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Preview: Cardiff City vs. Liverpool – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Premier League clash between relegation-threatened Cardiff City and title-chasing Liverpool. Liverpool‘s quest for a first top-flight title since 1990 takes them to South Wales on Easter Sunday as they face a Cardiff City side fighting for their Premier League lives. The hosts go into the weekend with a two-point lead at the top of the table, whereas Cardiff are two points adrift of safety at the other end of the standings. Cardiff © Reuters Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has suggested that he is fearful of a “battering” at the hands of Sunday’s opponents, but in private he may be much more optimistic about their chances of getting something from the game. Any side battling against relegation can be a dangerous proposition, and Cardiff...

How Liverpool could line up against Cardiff City

Sports Mole looks at how Liverpool could line up against Cardiff City as they attempt to take another step closer to a first top-flight title since 1990. Liverpool turn their attentions back to a fascinating Premier League title race on Sunday when they face a Cardiff City side fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table. The Reds make the trip to South Wales having comfortably sealed their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League, and a league and European double remains a realistic goal for Jurgen Klopp‘s side. However, they know that even a perfect end to the season may not be enough to pip Manchester City to the title and they could be knocked off top spot by the time they face Cardiff on Sunday. Here, Sports Mole looks at how the Merseysiders could line up for an...

Result: Liverpool thrash Porto to set up Champions League showdown with Barcelona

Liverpool register a 4-1 victory over Porto in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final to set up a last-four showdown with Barcelona. Liverpool have progressed through to the Champions League semi-finals courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Porto at Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday night. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk all got on the scoresheet to secure a 6-1 aggregate success over their Portuguese opponents. Jurgen Klopp‘s side will now take on Barcelona in the last four, with the first leg taking place at Camp Nou on April 30. Porto went into the contest requiring at least two goals, and the home side went close during the opening minute as Jesus Corona sent a left-footed strike marginally over the far top corner. Sergio Conceicao‘s sid...

Dejan Lovren, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain absent from Liverpool training

Captain Jordan Henderson did train after being forced off on Sunday. Defender Dejan Lovren and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were absent from Liverpool‘s training session ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second leg in Porto. However, captain Jordan Henderson – forced off in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea with an ankle problem – was able to join his team-mates on Tuesday at Melwood. Lovren, who played in last week’s 2-0 first-leg victory, would have been in contention for another start at the Estadio do Dragao, although he may yet travel with the squad when they fly out to Portugal later in the day. Oxlade-Chamberlain has been training with the first team regularly now since coming back from serious knee injury sustained a year ago but, although he played ...

Premier League Team of the Week – Lucas Moura, Kevin De Bruyne, Virgil van Dijk

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 34, including Lucas Moura, Kevin De Bruyne and Virgil van Dijk. The 2018-19 Premier League season edged one more game towards its conclusion this weekend, with Liverpool still leading a title race which looks set to go down to the wire. Manchester City momentarily returned to the top of the table with a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday, but the Reds responded by beating Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield to move two points clear – albeit having played a game more than the champions. Chelsea’s defeat at Anfield saw their top-four hopes take a blow as Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal all won, with Spurs among the biggest victors of the weekend courtesy of their 4-0 triumph over relegated Huddersfiel...

Preview: Porto vs. Liverpool – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Porto and Liverpool. Liverpool hold a 2-0 advantage over Porto ahead of Wednesday evening’s quarter-final second leg at the Estadio do Dragao. Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino struck in the first half at Anfield last week but the Reds could not kill off the tie, leaving them with some work to do in this return fixture. Porto © Reuters Porto may have it all to do in the second leg, but they do at least have a shot of reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 2003-04 when they went on to lift the trophy under Jose Mourinho. That is more than can be said 13 months ago when crashing to a 5-0 first-leg loss to the same opponents in the last 16, rendering the ...

Result: Liverpool back on top of Premier League with win over Chelsea

Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League table courtesy of a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield. Liverpool have returned to the top of the Premier League table courtesy of a 2-0 win over Chelsea in Sunday afternoon’s entertaining clash at Anfield. Manchester City had moved to the summit with a 3-1 victory at Crystal Palace earlier in the afternoon, but the Reds regained first position with a two-goal success over the Blues, who stay fourth in the division. Jurgen Klopp‘s side are again two points clear of City, but the reigning champions do have a game in hand, meaning that the advantage is still with the Citizens. © Reuters There were no real surprises in the Liverpool XI, with the big decision perhaps seeing Naby Keita keep his spot ahead of Georginio Wijnaldum, while J...

Combined XI: Liverpool vs. Chelsea

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Liverpool and Chelsea ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash between the two sides. The biggest game in the Premier League this weekend takes place at Anfield on Sunday as title challengers Liverpool face top-four chasing Chelsea. Both teams have some momentum on their side heading into the heavyweight tussle, as the Reds have won six matches in a row and the Blues are on a four-match winning streak. There is no doubt that Liverpool have had the better season of the two sides, boasting 16 points more than their opponents, but how many of Chelsea’s players would make it into Jurgen Klopp‘s side? With that question in mind, Sports Mole has selected a combined XI from both squads, using only players available f...

Champions League Team of the Week – Roberto Firmino, Son Heung-min, Frenkie de Jong

Sports Mole selects its Champions League team of the week for the first legs of the quarter-finals, including Roberto Firmino, Son Heung-min and Frenkie de Jong. A star-studded quarter-final stage of the Champions League began this week with eight European heavyweights doing battle to give themselves a first-leg advantage in the race to reach the last four. Tottenham Hotspur made it two wins from two at their brand new stadium with a 1-0 victory over domestic rivals Manchester City, although it was not all good news for the North Londoners as they lost Harry Kane to a serious-looking ankle injury. Barcelona are in the driving seat against Manchester United courtesy of a 1-0 win at Old Trafford, giving them a crucial away goal to take back to the Camp Nou next week despite not being at thei...

Jordan Henderson feels more comfortable in new advanced role at Liverpool

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson’s heart-to-heart with manager Jurgen Klopp has produced instant results as the midfielder feels more comfortable in his new advanced role. It speaks volumes about the 28-year-old’s relationship with his experienced boss that he was able to make the suggestion he should be played further forward as a ‘number eight’. Equally, the fact Henderson was prepared – and still is – to play the holding position for so long in order to accommodate other midfielders highlights his willingness to make personal sacrifices for the sake of the team. But with summer signing Fabinho having found his feet and excelling as the deep-lying midfielder, Henderson saw his chance to expand his contribution. As a result Liverpool have benefited as he scored his first goal in almost ...

Result: Liverpool on course for Champions League semi-finals after Porto win

Liverpool take control of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Porto as goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino give them a 2-0 win in the first leg at Anfield. Liverpool have taken control of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Porto courtesy of a 2-0 victory in the first leg at Anfield this evening. The Reds – who beat the same opponents 5-0 on aggregate in the round-of-16 last season – looked like they could be on course for a similar rout when Naby Keita gave them the lead after only five minutes. Roberto Firmino then doubled that advantage before the half-hour mark as Liverpool cruised to a comfortable victory that leaves them on course for a second consecutive semi-final, crucially avoiding conceding an away goal in the process. © Reuters Porto were k...

Premier League Team of the Week – Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard, Jamie Vardy

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week from a depleted gameweek 33, including Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard and Jamie Vardy. Liverpool sit two points clear at the top of the Premier League at the end of gameweek 33 after beating Southampton 3-1 at St Mary’s on Friday night. Champions Manchester City were in FA Cup action during a depleted weekend of Premier League football, allowing the Reds to once again rise to the summit – albeit having played a game more than their title rivals. There were more twists in the top-four race too as Chelsea beat West Ham United on Monday night to move into third place, taking full advantage of Arsenal‘s slip-up against Everton on Sunday. Burnley came from behind to beat Bournemouth and give their survival hopes of massive bo...

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