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ทาง เข้า sbobet ใหม่ ล่าสุด Liverpool have one foot in the Champions League semi-finals after their stunning 3-0 win over Manchester City at Anfield. The first-half was an attacking masterclass, but did the second show they have fixed their defence? Nick Wright examines the improvement.

Manchester City will be glad to see the back of Anfield for one season. Three months on from their last visit, when their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign was ended so emphatically, they endured an even more traumatic night on Merseyside. Pep Guardiola knew what to expect but he did not know how to stop it.

In his defence, few sides could have coped with Liverpool's first-half performance. While City patiently probed in the opening stages, Jurgen Klopp's men prepared to pounce. Then, in the space of just 19 minutes, three City mistakes were ruthlessly punished. Liverpool's pressing was too much for Guardiola's side. Their finishing was clinical.

Liverpool's breathless first-half display evoked memories of that 4-3 win in January, but this time there was never any danger of a late collapse. The game will be remembered for Mohamed Salah's 38th goal of the season and for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's stunning second, but it also showed how far Liverpool have come in a defensive sense.

Manchester City barely got close to Liverpool's goal in the first half, and even in the second, when the hosts dropped deeper and Salah was forced off with an injury, they could not find a way through. Liverpool became only the fourth side all season to prevent City from scoring. They are the first to not even allow them a shot on target.

Goalkeeper Loris Karius was identified as a weakness before the game, but behind a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson, he was a bystander throughout. Liverpool, so often exposed in the past, were disciplined and well-drilled. For the first time all season, City seemed to run out of ideas. ทาง เข้า sbobet ใหม่ ล่าสุด

It owed a lot to the £75m man in the middle. Van Dijk dominated Gabriel Jesus, winning every one of the duels he competed and marshalling the defence with the kind of authority Liverpool have so often lacked under Klopp. It was not the first time he has made a difference, either. In his last eight starts, Liverpool have kept five clean sheets and only conceded four goals.

The improvement can be seen at full-back, too, where Klopp has turned a problem position into a strength, with Alexander-Arnold moving to the top of the pecking order on the right and Robertson nailing down his spot on the left. Robertson has been one of Liverpool's most consistent performers in recent weeks, but it was Alexander-Arnold who shone brightest against City.

The 19-year-old's inexperience was exposed by Marcus Rashford and Wilfried Zaha recently, but up against Leroy Sane, he barely put a foot wrong. According to Opta, he made more clearances (10), more interceptions (seven) and more ball recoveries (10) than any of his team-mates. He prevented Sane from creating a single chance. Going forward, he also played a key role in Salah's opener. ทาง เข้า sbobet ใหม่ ล่าสุด
 


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sbo666 The Spain international defender, who is a product of Real Madrid's academy system, is seen by those at Camp Nou as a potential fit at centre-half. Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso is being considered by Barcelona as a possible long-term replacement for Gerard Pique, Goal understands. The World Cup winner at Camp Nou is set to turn 32 in February 2019 and the Blaugrana believe a man currently at Stamford Bridge is capable of one day filling a void at the heart of their defence. The versatile Alonso does have experience of playing as a centre-back from his time at Serie A side Fiorentina, but he has never operated there under Antonio Conte at Chelsea since completing a £23 million move in August 2016.

He has impressed in England in a wing-back role, with his efforts in 2017-18 earning him a place in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year. Alonso has also been drafted into the senior Spain squad for the first time on the back of consistent outings across English and European competition, with Julen Lopetegui handing him a debut against Argentina in March. The 27-year-old is now in contention for a seat on the plane to this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia, where he could be given further opportunities to impress. Barca will be among the interested observers of a man who may soon be given the chance to follow in the footsteps of his father, who graced the books at Camp Nou in the 1980s. sbo666

Alonso, who is a product of Real Madrid’s academy system – the club his grandfather once represented – is considered by those in Catalunya to boast the required height, ball skills and tactical awareness to slip seamlessly into the Blaugrana fold. Chelsea, though, are prepared to resist any approaches and the interest from Barca could lead to them putting improved terms to a man already under contract in west London until 2021. If that happens, then those at Camp Nou have several other options to turn to, with Ajax’s talented teenager Matthijs de Ligt another of those to have figured on their transfer radar. sbo666
 

 


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