Liverpool fear Real Madrid, PSG have unsettled Mane

first_imgLiverpool chiefs are fearful of a big-money raid from Real Madrid for Sadio Mane. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeIncredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney PrincessesWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? The Sun says the Senegal international has yet to indicate that he will sign a whopping new deal offered to him nine months ago. And that has sparked fears among the Liverpool hierarchy that the 28-year-old will be tempted by a move to Madrid or Paris-Saint Germain.Advertisement Mane has been offered the same contract extension as center-half colossus Virgil van Dijk, which would make both players the highest-paid in Liverpool’s history. read also:Awoniyi not ready to copy Salah, Mane at Liverpool But while Van Dijk is expected to sign the five-year deal worth a massive £250,000-per week after Liverpool’s Premier League return against Everton on Sunday, Mane is still stalling on his offer. And now Real Madrid and PSG are targeting the £150million-rated forward. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Tottenham’s Saido Berahino offer not enough to tempt West Brom to accept

first_imgTottenham will have to significantly increase their bid for Saido Berahino to convince West Brom to sell. The offer is understood to have frustrated the Baggies and strengthened their determination to keep the England Under-21 international. Peace said in a statement issued by the club on Tuesday: “Our position remains unchanged. The sale of this player is not on our agenda.” Berahino was again left out of the Albion squad to face Port Vale in the Capital One Cup after they rejected his transfer request on Monday. The 22-year-old handed in a written request to leave The Hawthorns following Spurs’ opening offer last week, which was also immediately dismissed. He was also omitted from the squad for West Brom’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday because Tony Pulis felt he was not in the right frame of mind to play. It is understood Berahino was happy to face the champions but Pulis wanted to take him out of the spotlight. Pulis has grown increasingly frustrated at the situation surrounding the forward and has called for the transfer window to close before the season starts to avoid unsettling speculation. Berahino scored 20 goals last season and was called up to Roy Hodgson’s senior England squad but is yet to earn a full cap. He signed a three-and-a-half year deal at West Brom in 2013 but the club stalled on offering him new terms last season after off-field issues. In January he was banned from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to drink driving. Press Associationcenter_img Spurs have not offered enough to break Albion chairman Jeremy Peace’s resolve over letting the striker leave. A second bid was instantly rejected on Tuesday and Press Association Sport understands the deal would have risen to £21million only with a series of lengthy instalments and clauses. last_img read more

2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying draw set for December 11

first_imgTWELVE nations have already qualified via the CONCACAF Nations League. The last four remaining participants will be determined via a two-round qualifierGuyana’s Senior Men’s National Football team – Golden Jaguars – will know who they’ll have to face in their quest to qualify for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup when the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) hosts the official draw for the qualifying matches on Wednesday, December 11, in Miami, Florida.Fans and media will be able to follow all the action beginning at 20:00hrs (Eastern Caribbean time) via CONCACAF social media channels.As announced in March of 2018, the group stage of the 2019-2020 CONCACAF Nations League kicked off qualifying for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.After round-robin play, the top two finishers in each of the League A groups and the top finishers in each of the League B groups secured their participation in the 16th edition of the Confederation’s premier tournament for men’s national teams.The 12 teams already qualified for the 2021 Gold Cup are Canada, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Suriname and the United States.The road to the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup will continue next year with a two-round qualifier, to be played in a direct elimination format.Beginning in March of 2020, the second-place finisher of League B (French Guiana, Guyana, Montserrat and St Vincent and the Grenadines) will face the first-place finisher of League C (Bahamas, Barbados, Guadeloupe and Guatemala).After home-and-away play, the four round-one matchup winners will advance to the second round, where they will face the third-place finisher of League A (Bermuda, Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago).The second round will take place during the FIFA window of June 2020.DRAW PROCEDURESThe draw will be executed using a single blind system, involving three pots. The 12 participating teams will be divided in the pots as follows (in alphabetical order by CONCACAF Nations League):Pot A: Bermuda, Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad and TobagoPot B: French Guiana, Guyana, Montserrat and St Vincent and the GrenadinesPot C: Bahamas, Barbados, Guadeloupe and GuatemalaThe draw will begin by randomly selecting a team from Pot C and placing that team in matchup number 1. The process will be replicated with the remaining three teams in Pot C, using matchups 2, 3, and 4, according to the order in which they are drawn. The same procedure will be used for Pot B.For Pot A, the first team drawn will face the winner of matchup number 1, the second team will face the winner of matchup number 2, the third team will face the winner of matchup number 3 and the fourth team will face the winner of matchup number 4.last_img read more

SU defense frustrates Rutgers attack, holds Scarlet Knights scoreless for majority of game

first_imgPISCATAWAY, N.J. — All Justin Pennington could do was look up at the sky and shake his head.The Rutgers senior midfielder came into the game against Syracuse leading the Scarlet Knights with 32 points on the season. He’s third in the Big East in points and goals per game and fourth in assists per game. But Sunday, with Syracuse longstick midfielder Joel White, breathing down his neck all game, nothing came easy.‘He is a great midfielder who just keeps getting better and better,’ White said. ‘But our defense as a whole played very well, and we had real good help defense the whole game. We just tried to make it tough for him.’With his team yet to put the ball in the back of the net and trailing by five with five minutes to play in the third quarter, Pennington was called for holding. He walked off the field slowly, the frustration seeping out. As he shook his head he looked up to the sky in search of answers.He took a knee on the sideline and pushed his stick into the ground. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Rutgers drought ended just a minute later when Andrew D’Agostino scored his first career goal to make it 6-1, Syracuse. But it took 40 minutes and 42 seconds.‘That is a great accomplishment,’ said White, who had three caused turnovers. ‘Any time you hold a team to zero goals, it doesn’t matter who the team is, that is a step in the right direction.’Though Pennington ended up with two goals, the Rutgers offense could get nothing going against the defensive pressure of White, John Lade, Matt Tierney and Brian Megill. Lade, Tierney and Megill — all New Jersey natives — pushed the Scarlet Knights out close to midfield. Anytime they tried to penetrate the defense, they were met with a forearm or two. Though the Syracuse offense was slow to get started, the defense had no problem picking up the slack. ‘We just try to play good defense because we know our offense is going to get going,’ White said. ‘We just looked to hold it down until they get started up.’Megill led the team with four caused turnovers and was all over the field. Tierney used his big 6-foot-4 frame to outmuscle an equally large counterpart Rutgers’ attack Kory Kelly. And Lade followed around a quick Tad Stanwick, who tried to slither his body in front of the net from behind the goal but was not able to get past Lade. ‘I think it was another great defensive effort,’ said SU head coach John Desko. ‘Especially in the first half.’When there was a rare breakdown, there was John Galloway in net. He finished the day with seven saves.With two minutes to play in the first quarter and the score knotted at zero, it appeared as if Rutgers would get on the scoreboard first. Working from behind the net Stanwick snuck past Lade and stood on the doorstep on the right side. He unleashed a shot, but Galloway jumped up to make a stick save.‘A couple cracks they might have found, Galloway was there,’ Desko said. ‘I think he was four saves on four shots in the first half. So there was no breakdown on the defensive end of the field.’And the SU defensive effort even helped fuel the offense. Chris Daniello wasn’t worried even though his team struggled to score. Despite a 20-minute drought, SU found themselves up by two at the half.‘They kept them scoreless, and they just played phenomenally tonight,’ Daniello said. ‘They played solid defense.’ But the defense is far from satisfied. After letting up five goals in the second half, White was quick to focus on the ‘slip-ups.’Said White: ‘We played real well, but there were some things in the second half that we need to work on.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on April 18, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Political Student Assembly discusses Common Core

first_imgThe USC Political Student Assembly hosted an open discussion about education policy in the United States on Monday as part of USC Academic Culture Assembly’s EdMonth. The fuel for the discussion was the Common Core State Standards initiative, a system designed to promote consistent and quality education across state lines through standardized goals and expectations for students in English language arts, literacy and mathematics.“Instead of whatever standardized tests you had previously, this is a new way of standardized tests for grade schools. It’s a new way of teaching, a new way of evaluating student’s progress throughout grade school,” said Jenny Di, director of the Political Student Assembly.Common Core has sparked a great deal of controversy. Some say that the standards could provide a stable nationwide benchmark that will help the United States compete with international education standards, whereas others say that the initiative imposes too many regulations and restricts education professionals from customizing their curriculums in meaningful ways.Di and Luis Vidalon-Suzuki, assistant director of the Academic Culture Assembly, moderated the discussion. The goal of the discussion was both to inform students of and to evaluate Common Core as a new system for assessing the nation’s educational system.“There’s no real objective about which side is more right, it’s just a roundtable discussion on the pros and cons of the system, the opinions of students, and possibly better solutions or the benefits of Common Core in our education system,” Vidalon-Suzuki said.The roundtable discussions found positive and negatives aspects of Common Core.Some people raised the concern that Common Core would not allow teachers enough control over their curriculum at the local level. Other people criticized the English language arts and literacy section for being too rigid so that it might limit students’ creativity and free-thinking.Many agreed that the initiative would be a very useful way to maintain consistent, quality standards for education nationwide, arguing that this consistency would have a very positive outcome for students.“One benefit is that if a student moves from one state to another, then the curriculum will be more or less the same because they have the same Common Core standards,” Vidalon-Suzuki said.Many comments addressed the mathematics portion of the Common Core standards, as it creates an entirely new model for teaching basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with an emphasis on grasping the concepts underlying these operations rather than repeating the same techniques.Take for example the mathematics section, which teaches students to approach subtraction by visualizing the distance between two numbers. In addition to the traditional borrowing method, the Common Core incorporates a number line and hierarchy method to provide children ways to learn a fundamental operation.Policy makers have recently been challenged to improve education in the United States to meet international standards.“One big problem that we have is that we focus more on top down policy when we should be focusing on students and teachers and their viewpoints, because nobody knows what’s best for a community than the community themselves,” Vidalon-Suzuki said. “What we see right now is that we have policy makers and people who maybe have never attended a public school making these decisions, and they don’t have a direct understanding of what impact their decisions have.”last_img read more

Eva Gordon, a Syracuse native, remains close to her roots

first_imgRoss Gordon remembers his daughter’s first steps. At 9 months old, she was ready to stand. She began moving her feet as most children do, but what Eva Gordon did next surprised him. She ran.“It’s the truth,” Ross said. “We were like, ‘This is crazy.’”Gordon’s first strides, Ross said, was when he knew she’d be an athlete. Since, Gordon has played soccer all over the world. But, when it came to choosing a home, Gordon’s never run far.Now a senior at Syracuse (7-8-2, 2-6-1 Atlantic Coast), Gordon readies for her final game at the school in the city that built her. Once the best high school player in New York, Gordon played soccer in numerous states and countries, but she made a mark at Syracuse University, the school she’s loved since before kindergarten.“(Syracuse) is all she knows,” Ross said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGordon moved to Syracuse when she was 2 years old and spent a large part of her childhood around SU. From going to Syracuse basketball and football games, Gordon and her family found themselves becoming Orange fanatics. It was through SU, also, that Gordon found a way to satisfy her obsession with soccer.“I mean, I lived 10 minutes from the university,” Gordon said. “I feel like I’ve been here forever because I’m a local.”Gordon spent a few years as the ball girl for SU’s women’s team. She would chase the balls all over the field, but joked that she didn’t always do a great job. Players would yell at her for not getting them the ball quickly enough, she said.Still, she loved the team, and she came to all the games and tried to imitate all the little things the players did on game day — even how they wore their hair. None of the then-SU players could have known who she would become, nor that the pink hair tie she wore on one of her final days as a member of the Orange had been inspired by a childhood fantasy.At age 11, coaches started to notice the passion Gordon had could be something real.“We were encouraged by coaches,” Ross said. “They said they’ve seen a lot of players play, and she had … that ‘it’ thing.”“That ‘it’ thing” took Gordon all around the world. Playing in the United States Olympic development program, Gordon made stops in Costa Rica, Spain, Russia twice, Florida, California and Oregon, Ross said, along with numerous other destinations.On one of her trips to Russia, Gordon was named the Kuman tournament Most Valuable Player, playing a few years ahead of her age class. Just an eighth grader at the time, her name was already reaching the office of top recruiters. SU head coach Phil Wheddon made sure to stay in the mix, he said.Attending Christian Brothers Academy (New York), Gordon established herself as one of the country’s best prospects. She was ranked among the top 100 soccer players in her class, Ross said, and was’s top women’s player in New York.The Orange had fierce competition to get Gordon’s commitment. To stay in the mix, SU had to stay involved. Luckily for Wheddon, the commute wasn’t difficult.“I hopped on my bike and rode to CBA to watch her play,” he quipped. “… You could practically kick a ball and hit (her high school).”Syracuse was always a top option for Gordon, she said, and her connection to the school was strengthened by friendships with then-Syracuse players Emma and Jackie Firenze, Taylor Haenlin and Alexis Koval. Koval was a high school teammate of Gordon’s. A junior during Gordon’s first year at CBA, the two played together for two years before Koval moved onto Syracuse.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorGetting offered a scholarship from SU was “a bit of relief,” Gordon said. A stressful recruiting process had gotten to her, and she was eager to get it over with. She was “jumping out of her skin” with excitement, Ross said.Things changed when Gordon finally got to campus. After scoring 54 goals throughout her high school career, Gordon didn’t record a goal until the 31st game at SU. Gordon has never finished a season leading SU in a statistical category and has never played in the ACC or NCAA tournament.She’s watched members of her class close in on establishing themselves in SU history books. Captain and starting goalie Courtney Brosnan could break the program record for career saves Thursday. Yet, for Gordon, her last game will bring no such achievement.Though Gordon doesn’t fill the score sheet, she became a captain for her hometown team and a person who Brosnan describes as coming the furthest since her freshman year. Wheddon described a goal she scored in 2016 as one of her defining moments.“It was the look on her face,” Wheddon said. “It showed how much scoring a goal in a Syracuse uniform meant to her.”The Gordons come to every one of her games and have hosted dinners for the Orange. The family has missed just one home game, and that was because of a family wedding. At every other game, Gordon would look to the stands and always know where to find her parents. Right below the press box, where Ross said the best view is.After senior day this past Sunday, the seats in SU Soccer Stadium were vacant, and all the players’ parents made their way to Manley Field House for the post-senior day tailgate — which the Gordons helped coordinate.Gordon’s parents had watched their daughter play at home for the last time. They never saw her play a postseason game or lead SU team to a winning season. But Ross and Sheila couldn’t be anything but proud, because they got to see Gordon’s career for themselves.“I told her she could go four hours away,” Ross said. “She chose four minutes. Of course I’m happy she’s right in my backyard.” Comments Published on October 26, 2017 at 12:23 am Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

LAST STOP: Geno Thorpe brings experience to Syracuse in final year of college basketball

first_imgThis summer, Geno Thorpe strolled into The Scoring Factory, a gym on Pittsburgh’s South Side, wearing a cutoff V-neck, light shorts and flip-flops, ready to work out in preparation for the biggest stage of his career. In a few months, Thorpe would debut for Syracuse, his fifth team since his freshman year of high school, expected to do what he’s always done — bring size and stability to the point guard position.But, on a warm summer day, Thorpe meandered in a mostly empty gym in beachwear. Henry Pwono, a professional playing overseas, whom Thorpe trains with, laughed.“So laid-back,” Pwono said. “He’s always been the coolest kid on Sesame Street. He could have walked from the gym onto a beach.”While the move to Syracuse from South Florida will be a significant one, Thorpe maintains a sense of calmness that has worked both for and against him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThorpe wasn’t on the floor in the first exhibition game, but Syracuse’s third graduate transfer over the past two seasons is a long, easygoing point guard who will try to usher in experience and direction to the Orange and prove to other schools that overlooking him was a mistake. He flew under the radar coming from a city known for hockey and football, not basketball. Even this spring, after graduating from South Florida, he drew interest from only a few schools, including Pittsburgh and Seton Hall.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorNevertheless, the fifth-year transfer now joins Syracuse in search of a launchpad for a pro career. Thorpe has moved from school to school because he felt he had to: Shady Side Academy to Shaler High School, to Penn State, to South Florida. All of it strengthened him and forced him to adapt, as he had to learn a new style of play under a new coach.“I want to be consistent,” Thorpe said. “Every year my shooting has gotten better, just being older. This is my last stop … ”Thorpe, who turns 23 on Wednesday, is well aware the effect Andrew White and John Gillon had on the team last year with their experience. (Thorpe has not spoken with either player.) He knows that as much as they may have helped SU, the Orange did not make the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time since 1996. Thorpe, Syracuse’s oldest player, knows that if he is a lesser version of himself or doesn’t learn his third college system quickly, the Orange has a chance to miss out on back-to-back Big Dances.Much of Thorpe’s life has prepared him for Syracuse, from the first time he touched a football, on a kickoff return, and ran it back for a touchdown. He realized he wanted to play college basketball when he was “scoring all of these points” in the seventh grade. He reinforced that point when he was dunking as a 6-foot-1 ninth-grader on varsity. Throughout high school, he hopped on the Megabus for six-hour rides to New Jersey to play in tournaments with his AAU team, the New Jersey Playaz.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorThat commitment unintentionally prepared him to step into a crucial role for the Orange. This spring, having lost John Gillon, SU desperately needed an experienced guard to work alongside Frank Howard and Tyus Battle. A few weeks after Allen Griffin was hired as SU’s new assistant coach, Syracuse recognized the perfect addition would give SU the option of running three guards at once, while providing a veteran presence and court awareness.In the first week of June this year, Griffin phoned Thorpe. Griffin had seen the then-three-star recruit play AAU ball for the Playaz and kept track of him as he traveled to Penn State and South Florida. Griffin knew he led the Bulls in most major statistical categories a year ago, including scoring, assists, steals and minutes played. Griffin wanted him to play for SU.Thorpe told Griffin he wanted to move forward and play for Pittsburgh, which offered him out of high school.“No, no, no,” Griffin remembered saying. “We’ll get you on the phone with coach (Boeheim) right now. This is the right fit for you.”Boeheim spoke that day with Thorpe and his father, Gene. Thorpe came up for a visit and committed a few days later.“From the moment he stepped on the court, he proved he was a tough competitor,” Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara said. “He’s a tough kid who’s been through it, seen the ropes. He brings immediate credibility with his ability to score and his experience. He has the ability to shoot, something we really needed.”Thorpe’s ability to adapt and improve, at an age most other undrafted guards had ended their formal basketball careers, only reinforces his maturity. Thorpe turned down offers from Wisconsin and Kansas State, among others, and committed to Penn State out of high school because he was promised to contribute at point guard, his father said.,With the Nittany Lions, Thorpe played 18.3 minutes per game over 66 contests. CBS Sports called him an “under-the-radar freshman.” That season, he scored nine points in a Big 10 Tournament game and finished third on the team in steals, but he only started three times. He did not play as much as he was promised in recruiting, his father said. Thorpe wanted out after his freshman year. Heeding his father’s advice, he stuck with it for one more season.As a sophomore, his scoring bumped to 8.7 points per game, but he started in only half of the games. Thorpe felt he deserved more playing time. The following June, he transferred, saying it “wasn’t the right fit.”“He just kind of fell through the cracks up there at Penn State,” his father said.He sat out the 2015-16 season at USF, due to NCAA transfer rules, and shined in his lone season with the Bulls. His 15.1 points per game would have ranked second on SU a year ago. He made 37.5 percent of his 3-pointers, which ranks first among SU’s current players.Now he’s at SU, with a chance to earn a starting guard spot and get one step closer to fulfilling that dream.“Geno is thrilled to be at Syracuse,” said Pete Strobl, the owner of The Scoring Factory. “Sure, he was wishing, hoping other schools had come into the fray, was under-recruited early. But he’s like, ‘I’m here now, let’s work this.’”Banner photo illustration by Sam Lee | Staff Photographer Comments Published on November 5, 2017 at 11:09 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21,Comments are closed.last_img read more

AUDIO: Sports Minister Hails Super Eagles Performance Against Cameroon

first_imgMinister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung has hailed the Super Eagles for their superlative performance against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon over two legs in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and boasted that the best is yet to come from the team.The Eagles followed up their 4-0 trouncing of the African Champions in Uyo on Friday with an impressive 1-1 draw against the Cameroonians in Yaoundé on Monday, to consolidate their lead on Group B with 10 points, 6 above second-placed Zambia.Speaking after the draw in Yaounde, Dalung stated that aside qualifying for the World Cup, the 3-time African Champions are poised to make a great impact at the tournament in Russia next year.“I told the world that they should watch out for Nigeria because having been in limbo for some time, we are coming with a new variety of play of Nigerian football and it continues to unveil in series,” Dalung stated.“What you saw here (Yaounde) is different from what you saw in Uyo and as we continue, we’ll continue to unveil them stage by stage.“But our determination to make very, very great impact in Russia (2018 World Cup) cannot be challenged easily.”Nigeria will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia if they avoid defeat at home against Zambia in October.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedVIDEO: Watch Super Eagles Bus Celebrations After Cameroon DrawSeptember 5, 2017In “National Team”AUDIO: We Have Worked, Now Pray For Us – Amaju PinnickAugust 25, 2017In “National Team”Video: Watch Super Eagles Arrive Cameroon Ahead Of World Cup Qualifier Return LegSeptember 3, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more

Ministry considering bonus for Satellites bronze feat

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sport is considering a bonus package for the Black Satellites’ bronze feat at the recent FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.The team received no bonus for placing third, though all their bonuses have been cleared.Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, Minister of Youth and Sports told GNA Sports discussions are underway towards arriving at a package for the team.He said “no provision was made for third place in the budget. We have to look at it again. It is still under discussion.”He explained that the silent on the package seeks not to encourage third place at the expense of the ultimate.“We have paid all the bonus till the quarter finals,” he concluded. The satellites beat Iran 3-0 to claim bronze at the global championship that ended few weeks ago.last_img

Liverpool open up six-point lead as Man City lose again at Leicester

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp “It is one thing to be a point above them, but Manchester City are the reigning champions and Liverpool are doing fantastic. We are between them and there is still a lot of work to do.”Fresh from a 6-2 hammering of Everton, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura put Tottenham 3-0 up before half-time at Wembley.Kane then got his goal just after the hour mark before Son recorded his second double in as many games.Pogba was again to the fore as Solskjaer’s dream start continued unabated in his first outing in charge at Old Trafford.Nemanja Matic tapped home from close range to give the hosts a half-time advantage.Pogba provided three assists on his return to the starting line-up in a 5-1 win at Cardiff at the weekend after being benched towards the end of Jose Mourinho’s reign.And the French World Cup winner showed the goalscoring threat he also poses from midfield by striking twice in 14 minutes as United moved back to within five points of the top four.“This is Manchester United. When you score a first, you want a second. When you score a second, you want a third,” said Solskjaer, who wants United to take advantage of upcoming games with Bournemouth and Newcastle.“You need momentum. The next two games will be massive for us. Coming into those games with confidence is great.”Everton bounced back from their Tottenham thrashing by inflicting similar punishment on Burnley with a 5-1 victory at Turf Moor.At the bottom Cardiff moved three points clear of the relegation zone by holding out for a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.But Fulham remain rooted in the bottom three as Wolves struck late to secure a share of the points in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League as the leaders eased past Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield and Manchester City were beaten for the second time in five days, 2-1 at Leicester.Tottenham leapfrog City into second after thrashing Bournemouth 5-0, while Manchester United’s perfect start under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued with Paul Pogba scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Huddersfield.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has tried in recent days to stress that it is still far too early for his side to be talking of ending a near three-decade wait to win the title in December.However, another routine win and a 12th clean sheet in 19 Premier League games will do little to dampen expectations ahead of a huge week for Liverpool with Arsenal visiting Anfield on Saturday before a visit to City on January 3.“We play City soon – if I was them I would think there is only four points because we still have to play them, then we play Arsenal before then as well,” said Klopp.“The only thing that matters to us is the performance and keeping that level of performance. It’s good but that’s all. Tottenham are flying – they had a difficult summer but they are doing brilliant.”After a slow start Liverpool went in front through an unlikely source when Dejan Lovren volleyed home after 12 minutes.It was a far more familiar marksman who made the game safe when Mohamed Salah scored from the penalty spot two minutes into the second half to briefly move into a three-way lead as the league’s top scorer with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane.Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho’s first Liverpool goal rounded off the scoring.– ‘Fantastic’ Pereira goal –City boss Pep Guardiola made three changes from the side that lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace on Saturday with Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne returning, but even they couldn’t prevent a third defeat in four Premier League games.“We have to accept it, we have to realise that we have to work harder and try to get immediately one good result and get our confidence back,” said Guardiola.Aguero set up Bernardo Silva to give the champions a perfect start, but Marc Albrighton levelled just five minutes later.City dominated possession throughout, but after Andros Townsend’s incredible volley for Palace on Saturday they were hit by another wonder strike when Ricardo Pereira fired home nine minutes from time.“It was another fantastic goal against us. There are games when your opponents have clear chances and don’t score and games when they score goals like this,” added Guardiola.A terrible afternoon for City was compounded late on by a red card for Fabian Delph.– Spurs run riot again –As City flounder, Spurs are firing back into the title race as Mauricio Pochettino’s men have now scored 11 goals in four days.“We are in a very good position, but Liverpool and Manchester City are the real contenders,” insisted a cautious Pochettino.last_img read more