Mamadou Sakho gives reason for Anfield goal celebration with Christian Benteke

 24 April 2017

Mamadou Sakho has explained why he took part in an elaborate celebration with Christian Benteke during Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace.

Benteke struck twice to pour misery on his former side at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, rendering Philippe Coutinho‘s excellent opener meaningless.

The Belgian’s two-goal showing underlined his quality, despite his struggle with the Reds last season, but his drawn-out handshake with Sakho after his equaliser drew criticism.

Sakho was part of the Palace bench despite being ineligible to play, and given he is only on loan with the Eagles, Liverpool supporters took exception to his enthusiasm.

But speaking after his side’s win, Sakho insisted there was “nothing behind it.”

“When Christian scored, I stayed seated as I didn’t want to celebrate by respect for the club to which I belong and the fans,” he said.

“But when he came over to me, I stood up and did what we always do as friends…our hand check.

“There was nothing behind it, nothing else to imply by it.

“Just two friends who are playing for the same team and who have the same goal, which is to get the three points at each game to make sure the team stays in the Premier League.

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Neighbours star makes special visit to Ladies training session

Liverpool Ladies welcomed special guests to training last week as Reds fan and Neighbours star Alan Fletcher visited the Select Security Stadium.

As part of a new documentary, Fletcher was joined by Ladies supporter Marcus Keam, who was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with the team.

After participating in the session, Marcus was introduced to the players before taking part in a penalty shootout against Reds goalkeeper Danielle Gibbons.

Fletcher said: “It was a real privilege to be able to visit the stadium to watch the girls train as they prepared for the new WSL season.

“This was a brilliant day for Marcus, who was able to meet some of his heroes and take part in the training session.

“I would like to thank Liverpool Ladies FC and Scott [Rogers] for allowing Marcus to live a lifelong dream and take part in the session.”

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‘Rhian Brewster has huge potential’

A real flair for scoring goals and a beaming personality to match. Liverpool supporters have been taking note of Rhian Brewster all season.

After playing at U16 level only a year ago, the Academy striker has made a seamless transition from U18 level to U23s football in 2016-17, scoring and providing two assists in his last outing as Mike Garrity’s side came back from a goal down to beat Leicester City 3-1.

A place on the first-team bench at Anfield on Sunday was the latest reward for his progress, after he impressed during recent training sessions at Melwood.

And as Liverpool U23s prepare to take on Manchester City at Prenton Park tonight, a game you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO, Garrity has explained the attributes behind Brewster’s remarkable rise.

“Rhian is a lovely boy with a fantastic personality and he has only just turned 17,” he told

“I was delighted for him when he scored and got two assists in our last game against Leicester City and he is doing well.

“He has got huge potential. What he has to do is continue to work hard on the training field, keep listening to the coaches around him and the support that he is getting, which I know he does.

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Wijnaldum: We have to keep believing

Georginio Wijnaldum has called on Liverpool to maintain the belief they can achieve a top-four finish this season despite Sunday’s defeat against Crystal Palace.

The Reds took the lead in the Premier League clash at Anfield, courtesy of a sublime Philippe Coutinho free-kick midway through the first half.

But a brace from Christian Benteke, on his return to the club, secured maximum points for the Eagles and dented the position of Jürgen Klopp’s side in the battle for Champions League qualification.

Wijnaldum rued the manner of the goals conceded by his team, but insisted that Liverpool cannot allow the result to ruin the ambitions he still feels can be realised.

“[As long as] there’s a chance to qualify for the Champions League, we have to believe in it,” the Dutchman told

“If you don’t believe you can reach it, it’s already done. We must have the confidence and stick together, helping each other out in moments like this.

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The stuff of nightmares for Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool can’t afford any more slip-ups

Verdict from Reds’ 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace as Eagles swoop to secure third successive Anfield win

  • 20:52, 23 APR 2017

Christian Benteke had just delivered the killer blow when the away end broke into song.

“You must be sick of us,” they crowed. Right to the back teeth.

For the third successive season, Crystal Palace stormed Anfield.

Not content with wrecking Steven Gerrard’s farewell and inflicting the first defeat of Jurgen Klopp’s reign, they completed the hat-trick by putting a sizeable dent in the Reds’ Champions League hopes.

For Klopp, this was the stuff nightmares are made of.

If the triumphs of recent weeks pointed to a more resilient, more streetwise Liverpool, they reverted to type on a demoralising afternoon.

The defensive frailties which have dogged the Reds throughout this rollercoaster campaign reared their ugly head once again. Old habits really do die hard.

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Liverpool analysis – no defence for same old defence, Jurgen Klopp’s message to FSG and so long Mamadou Sakho

Andy Kelly endured the Reds’ 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace and also had words on Christian Benteke and Philippe Coutinho

  • 19:30, 23 APR 2017
  • Updated19:32, 23 APR 2017

We’re sick of something all right

A damaging, damaging day.

Three home wins looked like they could get Liverpool most of the way to that cherished Champions League slot.

And with two regular banana skins out of the way with six tough points collected at Stoke and West Brom, surely a confident team could put home advantage to use against an admittedly resurgent Palace?

It was not to be and familiar failings of inconsistency re-emerged. Two steps forward and one back as it so often is.

Palace became just the 12th team to win three successive games at Anfield. A dirty dozen indeed.

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Jamie Carragher bemoans Dejan Lovren’s poor defending in Crystal Palace loss

 23 April 2017

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was hugely critical of Dejan Lovren‘s performance after the Reds fell to a 2-1 loss at home to Crystal Palace.

Lovren was at fault for both of Christian Benteke’s goals at Anfield on Sunday, producing a woeful defensive display before being substituted on 78 minutes.

While it was believed to be due to a fitness concern, this was a major reprieve for the Croatian, who had struggled throughout.

Two failed lunges on the left-hand side gave Palace their opportunities to score: first directly, with Yohan Cabaye crossing for Benteke to touch home, and then leading to a corner.

And having seen Benteke head home that resulting set-piece to consign the Reds to defeat, Carragher questioned Lovren’s judgment.

“We’re looking at the same problems that we’ve spoken about all season, you think at centre-back and at set pieces,” he told Sky Sports.

“Lovren’s involvement in both goals—both times, he tries to knick the ball [and misses].

Jurgen Klopp spoke last week of playing ‘adult football’, well he’s one of the most experienced players in the squad.

“[He should] read the situation and know whether to dive in, and he got it wrong on both occasions.”

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