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Manchester City honour Liverpool, then hammer them 4-0

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Manchester City honour Liverpool, then hammer them 4-0


Hosts Manchester City generously applauded new champions Liverpool at the Etihad stadium before their English Premier League (EPL) match on Thursday and promptly showed no mercy by thrashing them 4-0.

With the title secured a week ago, there was little at stake for Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool side who showed far from their usual levels of intensity.

But the loss, just their second of the league campaign, was an emphatic reminder that Manchester City would be desperate to regain their crown next season.

Klopp was quick to defend his team’s attitude, rejecting any suggestion they had taken the game lightly.

“I saw a brilliant attitude. I saw fight. We didn’t behave like somebody who became champions a week ago. We lacked fluidity. And in some 50-50 situations they were quicker than us,” he said.

“Manchester City are incredible. I saw their season, they didn’t play a bad game even when they lost,” he said.

After the guard of honour, which included Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, the visitors started brightly.

Ederson had to be alert to keep out a fourth minute effort from Mohamed Salah.

Salah then struck the post after a clever pass from Roberto Firmino, whose hair was coloured red.

But if Liverpool thought they were in for another night of festivities, they were in for a rude awakening.

Joe Gomez could not cope with Raheem Sterling’s twisting and turning in the box, pulling him to the ground before Kevin De Bruyne converted the penalty kick in the 25th minute.

Sterling doubled the lead 10 minutes later when, after a swift break, Phil Foden found him inside the box and the ex-Liverpool forward cut inside Gomez and slid the ball home.

The 20-year-old Foden made it 3-0, firing past Alisson after a swift exchange with Kevin De Bruyne.

Manchester City were showing an unusual willingness to play long balls and after Rodri launched a pass deep to De Bruyne, the Belgian found Sterling inside the penalty box.

He slipped the ball goalwards, with substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s outstretched touch only turning it into his own net.

It could have been even worse for Liverpool with Riyad Mahrez’s fine solo effort in the final moments, but VAR spotted a handball by Foden in the build-up.

The loss was the joint-heaviest defeat by a side already crowned Premier League champions.

Arsenal were beaten 4-0 at Liverpool in 1997/1998 in the game after they clinched the title.

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Manchester City sign Valencia winger on 5-year deal

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Manchester City announced on Tuesday they have signed Spanish winger Ferran Torres from Valencia, with the 20-year-old putting pen to paper on a five-year deal.


Financial details were not disclosed by the English Premier League (EPL) clubside, but British media reported the transfer fee was 23 million euros (20.73 million pounds).

Torres scored six goals and had eight assists for Valencia in all competitions last season as they came ninth in the Spanish La Liga.

“I am so happy to be joining Manchester City. Every player wants to be involved in attacking teams and Manchester City are one of the most attacking in world football,” Torres told the club website.

“Pep (Guardiola) encourages a really open, aggressive style, which I love, and he is a manager with a proven track record of improving players. To have him overseeing my development is a dream.”

Torres joins Manchester City as a replacement for Germany winger Leroy Sane who moved to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich last month for 45 million euros plus add-ons.

“He’s young and still developing, but his technical qualities are exactly what we are looking for in a winger,” Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said of Torres.

“He’s quick, direct, can create space with one movement and is capable of producing match-winning moments.”

Manchester City have also been linked with a 41 million pounds (53.56 million dollars) move for Bournemouth central defender Nathan Ake.

This is noteworthy as Guardiola looks to close the gap on Premier League champions Liverpool next season.

Second-placed Manchester City finished 18 points adrift of the Anfield side but won the League Cup and are still in the UEFA Champions League.

They lead Real Madrid 2-1 ahead of their last 16 second leg home match on Friday.

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Fulham back in EPL after Bryan’s extra time double in playoff final

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Fulham made an immediate return to the English Premier League (EPL) as two extra time goals from full-back Joe Bryan gave them a 2-1 win over Brentford on Tuesday.


The win was in the English Championship playoff final match at Wembley Stadium.

Bryan opened the scoring near the end of the first period of extra time.

He spotted Brentford goalkeeper David Raya out of position and anticipating a cross from his deep free-kick, and he cleverly drove the ball into the bottom corner.

The Spanish goalkeeper was slow to react, once Bryan had opted to shoot.

But the lead was a deserved one for Scott Parker’s side, who had the better of what had been a cagey 90 minutes.

Bryan made sure of the victory with a second goal three minutes from the end of the second period of extra time.

He clipped home from close range after a burst forward down the left and a quick exchange with substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Henrik Dalsgaard pulled a goal back for Brentford in the final seconds.

But there was no time for a recovery by the Bees, who were searching for a place in the top flight for the first time since 1947.

“I’m not the hero,” said Bryan, as his team mates celebrated their swift return back to the Premier League a year after relegation.

It was an achievement worth around 135 million pounds (176.34 million dollars) over three years for the west London club.

“Every single one of them boys, players, staff, supporters, everything’s been with us all season. It’s been absolutely unbelievable.

“We’ve been written off, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 times. I think I even read somewhere that we were supposed to be scared of them.

”But we took it to them and we scored twice, even though they made it hard for us,” added Bryan.

 

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Liverpool’s title win a ‘gift that keeps on giving’, says owner Henry

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Nearly 10 years after Fenway Sports Group took over Liverpool, owner John W. Henry said that he could not be prouder of the club after they won their first top flight league title for 30 years.


Liverpool claimed the Premier League title in June with seven games to spare after the season resumed following a three-month suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under Juergen Klopp, the Anfield club had won their sixth Champions League crown last season but Henry said getting their hands on the league title for a 19th time was the icing on the cake.

“It was a long time coming. “I just want to say (to the supporters) that you’ve waited a long time for this … this really feels sort of like the gift that keeps on giving.

“Every day I get up, it’s front and centre that we won (in) England finally.

“So, that’s my wish for you, that every morning you get up for the next, as long as you can accomplish it, think about what we accomplished this year in Europe, England and I hope you feel as proud as I do,” Henry told the club website

Henry, whose Fenway Sports Group took over Liverpool in October 2010, also praised Klopp for his role in the club’s success.

“I could go on and on about Juergen and how his heart is larger than his frame, how his enthusiasm affects all of us positively every day.

“But I think what’s important is he is determined every day to do the right thing, whether it’s with regard to what happens on the pitch, whether it’s regard to nutrition for the club… and that rubs off,” the 70-year-old American businessman said.

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2020/2021 EPL start date too early for Chelsea, Lampard says

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says starting the new English Premier League (EPL) season on Sept. 12 is too early.


The former England international said his players run the risk of sustaining injuries, given the short turnaround between campaigns.

Chelsea trail Bayern Munich 3-0 heading into the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie on Saturday.

Even if they fail to overcome the deficit, Lampard’s side will have little over a month to recover before the new season begins.

“I am guessing we will be told when we start and that will be dependent on how we go against Bayern Munich,” Lampard said.

“It is not ideal if we carry on against Bayern Munich —- the players need to be given a break to play at the level and the quality product that the Premier League is.

“Even in a worst-case scenario, we don’t go through against Bayern Munich, the 12th (Sept. 12) feels too early for me for the players to start playing again.”

Cesar Azpilicueta, Christian Pulisic and Pedro picked up injuries during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup final and Lampard fears other players could meet a similar fate.

“The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings and had players pull out of the game before this. I will like to think the Premier League will look seriously at that,” he said.

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