About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp delighted with ‘big’ win over Chelseaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was delighted with Liverpool’s ‘big win’ over Chelsea.Trent Alexander-Arnold’s venomous free-kick opened the scoring after 14 minutes, with Roberto Firmino making it two before half-time with a fine header.Chelsea had chances to get back into the game, with N’Golo Kante taking one of them in the second-half to give the hosts a chance. But Liverpool staved off the Blues fightback to maintain their perfect record for the season.Speaking after the match, Klopp said: “Very good in moments, in a lot of moments I would say, in periods. Chelsea had their moments, of course, because they are just a good team. “Two wonderful goals, a lot of brilliant pressing situations where we won the ball in the perfect space but then we didn’t use the ball and that situation well enough; we could have had much [more] chances in these situations. “After half-time, two big chances, could have been three and four, but we didn’t score so it was clear the game was still open and when Kante scored his wonderful goal then it was clear ‘game on, let’s go for it’. “Chelsea did that, we had to defend it and that’s a job to do. It is a difficult place to come, it is a while ago we won here, so it feels big, to be honest. It’s a big one.”
fivethirtyeight playoff oddsThe regular season, at least for most college football teams, has ended. Which means that after next Saturday’s slate of contests (many of which are conference championship games), the playoff selection committee will have all of the info it needs to make its decisions. Will their be chaos on the final Saturday? Or will it all hold?At this point, according to ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, a few things are clear. Oklahoma, after winning the Big 12, is in the playoff field. Alabama, with a win over Florida in the SEC title game, will also have a spot. Clemson, with a win over UNC, is in. And the winner of the Big Ten title game between Iowa and Michigan State will qualify as well. The question marks? Does UNC, with a win over Clemson, get in? And if Alabama loses to Florida, does Ohio State sneak back in? Here are the odds that FiveThirtyEight has at the moment.Oklahoma is in. The next four are locks if they win. Lurking: UNC, Stanford, Ohio State. https://t.co/ZvsQO702Hb pic.twitter.com/djQVtog8wY— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 29, 2015In just a week, we’ll have all of the answers. Until then, expect a great deal of debate.
Google Maps. The Sept. 10 meeting between Tennessee and Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway is hoping to be the highest-attended college football game in history. Organizers for the event believe the record of 115,109 (Notre Dame at Michigan in 2013) can be broken. There’s certainly enough room at the 150,000-seat track for that to happen. Photos of the field outline are now visible on Google Maps, and it’s pretty clear that there is a ton of space for even more seating. Check these out: Google Maps. Google Maps.It was announced on Wednesday that Tennessee and Virginia Tech will kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Sept. 10. The game will be televised on ABC.
The 2019 MLS draft doesn’t have a clear-cut best player, no can’t-miss prospect teams can pencil as a day one starter like Cyle Larin or Andrew Farrell in years past. What this year’s draft does have is potential, and several players who teams see being able to develop into productive starters with some time.There are some prospects with higher upside, like the top talents in the Generation Adidas class, but this year’s draft class does boast some depth at some areas of need for MLS teams – mainly central defense and fullback. Teams looking for some defensive reinforcements have more options to choose from this year than last, when New England’s Brandon Bye was the only defender drafted who became a productive starter in year one.MLS teams will also have to make decisions on international players, and whether to gamble on taking a player who will require using a valuable international roster spot. Atlanta United’s successful gamble on Julian Gressel two years ago has served as the evidence of what can come to teams that take that chance, but even the Gressel success story isn’t going to keep promising international players from having their draft stock hurt by their international status. That holds true for players like Denver striker Andre Shinyashiki and UCLA midfielder Anderson Asiedu, who would both be projected to go much higher in the draft if they counted as domestic players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? This year’s draft boasts a strong contingent of Canadian prospects, and the recent rule change allowing some Canadians to count as domestic players is a major boost for those players, including Tajon Buchanan, Callum Montgomery and Dayne St. Clair, all of whom are projected to be top 10 picks.Which 24 players will be taken in Friday’s MLS Draft first round? Here is a look at the prospects we could see being chosen:1. FC CINCINNATI- Frankie Amaya, UCLA, Central MidfielderFC Cincinnati will be choosing between Amaya and Siad Haji, and ultimately go with Amaya. The U.S. Under-20 international is a skilled box-to-box midfielder who showed in the Concacaf Under-20 Championships that he is a special talent. He will need time to develop, but FC Cincinnati should be able to afford him time to mature, and also make a run at the U.S. Under-20 World Cup squad.2. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES- Siad Haji, VCU, Central MidfielderMatias Almeyda probably came away from the MLS combine a bit discouraged by what he saw overall, but he was very likely impressed with Haji’s ability to keep the ball under pressure and deliver line-splitting passes. The Earthquakes would likely prefer Amaya, but Haji is an excellent consolation prize. The big question about Haji is whether he has the speed to be an effective winger, but he has too much skill not to grab with the second overall pick.3. ORLANDO CITY – Andre Shinyashiki, Denver, StrikerOrlando City stands a good chance of trading out of this spot, but if the Lions stand pat, they have a variety of options. Florida International striker Santiago Patino is a player Orlando City tried to sign as a homegrown player, only to have MLS reject the homegrown player tag. The Lions could take him, but Shinyashiki is a very tempting alternative who would be a better fit playing alongside Dom Dwyer than Patino, who is a bit too similar to Dwyer. There’s a better chance the Lions deal this pick.4. FC DALLAS – Callum Montgomery, Charlotte, Central defenderThe Luchi Gonzalez era is underway at FC Dallas, and with a wealth of young talent already on the books, Dallas has to look at the draft pool and target positions where its academy isn’t ready to provide an option. The looming departure of Chris Richards to Bayern Munich leaves a need for a central defender to develop and Montgomery is the most pro-ready player in the draft. He can step in and learn from veterans Matt Hedges and Reto Ziegler, and be groomed to replace Ziegler eventually.5. CHICAGO FIRE – DeJuan Jones, Michigan State, Right winger The reported loss of standout Fire academy product Andrew Gutman to Scottish champion Celtic was a big blow, especially after the surprising retirement of starting left back Brandon Vincent. That could leave the Fire tempted to reach here at left back and take John Nelson. It will be hard to pass on Jones though, who several teams fell in love with this winter because of his blazing speed and improving technical quality. The Fire could be tempted to trade down and stockpile picks, especially if they don’t rate Jones and decide not to take someone like goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair.6. TORONTO FC – Dayne St. Clair, Maryland, GoalkeeperTFC currently has starting goalkeeper Alex Bono, but with back-up Clint Irwin having left, making a play for the Canadian goalkeeper makes plenty of sense. St. Clair has serious upside, and some scouts believe he could develop into the type of player who generates a transfer fee one day. TFC could also look to add some fullback depth and go after Akeem Ward or John Nelson.7. MINNESOTA UNITED – Tajon Buchanan, Syracuse, Right wingerThe Loons have bolstered their central midfield this winter, and expect to have an improved defense in 2019, so rather than reaching for a defender, look for Adrian Heath to add a young winger to help push what is a bit of a mixed bag on the flanks. Buchanan has speed and the ability to beat defenders on the dribble, and Minnesota United will be thrilled to take a player who was, and is, in contention to be the first player chosen in the draft.8. HOUSTON DYNAMO – John Nelson, North Carolina, Left backThe Dynamo could look for some depth at forward, and both Santiago Patino and J.J. Williams could be tough to pass up, but Nelson is a promising left back prospect who could be groomed to replace legendary defender DaMarcus Beasley. Nelson is the highest-rated left back in the draft, and a player New England covets, but the Dynamo pounce first.9. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION – J.J. Williams, Kentucky, StrikerBrad Friedel could be tempted to trade up to ensure the selection of John Nelson, who he rates and knows from his time as U.S. Under-19 national team coach, but if the Revs stand pat and Williams falls this far, the Revs will count themselves fortunate. Williams is a raw but talented striker with a big frame and impressive athleticism. He needs time to develop, but he has a strong mentality and would be a good fit for Friedel.10. FC DALLAS – Santiago Patino, FIU, StrikerIf Dallas keeps both its first-round picks and lands Montgomery and Patino, it will be a good day. Patino is a strong lead forward in the Dom Dwyer/Alejandro Moreno mold, and he could definitely go higher in the draft. If he slips this far, he won’t go any further.11. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION – Akeem Ward, Creighton, Right BackThe Revs have a reliable right back in Andrew Farrell, but adding depth at fullback is a priority for New England and Ward is capable of playing either fullback position. There are a few good fullbacks available, including Logan Gdula, who might have more upside than Ward, but Ward’s a more polished defender and goes here.12. LA GALAXY – Sergio Rivas, Seattle, Central MidfielderThe Galaxy have a need for some defensive reinforcements, but we should expect them to hit the international market for that. Look for Dennis te Kloese to grab the best player available, regardless of position, and that is Rivas, one of the most technically skilled players in the draft, and a player who should fit in well with Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s style of play.13. FC CINCINNATI – Logan Gdula, Wake Forest, Right BackCincinnati’s stockpile of draft picks should be able to land a quality right back, and Gdula is the best one in many teams’ eyes. His size and ability to get forward make him an exciting prospect, and he should have time to develop on a Cincinnati team that already boasts Alvas Powell at the position.14. D.C. UNITED – Griffin Dorsey, Indiana, Right WingerD.C. United doesn’t have many glaring needs, but avoiding international players and securing some cap relief are on the list, and selecting Dorsey would address both. A U.S. Under-20 winger/forward, Dorsey is the last Generation Adidas player available, and he would be joining a D.C. team where he could learn from the likes of Paul Arriola. A right back would be a smart pickup as well, and another Indiana product, Rece Buckmaster, could be an option.15. COLORADO RAPIDS – Tucker Bone, Air Force, Central MidfielderThe Rapids rate Shinyashiki, and could be tempted to trade up to land the Denver forward, but if they stand pat, the Rapids can grab another player they should know well in Bone, who was very impressive at the MLS Combine. One of the knocks on Bone is the fear that he would be bound by remaining service time with Air Force, but Bone believes he could play right away, which should help him secure a place in the first round due to his mobility, passing ability and quality in attack.16. FC CINCINNATI – Jacob Hauser-Ramsey, UConn, Central DefenderCincinnati did its homework before stockpiling draft picks, and that homework will help the expansion team land a promising central defender in Hauser-Ramsey, who missed the MLS Combine because of an injury, but impressed scouts at another player combine earlier in the winter. An athletic and composed center back, Hauser-Ramsey would offer some good depth at a position where Cincinnati still needs to add a player or two.17. REAL SALT LAKE – Ryan Sierakowski, Michigan State, StrikerRSL has been searching for pure striker options for some time, and while Sierakowski won’t be expected to step in and start, he would give Mike Petke a strong target player who could be valuable off the bench, and eventually a starter if he can develop.18. COLUMBUS CREW – Rece Buckmaster, Indiana, Right BackThe Crew enter the draft with no glaring needs, though some depth on the wings and at fullback would make sense for Caleb Porter’s squad. Enter Buckmaster, who really impressed at the MLS Combine as one of the steadier defenders at the position. Porter, an Indiana University alumnus, would be starting his tenure as Crew coach with a pick from the Midwest, but also a player who plays a position where it isn’t always easy to find talent.19. NEW YORK CITY FC – Camden Riley, Pacific, Central MidfielderNYCFC could use some depth in central defense, but Dome Torrent will find it difficult to pass on the versatile and skilled Riley, who can play in central midfield and as a central defender. If NYCFC elects to go for a more pure central defender option, then Kamal Miller or Wouter Verstraaten would make sense in this spot.20. SEATTLE SOUNDERS – Wouter Verstraaten, Pacific, Central DefenderThe Sounders can use some depth in central defense after letting Tony Alfaro leave to Chivas Guadalajara this winter and Verstraaten is an excellent fit. He has the combination of size (6-foot-3) and technical quality to be a steal at this point in the first round.21. SPORTING KANSAS CITY – Chase Gasper, Maryland, Left BackSporting KC has a promising fullback prospect in Jaylin Lindsey, and newly-acquired Rodney Wallace could theoretically provide some left back cover, but Peter Vermes won’t mind grabbing Gasper, who won a national title at Maryland and impressed at the MLS Combine with his tenacious defending.22. NEW YORK RED BULLS – Roy Boateng, UC-Davis, Central DefenderThe Red Bulls need center back depth after unloading Aurelien Collin and losing Hassan Ndam in the expansion draft. They could be tempted to take Virginia bruiser Prosper Figbe, but Boateng is more athletic and counts as a domestic player due to him possessing a green card.23. PORTLAND TIMBERS – Anderson Asiedu, UCLA, Defensive MidfielderAsiedu’s impressive showing at the MLS Combine drew comparisons to Diego Chara, so who better to take the tenacious defensive midfielder than the Timbers, who won’t be troubled by his international status due to Portland’s penchant for securing green cards for its foreign players.24. ATLANTA UNITED – Nils Bruening, North Carolina, StrikerThe reigning champions don’t have very many needs, and it makes sense that the team that scored big with a foreign player in the draft in Julian Gressel goes that route again with Bruening, a German-born forward who was very impressive at the MLS Combine. If Atlanta decides to go the domestic player route, then Wake Forest’s Brad Dunwell or Oregon State’s Hassani Dotson could be options.
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Damon Webb #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Malik Hooker #24 react during the first half of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Damon Webb welcomed Tommy Armstrong Jr. to the Horseshoe with a pick-six.Well, that didn’t take long. On Nebraska’s first possession, Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. was picked off by cornerback Damon Webb, who then returned the interception for a score. Webb’s pick came off of a deflection by the intended receiver.Webb weaved his way past potential tacklers on the return, giving Ohio State an early 7-0 lead.Damon Webb welcomes Tommy Armstrong to The Horseshoe pic.twitter.com/F13eAnSBLN— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) November 6, 2016Both Ohio State and Nebraska need to win to stay in the College Football Playoff race. There’s a ton of time left, but the Buckeyes have to like where they are.
We take a look around the college football world and rank the best teams in the country. It’s the college football power rankings.The 2016 college football regular season is over and wow did it fly by. It was a wild final week of the season with some very good conference championship games. Sure, we already know where teams are headed for their bowl games and who will battle it out in the College Football Playoff, but we’re missing one final set of rankings. It’s time for the college football power rankings.25. Pitt (8-4)The Panthers closed out the year with three straight wins including their upset at Clemson which jumpstarted their strong finish to the season. 24. Temple (10-3)Temple flew under the radar as one of the hottest teams in the country to close out the season as it won seven straight games including the AAC Championship game at Navy 34-10.23. Nebraska (9-3)A loss at Iowa to end the regular season wasn’t what the Cornhuskers were looking for, but nevertheless it was a strong nine-win campaign for Big Red.22. Iowa (8-4)A three-game winning streak highlighted by a win vs Michigan is a nice way to end the year and that’s exactly what the Hawkeyes managed to do. 21. Florida (8-4)Everyone knew it was going to be tough for the Gators to compete with Alabama in the SEC Championship game on Saturday and that it was. Florida looked completely overmatched in its 54-16 loss to the Tide.20. South Florida (10-2)What a year it was for the Bulls. Losses to Florida State and Navy aren’t bad at all and scoring 30 or more points every single week is extremely impressive.19. LSU (7-4)The Tigers’ season doesn’t necessarily jump off of the page, but wins at Arkansas, Texas A&M and Ole Miss help the cause. 18. Auburn (8-4)Auburn lost two of its last three games of the regular season, but the Tigers still deserve a spot inside the top 20. Their six-game winning streak in the middle of the year was impressive. 17. Stanford (9-3)The Cardinal flew under the radar winning its five last games in which three of those came away from home. 16. Virginia Tech (9-4)The Hokies nearly pulled off the upset over Clemson in the ACC Championship, but it wasn’t meant to be as they fell 42-35. It was still a strong first year for Justin Fuente’s squad.15. Louisville (9-3)The No. 15 spot may actually be a bit low for the Cardinals after they fell to Kentucky and Houston to close out the year, but the Lamar Jackson led team is still a top 15 team in the land.14. Western Michigan (13-0)Perfection, that’s what this year was for the Broncos. Western Michigan closed out their year with a 29-23 win over Ohio for the MAC title last Friday.13. West Virginia (10-2)The Mountaineers held on to beat Baylor 24-21 to end the regular season on a high-note. A 10-win year in the Big 12 is nothing to scoff at. 12. Oklahoma State (9-3)The Cowboys had a shot to send a statement last weekend against Oklahoma, but fell to the Sooners 38-20 handing Oklahoma the Big 12 title.11. Florida State (9-3)Florida State’s 60-23 loss to Louisville early in the year is a sore spot, but the ‘Noles other two losses came by a combined five points. Florida State also ended its regular season winning four straight.College Football Power Rankings: No. 10 – 1
Former Slovenia star Zlatko Zahovic has slammed David Alaba as “disrespectful” for not knowing Jan Oblak and Josip Ilicic’s names.Austria beat Slovenia 1-0 in their Euro 2020 qualifying clash thanks to a 75th minute strike from Guido Burgstaller. Their first win of the campaign moved above them above their opponents in Group G.After the game, Austria and Bayern Munich full-back Alaba praised Slovenia keeper Oblak and attacker Ilicic, even though he did not know the Atletico Madrid and Atalanta stars’ names. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Their goalie is pretty good, and they have one [a good player] on the right of the attack,” the 26-year-old said. Alaba has faced Oblak four times in the Champions League and the goalkeeper has established himself as one of Europe’s best in his position after five years with Atletico Madrid.The 26-year-old has won La Liga and the Europa League with the club, making 208 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side.Meanwhile, 31-year-old Ilicic has represented Palermo, Fiorentina and Atalanta and has 58 caps for Slovenia to his name. Alaba’s ignorance surrounding the pair provoked a strong reaction from ex-Valencia and Benfica man Zahovic, who says Ilicic and Oblak deserve more recognition for their exploits.Zahovic told Ekipa: “It is disrespectful not to know one of the best goalkeepers in the world and a player like Josip Ilicic – that does not show a mark of respect.”Meanwhile, Slovenia boss Matjaz Kek praised Alaba’s talent as a player but was as surprised as Zahovic by the eight-time Bundesliga winner’s attitude.”I know everything about Austria, Jan Oblak is no stranger,” he said. “Everyone respects their opponents in their own way. Alaba is a great player, his career is impressive.”Austria’s next Euro 2020 qualifying game comes against North Macedonia on June 10, while Slovenia take on Latvia.Poland are top of the group on nine points from three games, with Israel two behind.North Macedonia sit third in the group, with Austria and Slovenia closely behind, while Latvia sit bottom with zero points.
Liverpool will have to spend again this summer as they need to “keep on improving their squad” in order to remain competitive, says Patrick Berger.The Reds have seen investment in recent transfer windows richly rewarded.Virgil van Dijk and Alisson have proved to be shrewd additions, while the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane continue to thrive in the final third of the field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Jurgen Klopp’s side are now serious Premier League title challenges and Champions League winners.They are, however, having to start from scratch again ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, with domestic and European rivals in the process of reinforcing their own squads.Liverpool have to do likewise, says Berger, with it imperative that more quality and depth is brought into Anfield this summer.The former Reds star told The Mirror when reflecting on a memorable 2018-19 season which saw the Reds pipped to a first top-flight crown in 29 years by a solitary point: “I said at the time that the only thing Liverpool could do was win every single game until the end of the season and hope that Manchester City dropped points.“They didn’t, but the boys couldn’t have done more. It just wasn’t enough at the end.“It was a magnificent season. They played some brilliant football, they were unbeaten at Anfield in the league and they should be very proud of the way they played.“What Manchester City have done is unbelievable. You can only put your hands up and say they were too good for the last two seasons. But Liverpool have taken a huge step closer to Manchester City and in any other season they would have been crowned champions.“At least they know they are at the same level and know they can challenge for the Premier League next season. But remember that two years ago Chelsea were the champions and you thought that they would be right up there for the foreseeable future. That didn’t happen.“And I think that shows Liverpool and even Manchester City must keep on improving their squad and keep the same quality and hunger in order to be up there again next season.”Berger believes that the battle for Premier League supremacy may not be a two-horse race again next term, with the Czech adding: “I don’t really expect the other teams to be that far behind Liverpool and City again next season.“I think they’ll strengthen and they’ll get much closer. Liverpool and City were almost playing in a different competition last time and the others far, far behind. I’m just not sure that will be happening again.”Liverpool are set to kick off the new season with a home date against newly-promoted Norwich on August 9. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Brendan Rodgers says he is “relaxed” over the future of Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, who continues to be linked to Manchester United.England defender Maguire was the subject of two rejected bids from United earlier this month, while their Premier League rivals Manchester City are also reportedly interested.Maguire, said to be valued in the region of £80 million ($99m) by the Foxes, started for Leicester in a pre-season win at Cambridge United on Tuesday, scoring their first goal with a header. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? And although Maguire’s future is still the subject of strong speculation, Rodgers claims not to be concerned about Leicester’s prize asset.”We’re very relaxed,” Rodgers told Sky Sports. “The clubs that have spoken to Leicester have not met any valuation that the club has put on him, so at this moment in time he’s very much a Leicester player, and you can see where his concentration is, and it’s very much here.”I’m quite relaxed. It’s all ‘what if?’ At this moment in time there’s nothing there that is going to tempt the club at all. The club don’t need to sell, the club don’t want to sell.”Harry is working with a group of fantastic players and is at a great club, and like I say times have changed in football, where at times with other clubs you would have had to sell a player, but it’s not the case.”He’s a player that is training, working. What I would say is he’s been the ultimate professional. It’s actually been a joy to work with him, because I’ve been in this situation with a number of players, but his concentration is fully on Leicester.”You see by his performance, and in training every day he’s been absolutely first class.”But asked if Maguire wants to stay with the Foxes, Rodgers added: “That’s not really for me to say.”
After beginning the Premier League season on fire with Liverpool, scoring in the Reds 4-1 win over Norwich, Mohamed Salah’s good form has continued off the pitch. On Saturday, a young fan was attempting to get Salah’s attention as he left training at Melwood but ended up running into a lamp-post and knocking himself out in the process. As the blood began to pour, the tears were very quickly halted as Salah turned his car around and went to check on the injured Reds fan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Egyptian star also happily posted for pictures with the two kids in a moment their dad admits is still hard to believe. “We live just opposite Melwood and the two boys have been spending their holidays trying to get pictures of their heroes,” Joe Cooper told the Liverpool Echo .”Unfortunately Louis went straight into a lamp-post while running after the car and busted his nose when he hit the floor. We were still trying to work out what had happened when Mo arrived. He’d seen one of the boys had hurt himself and he had the decency to drive back into the close to check that he was ok.”No-one could believe it. Everyone was gobsmacked. Mo asked if the boys were all right and gave them a big hug which was what they both needed.”It was a touch of class on Mo Salah’s part to turn round and actively come looking for the boys. He was really apologetic and saying sorry for something that wasn’t his fault. “I’d just like to say a big thank you to him. He’s a top bloke.” @MoSalah thank you for coming back to check on my boys after Louis KO’d himself trying to get a wave! He loves you so much and the pain went away instantly when you came to give them a hug. A nose reset worth well worth it he said. You are a top man and a true gent! #EgyptianKing pic.twitter.com/wrmHc4vxB9 — Joe Cooper 🐺 (@joecooper93) August 10, 2019 Salah, who was named as one of Times 100 most influential people in 2019, is no stranger to a gesture of goodwill and late last week made a £2.5 million donation to help renovate the National Cancer Institute in Cairo following a terrorist attack. As he shines off the pitch, the Liverpool winger will be hoping to reach new heights on it this season after having to share his Golden Boot last season with Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Egyptian has started the new Premier League campaign on the right foot as he struck in the Reds 4-1 win over the Canaries on Friday and will next face off against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web