Liverpool put at disadvantage by FA in fresh battle with Man City – Liverpool Echo

Liverpool put at disadvantage by FA in fresh battle with Man City - Liverpool Echo

Man Utd v Man City: Liverpools James Milner says he will not watch match

Liverpool midfielder James Milner says he will support Manchester United on Wednesday but will not be watching their game against Manchester City.

City are two points behind Liverpool and will go top of the Premier League if they beat United at Old Trafford.

Denis Laws backheel did not actually relegate Manchester United – they would have gone down regardless given results elsewhere – but the former United star thought he had condemned his former team to the drop and refused to celebrate. Law later said he almost wished I hadnt scored the goal. The Scot, who had scored 237 goals in 404 appearances for United, played his final season with City, and the goal would be his final act in league football. He was substituted immediately after, and retired after the World Cup with Scotland. The match itself ended in chaos as several pitch invasions forced the referee to end it early, with the Football League later deciding the result would stand.

“But I wont be watching. Its a bit of a waste of energy, willing the ball in the other goal. Ive no idea what Ill do, maybe go out for some food.”

Few derbies can match this edition for pure drama. City arrived at Old Trafford with £100million worth of new talent as the effect of Sheikh Mansours takeover began to be felt, and there was real belief in their play as three times they cancelled out United goals – the best of them Craig Bellamys outstanding 90th-minute equaliser. But they could not see out Fergie time as Michael Owen won it in the sixth minute of time added on. Afterwards Sir Alex Ferguson said he was happy to have silenced his noisy neighbours, though it turned out he could keep the volume down only so long.

Liverpool, aiming to become English champions for the first time since 1989-90, have 88 points from 35 matches, with Pep Guardiolas side on 86 points from 34 games.

Uniteds worst home defeat since 1955 came in particularly painful fashion. First there was Mario Balotellis Why Always Me? t-shirt as he celebrated the opener, then the second-half collapse which followed Jonny Evans red card. Balotelli scored again, while substitute Edin Dzeko scored a brace to go with goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva. The win put City five points ahead of United at the top of the table, and would come back to haunt Fergusons side in the dramatic finale to the title race, which City won by eight goals.

The Reds have only lost once in the league all season – when they were beaten 2-1 by City at Etihad Stadium in January.

However, City, who have won 10 successive Premier League games, will win the title if they win their four remaining matches.

Liverpool have conceded just 20 Premier League goals in 34 outings, with the likes of Van Dijk, Matip, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold providing a solid foundation for the club to produce results.

“Its frustrating to think weve had one defeat all year and it might not be enough,” added Milner, twice a Premier League title-winner during his five seasons with City.

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“We just need to win the rest of our games. If we do that and its not good enough then you have to hold your hands up and say well done City.

Often the star man at the back for the Reds, Van Dijk’s excellent performance was “overshadowed” by Matip, with BBC Sport columnist Crooks praising the latter’s distribution.

“Theyre a top team, theyve done it before and are grinding it out. All we can do is win the rest of our games and put them under pressure.”

Crooks said: “I don’t normally look beyond Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool’s back four when clean sheets have been maintained and matches won, but on this occasion I think I have to.

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LIVERPOOL have been rocked by the news that Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp have had a major fallout as Real Madrid continue to circle.

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Liverpool are having a sensational season under Klopp where they are chasing a double in the Premier League and Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp promised Liverpool’s focus after reclaiming top spot in the Premier League will be on preparing for their game with Huddersfield and not on this week’s Manchester derby.

And they take on Barcelona next in Europe, full of confidence after batting away the likes of Paris St-Germain, Bayern Munich and Porto in the competition.

But City can reclaim pole position by winning their game in hand against neighbours Manchester United – who were thrashed 4-0 at Everton on Sunday – at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

One of the pivotal reasons for their fine form this year has been their tremendous trio up front in Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Salah.

Boss Klopp said: “Some people up in Liverpool might ask us if we are thinking about Barcelona (in the Champions League semi-final) or some b******t like that.

Between them, they have scored 61 goals in all competitions but there appears to be trouble in paradise over one particular star.

We have absolutely no idea what the basis is for this outrageous statement, but the Telegraph have also reported this Calange claim from France in addition to the one from AS a few days ago. That claim forced Salahs agent Ramy Abbas to take to Twitter and vehemently dismiss it.

Telefoot journalist Fred Calenge has reported that Salah and Klopp have had a breakdown in their relationship.

Hes in the middle of the dressing room, hes sensationally good with all the boys and he is very influential for us. And if somebody thinks he is influential for the rest of the world as well then good, show it, the German concluded.

It comes less than a week after similar reports emerged in Spain that the Egyptian had told the Reds boss that he wanted to leave.

AS reported last Wednesday that Salah had a ‘strong discussion’ with Klopp about leaving Anfield and threatened to hand in a transfer request.

Somehow, the Egyptian hasnt even been nominated for the Player of the Year award (even though he has scored just over three times the number of goals from the same position as PFA POTY nominee, Bernardo Silva).

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Salah’s agent rubbished the claims made by AS but Liverpool fans will be worried to hear another source revealing this information.

Ive got confidence that were going to be ready for Wednesday… weve got to dust ourselves down fairly quickly and go again this week… weve got four games left, weve got four wins to get. Its going to be tough but Im sure we can do it.

Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of the former Roma forward and is currently in the process of building a new look Real Madrid.

Sixth-placed Uniteds chances of finishing in the top four were dealt a blow at Goodison Park and the nature of Sundays defeat prompted manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to issue an apology to fans ahead of the clash with their city rivals.

This summer promises to be a big one for the legendary Frenchman, who has been promised funds in return for his management after resigning 10 months ago.

Manchester Uniteds players are well aware of the importance of Wednesdays Premier League clash against champions Manchester City and need no extra motivation after a 4-0 hammering at Everton, defender Ashley Young said.

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Real have encountered a tough season this year after already sacking two managers in Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari.

Pundits and former players were quick to deride the attitude of Uniteds stars during the Everton humbling, with former Red Devils right-back and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville slamming the display as rancid. 

They crashed out of the Champions League in the first knockout round to Ajax and are now destined to relinquish their European crown after winning it three times in a row.

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