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Dismal Everton no match for Liverpool



With Manchester City and Chelsea winning their Premier League away trips to Aston Villa and Watford, respectively, Liverpool had to return with three points from Goodison Park to stay in touch with the top two.

Before the match, it seemed a rather daunting task since the Reds only won once under Jurgen Klopp in their nine trips across Stanley Park.

In the past, Everton had been resilient against their Merseyside rivals at home turf, disregarding their form in the league.

The Toffees were not exactly lighting up the league last season when they snatched four points away from Liverpool.

So, there was a sense of slight concern among the travelling Reds fans that they might fall further behind in the title race following this fixture.

But, the away side did not seem like the team playing in front of a hostile crowd as they dominantly started the match.

Henderson opens scoring

Jordan Henderson opened the scoring before the clock hit double digits, but in the previous nine minutes, Liverpool had breached the Everton backline quite a few times.

Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah could not keep their attempts on target, and Salah forced a save out of Jordan Pickford before Henderson put Liverpool ahead with a magnificent bending shot.

Salah scored in the 19th minute to make amends for his early misses, and for many Everton fans, that was the last straw.

A significant portion of the home support left the arena after 20 minutes, but those who stayed behind had renewed hope when Demarai Gray pulled one back for Everton seven minutes before the interval.

It was all Liverpool before Gray Matip and Trent Alexander Arnold in the wake and made Alisson Becker collect the ball from the back of his net.

Richarlison won the ball against the run of play and fed it to Gray who did brilliantly to pick up his fourth Premier League goal of the season.Β 

The goal gave the home side a much-needed boost, and Abdoulaye Doucoure almost found the equalizer, but his effort got cleared from the line.

Mane came close to restoring Liverpool’s two-goal lead as well, but the score stood 2-1 at the break, teasing an exciting second half to come.

But, Everton threw away the competitiveness when they hilariously gave away the third goal.

Coleman gives it away

Seamus Coleman made a mess while receiving the ball from a cleared corner, Salah took advantage of it and fired the ball past a helpless Jordan Pickford.Β 

As the third goal went in, Everton lost the drive to fight back.

With fallen shoulders, they were eagerly waiting for the final whistle to go off.

Before it did, Diego Jota added more to Everton’s misery scoring the fourth Liverpool goal and making it the largest margin of Liverpool victory at Goodison Park since Bob Paisley’s men’s 5-0 win in 1982.

Rafa Benitez was not a popular appointment across the board as many Everton fans did not like him for his Liverpool connection.

After last night’s result, it is not difficult to imagine that Benitez will lose more support among the Everton faithful and another disappointing result against Arsenal on Monday would only make matters worse.Β 

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WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo performs obscene gestures as fans chant Lionel Messi’s name




Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi

During the Saudi Pro League game between Al Shabab and Al Nassr, Nassr skipper Cristiano Ronaldo was seen making obscene gestures towards rival fans. The Shabab fans were chanting Ronaldo’s biggest rival Lionel Messi’s name. Not for the first time though, some Saudi football fans do prefer Messi over the Portuguese player. Meanwhile, during the game on Sunday, the Portugal international crossed all the limits as he made some obscene gestures.

Watch the video here

Talking about the game, the Yellow Brigade, Nassr won against Shabab. Ronaldo gave his team as he made the most of the penalty in the 21st minute of the game. However, in the injury time of the first half, Yannick Carrasco scored an equalizer before going into the break. In the first minute of the second half, Anderson Talisca gave a lead to Nassr. In the 67th minute, Carlos scored the equalizer for Shabab, and the game looked like ending in a tie before Talisca scored the match-winning goal in the 86th minute.

Meanwhile, the former Real Madrid player is set to face disciplinary action. As per the Saudi writer and television host, the disciplinary committee might take action.

β€œThe disciplinary committee is facing the biggest test. We will wait and see. Everything has its limits, no matter how famous you are. This is how the major leagues are” Waleed Al Farraj, a prominent Saudi writer and television host, said on X.

Cristiano Ronaldo faced disciplinary action during his stint with Manchester United

A few months before the FIFA World Cup 2022, he threw a fan’s phone when he was part of the English club, Manchester United. He was banned for a few games which meant that he missed a few games for his current club, Nassr. However, the ban didn’t apply in the World Cup as he was available for selection during the tournament, in which his team lost the Quarterfinal to Morrocco.

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Virgil Van Dijk’s late strike in extra time helps Liverpool beat Chelsea in Carabao Cup final




Liverpool emerged victorious in the Carabao Cup final in 2024. In a thrilling game which was full of twists and turns, Liverpool managed to beat Chelsea to clinch the cup. Jurgen Klopp’s men were awarded with the winner’s medal as they edged out Chelsea in a low-scoring thriller that went to extra time. The defence of both sides was good to watch.

The match had many edge-of-the-seat moments. In the first half, Liverpool attempted a lot of shots over Chelsea. While some were out of target, some were in the target, but stopped by the goalkeeper. Cody Gakpo was unlucky to find the ball hit the goalpost. The strike of the youngster went in vain as the first half did not witness any goal.

Liverpool’s skipper was brilliant in the game. He martialed his troops well and got the coordination going for a long time. He in fact nearly had a goal in the first half, only to be ruled out by the VAR, which was highly controversial. There is a debate for the legitimacy of the goal which was not given despite the help of the technology. Liverpool did not get carried away with the moment.

Captain brilliant Virgil Van Dijk steps up in crunch moments

Klopp deployed younger players as substitutes in the 2nd half. It helped Liverpool a lot as they were able to not just put pressure on Chelsea but also create a lot of chances. While none of them were converted to goals in the second half, they ensured that Chelsea’s players were in check. At one stage, the absence of Mohammad Salah in the middle was felt.

The match went to the extra time, where things got a bit closer. Chelsea attempted to score goals but ended up giving more advantage to Liverpool. The younger legs marked well and provided good assists to the forwards. The moment came in the 118th minute of the game, when Van Dijk netted the goal and helped Liverpool to win the prestigious title.

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Virat Kohli picks his ‘Sporting GOAT’




Virat Kohli was asked to pick his ‘Sporting GOAT’ in a recent interview. The star cricketer was interviewed by Team Blue Rising who asked him to name the greatest sportsperson of all time. “Who is your Sporting GOAT?” asked the host to the star batter. Kohli did not hesitate to take the name of one of the greatest Football players as his pick for the question.

The Indian batter claimed Cristiano Ronaldo to be the greatest Football player of all time. “For me, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Virat in the interview. It came as no surprise to the fans, as Virat has always been a huge admirer of the star Footballer. Even in the past, the 35-year-old has expressed his admiration for the star player from Portugal.

In many instances, the Indian batter has claimed Ronaldo to be his favourite player. Ronaldo has been one of the best players the sport has ever seen. Many claim him to be arguably the greatest Sportsperson of all time. Virat has joined the list of those to claim him to be the greatest athlete in the sports world. Ronaldo has some records to back his claim for the title.

Legacy of Cristiano Ronaldo and Virat Kohli

The Portuguese Footballer has the greatest number of goals for an international team. He also has the greatest number of international caps for a player. The star player is the only player to win four major cups with two different clubs. He did it with Manchester United and Real Madrid. Cristiano has the second most number of Ballon d’Or titles (Five) after Lionel Messi.

Virat, on the other hand, is a great cricketer. He has the greatest number of hundreds for a batter in ODIs. Virat has the greatest number of hundreds in ODIs while chasing. He is also the highest run scorer for India in T20Is. Kohli has the most runs for a batter in the IPL. He has the greatest number of POTT awards for a player in the T20 WC and the ODI WC.

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