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  • Klopp: We are not the Harlem Globetrotte...

    Jurgen Klopp emphasised the need for Liverpool to focus on results and ignore any pressure to provide a spectacle, insisting that his side "are not the Harlem Globetrotters". The Reds were involved in another entertaining encounter on Saturday as they overcame Leicester City 3-2...

    Klopp: We are not the Harlem Globetrotters

    Jurgen Klopp emphasised the need for Liverpool to focus on results and ignore any pressure to provide a spectacle, insisting that his side "are not the Harlem Globetrotters". The Reds were involved in another entertaining encounter on Saturday as they overcame Leicester City 3-2 in the Premier League. Philippe Coutinho set up Mohamed Salah for the opener and scored a fine free-kick, while Jordan Henderson was also on target, but the hosts could have snatched a point had Jamie Vardy not seen his late penalty saved by Simon Mignolet. The result ended a four-match winless streak for Klopp's side and the German spoke afterwards about the supposed pressure that had been building on the back of that run. "I know about pressure a lot – I actually had it all my life because of different reasons," he said. "Pressure when it is the right pressure, it always helps. When it is without sense then it doesn't help – and I'm very good at ignoring it. "But, you can imagine, we want to be successful. We know the quality we have makes us responsible for being successful. I know that. "But I said to the boys before the game that we are not the Harlem Globetrotters. We don't go out and try to play really good football, we are here for results and so we play for results. "I loved how we fought for it. It could have been clearer but, after a few games with no results, or not the right results, you have to fight back. "That's what we did and now we can build on this." Next up for Liverpool is Tuesday's trip to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League, having drawn their Group E opener 2-2 against Sevilla. 

  • 'He produces magical things' – Henderson...

    Jordan Henderson hailed the "brilliant" Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian played a starring in role in Liverpool's thrilling 3-2 Premier League win at Leicester City. Coutinho set up Mohamed Salah for the opener and then scored a stunning free-kick, his first goal for the Re...

    'He produces magical things' – Henderson thrilled with Coutinho's impact

    Jordan Henderson hailed the "brilliant" Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian played a starring in role in Liverpool's thrilling 3-2 Premier League win at Leicester City. Coutinho set up Mohamed Salah for the opener and then scored a stunning free-kick, his first goal for the Reds since they snubbed Barcelona's advances for the forward in the transfer window. Liverpool 20/1 to win Premier League And Liverpool captain Henderson – whose side held off a Foxes fightback as Jamie Vardy had a late penalty saved – believes the 25-year-old showed why it was so vital to retain his services. "He's a fantastic player, he produces magical things at crucial times in the game," Henderson told BT Sport . "You see that [in this game]. "He was brilliant in midweek and he's been brilliant since he has come back in. Hopefully he can keep going for the rest of this season." Henderson acknowledged there is still room for improvement for Liverpool, who ended a four-match winless run in all competitions. "We dug in right until the end, showed great character to see the game out," he said. "I think we can do better, but it is still an improvement. "I felt like we defended well for the majority of the game – obviously Simon [Mignolet] made a brilliant save from the penalty. "We played some brilliant stuff, especially in the first half, and we were two goals up, which we deserved. Overall, we'll be delighted with the result in the end as well as the performance." Simon Mignolet conceded and then saved Vardy's spot-kick, but he was more concerned with the team's fortunes than his personal achievements. "The main thing is that we win the game. Sometimes even when you save a penalty, it doesn't happen," he said. "The most important thing is that the lads fought well. "They deserved three points and that's the most important thing." He added, when asked of his excellent penalty record: "I count points. That's far more important. The team is always the important one."

  • Sane's simple stuff delights Guardiola a...

    Leroy Sane is proving his worth to Manchester City all over again after Pep Guardiola decided the Germany international did not deserve to play on the back of a poor pre-season. Sane followed a brace in the midweek EFL Cup win at West Brom with the opening goal against Crystal P...

    Sane's simple stuff delights Guardiola after poor pre-season

    Leroy Sane is proving his worth to Manchester City all over again after Pep Guardiola decided the Germany international did not deserve to play on the back of a poor pre-season. Sane followed a brace in the midweek EFL Cup win at West Brom with the opening goal against Crystal Palace on Saturday, adding a pair of assists as City ran riot after half-time to record a 5-0 win. 6/1 for Man City and Shakhtar to draw It was only the 21-year-old's second Premier League start of the campaign but he took his goal tally to five in all competitions. Sane was one of City's leading performers during the second half of last season but surprisingly found himself below Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva in the pecking order when it came to Guardiola selecting the support attackers for strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. The former Barcelona boss told a post-match news conference that the answers lay on the training pitch. "He didn't arrive good, he didn't make a good pre-season, he didn't deserve to play," said Guardiola. "Now I have five strikers who all deserve to play. Gabriel Jesus is amazing, Bernardo Silva always creates, there's also Raz [Sterling], Leroy and Sergio… "Some of them are going to rest. I need them sharp, especially in the second half of the season. "But, of course, Leroy is so important for us. He's a guy who runs in behind in the right tempo, at the right moment as well as anyone else in the world. "He is improving at the simple things, the simple balls, not losing the ball. Before he had to improve in that. "Any goal is important and he is scoring a lot of goals, creating chances, giving assists. He is a young player, 21 years old, and he is so important for us." City are top of the Premier League on goal difference after their latest resounding win – they are the first English team to win three consecutive top-flight games by five or more goals since Blackburn Rovers in 1958-59 – but Ruben Loftus-Cheek should have given Palace the lead before Sane illuminated a disjointed first-half showing with a brilliant solo effort. Having rung the changes for Wednesday's trip to The Hawthorns, Guardiola felt his rested stars struggled to find their rhythm. "We started good in the first five or 10 minutes, we created two chances and then after that we forgot that the ball should be moved," he said. "When everything is slow, our rhythm is low, we concede counter-attacks and everything can happen. "In the last 10 or 12 minutes of the first half before the goal, I felt we had it – moving the ball quicker – and we cannot deny that it helps a lot for Leroy to score in the last minutes." The only blot on City's day was left-back Benjamin Mendy limping off in the 29th minute with a knee injury that will be fully assessed on Sunday. "Tomorrow we are going to make a real test," Guardiola added. "He feels better. It was a kick. Hopefully that's all. "I don't know if the ligament is damaged. We are going to see."

  • Manchester United to take action after L...

    Manchester United have threatened to take action against supporters who sang a controversial Romelu Lukaku chant in Saturday's Premier League match with Southampton. A number of the away fans reprised the song after the Belgium striker scored the only goal of the game at St Mary...

    Manchester United to take action after Lukaku chants resurface

    Manchester United have threatened to take action against supporters who sang a controversial Romelu Lukaku chant in Saturday's Premier League match with Southampton. A number of the away fans reprised the song after the Belgium striker scored the only goal of the game at St Mary's Stadium, before "we're Man United, we sing what we want" was also heard from the stand. The distasteful chant has been described by anti-discrimination body Kick It Out as "offensive" and both the club and Lukaku issued pleas this week for fans to refrain from singing it. United have now said they are speaking with police to identify those who "disrespected the player's wishes" by ignoring his request. A club spokesperson told Omnisport: "Manchester United has a zero-tolerance stance on offensive chanting and behaviour.  "The club and player have been clear in asking for an end to the chant.  "The club has worked with relevant bodies and supporters groups in trying to eradicate any offensive behaviour and will take further action against individuals if this continues.  "The club is in discussion with the police and has asked for CCTV footage from Southampton and will try to identify those who disrespected the player's wishes not to sing the song." The 1-0 win lifted Jose Mourinho's side to 16 points from six matches, level with Manchester City, who lead the table on goal difference. It was Lukaku's eighth goal in as many games since signing from Everton for a reported £75 million fee in July.

  • 'The songs? I don't understand them' – M...

    Jose Mourinho said he does not understand the lyrics of songs during matches after a recurrence of the controversial Romelu Lukaku chant in Manchester United's win at Southampton. A number of the visiting supporters reprised the song after the Belgium international scored what p...

    'The songs? I don't understand them' – Mourinho pleads ignorance on Lukaku chant

    Jose Mourinho said he does not understand the lyrics of songs during matches after a recurrence of the controversial Romelu Lukaku chant in Manchester United's win at Southampton. A number of the visiting supporters reprised the song after the Belgium international scored what proved to be the only goal of the game after 20 minutes at St. Mary's Stadium. A chorus of, "We're Man United, we'll sing what we want" followed, in clear defiance of pleas from Lukaku and the club not to sing a song described by anti-discrimination group Kick It Out as "offensive". Mourinho said he doesn't hear lyrics of fans' songs during games – with the exception of a simple vitriolic chant often aimed at him by opposition fans – but he praised the United contingent for helping his side to battle to a 1-0 win. "I don't understand what the fans sing," he told a news conference when asked about the Lukaku incident. "The only music I understand clearly is one from my opponents when they tell Mourinho to go to a place. That's the only one I understand.  "But the only thing I will say is the fans were amazing, the support amazing from the first to the last minute. It's important to have that, not when you're winning 3-0 or 4-0 and winning the game, but it's more important when you are defending and are exhausted.  "The songs? I don't understand them." Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Craig Pawson in second-half injury time after he had been summoned to the touchline by fourth official Mike Jones, but the reason remains a mystery to the United boss. "I don't know [what happened]," he said. "Craig told me to leave, and I left." United's win keeps them level on 16 points with league leaders Manchester City, whose 5-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace has given them a goal-difference advantage of four. Mourinho feels it was a victory they might not have managed last season but admitted he would prefer to win matches by a healthier margin. "I know that last season, on these fixtures, I think we would have, maybe, five or six points less than we have this season," he said. "So we are better this season than last. "But this is nothing. It's just a start. A difficult period with an accumulation of matches that comes in October. I really think that six teams are going to fight for the title. "It's better to win 5-0 than 1-0. We wanted to win also 5-0. It's obvious. But it's not always possible."

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