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Jurgen Klopp rages at ‘clear penalty’ during Liverpool defeat to Manchester United

Fellaini came together with Mane (Getty)Jurgen Klopp claims his Liverpool side were denied a ‘clear penalty’ during their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

The Red Devils won the match thanks to a Marcus Rashford double in the first half.

An own goal from Eric Bailly during the second period gave the visitors to Old Trafford some hope but they were ultimately unable to find a breakthrough.

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Marcus Rashford was the hero for Manchester United (EPA)There were a few claims for a penalty from Liverpool during the game, but referee Craig Pawson waved them all away.

One incident in particular infuriated Klopp, who believed Marouane Fellaini brought down Sadio Mane during the second half.

‘It was a clear penalty with Fellaini on Mane, in situations like this you need the right decision,’ said the Liverpool manager.

‘It is all about the result and we lost.’

The referee waved the penalty claim away (EPA) 

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Klopp admitted his side could have defended better for Manchester United’s goals, which both came from long balls.

‘We have to defend these situations better,’ he said. ‘You can always lose a header or a challenge with Romelu Lukaku of course but there is a gap in behind and we need to close that.

‘The two goals made the game not easy, we had a lot of OK moments, two good moments in the first half where we could finish better. We didn’t score before half time and then in the second half we chased the game. It is really difficult to do against a team like Manchester United.’

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Sadio Mane fires warning to Jose Mourinho ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool

Sadio Mane says he prefers Liverpool’s style of play. (AMA/Getty Images)Sadio Mane has warned Jose Mourinho that Liverpool will benefit if Manchester United adopt a defensive approach at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will overtake United if they secure a victory in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off.

Mourinho was criticised earlier this season for United’s tactics in their goalless draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

And Mane, who admits he prefers Liverpool’s style of play, believes a similar mentality will boost his side’s chances of registering a win at Old Trafford.

‘For sure. I prefer Liverpool. The way we play is good for all of our players,’ Mane said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.

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‘It is not just me who would think like that. But you have to respect a different strategy.

‘Not everyone can play the same way. I would prefer to play for and against an attacking team, but I am now used to playing against defensive teams. Most play that way against us now.

‘If they defend deep it can be good for us.

‘It means we keep the ball and make them run more. We can bring a high tempo to the game and it is difficult for teams to defend for 90 minutes.

‘But I am not sure they [United] will not defend at Old Trafford. They are a big club and they need to win. They have the quality to attack, so why not?’

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane fires warning to Manchester United ahead of Old Trafford clash

Sadio Mane is in confident mood heading to Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)Sadio Mane has warned Manchester United that Liverpool believe they can beat any team in the world on current form.

The Reds take on Jose Mourinho’s men at Old Trafford on Saturday after booking their place in the last-8 of the Champions League after a 5-0 aggregate lead against Porto.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost just one Premier League game in 2018 and are the division’s in-form side having drawn one and won five of their last six matches in the top flight.

Liverpool fielded a weakened side against Porto on Tuesday but the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will start at Old Trafford and Mane is confident his side can win.

Liverpool have drawn one and won five of their last six league matches (Picture: Getty)‘It will not be easy but I’ve always said we can beat any team in the world,’ said Mane.

‘Honestly they (Manchester United) are one of the best teams in England, of course in the world also, but we are as well.

‘It’s the dream for every single player to play this kind of game so everyone is looking forward to it.’

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Real Madrid joined Liverpool in becoming the first teams to book thier places in the last-8 thanks to a 5-2 aggregate win against Paris Saint-Germain.

The remaining fixtures are played over the next 8 days and the Premier League could have up to four teams in the next round.

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Liverpool’s frightening front three are unmatched in Europe, says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have scored 16 goals in their last six games (Picture: Getty)Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says the club’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane probably form Europe’s deadliest attack.

All three were on the scoresheet during Liverpool’s 4-1 win over West Ham United at Anfield at the weekend, meaning the trio have now scored an impressive 16 times in the Reds’ last six fixtures.

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League goals by Liverpool’s front three this season

Mohamed Salah – 23

Roberto Firmino – 13

Sadio Mane – 7

‘It’s frightening,’ Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpool’s official website. ‘There won’t be too many trios in Europe that can muster up those sorts of numbers.’

‘They’ve been brilliant for us in front of goal, but defensively as well they know their jobs, they work really hard and they’re really good, honest lads and good to be around.

‘They’re the type of lads that you really want to see succeed and do well, and you want to do everything you can to help them to achieve their goals and ultimately to help the team achieve all of our goals.’

Following his summer move from Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain has been deployed behind the attacking trio by Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.

Oxlade-Chamberlain says his role in the team is made easier by Liverpool’s front three (Picture: Getty)The England international says the movement and flexibility of Liverpool’s forwards makes it easy for him to create chances behind them, while the attacking players’ defensive efforts also help the entire team function effectively from back to front.

‘Bobby is such a quality striker, especially in our team – he fits the team so well,’ he continued.

‘We’ve got Danny Ings and Dom Solanke that do it really well as well, defending from the front. They all work hard. Bobby is one of the best I’ve seen at winning the ball back from the front; he presses people from their blind side and they don’t know he’s coming and he wins it back.

‘He’s really good at dropping in as well; he can play as a false nine where he is not always so high, he drops in, comes short for the ball and that opens up the space for Mo and Sadio to run in behind.

‘The three of them work really well and when they’re playing the way they can, when Bobby is coming deep and the other two are running in behind, it gives you so many options to play in behind or to feet to link up with them.

‘When they’re on song, there is no three you’d rather have in front of you.’

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Porto ball boy tried to steal Liverpool hat-trick hero Sadio Mane’s match ball

The Senegalese forward was in sensational form in Portugal on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)Liverpool’s Champions League hat-trick hero against Porto, Sadio Mane, almost missed out on taking home the match ball but was saved by teammate Andy Robertson.

The Senegalese forward was in superb form for the Reds at the Estadio do Dragao, netting three times alongside goals from in-form duo Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

It is customary for hat-trick scorers to claim the match ball as a souvenir, though one cheeky Porto ball boy tried to deny Mane his prize – until Robertson chased him down.

Mane finally got his match ball only after Robertson’s intervention (Picture: Getty)He told Liverpool’s official website: ‘I had to go running after the ball boy for his ball at the end – he was nearly upset!

‘Luckily, I managed to get it. They were three class finishes from him.

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‘Mo and Bobby have stolen the headlines in the last couple of weeks. But Sadio is on my side and he is a workhouse, he works so hard. He took the limelight and got his three goals.’

Liverpool’s 5-0 win in Porto has virtually sealed their progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and they may have their third kit to thank.

Robertson was keen to highlight how hard Mane works off the ball (Picture: Getty)When Liverpool have worn the florescent orange number, they have averaged four goals per game – scoring 24 times in six outings – and Robertson thinks he knows the reason why they are so good in their third kit.

The Scotland international joked: ‘Maybe teams think we’re too bright to come near us, maybe we’re doing something to their eyes! This kit has been quite lucky for us – long may it continue.’

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Wayne Rooney aims dig at Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane

Wayne Rooney has aimed a dig at Liverpool’s attacking trio. (AFP/Getty Images)Wayne Rooney believes it would be ‘difficult’ for Liverpool‘s front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane to emulate Manchester United‘s attacking trio which included Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and himself.

Salah has enjoyed a superb debut season at Anfield and alongside Mane and Firmino the the trio have scored 56 goals so far this term.

Rooney, Tevez and Ronaldo, meanwhile, were in sublime form for two seasons at United, helping the club win consecutive Premier League titles, as well as the Champions League in 2008.

‘I think they are very dangerous, Firmino works very hard to win the ball back and they have a lot of pace,’ Rooney told Sky Sports.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney were superb for United for two seasons. (Getty Images)‘As good as they are, Salah takes them to the next level.

‘Alex Ferguson used to let us attack how we wanted but if you’re on the wing, you had to track back on the wing. We had a good compromise because me and Tevez would do a lot more work defensively than Cristiano.

‘But with Cristiano, you knew he would win us those big games with the big moments. With any other player, you probably wouldn’t but with Cristiano, he was that good you had to accommodate him.

‘I would gladly do that for him to score big goals and help us win trophies.’

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Firmino and Salah have been in superb form this season. (Getty)But when asked if Liverpool’s front three could ever match United’s, Rooney aimed a dig at the Anfield trio: ‘I think it would be difficult.

‘The difference we had is Premier League winners’ medals.

‘We had real quality behind us and the defence was solid.

‘For them three to get to the level we were at, they need that wall behind them.’

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Has Jurgen Klopp let slip which Liverpool striker he rates most highly?

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Getty)Managers aren’t supposed to have favourites, but Jurgen Klopp may have let slip which of his strikers he rates most highly.

The Merseysiders have been sensational from an attacking point of view this season having scored the most goals in the Premier League after table-toppers Manchester City.

That owes much to the form of their attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Salah has scored a whopping 19 goals in the Premier League with a further five assists, Firmino has 11 goals and five assists and Sadio Mane has scored six goals with five assists.

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Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino celebrate together (Getty)

Sadio Mane celebrates his recent goal in the 4-3 win over Man City (Getty)Klopp says all three are world class – but in the view of the Liverpool manager only one manages to be so virtually every day.

‘Mo Salah, world class, but not every day,’ Klopp told the Daily Mail. ‘Sadio Mane, world class, but not every day. Roberto Firmino, world class, pretty much every day.’

Does that hint Firmino is Klopp’s favourite?

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Man City’s invincible dream destroyed by incredible Liverpool display

Liverpool celebrate on their way to victory (PA)Manchester City’s dream of going the Premier League season undefeated is over after they were beaten 4-3 by Liverpool.

Having gone 22 matches this term without a loss, the match at Anfield was seen as arguably Man City’s biggest test remaining en route to staying unbeaten all season.

But they couldn’t pass it – thanks to a stunning display by Liverpool and despite nearly mounting an incredible comeback.

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The brilliant Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring in the 9th minute, however Leroy Sane managed to equalise before half-time when he beat Loris Karius at the near post.

Roberto Firmino restored Liverpool’s lead in the 59th minute when he outmuscled John Stones and then curled the ball beyond Ederson into the far corner.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring (Getty)

Sane pulled one back (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Roberto Firmino restored Liverpool’s lead (Reuters)Sadio Mane made it 3-1 after Liverpool stole possession deep in Man City’s half. His unstoppable shot nearly ripped the roof off the net.

Liverpool were then in dream land when Ederson’s poor clearance was seized on by Mohamed Salah who then lobbed the Man City stopper from long range.

Sadio Mane made it 3-1 (EPA)

Mo Salah scored from long range (Getty)Man City substitute Bernardo Silva pulled one goal back for the visitors to Anfield, to threaten an incredible comeback.

It didn’t appear likely to materialise but then Ilkay Gundogan stabbed in from close range as the game went into injury time. It set up an incredibly tense final couple of minutes and Sergio Aguero went incredibly close but headed just wide at the death and was offside.

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The defeat for Man City was their first in the Premier League since April last year, when they lost to Chelsea – a 30 game run.

It means Arsenal’s achievement of being the only side to have gone an entire Premier League season unbeaten – completed in 2003/04 – remains intact.

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Mohamed Salah beats Sadio Mane to CAF African Player of the Year award

Mohamed Salah has been brilliant for Liverpool (Getty)Mohamed Salah has won the CAF African Player of the Year award.

The Liverpool striker came out on top from a three-man shortlist that also included his team-mate Sadio Mane. Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was also in contention.

Mane came second in the vote with Aubameyang third.

The award recognises Salah’s solid end to last season with Roma but more notably his incredible start to life at Anfield. In 29 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side the Egyptian scored 23 times.

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Salah was the strong favourite for the award, which was voted for by a combination of coaches and media experts. Already this year he has been named Arab footballer of the year and BBC African Footballer of the Year.

Both Salah and Mane were in attendance at the awards in Ghana despite Liverpool having an FA Cup Third Round tie with Everton on Friday. However, Salah is currently out injured anyway.

Salah speaks to the media at the awards (Getty)

Mane came second (Getty)

The Liverpool duo are the best two African players (Getty)

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

Everton (H) – Fri Jan 5 (FA Cup)Man City – Sun Jan 14Swansea (A) – Mon Jan 22Huddersfield (A) – Tues Jan 30Tottenham (H) – Sun Feb 4Southampton (A) – Sun Feb 11Porto (A) – Wed Feb 14 (Champions League)West Ham (H) – Sat Feb 24

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Klopp explained of the decision to let them go: ‘We have two of the three best African players in our squad. We have to show them respect.

‘If it had been a matchday they wouldn’t have asked, but the night before is fine. We sleep in a hotel, they sleep in a plane. That is all the difference, the modern world.’

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