City suffer first defeat

Manchester City have been beaten for the first time in the league this season, losing a thriller 4-3 at Liverpool.

They went into half-time level, Leroy Sane equalising after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had given the home side an early lead.

City then hit the crossbar early in the second half but were then blown away by three goals inside 10 minutes. That was not the end of the drama, with City getting the score back to 4-3, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan getting City back into it.

However they couldn't find a fourth and Liverpool held on for a priceless win which boosts their top four credentials but also gives a little hope to City's other challengers at the top of the Premier League table.

It was the home side who started on top and they got an early reward, Oxlade-Chamberlain surging forward and striking well, from 20 yards out to beat Ederson.

He could have had a second, going close later in the first half but City threatened too, notably from Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

They drew level towards the end of the half and Sane did brilliantly to control the ball and fire home though first Joe Gomez and then keeper Loris Karius could have done better for Liverpool.

City could have gone ahead five minutes after the restart, Nicolas Otamendi's header hitting the top of the bar with the keeper beaten.

However, that was their last chance of victory with Liverpool then scoring three. Robert Firmino got the better of John Stones to chip past Ederson for Liverpool's second, then, after Sadio Mane hit the post, two minutes later he went one better, smashing a shot into the top corner after good work from Mohamed Salah.

Then Salah scored himself, capitalising on a poor clearance from Ederson to chip over the keeper's head and into the empty net.

That was 4-1 and it looked game over but two goals in the last 10 minutes gave City hope and sent shivers through the Anfield home support.

First Gundogan's shot was deflected into the path of Silva and then, in the final minute Gundogan scored after good work from Aguero.

That left time added on but City weren't able to find an equaliser and they will not go through the league season unbeaten.

City still have a 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with Liverpool one of three teams now on 47 points.

However Manchester United have a game in hand and can cut the gap to 12 points if they beat Stoke City at Old Trafford on Monday night. They are 1/5 to win with Stoke 16/1.

City are 1/80 to win the Premier League with United priced at 66/1.

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Salah fit for City clash

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Mohamed Salah is fit to face Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

The Egypt international missed Liverpool's last two games with a groin injury but Klopp says he is in full training again and raring to go for the game at Anfield.

Salah has been in scintillating form for the Reds this season, scoring 17 times in 21 appearances.

"If nothing happens in this moment, Mo is back," Klopp said. "He is training completely normal.

"That is of course very important for us."

Pep Guardiola's runaway Premier League leaders will present a massive challenge for Klopp's men, as they seek to avenge a 5-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium back in September.

The Liverpool boss felt his team were playing well before Sadio Mane was sent off in that contest with the game scoreless.

"It is a big game, 100 per cent," said Klopp. "We played there a few months ago, probably one of the stranger games in my life.

"We were really good in the game. Slightly better side, slightly better chances, open game – both teams not fantastically defending but both on the front foot.

"Nice game and then we had a red card. That obviously changed the game and maybe for Man City the season."

Liverpool are 2/1 to end City's unbeaten run at Anfield. The visitors are 11/8 while the draw is 27/10.

Klopp says it is up to his players to show what they can do against the best team in the division.

"They are playing a fantastic season. Our season is not too bad but, in a game like this, you need to show that you can cause them problems, more problems than other teams can," he added.

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Klopp urges Reds to “step up”

Jurgen Klopp has challenged his Liverpool players to "step up" to fill the void left by the departure of star playmaker Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

The 25-year-old Brazil international completed a move to the Camp Nou earlier this week, with the deal reported to be worth in excess of £140million.

Part of that fee had already been used by the Reds to secure the services of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and Klopp says the players currently at Anfield are more than capable of coping without Coutinho.

Ahead of a massive Premier League clash with runaway leaders Manchester City on Merseyside on Sunday, the German told reporters: "There was no other option. We tried everything to convince Phil to stay here.

"He left Liverpool for only one club – Barcelona – but the club was fighting. It was 100 per cent clear there was no chance I could use him in the second half of the season.

"We don't have to replace him, we have to step up. We have to make the best of it and it is easy because we have fantastic players here."

One of those players, Mohamed Salah, is set to return from a groin injury to face the Citizens, with the Reds' leading scorer having missed the last two games.

Meanwhile, Klopp was non-committal about whether Van Dijk would start against City, despite having enjoyed something of a dream debut in the 2-1 FA Cup third-round derby win over Everton.

Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan are the other central defensive options at the disposal of Klopp.

Liverpool are available at 11/4 to earn a draw against City on Sunday, with a 1-1 final scoreline priced at 7/1, while the Reds are 1/3 to secure a top-four finish come the end of the season.

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And Now, for Entertainment All the Way

Liverpool vs Manchester City

Football fans, you could well be in for a treat this weekend!

Colliding are two entertaining sides who love to attack and make football betting even more of a roller coaster experience than normal.

Whatever football games you watch this coming weekend, this will be the one to keep live betting going until the very end. The one that may have more twists and turns than most.

Never mind that Manchester City are already runaway leaders and Premier League champions-elect.

Pep Guardiola’s side will have few tougher tests than this between now and May as talk grows of a possible unprecedented quadruple.

City have not lost a domestic match since April 23 last year but all things must end eventually. Could Anfield be that place?

The Reds are certainly eager to make amends for a 5-0 demolition at City in September when the harsh dismissal of Sadio Mane before half-time ended the game as a contest.

Even if Liverpool are hurting, hurting from the loss of Philippe Coutinho as he realises his boyhood dream of moving to Barcelona.

History is on their side as Jurgen Klopp’s team have not lost at home to City since May 2003, a day when the brilliance of Nicolas Anelka shone through. They will surely want to show they can beat them on their day.

This is a major test to see if City can sustain their unbeaten brilliance as they chase comparisons with the greats of English football that have gone before them.

It should be a thriller.

My only advice is: don’t bet on a goalless draw!

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Klopp vows to take his time

Head coach Jurgen Klopp says he will be cautious about fielding new Liverpool record signing Virgil van Dijk until he has adjusted to his new surroundings.

The Dutch defender sealed a £75million move from Southampton as the transfer window opened again for the New Year, but Klopp is not about to rush Van Dijk into the action, instead preferring to let the centre-back find his feet in training.

Klopp told the club's official website after a dramatic 2-1 Premier League victory at Burnley: "We made a few tests that make sense for him and for us, to see where he stands. There is no rush, we have to make sure he can perform.

"We need time. A pre-season is for that usually, but we don't have a pre-season. After the Everton (FA Cup) game we have a little bit more time, that will help.

"But it's a long-term project, so it's not important when he makes his first game, it's important how many good games he will play for Liverpool. That's what I'm interested in."

The Reds take on their city rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round on Friday evening, with Klopp also admitting that Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah are doubts for that game, having both missed out against the Clarets at Turf Moor.

Brazilian playmaker Coutinho is being bothered by a thigh injury, while goal machine Salah has a slight groin problem.

Liverpool and Everton last met in the FA Cup in April 2012, when a late Andy Carroll goal gave the Reds a 2-1 semi-final victory.

The hosts are 2/5 to win in normal time on Friday evening, with both teams to score priced at 4/5, while Liverpool are available at 9/1 to win the FA Cup for the eighth time this season.

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New Year, Old Foes: It’s Time for Premier League Betting!

A hectic week awaits sports betting fans in the Premier League, and it’s bound to get more exciting as Liverpool, Leicester and Tottenham aim to settle matters against clubs they failed to beat in the first half of the season.

All three will look to start the year right and give their European dreams a boost; however, although betting odds favour them to bag the win, it’s easier said than done.

Burnley vs Liverpool (January 1, 23:00 GMT+8)

Unbeaten for more than two months now and coming off back-to-back victories with seven goals to boast, Liverpool are looking good and bound for a top-four finish.

Burnley, however, should be able to at least slow down the Reds’ attack, just like how they did it the first time they met this season. After all, the Clarets have only lost once in six and managed to keep four clean sheets in the process.

I like the chances of Liverpool winning, though I don’t think it will be as high-scoring as their previous games especially with Mo Salah an injury doubt for the Reds. Hence, for a 🌟🌟 bet, go for Goals Under 2.50 @ 2.05.

Leicester City vs Huddersfield Town (January 1, 23:00 GMT+8)

There’s no doubt Claude Puel has brought a much-needed stability at Leicester since taking over the club, but he will surely want to take the win here to end their winless run of four in the competition.

They host the Terriers who don’t have much to boast offensively, having scored only 18 goals in 21 matches, though it should be noted this is David Wagner’s team that haven’t lost in their last four and held Burnley to a goalless draw during the weekend.

I expect a fierce fight at King Power Stadium; nonetheless, I believe the Foxes can exploit Huddersfield’s poor away form to dictate the pace of the game. With that said, for a 🌟🌟🌟 bet, I’m plumping for Leicester to have a hot start and beat a First Half Asian Handicap -0.50 @ 2.33.

Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspur (January 3, 03:45 GMT+8)

Really, who’s stopping Spurs from marching to another victory?

The Swans are in high spirits after beating Watford in Carlos Carvalhal’s first game in charge, and they will be confident in this fixture knowing that they already held Tottenham to a 0-0 stalemate last September.

However, with a set of fresh legs after a week off since their Boxing Day victory, Spurs are well poised to reign supreme.

News of Harry Kane possibly missing this game due to a cold is undoubtedly a concern, but should the England goal machine sit out, it’s just a chance for the Spurs to prove they are not a one-man team.

Both clubs have the motivation to earn all three points, though I think Tottenham’s current form gives them the edge. If you’re punting, another 🌟🌟 bet for me is Spurs First Half Asian Handicap -0.75 @ 2.09.

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Salah knock a concern for Klopp

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp is hoping that an injury to leading scorer Mohamed Salah, sustained against Leicester City, proves not to be too serious.

The Egypt international forward, who has been in outstanding from since his £34million summer arrival from AS Roma, was forced late on in the 2-1 win over Leicester, having scored both Reds' goals against the Foxes.

The issue appeared to be a leg problem, with Klopp now waiting anxiously to discover the exact nature of the injury to Salah.

He told reporters: "We have to see what his problem was. We will see what he can do for the next game.

"I don't know in this moment exactly (what the problem is), but he was limping. That's never a good sign.

"We have to check it. We tried to make a change as quick as possible and of course that is not too good."

Salah has now netted 17 Premier League goals in 21 appearances for the Merseysiders, while also contributing six goals in eight outings in the Champions League.

The former Chelsea winger currently trails Tottenham's Harry Kane by one goal in the Premier League goalscoring charts and is available at 4/1 to finish the season as top scorer, with Kane priced at 1/2.

Liverpool, who could be without Salah, are back in action on New Year's Day when they make the short trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley.

Last season this fixture ended in a 2-0 win for the Clarets, while this time around the visitors are 1/2 to claim victory and 11/10 to keep a clean sheet.

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Lloris hails record-breaking Kane

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has described team-mate Harry Kane as probably the best striker he has ever played with.

England international Kane recently broke the record for the most Premier League goals in a calendar year by recording back-to-back hat-tricks against Burnley and Southampton.

And France keeper Lloris has heaped praise on a player who is also the leading scorer in Europe in all games played in 2017, having found the net no fewer than 56 times for club and country.

He told reporters: "I've played with a lot of top strikers and probably he is the best I've played with.

"He deserves all the praise at the moment. Now the most difficult part is coming because he needs to stick at this level, but with his mentality and quality I have no doubt he will do that.

"He believes a lot in himself and that's important. It means he is able to do fantastic things with passion and hard work.

"He is still a young player with lots to achieve. He's got the right attitude, he always wants to improve. If he scores one goal in a game, he wants two or three, this is his mentality."

Kane has scored 18 Premier League goals so far this season, having ended as top scorer in both of the previous two campaigns.

The 24-year-old netted 29 league goals during the 2016/17 season and 25 during the 2015/16 campaign.

The Spurs ace is available at 1/2 to be the leading goalscorer in the Premier League this season, with Liverpool star Mohamed Salah priced at 11/2 and Manchester City frontman Sergio Aguero 6/1.

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Clash of the Cavaliers will be a Live Betting Bonanza

Arsenal vs Liverpool

Pull up a chair and don’t blink…this one is going to be a humdinger as two of the most attack-minded teams in Europe come head-to-head at the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp always set up to entertain. For their fans, it’s a rollercoaster ride; and for neutrals and sports betting players, it’s guaranteed to be end-to-end action.w

This game has everything and in league encounters, it couldn’t be much closer. Of the 55 Premier League football games contested by the two, the Gunners have won 18 while the Reds are one better at 19, with 18 draws. Just a single point separates the sides, Liverpool in fourth and Arsenal in fifth and the game could set the seasonal mood for both.

The biggest stories in pre-season surrounded two players who were heavily courted by the best teams on the planet, and both seemed to want away.

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has been the subject of Manchester City’s attention and may still end up there, while Barcelona thought they had won the service of Philippe Coutinho. But these are only two players and, while Coutinho appears to be hitting form, they have both been eclipsed in the first half of the season.

New arrival Alexandre Lacazette is the Gunners’ top scorer with eight, while Mo Salah has been the signing of the season, with 14 goals already for Pool. Add the threats of Mesut Ozil and Sadio Mane and we are sure to see fireworks.

This is not going to be a 0-0!

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Liverpool left frustrated in derby

Liverpool led throughout much of the derby against Everton but a late Wayne Rooney penalty earned the Toffees a point.

The match at Anfield finished 1-1 with Rooney's late equaliser cancelling out Mohamed Salah's brilliant goal towards the end of the first half.

The Egyptian scored his 13th goal in 12 games and his 19th of the season in the 42nd minute, getting the ball on the edge of the Everton box before getting into position and hitting a beautiful shot into the top corner giving Jordan Pickford no chance.

The visitors, under new boss Sam Allardyce, rarely threatened to get back into the contest but got the perfect opportunity in the 77th minute when Dominic Calvert-Lewin went down in the penalty area after a challenge from Dejan Lovren and the referee pointed to the spot.

Rooney stepped forward and blasted the kick into the middle of the net and, though Jurgen Klopp's side pressed for the remainder of the game, they couldn't get the winner.

So Liverpool stay fourth in the table, missing the chance to go above Chelsea into third while Everton's recent revival continues and they stay in the top half, in tenth.

Afterwards Rooney celebrated another welcome point for his side. The Everton skipper said: "It is a fantastic point for us. Liverpool are a fantastic team with good individual players.

"We knew it would be difficult and we would need to be patient. We defended brilliantly. We had two or three moments on the break that we had to take and we did that."

Both sides are back in action in midweek with Liverpool back at Anfield taking on a struggling West Brom.

Klopp's side are 1/5 for the win with the Baggies 13/1 and the draw priced at 21/4.

Liverpool are 11/2 to win the game 2-0.

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