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'Absolute robbery' - Furious Nottingham Forest video emerges in reaction to Liverpool winner

2 hours 41 min ago

Nottingham Forest fans were incensed after Darwin Núñez's dramatic late winner for Liverpool at the City Ground. The Uruguayan striker stepped off the bench after his recent injury absence to head in Alexis Mac Allister's cross after a chaotic final few minutes.

Forest had threatened to score themselves and had a corner, which was cleared out to Callum Hudson-Odoi out wide. But referee Paul Tierney blew up and stopped play due to a head injury to Ibrahima Konaté after he collided with goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher.

Instead of giving possession back to the home side, Tierney dropped an uncontested ball to Liverpool goalkeeper Kelleher, much to the dismay of the Forest coaching staff and support.

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Liverpool then scored two minutes later through Núñez to spark jubilant scenes in the away end as Jürgen Klopp's side went four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Video footage emerged on social media via The Anfield Wrap, showing a fan's reaction from the home end after the late goal. One supporter can be heard shouting: "That is a disgrace", before adding: "That is disgusting! That's beyond a disgrace... look at that. That is a disgrace. That is an absolute robbery and nothing less. That is absolutely disgusting."

Alan Shearer analyzed the goal on Match of the Day and declared it "totally wrong" before former referee Dermot Gallagher suggested Tierney did not apply the correct laws of the game.

“Kelleher hits Konate and then if you run it on, watch the referee," he told Premier League Productions. "If you stop the pictures now, this is when the referee is whistling. He whistled when Hudson-Odoi had the ball.

"Now, the law states, if he [Tierney] had stopped it when Konate got hit by Kelleher, the ball would have to be dropped in the penalty area and it would be dropped to Kelleher. Not a problem.

"But the ball has been cleared from the box, Paul Tierney hadn’t whistled and he should give the ball back to Hudson-Odoi, who would then have the ball uncontested. He didn’t do it, for whatever reason, Paul Tierney didn’t do that.

“All it is is an incorrect restart in law. The fact that Liverpool scored is a bit of a red herring myself because it was 1 minute 50 seconds [later], which is an entirety on the pitch. The ball comes forward, it goes back, goes forward and even goes out for a throw-in. It’s just an incorrect restart in law, for me, it doesn’t directly attribute to a goal.”

Liverpool.com says: It would appear that Forest do have a right to be aggrieved about the ball being returned to Kelleher. The defeat could ultimately cost Forest dear in its quest to stay in the Premier League this season. But there was two minutes between that incident and Núñez scoring and the home side had opportunities to clear its lines. The result will still sting though.

* An AI tool was used to add an extra layer to the editing process for this story. You can read the original story in the Liverpool ECHO by clicking here.

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Liverpool next manager latest as Xabi Alonso boost received amid $27m claim and interview 'plan'

3 hours 26 min ago

Liverpool has taken another step towards marking Jürgen Klopp's final season in charge at Anfield in style after confirming its lead at the top of the Premier League table will remain until next weekend at least. The Reds secured their first trophy of the 2023/24 campaign with a win over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final last Sunday — but will now be eyeing more silverware across all competitions.

Darwin Núñez was the hero on this occasion against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, as the Uruguayan returned from a three-game absence through injury to score in the 99th minute of play. Nuno Espirito Santo's side had chances to punish Liverpool, but the likes of former Red Divock Origi and Anthony Elanga could not make them pay throughout the game.

It's a win that brings Liverpool one step closer to another trophy, however, the next few weeks will play a major role in the chances of securing another Premier League title before Klopp departs. The Reds are preparing to face Manchester City and Manchester United in the coming fixtures, with the latter game in the FA Cup at Old Trafford.

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While the current focus is on this campaign and making it as successful as possible, the hierarchy at the club will also have one eye on the successor they will appoint after Klopp's nine-year reign in charge comes to an end. Here is the Liverpool.com verdict on the latest gossip to emerge around the Reds today, including more on Xabi Alonso.

Xabi Alonso (Bayer Leverkusen)

The former Liverpool midfielder has largely been regarded as the favorite to take over from Klopp at Anfield, after guiding Bayer Leverkusen to first place in the Bundesliga table — 10 points clear of Bayern Munich. And the Reds could have just received a huge boost in the efforts to secure him.

According to Sky Germany, Leverkusen will allow Alonso to take a new role if they get enough money for him after agreeing to a 'verbal promise' with the manager. There is no written clause for his exit, with his contract set to expire in 2026.

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However, Liverpool could have to pay a fee of up to $27m (£21m/€25m) if they do wish to appoint Alonso to the role. Bayern Munich is also interested in the Spaniard after announcing Thomas Tuchel would leave the club.

Liverpool.com says: Alonso appears to be the first choice for Liverpool but the club will need to move quickly to acquire him with Bayern as well as other clubs who could part ways with managers such as Chelsea also linked with the former midfielder. He appears to be the top candidate but there will be a delay in him announcing his next move until Leverkusen's league campaign is over.

Rúben Amorim (Sporting CP)

Sporting Club de Portugal boss Rúben Amorim has emerged as a top target for Liverpool in the search for Jürgen Klopp's replacement. According to The Mirror, Liverpool had club representatives in Portugal last week to watch the 2-1 defeat to Benfica, as the Reds consider appointing Amorim to the role.

The report goes on to claim that further research will be conducted on the former midfielder, with the club expected to interview him for the job once the current campaign is over. Despite this, Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso is still considered the frontrunner for the job.

Liverpool is also searching for a new sporting director at the club after Jörg Schmadtke announced he would be leaving the club, just a year after arriving. Any managerial appointment will likely have to arrive after this decision is made, as the new chief looks to oversee any decisions made.

Liverpool.com says: As mentioned, there are steps the club needs to take before a new manager can be appointed to succeed Klopp. The Reds need to act quickly, or it could be a scramble come the start of the 2024/25 season.

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Jamal Musiala transfer truth staring Liverpool in face despite 'crazy' Ryan Gravenberch verdict

8 hours 26 min ago

Last summer, Jürgen Klopp embarked on a full rejuvenation of his Liverpool midfield. It came a year later than it was probably needed, but the results have been excellent so far.

From week to week, the Reds got overrun in the middle of the park last season, with Klopp effectively punished for his loyalty to certain seasoned performers. He learned his lesson last term, and proceeded to allow as many as five of his midfielders to depart in the most recent window, including captain Jordan Henderson and vice-captain James Milner.

Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keïta joined them in heading out of the door, with Liverpool having to source replacements ahead of the new campaign. Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endō and Ryan Gravenberch all proceeded to join, with three of those players under the age of 25.

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The trio of youngsters are all comparable in many ways, as they are all number eights, even despite Mac Allister's usage in a deeper role in the main. The three players are well-rounded and relatively complete on the field, painting themselves as multifunctional talents with attacking skill sets.

Alongside Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, Liverpool is well stacked for creative and expressive number eights, which explains why recent links with Jamal Musiala are curious. The Bayern Munich wonderkid was said to be of interest to the Reds in October last year (via Christian Falk of the German publication BILD) with the German international not currently having conversations about a new contract in Bavaria.

Now, the Daily Star has reported that Liverpool and Manchester City are on 'red alert' because Musiala has rejected a new deal in Germany. The former Chelsea academy talent could make the move back to England.

Musiala is undeniably special. He's still just 21 years old, yet he's already a fairly regular starter for one of the biggest clubs on the planet, having established himself as a supreme technician who is very effective in the tightest of spaces. In fact, Gravenberch has tipped him for greatness since arriving on Merseyside.

Replying to supporters on the Reds' subreddit last year, Gravenberch was asked to name the most talented youngster that he's played alongside. "I’d go for Jamal Musiala," he said. "Jamal does crazy things in training and also in the game. He’s very good for his age."

Musiala is good enough to be deserving of a starting spot at Anfield, but it seems highly unlikely that any move is going to transpire any time soon. Upon inspection of the system that Klopp and his assistant, Pep Lijnders, have been installing since April, Liverpool can only field two number eights.

Jones and Szoboszlai have dominated the roles so far, with Gravenberch also making an impression. Elliott is another who has been awarded a fair amount of minutes, and then there is Mac Allister too.

Musiala is a versatile and flexible attacker but based on Liverpool's current system, it is reasonable to suggest that he'd be best deployed as a number eight, with those players expected to play like advanced midfielders whenever the Reds have possession under control.

The Bavarian talisman would be great, but Liverpool has other areas of need at present. The Anfield outfit is in need of a new Fabinho, for example, and a new defender is also on the agenda considering Joël Matip has a contract that is due to expire in 2024.

Supporters will no doubt get excited about the speculation surrounding Musiala. But rather than waiting to see the Munich maestro on Merseyside, fans should instead dedicate most of their energy to Szoboszlai, who is doing a pretty good job at ensuring the club's next midfield rebuild will not be happening any time soon.

An original version of this story was first published on 21 October 2023. It has since been updated.

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Liverpool just got boost no one saw coming yet and it could hand Jürgen Klopp an advantage

Sun, 03/03/2024 - 19:00

The best thing that you can say about Liverpool's young talents is that they never look out of place at the moment. Jarell Quansah, for instance, has been showing that all season, but others have since followed.

In the last few weeks, Quansah was first joined by Conor Bradley and then several more. Bobby Clark made his first Premier League start against Nottingham Forest and Jayden Danns and Lewis Koumas have made a big impact this week as well.

Quansah, Bradley and Clark all look like players who will be squad members under whoever is to become the new Liverpool manager next season. That trio look ready to make themselves semi-regulars across all competitions.

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But Danns has shown plenty of promise too. Coming into the Liverpool team as a forward is the hardest area of the pitch to make an impact as a teenager. It is easy for someone slight to be bullied by experienced defenders or lost in a sea of bodies.

And yet Danns never showed much of an inkling of that ever being likely in any appearance across the last week or so. His challenge on the Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Matz Sels that rightly earned him a booking was perhaps and sign that he was a bit over-desperate to exert some physicality, but Danns was able to use his body well to shield possession and link things together.

On top of being able to cope physically, Danns was also able to score two excellent goals midweek in the FA Cup tie with Southampton. While he didn't score at Forest, he was trusted to be on the field as Liverpool chased the breakthrough that Darwin Núñez eventually found deep into stoppage time.

It means that Jürgen Klopp has another option that he can turn to. You would not bet against Danns being involved again during the Europa League last-16 tie with Sparta Prague, maybe even in a starting berth.

While Clark has just got his first league start for Liverpool, he too should be eyeing up European minutes. Quansah is a shoo-in and Bradley would be too if he wasn't needed against Manchester City next weekend.

In the case of Quansah, it was a surprise last summer how quickly he looked established at senior level but that isn't now. Clark would have made his case a lot earlier had he not been injured at the back end of 2023.

Danns, though, had only made his U21s debut a few weeks ago. Even for the player himself, the last week or so must have come as a surprise. No one saw it coming — but it could still be a big Liverpool boost.

What all three young talents have now proven is that they are capable of stepping in as and when Liverpool needs them. In a season that could have another 21 fixtures — if everything continues to go to plan for Liverpool — that could be invaluable.

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Liverpool next five fixtures after Man City clash as title rivals put pressure back on Arsenal

Sun, 03/03/2024 - 17:30

Liverpool will lock horns with rivals Manchester City next weekend at Anfield in what promises to be a huge clash in the Premier League title race. The Reds left it very late to beat Nottingham Forest on Saturday with Darwin Núñez heading in Alexis Mac Allister's cross in the 99th minute.

That result put the pressure back on City and Arsenal, with Pep Guardiola's champions facing rivals United in the Manchester derby on Sunday. And it looked like being the visitors who would emerge victorious when Marcus Rashford fired past Ederson early on.

But City fired back in the second half with Phil Foden scoring twice before Erling Haaland added a third late on. It means the gap between the top two is just one point before they meet at Anfield next Sunday.

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Arsenal meanwhile will travel to Bramall Lane on Monday night to take on struggling Sheffield United and can go within two points of Liverpool. Next weekend's clash is one of two potentially season-defining matches at the top of the Premier League this month, with City also hosting Arsenal at the Etihad on March 31.

Liverpool’s five Premier League fixtures (after Man City): Brighton (H), Sheffield United (H), Manchester United (A), Crystal Palace (H), Fulham (A).

Liverpool does appear to have a favorable run compared to City, with next Sunday's clash the first of three home matches on the spin. A trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United is also scheduled for the first weekend in April, a fortnight after the two sides meet in the FA Cup, before clashes with Palace and Fulham.

Manchester City’s next five Premier League fixtures (after Liverpool): Arsenal (H), Aston Villa (H), Crystal Palace (A), Luton (H), Tottenham (A)

The champions face a tricky run over the coming weeks with its next two Premier League matches coming against its title challengers. That is followed up by the visit of Aston Villa, who beat City earlier in the season, and remains in Champions League contention. There is also a trip to north London on the horizon to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where City hasn't won or scored a single goal in its four visits in the Premier League.

Arsenal’s next five Premier League fixtures (after Sheffield United): Brentford (H), Manchester City (A), Luton (H), Brighton (A), Aston Villa (H).

Arsenal will be confident of continuing its excellent recent run against Sheffield United on Monday. Brentford travels across London to the Emirates next Saturday and wins in both of those games will put the Gunners top before Liverpool plays City. After the trip to the Etihad, Arsenal faces home clashes against Luton and Aston Villa and a tough trip to Brighton in April.

Liverpool.com says: Next weekend's clash at Anfield is going to be a big one but Liverpool is in the driving seat right now and it is down to City and Arsenal to knock Jürgen Klopp's men off top spot. With those two sides also facing off against each other at the end of the month and at least one dropping points, a victory next Sunday could be huge for the Reds.

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Liverpool transfer news as $54m winger target 'identified' and Bryan Mbuemo also 'wanted'

Sun, 03/03/2024 - 17:00

Liverpool is sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League following another round of fixtures this weekend. Jürgen Klopp's side left it late to secure the win against Nottingham Forest after Darwin Núñez came on as a substitute to score in the 99th minute.

The Uruguayan had missed the last three fixtures — including the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea last weekend — due to injury but made an emphatic return to the match-day squad to secure a vital three points for his side. Liverpool is now four points clear of Manchester City in second, which could be cut to just one point if they triumph over local rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Despite welcoming back Núñez and Dominik Szoboszlai from injury, Liverpool was still without key players such as Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota, Alisson Becker and several others due to issues. Setbacks have plagued the Liverpool squad throughout the 2023./24 campaign.

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And that may need to be addressed in the upcoming summer transfer window as the club looks to enter a new era without Klopp at the helm. Here is the Liverpool.com verdict on the transfer gossip to emerge around the Reds today, including a shock move for a Brentford star and an international winger.

Bryan Mbuemo (Brentford)

Liverpool is being linked with a move for Brentford and Cameroon forward Bryan Mbuemo ahead of the summer transfer window. According to Fichajes, the Reds have identified Mbeumo as a potential option to replace Mohamed Salah this summer, as the club plans for life without the Egyptian.

Salah, 31, was the subject of heavy transfer interest from the Saudi Pro League last summer, with the likes of Al-Ittihad and other teams set to reignite an interest in the Liverpool talisman in the summer. The Egyptian international will be entering the final year of his contract at Anfield and while an exit is unlikely, at some point he will have to be replaced.

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Brentford would demand a sizeable fee for the player — who has seven goals and three assists to his name this season — if a departure was on the cards. The 24-year-old has thrived in the absence of Ivan Toney, who missed the vast majority of the season due to a suspension.

Liverpool.com says: Mbuemo would be a smart signing from Liverpool, with his finishing ability from the right-wing offering a similar profile to Salah. Whether or not he could replicate the same successes and rise as Salah in red, remains to be seen.

Federico Chiesa (Juventus)

Liverpool is 'interested' in signing Juventus and Italy winger Federico Chiesa as a possible option to replace Mohamed Salah, according to Italian outlet TuttoSport. Salah is entering the final year of his contract this summer and Liverpool could look to enter a new era on all fronts, the report claims, with Jürgen Klopp also set to depart at the end of the current campaign.

The report goes on to state that Liverpool has shown previous interest in the player in other windows but is yet to make a formal offer for the Italian international. Juventus is said to be open to parting ways with the player but will not accept an offer lower than $54m (£43m/€50m).

Liverpool.com says: Chiesa, 26, would be another smart acquisition by the club and has been linked repeatedly with a move to Anfield. $54m is a relatively small asking price in the current market, especially when considering clubs will be aware of Liverpool's plans to replace Salah if he does depart. Chiesa's injury record, though, would be a major concern.

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