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Liverpool vs Barcelona: The ball boy who helped Reds complete a Champions League miracle

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Trent Alexander-Arnold has been hailed as a genius for the quick corner kick that led to Liverpool’s fourth and deciding goal last night. Yet to begin to understand the pursuit of impossible it is best to start with the instructions and the even spread of information. 

Liverpool’s match analysts had noticed last week in the Camp Nou how Barcelona’s players moaned and became distracted whenever a free-kick or a throw-in was awarded against them, even if the decision was blatantly the correct one. This made Jurgen Klopp recognise the possibilities. And so, he filtered a message through the club. It proves that he certainly had not given up – that Liverpool’s recovery was not purely borne out of adrenaline and special oils. His belief was not blind. It translated into plans and schemes.

Carl Lancaster is a coaching mentor at the club’s academy in Kirkby and amongst his responsibilities is the co-ordination of ball boys. He had told them to serve Liverpool’s players as swiftly as possible on Tuesday morning. Oakley Cannonier did not forget and with eleven minutes to go, he fed Alexander-Arnold while Barcelona’s defence fidgeted amongst themselves 20-yards away. It seemed astonishing they were blissfully unaware of what might happen considering Liverpool had already shown their bulldozing intent.

Cannonier is a 14-year-old initially from Leeds who once in a while prepares with two age bunches over his regular dimension. Whatever occurs in his profession or life from here, he will recollect his job in seemingly the most amazing triumph in Liverpool’s whole history, where Klopp’s group demonstrated their ability to decrease the godlike to hopeless wrecks and men of rock to goo.

It had implied such a great amount to Lionel Messi, he was crying as he stepped out into the abyss past to the medication testing region. Tears, in the interim, had tumbled from James Milner’s ragged looking eyes. In the changing area subsequently, the midfielder sat topless with his shirt depleting on the floor, half-grinning not by any means recognizing what to state or do.

Georginio Wijnaldum had welled-up as well. He was furious that he’d been left out of Liverpool’s first XI. Inside ten minutes of his introduction at half time, he’d touched the ball six times. He’d scored twice. In front of the TV cameras, the Dutchman – usually so eloquent and able to find the right words – could not.

While Wijnaldum passed up a beginning spot here, it was Jordan Henderson’s turn six days sooner in Barcelona. That the two players developed so persuasive mirrors Liverpool’s creativity, just as their assurance. In the 25th moment, Henderson, without a doubt, had appeared to be dead. On the floor. Not moving. Dead. A portion of the midfielder’s faultfinders may ask how an individual can bite the dust if he’s never truly lived? In spite of agony in his knee, Henderson rose. In the fifth moment of damage time, he was all the while running: charging at rivals and scaring them, just as thunder had charged his body.

“I was struggling a little bit when I got a whack on the knee, it was dead,” he admitted. “The doctor said just keep it moving. I managed to get to half time and I had a bit of treatment, took painkillers, all that stuff which helped. There was a jab and tablets. Both. Everything. I said: ‘just give us everything.’ So I managed to get through it and the crowd helped as well and keep us going.”

He could not really compute the outcome happened either. The best night of his career, he called it. “It was unbelievable. From start to finish I thought the lads were amazing. The atmosphere was amazing. It was just unbelievable.

“We were 3-0 down but still took confidence from the performance (in the first leg). Still believed that we were the better team over there, though it is hard to say that when you get beat 3-0. But in the changing room we had belief we could hurt them.”

Can there really be a more appropriate captain for Liverpool at this moment? A player written-off, but never by coaches. A team written off, but never by their fans. A city written off, but never by its inhabitants.

“I think we proved quite a few people wrong tonight,” Henderson declared. “We showed that if you never give up and you keep trying you can produce special things.”

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FIBA World Cup: Pinoys’ woes extended after Angola loss; Gilas swept in group

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FOSHAN, China—The Philippines closed the gathering round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup without a solitary triumph, subsequent to losing to Angola 84-81 in additional time on Wednesday at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center here.

Gilas Pilipinas, No. 31 on the planet, was positioned higher than No. 39 Angola, yet the Filipinos were as yet incapable to snatch a success against the African side.

The Filipinos will in this manner part of the arrangement with a 0-3 win-misfortune record, before making a beeline for Beijing Thursday for the grouping stage.

There, Gilas and Angola will play Iran and the washout of the Puerto Rico-Tunisia game in Group N.

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North London Derby 2019: How To Watch Arsenal vs. Tottenham

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The first true derby day of the 2019-20 English Premier League season is upon us. This Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET, Tottenham will travel five miles across North London to the Emirates Stadium where it will square off against archrival Arsenal (NBCSN; streaming on NBC Sports LiveFuboTV) for the first North London Derby of the new season.

Arsenal got its season off to a flying start with back-to-back wins over Newcastle and Burnley. But the Gunners faced a setback last time weekend, when they were handed a 3-1 defeat by defending UEFA Champions League winner Liverpool at Anfield. The North London Derby will provide Arsenal with the opportunity to immediately put that loss behind it and set the tone for the rest of the 2019-20 season.

The squad manager Unai Emery deploys against Tottenham is still very much in question at the moment. Mesut Özil has yet to be named in an Arsenal squad this season through a mix of security concerns and illness, and it remains to be seen if he’ll make his season debut against Tottenham. This could also be the match in which we see the highly-anticipated debut of an attacking triumvirate feating Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Tottenham, meanwhile, opened the season with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa, but it is entering this match hot off a 1-0 upset loss to Newcastle. Sandwiched between those contests, Spurs also have a 2-2 draw against defending Premier League champion Manchester City on their resume this season.

But that draw with City is only a silver lining in the gray cloud that’s been their form dating back to the tail-end of last season. Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham have only won four of its last fifteen Premier League matches, which is the third-worst run in the Premier League over that stretch.

Arsenal will be without three key defensive players—Rob Holding, Hectory Bellerin and Kieran Tierney—for the North London Derby, but all three are expected to return to the squad following the September international break. For Tottenham, Dele Alli could make his return to action after being named to the squad against Newcastle, while Tanguy Ndombele’s status.

Arsenal and Tottenham faced each other three times last year. In the Premier League, Arsenal won 4-2 at the Emirates while the sides drew 1-1 at Tottenham’s temporary Wembley home. Tottenham did manage to knock Arsenal out of the Football League Cup with a 2-0 victory at Wembley last December, though. But Spurs have problems when traveling to the Emirates. Tottenham hasn’t won a Premier League match at Arsenal since 2010.

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Liverpool versus Arsenal: Salah strikes twice as new Gunner flops

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Mohamed Salah changed over a punishment before scoring a radiant independent objective as Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 to open up a three-point hole at the highest point of the Premier League on Saturday.

Liverpool hadn’t discovered its best structure in opening successes over Norwich and Southampton, and confronted the main other top-flight group with a 100 percent record.

It demonstrated to be a befuddle.

After Joel Matip’s first league goal in 11 months broke the deadlock just before halftime, Salah converted a penalty after being fouled by David Luiz and then made it 3-0 by turning Luiz near halfway, sprinting down the right wing and cutting in to deliver a finish into the bottom corner.

Substitute Lucas Torreira scored a consolation for Arsenal five minutes from the end.

Liverpool will end the third round of games as the only team with nine points from a possible nine.

The game started at a frenetic pace, with the hosts setting a high tempo that penned Arsenal back in the final third. Within 80 seconds, Andy Robertson whipped a ball across the six-yard area which Roberto Firmino narrowly missed. Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s tactics were to defend deep with eight men behind the ball in an attempt to draw the opponent in before trying to release the explosive pace of offseason signing Nicolas Pepe, given a full debut at the expense of Alexandre Lacazette.

Pepe had three shots in the primary half, while Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian – straight from the mistake that cost his group an objective at Southampton a week ago – left his region to clear the ball just to discover Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who hurled the ball back simply past the far post.

Pepe’s most obvious opportunity came when Jordan Henderson’s error on the midway line permitted the Ivory Coast universal to keep running past Robertson be that as it may, in a one-on-one circumstance with Adrian, he took shots directly at the goalkeeper.

Before long, perpetual weight on Arsenal’s barrier started to tell and after Salah held off Granit Xhaka to keenly turn and fire wide, the achievement came. From a corner, Trent Alexander-Arnold at long last discovered his range and Matip profited by the space made by Virgil van Dijk’s tangle with Matteo Guendouzi to power home a 41st-minute header.

Sadio Mane should have done better with his header in injury time but if the interval was a period for Arsenal’s players to clear their heads, no one told Luiz who, in a moment of madness four minutes after the break, tugged on Salah’s shirt.

The Egypt international confidently dispatched the penalty and added a second by brilliantly putting the seal on a three-pass move which eliminated most of the opposition.

Started by Adrian and including Alexander-Arnold, the ball came to Fabinho who flicked forward an inviting ball allowing Salah to skip past Luiz with embarrassing ease 40 yards out. He ran into the penalty area before placing a shot inside the far post with his left foot.

It was then an exercise in damage limitation for the visitors, with Emery’s first change being to send on combative midfielder Torreira for playmaker Ivan Ceballos.

Lacazette, scorer of 19 goals last season and one in one match this season, was not introduced until the 81st minute – and even then it was Torreira who eventually found the net, drilling home a loose ball 15 yards out

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