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GROUNDS FOR CONCERN

You’d have extremely low odds of Pep Guardiola spending 20 minutes straight from the touchline lounging thoughtfully in the visitors’ box at Anfield on Sunday, but that’s exactly what he did before kick-off. Surveying the Liverpool Stadium, a tall building that seems to occupy a kind of free space in his head, Five imagines that he envisions potential scenarios that could happen once the game starts. When it ended and his convoluted game plan was mercilessly exposed by a long ball in the agricultural Wimbledon of the late 1980s from Alison Beazant to Mo Fachan, he laid the blame for the defeat of his side right at the Shankly Gate of his concrete nemesis.

“This is Enfield” he told one reporter after another, as if implying that there was some malign force at work that had prevented his Manchester City team from winning seven of the eight times they had played there. It’s also worth noting that while the stadium they played in on the only occasion they actually won was also undeniably Anfield, it was a desolate, dreary, empty Anfield, closed down the middle, which – let’s face it – is not at all Enfield.

Get rid of all the toxic gloom – Hillsborough singing and graffiti in the guest hall, threw coins and reported acts of post-match vandalism on a city busand all of which will hopefully not go unpunished – and this game was such a wonderfully chaotic affair that could have gone either way but ended up going Liverpool’s way because this is Anfield where away goals become unfair and are regularly ruled out based on such pedantic nitpicks as – Fever checks the notes – a few obvious fouls in the build-up because someone watching TV 213 miles away was under the influence of the crowd.

And now, according to the Times , it has emerged that City “sources” claim Jurgen Klopp has “raised the tension” by making a rather banal and uncontroversial observation that state teams like Manchester City don’t have to worry about balancing their books and can therefore spend far more money than their rivals. Klopp’s comments were mild compared to his antics on Sunday, when he did his best to raise tensions by angrily snarling at assistant referee Gary Beswick’s coupon. It was an act of aggression that earned him a well-deserved red card, from which even his inherent Anfield entourage could not save him.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Then I was asked about it at the press conference, but I did not know, then I was informed about what happened. It was not good of the club and there was no benefit. But it’s dealt with’ – Forest boss Steve Cooper has hit back at his club’s social media chiefs who posted a tweet that was shared on a Wolves squad WhatsApp group as the digital equivalent of inflammatory quotes plastered on the dressing room wall. . Of course Wolves won 1-0. Note the “Notts”. answer.

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FIVE LETTERS

“Comparison of Erling Holland and Terminator (Friday Friday) is appropriate, but I’ve always thought he’d make a great 1980s Bond henchman in the vein of Jaws or Oddjob. The obvious question is, which Premier League player would be best suited to play 007?’ – Tom Dowler.

β€œRe: Your ranking of the MLS clubs competing for the US title! USA!! USA!!!’ (Still want more on Friday?). The last time I looked east from Vancouver, where I live, Montreal was still in Canada.” Rick Costigan.

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https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/oct/17/the-fiver-liverpool-manchester-city

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