadio Mane’s stoppage-time goal against 10-man Palace secured a second win in as many games for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Roy Hodgson slammed Oliver’s decision and Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic has revealed his heated conversation with Salah after the penalty was awarded.

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‘I told him “Say to the referee it’s not a penalty”. But he said it was. From his point of view it was a penalty,’ Milivojevic explained after Palace’s defeat.

‘It was not a penalty. During the game that was my opinion and after the game when I saw the image, Mama tried to touch the ball, he did not touch the ball and in my opinion he did not touch the man.

Luka Milivojevic believes Mohamed Salah should have spoken to the referee (Picture: Getty)‘He fell down and for the referee it was a penalty. I did not see the contact on Salah. For me it was clear; it was not a penalty. That is football.

‘This is not the first mistake in football. We were angry in the first minute but in football you do not have time to cry, we carried on, we tried in the second half. We had some good chances.

‘Okay we lost, but we have to be proud.’

Roy Hodgson was furious with Michael Oliver’s decision (Picture: Getty)Hodgson claimed that ‘the game has changed beyond all recognition’ if Oliver’s decision to award a penalty was the correct call.

‘It is not a penalty. I have been in football a long time. If that is a penalty, then the game has changed beyond all recognition,’ the Palace boss said.

‘There is no way he is looking to foul the player. He is trying to defend. There is no way he is looking to get contact on the player himself.

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‘If people can’t see that, then I will be the pariah who only sees what he wants to see. I do not want penalties for my team in that way.

‘If I do not say that those situations are not penalties, both for and against, I shall be very disappointed in myself.’

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Brighton stick the knife in on Manchester United ahead of Liverpool clash

during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United at American Express Community Stadium on August 19, 2018 in Brighton, United Kingdom.Brighton and Hove Albion defender Leon Balogun has rubbed salt in Manchester United’s wounds by suggesting that great rivals Liverpool will pose a greater challenge in their Premier League clash this weekend.

The Seagulls claimed their second success over Jose Mourinho’s men in the space of four months, securing a 3-2 win at the Amex Stadium last Sunday.

Goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross stunned a lethargic United, whose captain Paul Pogba accused the team of approaching the match on the south coast with the wrong attitude.

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Balogun arrived on a free transfer from Mainz in the summer and despite being warned that United would be sluggish in their approach, he was still stunned by the lack of pace offered by the visitors.

‘Some of the lads have just asked me that too and I said I had expected [the Premier League] to be quicker,’ he told reporters.

‘But they told me this is always the kind of game you play against United. They like to slow it down a little bit sometimes.

Duffy doubled Brightons lead in the first half. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)‘Liverpool is going to be completely different. I know how Klopp likes to play. It is going to be a lot quicker and a lot more intense.’

With two clean sheets and six goals in their opening two Premier League wins Liverpool welcome Brighton to Anfield on Saturday having enjoyed an impressive start to the new campaign.

But the clash with Jurgen Klopp’s side promises to be a vastly different contest to the one Brighton faced against United, who were dismissed for a second straight season.

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‘We know their strengths and we know we’ve had good results and performances against them before,’ added goalscorer Duffy.

‘We know they’ve got good, quick front players so we just had to match their runs and try to let them play in front of us.

‘It worked and I think they got a little bit frustrated and that was the gameplan.’

When is the Champions League draw for the group stages and what fixtures are upcoming?

Can anyone dethrone Real Madrid this season? (Picture: Getty Images)Qualification for the Champions League group stages has been going on all summer, but it is now nearing its end.

The very first preliminary round started way back on 26 June when teams from Andorra, Kosovo, Gibraltar and San Marino got their campaigns underway.

Now just 12 teams remain, battling it out for the final six spots in the group stages, which begin in September.

Here is everything you need to know about the final qualifying stages in the Champions League and when the next draw will take place.

Gareth Bale has won the Champions League four times (Picture: Getty Images)When is the Champions League group stage draw?

The draw for the group stages will take place on Thursday, 30 August in Monaco.

The first group stage matches will be played on Tuesday, 18 September.

When is the play-off round and what are the fixtures?

The first legs are played on either 21 or 22 August and the second legs on 28 or 29 August.

Champions League Play-off round fixtures

Red Star Belgrade vs Red Bull Salzburg
BATE Borisov vss PSV Eindhoven
Young Boys vs Dinamo Zagreb
MOL Vidi vs AEK Athens
Benfica vs PAOK
Ajax vs Dynamo Kyiv

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What pots are each team in?

The only one confirmed is Pot One which includes the following teams: Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Lokomotiv Moscow.

Manchester United and Tottenham are going to be in Pot Two, but Liverpool are awaiting their fate as they may be Two or Three, depending on which teams qualify.

Confirmed for Pot Two are Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Roma, whilst in Pot Three are Schalke, Lyon, Monaco and CSKA Moscow.

In Pot Four are Club Brugge, Galatasaray, Inter Milan and Hoffenheim, whilst Valencia and Viktoria Plzen could be in three or four.

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Jamie Carragher stunned by Virgil van Dijk and compares him to Liverpool legend

Virgil van Dijk helped Liverpool keep another clean sheet against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher admits he has been stunned by the performances of Vrigil van Dijk since his world record transfer to Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp had hoped to sign the former Southampton defender last summer but had to wait until January to land his primary defensive target.

Eyes were raised when Liverpool spent £75million on the 27-year-old but he has contributed enormously to his side’s rapidly improving defensive displays.

Van Dijk was at his commanding best in Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Monday night, completing 73 of his 79 passes and producing a game-high eight clearances and 16 aerial duels, and Carragher believes the Netherlands international has all the ability to rival Alan Hansen as one of the club’s greatest defenders of all-time.

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‘I knew Van Dijk was a good player, but he is better than what I thought,’ Carragher told Sky Sports.

‘We’ve always said Liverpool can’t win the Premier League because of their defence, but now they have Van Dijk, who I think is the best centre back in the Premier League.

‘I can’t think of a defender off the top of my head that is better. He’s the man to step into the positon Vincent Kompany has had over the last four seasons as that leader and colossus.

‘They are very similar as players – there is nothing they lack. When Kompany was at his best three years ago, I didn’t think there was a centre-back that was better than him.

‘Over the next three or four years, if Liverpool could win a league or a Champions League, I think Van Dijk has the potential to actually go down alongside Alan Hansen if we’re talking about Liverpool’s best ever teams – that’s how good he is and how good he can become.

Liverpool kept up their 100% start to the new season with a 2-0 win at Selhurst Park (Picture: Getty)‘If Liverpool under Klopp win something big, and Van Dijk is at the centre of it, he should be disappointed if he’s not alongside Hansen when people talk about the great Liverpool centre-backs.

‘There isn’t another centre-back that ticks almost every boxes in terms of presence, pace, strength and ability on the ball.

‘Normally a player has a couple of those, they are lacking somewhere else and their defensive partner will cover some of those areas. Van Dijk has all of them at the moment.

‘Players and leaders like him have to be the ones that take Liverpool to something big. That’s when you’ll be remembered, when you win something big.’

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Jurgen Klopp addresses Loris Karius transfer speculation

Karius’ days at Liverpool appear to be numbered. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unaware of reports linking goalkeeper Loris Karius with a move to Turkish side Besiktas.

Widespread reports on Monday suggested that the German stopper has agreed a two-year loan to the Super Lig side.

Karius’ future has been uncertain since his error-strewn display in the Champions League final against Real Madrid and the arrival of Alisson Becker from Roma for a world record fee.

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But speaking after the 2-0 Premier League win at Crystal Palace, Klopp claimed to be in the dark over the future of the 25-year-old.

“Nothing to say,” Klopp told reporters. “Nobody told me anything on a transfer.”

Despite featuring for Liverpool in pre-season, Karius’ days at Anfield look to be numbered just two years after his arrival from Mainz.

The Liverpool Echo have detailed the terms of the deal which could see the club recoup as much as £9.5m.

Besiktas will pay £2.25m for Karius for the initial 24-month loan with a clause inserted in the deal for it to become permanent if a number of conditions are met.

Karius looks unlikely to get the chance to make-up for his disastrous display in the Champions League final. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)These include Besiktas qualifying consistently for Europe and Karius making a sufficient number of appearances.

The 15-time Turkish champions will have to pay £7.25m to make the move permanent at the end of the loan, with Liverpool having already negotiated a 20% sell-on clause.

The terms of the agreement mean Liverpool are likely to make a profit on the £4.75m they paid for Karius in May 2016, in spite of his dire performances on Merseyside.

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Though the Premier League transfer window closed on 9 August, clubs in Turkey have until 31 August to sign players this summer giving Besiktas over a week to complete the deal.

Should an agreement be reached then Karius will sign a one-year contract extension until 2022 to protect his value, with an option for an additional 12 months.

Danny Ward has already joined Leicester City for £12.5m and Karius is likely to join him out the exit door after failing to find a club willing to match their £12m valuation of Simon Mignolet, who is braced to act as the number two to Alisson.

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher reveal Premier League predictions for top-four, POTY & Golden Boot

Carragher and Neville made their predictions (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are both expecting Chelsea and Arsenal to miss out on a place in the 2019/20 Champions League, with Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all predicted to finish inside the top-four.

The Manchester United and Liverpool legends are both in agreement that Pep Guardiola’s side will finish the season on top of the pile, with Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri both failing to secure elite European football in their first seasons in the Premier League.

Arsenal have lost both of their opening two matches against City and Chelsea, while Sarri has enjoyed an 100% start to life in England along with Spurs, Liverpool and City.

Despite Jose Mourinho cutting an unhappy figure and United losing early in the season to Brighton, the Sky Sports pundits both expect him to turn it around and guide his side into the top-four.

Guardiola is tipped to defend the title (Picture: TNS via Getty)Both also agree that Everton will be the closest team to challenging the established top six under new boss Marco Silva, while they are tipping David Silva to be crowned as Player of the Year.

However, they disagree on who will end the year as top scorer.

Neville expects Sergio Aguero, who bagged a hat-trick against Huddersfield at the weekend, to end the year at the top of the pile, while Carragher sees Harry Kane banging in the most goals.

The duo made predictions for a young player to keep an eye on, with Neville expecting a big season from City hotshot Phil Foden and Carragher hoping to see a lot from Fulham’s teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon.

And finally, they each predicted a player to watch. Both went for a Liverpool star, with Neville viewing Brazil international Allisson as a great signing from Jurgen Klopp and Carragher thinking the same of Naby Keita.

Carragher & Neville Premier League predictions

Title winner

Neville: Manchester CityCarragher: Manchester City

Top-four

Neville: Liverpool, Manchester United, SpursCarragher: Liverpool, Manchester United, Spurs

Top goalscorer

Neville: Sergio AgueroCarragher: Harry Kane

Player of the Year

Neville: David SilvaCarragher: David Silva

Young talent

Neville: Phil FodenCarragher: Ryan Sessegnon

One to watch

Neville: AllissonCarragher: Naby Keita

Top-six challengers

Neville: EvertonCarragher: Everton

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Jamie Carragher predicts when Jose Mourinho will leave Manchester United after Brighton ‘shambles’

Jose Mourinho will leave Manchester United before next season, says Jamie Carragher (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher believes Jose Mourinho will be sacked by Manchester United before the start of next season.

Mourinho signed a contract extension last January but Carragher cannot envisage the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss still being at Old Trafford next year.

The Red Devils won the League Cup and Europa League in Mourinho’s first season at the club, but they failed to win a trophy during the 2017-18 campaign, finishing second in the Premier League behind Manchester City.

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Mourinho’s side started this season with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City but suffered a humbling defeat at Brighton on Sunday.

‘If performances continue like that, I don’t think Jose will be Manchester United manager next season,’ Liverpool legend Carragher told Sky Sports.

‘I think there will be coaches looking at Jose and what he said in the summer about buying more players, they will see he’s spent £30m on two defenders [Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof] and has two England internationals [Phil Jones and Chris Smalling].

‘They will be saying “coach them, make them better”. But he’s a manager for today, not tomorrow.

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‘United’s traditions have gone out the window. They should have backed him with what he wanted – no-one is enjoying watching this, Jose or the fans.

‘You have to back him. But I don’t see him lasting until next season.’

Manchester United were widely expected to prove too strong for Brighton at the weekend but Glenn Murray gave the hosts the lead with a neat chip.

Shane Duffy then doubled Brighton’s advantage from a corner, before Romelu Lukaku reduced the deficit with a close-range header.

Brighton secured a famous win over the Red Devils (Picture: PA)The Seagulls still boasted a two-goal cushion at half-time, however, as Pascal Gross was felled in the box by Eric Bailly and slotted the penalty past David De Gea.

Paul Pogba scored a penalty himself in injury-time but Brighton were not to be denied a well-deserved victory.

On Manchester United’s performance, Carragher said: ‘The first half was an absolute shambles defensively.

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‘It could be the worst half of football Jose has ever seen from one of his teams. Bailly had a nightmare. Lindelof just isn’t good enough, I think Bailly is the best of the bunch but Lindelof is not good enough for United.

‘They conceded 28 goals last season, if Jose stays he will still have a good defensive record this year. It’s a one-off. But a bigger worry is the second half performance, which was so poor.’

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Jurgen Klopp criticises performance of two Liverpool stars after Crystal Palace victory

Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp criticised the performance of Liverpool’s full-backs following the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Monday.

James Milner gave Liverpool the lead with a controversial penalty on the stroke of half-time after Mohamed Salah went down following a slight touch from Mamadou Sakho.

Roy Hodgson’s Eagles threatened to mount a comeback in the second half but Sadio Mane ensured Liverpool would be returning to Anfield with three points with a late goal.

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Earlier, young Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Salah who was bearing down on goal.

Despite Liverpool’s victory, Klopp said his side’s performance was ‘not brilliant’ and the German manager admits he expects more from full-backs Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

‘It was not a brilliant performance – our full-backs can play 70 or 80% better – but I’m very happy with the result,’ Klopp told Sky Sports.

‘Palace play a system they play all the time with high-quality players. They are a really good football team with a simple, but clear plan.

James Milner scored a first-half penalty for the Reds (Picture: Getty)‘They tried to cause us problems with the long balls. I don’t know a lot of centre-backs in the world who can deal with Christian Benteke like Virgil van Dijk did tonight.

‘It was difficult for us to be completely safe in this situation but we were there and we helped each other avoid big problems.’

On talk of Liverpool taking the Premier League title away from defending champions Manchester City, Klopp added: ‘It’s very early. I couldn’t care less really.

‘We are not in a race with other Premier League teams each weekend. I was not 100% sure tonight in the first half that we would score.

Liverpool have made a fine start to the new season (Picture: Getty)‘You have to play it as it is and be a real challenger, play ugly, do all that type of stuff. Our target is to be a difficult opponent.

‘It is too strong to say anything after two match days. You can discuss whatever you want – just do it without us.’

Hodgson, meanwhile, criticised the referee’s decision to award Liverpool a first-half penalty.

‘I thought we pushed them very hard,’ the former England manager said. ‘We should have come in at 0-0 at half time and the the second half would have been even tougher.

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‘We gave them enough problems and we can consider ourselves unlucky to lose 2-0.

‘What would people expect me to say to that decision? There is no point discussing it. Sakho is a defender and he has to try and defend, which I think he did well.

‘At the end of the game Van Dijk clears out Max Meyer and we didn’t get a penalty. We were unlucky with referee decisions. I’m more interested in the fact we played really well.’

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Why Liverpool summer signing Fabinho was axed from squad against Crystal Palace

Fabinho joined Liverpool from Monaco in the summer (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has confirmed summer signing Fabinho was left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Crystal Palace for tactical reasons.

Liverpool spent over £40million to sign Fabinho from Monaco in the summer but the Brazilian midfielder was an unused substitute on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.

Many Liverpool fans expected him to make his competitive debut for the club on Monday evening at Selhurst Park, but Fabinho was left out of the match-day squad altogether.

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Explaining his team selection before the game, Klopp said: ‘There are normal squad decisions you have to make week in, week out and that’s what I did.

‘[There is no problem with Fabinho], nothing, he is here.’

After being benched for Liverpool’s home game against West Ham last weekend, Fabinho said he was fully aware of the battle he faced to break into the team.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed Fabinho had not suffered an injury (Picture: Getty)‘When I came to Liverpool I knew this competition would exist in midfield and I think it’s really good for the team,’ he told Premier League Productions during the week.

‘If anything happens to a player, there’s adequate cover. During pre-season I played alongside a variety of different players and we blended really well.

‘So, overall, I think it’s a good thing for the team.’

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren named in Croatia squad despite stomach injury

Lovren has not played this season due to a stomach injury. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has been included in the Croatia squad for the upcoming international break despite having not played since the World Cup due to a stomach problem.

The 29-year-old missed the Reds’ opening Premier League game against West Ham United and is expected to be absent for the trip to Crystal Palace on Monday.

Lovren picked up the injury while helping Croatia reach their first ever World Cup final but it has impacted on the start of the new domestic season.

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Croatia are due to face European champions Portugal in a friendly on 6 September before taking on Spain in their Uefa Nations League opener on 11 September but it remains to be seen whether Lovren will be fit to be involved.

Lovren was part of the Croatia side which lost to France in the World Cup final. (Photo by Stefan Matzke – sampics/Corbis via Getty Images)Manager Jurgen Klopp does not expect the former Southampton defender to be available foranother month and will surely be surprised by the selection of his first choice defender.

‘Obviously he is not fit,’ he said. ‘Last year, he already had a few problems with that [stomach problem] but obviously he could play, and he played really well, to be honest.

‘His recovery days were always enough, he was in the next session again, it wasn’t a problem. He didn’t train a lot at the end of the season because we were more or less constantly playing, but he did play constantly.

‘In the World Cup, he had three 120-minute games and it got worse, but for sure it will settle in the next one, two, three weeks I would say.

‘In that time I would say for sure he can train already, but not the full programme. That will then take time.

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‘Again, it’s something serious, but not that serious. It’s not that we have to be afraid that it takes time or whatever. But at the moment he’s not available.’

Joe Gomez was selected to partner Virgil van Dijk at centre-back against West Ham and the pair are likely to remain in place for the trip to Selhurst Park.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s summer signing Mateo Kovacic has also been included in the 25-man squad selected by Zlatko Dalic while there are places for Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic.