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Liverpool FC news: Jurgen Klopp praises ‘incredible young player’ Trent Alexander-Arnold after scoring on Champions League debut

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised the character of Trent Alexander-Arnold after the teenager scored a brilliant free-kick in their 2-1 Champions League play-off win over Hoffenheim.

The 18-year-old stepped up ahead of more senior colleagues to whip in a set-piece and open the scoring with his first goal for the club on his European debut.

Hoffenheim’s late strike from Mark Uth came from Alexander-Arnold’s side of defence after James Milner’s cross had deflected in off Havard Nordtveit to make it 2-0, but Klopp accepts the youngster is still learning and was more interested in what he can do rather than what he cannot.

“I have to say, for an 18-year-old to have the balls to kick a free-kick is better than the mistake,” he said.

“He is an incredible young player. It was actually because I told him he had to do it – he was the only one who can. He can shoot free-kicks better than I ever could.

“I told him because I watched him many times for the Under-23s last season and he took the free-kicks – and the goal is the same size.

‘There is a big challenge after training for free-kicks between him and Ben Woodburn (the club’s youngest scorer, who does not turn 18 until October).

“It helps the manager tells him (to take it). It was very important and very good for us.”

Alexander-Arnold admitted his European debut could not have gone any better.

“It is a thing of dreams to make your European debut for your boyhood club,” he told BT Sport.

“Especially to make it with a goal was very special for me. More importantly, we got the win.

“I kind of got egged on to take the free-kick, to be honest. I never put my hand up first but I had the confidence to take it and it paid off.”

Despite conceding a late goal, Klopp insists he was happy with the scoreline to take back to Anfield for next week‘s second leg.

“If somebody told me we would win tonight we would take each result – even an 8-7 – and so I am happy about the result,” he added.

“No I’m not happy with the goal they scored but I think they deserved the goal for their effort over the 90 minutes.

“Yes they had their moments, especially when they changed a little bit their style of play. But we were very offensive on both wings and that left Trent and Alberto (Moreno) alone.”

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‘I’m the right one to turn it around’ – Steve Bruce believes he is the man for Aston Villa and says John Terry’s arrival got people carried away

Under-fire Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce insists he is the man to turn the club’s fortunes around and believes John Terry’s signing got people carried away.

Villa – who were touted as strong promotion favourites ahead of the season’s start – have had a tough start to the campaign after picking up just one point in their opening three games.

Reading were the latest team to dispatch the Villans on Tuesday night, as they triumphed 2-1 at the Madjeski Stadium, and some fans are already starting to turn on Bruce.

The former Hull City manager was particularly damning after Saturday’s dire 3-0 loss to Cardiff City as he questioned the character of his side and admitted he was struggling to find the right balance – despite being in the job since October.

However, after the latest defeat Bruce admits people’s perceptions and anticipations may have skyrocketed to unrealistic levels following the signing of Chelsea legend Terry.

“We obviously signed JT, people have got carried away with the euphoria of it all,” Bruce said after the Reading loss.

“We are where we are and I’m convinced I’m the right one to turn it round.

“There’s still obviously a load of work to be done but judge us when all the players are fit and ready and at the minute we are having a tough time.

“We’ve had a tough start – Newcastle had a tough start last year – we have to batton down the hatches, still believe in what we are doing and get that win which will obviously give everyone a lift.

Bruce also highlighted how the club’s recent turmoil should be taken into account when assessing their current struggles.

And he reaffirmed that he has the experience and the know-how to get them going in the right direction once more.

“The club has been in constant change round in every transfer window for the past five or six – there is no denying that,” Bruce added.

“I can’t control that, of course, as I said at the top of the interview I’ve done it before and given time I will turn it round.

“At the minute we are all disappointed with it but that’s where we are so we have to accept it, take the flak that comes your way in getting beat these days, and that’s what any manager of a club like ours has to put up with.

“I’m not shy in my belief that we will turn it round and we will make a fist of it.”

Leeds United FC news: Samuel Saiz avoids punishment over spitting allegations

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Leeds United FC news: Samuel Saiz avoids punishment over spitting allegations

Samuel Saiz was accused of spitting by Port Vale boss Michael Brown

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Leeds playmaker Samuel Saiz will face no action from the Football Association over spitting allegations, the Championship club has announced.

The Spaniard was accused by Port Vale boss Michael Brown of spitting in the face of one of his players during last week‘s Carabao Cup clash at Elland Road. 

Leeds expressed disappointment at the accusations in a statement released after the 4-1 win, in which Saiz scored a hat-trick on his debut, and were confident their summer signing was in the clear.

And the club announced on Tuesday night, shortly after the goalless draw at home to Fulham, that the FA had cleared Saiz of any wrongdoing. 

The statement read: “Leeds United have received confirmation from The FA that Samuel Saiz will not face any charges with regards to an alleged spitting offence in our Carabao Cup tie with Port Vale.

“The player has been cleared of any wrongdoing and the club’s support for the player has been vindicated.”

Championship round-up: Aston Villa lose again, Ipswich beat Millwall in thriller

Barnsley 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Ryan Hedges’ stunning second-half strike gave Barnsley their first Championship victory of the season as they halted Nottingham Forest’s three-game winning run with an entertaining 2-1 success at Oakwell.

Matty Pearson’s early header gave the Tykes the lead, but Daryl Murphy restored parity in the 26th minute after the hosts had wasted a host of chances to increase their advantage.

Hedges brilliantly fired Barnsley back ahead after 50 minutes and, despite the odd scare or two, the home side held on to claim the points.

Birmingham City 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

Injury-hit Birmingham were held to a goalless draw by Bolton in the Championship clash at St Andrew’s. 

The Blues again suffered after losing the services of skipper Michael Morrison and Cheikh N’Doye as a result of first-half injuries.

But Bolton, still without a win in their first season back in the second tier, could take a lot of encouragement from taking a valuable point. 

Brentford 2-2 Bristol City

Bobby Reid salvaged a point for Bristol City with the last kick of the game as they ground out a 2-2 draw at Brentford.

Reid slammed home after the fragile Bees defence failed to clear in the seventh minute of time added on, following a lengthy stoppage for what looked a serious injury to Josh McEachran.

The visitors had taken the lead after just five minutes when Yoann Barbet’s hesitant clearance was charged down by Reid and the ball dropped kindly for Josh Brownhill to hammer home into the bottom corner.

But the Londoners fought back after the break and levelled just before the hour when Jota’s far post cross found Ollie Watkins, who hung in the air and headed home.

Dean Smith’s side took the lead with 13 minutes remaining when Neal Maupay toe poked a rising drive from the edge of the box which flew just inside the angle to finish off a slick passing move.

The late equaliser was tough on a Brentford side who dominated for long spells, but looked brittle at the back every time they were tested by livewire City striker Famara Diedhiou.

Cardiff City 2-0 Sheffield United

Cardiff maintained their 100 per cent start to stay top of the Championship with a 2-0 home win over Sheffield United.

Sean Morrison headed the Bluebirds in front from a corner just before the interval before midfielder Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, a summer signing from Rochdale, netted his fourth goal of the season 10 minutes into the second half.

That left Cardiff flying high at the summit, sitting top of the table on goal difference having yet to concede this season.

Derby County 1-0 Preston North End

Matej Vydra’s penalty earned Derby their first Championship win of the season as they triumphed 1-0 over Preston.

Vydra’s 58th-minute spot-kick had too much power for Chris Maxwell to handle as Gary Rowett’s men wrapped up a battling victory.

Hull City 2-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves kept up their impressive start to the Championship season with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Hull at the KCOM Stadium.

Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Nouha Dicko scored the goals to make it three wins from three for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

Hull suffered their first defeat of the season despite their captain Michael Dawson heading in to level in the first half and David Meyler scoring a penalty late into second-half injury time.

Leeds United 0-0 Fulham

Last season’s play-off semi-finalists Fulham remain without a Championship win this season after sharing an entertaining goalless draw with Leeds at Elland Road.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s side overturned an eight-point deficit in the final month of last season to take Leeds‘ top-six place but they are showing signs of a hangover at the start of this term.

Fulham dominated large parts of the first half but Chris Wood, the Championship’s top goalscorer in 2016/17, saw the best chance saved by David Button on a one-on-one.

Sone Aluko and Neeskens Kebano were denied in similar situations in the second period and Leeds had their moments in a thrilling finale.

The teams could not be separated, though, as United were forced to settle for back-to-back 0-0 draws in front of their own fans.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Burton Albion

Britt Assombalonga began the job of repaying his price tag with the first goals of his Middlesbrough career in a 2-0 Championship win over 10-man Burton.

Assombalonga arrived as Boro’s record transfer recruit for £15million from Nottingham Forest this summer, and quickly set about ingratiating himself to the Riverside faithful against an overmatched Albion side.

Burton entered the game amid claims from chairman Ben Robinson they would offer former sprinter Usain Bolt a trial – and looked every bit a team needing inspiration.

Indeed, Nigel Clough’s men slipped to a third successive defeat to begin their campaign as Assombalonga netted either side of half-time.

A bad night was compounded with 12 minutes remaining when substitute Hope Akpan was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Lewis Baker.

Millwall 3-4 Ipswich Town

Jordan Spence’s late header secured a dramatic 4-3 victory for high-flying Ipswich as they maintained their 100 per cent start to the Championship season at Millwall.

The Tractor Boys have now made their best start to a campaign since they last won promotion to the Premier League 17 years ago and this third straight win will be even sweeter after Millwall thought they had snatched a point.

Jed Wallace fired Millwall ahead inside 44 seconds, but Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn turned the game around for Ipswich before Aiden O’Brien equalised for the hosts.

Waghorn added his second on the stroke of half-time before Tom Elliott levelled again with 10 minutes left, only for Spence to nod in David McGoldrick’s free-kick in the 88th minute.

Reading 2-1 Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s poor start to the Championship season continued when they lost 2-1 against Reading at Madejski Stadium.

Villa rarely ventured forward in the first half and Steve Bruce’s side were undone by two goals in six minutes early in the second period, as they remained without a win after three games.

Glenn Whelan deflected an Adrian Popa cross into his own net, via an upright, and then Modou Barrow struck from close range for his first goal for Reading.

Conor Hourihane got Villa back into it when scoring with three minutes left but the visitors could not find a leveller.

Villa, who finished in 13th place last season, picked up only one point from their opening two matches – from a 1-1 draw at home to Hull. They lost 3-0 at Cardiff on Saturday.

Reading, on a 13-match unbeaten streak at home stretching back to January, also collected only one point from their opening two games – from a 1-1 home draw against 10-man Fulham on Saturday.

1899 Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool: Reds stars rated and slated

Needed a big performance after his weekend struggles and the Belgian made some important stops – particularly saving Andrej Kramaric’s penalty. The spot kick may have been weak but a much needed boost for Mignolet.

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Liverpool managed to seal an important 2-1 win away at Hoffenheim in the first leg of the Champions League qualifiers thanks to goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and a Havard Nordtveit own goal.

Mark Uth’s late goal for the Bundesliga side means the tie is stil very much alive with the return leg to be held at Anfield on August 23.

Hoffenheim also missed a first half penalty so there are still plenty of questions coming the way of Jurgen Klopp’s men. 

So how did each player do in the match? Click the arrow above, right, to see talkSPORT’s Liverpool player ratings.

MATCH REPORT: Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool: Trent Alexander-Arnold shines as Reds take control of Champions League play-off
 

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool: Trent Alexander-Arnold shines as Reds take control of Champions League play-off

In the wake of a defensive horror show against Watford, and with questions still being asked about the future of Philippe Coutinho, Jurgen Klopp will have been delighted to see Liverpool secure a workmanlike 2-1 win over Hoffenheim to take control of their Champions League play-off.

Fielding the same line-up as that which started in their Premier League opener, there were real fears the Reds would suffer at the hands of a team known for their excellence at set-pieces.

And despite Hoffenheim pulling one goal back in the dying stages, Liverpool never looked likely to give up the two goal advantage earned through strikes from Trent Alexander-Arnold and a Havard Nordtveit own goal.

Liverpool got the game underway, but showed their defensive frailties early on. Fine work from Kramaric on the right flank saw him float two crosses into the area – one expertly cleared by Matip and one just over hit.

It was obvious Moreno was being targeted – and he was struggling.

However, the Spaniard provided a good outlet in the attacking zone, and an interception was all that prevented Salah running onto his cross in the six-yard box.

The hosts showed their threat from set pieces and the wide areas, and a strong Grabry run led to him being brought down by Lovren in the area.

A penalty was awarded to Hoffenheim, but Kramaric stepped up to fire a dreadful spot kick straight at Mignolet which the keeper kept out with ease.

Moments later Salah should have put the visitors ahead, but he struck a weak shot wide after breaking with pace from the half-way line.

Liverpool grew into the game and started to control possession quite comfortably, though they were seriously lacking any sort of creative threat in the final third. Hoffenheim were set up well at the back, and the trio of Salah, Firmino and Mane could not find the magic to break them down.

It was an unlikely source who provided the moment of magic needed for Liverpool to take the lead.

18-year-old Champions League debutant Alexander-Arnold stepped up and curled a wonderful free-kick into the bottom corner of Baumann’s goal, after Mane was fouled by Bicakcic just outside the area.

Baumann did well to deny Can a fine 30-yard strike as the Reds grew in confidence, but they had Mignolet to thank for keeping out Gnabry from inside the six-yard box; Wagner’s attempt on the rebound struck the outside of the post as it flew just wide.

After the break it was much of the same.

Baumann was called into two good saves to prevent Liverpool from extending the lead, while an offside call ruled out Gnabry’s equaliser after a fine team move from the hosts.

Further attacks from Hoffenheim broke down before Mignolet was tested, with the visitors’ defence holding firm.

And substitute Milner popped up with the second goal to put Liverpool in control of the tie. A fine pass from Firmino found the Englishman on the left flank, and he cut back into the box before sending in a cross which deflected into the far corner of the net.

As the game wore on, Hoffenheim looked devoid of ideas in the final third having seen numerous chances go to waste.

But substitute Uth was brought on, and with three minutes of normal time to go he turned on the edge of the area and fired past Mignolet to pull one goal back.

Moments later there should have been an equaliser, as Hoffenheim capitalised on Liverpool’s shoddy set-piece defending, but Hubner could only direct his free header over the bar.

That was the final scare for the visitors, who held on to their advantage heading into the second leg at Anfield next week.

Gylfi Sigurdsson: Everton agree £45m fee to sign Swansea City midfielder – reports

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Gylfi Sigurdsson: Everton agree £45m fee to sign Swansea City midfielder - reports

Gylfi Sigurdsson is set to sign for Everton in the coming days

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Everton have agreed a £45m fee to sign Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, according to reports.

The Iceland star has been linked with a transfer to Goodison Park for much of the summer, and it now appears a deal is close to being agreed.

The Toffees have seen two bids already rejected for Sigurdsson, but have finally come to an agreement which will break their transfer record. He is set to undergo a medical on Wednesday ahead of finalising his transfer by the end of the week.

Ronald Koeman has already bought Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Sandro Ramirez, Wayne Rooney and Cuco Martina this summer in a bid to improve Everton’s first-team squad, and Sigurdsson is set to become their 11th signing since the transfer window opened in July.

The Merseyside club opened their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win over Stoke, courtesy of a goal from the returning Rooney. Swansea drew with Southampton with Sigurdsson missing out while his future is resolved.

Ilkay Gundogan returns from injury in Manchester City friendly against Girona

Ilkay Gundogan made his first appearance in eight months as Manchester City lost a friendly 1-0 against Girona in Spain.

The German midfielder has been recovering from the serious knee injury sustained against Watford in December, but following his run-out on the Costa Brava, replacing Phil Foden after 71 minutes, Gundogan could now be available for the Premier League match against Everton on Monday evening.

City opened their domestic campaign with a 2-0 win over newly promoted Brighton at the AMEX Stadium on Saturday.

Manager Pep Guardiola used the trip to the Spanish training camp to further assess his squad although defender Kyle Walker, who joined City in a £45million deal from Tottenham, did not travel.

Guardiola made some nine changes to his starting XI from the Brighton game, but there was no action at the Estadi Montilivi for Benjamin Mendy, the £52m signing from Monaco, who has just resumed training after injury, while Yaya Toure captained the team.

After Raheem Sterling saw a 20-yard effort saved Portu scored from close range after the ball had been swept in following a break down the left on 14 minutes to give the lead to the Spanish side, who are getting ready to play in LaLiga for the first time when they face Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Blues goalkeeper Claudio Bravo produced a good stop from Cristhian Stuani before half-time, with midfielder Bernardo Silva, another big-money summer recruit from Ligue 1 champions Monaco, later seeing his second-half effort disallowed for offside as City could not find an equaliser.

City are set to return to England on Thursday evening.

Source: PA



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CONFIRMED! Gareth Barry moves to West Brom for an undisclosed fee from Everton

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CONFIRMED! Gareth Barry moves to West Brom for an undisclosed fee from Everton

Gareth Barry has joined West Brom

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West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of Gareth Barry from Everton on a one-year deal.

The 36-year-old midfielder arrives for an undisclosed fee and comes with bags of Premier League experience.

Capped 53 times for England, Barry has made over 600 league appearances for Aston Villa, Manchester City and the Toffees.

The midfield stalwart won the league title and an FA Cup during his time with City and has received plenty of plaudits over the years for his play and attitude.

Barry arrives at the Hawthorns just five appearances short of overtaking Ryan Giggs as the Premier League’s all-time record appearance maker and Baggies boss Tony Pulis will understandably be delighted to add experience in the middle of the park following the departure of Darren Fletcher.

“There was a big void when we lost ‘Fletch’ and Gareth will fill that void,” Pulis told the club website.

“He’s a fantastic player and I think his attitude towards playing is really gauged by the fact that Everton had offered him a two-year contract to stay there.

“He really wants to play and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

Barry is also pleased to be joining West Brom and is targeting immediate success on the pitch.

“I want to come and help the team. That’s always been the same for me wherever I have played,” he said.

“I want to help the team improve, work hard and hopefully add quality.”

Jesse Lingard sees no limit to Manchester United potential this season

Jesse Lingard believes “anything is possible” at Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United this season.

The three years that immediately followed Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement were as frustrating as they were uninspiring for the Old Trafford faithful, but the club now appear to be back on an upward trajectory.

EFL Cup, Community Shield and Europa League glory in Mourinho’s first season largely overshadowed their sixth-placed Premier League finish, but there is now a requirement to kick on further.

Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing of West Ham was an impressive marker at the start of the domestic campaign and Lingard believes exciting times lie ahead at Old Trafford.

“It has been a long time since we’ve beaten a team 3-0, 4-0 at Old Trafford,” the winger told Press Association Sport.

“It’s a good start for us. I think anything is possible. If we really put our minds to it and really knuckle down, I think anything is possible.

“We’re obviously back in the Champions League this season so there’s many more trophies we can win.”

United certainly have the strength in depth to challenge and their summer acquisitions have brought an extra edge to the side.

Romelu Lukaku, signed in for an initial £75million, has hit three goals in two competitive matches, while defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic already looks a wily acquisition.

Named man of the match against West Ham, the former Chelsea man is not only providing a solid shield but is seen as key to unlocking the full potential of Lingard’s friend and team-mate Paul Pogba.

“You see the pace of Rashy (Marcus Rashford) and the power of Rom,” Lingard said. “That link-up over the course of the season will become stronger.

“(Matic) is taller than I originally thought! Obviously you don’t really watch a lot of other teams, but you see what he can bring: he stabilises the play, he breaks up the play.

“I think (Matic) playing behind in defensive midfield allows (Pogba) to have the freedom to go on and play and make things happen and not worry about defending when we lose the ball.”

Pogba and Lingard were at Old Trafford on Tuesday for the unveiling of a mural created by graffiti artist Alec Monopoly, whose depiction of scenes around the stadium was added to by some of the club’s players.

Mourinho was also there to see the artwork created by TAG Heuer, Manchester United‘s official timekeeper and global watch partner – and the United boss has finishing touches of his own to make in the coming weeks.

The Reds have so far been thwarted in their attempts to sign Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, but the Portuguese is still targeting someone “playing from the sides” before the window closes.

That arrival could well increase the pressure on Lingard’s place, yet the 24-year-old England international welcomes competition with open arms.

“It is good,” Lingard said. “It is obviously more competition and it makes you work harder in training.

“So it’s all good. We’ve had a lot of players come in over the past few seasons, which is always good to help build the squad up and make it stronger.

“It’s always a massive honour to run out at Old Trafford or wherever we play for Man United.

“I am always going to work hard and keep my feet on the ground.”

Lingard will certainly not be giving up his place without a fight, having had to patiently wait to make a first-team impact after several loan spells.

The 24-year-old has been rewarded with a new four-year deal after impressing Mourinho, who has sometimes deployed the England international at left wing-back recently.

“Obviously it is not my natural position,” Lingard said. “For me, obviously I like playing more forwards in a three and having that freedom to go and play.

“But if the manager wants you to play there, you’ve got to play there.

“He trusts his players which is good and it gives you the confidence to go and perform. I think that trust between the player and manager is massively important.”

Lingard has his manager’s trust, but not the height Mourinho appears to favour.

United’s summer signings to date have all been above six foot, and when asked if he felt like he was in a land of giants, Lingard said with a laugh: “Yeah, it is a very tall squad, I can say that!

“But it will help with set-pieces. We don’t score many set-pieces but hopefully we can add it to our game.”

Source: PA



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