MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Jurgen Klopp’s trademark toothy grin has become somewhat of a rare sight in the Premier League this season.
More frequently, he has worn the look of a man with pressing concerns, perhaps having come to the crushing realization that even his special talents can only go so far.
LONDON (AP) — Wesley Fofana became one of the most expensive defenders in soccer history after securing a move to Chelsea from Premier League rival Leicester for a reported fee of 75 million pounds ($87 million) on Wednesday.
Their foreheads nearly touching, Liverpool teammates James Milner and Virgil van Dijk exchanged furious words on the field. They pointed, gesticulated, looked utterly disgusted.
Liverpool had just fallen behind for the seventh straight Premier League and, amid the bedlam inside a reawakened Old Trafford, two of the team’s senior players were going after each other.
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is in contention to win English football's Player of the Year award for the third straight season.
De Bruyne was on a six-man shortlist for the award announced Wednesday, alongside Liverpool trio Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Tuesday:
Liverpool looks to extend the Premier League title race with Manchester City to the final round on Sunday by avoiding defeat at Southampton.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Liverpool has ensured the Premier League's thrilling title race will stretch into the final week of the season.
A come-from-behind 2-1 win at Aston Villa, sealed by a 65th-minute header by Sadio Mane, showed Liverpool's heart for the fight and moved Jürgen Klopp's team level on points with Manchester City on Tuesday.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — A place in the Champions League semifinals secured. The dream of an unprecedented quadruple of trophies still intact. Key players rested amid a hectic schedule.
Liverpool is in a good place entering the home straight of what could turn out to be the club’s greatest ever season.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool trimmed the gap on Premier League leader Manchester City to just three points after clinically dismantling Leeds in a 6-0 thrashing on Wednesday.
Mohamed Salah converted two penalties in the first half — either side of a rare goal from center back Joel Matip from open play — to take his tally to 27 for the season, and 19 in the league.
MILAN (AP) — When a breakthrough is proving elusive, Liverpool can still prosper from a set piece.
After 75 minutes of caution — even tedium — in the Champions League at Inter Milan, Andy Robertson swung in a corner that was met at the near post by Roberto Firmino glancing in a header, with his back to goal.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool forward Diogo Jota scored twice to reach the 100-goal mark for his club career and give Liverpool a 2-0 win over Leicester in the Premier League.
Jota has now scored in 18 different Premier League games for Liverpool, of which it has won 15 and drawn three, and he is proving an integral part of the club’s challenge on four fronts.
LONDON (AP) — Liverpool reduced the gap at the top of the Premier League to nine points after a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Virgil Van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored in the first half but Patrick Vieira’s side reduced the deficit through Odsonne Edouard's goal after the break.
LONDON (AP) — The only winner Sunday was Manchester City. And Romelu Lukaku certainly lost out.
What a pulsating, entertaining encounter for Lukaku to miss — not out of his own choosing — as Chelsea recovered to draw 2-2 with Liverpool without the temporarily exiled striker.
A look at what’s happening in the Premier League on Tuesday as teams look to negotiate their way through coronavirus cases and England's busy festive fixture schedule:
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool turned up the pressure on English Premier League leader Chelsea by coasting to a second successive 4-0 victory at Anfield, with Southampton the overpowered team this time.
PARIS (AP) — While Kylian Mbappe’s four goals in an 8-0 rout of Kazakhstan ensured defending champion France reached next year’s World Cup along with victorious Belgium, the Netherlands failed to join them Saturday after conceding two late goals.
Virgil van Dijk has been spared Champions League duty so far this season as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken care not to overload his star defender after a serious knee injury.
It looks like it’s time, however, for the Dutchman to make his return to European competition.
It was a game that propelled Erling Haaland further into soccer’s wider consciousness, earned Takumi Minamino a dream move to the English Premier League, and made American coach Jesse Marsch go viral with an animated, expletive-laden halftime speech.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Steven Bergwijn was recalled to the Netherlands squad Friday for three World Cup qualifiers following his strong start to the Premier League season with Tottenham.
Bergwijn, who has scored one goal in 12 appearances for his country, has been a prominent part of Tottenham's successful start this month.
EVIAN, France (AP) — Liverpool center-back Virgil van Dijk is “ready to crack on” with more minutes in the team's next preseason match as he returns from knee surgery, though it's unclear if he'll be ready for the start of the new season.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — For several key players in the Netherlands squad, this year's European Championship is an opportunity to rebound after a disappointing season.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool bolstered its defensive corps Friday by agreeing to a contract with Ibrahima Konate from German club Leipzig.
Terms of the deal with the 22-year-old center back were not disclosed but British media reported the transfer fee was about $50 million.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Netherlands coach Frank de Boer included two teenagers in his squad for next month's European championships, with both defender Jurriën Timber and midfielder Ryan Gravenberch the latest products from the prodigious Ajax youth program.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — No trophy to celebrate this year but clinching Champions League qualification proved a welcome consolation prize for Liverpool.
Fans were allowed back into Anfield for the first time in 2021 in time to see Sadio Mane's double clinch a final-day 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk has ruled himself out of next month's European Championship, saying he wanted to use the offseason to complete his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury.
The Liverpool center back has been out since October after damaging his anterior cruciate ligaments in a challenge with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in a Premier League game...
American defender Aaron Long and winger Paul Arriola could be loaned to European soccer clubs from Major League Soccer after the United States’ exhibition against Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday in Orlando, Florida...
Virgil van Dijk has been a commanding — even transcendent — presence at the heart of Liverpool’s defense throughout the team’s rise to the top of English and European soccer in recent years...
Adopting his trademark crouching position in the technical area, Marcelo Bielsa closely studied the mayhem unfolding in front of him on the Anfield pitch...
Liverpool didn't slip up this time.
A 2-0 win over Chelsea — sealed by a stunning long-range goal by Mohamed Salah — preserved Liverpool's two-point lead in the Premier League over Manchester City, which beat Crystal Palace 3-1 earlier Sunday.
Brazil goalkeeper Alisson became the world's most expensive goalkeeper on Thursday when he joined Liverpool from Roma.
Roma said the deal for Brazil's starting goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia "could be worth up to 72.5 million euros" ($84.5 million).