Liverpool draw at Old Trafford to regain PL top spot

first_imgAdvertisementManchester United and Liverpool manage a 0-0 stalemate at Old Trafford tonight in what can be called an injury laden night for the hosts. The tie takes Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table, leading reigning champions, Manchester City, by a single point.Credits – Getty ImagesUnited were without forward Anthony Martial, who picked up an injury last week against PSG, while caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to have Jesse Lingard on the bench due to not being 100% fit.Things started well for the hosts who looked very organised for the first 21 minutes before Herrera had to come off after tweaking his hamstring. Rashford had started to look weak as well until five minutes later Mata was subbed off too, compelling a premature entry for an already unfit and injured Lingard. Things took a turn for the worse for Solskjaer as Lingard limped off in the 37th minute, leaving the Norwegian without any options for the remainder of the game.It was clearly a match for the defenders as both teams barely managed 6 shots throughout the game. Although the Reds had a few chances to go ahead, albeit on set pieces near the goal, the closest anyone came to scoring was Chris Smalling who completely failed to capitalize on a magnificent Romelu Lukaku through ball merely a yard away, just seconds before the final whistle.While Solskjaer will have to unhappily settle for a point, Klopp will be satisfied as Liverpool go back to the top of the table by one point, leaving Manchester City behind in the second place.Advertisementlast_img read more

CL win will only enhance Klopp legend – Benitez

first_imgLiverpool ‘Idol’ Klopp will become even more with Champions League win – Benitez Tommy Doleman 15:36 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Rafael Benitez Getty Liverpool UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Jürgen Klopp Real Madrid v Liverpool Newcastle United The Spaniard felt his world turn upside down after delivering the trophy in 2005 and he feels winning it will have a big effect on Jurgen Klopp Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez said winning the Champions League with the club changed his life and believes doing so will have a huge impact on Jurgen Klopp’s stature at Anfield.The Spaniard guided the club to a famous penalty shoot-out win over AC Milan in 2005 after they trailed 3-0 at half-time.This season, the Reds will look to emulate that success when they take on Real Madrid in Saturday’s final and the memories of that night in Istanbul have been brought up again 13 years later.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And Benitez feels the period had a huge effect on him, suggesting replicating it will change a lot for Klopp, too.”It changed my life in England,” the Newcastle United manager told reporters.”To win the league with Valencia in Spain after 31 years changed my life. To win the UEFA Cup with Valencia changed my life, it changed everything.”But to come to England and win the Champions League with a different team was massive.”Maybe it will change everything for [Jurgen] Klopp in Liverpool. He’s fine. He’s an idol now, but he will be more than that.”Benitez is still lauded by Liverpool fans for his success, but believes the current squad are stronger than the team he won the competition with.”I think this one is better,” he said. “We achieved what we achieved – we talk about the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’, but this team is better.”We had Stevie [Gerrard], of course, also some players with experience and quality, [Xabi] Alonso and [Dietmar] Hamann. We had players who worked hard; we had a very good balance.”This team also has good balance, but the front three can make a difference on their own.”Liverpool’s run to the final in 2017-18 has thrilled many and Benitez insists they could go one step further and lift the trophy again.”The difference between the Premier League and the other leagues is the intensity of the games,” he said.”Liverpool and their offensive players, their midfield and their defence have the intensity to hurt you if they do it well.”Real Madrid has the experience and the quality to match them, but Liverpool can do it. They have the energy, the passion and the desire.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more