Liverpool beats Porto again, returns to CL semifinals
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — For the second year in a row, Porto had no answer to Liverpool's attacking trio of Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
They arrived in the offseason at a combined cost of $140 million, with the intention of bringing a new dimension to Liverpool's midfield.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Different round, same comfortable win. Porto must be sick of the sight of Liverpool in the Champions League.
Liverpool built a 2-0 lead over Porto heading into the...
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool came from behind to beat Burnley 4-2 in high winds and occasional driving rain on Sunday, reducing Manchester City's Premier League lead back to one...
Liverpool back atop Premier League after 0-0 at Man United
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League by drawing 0-0 at Manchester United on Sunday in a lackluster game featuring more injuries than outstanding...
Liverpool extends lead to 5 points after draw with Leicester
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool missed a chance to move seven points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester on Wednesday.
The leaders couldn't build on a goal after 121 seconds by Sadio Mane at a snowy Anfield, with Leicester equalizing through Harry Maguire in first-half injury time and causing Liverpool problems in the second half.
Salah nets 2 as Liverpool beats Palace to keep up title push
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 4-3 on Saturday to maintain its push for the Premier League title.
Juergen Klopp's side went seven points clear of Manchester City ahead of the champions playing Huddersfield on Sunday.
Andros Townsend had given Palace a surprise lead in the first half but, after Salah leveled a minute into the second half, Roberto Firmino put Liverpool in front in the 53rd minute.
Makeshift Liverpool team loses to Wolves 2-1 in FA Cup
WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) — A makeshift Liverpool team containing three teenagers making their senior debuts was beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 in the third round of the FA Cup, with a 30-meter strike by Ruben Neves sealing the win on Monday.
Man City inflicts Liverpool’s first loss of EPL season
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Liverpool can't now win the Premier League unbeaten. Manchester City has renewed hope it won't be surrendering the trophy at all.
A title defense faltering a week ago is back on track for Pep Guardiola after City beat Liverpool 2-1 on Thursday, inflicting the leader's first league loss of the season in their 21st game.
Firmino scores 3 as Liverpool destroys Arsenal 5-1
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Roberto Firmino scored his first Premier League hat trick as Liverpool rallied to a 5-1 win over Arsenal to open a nine-point lead at the top of the standings on Saturday.
Liverpool bounced back in emphatic style to going behind in the 11th minute in another statement of intent as the team marches toward a first league title since 1990, and its 19th overall.
Firmino helps rampant Liverpool open 9-point lead in EPL
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Roberto Firmino scored with an impudent no-look finish. There were jubilant cries of "Ole!" as Liverpool played possession football near the end, and the final whistle was met with a chant of "We shall not be moved" from The Kop.
Juergen Klopp's players look unstoppable as they march toward a first English top-flight title since 1990.
Towering Van Dijk the center back Mourinho desperately needs
Jose Mourinho's dire need for a top-drawer center back at Manchester United will be brought into sharp focus when his team comes up against a defender whose commanding presence has laid the foundations for Liverpool's English Premier League title challenge.
Durable Liverpool keeps Man City in its sights in title race
Manchester City just cannot shrug off Liverpool in what is looking increasingly like a two-horse race for the Premier League title.
Three days after scoring a winner six minutes into injury time in the local derby against Everton, Liverpool needed rested stars Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah to come off the bench and help rally the team to a 3-1 win at Burnley on Wednesday.
Title-chaser Liverpool comes from behind to sink Burnley
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Juergen Klopp had to bring rested stars off the bench to ensure Liverpool came from behind to beat Burnley 3-1 in the Premier League on Wednesday and move back within two points of leader Manchester City.
After Liverpool gambled by making seven changes, Jack Cork put Burnley ahead in the 54th minute.
James Milner equalized in the 62nd and Klopp sent on Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, who converted from close range within four minutes of his arrival.
Liverpool beats Watford 3-0, Firmino ends EPL goal drought
WATFORD, England (AP) — Roberto Firmino ended his English Premier League goal drought and Mohamed Salah also scored as 10-man Liverpool maintained their unbeaten start by winning at Watford 3-0 on Saturday.
Firmino headed in a late third for Liverpool at Vicarage Road, for his first top-flight goal since Sept. 15.
Trent Alexander-Arnold's brilliant free kick made it 2-0 after Salah opened the scoring — with his sixth goal in his last seven club games — in the 67th minute from Sadio Mane's cross.
Mane agrees new long-term deal with Liverpool
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Senegal forward Sadio Mane agreed a new long-term contract with Liverpool on Thursday.
The length of the deal was undisclosed by the English Premier League club, but media reports suggested it would run until 2023.
Mane joins fellow strikers Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in signing new contracts in the last six months.
Milner milestone in vain as Arsenal holds Liverpool 1-1
LONDON (AP) — Liverpool midfielder James Milner's 50th English Premier League goal was not enough to secure victory as his side had to settle for 1-1 against fellow title chaser Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
The teams had first-half strikes ruled out for offside and the visitors were particularly unfortunate to see Sadio Mane's effort disallowed.
Jesus scores as Brazil beats Saudi Arabia 2-0 in friendly
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Gabriel Jesus and Alex Sandro scored a goal each as Brazil defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a friendly on Friday.
Jesus opened the scoring after a pass by Neymar in the 43rd minute and Alex Sandro sealed the victory with a header near the end of the match at King Saud University Stadium.
Dutch referee Danny Makkelie sent off Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais in the 84th after a video review showed he touched the ball with his hand out of his box.
Eye for goal: Firmino recovers to seal Liverpool win vs PSG
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Celebrating Liverpool's stoppage-time winner by covering his left eye, Roberto Firmino was finally able to jest about the injury that nearly denied him a chance to face Paris Saint-Germain.
Assurances the scratch on the cornea had cleared up only came hours before kickoff in the Champions League on Tuesday.
"I can open the eye again," Firmino told Juergen Klopp, according to his manager after the 3-2 victory.
Messi scores another hat trick, Mbappe’s mistake sinks PSG
PARIS (AP) — If the World Cup had given the impression that Lionel Messi was slipping down soccer's pecking order, the Argentine star made it clear he remains at the top of his game.
Liverpool exploits Tottenham’s World Cup fatigue for 5th win
LONDON (AP) — Liverpool can cope without Mohamed Salah scoring. Not so Tottenham when a lethargic Harry Kane is misfiring.
Chasing a first English title since 1990, Liverpool swept to a fifth successive win at the start of the Premier League on Saturday with goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino clinching a 2-1 win at Tottenham.
Chelsea, Liverpool maintain EPL perfection after 5 games
LONDON (AP) — The foundations are being laid for one of the English Premier League's most exhilarating and competitive title races.
For the first time since the league's inception 26 years ago, two teams — Chelsea and Liverpool — have a 100 percent winning record after five matches.
Liverpool’s Firmino could miss PSG game after scratching eye
LONDON (AP) — Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino's left eye was scratched during Saturday's game at Tottenham and he could miss the Champions League group-stage opener against Paris Saint-Germain.
The forward went to a London hospital after the clash with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen in the 75th minute of Liverpool's 2-1 victory at Wembley in the English Premier League.
Liverpool survives Alisson’s mistake, beats Leicester 2-1
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Liverpool survived an embarrassing mistake from Brazil goalkeeper Alisson to beat Leicester 2-1 on Saturday for a fourth straight win to open the Premier League season.
Attempting a Cruyff turn in his own area to get round Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho, Alisson got the ball caught in his feet and lost possession. Iheanacho squared the ball for Rachid Ghezzal to make it 2-1 in the 63rd minute.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The liveliest selection debate swirling around Brazil's national team heading into the World Cup has become more intense one game into the tournament.
Should it be Gabriel Jesus or Roberto Firmino in the lone-striker role?
A favorite of Tite's since the coach took charge in June 2016, the 21-year-old Jesus started Brazil's opening group game — a 1-1 draw against Switzerland — but struggled to impose himself.
VIENNA (AP) — Neymar scored his second goal in two matches since returning from injury on Sunday, netting with a superb second-half strike as Brazil defeated Austria 3-0 in its final warmup game ahead of the World Cup.
Set up by Willian in the 63rd minute, Neymar wrong-footed Austria defender Aleksandar Dragovic with a quick move and converted through the legs of goalkeeper Heinz Lindner for Brazil's second goal.
LONDON (AP) — Roberto Firmino's first selection by Brazil four years ago wasn't popular.
Then-coach Dunga was known for casting his net wide, and he plucked Firmino out of Hoffenheim, a mid-table club in the Bundesliga. Firmino and Hoffenheim were on the rise, but both were still relative mysteries to Brazil fans and pundits.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — The most loved Brazilian at Anfield, especially after Philippe Coutinho left for Barcelona, is Roberto Firmino. And it may seem likely that a striker who netted 27 goals for Liverpool last season would be strongly favored to be Brazil's No. 9 at the World Cup. But that doesn't intimidate 21-year-old sensation Gabriel Jesus, who has held that shirt for two years now.
LONDON (AP) — Roberto Firmino joined up with Brazil's World Cup squad earlier than expected and was rewarded by coach Tite with a place up front alongside Neymar in training on Tuesday.
The Liverpool striker, expected to vie for a spot with Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, lined up with Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar and Chelsea's Willian in an open session at Tottenham's training center.
Firmino signs new long-term deal at Liverpool
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has signed a new long-term deal at the Premier League club.
The Brazil international joined Liverpool from Hoffenheim in the offseason in 2015 and has become an increasingly influential member of the team as its central striker, scoring 50 goals in 140 appearances.
Liverpool announced the contract extension on Sunday, with Firmino saying: "It was an easy decision. The club have taken me in in an incredible way and I've grown a lot here."
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah looked to the ground and held up his hands, almost apologizing for the sheer beauty of his goals.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp laughed to himself in incredulity. Roma's players, former teammates of Salah, were shellshocked. Anfield rocked in jubilation.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah became the third Liverpool player in history to score 40 goals in a single season by netting once again in a 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
The Egypt forward joined Roger Hunt and Ian Rush in the 40 club with a second-half header that added to Sadio Mane's early strike and preceded Roberto Firmino's late goal.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Slaloming past opponents at a snowy Anfield, Mohamed Salah produced a blizzard of goals in his most devastating performance yet for Liverpool.
Salah scored his first Liverpool hat trick, added another goal for good measure and created one for Roberto Firmino in a 5-0 Premier League victory over Watford on Saturday.
It took Liverpool up to third place between Manchester United and Tottenham, who on Saturday were securing their passages to the FA Cup semifinals.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah scored four goals and set up another in Liverpool's 5-0 victory over Watford in the Premier League on Saturday, cementing his status as the most prolific forward in Europe's leading competitions.
The Egypt international's first hat trick for Liverpool took his tally to 36 in his first season at the club, including 28 in the league.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah netted in a seventh successive match to continue the best scoring spree in Europe's big five leagues as Liverpool defeated Newcastle 2-0 on Saturday.
It was Salah's 32nd goal in all competitions, and the 26th club match he has scored in, eclipsing the likes of Paris Saint Germain's Edinson Cavani (24) and Barcelona's Lionel Messi (20).
Lethal front 3 lifts Liverpool into 2nd place in EPL
The scoring prowess of Liverpool's forward line hasn't been diminished by Philippe Coutinho's departure to Barcelona.
For the second straight game, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane all scored as Liverpool climbed into second place in the English Premier League with a 4-1 home win over West Ham on Saturday.
Mane scores hat trick as Liverpool routs Porto 5-0
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Liverpool put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with a 5-0 away rout of Porto in the first leg of their last-16 match on Wednesday.
Sadio Mane scored a hat trick and Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino provided the other two goals to give the Premier League side a huge advantage ahead of the second leg at Anfield on March 6.
Liverpool bounces back with 3-0 win at Huddersfield
HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Liverpool bounced back from two straight losses with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield that cemented the team's place in the top four of the Premier League on Tuesday.
Emre Can opened the scoring with a fiercely-struck shot on the bounce from outside the area and Roberto Firmino doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime, squeezing in a finish from an acute angle.
Liverpool sends out-of-favor Sturridge on loan to West Brom
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool sent Daniel Sturridge on loan to fellow English Premier League team West Bromwich Albion on Monday after the striker dropped out of favor at Anfield.
West Brom, which is next to last in the standings, said Sturridge has joined until the end of the season.
Roberto Firmino has established himself as the first-choice striker at Liverpool, and manager Juergen Klopp preferred Dominic Solanke or Danny Ings as a back-up ahead of Sturridge.
City’s unbeaten run in EPL ends with 4-3 loss at Liverpool
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Manchester City's 22-match unbeaten start to the Premier League came to an end with a 4-3 loss to Liverpool in a wild and thrilling game at Anfield on Sunday.
City finally faltered at a ground where the team has a long history of struggles — with just one league win in 37 years — and was ultimately undone by nine minutes of mayhem, when Liverpool hounded City's defense and scored three goals.
Without Coutinho, Klopp’s Liverpool looks to bring down City
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Roberto Firmino likely spoke for lots of Liverpool fans when he posted a message to Philippe Coutinho via Instagram following his fellow Brazilian's move to Barcelona.
"Liverpool is no longer the same without you my magical brother," Firmino wrote.
Liverpool to co-operate over incident in Merseyside derby
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool says the club will co-operate with soccer authorities following a confrontation between striker Roberto Firmino and Everton opponent Mason Holgate during the Merseyside derby match on Friday.
Holgate angrily remonstrated with the referee, Bobby Madley, after being verbally abused by Firmino toward the end of the first half of the third-round match in the FA Cup at Anfield.
Klavan grabs late winner for Liverpool at Burnley
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Ragnar Klavan headed home from close range in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn Liverpool a 2-1 win at Burnley in the Premier League on Monday.
The Estonia defender got on the end of a nod-down by fellow center back Dejan Lovren to grab the winner at Turf Moor, sealing Liverpool's third straight win and cementing fourth place in the standings for Juergen Klopp's side.
Liverpool grabs late winner; struggling Stoke loses again
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool scored a goal in the fourth minute of injury time to beat Burnley 2-1 away in the Premier League, while Mark Hughes' job as Stoke manager was looking increasingly fragile after the team's loss at home to Newcastle on Monday.
Ragnar Klavan headed home the winning goal at Turf Moor as Liverpool earned a hard-fought victory without three of its "Fab 4" attack, with Roberto Firmino demoted to the bench and both Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah declared injured.
Liverpool finds clinical edge to beat Swansea 5-0 in EPL
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool handed struggling Swansea an expected 5-0 thrashing in the English Premier League on Tuesday.
The win kept Liverpool in the top four, a point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham. However, Juergen Klopp's side was 17 points adrift of leader Manchester City, which plays Newcastle on Wednesday.
Having fired Paul Clement a week ago, managerless Swansea remained on the bottom of the table.
Salah reaches 20 goals as Liverpool thrashes Bournemouth 4-0
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah reached 20 goals in all competitions in his first season for Liverpool by scoring in a 4-0 win over Bournemouth that lifted his team into the Premier League's top four on Sunday.
In a devastating attacking display by Liverpool on the south coast, the Egypt winger was an inevitable scorer to move his league-high tally to 14 goals.
Coutinho scores 3, Liverpool routs Spartak 7-0 in CL
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Four months after asking to leave Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho scored a hat trick wearing the captain's armband to propel the club into the Champions League knockout stage on a record-setting night for English soccer.
The Brazil playmaker headlined a devastating display by Liverpool in its 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday, with the other three members of the attacking "Fab 4" — Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah — also scoring.
Jo leads Brazilian league in scoring, eyes World Cup spot
SAO PAULO (AP) — The player once known as "Lazy Jo" is no more.
Jo, who flopped at Manchester City as a youngster, became on Sunday the top goal-scorer of the Brazilian championship. The former beer-drinking and now church-going 30-year-old Jo is in such form that Brazil coach Tite believes he could make the team for the World Cup.
Firmino, Coutinho sparkle as Liverpool thrashes Brighton 5-1
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah had a rare quiet day but it didn't stop Liverpool powering to a 5-1 win at Brighton on Saturday for its biggest victory this season.
Roberto Firmino scored twice while Philippe Coutinho added another goal and set up three as Brighton failed to deal with Liverpool's ability on the counterattack at the Amex Stadium.
Sevilla draws after Liverpool wastes 3-goal lead in CL
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — With their team down 3-0 after only 30 minutes, some Sevilla fans started heading out of Sanchez Pizjuan-Stadium.
They left too soon.
Sevilla recovered from Liverpool's blitz start by salvaging a 3-3 draw with an injury-time equalizer in the Champions League on Tuesday.