'Superb performance': Popular pundit names the player who was 'exceptional' in Liverpool vs Newcastle

'Superb performance': Popular pundit names the player who was 'exceptional' in Liverpool vs Newcastle – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool won 3-1 against Newcastle United at Anfield on Saturday in the Premier League.
The Reds have started the season strongly, once again, and have registered five wins in a row. With Norwich City beating Manchester City 3-2 at Carrow last night, the Reds now have a healthy five-point lead over the Champions after just five games.
Liverpool were superb during the game, with Sadio Mane scoring a brace and Mohamed Salah getting his name on the scoresheet. Roberto Firmino, who came on a substitute, produced a majestic performance, and toyed with the Magpies defence, especially in the second half.
However, according to popular football pundit, Stan Collymore, Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has been brilliant once again. He has hailed his performance as ‘exceptional’, and says the Scotland defender is the Man of the match for him.

Exceptional fullback, down to earth kid and another superb performance today in red!
My MOTM today, thought he was brilliant.
👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽@andrewrobertso5 pic.twitter.com/zxtaHUXLK9
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) September 14, 2019

The 25-year-old is a key player for Jurgen Klopp’s side, and his progress over the last 18 months has been remarkable.
Robertson made 143 touches, attempted one shot at goal, and provided an assist as well. He made one tackle, two interceptions, and attempted 118 passes during the game.
Needless to say, he was one of the busiest players on the pitch. His work-rate is simply admirable, and Collymore is absolutely spot on with his assessment about the defender.
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Ledley King reacts to Spurs win vs Crystal Palace on Twitter

Ledley King reacts to Spurs win vs Crystal Palace on Twitter – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur returned to winning ways after they produced a scintillating performance against London rivals Crystal Palace to earn a 4-0 victory on Saturday in the Premier League.
It was Tottenham’s first victory since the opening weekend of the season, and it lifts them back into the top four of the Premier League.
After the match, Mauricio Pochettino said it was the first step towards rediscovering the consistency of last season.
Former Spurs defender and club legend, Ledley King took to social networking site Twitter to express his reaction after the game. He tweeted:

Excellent performance today, played with great pace moved the ball quickly and clinical in front of goal👏🏾#COYS
— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) September 14, 2019

All four Spurs goals came before the interval, with Son Heung-min scoring a brace inside the opening 25 minutes.
Crystal Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt inadvertently directed a cross from Serge Aurier into his own net. Erik Lamela scored in the 42nd minute from another flowing move involving Son and Harry Kane.
With that win, Spurs have recorded their biggest league victory over Palace. Also, it was the first time they scored three goals in the opening half-hour of a Premier League home game since February 2012.
Spurs enjoyed 64% of possession, registered 13 shots of which they managed to keep five on target during the game.
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'A blow for me' – Gerrard reacts to disappointment ahead of Feyenoord clash

'A blow for me' – Gerrard reacts to disappointment ahead of Feyenoord clash – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Rangers start their Europa League campaign with a clash against Dutch side Feyenoord on Thursday, but they have been handed a huge blow after Ryan Kent injured his hamstring during Saturday’s 3-1 win over Livingston.
The summer arrival is expected to spend time on the sidelines, with manager Steven Gerrard admitting he could be ruled out for weeks.
Rangers brought the England youth international to Ibrox on transfer deadline day permanently for £7 million after he impressed during a season-long loan last term.
However, Kent’s second debut didn’t go as planned, as he spent just 41 minutes on the pitch before going off.
“Ryan has a hamstring injury unfortunately – it’s a blow for him and a blow for me and all the supporters. He trained all last week and looked ready to go. Unfortunately these things happen in football but it was the only disappointing thing to come out of today,” Gerrard said post-game, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
“We’ll assess it in the coming days but I predict he’ll be out for the next few weeks. Hamstring injuries are not days, unfortunately, they normally take a minimum of a couple of weeks. But it’s been a tough preseason for him. He wanted to get out and he had to wait until the final day of the window.
“Emotionally he’s probably been all over the place and then all of a sudden he gets his move. Maybe this will give him a couple of weeks to settle down and just realise what’s gone on in his life in the last six weeks. We’ll then get him back fitter and stronger for the rest of the season.”
Rangers bounced back from their Old Firm loss to Celtic with a fine game against Saturday’s hosts, coming from a goal down to stroll to victory.
Making it out of their Europa League group will be on Gerrard’s mind, and getting a result on Thursday would have been a perfect way to start the campaign.
Rangers have the Eredivisie side, Porto and Young Boys to challenge with for the only two spots for the next round, and they will only hope Kent can return sooner rather than later, as he definitely can help them progress beyond the group stages.
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Gary Lineker and Chris Kamara react to Norwich win vs Manchester City on Twitter

Gary Lineker and Chris Kamara react to Norwich win vs Manchester City on Twitter – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Norwich City have shocked everyone last night after they secured an unlikely victory over defending champions Manchester City at Carrow Road.
The Canaries produced a magnificent all-round display – intense, front-foot style implemented by Daniel Farke – to secure a 3-2 win in front of a vociferous home crowd.
Norwich were missing eight players for this game, but they produced a memorable performance that fans will be talking about for years. City were very careless in almost every department, and their chaotic defending was to blame for the defeat.
Former great England striker Gary Lineker took to social networking site Twitter to express his reaction after the game. He tweeted:

Brilliant game of football. Spectacular victory for @NorwichCityFC. If you missed it, make sure you catch it on @BBCMOTD tonight. 👍🏻
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 14, 2019

Former Premier League player turned popular football pundit Chris Kamara also shared his view on Twitter. He said it was a ‘great watch’ for the neutrals and praised the attacking and fearless approach from the Canaries.

Wow @NorwichCityFC 3-2 winners what a performance 👏🏽 👏🏽 open attacking football from the start & not scared of Peps team in any way. Great watch for the neutrals ⚽️ Daniel Farke is a top coach
— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) September 14, 2019

Norwich went 2-0 ahead within 30 minutes after Kenny McLean scored with a header from Emiliano Buendia’s corner and then Todd Cantwell finished a flowing move involving Teemu Pukki.
Sergio Aguero scored just before the break and hinted of a revival from the Champions. However, a misunderstanding between John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi saw Buendia getting the better of the Argentine defending and setting up Pukki to score.
Rodri scored his first goal for Manchester City with a superb strike from outside the box with two minutes left. Norwich were resolute in defending and saw off the challenge in style.
As a result of the win, Norwich have moved to 12th in the table. Manchester City are now five points behind league leaders Liverpool after just five games.
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Gary Lineker posts interesting stat about Liverpool after Manchester City suffer defeat

Gary Lineker posts interesting stat about Liverpool after Manchester City suffer defeat – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool registered their fifth win of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign after beating Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
With that result, the Reds have made a perfect start to the season, winning all of their matches.
There was double delight for Liverpool as Premier League champions Manchester City suffered a shock 3-2 defeat against Norwich City at Carrow Road.
The Premier League newcomers stunned everyone after they pulled off a memorable victory last night, beating Pep Guardiola’s side in front of a vociferous home crowd.
Former great England striker turned popular football pundit Gary Lineker has taken to Twitter to post an interesting stat that should excite the Liverpool fans.
Liverpool’s win and consequently City’s defeat means the Reds now have taken a healthy five-point lead over their rivals after just five games.

Stat: @LFC’s lead of 5 points is the biggest after 5 matches in Premier League history.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 14, 2019

The Reds finished last season with 97 points and lost only once in the entire 2018-19 campaign. Yet, they lost the title to Manchester City.
Although Liverpool have taken an early lead, City are well capable of closing the gap. In fact, this could bring out the best from the Champions in the coming games.
Liverpool will face Chelsea in their next Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge. Manchester City, on the other hand, will face Watford at home.
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'Give Newcastle credit' – Wright shares one positive from the Magpies' loss to Liverpool

'Give Newcastle credit' – Wright shares one positive from the Magpies' loss to Liverpool – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool were too much to handle for Newcastle United on Saturday, and despite taking the lead seven minutes into the game, the Magpies ended up with a 3-1 defeat.
The hosts were only behind for 28 minutes following Jetro Willems beautifully-struck goal, with Sadio Mane scoring with Liverpool’s first shot on target of the game.
Christian Atsu was robbed of possession minutes later, allowing the Senegalese to pounce on Roberto Firmino’s through ball, even though Martin Dubravka should have done better.
Newcastle pushed harder and attacked with intent when play restarted in the second-half, and despite having chances to equalize, it was the Reds that grabbed the fourth goal of the game courtesy of Mohamed Salah.
Going two goals behind was too much for Steve Bruce’s men, but Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Newcastle deserve some praise for their impressive start to the game.
“You have to give Newcastle credit for the way they started but in the end the quality of Liverpool was just too much,” the former striker said on BBC Match of the Day.
Playing against a five-man defence meant Liverpool were always going to find it hard to break Newcastle down, and for the first 28 minutes of the clash, Bruce’s plans worked to perfection.
However, the clinical hosts only needed their first real chance of the game to show the quality they are made of, and the gulf between both sides made all the difference.
The Toons will have to learn how to remain consistently perfect all-game and cut out the mistakes when they face the big boys, and Bruce and his men will learn a lot from the Liverpool game.
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'It was like Playstation stuff' – Shearer reacts to Liverpool star's performance v Newcastle

'It was like Playstation stuff' – Shearer reacts to Liverpool star's performance v Newcastle – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool secured a hard-fought 3-1 victory against Newcastle United on Saturday, maintaining their 100% winning start to the new Premier League campaign.
The Reds are on top of the log after making it five league wins in a row, and they proved their quality despite finding themselves a goal down seven minutes into the game.
Newcastle left-back Jetro Willems handed the visitors a shocking lead, but Sadio Mane ensured Liverpool went into half-time on top courtesy of his brace.
Mohamed Salah sealed the victory for the Anfield outfit deep into the second-half, but it was Roberto Firmino who stole the show.
The Brazilian forward came off the bench to replace an injured Divock Origi 37 minutes into the clash, and he helped Liverpool take the lead with a fine assist.
Salah’s goal ensured Jurgen Klopp’s men secured all three points against a tough Newcastle side, and the strike came courtesy of a Firmino back heel.
Magpies legend Alan Shearer was impressed with his performance, dubbing it PlayStation stuff.
“Liverpool were a different side when Firmino came on,” Shearer told BBC 5 Live Sport.
“It was like Playstation stuff.
“He caused so many problems and the understanding with Salah and Mane is brilliant. Firmino was spectacular.”

‘It was like Playstation stuff’ @alanshearer had high praise for Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino
Firmino was only on the pitch for 53 minutes but the Brazil striker was hugely influential – he created five chances and was named man of the match#bbcfootball pic.twitter.com/s1KNgmNp7b
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) September 14, 2019

Firmino remains one of Liverpool’s most important players, and despite never scoring as many as Salah and Mane, his overall contributions to the Reds’ goals and their all-round play are massive.
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BBC pundit delivers his verdict on Celtic win vs Hamilton

BBC pundit delivers his verdict on Celtic win vs Hamilton – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Celtic maintained their 100% start to the 2019-20 Scottish Premiership campaign with a 1-0 win against Hamilton Academical on Saturday.
James Forrest scored an early goal for the visitor, and it proved to be enough for the Bhoys to pick up all three points from the game.
Celtic have now won their fifth Scottish Premiership game, and have taken a six-point lead over Rangers, who will face Livington later today.
Former Scotland player turned football pundit Michael Stewart was covering the game for BBC Sport. He summed up the performances of the two teams:
“In the first half, Celtic were dominant. They got into their groove early but didn’t test Fon Williams enough. At half-time, Brian Rice has told Hamilton to get tighter and it knocked Celtic off their rhythm. But, equally, there were not many moments where Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Foster was tested.”
Stewart is absolutely spot on with his observation. Celtic enjoyed 73% of possession during the game and registered 12 shots.
Debutant Mohamed Elyounoussi made a strong impact and it was from his cross Forrest scored in the first half.
In the second half, Hamilton made life difficult for the Hoops with their compact approach. However, they didn’t create enough good chances and Celtic never looked like they were under huge pressure.
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Alan Kennedy reacts to Liverpool win vs Newcastle

Alan Kennedy reacts to Liverpool win vs Newcastle – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool maintained their 100% start to the 2019-20 Premier League campaign after winning 3-1 against Newcastle United at Anfield on Saturday.
The visitors took an early lead in the seventh minute when wing-back Jetro Willems curled a fine shot past Reds’ goalkeeper Adrian.
Liverpool responded quickly and made it 2-1 at the break, thanks to two goals from Sadio Mane.
Newcastle’s Emil Krafth came close to scoring in the second half, but apart from that the home side were rarely troubled.
In the 72nd minute, Mohamed Salah extended the lead with a cool finish following a brilliant assist by Roberto Firmino.
The Brazilian has been superb in the second half and was a treat to watch.
With this victory, the Reds have become the first team to ever win 14 top-flight games in a row. Also, they scored at least twice in every match under Jurgen Klopp.
Former Liverpool defender turned football pundit Alan Kennedy was covering the game on BBC Radio. He summed it up the performances of both the teams:
“Newcastle have put their heart and soul into the game but the just aren’t good enough. Liverpool have been superb, clinical and collected. They have been very good to watch. They have been disciplined throughout.”
Liverpool enjoyed 76% of possession during the game, and registered 21 shots of which they managed to keep nine on target.
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'What a player' – Ian Wright in awe of Liverpool star after masterclass against Newcastle

'What a player' – Ian Wright in awe of Liverpool star after masterclass against Newcastle – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool secured a 3-1 win against Newcastle United at Anfield on Saturday, coming from a goal down to put the visitors to the sword.
The Reds found themselves behind seven minutes into the game after Dutchman Jetro Willems put the visitors ahead, but Sadio Mane drew them level 21 minutes later.
The Senegalese made it 2-1 12 minutes later, while Mohamed Salah wrapped things up in the 72nd minute of the game after a fine assist from Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool have now made it 43 league games without defeat, winning all their five games of the new campaign to stay at the top of the table.
Firmino particularly impressed, having a hand in the hosts’ last two games and causing all sorts of problems for Newcastle.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright was particularly impressed with the Brazilian’s performance against the Magpies, and here is how he reacted to it on Twitter:

What a player! Roberto Firmino! Genius touch
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) September 14, 2019

Firmino continues to prove vital to Jurgen Klopp’s attack, with his all-round play always helping the team.
Surprisingly, he started the game on the bench as Divock Origi was preferred ahead of him in the starting line-up, but the Belgian was withdrawn in the 37th minute due to injury, and it took the Brazilian forward just three minutes to announce himself.
Firmino dispossessed Christan Atsu before laying a pass for Mane, and while Martin Dubravka should have done better, the Liverpool star’s immediate impact off the bench was well-highlighted.
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