How Salah, Mane and Keita celebrated Liverpool’s Premier League trophy

The Reds were handed the coveted trophy on Wednesday and the African stars have taken to social media to express their joy

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita have shared their feelings after Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions on Wednesday.  

Jurgen Klopp’s men were presented with the trophy during their last home game of the 2019-20 season against Chelsea at Anfield.

The Reds secured a 5-3 thrilling victory over the Blues with goals from Keita, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain which rendered efforts from Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic as mere consolations.

Salah was a key man in the title success, the Egypt international bagged 19 goals in the division and provided 10 assists in 33 appearances amid other dazzling displays.  

The fleet-footed forward joined the Reds in the summer of 2017 from Serie A side AS Roma and he has not failed to live up to expectations in all three seasons at Anfield.  

Salah has now scored 73 league goals since teaming up with Liverpool and will now add the Premier League trophy to his Champions League, Uefa Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup diadems he had previously won at Anfield.

Mane has stood out as one of the consistent players in front of goal for the Reds since signing for the club from Southampton in the summer of 2016.  

The forward had scored 62 league goals in his four-year stay so far and this season, he has bagged 17 strikes and provided nine assists in 34 appearances to ensure his side scooped the coveted trophy.

Keita’s campaign at Anfield has been blighted with injury problems which have prevented him from featuring regularly for Klopp’s side.

The midfielder is, however, now back to his best and scored a cracking opening goal against Chelsea. He has made 17 league appearances, scoring two goals and providing three assists for the Anfield outfit.  

The Guinea international had taken to social media to express his feelings after adding the Premier League title to the previous trophies he won at the club.  

The African stars will hope to help Liverpool finish the 2019-20 campaign with a victory when they face Newcastle United in their last game of the season on Sunday.  

Liverpool lifts Premier League trophy after thrashing Chelsea 5 – 3 at Anfield (Photos)

Champions of England, Liverpool have been presented the Premier League trophy following their 5-3 win against Chelsea at Anfield on Wednesday, July 22. 
The Jurgen Klopp’s side dominated the Premier League this year and won the league with seven games to spare in late June. It took them 28 wins and 86 points to win the title.
They were first confirmed champions of Premier League 2019/2020 season after Chelsea defeated Manchester City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge last month to deny them the chance of defending the title and paving the way for The Reds to get their hands on the title after a 30-year wait. 

Speaking to Sky Sports after his side were crowned champions. Jurgen Klopp said: ‘That’s how life is you make the best of what you get. Everything would be better with fans but we’ve known for six months it would not be possible but I didn’t think we’d even do this a few months ago.
‘I couldn’t be happier, it would be perfect if the stadium would be full but we cannot change it. We do it for them. Everyone celebrates at home, it’s a great moment.’
Klopp continues: ‘We are champions of england, Europe and the world. I know how that sounds but it’s the truth. We’ve won four trophies, really big ones.
‘Thank you very much, we should all together celebrate at home, drink celebrate, when this b******* virus is gone we will celebrate together and have a party!’
Liverpool F.C. had previously won England’s top football league 18 times. The club’s last league title win was the 1989-90 season

Pogba apologised to Man Utd team-mates for giving away soft penalty, says Maguire

The centre-back defended the France star after his handball allowed West Ham to take the lead at Old Trafford

Harry Maguire says Paul Pogba apologised to his Manchester United team-mates after giving away a penalty in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against West Ham.

The Hammers took the lead at Old Trafford when Pogba blocked a shot with his hand, allowing Michail Antonio to convert from the spot.

United pulled level early in the second half when Mason Greenwood fired past Lukasz Fabianski, but were unable to take control of the Premier League encounter.

Although Maguire feels the penalty was harsh on Pogba and the Red Devils, he says the France international has taken responsibility for the mistake.

“You could say it was a natural reaction from Paul. Should he do it? He probably should take one in the face, but he has apologised, he held his hands up and knew that he shouldn’t do that,” Maguire told Sky Sports.

“It was soft because it’s probably not ending up in a goal, they’ve been given a penalty and got an amazing opportunity to take the lead.”

He added: “We came here wanting three points so we’re disappointed. When we play at Old Trafford we want to win every game.

“We started the game really well, on the front foot, we dominated the first 30 minutes. We should really try and score but we always need the ball to bounce for us or be more clinical in front of goal and we conceded a soft goal and made it hard for ourselves.

“It was a good reaction at the start of the second half, [but] we huffed and puffed and we weren’t good enough. We gave the ball away far too much and maybe ran out of steam a bit.

“The momentum of the game just kept stopping, sub after sub, drinks break, VAR, we couldn’t get any flow to the second half, I’m sure their players would say the same. It just felt like we played for three minutes and then stopped for a minute. We can’t make excuses.

“The schedule has been ridiculous. I think we’ve played four games in nine days or something, but it’s no excuse. We’re fully prepared. We started with a high intensity. We haven’t been starting games well, we’ve been finishing them a lot better.

“I wouldn’t say we’ve run out of steam. We’re already well prepared and got a huge game on Sunday and we’re looking forward to it.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are third in the table heading into Sunday’s season finale against Leicester, who are just a point behind.

With a place in next season’s Champions League at stake, Maguire says his side will be ready to face the Foxes.

“It’s a big game. They’ve had a great season and got themselves in a great position,” he said.

“A few months ago you probably wouldn’t have seen us catching them but we’ve had a great run ourselves. It’s disappointing tonight and against Southampton. It was disappointing not to win either of those games, but we’ve got ourselves in a great position.

“Six months ago you would have snatched someone’s hand off to go to Leicester and have an amazing opportunity to get Champions League football, which we set out to do. We’re ready, there’s no excuse for us to be tired. It’s a big game, if you can’t get up for that game then you’re in the wrong sport.”

Liverpool 5-3 Chelsea: Premier League champions win

Roberto Firmino finally ended his home goal drought in the Premier League as Liverpool saw off Chelsea at Anfield.

Liverpool held off a Christian Pulisic-inspired comeback as the runaway Premier League champions overcame Chelsea 5-3 ahead of the trophy presentation at Anfield. 

Jurgen Klopp’s title winners got into the party spirit as they were involved in an eight-goal thriller on Merseyside in their final home game of an unforgettable season, though there was little sign of the late drama to come when they led 4-1. 

Naby Keita’s right-footed rocket opened the scoring, and there was a long-awaited home goal for Roberto Firmino – his first in the league since March 2019 – early in the second half. 

The impressive Pulisic helped the Blues battle back to 4-3, raising hopes of clinching the draw they required to make certain of a top-four finish, but Liverpool had the last word, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slamming home to secure the win.

Liverpool had laboured since crossing the line yet appeared hungry to mark the occasion by producing something special. 

Their opener demonstrated one of the key traits that has helped end the 30-year wait to reign again, Keita helping to win possession as the hosts pressed high before unleashing a rasping shot that flashed beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga.   

A debatable foul call by referee Andre Marriner offered Trent Alexander-Arnold the opportunity to curl in a second goal with a glorious a free-kick, while the visitors’ set-piece woes continued when their failure to deal with a corner allowed Georginio Wijnaldum to smash the loose ball in.   

Chelsea pulled one back when Olivier Giroud reacted quickly to stab home from close range before half-time, but the game seemed up when Firmino finally ended his drought by heading home Alexander-Arnold’s inviting cross. 

Pulisic had other ideas, though. The United States international slalomed through to set up fellow substitute Tammy Abraham for a tap-in finish, then reduced the deficit to one by swivelling inside the penalty area and firing into the roof of the net. 

Klopp made changes to try and stem the tide and it was one of his substitutes who ended Chelsea’s hopes, Oxlade-Chamberlain arriving at the back post to provide the finish to Andy Robertson’s delivery.

History-boy Greenwood edging morose Man Utd to brink of Champions League

The Red Devils need just a point to secure their return to Europe’s elite competition after a forgettable performance against West Ham

If you had offered Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the opportunity to go to Leicester on the final day needing only to avoid defeat to secure Champions League football at the start of 2020, he definitely would have taken it.

United’s gradual closing of the gap on the Premier League’s top four came to a conclusion on Wednesday as the Red Devils hauled themselves above the Foxes at the ideal moment.

But, if their sluggish performance against West Ham was anything to go by, then United will need to improve massively at the King Power Stadium in just four days’ time to get the job done.

As he has been on a number of occasions this term, Mason Greenwood stepped up when those more senior around him were struggling.

The 18-year-old, who has been compared to Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie at various stages during his breakthrough campaign, continues to rewrite the record books at Old Trafford.

His left-footed strike six minutes into the second half following a neat link-up with Anthony Martial saw him become the first English teenager to score 10 league goals in a single campaign since Rooney did so in 2004-05, while only Michael Owen matched that achievement at a younger age.

Greenwood’s goal was the highlight of his 50th first-team appearance for United, with the Bradford-born forward the youngest player since Ryan Giggs to reach that milestone.

He has struggled in his most recent starts, but after being left on the bench for the FA Cup defeat against Chelsea on Sunday, he looked a little more fresh, with one move in which he held off four West Ham defenders before playing in Martial during the first half particularly catching the eye.

The same cannot be said for his team-mates, however.

Solskjaer named the bulk of his preferred starting line-up against the Irons, with only full-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw missing from the XI that started five straight games in recent weeks.

And despite dominating possession throughout the opening 45 minutes, they struggled to create clear-cut chances before Paul Pogba handled Declan Rice’s free-kick inside the area, with in-form Michail Antonio converting from the spot.

United did not take long to equalise after the break, but from there they rarely tested Lukasz Fabianski in the visitors’ goal.

In fact, it was David de Gea at the other end who had to be at full-stretch to deny Jarred Bowen in the closing stages, with the Spain international repaying the faith of his manager having been retained following his horror-show at Wembley.

Even Bruno Fernandes, who has been impeccable since his arrival in January, was misplacing passes by the end. The Portuguese almost let his frustrations get the better of him when he clashed with Mark Noble. It was one of those evenings for United.

The hope is now that they can shake off what has been a disappointing week and finish the job in the east Midlands on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers’ side will likely have to win to secure a top-four finish themselves, which may play into United’s hands. Regardless, a win over David Moyes’ side would have meant they could have at least arrived with more of a cushion than they do now.

Solskjaer was scrathing his head by the time the 1-1 draw on Wednesday entered injury-time, and he must find a way to refresh his fatigued squad.

Greenwood, for all his talent, remains just 18. He cannot be relied on to produce a moment of magic every week, and others will have to step up in United’s biggest game of the campaign.

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Messi beats Benzema to break La Liga record with seventh Pichichi award

After a double against Deportivo Alaves, the Argentina international finished the league season with 25 goals

Lionel Messi secured a record seventh Pichichi award after the Barcelona star finished the 2019-20 season as the leading scorer in La Liga.

The Argentinian equalled Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra’s record of six awards last season, but he is now out on his own after another superb campaign in front of goal.

His double in the final-day 5-0 rout of Deportivo Alaves took him to 25 goals in 33 appearances, while his cross to Ansu Fati for the opening goal saw him set a new record for most assists in a single La Liga campaign, breaking the previous best set by former team-mate Xavi.

It was not enough to guide Barca to a third consecutive title, however, with Real Madrid pulling away in the final weeks to seal top spot.

“I always say that the awards and individual goals are secondary,” Messi said when asked about winning the award.

“It is true that it could have been taken as an important achievement for being the seventh Pichichi, but I would have liked it to come accompanied by the league title.”

Madrid striker Karim Benzema was four goals behind in the race for the award with 21, while Villarreal‘s Gerard Moreno was third with 18 goals, two ahead of Messi’s Barca team-mate Luis Suarez.

The Catalan side will turn their attention to the Champions League next, as they face Napoli in the second leg of their last-16 tie on August 8. The first leg ended in a 1-1.

“We need some peace of mind, which hopefully we will get with this little break between competitions,” Messi told reporters when asked about preparations for the return to European competition.

“As I said the other day, it’ll give us the chance to clear our minds a little. “We’ve said what needed to be said, we have been self-critical with ourselves. Nothing more needs to be said, now we just have to show it out there on the pitch.”

Wayne Rooney documentary: How to watch, release date & full details

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The Manchester United and England strike superstar is set to be the topic of his own biopic, produced by the team behind Maradona

After the successes of recent documentaries celebrating the lives and times of footballers such as Maradona, Steven Gerrard and more, former England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney is the latest footballer to have his own.

A biopic focusing on the career of Man Utd’s all-time leading goalscorer is set for release, and Goal has all the details.

What is the Wayne Rooney documentary?

The ex-England talisman will be the centre of an upcoming documentary set to be produced by Lorton Entertainment, who were responsible for 2019’s Maradona that focused on the life of the Argentina and Napoli legend.

Production has already begun on the biopic on Rooney, and will be directed by BAFTA-winner Matt Smith (whose credits include Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad). 

The biopic will include archive footage as well as interviews with figures from the football industry who have been involved in Rooney’s career, starting from his early academy days at Everton to his days at Old Trafford where he enjoyed a glittering career.

Liverpool-born Rooney came up through the Everton academy and broke through the ranks at Goodison Park, earning him a £25.6 million move to Man Utd in 2004.

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Rooney reached heights of superstardom during his time at Old Trafford in which he became the club’s leading goalscorer with 253 strikes, lifting five Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy.

The striker also became England’s leading goalscorer and the undisputed star of the Three Lions side while he was playing in Manchester, leading the charts with 53 goals.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.398.1_en.html#goog_1843541490This video will start in1:23

After leaving Man Utd in 2017, Rooney returned to his former home of Everton for a season before spending two years with MLS side D.C. United before returning to England to play for Derby County as a player/manager.

Rooney said: “I’m excited to be the subject of this documentary. This is a film that looks in detail at my journey: the highs, the lows, the beautiful game, finally I have the opportunity to show the person I really am.”

When will the Wayne Rooney documentary be released?

No details have been announced regarding the release date of the documentary, but it is likely to be slated for release later this year or early 2021.

How to watch the Wayne Rooney documentary

No information has been set about whether or not the documentary will have a theatrical release or if it will be distributed to streaming services such as Amazon or Netflix, but such details are expected to be announced in due course.

European Golden Shoe: Ronaldo Moves Into Second

Cristiano Ronaldo has taken a huge step towards lifting his fourth European Golden Shoe after becoming the joint-leading scorer in Serie A this season following his brace against Lazio

The Juventus superstar found the back of the net twice in his side’s 2-1 win over Lazio on Monday night, helping the Bianconeri move eight points clear of second-placed Inter Milan.

As a consequence, he has now scored 30 goals in Italy’s top flight this season, matching Ciro Immobile, who also scored in the same game, in the race for the Capocannoniere, which is awarded to the highest goalscorer in each Serie A season.

Ronaldo is now just four goals short of Golden Shoe leader Robert Lewandowski, and has four more games to add to his total this season.

Breaking News – 2020 Ballon d’Or cancelled

France Football announced that the Ballon d’Or won’t be awarded in 2020 due to the extensive COVID-19 break.

Messi, meanwhile, will not be able to defend his title after finishing the 2019/20 campaign with 25 LaLiga strikes.

The Argentine won the past three editions of the award and a record six overall, but will not be able to add to his tally this season.

Karim Benzema also re-entered the top 10 – you can see it in full in the gallery above!

Do you think Ronaldo can still catch Lewandowski? Have your say in the comments section below.

Ronaldo becomes first player to score 50 Premier League, La Liga and Serie A goals

The Portuguese’s second-half penalty against Lazio also saw him become the fastest player to reach a half-century of finishes for 25 years

Cristiano Ronaldo has written himself into the history books once again after the Juventus striker became the first player to score 50 goals in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.

The Portuguese’s second-half penalty finish against Lazio saw him clock up a half-century of goals in the Italian top-flight since his arrival in Turin, in addition becoming the fastest player to do so since 1995.

In addition, the 35-year-old’s converted spot-kick means that he has also equalled Giuseppe Signori’s 1994-95 record for penalty goals in a season, with 12 successful conversions from inside the area.

Ronaldo joined Juventus ahead of the 2018-19 campaign following the better part of a decade with Real Madrid, during which period he won virtually every major domestic honour and four Champions League titles.

Before that, he spent six years at Manchester United, where he initially forged his reputation as one of the world’s greatest players with a maiden Ballon d’Or win in 2008 following the Red Devils’ own European triumphs.

At both clubs, he clocked up an impressive number of goals, with 118 in 292 appearances for United and 450 in 438 games for Madrid – and with his latest haul for the Bianconeri, he has shown that his prowess remains impressively intact even as he approaches the twilight of his career.

At international level, Ronaldo lies one finish short of a century outright, with 99 goals for Portugal across all competitions, with only Iran‘s Ali Daei having exceeded his prolific total on the global stage.

Juventus are chasing another Serie A crown in what is manager Maurizio Sarri’s first campaign at the helm, though Lazio remain one of a handful of sides breathing down their neck across the final weeks of what has been a peculiar season bisected by a global pandemic.

Five months after they were first scheduled to face them in a second-leg encounter at Allianz Stadium, the Bianconeri will look to overturn a 1-0 defeat against Lyon in the Champions League round-of-16 in the coming weeks, as they hope to reach the competition’s condensed finale in Lisbon.

De Gea is finished’ – Manchester United goalkeeper slammed for FA Cup loss to Chelsea

The Spain international’s blunder in the second half of the defeat at Wembley was the last straw for many United fans

Manchester United fans’ confidence in David de Gea plummeted to new depths during the goalkeeper’s display in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

De Gea was mocked on social media for his lame attempt to stop Olivier Giroud’s opening goal just before half-time.

But the anger towards the Spain international intensified shortly after the restart when Mason Mount’s effort from outside the box evaded his grasp and hit the back of the net.

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The Spain international’s blunder in the second half of the defeat at Wembley was the last straw for many United fans

Manchester United fans’ confidence in David de Gea plummeted to new depths during the goalkeeper’s display in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

De Gea was mocked on social media for his lame attempt to stop Olivier Giroud’s opening goal just before half-time.

But the anger towards the Spain international intensified shortly after the restart when Mason Mount’s effort from outside the box evaded his grasp and hit the back of the net.

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That howler was enough to convince many Red Devils supporters that he is no longer worthy of a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI, but the misery continued for De Gea and United.

The 29-year-old hardly covered himself in glory in the 74th minute either, as United centre-back Harry Maguire diverted into his own net to put Chelsea 3-0 up.

That howler was enough to convince many Red Devils supporters that he is no longer worthy of a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI, but the misery continued for De Gea and United.

The 29-year-old hardly covered himself in glory in the 74th minute either, as United centre-back Harry Maguire diverted into his own net to put Chelsea 3-0 up.

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