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Salah and Liverpool cash in on Speroni shocker to go seven points clear

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Mohamed Salah’s brace moved Liverpool seven points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League title race as Julian Speroni’s error saw Crystal Palace go down 4-3 at Anfield.

Palace led thanks to Andros Townsend’s first-half goal, but quickfire strikes from Salah and Roberto Firmino turned the game around eight minutes into the second half.

James Tomkins headed Palace level but an awful error by veteran goalkeeper Speroni, tipping James Milner’s cross towards his own goal for Salah to score his 50th goal in the Premier League, gave Liverpool a lead that was later added to by Sadio Mane.

Palace netted a stoppage-time consolation through Max Meyer but Liverpool – who had Milner sent off for a second bookable offence late in the second half – held on to stretch their cushion at the top, with Manchester City away to managerless Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

Fabinho fired an early effort over Speroni’s crossbar, the 39-year-old goalkeeper becoming the oldest player to feature in the Premier League this season.

Joel Matip then headed a Milner corner narrowly wide as Liverpool pushed for the opener, but it was Palace who took the lead in the 34th minute.

Townsend, who moments earlier survived a penalty appeal for handball, slammed in a first-time finish after Wilfried Zaha beat makeshift right-back Milner far too easily to send in a fizzing low cross.

But Liverpool were level within a minute of the restart, Salah pouncing from close range with a deft close-range finish after Virgil van Dijk’s speculative drive deflected high into the air.

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Within seven minutes Liverpool were in front after another stroke of fortune, Naby Keita setting up Firmino for a shot that took a deflection to beat the helpless Speroni.

Palace drew level in the 65th minute, however, as Tomkins took advantage of slack marking to head home Luka Milivojevic’s corner at the back post, but Liverpool hit back again 10 minutes later.

Speroni’s misjudgment of a Milner cross saw the ball again loop invitingly for Salah to finish from virtually on the line.

Jeffrey Schlupp missed a great chance to score an equaliser for Palace and Liverpool were reduced to 10 men after Milner was dismissed for a second yellow card having tripped Zaha.

But Liverpool’s threat on the counter was maintained and they made sure of the points in the third minute of added time when Mane cut in from the left wing to beat Speroni.

There was still time for yet another goal, though, as substitute Meyer beat Alisson from inside the box.

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Winning a title needs some luck and Liverpool certainly had fortune on their side as Salah and Firmino benefited from deflections to score before Speroni gifted them the third goal. Former Reds boss Roy Hodgson will be wondering how his side managed to lose after scoring three.

Salah instinct brings up milestone

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Liverpool were indebted to Salah for his brace, the goals coming from a combined distance of about five yards out. He may have had little impact outside of those twin moments but, as he has so often, Salah’s quality made a big difference. He now has 50 Premier League goals and only three players have reached that landmark in fewer appearances than his 72.

Salah simulation causes anger

The Egypt superstar scored twice, but there will be more debate about an incident in the first half that saw Salah go to ground in Palace’s box exceptionally easily. After winning a number of recent penalties, Salah may be earning a reputation he will find it difficult to shake off. Palace defenders reacted angrily when he went down, but referee Jonathan Moss opted not to book Salah.

What’s next?

Crystal Palace host Tottenham in the FA Cup fourth round next weekend, but Liverpool are out so will be heading to Dubai for warm-weather training. The Reds return to Premier League action at home to Leicester City on January 30, the same day Palace are away to Southampton.

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Just In: Fan attendance authorized in EPL

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Mysoccer24.com has learned via French premium paper L’equipe, that fans will finally be allowed to watch games in England, ranging from the top-flight to the fith-tier of English football.

The ‘starved’ football and sports fans will make their return on December 2, as the PM has relaxed Covid-19 rules.

This comes barely seven months of total anguish, for fans of the so called ‘best league’ in the world.

The Premier League was suspended in March earlier this year, due to the widespread of the coronavirus outbreak, following an emergency meeting by the board.

It became the latest high-profile football competition to take preventative action, with the Champions League and Europa League, as well as La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A, announcing suspensions in the mid – March.

It became the latest high-profile football competition to take preventative action, with the Champions League and Europa League, as well as La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A, announcing suspensions in the mid – March.

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The announcement certainly has a lot to do with drugmaker Pfizer, whose coronavirus vaccine has shown it is more than 90% effective, according to the CNN — a much better than expected efficacy if the trend continues.

The interim analysis looked at the first 94 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among the more than 43,000 volunteers who got either two doses of the vaccine or a placebo. It found that fewer than 10% of infections were in participants who had been given the vaccine. More than 90% of the cases were in people who had been given a placebo.

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English Premier league: Zambo Anguissa records the most successful dribbles so far.

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Cameroon International midfielder,  Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa records the most successful dribbles in the English premier league after eight league games according to BT Sport.

The Cameroon and Fulham midfielder has been involved in all eight league games for the cottagers this season and has so far played 8 league games, one assist this season.

One of Cameroon’s valuable players at the moment,  according to English Media,  BT Sport the 25 year-old has completed 28 successful dribbles in the English premier league this season, more than any other player in the English top tier.

Top four players with the most successful Dribbles so far. 

1. Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa(Fulham)-28 successful dribbles.

2. Saint-Maxima (Newcastle United)- 26 successful dribbles.

3. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)- 21 successful dribbles.

4. Jack Grealish (Aston villa)- 20 successful dribbles.

Zambo Anguissa is not only making his name with his club but also for his country and he is regarded by many as the man of the match in Cameroon’s 4-1 victory over Mozambique in the ongoing AFCON qualifiers.

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Cameroon play Mozambique in a match day four clash in Maputo,  Mozambique tomorrow Monday November 16,  2020 at 5pm.

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Pochettino insists he has no hard feelings for Spurs or ‘good friend’ Mourinho

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Mauricio Pochettino has explained that he holds no animosity towards Tottenham after his sacking last year.

The Argentine was dismissed from his position as manager of the North London club in November 2019 following a poor run of results that saw the club sit 14th in the Premier League, just months after they lost the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Hours later, Spurs announced the signing of Jose Mourinho as the new boss after Pochettino’s five-and-a-half year reign.

The 48-year-old, who admitted he is ready to return to management, let on that he was upset following his exit from Tottenham but understood that a change may have been needed.

‘After one year now, I’m not going to say I was not disappointed,’ Pochettino told Sky Sports Monday Night Football.

‘I was a bit upset and was not happy when we left a club that you feel after five-and-a-half years the relationship is massive with the staff, players and of course the fans. I’m not going to lie.

‘But I understand football very well and the stadium maybe in our period, in the chapter, that maybe the club needed to change. But I’m not going to complain at the decision of the club.’

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Mourinho, apart from a few hiccups, has overseen an exciting season so far for the club as they sit third in the Premier League table as the highest scorers in the top flight.

Pochettino added that he had a very strong relationship with his successor and labelled him a ‘good friend’.

‘What I can do is support because I will still have a very good relationship (with the club) and the guy who replaced me was a good friend,’ he added.

‘He always treated me very good when I was at Espanyol and he was at Real Madrid. And I always remember going to watch a Champions League game of his at Ajax and we chatted before the match.

‘Someone had to tell him ‘Jose, we need to go out to the match the game is starting’. And he said, ‘Sorry, sorry’.

‘I love Tottenham and I know Jose and I want then best for him and the best way is (for him) to try to win. We missed (the chance) to win a title. That would have put the cherry on the cake.’

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Following his departure from Spurs, Pochettino has been linked with a number of European giants, with Real Madrid among those clubs reportedly eyeing up the Argentine boss.

He has also been linked with Manchester United on several occasions with constant pressure looming over current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Pochettino revealed that he and his backroom staff are still working away to find their next opportunity as he expressed his desire to return to the sidelines.

‘I am always ready to go again and be involved in the game,’ Pochettino said. ‘It’s not stress when you are working, it’s not stress going into the training round to prepare the match and to compete.

‘I hope to go back soon so we can start again to work. I am looking forward to being back in the game. I love this game but it’s difficult. We are inside and working on doing things. That’s the reality.’

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