Tuesday, March 20, 2018 02:03:37 AM
AP, London :
Liverpool went from dishing out a humiliation to being on the receiving end of one.
A 5-0 loss at Manchester City on Saturday handed Juergen Klopp his biggest loss in two years managing Liverpool. And it quickly punctured the optimism gathering around their English Premier League title challenge following a 4-0 victory over Arsenal before the international break.
Four of City's goals against Liverpool came after Sadio Mane was sent off for a high challenge that forced goalkeeper Ederson off injured in Manchester.
"I am not concerned in the long term," Klopp said. "It was hard for the boys but I don't look for excuses."
Jose Mourinho did after Manchester United's winning start ended in a 2-2 draw at Stoke , referencing the World Cup qualifiers over the last two weeks.
"My players, after the international break, are not the same," Mourinho said.
Chelsea's only setback so far came in an opening-day loss. The champions have been on the up since then, and a third successive victory was secured with a 2-1 victory over Leicester.
Arsenal quickly recovered from its misery at Anfield by beating Bournemouth 3-0. Danny Welbeck scored twice and Alexandre Lacazette also netted to leave the south-coast team winless after four games.
A couple of goal droughts ended.
Brighton scored its first top-flight goals in 34 years in a 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion.
Harry Kane, the league's top scorer last season, is off the mark as well for the campaign. The Tottenham striker netted twice in a 3-0 win at Everton , and Christian Eriksen also found the target.
Southampton's unbeaten start was halted by a 2-0 loss to Watford.
Pep Guardiola's side finally produced the type of imposing attacking display missing this season.
And the opening goal was a landmark one for Sergio Aguero. The Argentine striker's 124th Premier League goal since joining City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 made him the highest scoring non-European player in the competition's history.
"Sergio is crazy about the goal," compatriot Nicolas Otamendi said. "He's always in the right place at the right time."
And it came when the game was still 11 vs. 11. The City surge came after Mane received red.
Gabriel Jesus netted City's second in first-half stoppage time and again eight minutes into the second half. The Brazil forward was then substituted and his replacement, Sane, grabbed two goals as well.
"If City takes too much confidence from this game today, they make a mistake," Klopp said. "If we lose too much confidence because of this game we make also a mistake."
Chelsea had to single out its own fans for criticism after the reigning champions beat 2016 title winner Leicester. Some fans sang an anti-Semitic lyric about London rival Tottenham while celebrating Alvaro Morata, who headed in Chelsea's first goal.
N'Golo Kante also scored against former club Leicester.
United had scored 10 goals without reply in opening the title challenge with three wins. A reality check came with a trip to Stoke where Arsenal has already lost this season.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting became the first player to score against United this season. The Cameroon forward's opener was canceled out by Marcus Rashford in first-half stoppage time. After Romelu Lukaku put United in front, Choupo-Moting headed in Stoke's equalizer in the 63rd minute.
"Stoke are big, strong and powerful in the air," Mourinho said. "They fought hard and probably deserved a point."
And yet there wasn't a post-match handshake with Stoke counterpart Mark Hughes.
"I offered my hand but Jose didn't want to take it," Hughes said. "Maybe he was upset about the result. The top managers don't like it when they get the bad results. I have to get used to it sometimes."
AFP :North Korea is in talks with the US and Sweden to release three jailed Americans, reports said, as diplomatic activities intensified ahead of Pyongyang's planned summits with Washington and Seoul.The release of the three Korean-Americans is under discussion through multiple channels more than a week after President Donald Trump ...
THE country's first ever-satellite -- Bangabandhu-1 is ready for launch and likely to be sent into orbit next month. It is a defining moment for the country to enter into the satellite era of our own; which will be ready for commercial use in three months after the final launch, ...
AP, Madrid :Cristiano Ronaldo extended his impressive scoring run by scoring four goals in Real Madrid's 6-3 rout of Girona in the Spanish league on Sunday.Ronaldo scored once in the first half and three times in the second, reaching 21 goals in his last 11 matches in all competitions. The ...
Sprint legend Usain Bolt will attend next month's Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast to watch the 100-metres final, former Jamaican world champion Yohan Blake has revealed. Bolt, 31, who retired from athletics after August's World Championships in London, has been busy preparing for a tilt at football and has ...
These days all the actors try their best to be realistic and get into the skin of their character. From changing looks to mastering the art, they have tried everything. Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan who are shooting for their film Sui Dhaaga also doing the same. Anushka took to ...
MEDIA reports on Saturday said the Myanmar government has started a Rakhinization programme in areas mostly cleared by its Rohingya Muslim residents. It appears they have started the rehabilitation programme with Buddhist Rakhine migrants, picking from the poor segment of the population from around 600 km in the south or ...
Actor Shriya Saran who was recently seen in the Telugu film Gayatri opposite Vishnu Manchu is said to have tied the knot with her long-time Russian boyfriend Andrei Koscheev. According to a report in Mid-Day, a source was quoted as saying, "It was a private affair with only family members ...
AFP, Stockholm :North Korean officials wrapped up a third day of talks Saturday with Swedish counterparts with no indication their efforts had cleared the way for a mooted nuclear summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.From Washington on Friday, Trump had called his South Korean ...
AFTER the US-Bangla plane crash, the Prime Minister has instructed the Civil Aviation Authorities to give highest priority to flight safety and maintenance of planes. No doubt, it is a timely instruction. Though it is still unclear why the plane was crashed, the survivors said the aircraft was shuddering few ...
Noted Telugu and Tamil actress Surbhi is likely to be part of Tollywood star, Nikhil's upcoming Tollywood movie, as per latest updates. The makers are in talks to rope in the actor for the movie, added reports. The much awaited film is a Telugu remake blockbuster Telugu movie, Kanithan. The ...