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Liverpool has been eliminated from the FA Cup in a 2-0 loss to Chelsea as a run of poor results continues for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Atletico Madrid scored early and then defended well to beat Liverpool 1-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League’s round of 16 on Tuesday, spoiling the defending champion’s return to the place where it won the European title last year.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Sunday’s Premier League game against Liverpool, while goalkeeper David De Gea is unlikely to recover in time for the match.
New Balance is taking Liverpool to court in a bid to remain the European soccer champion’s uniform supplier beyond their current contract.
The next proposed expansion of Anfield may be more substantial than initially envisioned, Liverpool chief executive officer Peter Moore tells The Associated Press. Capacity at Liverpool’s stadium rose by about 8,500 to approximately 54,000 with the opening of a new Main Stand for the 2016-17 season. Moore says the permit allowing an expansion of about 4,000 to the Anfield Road end will be allowed to expire in September.
Liverpool is champion of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid. Mohamed Salah scored a penalty inside two minutes and Divock Origi struck the second in the 87th minute against the first-time finalists.
It will be an unusual Champions League final for Spain. Madrid will be hosting the final again after nearly a decade but the country’s streak of having at least one team playing for the European title ended this year after five straight seasons. Fans will have little to cheer for when Liverpool faces Tottenham in an all-English matchup at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Saturday.
Liverpool’s incredible 4-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals is a testament not only to the quality of the team Juergen Klopp has put together but also the belief the German coach has instilled in a group of players who don’t know when they are beaten. The comeback from a 3-0 first-leg deficit was in keeping with a season in which Liverpool has won many games with late goals.
Liverpool delivered the greatest in a long line of famous comebacks to reach the Champions League final with a 4-0 win over Lionel Messi’s Barcelona. The English club overturned a three-goal deficit from the first leg to advance 4-3 on aggregate. Divock Origi and substitute Georginio Wijnaldum each scored twice at Anfield to send Liverpool into its second straight final and set up a meeting with either Ajax or Tottenham on June 1.
Lionel Messi hit the 600-goal mark for Barcelona after striking twice to lead the Spanish club to a 3-0 win over Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal. Luis Suarez opened the scoring by scoring against his former club in the 26th minute and Messi doubled the lead by scoring in the 75th. Messi made it 600 goals in his career for Barcelona by adding a goal from a brilliantly-struck free kick in the 82nd.
Barcelona will need the best of Lionel Messi when it plays Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday so it has worked as hard as ever to manage his playing time. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde picked his spots and used Messi only at key moments in recent games.
Liverpool returned to the semifinals of the Champions League after comfortably beating Porto 4-1 on Wednesday, with attacking trio Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino grabbing a goal each. Virgil van Dijk also scored for Liverpool, which advanced 6-1 on aggregate after winning the first leg 2-0 at home.
Porto signed veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas because of his vast international experience, and it will need to take full advantage of it on Wednesday to have any chance to reversing a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Liverpool in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Brazil goalkeeper Alisson has become the world’s most expensive goalkeeper after joining Liverpool from Roma. Roma said the deal for Brazil’s starting goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia “could be worth up to 72.5 million euros” ($84.5 million). It’s the latest big-money purchase by Liverpool, which hasn’t won the English league title since 1990. Virgil van Dijk became the world’s most expensive defender when he joined Liverpool from Southampton for $99 million in January.
Gareth Bale’s mesmerizing scissor-kick helped Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title with a 3-1 victory over a Liverpool side thwarted by a pair of goalkeeping blunders and Mohamed Salah being forced off injured. Making an explosive impact as a second-half substitute, Bale showcased athleticism and technique of the highest quality by sending Madrid in front with only his fourth touch of the game.
Liverpool advanced to its first Champions League final in more than a decade despite a 4-2 loss at Roma on Wednesday. The Reds scored two early goals and that was all they needed to advance on 7-6 aggregate after a 5-2 win in the first leg.
Liverpool understands the danger it faces in the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday. The Reds, however, are confident they will not face the same fate as Chelsea and Barcelona did this season. Liverpool takes a 5-2 advantage into the second leg of the Champions League semifinals at Roma, which believes it can advance if it replicates the 3-0 victories it produced first in the group stage against Chelsea then again in an even more stunning result against Barcelona in the quarterfinals.
Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah moves so fast that it’s difficult to keep an eye on him. Yet that’s exactly the advice that Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has given his players before they face their former teammate in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals.
Roma waited all season to see what Patrik Schick can do. And he showed recently can do plenty. The 22-year-old Czech Republic striker can impose his physical presence as a center forward and can also take some of the attention off of more established No. 9 Edin Dzeko when he lines up on the right wing. Expect Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco to select the second option for Wednesday’s return leg against Liverpool in the Champions League.
Liverpool is back in Europe’s elite with an unfashionable and functional central midfield that is proving just as effective as the star-laden engine room of a decade ago. Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum laid the platform for Liverpool’s 5-2 win over Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. Mohamed Salah hogged the headlines after scoring two more goals but he couldn’t operate so effectively without the tireless work of Liverpool’s central-midfield three.